SparkPeople Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting for 40s+ Women! Team Messageboard For women over 40 who are following a low carb, and/or Intermittent Fasting plan. SparkPeople Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting for 40s+ Women! Team Messageboard Stepping Down as Administrator After much consideration - I am going to step down as administrator of this team come the end of December 2019. <BR> <BR> It's not too active, I don't feel like I'm doing a good job, and I'm not willing to put more time in at the computer than I currently do. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to step up if you like - otherwise this team will be rudderless..... <BR> <BR> Thanks - <BR> <BR> KDGIRL aka KD Thu, 5 Dec 2019 14:38:03 EST How does the body shed 50 lbs ? I started this low carb - and give myself a reward on Friday for lasting the week ( a normal eating day ) <BR> until my foot is healed ( Plantar fasciitis ) I can walk my dog, but at a slow rate. <BR> <BR> its not dropping as much as I thought. <BR> my lunch is a very large salad, with 2 hard boiled eggs &amp; tom , with Cesar dress. <BR> dinner is usually <BR> 2 hamburgers with vegs <BR> or 3 eggs omlet w spinach &amp; cheese. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------... Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:40:25 EST New Low Carb Cookbook <link><BR>cWzTgd8 </link> <BR> <BR> Regularly watch this man's YouTube channel and he often has great suggestions and I learn a lot from him (such as how to replace almond flour with something I'm not allergic to, replacements for gums, etc. which are so common to other recipes) Sat, 6 Jul 2019 17:41:15 EST Support? Wondering if there are others who are active and would like to support one another on this journey. Are most all of Keto and Low Carb gals are quiet? Gathering some place else? Only posting on their personal blogs? Thu, 4 Jul 2019 17:14:10 EST Easter Recipes I found a low carb/keto broccoli salad recipe - anyone else want to share what they're making for Easter dinner sides? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oli-salad-thms-low-carb-ketogenic/ </link> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:28:56 EST Udemy Free Keto Course Saw that Udemy (the online learning platform) currently has two Enlgish language free courses on Keto. I took one just to see what the course is like. While it isn't likely to help most of the teammates here--as most of you have already been doing IF and low carb and/or keto for a while, like I have--it would be great as a recommend for any of your friends who are curious and want to know where to start. <BR> <BR> This particular instructor includes a section on Intermittent Fasting and ... Mon, 8 Apr 2019 18:19:49 EST Coconut vs Almond Flour Found this article interesting. Here is the link: <BR> <link><BR>te-guide-coconut-flour-vs-almond-flour/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the quote I found most interesting: <BR> "Omega3/6 ratio – almonds have a high omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) content. This isn’t so important when you are just eating a few almonds as a snack, but to rely on cups of almond meal/flour for meals and baking, really does make a difference and adds up quickly." <BR> <BR> Some tim... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 13:57:20 EST How much protein do women need? Article <link><BR>/nutrition/protein/ </link> <BR> <BR> This article has some documentation but is very different in its conclusions than others like it I've run across. Kind of unclear what "truth" is in these types of scenarios--as just from a recipe or two, we see even in this small of a group there are diverse needs--so "true" may be based on food allergies, body intolerance (especially due to what does/doesn't cause inflammation, etc). Because I do IF, I ... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 13:40:44 EST Rest/Recovery Day Article Came across this article--Thought some of you might like to read it too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-50s-ultimate-recovery-day-guide/ </link> <BR> <BR> And this anti-stress helpful list of things to do (at the end of the video) which lists Intermittent Fasting as an excellent de-stressor! It is so affirming of choices I think we've likely all made about sugar and IF. <BR> <BR> <link> watch?v=WNp-PVnE8fU </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2019 16:46:59 EST Keto "Noodle" Salad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a craving for something "Asian" tasting. Looked in my cupboards and fridge and found the items needed to make this and gave it a try. Really liked the results. Thought I would share them. I didn't eat the entire dish, and have left overs---the next day the marinade is even better (if it lasts that long). LOL! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?re... Sat, 6 Apr 2019 16:24:54 EST Fasting vs. Carb Restriction Found this article thought provoking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-versus-carb-restriction-which-work<BR>s-best-for-what-scenarios/ </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2019 20:04:26 EST Low-Carb Crackers or Crisps INGREDIENTS: <BR> 1 Cup Golden Flax Meal (or fresh ground flax seeds) <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 cup water <BR> (optional: spices or herbs) <BR> <BR> DIRECTIONS: <BR> ~Mix together well until mixture forms a dough ball and no dry ingredients remain. <BR> ~Allow dough to rest for flax to fully absorb the water. <BR> ~Roll between two sheets of parchment paper to be thin (about the thinness of Tortillas) <BR> ~Bake in a 350 F oven until crisp at the edges (when cool it is less moist). <BR> <BR>... Thu, 4 Apr 2019 18:00:01 EST Sugar-Free Ice Cream <img src=""> <BR> Tried a new recipe today. It is still freezing from that "soft serve" stage to make it a bit harder. I put it into my SP recipe box so I can easily track it when I go to eat it. It made four pint-size jars about half full, as you can see in the photo I uploaded. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=3470898 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:22:34 EST Why Humans Don't Need Carbohydrates This was a super interesting article.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-need-dietary-carbohydrates/ </link> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:08:32 EST tracking fast days Hi all - how do you get credit for tracking nutrition on fast days when you have nothing to track? Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:39:09 EST Lent 2019 A very close friend and I usually do a food related challenge during the Lent season. This year we are doing a volunteer challenge - and I have signed up to be a Veteran's Hospice volunteer. My paperwork is still in the approval stages - background check and drug tests, etc. They are very strict. <BR> <BR> In the mean time - I still want to do a Lent challenge. I am already doing a tracking challenge on another team. I eat keto. <BR> <BR> I don't want to quit coffee. I'm already off s... Wed, 6 Mar 2019 07:15:26 EST February Fitness Challenge I'm still trying to get more active and need a good challenge for February. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? I'm thinking about 15 minutes a day on weekdays, and 30 on one weekend day and rest the other day. I know this is really lame for some of you, but I need to get started and stay consistent. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in joining in? Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:26:14 EST new here Hi all, <BR> I've been doing intermittent fasting for almost a year with minimal success. I'm total carb addict, is everyone here doing low carb? I usually just count my calories. I've noticed other benefits but the scale has hardly moved. Now I'm incorporating walking, I aim for a 20 mins. walk during the week, hopefully that will help because prior I've pretty much been sedentary. I have 1 cup of coffee with sweetener and creamer in the morning. I don't have anything else. I don't know if t... Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:33:47 EST Low Carb journals and tracking 2019 Low carb seems to be a wide definition and purpose or goals <BR> <BR> I need encouragement to track my carbs and meet goals - whatever that means for you, would you share and keep me on my toes. <BR> <BR> I am pre-diabetic, on no meds and striving for 10 to 40 gm total carb per day and approx. equal % calories from fats as from protein. Tracking on the sparks tracking page. I don't track on holidays or Sundays but still try to keep intentional eating at the forefront of my thinking on f... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 01:01:09 EST Hello! New to group :) Hello everyone. I joined SparkPeople some time ago but never really did much with it. I have always been up and down in my weight, never quite making it go my goal. <BR> <BR> Last Spring I decided to lower my carb intake. I am a carb lover so this was not an easy feat. But the results were awesome and I have been eating this way ever since. I have lost 25 lbs, and am lower than I have been in a very long time. I passed my goal and I am on a roll. <BR> <BR> I have been a runner for many ye... Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:59:48 EST New to group Hi1 I am a beginner to IF.I am doing the 16:8 to start.Also not eating as many carbs.Nice to join! My name is Christine and I am 42 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:41:39 EST dealing with "dawn phenomenon" & timing of eating I'm trying to do 16/8 (eat noon-8) but as I suspected, my blood sugar levels are remaining high from the "dawn phenomenon". FBS 141 at 6:30am, now 146 at 11:00. My numbers are normal during the day, once I have eaten my first meal. Should I just keep going and hope that in a couple weeks of doing 16/8 that my morning numbers will drop? Switching to eating 8am-4pm would be very inconvenient. What have others done? Thanks! Tue, 5 Jun 2018 14:40:39 EST starting 16/8 Just joined. Starting 16/8 tomorrow. Hoping to improve morning blood sugars and to lose weight as well. Cheers! Mon, 4 Jun 2018 17:53:38 EST Accidental IFer Had read speakers mentions of fasting but thought it wasn't for me. Then the first week of May due to "life" and some changes to routines found I was actually doing 18/6!! So I got Dr.Herring's A.C. Book to check out, and here I am three weeks later down at least 3 pounds and using 18/6 or 19/5 and feeling great. Not really worrying about Keto, carbs or calories but am tracking mostly to keep an eye on nutrients. Glad to be here Sat, 26 May 2018 03:43:31 EST Meat Loaf Recipe I copy and pasted this from somewhere. I do not remember, and cannot find it. So if this is your recipe - please claim authorship!! <BR> <BR> 1 lb beef (hamburger) <BR> 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 cup fresh grated mozzarella <BR> 1 tbsp. minced garlic <BR> 1 egg <BR> 2 tbsp. cream <BR> whatever herbs I want. Mostly I use basil and sometimes Italian. <BR> <BR> (I read this wrong, and put BOTH basil and Italian in it. Awesomeness!) <BR> <BR> 1/5 of recipe is 1 carb, 18 ... Wed, 16 May 2018 14:29:26 EST Salad bar Savvy Are you salad-bar savvy? [Article from Mayo Clinic Newsletter 3/5/2018] <BR> Navigating a buffet of veggies, side dishes and toppings might be harder than you think. Practice these tips when dining out. <BR> Opting for the salad bar? It might not be healthier than ordering from the menu. Unless you make careful choices, you could unintentionally end up with a plate overflowing with calories and fat. <BR> Don't be a victim of this common diet trap — be proactive. Before you order, peruse the ... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 10:58:23 EST Hello, Team! Glad to see a fasting team that is active!!! I have searched teams and most are dead. <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team but not new to fasting. Fasting isn't easy BUT it does make me feel so much better. I lost a lot of weight by fasting and eating low carb foods in 2014. The combination of lower carbs and fasts eliminated cravings &amp; helped me stick to the weight loss plan. I lost over 70 lbs. in two years by fasting 2-4 times per week eating 500-700 calories. I never really made it ... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:18:09 EST New to team I am new and My goals is to lose weight and get health. I would like to know more about the fasting and how that works. This is a journey I have started and nothing is going to stand in my way I can not let it. Any advice or help would be great. Nice to meet you all. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:30:25 EST :) New to group Thrilled to have found this group.. <BR> I've been living low-carb off again, on again for about 2 years...and I have to say up front, when I eliminate most of the high carbohydrate foods from my diet..I feel SO MUCH BETTER...every time. <BR> You would think feeling better, in itself, would be enough to keep one from straying back to old eating habits, but unfortunately that what happens to here I am, determined to reach my personal goals this year...and back to a dedicated low-carb &... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:18:00 EST 2018 Share and account personal goals of exercise Reasons for my exercise are: <BR> Heart output is better with ever challenging physical efforts <BR> Balance and mobility in neuropathy and arthritis are both "Use or lose it" principles <BR> But those two elements also make it not safe for me to do a lot of exercises. <BR> I need to burn calories to lose weight!!! <BR> <BR> So I have had physical therapy teach me routines safe for me in our home - I have resistance bands, treadmill, stationary bike small elliptical and rebounder and the i... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:34:08 EST 2018 Low Carb Journalling Copy from last years Dec Journal for me: <BR> Dec 30,2017 -- Low Carb journal - after 2 months of learning this I am finally settling into what I need to do to be Low Carb ... I am trying to get goals in working format for 2018: <BR> <BR> Purpose for me is 1.avoid full blown diabetes Dx pre-diabetic Oct.23 2017 <BR> 2.lose wt. for improved cardiac care - I have two stents <BR> 3.lose wt &amp; maintain mobility to deal with medical issue of peripheral neuropathy <BR> 4.lose wt. for less ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:08:18 EST 2018 Chat and Challenge of Intermittent Fasting Intermittent Fasting is new to me in the month of December - there are many different ways to do this and different purpose and plans. I am hoping you will share your plan with us and then how you would like to be accountable to the team for your plan. <BR> <BR> January 2018 for me will be to fast for 14 hours - eat during window of 10 hours - and for me that will usually be 6pm to 8am. Fast for me includes medications at 8pm, 2am and 6am each with 8 oz of water and I allow plain tea wit... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:11:15 EST Important! Search for new team leader Good morning, team. <BR> When I took over this team, it was reluctantly because I knew I would not be able to devote a lot of time to it in 2018 but since we were without a leader, I decided to jump in and it's been great! However, I will be removing myself as leader in January so if anyone is interested in becoming co-leader until then, and then leader(s) please let me know. <BR> <BR> Audrey Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:50:54 EST December Challenge - Planning Good morning, my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> I've given a lot of thought to what the December challenge should be and I believe I've come up with a good one. <BR> <BR> Planning. Yes, planning. It's a month of parties, friend and family get-togethers, Office Secret Santas, hot chocolate and cookies on Christmas Eve, HUGE Christmas dinners, and a whole host of other holiday events and parties, so let's see if we can't "plan" to enjoy ourselves without over-doing it. <BR> <BR> Post your plans ... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:59:19 EST New Article on IF and healthy aging studies!! <link><BR>11/intermittent-fasting-may-be-center-<BR>of-increasing-lifespan/?utm_source=twi<BR>tter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_cam<BR>paign=hu-twitter-general </link> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:26:41 EST questions on keto 1. They say you must eat a certain amount of green veggies each day. <BR> Measured cooked or raw? (a cup of mustard greens cook down to almost nothing) <BR> 2. How is bacon counted? raw or cooked. If cooked, some people like theirs with the <BR> fat almost completely the calories would be less, right? <BR> 3. In counting 25 percent protein of a 1200-1500 diet, that does not allow much for the <BR> entire day. <BR> <BR> As you can see I am confused. I would appreciate help here.... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 22:58:02 EST November Holiday Challenge - Streaking! Of course, every day is a day to work on the low-carb, and or intermittent fasting routine and improve ourselves, make ourselves healthy, and live a fun, functional lifestyle. But sometimes this is a real challenge. There are so many ways we can flub up and so many ways we need to change in order to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> With this in mind, I thought we'd use November to do a little "streaking" to address specific issues or goals we may have that will hopefully become long-term good hab... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:45:59 EST Which way of eating do you loose most in one week? Hello Which way of eating or what eating plan do you find you loose the most in one week? Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:40:20 EST Curious...How many days/mont hs/years? Please reply and let me know if you are a Low Carb (LC) Intermittent Fasting(IF) and for how long...If you'd like to share what LC or IF you are following, feel free. <BR> <BR> I'd love to see how long people are able to live this lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I'll go first: IF- 1 week Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:03:02 EST Been doing Keto just started Intermittent Fasting I've been gone from Sparkpeople for awhile. <BR> <BR> I've done low carb. But I'm now tying Keto. I'm down 14lbs. I came across Intermittent Fasting and have added that for the last few days. It works well for me. I have a lot of chronic pain and I also want to reduce inflammation. I think this will help. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:59:57 EST How to beat carb cravings for good <link><BR>ydrates-cravings-food-drayer/index.htm<BR>l?sr=fbCNN101717carbohydrates-cravings<BR>-food-drayer0714AMVODtop </link> <BR> <BR> We'll see.... <em>211</em> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:46:29 EST New!! Article on fasting during the holidays Some good tips here, I think. It doesn't hurt to keep reading different strategies to help us get through these next three months. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-feast-7-holiday-eating-strategies.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:31:33 EST Working on making positive changes I've been on SP before and rejoined back in January. While I have lost some weight since the beginning of the year, I have really struggled with it even with being as active as I am in my job. I just found a new plan that combines extended fasting with a ketogenic/low carb, high fat diet, but encourages a 4:1 ratio of veggies to meat/fat by weight. I figure as long as everything goes well, I might as well give it a shot. I am also attempting to be more consistent in using SP and the tools, in... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:15:13 EST NEW!! Member Low Carb Life Journals If you're new to the low carb life or just want a place to rap about it. Post your journal here and update it regularly. Any new lifestyle change takes practice and we often need the support of others taking on the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <em>284</em> <em>492</em> <em>341</em> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:05:46 EST NEW!! Member Intermittent Fasting Journals It always helps to share our experiences and look to others to help keep us on track. Feel free to post your Intermittent Fasting Journal here and update it regularly!! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:02:17 EST Are you getting enough sleep? As we age, it's often difficult to sleep for various reasons and sleep is crucial to good health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here's an easy test to see if you are sleep deprived. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:05:13 EST NEW! Ways to stay On Track During the Holidays An old Sparkpeople blog but I thought this was timely since we're gearing up for the holiday eating season. There are a few good tips in this, I think. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=18_ways_to_stay_on_track_over_the_h<BR>olidays </link> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:40:32 EST October Pre-holiday Challenge <em>213</em> Spark friends! <BR> <BR> Anyone up for a pre-holiday challenge? I figure with the holidays looming ahead of us - not to mention Halloween candy - October would be a good month to do a challenge. <BR> <BR> Start thinking about what you want to commit to and be held accountable for in October. It can be anything you want, exercise, water consumption, fasting - I'm even considering a multiple day water fast. You might want to consider something to help you practice control wi... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:41:10 EST List of low carb, low sugar foods <link><BR>t-low-carb-low-sugar/ </link> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:22:53 EST Intermittent Fasting and cancer prevention There is exciting research that shows fasting can help prevent cancer. <BR> <link><BR>chive/2015/07/03/intermittent-fasting-<BR>cancer-treatment.aspx </link> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:34:08 EST Prevent back pain-get a flat belly & look thinner Great for beginners! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:28:41 EST NEW! Are you ready for HIIT workouts? Videos. <BR> <BR> Beginner <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;t=84s </link> <BR> <BR> Low impact/over 50 <BR> <link><BR>amp;t=6s </link> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:18:03 EST NEW! Spinach taco shells <link><BR>ells-spinach/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:05:33 EST New! 10 Standing core exercises/easy on the knees ...hard on the muffin top! <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:01:17 EST Functional Fitness over 50 Functional fitness over 50. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp;t=532s </link> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:34:53 EST The Complete Guide to Intermittent Fasting <em>194</em> The complete guide to Intermittent Fasting with Dr. Jason Fung. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:29:46 EST 50 Best low carb foods and recipe ideas 50 Best low carb foods and recipe ideas. <BR> <link><BR>ideas-tips/ </link> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:24:51 EST My 25 day Intermittent Fasting journal .Final update and summary (details are day-to-day): <BR> <BR> Good morning, everyone! <BR> My 25 day fasting experience was a huge success. I LOVE IF! I will do this the rest of my life. I feel wonderful. I could have broken my fast at 8:00 this morning but, I'm not hungry and my husband has to wait a couple more hours and I don't want to trip him up. <BR> <BR> Total weight loss: 7 pounds (beginning weight 193, ending weight 186). <BR> Inches lost: Waist: 1 In; Hips: 3/4 inches; Thighs (m... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:23:31 EST Why you should choose low glycemic index foods. <link><BR>od/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carboh<BR>ydrates/<BR>ml?referrer= </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Sep 2017 17:14:33 EST Do you count calories on you low carb plan? When I first began this about a week ago, I thought I would not count calories but because my weight is so stubborn, I'm thinking I will have to. <BR> <BR> Do you count calories and if so, what is your average caloric intake per day? <BR> Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:10:08 EST Learn to love water <link><BR>ter </link> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:18:02 EST Funny!!! Someone once said, "Laughter is the best medicine". <BR> <BR> Feel free to post what makes you laugh out loud, smile big, and makes your heart glow with gladness. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:06:02 EST Exercises for Bat wings and Bingo arms <link><BR>2uxYlC0 </link> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:10:14 EST Core exercises - an ab workout you WON'T hate <link><BR>kRoiu5E </link> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:07:44 EST Exercise is power - good for women of ALL ages Check this video out if you think you're too old to do strength training. <BR> <link><BR>Jm2d4oc&amp;t=629s </link> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:00:46 EST Cloud bread recipe I can't wait to try this? Has anyone tried it yet? It looks yummy. <BR> <BR> Cloud Bread recipe <link><BR>oud-bread/ </link> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 18:37:09 EST "I tried this!" Successes and Fails. Let's hear it Hi gang! <BR> <BR> What have you tried that works? <BR> <BR> What have you tried that failed? <BR> <BR> Feel free to share. <BR> <BR> Audrey Fri, 1 Sep 2017 17:20:47 EST September Team Progress Reports and discussion Regardless of what type of plan you're on, post your progress here whether it's weight loss, small changes, measurements, cutting a specific food out of your diet. <BR> <BR> Try to post at least once a week to let us know how you're doing! <BR> <BR> Audrey Fri, 1 Sep 2017 11:11:01 EST Small Changes Good morning. Team. <BR> Commit to a small change per week, per month, or your choice. Small changes add up to big success. <BR> <BR> Post here to commit and post your updates on how you're doing and what challenges you have. <BR> <BR> Audrey Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:54:33 EST New to Group 4hb Hi all, I am new to group and to slow carb. Did Atkins once. I have yo-yoed before. Hoping this time it works like the having to have a cheat day. This is my first REAL week in since I didn't read the book completely and made a couple of mistakes last week (like putting cheese on my salad and eating cheese sticks as snacks and actually barely cheating on chest day. Better prepared this week. I will be logging results over the weeks but I know the numbers don't count until 4 weeks in. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:58:04 EST In the first week of reduced carbs.... Hi all - looking for an active team that compares foods, results, what's working, what's not. <BR> <BR> I'm 57 &amp; although not obese (yet) I'm trying to bring the pounds back down to a happier place. Sitting all day at work isn't helping, so I'm reducing my carbs &amp; trying to stay in at a little bit of a calorie deficit at the same time. <BR> <BR> I went really low on my carbs the first 4 days, but then decided that might not be right for me - not because I was really missing foods -... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:50:45 EST August Chat <em>524</em> <BR> Just haven't been online much except to essentially check in and "spin" daily. I've missed a day here and there and killed my streak so often that I don't worry about it anymore. <BR> Regrouping and have my carbs under control again. <BR> Rheumatologist is very happy with my progress. Weight is down, my vitals are excellent, and I'm still in remission! <BR> Will we have to give up team if we have no leader? Right now I am unable to give SP the time it needs, but if the ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:47:51 EST August Chat When we started eating LC? 3 days ago <BR> How LC is working for us? so far, it's wonderful,,, my appetite is gone <BR> What do we do if we fall off the LC wagon? well I just got off a 3 month food binge... and then the last time I had ice cream, I realized it wasn't all that satisfying..... <BR> What are some LC recipes that you can't live without? will find some later. <BR> Any LC advice that you would like to share? I've been on a roller coaster and then free-fall for about a year. I can... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:26:59 EST - JULY - Just Using Low carb YEAH!! This month lets chat about: <BR> <BR> When we started eating LC? <BR> How LC is working for us? <BR> What do we do if we fall off the LC wagon? <BR> What are some LC recipes that you can't live without? <BR> Any LC advice that you would like to share? <BR> <BR> These are only a few topics that we can share with each other. I am fairly new to LC, and am still learning the ins and outs, and what foods to avoid, and how to not give in to my carb cravings. <BR> My walking partner has been do... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 22:29:40 EST JUNE - BUG Chatting Let's get all the "BUGS" out of our system. Here is the JUNE chat page. <BR> <BR> A little something to help us stay focused. <BR> <BR> J - journal daily <BR> U- understand it is a lifestyle change <BR> N- never loose sight of your goals <BR> E- exercise at least 3x a weak <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. I have been so encouraged by how things are going for me in both the LC eating as well as exercising 3x a week. Some weeks it is more, but my goal is to do some form of exerci... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:23:57 EST MAYke it a Clean Eating Habit!! Didn't see a May chat page, so created this one. Hope everyone can see it. <BR> <BR> Something that I am struggling with right now, besides trying to eat Low Carb, is avoiding those foods that keep me from "CLEAN EATING". So this month I plan on getting back on track with eating the proper foods and not giving in to my nasty cravings. <BR> <BR> Who will join me in getting back to the basics and making meals from scratch without all those added ingredients that take away from the true ta... Mon, 1 May 2017 11:12:08 EST April Fools Welcome to a new month. It would be foolish to waste this opportunity, so DON'T! Comment here and gain support for YOUR goals! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:55:17 EST The Leprechaun MARCH As Koshie is away, and there was no Thread for March posted yet, I have started this one so we can keep in touch. <BR> <BR> With St. Patrick's Day this month, I chose the Leprechaun as our March theme. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone. Would love to hear from new people, so pls come join our chat room. <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:35:20 EST How do you cook riced cauliflower? I found a bag of this at Trader Joe's, all I have to do is cook it. How do you cook this product? Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:41:12 EST G'day everyone! Potted biography: 62yo Aussie woman living permanently in motorhome with husband wandering Australia; hobbies are mostly seated - knitting, crochet, drinking wine, motorsport official, radio club secretary, internet games such as euchre and Texas hold'em, writing very short fiction. Being a redhead, sunshine and I are not friends. <BR> 168cm, currently 85.2kg and aiming eventually for 74kg because any less makes me look gaunt and my wrinkles have wrinkles. <BR> The low carb healthy fat way of... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:23:46 EST FALL for February! .... annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd here we are! <BR> JUST in the nick of time! <BR> <BR> If you didn't make new year's resolutions, if you made them but didn't follow up on them, if you've made them and followed up on them but just haven't reconsidered and evaluated and revised and renewed your commitment to yourself.... <BR> <BR> NOW IS THE TIME TO! It's the beginning of your 2nd chance! How about in February we FALL in love with ourselves and treat ourselves well? Talk nicely and encouragingly ... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:48:23 EST I feel as if I'm being punished Hi all, newbie team member here. <BR> <BR> Let me begin by saying that I had my appointment with the specialist and then went almost directly from there to a funeral for somebody I really loved. I'm not entirely in my right mind. I want to read tons of stuff in these forums but can't focus on it all. Yet I'm too impatient for feedback, so I'm posting a bit prematurely. <BR> <BR> This is a bariatric doctor I'm seeing in a nearby town. When I first saw her several months ago, she put me on Vi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 02:21:01 EST Happy New Year! Anybody there? Sorry, I forgot to start a new thread! <BR> <BR> We've had new members join, who've never posted on this team. How about getting active, pursuing your goals, and joining us here? <BR> <BR> TAKE A KNIFE TO YOUR BODY AND CUT IT OFF! <BR> What? You don't want to? <BR> <BR> You know, unless we take a knife to our bodies and cut it off, we can't directly lose weight. We can't FORCE ourselves to "lose 50 pounds" or even 5 pounds, no matter if we are Mary Poppins and practically perfect in ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:00:00 EST A NEW YEAR, A NEW PLAN - Janurary 2017 As we begin the year 2017, it may be time for a new plan of action. <BR> <BR> I for one have been dragging my feet in this weight loss program, and so instead of calling it a New Years Resolution - I am labelling it as "A NEW PLAN" <BR> <BR> My new plan is making it FUN to loose weight &amp; eat low-carb <BR> - exercise - how do I make that FUN <em>38</em> - instead of stressing over the fact that I NEED to get 30 min of walking in, or 20 min at the gym, I will look at it more like GETTI... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:19:27 EST Just beginning Hi all. I am Sandra and I am just starting. I would love some ideas on how to start. Thanks. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:17:57 EST GO GIFT YOURSELF! It is December 1st. You have 31 days to make progress toward your New Year's Resolutions. <BR> If you didn't make resolutions, you have 31 days, JUST 31 DAYS, to reach for what you want this year! C'mon, you can do it for 31 days! Make yourself your priority and go gift yourself 31 days of striving for what matters most to YOU! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:07:40 EST MOVE in NOVEMBER Remember those pesky New Year's Resolutions? ....yeah, those.... <BR> They are still there waiting for your attention, and only YOUR attention will do! <BR> So get your MOVE on! <BR> Pick one. There's still time! Figure out the smallest step you can make towards achieving your goal, and DO IT! <BR> NOW! <BR> TODAY! <BR> (and EVERY day!) <BR> <BR> And report here every day. Because you are TRYING and nothing happens without your trying! I want to know; yes; I do. I want to know you ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:30:03 EST Actober is AWESOME! and so are YOU! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:43:57 EST Ketosis Anyoneone here in ketosis? If so, how long did it take to get there and how often do you test (with strips). Thanks!! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:43:27 EST new I am new here and look foeward to getting to know all of you! New to low carb too! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:07:34 EST Summer is About to Fall! Post here for August! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:42:57 EST Help & guidance I AM IN NEED OF HELP AND GUIDANCE. Sorry, didn't mean to yell! :) I can't seem to get out of the 250"s..I'm bored with what I eat and am trying to stay below 25 carbs. Week days usually aren't too bad but oh my goodness the weekends are killers. Especially when I have company. Anyone have any new ideas for meals that are easy and tasty? Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:59:18 EST July: Declare Your Independence From..... Please post here for the month of July! <BR> <BR> I thought we might center our posts and efforts this month around the topic of creating our independence from whatever is our weakness. <BR> I still crave sugar and have to come up with a better plan! I need Independence! <BR> Perhaps you are worried about your health. Seek allies; draw up your battle plans; attack the problem; and declare victory over worry, knowing that you are doing all that you can. <BR> Perhaps you are worried about ot... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 13:28:29 EST here comes Summer July is here and at last there is some sunshine in UK. <BR> A wet and chilly start to the season but the countryside and our gardens are full of lush colour and beauty <BR> Wishing all myLow Carb friends a wonderful July Tue, 5 Jul 2016 06:26:31 EST June -- here we are! Sorry, the time slips by so slowly -----NOT! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:25:12 EST YES! This is the recipe! MI2M! This MIM compares favorably to bread in taste, texture, and moisture. For a more tender MIM, do not add coconut flour. And you only dirty one bowl! The only reason I specify a particular brand is because it is the especially low-carb brand I happened to have in my pantry. I suspect others will work as well. MI2M stands for "Muffin in 2 Minutes".. And it goes without saying that EVERYTHING has NO SUGAR added, right? RIGHT! <BR> <BR> KOSHIE’S HI PRO, HI-FIBER, LOWER-FAT, LC MI2M <BR> <BR... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:25:25 EST May Merrily Marches! And.... we're BACK! <BR> New Month! Post here! <BR> <BR> All -- yep -- I didn't get your messages until this morning -- but it feels good to be missed! <BR> <BR> CHRIS -- you put it touchingly; it makes me feel as if I do make a difference! And yes, "lb." is the abbreviation for "pound". I understand it is some sort of Latin abbreviation. Nope -- no idea why an English language would use a Latin abbreviation for an English word! Makes no sense to me -- but hey, I didn't create the ... Sat, 7 May 2016 14:50:55 EST DIET BUDDIES Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new here, seeking friends for support, encourgement and motivation during the torture of my diet journey!!! Having difficulty losing weight and am trying a low carb diet now. Please feel free to post comments to my profile! Tue, 3 May 2016 23:48:33 EST April Fool! No fooling around! <BR> Have a joyful fun day! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 21:51:09 EST New Book Quick &amp; Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight by Maria Emmerich <BR> <BR> It is fantastic- not just cooking- EVERYTHING you need to know even if you think you know everything!! LOL! Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:47:13 EST Newbie to low carb Good morning....seriously thinking of the low carb life style (notice I did not say diet) soon to be 63 and need to get my BMI down. Any advice from all you LC ladies. <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:49:19 EST Marching On! Please use this thread for the month of March! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 11:26:05 EST HEY WHAT ZUP!! "2016" Just wondering what everyone has been up to the fast few days. 2016 has started and so I have started this thread to keep in touch with everyone. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Wednesday night everyone. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 18:36:55 EST I have to tell SOMEBODY! Quick! GO to the heading "Community" . The pull-down menu offers the selection "Spark Pages". Click on it. <BR> See that I am the Spark People Motivator of the Day! <BR> <BR> One person is picked daily (365 a year) out of SIXEEN MILLION SparkPeople members! <BR> <BR> I don't know what you guys did to get me there, but I am just busting my Feel-Good gut! Thank you for your faith in me! Sat, 12 Dec 2015 22:40:26 EST FHO(cus), FHO(cus), FHO(cus)! Happy Holidays! OK, ladies, last chance to do it all and squeeze in some progress towards your New Year's Goals! <em>381</em> <BR> Confession: Every year I lose weight during the year and gain it all back between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <em>39</em> For the last three years my weight has been "stable" -- exactly at 180 on 1/1/20xx -- whilst really bouncing around and yo-yoing during the year. <em>2</em> And I really want to lose 30 more pounds! I'm on track to repeat my previous years' pe... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:59:56 EST What's for dinner? When we get new team members, the questions frequently arising are: <BR> What do I eat? Got any good recipes? <BR> <BR> Now, I think the recipe team is the place to look for recipes. It is well organized, and varied! Also, we have a recipe forum ourselves where we can post recipes. So, if anyone asks about your meals, please post your recipes there where they won't get LOST in the daily/monthly threads. <BR> <BR> We all develop methods, rituals, habits, etc. to make life easier -- and t... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:34:22 EST No WAY it's November! Hi and welcome! Believe it or not, time flies! <BR> You've got TWO months (2!) to fulfill your promises to yourself. Take that step! Stay on track! T-R-Y! And KEEP trying! <BR> <BR> I'm leaving for a week to attend DH's 50th high school reunion. I'll be out of touch after tomorrow. Y'all keep checking in! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:08:43 EST Did you give your team bonus points today? <em>248</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 23:27:23 EST Think about it: October ..and post here on the October monthly thread! <BR> <BR> Time flies and your New Year's Resolutions are coming due. <BR> Think about how YOU can make your dreams come true! <BR> October is the time for BOO! but it's too early for boo-hoo! <BR> Double down and renew! Make efforts anew! <BR> Let's make the most of October -- <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Make hay while the sun still shines! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:23:22 EST not new but here again hi my name is cyndi and it seems like i have been here 1000 times but this time im here to get the job done and not delete i will be 60 in april and i want to be a healthier and happier me Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:35:35 EST BAD WEEK <em>46</em> my whole week was bad, i didnt walk, i didn't track my food, had bad food all week, hope this week I can get back on track. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:55:54 EST Setting on carbs Does anyone know if you can set the amount for carbs on sparks app? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:19:53 EST September, and back to Schooling Your Self! Yes, yes; we get lazy. We forget. We get diverted. <BR> That's got to STOP! <BR> You had New Year's resolutions and goals! You want something for yourself that only you can give! Review those resolutions and goals. Renew your pledge to yourself! Revive your self-discipline and determination! FIND YOUR MOTIVATION and JUST DO IT! Sat, 5 Sep 2015 11:15:31 EST carb tracker Hi, my name is Caroline. I want to do a low carb plan. On the food tracker it allows you <BR> to count carbs, but when I ask for a meal planner the carbs are there....lots of them. <BR> Was wondering if any of you know how to work it. <BR> <BR> I need to lose a good bit and I know that I must go low carb as well as count the calories. <BR> It is the only plan that will work for me. I have kept an eye on my weight the past year <BR> but I have not done Spark People where it can really help me... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 22:37:24 EST August on its Way! Hopefully YOU are well on your way towards achieving your goals this year! <BR> How are you doing? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:09:36 EST July and half-way thru! Welcome to the latest monthly forum. <BR> I've been working like a dog trying to get my house ready for the market.... <BR> I've had an uncooperative handyman and seem to be doing a lot of extra work cleaning up after him and finishing up the work he does and doing the work he doesn't do. Putting in 8, 10, 13 hour days. <BR> I'm exhausted and haven't been online at all for the last 3 weeks. But I should be finished next week -- even if I'm not finished. There is only so much a girl can d... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:02:10 EST LC Spooning in June! Welcome to June! <BR> I hope you all bloomed in May. I sure did -- gained (!) a pound! But I've been polishing up my act in other ways. Now I just have to get diligent and disciplined about LC again. <BR> <BR> So, CC, you asked what "fat bombs" are. They are practically pure fat made as tasty as possible -- a small bite-size snack that helps you keep your fat levels up -- and stave off hunger. These typically would be made by those doing Keto -- a high fat, moderate protein, very low ca... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 01:27:56 EST Important news! Read immediately! Wed, 6 May 2015 23:06:34 EST May Flowers Sorry for the late posting of the monthly thread. I apologize to anyone inconvenienced. <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <em>378</em> <em>126</em> <em>375</em> <em>214</em> <em>87</em> <em>146</em> <em>125</em> <em>378</em> <em>375</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Now, take "Flowers!" as a VERB and let us know how YOU are Flowering this month! Sat, 2 May 2015 00:20:58 EST Bread Tomorrow is my sisters 60th surprise b-day party.I am doing the meatballs and i got the rolls for the meatballs and the meat platter.There is a business here in Haverhill that makes bread,rolls,etc.You can buy all the products in the store they have.So picked up the sub rolls and boy if i had a stick of butter in my car,i would have been ripping off a hung and stuffing bread and butter in my mouth. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 14:28:06 EST Total carbs I know the food pyramid has a number for how many carbs you eat in a day but how many do some of you do in a day.I dont want to go to low but what the pyramid says is to high for me. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:57:30 EST New to team I just joined i am 65 with high blood pressure,hypothyroid and asthma.I am 100 plus pounds over weight.I lose weight the best when i cut down on carbs,but it is so hard to give up bread,pasta.I looked at a few low carb plans and i think i am going to do south beach.I became a grand mother for the first time last year and picking up a 20 pound little girl is killing me,plus i want to be around for quite a while to enjoy her. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:27:25 EST What is YOUR motivation? C'mon, you're here.... you HAVE some! Share what motivates you -- that got you here, that got you started, that got you coming back, that keeps you working at it everyday.... <BR> <BR> And your motivation may change periodically, so keep posting! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:10:25 EST How to lower the carbs in real RICE Rice is an extremely popular food in many cuisines around the world. It’s a great complement to many dishes because of its malleability, and its ability to pair well with many different flavors and textures. Unfortunately, though rice is a popular staple, it’s just not that good for us. A cup of rice carries about 200 calories – and most of these calories, which come in the form of starch/carbs, turn into sugar and then body fat. <BR> <BR> However, recent research has shown that it might be ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:59:41 EST April Fool! Please post here for the month! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:39:42 EST LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFIN by Linda's Low Carb 1 cup Almond meal ( i used walnut ) <BR> 1/2 c golden ground flax seed <BR> 1 tsp of baking powder <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> 1 tsp poppy seeds <BR> 1/2 c of Splenda <BR> 2 TBS of melted butter <BR> 1 tsp lemon extract ( could add some lemon zest ) <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> 2 TBS of heavy cream <BR> 2 eggs <BR> Blend the 1st 6 ingredients <BR> Blend the the rest of the ingredients and add to dry mixture stir with wooden spoon until well blended . I let it rest for a couple min. while i w... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:10:28 EST Low Carb Bagel This is easy to make and easy to enjoy and you can make it either sweet or savory: <BR> Mix together: <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 1/4 cup flax meal <BR> 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar <BR> <BR> Mix in separate bowl: <BR> 1/4 cup coconut flour <BR> 1/4 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> <BR> Mix wet into dry <BR> <BR> Pour into donut pan (greased if needed) Press 1/2 cup sesame seeds into batter and bake 350 for 12 minutes. Let cool on rack 10 minutes. Makes 4 bagels Carb is 3.6 w... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:27:44 EST Low Carb Bagel I'm trying to get back into swing of things. Koshi1 reminded me to give this new alternative to all: <BR> This is an easy one: Makes 4 bagels 3.6 carbs but 2.3 fiber. <BR> <BR> Mix together <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 1/4 cup flax <BR> 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar <BR> <BR> Mix these dry ingredients in separate bowl: <BR> 1/4 cup coconut flour <BR> 1/4 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> <BR> Mix wet mixture into dry mixture. Spoon into donut pan (greased if needed) <BR> <BR> Pr... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:10:30 EST Marching On! Welcome to your NEW month! <BR> Tell me how well you are doing with your New Year's Resolutions! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:19:30 EST Latest results - a lovely A1c! My A1c is now the best it's been in close to 15 years. It's 5.9! That's still slightly high but it's a beautiful improvement so I'll take it and be thrilled about it. My cholesterol and triglycerides are too high again but I'll keep working on lowering those with exercise. I'll get there sooner or later! <BR> <BR> And when I weighed this morning, a little over 1 pound lost in the last week. Oh my, weight loss is soooo slow now compared to when I was younger but a pound is a pound, right? Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:39:17 EST the February Monthly Report (by YOU!) So! <BR> I'm seeing red. <BR> Lots of it! <BR> All around town; everywhere I go! You'd think February was special or somethin'...... <BR> And it is! WE make it so! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are still working towards your resolutions. Any progress you are proud of? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:29:18 EST A FOOD CYCLING PLAN Here are the basics. <BR> <BR> We need to get a base line so that we know what we are doing. This is really important. <BR> <BR> An easy way to do this is to use the Atkins induction for 21 days with 20 carbs. <BR> <BR> You can then eat more or less carbs in order to find out what your maintenance intake is. <BR> <BR> Sugar is eliminated. I found that grains and dairy, especially cheese stop me from losing weight although I can eat lots of those and maintain with no problem. I do u... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:27:51 EST WHY I STARTED FOOD CYCLING AS A WAY OF LIVING To those who asked <BR> <BR> I did very well on a low carb eating plan for dealing with fibro for six months or so. It worked well for me. <BR> There was no weighing or measuring, it was a plan for detoxing and took 4 months and then finding our individual "carb count" so that we could keep losing. <BR> <BR> One month to slowly come off all the junk including caffeine. This was called a safe way of detoxing. Do it all at once can cause assorted side effects if we have been eating a ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:29 EST I thought being on low carb diet ... I thought being on a low carb diet you didn't have to count calories. Can anybody have an input on the subject. <BR> <BR> The more I'm doing this more confuse I'm getting. I've cut out all process food, breads, flours and starchy vegetables and small amount to none fruit. <BR> <BR> Im struggling to lose weight. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:13:30 EST New and waffling a bit Hi, y'all. I can't remember if I was a member of this group awhile back but don't think I was. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm Denise, I'm 52, and I live in Texas. ;-) <BR> <BR> I've been a SP member for several years but haven't been very active for the most part. I'm working to rectify that, though, and this group caught my eye. <BR> <BR> I'm an adult onset Type 1 diabetic and have lived a pretty LC lifestyle for most of the last 15 years. However, I'm waffling a bit on the LC thing mainly becaus... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 01:48:00 EST January Monthly Chat Happy New Year all! Dare we talk about our ... GOALS for the new year? <BR> <BR> I want to continue to focus on better health. I have my next checkup on Wednesday so hopefully that will give me a starting point! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:25:23 EST what do you make with gelatin? <BR> I'd love some suggestions! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:46:52 EST Hello low carbers! What are your five fave foods? <BR> <BR> Mine are <BR> <BR> Avocado <BR> Peanut butter <BR> Turkey breast <BR> Poached eggs <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:47:48 EST "The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking" I got this book as a gift yesterday. (Thanks L!) Some of the recipes call for gluten-free wheat flour, which has plenty of carbs, but others use nut flours, coconut flour, etc. And the sugar-free part is of course very appealing. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have experience with the recipes in this book? If you do, post which ones you like the best (recipe title and page number please!) and add any tips you have. I can't wait to try it out and bake something yummy! <BR> <BR> Here's the book if y... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:13:52 EST Chocolate Macadamias! On a whim I bought a bag of macadamias, having read that they're one of the better low carb nuts (being full of good fat and very low in carbs). And since most of my macadamia nut eating has been of the chocolate-covered kind, I decided to try to achieve that in a low-carb way. This is my experiment: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2842951&ff=1 </link> <BR> <BR> If you try it or if you've made something similar and have suggestions, comment in the thr... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:11:07 EST Tricks to Lower Carbs in Salad Dressing? I figured out a neat trick today. I love my miso-vinaigrette dressing. Even though I don't use a lot of it, I wasn't liking how many carbs it was adding to my salads ... so I considered only using half a tablespoon instead of my usual one tablespoon ... but then I spied the sesame oil sitting by the stove! <BR> <BR> So ... I cut the miso-vinaigrette dressing with the same amount of sesame oil, and only used half of the mixture, meaning I got the same amount of dressing with half the carbs (s... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:24:29 EST Food Sources for Potassium (and Other Nutrients) So I had some interesting symptoms that I related to this low-carb diet I've been on, as I've recently changed my carb levels (much lower) and my fat levels (a bit higher). Turns out my symptoms could be related to low potassium. So I added potassium to my nutrition tracker, and found out I have only consumed about 1/10th of what I should have today! I went looking for potassium sources, and found a great page for comparing food sources of different nutrients: <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthalic... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:09:34 EST Recipe: Low-Sugar Broccoli Sunflower Tuna Salad I named it "Low Carb Seedy Broccoli Tuna Salad" but I think it probably should be called "low sugar" instead because I used a little bit of brown rice, and that added way more net carbs than I expected it to. (One of these days I'll learn to use the recipe calculator BEFORE I start cooking instead of after I've eaten ...) <BR> <BR> Anyway, take a look and see what you think. Try it without the brown rice!!! <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2841563 </link> <B... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:47:03 EST Low Carb Cheese "Biscuits" Hi all, <BR> <BR> I had a hankering for biscuits this morning and tried these low-carb cheesy items: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2840857 </link> <BR> <BR> They're tasty but I think very high in calories (nearly 300 for two biscuits). They're made with coconut flour, not sure what would make them lower calorie. If you have any ideas, could you suggest them here, or do a recipe makeover if you use SparkRecipes? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <em>487</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:10:24 EST Expected vs Actual Weight Loss I did really well my first week. This week I lost less than a pound. :/ Not sure exactly what the difference were but I know for sure I'm not eating enough fat or protein and sneaking in a bit too much sugar (once a week or so "treat" is probably one too many for this to really work). Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:39:04 EST 2nd Week & Headachy Hey, sorry, I didn't realize I put this in the "recipes and tips" discussion. My bad! But now I can't delete it. :{ <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> I'm feeling kind of headachy today. Definitely not craving carbs or sugar, but wondering what the headache is about. I can think of a few possible culprits ... <BR> <BR> (1) body adjusting to less carbs than it was used to - are headaches common two weeks in? <BR> (2) had ice tea (no sugar) with dinner last night, usually don't have caffeine, only drank ab... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:16:09 EST Nuts! What kind of nuts do you like to eat? How many calories from nuts a day is too many in your book? I was feeling snack-ish and since I'm trying very hard to limit carbs and I know I'm having some with dinner, I decided to have a handful of whole roasted unsalted almonds. Golly, it was hard not to have another handful on the spot. :) Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:32:29 EST To Sweet or Not To Sweet? I don't add sugar to many things, but coffee is an exception ... I can't drink it black. What is the prevailing wisdom in this group about non-sugar sweeteners? The only "chemical" sweetener I use is Splenda, but I'm thinking of getting away from that in favor of agave, honey, or stevia. I tried using "raw sugar" in my coffee for a while but I don't like the taste that much, or the way it makes me feel. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:30:10 EST December Monthly Chat Where is everyone??? I get back from vacation and there is no one talking to help me get back on track after a week of naughtiness! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:39:38 EST Getting Back to Low Carbs I only tried the low carb approach for a short time back in 2011, and it worked well for me but I didn't stick to it. I thought maybe joining a team might help keep me on track and give me some ideas! Specifically I'm trying to cut way back on white bread, white rice, refined sugar, etc. if not eliminate them entirely. Glad to have found this team! ~ Jennifer Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:00:05 EST I'm New here! Hi all! I'm new here, and this sounds like the right team to me - positive, low carb, and fun! I was in Spark several years ago when i was not working and able to exercise all day and did great! Several years later working at a desk and coming home tired has me right back where i started almost. I know what I need to do, just need to get back in the groove.. <BR> ...And Stay There!! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:27:41 EST November Monthly Chat Post here! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:23:59 EST New to the Team & New to 50+ Hello all! <BR> <BR> I turn 50 in 5 more weeks. I am looking for a "home" here on SP for some support for my renewed effort to get my diabetes under control. I started back around 9/20, and with help from a dietician, I think I am on the path to success, but not without some bumps. <BR> <BR> I'm from North Carolina, married to another diabetic with two teenage boys. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:24:12 EST New member to group I'm happy to have found this group for females over 50. I'm 52 and started back low carbing about 4-5 weeks ago. So far, I've lost 31lbs. Even working the way I do, walking and standing 8 hours a day, I not only wasn't losing weight trying to keep it low calorie, I was slowly gaining. Some of that was probably muscle, now that I think about it. But, some of it was also not eating enough good food to keep my body from thinking it was starving. Even worse, I work in a deli of a large grocery st... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:12:36 EST low carb meal plan is there a way to set your meal plan to be low carb? i have been told by my dr to go low carb for the next 3 mos to lose weight. if it helps w/hot flashes,thats even better!thanks everyone! <em>198</em> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:41:15 EST OCTOBER CHILLS AND GHOULS CHAT THREAD Hi there girls, well I just felt like it myself. <BR> <BR> It is Halloween and I know some of you are really into it. We dont celebrate it much over here. <BR> But heres to a great month for us all. <BR> <BR> Want to share you corny jokes here. Go for it. <BR> <BR> What airline company do vampires use? <BR> <BR> TRANSYLVANIA. <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <em>423</em> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:38:20 EST Hello from Pensacola, FL Hello everyone. My name is Cyndi. I am 55 years old and my 4 years old granddaugher is the apple of my eye. I have done the Atkins diet several times and had good results but always gain it back. This time I am not specifically following the atkins plan but really watching my Carb intake. <BR> I exercise just about every day. I am a runner, swimmer and love Jazzercise. I am training for my second 1/2 marathon in March 2015. <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:09:39 EST September Forum I took the liberty of starting a September Chat forum...... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:57:17 EST Activity trackers I am getting ready to purchase an activity tracker. I am looking for one that counts my steps, calories burned, and definitely plays nicely with Spark fitness and food trackers. <BR> <BR> I may be interested in sleep information, measure altitude for hiking, and heart/pulse monitor. <BR> <BR> What do you have? And what are its pros and cons? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Karen Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:17:16 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:54 EST Has anyone else been diagnosed with PCOS Earlier? When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) ,also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, in my thirties my only concern was how to correct the condition so I could have the baby I desired. I never looked at the problem in any other way other than one affecting my fertility. The treatment I underwent was also aimed only at achieving the desired pregnancy and my health in general was not addressed even though my doctor was one of the best specialists at the time for Gynecological End... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:21:25 EST Hello from Gloucester, VA My Name is Silvia and I have been on Spark for 8 years. Lost weight and gained it back and have been struggling ever since. <BR> <BR> My new motivator this round is pain! And I know from personal experience that Low Carb works for me and will also often reduce or remove pain. So here goes. <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:02:47 EST Hi ya'll from NW Louisiana I am Missy, I am 51 yrs old. I am married with two older teenagers. I work as a special ed para in an elem school. My hubby and I both have weight to lose and mostly in our belly regions. I have tried Atkins before (seeing the belly shrink and not feeling hungry) and it worked I just didnt stick with it long enough. I am gearing up to start it again. My best friend wants to try it also so I am hoping to get her here. I am a sugar addict and also hypothyroid so anyone in the same position as m... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:43 EST hi from sunny & hot fl :-0 Hi wanted to introduce myself I'm Brenda I need to loose 50-60 lbs depending on who you talk to me or my doctor ;-) I would be happy with the 50 but the BMI and body fat and all the numbers say 70 soo.... I'll cross that bridge when I get there. I lost about 70 over a year ago with WW and walking had and injury stopped walking and now Im back :-) I had kept 50 of it off. Yes still 50 to go. <BR> Im on a very low calorie ketogenic diet. I use a drs weight loss center. I thought I was doing ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:11:21 EST Soy Flour and sugar impact??? Soy flour is used as a substitute - but soy does have an impact on your endocrine system - has any one noticed a negative impact when using soy flour? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:36:33 EST Coconut, soy, and almond flour Been experimenting with different types of flours - and have found that coconut flour is a great substitute for corn starch or all purpose flour in "breading" for Chinese sweet and sour chicken, orange beef or chicken, etc. <BR> <BR> My family loved the difference - (which is a switch as they usually "hate" something that is substituted). <BR> <BR> Been working with the others as well - (it it better than Ooopsie bread!) but haven't had great success Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:34:54 EST July -- Independence! (monthly forum) Here's your monthly forum! <BR> <BR> And here's a challenge for you: Spend the month working on YOUR independence from what challenges YOU! <BR> Independence from stress? From temptation? From a certain food? Independence from a lazy habit? <BR> <BR> Pick something. Be SPECIFIC! You're not gonna conquer your world in a month; so make your goal something doable in a month! Identify steps toward achievement, and identify how you will measure your progress. identify how you will know w... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:24:13 EST Howdy! Hi, I'm new and thrilled to find a low-carb team! <BR> Very glad to be here. <BR> <BR> ~ Barb Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:19:35 EST New to this group I am wandering around in Spark People and I think this might be where I should post this. Started low carb May 1st and have lost those same 13 pounds that I have lost, and gained many times over.Being over 50 , menopausal, and with thyroid issues I know this is going to take a while. My goal is a 60 pound loss. <BR> <BR> Ive been stuck for the last week at 199 and cant seem to go down,, just dont want to get discouraged and give up. Any ideas on how to jump start myself again? <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:58:00 EST Italian is one of my downfalls My family loves Italian - pasta, pizza, and the rest. I have found the Carb-anada Pasta which is really good - but this means my family has to eat a boxed pasta <BR> <BR> I am looking for a good low-carb pizza dough and homemade pasta recipe. I have a variety of flours at hand - rice, wheat (even wheat berries as I grind my own flour), soy, etc. Suggestions???? <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:14:39 EST Has anyone actually lost weight? I lost 130 pounds on YOU on a Diet type program after being fat and fighting my weight most of my life. Kept it off for four years. Then perimenopause hit and I gained 25 pounds. I felt crazy hungry all the time. I read Gary Taubes and researched all I could about LC which I have done for about 2 years now. While I haven't gained more officially, my weight has gone up and down. I'm not as hungry which is a good thing, but I am frustrated at not losing. I have tweaked things this way an... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:15:56 EST Cauliflower bread Sticks Rice and cook a head of cauliflower ( need 2 cups ) <BR> 1 cup of mozz. cheese <BR> 1/2 cup of egg <BR> It. spice <BR> basil <BR> garlic <BR> pinch or so of salt <BR> Mix and spread into a pan that is lined with parchment paper or Al. foil and sprayed , shape as a loaf but not real thick ( makes maybe 4-6 sticks ) <BR> bake 30 min. at 350 remove to a cookie sheet by inverting from other pan .bake at 450 for 10 min . remove & cut into ' sticks ' sprinkle with garlic salt or mrs.dash and ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:53:00 EST Hi team I am 56 and just decided to try a low carb eating plan. I stopped eating wheat a couple of months ago and lost 10 lbs. I have always been bothered by milk causing bloating and gas but never really gave it up. I have cut way back and now limit dairy to real butter, a little cream in my coffee on occasion and a little cheese. I began making milk kefir thinking it would be different than unfermented dairy but I could not tolerate that either. I am working on getting away from dairy compl... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:23:58 EST Resetting my nutrition tracker I have reset the carbs in my nutrition tracker to 50-100 for starters (I'm new to low carbing so I'm going at it slowly) <BR> My question is what is a reasonable Fat and Protein Number . . . right now I have the defaults for a healthy heart diet but I know I keep going over that in Fat. <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Also please excuse if this has been asked before but I scanned the previous forums and didn't see what I was looking for. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:12:10 EST Thank you for informative welcome letter Hi Everyone, First I want to thank DreamWeaver for the very informative and nice welcome letter. I'm new to the team, but not new to the low carb lifestyle, nor to Spark People. But it feels good to be back at both. <BR> <BR> I find some low carb plans to be too restrictive for me, so I'm doing it my way instead of trying to follow a plan. I've chosen to stick between 20 to 50 net carbs per day and it seems to be working. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a bit of a fallback and fell off track, b... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:18:46 EST Question: What Motivates You? I don't understand something. Why do some people think that they can take pills for their diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., then continue to eat the same unhealthy way that made them sick? Why are only some people motivated to try to be healthy? What motivates you? Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:40:40 EST JUNE GOALS and such Been slacking really bad and need to amp it up. I hurt my back so have been out of the gym therefore I have not been doing any exercise. I did get back today but I also took it easy so as to not throw things out of kilter again. <BR> <BR> I have also not been tracking at all and I know that I am one of those folks who need to track. So that is goal number two. <BR> <BR> So what are your goals for this month? <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:27:41 EST Needing an active supportive group! Hello all, <BR> My name is Tammie and I am so glad to see this group is active. I am not new to the low carb life. Low carb has tremendously reduced my migraines and has eliminated my hot long as I keep the carbs under 20 Net Carb grams. I tend to be an emotional eater and need the support to stick with this healthy lifestyle. <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:53:42 EST Hi from Montreal Hi All, <BR> I'm new to this board, but not new to Spark. About 5 years ago I was active in some of the other teams and lost about 30 lbs. I've kept most of it off, but still have a ways to go and I believe this is the best place for me to do it. I tried several different diet plans back then and found that low carb worked best for me, so that's what I'm aiming for now. Looking forward to comparing notes and swapping encouragement with all of you! Fri, 30 May 2014 08:01:46 EST No May challenge? Will there be a June challenge? <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:21:54 EST New You in 22 Hi! I'm 50 years young, going through the special change, and always trying new things to make good change happen. I'm mostly Paleo in my nutrition plan with some off-road sweets added in periodically. I've decided I want to lean out a bit for a photo shoot I'm having done in late June so I'm trying Dr. Jonny Bowden's New You in 22 program to see what kind of progress I can make in 35 days. I joined this group because I want to hook up with my peers and it seems this group is pretty active, a... Sun, 18 May 2014 06:05:48 EST April showers bring Mayflowers! ..or Pilgrims... Hi, and welcome into the month of MAY! Fri, 2 May 2014 22:43:36 EST HI!! Hi! My name is Cheryl. I am from Conklin, MI (West Michigan area - NW of Grand Rapids) <BR> I am so new to the whole low carb thing so any help, advice etc... would be GREATLY appreciated! Is there a way to figure out the total carbs of something!? <BR> Thanks ladies!! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:35:13 EST Rate of Weight Loss? What is your average rate of weight loss? I'm curious how other people are doing. Right now I'm averring about 1/2 pound to a 1 pound a week. That's putting me at 3-4 pounds a month. I'm going to add in some more exercise. But wondered how others do it? <BR> <BR> Patty Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:04:13 EST Why Scales lie <link><BR><BR>1%2Fwhy-scales-can-lie.html%3Fm%3D1&h=<BR>zAQE3nhJl </link> <BR> <BR> Just read this .. explination is worth reading Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:47:59 EST April Showers Bring.... Happy Happy Spring Day! <BR> Let's find the silver lining in our clouds this month! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:39:50 EST Hello from NW PA! <BR> Hi! I'm Louise, 60 years young, Overweight and feeling miserable. I had both knees replaced 4 years ago and have been building up my strength in my legs little by little. Walking is about the only exercise I can do comfortably. Was doing well and lost some weight last summer by walking 3 miles a day, however, this winter has been brutal here and I need to get walking again. I have a very stressful job, (which I love!) working with autistic students. My youngest grandson is autistic and ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:10:38 EST MARCH-ing into SPRING Expecting more ice on Sunday night. Predictions say half an inch of ice. All I know is the cold weather and bad roads do not inspire me to be too active. Sunshine is needed badly. <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:35:58 EST Sleep problems I remember this from a few years ago and now that I'm back on low carb I'm having trouble again. I've always been a good sleeper and I'm well past menopause so I can't blame hormones. Does low carb eating cause sleep problems for anyone else? I can go to sleep just fine but a few hours later I'm wide awake. Is there an easy solution? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:13:26 EST LOW CARB GLUTEN FREE ENGLISH MUFFIN 1 egg <BR> 1/8 tsp salt (0.5 mL) <BR> 3 tbsp Gluten-Free Bake Mix, (45 mL) <BR> page___ <BR> 1/4 tsp baking powder (1 mL) <BR> 2 tbsp shredded Monterey Jack (30 mL) <BR> cheese <BR> <BR> In cereal bowl, beat egg and salt with fork. Add Gluten-Free Bake Mix, page___ and baking powder. Whisk in well with fork. Stir in Monterey Jack cheese until well combined. <BR> <BR> Nuke 1 minute and 10 seconds. Immediately loosen sides and invert muffin. Using a good, serrated bread knife, slic... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:55:44 EST Feb. -Goodbye, Winter! Last of the Red Hot Lovers! Ah, February! The shortest month, the L-O-N-G-E-S-T month in Winter's chilly grasp! I'm already waving it So long! Farewell! Auf Wiedersein! Adieu! <BR> <BR> One bright spot coming up! Valentine's Day! Anybody have any ideas on celebrating this day? <BR> I"m thinking about making some valentines and distributing them at the homeless shelter or the local old-age home.... I can't decide on whether or not to make cookies. I think a bag of Hershey's Kisses might be a better choice, given... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:21:27 EST FABULOUS FEBRUARY CHECKIN Welcome to all our new members. Looking forward to reading your posts. <BR> <BR> Will be doing my official February weigh in tomorrow. What will you be doing to start the new month? <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:21:14 EST FEBRUARY - PLAN TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT THIS MONTH Well I broke my scales and bought some new ones. The new ones gave me the heebie jeebies and it is 6 weeks till my next diabetic check. <BR> <BR> Want to lose some lbs just in case the new scales are actually right!!! <BR> <BR> So I am committing to posting what I eat daily. This always helps me. Makes me accountable. <BR> <BR> Anyone who is feeling like losing this month, feel free to join me. <BR> <BR> I am focussing on low cal/lo carb here but only posting the cals cos I know the ca... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:46:00 EST Important Info ... So although there are some studies that show a slight reduction to Carb (40-45% of calories) and increase in protein (25-30%) and fat at usual (20-25%)…. <BR> <BR> they are still in safe amounts to avoid making ketones. <BR> <BR> If you lower the carb and increase fat and protein, you are at risk for making ketones (an acid in the blood). It forces the body to make sugar from protein and there is a by-product called ketones). <BR> IF...... you .....lose weight and your sugars might lowe... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:04:34 EST Nina in Missouri Hi there! I'm from Southwest Missouri. My name is Nina. I'm following a low carb diet with intervals of no carb. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:35:58 EST Low-Carb Living on a Budget So, how do you all stick to a budget while low-carbing? <BR> <BR> I am looking for tips. Currently, I need to feed a family of 5 plus 3 pets on a very, very tight budget (which will most likely get tighter before it's gets better). <BR> <BR> I am already buying frozen veggies instead of fresh. I get my meats when they are marked-down due to age (thank goodness for the big freezer and FoodSaver!). I am an avid couponer also (usually save 25-30% but mostly on items I can't have because they a... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:22:34 EST vitamins & low carb diet Hi everybody. I am new to this team. I have done low carb before & just started it again. I always have a problem with lack of energy & constipation. I just joined a new website called ""I think that's what it is called. anyway,I saw a forum there on low energy & low carb so I looked into it. the people on there posted about taking potassium,magnesium & calcium to keep up their energy level.I never knew that. so I am going to try it. I hope this helps someone else.have a great day! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:33:28 EST Swerve All Natural Sweetner Has anyone else tried this yet? I di manage to find it locally but it is knida pricey. It is erthitrol-spelling not right. The 10x version is great as a icing and you really can't tell the difference. I entered the nutrition values today so I can get a couple of my foods finished in the tracker. <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:57:13 EST LINKS TO LOW CARB SITES I HAVE DISCOVERED <link><BR>l-OMM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-mug/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/new-years-cheesecake.html </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:07:32 EST Have you read "Grain Brain"? It's full of compelling evidence on the benefits of a high fat - low carb diet for brain health. <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:53:54 EST Did you know I love my spark friends <BR> I am a twin <BR> I do not like winter <BR> I like watching sports <BR> I have a secret desire to be published author <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:28:55 EST Hi I love low carb eating so it is nice to be with a group of ladies doing the same thing Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:27:58 EST Happy New Year! Be my January Baby! MMMMmmmm! Smell that fresh air! Throw wide open your arms and embrace the New Year and your new fresh start and new chances.... <BR> <BR> It's goal-setting time and goal-achieving time! <BR> <BR> It is also pay-up time for me! I asked you ladies to set a single goal to perform daily and asked that you report here your longest streak and I would award a extra-nice SPARK-GOODIE for the longest streaker. <BR> <BR> My goal was to drink 8 glasses of water daily. My longest streak was 23 day... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:57:18 EST JANUARY-A TIME TO TAKE CHARGE Happy New year. Time for a restart for me. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:51:08 EST Hello! My name is Jaebea and I have come back to visit Sparkpeople! I joined at the beginning of 2012, trying to go back to weightwatchers....which failed miserably. Then, in Dec 2012, I started researching the low carb lifestyle. Being 5' and 170 lbs (and turning 59), I was desperate. I started Atkins on this day a year ago and as of today, I am 30 pounds lighter, weighing in at 140. I am battling a low thyroid and was not consistant with my meds. About mid year, I saw the correlation between... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:59:53 EST trying to re-start I just wanted to say hi. I need to get started. I just sent off for the Wheat Belly book. I was following Atkins pretty successfully for about a year, got hurt, couldn't take care of myself and things spiraled out of control. I need to re-lose 30lbs and get a handle on my food as well as my inflammation and joint pain. I have tried to start Atkins a couple of times but couldn't stay with it. I'm hoping a new book, similar but different, will help to motivate me. When eating low carb is so goo... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:58:44 EST December's Charge of the Light Brigade! Brrr Brr Br br brrrrrrrrrrr! ta da! <BR> <BR> To the flurry of French horns and cherubs' trumpets, I announce to all.... <BR> You Have 31 days left to achieve your goals for the year! You have 31 days left to streak and win my challenge! No, you don't get to change your goal for MY challenge just because it is a new month! I want to encourage you all to come up with the longest uninterrupted streak! <BR> <BR> AND! You wanna know about the name of the thread? I think "the Charge of the... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:49:34 EST Hi!! I'm not sure if i was suppose to do a new topic. I'm 51 years young, night nurse, and have diabetes 2. I try to eat low carb. I'm interested in learning more. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:25:18 EST Hello Sparkpeople, I am ready to go! I only joined late afternoon yesterday. Was I pleasantly surprised when I tracked the food I've eaten for the day - it was within the limits set up to loose the weight I have been carrying for 28 years! That can only mean that it was the right day to start. I have gained the weight at an average rate of 2kg a year and I aim to loose it at around 2kg a month. <em>9</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:42:18 EST November: Coming into the Home Stretch! It was the day after Halloween. The little girl went to school and later that day, brought home her progress report. Her grades had suffered compared to the previous 6 weeks. "Why?" her Mom wanted to know. "Well, you know.... after the holidays, everything gets marked down..." was the girl's response! <BR> <BR> It's November! I know many of us are thinking Home-Coming one way or another. I want you to think about coming into the HOME STRETCH and making a HOME RUN! Yes, you've got 60 ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 02:53:35 EST HELP....please I need help!! I'm Denise, 51 and in bad shape. Its not weight so much as health. I can loose <BR> 10-15 lbs. But its my liver, high cholesterol, and pre diabetes that is spiraling out of control. <BR> <BR> What is wrong with me?? I did this before, was able to do it, now I feel like a looser. I need <BR> to make a commitment with at least one other person. I think that will make a huge difference. <BR> <BR> Tried to do it with my partner, (daughter's dad) not working. He's a mgr. at... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:51:51 EST October Cornies and Greetings! <em>427</em> What no candy corn icon? <BR> <BR> Sorry I am late getting this started. I had to drive out (2 hours each way because of detours and damage) to inspect the house that we still haven't sold. I am glad to report that it too did not get any water damage. I think. The minor bit of water infiltration we had there was merely a damp spot in an area with NO flooring and excellent air circulation and exhaust. I still have to get the phone, gas, and water reconnected/inspected. ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:09:15 EST Carb Cycling? Is anybody carb cycling AND calorie cycling? I found my calories for calorie cycling. I now do 2 low cal-1high cal-2 low cal- 1 high cal. <BR> <BR> How would carb cycling look with low high? Is your low like 20 carbs or less? Then what would your high carb day be? <BR> <BR> would it make sense to do calorie low/carb low 2 days, then 1 high calorie/ high carb day, then 2 low calorie/low carb, and lastly 1 high calorie/high carb day? <BR> <BR> Or would you do low calorie/high carb? and high ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:11:15 EST Look what I found, ok it wasn't lost but.... I never have seen this before check it out. Some of you maybe interested in this. <link><BR>arb-eating-is-so-effective-why-are-peo<BR>ple-still-overweight </link> <BR> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:51:50 EST Have you read or seen this yet? <BR> <BR> I hope this comes through OK, I will check it out and change it if I have to. <BR> <BR> Jimmy Moore, gosh he truly has evolved and I just love it all. I enjoy all he has to offer us, and the open mindedness of his site/blog is amazing. <BR> He alone gives me such peace in this journey. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hares-conflicted-feelings-about-the-va<BR>rious-nutritional-camps </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:36:14 EST Anyone doing the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet? I did this one years ago and I really liked it. But then carb creep got the best of me. Since May I had been doing Atkins- lost 19 pounds but stalled for almost 8 weeks now. :o( Some my fault- some un-explainable. <BR> So today I tweaked it up to the CAD. <BR> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:25:42 EST not a recipe- an idea Tonight at dinner the kids had a tomato meat sauce I made over cooked frozen broccoli because I did not have time to cook brown rice. It was really good! <BR> I had read grating cauliflower as rice, or zucchini as noodles. I never have fresh zucchini on hand, and I'm not a fan of "grating". When it comes to cooking I'm quite lazy! LOL! I s'pose I could put the cauli in the food processor! <BR> Anyhow I just realized how sauces (like stroganoff, spaghetti sauce etc) could be delicious over ve... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:33:55 EST September food and exercise accountability September 4 <BR> low cal day 1 <BR> <BR> skim milk.............. .50 <BR> clear vege soup.... 50 <BR> <BR> 400gr cauli............100 <BR> 200gr pumpkin......100 <BR> <BR> strawberries...........100 <BR> canned milk .........300 <BR> <BR> 2slices wholegrain.150 <BR> lettuce, tom, sp.o. 50 <BR> egg white 17 <BR> <BR> Exercise 200 steps Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:12:07 EST SEPT IS HERE Was trying to think of something catchy but at 6am my creativity hasn't kicked in yet. <BR> <BR> Eating has been decent but my scale still hasn't budged. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:09:19 EST I tried this! LC cheesecake <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=373657 </link> <BR> <BR> delicious! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:09:00 EST FITNESS TRACKERS Does anyone here use any sort of fitness tracker? I have been using a fitbit and have found out that there are several affordable options for anyone really wanting one. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:20:23 EST new, no plan, help.......... HI everyone......I read a book "The Mouth Trap", and have just downloaded the book "Why we Get Fat". Many years ago I went on what I hoped to be a life style of not eating anything with sugar being listed above #5 on the ingredients listing. I did well and felt great and lost quite a bit of weight and felt great. I was in a marriage that was abusive, verbally, emotionally and sometimes physically. I started using food as my friend, my comfort. I finally left the relationship and am since... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:10:26 EST AUGUST HALFWAY THRU THE YEAR July was good to me. I lost four pounds. I have been drinking a cup of warm lemon water every morning, putting a teaspoon of coconut oil in my coffee everyday and cutting back on what I eat at MCDonalds. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:38:45 EST Quote for the day <BR> "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to <BR> mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present <BR> moment wisely and earnestly." <BR> <BR> Gautama Buddha Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:25:00 EST Setting Nutritional Goals on Food Tracker Hello. I'm trying to follow a low carb lifestyle and wanted to start tracking my food, but don't know how to determine the fat and carb goals you set up. Can anyone guide me? Thank you for your help. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:46:19 EST New here Hi -I discovered this site today and it sounds really fabulous! I am Sophie, turning 50 in two months, living in France, married with 4 kids from 16 to 21, and hoping to spend the second half of my life in better shape than the first one :) Low carb has worked well for me but then life got in between, I fell off the wagon and whatnot, but here I am again. This time I will not be so holier-than-thou about it and just do my thing. My family has got used to my weird ways of eating, which is a go... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:04:43 EST MEAL ACCOUNTABILITY When I was doing this everyday, I did so much better. So here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> breakfast <BR> bacon and eggs <BR> 2 cups coffee w/heavy whipping cream <BR> my pills <BR> <BR> lunch will be <BR> 2 oz mixed berries <BR> 1 tsp ground almonds <BR> 1 carbmaster vanilla yogurt <BR> 1 egg and piece of saugage <BR> <BR> dinner <BR> pork chop <BR> spinach salad w.ranch Mon, 8 Jul 2013 03:56:14 EST JULY - INDEPENDENCE - RED, WHITE AND BLUE Hi there girls, thought I'd just start this as Koshie suggested that someone could start a July thread. Just do not believe its July however!! <BR> <BR> Independence Day for you guys in the USA. Have a great holiday. <BR> <BR> I am stair climbing this month ready for my trip away on 1st August. :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:35:37 EST JULY - DAILY RECORDS <BR> I'm cycling at present. Just completed 2 days low and 1 day high. This is day 2 high. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got in my 20 stairs. In fact I think I did it twice. <BR> <BR> This is my aim for the month JULY <BR> I need to get the stairs under my belt so I can do them easily when on holiday in August. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:32:49 EST Confused My doctor recommended a Low Carb Low Cholesterol diet ... when asking how many carbs is low carb he asked if i wanted to see a nutritionist ... <BR> <BR> My doctor is a GP ... i already see 2 specialists (a hematologist and a Rheumatologist) and can't afford to go to a nutritionist ... <BR> <BR> I have searched online and get conflicting answers most pointing to Atkins or South Beach which I am not going that route... <BR> <BR> How many carbs should be in a low carb diet? I'm just looking ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:27:13 EST Intro Good Morning, <BR> I am Maret, soon to be 62 from Maine. I have been dieting since I was 13 and my Dad would call me "lard a__", "crisco kid" etc. Nothing seems to stick though. I have tried every diet under the sun but I have come to the conclusion that anything white is bad for me. I am pre diabetic and have parathyroid which doesn't help. I am resolved to start over on Atkins because it has worked for me in the past until I couldn't stand having my bread or oatmeal anymore:( I just k... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:17:21 EST Not Sure About This ... Hello Everyone <em>30</em> <BR> I haven't been on a low carb (or any other "special") diet but have considered it since reading it was helpful to someone on my hypothyroid team. Since going through early menopause plus having my thyroid removed my metabolism is really slow and weight loss efforts have been pretty unsuccessful. My OB/GYN told me, "With your family and medical history weight loss will be very difficult, if not impossible." I've resisted extreme dietary changes though bec... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:56:34 EST June in Blessed Beauty Abides Welcome June! Welcome, green; welcome color! Welcome the Spring harvest! <BR> Welcome the soft blushing lushness that is JUNE! <BR> <BR> May awakened us; June stimulates us to get up and begin our "morning toiletries". If I may offer a challenge.... <BR> Let's spend June concentrating on our inner and outer "beauty". Let's celebrate those particular successes! <BR> <BR> I want to commend WISPY for re-motivating herself AND me and EWEFLUFFY! You've caused beautiful things to happen to ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:06:20 EST Curious about Induction Phase? Well after being stuck on the same weight for almost 3 months now, I have decided to go through the Induction Phase of Atkins. Was hoping to skip it due to diet burnout, but my metabolism is not cooperating with me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, has anyone here gone through the 2 weeks of Induction? If so, can you tell me if you ended up happy with your weight loss or was it still a slow process for you? <BR> <BR> I start with the Induction Phase tomorrow and was just curious how others felt about it. ... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:48:55 EST DAILY RECORD OF MAY - eating and/or exercise plan DAY 1 May 1st <BR> First Low cal day max 1000 cals. <BR> <BR> skim milk powder - 50 <BR> 2 thin wholemeal bread and marmite - 150 <BR> 150gr chicken - 180 <BR> in curry sauce - 120 <BR> 400gr cauliflower - 100 <BR> 4 wholemeal bread/marmite - 400 - complete <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> DAY 2 May 2nd <BR> Second Low cal day max 1000 cals <BR> <BR> skim milk powder - 50 <BR> 200gr chicken - 230 <BR> in curry sauce - 120 <BR> 300gr green beans - 105 ... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:08:20 EST May Flowers! WELCOME TO DAY 1, TEAM! <BR> <BR> Let's flower in our lives and make May a month in which we bloom! Wed, 1 May 2013 00:57:42 EST Getting personal with carbs. Good Morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to get a little personal and find out how many carbs you are allowing yourselves everyday to lose weight. I am trying to stay under 60 carbs for now. But if I start with Atkins, it will have to be much lower. <BR> <BR> I just started with lowering my carbs about 3 days ago. No weight loss yet, but it is still early. <BR> <BR> I had been using SparkCoach meal plan for 2 months and walking everyday and gained a pound and gained one fat percentag... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:46:59 EST Starting over Hello, I'm Amy. I was eating low carb a years ago. While doing so I lost weight and felt good. I got careless and started adding too many carbs, gained my weight back plus, and felt awful. Since then I have resolved to make following a low carb plan a lifestyle for me. I hope to meet some new friends and learn some things as well. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:34:56 EST Trying Atkins My name is Sue I am 58. Went to the Drs. this past week probably looking at Knee replacement. I am putting it off for now due to work. I am in pain most of the time due to the arthritis, and feel if I lose some weight I will be able to get around a little better. I weight 198lbs and am about 5'5'. So I have started the Atkins diet. And so far since the 15 of Apr I have lost 2lbs. I am not looking for a massive lose of weight just gradually and healthy. So if anyone has any suggestion of food ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:42:54 EST Low Carber Hello everyone, <BR> I'm 51 and from NC. I started eating low carbs March 6 and have lost 19 lbs so far. I have had success in the past with low carbing but find it is going slower this time. <BR> <BR> I limit my carbs to 100 gms per day and do not count calories. I also joined a TOPS group in my area which will help me stay accountable. Sweets are my weakness so I'm always looking for good low carb dessert recipes (chocolate!). <BR> <BR> I did one of the 8 minute cardio workouts tod... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:38:10 EST April Showers Bring.... ME! <em>450</em> <BR> Looks like I'm the April Fool here! It seems I managed to slip up enough all last month to gain five pounds. Or it could be yesterday's Easter Feast. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> So part of that wetness is caused by my regrets... <BR> NO MORE! <BR> <BR> Let's make April the month of CHANGE and RENEWAL, ladies! No more wishing it'll happen! Join me in MAKING it happen! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:10:25 EST inspiring wallpaper <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This artist has an amazing use of light. My favorite is of a torso --focusing on the hands -- from which glowing water pours. I chose it as my new wallpaper. ....Appropriate for a computer screen I think: the delivery of enlightenment, pouring out in abundance! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:37:22 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:31 EST MARCH ROARS IN LIKE A LION (Team dailies!) and I happen to be a LEO, so I like March. <BR> Thanks to my husband's conscientious cooking according to my dietary needs, and my own INability to get to the fridge, I lost 8 pounds last month. Not breaking any records, but getting thru the 180's has always been slow and difficult. You'd think I'd LEARN to not let my weight EVER creep up so high! But I feel re-energized and motivated being able to contemplate breaking thru that glass "floor" into the 170's, so I am ROARING to go! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:06:08 EST Help!!! I am a 63 year old gramma with 14 grandchildren that I love dearly!!!! I want to be able to keep up with them!! I just had a Total Knee Replacement the end of December and I have gained lots of weight! It is hard to do a lot but I do go to therapy three times a week and they work me out! I also have Multiple Sclerosis so that slows me down! I need to have a pal that will help me through this. Please!!! We are having a great big family reunion this summer and I ahve to get in shape to kep up w... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:10:16 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:34 EST Hello I am ready to live the lo carb lifestyle. I lost quite a bit of weight on this plan a few years back and looked and felt great. Why I went off it I have no idea. But I did, and now I am back where I started and even heavier. I have tried the low cal diets, weight watchers, etc, but I Just can't lose on them because I know I can't tolerate the carbs, so I begin again. Looking forward to being a member of this group. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:28:11 EST FEBRUARY 2013 Team discussion New month. Hopefully, you are still working on your New Year's Resolutions. Any Progress, anyone? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:22:30 EST Red Palm Oil 2 Tablespoons a day of Red Palm Oil will reduce cholesterol by 40% in one month. <BR> This info on Dr. Oz show 1/10/13 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:20:35 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR-JANUARY 2013 <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> To all my Low Carb friends-MAY YOU HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!!! I am jumping back on the bandwagon on the second. Most of the junk is out of the house and have been making better choices for the most part. I have weighed myself and have been pretty much maintaining since I gained the 20 pounds back so that is a positive thing. Now to get that scale going back down again. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:31:35 EST DECEMBER 2012! I thought I would start a new thread for our last month of 2012! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:20:24 EST Dr. Oz: Green Coffee Bean Extract Does anyone now anything about this? Fri, 2 Nov 2012 08:13:20 EST November 2012 November, I thought I would start a new one. <BR> <em>426</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:08:09 EST laughter and a little fun...keeps you young <link><BR>feature=autoplay&list=PL364C613E454661<BR>9F&playnext=2 </link> <BR> <BR> this made me smile so much I wanted to share this with you Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:02:21 EST thinking of all of you I thought of all of you during these past couple of weeks. Reason? The other day I went out on the porch (nice warm day) with a cup of coffee - ready to read for a little bit. As I sat down, I heard my knee popped. Of course, I wondered what the heck happened but tried to deal with the sudden pain that happened everytime I tried to move my right leg. <BR> Of course, I figured that my knee would go back to normal after a couple of days - but - I was wrong. I gave in this week and went to ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:42:53 EST Motivation lacking Hello ladies ---- First, I have to say - "Wow Erin" -- I didn't even know that was you until I looked at the name and then noticed everyone commenting on your new hairstyle. Simply gorgeous. Congrats on losing more weight. <BR> I will need to go back and make notes before I can address anyone else --- there was simply too much info for me to remember. <BR> I am now half way to my goal and seem to have loss all my motivation. I haven't loss my desire to get to my goal and definately do not ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:51:22 EST Need some good information I know some of you are or have tried Weight Watchers. I have been doing weight watchers since May. Since that time, I have only lost 5 pounds. Now, weekends are not my friend, so some of that is my fault. But I can say most of the time during the week, I stay right on target. <BR> <BR> So my question and information I need is this, with what you have experienced, should I look at this 5 lbs as normal for my age and how I treat my weekends, or could I do better just sticking with calories... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:16:15 EST OCTOBER ALREADY! !!!????? New thread for the month, Mon, 1 Oct 2012 03:59:44 EST BACON SHORTAGE? OH NO!!!!!!! I saw on the news that bacon will be almost doubling in price next year. What will I do without my beloved bacon? They suggested turkey bacon and that is just yuck!!!! I will probably buy it anyway just use less. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:32:14 EST Low Carb Meal Planning I am fairly new to Spark People. I have not used any of the forums before but I really need help getting started so here I am. I need help with meal and snack ideas for eating low carb. Do you guys include any dairy like yogurt? If so, do you have a brand you recommend? I want to lose weight, but in doing so, I want to change the way I eat so it is something I can maintain over time. Any help or encouragement would be appreciated! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:49:00 EST Spicy Pumpkin Pudding 1 cup cold pumpkin <BR> 1 cup cold skim milk <BR> 1 package vanilla pudding mix <BR> 1/2 t cinnamon <BR> 1/2 t allspice <BR> 1/4 t nutmeg <BR> Combine all ingredient. beat with electric beater until smooth. Pour into dessert dishes. chill 15 min. serves 6 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:59:38 EST No Team Leader? Just joined this group the other day and hoping to stick with a low(er) carb diet again. I noticed there is no team leader. Was it a conscious decision not to have a team leader, or is it just that no one has stepped up to claim it? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:11:20 EST September is here!!! OH don't you DARE post here till Sept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>198</em> (It's just that I never get around to doing this thread in time, so this month I am doing it early. Someone can remind me to sticky it <em>10</em> ) Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:20:29 EST Ok - new question I want to set a goal for myself so as it was time for my yearly checkup anyway --- made an appt with my doctor. While there I asked for a good/ideal weight for me to try to reach considering that I have always had trouble with my weight (yo-yo-er), am 5'4", and am 64 years old. She came back and told me I should look at l45 lbs. <BR> Well, I almost fell over! Came home, thought about it, and called the doctor back. After babbling on and on that she was setting me for failure --- she ag... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:47:51 EST My Monday weighin Tonight I lost another 1.4 lbs. I did the happy dance, because I didn't think I was going to lose. I didn't think I gained --- just thought I was going to hold even. <BR> <BR> However, the highlight of my day was the call from my doctor. I had a yearly physical on Friday with full blood work done. They called to tell me that I did not need to take my cholesterol medication anymore and to keep up the good work. <BR> <BR> I told everyone at my T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly) meeting to... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:35:43 EST Going low carb My doc has told me to get off the carbs, you know the bad ones ! So I am new here, one week and have dropped a couple of pounds. Being strict with the low carb has been the last 3 days and I am doing well. I'm only taking in one starch a day, with the dinner meal. I am insulin dependent and the carbs doesn't help that situation and I know that. <BR> <BR> So off I go..........will see what happens <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 05:23:11 EST It is Monday again :-) I had another loss at my weigh in last night ---- 1.4 lbs down. <BR> I am so excited that I finally succeeding at this war called losing weight. <BR> I enjoy reading all of your posts and hope you all have a great "lighter" weeek. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:45:42 EST Monday weigh in This past weekend I spent four days with my husband and cousins at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. We did a lot of walking and, of course, eating. I was careful and never felt cheated. I did think I should have recvd an award when everyone went and had ice cream at 3pm on Saturday and I chose not to have any - bought a diet coke instead. My reasoning was that we would be going out to eat, yet again, around 7pm and I felt my body couldn't handle the extra calories, especiall... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:13:28 EST AUGUST IS HERE !! HOPE WE GET A STICKY THREAD FOR AUG. AS I KNOW THIS ONE WON'T STAY <em>211</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:13:26 EST Monday's weigh in Weighed in tonight at my TOPS meeting --- and I lost 2 more pounds -- this makes <BR> for a total of 30.6 lbs since January 2012. <BR> I was definitely a happy camper. 30 lbs was one of my goals and I finally made it. <BR> My next goal is to weigh under 200 lbs --- need to lose about 10 more or so to make <BR> this one. <BR> Am visiting my doctor on Aug 17 and will ask her what she feels I should choose for <BR> a goal weight. Since I am 64 yrs old -- I know she wont say 125 lbs - ha ha ---... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:34:02 EST Newbie here! I've been a member of SP for years but a new member of this team. I'm sure so many of us share the same weight loss struggles as I have, so I am glad to be here for the support that we can all be a part of. <BR> I've had a 52 yr journey of weight loss attempts ( I say 52 yrs as I think mine must have started at birth- LOL)! But my most recent 5 yrs has been a combination of the best and worst experience. The best was when I made the decision to have gastric band surgery - found to be pre... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:19:31 EST new day Well I woke up this morning with a new energized outlook on reaching my goal weight. <BR> Last night I was really upset over something personal and I did what I have always done and ate gooey treats to push down my emotions. <BR> The good part is that after I did that --- I realized that this is exactly what I have always done in the past instead of facing and dealing with my anger. <BR> So today - is a new day and a new way of thinking -- I am going to use exercise or cleaning or something e... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:52:08 EST Starting over....AGAIN! Back to Spark People and happy to see the low carb group for women over 50. Was doing WW and not getting results. Low carb has always worked for me in the past, just gained it back. Hoping with the help of this team I will be successful! Thank you:)) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:59:36 EST weigh in Weighed in at my TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) group last night with a 1/2 lb loss. I was very pleased since I had treated myself "twice" last week and did not exercise. It was a good night for our group of 10 members ---- everyone had a loss!!!! This is a rare thing and we were jumping with joy. <BR> I did really good yesterday with my carbs and am hoping that I can continue to do so. I do not count Net Carbs, but am now trying to become more aware of them. Hoping that will help me ea... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:24:54 EST weekly weighin Just reporting in that I had a 1 pound loss last night. It surprised me as I didn't think I had lost anything this week. Now, I am spurred on to get back to exercising again so that next week I will again have another loss. <BR> Suppose to be rainy all week and, of course, I woke up with a headache. <BR> Question: I have a friend that is trying to keep her carbs to 30 grams a day on the Atkin Diet. Is this okay? It is not too low? She is losing weight every week, I am just wondering h... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:44:30 EST Sunday Today was a good food day. Not only did I get a lot of work done in the house, I ate the lowest carbs ever. It felt so good. Of course, on a down side, I did not get as much protein in me as I thought I had. But tomorrow is another day and I will do better. <BR> Goodnight! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:12:54 EST Low Carbs? Having a hard time keeping the carbs down.....I am a carbaholic! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:48:20 EST Monday night weighin :-) I had a great weigh in tonight. I belong to an organization called TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). It is a support group to help you reach your goal weight. Today I did a lot of running around doing errands and hoped that it would be a great way to help me wrap up one week of being careful when eating. I follow the low carb/high protein way of eating and use sparkpeople to find recipes, read articles, and keep track of my carbs, protein, fat, and sodium. <BR> Anyhow, my group meets on Mo... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 21:27:37 EST JULY - AGOGO Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Had a lovely lunch out last week with DS. <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>497</em> <em>261</em> <em>494</em> <em>468</em> <em>22</em> <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> Have to say I enjoyed every mouth. Need a couple of low cal days to balance that lot out, but man it was sooooooooooo good especially with the company. <BR> <BR> Well going low carb today and tomorrow. Where is everyone. <BR> Missing you guys. HELLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:27:40 EST Hello I am looking for support while I am on my journey to reach my goal weight. I have recently started trying a low carb/high protein diet and am thrilled with the results. I am, however, having trouble keeping my carbs lower than my protein. I do use the food tracker on spark people to help me. I also keep an eye on my sodium levels, too. <BR> Right now I seem to be on a plateau and can't get off of it. <BR> Looking forward to meeting some friends on the same journey. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:21:54 EST Jun Check In Jun 2012 workout is : <BR> 6/1/12 = 85mins strength/20 mins elliptcal. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:20:17 EST Just Checking In After The Weekend Good Monday Morning everyone! Well, my weekend getaway with my friends went great. A nice relaxing weekend. Back at it this morning though. Lots to get done today with unpacking and stuff. Feeling pretty proud of me for staying real close to my good eating habit...maybe I'm getting the hang of it! Mon, 21 May 2012 08:37:18 EST What are you eating? I am terrible at meal planning, trying to find new ideas etc. I work two jobs so I have to have to go meals. A few new ideas. Thanks Tue, 15 May 2012 08:29:05 EST I'm New "again".... Hi Everyone! Since I'm quite a way past that 50 mark, guess this is where I belong! To explain my "topic"...I joined this group a while back and fell off the wagon (you know how that is, right?), and am just now getting back up and hopping on it again. I am diabetic and my dietitian has just put me back on a low carb diet. I'm having some success with it, but it's my willpower that gets me everytime! I'm glad to be here and hope to return often, so keep those topics rolling as I need you... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:57:00 EST A Success Story <link><BR>feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=S<BR>PB13E1E9CC48D406A </link> <BR> <BR> I see these accomplishments amongst us, it reminds me of Wispy and what she is doing and so many others here as well. Hope this gives you the hope that you too can be a success story and perhaps help someone else with their journey, if in nothing more than motivation or encouragement! <BR> <BR> Have a great week! Mon, 7 May 2012 11:08:51 EST Glad to Be a Part...Hi! I'm new to this team! I'm glad I found this because I need all the help I can get right now. I've been a SP member since early spring last year. I am diabetic, have heart problems and high bp and Neuropathy. I am a cancer survivor of 3 years. I recently went to my doctor for my quarterly diabetes check up and I got a real shocker! My A1C was over 12.5 he said (I was to afraid to ask the exact reading) and my bp was "dangerously" high. My cholesterol was "well over 250" and of course those pesky old triglycer... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:05:36 EST May check in Here we go we are now in the month of May and summer is with in reach . <BR> I am looking forward to warmer weather and the great out doors with <em>344</em> and lots <em>67</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 09:04:11 EST motivation I saw this on another team I am on and it is too good not to share. <BR> <BR> We all have those days that we don't want to work out even though we know we should. When you need a little motivation, look no further. <BR> <BR> Here are 100 reasons you shouldn't skip your workout today. <BR> <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> 1. Because it makes you feel confident <BR> 2. Because it helps you get stronger <BR> 3. Because exercise helps combat depression <BR> 4. Because you'll f... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:57:50 EST Belly Fat Ok, I have been hearing about stuff you can get to get rid of this extra weight on the belly. <BR> I understand at my age, this happens, all the weight (good bit of it) goes here. <BR> <BR> Is there anything that can be done about this? <BR> <BR> Suggestions? <BR> <BR> Help! <BR> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:13:06 EST APRIL CHECK IN <em>334</em> HOPE IT'S OK TO START THIS THREAD. When the right person wants to restart it that's fine by me. I just wanted to have it for today. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:45:06 EST help - I need encouragement! I have been told that bec of thyroid problems I will not get rid of weight. But to stay on a low carb, low calorie diet. Can anyone tell me if they have this same problem but lose weight? I need to be encouraged! Sun, 25 Mar 2012 19:40:20 EST MARCH - DAILY CHECK IN FOR SHARING AND CARING Hi there ladies, <BR> <BR> Jane, I answered your question on the end of February thread. <BR> <BR> Thought I would start a new thread as 1st of March is tomorrow over here. <BR> Lets have a good month ladies. <BR> <BR> Hugs Wispy. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:43:07 EST