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msruthie
08-04-2008, 01:25 PM
I slipped over the weekend. I'm posting so I can be accountable. I started doing 'my' version of Atkins last week and not 'the' version of Atkins so I was bound to slip sooner or later. It wasn't an all out binge but I did go there, ice cream, toast, pasta. I'm back on plan this monring I'm not going to waste a lot of time beating myself up and I'm glad I came to my senses before my blood sugar got completely out of control. I haven't been preparing my meals right and I've had other personal problems to contend with lately so I wanted to get some comfort from food and I slipped and ate some but didn't get any comfort. What I got was fear that I was going back down that dark road of the sugar/carb blues. I'm back in the saddle again. One thing I noticed was that I stopped coming to this page during that week. I tend to put my eating choices on the back burner when I have other issues going on. I'm glad to be back and I'm taking it ODAAT.

Ruthie


KateB
08-04-2008, 01:30 PM
Ruthie-

I too have a some slips recently. for the past month I have not been journaling my food. I have allowed myself some treats. A few evenings of adult beverages, etc. Saturday was my worst day and as I went to bed Saturday night I told myself that Sunday I was going to recommit. AND I DID!!

The good news my month of relaxed eating did not cause my any weight gain, I did not lose any though either. So here I am back on track and ready to stay on plan!!

SaskNewfie
08-04-2008, 11:23 PM
I went way off last night and today as well...we hosted a house party and of course, I HAD to drink. It was bacardi and diet coke though...kind of makes me feel a bit better. However, I did snack on a few chips and had a couple brownies once I was feeling the effects. Today was a killer too...I had a horrible hangover and there was no way I could handle anything in the meat/veggie department. So, I had a piece of apple pie, a chocolate chip and cookie dough blizzard from DQ and a bottle of gatorade. Back on plan now though!!

Hopefully this don't set me back too much...I'm guessing that it'll take a couple days of induction to get me back on track again...


msruthie
08-05-2008, 01:43 PM
Thanks for posting, I think I took my slip too hard. I'm reminded this morning as I look at your posts that my perfectionist side was getting the better of me. I wanted to do this WOE perfectly with no slips I wanted to cruise into my 100lb weight loss steadly and perfectly. Well that's not going to happen. I will do my best everyday and not let my little perfectionist devil get the best of me. Changing lifestyle habits and eating habits is not an overnight process and it's not easy. I didn't want to slip but I did and I found out why and now I'm moving on and hopefully I won't make those same mistakes again. But there may be mistakes and I don't think I was taking that into account. As much as I want this perfect weight loss I'm only human. I not only need a new WOE but I need a new way of thinking about food and slowly that's changing. I was slipping back into old habits of trying to change by myself too. That behaviour has nothing to do with food. As long as I don't read my book and don't post or read this forum then I can slowly slip back into my comfort thinking and comfort food. This is a real process for me more than just a diet. Everyone in my family has high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, blindness, stroke, heart attacks. My grandmother has gone blind from her diabetes and has kidney and heart failure. But she doesn't want to stop eating macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, cornbread, cake, pies. Wow! So my perfect intentions were warranted but I don't want to get so down about it that I don't continue. Thanks for listening to my rant.

Ruthie

sandyfanny
08-05-2008, 08:37 PM
and the person we have to forgive is ourselves. (That's a grammar hot mess!) I went out Sunday night and fell prey to Captain Morgan's and diet coke with lime. It was 1000 degrees outside with ridiculous humidity, and I hate to say, my little cocktail was delicious. I did stop at one; I wanted about five. And switched to water. But I think it set off a sugar thing because I ate most of a recipe of ice cream made with Splenda yesterday. Uncool. And today I had the distinct displeasure of registering a 1 pound gain.

I'm trying to decide if it was worth it...probably not. So I'm back on track...we can do it. And when we slip, it is what it is.

I have a lot of weight to lose; I can't afford to get all flipped out if I stray. Have a great week, all.

SaskNewfie
08-08-2008, 11:32 PM
Well...another weekend's here and I slipped already! This time i slipped horribly...I ate 2 Oatmeal to Go bars along with 5 slices of pepperoni and groud beef pizza. It felt awesome as I was chowing down on the pizza, but now of course i'm overwhelmed with disgust and guilt. Back on plan again tomorrow! I hope I just don't have too many of these "slips"...

BlondeAmbition08
08-09-2008, 03:00 PM
Sask, maybe you need to make the foods you can't eat less available to yourself. I mean, I can sit here and crave pizza all i want, but if I have to make myselft go out and buy it I will probably change my mind on the walk over to the pizzeria.

When you want something outside of the healthy feeling meat/veggies, make a dish with meat and lots of cheese, like the taco bake from Linda's. It feels like a something that one could never eat and at the same time be "on a diet", but with atkins, you can.

SaskNewfie
08-09-2008, 06:28 PM
I can sit here and crave pizza all i want, but if I have to make myselft go out and buy it I will probably change my mind on the walk over to the pizzeria.

Thanks for your suggestions!! It's much appreciated...

Well, I was craving pizza from about 3pm yesterday afternoon. I had porkchops and spinach for supper...didn't quite do the trick though. I kept thinking "pizza"!! Around 9pm, I had to drive my wife to a friend's place and on the way home I broke...I called and ordered my pizza to pick up. Lesson learned from this one...next time I drive my wife somewhere on a Friday night, leave the cell phone home so i can't call and order pizza.

Now, how much will these slips affect a person? I'm sure everyone's different, but if I "slipped" once a week...say every Friday night...and remained pretty much on plan the other 6 days, how much damage will it do? Is it more like the 2 steps forward, 1 step back? Thanks again...btw, sorry if i'm hijacking the thread, but figured since the topic was weekend slip, i'd keep it going...

Jessie
08-10-2008, 02:18 AM
I will join the "being accountable" posts - had 2 beers last night and a chocolate chip cookie, was out of town for a house party/pig roast. At least I had the pork without a bun...but today driving home for 5 hrs when my husband stopped for lunch his burger & fries looked so good I had the same thing.

Will increase water the next few days and back to induction! I can't start doing this only 2 weeks in.

KateB
08-10-2008, 02:38 PM
Yesterday I had Stone Cold Creamery. Iw as still within my calorie alottment for the day, but SCC is not exactly a wise choice. (I am a calorie counter, but still know what weekend slips are.)

OK now that I have been accountable, I am gonna throw out a tip that I use for cravings.

If you are craving lets say Pizza since that is the example you used try this...Take a WW whole wheat english muffin ( around 100 calories) Toasts it and top it with a little pizza sauce, throw on some favorite veggies and some cooked chopped chicken breast, or even a couple slices of pepperoni a tablespoon or so of shredded low fat mozzeralla cheese and pop it under the broiler...PIZZA and you didn't go WAY off your plan.

I am a salsa-oholic. I used to eat lots of chips and salsa, salsa is not high in calories or carbs, so now I eat salsa on cucumber slices.

Sometimes I crave Ice Cream. I like the cold creamy texture. I blend 8 or 10 ice cubes with a cup of light vanilla soy milk, a teaspoon of cocoa powder and some vanilla stevia drops. It tastes similar to Chocolate DQ soft serve.

I think trying to find ways to substitute cravings for on plan choices is a key factor in sticking to a plan.

SaskNewfie
08-10-2008, 03:19 PM
OK now that I have been accountable, I am gonna throw out a tip that I use for cravings.

Thanks for those tips...i'll have to give those a try (if needed)...

BlondeAmbition08
08-11-2008, 05:14 PM
KateB, I don't know if you are aware of this, but you posted in the atkins forum. A whole wheat muffin is a weekend slip as far as atkins induction eating is concerned.

Anyone new to Atkins, please note that this person is not doing Atkins and that most of these suggestions are not Atkins apropriate.


Yesterday I had Stone Cold Creamery. Iw as still within my calorie alottment for the day, but SCC is not exactly a wise choice. (I am a calorie counter, but still know what weekend slips are.)

OK now that I have been accountable, I am gonna throw out a tip that I use for cravings.

If you are craving lets say Pizza since that is the example you used try this...Take a WW whole wheat english muffin ( around 100 calories) Toasts it and top it with a little pizza sauce, throw on some favorite veggies and some cooked chopped chicken breast, or even a couple slices of pepperoni a tablespoon or so of shredded low fat mozzeralla cheese and pop it under the broiler...PIZZA and you didn't go WAY off your plan.

I am a salsa-oholic. I used to eat lots of chips and salsa, salsa is not high in calories or carbs, so now I eat salsa on cucumber slices.

Sometimes I crave Ice Cream. I like the cold creamy texture. I blend 8 or 10 ice cubes with a cup of light vanilla soy milk, a teaspoon of cocoa powder and some vanilla stevia drops. It tastes similar to Chocolate DQ soft serve.

I think trying to find ways to substitute cravings for on plan choices is a key factor in sticking to a plan.

Jessie
08-12-2008, 12:03 PM
Yeah - low fat mozzarella cheese didn't sound right ;)

KateB
08-13-2008, 08:45 AM
Oopps- I usually just check out what is under "new Posts" and don't check the forms. Sorry for the mix up!!

sandyfanny
08-13-2008, 09:28 AM
Here's what I did when I lost 70 pounds on Atkins eight years ago...I had a friend who ordered delivery pizza often when I was at her house. I just ate the top and left the crust entirely if I wanted some. My friends knew I didn't eat bread; they didn't care. Because the toppings are so rich - cheese, pepperoni, etc..., I don't think I ever ate more than the tops off two slices.

I don't suggest ordering it yourself and letting it sit around your house. You might read the section "When Does a Slip become a Binge" in Atkins to increase your awareness. And I might take my own advice! If I'd never started eating "white," I wouldn't have gained my weight back...but I'm working it ODAAT.

You can do it; we ALL CAN!

BlondeAmbition08
08-16-2008, 11:58 AM
We're visiting my boyfriends parents over the weekend. They have been informed about what we eat and were happy to adapt the meals to it.

Last night we sat down for dinner - parma ham wrapped salmon and a salad - and the first thing I notice is that there is grapefruit in the salad. I carefully avoided it and got what I thought was cucumber, salad and some other ok veggies from the bowl. A few bites into the meal I get a piece of "cucumber" that was strangely sweet and tasted a lot like honeydew melon. :rolleyes:

So this is how I ate my first fruit in 6 weeks. :lol: Not really a big deal, but if I'm going to have something that is a bit of a cheat - like the caffè macchiato I had today - I want to be the one to decide that I'm going to do it.

Tonight we're making the salad. ;)

Moonring05
08-20-2008, 05:04 PM
Well, this isn't a weekend slip, but it's a slip. So since starting atkins I have had no craving for other food. Heck, my family has been eating all kinds of tasty food while I eat my veggies. Anyway, I started school yesterday and today I had a big slip. I don't know what my problem was, but I was craving a hamburger. I couldn't focus in class, and the craving lasted for about an hour and an half. So I gave in. I ate a burger. This doesn't seem like a typical craving to me.

You know when your body is just telling you to eat a certain food because you need it? (I was craving bananas bad once and I found out my potassium was low.)

Since eating the hamburger, I got on the scale and I was down 4 lbs then this morning. My ketosis sticks are purple still which I don't understand. There should be nothing wrong with them. I have used them properly and close them tightly each time. But I should be out of ketosis since I ate the burger.

*sigh* I guess I will have to try harder and stay away from burgers.

Jessie
08-21-2008, 12:32 AM
I'm assuming you had the burger with a bun? Otherwise it sounds totally fine to me :)

Moonring05
08-21-2008, 09:49 AM
Yeah, and it was fast food.

Jessie
08-21-2008, 12:21 PM
I don't know if one bun would take you out of ketosis anyway - but the most important thing is that you don't let one slip affect you for days and days.

Skinny4baby
08-21-2008, 02:32 PM
Msruthie????? Do you mind sharing "YOUR" version of Atkins. I sooo NEED some help! Thanks.:)

SaskNewfie
08-24-2008, 11:47 PM
Once again, I'm in here confessing for my sins! This time it was extreme...I have been totally off track for 10 days straight...had a ball tournament all last weekend and then went on vacation. I haven't weighed myself yet (only mornings) but was wondering if I'm correct in the assumption that I should start from scratch with the induction phase? I haven't actually gotten through the induction phase yet, but have been trying to stay on for a few weeks (unfaithfully on weekends and the past 10 days). I feel like I need to shake my head and start fresh...thoughts?

Jessie
08-25-2008, 12:53 AM
I wouldn't start fresh until you really think about why you can't stay on track over the weekends. Otherwise you're just setting yourself up for more problems. What is more important to you, the weekend food or choosing a healthy lifestyle?

snapless
08-25-2008, 12:41 PM
Sask I'm with Jessie.

After doing on again/off again diets and exercise (never together!) over the years in a half-hearted attempt at getting thin, I came across a book.

Yes all of you who know me know I rave about it but it is because it has truly changed my perspective.

After reading Neris & India's Idiot-proof Diet, and re-reading, and re-reading...I sat down with a pad and wrote down a lot of things.

First I detailed why I wanted to lose weight. This took up an entire page because while it started out with sensible things like "I want to live longer" and "I want to see my DD5 graduate college", it also included more personal things like "I want to look hot for my DH" and "I want to shop for sexy lingerie instead of bulge-hiding granny panties".

I identified what my trigger foods were. What really got the old saliva flowing and made the cliche 'can't have just one' reality? For me it was salty potatoes (french fries and potato chips), with a close second of salty white flour items (crackers, garlic bread, etc.). For some it is ice cream. Go figure.

Then I detailed WHY and HOW I got fat. What were my trigger moments? Was I a 'cebration' food person, a 'depression' food person, etc.?

It was only after I did this soul-searching that I was able to look myself in the mirror (or just mentally argue with myself and win!) and get beyond the immediate gratification desires and the cravings. Do I still have insane cravings? You betcha bottom dollar I do! Do I give in to them? NO! Anytime I've felt like giving in since I began this WoE I sat down and reread my book and my notepad. Talk about inspiration.

Now while I'm not telling you to rush out and buy the book (you could probably read a copy of it at your local library) or even that my WoE is what you need for you (everyone is different), I am saying the same thing Jessie said.

You should really do some soul searching here and figure out what you need for you.

Steelslady
08-26-2008, 12:12 AM
Now, how much will these slips affect a person? I'm sure everyone's different, but if I "slipped" once a week...say every Friday night...and remained pretty much on plan the other 6 days, how much damage will it do? Is it more like the 2 steps forward, 1 step back? Thanks again...btw, sorry if i'm hijacking the thread, but figured since the topic was weekend slip, i'd keep it going...

My co-worker lost over 150 pounds on the Atkins. After she did the Induction for two weeks without cheating, she had what she called a "cheat day" once a week thereafter. She still continued the Induction until she lost all the weight, but enjoyed on her day off toast with her breakfast, had a sub with a small bag of chips for lunch, and had pizza or chinese food for dinner with dessert. Keep in mind- all portions were normal size, and she did not go back for seconds, and the next day, she was right back on the Induction diet for the next six days. However, she told me that one MUST do the Induction diet for at least two weeks straight in order for this to be successful. :)

Jessie
08-26-2008, 12:45 AM
I know at least for myself that I have tried the "cheat day" mentality before and it's landed me here, with more weight to lose than ever before. I have a really hard time once I have strayed off the path.

I had a Milk Dud my husband was eating (he brought home a box of them) and after eating it wanted to eat 5. Happily I stopped at the one. Right now I need to stay focused and not distracted by crappy foods such as Milk Duds for pete's sake.

SaskNewfie
08-26-2008, 06:08 PM
With the exception of my vacation, I need that reward (at least i think i do) to keep me motivated. If I'm "good" all week, I get a treat on the weekend...at least that's my whole mentality at the moment. I know it's a bad one for what i'm trying to accomplish, but I honestly feel that I need it. It seems so dreadful to think I'll never be able to enjoy my favorite pizza or chicken wings (I know there's variations, but they are not my favs). To me, personally, that's setting myself up for failure. I'm like a little kid, i need that reward. Yes, it may slow down my progress a bit, but as long as the scales are heading in the right direction, it's still progress. If the scales start going the other way, I'll adjust accordingly.

I've tried avoiding favorite foods totally in the past and all it did was made me dwell on wanting those foods and making me binge.

JerseyGyrl
08-26-2008, 06:29 PM
Unfortunately, a "cheat day" for me turns into a cheat week or even a cheat month!:o Boring as it may seem to some, if I don't start it, I don't have to finish it. Sticking with Atkins the way it was written works for me:)

Taylor86
08-26-2008, 06:36 PM
I totally agree, JG. If I cheat it turns into a binge for days, weeks, months.

I have gotten so many awesome foods to choose from, I don't need to cheat because I don't think I could ever get bored.

But hey, stuff happens. All that matters is getting back on that horse and making tomorrow a new day!