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Monday, December 31, 2012

Well today is the last day of the year. I am struggling a little bit. I went off track during Christmas, and it is hard getting back on. Overall, I am still doing better than a year ago, and feel good. It has been a great year for me.

My brother keeps trying to get me to quit low carb. He thinks that now that he isn't cheating, he wouldn't be talking me into Taco Bell, and that I could lose weight on a regular diet, since he is doing it. I am considering it. I can always go back to low carb if I start gaining, and it would be easier, and cheaper to eat meals with my brother.

Always before, the problem was my brother was eating fast food, so whenever I ate with him, the food was horrible. Now he is eating lots of fruit, and veggies, and has lost 50 lbs in the last 5 months, while I have been treading water. I think I just need a change.

Most of all though is the fact that when I do cheat, I gain a LOT of weight. Low carb is amazing if you stick to it, but the consequences when you cheat are rapid water weight gain. Since I have a heart problem, this isn't good. I always say that low carb is fine as long as you stick to it, but I haven't been sticking to it, and when I cheat, I get short of breath, chest twinges etc. I think the problem is staying motivated when I feel so good now. I had a lot more motivation when I was 350, than today.

A few of my Sparkfriends have modified their diet to eat a higher carb allotment, and done well. I will have to be careful, but I have lost weight before on a moderate carb, lower calorie diet. Plus I am still doing lots of exercise. My hope is that I can stay on the new diet , and that when I do have a cheat, it isn't an 8 lb gain.

Please support me in this.
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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 5:10PM

    Do what feels right to you. If it is easier not to cheat on a more moderate diet than extreme low carb then do that. I have been treading water as well but I know my diet hasn't been the best. You are right when you have lost over 100 pounds the motivation dips because you feel better and just don't have as much drive. We have to change it to see that we feel better because of all the work we have done and it doesn't make sense to stop doing that work. I know you will get back on track you are a big inspiration to me and many others here!

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/31/2012 11:15PM

    You could always just add a few carbs to see what happens. Also, are you just going by weight or do you have a way to measure body fat ? Even a tape measure is helpful. Weight loss alone may not mean much if you lose muscle to get there but maintaining weight while gaining muscle is going to help. You might want to try to add a lot more veggies and when you choose fruit make it low-carb fruit like berries. Maybe your body is craving the phytonutrients in fruit and veggies, especially this time of year.
Best wishes for the New Year


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ALLISON145 12/31/2012 4:30PM

    I think we're all a work in progress and our bodies change constantly to try to adapt to what we're trying to "do" to ourselves here. In the end weight loss will be a healthy thing for us, but our bodies sure try their hardest to hand on to that padding! You might try continuing to monitor calories and carbs and go a bit more moderate, or you might consider some carb cycling. As other folks said though, be sure the carbs come from a healthy place. None of that "peanut butter and jelly sandwich diet" stuff you were toying with earlier this year. :)


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KICK-SS 12/31/2012 11:54AM

    Good luck to you on your new "venture" of eating... You can do it - you have a lot of support here on Spark and you can always go back to l/c if you need to.

I would only say to do the changeover gradually though - not all at once... You could start with a moderate carb and that might do the trick for you.

I think probably the worst choices of all are the fast foods, fried (battered) foods, processed foods, etc. If you keep to the basics and make your own meals, you should be able to control the calories and other amounts. But just remember you can NOTeat a lot of fat if you are eating more carbs - the carbs and fat don't mix, that seems to be where the problems come in....

We're all behind you, whatever choice you make!!!!

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ADEWYN 12/31/2012 7:45AM

    Just becareful... try it out if it doesnt work well you tried it out.... i am on a gluten free diet lol... yeah this eating healthyis expensive its too for motivation... its winter lol.. we will blame the weather.. but that doesnt meanstop just means hang in there we will get our burst of energy on that first day of omg its nice out lol :) hugs and love.. I was wondering where you have been :)

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TEACH68 12/31/2012 7:39AM

    You can do it! Use your family and Spark People for your support. I think a more moderate diet is much healthier and enjoyable for you.

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