Atkins - First Week Success!

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07-16-2010, 01:24 PM
Yay!! Two pounds down! Celebrate with me 'cause I don't have a diet buddy - all of my friends are either tiny or at a reasonable weight, so I don't discuss my weight with them. This is the end of my first week - rocky at first, but I'm getting right - eating on plan, walking at least once a day - a big change from no exercise at all. Yay, all of us who are working the plan!

07-16-2010, 07:24 PM
Congrats on staying on plan and walking!!!

07-16-2010, 08:08 PM
I appreciate your support. I read today that I only burn 64 calories an hour watching television. I'm finding that keeping busy helps me so much. Today it's been cleaning absolutely everything - even the walls - in my guest room. I'm going to be cleaner, more organized AND healthier! Congratulations on your weight loss, too!

07-16-2010, 09:04 PM
CONGRATULATIONS Sandy for making a week and the 2# loss. I am on Day 2 of Induction. I hope we can get a support thread going for those of us just starting. However, there is a lot of good info on here which I've enjoyed reading. Good luck on your journey.

07-16-2010, 09:41 PM
Congrats!! Good job on your loss!!

07-17-2010, 11:11 AM
Congrats Sandy!!! Thank you for starting this thread. I am on day 3 of Induction. I did take a peek at the scale and lost 3#. I have read alot of useful information on the forum. I am glad we can motivate each other. Keep it up!!

07-18-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks, Kayla's mom. I read a lot of these threads too. We're lucky to have so much real information handy. I also read some threads when I'm having a hard time sticking with it. This morning staying busy took the form of giving my German Shepherd Puddin' a bath. It's a two-woman job, so my daughter helped. She was visiting for the weekend and made our breakfast. Eggs scrambled with fresh spinach, red onion, havarti cheese and topped with fresh chopped tomato. Delicious! I had bought some whole wheat bread for her, but we didn't even open it. (She's a health-conscious, slim kind of girl) I sent the loaf home with her! Out of the house, away from my mouth!

07-21-2010, 08:29 PM
I'm very proud of myself. I ate a quick lunch with a friend before I went to the dentist today. We chose someplace fast - a deli - but their salads are over-priced and uninspired. So I ordered a philly cheese steak with grilled onions and peppers...and scooped out the goodies and left all of the bread.

After the dentist, we shopped and stopped at Starbuck's. I ordered a plain iced coffee, added Splenda and a little half and half - delicious... So I'm feeling good about my choices today.

What choices are you feeling good about?

07-21-2010, 10:43 PM
Hi Sandyfanny!!! Sounds like you are really working this plan. You made some really good choices. Are you still in induction?

07-22-2010, 05:42 AM
Yes, I'm still in induction and will be for a while. I have a lot of weight to lose, and I learned the last time I was on Atkins that the fewer carbs I consume, the less I crave them. Is it ok to stay on induction for several months - like six or seven?

Thanks for the kind words. I'm trying.

LTs girl
07-23-2010, 11:56 AM
What choices are you feeling good about?

So my friend came to visit me and we went out to dinner. We ate at Texas Roadhouse. I got the salad (picked off the croutons), steamed broccoli, and a steak. I stayed away from the yummy bread and the potatoes. Yay me!

Sandyfanny- I don't see why staying in induction would hurt. My husband stayed on it for 5 months with great success. He was overdoing it on cheese and fried foods, so his cholesterol went up. but after he saw that, he stopped eating all the cheese and fried foods and replaced them with the veggies and he lost even faster. He lost about 50lbs. I would say to just watch what kind of foods you are consuming.

07-23-2010, 12:39 PM
Yay, you! Those were perfect choices. Sometimes it's hard not to be influenced by other people's choices, but you chose for YOU. Your comments and advice aare appreciated and right on target for me. I LOVE cheese - it's a large part of how I gained 80 pounds in 7 or 8 years, but I was eating it "in all the wrong places."

I have to discipline myself to back off the cheese a little since I know it's full of fat and tends to make most people retain water. But it's great to know it's an Atkins food. Thank you for your post.

07-24-2010, 11:53 AM
I have to discipline myself to back off the cheese a little since I know it's full of fat

Don't shy away from fat. Atkins is a high fat plan. On Atkins, fat is your friend:)

07-24-2010, 12:34 PM

I also stayed in Induction the entire time....with the exception of adding some almonds after a few months. I'm having to be on a different sort of eating plan right now due to dental procedures....but I can't WAIT to get back on Atkins. I'm serious.....I really, really miss it. I felt so much better, had SO much more energy, etc. I'm really bummed right, I'm really having to watch calories to maintain the loss.....whereas I didn't really have to worry about calories or how much I ate on Atkins. It was just SO much easier.

And to be honest.....I'm finding that I'm getting sick of soft foods really fast....much much faster than I would ever get sick of certain Atkins items. I never got sick of anything while on Atkins....and looked forward to the interesting meals and snacks I'd have.

At this point, I'm seriously considering and planning to write up an "Atkins-approved" soft see if I can chew enough approved foods to cover my nutritional needs. Basically, it's listing all the approved foods that I can chew easily......because I have more dental work planned for September...several procedures.....and I can't go on with this current WOE that long. I'm already so sick of it.

My list so far......eggs, soft fish (tilapia, etc), ground beef, cottage cheese, farmer cheese, most cooked veggies, sour cream, soft cheese, butter and mayo, of course....

What I can't chew are....raw veggies, roasted chicken, turkey, beef, etc., really hard cheese, bacon (if it's not chopped up), any seafood like calamari, shrimp, etc...that requires significant chewing....

If anyone can help me with these lists....please feel free...and I would appreciate any suggestions.

Because I'm already getting jealous of you guys (Sandyfanny!!!) and want to go back to eating what you are. :(

deena :?:

07-24-2010, 01:30 PM
Thank you, Jerseygirl, for affirming my love of cheese. It's just a little scary to eat it every day. I was hungry late last night; I snacked on a little scoop of chicken salad (homemade: chicken, mayo, celery) and a nice chunk of havarti with herbs. Delicious!

Deena, I really appreciate the list of soft foods you posted. I'm having oral surgery on Wed., so I'll be on soft foods for maybe a week. I make a yummy shrimp butter that my friends ask for when we're getting together. I can't figure out what you (and Atkins ladies) can use it for, though. If you can figure out how to use it, post it and I'm there! At parties, I serve it as a spread for crackers, but maybe we could top cooked asparagus or cauliflower with a big chunk? Ideas?

Shrimp Butter

1 lb. headless shrimp, med. to lrg., shelled and deveined *
1 stick sweet, unsalted butter - cut into pieces and room temp.
kosher salt to taste (one-fourth teas.)
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
dash of red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Bring 3 c. cold water to a boil. Remove pan, from heat and add the shrimp, cooking them off the heat until they turn bright pink, about 1 min. Drain the shrimp and run under cold water to stop cooking completely. Drain them, shake them around to remove excess water and pat them dry with a paper towel. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse shrimp, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper until it's a fine-textured spread in 5 - 10 second pulses. Check taste and add a little red pepper. Pulse once more if necessary.

Remove shrimp butter to a ramekin or dish. Cover with plastic wrap, laying the wrap directly on the surface of the shrimp butter to prevent oxidation. Refrigerate for no more than 2 days.

I'm from the SC Lowcountry, and this is a family favorite. It's soooo good and easy. We just have to find an Atkins use for it! Help us, Jerseygirl!

07-24-2010, 01:41 PM
Hmmm....maybe crispy cheese "crackers"....or....plain old pork rinds....or....stuffing celery or even eggs:idea:

Here's how make the cheese crackers:

07-24-2010, 02:11 PM
You are so wonderful to read and answer our posts - patiently and with great information and ideas. I can't believe I forgot about pork rinds, and I'm making cheese crackers today.

07-25-2010, 01:17 PM
I'd like to change the title of this thread since my first week is well over. I'd like a title to reflect my status, so others won't think I'm still just finishing my first week.

I'm going to be on induction about 80 pounds worth, so it'll be induction for a long time. I'd like others to post who are continuing on induction past a week or two, but are still relatively new (or newly returning) to Atkins.

Should I ask a moderator to change the thread title or just start a new thread? Suggestions? How to's? Suggestions for a new title? Give me some help here...Thanks a bunch!

LTs girl
07-25-2010, 03:58 PM
I would start a new thread. How about "Surviving induction" or "Induction (forever)" lol!
By the way the atkins website says you can stay on induction from 2 weeks to a max of 1 year.

07-25-2010, 04:04 PM
Hello Sandy I am going to stay on Induction for a while too. I am on day 10 of Induction and I have lost 8 pounds. Congratulations on your loss!!!

07-25-2010, 05:37 PM
Ok, great suggestions. I'm dropping this thread and starting "Induction" for a Really Long Time!

07-26-2010, 11:10 AM
Way to go on your 2 Lbs!! Keep up the great work!! :)

07-26-2010, 11:15 AM
We can do this! :bravo:

07-27-2010, 09:11 AM
Well done!! :D