Other Reduced Carb Diets - eating low carb/high fat without following any "named" plan - anyone else?




jillybean720
12-28-2010, 10:56 AM
I had weight loss surgery almost 2 years ago and have lost about 115 pounds, but I still have a good 40+ more pounds I'd like to lose. I find I do best when I am eating low in carbs and high in fat, but I'm not following any certain plan from a book, just tracking my macronutrient intake. I'm having a hard time finding a very active online community for this and don't want to join a group for a specific diet that I'm not really following that just happens to be similar (such as Atkins) because there are always weird rules associated with different plans that I do not follow. The weight loss surgery community is full of folks who eat way less fat and way smaller portions than me, so that doesn't really work for me, either.

I'd like to have a place to post my daily menus and share with others for ideas. Anyone else? :)


Altari
12-28-2010, 12:10 PM
I've been doing something similar for a while. It's more of Paleo-esque than low-carb. I don't monitor carbs...I just don't eat carby foods. :P

Anyway, have you looked at the LowCarber forums? Many (many many) people there follow a high-fat/low-carb diet without any book. People are pretty accepting in those parts as long as what you're doing works. =)

srmb60
01-02-2011, 09:34 AM
I like the term Paleo-esque. I call what I do Primal-ish and follow this thread ... http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/carb-counters/220803-primal-paleo-jan-2011-a.html


martinimouse
01-03-2011, 03:25 PM
I had to give up defining myself by my diet, it just wasn't working for me. I eat low carb because that is what makes me feel my very best overall. I get irritated over "rules" and I am working this year on mindfulness in eating to finish my goal to a normal weight and be able to transition from dieting by the numbers to eating naturally within the low carb framework. I would love to find a more general type forum that is active too. We could try to keep this thread alive!

Laneebm
01-07-2011, 10:38 AM
I like the low carb idea without all the rules.. Like for Atkins etc.. Sort of like for SB too.. A cross between both.. Low carb and low sugar.. I have lost 10 lbs. so far.. In 4 weeks.. But have a long way to go!! 75 more lbs. to get to goal weight..

ChicoryCat
01-09-2011, 10:59 PM
Hello -

A have read the Atkins book, and it seemed way too extreme for me. I also read a book called Protein Power, and the information made sense. The recipes and guidelines of South Beach make way more sense, but I don't follow the plan very closely. I guess I just don't want to be that rigid.

South Beach really emphasizes the importance of vegetables, and I agree with that. It also includes beans, like pintos and black beans. I think they are a very healthful food to eat and I include them in my rotation of weekly meals.

I have successfully lost weight following a general higher protein, low carb approach. The hardest part is when I don't plan ahead and eat whatever is convenient or when I eat out or at somebody's house.

Anyway, I lost five pounds before the holidays and I am trying to get back to the good habits I had going in the fall.

I know what element would really help me accelerate my progress - more exercise!

Rocki
01-10-2011, 12:12 AM
Hi there Jill..

I saw your post asking about a low carb/higher fat type diet. I was wondering if you ever really found a group to talk with?

I've been trying to figure out what type of plan to follow and that's really what I was thinking as well. I want to do an Atkins "like" plan. I'll eat meat and veggies, but I want to keep a limited amount of carbs such as whole wheat bread (tiny bit of pasta possibly), oatmeal and fruit as well.

I lost almost 50 lbs on MRC almost 3 years ago. I kept it off until the beginning of last year. I managed to gain 25-30 lbs in 2010. I tried several plans last year (MRC a few times again, HCG 3 times, Atkins once, etc, etc)..

I know the HCG works but it's so restrictive and I could never stick to it more than 3 weeks. Then when you go off it's HORRIBLE for gaining weight FAST (plus you can't exercise). I like Atkins but I need some bread and fruit.

I want to do something that allows me to still eat some higher fat foods and any meat I want (as well as cheese and cream), but still be able to exercise and have some carbs as well.

I'd love to share information and try and keep a thread going with you (or just message privately). Please let me know what you think. Take care.

Rocki

dcapulet
01-10-2011, 12:40 AM
thank you for posting this!

I was just looking for a "place" I've just started eating very low carb to kill the cravings (sorta like SB) but have no real plan. I'm starting to feel the no carb "flu" and wasn't sure where to post. :)

Zumbachica
01-12-2011, 12:23 PM
HELLO! I lost weight doing atkins to the letter years ago and it worked well. I have tried it again recently and found it to be too extreme, especially with the level of exercise that I do..SO I have decided to take this into my own hands and do it my way. So far so good. I am not counting net carbs, simply trying to make good choices..no bread, pasta or rice, lots of protein, salad and vegetables. So far it is working and I don't have that shakey feeling....

I miss fruit and intend on adding that back into my diet as soon as I get to a better place with my cravings.

I have read almost every diet book written the past ten years and I have to say...Perricone diet, South beach, Atkins...it all comes down to the same thing...lower carbs, higher protein, LOTS of vegetables and water.

saef
01-12-2011, 12:32 PM
What, do you mean you people want to follow a diet of your own devising? One based on your own informed choices & from your having educated yourself about food choices & having learned what works best for you as an individual?

Are you crazy?

Didn't you know you have to be inducted into a specific cult & follow a particular guru & obey all rules to the letter & consult with sacred texts & debate their meaning with fellow devotees to lose weight?

Why, if you people have your way, what would become of the wealthy Diet Industry?

Crazy talk, I tell you.

Crazy!!!!!


[/ALT: humor. This is what I did myself to lose about 107 pounds.]

Zumbachica
01-12-2011, 03:18 PM
LOLOLOL...saef...yes, I guess I am crazy. I failed at trying to do this "myself" so many times.....but over the years I have gotten to know people who stay thin and they have a common thread. They have a lifestyle that they adopted and it has nothing to do with any particular diet, supplement, book, guru, et. They know what works for them. I want to be that like those people.

srmb60
01-12-2011, 05:56 PM
What, do you mean you people want to follow a diet of your own devising? One based on your own informed choices & from your having educated yourself about food choices & having learned what works best for you as an individual?

Are you crazy?

Didn't you know you have to be inducted into a specific cult & follow a particular guru & obey all rules to the letter & consult with sacred texts & debate their meaning with fellow devotees to lose weight?

Why, if you people have your way, what would become of the wealthy Diet Industry?

Crazy talk, I tell you.

Crazy!!!!!


[/ALT: humor. This is what I did myself to lose about 107 pounds.]


Too funny! You are my hero of the day!

deetermined2
01-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Hi there Jill..

I saw your post asking about a low carb/higher fat type diet. I was wondering if you ever really found a group to talk with?

I've been trying to figure out what type of plan to follow and that's really what I was thinking as well. I want to do an Atkins "like" plan. I'll eat meat and veggies, but I want to keep a limited amount of carbs such as whole wheat bread (tiny bit of pasta possibly), oatmeal and fruit as well.

I lost almost 50 lbs on MRC almost 3 years ago. I kept it off until the beginning of last year. I managed to gain 25-30 lbs in 2010. I tried several plans last year (MRC a few times again, HCG 3 times, Atkins once, etc, etc)..

I know the HCG works but it's so restrictive and I could never stick to it more than 3 weeks. Then when you go off it's HORRIBLE for gaining weight FAST (plus you can't exercise). I like Atkins but I need some bread and fruit.

I want to do something that allows me to still eat some higher fat foods and any meat I want (as well as cheese and cream), but still be able to exercise and have some carbs as well.

I'd love to share information and try and keep a thread going with you (or just message privately). Please let me know what you think. Take care.

Rocki

Rocki,

I know that you and the others might be interested in doing it your own way, but wanted to make you aware of another option, where you still get to do it your own way within certain limits. There is a limited carb, low sugar plan that has lots of flexibility built into it. You are allowed 6 servings of carbs per day, a serving being 20 carbs or less, but only 15 grams of sugar, only five grams at any one time. The idea is to control insulin response. The only other restriction is no saccharin, aspartame or Splenda. It's called Belly Fat Cure.

There is a thread under other low carb, if you're interested.

Shrinkmfs
01-26-2011, 08:22 PM
Thank you so much for writing about this issue. i have also been following my own plan at this time, with limited carbs, alot of veggies and some healthy protein-mostly fish. I will be better able to discern how much weight I ahve lost when I weigh again on Feb. 14th as my daily weigh ins became like a visit with an enemy due to frequent fluctuations. I also am exercising up a storm, which I had not done for 6 months. Maybe we can call this thread "I do it my way".

Anne333
01-27-2011, 05:21 AM
I did Atkins, following every rule 5 years ago. I'm starting again with some differences, eating slightly more carbs and some foods that aren't allowed on induction, I just count the carbs (net). I'm also not doing induction this time, I'm just doing a single plan the whole way through. That said, I still consider myself an "Atkins dieter", since the "ideas" for my meals/avoiding carbs came from his book. Am I wrong?

firkindness
01-29-2011, 04:12 PM
Anne - I agree with you and consider my way of eating an Atkins approach even though I've tweaked it. I didn't do an induction. I still drink a bit of coffee and allow some aspertaime (sp?) in some of my SF foods like occasional jello or puddings. There are purists who will argue (and rightfully so) that those things are not part of the Atkins program. But Atkins is the foundation that I draw from in my menu planning.

livb528
01-29-2011, 06:18 PM
I have been looking for something like this. I lost 30 pounds a few years ago just by staying in phase 1 of SB- so atkins like? I obviously gained it back so I don't want to be that extreme this time around, but my body feels so much better on a low carb/ high fat diet. I'm also breastfeeding so that is bringing about it's own challenges with making me feel hungry all the time and I just can't eat low calorie or I will have a decrease in my supply. Not that I could ever be a calorie counter anyways...

I hope we can keep this thread alive because I and I'm sure everyone else could use the support with living a low carb-esque lifestyle.

And I agree about all the weird "rules", especially regarding potatoes and carrots and other so called starchy vegetables. IMO, as long as you aren't eating them every day, or in the form of chips ;) they are a vegetable and healthy for you! Maybe it's just my personality, but I just can't be that extreme :dunno:

berryblondeboys
01-29-2011, 06:42 PM
Glad I found this thread. That's what I'm doing this time around too. Everyone has to find what works for them and for me, following a strict guideline designed for every'body' does not jive so well with my 'body' all the time.

I recently found out that my blood sugars were in the diabetic range, twice (as they are working to get my under active thyroid in check). My doctor is giving me 3 months (2.3 months to go) to see if I can get my blood sugars in check. I know I can do it, because I did it when I was pregnant with my youngest nearly 6 years ago. I have REALLY high blood sugars, but within 4 weeks, I had fasting blood glucose levels of 70 (versus about 190 before). All by my diet choices.

I now know that my body just can't tolerate most simpler carbs (potatoes being the odd exception). Since I learned that through checking my blood 7 times a day during pregnancy, I know what works. I basically can eat all the vegetables I want (being careful a bit with carrots and other 'sweet' veggies) which I already did and all the meat and beans I want and I skip the rest - no rice with dinner, no bread ever and it works. I exercise every day and eat this low carb, high fat diet (trying to get as many 'good' fats as possible) and I eat for hunger. If one day I eat 1800 calories and feel full, fine. If the next day I need about 2000 calories to feel not hungry, then that's how I eat. Going hungry leads to bad choices soon enough.

While I think the Atkins diet is so extreme, I'm so glad for the high protein/fiber bars and shakes he has. Great to have with me when the hunger hits and I don't have other low carb alternatives. I never noticed how many foods in food courts and strip malls were high carb until I couldn't have them any more!

Anne333
01-31-2011, 02:07 AM
I read somewhere around the net that if you don't follow every atkins rule it's just another "junk food low carb diet". I think the only junk food I eat is diet jello, I'm not even sure if that's a junk food, but comes in a processed looking food package, mhm. I do eat veggies and fruit not allowed, I count the carbs (50-60 a day) and my body seems fine with it. Whatever people think about it, the best place for me to read about diet is an Atkins board/Atkins recipes, and that's where I'm going to hang out. I'll just be careful now about any suggestion I make from now on.

Rocki
01-31-2011, 11:22 AM
I'm glad to see this thread going again. I actually just got back on a plan TODAY! I have been working out and starting to run (just started working out 3 weeks ago), but haven't been able to stick to a diet plan. I tried Weight Watchers, and while I know it's a great plan for many people, I just couldn't stick to it. I have some major mental blocks going on and can't seem to stick to anything lately!

Anyway..I decided to give Atkins another chance. I got a free "jump-start" package in the mail, and I checked out books from the library. If I need to add in some carbs, I will, but for now I'm going to try and do the "Induction" phase for 2 weeks to get motivated.

Today I had a tomato/spinach/cheese omelet and bacon for breakfast and I'm drinking some coffee with heavy cream and 1 pack of Splenda. I'm not sure what I'll have for lunch, but I have lots of fresh veggies in the house, so I might have tuna and veggies. Hopefully I'll find a meat I want, ugh. That's the hardest part for me. I get so sick of chicken. Any suggestions?

Take care everyone. Here's to an awesome week!

srmb60
01-31-2011, 11:34 AM
Pork tenderloin is very nice. I wrap it in foil with spices. Very easy.

Rocki
01-31-2011, 03:14 PM
oh, thank you..I love pork..will have to take out some chops or ribs..

Linsy
01-31-2011, 03:35 PM
I don't know if I'm allowed to post other forums here, but try lowcarbfriends.com. Their forum is full of low-carbers of every and any kind and they have a ton of information and a lot of people posting that are really "respected" in the low carb community from making up recipes and stuff. Just stick around the general low carb board which is the most active board, it's at the top.

Rana
01-31-2011, 05:27 PM
I also don't follow a specific low carb diet, I discovered a long time ago that I hate following "rules". So I could never do South Beach or Atkins. I'll resort to a plan like that if my own rules don't work.

I'm increasing my protein and my fats (reducing carbs as a consequence) because I want to see if it affects my weight loss. I know I have IR and I've been keeping it in check through diet (no drugs) and supplements and now I want to see how far I can push my diet.

My goal is not just to be low carb for the sake of being low carb. My goal is to be in a food plan that works well in my environment and keeps me healthy.

I take a little bit of every diet that's out there to make something work for me.

I'm going down this path now, but I can easily see myself moving to vegetarian if this is not a path that my body can handle well.

Rocki
01-31-2011, 08:06 PM
Today went pretty well. I had too much cream (it's a bad vice on a low-carb plan for me), and too much sugar-free...but NO carbs such as breads or sugars or anything..I'm working on it. I know it takes time and it's a big adjustment for me b/c I was eating everything in sight lately. I hope tomorrow (and the next few weeks) go just as good.

blueydloyalady
02-04-2011, 12:26 PM
I am in the same boat. I've decided to STRICTLY limit my carb intake...I didn't think I would be able to do it...I am an Italian girl and I love bread and pasta. I still have bread every now and then or pasta but its always whole grain..and to be honest I feel alot better physically and mentally.

lizzbugg21
03-15-2011, 06:17 PM
I'm a newbie to this forum, but I just finished reading the book, "Why We Get Fat and What to do about it" by Gary Taubes. It really was a great book, and made total sense. Something just clicked. He doesn't really draw out a "diet" per se, but just says to avoid carbs. There is no need to count calories or fat grams (with a really good explanation as to why). I know it's hard to believe after what we've been told for the last 60 years about fat and calories, but since I've tried everything else with no results, I thought I'd give it a try.

It's only been a week, but so far, so good. Since there is no calorie restrictions, I can eat until I am satisfied, and am never really hungry. I do however get cravings, which can be difficult. I've never really had a sweet tooth, but I am definitely a carboholic. I realized after I started this new eating, that every one of my meals contained cereal or bread, and my snacks were usually crackers or chips. I'm hoping with some support, they will soon become more manageable and will eventually disappear. After one week, I've lost 4 lbs, which is more than I've ever lost in one week on any other "diet". I realize that it's probably water weight, but it is encouraging and motivating nonetheless. If anyone else is following Mr. Taubes' advice, I'd like to hear about your results :)

evoo
03-15-2011, 07:59 PM
It's nice to see this thread. I too am on my own modified low carb type diet. I read an article recently about carbs/their cumulative effect on the body, etc and thought I'd give it a try. A lot of the article made sense as to the problems I'd been having previously so I thought I'd give it a try. So far I'm quite happy with it.

Esenin
03-16-2011, 10:58 PM
And here I thought I was a freak!
I must say-reading everyone's posts about how they got to goal are motivating, but they made me wonder if I was doing the right thing-most everyone seems to count calories, or do low-fat.
Knowing that I could do neither in a healthy or sane manner, I too picked up Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. Reassurance is good for the brain.
I've lost more than 5lbs in the past 15 days, my pants feel lose, my acne is almost entirely gone, and I almost never feel hungry.
I try to eat breakfast every morning, but mostly I eat a large bag of blister peanuts, dry roasted almonds with some raisins, cranberries and apricots mixed in. This is eaten between 10am and 1.30pm.
A few years ago, my dad had high cholesterol. Being a nut like myself, he did his own research, discarded conventional wisdom and ate high fat low carb. He's a healthy twig now-complains about not begin able to buy pants small enough.
Mostly, I don't eat fake junk, don't eat out of boredom(and have subsequently realized how damn bored I get) avoid eating grains more than twice a day. Mostly, I'm doing this out of a need to eat sustainably healthy, as well as being fed up buying clothes. I recently bought a 32G. It got too small in the cup. Cue me setting of on my journey here.

lizzbugg21
03-20-2011, 11:16 AM
And here I thought I was a freak!
I must say-reading everyone's posts about how they got to goal are motivating, but they made me wonder if I was doing the right thing-most everyone seems to count calories, or do low-fat.
Knowing that I could do neither in a healthy or sane manner, I too picked up Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. Reassurance is good for the brain.
I've lost more than 5lbs in the past 15 days, my pants feel lose, my acne is almost entirely gone, and I almost never feel hungry.
I try to eat breakfast every morning, but mostly I eat a large bag of blister peanuts, dry roasted almonds with some raisins, cranberries and apricots mixed in. This is eaten between 10am and 1.30pm.
A few years ago, my dad had high cholesterol. Being a nut like myself, he did his own research, discarded conventional wisdom and ate high fat low carb. He's a healthy twig now-complains about not begin able to buy pants small enough.
Mostly, I don't eat fake junk, don't eat out of boredom(and have subsequently realized how damn bored I get) avoid eating grains more than twice a day. Mostly, I'm doing this out of a need to eat sustainably healthy, as well as being fed up buying clothes. I recently bought a 32G. It got too small in the cup. Cue me setting of on my journey here.
Well it does seem to be working for both of us. Keep it up if it continues to work for you, no matter what people think and say. The information in the book is a little hard for people to understand because they are constantly thinking about the ol' "calories in, calories out" way of weight loss. My husband can't understand how I can't have a banana but can have a big greasy pork chop and still lose weight. I'm on week 2 (it is getting easier) and down 6 lbs.

caitlin0516
03-23-2011, 08:28 PM
I'm so glad I found this thread! All I'm trying to do is make good choices that involve limiting my carbs and increasing my fats! I've been doing the opposite for a year now and lost 15lbs, but now I'm stuck and just turned onto Taubes. I'm hoping it works, I'll find out soon enough!

dietcokehead98
03-27-2011, 09:53 PM
Hi everyone!
I'm on board with the no plan low carb lifestyle.....poppin in to say howdy!

stacygee
03-27-2011, 10:17 PM
This applies to me too. I don't know much about any low carb diet and don't know the rules... I just know what I am doing and it is working. I try to limit my NET carbs to 100. Don't even know why fiber negates a carb but that is what I am doing. I also limit my calories to 1500 and fat to 65g.

What is everyone else doing?

sunlover
03-31-2011, 02:25 PM
Glad to find people who are doing the same thing as I am. I am not counting any fat or calories...just trying to reduce my carbs. Seems like before every meal for me was all about pasta, rice, potatoes or bread. Already 3 weeks without and and I am feeling great. Weight loss is only at 4.5lbs right now though...hoping it will keep coming off. Best of luck to all!!

silverose1209
04-08-2011, 02:41 PM
I am kind of in the same boat. I did South Beach before and have been contemplating Atkins.. But I would rather have a combo of each. I also need to do this without spending a ton of money. Grocery prices are insane. So I will probably do an Atkins approach but maybe with some more in season veggies and a half cup of beans every now and then.

hesmyanchor
05-04-2011, 11:08 PM
I am new to the forum, but I too did a low carb non atkins diet and had great success. I was working out, felt great, and slim and I was even eating some fruits as well. I just kept my crabs under 20g everyday but i would eat whatever i wanted (except for bread, starch, cookies) and I was down to a size 4!

I guess we are the *******-atkiners lmao...

Anyways, i am going back to what I did many years ago because i felt great, I looked amazing, and I was satisfied!

Glad i found this thread, i hope we can keep it up!:hug:

Joan1978
05-15-2011, 01:43 AM
Terrific thread! Yes, please, keep it going! I do best and feel best on lower carb but I hate rules and counting.
I lost a lot of weight using "Protein Power" several years ago and then messed things up for myself by trying to switch to just calorie counting. I think that I am one of those people who needs to stay away from carbs--sweets in particular. I had some success last year using the principles outlined in Marc Bittman's eco-friendly "Food Matters," which is also very do-it-yourself but got busy and started eating junk food again. I am trying out my own cross between low-carb and whole food so: high protein (good quality meat, cheese and fat), high fiber (veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes, moderate whole grains), no sugar, as few processed foods as possible. Someone mentioned elsewhere Gary Taubes' "Why we get fat" and that book gave me hope that I could loose weight again as did Robert H. Lustig's youtube video, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth."

shareli
05-21-2011, 03:24 PM
I've gradually morphed into a similar plan. I've always done well on low carb (Atkins, Protein Power), but haven't been able to maintain it long-term 'cause I missed some foods and also found it difficult to buck the prevailing diet "wisdom." I tried WW, but counting points isn't for me, so I tried Simply Filling/Core. I've come to believe that fat isn't the enemy as much as carbs (a la Gary Taubes and the movie Fat Head), so WW's insistence on low- or no-fat everything didn't ring true. I finally decided on WW Simply Filling but without the focus on low fat, and I decided to try limiting the whites (starches such as grains, potatoes, sugar). I discovered that that's what Dr. Rob Thompson advocates in his book [I]The Glycemic Load Diet[I]. I've been following it for 8 weeks now. As with low carb, I'm not hungry, cravings are gone, and the weight is coming off, usually about a pound a week. In four more weeks I'll have my blood checked to see how my cholesterol, etc., are doing. This is so easy and satisfying.
Sharon

mommy2boysaz
06-06-2011, 09:28 AM
I started eating low carb (Atkins induction, really) 4 weeks ago. I have only had 2 "cheat" meals in that time and have a much lower appetite and fewer cravings. I have NOT been counting carbs, however. I chose to try low carb specifically because I didn't want to count anything anymore! (Points, calories, etc.) The first week I was down 5 pounds and by the end of the second week, lost another pound and the cravings and appetite were gone. I was thrilled and determined to stick with this, even though in the past, I was lucky to stick to any plan for more than a few days.
I started doing the 30 day Shred workout DVD a couple of weeks in, every other day. I have about 30 more pounds to lose and am 39 years old.

So, question: I have not lost any more weight from the first 2 weeks! I am eating meat, dairy, veggies. I also added a spoonful of natural, sugar-free peanut butter a couple days this week, and a handful of almonds a couple days. But before this week, I hadn't even had any nuts. I drink half-caff coffee, black in the mornings (prob 2/3 of a pot), and one or two diet Pepsi's, the rest is water.
When the scale didn't really move last week, I tried not to get worried, figuring it would move this week. Just got off the scale and still nothing. I'm so disheartened! I have resisted so many amazing temptations and feel like it's been for nothing!

I would LOVE any advice or insight anyone can give. I'm not throwing in the towel yet, but I want to get this weight off!

shareli
06-07-2011, 08:37 AM
From time to time I have had very similar experiences. It really is disheartening not to see movement on the scale, and after a couple or three weeks of no "apparent" results for my efforts, in the past I've thrown in the towel. However, here's what I now do instead. I stop weighing! Now, I'm a habitual daily weigher, so this is huge for me, and the scale keeps beckoning, but I refuse to give in. With great effort I've resisted the scale for three or four weeks and instead have focused on how I'm feeling and continuing to eat right. The scale will eventually move, and even better, you will continue to lose -- slowly -- inches. When you become discouraged, you might try this. I'm 66 now, and I'm finally accepting that it's going to be a long, slow journey for me. Hang in there!
Sharon

Joan1978
06-07-2011, 12:33 PM
Since I don't weigh myself, my advice is going to be similar to Shareli's: it's probably better not to weigh yourself. If you "feel" lighter when you wake up in the morning and your clothes are feeling a little bit looser then it should be working. If you "only" have 30 lbs to lose (as opposed to those of us who have 50-60+lbs or more to lose) then I think your actual "weight" loss will go slower. You may not have that much excess body fat, which is a good thing to begin with! Slow weight loss also doesn't mean you're not losing body fat--and you want to lose body fat! Make sure that you're eating until you're full (not overeating or, crucially undereating!). Don't undereat thinking that you'll lose more that way! Also, don't overeat protein/fatty foods because you think they're "free." If you're finding it difficult to stick to low-carb considering adding in some low-glycemic index carbs from time to time: some berries or stone fruits, more nuts, beans/legumes, a little bit of whole-grain (no sugar, real whole-grain) bread or toast. I have gone back to low-carb for a month now and I feel the difference in my clothes, in my energy level and in my body when I wake up in the morning. I don't weigh myself but everything is maybe 1/2 size to big after 4 weeks. My body fat percentage is pretty high, so I have a lot of fat to lose overall and I anticipate that the changes will be slower as I go on--as Shareli said, that's OK! I was also just reading this morning that low-carb diets help you lose deep belly fat--the kind that's really bad for your health--even if there isn't a big movement in the scale. It's a first step in a healthier and leaner you!
The article is called "Cut Down on 'Carbs' to Reduce Body Fat, Study Authors Say" and it's on the Science Daily website for June 5, 2011.

Joan1978
06-07-2011, 12:38 PM
With regards to Shareli's post from a few weeks ago, I wanted to add that a work colleague of mine who has diabetes has been doing something similar since January and has lost 32 lbs or more! She joined Weight Watchers but basically modified it to suit her own needs--no sugar, whole-grain, whole-foods, only eat until you're full, etc. It has also really helped her diabetes!

deetermined2
06-08-2011, 01:23 AM
mommy2boysaz,

One thing to watch is the kind of sweetener in your diet sodas. Several people on another thread found that eliminating diet sodas with Splenda, saccharin, and aspartame helped their weight loss.

There are diet sodas made with stevia or purvia, which are more expensive, but they are suppose to be okay.

My favorite new summer beverage is iced pomegranate green tea with a little stevia. Besides tasting good, green tea helps with weight loss.

ChicoryCat
06-12-2011, 02:12 PM
After a few months away I am planning to begin visiting this site daily again. It is VERY helpful and supportive!

Today I talked my significant other out of making pancakes for us. Whew! It is hard to say no to him. Feeding me is a sign of love for him, as it was for his mother, who was quite heavy.

I'd like to take off 20 pounds this summer. Is that realistic? 5 pounds in June, maybe 5-8 in July and August, another 5 in September?

I know what works, except for the part about getting a good start and STICKING to it. Oh well, one day at a time. Here we go!

celrae
06-12-2011, 03:48 PM
I haven't read all the post. But, finding a Low Carb diet that works for you is one of the best options for long term diet changes. This approach is highly recommend by my doctor and my girls pediatrician. I eat meat (all types), veggies (the more the better), Greek yogurt, a little fruit, and I have a cheat day. My husband does the same but, adds flour tortillas and other small snacks. We have both lost weight and gained muscle, we use BodPod (http://http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/body-fat-measurements?page=3)analysis.

celrae
06-12-2011, 05:55 PM
After a few months away I am planning to begin visiting this site daily again. It is VERY helpful and supportive!

Today I talked my significant other out of making pancakes for us. Whew! It is hard to say no to him. Feeding me is a sign of love for him, as it was for his mother, who was quite heavy.

I'd like to take off 20 pounds this summer. Is that realistic? 5 pounds in June, maybe 5-8 in July and August, another 5 in September?

I know what works, except for the part about getting a good start and STICKING to it. Oh well, one day at a time. Here we go!

It sounds like a good attainable goal. For a very active group please visit Sarge's Boot Camp. Everyone has different goals and styles.

ChicoryCat
06-12-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks! I had to go to the store and resisted picking up any kind of treat. Hurray, small victories!

I had a salad and a small slice of very thin crust leftover pizza for lunch.

I know that pizza is not low carb, even with a thin crust. However, it is homemade and covered with veggies and I do not want to waste it. My partner made it for a dinner with my parents the other night. That is the kind of thing that is hard to say NO to!

Lunch is over, and now I am having NOT MORE FOOD but an unsweetened iced coffee. After this - a big glass f water if I think I need to keep going.

Thanks, all!

ChicoryCat
06-12-2011, 09:50 PM
I am new to the forum, but I too did a low carb non atkins diet and had great success. I was working out, felt great, and slim and I was even eating some fruits as well. I just kept my crabs under 20g everyday but i would eat whatever i wanted (except for bread, starch, cookies) and I was down to a size 4!



I agree that it seems like we should be able to include some fruit - it seems to offer too many other potential health benefits to completely avoid it.

98DaysOfSummer
06-15-2011, 02:40 PM
Hello! Anyone still out there!

I'm also doing a sort of low carbish thing type situation! It's been successful for me in the past - although I've been knocked sideways by things like getting pregnant, natural disasters, a major cross country move - this has always felt like the most sustainable and healthy (for me) way to eat.

Right now I'm doing the following -

no bread, rice, sugar, pasta, etc
lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables
lean meats
limited nuts and cheese
limiting salt
avoiding processed stuff
being mindful of fullness/portion size
using my own good sense
trying to swap out some of the Diet Coke for water
exercise (WATP DVDs)

I am sure there are other things but these are the loose guidelines that have worked for me before.

In the past few years I've watched myself go from "sort of overweight" to "kind of a big girl" to "really, just fat" to "Oh my gosh, what have I done" and I'd like to reverse that process. I hate how hard it is to shop for clothes, I hate pictures of myself, I hate that I'm such a rotten role model for my daughter, and I hate how heavy I FEEL. I've had enough. There is just no reason for me to live like this anymore.

Right now I'm working on my list of reasons I want to lose weight and that sucker is LONG.

sneezygen
06-20-2011, 09:04 PM
Hello! this is, I think, my first post on this site, but I've lurked for a long time.

Some great advice and friendship around here.

I wanted to post today just to break the ice and to say I'm also following a undefined low-carb plan of my own. Or, I'm developing one. I've been maintaining a 35-lb loss for four years now, (well, now it's at 30), and I'm convinced I need flexibility to keep it off.

On the other hand, too much flexibility with the carbs is putting it back on. So, here I am!

I'm also a Taubes fan, though I lost my weight before I ever tried low carb. (I was counting calories and eating along the lines in Walter Willet's book, "Eat, Drink, and Lose Weight.) This is why I'm so ambivalent about sticking to hard-core Atkins or Protein Power - I didn't keep off any of the small amount of weight I lost on them, but I did with more carbs.

Who knows. We're all walking science experiments. Reducing sugar and starch might not make me lose any more weight, but I'm convinced it's best for my overall health, which is all I really cared about anyway. (Well, mostly. I like shopping in regular stores.)

A rambling first post! I hope to talk to you all more soon.

Xan
07-02-2011, 01:59 PM
Hi! Anyone still around? There seemed to be a lot of people interested in this. I'd hope we could support each other, and learn what people are doing. I know that would help me.

I've been struggling with my weight -- and which plan to use -- for years. I've tried low carb in the past and never been able to stick with it. I read Gary Taubes' and Barry Groves' books in June and they convinced me that low carb, high fat is the way to go, so I'm trying that. I also signed up for the Diet to Go local service, because one of my excuses in the past has been the "too busy to cook" and another is that I live alone, and get tired of leftovers.

I get the first pickup Tuesday afternoon. Until then I'll be eating bacon and eggs for breakfast, chicken or tuna salad for lunch, and steaks or salmon, plus vegetables with butter, for dinner. I'll also be eating fruit. I'm aiming for 60 carbs a day. I'm not looking to lose fast, just get healthy.

Any other High Fatters here?

shareli
07-03-2011, 08:47 AM
Hi Xan. I'm still here. Although I don't focus on high fats, fat is not something I worry about, which is always a bit of a struggle because I feel like I'm bucking "conventional" wisdom. To bolster your new resolve, I'd suggest you also watch the movie "Fat Head." You can watch it for free on Hulu.com. It's the answer to "Super Size Me" of a few years ago that touted low fat. Fat Head is entertaining and eye-opening.

I include fruits, usually 2 a day, sometimes 3, and very little grain and sugar. I'll perhaps have a bowl of oat bran or old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfast sometimes. I've found a very satisfying breakfast, quick and no hunger all morning, is cottage cheese and fruit with some sliced almonds. Or perhaps yogurt with protein powder and fruit with some All Bran sprinkled on top to add a little crunch.

Sharon

Xan
07-03-2011, 12:38 PM
Hi Sharon. Glad you're still here. I think we're doing about the same thing. I hit around 60 carbs yesterday, and feel fine. No "carb flu." I'm not emphasizing high fat in the sense that I'm adding fat, but, like you, I'm not afraid of it, and will add it to meats and vegetables. It's funny, but when I'm on WW I seldom eat vegetables because I don't like them dry. But I love them with butter!

I wish I liked cottage cheese -- I can imagiune it would make a great breakfast. I'm doing Atkins shakes on weekdays and bacon and eggs on weekends, with the goal of making some of Linda's wonderful quiche recipes.

shareli
07-04-2011, 07:51 AM
I've tried some of Linda's recipes and have liked every one. I usually make one and freeze the leftovers in individual portions so I can grab one for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The weight comes off me very slo-o-owly these days, and after a couple of months I start sliding and gain a couple pounds back. Then I start over again. I wish I didn't take the one step back because I'd be so much further ahead, but the overall trend is still in the right direction. It's a long process for me.

Xan
07-05-2011, 09:53 PM
I haven't stuck to anything long enough to slow down :)

One of my challenges has been cooking. When I get busy, I don't. I'll be working from home in August and hope/intend to dive into Linda's recipes again. For the rest of July, I'm using a local low carb delivery service. It's low carb, but not too low -- so it fits with what I'm doing now. Lunches and dinners together are 30 to 45 carbs. The food is good, and filling, and I think I can stick with it. I'm adding fruit (the meals all come with at last two servings of vegetables).

Going4Goal
07-16-2011, 08:22 AM
Xan...did you receive the Diet to Go meals...how is it going?
how many carbs do you use in a day. I wish this thread was in the forefront...I found it by accident, but agree with the OP, and everyone esle.

Optical Goddess
07-16-2011, 11:52 PM
Wow! I am so motivated by reading this thread! about 10 years ago I did weight watchers and lost 80 lbs....but lately I have just had a heck of a time losing anything. I mean, it wouldn't be as bothersome if I was _losing_ but I'm not...
When I started to explore low carb, I felt I had failed and this was a last resort and I wouldn't enjoy it... but that's not the case. I picked up the south beach and atkins books from goodwill for a dollar each, just reading them for information.
I also felt like this would be so restrictive but I love the idea of not having to count anything! I can choose smart and not have to count!

celrae
07-17-2011, 12:27 AM
I have had a lot of stress so I have fallen off the wagon. I am fully convinced that this style of eating is best. I will be checking in again soon.

Mishflynn
07-17-2011, 05:46 AM
I had weight loss surgery almost 2 years ago and have lost about 115 pounds, but I still have a good 40+ more pounds I'd like to lose. I find I do best when I am eating low in carbs and high in fat, but I'm not following any certain plan from a book, just tracking my macronutrient intake. I'm having a hard time finding a very active online community for this and don't want to join a group for a specific diet that I'm not really following that just happens to be similar (such as Atkins) because there are always weird rules associated with different plans that I do not follow. The weight loss surgery community is full of folks who eat way less fat and way smaller portions than me, so that doesn't really work for me, either.

I'd like to have a place to post my daily menus and share with others for ideas. Anyone else? :)

I do, i just do my own thing s other the years ive learnt what works for me & what i cant do long term.

I dont eat bread/potatoes/rice/pasta

I do eat fruit & veg

I do eat yoghurts

& i do eat cereal for breakfast

Im not snacking (or if i do its a yoghurt) & im trying to do a IF day a week

biancasimone
07-26-2011, 04:38 AM
Started in on low-carb last week. I was eating 4-5 small meals per day plus drinking lots of water. I felt awesome last week! Did a great job but today (Monday) I had lots of carbs, only ate twice (well, 3 times if you consider dessert... darnit) and very little water. I realized that I was cranky and tired all day. HMMM!!! Going straight back to low carb tomorrow!!!!!

I read up a lot on Atkins and other "named" low carb diets, but for me I think it doesn't have to have a name, I just need to remember to decrease carbs, increase fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of water. And allow myself a "cheat" day once every two weeks! I think that is the gist of the low carb diets, and also what they all have in common!

Arkansas Kel
07-27-2011, 12:44 AM
I firmly believe we all have our own rightous path, there is no one right. Also, how could something CUSTOM fitted to you be wrong for you as long as you are moving down the path the direction you wanted?

I believe in making your own diet, following others, or a combination of all of the above. What I don't believe in is apathy about your health and weight.

Keep on keepin' on, and if it works - then it's a righteous path for you.

I'm a returning lC'er - I'm going Atkins style, plus diet soda. I'm dropping weight like crazy. I have fatigue issues, especially when I drop off soda. So for now, my diet soda gets to stay. If my weight stalls, and I'm skinnier and more energetic, maybe I'll alter my path a bit. And I plan to end my path at a paleo/primal zone. Take that diet ****'s!!! (oh, you know you're lurking, whispering how bad atkins is, you know who you are....)

rho1640
07-30-2011, 11:29 AM
I'm doing an Atkinsish program too - I've read so many books I can't say that I am doing any one plan - no bread, rice, pasta, sugar and I cut waaaaay back on Diet coke. Originally I was doing a diet coke at dinner only then I found I was going without any then either but the other night I felt like one and it was the first night I had the munchies... I'm going to not have any for a week then try it again to see if it was a coincidence or if it was a trigger. I've been drinking plain water, water with Apple Cider Vinegar and sweetener in it (appleade I call it) and diluted crystal light (that stuff is way strong full strength for me)

I started this weight loss journey this time time with WW and since I paid for 3 months - I'm doing this and tracking on WW too ... When that time is up I'll give up the WW online and save the money for clothes .... I was surprised to find that since I am not hungry on this and I am not going over my allotted points on WW either - in fact I'm usually lower ... I have to say I feel better on this than I was on WW - more energy and I'm losing faster than I was just doing WW which show me that high carbs really are my enemy - now I will see how the blood work comes back in a month.. I want the sugar lower (the last two times it was elevated which is new - I was always low) but I am nervous about the cholesterol etc. I am on the lowest dose of lipitor and want to get off it because I've been having some low back issues since I started it.

Oh and with all the water and fat in my diet I can see a difference in my skin :)

cinthia
07-30-2011, 12:21 PM
I am trying to do my own low carb diet too. it seems to be working with 21 lbs. down. I need to start exercising now to keep going and build stamina. good luck everyone:carrot:

yoyoma
07-30-2011, 12:40 PM
I tried pure Atkins, found that I need a calorie budget. I'm calling my current WOE "Atkins Inspired" calorie counting. I generally avoid grains, fruit (except berries), and starchy vegs and strictly limit legumes and a few treats. I allow myself truvia, coffee w/caf and diet soda. I do steer towards lean meats and use NFPM instead of heavy cream in my coffee since I am on a calorie budget, but I eat two whole eggs most days and eat full fat cheese, EVOO, natural PB, etc.

Seems to be working... more important than the weight loss (which I know I can do counting calories), this time I am really losing inches from my waist and I am now at a healthy waist-to-hip ratio for the first time in years!

Arkansas Kel
07-30-2011, 12:57 PM
Cinthia and yoyoma - good work. Whatever works works.....

I'm thinking of cutting soda back now. Today is day 8 and energy is WAY UP. Now is maybe the right time for me. That, and the budget is so tight and soda is so expensive. For my soda budget I could have a steak. Hmmmm......

Ya, today I start limiting soda. Maybe to 2 per day for now. That's a significant reduction for me. Yap, that's the plan. Done.

rho1640
08-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Kel try the diluted Crystal light so you aren't going to plain water right away - I dilute it to about half and enjoy it and I drink plain water in between -

Last night I had a small ear of corn - instead of the 3 large ears I normally would eat lol - it is season and I will only have it twice a week at most - probably once a week - because the north shore corn is way better than south shore corn for some reason and hubby is only on the north shore once or twice a week - I figure if I am having something now it will be the GOOD stuff. Also how much carbs can get out of corn before it passes thru you - I know the carb count but maybe I am weird on how quickly it leaves me :o and I figure I can plan those days so the corn is my main carb - - what are your thoughts everyone...

Arkansas Kel
08-01-2011, 10:38 PM
I went off for one meal Saturday night. Brick oven pizza for MIL's birthday. I ate, and celebrated. I could have LC'd, but nah, I didn't. Sunday went shopping with friend - ate Ryans, almost all OP - had 4 bites mac n cheese for my "desert."

I learned today I don't get the job I wanted, but I do still have a job. I'm trying to feel happy about that, but the disappointment is too great. I did almost get mashed potatoes with my lunch, but talked myself down to a double side green beans with my meat loaf. :( Hard day, but still made good choices.

I might try the crystal light thing - I really hate water. Might work. Today I had maybe 3 sodas. Still a major improvement, but I simply forgot my goal as I drank the 3rd one. Zoned out.

My thoughts on the corn are: It's not very LC, but if you eat it infrequently, and not other high carb stuff, and you mostly can balance it by lower carb the rest of that day - enjoy. If something's a favorite and it's in season - be a food snob, only eat it if it's that best one, no substandard substitutes.

haggis
08-01-2011, 11:37 PM
Hi all,

This seems to be the plan I am following, I had done well on an Atkins based diet about 7 years ago, lost 50 lbs and kept it off for 3 years. I started to eat carbs, got hungry, ate more carbs and regained all my weight back. Low carb works with me. I am determined now, perhaps because of the posting here, so thought this was a good approach to try. I'm not really following a plan, just what I remember from before. I'm not the type to follow detailed instructions anyway.

slytherinanachronism
08-02-2011, 04:18 AM
I tried the formal Atkins plan a year back, and it just didn't work for me. I mean I was losing weight, but it just didn't seem sustainable for my lifestyle, and I hated all the rules. Now I do eat low-carb but I don't follow any specific plan. I eat meat (sparingly), a lot of eggs, cheese, beans, some brown rice, lentils, fruits and LOTS vegetables. I don't deny myself the occasional treat like frozen yogurt or a slice of birthday cake, but for the most part I just don't eat bread or white rice or potatoes or anything like that. I didn't set out to eat this way, it just sort of happened. And it's working really well for me so far. I do, however, count calories as a way to keep myself accountable.

jillybean720
08-02-2011, 02:08 PM
Wow - it's been quite some time since I've popped my head in over here! I've been doing some reading and experimenting and whatnot, and I've found the best approach for me is essentially a ketogenic diet. My goals are to keep my carbs to 10% or fewer of my daily calories and my fat at about 65% or more of my daily calories. This plan provides me ridiculously amazing control of my type 2 diabetes (June's A1C: 4.6), excellent cholesterol levels, and better general overall health.

Also, since I'm now officially off of birth control, and my husband and I are "trying" (not stressing about it or worrying about timing, but at least being unprotected...), I've also got lots of other dietary changes I'd like to make, including severely limiting intake of soy and artifical sweeteners in particular.

Of course, the problem right now is that I've been OFF plan for a couple of MONTHS now, and I think we all know that getting back to it is so much harder than staying the course once you're in it!

rho1640
08-02-2011, 03:25 PM
I learned today I don't get the job I wanted, but I do still have a job. I'm trying to feel happy about that, but the disappointment is too great. I did almost get mashed potatoes with my lunch, but talked myself down to a double side green beans with my meat loaf. :( Hard day, but still made good choices.

I might try the crystal light thing - I really hate water. Might work. Today I had maybe 3 sodas. Still a major improvement, but I simply forgot my goal as I drank the 3rd one. Zoned out.

My thoughts on the corn are: It's not very LC, but if you eat it infrequently, and not other high carb stuff, and you mostly can balance it by lower carb the rest of that day - enjoy. If something's a favorite and it's in season - be a food snob, only eat it if it's that best one, no substandard substitutes.

I like that - a food snob - I think that is a new motto for me - if it isn't great why eat it... I found that the tomatoes are way better on the N. Shore also (funny because it really isn't that far away - 15 minutes or so) I think on that one reason is where hubster got them the actually let them get ripe on the vine not picking when they are only half ripe) today he had a BLT and I made a BLT salad ... Yay it was great!

So sorry you didn't get the job you wanted but you are working like you said - is it in the same company? Can you keep applying while you are where you are .. I also could mean something better is on the way for you that you wouldn't have looked at if you got that first one -

Be sure you are drinking enough - a trick I used to use was - each time I went to the bathroom I used it as timing for another glass of water.

jillybean720
08-02-2011, 06:51 PM
I might try the crystal light thing - I really hate water. Might work. Today I had maybe 3 sodas. Still a major improvement, but I simply forgot my goal as I drank the 3rd one. Zoned out.

Are you drinking diet sodas? If not, you should at least try them - I can't stand diet Coke, but I like diet PEpsi, and I REALLY like diet root beer, diet ginger ale, and diet orange Fanta. I used to really like Coke Zero as well, but not so much anymore. Anyway, point being: some are better than others.

If you're trying to ditch soda completely (even diet), Crystal light is a good starting point (or, if you're like me, the much cheaper store brand of sugar-free drink mixes!). I went through a period of a few months after my surgery where plain water made me nauseous, so I did Crystal Light type drinks (ooh, and diet Hawaiian Punch and sugar free Kool Aid). I also really liked water with lemon in it - just enough to make it less blah. And I went through a period where I absolutely loved about 28 ounces of water mixed with 4 ounces of pure cranberry juice (PURE - no sweeteners at all). This still has calories/carbs, but not as much as regular juices or sodas.

abluvion
08-02-2011, 07:18 PM
I'm also doing a sort of "not otherwise specified" keto diet. I vary between <20g and about 50g carbs per day, high-fat moderate-protein. I feel phenomenal eating this way but don't have to deal with the restrictions that a "plan" would impose. It definitely helps me stabilize my blood sugar!

I wish there was more activity here in the general carb counters forum!

Arkansas Kel
08-02-2011, 10:31 PM
Soda today = 2 Yay me.

Miserable day at work. Miserable. The girl who got the job (which I've been doing interim) came by to talk to me. She's hard not to like, but I wish I could. But of course, i get to continue doing the job until....

Anyway, misery is the word, I need cashola. I do have another option, but have no news from that direction. I just had set my heart on this one. I'm not unemployed, and the job I can go back to is less stressful, and even a little simpler. I just believed I could get it since I've been doing it. I was told I didn't do anything wrong in my interviews, and many people were surprised at how it happened. If I can't be there and not be miserable, maybe it's time to be somewhere else? Anyway, there's another option on the line, just waiting is so hard right now. I hate going to work right now, doing a job I can't have until the new girl can change jobs.

Arkansas Kel
08-02-2011, 10:32 PM
OH, but the side benefit - I've been so upset I'm hardly eating. BONUS. whatever.

jillybean720
08-03-2011, 08:38 AM
In carb news today, it's 7:32am, and I'm on track so far :p I am sipping a diet Pepsi (need to ditch the habit, but I'll take one step at a time, here) and just finished my breakfast of a chocolate Muscle Milk protein shake (10g net carbs, which is more than my shake would be if I made it at home, but not bad for a 7-11 breakfast). And I bought a 2oz bar of cheddar cheese to have on hand for my morning snack. We'll see what the future (i.e., lunch and dinner) holds!

I'm hoping to be able to stick closer to low carbing because I've noticed an increase in, umm, gas :o Starchy carbs (anything with grains and starchy veggies) have given me a bit of gas since a few months after my surgery, but it's gotten worse lately. It's not that the actual, umm, expelling of gas is horrible, but I get sharp abdominal gas cramps and bloating for HOURS. So, back to eating how I should, not necessarily to lose weight, but to FEEL better!

Miserable day at work. Miserable. The girl who got the job (which I've been doing interim) came by to talk to me. She's hard not to like, but I wish I could. But of course, i get to continue doing the job until....

Anyway, misery is the word, I need cashola. I do have another option, but have no news from that direction. I just had set my heart on this one. I'm not unemployed, and the job I can go back to is less stressful, and even a little simpler. I just believed I could get it since I've been doing it. I was told I didn't do anything wrong in my interviews, and many people were surprised at how it happened. If I can't be there and not be miserable, maybe it's time to be somewhere else? Anyway, there's another option on the line, just waiting is so hard right now. I hate going to work right now, doing a job I can't have until the new girl can change jobs.
That's a tough situation - I'm sorry. Maybe you've done nothing wrong, but they're able to pay the new girl less? Being unhppy at your job is very difficult. I just changed jobs in March because of it; my job was consuming my life, and I was constantly bringing home not only work to do, but also frustration and a negative attitude. Of course, in this economy, I was essentially told to just be happy I had a job at all, but that wasn't enough for me, so I started looking around, and I was able to be selective about the opportunities I pursued since I was not unempoyed and willing to take just about anything. So maybe you can take this opportunity to spend some time finding something/somewhere you'll be much happier :hug:

abluvion
08-03-2011, 10:59 AM
AK Kel - I agree with Jill. Being miserable a job is not worth it. While you're employed, you have a great opportunity to look for jobs elsewhere without losing your paycheck! Then you can dedicate yourself to finding your perfect job. Of course, that being said, I'm in a job I hate too, and will be until the end of next year... but that's because I am trying to get into a program to totally change my career path. So I'm biding my time til I can go back to school.

Jill - Carbs make me gassy too, but just regular gassy... Your gassy sounds so very uncomfortable! I used to think I was just the kind of person who had to pass gas at every opportunity... I always thought there was something wrong with me and nothing to do about it. Then as soon as I switched to LC, the gas went away. My fiance is grateful :)

I do like to focus on how great I feel on this WOE. Not irritable, tired, hungry all the time... and less gassy :) Suh-weet.

On track today. Have a plan for food laid out for the day, incorporating lots of vegetables. Out of strawberries today which is a little sad, I've become dependent upon them for a "desserty" feel (instead of relying on any of the vast quantities of cream cheese-based splenda-sweetened concoctions out there). Guess I can always go to the store if need be. So it goes.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

deetermined2
08-03-2011, 04:24 PM
Hi, all!

I've previously thought of myself as a BFCer, but realize that this WOE is closer to my current diet. I'd been doing BFC since last August but only lost 8 pounds, and gained 2 back, with no cheating - until I went on vacation at the end of April. (I had lost more than one pants size, and it looked like a lot more than 6-8 pounds.)

While on vacation, I decided to not worry about my diet quite as much as I had previously. Anyway, to make a long story short, I added some of the local tropical fruits to my diet, plus ate things like flan, had some big dinners out, and came home 2 pounds thinner. Huh?

So I've decided that for me, some of the fruits that I had eliminated from my diet aren't really that bad. I do avoid most processed foods and sugar. And artificial sweeteners.

I know I'm wheat intolerant. I also avoid other grains, too, though I do eat a minimal amount of "wheat free" oat cereal and brown rice.

Since incorporating more fruit into my diet, I've lost another 3 pounds.

I guess my WOE is currently "Primalish" except for the small amount of grain.

(And before I realized I was wheat intolerant, I often ended up bloated and gassy from it.)

abluvion
08-04-2011, 09:48 AM
Hi dee! Fruit is one of the reasons why I'm not on some other plan, too. I can't go overboard, but there is nothing wrong with having a cup of strawberries!!

Good for you figuring out what works. That's pretty important :yes:

rho1640
08-04-2011, 09:55 AM
I know my brain hasn't kicked in yet (I haven't even finished my first cup of coffee) but for the life of me I can't figure out what BFC is and I know when you tell me I'll be embarrassed that I couldn't figure it out :o

I think we all need to find what works for us and we all will be different - I said earlier (maybe in another thread) that I may have found that diet coke is a trigger for me - I used to drink a lot of it and gave it up (consciously only having one a day with dinner) then I went probably a week without even the dinner one and then had one with dinner and found that I was munchy all the rest of the night - and couldn't find that One thing that would satisfy me...so I'm experimenting and waiting a week or so before trying one again to see if it was the day or the coke.

I also have had some peaches (small and only one at a time) and a small ear of corn on a different night and have lost - I decided that they are in season locally and I will have them as a treat....not every day and only if it is the best - the tomatoes, corn and peaches are better in the North Shore of the island than here on the South Shore - so I will only eat it once maybe twice a week when hubster is in that area and can bring it home. So I am turning I to a food snob who is learning portion control too for those items.

Hi, all!

I've previously thought of myself as a BFCer, but realize that this WOE is closer to my current diet. I'd been doing BFC since last August but only lost 8 pounds, and gained 2 back, with no cheating - until I went on vacation at the end of April. (I had lost more than one pants size, and it looked like a lot more than 6-8 pounds.)

While on vacation, I decided to not worry about my diet quite as much as I had previously. Anyway, to make a long story short, I added some of the local tropical fruits to my diet, plus ate things like flan, had some big dinners out, and came home 2 pounds thinner. Huh?

So I've decided that for me, some of the fruits that I had eliminated from my diet aren't really that bad. I do avoid most processed foods and sugar. And artificial sweeteners.

I know I'm wheat intolerant. I also avoid other grains, too, though I do eat a minimal amount of "wheat free" oat cereal and brown rice.

Since incorporating more fruit into my diet, I've lost another 3 pounds.

I guess my WOE is currently "Primalish" except for the small amount of grain.

(And before I realized I was wheat intolerant, I often ended up bloated and gassy from it.)

abluvion
08-04-2011, 10:47 AM
I think BFC is Belly Fat Cure... i think?

I've had corn on this WOE too. Fit it into approximately what I want my daily carbs to be, ate it with fat and protein. Summer corn is just such a special, delicious thing... And I don't have trouble portion-controlling it at all! Ever since I relaxed my grip on what foods I can eat, I've been much happier. As long as they are unprocessed and grain- and sugar- free, I am not going to feel guilty about it. Mostly this just means for me corn & berries and the occasional other fruit (yesterday, mandarin orange slices). There is no way I'm gonna beat myself up over that kind of food as long as it fits in my carb tally.

Arkansas Kel
08-04-2011, 10:14 PM
rho - I like your thinking :)

Health is not one size fits all. I'm sure of it.

I'm coming along nicely on my plan. I'm only getting down to 3 diet sodas/day though. I think it's a stress crutch for me. I am miserable at work, no other way to say it. I'll keep my crutch for awhile. Today was slightly less miserable. Time to begin job hunting. I have one option, but it might not be available until the end of the month nearly, but I think I could love it. I hope it comes through. I filled out a novel just to apply, hopefully that means the applicants are skimpy? Nah, I'm sure not.

rho1640
08-04-2011, 10:51 PM
Thanks Abluvion that makes sense for BFC. All I was coming up with this morning was Big Fat Carbs and I KNEW It couldn't be that :D

Exactly on the corn and fruit - I am including it into my carb allowance and I figure a piece or fruit or a small ear of wonderful local corn is still better than white bread or pasta. I'm being very picky on what my carbs will be used for - my fruit and veg that are eaten can't be "good enough" they have to be spectacular! And of course if I found it triggered me to munchies I would give it up in a heartbeat.

Quick story (well quick for me). I was a sandwich addict - I could live on sandwiches seriously ... It's only been a few weeks and they are losing their grip on me - I still think that a sandwich would be quick and good as hubby is making one but I've been taking the ingredients in sandwiches and making salads - with homemade salad dressing, or in the case of the BLT salad I
made the other day a mayo based (similar to a cole slaw dressing) dressing or
tonight's leftover steak salad with Cheri's White Sauce instead of salad
dressing. They have been GREAT! I don't feel deprived because I still have all
the sandwich flavors just in a different form and I am starting to feel a
difference not only in my clothes but in how I feel generally. I've been testing
my BP daily and am hoping that they might consider lowering my meds (only
one up from lowest dose) if not at my appointment next month the next time
- and I'm really hoping for other blood work numbers to go down - none are
really high but because of family history they want them low ...I want to get
off the lowest dose lipitor and I want to stay off anything else!! Dang it!

Kel - down to 3 sodas is a huge difference I am sure and you are doing great - you will know when you want to (if you ever want to) maybe go down to 2 a
day - they may not affect (effect? I always get those mixed up)you the same
way they seem to me anyway - and you need something right now and it's
better than lots of options out there ;). Fingers crossed and good thoughts
going out for you on the job hunt -

Btw I noticed your Halloween Challange number YAY You!

deetermined2
08-04-2011, 11:10 PM
Yes, BFC is Belly Fat Cure.

I read a book called The Gabriel Method by Jon Gabriel last fall. The primary idea behind it is when you discover what your body needs, you will lose the weight. I think by restricting most fruit because of the sugar content, I may have become slightly vitamin C deficient or deficient in some other nutrient. Or at least that's my theory.

I had missed fruit, and am happy to find it doesn't stall my weight loss, and may even improve it (in limited quantities).

In regard to the diet sodas, most of the artificial sweeteners are suppose to have an insulin impact. Zevia makes sodas that are stevia sweetened, which isn't suppose to have the insulin impact, though they are a little pricey. They may not taste exactly like what you're used to ...

If I have to have something, I'm more likely to drink a Sobe, (also stevia sweetened).

abluvion
08-05-2011, 09:37 AM
Kel- diet soda is tough! It can really get its claws into you. Good luck with it.

Rho - I am SO with you on the sandwiches! Oh I'd kill for a sandwich sometimes, my vice was always grilled cheese. But I also enjoy eating sandwich fillings without the sandwich. I also use lettuce to sort of 'hold' ingredients so I can pretend it's kind of like a sandwich. That BLT salad sounds delish, I love a good BLT! WTG on the progress you are making!!

dee - I agree. A really important part of this is listening to our bodies and giving them what they need. Chances are they don't need sugar and potato chips!

Things are going well here. Carbs were a little higher than average yesterday but not by enough to make me feel like I went off-plan. Just at the top of my comfortable range. Still lost a little weight today so everything is hunky-dory. I have a busy weekend consisting of two dinners not at home ahead of me..... EEK...... One I'll be bringing my own food (it's a potluck thing so I don't HAVE to eat other people's food), and the other is dinner at a friend's house. They aren't very close friends of mine so I can't really dictate what to have, but I will try to ask casually just to make sure I'm not walking into a big bowl of pasta with no way out. Still makes me nervous!!

jillybean720
08-05-2011, 09:42 AM
Okay, so yesterday was awful for me carb-wise. I worked from home, and we were on vacation for much of last week, and I haven't had a chance to do any grocery shopping since we got back, so we have no food in our kitchen! So I ended up with a protein shake and cookies for breakfast (from Sheetz) and McD's for lunch :o Dinner was actually quite good, as we went to a Brazillian steakhouse, so I pretty much had nothing but a huge variety of MEAT :D

Today's carb forecast is up in the air depending on how work goes - I'll be busy later today, so lunch is questionable, and I may end up staying late. I did have a protein shake this morning and brought some cheese and a protein bar to have on hand for snacks, so that should help.

When I'm eating the way I feel is truly best for me, I eat very little fruit, usually none at all. When I'm truly focused on my diet, I can't get out of my mind that carbs are non-essential - we don't need them to live - so I avoid just about ALL of them except a few incidentals in things like eggs, dairy, and marinades. Of course, that will be more difficult as I aspire to eventually also ditch artificial sweeteners, so we'll see how that goes...right now, I'm in more of a transition phase of focusing on cutting out obvious junk and focusing on protein and fat. As I progress, I'll start cutting out more things (with Atkins bars being the first to go!).

rho, Lipitor is for cholesterol, right? Please know that low-carb eating often INcreases levels of LDL and can also increase triglyceride levels in the beginning couple months or so. The triglyceride increase, if it happens, is usually temporary and is a result of your body basically releasing more crap into your bloodstream while it sort of transitions from relying on carbs and glycogen for fuel to using fat and ketones. The increase in LDL scares some folks, but what many don't realize (and when I say many, I also mean most doctors) is that there are actually 2 different types of LDL, and a normal cholesterol panel does not distinguish between the two. There are what are often referred to as "tiny" LDL particles and "fluffy" LDL particles; it's the TINY ones that are dangerous, that can stick together and start clogging things up. The increase in LDL while eating low in carbs is usually found to be the fluffy LDL, which is harmless. So, if you or doc is concerned about increased LDL when you next test your cholesterol, you may want to request an additional blood test called a VAP test to test the TYPE of LDL you have.

rho1640
08-05-2011, 12:08 PM
Crud - lost my post -

Thanks Jill - I had read that about the LDL levels - my plan is to say I want to not change dosage and that I am still working on my diet and want to see what happens in the next 3 months - he WILL see a difference in weight to show that I am working on it already. My appointment isn't till the end of next month so I'm hoping by the time I get the bloodwork done my body will at least be adjusting. I'm also hoping that getting my Blood sugar levels down will help too (they were high borderline the last two times - before that they have always been low - I had a lots of stress and bad eating in that time that I am hoping accounts for the rise)

Arkansas Kel
08-06-2011, 09:58 PM
rho, weight and blood sugars affect cholesterol and lipids in your blood. I think you will see improvements. Jilly, I've heard that before about the fluffy cholesterol. I agree with you.

I'm getting to a better mental place. I have an application in at one job I'm really excited about (the novel application LOL). It could be awhile, they are closed for 3 weeks - no kidding, it's a school so they're out right now. I got a little retail therapy yesterday with my BFF. She talked me into trying on a shirt - was slimming on me. I had to buy that. Got the shirt, necklace and a new professional bag. I'm interview ready now. Bring on the calls......

abluvion
08-08-2011, 10:41 AM
Kel - Woohoo! Fingers crossed for you!! I love a little retail therapy ;)

Well I'm down 4.2 for my first week back on my unnamed low carb. Very happy with that result but I know it won't keep up that pace. My mental state is much improved after being OP for a while... I reach a point where looking at something I know is going to turn my blood into syrup is so unappealing. We had dinner at friends' house last night and they served chicken and dumplings (ok, wtf, it's 100 degrees out) followed by brownies and ice cream. I knew this would happen... So I had eaten a bit beforehand and just picked out the chicken from the stew (which also had potatoes and carrots). Had some salad with it too and passed on dessert. So I feel pretty good about my ability to withstand that.

Hope this is another good week for everybody :)

jillybean720
08-08-2011, 11:15 AM
abluvion - congrats on the 4.2 :carrot:

Kel - fingers crossed on the novel application position; I know waiting sucks, but hopefully it will be worth the wait! I may seek some retail therapy with my mother when my parents come to visit this weekend. I have a few coupons burning a hole in my pocket ;)

As for me, my diet has flown right back out the window. I'm feeling really weird these past few days physically - my husband hugged me yesterday, and my brests are so sore I had to push him away. From a HUG. Weird. And I have been waking up STARVING in the mornings, so much so that I feel almost sick. And I've had a few times where I feel hungry, but when I get up to get food, I start feeling nauseous instead. It's all very strange - so much so that I even took a home pregnancy test today, but it was negative, so that's not it! Need to figure this out ASAP because certain foods, just looking at them or smelling them completely turns me off, and OF COURSE it's crap I should not be eating that doesn't make me feel gross :dizzy:

Although I will say I had an AMAZING crab stuffed filet at Longhorn on Saturday - highly recommend it :D

Arkansas Kel
08-08-2011, 09:53 PM
OK, job fell through. So I keep chin up and keep showing up to the one I got. I'm lucky to have a job in this economy (or so I keep telling myself). So, no jobs on the hook for now.

Abluvion - way to go!

jilly- I'd test again in a couple days, just sayin'

jillybean720
08-09-2011, 07:46 PM
jilly- I'd test again in a couple days, just sayin'
Or the very next day...negative on the First Response yesterday, but positive on the Dollare Tree test today! Had blood drawn at my PCP's office and will have blood test results for confirmation tomorrow afternoon...

rho1640
08-10-2011, 12:47 AM
Jill waiting on dr report for official but a quiet little yay! for now ... You guys were planning on starting a family if I remember right..

Kel ... You have the perfect interview outfit now and keep your ears open - and just keep going to work and doing your job like you say it's a job - for some reason when you are working you hear about more job openings than you do if you aren't working - don't know why that is but I swear it's true.

I have two little yays today too .. The first one is that we were going to friends for dinner and I got into and comfortably wore a pair of jeans that wouldn't even meet to put them on a few months ago... And two- I did great at dinner.. The only carby thing I had was one taste of a piece of homemade lemon meringue pie (and it was a very small taste) that was all lemon no crust or meringue either. Other than that I had some cheese, salad, a deviled egg, a hamburger with onion in it and a few slices of tomato with red onion slivers on it. Hubby was supposed to give me a code if the corn was great and I would have one ear but he didn't say anything so I figured it was only so so and when we left he says oh the corn was great lol.

Arkansas Kel
08-10-2011, 08:33 PM
rho - saved by a forgetful husband? Mine would have done exactly the same. Who cares about corn anyway - you wore some skinny jeans!!!! Wowzers girl. I can't wait for that moment for me. I have two plastic tubs of fall clothes from last year I can't wear. Hoping they are just too big this fall and I'll have to buy all new....

Job's still a job. The girl who beat me out has started asking if I'm going to help her. Seriously. I'm not doing it for you, but yep, I'll help you. I'm just good like that - or something....

abluvion
08-10-2011, 10:04 PM
Jill - YAY! How exciting!!

jillybean720
08-11-2011, 07:56 AM
Still no word from doc's office...grr...

In the meantime, cheese is tasting VERY salty to me now. My favorite cheese that I have a bunch of and used to eat once or twice a day now takes me a long time to get through a single piece for breakfast.

But, I still eat the cheese, and I've found I'm basically able to do well during the day until dinner time strikes. Last night was "chicken critters" (amazingly moist and light chicken tenders) with honey mustard. Still good for protein and fat, but the sugar and carbs are obviously more than I should be consuming. We'll see how today goes...

Arkansas Kel
08-11-2011, 10:58 PM
Jilly! Gosh! How wonderful! I'm truly jealous, we've been trying and wishing for awhile. You lucky girl! When your diet begins to wane with the hormones I have a little piece of advice - keep it nutritious and nobody needs twinkies and ice cream for nutrition.

jillybean720
08-12-2011, 07:53 AM
Jilly! Gosh! How wonderful! I'm truly jealous, we've been trying and wishing for awhile. You lucky girl! When your diet begins to wane with the hormones I have a little piece of advice - keep it nutritious and nobody needs twinkies and ice cream for nutrition.
Still no blood test results, so not 100% positive yet, but I'm eating like I'm pregnant in that I'm making healthy choices - no Twinkies and ice cream for this girl! The carby "junk" I usually end up with is things like chicken fingers or cheeseburgers, so at least still some protein and fat and not just straight up sugar.

Actually I did pretty well yesterday. The only stray I had was that I ate the remaining two "chicken critters" with honey mustard that were leftover (and leftovers are new to me, too, but I just feel like I can't eat as much of everything right now without getting nauseous or disgusted - it's weird).

I've lost 3 pounds so far this week, but that's thanks to switching to better food choices with way fewer (if not few enough!) carbs and drinking more water. I've also successfully ditched Diet Pepsi, which I was drinking quite a bit of every day.

Here's how yesterday shaped up:
- cheese
- macadamia nuts
- grilled chicken tenders (why do more places not offer these?? no breading or batter - they were perfect!) with spicy garlic butter sauce dipped in ranch
- 2 leftover chicken critters with honey mustard
- Greek yogurt with fresh sliced strawberries and some cream cheese mixed in

I'm going to keep low-carbing as much as I can through my pregnancy (assuming I'm pregnant) - I've read accounts of others who did this and had much lower occurences of nausea, vomiting, edema, and other "typical" pregnancy side effects. Fingers crossed...

rho1640
08-12-2011, 09:35 PM
Jill fingers crossed for you...

The food snob has struck again - the corn isn't as great now so I'm done with that but the peaches are fantastic so I've had a half a peach yesterday and half today today what a treat.. :D

Hit a new decade of numbers yesterday - I seriously get so excited with each new set I do a little happy dance - anyone else.... :o

jillybean720
08-13-2011, 09:04 AM
FINALLY - confirmed positive! Based on the number, I'm probably about 9 weeks along. I'm having a hrd time eating because nothing seems very appealing, but I know I NEED to eat, especially since I've been losing weight recently. Off to try to find something "tolerable" for breakfast...

Arkansas Kel
08-13-2011, 02:13 PM
GO JILLY! That's awesome. Keep us updated. I agree, keep it healthy. Those vital nutrients they push for in the whole grains - are added in to many, and were already present in other foods that I believe are healthier to eat. Eat for you and your baby. If you start to look for a broader place check out primal/paleo - it's still grain free, sugar free and still very natural, wholesome foods.

Rho - food snob looks good on you! I splurged yesterday on a single donut hole. They were fresh, there were bags of them around me at a meeting. I had been craving donuts for a couple days. I ate it in two bites and enjoyed it, then ignored them. HAHA skinny chick trick! I also had a little fish with cornmeal on it. But the rest of that meal was a salad - so mostly low carb.

I went last night with my BFF and another friend to supper. We had steaknshake. I ordered the Wisconsin buttery burger, no bun, side salad for fries. It was delish. I finished my burger while they ate brownie sundaes - and I was fine. My meal took longer to eat, so I just ate right thru my main course while they ate those sundaes. I didn't even want one. I see a skinny chick emerging in me....

rho1640
08-14-2011, 10:28 AM
Jill officially doing the BIG Happy Dance for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
:carrot::carrot::dance::dance::cb::cb:

Yay Kel .... You did great!

I was going to go to the Farmers Market in the village this morning but it is pouring... So I guess I'll go next week ... It's not like I can't go to most of the farm stands I would hit there but it is nice to get them all in one spot and support them coming to the FM too. The only thing I was really looking forward to was the local cheese ... Expensive so I only get a little but such a treat.

Hubby comes home this afternoon - I hope it isn't this yucky where he is in RI no fun shooting in rainy yuck -

I was going to BBQ some chicken legs and thigh quarters - guess I should go look for another recipe now...

jillybean720
08-14-2011, 12:38 PM
rho, I think the rain is hitting most of us along the upper east coast. I'm just outside of DC, and we had rain this morning, too, and I think showers and even thundershowers expected for the rest of the day. Luckily, I didn't have any outdoor plans, but my parents will have to drive home in it - yuck.

Kel, you did awesome at the Steak n Shake! I've never been to one (we don't have them around here), but I hear they're delicious. It can be so hard to stick to your guns regarding diet when you're with a group, but every single time I do, I know it just makes me that much more confident for the next time :)

As for me, peanut butter seems to be my saving grace right now. Some foods don't sit well at all, some are iffy, some sit well sometimes and not others...but the peanut butter seems to sit consistently well. So, many snacks of Skippy Natural throughout the day!

Last night, we hit up a Brazilian steakhouse - where they bring all different meats around to your table and slice it off fresh. It was SO good - I had filet mignon, strip steak, some other cut of steak, turkey wrapped in bacon, a little bourbon chicken (light on the sauce), seafood (hmm, surimi) salad...so LOTS of protein and fat. And that seemed to sit fine, too!

I'm likely about 9 weeks along, and I believe 13 weeks is the end of the first trimester, so I'm hoping the appetite/nauseau and whatnot even out a bit in trimest #2, so only a few more weeks of battling so much with food.

deetermined2
08-14-2011, 10:39 PM
Congrats, Jilly, on your awesome news!!! I cannot remember what I read about food allergies in children. I know my nephew has a fairly severe tree nut allergy, and I think my sister craved nuts and macaroons during her pregnancy. You may want to investigate any correlation between the amount of peanuts eaten during pregnancy and a baby's allergies. Just in case it matters.

rho, wow, skinny jeans. That's great!

Kel, good for you for staying on plan in the face of temptation.

As for me, I'm down another 1/2 lb. I'm a slow loser so any downward movement is good. As long as I'm losing, I'm happy.

Arkansas Kel
08-15-2011, 12:26 AM
rho, wish i had good farmers market here. We have one, but not so varied or local. Hope u had good visit with DH.

jillly i wish we had a braz stk house near here i haer they're great. All we get are braz wax LOL

deet - slow shmoe, down is down. Great job.

as for me, been a good productive day on plan. I got a little cooking ahead done for the week. Enough laundry done to get through the week. I have a 4 day work week this week. Smooth sailing. Now, just got to keep attitude in check.

Arkansas Kel
08-15-2011, 10:49 PM
and so today was cheat free- :) Go me!

Job transition (aka giving it to the person who beat me out) starts officially tomorrow. I've accepted it. It shouldn't suck as much as I was afraid.

New job lead (maybe that's why?), don't know if it's what I want, but I'm in position to take it or leave it.

rho1640
08-17-2011, 11:43 AM
Kel you are doing great!

Jill I'm envious of the Brazilian place that sounds fantastic!

Down 1.5 this week - looking at my average from the start it works out to be 1.55 per week which I know is a healthy amount to lose but I really really want to average 2 a week (hope you all read that in a proper whiny voice)

Arkansas Kel
08-17-2011, 11:06 PM
AND YET ANOTHER CHEAT FREE DAY!!! THAT'S RIGHT!!!!

Yo-Rho! Doing GREAT!

Why am I so excited today - I resisted tons of temptation today - it flowed like water - most of it right into my office door - satan's minions were busy today girls! I resisted cake, ice cream, chicken salad croissants, ooey gooey butter cake, combos (office mate was eating them). I had my super LC girl cape fluttering behind me the whole time.

Then I got a PHONE CALL. The job I really really really wanted and had already received the let down form letter for (without being interviewed) called to see if I was still interested and scheduled an interview. Good thing I got an outfit on the READY. I was running around in circles inside. Life is turning upwards :)

shareli
08-18-2011, 08:27 AM
Kel, the possible job news sounds fantastic! Knock 'em dead!

I'm a lurker, haven't posted in a while, but still appreciate that this board is active. Having fellow travelers (travellers?) is very supportive.

Sharon

rho1640
08-18-2011, 09:19 AM
Oh Kel fingers and toes crossed for you and all kinds of good thoughts going out for you.... Keep us in the loop .... YAY!

Sharon jump right in - I usually lurk but am trying to be active in at least a few threads here to keep me motivated :D

jillybean720
08-18-2011, 09:28 AM
oooh, Kel, good luck with the interview!!

Welcome, Sharon!

I'm still not eating a whole lot, but I've confirmed that, despite everyone trying to shove crackers, pasta, oatmeal, etc., down my throat, carbs make me feel WORSE (based on experience from a Panera breakfast sandwich over the weekend and some pizza a couple nights ago). So, peanut butter, cheesey scrambled eggs made with heavy cream, rolled up deli ham (microwaved) and cheese dipped in mayo, and non-starchy veggies (baby brussels sprouts last night!) are my primary go-to foods.

Hoping for nothing but good news at my first OB appointment tomorrow.

abluvion
08-18-2011, 09:55 AM
Kel - WOOHOO! You had a great day! Good luck with the interview!!

Jill - I have no idea what the rules are during pregnancy regarding LC... but I know that fats are pretty much the one essential thing in the very early days! The brain stem and spinal cord are basically 100% cholesterol at this point. Keep it up with those eggs ;) I think it's safe to trust your body for knowing what it needs. Good luck at the OB appt!

:wave: hi Sharon and Rho

I keep forgetting to come check in down here, mostly because, well, I have little to say other than "everything is good." I love having a plan that I don't struggle with day to day. It's easy to keep on keepin' on. I had a six-day irritation stuck at 200 on the nose, but as that was my 2nd week OP and my 2nd week is always kind of wonky, I didn't stress. I was just irritated that my body chose to stick at a 2-- number! But today I'm down to 198.4 so things are still moving right along.

I made the most delicious lasagna the other night with eggplant slices instead of noodles. Nom nom nom. My fiance's out to sea at the moment (Navy; he's rotating 12 day underways right now) so it was nice to make a big pan of something so I can just grab food without fretting.

Class starts next week - I'll still be working FT while taking two classes. Mondays willl be the worst, 4-10 (lecture/lab). Gotta learn to pack low-carb foods as you know I won't find anything in a vending machine anywhere... Plus I still have to put in my 8 hrs a day at work so I have to start at 6am in order to leave on time for class. OY. This won't be fun.........

Arkansas Kel
08-18-2011, 01:58 PM
Thanks for all the support, I am so very hopeful.

abluvion, I'd recommend planning some weekend prep time. When I can, I'll work ahead on the weekends. Boil some eggs. Cook some chicken I diced up (last weekend I did enough for 3 meals - put them in bowls with other parts of the dishes I was going to use them for - when the night comes - just dump in skillet, reheat, and add remaining ingredients). Chop some veggies - I like to make "rabbit bags" - little ziplocs of asst veggies. Whenever I cook, I try to cook a little extra something - double the onions or beef (if I do crumbled beef I might also throw in burger patties before the crumbled or do an extra steak for a salad later), or chicken or spaghetti squash. Then part of a later meal is done.

Look for lists of low carb lunch box or snack ideas - they abound. I do allow myself peanuts or pork skins out of vending machines if I get in a total pinch. Also, look for low carb alternatives at restaurant/fast food places for back up. Sometimes, you just end up going out no matter what because the world kicked you in the pants that day.

I have a cute lunch box (looks like a medium sized purse) that I LOVE. I group my lunch box stuff together in the fridge and leave the lunch box by my purse to remind me to grab the stuff. If I prepack the box and put in fridge I forget it sometimes.

Good luck in school! I know it's hard to work and get educated - I've been there done that - and yes, have the t-shirt, thrice. What are you going to school for?

jillybean720
08-18-2011, 02:58 PM
Plus I still have to put in my 8 hrs a day at work so I have to start at 6am in order to leave on time for class. OY. This won't be fun.........
I LOVE working early - I get so much more done before everyone else is around to bug me! I normally get to the office anywhere between 6-7am (well, 7 moreso now that I'm sluggish in the mornings...) so I can leave by 3. I have worked this way for years; it's pretty much a requirement I have whenever I go on a job interview. No flexible hours? Not the job for me! I enjoy having a few "business hours" in the afternoons for errands and whatnot before the rest of the world is also clocked out :)

abluvion
08-19-2011, 08:55 AM
Kel, thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely be looking up ideas for stuff to bring this weekend so I can appropriately shop. Of course I have a challenge with tomorrow too, at volunteer events from 9-6... But I'll find a way to handle them, I am determined!

Jill - you weird woman, you :) I work from home, so starting work early just means sitting alone in my pj's earlier :p Though for some reason I do end up being more productive in the hours before my coworkers come online, and the hours after (we all sign into yahoo messenger). Even though no one really bugs me during the day... It's odd. But anyhow... You can't convince me starting work at 6 is a good thing :p

Lost another little bit today, despite TOM's arrival (weird). I'm about to hit 197 :) Further and further from the 200's we go!

rho1640
08-19-2011, 01:22 PM
Over on the IP group they had a thread going on how we reward ourselves for reaching personal goals and there were some super ideas. I'm going to have to think about this for a bit but do you all have any thing you are doing? I love some of the ideas (x dollars for each 5 or 10 lbs lost put aside or haircuts at a certain goal etc) but right now I'm really like the idea of something tangible that I can see everyday to remind me what I have done - so I'm leaning towards taking a necklace I have already and buying some kind of charm or something to hang on it and then wearing it everyday - and every time I look in the mirror I will see it and be reminded of what I have already done and visualize it finished and what I will have at the end. Now I need to go look as see what would work for this idea so each 5 lb and 10 lb and big goal like 25 etc would be a splurge I wouldn't spend on myself normally - and would all work together to be pretty when it is complete. Maybe each 5 lb would be a small silver ball, each 10 a little bigger and each 20 or 25 a gold ball or pretty beads of different colors and sizes (I think there is still a bead store in town)

4myloves
09-14-2011, 04:33 PM
Hey! Just wanted to check in and see if any of y'all were still doing this.....

I am, and have been since July 25th. If (IF) I can lose roughly 4 more pounds by September 25th, then I will have lost 25 lbs. in 2 months, which is totally inconceivable to me.

Anyway, just wanted to know how things are going.

Jilly, congrats on the pregnancy!

rho1640
09-15-2011, 10:05 AM
Im still here - down about 30 lbs now since May .... Watch out or I'll kill this thread again ;). I seem to have a knack for it hehehe

Anyone have periods where food is just not appealing - I mean the thought of it just makes your stomach turn ...I'm ending up with some uninspired meals because I don't want to think about food. Plus hubby just had 2 tooth related weeks one where it was a tooth ache that they temporarily fixed and then it was pulled last Friday - so I didn't want to be eating and cooking yummy stuff for me that he couldn't eat - of course everything I made for him was pretty much off limits for me - things are finally getting back to normal food wise for him so I can get back to some staples .. Now I just need to be excited about some meals ....

4myloves
09-15-2011, 02:32 PM
Im still here - down about 30 lbs now since May .... Watch out or I'll kill this thread again ;). I seem to have a knack for it hehehe

Anyone have periods where food is just not appealing - I mean the thought of it just makes your stomach turn ...I'm ending up with some uninspired meals because I don't want to think about food. Plus hubby just had 2 tooth related weeks one where it was a tooth ache that they temporarily fixed and then it was pulled last Friday - so I didn't want to be eating and cooking yummy stuff for me that he couldn't eat - of course everything I made for him was pretty much off limits for me - things are finally getting back to normal food wise for him so I can get back to some staples .. Now I just need to be excited about some meals ....

Oh, no no, sweetie--I am the thread killer at 3FC. You Can NOT take that title away from me!!!

I've been noticing a lot lately that I'm not hungry. I have to make myself eat. And then sometimes I'm so hungry it's pathetic! I'm especially bad about skipping supper because I'll wait until after I walk and my appetite just totally disappears. I'll try to drink a few calories at that point (like maybe 4 oz. of concord grape juice). Gives me a few carbs, but it hasn't hurt my weight loss any.

One thing I'm doing differently this go-around is avoiding any kind of processed low-carb products, like the Atkins bars & shakes. I really think they were detremental to my losses before, plus they make me crave more sweets. I'm strictly meat, eggs, cheese, salads and some fruit/juice this time.

I'm actually wearing a pair of size 20 blue jeans today for the first time in at least 5, maybe 6, years!!

rho1640
09-16-2011, 12:28 AM
Whoo HOO that is fantastic - can't wait till I get there - you are doing great!

I just got some of the bars to have for days I forget to eat (which does happen more often than I'd like to admit) I figure if I throw one in my knitting bag if I am out and about and realize I didn't eat and feel icky I can have one. ... If I'm home I just make something but I hate when I start feeling really crummy when I am out. And I don't want to rely on Fast food places either -The sad thing is they will probably go past their expiration before I eat them lol






Oh, no no, sweetie--I am the thread killer at 3FC. You Can NOT take that title away from me!!!

I've been noticing a lot lately that I'm not hungry. I have to make myself eat. And then sometimes I'm so hungry it's pathetic! I'm especially bad about skipping supper because I'll wait until after I walk and my appetite just totally disappears. I'll try to drink a few calories at that point (like maybe 4 oz. of concord grape juice). Gives me a few carbs, but it hasn't hurt my weight loss any.

One thing I'm doing differently this go-around is avoiding any kind of processed low-carb products, like the Atkins bars & shakes. I really think they were detremental to my losses before, plus they make me crave more sweets. I'm strictly meat, eggs, cheese, salads and some fruit/juice this time.

I'm actually wearing a pair of size 20 blue jeans today for the first time in at least 5, maybe 6, years!!

4myloves
09-16-2011, 11:25 AM
Rho--don't worry, you'll get there!

You knit? I'm so jealous! I tried, but I was more of a frogger than a knitter because I could never figure out how to pick up a dropped stitch. I finally gave up. I can crochet like nobody's business, though.

I started this go-round on July 25th, weighing in at 264 lbs. At my weigh-in on Monday, I weighed 243. I'd LOVE to be down to 239 by September 25th, so I could say I've lost 25 lbs. in 2 months. PLUS, there's the added bonus that I haven't weighed less than 240 lbs. in ....... well ....... so long I can't remember!

rho1640
09-17-2011, 10:13 AM
I'm envious of your crochet - I look at patterns I like and they are .Greek to me but I'm getting a need to do a granny square blanket - can you believe it - guess I need to have someone show me the basic stitch for the squares if I'm even thinking about it huh lol

I'm a pretty plain knitter - no fancy lace that is more than a 12 row pattern and then it is the knit as I go edging. Although I enjoy socks and turning a heel is magical to me still.

YAY what a great loss -I started this round the end of May I want a few more pounds by the 28th of this month when I go back to the doctor I want to be in the next decade of numbers by then and be more than 30 lbs lost (I'm even trying to think of light weight clothes to wear then :o)

jillybean720
09-19-2011, 10:34 AM
Whoot, this thread woke back up!

I've used Atkins bars in the past. I usually sort of used them to get myself going, and then I weaned myself off of them after my first few weeks when I felt I had a better grasp on staying on track. I will say I would really only opt for certain flavored bars that had lots of protein in them, not just the ones that were full of fake carbs with very little protein (like the peanut butter cups - as much as I loved them, not much protein, so I skipped them!).

4myself - congrats on the size 20s!!

As for me, I'm still pregnant - I'll be 13 weeks tomorrow and heading into my second trimester very soon! I've lost about 12 pounds so far while pregnant - not intentionally, just via appetite changes and very healthy eating choices (90% grain-free, no potatoes, no artificial sweeteners, no soy...). I'm now down to 175, which is my lowest adult weight EVER (was over 200 pounds when entering high school!). I had an ultrasound last week on Tuesday, and baby is still measuring right on target, so no harm with the weight loss :carrot:

4myloves
09-19-2011, 11:06 AM
Sigh......

I did this to myself, I know!

After all of my happy talk here about the possibility of losing 25 lbs in 2 months I had NO loss AT ALL this week. Last Monday I weighed 243.2. This morning I weighed 243.2. I've been doing this all along with no "real" goal in mind, just wanting the # to be less. I guess I need to go back to doing that!

(TMI) I'm sure it doesn't help that I haven't gone #2 since Friday, though, so maybe I'll have a bigger loss next Monday to make up for NOTHING today?

Jilly, good job on the pregnancy eating! Have you found your DS to be affecting your pregnancy in any way? One of my cousins had gastric, and her blood pressure kept bottoming out, they said because of it.

Crocheting is E-A-S-Y. I tought myself how years ago--to help me recover from a broken heart :)

rho1640
09-20-2011, 11:08 AM
Sigh......

I did this to myself, I know!

After all of my happy talk here about the possibility of losing 25 lbs in 2 months I had NO loss AT ALL this week. Last Monday I weighed 243.2. This morning I weighed 243.2. I've been doing this all along with no "real" goal in mind, just wanting the # to be less. I guess I need to go back to doing that!

-snip-

Crocheting is E-A-S-Y. I tought myself how years ago--to help me recover from a broken heart :)

So this next week watch things a little closer - make sure nothing is creeping
in or up in size - cut out the juice completely - actually figure and track the
carbs of everything you eat for the week and try for a lower number. It really
doesn't matter if you get to the 25 because you are doing great but I know
how much it means to meet a personal goal - so use this next week to be sure
you haven't relaxed and let more carbs in than you think. Do you weigh at a set time each day - I do it when I get up in the morning I find it is most
consistent then .... Oh and add some fiber and lots of water (I use psyllium
caps) because not going since last Friday is for sure making a difference - in
fact don't wait till next Monday weigh yourself the day you go :o - drink more
water and maybe put some coconut oil in your tea or coffee...

I just have this obsession with making a granny square blanket - either lots of
little squares or one huge one - of course I have socks on the needles - a
shawl too and I'm planning on doing a sweater knit along with a friend next
month - the hard part is picking a size to do the sweater (just a little smaller
and chance it is too big right away or a full size smaller and not be able to
wear if for a bit) Of course I could do it to fit me now then in the spring frog it
and redo it to fit a few sizes down for the next winter I guess...

Are you on Ravelry?

Jill. You are doing great - I can't believe how fast time is going - and I'm so glad that you are feeling good too.

I just ordered a few Quest bars - has anyone tried them - I thought in would rather use them than the Atkins ones since they are protein and fiber and not major sugar alcohol .... I got a few of most of the flavors - to seen what I actually like --- I'm finding I am in a phase that I just don't care about food right now - and I tend to forget to eat until I don't feel well or I'm trying to decide on dinner - I know this phase won't last long but I don't want to be running errands and feel icky or faint ...

If everyone could spare a few good thoughts my way - I haven't been able to walk for exercise for a few years - have been fighting with achellies tendonitis, 3 heel spurs and plantar facetious (no idea if I was even close on any of the spellings) I got some new shoes that have eased it up a bit and bought some hiking shoes yesterday and am going to try going to the Rec.Center today to walk on the indoor track - I'm going to start oh so slow - once around the track only and slowly build it up. Oh btw all those things are on the same stinking foot....

4myloves
09-21-2011, 10:50 AM
So this next week watch things a little closer - make sure nothing is creeping in or up in size - cut out the juice completely - actually figure and track the carbs of everything you eat for the week and try for a lower number. It really doesn't matter if you get to the 25 because you are doing great but I know how much it means to meet a personal goal - so use this next week to be sure you haven't relaxed and let more carbs in than you think. Do you weigh at a set time each day - I do it when I get up in the morning I find it is most consistent then .... Oh and add some fiber and lots of water (I use psyllium caps) because not going since last Friday is for sure making a difference - in fact don't wait till next Monday weigh yourself the day you go :o - drink more water and maybe put some coconut oil in your tea or coffee...

I just have this obsession with making a granny square blanket - either lots of little squares or one huge one - of course I have socks on the needles - a shawl too and I'm planning on doing a sweater knit along with a friend next month - the hard part is picking a size to do the sweater (just a little smaller and chance it is too big right away or a full size smaller and not be able to wear if for a bit) Of course I could do it to fit me now then in the spring frog it and redo it to fit a few sizes down for the next winter I guess...

Are you on Ravelry?

If everyone could spare a few good thoughts my way - I haven't been able to walk for exercise for a few years - have been fighting with achellies tendonitis, 3 heel spurs and plantar facetious (no idea if I was even close on any of the spellings) I got some new shoes that have eased it up a bit and bought some hiking shoes yesterday and am going to try going to the Rec.Center today to walk on the indoor track - I'm going to start oh so slow - once around the track only and slowly build it up. Oh btw all those things are on the same stinking foot....

I actually went back and reviewed what I could have done last week to cause me to not have a loss (other than no #2)--I have been "sharing" snacks w/my kids. True, it's only a couple of mm's here or two or three gummi bears or marshmallows there, but it's ALL added up to a lot of carbs! I thought that since I wasn't breaking my ketosis I would be OK-----wrong!!

Also, for some reason, I have been retaining water. When I took my socks off last night, I had 7-month-pregnant cankles (Just you wait Jilly!! :carrot: )

This week I am making a concentrated effort to completely cut out the sweets- not even ONE m&m! And I did re-weigh Tuesday a.m. b/c I finally went Monday night and I was down to 242.3, so almost 1 full lb. Of course, that wasn't my "official" weigh in, so who knows what it will be on Monday.

I tried to do a version of a granny square one time. The squares were no problem, but "sewing" all of them together with that yarn made me quit. The squares are still sitting in a rubbermaid container under the bed at my mom & dad's house!

I don't know what Ravelry is.

My husband has the foot problems in the family. Actually, everything you described, he has in his right foot. He has a bone spur on the top of his foot, too. Some days he can barely get out of bed. He had to quit his job because he was walking anywhere from 3-7 miles on concrete every day and he just couldn't do it. His pod. fitted him for some kind of brace to sleep in every night and it has really helped. Of course, he has the custom-fitted orthodics, too, which cost a ton of $$. I know, through him, what you're going through! I wouldn't even want to imagine that pain!! I will definately send positive vibes your way. Just start slowly and try not to over-do. Ask your dr. about some Mobic if you're not already taking something.

Check in later--
Cheryl

rho1640
09-22-2011, 10:16 AM
Cheryl - first off go to Ravelry and join - then go into patterns and put in granny square blanket and filter down to crochet....you will be able to see 1265 different ones that people on Ravelry have done and you can filter it down more by yarn, pattern (there are 765 free patterns for example). On the individual project pages people talk about the pattern, any changes they may have made and what they thought about the yarn they used etc and most have pictures on them as they go along.. It is great but can be a time suck if you are looking for patterns looking at what everyone has done ..

I feel for your hubby for me The Merrill hiking shoes seem to be helping - I'm going slowly but at least I am going....I'm only doing 2 laps right now which is a measly 2/7 of a mile I was tempted to do more as I sit and assess how my foot and heel are feeling and if there is any twinge I stop at that - I figure next week I can add 2 more and then hopefully it will go faster than adding once a week but I am so afraid of setting myself back. It's frustrating because I used to do 5 miles at a time there ...

Be sure to drink enough water and I bet you will be surprised at the difference the snacking makes -

Anyone try QuestBars - I got a few of them to try -

jillybean720
09-22-2011, 12:30 PM
Anyone try QuestBars - I got a few of them to try -
I've had them - the actual flavors TASTE good, but I personally didn't like the texture. They were very chewy, kind of like the original PowerBars if you've ever had one of those. I have heard, though, that if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, they become soft chewy deliciousness :)

4myloves
09-22-2011, 06:18 PM
I've had them - the actual flavors TASTE good, but I personally didn't like the texture. They were very chewy, kind of like the original PowerBars if you've ever had one of those. I have heard, though, that if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, they become soft chewy deliciousness :)

How much sugar do they have in them?

4myloves
09-23-2011, 04:23 PM
I just went on-line and ordered the two free samples of Quest bars. I can't wait to get them!!!! It is exciting to me that there is little/no sugar and or sugar alcohols.

I LIKED the original Power Bars (like 10 years ago?). Hopefully these will be good and not send me on a sugar binge from the sweetness!

4myloves
09-26-2011, 03:41 PM
:(

When I weighed this morning, I tipped the scales @ 240.5. Granted, that is GOOD, but I really really really wanted to be less than 240!

Oh well, I'm not letting it get me down, because there's always next Monday :carrot:

rho1640
09-27-2011, 10:50 AM
I've had them - the actual flavors TASTE good, but I personally didn't like the texture. They were very chewy, kind of like the original PowerBars if you've ever had one of those. I have heard, though, that if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, they become soft chewy deliciousness :)

The choc. Brownie one is very chewie - I thought if it as a tootsie roll while I was trying it . I did like it ... I will try another flavor in a few days (I try to not have something like that too often) but it came in really handy on Saturday - was running around and had to drive an hour to fill in for an hour for hubby at a show then drove an hour home and the questBar was what saved me from going into a deli and being tempted...if I had a cup of coffee to go with it it would have been fantastic - but it was good with water too :D

rho1640
09-27-2011, 10:53 AM
:(

When I weighed this morning, I tipped the scales @ 240.5. Granted, that is GOOD, but I really really really wanted to be less than 240!

Oh well, I'm not letting it get me down, because there's always next Monday :carrot:

Sooo close and you are doing great - but I sure understand that feeling when you want it to be just that little bit more to hit your goal. But it will feel fantastic on Monday! :D

Arkansas Kel
10-03-2011, 12:11 AM
4myself: try posting what you are eating and your support chicks (that means us and more) can help you tweak it if that's where your problem lies. ALSO, down is better than up, no matter how slow down seems. Celebrate the little victories.

I've heard good things about the Quest bars - look forward to your critiques! fI didn't mind the old "powerbars." But I didn't love them either. Might be a good thing, as I wouldn't eat them by the box.

4myloves
10-03-2011, 11:31 AM
235.7!!!!!!

Kel--It was because I was "helping" the kids eat their snacks. A few gummi bears here, a handfull of m&m's there....It all added up. Plus, I had started drinking diet drinks again. I switched back to water.

So glad I have y'all!! :hug:

P.S. How's the job situation going?

rho1640
10-03-2011, 05:32 PM
235.7!!!!!!

Kel--It was because I was "helping" the kids eat their snacks. A few gummi bears here, a handfull of m&m's there....It all added up. Plus, I had started drinking diet drinks again. I switched back to water.

So glad I have y'all!! :hug:

P.S. How's the job situation going?

Whooo hoooo!!

I'm stuck I think -- I weigh in on Wed. But I jumped on the scale this morning and I'm the same - I'm thinking maybe I need to eat more - I'm not hungry and I find that if I figure up my calories is it way too low ... Maybe my body is trying to hold on to everything -- or maybe the nights of some wine (purely medicinal since I hate wine) and 2 quest bars made a difference....

bythegraceofGod
10-03-2011, 06:20 PM
Do you know if Malic Acid will affect you if you are on low carb?

4myloves
10-06-2011, 02:41 PM
Do you know if Malic Acid will affect you if you are on low carb?

I think you have us all stumped! :?: Maybe you could ask in the FAQ section of low carb, or google?

Good luck finding your answer!!

Arkansas Kel
10-13-2011, 12:37 AM
4myself - WAY TO GO! Carbs can sure be sneaky.

I have no clue about malic acid, sorry....

The job is changing. I was all but told I had that job I mentioned, then a bigger fish applied after I interviewed (it's a pattern with me to be second). Then I applied for another opening at work that I think I would have loved, and my boss told me she just couldn't let me have it. I'm too good at what I do and they need me right where I am. I was told to decide what I needed to like my job, and I told them. Several of the things already changed and a couple more will change next week. I feel optimistic. Really, about time. I hate to say I wrote my own ticket, I'm not exactly getting the executive corner office and a 6 figure salary - but I am for sure getting many small things I asked for.

4myloves
10-17-2011, 12:17 PM
Hey! I've been away for awhile, because I was on vacation last week--vacation from the 'puter, too!

Last Monday, I weighed in at 233.0 and today I weighed in at 228.6. I did cheat on my diet somewhat this week (one day my sis and I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese's & yesterday was my church's homecoming), but I didn't eat a LOT. I mean, I was "stuffed," but I didn't eat nearly as much as I would have 3 months ago!

Now I've got to get my body back into ketosis!

4myloves
10-17-2011, 12:18 PM
Kelly,

Congrats on the job improvements!

I'm guessing you don't work for the government! :)

4myloves
10-19-2011, 10:29 AM
Sigh. Woke up feeling "fat" this morning, so I broke my rule and weighed myself. 232.4. That's up almost 4 lbs. since Monday. I don't know if it's vacation weight "catching up" with me, or whether Monday was a fluke.

I'm not too terribly upset, because I know there could be several variables involved--it was just great to be under 230 when it took me so LONG to get out of the 240's!

Where is everyone?

Arkansas Kel
10-19-2011, 09:31 PM
4myself: LOL you are not alone I come here often, but could post one after another of my own posts if I'm not careful. I'll even start answering myself. I just thought this thread must be dying. Maybe not, we're here!

LOL, no I don't work for the govermnment, at least not directly. Much of what I do ends up there though. My new space has windows. I sat today and marvelled at the rain for awhile. I love rain. Then, ugh, had to work. But it felt good to feel change and feel appreciated. That's not normal in a job much.

I've been keeping on keeping on. Sometimes more on plan than others, never totally quitting, and the weight slowly inches down. I'm doing the 20 by halloween thing, but I predict it's going to be closer to 15 for me. But 15 lbs is 15 lbs.

shareli
10-20-2011, 08:30 AM
I'm still lurking around, checking in from time to time. I was off plan for a few weeks but found I felt crummy, depressed, all the things that for me accompany eating too many carbs, and I gained a few pounds back. I stopped, though, and am now back on my plan (Glycemic Load), which allows for a bit more freedom but results in slower weight loss. That's all right. I'm feeling good and eating well and not feeling deprived. I'm glad to see there are some others still here.

Does anyone else find it absurd that governments are coming down on and trying to limit our intake of fats? For me it's not the fat, it's the refined carbs that cause weight gain. Has anyone watched the movie Fat Head or read Gary Taubes?

rho1640
10-20-2011, 09:57 AM
So last week was a big loss which mean this week is a small one -.8 I will take it for sure but dang I sure wish I had the other .2 Greedy I know;)

Trying to plan next week - hubster will be away for a week so I can eat anything I want so I'm planning a real buckle down week and try to get into dark color Keatosis rather than light color. Anyone have some ideas of things I can cook once but eat a few times ..

4myloves
10-20-2011, 03:35 PM
Yea! We had lots of check-ins! In case you haven't noticed, I'll post forever by myself--but it's much FUNNER! with friends!!!

Arkansas Kel
10-22-2011, 03:06 PM
I've seen fat head, eye opener. Never read taubes, but hear he's good.

I believe we are all individuals, made uniquely and to say one diet fits all is very ill conceived. One diet diet does not fit all anymore than one shoe size and style or one drug. If we're all alike, the pharmacy industry is quite confused. The government believes one size does fit all however.

My week was mostly on plan, as are most. Had 3 whoppers (candy), 1 peppermint patty and 4 slices pizza. Not bad for a week for me. I can't aspire to perfect, it defeats me every time.

My BFf offered me half a carmel and candy apple. I declined and said "apples make my knees hurt." She got it and I found it empowering. It's my new tag line.

Rho, I'd recommend low carb soups (also good when the "binge" hits if the carbs are low enough. Also, boiled or deviled eggs (my plan for today too). Pot of chili (I use black SOY beans - not regular black beans and I think it's very similar). Fire up the grill, sometimes I grill a platter of stuff and we eat on it all week. OH, and pot roast with lower carb veggies (chosen for your needs of course). I have come to love turnips and onions in a pot roast, but have had good luck with frozen brocolli and cauliflower added the last hour or so. Test drive a new vegetable!

One other idea I like is to buy a Rotisserie (sp?) chicken at the store. Mkes 2-4 meals depending on my hunger. Makes good soup meat and carcass for stock too.

Make a meat loaf - I could eat meat loaf for a week easily. Especially with fauxtatoes. I use a little low carb ketchup, and it's enough to think my meatloaf has ketchup.

rho1640
10-23-2011, 11:49 AM
I like the "makes my knees hurt" comment I'm going to add that to my list ;)

I've got to watch Fat Head again it's been awhile ....

I was thinking that I might make stuffed peppers make half one way and the other half another recipe - 1 will be lasagna stuffed peppers for sure (even hubby loved that) have to think about the other though - I could just make them the one way for ease and I was thinking about the chicken idea -Also I am in total love with the fauxtatoes -- I tried it with the chive cream cheese last night -- yummy. maybe I will treat myself to filet Mignon one night - buying one can't be too bad can it? (shows how long it's been since I bought one doesn't it)


What can we use to coat fish or scallops - I got some carbolose LC flour - has anyone tried that? How would you figure it for egging and dipping fish and scallops in to fry? We love fish but I'm wanting some nice fried with leftover for fish taco. And it's almost scallop season - I won't compromise on having fried fresh scallops - that's the one thing I won't eat any other way - and life is too short not to have them a few times during their season. I want to know what to figure for the coating.

Today my heat came on - its officially fall! Need to start getting used to lower temps since they are saying fuel prices will be higher this year - and need to knit some new slipper socks! I love my slipper socks :D

Time for one more cup of coffee before I start getting the hubs clothes ready.. Figure if I spread it over two days it won't be bad lol

shareli
10-24-2011, 08:49 AM
You might try coating with grated parmesan cheese (Kraft or store brand), unless you think the cheese flavor might be too strong. I've used it for coating, and it crisps up well and I like the flavor.

4myloves
10-24-2011, 10:57 AM
What are fauxtatoes? I've never heard of any such thing!

Yep, cooler weather here, too; although in Arkansas it's heat in the a.m., air in the p.m. and LOTS of SICK folks!

I don't really have a meal that I can prepare and eat from for awhile. The closest thing I have would be the chicken the Kel mentioned. I tend to burn out on things very quickly (though it's taken awhile on the gizzards I eat for breakfast every morning.).

My weight was up this morning from 228.6 to 231.7. I thought it would be, though, as I posted earlier, so I'm not too terribly disappointed. Remember, I thought the 228.6 was a fluke. (A nice one, though!)

I hope everyone has a great Monday! Check in later!

deetermined2
10-24-2011, 02:05 PM
Hi, all! I've been MIA and so has my weight loss.

Two low carb flours are almond and garbanzo bean, though I'm not sure how either would taste on scallops.

Think I may have figured out why I keep plateauing, in spite of eating relatively cleanly. Dairy. Some of the cheese I've been using may contain rBGH, (one of the national brands shredded varieties), which impacts insulin resistance, if I'm reading the research correctly. The 2 times I've broken my plateau recently was when I cut down on cheese and drank more green tea, and when I was out of the country where they don't have rBGH.

I am currently in the process of discovering which products do and don't contain rBGH. Most foreign cheeses do not. Fage Greek yogurt does not. Organic half and half does not. I'm planning on checking Cabot this afternoon to see about their products.

Hopefully, with the knowledge I'm gaining, I'll break my current plateau.

deetermined2
10-24-2011, 02:24 PM
I went to the Cabot site. Most of their cheeses and other products contain rBST. A few do not. You must check for the no artificial growth hormone logo. I think its green and will be on the packages.

It looks like I will be shopping at TJs for foreign cheeses.

Rana
10-24-2011, 02:40 PM
Some of the cheese I've been using may contain rBGH, (one of the national brands shredded varieties), which impacts insulin resistance, if I'm reading the research correctly.

This is really good to know!

4myloves
10-25-2011, 10:40 AM
I eat a LOT of cheese--as do both of my children & my baby-sitter! I need to check out the labeling, because I've been trying to avoid MEAT with added growth hormones, but it never even occurred to me that CHEESE may have this. Does that mean some brands of milk do, too?

jillybean720
10-25-2011, 11:46 AM
Never looked into rBGH, but eating lots of cheese never seemed to be a problem when controling my type 2 diabetes *shrug* Some people do stall from too much dairy in general. Gotta keep experimenting to find what works best for us each individually!

What are fauxtatoes? I've never heard of any such thing!
Usually used in reference to mashed cauliflower. Steam (or boil, but boiling tends to seep out nutrients) cauliflower, and mash it up like potatoes with cream, butter, garlic, cheese...whatever you like. I like mine with cream cheese in it :)

LandonsBaby
10-25-2011, 09:29 PM
[COLOR=indigo]Usually used in reference to mashed cauliflower. Steam (or boil, but boiling tends to seep out nutrients) cauliflower, and mash it up like potatoes with cream, butter, garlic, cheese...whatever you like. I like mine with cream cheese in it :)

I added sour cream yesterday and it was heavenly.

LandonsBaby
10-25-2011, 09:31 PM
I am wondering why I am so hungry I want to eat my own arm off when I try to stay under 75g of crabs per day?

rho1640
10-25-2011, 11:58 PM
Are you getting enough protein and fat and drinking enough water - I keep my carbs lower than you (more between 35 to 40) and I have the opposite problem - I am full most of the time and find if I figure up my calories I need more to eat. Maybe try making some deviled eggs or meat roll ups dipped in a mix of mayo and Dijon mustard.

LandonsBaby
10-26-2011, 12:50 AM
Are you getting enough protein and fat and drinking enough water - I keep my carbs lower than you (more between 35 to 40) and I have the opposite problem - I am full most of the time and find if I figure up my calories I need more to eat. Maybe try making some deviled eggs or meat roll ups dipped in a mix of mayo and Dijon mustard.

I don't know if I'm getting enough protein? The only meat I eat is occasional kosher humanly raised chicken. I haven't found any lunch meat yet that fits that criteria. I don't eat beef, pork, lamb, etc. So I rely on fish, eggs, cheese and nuts a lot. When I do eat chicken it's common for me to have about 6oz at a time to make it worth my while. There is only so much fish and eggs I can stand in one day, you know? I am pretty sure I get enough fat. I eat quite a bit of olive oil, butter, mayonnaise and nut butter.

Arkansas Kel
10-26-2011, 01:28 AM
I've used the parmesan to coat chicken, but never scallops. I too am a scallop fan, but alas, they only come frozen here. I'm content with pan seared with bacon - no breading necessary for me.

rBST - I had never heard of it, but I can tell if I eat too much dairy (and I can sure be prone to that, as I love it love it love it) that I stall &/or gain a little. I might have to start checking that on some products. My budget is somewhat limited still, so have to hope it's not $10 blocks of cheese to avoid it!

Landonsbaby: what about protein shakes? I make a coffee smoothie thing with atkins shakes that's pretty good. Also, peanut butter mixed 50/50 with vanilla whey protein powder and made into little balls (then roll in cocoa) can help get your protein up too. I know you don't mix meat and milk - I think those could help you keep that rule. Use your dairy for "snacks," then meat and veggies for meals.

I don't know about the humanely raised chickens. I'm in a rural area. Many of the chickens in these parts are roaming in yards anyway. Would you have access to wild game? Many here hunt for different animals and they are "free range" by nature. Don't know how much it would fit your guidelines.

My new and improved same old job has taken a turn. I'm now being shunned. People that used to talk to me have fallen away and turned cold. Finally, somebody told me they are upset because of what I got, and that it's because they didn't have the (we'll say guts here) to ask for themselves. Well, I can manage to lose even when I'm winning. Oh, well, I'm just going to keep calm and carry on, they'll come around. I've watched them take jobs I deserved while I couldn't change jobs because they "needed me in this critical position." I think it will improve with time, but until then, maybe I can learn to enjoy the peace and quiet.

LandonsBaby
10-26-2011, 02:02 AM
Landonsbaby: what about protein shakes? I make a coffee smoothie thing with atkins shakes that's pretty good. Also, peanut butter mixed 50/50 with vanilla whey protein powder and made into little balls (then roll in cocoa) can help get your protein up too. I know you don't mix meat and milk - I think those could help you keep that rule. Use your dairy for "snacks," then meat and veggies for meals.

I was thinking about trying to find a gluten free, low carb protein powder. I saw one mentioned here the other day that seemed promising but of course I forget the name. :dizzy:

LandonsBaby
10-26-2011, 02:05 AM
My new and improved same old job has taken a turn. I'm now being shunned. People that used to talk to me have fallen away and turned cold. Finally, somebody told me they are upset because of what I got, and that it's because they didn't have the (we'll say guts here) to ask for themselves.

How ridiculous!

deetermined2
10-26-2011, 11:04 AM
Yay! I was actually able to find No Artificial Growth Hormone Cabot in the Seriously Sharp variety at the local grocery store in the 8 ounce size. However, the 1 pound size of the same variety wasn't marked that way. They had stated that some varieties were "sometimes" hormone free. Eternal vigilance is needed. Even if you have gotten it before, CHECK it again!

Sorry to hear about your new trials at work, Arkansas Kel. The joys of office politics.

I'm beginning to explore the impact of blood type on diet. My knees had begun hurting at night in bed with the change in the weather. I verified my blood type, and according to D'Adamo I am suppose to avoid chicken because I'm a B. Once I avoided it, I haven't had the same kind of pain. We had been eating a ton of chicken prior to that because my DH loves chicken. He verified his blood type, too. He's an A. Chicken is fine for As. Wouldn't you know! I haven't done the secretor test to pin my "optimal diet" down further, but am planning to soon, to see if it makes any difference.

4myloves
10-26-2011, 01:16 PM
Wow, so many people checking back in! I love it!

I've never thought of using parmesan to coat chicken--that is definately on my "to try" list. Still not sure about the fauxtatoes.....

Arkansas Kel--you are not from the western half of the state, I read. When I first moved to SW AR I couldn't eat chicken for about 6 months--the smell alone from those chicken houses, actually VISITING the chicken houses for work and seeing them all cramped on those hauling trucks really turned me off. The final straw was seeing the chickens (still alive but too fat to even MOVE) on the side of the road after the trucks had passed because they'd been crowded out of the wires. :(

I got over that, though....Eventually. We are a growing world, and the bulk of the population can't afford organically or humanely raised poultry and livestock. I'm not sure that I really BELIEVE the claims of no added growth hormones on any commercial meat producer, but I still look for those.

rho1640
10-27-2011, 10:16 AM
I was thinking about trying to find a gluten free, low carb protein powder. I saw one mentioned here the other day that seemed promising but of course I forget the name. :dizzy:

There is a vegetarian plan for Atkins if you google it (I don't think I'm allowed to give a link here) - it might give you some other protein options -- do you eat fish and are you gluten free? I use an app called CarbsControl that when I enter my food in shows carbs and bet carbs but also shows fats and calories - and you set goal ranges for the different things .. That could help in meeting goals ... Oh and do you like peanutbutter there is the powdered PB

Oops reread your post and I see you do eat fish ... So try adding more fish. Would you eat beef or pork if it is humanely raised? And like Kel says game meat - beans are an option and how about things like BocaBurgers, or tofu....

rho1640
10-27-2011, 10:44 AM
Kel - enjoy the peace and quiet at work - like you say they are just jealous and they will get over it if you just continue being yourself. If not - they are pretty petty and you don't need them to do any more than their job. Anytime someone betters themselves thru hard work people get jealous whether it is at work or in our physical beings (losing weight as an example) .. There are people who won't handle it well. I've never understood that mindset at all but it seems like there are lots and lots of people out there like that.

4myself - you have to try the fauxtatoes I like to throw a garlic clove in my cauliflower when steam it and try it using whipped cream cheese ... It really is better than it sounds.. I like the whipped cream cheese with chives too ... Or the sour cream like Kel said ...

jillybean720
10-27-2011, 12:38 PM
I was thinking about trying to find a gluten free, low carb protein powder. I saw one mentioned here the other day that seemed promising but of course I forget the name. :dizzy:
I've used lots of different protein powders. The one I have now is Isopure natural whey protein (it's unflavored). This morning, I added it to some chocolate coconut milk (9g carbs), and that was my breakfast before work. It doesn't seem to mix in very thoroughly/easily as other powders I've used, but this was the only one I was able to find with no artificial sweeteners AND no soy (not even soy lecithin). If you don't mind soy lecithin, then I recommend ISO Sensation 93 natural/unflavored - I went thorugh a 5-pound bucket of that before, and it seemed to mix in more easily. If you can do a little soy and some stevia, you might want to try Jay Robb brand protein powders.

freedomreins
10-27-2011, 02:20 PM
Hi guys! :wave:

I'm doing this - I'm not following any specific diet but eating higher fat and lower carb, lots of protein and vegetables. I'll have to spend some time going through your thread to get some good ideas. I tend to fall off the wagon hard about once a week (this usually involves going to the pub and having chips or eating pizza....!) but get right back on again the next day. I've always had trouble starting fresh the next day so this is a big step for me and I think I'll actually be able to hit my goal this time!

Arkansas Kel
10-29-2011, 06:08 PM
freedom: welcome! I'm far from perfect too. I've learned perfectionism is a strong personality trait in me, and it defeats me. I'm working on accepting 90% on plan as still an "A." As I've said before: One bite off plan won't make me fat any more than one bite on plan will make me thin. I don't aim to go off, but I'm human, and so long as that won't change it's how it's going to be. I ate 4 pieces pizza last week - and started back right after. I think that's the key to success, a detour isn't necessarily the end to your trip.

Thanks for the support about work. I don't feel like I got more than I deserved because I was told I couldn't go up the ladder because I'm critical. Then the job climbed the ladder. It was that or I would find another place to climb on their ladder. To make it worse, if you can call it that, people are starting to thnk I look thinner - well, good. I figure that will cause more jealously. I might find a way to enjoy that one :)

Diet is soso. I ended up spending one day this week in a waiting room while my BIL had a heart cath (more motivating for my diet than you know even though his probs are from drug addiction). I took along a bag of "approved" snacks and made it home to a healthy supper. Better than it could have gone diet wise. Then late meeting with subway - I had a small sandwich (it's those 4 inchers), loads of veggies, mayo, chips and a cookie. Der. I could have done better, but I love jalapeno potato chips. Then stayed in ER with my BFF's husband who was suddenly ill until we knew all was ok with him. Then DH had brought me mcnuggets with evil sauce (um, yes, I ate them - at least it was only a 6 pack). then yesterday, chili dog with fries at work. The chili dog was so good with an enormous dog I should have gone bunless. I'll do that next time and skip the fries. And a few pieces of halloween candy (dang, no wonder I didn't lose any more this week - geez. Time to tune in again I think!)

I will have to try the garlic in the fauxtatoes. Can't be bad!

no, I don't live in SW AR, but I used to. I remember the Tyson chicken workers everywhere I went in their coats in mid summer and white rubber boots. I didn't see the chicken houses where I was, just the happily employed workers. We do have chicken houses here, but not many, probably less than 10 total houses in my whole area. I'm sure the chickens aren't treated as well as the yard roamin types, and I plan one day to have my own little flock since we have a distant future plan to build in the country :)

rho1640
10-30-2011, 11:45 AM
Kel Hope you BIL is doing well now - avoiding scary things like that for ourselves is a huge motivation I think .. Mine started when hubby was put in the hospital for what was finally deemed "an episode" his right side went numb and he couldn't hold a bag for a minute - but all the numerous tests and scans and deep scans they couldn't find anything -- but he went from a person with no doctor to one with a cardiologist, a neurologist, and a GP.

I liked his cardiologist enough to see if I could be a patient of his also (my mom died when she was 45 from a heart attack so I have a history to avoid) so I started WW a few months after starting with Dr D. and it was slow and painful for me doing that - I was always thinking about food and I was always hungry..AND I lost so slowly... So I decided to try this again and the difference is amazing. I'm very rarely hungry, I still don't lose fast but not being hungry makes a huge difference in my patience level. My cardiologist is thrilled with my weight loss and changes in my blood work and I feel this time is different and I CAN do it this for life.

Letting go of perfectionism is big for me too - I think that giving myself permission to go off without guilt when I need to has allowed me not to go off if that makes sense - I have managed to find alternatives that while not perfectly on plan were close (after the hurricane with no power for days - ended up at McDonald's for dinner - one night was a big Mac minus the buns put on a regular salad and eaten with a knife and fork and another was the grilled chicken Ceaser salad - yum btw) a few parties have presented challenges - sausage and peppers and antipasta salad to the rescue at one and taking the meat and cheese off a hero made with the most incredible looking bread and throwing the bread away before I was tempted.

Next challenge coming up is Thanksgiving - just so happens my niece loves mashed cauliflower so maybe I can convince her to have some that I so can have some with dinner - but I may be giving myself permission for some stuffing (if it is one I like)- and I'm thinking I can have a bite of hubby's pumpkin pie for dessert..if I am dying for some.

Anyway that was a long way around saying that I gave myself permission to not be perfect and by doing that it has been easier to be almost perfect.

I'm still thinking I must have had a ginormous big toe because no one has noticed my weight loss at all so I must have had a 40 lb big toe. Maybe once I start working on the other 40lb toe they will notice :p

shareli
10-31-2011, 08:32 AM
rho, I had the same experience with WW: always thinking about food, always hungry and thinking about the next planned meal/snack, and losing painfully slowly. I'm not a meetings kinda person, but I dutifully went and usually found them discouraging when hearing about other people's 2 to 5 pound weekly weight loss while I lost 1/4 to 1/2 pound, if that. I even tried the Simply Filling Technique/Core, which was easier for me to follow but still too many carbs.

Now I'm doing glycemic index/lower carbs, and I'm not hungry, not obsessed with food, and usually post a 1 to 2 pound loss per week, except when my body decides to take a break and I plateau for a bit. Still, I'm not hungry nor feeling deprived.

jillybean720
10-31-2011, 11:16 AM
Next challenge coming up is Thanksgiving - just so happens my niece loves mashed cauliflower so maybe I can convince her to have some that I so can have some with dinner...
Can you bring the cauliflower yourself? I made some as a side with Thanksgiving dinner last year, and I made it ahead of time and then just popped in the oven to heat right before dinner. I did my cauliflower mashed with some cream, cream cheese, butter, garlic powder, onion, and parsley flakes, and then I spread it in a baking dish and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. Looks DELICIOUS when you take it out of the oven with the cheese all melty on top! It was a hit, and even non-low-carbing folks enjoyed it. I also had a container of bacon pieces and some sour cream as additional optional toppings :)

As for the 40-pound big toe, even after my weight loss surgery, I think I was down a good 60-70 pounds before I even bought smaller clothes. It's frustrating that the initial changes can take quite a while, but as you get smaller, it takes less to make a difference!

4myloves
10-31-2011, 01:19 PM
Jilly, I love seeing that pregnancy ticker tick along. Some days I really think I'd like another baby. Usually while I'm at work--then I go home and reality sets in :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE my babies, but my little girl--whew!

I've set a new mini goal for myself. I'd like to lose 26 pounds in the next 3 months. That would weigh me in @ 206, which is 2 lbs. lower than my lowest adult weight. We'll see......

Everyone STAY STRONG for Halloween! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!

Arkansas Kel
11-01-2011, 12:32 AM
rho: permission to be imperfect granted. It's the only way I can do this.

Jilly: That sounds awesome! I might snitch that idea for my great turkey day! I also have a sugar free pumpkin pie I'm planning to try out. I've made a sugar free pumpkin pie with good results before, but this is a different recipe.

Today went well, I was off plan by one bag m&m's and some carrots. Closer than I was getting to be. I also am trying to cut sodas back. I've set a limit of 2 per day - today I had one. Yesterday I had 3. Guess it averages out? Anyway, good start for me. I was up to about 5 per day - diet of course, but it's still not a healthy choice.

rho1640
11-01-2011, 10:31 AM
Jilly - thanks I was wondering how it would hold up if I did it that way - its an hour to my nieces house so I wasn't sure -- did you make sure to make them extra dry or anything before you mashed them? Maybe I will try making it that way this week to fine tune it. Thanks :D:D

I've been looking at pumpkin recipes for pie or cheesecake to try or individual size something's I don't know that I want to make anything big since its just the two of us .... Anyone have a super duper recipe they love?

4myloves
11-01-2011, 10:35 AM
Rho--go to the main low carb forum and use the search tab with "cheesecake" typed in. Believe it or not, there are TONS of low-carb recipes here--they've just been archived & you have to search for one to find it.

jillybean720
11-01-2011, 11:28 AM
Jilly - thanks I was wondering how it would hold up if I did it that way - its an hour to my nieces house so I wasn't sure -- did you make sure to make them extra dry or anything before you mashed them? Maybe I will try making it that way this week to fine tune it. Thanks :D:D
I'm lazy, so all I do is buy bags of frozen cauliflower florets and microwave steam according to the directions on the bag. Then I just dump it into a strainer to get the bulk of the water out before mashing.

The mashing is the hardest and messiest part for me. I've tried using a blender, but it doesn't work well if it's dry - just sort of pulses all the chunks up around the sides. I ended up mashing by hand, but I had to microwave the CRAP out of the cauliflower first to get it to be soft enough. If anyone has the solution to easier mashing, I'm happy to hear it!

rho1640
11-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Shoot I keep forgetting if I leave this while I am writing a reply that the reply disappears ... So I'll try again...

Thanks for the recipe tip will go over there and look as soon as I'm done here :D

Jelly that is basically what I do too.. I've never put it in the strainer first though so I will try that tonight to go with my lasagna stuffed peppers (my current favorite recipe) one thing I do is use the immersion blender for this - and I add the cream cheese or sour cream or whatever then I start blending it up - it seems to help the process along.

I use my immersion blender for so much that my regular blender thinksiver forgotten it - I use it for soups too if I want to thicken them up take out half the veg and put in a bowl then blend the rest up in the soup then add the ones from the bowl back so it is thick and yet still has the texture from the chunks of veg. I keep it out on the counter so I can just grab it which shows how often I use it :o

4myloves
11-02-2011, 10:42 AM
The last time I took "official" measurements was 09-05-2011. Just for kicks, yesterday, I did again.

My tape measure shows that I have not lost any more inches!! In fact, I have gained slightly in my "apron" and my belly area!

I weigh almost 15 pounds less than I did in September, and my blue jeans practically fall off, so how is this even POSSIBLE?

I must say, that even with my weight loss (36 pounds since July 25th), this is seriously on the verge of getting me down. :(

Rana
11-02-2011, 12:52 PM
The last time I took "official" measurements was 09-05-2011. Just for kicks, yesterday, I did again.

My tape measure shows that I have not lost any more inches!! In fact, I have gained slightly in my "apron" and my belly area!

I weigh almost 15 pounds less than I did in September, and my blue jeans practically fall off, so how is this even POSSIBLE?

I must say, that even with my weight loss (36 pounds since July 25th), this is seriously on the verge of getting me down. :(

Don't let it get you down.

If you lost weight, you lost weight elsewhere, which is never a bad thing.

I've found in my own weight loss journey that weight seems to "redistribute" itself. Where I might have been down to a 32 inch waist (and I was!) I'm suddenly back to a 33.5 inch waist. Why? I don't know. But I know that as I continue to lose, it'll keep coming down.

I've also gained inches in my chest area, which my boyfriend is happy about (he was afraid I would become flatchested).

But, I've lost inches around my hips, thighs and calves.

4myloves
11-02-2011, 12:59 PM
Well, I was down about a half inch in each thigh, so I know I'm losing somewhere..... I guess I'm just 50% scared I'm always going to have this huge belly & 50% scared I'm going to have the HUGE belly and toothpick legs.

I want a toothpick belly AND legs. :)

rho1640
11-03-2011, 10:32 AM
See its the whole big toe theory I have -- I swear I my be losing from my big toe - I don't measure because I figure I might not get the same spot each time and jeans sort of suck to use as measurements since when you wash and dry them they shrink as part of their nature so pick a pair of slacks or some other kind of pants. I have some fleece pants I wear around the house (all different colors and designs - I pair with t shirts) and I know that I now have to tie them to keep from tripping over them because they are so much lower on my body now...

We've lost close to the same amount - so we know we are doing great - so I'm trying to hold on to the fact that I know it just means the weight isn't going off all from one place and is going from all of me and I just need to keep doing it .. And I have read and reread the paper towel theory to give me an example that my brain can understand.

Maybe find something you know was tight when you began and try that on and buy something a little tight to use now and keep trying that on.

I so understand what you are feeling ..

jillybean720
11-03-2011, 04:12 PM
It's all such a mind game. I never took measurements (like rho, feared I wouldn't get exactly the same spot measured each time, so it wouldn't be a good consistent means of measuring success), and after my weight loss surgery, I was down a good SIXTY pounds before I had to move into a smaller size :o

rho1640
11-04-2011, 11:25 AM
I don't know if everyone is familiar with the paper towel analogy but it helps me visualize things better so I thought I would share it here .... Many thanks to Bob White for coming up with this.


Paper Towel Theory by Bob White........


I found this "analogy" a while back, and I think it really helps in understanding why the weight and inches can come off and not show so much in the beginning. I remember losing 20-30 lbs. in the beginning, and I was so thrilled, but nobody else seemed to notice. Very frustrating. I think that's why so many folks become disillusioned and give up. Now I can lose five pounds and folks comment about how quickly I lose weight and they wish they could do the same.

It was written pertaining to the Body For Life Challenge, but it really applies to any weight loss program.*

Paper Towel Theory by Bob White

Let's assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 84 paper towels on it (one for each day of the challenge). You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your before/ picture).

The other one represents you (I'll call your paper towel you "Ed"). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed. For sake of argument, let's say that Ed wants to lose 21 pounds of fat, so (84/21) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost. Let's also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the challenge.

Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll ("Big Al") for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can't be working for me!

But, being a good Ed, you continue to follow Body-for-LIFE. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Al, and still notice very little difference. That stinkin' Bill Phillips MUST be a liar!

But Ed is determined! He works hard! Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Al again. Holy Myoplex! Ed is skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!

By the end of the 12-week Body-for-LIFE program, Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Ed is happy. We are happy. Big Al - well he's not so happy.

The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around,that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area - just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same - your perception is just different! And you'll never see the inside, if you aren't patient while the outside is coming off! - Bob White

4myloves
11-04-2011, 03:00 PM
Ooooh, I like that.......

4myloves
11-04-2011, 05:59 PM
Hey, y'all!

Please note that I've changed my user name to 4myloves!

When I started on this site, way back in 2001, I had just gotten out of a bad relationship and I was determined that I wasn't going to base my weight loss goal on getting "some guy" to love me--I was going to lose the weight for MYSELF and no one else!

Now, I'm still trying to lose for myself (I do love myself!), but also for my children (and DH sometimes, although eh.); hence the name change!

rho1640
11-05-2011, 09:34 AM
Hey, y'all!

Please note that I've changed my user name to 4myloves!

When I started on this site, way back in 2001, I had just gotten out of a bad relationship and I was determined that I wasn't going to base my weight loss goal on getting "some guy" to love me--I was going to lose the weight for MYSELF and no one else!

Now, I'm still trying to lose for myself (I do love myself!), but also for my children (and DH sometimes, although eh.); hence the name change!

Love the new name and the reason :D

jillybean720
11-05-2011, 11:26 AM
Yeah, I've seen (and shared) the Paper Towel Theory on multiple occasions. This is the first time I've ever seen it sort of attributed to any one person or plan, though.

rho1640
11-06-2011, 07:10 AM
Yeah, I've seen (and shared) the Paper Towel Theory on multiple occasions. This is the first time I've ever seen it sort of attributed to any one person or plan, though.

That was how it was sent to me by a friend when I was doing WW and I think she got it from a WW meeting so I figured I would share it exactly like we got it. I refer back to it quite often because it makes a visual I can understand.

Brrr it's chilly this morning

Arkansas Kel
11-06-2011, 11:37 PM
shareli: I went thru something similar with nutrisystem. I truly cheated by 4 bites of food once a week at most and lost so slowly the counselor accused me of cheating all the time. Talk about discouraging. I quit them pretty quick.

jilly: I use a blender, but it's hard to get it all out of it after, and I have to turn it off frequently and squish it around to get it all. I think for Christmas I'm going to go for an immersion blender.

4my: I'd guess you lost it in places you don't measure - thinning down doesn't necessarily mean all over. Maybe your abd shrunk below the waist - sure with mine would!!!

for me: I'm not weighing again until Saturday. I fell off the wagon and landed in the mud Saturday. I can't call it a binge, but if I'd just let go a little more it would have been one easily. I won't go into the gory details, but I'm paying for it in belly bloat for sure.

4myloves
11-07-2011, 10:54 AM
for me: I'm not weighing again until Saturday. I fell off the wagon and landed in the mud Saturday. I can't call it a binge, but if I'd just let go a little more it would have been one easily. I won't go into the gory details, but I'm paying for it in belly bloat for sure.


I've been on a TRUE carb binge since last Thursday! I don't know what came over me--it started at Taco Bell on Thursday, Subway on Friday (including the COOKIES), a Totino's pizza (one of the little ones) for lunch on Saturday then a hotdog w/chili and Doritos and then more Doritos, another pizza and more COOKIES (really, my weakness now) on Sunday.

The result is I'm up almost 5 lbs. this morning. I know at least some of it is bloat and all that fiber "blockage" I'm experiencing. I hate carb hangover!! Why oh why did I do this to myself!?!?!?!

Kel, you and I must get out of the mud, clean ourselves off and get back on the wagon!!

Rho, thanks for sharing the paper towel theory. I've actually never even heard of that, but I really like it!

rho1640
11-08-2011, 09:07 AM
I wonder if the change in seasons or the beginning of colder weather can cause this? So far I've resisted but Carby comfort type foods have been on my mind more lately. I've tried breaking it down to one meal or one snack at a time to get thru.

shareli
11-09-2011, 08:37 AM
rho, I believe you're on to something. I went to a presentation last year about SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Some people suffer severely from it, and one of the more common symptoms is depression during the winter months when there's less sunlight and a craving for carbs. One of the treatments used to treat it, along with light therapy, is a low carb diet, so it's clear to me that there's a connection. The coming holiday season doesn't help either with all the goodies beckoning.

rho1640
11-09-2011, 09:28 AM
rho, I believe you're on to something. I went to a presentation last year about SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Some people suffer severely from it, and one of the more common symptoms is depression during the winter months when there's less sunlight and a craving for carbs. One of the treatments used to treat it, along with light therapy, is a low carb diet, so it's clear to me that there's a connection. The coming holiday season doesn't help either with all the goodies beckoning.

That is interesting - I have a full spectrum lamp next to my chair that gets used all winter and I do think it helps but I never knew about the dietary treatments. I also think there is a built in body need because of it knowing food will be more scarce historically during the winter months. So the cells call out for us to store up for the coming months.

Then you throw in holiday stress from family dynamics or economics or just emotion and I think this time of year is a time we really have to focus in ourselves and our diet.

4myloves
11-09-2011, 10:38 AM
rho, I believe you're on to something. I went to a presentation last year about SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Some people suffer severely from it, and one of the more common symptoms is depression during the winter months when there's less sunlight and a craving for carbs. One of the treatments used to treat it, along with light therapy, is a low carb diet, so it's clear to me that there's a connection. The coming holiday season doesn't help either with all the goodies beckoning.

So strange that you should post this today, shareli--I was just thinking about my SAD this morning on the way to work and how it hasn't really kicked in so far this year......But with time going back last weekend, cooler weather and getting dark earlier, that could be a plausible reason for my otherwise totally out-of-the-blue NEED for all those carbs.

I've been back on track 100% since Monday & am back down the "weight" I gained for my official weigh-in (meaning a lot of it probably WAS that "carb blockage" I was talking about :devil: ).

I'm not weighing in again until next Monday, so I'm hoping to stay on track this week and week-end!

4myloves
11-09-2011, 10:43 AM
I'm 35 and I noticed last night (for the first time--gasp) that the pores on my forehead and cheeks are getting HUGE. This was after my shower, so maybe the warm water & steam contributed a little. BUT I'm totally NOT happy with how my face is aging.

I don't know any of your ages, but do any of you have a specific regime you use to keep yourselves looking younger?

Right now I'm using a.m. Solutions by Avon as a moisturizer (it's my favorite one of theirs, even better--to me--than the expensive Anew stuff--and I sell Avon!) and I'm pretty happy with it, as far as a moisturizer. I'm just wondering if I should think about switching for winter, for my age, or just in general.

I know, deep down, that I need to visit a dermatologist, but I put it off because it's more of a vanity visit than a health checkup.

Anyway, sorry for the totally off-topic post, but I'd LOVE some opinions!

Arkansas Kel
11-09-2011, 08:53 PM
4myloves: Ok,, I slid off again yesterday, but today is a day to celebrate. TOTALLY OP. (Patting self on back). I was really way off plan Saturday, on nearly completely Sunday, on totally Monday, backslid Tuesday, and Totally OP today. Is this a pattern? I've regained the same 2 lbs again. HEY, we're both in Arkansas - do I need to come to ya house to demud you? I'd do it if you weren't too far away! Friends don't let friends wear mud. I see in your next post you pulled yourself out da muck, good! I didn't want to have to track you down like a stalker.

Hmmm, I wonder if SAD responds to low carb because we would have been historically more dependent on meat in the winter, when the summer food is gone you get what you can hunt so to say. I wonder if we evolved to do low carb in winter because of that? Hmmm, pondering......

rho1640
11-10-2011, 09:44 AM
I'm 35 and I noticed last night (for the first time--gasp) that the pores on my forehead and cheeks are getting HUGE. This was after my shower, so maybe the warm water & steam contributed a little. BUT I'm totally NOT happy with how my face is aging.

I don't know any of your ages, but do any of you have a specific regime you use to keep yourselves looking younger?

Right now I'm using a.m. Solutions by Avon as a moisturizer (it's my favorite one of theirs, even better--to me--than the expensive Anew stuff--and I sell Avon!) and I'm pretty happy with it, as far as a moisturizer. I'm just wondering if I should think about switching for winter, for my age, or just in general.

I know, deep down, that I need to visit a dermatologist, but I put it off because it's more of a vanity visit than a health checkup.

Anyway, sorry for the totally off-topic post, but I'd LOVE some opinions!

I'm 58 and I'm always getting complements on my skin - the only thing I use for everything is coconut oil. The same stuff I cook with (cook with, make chocolate bark with, put in my coffee in the morning) I buy it by the gallon and just portion it out into different containers as needed. Half the time I use it in my hair too.. It is Tropical Traditions gold label. Gosh I started doing it ages ago - I bet at least 15 years ago. And I use a shampoo bar for my hair - pretty low maintainence girl here :D

4myloves
11-10-2011, 11:25 AM
NE corner. :)

2 hours from LR, 1 from Memphis or Jonesboro, but never any time to shop :)

4myloves
11-10-2011, 11:27 AM
I'm 58 and I'm always getting complements on my skin - the only thing I use for everything is coconut oil. The same stuff I cook with (cook with, make chocolate bark with, put in my coffee in the morning) I buy it by the gallon and just portion it out into different containers as needed. Half the time I use it in my hair too.. It is Tropical Traditions gold label. Gosh I started doing it ages ago - I bet at least 15 years ago. And I use a shampoo bar for my hair - pretty low maintainence girl here :D

How do you apply the coconut oil? Do you use it during the daylight hours, or just at night? I'm interested.

rho1640
11-11-2011, 10:51 AM
How do you apply the coconut oil? Do you use it during the daylight hours, or just at night? I'm interested.

I have it in a small Tupperware I keep under my sink - after I get out of the shower I just (in the summer when it is warm it is liquid) dip my fingers in it and rub it on my hands then I do my skin on my body and my face then my hair with a little - it doesn't take a lot and it soaks in well but you wouldn't want to do makeup right after -- let it soak in .... I'm a lipstick and eyebrow person so not much of an issue for me - in the winter the oil is solid so I rub my fingertips around on the solid oil until the heat from them melts it a bit and then I rub my hands together to spread it out in my hands and then use it ... I usually do a small amount on my face and neck whenever I wash my face so I do it at night again. But it's not a lot any of the times just enough so it spreads around with my fingers ...

It's better to do too little at a time so you can just add another bit if you need too... After a few times you will be able to know what you need ... It isn't much if you try it in your hair in the beginning try it before you wash your hair - just until you realize how little it takes ... You can use it like a preconditioner (I do that in the winter sometimes) I put more than normal in about an hour before I jump in the shower and wrap a towel around my head to keep it warm then I wash it out --- I have very curly white hair (genetics have had since my 20's) and in the winter it can get dry and static and this helps it stay nice and curly.

I know I suck at describing things so I hope this was good.

bythegraceofGod
11-11-2011, 05:48 PM
So glad to find this thread. I am trying the no-name low carb starting tomorrow. My history is I did Atkins years ago and lost 18 pounds. Now I don't have a lot of weight to lose so 18 was great for me. But I gained it back and more. I just was not thinking about a lifestyle change in my eating habits. This summer I did HCG and lost 22 pounds. It was really not that hard and I kept the weight off mostly. I have gained about 6-7 back but I have been eating like a field hand too. But now I am starting back. I am kinda combining Atkins and HCG. Not doing the drops but adopting some of the food. I made a great salad dressing while on HCG so I will use that instead of the standard Ranch or Ceasar for the most part. I will probably also include apples from the HCG diet. I was able to eat several a day and still drop the weight. I plan on eating some type of egg for breakfast because I can make them portable to eat while driving to work (boiled, deviled or baked in muffin cups with cheese and ham). Lunch will mostly be grilled chicken salads. Supper will be some kind of meat and cauliflower or green beans or squash. I love brocolli but it doesn't like me at all. My one bad thing about low carb is constipation. I am hoping the apples will help but if not one thing that works for me for some reason is if I eat something bad for breakfast such as a donut, voila no more constipation. Don't know why but it works and works fast.

Arkansas Kel
11-11-2011, 11:54 PM
4mylove - that's cool. I live the same distance from Jonesboro - in another direction. Piggott. How funny. I could drive over and pull you out of the mud!!! I don't mean to criticize, but I did a search for the info you listed to see where Cherry Valley was, and I got your whole address. Might want to delete that entry! I'm harmless, but you never know.

Today I was nearly completely on plan, as usual. End of the workday, there was a GIANT box of pastries. I normally open the top, close it and walk away, content that the smell was enough (I smell them - really, that's it normally), and today I fell. It was fried pies - one of my absolute favorite things in the world. I ate half of one, and it wasn't good by any standards. How awful. i wasted a splurge on half a fried pie that sucked.

bythegrace: sometimes there are alternative for constipation. extra fluids - coffee makes mine roll sometimes. A big green salad cleans me out (TMI?) A walk can do it. I never need more than the coffee or salad.

HEY, I keep coconut oil, but never tried it on my hair. I have medium long naturally curly (aka frizzy at times, wavy at time, curly at times) super thick hair. That sounds like something that would help my hair for sure!!!

Arkansas Kel
11-12-2011, 02:15 PM
Ok, I'm going to double post.

HELP HELP HELP HELP!!!!!

We have this houseguest that's here more than not. He has more than once (like the answer changed I guess) expressed shock that we don't eat grains. The other night he came in and said "I bought some eggnog, and I was going to share it with you but I drank it all." I said that's ok, we can't have it anyway. He practically yelled in shock "WHY CAN'T YOU HAVE EGGNOG!!" I on the other hand was shocked he drank an entire carton of eggnog on a 20 minute drive. Who should be worried about who here.

Well, last weekend he brought in a bunch of leftovers to share from his job. That kicked off my binge day that I still haven't recovered from. Not my usual little "cheat" a few bites - I ate plate after plate. I just didn't quite do it all at once. I just kept going back through the day and gettng more meat fried pies, and fried raviolis.

This weekend he brought in leftovers again from his job. Mini stuffed pasta shells. I tested one to see what it was (I couldn't tell for sure if it was meat or pasta chunks). It was bland, creamy, cold. Almost instantly I got bad breath. I'm not hungry especially. It wasn't that good.

NOW, I am having this huge internal debate. I want the freakin' pasta. One part of me says just eat a little bowl, and get it out of your system. Another part knows that's how last saturday started. Another part of me says don't undo what recovery I've managed to make, don't do it at all. Another part says it wasn't even good, it's not worth it. I'm about to crack. I've ran through alternatives - go for a walk, clean something, go play with my dogs, blah blah blah - I WANT THE PASTA. It's like a mental illness - seriously. I wish I had not tested that one bite to see what it was.

I have more willpower at work. I can eat a bite or two and walk away if it's something I really want. This is locked up in the house with me. And I'm not in that "public" work environment. I'm weaker at home that at work food wise.

Honestly, he needs to bring home the leftovers, he is barely making ends meet and it helps him financially. Usually he brings in other foods that I wouldn't eat anyway, cheap bread, sweetened PB, fruit punch type stuff, jelly. I'm immune. Pasta, and meat pies are apparently my kryponite right now.

Thanks for letting me vent. I don't need advice especially, I just needed to get it out. I feel a little better letting it come out through my keyboard.

I do wonder, just a little, if my friend isn't sabatoging to a degree too. Today there is also eggnog, but I'm not in the mood for that, so it's irrelevant. But DH already had a cup of it today, and he's supposed to be dieting too.

Rosinante
11-13-2011, 03:44 AM
On skin: I'm 56, and have great skin. In fact, it's the only thing I worry about after I've lost the weight - will I get all lined and wrinkly?
anyhoo, my routine couldn't be simpler: I wash in soap and water - any soap, it's Wright's Coal Tar at the moment; I scrub dry with a fairly rough towel, which I reckon removes dead cells and keeps the blood flowing; I use a bog standard moisturizer, a very cheap one from Aldi, I think it's called Lacura and gets good reviews, for all it's so cheap; I always wear make up; I don't always remember to take it off at the end of the day.
What I do find is that my newly re-started low carbing is improving my skin even more, no break outs.

bythegraceofGod
11-14-2011, 11:20 AM
Okay. Had a great weekend in New Orleans with our best friends and boy did I get the carbs out of the way. Multiple girl drinks, fried shrimp, gumbo, pasta, hamburgers, baked potatoes, pralines, beignets, etc. I did not feel bad though cause I knew I was starting my no name low carb back today. So this morning I made some egg muffins. Basically spray cooking spray in 6 muffin tins. Put some cooked bacon in the bottom then shredded cheddar cheese and then scrambled eggs. Baked in the oven at 325 for about 20 minutes. They were delicious. Made 6. I ate 2, gave 2 to my husband and took the other 2 with me to work for a snack later today. I forgot to weigh this morning but I just bet I was up at least a couple of pounds.

4myloves
11-14-2011, 01:50 PM
Okay. Had a great weekend in New Orleans with our best friends and boy did I get the carbs out of the way. Multiple girl drinks, fried shrimp, gumbo, pasta, hamburgers, baked potatoes, pralines, beignets, etc. I did not feel bad though cause I knew I was starting my no name low carb back today. So this morning I made some egg muffins. Basically spray cooking spray in 6 muffin tins. Put some cooked bacon in the bottom then shredded cheddar cheese and then scrambled eggs. Baked in the oven at 325 for about 20 minutes. They were delicious. Made 6. I ate 2, gave 2 to my husband and took the other 2 with me to work for a snack later today. I forgot to weigh this morning but I just bet I was up at least a couple of pounds.

Great job! Those egg muffins sound great! I'll have to try them! Sounded like NO was great, too--glad you got the carb overload over! Think how great you'll feel in a week or so!

4myloves
11-14-2011, 01:53 PM
I'm fairly back on track. I did indulge some this week-end, but was 229 @ my weigh-in. As long as I don't break 230 again...........

Thanks for all the "face" suggestions! I've got to figure something out, even if it means dermotologist!

I have a new coworker from Piggett. Chuck...something. Can't remember his last name. He's nice, though! Was on the fire department for a long time up there. Small world!

Arkansas Kel
11-14-2011, 09:26 PM
Neat, I don't actually know a chuck, but my cousin is on the fire dept. Ask him if he knows the guy who got shot - he won't need a name if he knows him - trust me.

Funny thing, Saturday came and went, miserably. I paced, fretted, griped. And the only thing off plan I ate was some Sonic ice cream. And then it happened. Aunt Flo arrived. it all makes sense to me now. Thanks for letting me vent. I was losing it in the worst, don't look at me, kind of way.

Today - one bite of off plan chocolate and few bites of a bun. Pretty good. Tried some hot cereal low carb mix (homemade). Was ok. DH loved it, so, there it is, guess I'll make it again. Lunch was a cheeseburger, but I really wanted the darned bun, so I just ate the bottom - ditched the lid. Afternoon snack: some of that soup I ate 5 bowls of Saturday - it's still pretty good. Supper: um, so far, some cold turkey pastrami. Not too hungry.

Praying for a WHOOSH after TOM passes. I figure that's some of the stubborn weight loss too right now.

AnaBee
11-14-2011, 10:13 PM
Hey everyone. New here and reading through some threads and Arkansas Kel, I can TOTALLY relate to your meltdown over the pasta. I would've been literally laying on the floor kicking and screaming, a taste = just eat the whole thing! Anyway, someone recently posted the link to a blog to me and it's really helped me laugh at myself when I feel like that because OMG, I'm not the only one who felt that way! I'm too new to post a link but if you google 'The God of Cake' it should come up (on hyperboleandahalf). Enjoy :-)

bythegraceofGod
11-17-2011, 10:36 AM
Been doing really good on my no-name low carb diet. Eating pretty much atkins regimine. But no weight loss after 3 days. Well got on the scale this morning and down a pound so I am a happy camper. I have had problems with the "output" which is par for the course for me on low carb. My only cure short of stopping the diet is to cheat just a tad. I had a bacon cheese biscuit this morning. It was very small but helped a great deal.

4myloves
11-17-2011, 10:46 AM
:welcome:

Anabee and bythegraceofGod

4myloves
11-18-2011, 10:02 AM
I never got the Quest bar samples that I requested, but I broke down and ordered a the sample flavor box--it's a box of 12 bars, 2 of each flavor. This morning for breakfast I had the Peanut Butter & Jelly bar--it was very good.

I'm going to see how "filling" this is. I usually eat lunch around noon, so I'm hoping this will carry me through.

bythegraceofGod
11-18-2011, 12:55 PM
Well I cheated last night, had fried shrimp and french fries. I figured I would just have a cheat day since I had already had a biscuit that morning. Was low carb for lunch and good otherwise. I truly meant to drink a bottle of water before I went to bed because although I am up and down all night peeing I generally don't gain after a cheat. Well I forgot but got up and weighed and still down a pound. Go figure. I am going to work hard to stay on the diet until Wednesday when I will be cooking for Thanksgiving.

4myloves
11-18-2011, 04:06 PM
Well I cheated last night, had fried shrimp and french fries. I figured I would just have a cheat day since I had already had a biscuit that morning. Was low carb for lunch and good otherwise. I truly meant to drink a bottle of water before I went to bed because although I am up and down all night peeing I generally don't gain after a cheat. Well I forgot but got up and weighed and still down a pound. Go figure. I am going to work hard to stay on the diet until Wednesday when I will be cooking for Thanksgiving.

Yea on the loss!!

Stay strong on Turkey Day--YOU CAN DO IT!!!

:turkey:

LaCreadora
11-18-2011, 05:07 PM
That is the problem with cheating if u do it once no matter how little then you are more willing to do it again since u already did so you should try not to cheat at all but I know we all have days like that....best of luck :)

rho1640
11-19-2011, 12:07 PM
One thing I've found for me this time (and hopefully this time-because of it- it will stick for me) is I have let go of my quest for perfection - I started out saying to myself that I am going to do this for life and things will pop up in life I will want and I can have them occasionally if I really really want it. The weird thing is I have been able to resist things this time - I really think giving myself permission let go of the "need" I always felt before has helped me stick with it.

I do work to find substitutions for things - I occasionally have Mama Lupe tortillas that I use for wraps or fish tacos - I got LC flour that I have used twice for frying scallops (will not give up my fried scallops when they are in season locally and we can get them within hours of them coming out of the water) I measure out what I use and I shake the heck out of them so there is very little on them but I have them - I buy Heinz low carb no sugar ketchup online for me so I can have it on a burger or eggs or make cocktail sauce.

I think the key is knowing if you go off it IS going to slow your weight loss down and it could be hard to get back on completely - but if going off for a speQcial occasion is worth it to you - go ahead - but maybe pick one thing to go off with like the fried shrimp but not the French fries maybe.. And if you need to - do one meal off but not a whole day. Oh and even on my days I've had higher carbs I still figure them out as close as possible and track them ..

Anyway that was a long winded way of saying I think that by giving myself permission to not be perfect - I have been almost perfect. I haven't had any full blown "cheats" I have had things like regular salad dressing on salads when I've been out . I've ordered a Reuben sandwich and eaten the innards and sent the bread back and asked for no fries I've eaten more sausage and peppers and salad at buffets because that is the best choice for me Of what is there - btw have you all noticed everything at buffets is pasta, rice, potatoes, or breaded to within an inch of its life... I'm not perfect but I do my best.

I want to have lost 50 lbs by my next Dr. visit January 4th (which is my top tracker so I'm getting close) - and I have a loooong way to go to be at my absolute final goal weight -- but I will get there at my average 1.5 lb a week loss. My Christmas wish is to wake up at goal - somehow I don't think I've been good enough to get that wish :p

4myloves
11-21-2011, 01:14 PM
Just checking in to say HEY!

Every Quest bar I've tried so far is delish!! I will definately be ordering another couple of boxes!

Hope everyone has a great week!

4myloves
11-22-2011, 03:11 PM
Kell--

Chuck remembers Daniel--he worked with him. He said it's a miracle he didn't lose his leg.

Small world :)

If you ever want to meet up w/a complete internet stranger for moral support, let's plan a "date" in Jonesboro for lunch one day!!

4myloves
11-23-2011, 04:37 PM
Hmmmm......

Talking to myself....check.
Answering myself....check.

What else is there?

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

4myloves
11-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Down to 224.9 this morning! .9 lbs away from 40!!

Hope everyone is doing well!

rho1640
11-28-2011, 11:10 AM
For some reason I haven't been getting notifications on new posts - maybe it is happening to others too - you've been lonely here huh? :D. You are doing great! Aren't thos milestones enough to make you dance around the house - I do dance around actually - and if your body is like mine that last .9 will seem to take forever to come off - even though it doesn't ....

4myloves
11-28-2011, 12:40 PM
For some reason I haven't been getting notifications on new posts - maybe it is happening to others too - you've been lonely here huh? :D. You are doing great! Aren't thos milestones enough to make you dance around the house - I do dance around actually - and if your body is like mine that last .9 will seem to take forever to come off - even though it doesn't ....

Yep, Rho, those .whatever lbs. make me want to get a tracker like yours!!

I've been dancing a lot more lately, that's for sure! I went to Lane Bryant Outlet this weekend and got some size 18 blue jeans!! I haven't been in a size 18 since high school! :carrot: I got four pairs, in different styles--only one pair fits me "perfectly" (still w/a little muffin top, though). The other three fit like the size 20's did back in February. They're my "motivation" pants.

When I was in the check-out line at the store, they were playing some kind of up-tempo music and I started dancing w/my 2-year-old. It's funny; as the weight gets lower, I don't mind as much making a complete fool of myself! :D

rho1640
11-28-2011, 03:21 PM
WHOO Hooo on the new jeans - that is fantastic! I would be walking on air..
And dancing around the store for sure.. Congratulations

4myloves
12-01-2011, 10:29 AM
Just checking in!

We had around 6 inches of snow here Tuesday morning when I woke up. It wasn't cold enough for it to stick to the roads (thank God!), but the ground & trees were beautiful.

I'm really not looking forward to hard winter this year. I've not been able to discern the reason why until yesterday--I am MISSING my ability to just walk out my door and go walking! It's cold, for one thing, and I don't have any warm clothes or layering clothes to walk in, PLUS, it's getting dark here around 4:30-5:00, depending on the cloud cover. I talked to my Manager about possibly switching my work schedule to add another 30 minutes in the a.m. so I can take an hour for lunch and start going to the gym.....I haven't decided for sure, though......

rho1640
12-01-2011, 03:11 PM
Do you find you are cold now - I swear losing my added insulation (and I have lots more to lose lol) is making me cold now. I won't walk outside in the winter because I break too easily ;) but I MUST get back to the local Rec. Center and start using the indoor track again. I know it is just a matter of doing it for a few weeks and it will be such a habit I would miss it but the first few days are going to be hard. I'm going to lay my clothes out ahead of time on Sunday night so I just have to get up and go (won't go over the weekend because it is a zoo in there) that way by Jan. it will be totally ingrained and I won't think about it.

I think your plan is great hope the manager goes for it. it's to their benefit too - the better you feel and the better you feel about yourself will make you an even greater worker.

4myloves
12-01-2011, 04:47 PM
I'm 58 and I'm always getting complements on my skin - the only thing I use for everything is coconut oil. The same stuff I cook with (cook with, make chocolate bark with, put in my coffee in the morning) I buy it by the gallon and just portion it out into different containers as needed. Half the time I use it in my hair too.. It is Tropical Traditions gold label. Gosh I started doing it ages ago - I bet at least 15 years ago. And I use a shampoo bar for my hair - pretty low maintainence girl here :D

To bring up something from awhile back. I haven't gotten to the coconut oil yet; a combination of being too lazy to look for it and too broke to afford it when I find it. BUT, something else I've also noticed about myself that's DRIVING ME CRAZY is that I have NO NEW HAIR GROWTH.

I thought I was LOSING hair, but I'm not GROWING hair! The hair I have right now on my head is IT--kinda like a Barbie doll. Ever seen one of those scalped? :o

When I was researching different hair growth treatments, one that showed up was........wait for it........ COCONUT OIL!! Apparently it really is good for everything! Now I've got to go find some!!

shareli
12-02-2011, 08:59 AM
I woke up Wed. morning to 9 inches of snow and it's stayed around! It was heavy and sticky, so when you try to toss it off the shovel, it just sticks. It was a lot of work to clear my drive and sidewalk! But it is sooo beautiful. Unfortunately, the weight of it also brought down and broke one of my major lilac boughs. Oh, well.

My two dogs DEMAND a daily walk. The only time I don't walk them is Sundays (my day off) and when it's raining. After slipping and falling on ice a couple of times in the past, I found a wonderful product called Yaktrax that slip over the bottom of your boot/shoe. I haven't slipped once with them on. If that's still not appealing to you, your lunchtime plan sounds great. I can't see why your manager would not approve the flexibility in your schedule.

rho1640
12-02-2011, 10:19 AM
To bring up something from awhile back. I haven't gotten to the coconut oil yet; a combination of being too lazy to look for it and too broke to afford it when I find it. BUT, something else I've also noticed about myself that's DRIVING ME CRAZY is that I have NO NEW HAIR GROWTH.

I thought I was LOSING hair, but I'm not GROWING hair! The hair I have right now on my head is IT--kinda like a Barbie doll. Ever seen one of those scalped? :o

When I was researching different hair growth treatments, one that showed up was........wait for it........ COCONUT OIL!! Apparently it really is good for everything! Now I've got to go find some!!

I love my coconut oil - its in my coffee next to me now :D. Are you taking a multi vitamin too - and the only other thing I do that I don't know if it helped my hair is I take gelatin - I do think it has helped my knee (old old skiing injury) and they say it helps hair and nails. I saw it on Dana's blog and it just made sense to me .. And guess what I stir a tsp of that in my coffee too. You really don't notice it and it dissolves right away.

All that said I think our bodies take a rest sometimes - I know I seem to shed more hair occasionally .. And since my hair is so white I really notice my scalp more than I used to.. You would think that since I started going grey in high school and have had white hair since my late 30s that I would be used to it - but I do love my coconut oil in and on my body . If you add it to your diet in addition to using it on skin and hair start slowly it can cause tummy issues till you get used to it.

rho1640
12-02-2011, 10:25 AM
I woke up Wed. morning to 9 inches of snow and it's stayed around! It was heavy and sticky, so when you try to toss it off the shovel, it just sticks. It was a lot of work to clear my drive and sidewalk! But it is sooo beautiful. Unfortunately, the weight of it also brought down and broke one of my major lilac boughs. Oh, well.

My two dogs DEMAND a daily walk. The only time I don't walk them is Sundays (my day off) and when it's raining. After slipping and falling on ice a couple of times in the past, I found a wonderful product called Yaktrax that slip over the bottom of your boot/shoe. I haven't slipped once with them on. If that's still not appealing to you, your lunchtime plan sounds great. I can't see why your manager would not approve the flexibility in your schedule.

Oh that snow is so pretty but so hard to deal with and I morn your lilac - my favorite thing in the world - was it white or purple - we had both in my yard growing up.

We use those Yaktrax (not sure if it is the same brand it is old) when we are Iceboating .. When we remember to put them on lol. Usually remember after seeing or being the first person to take a tumble lol .. They do work.

4myloves
12-02-2011, 02:20 PM
I will have to check out the Yaktrax, in addition to some UnderArmour (or other less expensive layering clothing). I have a list started :)

Snow. Ugh. I just heard they're calling for more bad weather here over the week-end.

No, please, no....

shareli
12-03-2011, 07:45 AM
My lilac was purple, but unlike any lilac I've seen. Instead of one main trunk, mine had 4 or 5 main trunks. The one I lost was one of the main trunks coming up from the ground.

rho1640
12-03-2011, 09:51 AM
I will have to check out the Yaktrax, in addition to some UnderArmour (or other less expensive layering clothing). I have a list started :)

Snow. Ugh. I just heard they're calling for more bad weather here over the week-end.

No, please, no....

Oh UnderArmour is great got the hubs a set last year - there was actually a place in the local outlet that had them also he got some for Christmas and our nieces family got him another top too so he is warm when he is Iceboating or when he is shooting or hunting ... Of course I never get myself any so I freeze lol

rho1640
12-03-2011, 09:55 AM
My lilac was purple, but unlike any lilac I've seen. Instead of one main trunk, mine had 4 or 5 main trunks. The one I lost was one of the main trunks coming up from the ground.

Oh that's how our lilacs were too. I can picture it exactly ... Oh poo on the damage being one of the main part.

4myloves
12-05-2011, 10:31 AM
Up just a tad from over-indulging this week-end. Not enough to change the ticker (because of those .-whatever lbs.)

rho1640
12-06-2011, 10:53 AM
Up just a tad from over-indulging this week-end. Not enough to change the ticker (because of those .-whatever lbs.)

I usually wait a day or two before changing the ticker up to see if it sticks (most times it is gone by then) unless it is my official weigh in day then it goes up .... HOWEVER any change on the down side gets put on that sucker right away ;)

I do have a daily and weekly weight page on my computer and I do put the weight down in that every single day - I see trends over time that keep me from stressing.

4myloves
12-06-2011, 12:15 PM
Wow, RHO--I see you're only 3.5 lbs away from your 50 lb goal!!!!!!

WHOO-HOO!!!

rho1640
12-06-2011, 10:17 PM
Wow, RHO--I see you're only 3.5 lbs away from your 50 lb goal!!!!!!

WHOO-HOO!!!

I know I'm soo excited! I can't wait! Each decade of numbers is so exciting but big milestones will make me walk on clouds for days ;)

Arkansas Kel
12-07-2011, 10:35 PM
Well, I've come back to plan after an epic fail. After about 4 days back I'm slightly under where I left off. So, failure undone. Hey, it's only a temporary obstacle if you get back on the wagon.

My trip was good, but derailed my diet completely. I had options most of the time that would have been on plan, but darn it, there was some gourmet, dreamy food and it was mostly free stuff. Bananas foster - omy'gosh. Giant meatballs. I won't keep going. It was a catered Mariott business symposium. Just fill in the fantasy as you need. Then make it 3 days long plus 2 days traveling. Now, back to real life where I make my own bed and cook my own food. :(

Tomorrow I have an ALL DAY (these people are crazy that plan this stuff) meeting away from my usual job site - which I'm sure includes meals. And our facility is bad to plan "yummy" meals over "healthy options." I worry about how it will go. I really don't want to be the weirdo who brings their lunch to a banquet, but I sure hope I can muster enough will power.

sounds like you guys are doing good! We'll all be hanging on the "maintenance" site eventually!

rho1640
12-08-2011, 09:38 AM
Kel - sounds like a good trip and you jumped back and lost what you may have gained so that is good! Just do the best you can at the meeting today ..

This is a hard time of year I think to work on this plan or any plan. I am hoping I get to the point that things don't tempt me as times go on .. I haven't gone off but not for lack of temptation - more for fear that I wouldn't get back on I suspect lol. I actually left the all or nothing idea that I have always had in the past and the strange result has been that it has been all for me so far.

Just do what you can do now and try to pick items from what is offered that are the best choices .. I decided that I won't be the person bringing special foods to things like that (well I don't work anymore so I don't have to worry about those situations) I just make choices like at buffets I don't choose pasta but picked from the antipasta plate, and sausage and peppers and salad - and if they have one of those big heros I take a piece and eat the meats and cheeses off of it and throw out the bread - people may think my plate is weird but it is still choices from what they have too. Maybe in the future you could put down that you have found that you need to be gluten free so they provide something that at least will be better for you ...it's a little fib but only little in my opinion as we are intolerant to gluten and sugars and starches - we break out in fat.

I do want to say that I will bring things I can eat to family functions and that usually everyone else eats it and has no idea that it is anything different. And if we went to friends for a party I would bring an appetizer or something I could eat so I would know there was something there for me. But I have found that most times there are things I can have with no problem - I may have a weird plate again to others but most people don't say anything .. I do stress a little if I am getting together with friends for lunch at a restaurant but I do the best I can - I ask that they don't bring me fries - take the bread off burgers or sandwiches and try not to stress about what I don't know is in things - figuring I am doing way better than if I ate the other things. So I had as an example the meatballs from a meatball hero, a Reuben without the bread, salad and don't worry about the salad dressing sugar as long as it is full fat - I do have it on the side so I dip the fork into it then eat - we have a Xmas party next week that I should be ok at - will drink seltzer and I usually talk during the cocktail hour and convince myself that I would spill on myself if I ate anything from that and then choose as best as I can from the entrees

Boy that was long I'm hoping it comes off as some tips you could use and not as preachy ... :dizzy:

I am so far from perfect it isn't funny so please never take anything I say as preachy. I just get so much from tips people share on how they do things I get a bit enthusiastice trying to give back.

We will all get there one meal at a time.

Arkansas Kel
12-08-2011, 11:32 PM
Totally on plan today. If you believe that, I've got a bridge to talk to you about. I was totally on plan if you omit lunch. The caterers we use apparently equate sweet with good. Fruit filled, predressed, mixed greens salad - was yummy by the way. Small chicken salad (sweet, and with grapes) croissants - had 2. Banana pudding (yep, it was good too, kept the serving size small at least), then I absent mindedly ate a cookie. I'm most upset about the cookie. I did that on autopilot. Yack. Old habits.

4myloves
12-09-2011, 10:41 AM
Kel, I'm so glad you're back to posting with us. I know how you feel about the eating on auto-pilot--that was one of the hardest things for me to even REALIZE I was doing, much less overcome (I still haven't at times!).

I'm really thinking about switching my short term goal to just MAINTAINING the loss I've already achieved throughout the rest of the holiday season and then actively starting the loss quest once New Year's Day has passed. There are so many Christmas treats around right now--so hard to resist!! But I definately don't want to top 230 again, preferably not even 225!

rho1640
12-10-2011, 12:49 AM
Totally on plan today. If you believe that, I've got a bridge to talk to you about. I was totally on plan if you omit lunch. The caterers we use apparently equate sweet with good. Fruit filled, predressed, mixed greens salad - was yummy by the way. Small chicken salad (sweet, and with grapes) croissants - had 2. Banana pudding (yep, it was good too, kept the serving size small at least), then I absent mindedly ate a cookie. I'm most upset about the cookie. I did that on autopilot. Yack. Old habits.

I'm sure you ate less than you would have in the past so you still did better. It is a work in progress and we will all work on it from now on - maybe in the future a plan would be to bring things with you that you can nibble on before you go to the luncheon (even if it is just almonds or something) so you aren't going into the room hungry.

rho1640
12-10-2011, 12:51 AM
Kel, I'm so glad you're back to posting with us. I know how you feel about the eating on auto-pilot--that was one of the hardest things for me to even REALIZE I was doing, much less overcome (I still haven't at times!).

I'm really thinking about switching my short term goal to just MAINTAINING the loss I've already achieved throughout the rest of the holiday season and then actively starting the loss quest once New Year's Day has passed. There are so many Christmas treats around right now--so hard to resist!! But I definately don't want to top 230 again, preferably not even 225!

I think that could be a good plan! Just weigh yourself daily maybe so you can catch any gain right in the beginning.. And drink lots of water to keep full and hydrated.. Which should help a little..

Arkansas Kel
12-10-2011, 09:54 PM
4myloves: Whatever you need to do. I'm stickin' to it, even though I'm having "off plan" things, I'm on the rest of the time as close as I can get. Just be sure you come back with us, whether now or later!

rho: I did eat almonds before the catered lunch. I did. Didn't help me much. I don't eat based on hunger, at least, almost never.

today was ON PLAN except 2 handfuls popcorn. Not too shabby. Girl kickin' some tail today. Been a lazy day though. I was going to cook, but it didn't happen. I was going to clean, but it didn't happen. I was .... did I mention it's been a lazy day? Cold too. I think that's some of it, ya, ya, it's the cold. Not a bad habit of my own. that's the ticket... anyone buy that? (me neither)

rho1640
12-11-2011, 11:38 AM
4myloves: Whatever you need to do. I'm stickin' to it, even though I'm having "off plan" things, I'm on the rest of the time as close as I can get. Just be sure you come back with us, whether now or later!

rho: I did eat almonds before the catered lunch. I did. Didn't help me much. I don't eat based on hunger, at least, almost never.

today was ON PLAN except 2 handfuls popcorn. Not too shabby. Girl kickin' some tail today. Been a lazy day though. I was going to cook, but it didn't happen. I was going to clean, but it didn't happen. I was .... did I mention it's been a lazy day? Cold too. I think that's some of it, ya, ya, it's the cold. Not a bad habit of my own. that's the ticket... anyone buy that? (me neither)

Oh 4myloves you will still be checking in daily right - I think maintaining may be a good idea but I think you need to at least check in with us daily to keep motivated and to be ready to jump right back in ... Plus we would miss you if you didn't post at least and I think it would help you stay focused on the maintaining too.

Kel I understand the not eating based on hunger - that is something I am really working at now also .. But now that i am a little better at that I actually have to credit dr oz with one tip I got that helps me feel fuller and stronger -- if I'm going to eat a meal about 15 or 20 minutes before it I eat I take 3 psyllium capsules with 2 glasses of water (I need 2 so I feel they go all the way down lol) and I really try to think about if I am hungry or bored or upset or just eating because...... I also think it helps with other "issues" as long as I drink enough water ;). I have gotten to the point lately that if I am feeling peckish I grab a few almonds and it can be enough to take that edge off too. And I get a serving of almonds thru out the day ... But doing those things I still try to see if I am actually hungry...I actually ask myself those questions above ... I'm getting better at it I think ...

I'm going to have a few tests coming up - a Xmas party at a catering hall next Friday, a party at friends to make a Swedish Xmas cookies they have every year (I'm really hoping the sweet smell will be a deterrent to me rather than make me want it this year) a possible trip to Massachussets for 2 days to see friends from Alaska visiting family.. And it's looking like it will be hubs and I alone for Xmas this year. So I'm trying to think of special meals for us to have and right now I'm thinking salmon for Xmas Eve and filet mignon for Xmas day... And maybe I I'll tackle one of the cheesecake recipes or a crustless pumpkin pie recipe or something for dessert. I have to admit that one is going to be hard - and I don't want to fall into the "poor me trap" and eat... Ya know? I even looked into what was going on at Mystic Seaport thinking we could do the lantern tour on Friday the 23rd and Mystic the day of the 24th and catch the ferry and come home the 24th but they are closed the 24th so that idea went out the window, I actually feel worse for hubs - I have no family left ... So we do things with his family (I know that is our family -- but you know what I mean) and we weren't able to have kids so we are the aunt and uncle invited to things and when their plans change with their in-laws we are left out which I totally understand and expect but will still feel a little sad ...

Anyone ever do a fat fast before?? In January hubs will be at a convention in Vegas so I will have a week to do whatever I want food wise and it could be a good time to try it ... Does it last after or is it one that takes weight off fast, kick things into high gear again - but do you gain some of it back after or does it slow up losses when you go back to regular? If it just does I will keep plugging along at my average 1.5 lbs a week - I was just thinking it could be nice if it stayed off to do it a few times a year while he is away ..

Once again I write a book lol

4myloves
12-12-2011, 12:23 PM
I ate like the dickens this week-end. Terrible, terrible foods that I normally wouldn't have even eaten BEFORE I started low-carbing (just BAD foods!).....

Oh, I'll definately be sticking around here, even while "only" trying to maintain--which, for me, is as hard as losing! I need the motivation, and I'd miss you gals!

rho1640
12-12-2011, 09:35 PM
You can do it! Just take one day or even meal at a time - and I have always thought learning to maintain is as important as the initial losing...

4myloves
12-16-2011, 10:56 AM
Hey all!

Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. I'm still maintaining @ 224.8 (as of this morning). Our company Christmas is Monday, a lot of shopping--which means a lot of eating out--and then the holiday itself, so wish me luck.

I just have to remind myself to make good decisions when at all possible.

It'll be easy, right? :lol:

rho1640
12-16-2011, 12:24 PM
Hey all!

Just checking in to see how everyone is doing. I'm still maintaining @ 224.8 (as of this morning). Our company Christmas is Monday, a lot of shopping--which means a lot of eating out--and then the holiday itself, so wish me luck.

I just have to remind myself to make good decisions when at all possible.

It'll be easy, right? :lol:

I have a christmas party tonight - telling myself repeatedly that it is just a few hours I can do anything for a few hours..... I plan on getting thru the holiday a few hours at a time just like tonight.

You can do it for sure!