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Another Lesson Learned

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I've been doing the Atkins diet routine for 13 days now. Yes, yes, I know. Diets don't work. But the thing is that my doctor really needs my weight down sooner rather than later and the nutritionist said cut down the carbs until I start losing. I seem to be one of those lucky folks whose metabolism is made to store anything carb for the coming apocalypse... even if there isn't one. So, no matter what you may think of it, Atkins seems to be working for me at the moment. Once I get closer to a healthier weight, I'll find out where my carb set point is and go back to a more normal eating pattern.

But tonight, tonight I was about willing to sell my soul for something bad for me. I would have traded my virtue for a Kolache or a Krispy Creme doughnut. Fortunately, I'd picked up a box of the Atkins Double Chocolate Caramel bars as a treat, and my Beloved talked me down off the ledge and pried the car keys away from me with one hand while giving me a bar with the other. OH MY, it was wonderful! It was like something sinful and forbidden... And I completely disregarded what my diet mentor had told me about not listening to my stomach for at least 20 minutes after I've eaten.

Nope. My taste buds won and I lunged after another bar. It was just as marvelous as the first. Then suddenly... my stomach caught up with me. The Full ding that I'd failed to hear in my craving-mad lust jacked the signal to 12 and now I feel as if I'm going to pop.

Yep. The bars are tiny. And once upon a time I could have powered through all five bars in the box without pausing and still looked around for something more. But apparently my stomach IS shrinking. And two over-did it. I'm down 15 pounds, but my brain still seems to think like a fatter woman. However, this is one lesson learned. Ooff.

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EXOTEC 1/22/2014 1:10PM

    Good job - and to your husband too! - for finding a way to avert your craving. I agree about the bars causing stalls for some of us... but it's far preferable to what you WANTED to do! lol

You're right: "diets" don't work. Changing the way you interact with food, forever, WILL. Your doctor is right. Let him/her help you! Nevermind all the mythinformation circulating about low-carb. It's based in fear and dogma, not science.

Please do research the good science behind the reduced-carb lifestyle. There's no reason to be thinking, "I'll go back to a more 'normal' eating pattern." This isn't abnormal. It may be different from your previous dietary habits, but that's *better*, isn't it? didn't those other habits get you here, where you don't want to be? And isn't the new plan helping you accomplish what you do want? I see no good excuse for abandoning a successful plan!

I'm sorry you're feeling the full brunt of your indulgence... but we all go there. The good lesson in it is that now you have a memory other than tasty sweets to call up the next time you're tempted. Remember how yucky this feels! It will help future cravings. Honest. I know about that, too!

Congrats on your weight loss so far! Good job.


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DEBIGENE 1/22/2014 11:52AM

    FANTASTIC !!! I love that you have found what works for you. Continue doing what the you dr recommends he's the one that knows !!! You are doing a terrific job and I would bet you will be at your goal before you know it.

SPARK ON my friend !!!

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WOUBBIE 1/22/2014 11:01AM

    Stop and think about this - if low carb makes you lose weight and normalizes your health markers, then for you this IS normal. And Atkins DOES tell you to increase your carb levels by 5g a day every week until you stop losing, and then go back down to the previous level.

"Kolache or a Krispy Creme doughnut"? Think you have a problem with carb cravings? Hmmm.

Beware the Atkins bars and shakes! They're there for you for exactly what you used them for, but more than one a day will both stall your weight loss and make you gassy and miserable.

Hopefully you've read one of the Atkins books. You can usually borrow them from your local library or find them at a second hand bookstore. If you need some info quick I usually recommend for a pretty comprehensive free resource:


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NANCYPAT1 1/22/2014 8:16AM

    Everyone has to make their own decisions about what works for THEM - glad you were able to put the brakes on before you REALLY indulged in all 5 bars.

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