Great to hear that you're not waiting - sounds like you're for sure ready! I have two teen aged boys and a girl about to turn 13. My mom talked to me about dieting when I was 11, and I have in turn NEVER discussed it with my own daughter, except to talk about healthy lifestyle and positive body image.
You might consider your kids as motivation for healthy living. They need to know how to keep a healthy kitchen, how to make good choices at the grocery store, and how to stay active, and you are the best possible teacher and role model. We talk routinely in our house about limiting the amount of "white" we bring into the house - our word for sugary or starchy foods - and everyone eats fruits and vegetables at every lunch and dinner (protein and dense carbs for breakfast). Anyone who isn't practicing for a sport accompanies me on my walks at least a couple of times a week. Best wishes!
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I know I said July 1st, but I have decided to start tomorrow instead. I feel less stressed now that report cards are done, so I feel like I can dive right in. Plus, then I will be finished the 14 day induction period while my kids are at their dad's, so I will have time to focus on the next stage. And honestly, do I really need to give myself permission to "eat whatever I want" for another week? No.
So, tomorrow is the day. I have time today to get a few groceries, so I will be ready.
Where can I buy those sticks that test for ketosis? I'm in Canada, and we don't always have all the same stuff available in drug stores.
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Ironically... my teenaged years were my thinnest (although I certainly didn't think so at the time!). The freshman 15 was more like freshman 50 for me... and then having kids didn't help one bit on the scale!
And I agree wholeheartedly JLKL... I can't eat that stuff either! I just have to wait until the school year is done so I can commit completely to the 2-week Induction phase. A friend of mine just agreed to join me to do it, so that will help even more! YAY!
When I first started with lowcarbing (about 5 weeks ago), I was cutting back on the carbs. But I found that I had to do the Atkins 2 week Induction Phase to get myself into ketosis (fat burning) mode.
For me, starchy carbs (like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes) have now turned on me and become my enemy. Starchy carbs turn into sugar after being digested. I am now adding a few berries and almonds back into my diet. I try to keep my carbs under 40 grams.
The last 8 years have been spent on yo-yo diets, but now I realize I have to avoid excessive carbs forever.
Lowcarb recipe books are a big help when I want something sweet. I think I have posted a link to a few good ones. The links icon is on the righthand side of the page. And Linda's Low Carb website has some really good recipes also.
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I think you have done more diets than me! I have to stay zero carb, as just about any carb makes me a head case. I can have a few. But, not many! If I have any they tend to be from cheese or eggs. Cauliflour every once in a while. But, usually just one bite. I wish you the best of luck. Remember, it is better to overeat hard boiled eggs than one little taste of cake!
Welcome! Yours is a common story here. Dieting practically from Day 1, and gaining and losing the same pounds over and over. Mom started me on TOPS while I was in grade school. Don't know how old I was. Probably about fourth grade or younger. She took me to a doctor who said that I should have nothing but a piece of fruit for lunch. I don't remember what breakfast and supper were supposed to be, but only a piece of fruit for lunch. For a growing kid! I know she meant well; she was very heavy herself and didn't want me to go through that. But a single piece of fruit!
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I agree Eliz! I worry about my daughter, only because she LOVES foods (healthy and not, lol) but I would never put her on a diet! We talk in my household about "treat foods" and "good food for our bodies" and I feel confident that so far, my kids are pretty good about their attitude towards food.
I don't blame my mom, she did what she thought was best at the time. She does recognize now that it wasn't a good choice, and feels guilty about it. But we all make mistakes as parents. And I certainly can't blame her for the last 15 years! lol
thanks for the welcome!
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Welcome LJO888 I had a birth daughter a year older than you when I was 19, and I actually have many more daughters. (some adopted- some not) I have never ever and never will have them on a diet as a child! I had them run around more if I could motivate them! :o) But never diet. Only 1 so far had a "real" weight issue, but by age 18 she chose to lose weight on her own. Another has weight issues right now at 23, but that is her battle not mine!! She tells me how she wants me to support her!! And I do! I'm sorry- I just hate hearing about kids on diets!!
Hello everyone. My name is Laura. I am 36 years old, a teacher and a single mother of two kids, 6 and 9. I have dieted my whole life. Well, not my WHOLE life, I didn't start that first round of Weight Watchers until my mom could get a doctor to sign off on allowing me in at 8 years old. I've tried WW, chain-smoking, starvation, Protein Power, The Zone, Atkins, South Beach, The Dukan Diet, GI Diet, Eat Right for your Type, Herbal Magic, Slimfast, Ideal Protein, Arbonne Essentials, The Eat Clean Diet, and a million other things I can't recall right now. And I usually do manage to lose some weight. But I have never managed to stay the course. I let "little cheats" sneak back in, and voila, I'm back where I started. Well, not quite back where I started. My all-time high was after my son was born and I was around 265lbs. I felt HORRIBLE! Managed to lose about 30lbs with WW, gained it back pregnant with my daughter, then lost 40lbs with Herbal Magic after my daughter was born. And then for the last 5 years I have lost and gained the same 15lbs at least a dozen times!
I know that I am carb-sensitive. Carbs make me get completely out of control. The only times in my adult life that I have ever felt in control of my eating habits is once I have got sugars and carbs out of my system for a while. I have been good the last month or so... working out almost daily and generally "eating clean", but I know that isn't enough for my body. I need to cut the carbs if I am going to get to a healthy weight and stay there. So, here I am... again. As a teacher, I am so busy right now I can't even think straight, so I am going to ease into this thing. I can't have the "day 4 carb flu" when report cards are still not finished.
So my plan is to keep exercising and eating clean healthy foods for the next two weeks, slowly cutting more and more carbs, and then start full on Induction on July 1st when I have time to completely focus on ME!
As you can see, I am not new to SP at all. So, I know how wonderful the support of an active Sparkteam can be!
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