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2/21/13 8:10 P

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It was, but the doctor suggested I try the Chantix and it really worked for me. Oh, I still think about it and crave one now and then (much like CARBS! lol) but I take a deep breath and count to 5 and the craving usually goes away.

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2/21/13 2:09 P

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Way to go, Lady, quitting smoking! From what I hear, that is a really hard thing to do.

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2/20/13 8:20 P

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Maw....I decided to go back to 'Induction" again myself. I'm going to cut out those SF candies with that 'sugar alcohol' and see if that makes a difference. Other than those, I was eating everything that I was 'allowed' but still couldn't get my body into Ketosis. Still losing weight though and the working out at the gym is wonderful! Makes me feel good and proud of myself!
Reading what you wrote to Georgie gave me lots of new 'meal' ideas while I'm back on Induction. Thanks for those! Will write you shortly to tell you what else I found out.

Today was a busy day. Worked out at the gym, took my dog to the groomers, went to Walmart and Home Depot, then went to the hospital for a chest xray. I like to be proactive with my health. I used to smoke up until last June (off and on, mostly on). Been having a bit of a cough lately. Doc told me to take these allergy pills called Zyrtec(sp?) or something. But, I wanted her to refer me for an xray as well. So, did that, and back home in time to finally fix lunch/dinner! lol And I started out after breakfast at about 10 am this morning!! Time just flew by! Have a nice evening everyone!

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2/20/13 3:53 P

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hey georgie. sounds like you have a lot of variety in your diet. which is good. you're not one of those people saying "how can i do induction? i hate salad. i hate eggs. etc, etc."
a couple things i am thinking. one is you said you eat catsup. catsup has alot of sugar in it. you shouldn't eat catsup. most places where catsup tastes good, i use mustard. also, make sure your sausages are low carb. alot of sausages are made with bread crumbs and/or sugar. same goes for pepperoni or other deli meats.
and the math for counting carbs is to deduct fibre from the carbs, not sugar. some say you can deduct 1/2 the sugar alcohols (sugar free candy has sugar alcohols). i just avoid things with sugar alcohols myself.
i do not eat wheat or sugar, which makes being low carb alot easier, since i don't worry about even looking at low carb breads or cereals and the like. i also don't use artificial sweeteners. i don't know if that makes a difference in your body's reactions. some say it does make the body react like it's getting sugar.
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2/20/13 2:36 P

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One of my favorite meals is 2-3 patties of sausage, and use some of the grease to scramble 2 eggs in, and it is filling and tasty. I have it sometimes in the morning and sometimes at night. Good luck!

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2/20/13 2:26 P

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Thanks for all the advice you sent your way. I just finished lunch. I used my GtXpress, put in mushroom, broccoli and 2 turkey sausage patties, 2 sunnyside up eggs and added diced black olives and mozzerella cheese, sprinkled salt. It was very good and filling, just rushed. Today I am starting my first day on induction again and will look for the positive side of eating this way and with all your advice and others I can read online, I will be victorious this time and gradually add the carb until it causes gains like the book said. You can add 5 carbs at a time until you stop or are stalled. Appreciate any other tips you found to help you succeed on the 2 weeks if you found it challenging. I am not feeling frustrated, thanks to you all.

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2/20/13 2:23 P

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Very good point Maw... changing our thinking. That is what any life change is all about, huh? That is what it took for me to start this journey and the weight loss has slowed down a lot but I feel so good and I have seen so many advantages to losing almost 80 pounds! It is so worth it and if you eat according to plan it really is easy to do!

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Woubbie, I'm sorta in a bad mood too, but I don't have the complications you have! Just life... feel like I never get caught up.

Georgie, I find it absolutely necessary to plan ahead! Because I work full-time, I use the weekend to plan a week's meals, make my grocery list, and coordinate the contents of the freezer, the refrigerator, with a limited budget. :) I think I feel so much better eating LC foods that compromise is worth it. Try experimenting and see how you feel on LC - I cannot motivate myself to eat any particular way to lose weight (weird but true), but I can motivate myself to feel good, have a clear brain, and lots of energy. Try looking at those benefits!

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2/20/13 2:03 P

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Ok, for supper tonight how about chicken. Try Josie's Chicken Divan Casserole www.genaw.com/lowcarb/chicken_divan_
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Then tomorrow, for breakfast either have a quiche made with eggs, bacon or sausage, cheese and cream, or else 2-4 oz of bacon (or sausage) and 3 eggs, cooked however you want. Scrambled or fried in the drippings is good. For lunch have Chicken Broccoli Soup - a serving of the leftover Chicken Divan Casserole heated up in can of chicken broth. Add some extra cream if you have it and it fits in with the rest of your day's food. For supper have Tuna "Rice" Casserole www.genaw.com/lowcarb/tuna_rice_cass
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and a salad. You might want to make just a half recipe of the tuna casserole, too, though it does freeze nicely.

Will you have a chance to get to the store before Friday? If so, you have lots more options, of course. Have either more of the quiche or else bacon (or sausage) and eggs again for breakfast. How about a big tuna salad for lunch - Linda's basic salad with a can of tuna and a hardboiled egg or two. And for supper, assuming you don't make it to the store, have a big serving of either chicken or turkey, a salad, and cooked veggie with butter. Saute chicken or turkey in butter or olive oil, add some herbs, and maybe some cheese over the top.

Just a few suggestions for what you can eat on Induction that shouldn't make you feel at all deprived or limited. And once you get to the store you have a lot more variety. Meatloaf with Fauxtatoes (mashed cauliflower with cheese) and a salad for supper. Or a big pork steak (or pork chop) with green beans and a salad. Or pot roast with carrots, onions and mushrooms and a salad. Or fried chicken (coated with pork rinds and/or parmesan cheese), creamed spinach, and a salad. Or a bowl of chili (without the beans), with a blob of sour cream and/or grated cheese on top. Or a taco salad without the bowl or chips - just lettuce, tomatoes, seasoned meat (leftover chili works fine), onions or green onions, sour cream and grated cheese. Or hamburger steak smothered in mushroom gravy, with green beans or broccoli or other veggie of your choice, plus a salad.

For breakfast, quiche (your options there are virtually unlimited - add whatever meat you like, whatever veggies you like, and whatever cheese you like), or an omelet (same thing goes there) or just plain old bacon (or sausage or ham or leftover meat) and eggs.

For lunch, the same sort of egg dishes are good for lunch, too, or leftovers from supper, or soup, or a big salad with lots of veggies, leftover meat, hardboiled eggs, etc. Tuna or hardboiled eggs or chicken or turkey mixed with mayo and a bit of onion (like you're making a tuna etc. salad sandwich) and served over a bowl of lettuce and tomatoes and cucumbers.

I'm sure Jimmy didn't say to subtract the sugar, though he may have said to subtract the sugar alcohols. Big difference. Can you take a half pint of heavy cream to work to put in your coffee? And don't skip breakfast. It's important that you eat breakfast. At least a hardboiled egg with mayo if you don't have time for anything else.

Hang in there! Truly, your choices even during Induction are limitless. It's just a matter of changing your thinking so you see the possibilities instead of the limitations.



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2/20/13 1:56 P

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You are looking at the glass half empty. I can sit and complain about low carb, we all can. But, we choosevto see the positive. No, I cannot have French fries, but I can have a bacon cheeseburger. We all missed certain foods, it is not just you. Those of us who have the most success seem to really realize how important this diet is for our health. I do not want to spend the last ten years of my life being sick.
Now, there are tons or recipes in the Atkins book if you need variety. But, it sounds like you have plenty of variety already.

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2/20/13 12:56 P

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For induction I was eating eggs, pepperoni slices, pork, hamburger without the buns from fast food, salads with just lettuce or extras, mozerella shredded cheese, veggies, tomatoes, alvacado, decaf coffee, water, salad dressing, black olives, broccoli, mushrooms, mayonnaise, catsup, cream cheese, were the main staples. I still have turkey, tuna and chicken I have in the freezer I can use too. I felt limited with just that to eat. What am I missing for more variety? Today I was so upset I ate no breakfast, got to work and had (1) cup of coffee with Internation Delight (1) tbsp which was 35 cal and had 6 carbs but if I do what Jimmy said count the sugar and subtract it would be 0 net carbs but you all say that can't be right............so confused there. I can try induction again today and have eggs with mushrooms, broccoli and olives omelet for lunch and try again if you all can add more food then what I already eat. Would appreciate any and all suggestions because you are the ones living the low carb life and found results. Thanks for the recent advice.

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You came to the right place, I think!

Rather than trying an upheaval of your lifestyle over and over, how about looking at the issue from a more positive perspective? What one or two changes can you commit to for the long term, starting today? My "Day One" change was a commitment to eat virtually no more wheat, pretty much forever. I left the door open for other grains at least on an occasional basis in the future, but more than a smidgen of wheat was a no-no. I also cut sugar to a bare minimum, but didn't outright forbid it. I'm just never ever allowed to have more than a few calories of it at a time. So, if there's 10 calories of sugar in my DH's sauce I'm not going to scrape it off the pork chop, but I'm also not going to eat a whole piece of cake ever.

For your trip, promise to enjoy yourself whether you lose 20 pounds by then or only 2. The pressure of trying to lose will take so much of the joy of anticipation away from your experience!

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2/20/13 11:10 A

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I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with finding a diet that you can stick to, Georgie. But I'm glad you're reaching out for help!

What was it about Induction that you had so much trouble with? A lot of people unintentionally limit themselves a lot more than they need to, just because they don't realize all the things that they CAN eat. If you felt deprived because you couldn't eat the things you used to eat, then try making a list of all the wonderful things that you CAN eat now that you couldn't before, and concentrate on them. We'd be glad to help with that. Or go to Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes at www.genaw.com/lowcarb/induction_menu
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for some ideas. I've been eating low carb for over 8 years, and when I was having trouble a couple of years ago getting back to a strict program, I used her menus and recipes for Induction and that got me over it.

As to what keeps me eating low carb, it's my health. Even when I am eating too much and gaining weight (and I have gained 50 to 60 pounds several times during these 8 years, and then taken them back off again), my blood work stayed really good. The last time I had blood work done, my HDL was in the 90s and my triglycerides were 29. You don't get much better than that! And my blood pressure is usually around 100-110/55-70. Again, that's about as good as it gets. And both my cholesterol and my blood pressure were borderline high before I started low carbing, and my HDL was in the 30s or 40s. And I was pre-diabetic before eating low carb, and now I'm back down well into the normal range. As far as I'm concerned, it's worth giving up sugars and grains (and let's face it - that's really about all you're giving up - that and potatoes) to have that huge an improvement in my health. I am absolutely 100% positive that I would be shooting up insulin and taking a boatload of pills if I weren't eating low carb. Either that or I'd be dead.

By the way, I, too, am post-menopausal, though fortunately I've never had to deal with hot flashes. Just the occasional warm flash. But at 57 (58 next month), I do understand that changes as we get older affect how our bodies work.

As for the cruise, remember that your weight really only affects how you view yourself, and that will affect how others view you. The cruise that I went on a few years ago, most people were older than me and most of those were overweight to some extent. Just get yourself some clothes that look good on you, and go have yourself a great time!

Oh, and one more thing - if you'll tell us what it was about Induction that was so hard, we may be able to make other suggestions. Like maybe South Beach would work better for you, or there may be ways to make Induction easier for you. Or you may be able to skip some parts of Induction. Don't try eating low carb just a few days a week. It won't work. It takes a few days for your body to get into ketosis, so if you only eat low carb a few days at a time, you're probably never in ketosis so you're not getting the weight loss advantages of eating low carb.

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2/20/13 10:42 A

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I am so frustrated. I love to encourage others and rarely ask for help...but I just feel the camel broke it's back and I trully need help now. I want to lose weight so bad and I keep changing up to find results. I am back to walking on my treadmill up to over 100 minutes a day, starting with 30 minutes before I go to work. I tried the induction and didn't last more than 5 days if even that.......than I thought I would just do low carb and not everyday. I even started intermittent Fasting and did that for about 3 days where I only ate at 6pm. Not smart, I know. I have read hundreds of books on weight loss for nutrition, exercise and emotional. I just recently bought a Juicing book the other day and will be reading it for some ideas too. I know with being post menopausal, still getting hotflashes and knowing that my body doesn't function like it did years ago when losing weight was easy. But then again, I had a family of 6, kept the house spotless, did laundry and dishes daily...........I had so much more to do just normally. Now my adult daughter lives with me as a housemate. I am only responsible for me. I am trying to find a way to eat for life and not just for losing weight for an upcoming cruise I am taking by myself in April. The first time by myself without any friends so I want to look good wherever I go. I read All Atkins books and joined the site. I listen to Jimmy Moores podcasts and enjoy all the educational information. If you struggled with low carb and got over the hump, what helped you to use it for a way of life and not just a diet to start and stop? Any advice or encouragement would help. I am so disappointed in myself for not being more faithful with a healthy eating plan.

Regarding you son and husband...............Instead if you are internally stressing and holding it in..........try to talk to both of them and tell them how overwhelmed you are and how helpless you feel. Share you feelings to your son, how you love him and you want the best for him. I pray when my life goes through difficulties or my children aren't going down the right path. I hope you also use that avenue because the one thing prayer does for me is bring me peace and I've learned to trust God. I've had to learn to tell people my feelings when many years I just stuffed them with food and depression. I found out depression was anger turned inward. Now when my adult children hurt me. If I can't talk face to face, I text how I feel with love and get my point across and I am free of any bad feelings. I pray that you find peace in your situations.



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2/20/13 9:51 A

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We have to push our son in school daily. He has no motivation. My husband does a lot too. I cannot imagine how stressful it would be without my husband also helping. We kinda take turns working with him and getting the work done and done properly.
A lot of snow today and no real plans. Think I might just stay home.

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2/20/13 9:44 A

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Hey! We ALL have them!! And, it's good to 'vent'! I always feel better when I do that! It may not change the situation causing the stress, but it sure helps me be more in control of myself so that I can deal with it more effectively! lol Things will work out the way they are meant to, you watch! So, try not to worry or stress too much over it. Go write your blog and let loose!!

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I am so sorry!! You have a double dose of stress with husband out of work and your kiddo. Not easy. Stay strong in your eating today. I tend to do mindless eating when I"m down or upset, so hope that you can make your eating plan and stick to it despite the stress. You can always come here and vent!

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Good morning, all, and Happy Wednesday!

I"m battling a bad mood today. Been fighting it all week, really. Younger son is totally tanking out on grades and I'm too burned out on the situation to be dealing well with it. We're waiting for a meeting to be scheduled with some of the school specialists, which may or may not help, but I'm not making the situation any better. Starting to get frazzled because I guess I think my laid-off husband should be taking a more active part in the problem and he's really being useless, other than to growl and make the situation worse.

Gonna post a blog about it today, I just really need to vent and get my thoughts out there. Sorry to be such a downer first thing in the morning.

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