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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Well this is a pretty tough season to begin a serious low carb effort--but I couldn't face another pigout and another gain or buy any more large stretchy clothes!
So I am about 2.5 weeks in and have dropped about 14lbs. I'm a little iffy on my start weight b/c I kind of backed into the low carbing and hadn't been on the scale in a while. ( I need to change my weight/tracker b/c I forgot to enter my start weight instead of my current weight. )
The hardest part has been being 100 % strict during the fundraisers, office parties, etc. and seeing a few days of plateaus or slight gains. My pattern seems to be to lose a lot at once--like 3-4lbs and then stay the same or have 0.2 -0.4lb gains and then after 3-5 days have another large loss. So now I know to be patient and not freak out if I don't see a loss. I know there will be a payoff soon enough. Not that I will continue at this rate or speed. But at my current weight and considering all the junk I was eating, I do expect to lose the first 25lbs or so pretty rapidly.
The first 7-10 days were the hardest b/c I was so severely addicted to carbs and felt ravenous and craving all the time. I don't remember having that hard a time previously on Atkins. I am trying to follow it pretty strictly b/c I don't want to have to struggle with rebound cravings and slow weight loss. I've added nuts & seeds and have given myself an extra emergency fund of 5 grams for 'special occasions' but other than that am sticking pretty closely to induction foods. So I'm gonna have to get pretty creative. I have tried a couple of the new atkins shakes (LOVE the caramel latte) and bars (LOVE the hazelnut one) but try not to overuse them either--just for those rushed crazy days.
Bought some of the new frozen atkins meals but haven't tried them yet. I was hoping they'd do something a lot snazzier like swedish meatballs and creamed spinach or Quiche Lorraine and cauliflower mashed potatoes. I don't really need a hamburger and green beans as a convenience food for petes sake. Oh well, hopefully more is on the horizon. Wish they'd come up with some decent, ready made, high protein muffins for 5GR that I could use for bfast or a snack. That's the dream, anyway!
Am feeling less foggy and more energy thank goodness. Will probably try to get some low carb treats from the low carb store for myself for Christmas eve. They make awesome cheesecake bites and such. I like that they're single servings, too, so I can't overdo it. I am looking for a low carb version of egg nog but with no raw egg in it. Guess I'll need rum flavoring, cream, almond milk, nutmeg and low carb ice cream to thicken it a bit. Sounds pretty decadent and totally worth the 7-10 carb splurge! Gotta make this work, folks! :0)
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  • MIRAGE727
    Hang in there! I'm wondering where you are in your exercise and cardio. You might want to ramp it up slightly to see a steady burn. At the same time, I'm not sure where you're going with a low carb plan. Is it due to a health situation? As a male, I do carbs as a runner for fuel. My wife is working to become a racewalker and her carb load for fuel burns faster as well. I think that putting as much regular exercise into a healthy plan is something many forget. In any case, stay focused and remember to change your plan up. All the best...
    1921 days ago
    Congratulations!! That weight is really peeling off!

    I have not seen the Atkins food yet but I love the Atkins bars and am looking forward to more offerings. I really love the choices you are making. You are really on a roll to making this work.
    1921 days ago
    I think planning ahead will help you a lot. Be careful about the Atkins frozen. They are still relatively high in carbs if you eat more than one, and with the calories being that low you may need to. Many people find that all of the processed Atkins foods stall weight loss.
    1922 days ago
    I like the way you're making your plan work. I'm starting Atkins induction during this tough season too - tomorrow. Wow, they have frozen Atkins meals - that's very convenient. I'll have to look for those. Your suggestion for some Atkins frozen meals sound really good - Swedish meatballs and creamed spinach - yum!. Congrats on your 14 lb loss. emoticon emoticon
    1922 days ago
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