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9/29/13 11:39 A

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Self-sabotage seems to be my problem right now. I ned to do some serious introspection to figure out what my block is about regarding weighing 160 pounds. Every time I get close, I do something I know I shouldn't!

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9/28/13 4:45 P

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Scaling back my expectations of myself did make a difference, SNEAKY, and thanks for the encouragement. I just REALLY want to weigh 150 again in 6 weeks in time for my college re-union, and patience is frustrating right now!

BUT!!!!!!!! WE JUST GOT GAS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can cook again! And eat decent food again! And have a hot shower! And be warm! WHOOPPEE!

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9/27/13 6:07 P

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I think it's very encouraging that despite your current adversity, you are able to stick as close to LC WOE as possible. Good for you, Koshie!

Don't be too hard on yourself right now...keep your focus but seriously, what has gone on down there is a disaster. How do any of us plan to eat LC WOE in a natural disaster? Priorities.

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9/27/13 3:30 P

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"Incidentally" I've had no "accidents" lately. But events! I am loaded with events! I'm still trying to use up the food in the freezer because I still don't trust that our electrical supply is stable, given the circumstances (recovery and ongoing re-construction due to flood damage).

It is a challenge to make dinner every night because we still have no gas, and DD and DH aren't on LC WOEs, and of course, my choices (due to living strictly out of the pantry and freezer) are limited. I have huge amounts of beans and rice -- which I shouldn't eat. But I made some wonderful sausage-lentil soup and had some of that... and even that is very high carb for me! .... just a temporary slowdown tho' -- I didn't eat so much that I GAINED weight!

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9/26/13 3:02 P

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I sure hope someone is at least LURKING! Sure is lonely here!
It really is beneficial to discuss one's "incidents" and "accidents" and "events" with another Atkins person.

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9/25/13 7:22 P

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I've been doing a lot of home-cooking. And shopping. I've lost the extra pounds I regained thanks to DH's massive box of fine Italian pastries (and my inabillity to resist!).

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9/24/13 1:37 P

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I did yoga yesterday morning and ran "errands" all day. I ended up eating very little. Dinner was a quick but very tasty LC affair. I wish most days could be like this!

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9/23/13 7:39 P

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Somebody managed to inspect the nearest bridge and declare it (apparently) partially safe -- we have a road again (one lane, but still!) into town!

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9/22/13 11:34 P

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I hope you cold doesn't linger, Sneaky. With Autumn coming, it's a bad time to catch one!

Things are slowly getting better. We are so much luckier than so many others, I can't really complain. Oh, I moan a little about my toilet and cooking situations, but never to anybody HERE!

I know what you mean about craving comfort foods during times of stress -- it has been difficult for me too! I'm bobbing up and down again 2 pounds!

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9/22/13 10:03 P

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I'm here!

Was sick this week with a cold which means I crave only junk food. Ate some bad stuff but not out of control. Today I am back on track. Will weigh myself tomorrow to see if there has been any damage :)

Glad you're okay, koshie!

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9/22/13 12:34 A

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Who's there?

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9/20/13 2:29 A

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"Knock, knock."

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9/18/13 2:12 P

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...now if I could've only LOST that pound YESTERDAY instead of today, I could report "even steven" with my weight.

I was hungry though. Or felt the need to eat for emotional reasons. I TRIED though, I really did. I nibbled all day on high fat stuff, hoping to feel too full finally, to want to eat. Never happened. But I guess I stayed far enough away from excess carbs that I managed to chuck the unwanted extra pound I'd gained from last week...

Today is a good day. It is GOING to be a GOOD day! I'm starting to see "outside the box" I've built for myself as a result of losing gas and water. Having hauled out all my electrical appliances, it just dawned on me that my "slow cooker" is really a "chef's pot" capable of boiling water and deep-frying as well as slow cooking. Now I have more ways to cook other than just using my MW oven. And with boiled water, I can FINALLY wash dishes!

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9/17/13 11:16 A

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I gained a pound last week while TRYing to be good.... I am having to re-learn how to do Atkins without (generally) being able to cook. I mean, frying eggs and bacon? Without a stove? Et cetera! This just means that I shall have to learn to use my MW for more than just a quick heating! And I'll have to find my electric skillet....

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9/16/13 7:30 P

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After the morning, the rains stopped. Sky mostly clear -- only a few threatening clouds. Stockpiling potable water. Getting news that our ability to flush toilets may be curtailed. UGH! Figuring out how to adjust. The good news is that it is finally sinking in with DH that we're gonna be stuck with this "lifestyle" for weeks/months. Maybe he'll start thinking I know what I'm talking about when I ask AGAIN for a BBQ pit, a lantern, maybe a generator....

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9/15/13 3:35 P

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It didn't rain MOST of yesterday so we dried up a bit; but it has been raining steadily since last night. AGAIN.We set out buckets to catch the rainwater so that we can flush toilets and wash dishes, hands and faces. Pretty weird since due to EXCESSIVE WATER (flooding everywhere) we have run out of water on tap!
Although the term has gone out of favor officially, I'll use it: it is a 100-year flood, folks! That means every year, there is a 1 in a 100 chance that it will be this bad. Boulder has NEVER had this much rain so fast since it started keeping records, in 1897. Essentially, we've gotten half a year's average rainfall in 6 days!

We are high and dry. Boulder and surrounding areas are disaster areas, so we ARE affected. We have no gas. Electricity is intermittent -- no telling when it will be gone for... as long as it takes for the flooding to drain and repairs to be made. Land phone lines are out; cell phone coverage is increasingly spotty as towers have fallen; and water? It is FLOODING but we have no water! At least, because we are on a mountainside, we CAN flush with the rainwater we catch -- people lower down have spewing toilets according to news reports.

I bought jugs of water today -- this is a first, folks, as I have hitherto refused to ever BUY bottled water --- and I bought charcoal to use in this little bitty table-top grill I happened to buy 2 weeks ago. So maybe we will be able to eat something other than whatever is in a can. IF and when this weather system will move off us and the sky clears, I know how to build a solar cooker. It'll take all day, but we CAN have hot food for dinner. If and when.

So we are a lot better off than many others.

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9/14/13 11:16 A

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... but you did, with a vengeance! I've been trapped at home due to flooding in our area, which also resulted in loss of power and water for a couple days. This resulted in poorer eating on my part -- as there was no way to cook. So I gained two pounds. Boy... I've been telling DH for a couple YEARS now that we really need a grill or BBQ pit. Maybe he'll listen and respond now....

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9/11/13 5:16 P

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Well.. gooood-bye 4 ounces! So long! never come back!

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9/10/13 1:50 P

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Weight STILL exactly 162.0. Hurray! I've been lax with the carbs, but practicing moderation with calories has helped keep me stable, I'm sure. Please don't think that statement means I'm not doing Atkins! I just am using more tools to achieve the task that I've never used before. Still unfamiliar with them, so maintaining weight is a success!
And it was a deliberate decision to stop cycling... Cycling was always a time-limited learning experiment with myself. I needed the break from the additional stress of learning during a stressful time. So still using tools effortlessly (however poorly) which are resulting in weight-maintenance is a WILD SUCCESS!
I am feeling stronger all the time. I hope soon I will be working at weight loss again!

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9/9/13 4:32 P

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OMG! OMG! OMG! TWO people who can go on vacation and lose weight! I bow before your superiority with envy and awe, Sneaky and MsKris! I wish to be at that point someday -- when I am stable with my weight so close to maintenance that I can eat what I want and be satisfied -- even on vacation! I'm still in the learning phase... learning to be satisfied with less. I've made big strides this year, but I know I'm not there yet 'cuz every once in awhile, I get hungry or my eyes get too generous with serving size.....

This is my third day in a row in which my weight is utterly stable. I kinda screwed up a bit last night -- fresh hot home-made yeast bread suckered me into eating two slices.... I think I would've lost a bit of weight otherwise. Sigh. But I am pleased I stopped at two slices and delighted that I didn't gain weight!

Oh, and I'M not the one who made bread! It's all DD's fault! She made me!


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9/9/13 3:51 P

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Hi All,

I'm back from my vacation and, while I wasn't as well behaved as on my road-trip, I still lost .5 pound in those two weeks. So I'm good. I've been back for a week and have lost a bit more weight since then too. I'm close to maintenance. Very close.

Had my first piece of dark chocolate in three months this week. Decided I can live without it. I will save it for my planned treats.

I'm wearing very small pants today.

All is good over here :)

Glad to see everyone is on track or at least hanging in there!! Keep it up, folks!!

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9/9/13 8:16 A

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Koshie, going Goodwill Dig shopping. Do you have them where you live? It is so much fun, it is the end of the line for everything and you pay by the lb. I have have found many treasures at the Goodwill Digs places.

Have a great day everyone.
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9/8/13 2:10 P

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Nice to see you here again, MsKris! And I'm happy you've been taking the time to huddle!

Still stable, hoorah!
I am working on making new friends of women I meet at the gym. Yesterday, I invited the ladies to have some coffee/tea with me over at Panera's after class.... I plan on issuing this invitation every Saturday, hoping to make it a regular event. Imagine my surprise when I discovered one of them and I share the same last name! We turned out to have a lot more in common also.

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9/8/13 8:59 A

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Nothing big today. Going to church then visit some friend I have not seen for awhile.

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9/7/13 3:16 P

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So...I am doing okay. Not burning up the charts, not burning any bridges either! But I can be thrilled with stable! Nothing happening here. This isn't the droid you are looking for.

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9/6/13 2:06 P

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Wow! That's GREAT, LinRosie! And a great plan for having fun in Vegas while staying in control also! I hope you are able to burn off calories in lots of different ways! Enjoy!

Yesterday evening, I went to an author's presentation on the Antarctic Ocean. I'm a marine scientist by training, so I found it fascinating. It was really nice to be able to talk to someone so well-traveled -- and with similar interests!

There was a reception after his presentation -- with food. Of course, the timing was such that it was right before and during my normal dinnertime; AND I'd been unable to eat early because I had gone to an aerobics class immediately before his talk. I ate all I wanted of the fattiest dips they had: guacamole and some sour cream dip, and only a few veggie sticks, several cherry tomatoes, and an ounce or 2 of brie. Had to get those dips in my mouth somehow! Oh, and a half glass of white wine.

I was very pleased with my restraint -- I got home and ate my protein and entered all my food consumption into the food tracker and discovered I had eaten 200 calories more than originally planned but had otherwise stayed on my diet plan for the day. And since I had left almost that much extra room in the day for those extra calories, I was still right at my upper caloric limit! Yay me! I just might be getting a handle on portion control lately!


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9/5/13 11:25 A

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Off to Vegas today for 12 days. Scale is 162.5 ..... what's going to happen in the next week? Lost 10 pounds since mid August.

I WILL be aware of what I eat AND drink !!! Do lots of walking, even though the weather there is over 100.

At least my boyfriend doesn't eat at buffets. Won't have those temptations.







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9/5/13 10:51 A

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Well... my weight has returned to 0.2 (uh-huh) lbs. less than my lowest! I guess that means "I'm Ba-aackkk!" at least physically. Mentally is always another story!

But I think I'm doing good there too. For instance, yesterday was weird. I wanted to eat all day. I DIDN'T, but I sure opened the fridge a lot! Finally, I ate dinner at 4. I NEVER eat dinner before 6! -- In my entire LIFE! And the last time I ate dinner at 6 it was because that is when food service scheduled dinner in college. So you understand that eating dinner at 4 is highly unusual! Normally I eat dinner at 7:30. ....SO?
So.... I ate dinner at 4, and went to the gym to aerobics class. I cleaned up, came home, and watched TV, waiting for hunger to strike again... And it didn't. Strangely, I was quite conscious of the fact that I wasn't feeling the need to go looking for food.

I HOPE this means that my body has finally quit sending me off on pointless, fruitless food runs and has learned that I am mentally in control! I HOPE that means I AM mentally in control! And I HOPE that means "I'm Ba-aackkk!" fully! It has been a rough 2 weeks of battle for me. And I don't even have a good reason for it! ...no friends begging me to go to Vegas like LinRosie; no celebrations/performances/special events to attend like Marian; no tragedies like Kristen. Just me pulling myself astray.

But it was also just me battling myself at every step, and battling my way back. That gives me some measure of confidence in myself and in my determination to preserve my health and weight losses! I am NOT doing all this work only to let it slip-slide away from me!

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9/4/13 12:05 P

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Well.... I'm almost stable now. I've been losing every day... lost almost all the weight I gained last week... but I still am experiencing small hunger/cravings..... The urge to snack and snack and snack is consistent, and insistent, but weakening!

I've been taking your advice, Marian, and trying to "treat" myself. Isn't that funny? And ironic? The urge to "treat" myself with all kinds of temptations on the spur of the moment is strong, but I don't want to have to do the extra work of planning to have a treat, making a treat, and eating a treat as planned (on SCHEDULE, horrors!). Somebody just CALL me to sit down and present me with an attractively plated slice of LC cheesecake with a heap of sliced strawberries and real whipped cream.... anybody?

No? I just finished my very last slice of pre-made cheesecake. Fresh peaches are ripening on the kitchen table and they smell SO good!... and DD made fresh home-made bread last night -- guess what aroma awakened me at 2 a.m.? Really. I have to think of something fast! DO something right away! Yes, it has got to be food to divert my attention from that other food!

I've also been trying to treat myself well in other ways. I visited a friend; I went to a movie; I went to the last summer festival; I bought myself some smaller clothes; I sat outside in the sunshine. Nurturing my soul and trying to regain internal peace one day at a time!


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9/3/13 10:44 A

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I barely made it through yesterday behaving myself! Mostly I think, because I was out of the house most of the day! Upon my return, Marian, I did take your advice and be gentle with myself and have a small (legal) treat just to forestall temptation.

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9/2/13 10:20 A

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LinRosie, I hope/expect that you'll be fishing for compliments upon your return, along the lines of "OMG, where'd you go? You look so good! Did you lose weight?!?"

Marian, I think you've nailed it. Diet Fatigue. That is exactly what it feels like. Just worn out and stressed and tired and no relief, not even when I sit down to eat. I hadn't heard of that before. And I LIKE your prescription! Especially about having seconds on dessert! I just wish I'd gotten it a few days earlier. Now, I am dealing with the consequences. Sigh. But I shall REMEMBER the next time I feel the pressure building....

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9/1/13 3:01 P

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Koshi, you are such a motivator !!!

I'm still on track .... but do allow once a week some "carbs" .... last night some pasta. Savored every bite and scale was down 1/2 pound.

Going to Vegas on Thursday for 12 days .. (have friends there). It will be challenging to choose the right foods, especially since we eat in restaurants most of the time. My goal for those 12 days is to return same weight. There is lots of walking, but temps are still in the high 90's/low 100's ....







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9/1/13 12:29 P

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Could just be 'diet fatigue'. You've been so conscious of everything you put in your mouth for so long sometimes it's hard not to just want to be normal for a while.

Be kind to yourself. You take care of everyone around you. Take care of you like you do for them.
Get some treat foods. I go for shrimp cocktail and a really good steak. Make some low carb desserts and make them really rich with heavy whipping cream and butter. Have seconds.
Lock the bathroom door and use those bath salts you got for christmas or mother's day and the soap that's 'too good to use'.

Monday you can go back to being a 'good girl'.



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9/1/13 11:24 A

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yesterday, I still ate more carbs than I intend, but I did not eat much overall --- my calories were low. Still, I gained weight. emoticon
I've really managed to screw up this entire week, to be honest. Usually, I have a clue as to why; but this time I don't. I don't really know. I feel rather disheartened.

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9/1/13 11:21 A

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Back on today. Right Koskie? emoticon How was your weekly number? Maybe treat yourself to a long walk.

I'm finally down a pound.
I looked it up and I was almost exactly where I am now last year at this time. Oct was when I had the knee done and finally hit the 100 mark because of the meds. It's so easy to avoid food when you feel sick to your stomach all the time.
They should make a pill for that. One you don't need a script for. Oh and doesn't become addictive. Or make you stupid. Did I forget any of the other lovely effect of morphine??



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8/31/13 3:04 P

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... and I lost the battle yesterday.... ate lots and lots and lots of carbs....

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8/30/13 7:35 P

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....sigh.... I'm moving backwards, a tiny bit every day. I'm doing a lot of self-sabotaging. Just enough, barely enough to show up on the scale EVERY day. I'm a little hungry. I can't seem to eat enough fat to keep me from getting hungry. Or I crave. Boy, am I suggestible with the cravings! Butter is for smearing on bread! ARGHHH! The battle is just wearing on the psyche, you know? I was quite agitated all day yesterday!

I don't know why I'm so off-balance, so "emotional" lately. Something needs attention! Rather than fight a losing battle when everything seems to be conspiring against my success, I've decided that I am going to go on a weight-maintenance WOE until I can get to feeling "normal" again. Hopefully, my body will accept my new weight soon and "relax". Or, it could be emotional in origin -- and I'm struggling without my food crutch after so long. Let's just call it a "breather." I do know that I am being consumed with this right now, and not in a good way!

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8/29/13 3:26 P

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I made it through the day with good intentions. Evening and hunger tripped me up. Still, I managed not to pig out. Food has been a lot on my mind lately. And it doesn't help that there are chocolate-covered almonds sitting on the kitchen counter, my favorite home-made bread next to it, and sweet Italian pastries (DH bought them! And he NEVER buys pastries!) next to that! Actually I'm not thinking about them... I'm OBSESSING about them! I'm gaining a little bit of weight everyday thanks to my thoughts! Oh, I'm sure my mouth has something to do with it; but mostly, my brain drives my mouth. At least, I hope it does. Or do I? Don't I? Eeeeeekkkk!

It never occurred to me to look for big losers, Marian. Without diminishing anyone's accomplishments in ANY WOE, I have thought that it must be hard to lose AND KEEP OFF whatever weight is your personal burden until sufficient time has passed and it becomes your new reality; and how gravity measures it is not a measure of the personal difficulty in carrying it or losing it. Really, there is nothing but a tiny physical difference to our bodies between 19 pounds and 20 pounds, but we make a big MENTAL deal out of the difference!

I do believe our bodies grow accustomed/acclimated to their weights and seek at a cellular level to preserve the status quo. And this affects us mentally as well. My body gets "upset" every 20 pounds; and I have a plateau. (Which is what is happening to me right now as I approach 160.)

What we perceive, how we perceive it, how/what we interpret from it, and what we learn from and choose to do about what we perceive are MENTAL CHOICES, not physical barriers. I don't think my body knows, understands what the scale says. At least, that's my theory. I've gotten 65 pounds over my ideal weight, never 90, so I have no experience with that, and as I've said, I've never asked.....




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There ARE tasks that are going undone or getting ignored or done late because there is no leader. I've been doing some of them on an unofficial basis. A good strong team has a good strong leader. I think part of the reason the Atkins Team is in the shape it is is because it is leaderless.

I have a vision for the team. I spelled it out at the beginning of this very thread. I personally contacted selected people and asked them to become active again. Some responded; some didn't. Most people who did respond did not remain active posters. Periodically, I try to re-contact team members again and re-issue an invitation to become active. Each "invitation" is issued personally and directly and time-consumingly since I am not this team's leader and do not have the power to issue messages to the entire team.

Yes, I could become the team leader and issue a team message with one click of a button and save a lot of time on that particular task. But individually selected people did not respond to a personal invitation; I do not think they are going to respond to a team message! And the lack of (big) response to my invitations makes me think that my vision for this team is not shared by many. Therefore, many would not WANT me as their leader. And I do not want to waste my time and effort trying to create a team that I am not interested in being on!

I AM a team leader already. As a leader, I've discovered I have a tendency to become a bit bossy, a bit of a "policeman". I don't like it! And I don't want to aggravate this in myself by giving myself another team leadership to do it on! I'll burn my bridges one at a time, thank you! This isn't to say I don't have my good points. I care A LOT. I'm WILLING to care a lot and to do a lot. I have the time to. Too much perhaps. I invest too much of myself and my time (and I get frustrated).

All of this means to me that I am better at cheer-leading from the side-lines than I am at being a team leader. And so far, there isn't much of a "team" to lead anyway. There are a few individuals.... but we haven't gelled as a team yet nor have we attained "critical mass" to maintain ourselves as a team. I have become discouraged and disheartened.

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Oh dear. Do we need to be 'run'?



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Hi! How is everyone doing.Is anyone thinking of taking the leadership of this team. I would but I already am involved in 5 teams and cant handle another one Koshie why don'.t you try your hand at it your doing good running this thread .

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Good luck with that. I can never seem to get them all in the same room at the same time.....

I've gone down a teeny tiny teeny tiny bit.

All during the knee surgery and then the gastric troubles I hovered above 280-285. Now I seem to be hovering just below 280. JUST.

Do you know anyone who's managed to lose more than 90 lbs on low carb? I can't seem to find anyone. It seems to be a big roadblock for everyone I've met. Up to 90 there are lots of folks but more than that??

Oh well,

My son came home from the store with a pound of porterhouse steak for me for dinner. I can't wait.



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emoticon You and me both! emoticon

Yesterday was a blow-out day for me. DD did the cooking and I did the "supportive" eating. I way-overindulged in carbs. Due to my cycling, I kept my calories in check, but still.... All those carbs caused 0.8 lb weight gain overnight. Not a lot, but it seems I can't keep my mouth under control this past week. Up down up down updown....

You know, they say confession is good for the soul, but I confess, I just feel embarrassed. You know? I think I am doing well, and I immediately screw up and I immediately start working on getting back "on the wagon".... and I think I am doing well, then I screw up again!

I am my own best friend and worst enemy! The three of us need to sit down and talk it out!

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Hmmm..... hmmmmmmmmm....

Marian, My brother went to the dentist for work... got a numbing shot in the gums which hit a nerve.... and for 10 years, he lost his sense of taste. Now, you'd think this would result in him eating less since food had no taste, no appeal -- but instead, he ate more and more (and gained a lot of weight) because he kept striving to get the satisfaction of TASTE from his food.

Perhaps something similar is happening with you. You've no appetite. I got nothing there; no advice. Food isn't satisfying right now. So you are eating more like my brother did? That tiny gain came from something over a week's time! But perhaps you can get some satisfaction with a powerful dose of herbs and spices! I'm not saying go heavy on the salt; but you can go heavy on curry, and cinnamon, and cilantro, and tarragon, and turmeric, even sage, mint and ginger. Don't forget pepper and hot peppers! All these strong flavors will help you feel like you've actually eaten something despite your lack of appetite. And hot peppers actually stimulate your metabolism.

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Not me. I'm up .7 lbs.
Oh well, keep on keeping on.
Glad you found an easy fix for your lightheadedness.

The sun just came out. I'm going out in the sunshine!



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Yes, I think it was dehydration, because I continued to re-gain back the 2 lbs that I had lost far too quickly. easily -- dare I say suspiciously? And with that, no more light-headedness!

But thank you for pointing out the BP thing. It crossed my mind. According to the docs, my BP tends to be on the low side of normal. Still, it's never been a problem.

So.... school is back in session. September comes in a few days.... I was hoping that we'd get people returning to post. I wonder where everyone else is.

It's Monday, Marian, and once again, I am hoping you've discovered some progress on the scale! emoticon

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Light headed can be other things than water.
My doctor took me off my Blood Pressure meds for a while because they where causing dizziness and low BP. I was down to 105/55. When things settled down I went back on half the dose. She said it was probably the weight loss and exercise. I didn't need as much to lower my BP.
If you have a home kit you might want to check it.
Hope it was the water tho.



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Did I say premature? YES! I did! And I was! I think I got dehydrated.... I felt light-headed after exercise, and when I went shopping the next day, I got light-headed again. That is SO unusual! It alarmed me a bit. So I deliberately ate and drank more than originally planned at dinner. And I woke up to almost a pound gain. But I did NOT get light-headed at exercise class this morning!

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Last Saturday, I made it to my first aerobic, dance/exercise class since surgery. It really pushed my limits; but I didn't get sore. And I lost 3 pounds last week!
Yesterday, I made it to a different aerobics/toning class. I could not keep up; but I made it through. The worst part was trying to keep my arms up all the time. Talk about feeling the burn! I haven't been that tired in a long, long time. But still not sore. I feel great this morning! Part of the reason for that I suppose is discovering that I lost another 3 pounds THIS week!

WOOT WOOT! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I know it is a bit premature... I SO want to move my weight-tracker icon that little bit that shows I've made it three-quarters of the way to goal.... It is hard to wait until Monday. Pant pant pant! These pounds BETTER stay GONE!

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Hunger isn't a problem. I eat plenty of fat. But I've lost all enjoyment in food. No appitite nothing. It was something I really enjoyed. Now it's gone. It isn't that I can't eat what I want. There isn't anything I want. Even stuff I used to love I can't work up any interest. Occasionally I will have something I made for the family. Some special treat. One bite and it's pointless.
So I need to find something else I enjoy as much as I used to enjoy making and eating food.
So far no luck. I've been playing a bunch. That's fun but now I'm having tendonitis in my wrist from the Ukulele. emoticon
I can't win for losing.

The exercise is nice but if I get too enthusiastic I'm lame for the next two days.
I know I sound whiny but sometimes it just nice to kvetch. emoticon

Thanks for listening.




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