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8/11/13 2:03 A

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I had two eggs this morning, fried in a mixture of pork steak, red bell peppers and onions all chopped up - then put a little cheese melted over the eggs and that was breakfast - and what I had until about 3:30 this afternoon.

Then I had a salad with bbq ranch dressing (it's different and was "ok" - not my favorite) and a piece of pork steak and an ear of corn which I found as I was cleaning my freezer. There's no more! Then about 7 I had a piece of cheese.



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7/31/13 11:23 A

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An Italian soda out on the deck sounds positively glamorous!

Yesterday I finally managed the fat-fast I've been striving to do -- 81% fat -- which means BARELY. And I lost 1.5 lb.




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I had a protein shake for breakfast with almond milk, protein powder and half cup of strawberries. For my main meal (mid afternoon) I had a salmon patty, about 1.5 oz. ribeye and a salad with Chipotle Ranch dressing. I won't eat any more tonight, but may hve an Italian soda later on when it cools down and I go out to the deck for a bit.

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7/30/13 12:08 P

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yesterday was pretty much the same as the day before with the same results (lost 2.5 lb; then lost 2 lb)! Only difference is that my gut finally felt better at the end of the day and that is when I started feeling hungry!


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7/29/13 11:14 A

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My stomach was unsettled ALL yesterday, so eating only a little was easy to do. I wanted to make it a fat fast, but didn't make that goal. Still, it was a great LCal day.


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Ate DH's birthday dinner at the Outback. Fixed him his usual chocolate cake with icing. Ate everything I wanted and no more. Felt a bit "unsettled" in my stomach before bed and upon wakening. And I gained more weight. There is nothing I want more today than to return to my usual diet.


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I am going to finish out the month.

It is apparent when viewed as a whole that the past 2 weeks have been very difficult for me. While the carb cravings aren't obvious, the difficulty I'm having making good choices consistently and in being able to follow my cycle DOES mean carbs are affecting my brain, and not just my weight.

Stress, guests, more stress, dining out, more stress, birthdays, more stress, physical therapy and over-stressing my injured joint and pain, lawyers and more stress, unexpected bills.... I have an overflowing plate with nothing on it I want.

I would do well to focus on taking care of myself and eating better. I can't seem to do it! While it would be easier and less stressful to drop tending to my dietary goals right now, I also know that would send me spiraling out of control for a long time. I guess I shall have to settle for doing the best I can even if it is a bad job.

So... I gained 2 pounds Friday (after eating what I thought were great choices {soup and salad} at Chili's Restaurant turned out not to be at all!) and I gained 2 pounds this morning (after yesterday's birthday celebrations which I accepted/ate because I KNOW DD and DH are TRYING to be supportive and it would just be very bad to reject their efforts at this time.

And tomorrow is going to bring more bad news because today is DH's birthday and HE bent over backwards for ME yesterday and I need to be just as supportive for him today.


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Total bust? Sounds more like a roaring success!

Yesterday's weight: 168.6 -- 0.6 lb loss. A relief! Perhaps the excess carbs are already gone!
Yesterday's:
calories: 1235
total carb: 55
net carb: 43 -- terrible, terrible, terrible!
meal dist: okay
nutrition%: 71/11/18
ease: I blew it again by eating at Chili's without knowing in advance what the nutrition was... WHY? DD wanted to eat lunch at a restaurant; it looked very safe. Appearances can be deceiving! I wanted to please DD. I'm a people pleaser, it turns out! I wanted value for my meal -- I ate 2 servings of soup and salad, even though I wasn't particularly hungry.
I did not eat dinner. That was okay as I was not hungry. But I gained 2 pounds as of this morning as a result! Sigh. I am an idiot sometimes! How many times will I make this same mistake before I learn?


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7/25/13 1:54 A

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I had 1119 calories today. 54% fat, 16% carb and 30% protein! All within my plan.

Walked on the TM this morning because it was too hot outside to walk. did some squats and some bands as well........ the day wasn't a total bust anyhow. (even got about a 20 minute nap (not intentional))

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7/24/13 7:38 P

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The reason I have stopped posting on this thread is because Nancy wanted help to keep accountable, so I am now posting my daily food on the accountability thread.

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7/24/13 11:04 A

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Yesterday:
weight: 169.2 stable
calories: 644
total carb: 7
net carb: 7
meal dist: good
nutrition%: 79/17/5
ease: easy day! They should all be this easy!



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7/24/13 1:40 A

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Today was good for me... I had two eggs this morning for breakfast with half an avocado.

Main Meal was a taco salad (made at home) with taco spiced ground beef, lettuce and tomatoes. Had also a cup of cut up cantaloupe.

Chomped on a hot dog, well actually a polish dog this evening, but wasn't hungry for anything else.



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Yesterday's weight: 169.2 -- a 1.4 lb gain; only surprise is that it isn't a bigger gain.
Today is a LCal day.
calories: 523
total carb: 8
net carb: 8
meal dist: okay
nutrition %: 70/24/6
ease: very easy -- no hunger; no cravings.


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yesterdays weight: 167.8 -- a 0.2 lb gain; I take it to mean that I got myself off the fat-fast at the right time!

Yesterday was a high everything day! I went to the all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch at the Greenbriar Inn....
I did not restrain myself; but I think I did eat less that I have in the past. And I didn't have the bottomless mimosa either! Also I ate practically nothing else all day. All by choice.

And yes, there were consequences that registered on the scale this morning. I gained 1.4 lbs. My only surprise is that it wasn't a bigger gain! And yes, I am taking immediate action to counter it.

Given the rocky week I've had emotionally, and the emotional eating I did earlier in the week, I am PROUD to report that even with yesterday's feast, I gained 0.8 lbs for the week, thanks to prompt action in trying to counter my earlier slip-up. And if I hadn't (deliberately) feasted yesterday, I expect that I could've reported that I lost a pound....

I think it is important that we not expect ourselves to be perfect but that we practice MINDFUL eating -- eating by deliberate choice. I did make a mistake eating emotionally early in the week -- and I spent the rest of the week eating very deliberately to counter what I'd done. Yesterday's feasting was a deliberate choice (or mindful), and I don't regret it. I still intend to react to it as detrimental to my weight loss goals and do what I can to counter its effects -- and that is mindful also!


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yesterdays weight: 167.6 pretty stable.... This confirms that the fat-fast has done its job. So I return to my cycle....
Yesterday was a LCal Day
calories: 835
total carb: 18
net carb: 8
meal dist: poor
nutrition%: 70/22/9
ease: no problem. I rushed out of the house without eating breakfast and felt faint before lunch. Ate a spinach salad at Pasta Jays... No one wanted a big dinner, and I wasn't hungry either!

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Well Betty, I hope you enjoy the 'pie'. Pastry is something I have never really lost the taste for. It was always a big favourite of mine although apart from the oopsie stuff I haven't made any in a very long while.

This last week has been amazing for me. I have really enjoyed it and no craving is the best part actually. After a celebration day I usually have to do a really low carb day to deal with the subsequent craving for the "goods", but for some reason the eating within an hour really does seem to work.

I have gained two or three pounds which is actually much better than I expected, I really have eaten everything that I wanted in my one meal. All the carb favourites in their natural form, except for sugar.

I am going away in ten days, so think I will do a cycle version of low/cal/lowcarb until I go and get back down hopefully before I leave.

Yep low cal on a regular basis and I just don't see eye to eye on how much I need to feel full. :)

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Good for you Koshie on losing another pound. They just don't seem to want to leave us...

Wispy, that bacon/egg pie sounds great. I made some notes and will give it a try... Just for something a little different. No crust wouldn't be an issue for me. I've forgotten that most pies have crusts... (or I tell myself I have anyhow).

The lamb, I'll leave to you and Koshie. I don't do lamb. Had a bad experience with lamb once and I won't eat it - haven't in about 45 years... But I know a lot of people that really do like it - my son does, they do lamb quite often.

I've heard of the Carb Addicts plan, but never did it. The low calorie diets leave me hungry too, thats why WW was such a chore for me. I have done South Beach, but don't care for the skim and low fat products. although I like the beans, etc. and I do use beans once in awhile, I'll sprinkle a few kidney beans on a salad, just for the added fiber (which I don't always get as much as I think I should).

My back side is telling me that this chair is getting hard and I'm getting tired.


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7/20/13 9:14 P

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The lamb curry was from my Indian house hold help. I am guessing it was authentic and is why it is so good.

Betty well this week I am doing the carb addicts eating plan from Drs. Heller so this is why I have been baking again. Would never have started except I badly needed a change to help my tummy settle. Too much low carb does upset it these days, and too much low cal leaves me starving. Don't know how this will work out weight wise. Today is Day 7, so the scales will tell all tomorrow.

This plan allows you to eat carbs at one meal as long as you consume it within one hour - something to do with the way the body and insulin work together. Anyway although I do not know about the weight yet, I have to say there has been no craving and this is what I remember from when I used it before. Once the initial craving for all the baked goodies subsides I am thinking (providing I don't gain) it will be a good thing to go back to. The beauty of it is because of there being no craving, I get to eat those things on a once a day basis without any adverse results - except the weight gain.

The bacon and egg pie can be made with or without crust. It is different from a quiche. The way I make it is either oopsie base, pastry base, or no base. Use a spring form tin and line the bottom and sides with cooked bacon or ham spread with a little dried onion, garlic or seasoning that you enjoy. Break in 6 eggs and cover with grated cheese so that the yolks are covered. cook in the bottom of the oven and then just finish off on the top shelf to brown the cheese. Delicious cold and tastes quite different from quiche or frittata. The eggs should be set. Takes about 40 or 50 mins in a moderate oven. comes out easily if you grease the spring form tin.

I have a whole load of low carb recipes on this team I think Koshie. Posted them many moons ago. If they are not there I will search out the team I did post them on.

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A CATERER?!?! No wonder your lamb curry was so good! Now I'm starting to salivate! Any more great low-carb recipes to share? Don't tempt me with the high-carb recipes!

I fat-fasted yesterday as planned; and I woke up to another pound lost. (This actually puts me at one whole pound lost for the entire week -- the consequences of losing control early in the week.) I'd say that I received my confirmation about my desire to get all the carbs out of my system by fat-fasting, so I am returning to my regular cycle today. It is a LCal Day, since DD and friend still really want to go to the all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch at the Greenbriar Inn. So... tomorrow will be my High Calorie Day. And I am glad I spent all week preparing! I plan to opt to NOT have the champagne mimosas. I'd rather eat than drink my carbs any day.
Yesterday:
calories: 726
total carb: 7
net carb: 5
meal dist: poor
nutrition %: 84/12/4
ease: fine. I wanted a higher fat percentage, but I am happy with the way the day went.


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So Wispy.... Bacon & egg pie??? I'm assuming it's along the lines of a Quiche? If so, I'll be there for lunch!! emoticon .

I don't dare start doing any baking, in fact, I don't even have any flour in my house. I do have a small amount of Bisquick leftover from when I made something here awhile back - but once I start baking goodies, I can't seem to quit, so I just don't start. I figure if I need a treat like that, I can go buy just one.. Good intentions anyhow....

My husband was a chocolate-a-holic and as long as there was chocolate in the house, he was a happy camper. Chocolate is good, but I did get tired of it, probably a good thing, although I'd fix his chocolate then make something different as well. Lemon is probably my downfall.

I took a pork steak out of the freezer tonight (it's already cooked on the bbq the other day) and will have that tomorrow - probably big enough for all day. I got some fresh broccoli today, some cauliflower, two ears of corn and some Romaine..and a couple avocados. My refr is full...



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Hi there gals,

So the fat fast - is eating fat..... I guess if you wanted to lose water quickly this would be a good way to do it. Interesting really cos fat gives me the runs, but does not seem to get rid of any fluid. Wondering if water retention leaves (cant remember the name of them now) but a doctor friend of mine used to take this tea (tasted foul) but she swore by it for reducing fluid.

I am smiling Betty, that is so how I used to cook as well. The family would eat whatever it was that had taken my fancy and smile. I m sure this was because like you, I actually cooked well - hope so as I had a restaurant for a while and then a catering business. :)

This week has been reminded me how much I enjoy the process of cooking and baking. So it has been like a holiday experience and that's great fun.

Seeing as how I am going away in a couple of weeks, I will need to most likely do low cal for the next few days in order to get back to where I was, before I enjoy the delights of the restaurants in Queenstown.

I was going to make bacon and egg pie today, but never got round to cooking the roast pork yesterday as I had a hankering for pumpkin scones, a very old favourite of mine and so never got round to cooking a main meal as I had a salad later. Still fancy the bacon and egg pie, another very old favourite, so I may cook it today and have it tomorrow which will be day 7.
Man alive I have enjoyed this week and eaten most of my favourite things - well the things that came instantly to mind when I thought of trying this carb addicts plan again.

Just thinking I might do it for another week, but limit myself much more on the carbs as there has certainly been no craving at all. That is one of the things I remember about it from when I used it before with success. Eating them within the one hour certainly works for me. I so hate that craving feeling.

Have a good weekend ladies.

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Wispy:
The fat-fast, also known as the Kekwick Diet, is a medical construct used for determining metabolic resistance to weight loss (primarily). Obviously, we dieters use it for something else!
Unless you are under medical supervision, you should not be on the diet more than 5 days. It is VERY restrictive -- dangerously so, I've read. You can't possibly get good nutrition on it.

It puts you into ketosis very quickly and you start losing weight rapidly. Of course it is water weight! Anyway, ketosis helps a person burn fat rapidly, and you do start to lose fat weight after a few days. Too many people (even here) don't understand (or care about) what they are doing, they only care that the weight loss is very rapid! They will stay on it too long, thinking that they will continue to lose weight (and keep it off) as rapidly as at first -- but fat doesn't get lost as quickly as water. ( And you know that water weight returns just as quickly as it is lost once the situation that caused you to lose the water in the first place changes). In fact, I have never heard ANYONE ever announce that they KEPT OFF a single ounce of weight lost by fat-fasting, no matter how long they fat-fasted! That includes ME trying to shift ever so slightly over 3 weeks back into regular Atkins Induction-level dieting.

Those are the drawbacks. There are some positives, IMO: You can lose a lot of water-weight very quickly -- in time for a big event" that you want to look good for. (Just don't eat or drink at your big event if your "skinny dress" is tight, 'cuz you will gain that water back immediately!) You get into ketosis quickly. (This is my present use of the diet. Should I blow my diet, I find no reason to stay on it longer than to quickly get back into ketosis, which typically takes me 2-4 days.) This helps you start losing fat-weight on low-carb diets sooner. And as I mentioned above, doctors use it to determine metabolic resistance....

And the fat-fast itself: For 5 days maximum, women eat 1000 calories a day, in 5 "mini-meals". The diet should consist of 85-90 percent fat minimum. That's it! The extremely high fat percentage prevents hunger very effectively.

If you are still curious how on earth a person can eat that much fat (without gagging!), read my blog pages 61 and 60. I go in-depth into what I know about fat-fasting. And I have some 25 "meal" ideas there. It's informative!



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You had a gem of a DH, EWE!

I'm 57 (OK, in 2 weeks) and I still care how I look. I want to lose weight for that reason. But also, it has become a very large factor for me to "keep" my knees usable with minimum pain -- and that means weight loss too and also good posture and core strength and pulling my tummy in!

It is true that motivation (and the amount of effort) waxes and wanes, but the reasons remain constant. Right now, I am highly motivated, and I am willing to do the extra work of food-tracking and calorie-counting and cycling....and maybe it is in lieu of not being presently able to do the aerobic exercising that I HOPE to return to.... but reason compels me to do SOMETHING to improve my situation! Wispy also wants to improve her health and is willing to put in the extra effort. I can't speak for her, but support in WEIGHT LOSS is the largest part of the reason I am here on SparkPeople. It has been a delightful bonus to get the more social aspect as well!

This morning, I woke up to a 2 lb loss. I think the fat-fast is taking hold! I'll give it another day to confirm...
Yesterday, I fat-fasted:
calories: 782 emoticon
total carb: 8 emoticon
net carb: 6 emoticon
meal dist: great emoticon
nutrition %: 82/14/4 emoticon
ease: fine. I didn't eat 90% fat, which is the upper goal in the fat fast, but I wanted to finish up a left-over, and I did make the lower goal of the fat range. I wasn't hungry, so I consider the day's effort to be "fine".


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I chuckle... (in a good way) - you gals seem to put so much into your foods and allowances for the day - and trust me, I think it's great that you have the wherewithall to do it.

I just take something, sometimes it's anyone's guess, out of the freezer and fix it - if it needs to be fixed, or thawed or whatever.. I'm on a quest to empty my freezer before I buy any more foods (so tell me, why did I go to Costco yesterday???)

I might add that at this point, I'm not losing weight nor am I gaining weight - I guess that can be okay, but not "quite" the plan. (no one's fault but mine, I KNOW how to lose it). I just make other choices too much.

I tend not to think too much about it, just working to pretty much keep it within my guidelines. I'm like Wispy in that I love to cook and prepare things and I can't start doing that because I'd be in the kitchen all day messing around and doing things.. When the family lived at home, or was around I enjoyed cooking meals and experimenting with unusual dishes. (Husbands famous statement when something wasn't quite right was, "gee Honey, where did you get "this" recipe". But he was a good sport and would eat it anyhow. Most of the stuff was good, but a little unusual on occasion......... Lots of fun though.



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So you will have a flat and gorgeous tum tum. What a long time it takes to see results.

I am definitely feeling "fuller", by which I mean fatter - in the tummy area, so no doubt the carbs are taking their toll - however it is a very happy week for me and I am having so much fun.

What is a fat fast exactly?

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Well..... I often think the Atkins Diet is too good to be true.... (and sometimes it is) but in the long run I think it works if you commit to it and do it right. I'm glad you are giving the Carb Addict's Diet a full week trial. So you'll KNOW. Sometimes it takes a couple days to start seeing results.

And that is true with me right now also! The first day I tried to do the fat-fast, I ended up with a decent LCal Day... but I succeeded in doing a full fat-fast day yesterday. However, my weight remains exactly the same! Clearly, I still have a reservoir of carbs in my body to burn up! When the scale starts to budge, then I'll cease fat-fasting.

yesterday's weight: 170.4 -- no change. I fat-fasted.
cal: 820
total carb: 8
net carb: 5
meal dist: great
nutrition%: 90/6/4
ease: got a late start trying to plan my eating. Experienced little hunger -- was very busy mid-day. Got sleepy early and didn't want to finish my plan. But I did!

Yesterday, I underwent a painful laser medical/cosmetic procedure to tighten the skin on my tummy. It takes 3 days to heal and 6-12 months to see results. Perhaps my body's reaction (to retain water) is partially the reason why the scale didn't budge this morning.


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Well it sure did many years ago now, just like most everything else.
Have to tell you Koshie it is a joy.... I am cooking again and having so much fun. I had forgotten how much I love to cook.

I am thinking it is too good to be true... and we all know what that means.
But for this week I am going to enjoy it. Always loved eating my own cooking.

I am recording everything I eat on the accountability thread, so at least I will know at the end of the week. :)

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Good Luck with the Carb Addict's Diet! I was very attracted to the premise; and I really hope it continues to work for you!

Yesterday's weight: 170.4 -- 2 lb gain, as I mentioned. I planned a day of fat-fasting, but I messed up at dinner, sorta. I mean, I can't say it was a fat-fast. And it was a tad too much to be a really good LOW CALORIE day, but overall, it wasn't a BAD day!

Yesterday was a LCal Day....
calories: 1020
total carb: 24
net carb: 17
meal dist: poor
nutrition%: 75/16/9
ease: I was not hungry today. I made a nice meal for our vegetarian guest, and ended up eating some of it -- which blew the fat-fast! It otherwise would've been an okay LCal day.

So today again I will try to make it a fat-fast day.



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Hi there. It's a journey, so one day is all there is really. Today and I like to enjoy the journey and forget about the destination. Being at goal weight for me was never a great joy. My life was too unhappy regardless of what weight I was. It's great to feel good about myself regardless of what weight I am.

That being said, I sure do not want to gain again.

So pleased you didn't blow the whole day. I'm here right cheering you on my friend.

I'm doing the Carb Addicts at present - loving it. No craving so far. Have to see if I gain at the end of the week.

Edited by: -WISPY- at: 7/16/2013 (22:05)
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CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING YOUR 44th ANNIVERSARY, WISPY!!!!

What a magnificent milestone!

The years DO pile up ONE DAY at a time... It's that ONE DAY at a time part that we tend to discount in the face of so many years! But we have to struggle with the battle ONE DAY at a time, each and every day... You've fought

15071 DAYS IN A ROW!
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You are made of steel and covered in gold! Thank you for sharing!

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Thank you WISPY. The fact that we are older and have fought so many of life's battles gives us understanding and empathy and it is the MAJOR thing I value about this team.

There was no possible way to "recover" from yesterday's breakfast, but overall, I did not give up and I did not do as bad as I feared -- I managed to pass up several temptations and didn't spend the day just stuffing my face. (Hope?) I weighed this morning as I do every morning. I gained 2 pounds. So my plan for today is to fat-fast, trying to get excess carbs out of my system ASAP.

Yesterday was a HCal Day.
calories: 1569
total carb: 113
net carb: 101
meal dist: good
nutrition %: 55/16/29
ease: The temptations were there -- all I really WANTED to eat were carbs! But I wasn't HUNGRY, and I didn't eat as much as I feared.


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Being aware that you are withdrawing is good news hon. Being aware of what we are doing and why is a big part of the battle. In my drinking days I had no idea why I drank - it was only hindsight that allowed me to see what was buried underneath. I have just had my 44 sober birthday in AA one day at a time and I am so grateful for these years of sobriety.

Betty our stories are similar. My mother me to a doctor one time who told me that if I was a little girl (I was 10 or 11 at the time) he would tell me that if I did not stop eating my tummy would burst open if I didn't stop. My mother told me my legs were like tree trunks..... you can imagine my self image which was already very low.... Looking back I am actually smiling. God love em all - they did the best they knew. However fear and guilt added on the pounds till I got old enough to want to be slim and from there on in it has been yo yo all the way till I stopped caring when I hit the wheelchair and just ate what I liked which ended with my stop off at Spark 4 years ago. I have not regretted a single minute of being here - it has changed the whole way I look at food and it is the first time in my life that I have not immediately started to regain everything I had lost.

Happy to say my tummy has now settled and I will record my eating over on the accountability channel emoticon so that I don't just go hog wild.

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Oh... I am withdrawing... and spending terrific amounts of energy to stuff my feelings down as deep as I can. I just tremble with the effort. We've got this guest from Denmark for another 2 weeks.... and everyone here is giving me wide berth. No one has approached me.

Yesterday's weight: 168.2 no change. I thought it possible that the high carbs the day before would cause a weight gain, but perhaps my weight was stable because calories were so low.

I had a plan (below) but was unable to keep it:
[Yesterday was] a LCal Day --
calories: 830 ---- total carb: 28 --- net carb: 11
meal dist: great ---- nutrition%: 75/18/8
ease: lunch was very easy; and I picked dinner food to adjust my ratios.

No "strike through" feature for the above... I am emotionally eating now to sooth too much strain and stress. It was REALLY 1355 cal, 91 carbs, 61/13/26 % nutrition. The high carbs from the day before combined with the ongoing strain has triggered me; and I finished what started as a good day with real ice cream and a large chocolate (real) muffin.

I weighed myself this morning to find a 0.2 lb gain. And I started the day by eating ice cream and bread pudding. I don't WANT to give up and give in the the cravings and the desire to sooth myself with food, but I tremble all day; my throat hurts, my stomach hurts; and it hurts that DD and DH do not offer me any support or comfort even though my life was threatened. Not that I expect DD to offer comfort; she is 23 and needs me to be strong. I cannot run and hide since I MUST stay and talk to my lawyer. For the last 12 days, I haven't even had time and privacy to cry and let go of some of the pain that way.


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To be fair Koshie and Wispy, I haven't always been so casual about weight loss. I've gained and lost a couple of people over the years. Starting when I was a teenager and my Mother thought I should lose some weight, I think started a rebellion within my pea pickin brain! She's been gone a number of years, but I'm still of the attitude of if someone tells me I have to do something, my feathers automatically ruffle. Anyhow, beyond that, after I got out of high school and moved to Southern CA (with a girlfriend - no parents) I lost weight and weighed about 135 for many years. No diet or anything, just young and doing things... Then after I was married, I kept the weight pretty good, even after having kids. And then... for some reason in about the 70's, I started putting on weight (I was 35-40 by then) I lost weight on the Stillman diet (50#), gained it back, lost weight on Atkins Diet (50#) gained it back, did the "Metracal for lunch" - it was good, but never lost much. Then I went to WW and after a few tries, I did end up losing 80# and became a lifetime member (and never felt like I got enough to eat, even then). Then I did low carb, on my own and proceeded to lose that pesky 50# again, only to mostly gain it back. My highest weight was about 230#, I now weigh about 185 and have been holding that for some time and even tho I would "like" to lose more, I'm now 75 and it just doesn't seem as important as it did when I was younger. I'm kind of the mind set now that I'm going to enjoy my later years (within reason, of course). I'll pick my battles and just try and stay healthy. Oh yeah, I did that "Rainbow Diet" once too for another 50#... wonder I didn't kill myself with that one, they determined it was really dangerous!!

For many years I ate nothing but meat, eggs and cottage cheese (Stillman) and he wanted one to eat LEAN meat - need I say, I felt horrible, but the pound just fell off. Then in later years after I decided that fat wasn't the culprit if I wasn't eating carbs, things became a little easier ... Anyhow, the story goes on!! But I think thats part of the reason I'm not so strict with everything anymore.

Koshie, on another subject... I think if it were me, I'd distance myself from family, it sounds like they're quite a volatile bunch and I think I would choose to stay away.. But, that's me... and not knowing the whole story, you have to do whatever's best for you.



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Never thought you were angry with us my love. emoticon



Edited by: -WISPY- at: 7/14/2013 (21:14)
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Ladies all, I am not mad at you. I went camping on vacation with my extended family. Without provocation, my brother put his fingers around my throat and choked me until I was about to pass out. My family rallied around HIM, because I immediately called the sheriff (and am pressing assault charges). My brother pressed charges against me in retaliation: although I have no memory of it; I apparently scratched his arm while attempting to remove his hand from my throat. We both spent the night in jail. This was a first for me and I am suffering all kinds of emotional pain. And my throat still hurts.

But the abuse has to end. Even though I expect he will carry through on his threat to make me suffer; I will do my best to make sure that he will have a permanent criminal conviction to his name. Such will hurt him (since he IS a doctor/lawyer) more than it will hurt me. (And no, this would be a misdemeanor conviction and no license of his will be revoked.) I hope that it will give him pause in the future should he ever feel it is okay to threaten someone's life again. I don't want his wife or children to have memories similar to the terrible ones I have of familial abuse.

However, I do hurt. My mom is more concerned about his livlihood than my life. It is expensive to even DEFEND yourself in court. And I know I'm not giving you all the details and you don't really know me or how I act and react; so you'll just have to trust me when I say his attack was totally unprovoked. We hadn't been arguing; drinking was NOT involved; I was merely unknowingly standing where he didn't want me. And HE'S the guy with the muscles and the temper!


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Yep, I think that is for sure. Was fine yesterday when I left the meat and cheese alone. I did have a small omelette with cruskits.

I am not sure yet, but whereas I have always been able to eat meat and nothing - great for low carb it would seem this may be a thing of the past.
The calorie days are always fine, so may have to try upping the carbs to 30 or 40. I have not done this in a very long time, because it is way over induction, which is the only thing that I know works for me.

So we shall see. It sure does keep me on my toes. Just as well I do like fish and so pleased to have a happy tummy. Made cauliflower soup yesterday. Run out of cruskits and am contemplating making some bread as I have nothing to go with it. I could make oopsies, but they are just egg and cream cheese and don't want to risk it. See how I go later.

As it turns out if I change the carb to cals over the last two days. I have had two high cal days about 2500 each. So if all goes well I will do two low cal and see how that goes.

So no bread!! Made that decision. Save it for another day. If I did make it I know it would just all go.............. I love home made bread. Used to make it all the time, and the family and I would finish it before it even got cold.... sooooooo good.

Have a happy day ladies whatever you do.

When I feel mad Koshie I write down everything that is in my head. If I don't know what to write I just write...."I don't know what to write" and that seems to unlock the flood. It is a great way to get everything out so I feel at peace again. Absolutely no sensoring, whatever words come to mind down they go and sometimes they get repeated and repeated and underlined as the anger spills out on the page. One time I just drew a face that represented my husband and then found the pencil stabbing it over and over. I was horrified at what I had done, because of all the anger that had been bottled up. Thankfully I was going to counselling at the time and shared what had happened with my therapist. Rather than being horrified at what I had done - as I was, he said that murders occur from bottled up rage and now that mine was coming out it was a good thing. Can you believe that "a good thing".

Writing is a wonderful exercise for dealing with those negative emotions and discovering what really makes me mad and then if I want to, I can look at why I am so angry and what I can change. Others seldom change.

If what I am saying makes you even madder - just add me to your list. Love you honey.
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Edited by: -WISPY- at: 7/14/2013 (18:59)
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EWE, clearly, we've had different weight-loss journeys! "I really would like to lose about 40 pounds, however, if it happens fine - if not - well... such is life." Wow! I wish that sort of thing happened to ME, too! Color me jealous! I don't think I've ever lost even 5 pounds by leaving it up to life! Now, GAINING on the other had is definitely something that life does for me without effort on my part!

Yesterday's weight: 168.2 -- 0.6 lb gain. Exactly the unexpected half pound I lost. Sigh. And the day before I was good! Thank goodness I went and weighed for the Challenge!

Yesterday was a LCal day:
calories: 625 emoticon emoticon emoticon
total carb: 41 emoticon emoticon emoticon
net carb: 38 emoticon
meal dist: okay emoticon
nutrition%: 57/17/26 emoticon bad, but not as hideously bad as it could've been!
ease: well, I just blew the whole day. The only thing GOOD is that I didn't eat too much overall; go figure. It was fixing bread pudding for breakfast for the others and them saying it was great; and I just couldn't not taste it and that got me going... I've felt bored, restless, angry today....
On the other hand, the extreme carbs ought to REALLY throw my body off track!

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Actually Koshie, I really would like to lose about 40 pounds, however, if it happens fine - if not - well... such is life. And yes, I know you care and I appreciate that! I think we all care for one another on here.

And Wispy, with that, I hope you're feeling better by now??

Maybe it is time for you to change things around for a bit, suppose?? Sometimes I think we just get burned out eating the same things over and over.. especially when there are choices out there. I can't eat a lot of cheese, but I do eat quite a lot of meat. Lots of veggies and some fruit (had some watermelon this morning with breakfast). But I do get tired of doing low carb sometimes, then will switch it over to more calorie counting and adding calories, but cutting back on fat.

I do think nutritionally, our bodies need a variety of things unless one takes supplements and the like.. Maybe your body is telling you that a change - maybe just a small change would be in order... That's something only you can answer...





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Hey ladies, I guess Im the same as you Betty. I think age does play a big part in how we view life and also in what the doctor feels is good for us.
Mine is so delighted that diabetes and bp are under control and usually looks amazed when I have lost and is so over the top proud of me that it makes me smile.
I am happy being able to maintain as well, and seeing as how no matter what I do right now this seems to be what happens its just as well.
Of late I have been having trouble with low carb, or rather the way I do low carb. I eat a lot of meat, eggs and cheese and for some reason it does seem to be disagreeing with me, especially the fat content.

So once again I am rethinking my eating plan. I may go back to the fibro plan which has no counting of any kind - you just stick to the foods on the plan. Actually some one told me the other day that South Beach is the same. I never tried SB so did not realise that.

I do remember at the time I was using the fibro plan I did not lose very quickly but I had no problem in maintaining on it and I could eat so many more veges and salads without having to count the carbs. My cal days are fine... but I have always relied on the low carb to allow me to eat as much protein as I liked.... we shall see.

Today I am low cal as yesterday turned out to be high cal because of my upset tummy.
Milk and custard is what settles it and anything with carbs in it actually. Perhaps it is trying to tell me something. I am so off meat and eggs right now.

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Sorry, Betty, I thought you were in weight-loss mode, not maintenance mode! And you know that I care about you. I just can never seem to hit the right "tone" when I type! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Yesterday's weight: 167.8 -- 0.6 lb loss! I'm happy because I think this is the third day I've weighed less than 170, and I think that means it is permanently gone! AND I've made the "Weigh and Win" goal so I can go get officially weighed and get paid! (THEN I'll eat breakfast!)

a LCal Day
calories: 551 emoticon emoticon emoticon
total carb: 9 all of the above emoticons
net carb: 6 - all of the above emoticons
nutrition %: 70/23/6 emoticon , just barely with the fat level
meal dist: poor emoticon most calories eaten at dinner
ease: AGAIN with no breakfast! Too busy on the computer! Forgot to eat some cheese. Saved calories to go out to dinner... and had a nice Chicken Caesar Salad, no croutons!

And the ultimate insult (WHAT do restaurants put in their food that I don't at home?!?): this morning I gained back the half pound I lost yesterday! S'awright... I am still delighted to weigh less than 170!



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You know, I really don't get upset with myself too much over the way that I eat. I'm eating better than I used to eat, so that's still a plus. When I eat popcorn (one of my food groups) I pop 3 Tablespoons of popcorn which yields about 4 cups or so. I do add some butter to it - and in my warped carb counting, I do (usually) allow for it. And it does have a fair amount of carbs, I think about 20 grams carbs and about 130 calories in that. At my age, I'm going to have a few indulgences in my life

Now, this might be contrary to you gals thinking, but to me food isn't a do or die situation. I do watch what I eat, but unfortunately I had a doctor about 3 years ago tell me, not to worry about losing weight, my numbers were all good, I was walking, etc., etc. (and I still weigh the same as I did then). That was probably the worst thing she could have said because I've been kind of haphazard about it since then. I don't have any food allergies, I can eat bread, glutens, milk and all that stuff without any ill effects (unless I over-do). I don't very often eat bread, if I'm going to have some carbs, I prefer to have it in other things (like popcorn).

And with that, it's time for me to go to bed.. Hope everyone has a good night!

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Hi there sweetheart.

I was happy with my day also. This is day 2 of my low carb cycle. So enjoyed the peanut butter/cocoa treat last night.

My inches are the same as I lost after the two weeks induction, no more lost or gained.
Happy with that as I am not trying to lose right now, seeing as how it just did not happen I will maintain for a while until I get bitten by the urge to lose some more.

Sorry the anxiety is there Koshie, not so much because of the eating, but just because it is such an awful place to be. I remember it well.

Your post on the other thread reminded me of someone - and it is Monica on the Friends show. We are currently having re-runs. :) She sounds very like your friend.

Did not do the stairs yesterday, forgot until it was too late (most likely subconsciously on purpose). My knees were so grateful this morning. I will do ten today and see how I go.
And then maybe another ten later, and perhaps even a third lot of 10.

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Today I am very happy, weight-loss-wise! I lost another half-pound and I've made that outside-imposed goal, even with clothes on! Now I can go get myself officially weighed! And delighted to hear that you've lost a pound, Wispy! Have you taken other measurements by which you can gauge your progress?

Yesterday's weight: 168.2 -- 0.4 lb loss. Yesterday, I repeatedly had to stop myself from eating. I think anxiety was triggering me. Throat a bit MORE painful rather than less -- and it hurts to laugh.
Yesterday was another LCal day:
cal: 747 emoticon
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ease: messed up again and didn't eat breakfast. And since I was repeatedly feeling the urge to eat, I ended up eating more calories than I would've liked, and most calories were consumed at dinner (something I am trying to change).


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Well Betty, I didn't pick up any discontent with the way you are eating etc. in your post, so Koshie has maybe read something on another thread.

You always sound pretty well contented with how things are going. Im not a big popcorn fan, but it has practically no cals, no idea of the carbs.

Happy to say Ansie, (replacement carer) did the shopping yesterday. The cupboards were bare the night before and I had to eat something - not meat or cheese or fish. Had no eggs so couldn't make oopsies, no peanut butter so I started my low cal day early. It has worked out fine. I did wonder what would happen. But I am down a pound this morning since my last weigh in - whenever that was. I think its just the 1lb that seems to come and go. I am so happy that maintenance is really stress free at present.

Did the 25 stairs last evening, but my legs are not happy. Same thing happened when I tried it a year ago. However, I will reduce the number to 10 again and stick with that for a few days and then see how it goes. No point in going on holiday if I cant walk. Id rather let go of climbing on to the plane. They are very happy to take me on the chair lift, its just that I would like to have walked. :)

Glad you are so pleased with the plan you are following Koshie.

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Oh, fudge-cakes! Sorry! I just realized I gave all this expository explanation, and didn't ever come to the conclusion I intended to state!
Anyway...
EWE, my relative inability to snack combined with my STRONG desire to do so yesterday had me investing a lot of brain-power trying to come up with SOMEthing I could eat "penalty-free" so to speak.... And the important word for me was "penalty-FREE" -- not merely ultra-LOW in calories or fat or carbs or protein! Sure, I could drink something, but I really wanted something to EAT.
I came up with shiritaki noodles. Yes, there is a "food" to eat that is totally non-nutritious, made only of fiber....

What is it about popcorn? Oh, I KNOW in part it is the CARBS that we want, the carbs that affect our brain chemistry and sooth us.... but what else? Crunchy? Salty? White? Soft? Buttery? The paste that forms in your mouth after chewing? What?!?

EWE, your recent past posts have indicated a restless desire to make progress with your weight loss. Since you are on THIS team (LC!), I suspect that popcorn isn't part of your "best" plan for health and weight loss. I know we can't always DO our best; I sincerely hope that you are not so beaten down right now that you can't TRY to do your best! I urge you to think about my questions and see if there isn't a better alternative than popcorn that suits you, since you find a regular need for it!


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EWE -- Right now, I DO miss the ability to "mindlessly" snack. Typically, my choices were nuts or cheese. But currently, I am tightly controlling my calories and my carbs. Even on my HIGH calorie days when I eat 2-3 times as much, I am striving to get the most nutrition out of the calories I eat AND am trying to reach goals of comparative percentages for fat/protein/carbs. There is ZERO room for random snacking; I typically plan my day of eating in advance in order to best meet all my goals and even an extra ounce of cheese (100 calories) throws all my planning off. And that means MORE time spent at the computer re-adjusting my plans..... ugh!

I've been doing cycling for 8 weeks now, and the amount of discipline I am exercising is amazing. One of the things I always liked about the Atkins Diet was that it was fairly brainless and if you wanted to eat, no problem -- you could eat! On the other hand, it has become very clear to me that I was over-using that privilege -- eating not because I was hungry, but because I was soothing emotions. The discipline had paid off in pounds lost and in self-knowledge. Not to mention, there IS a factor of pride and confidence gained when you practice self-discipline.... When I decide to "relax" and resume regular Atkins rules and stop calorie-counting, I have new-found knowledge and discipline that I will still be able to apply.

And so WISPY, I am SO grateful for the example you set and explanations you have given me! Besides the pounds lost that I was hoping for, I got knowledge, discipline, and increased confidence! I'm not sitting here anymore saying frustratedly to everyone, "I don't know WHY I can't lose weight!"

Yesterday's weight: 168.6 -- a 0.2 lb gain! I feared it would be a 2 lb gain after my HCal day! Hooray!

Yesterday was a LCal day:
calories: 697
total carb: 9
net carb: 5
nutrition %: 75/20/5
meal dist: poor
ease: I was so busy on the computer that I skipped breakfast! So I did what was easy... Only it wasn't easy... I was stressed and anxious yesterday and tempted repeatedly to just snack on this, that, and the other.... Fortunately, I was able to recognize that it wasn't hunger driving me but rather my emotions, and stop myself each time.

And you know, part of my control came from my desire to reach that outside goal I mentioned in earlier posts. Given the unexpected 2 lb loss, all I have to lose by Monday is the weight of the clothes I wear for weigh-in. If I'm careful AND lucky, I can make it! And no, I'm not going naked, as DD cheekily suggested!

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I'm "training" myself to do two meals a day with just a small snack in the evening. I used to eat lunch about 1, then I upped it until after 2 and now it's happening after 3 usually. I still usually have my protein shakes in the morning with some berries mixed in. They are 30 grams of protein, so they keep me satisfied for a long time. Occasionally, I'll eat a piece of cheese (about 1 ounce) around noon or so, especially if I've been out walking. then in the evenings I'll have a glass of wine and maybe some cheese. Tonight I had a glass of wine and some popcorn.. I do usually have a glass of wine in the evenings, especially during summer when I can sit out on my deck and relax with it..

I don't normally eat popcorn either, but now and then I will pop 3TBSP and whatever yield I get from that, I'll have - then I may not have it again for a month or so...



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Hi Koshie, and a good morning to you.

Well my love, imagine my surprise last night having just raved about low carb taking away the appetite. Well it does that, but I so wanted something sweet in the evening that I started todays high cal day early.

No idea if it will make any difference, but thinking it will be a high cal day at best as I have already eaten a good whack of them. But its 3pm and so far I am not hungry so here's hoping.

emoticon always so happy to see you here. Thank you for joining me. xx

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Good morning, Wispy! I do appreciate your good wishes! Yes, LC DOES take away the appetite! For which I am grateful! I tend to forget this when I manage to be "strict" long enough on LC. I am always astonished if I overeat carbs as hunger and cravings will hit me with a vengeance!

Yesterday, I focused on eating enough.
weight: 168.4 -- a 2 lb loss! No wonder since I've eaten so little! I'm not hungry... or thirsty.... I do feel depressed. Still hurts to swallow. I spoke with the deacon at my church yesterday and he helped.
cal:1460
total carb: 27 (due to those HIGH fiber MIMs!)
net carb: 11
meal dist: fine -- My biggest meal by far WAS dinner, but my GOAL was accomplished to eat MOST calories before dinner.
nutrition: 76/16/8 %
ease: easier than I expected to stuff myself. But I couldn't finish dinner, so I fell a little short on the calories....





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Today is day 2 low carb on my cycle and so far today it is very low carb as I had chicken and bacon and still don't feel hungry again. Low carb sure does take away the appetite.

Did my 25 steps yesterday. Need to get them done again today.

Have a good day my friend.

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Yes, that is exactly it, WISPY! I forgot to say in my earlier post to do 2 sets on each leg, daily.

For my dietary report today... I admit that yesterday I continued my recent pattern of barely eating. Less than 300 calories. I skipped dinner as I continue to be not hungry.... and I needed the comfort of just sitting mindlessly in front of the TV.
I weighed 2 pounds less this morning.... because when you eat so little, sooner or later, you WILL lose weight. But I think it is water loss since I am currently very inactive and not drinking enough either. I've promised myself that I WILL eat 1500 calories today; and I've planned out a day that approaches my nutritional goals on the HCal part of my cycle. And I ate a good breakfast already (took 2 hours, but it is down!).


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Hey Koshie, thanks for the exercise tip. I will definitely give this a go.
Have I got it right?

Stand facing going downstairs
feet flat on the step and facing forward
move one foot and touch the step below with your toe
then replace it back on to the step the other foot is on

repeat 10 times on each foot without actually going up or down the stairs?

Hey Nancy,
I like the "new" old thread.
See you there.

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DREAM...ER, you KNOW you can do it! Find your motivation! I like one poster's idea to give a friend some money and ask her to buy you a gift and wrap it. If you make your (stated) goal, you get the gift. If you DON'T make your goal, your friend gets the gift!

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So today is Monday and time for my usual weekly diet report:

On vacation, I managed to stay a few days Low-Carbing, but was finally undone on the evening of the third day. Which was followed by almost 2 days of high-carb eating....
.... and having returned home, I've been eating very little these past few days. Not cycling or low-carbing by any effort of mine; they've all been LC days because I've eaten so little. Although my weight has fluctuated daily during the week, from Monday to Monday, I weigh exactly the same.
Today I am trying to get back into some semblance of routine and trying to cycle. It's been a rough day. Thanks for the welcome, WISPY!

Interestingly, there is an outside "deadline" that requires me to lose 2.4 pounds by next Monday in order to qualify for a small monetary reward. Overall since cycling, I've been losing slightly less than 2 pounds/week. So this week I will be very challenged to stay the course and push a little harder to try to make it happen.

I wanted to mention that with my knee surgery, I have also found descending stairs to be much more challenging than ascending them. My physical therapist gave me a simple exercise that amazingly quickly made a difference for me and I hope that it will help you too if you do it: stand on one stair, facing down, holding the handrail, feet pointed directly forward. In control, lower yourself that one step until your toe touches, then raise your body back up to the step you started on. Try not to allow your body to twist. Repeat 10-15 times. Now switch legs! It is permissible to use the handrail as much as needed.

(when I say amazingly quickly, *I* noticed a difference after the 3rd day!)


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Hi there ladies, good to see you all.
Koshie so happy to have you back. Guess coming home early is not something that is happy for you, but I am delighted to see you. :)

Having a great time with the steps and so pleased that the stairs are becoming easier and easier.

The plateau is fine with me really. Just happy not to be gaining considering the holiday and also latest celebration days.

Still same weight this morning.

Just finished 2 low cal days and moving on to the next phase of cycling.

Have a good one ladies.



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Hi everyone. Hope you had a good holiday weekend.

I am having a terrible time staying low carb. But I have to get back on track since my doctor wants to see me next month. Think I can get things straightened up some in a month? I know what I need to do, its just actually staying with it. Such a slacker.

That playing in the mud with the kids sounds like fun. emoticon

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well, I am back earlier than expected....
You know WISPY, there is something called a "plateau" where weight loss inexplicably seems to stop even though you seem to be doing everything "right".
We all have brains that generate conscious thought and understand the world around us by receiving information through our senses. But that isn't the whole story -- our nervous system also includes parts of our spine and gut. These also receive information from our body by way of hormones, enzymes, etc, and respond accordingly. Put simply, that part of us also "thinks", and informs the brain indirectly (unconsciously).
I like to think of a plateau as the body's way of informing the brain that it isn't ready to let go of weight for whatever reason it has... and when your body is completely convinced that it will be "safe" to let go of the weight, only then will your body let go of it.... In the meantime, your brain must be the patient parent to the recalcitrant child body -- or the "child" wins and the weight stays put!

Don't give up. I know plateaus are frustrating -- and that they can last a long time -- as long as the "child" thinks it has a chance of winning the war! (which happens because it occasionally wins a battle here and there....) Be strong and remember your knees!


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This may help you. I just bought a wonderful peanut (like) butter. called Better'N Peanut Butter....... I cannot tell you what this means to be able to eat peanut butter, and not sabotage my diet!!! No biggy, refrigerate after opening....it tastes like Peanut Butter. Haven't been able to go to website yet, but will: www.betternpeanutbutter.com

Watch your consumption of cheese! When adding to recipes buy & use 2%. lowering the fat. 1 ounce of cheese is not very much! Decide when & how you're going to use that cheese. The cheese also will undermine your diet. I'm a firm believer in using a scale, enabling me to get the full mileage out of any food item: I want to eat as much as possible within the calendar day. Purchased scale in 2009? & have never been sorry about purchase. emoticon
Too bad somewhere along the line I got so busy, I didn't use it, and gained the weight back.
Baby Steps.....baby steps.... Make a game out of it. Find new vegetables, new products to help cut the fat, carbs, and cals.



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Well had lunch out with James today.

25 steps up as it was on the first floor.

Did great with that and also on the way down again. Very pleased with it. Also did a fair bit of walking.

We had lunch overlooking one beach and then drove over the bridge to the North Shore and finished up with dessert and coffee watching the waves break on the sands over there. Very pleasant and so warm.

Food definitely celebration mode.

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Hi Betty, love seeing you here. :)

I am doing day 1 low carb today. Have eaten nearly all my carbs for the day due to having a cheese emulate and tomato soup with grated cheese in it. The tom soup of course is the low carb culprit, but I just so fancied it and had two bowls.

Have made a lamb casserole for dinner. Will eat the meat and leave the veges. Hopefully that will turn out Ok and save me from myself.

No peanut butter in the house so that is a blessing in my current frame of mind. I just feel like eating is all I can say about that. Not even craving, just fancy so many different things that don't fit in well with either low cal or low carb. emoticon

My knee is bugging me a bit from yesterday. The 20 deep stairs should perhaps have been approached more gradually. Am currently wondering if

a) I should do 20 again today
b) do 10 instead of 20
c) or not do them at all

Off to do 10 now and see how I go.

Ok back - Surprisingly enough it was the 10 down that got to me today and I had to hold on. The `0 up were a piece of cake.

Will do them again later this afternoon.



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I didn't do anything todaya except drive over to Walmart and get some groceries. It was about 96 and I was just drained, haven't been sleeping the past few nights, then when I go to sleep, I wake up about 5AM and lay there, sometimes going back to sleep, sometimes not... It's a little cooler tonight though, and they said the weather is changing a little, so hopefully I'll sleep better. The house has a/c, but it's been kind of muggy lately.

And tonight, I've got a bit of a belly ache. Don't know what that's from!! Oh well, maybe in the morning, it will be better.

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Well had two really high - hi cal days. Happy to say the chocolate left over from our holiday has now all gone.

Choco is my celebration food, last two days it would seem I have been doing just that.

Weigh in this morning and I have not gained. It is the strangest thing that I seem to be stuck here neither losing when I eat low, or gaining when I eat high.

Low cal today and tomorrow then lunch out on Friday which will be a high cal day.

Done 5 outdoor steps so far. Off to do another 10 and then perhaps another 10 later on.

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I'm cycling at present. Just completed 2 days low and 1 day high. This is day 2 high.

Yesterday I got in my 20 stairs. In fact I think I did it twice.

This is my aim for the month JULY
I need to get the stairs under my belt so I can do them easily when on holiday in August.

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