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1/14/13 5:55 P

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You are not alone. Stress will do it to me every time. I had only 4 hours of sleep the last two nights and the scales are up 2 pounds this morning. The good thing is I know it can't possibly be mostly fat.
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1/14/13 3:17 P

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I'm too old to work out to a frenzy! (well more like ortho injuries) I do Pilates, Yoga, cycle, walking. I never think of it as burning calories but I do know it helps my brain chemistry!

I'm honestly surprised things have not come off as easily as I'd hoped and also that I gained so much since I wasn't really "bad". Just not very strict. I was also under stress because my kitty had to have emergency surgery right before xmas to boot.

I hate it when I know I'm not really hungry just hormones talking to me to eat.

Thanks for the support and cross your fingers for me!

Edited by: MOXIE6 at: 1/14/2013 (15:23)
I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb.

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1/14/13 1:29 P

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I would choose a little different approach to get back on track, everyone is different, so hopefully you can find what works for you.
If you do reduce carbs all the way to induction (and even if you don't) you may actually have to increase your salt intake, because your kidneys dump more salt on low carb. If you don't replace some of it your kidneys will then dump potassium to maintain a balance and this can lead to leg cramps, in spite of sufficient magnesium blood levels. I do agree with drinking enough but losing water weight can be a bad thing.
As far as sugar substitutes I have found that sugar-free chocolate etc. still causes cravings and, I suspect, blood sugar ups and downs, so I would avoid all of those, maybe apart from a small square of very dark 85% chocolate.
I agree with getting back to regular exercise, but not primarily to burn calories. The benefit of exercise goes so much further, it helps with relaxation, improves hormone levels, builds muscle (a good kind of weight gain) and endurance. Don't even worry about killing yourself in the gym every day. You deserve to enjoy your workouts and you want them to be fun enough that you can maintain a lifelong habit of exercising. This does not mean that you should never push yourself, just try to find things that are good for your mind and emotions as well as your body and to get rest days once or twice a week.
Overall put the emphasis on treating yourself well: healthy food, healthy exercise, not too much focus on the scales (as they don't distinguish between fat and muscle), enough sleep, enough fun time etc.
You know that you will lose weight on low-carb so you don't need to be in a rush or go to extremes. You can still enjoy tasty foods, just a little lower-carb and maybe a little less.
The key is to stay out of crisis mode because that will really screw up you hormones.
On days when you can't fit in a workout just try to walk a little more, shovel snow, sweep the house, walk the dog a little longer.
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Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 1/14/2013 (13:30)
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1/14/13 10:56 A

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You say you worked out intermittently during the holidays. So, #1, go back to your usual exercise routine. I had gained a few myself and actually ate too much salt as well, so my body bloated up, espec my feet/ankles! Ugh! #2 personally, I went back on Induction, drank Lots and Lots of water (& yes I was in the restroom a LOT! lol), cut down on my salt, and went back to my 3 times a week exercise at the gym. Fortunately, in a week, I had dropped 4 lbs of the 6 I had gained. Hope that I will have dropped the other 2 by this coming Wednesday. I think I have, but refuse to get on the scale till then. I don't and never have counted calories on the Atkin's Diet, because it said that I didn't have to. Has never been a factor in my health or losing weight. I eat a lot of hamburger and steak, high fat, along with other meat and proteins, dairy, and a few veggies (not a big veggie eater..lol) and I'm doing fine. Last time I was on this, I didn't drink enough water. I have found out that this is very important. So try to have at least 64oz a day..that can included tea or crystal lite or diet sodas...but water is the best. You'll lose it and get back on track. If you get the urge for something sweet, go get some Russell Stover SF candies. After subtracting the Fiber and the Sugar Alcohols, it works out that you can basically have about 3 a day for roughly 2 carb grams! And they are yummy! But, don't eat anymore than that a day or you might be spending some time in the ladies room! lol Good luck!

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1/14/13 10:02 A

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Well, maybe not a disaster but here's my latest in learning....
I worked out intermittently during holiday season (my son was home from public boarding high school and he had a lot of appointments in other towns)
I had out of town guest who not only took us out for dinner but had her birthday (cake of course)

Result: hormonal inconsistency with hot flashes and hunger returning.
I thought I'd done pretty well since I passed up pies I had made for xmas, dessert out to dinner, bread galore, pasta, etc. etc.
Result: gained 7 pounds! UGH!!!

Now I'm trying to get back on track...hot flashes are abating now that I'm working out again, Even thought I've been eating LC I've been eating way too many calories still this last week.

Thoughts? Induction again? Fat Fast?

I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb.

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