Atkins - The Two-Teens: I want to make 200!

08-17-2010, 12:56 PM
I'm beginning this thread for those of us who are in the Two-Teens or Two-and-some-Change, working our way down to 200 pounds. I haven't found an active thread in this range, and I'd like some buddies! Thanks. :carrot:

08-17-2010, 01:54 PM
I'll join you.
Are you following a specific plan?

I'm doing a combination of a couple plans, and counting calories.
Can't exercise much yet due to a knee/leg injury, but I'm working out in the pool as much as I can.

I've been averaging 1-1.5 lbs per week, and so far I'm keeping it off. :goodscale

08-17-2010, 02:16 PM
I'm on Atkins' 2002 plan - protein, fat, veggies, carbs? Not so much. I'm basically on Induction as much as possible...I have lots to lose.

I face a particularly hard challenge this week: I'm starting school Thursday. I'm a high school English teacher...up between 5:30 and 6:00, not much of a lunch break, no real break until 1:30. Surrounded by totally horrible food choices and lots of stress.

Summer break has been great. Staying on plan is easy - I have plenty of time and energy to plan, shop, cook, and take a walk every day. The school year is a whole different story!

So, I'm looking for support in making the transition and losing 15 pounds in the next two months. (Of course, tomorrow would be awesome!) I'm going to identify my challenges specifically and come up with some solutions, so I won't be freaked out.

Sherrie, I'm so glad you'll be my buddy. I'm sure there are more of us out there. What programs or plans are you using? What particular challenges are you working on?

08-17-2010, 05:10 PM
I'm so excited, if I keep it up, I should be out of the two-teens in two weeks, will be great to have buddies to do it with!

After that, I can really start counting down to my next mini-goal: 203.. would take me out of obesity class II into obesity class I and will be just over 10% of my initial weight lost.... then ONEderland!!

I stopped almost all dining out... introduced a lot more veggies, fish, and chicken. I'm already seeing a difference in reflux because I'm not using my deep-fryer anymore.

I've also gotten a new-to-me Gazelle, and have started using that. Low impact for my severe back issues, and it's something to get me moving. I can't do it for any extended period of time yet, but at least I get on it every day.

sandyfanny, those are some definite challenge. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with a solution. I don't know if it's feasible for you, but I take a very large lunch box to work with me every day. I keep all my waters (living in a city, I can't stand the way tap water tastes), healthy snacks, and complete healthy lunch in there, everything I will need for my 10-hour shift. I keep it at my desk so I can grab my snacks or waters whenever I want. Taking everything each day, I'm not tempted to run somewhere to get fast food or get something bad from the vending machine. To be honest, since I've stopped going through the drive thru for lunch, I've been saving money... good side effect of packing every day!

08-17-2010, 09:53 PM
lolcat, thanks for the suggestions. I will need lots of lunch - school lunches are out of the question, fast food is unacceptable and largely unavailable (25 min. lunch period). My plan is to buy a small refrigerator for my classroom and stock it once a week with things that are Atkins induction foods and be done with it for the week.

I can't face packing a lunch every day. I'm not a morning person, and I hate thinking about lunch every day or the night before. So...chicken salad, cheese sticks, tuna salad, dill pickles, black olives, deli ham, lots of bottled water in the frig should take care of me for the school week. Maybe a few diet sodas or flavored waters for treats...Give me strength!

I'm afraid to weigh this week. Thursday is my weigh-in day. I was out of town for the weekend and had a few treats I shouldn't have, didn't walk every day, etc...I just hope I don't gain.

I've been seriously on Atkins for three or four weeks, lost 11 pounds, and I'm getting a little bored...a lot worried about handling the stress of school without food as comfort and a stress reliever...yikes!

08-17-2010, 10:28 PM
OK now, Sandy. Don't start anticipating/planning your relapse here. You sound like you're making a reservation to fall off the wagon. You CAN do this, trust me. If you do NOT will lose that need to eat for stress...I'm serious. You are setting yourself up to fail because of the week-end cheat, I think.

That's why I never cheated....not once...until I got to goal. And it works SO much better in terms of the mental challenge of it.....that it makes it totally worth it. Cheating is not worth falling off plan. I stayed on strict induction, no cheating, for the duration until I got to goal. The better the results, the more positive reinforcement it will give you to make you want to stick with it even more.

How much time do you get for lunch? When I used to work at this nursing home and I was on Atkins the first time...I would treat myself several evenings per week and go to McDonalds and get 2-3 cheeseburgers, take them off the buns......McDonalds cheeseburgers just have this taste you can't duplicate at home. Why fast food is so addicting. So it was a nice treat for dinner when I worked.
We have WaWa convenience stores here too...all over the place. And they have already-made giant hotdogs that I'd get and take it off the bun (with a little mustard)....or 2 regular hotdogs. They also have various salads, many with meat, eggs, etc. included (in you can pick and choose what you can add, omit the croutons, etc.)
I would also keep blocks of farmer cheese at work. It's like a block of cottage cheese without the liquid and it is much lower in calories than cream cheese or cottage cheese but you can add some Splenda and cinnamon and make a dessert-type thing in case you have a day where you want something sweet for work.

If you're getting bored with the food you're out a few times. You can do this. I'm telling you....don't cheat at all and it will be much, much easier and you won't feel the need to eat for solace and stress. You have to get those forbidden cheat foods completely off your radar...or they will keep calling to you.


08-18-2010, 09:20 AM
Deena, girl, you so have my number...this kind of thinking is setting me up to fling myself off the wagon! I think I'm feeling afraid of handling my day (teaching high school English isn't for sissies) without the familiar food-coping actions I've relied on for the past five or six years. I also may be looking for an "out" to learning and practicing new strategies - change can be very well as empowering and healthy and wonderful. I don't like the uncomfortable part.

As to my cheating, you're absolutely right. I didn't cheat enough to take myself out of ketosis - I use the ketostix several times a day for reassurance, but it was the glass of wine here, the macadamia nuts there, the sugar I'm sure was in the collards in a restaurant to balance the vinegar that made me feel like a failure...and makes me think I can fool around with induction. NOT. So, I have some little cravings that have come back I'm fighting this week.

I'm taking your suggestion and eating lunch out today - my last day of real freedom before teacher workdays tomorrow - at a favorite restaurant on the water. It's delicious and has a menu that's perfect for Atkins induction...and even better, I have a gift certificate to take me and my friend to lunch.

Okay. Time to double down and get it on...I appreciate your understanding - you're one smart lady - and your concern. I'm going to work on getting my head right again. Thanks so much.

08-18-2010, 12:20 PM
Aww...I'm so glad I didn't upset you with what I posted. I was a bit worried about that...even as I pushed the "submit reply" button.

But oh boy...the stress on the job thing I can totally relate to. This happens a LOT with people with drug addictions...a LOT. And to boot, the drugs usually give them more energy that they begin to think they cannot work at a job without. Just goes to show you how addictive food is, especially carbs...due to the dopamine rush, which helps us deal with stress. As soon as I read what you wrote regarding that, I could totally relate and feel it. I mean sure, most of us have loved our jobs but let's face it...a job is a job and if we had a choice, I'm sure most of us would rather be doing something much less stressful.

I mean, seriously....I take care of my dad now (and for the past 5 years) and the thought of going back to work certainly does NOT thrill me. And the related stress is probably the biggest reason. Maybe if I was much younger....but for me, it became more and more stressful to work a job as I got much older. Bored, we can work with, in terms of Atkins...but the job stress thing is much more difficult....especially due to the whole getting tired more easily as we age...making dealing with problems and stress on the job even much more least for me. And then...just the whole getting tired OF the job issue...from having done it for so many years and the honeymoon period long, long gone....and then to boot, having to go by someone else's much more rigid schedule instead of being able to control our own schedule.
How many more years do you need to work? Before you can retire?

I'm not totally sure of your age but I'm 58 and graduated from the U of D in 1974....with a double major in history and education....but at that time there were NO teaching jobs to be was a recession and there was a glut of I went back to school for nursing, because that's where the jobs were. In fact, quite a few years later, there was a shortage of teachers and there began to be a bit of an oversupply of nurses...though it's still fairly easy to find nursing jobs. When there's a glut, people go into other fields...which then causes a shortage down the road....just like with house-building/real estate. But I'd really wanted to be a high-school history teacher....can you believe that? I'm sure I wouldn't be so thrilled with it anymore if I was doing that now...esp. at my age. thing that has always helped me regarding the dopamine rush/stress management at work thing....was if I became attracted to some guy I worked with. But unfortunately both nursing and teaching does not include working with a lot of work with mostly students and I worked with mostly patients....geriatric ones at that.

Man, I don't even know what I can even advise to help you with this stress on the job/needing carbs for it issue. When can you retire? I'd much rather see you in a non-stressful environment where you could stick to the diet much easier. But I can SO totally relate....I feel exactly the same now at this time in my life. When does your school go back in session? I am now anxious to see if you will be able to see that whew, you CAN work while eating on the Atkins plan...and then be much less worried about it....and hope that happens SOON.


08-20-2010, 07:30 PM
I'm really upset and freaked out. I weigh on Thursdays...last week, so happy to be in the Two-Teens. Yesterday, I got on the same scales I always use at my doctor's office and had GAINED five pounds.

Are you kidding me? I couldn't believe it. I don't think I did anything very different from the week before. I went out of town for the weekend and drank a glass of wine, had one rum and diet gingerale Sunday night, ate a small handful of macadamia nuts once or twice while on the road. I know I didn't walk every day...I skipped Friday and Saturday evenings. And I didn't drink as much water as I had been. I literally forced the water down and counted the ounces in 20 oz. bottles. I'm pretty sure the collards in the restaurant Friday night had sugar in them...So there're all my sins and shortcomings.

But FIVE POUNDS! Mother Mary! I really didn't believe it. So I went back to his office this afternoon and weighed again...yep, 220, up five pounds. I thought I might not lose or maybe lose a little. I totally didn't expect the gain.

And I had to go back to school yesterday and today. So this week SUCKS!!!

It's killing me to have to move my ticker up. It's really hard not to let that thought, "I'm never going to be able to do this":tantrum: creep into my head." I'm very unhappy with myself.

08-20-2010, 07:33 PM
Sorry, I forgot to complain about this: Not one single day have I failed to register ketosis on ketostix...some days deep purple. I was NOT prepared to GAIN FIVE POUNDS. How can I be in ketosis and gain five pounds? I can't take this.

08-20-2010, 08:58 PM
Sandyfanny, I don't know if this explanation would be of any help:

I am reading and reading about how proteins, fats, and carbs are metabolized and what they do after we swallow them, and all the different things that go on.

Until I was really keto-adapted, I ate more than I needed, and gained two pounds during those first weeks of my body adjusting to using fat instead of ingested carbs. (First, I lost two pounds, and then gained two.) It took me three weeks to get keto-adapted. I wasn't doing Atkins, but a similar plan.

Dr. Harris' blog explains many things. It can take some good use of the search function, but I have found many answers to my questions.

I don't know if this will be of use to you, but in case it would, I thought I'd post it.

Am sending you lots of good thoughts! :)

ghost girl
08-21-2010, 03:45 AM
Hang in there Sandy Fanny. Next week I am sure you will have a nice big loss.

08-21-2010, 06:51 AM
Thank you, Ghost Girl and Silverlife, for the encouragement. This is the place where I can get into real trouble and give up..."What the ****? If I'm going to gain weight, I may as well eat what I really want..." Dangerous thoughts, but I'm trying hard not to go there. I'm going to read your Paleo information; I've heard of it and my doctor thinks the Paleo diet is great. And I'm going to quit fussing, forget it, and do what I'm supposed to do one day at a time, one hour at a time if I need to. I appreciate your support more than you know.

08-21-2010, 08:00 AM
Silverlife, I did some reading on Dr. Harris' site with some interesting results. I'm eating too much...surprise, surprise. He makes a recommendation to a very heavy woman to eat no more than 130 g. of protein per day and de-caf coffee with cream to stave off hunger. I'm definitely eating more protein than 130 g. daily; it can be stored as fat and create water retention...Hmmm....could that be me?

Now, before JerseyGyrl and the Atkins' vets jump all over me, I'm just saying I read his material and am checking his blog. I'm not advocating anyone do anything except what Atkins recommends. Atkins works; it's satisfying, offers variety and yummy taste. I'm just saying I'm freaked out by a five pound in one week weight gain and looking for reassurance that I can maintain a reasonable weight loss through high-protein, low carb eating. I'm not in a real good place this week, and I don't need anyone to fuss at me about anything. I'm hard enough on myself.

I appreciate everyone's help and support.

LTs girl
08-21-2010, 11:20 AM
Don't forget to consider what time of month it is, if you ate out at all-how much sodium is in the food. Hang in there and I am sure next week you will lose that 5 and more.

08-21-2010, 10:35 PM
Thank you, LTs Girl, for the kind words. I've had a good day today. I transported two German Shepherd puppies to a safe, loving foster home so we can find them perfect forever homes. It was a four and a half drive round-trip, but it's so worth it. I was so excited about the puppies eating wasn't an issue! I'm on program 100%. I took my GS for a nice walk when I got home, so I'm doing okay. Not giving up, one day at a time.

08-21-2010, 10:37 PM
And, LTs Girl, that man of yours is going to be so unbelievably glad to be home with makes me happy that our military men have wonderful women to come home to. Yay, You!!!

LTs girl
08-22-2010, 11:30 AM
Thanks Sandyfanny. The kids and I are just happy to have him back. Believe me, the military lifestyle is not for everyone.

I'm glad to hear that you are keeping on track. I have to remind myself when I get cravings that I am in control of what goes into my mouth. If I say that to myself, I can usually get a handle on things.

08-22-2010, 01:07 PM

I'm betting it's just a combination of things and you're going to see those pounds leave quickly!
Just hang in there, you'll be losing again in no time!!

How did it go at school Friday?

I am SOOOO close to having my second number a 0! The scale this morning is at 211!! Yay! I've seen such consistent decreases I've been prepared to see a halt or an increase on my Sunday weigh in. Not yet....

08-22-2010, 01:52 PM
Thanks, lolcat, for the encouraging words...I'm working the program and will try to stop fussing - no guarantees, though. It's so exciting that you're so close to the 0! Maybe you are this morning...

School on Thursday was exhausting - meetings all day. Friday was another meeting that took all morning. My two best teacher buddies helped me set up my room, so at least it looks right. The students don't come until Wednesday, so I have some time to plan and really get on track. Monday I'll figure out what we need to do the rest of the week and where we're going for the next several weeks. Tuesday is an optional day - if I'm finished on Monday, I can take Tuesday off to rest before I deal with 80 teenagers for the next 180 days...yikes!

I hope I have time to shop for a refrigerator for my room before school starts. I think I might go to Walmart tonight and take care of that, so it can go in my room and I can stock it before I have students.

Everyone, wish me luck. We have a BRAND NEW principal...I hope he's ready.

08-22-2010, 03:06 PM
Thanks for posting that,'s a good article.

Sandy....weight gain on Atkins would have to be 1) water retention, especially during TOM, 2) eating too many carbs or 3) eating too much in general.

That article explains, in very simple terms, the topic of insulin causing fat-STORAGE.....and insulin spurts being caused by carbs, the simpler they are the worst they are. HFCS being the worst....and it causes a huge release of insulin into the system. The body than burns part of it for fuel (as, like he explained, the body will burn fats first...before fat or protein).

And THEN, shortly after this spike in drops your blood sugar quite a bit and you then develop that ravenous hunger.

If you chronically eat way too many simple carbs, you can develop insulin-resistance......and insulin-resistance often leads to diabetes. Years ago, diabetics were of the genetic/systemic type......but ever since all the low-fat propaganda started (and ergo, high carb, esp. HFCS which is added to make up for the missing fat), there has been literally an epidemic of diabetes of the non-genetic type.....caused by people eating low fat and high carb, esp. the HFCS added to many of the products to make up for the missing fat.
Over-working the pancreas can lead to the non-genetic diabetes....the insulin resistance being the first step, in terms of faulty pancreatic/insulin release, in that process (on the highway to developing diabetes. Low carb, high fat (normal protein) is the best way to prevent diabetes if one is heading in that direction.


08-24-2010, 05:04 PM
Deena, you must be right. I weighed 220 last Thursday and went NUTS. I weighed this morning at my doctor's office, and I'm back to 215. I lost the five pounds I gained, so it had to be water.

I'm so glad I didn't act on my feelings of frustration by eating off plan. I was plenty frustrated, but I handled it by complaining loudly to you guys and continuing to walk every day and eat right.

Thanks, everyone, for listening and the suggestions. My next goal is 210. :dancer:

08-24-2010, 11:45 PM
I'm so glad to hear it!!! You'll have that second number a zero before you know it.
Technically I hit it today (209.4 this am), but I won't claim it unless it's still there on Sunday, so I'm extra motivated to stay on track now! I just knew I was getting close, so I couldn't resist getting on the scale to check. SO... looks like next Sunday I'll be officially out of the two-teens!!

Did you find a fridge?

08-25-2010, 06:55 AM
Good job, lolcat! We'll celebrate even more on Sunday! Today is my first day with my students - always hectic, always exciting and exhausting. No fridge yet, haven't made time to shop for it. But I've packed Atkins' lunch and snacks, so I'll be okay.

Think good thoughts...:hug:

08-27-2010, 04:36 AM
Sandy.....I will be wishing you LUCK, luck and more luck that school goes well! Please make sure you stay here and post and you WILL succeed. You're already doing great. The weight loss comes in spurts but in the end, it all makes sense. are taking me down memory lane....remembering each 5 lb. loss on the scale....190...185...180....and down, down, down. And I NEVER gave up. And it was TOTALLY worth it!! It feels great to be wearing a size 8-10...I can't even describe how great it is! But trust me, it's great!

You are doing FANTASTIC! Congratulations! I KNOW you can do this.


08-27-2010, 09:27 PM
I appreciate the encouragement. School produces lots of anxiety and lots of tired and lots of no time...but I'm determined to stay at it. The one thing I can control is what I put in my mouth. :dizzy:

08-28-2010, 12:34 AM
Deena52, Thank you SO much for the encouragement!! Today was a day I definitely needed some. Congrats on your accomplishment, it's very inspiring!!!

sandyfanny, yep, we will be more celebrating on Sunday! How was the rest of the school week? Your students getting settled in? I can understand how exhausting it must be... but I bet there are a lot of rewarding moments too. Anytime you need a little boost, we're here for you!!
Hope your weigh-in was better than it was last week!

08-28-2010, 09:44 AM
I'm so annoyed. I'm stuck gaining and losing the same five pounds. I weighed this morning, and I'm back least this time I'm up to 219 and not 220. So I was down to 215 one week, up to 220 the next, down to 215 in about four days, and back up to 219 in three days. I know the scale's right; it's at my doctor's office.

It's been a rough start to school - new principal who's never been at a high school before, mass disorganization, 1400 students wild as bugs, tired and stressed me. That's meant I haven't drunk enough water (I can feel the dehydration), too much cheese 'cause it's quick, not enough veggies and too much protein for a balance, and too few walks, too many artificial sweetners, three diet sodas this week (when I'd given them up), and most of a dark chocolate bar. Yikes! So it's no mystery why I'm up and down on the scales. :(

I'm just annoyed with myself and feeling I can't do one more thing. I think we call that "in overwhelm." On the plus side, it is Saturday; I don't have to go to school. I didn't walk my big girl last night, so when I finish posting, I'm taking Puddin' for a nice walk.

Another thing that I know makes a difference for me, I don't have time to check the forum and get the support I need from all of you as often as I'd like. So, I'll stop *****in' and get my walking shoes on.

Lolcat, congratulations! Thanks for the kind words everybody... :hug:

08-28-2010, 11:19 AM
Okay. Puddin' and I walked down to the waterfront. I added five blocks to our regular walk. Puddin' has planted herself on top of the AC vent on the living room floor. I changed my stupid lady bug slider; I do not love the lady bug today.

I'm going to finish my coffee and start cleaning up my little house. Have a good day, everyone! :wave:

09-04-2010, 12:46 PM
A fridge for my classroom...yay! I bought myself an Atkins present for the opening of school. A little fridge for Atkins water and snacks. Very excited! :cool:

I've changed my weigh-in day to Saturday morning since school started. I'm down two pounds this week...good news, but I'm still chasing the five pounds I gained, lost, gained and am losing again. Frustrating, but it's understandable.

Difficult week. Lots of stress, not enough water, too much cheese some days, not enough veggies any days. I have a long weekend to work on stocking my little fridge and getting my head straight.

How is everyone? What're you doing for Labor Day? Have fun and Be safe! :dizzy:

09-11-2010, 12:18 PM
I'm still fiddling around with those five pounds I gained and almost lost! I have to get on '72 induction unless I want this weight loss to take forever...YIKES!

09-18-2010, 09:35 AM
Very excited this morning. I'm out of the TwoTeens...212! It's so worth the work. My next goal: 200!

I'm working the 30 Pounds by Christmas Challenge hard, and it's working for me.:dust:

ghost girl
09-19-2010, 02:19 AM
Two teens gone forever!

09-19-2010, 09:01 AM
Thank you, Ghost Girl...I have NO PLANS to ever weigh as much as I've weighed in the past five years! How are you?:witch:

09-25-2010, 01:32 PM
I'm out of the Two-Teens so barely...212 again this week. At least I didn't gain. I'm planning a 1972 Induction week. I did it week before last and lost 4 pounds, but I was all kinds of HUNGRY. I guess I can just be hungry again this week.

Anybody else read about the new "French Atkins" diet? It's featured as the next big thing in weight loss in September 27 Woman's World
magazine. I bought the magazine, read it; it sounds AWFUL! I'm pretty sure I couldn't do the 1st phase for 6 days. I might hurt somebody. :devil:

09-25-2010, 02:40 PM
Hi there :)

I'm in the two-tweens!!!! Yay!!!

So now I qualify to be in this thread! hee hee!

... onward - my next goal is to be below 213!


09-25-2010, 03:06 PM
Yay, you! I've got a buddy on way to 200! You're doing such a great job and give me so much encouragement. Let's do this thing!:dancer:

09-29-2010, 08:50 PM
Okay...I have a really short-term goal & am motivated to lose weight this week & throughout this week-end.... I want to be at optimum performance for a job interview this Monday for a management position (I'm up against a lady with a masters in library science :book2:)

09-30-2010, 09:42 AM
Cher, congratulations on your interview. These days, it's an accomplishment to even get one. I know you have a list of qualities and experiences that only you can bring to the table. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you all good things! :hug:

09-30-2010, 11:31 AM
Thanks Sandy :hug:

I'm stressed and am giving myself one whopper of a migraine - hubby brought home some beer last night, had 3, am now paying for it ... up 5 lbs this morning :fr: .... so it looks like water will be my best friend today :dizzy:

09-30-2010, 11:47 AM
Cher, I just can't drink like I used to, girl! I made friends with the Captain last Friday afternoon - one shot - and I was tipsy! What??? Yep, just flush that wicked alcohol right out! Hope you feel better quick like a bunny!

10-01-2010, 04:36 PM
... looks like I got kicked off the two-tweens thread for a bit :(

(thanks to my recent wii weigh-in!)

I'll be b-a-c-k !!!!!

10-01-2010, 08:42 PM
You'll be back in no time. I hate the see-saw thing, and it seems to happen to me in ten- pound increments. Very annoying! But I know you'll lose it next week. Let's pretend we've NEVER been on Atkins before, and we're all fired up for a big Induction Week 1...I bet we lose 5 pounds!:devil: (Me, all fired up!)

10-01-2010, 08:54 PM
Yeah sure! I really hope so!

No more slacking off - strict induction baby :)

10-01-2010, 08:56 PM
Me, too!

10-09-2010, 10:56 AM
The path to 200 is turning out to be a long one. I'm down a pound this week, to 208. I'm going to re-read everyone's postings on this thread for inspiration and ideas; you guys are great. Thanks so much.

10-16-2010, 07:24 PM
This is driving me nuts. I started this thread on 8/17. It's been two months; I am, indeed, out of the Two-Teens, but I'm still in the 200's.

Help Me, Rhonda! Of course, it would help if I'd stay strictly on Induction and drink the nasty water! I'm just sayin'...

Anybody else out there trying to make 200?

10-16-2010, 08:26 PM
...oh how I want to get out of the 2-twenty's and into the 2-teen's .... maybe this week???

10-16-2010, 10:13 PM
Oh, Cher, this is getting hard. I'm bored with shopping and cooking and eating. The days are suddenly shorter, and I don't really want to walk. And school is endless...I'm not in a good place. But let's work on our three-pound goal and take it one day at a time. I'm sort of "in overwhelm" lately.

10-17-2010, 12:43 AM
Stay strong girlfriend! - just think of how much harder it would be if we had those nasty carb-related mood swings to deal with on top of everything else :dizzy:

It IS a lot of work, cooking, washing up the veggies (and the dishes too), seemingly always preparing something or another - but I know that it was because of the "quick fixes" that I gained weight ... "I'm too tired to cook tonight honey, can we order pizza?" or "spaghetti cooks up quick" or "I'll pop a lasagna with garlic bread in the oven" - all this "food" leaving me more tired and drained than before I ate! (not to mention heavier too)

I came to a realization a while ago that ordering the food in, or popping something in the oven doesn't really save me time ... I still have to wait 30-45-60 mins for it to arrive or be cooked! & what would I be doing with all this so called 'time-saved'? probably sitting my butt down watching tv - passing time snacking. So why don't I just make the dinner myself & have it ready in about the same time or less? It'll be a lot healthier & taste better than anything frozen & hotter than anything ordered (plus I know how clean my kitchen is!)

okay okay, enough of my rant ... what was your post about again? ... let me check ... oh yeah, your tired and bored (and still are not particularly fond of water hee hee) - I like to buy something new - last week was filet mignon with a merlot red wine sauce - yummmy! .... hot chicken wings with sour cream and a really rich caesar salad with fresh parmesan cheese curls on top always puts me in a good mood! oh... sf/ff cherry jelly with fresh whipped cream ... or a dessert coffee helps to pick me up early evening after supper (flavored coffee with fresh whipped cream & vanilla extract, lightly dusted with cocoa powder on top)! .... in short I love food & will try almost anything once (I salivate over cookbooks :chef:)

.... focus on this week's 3 lb weight loss goal - and you know what, even if we don't make it & lose 2 lbs ... we still lost 2 lbs!

.... and you know I'm gonna say it! ... drink your water girl, it can be your best'est friend :)


10-17-2010, 06:37 AM
Thank you, Cher, for the good words. I need to read your post every day this week. I did something very motivating for myself today. I went under my bed and pulled out the flat plastic containers with some of the clothes I "fatted out of" hidden away.

One of my daughters was visiting, and, together, we went through them. Guess what? Some of them fit again! I used to buy expensive clothes I loved, but as I gained weight, I stopped spending money on clothes. I hated the way I looked in everything, so I bought and spent the minimum.

Now I have a beautiful dusky lavender cardigan, a great khaki floral denim jacket, a brown linen jacket, a cute cream linen cropped jacket, and several tops to wear this fall. YAY! Guilt-free, zero money shopping spree!!!

And I still have tons of clothes I love just waiting for me to lose the rest of my weight...I'm focusing on the positive and fighting the blues. And I'm drinking the @#$%^&* water!

Have a great week and break into the Teens, girl. We can do it. :broc:

10-19-2010, 02:17 PM
How cool is that!!!! :cp: New clothes & it didn't even cost yah anything!! ... actually, you probably saved $ from eating the Atkins way & not eating junk food (when you add it all up, that stuff's costly :dizzy:)

Oh I'm so happy to hear that you're drinking your bleep-bleep water :D ... was actually thinking of you a couple days ago (for some reason you pop in my head when I'm drinking my water! hee hee!) and really want to help you (if I can) with your water issues, if only there was some other way you could get in your water .... so.... I am going to be bold and ask you Ms. Sandyfanny... if you didn't have to drink water, what you prefer to drink during the day???


pssst - my goal is still to get you to drink your water, but somehow differently :)

10-19-2010, 06:09 PM
Cher, you're so sweet to think about me and my "Nasty Water" thing. I really like to drink 2% milk; I love milk. I also like to drink iced tea with sugar (a liquid candy bar), lemonade - artificially sweetened is ok, coffee with cream, diet coke, diet Mountain Dew, Captain Morgan's & diet coke, vodka & club soda, and imported beer...there you go. I hate water. I can bear it if I squeeze a lemon in it, and I like Dasani lemon-flavored bottled water if it's super cold.

I feel ridiculous carping on and on about drinking water when I've given up so many things I really love to eat. Giving up sugar and all things white has proven to be easier than drinking the damned water. How nuts is that?!