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Jacqui_D
07-25-2013, 07:43 PM
Edited to Add: After creating this thread (with a title that I can't change), I realized I am not doing the true Slow Carb Diet from the book The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. I am doing a modified version. It's working for me, but if you are looking for the real diet from the book, here is a link to that thread, but it hasn't been very active lately: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/other-reduced-carb-diets/242768-slow-carb-4-hour-body-diet.html, so whether you are on the true Slow Carb Diet or a modified version, you are welcome to post here! Now on to my original post...

I read about The Slow Carb Diet by following a blog link "How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow Carb Diet – Real Pics and Stories" on Huffington Post and I decided to give it a try. I believe this diet is related to the 4-Hour Diet or actually may be the 4-Hour Diet, only the blog did not specifically say so and did not focus on times to eat. I have been on this diet for 6 days now and have lost 6 lbs, which I know, of course, is water weight, but hey, I'll take it! I was stuck at the same weight for a long time before trying this. I believe this diet will be a good fit for my body, since I have a family history of insulin-related conditions. (Type 1 and 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia run in my family.) Cutting down on carbs makes sense to me. The gist of the diet is to eat lean meats and fish, eggs, legumes, and non-starchy veggies, and to avoid grains, dairy (except for cottage cheese), pasta, fruits (except for tomatoes and avocados), sweets, and starchy vegetables. However, each week there is a cheat day, in which you can eat anything on the forbidden list. The cheat day is recommended not just to help you stay on your diet but also to keep your metabolism from stalling. Again, this may be the 4-Hour Diet but I'm not positive. The blog was written by the author of The 4-Hour Diet and there is a reference to the book in the blog, but the diet is referred to as the Slow Carb Diet throughout the blog. Has anyone else tried this diet? Pros? Cons?


angelarm
07-27-2013, 03:23 AM
I haven't heard of that diet, but that's pretty much how I've been eating for the last couple months, and I'm finally having success. (After a long plateau while I was just calorie counting.) I really like eating low carb and I think it's helped a lot, but I can't give up my weekly pizza/cupcake treat, so I definitely do a high carb meal once a week. It's working for me! Glad to hear about your success on this plan and I'll check more into it.

Jacqui_D
07-28-2013, 10:05 PM
Hi Angelarm. I'm glad to hear this type of diet (even without a name) is working for you, because it's working really well for me so far and I truly want it to keep working! I'll tell you and anyone else who may be reading, it's not just the fact that I have lost weight quickly so far that excites me. It's that it's been really easy to follow, I no longer have cravings, and I didn't even have cravings or feel an urgency to overeat on my cheat day. That, to me, is a success in itself. It's like I'm no longer struggling with food. I yo-yo dieted for years and always my diet plan was to count calories, and I always failed in the long run. Each day took willpower. Some days were easy but some days were really hard, and when I'd slip up, I'd feel terribly guilty, defeated, and I'd fall of the wagon. Now, although it takes a discipline not to eat bread, potatoes, and sweets (out of habit) each day, it's no longer a struggle--maybe because quick carbs really have been affecting my insulin levels and now they aren't--and doing without those foods is not a big deal because on cheat day, I can have all those things. I love that there is nothing to feel guilty about, which means there is no reason to fall off the wagon. For the first time, I'm viewing food differently, not as my best friend or my enemy, and it's awesome! So I really, really hope this diet keeps helping me to lose weight. I admit I am cheating on one aspect of it: I have not given up my Diet Dr. Pepper, even though I am drinking much more water each day. So far, though, it hasn't negatively affected my weight loss, cravings, etc., so I guess until it does, I'll keep drinking it. (I know from past experience that when I stop, I will have four days of severe migraine headaches and I'm just not ready to volunteer for that yet, lol.) Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that this is finally the diet that will work for me...for good! :)


Jacqui_D
08-17-2013, 12:34 AM
I'm doing really well on this diet! I've lost an average of 1/2 lb a day for a total of 14 lbs so far. However, after reading more of the fine details of the Slow Carb Diet (btw the book it's from is called The Four-Hour Body, not The Four-Hour Diet), I find I can only claim to be following the diet loosely. For example, it says to eat the same meals over and over. I don't do that. It says not to begin the cheat day until after breakfast and to overeat on cheat day. I start cheat day as soon as the day begins, and I eat only until I feel full, just as on other days. It says to eat only lean, preferably organic meats. I eat whatever meats I want. It says to avoid ketchup and creamy salad dressings. I not only eat ketchup but also honey bbq sauce, and ranch salad dressing. It says to drink no more than 16 oz. of diet soda a day. I drink at least 24 oz. It says no cheese except cottage cheese, and although I don't eat cheese on anything else, I do add a little to my salads. It says no fruit except tomatoes and avocados, but I eat any of the veggie-like fruits, such as squash, cucumbers, etc. It's says to eat within an hour of waking up and not to eat late. I eat whenever I want. So I follow the diet for the most part on what foods to eat and avoid, however, not exactly, and as for the other rules, I kind of ignore those. But hey, my way is working for me so far! And it's still really easy. I'm kind of amazed by it.

cheeriloos
08-19-2013, 12:00 PM
This is what I'm doing in a nutshell and is great,I have no cravings and when I want something sweet,I mix frozen berries with splenda, (but when that's coming I will start using stevia),and top whipped cream, virtually guilt free

Jacqui_D
09-20-2013, 10:37 PM
Cheeri, your weight loss is just amazing! As for me, at the two-month mark, I'm down 20 lbs! And it's still easy...incredible!

MrsKevin
09-30-2013, 10:33 PM
Very interesting post--- will be watching this one! Nice job, ladies :)

TwoTots
10-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Are you still following this diet? i'm interested in your meal plans.

Jacqui_D
10-23-2013, 04:44 PM
Hi TwoTots, yes! I've lost 27 lbs now and it still seems easy to me. Again this is a modified version of the Slow Carb Diet, but here is what I do in a nutshell:

For 6 days of the week, I eat
--meat (and not necessarily lean or organic)
--fish
--legumes
--eggs
--non-potato veggies
--veggie-like fruits (like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash)
--nuts and seeds in moderation
--peanut butter (not natural, just store brand)
--cottage cheese
--black olives
--condiments (including honey bbq sauce)
--salad dressings (usually ranch)
and I drink
--6 8 oz of water a day
--Diet Dr. Pepper
--Green tea

For these 6 days, I avoid
--breads and grains (including corn)
--pasta
--dairy (other than eggs and cottage cheese)
--fruits (except veggie-like fruits)
--potatoes
--sweets

I count no calories. I count no carbs. I don't eat every 4 hours (like the book says). I don't pay attention to numbers at all. I eat when I'm hungry. I stop when I'm full, and I try not to eat late at night (although if I'm hungry, I will).

The 7th day of the week (I've chosen Saturday) is an allowed and even recommended Cheat Day. Woohoo! I eat WHATEVER I want as much as I want, but again, I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I do gain between .5 and 2.5 lbs the day after cheat day, but it's just water weight and it falls back off in the next couple of days while I continue to lose fat. It's all figured into the plan, so I don't worry about it.

On this diet, I never feel "starved" because my blood sugar no longer spikes and drops daily on a high-carb diet, and I'm never tempted to break my diet or binge on forbidden foods because I can have them on Cheat Day. Also, I'm not much of an exerciser, but I try to walk for 20-30 minutes each day.

A typical breakfast for me is 2 boiled eggs. But if I want tunafish or steak or cottage cheese, etc., I'll eat those things. For lunch I may have a large salad loaded with all kinds of veggies, egg, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, chopped walnuts, and a meat like chopped up turkey or ham or pepperoni slices and ranch dressing. For snacks, I tend to choose from nuts, black olives, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter and celery, cottage cheese, veggies and ranch dressing--just something to hold me over. For dinner, I'll typically have meat and veggies and a small salad. I don't worry about portion sizes because I stop eating when I feel full, and any time I want a snack, I'll have one.

So that's it! :D

TwoTots
10-28-2013, 02:34 AM
Hi Jacqui D. Thank you for all this information. I'm starting this diet today. Well done on your fantastic weightless. I will post later and tell you how I'm getting on.

Jacqui_D
10-28-2013, 09:09 PM
Hi Jacqui D. Thank you for all this information. I'm starting this diet today. Well done on your fantastic weightless. I will post later and tell you how I'm getting on.

I hope it works for you! :crossed: I'm looking forward to your update!

Jacqui_D
11-14-2013, 11:59 AM
Yesterday, continuing on today, is a bit of a milestone. I am back down to my lowest weight in 4 years, which is also the weight I was when I lost my motivation to keep counting calories and jumped off the weight loss wagon 4 years ago. My old green ticker, which I keep in my signature as a reminder, shows my progress back in 2009. It took me until 2013 to give weight loss another go, and this time I am so glad that I didn't go back to counting calories, the plan I had always used, the plan on which I yo-yoed for 30 years. It works for many people, but it didn't work for me because I never stuck to it. My motivation this time is not at all diminished, because this diet hasn't been a struggle for me. I've steadily lost 32 lbs and I eat whatever I want every single week. Of course, I don't know if I could have followed the true Slow Carb Diet from the book The Four-Hour Body. Would I have lost weight more quickly if I had? Probably, but that's a big "if I had." Modifying the diet worked for me, and being on the diet, even if it is a modified version, has helped me to accept that a diet doesn't have to be all-or-nothing. (i.e. I can have a cheat day, and simple moderate exercise is fine.) It has helped me to accept that my weight will fluctuate up and not to get excited about it because it will go back down. (Every day after cheat day my weight goes up, but in the next week, it almost always all comes back off and then some. If it will do that after a cheat day, it will certainly go back down after fluctuations when I haven't even cheated, like on days when hormones have an effect.) Accepting those ideas was huge for me. It has made all the difference, and without this diet, I don't know that I could have accepted them. I was so rigid while counting calories that any lapse in following the plan exactly played a mental number on me, making me feel guilty like I had blown it, and always eventually led to my failure. And no matter how hard I tried, I could not follow the plan exactly for more than 6 months. I was hungry. I felt deprived. I wanted sweets. I didn't want 1/2 cup portions. I wanted my Diet Dr. Pepper. On this diet, I drink Diet Dr. Pepper everyday, I eat until I'm full, and I can have sweets on cheat day every single week. I don't feel deprived. It's easy. I don't know that it would be for everybody--I don't think everyone can or wants to give up certain foods for 6 days a week--but wow, is it ever for me! So, I've been logging my weight loss progress since August (I began the diet on July 19th), and now that I am back down to my lowest weight in 4 years, I thought I'd include my log here to show the journey it took to get here:

Week 1--High 201.5 lbs, Low 200 lbs
8/3-201 Cheat Day
8/4-201.5
8/5-201 TOM (a week late)
8/6-201
8/7-201
8/8-201
8/9-200

Week 2--High 200 lbs, Low 197 lbs
8/10-200 Cheat Day
8/11-201
8/12-200
8/13-202
8/14-200
8/15-199 Onederland!
8/16-197

Week 3--High 199 lbs, Low 197 lbs
8/17-197 Cheat Day
8/18-199
8/19-199
8/20-197
8/21-197
8/22-197
8/23-199
8/24-199 TOM (2nd time in 1 month, thanks age 52, lol!)

Week 4--High 199.5 lbs, Low 196 lbs
8/25-198.5 Cheat Day
8/26-199.5
8/27-197
8/28-197
8/29-196 No longer in overweight BMI category!
8/30-196

Week 5--High 196.5 lbs, Low 195 lbs
8/31-195 Cheat Day
9/1-196.5
9/2-196.5
9/3-196.5
9/4-196
9/5-195
9/6-195

Week 6--High 197 lbs, Low 195 lbs
9/7-196 Cheat Day
9/8-197
9/9-197
9/10-197
9/11-197
9/12-197
9/13-195

Week 7--High 196.5 lbs, Low 191 lbs
9/14-194.5 Cheat Day
9/15-196.5
9/16-196
9/17-195
9/18-193
9/19-191 TOM
9/20-191

Week 8--High 191 lbs, Low 188.5 lbs
9/21-189 Cheat Day
9/22-191
9/23-191
9/24-190
9/25-189
9/26-189
9/27-188.5

Week 9--High 190.5 lbs, Low 187 lbs
9/28-188.5 Cheat Day
9/29-190.5
9/30-189
10/1-189
10/2-189
10/3-187
10/4-187

Week 10--High 190 lbs, Low 185.5 lbs
10/5-186.5 Cheat Day
10/6-189
10/7-188.5
10/8-190
10/9-188.5
10/10-186.5
10/11-185.5

Week 11--High 188.5 lbs, Low 185 lbs
10/12-185 Cheat Day
10/13-185.5
10/14-186
10/15-186.5 TOM
10/16-187.5
10/17-188.5
10/18-188

Week 12--High 186.5 lbs, Low 184 lbs
10/19-184.5 Cheat Day
10/20-186.5
10/21-185.5
10/22-184.5
10/23-184
10/24-185.5
10/25-184.5

Week 13--High 184.5 lbs, Low 181.5 lbs
10/26-183 Cheat Day
10/27-184.5
10/28-183
10/29-183.5
10/30-182.5
10/31-183
11/1-181.5

Week 14--High 185.5 lbs, Low 180.5 lbs
11/2-183.5 Cheat Day
11/3-185.5
11/4-184
11/5-184.5
11/6-183
11/7-181
11/8-180.5

Week 15--
11/9-181 Cheat Day
11/10-180
11/11-181
11/12-179.5
11/13-179 Back down to my lowest weight since 2009!
11/14-179

TwoTots
11-14-2013, 04:30 PM
Hello Jacqui. Well done you on your weight loss. I started this diet last Monday. I lost 7 lbs before cheat day (Saturday). I gained 4lbs!!!!! after cheat day. But those 4lbs and 2 more are now gone. I fell very calm inside while doing this diet. The cravings are there but not so intense. I feel more forgiving of myself, if I'm hungry I eat some nuts or have extra veg and meat. I love my spoonful of peanut butter every night. It's early days yet but I'm feeling good about this.

Jacqui_D
11-14-2013, 08:58 PM
TwoTots, congrats! That deserves some dancing things! :carrot: :broc: :cb: You are doing so well! And I know exactly what you mean about feeling calmer. It's like you don't always have to be on guard, watching and waiting for when you might not be able to (gasp) resist eating. You can eat! Like you said, have some nuts, some veggies, some meat. It's okay! I'm glad the diet is working out so well for you! And for me, lol! I'm still amazed by it! :yes:

TwoTots
11-15-2013, 01:48 AM
Hi Jacqui. Let's continue to post our updates here. I'm down two more pounds today. I'm a bit amazed at the weightless. After cheat day and up 4 I panicked a bit. But it's still going. True weigh in tomorrow.

Jacqui_D
11-15-2013, 09:32 AM
TwoTots, good idea, and if anyone else is doing the Slow Carb Diet, modified or not, I hope they'll feel free to join in! It's nice to have a place where we can talk about this specific diet, what we're eating, if/how we're exercising, how it's going along the way. You are down two more lbs?! :carrot: It is just falling off you! Good luck with your weigh-in tomorrow! Hey, cheat day was a little scary to me at first too, lol! Let's face it, we're not used to eating like that! We've always had to stick to strict diets, and now here this diet is saying eat what you want, you'll gain a few lbs, but it will come back off and then some. That takes a lot of trust! How do they know it will come back off? But it does, lol! As long as we can be patient, it always comes back off. I've learned to become a lot more patient with all water fluctuations now, because our weights do fluctuate day to day, no matter what weight loss plan we use or how "on plan" we stay. Hormones and natural bodily processes all play a part in it. Now I just accept that my weight is going to go up and down and maintain on different days but in the big picture, it just keeps going down! I know what you mean about being amazed by this diet. It still amazes me! Well now, I have some big news! I hit my 2nd mini-goal this morning! I weigh 178 this morning, which is the lowest I've weighed in 13 years! :woohoo:

Week 15--High 181, Low 178
11/9-181 Cheat Day
11/10-180
11/11-181
11/12-179.5
11/13-179 Back down to my lowest weight since 2009!
11/14-179
11/15-178 Back down to my lowest weight since 2000!

TwoTots
11-16-2013, 03:32 AM
Good morning. Well done Jacqui. What a fantastic feeling. I wonder if I can hit my first goal by Christmas. It's the morning of my cheat day! I'm excited.So this week although I went up 4 lbs after cheat day I have lost those 4 plus another 3lbs making my weightloss 10lbs in a little less than 2 weeks!!! Going good. I'm finding that I am cooking more, preparing more foods to have on hand, particularly meat and veg. I'm using my crockpot loads. this week Ive made, stew, lump of ham, pulled pork, a meat and bean chili. I used to avoid going out to try and avoid the temptation of food and alcohol but this allowed cheat day makes it doable.

Jacqui_D
11-16-2013, 11:36 AM
TwoTots, 10 lbs! :yay: That is fantastic! If you don't hit your first goal by Christmas, I bet you'll be awfully close! As for me, I'm down another lb today to 177! I've had a lot of luck dropping pounds this week. I'm not sure why. I have increased my green tea consumption and I wonder if that has something to do with it. I've also added Mio flavoring to my water so I think I'm drinking more water too. I'm not drinking much Diet Dr. Pepper right now, just 2-3 little sips a day (and that's only because I always have a can next to me). Normally, I have one cup of green tea in the morning and maybe one in the evening, but I've been drinking 2 pots a day the last few days. I've been battling head congestion this week with the weather changing and the hot green tea has been soothing. I went online to see if I might be drinking too much green tea because 2 pots is at least 6 cups, and there was one doctor that recommended 8-10 cups. Many recommended 4, so I'm not going to worry about drinking 6, especially if it might be contributing to my losing pounds! Oh and crockpots are wonderful! They were just made for the types of foods that are right for us to eat! The dishes you made this week sound delicious! Besides the crockpot, I'm also making use of Ziplock Zip n' Steam bags, which quickly steam foods in the microwave. They are very handy for whipping up steamed veggies in no time! My hubby is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so the steam bags make it easy for me to make my own healthy veggies on the side. They also steam chicken and fish, so they work out really well. And hey, it's my cheat day too! I had a piece of carrot cake for breakfast, lol! I think cheat day is just brilliant. I don't know if I've ever stuck to a diet over Christmas because who can resist Christmas dinner and Christmas treats? But this year, I'll just make sure I save cheat day for Christmas Day! I'm looking forward to it, and then I'll be able to go right back to low carb as usual! Love it!

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17:
11/18:
11/19:
11/20:
11/21:
11/22:

ShelBl
11-16-2013, 05:08 PM
Hello!!

I've been hearing about this program and doing some reading, and I think it sounds like a good fit for me.

I'll be starting slowly, as I'm not in a position to just throw away the groceries I have and the upcoming week is challenge filled enough without adding a whole new list of dietary demands to it.

Any words of wisdom on the "detox" phase, when coming off carbs? Ideas to overcome the urge to eat an entire cake after a bad day, or something like that? I think the biggest reason I've always had a knee jerk negative reaction to no carb is that I know full well I self medicate with food, so the junkie coming off the drug analogy isn't really that far off for me.

I'm encouraged by the numbers progress that everyone is having, but more encouraged by the change it seems to be making in how everyone is feeling. Looking forward to reporting progress of my own. :)

Edit: Also, what are your thoughts on juice while on this? Am I okay as long as I'm only juicing no or low carb veggies? I know I was on WW for a while, and juicing on Points is just setting yourself up for failure. Any body have any experience with this?

Jacqui_D
11-16-2013, 08:49 PM
Hi Shel! Since you will be starting slowly because of the groceries you still have left, why don't you focus on weaning yourself off carbs? Just slowly start cutting them out. That might make the transaction easier. However, I would wait to have a full-on cheat day until I had been off the "bad" carbs for 5 days. As for emotional eating, well, going low carb helps with cravings associated with blood sugar levels, but emotional and/or boredom eating is a whole other ballgame. The good news is that's where 3FC comes in! Whenever you want to eat because of emotions or boredom, come on here and post instead. Post in as many threads as it takes but stay out of the kitchen! And repeat this mantra: "I can have it on cheat day." That phrase, especially when I was starting out, made all the difference for me. The way I figure it, I am just so happy to be on a diet with a recommended weekly cheat day that the least I can do is wait till cheat day to cheat, lol! I do think the longer you are on this diet, the easier all kinds of cravings will become. You just won't think of food in the same way. As for juicing, well, I'm not following the Slow Carb Diet as it's written in the book, so I'm all for modifying it to work for you, as long as the modification does work for you. I'd recommend giving juicing with low-carb veggies a try and if it doesn't interfere with your efforts, keep it. Of course, someone following the book plan to the tee may have a different opinion and if you are following the book diet, you may want to try to find out what the book recommends. Anyway, that's my 2 cents! I hope this diet works for you as well as it has for me! :D

Jacqui_D
11-17-2013, 10:10 AM
Yay! Yesterday was cheat day and I only gained a half-lb! I'm surprised because I had a big slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing and lots of York Peppermint Patty Pieces (which are like mint M&M's), a slice of pizza, and a double large helping of spaghetti and meatballs! I thought I'd gain at least a couple of lbs. Not only that but TOM came to visit so I figured that would add at least another lb or 2! I did continue to drink 2 pots of green tea, as well as drink Mio water, so maybe that helped. In any event, I hope it's going to be another good week! Even if it's a slow week, I've already lost 6 lbs this month so I'm pretty happy!

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18:
11/19:
11/20:
11/21:
11/22:

napper
11-18-2013, 06:23 PM
I am really wanting to jump on the low carb/hi protein diet, is there a protein gram goal I should be aiming for daily?

Jacqui_D
11-18-2013, 09:39 PM
Hi napper! I personally do not count carbs or protein grams, but I believe the actual 4-Hour Body Slow Carb Diet recommends that you consume at least 20 grams of protein per meal, especially breakfast.

Jacqui_D
11-18-2013, 09:44 PM
I'm up another half lb today, which is no big deal. I've accepted that daily fluctuations are all a part of the weight loss process. The big picture is all that matters! :yes:

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19:
11/20:
11/21:
11/22:

napper
11-19-2013, 07:02 AM
Usually when I commit to a diet (and I have "committed" to a few), I usually make a sweep of the good stuff in the kitchen ~~~ only to replace the same good stuff in a week or so :mad:. Knowing I will have a cheat day seems to really change my attitude this time. Hope to set-up my ticker and stats and such sometime this week. Thanks for being such an inspiration.
Cheryl

Jacqui_D
11-19-2013, 07:50 AM
How sweet, thanks Cheryl! I hope this diet works for you! I have yo-yo-dieted for most my life, and this is the first time I feel "calm" about my diet. It really is a great fit for me. As for your "goodies" that you normally clear out of your kitchen, if you think they might be too big of a temptation until cheat day, you could always designate a section of your cabinets and/or refrigerator for cheat day foods and then cover them up (with a dish towel or grocery bags or aluminum foil, anything) until cheat day. If you don't think they will be hard to resist because you know you have a cheat day coming up and you can have them then, then great! I have all kinds of goodies in my kitchen because my hubby is not on a diet and he absolutely loves carbs and I mean the worst and yummiest out there, lol! In fact, we just went grocery shopping last night and as we were walking through the bakery section and he was picking out cookies, I kind of marveled by how unaffected I felt in being surrounded by all the breads and baked goods. For the first time ever, I feel like food really has lost its power over me! :dance:

Jacqui_D
11-19-2013, 07:55 AM
I got busy yesterday and definitely didn't drink enough water (a no-no, especially with TOM visiting). I want to improve on that today!

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20:
11/21:
11/22:

pnkrckpixikat
11-19-2013, 10:23 PM
Ok, Jacqui after reading that book you recommended on another thread (at least I think it was you!) (why we get fat and what to do about it[?]) I am gonna give this whole low carb thing an actual try instead of just watching my carbs and trying to keep them nearish to 100. You said earlier in this thread you don't count carbs or protien but do you have a guesstimate for carbs? are you counting cals at all? the whole idea of ditching counting cals is kind of anxiety causing for me lol

Jacqui_D
11-20-2013, 11:52 AM
Hi Pixikat! Maybe Joy recommended the book since she's a librarian. It sounds like a good one! And no, I have NO idea how many carbs or calories I eat! I just eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. That's it! I agree this diet can be scary at first. You're not counting anything, and you're trusting that you'll lose the weight after cheat day, but when I started, the way I figured it, what did I have to lose in trying? Counting calories wasn't working for me because I couldn't stick to it, and the only other option I gave myself was not dieting at all, so I didn't have anything to lose if this diet didn't work out. I'm so glad it did! In fact, I am down to a new low this morning! I weigh 176.5! So my advice is give it a try. That's the only way you'll know if it works for you. I hope it does! :D

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5 :woohoo:
11/21:
11/22:

TwoTots
11-21-2013, 01:18 AM
Good morning all.My weight this week is stuck. I went up 4lbs after cheat day, TOM came along and I haven't dropped any more this week. it is a bummer, but I will take it in my stride and see how it goes after the next few days. I'm crazy busy in work. lovely to see some new posters. Welcome pixicat and napper. Well done you Jacqui, do you notice no weightloss around your periods?

Jacqui_D
11-21-2013, 08:15 AM
TwoTots, Yes, I typically do notice a whoosh of water weight a few days into TOM. I went back and added my beginning TOM days to the weight log I posted earlier, so you can see how it's had an effect on my daily weight fluctuations. I wish I could say it does the exact same thing every time, but it doesn't. I'm not sure if that's because of my age (52) and things are starting to go a little wacky, or not. Hang in there! It's unfortunate that your cheat day lbs and TOM lined up back to back and kept your weight up, but eventually it will drop back off. It's water weight after all! Just make sure you're drinking enough water, because your body will hoard water if it thinks it's not getting enough daily.

Today, I am holding steady at 176.5. :cp:

Week 16-
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22:

Jacqui_D
11-21-2013, 09:24 AM
So, I think I'm going to try to wean myself off Diet Dr. Pepper. Honestly, I don't know if I'll ever be able to give it up completely, I definitely have an addiction, but I've just read horrid things about diet soda lately, and most recently that the sodium benzoate in Diet Dr. Pepper causes cell damage by damaging the DNA in the mitochondria. :fr: Scary!!! Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have even replaced sodium benzoate with potassium benzoate, but of course, I just looked at the ingredients of Diet Dr. Pepper, and it's still in there! During the winter, I tend to drink more hot green tea and less cold diet soda. If I can just get into the habit of brewing green tea in the warmer months and making iced green tea, maybe I can get away from Diet Dr. Pepper altogether. My body--cells, kidneys, metabolism, teeth--would thank me I'm sure!

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/diet-soda-bad-you

Jacqui_D
11-22-2013, 09:00 AM
Up a half-lb this morning. Will be focusing on drinking enough water today. I had salted pumpkin seeds last night, and it's probably my imagination, but I swear I can still taste the salt, lol! :dunno:

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Jacqui_D
11-24-2013, 07:49 AM
Yesterday was cheat day. I weighed 177. This morning I weigh 179. It could have been worse! I questioned if I should take a full-on cheat day yesterday since I knew I'd be substituting the next Saturday cheat day for Thanksgiving Thursday instead, but from cheat day to cheat day, it's still five days apart so I went ahead with it. But oh my, did I ever overdo it on junk food yesterday, ick! That was my one regret. I wish I had gone for healthier cheat foods, like a pasta dish, fruit, yogurt, etc, but no, I ate candy and chips, a fast food sandwich, a piece of pecan pie, which was sickeningly sweet. I was just being lazy eating whatever was quick instead of having to prepare something or fight the grocery lines to go get better food options, and what I ended up eating was pretty gross. I feel like I wasted cheat day, if that makes any sense, and I have no one to blame but myself. And the thing is, the more I ate super sweet and junky foods, the more sluggish and lazy I felt. Today, I'm actually looking forward to my hard-boiled eggs and salads, lol! To think that I used to eat like I did yesterday quite often...wow. Maybe the 3rd purpose of cheat day is to gross you out so you won't want to eat like that anymore, lol!

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17:
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179

Jacqui_D
11-25-2013, 08:26 AM
Back down a lb to 178! :cp:

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17:
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26:
11/27:
11/28: Thanksgiving!
11/29:

Jacqui_D
11-26-2013, 10:37 AM
Lol, I didn't intend for this thread to become a journal for me, so if anyone else wants to join in, please do! Meanwhile, I guess I'll just keep writing about my progress! :D

Holding steady at 178. I wonder if it's time for me to have a bit of a stall. Weeks 3-6 in my weight loss log, I was stuck for a while around 197. I believe 197 is a set point for my body, and I anticipated that I'd have a tough time moving beyond its reach. I can't remember 100% what my set point was below that (because it's been so long), but it seems to me it was 178/179-ish, so I won't be surprised if I rattle around in the upper 170's/low 180's for a few weeks. I know some people don't believe in set points, but I definitely do. I think there are certain weights at which your body naturally maintains, where it settles in, and whether you are on your way up or down, it will tend to go back to that weight. The thought that my body is making adjustments to abandon this set point for a lower one is a great thought, and I can be as patient as I need to be for that to happen! Set point or not though, I know I'll be going back into the 180's because of Thanksgiving, which I am definitely making my cheat day! Woohoo! :hungry:

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17:
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26: 178
11/27:
11/28: Thanksgiving!
11/29:

llorence
11-26-2013, 10:50 PM
Hi Jacqui_D,
I have a question. I am doing Ideal Protein, except, not really because I went off on my own and buy my own "spaceman" food now for much cheaper than it cost me at the doctor's office. But then again, I am not really doing Ideal Protein, it recently occurred to me, because I use fat liberally and never count it at all.
Reading your posts got me to thinking about this way of dieting again. I have read Gary Taubes and that's probably why I use fat in my diet while most IPers do not. But my question is this: What is the purpose of the cheat day? And doesn't it throw your body out of ketosis? I read it takes several days to get back into ketosis, but maybe ketosis isn't the underlying thing that's working for you?

I have to admit, I like the idea of a cheat day where I could have good, old fashioned pizza and a glass of wine again. :) But at the same time, I do not want to jeopardize what I've already lost. (nearly 40 lbs!)
Thanks!

Jacqui_D
11-27-2013, 09:14 AM
Hi llorence! The purpose of the cheat day according to Tim Ferriss, the creator of the Slow Carb Diet, is 1) to keep you from feeling deprived so that you will stick to the diet long-term, and 2) to shake up your metabolism each week to keep it burning efficiently. What you suspect about ketosis being affected may be right, but I don't know for sure, because ketosis is not what I'm going for. It's not something I consider. What I'm going for is not having my blood sugar spike and drop sharply every few hours, since that roller coaster ride leads to insulin resistance and basically causes non-stop hunger. I can certainly understand if you have lost nearly 40 lbs (congrats!!!) that you would be reluctant to try something different because what you are doing is working for you! However, if you reach a point when it stops working for you, like if you experience a true plateau or if you reach a point when you just don't think you can stick to your diet anymore, you might consider giving this diet a try. (Btw, although I don't drink wine, I know that one glass of wine a day is allowed on the Slow Carb Diet.) The one warning I have for people about this diet is if you are the type of person who may be triggered to keep eating bad carbs because of a cheat day, this diet is not a good fit for you. Having said that, I want to point out that I would have thought I was that type of person. I was such a strict calorie-counter that if I slipped up, ate an unauthorized cookie or whatever, that was it! I was off the diet! I was completely all or nothing. But there was something about a cheat day being incorporated into this diet, being an actual part of the plan, that somehow made it okay in my all-or-nothing brain to participate in it. If I was staying on plan by taking a cheat day, then well, I was staying on plan! I wasn't breaking the diet. I was adhering to it! I did modify the diet from the start since I knew there were things I wasn't going to do (like give up ranch dressing), but that was okay to me too, as long as I stuck to the modified diet. And I do. I do not eat breads/grains, pasta, potatoes, fruit, dairy, or sweets on any day but cheat day, not one teeny-tiny bite, but it really does feel easy to me, because "I can have it on cheat day." The temptation has been removed, along with the hunger from blood sugar spikes and drops! This diet is a good fit for me. But for anyone who would be triggered by a cheat day, I do not recommend it. Another low carb diet like Atkins or IP probably would be better for them. Since you are already doing a modified version of the IP diet, you might consider modifying it a little more and adding a cheat day (if a cheat day won't trigger you), but again, I understand how scary that thought can be, especially since what you are doing is working so well for you! Whatever you decide, good luck!

Jacqui_D
11-27-2013, 09:16 AM
Back down a half-lb! :D

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17:
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26: 178
11/27: 177.5
11/28: Thanksgiving!
11/29:

llorence
11-27-2013, 04:30 PM
Thanks Jacqui_D!
You have given me a lot to think about. :) I so appreciate the quick response. I was thinking exactly what you suggested: why not try incorporating a cheat day and see how it goes. Giving up dairy during the week wouldn't be easy, and incorporating legumes would actually be hard on me too, but really, otherwise, I am nearly doing the same thing as your slow carb now, so perhaps it is what I need to try next. (I do think I've hit a slow patch--maybe not a real plateau, but nearly, so I feel I need to shake things up a bit.) The idea that this doesn't let your metabolism get used to any one thing is intriguing!
Thanks again, so much, for helping me understand this idea.
LLorence

Jacqui_D
11-28-2013, 09:12 AM
LLorence, you are certainly welcome! I'm glad I could help! As for the legumes and dairy, I personally don't eat a lot of legumes, no more than once a week, and my daughter who is also doing a modified Slow Carb Diet has added some dairy, since it's low in carbs, in limited amounts to her menu. The reason dairy isn't allowed on the Slow Carb Diet is not because of high carbs but because dairy protein amino acids spike insulin, although I did read an article that said dairy has a positive effect on insulin resistance! http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/science-says-dairy-is-good-for-insulin. So for me the jury is still out on dairy. I did mention before that I add a little sprinkle of shredded cheese to my salads and also that cottage cheese is allowed. I forgot to mention that I also use butter for cooking if I need to. The real Slow Carb Diet prefers ghee, but I just use butter. It's not like I ever use a lot of it. Anyway, feel free to post your continued progress here if you like, since you are basically doing a modified slow carb diet now (with the fats, it does seem to be closer to Slow Carb than IP) and especially if you add a cheat day! :)

Jacqui_D
11-28-2013, 09:18 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! :thanks2: I am happy to report that I am back down to 177! (It's always nice when I match my ticker, lol!) I fully anticipate being back up in the 180's tomorrow though! :hungry:

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17:
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26: 178
11/27: 177.5
11/28: 177 Thanksgiving!
11/29:

Jacqui_D
11-29-2013, 09:00 AM
I weigh 178.5 today!!! I am so excited about that! I was convinced and had resigned myself to the fact that I would be back up in the 180's, and it was okay because I knew I would lose it again, but to go up only 1.5 pounds is so surprising! I mean, I had 4 pumpkin-spiced cream cheese-iced mini muffins for breakfast. For Thanksgiving dinner, I had turkey (there was no stuffing :(), mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, noodles, green beans, deviled eggs, jello marshmallow salad, and a roll with butter. I drank 2 glasses of sweet iced tea. For dessert I had lemon meringue pie. I snacked on pumpkin kisses and chocolate covered nuts before and after dinner. In the evening I had a turkey sandwich on white cream bread, jello marshmallow salad, carrot cake with cream cheese icing for dessert, and 2 cups of hot tea with sugar and cream. There was nothing "diet" about what I ate yesterday! I will say in Thanksgivings past, I ate much bigger helpings and many more helpings. Yesterday, I was stuffed but I wasn't overstuffed. Even so, with all those carbs, I am just so surprised and delighted that I only weigh 178.5! :woohoo:

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17: High-179, Low 177
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26: 178
11/27: 177.5
11/28: 177 Thanksgiving Cheat Day
11/29: 178.5

Kizzy
11-29-2013, 10:39 AM
Wow!!! Congrats girl!! I went through this whole post and I'm VERY proud of you! I'm new here, but I look up to you c: You really are doing just fantastic! <3

Jacqui_D
11-30-2013, 09:30 AM
Kizzy, thank you so much for telling me that! That is just so sweet and has brightened my day! :hug:

Jacqui_D
11-30-2013, 09:44 AM
Today, I am back down a half-lb! :carrot: I have to admit I'm going to miss having a cheat day today as I watch the Ohio State-Michigan football game! Go Bucks! :cheer: But a veggie tray and some meatballs in the crockpot will work out just fine! :yes:

11/30: 178
12/1:
12/2:
12/3
12/4:
12/5:
12/6:

Jacqui_D
12-01-2013, 10:31 AM
So much for that half-lb loss, lol! I'm back up to 178.5, but hey, daily fluctuations happen! I know some people get very upset when their weight goes up when they've been staying on plan, but the way I see it, it's nothing to take personally, because dieting or not, our weight is going to fluctuate because of the water it holds and releases on a daily basis. I also still have the sneaking suspicion that my body is trying to work past a set point, and being 178.5 is much better than being in the 180's, where I thought I would be right now!! :D

11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2:
12/3
12/4:
12/5:
12/6:

Jacqui_D
12-02-2013, 09:58 AM
Yay! I'm back down to 177 today! :trampo: Maybe my body is ready to move away from the 178 mark now. That would be fun, lol! In any event, it's a great way to start a Monday! :D

11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2: 177
12/3
12/4:
12/5:
12/6:

pnkrckpixikat
12-02-2013, 03:06 PM
Keep it up Jacqui!!!

Jacqui_D
12-03-2013, 08:21 AM
Aw, Pixikat, thanks! A little bit of encouragement goes a long way! :hug: And you are doing wonderfully with your new Atkins way of eating! I'm so proud of you! I really think you found the key in going low carb!

Jacqui_D
12-03-2013, 09:21 AM
177 again today! I was thinking 178 was my set point, but maybe it's 177, not that it makes a difference. It's just I've been lingering at the 177-178 mark for 3 weeks now, so I do think I've run into a set point, like I did in weeks 2-6.

I'd like to do a comparison of my last set point, 197 lbs, with what I think is a set point now. For this comparison, I'm going to use 177/177.5 lbs as the set point. I hit 197 lbs 12 times over a 4-week period (only the last day of week 2). I thought I had escaped it in week 5, but it faked me out, lol! Now, I've hit 177/177.5 lbs 8 times. It will be interesting to see if this time around follows any kind of similar pattern to last time. Of course, if my body wants to move away from 177 sooner than it did 197, I'm all for it, lol! :D

Week 2--High 200 lbs, Low 197 lbs
8/10-200 Cheat Day
8/11-201
8/12-200
8/13-202
8/14-200
8/15-199 Onederland!
8/16-197

Week 3--High 199 lbs, Low 197 lbs
8/17-197 Cheat Day
8/18-199
8/19-199
8/20-197
8/21-197
8/22-197
8/23-199
8/24-199 TOM (2nd time in 1 month, thanks age 52, lol!)

Week 4--High 199.5 lbs, Low 196 lbs
8/25-198.5 Cheat Day
8/26-199.5
8/27-197
8/28-197
8/29-196 No longer in overweight BMI category!
8/30-196

Week 5--High 196.5 lbs, Low 195 lbs
8/31-195 Cheat Day
9/1-196.5
9/2-196.5
9/3-196.5
9/4-196
9/5-195
9/6-195

Week 6--High 197 lbs, Low 195 lbs
9/7-196 Cheat Day
9/8-197
9/9-197
9/10-197
9/11-197
9/12-197
9/13-195

Week 16: High-178, Low-176.5
11/16: 177 Cheat Day TOM
11/17: 177.5
11/18: 178
11/19: 178
11/20: 176.5
11/21: 176.5
11/22: 177

Week 17: High-179, Low 177
11/23: 177 Cheat Day
11/24: 179
11/25: 178
11/26: 178
11/27: 177.5
11/28: 177 Thanksgiving Cheat Day
11/29: 178.5

Week 18:
11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2: 177
12/3: 177
12/4:
12/5:
12/6:

pnkrckpixikat
12-03-2013, 11:12 AM
it looks like it might indeed be a new set point. Mine fall about every 20 lbs and that is 20lbs lol

souvenirdarling
12-03-2013, 02:22 PM
I just read parts of the book and am really unimpressed with it. I wish you lots of success with the method, and please write a better written success story! ;)

Jacqui_D
12-03-2013, 05:36 PM
Pixikat, that's what I figure! :yes:

Souvenirdarling, I have never read The Four-Hour Body. I learned about the Slow Carb Diet online, and since I'm doing a modified version of it, I see no reason to read the book. My modified version is working for me, so I'm not interested in changing it at this time. If the book is not well-written, that's even more of a reason for me not to worry about reading it! :D.

TwoTots
12-04-2013, 01:46 AM
Good morning. I haven't posted in a while but I'm still plugging along. I had a few rough days, my old mind games with myself reappeared but am back on track. I am still down 7 lbs. well done Jacqui on your continued weightloss. I'm at 219 today. Saturday will be my cheat day so hopefully I will be back down to nearer 216 by then.

TwoTots
12-04-2013, 01:52 AM
We are having a staff party today in work, everyone has to bring a plate. i think I will bring a plate of cold meats and an egg salad. Here's to holding strong against temptation.

Jacqui_D
12-04-2013, 08:42 AM
TwoTots, good to see you again and great job getting back on track! My fingers are crossed for you today as you attend your staff party. You are taking some good food choices and hopefully there will be a veggie tray too. Just keep in mind that you can have anything you want to eat on Saturday, anything at all! It's just food. It has no power over you. You are in control! Just think about how wonderful being thinner and healthier is going to feel! :dust: Now, if you just really want to spurge today, you like the foods you see there today better than anything you think you might have on Saturday, well then just switch cheat days. You can't have both today and Saturday as cheat days though. You'll have to choose! But I think you already have a good head's start to stay on plan with the cold meats and egg salad today! :crossed:

Jacqui_D
12-04-2013, 09:10 AM
I am down to 176 today! Woohoo! That's 35 lbs in 4 1/2 months! I never dreamed when I started this that I'd be 35 lbs lighter right now! And that's with eating whatever I want one day every week and only walking for exercise! I cannot express how big of a change this is from what I used to do (and what I could never stick to doing long-term)! I can't believe how easy this is by comparison! I had a girlfriend ask me just yesterday, "Do you ever just like sneak a potato chip here and there," and the answer to that is no, I don't. If it's not cheat day, I'm not cheating (and "cheat day" is not even a good description since you are still on plan by having a cheat day)! Maybe that's why this works. I don't know! I'm just still amazed by it! And happy! :carrot: :broc: :cb:

Week 18:
11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2: 177
12/3: 177
12/4: 176
12/5:
12/6:

Jacqui_D
12-05-2013, 09:39 AM
I'm down another half lb! :dancer: Of course, I haven't forgotten Week 5. I went down to 195 and in Week 6 spiked back up to my set point of 197. I'll be ready for that this time, lol! But still, I can always hope my 175.5 will stick! 171 is my goal weight for December and it would be lovely to reach it! I really thought I might be back up today. I had dinner (a steak, broccoli salad, egg salad, and some walnuts) later than I had planned last night. It was a nice surprise to be down this morning! Thanks whoosh fairy! :D

Week 18:
11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2: 177
12/3: 177
12/4: 176
12/5: 175.5
12/6:

TwoTots
12-06-2013, 05:09 AM
Well done Jacqui. It's always such a lovely surprise to see the numbers on the scale getting lower. I'm down to 217 today so I'm hoping to be back to 216 in the morning (my cheat day). Last time I went off the rails a bit! The staff party went well I had veg and hummus, guacamole, egg salad and some meats. I had some quiche but threw away the pastry. All good. I did drink two diet sodas but that's better than the cakes and pastries that were there. So have a good day, check in again tomorrow.

Jacqui_D
12-06-2013, 10:38 AM
TwoTots, you did brilliantly! Great job! I'm so proud of you for staying on plan through the temptation of party foods. That's not an easy thing to do. It paid off on the scale and I hope it continues and you see 216 tomorrow! :cp:

I weigh 176 today, which is good. It's up a half-lb from yesterday, but I knew I didn't drink enough water yesterday (busy day), so I thought I'd be carrying some water weight. I'm glad it wasn't more than this! I'm going to make sure I have enough water and green tea today and see if it will go down tomorrow, right before I begin cheat day!

Week 18: High 178.5, Low-175.5
11/30: 178
12/1: 178.5
12/2: 177
12/3: 177
12/4: 176
12/5: 175.5
12/6: 176

Jacqui_D
12-07-2013, 08:33 AM
Welcome back, lb #177! I didn't think you were done with me, lol! Oh, I knew I was in for it! I did very well with my water and tea yesterday, but I made chili for dinner and had two big bowls of it, and the second bowl was pretty late. It was not a smart move because when I ate the second bowl, I wasn't hungry. I was cold, and although I love my chili all the time, when I'm cold, I REALLY love my chili! There's nothing in it that I can't have, but now, that much chili is just sitting in my body like a lead brick. I had really hoped to get down to 175 before I started cheat day today because I usually weigh 2 to 2.5 lbs the day after, but I made the choice to have that second bowl of chili and now I have to accept the consequences that I'll probably be back up to 179 tomorrow! :dunno:

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8:
12/9:
12/10:
12/11:
12/12:
12/13:

Jacqui_D
12-08-2013, 06:20 PM
I went out of town yesterday and spent the night with my daughter. I had a really big day of eating yesterday, with my DH and I snacking and stopping at fast food restaurants as we traveled and then attending a big event with my daughter last night and eating. This morning I got on my daughter's scale and it said 179. She claims it's 1-2 lbs heavier than my scale but I'm thinking 179 is right on the mark, it's definitely what I expected, so I'm going with it!

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9:
12/10:
12/11:
12/12:
12/13:

pnkrckpixikat
12-08-2013, 06:29 PM
It is possible hers IS heavier, maybe you had a drop and really weighed in at 177 again :) look forward to see where you are at tomorrow!

Jacqui_D
12-08-2013, 08:44 PM
Lol! Pixikat, 177 would plague me like that, but I'd be happy to take it over 179! We will see! :D

love2b150
12-08-2013, 10:45 PM
Hi Jacqui, I am very interested in doing this with you and Two Tots. I am truly impressed with your progress. You've done great :high: Could you post your meals for the next few days please.

I got a small list of foods from some site and then I found another list that was larger (but that one seems to be the individuals preference).
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This is my plan to start on Tuesday (I need to prepare the chicken) everything else I have …

B - green tea, 2 eggs (can I use margarine or butter)

L - black beans, chicken breast

S - nuts (pisachio, shelled sunflower seeds or cashews) or peanut butter

D - chicken thigh, beans (not sure what kind)

Does this sound good or do I need to make some adjustments? Can you eat lean ground beef? I saw mixed veggies (what kind of mixed veggies?) Thanks for your help.
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this is my progress beginning 12/1 … I have been trying to count carbs but I haven't been doing so well lately. fbs = fasting blood sugars

01 ~ 183.4 (N/C) fbs 162//calories 2120//carbs 205//NO WORKOUT
02 ~ 183.2 (-0.2) fbs 164//calories 1746//carbs 243//treadmill 4.12 miles burn 605 Nike+
03 ~ 182.4 (-0.8) fbs 153//NO WORKOUT
04 ~ 182.8 (+0.4) fbs 171//only 3 hrs of sleep-paper due
05 ~ 182.2 (-0.6) fbs 159//NO WORKOUT
06 ~ 181.4 (-0.8) fbs 177//calories 1194//carbs 129//NO WORKOUT
07 ~ 180.8 (-0.6) fbs 166//calories 1243//carbs 141//treadmill 3.59 miles burn 561 treadmill
08 ~ 178.2 (-2.6) fbs 152//calories 1348//carbs 195//NO WORKOUT

TwoTots
12-09-2013, 05:07 AM
Hello ladies. Jacqui, I always go up 4lbs after cheat day and it does come down again. But it is a bit disheartening. But, you can handle it, no better woman! love2b welcome. Your meal plan sounds good. i have a protein shake every morning with spinach and chia seeds. I find that easier to make and eaten the morning. for lunch I have meat and veg or bean, minced beef chili with a salad. dinner is the same. sometimes I have egg salad with a little mayo. I eat chicken legs, chicken and veg kebabs, hummus, guacamole, cottage cheese. Lentil and meat stew/casseroles.
I had my cheat day on Saturday but something I ate turned my stomach and ended my snacking on rich foods, bummer. But on the good side I was only up 1lb the next day, yesterday. Today I am down one more pound to 215. So, it's all good. Good luck everyone. My meal plan today is
BF: spinach, coffee, chocolate protein chia seed shake.
Lunch:chicken legs with a salad and some coleslaw
Dinner: ham, turnip, cauliflower and white beans. Leftovers from yesterday
Snack: spoonful of peanut butter
Lots of water.

love2b150
12-09-2013, 10:27 AM
Nice weigh in TwoTots :high:

I had two eggs for breakfast with green tea, only half of a bottle of water so far. TOM has come and I'm not feeling well this go around. Stomach ache to go with the cramps. smh :)

Lunch I will eat some ham and turnips

Dinner not sure I have to work late and I hadn't planned on it so I'll have to figure this one out.

Have a great day :hug:

Jacqui_D
12-09-2013, 12:12 PM
Hi Rennie! Welcome! I hope this diet works for you! I don't know how far back on this thread you've read, but I am not following the book-version of the Slow Carb Diet, but rather my own version, and on page 1, I posted the list of foods I eat. I'll be happy to post my exact meals for a few days though so you can get a better idea. Now, let's see, yesterday I was traveling, but I had:

Breakfast: An omelet with bacon, green pepper, and onion, sprinkled with shredded cheese, and a bottle of water.
Lunch: IHOP's balsamic glazed chicken with broccoli and a house salad (minus the croutons of course, and cheese since I had cheese on my omelet) with ranch dressing. I ate the salad but only half the chicken and broccoli because I had eaten breakfast later than usual and I filled up quickly. (I boxed up the other half and brought it home.) A cup of hot black tea with half a packet of Equal, and a glass of water.
Snack: A handful of almonds, a Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: A large bowl of chili made with ground chuck beef and light and dark kidney beans, 3 cups (one teapot) of green tea with Splenda
After-dinner snack: Some pumpkin seeds (maybe 1/4 of a cup), a bottle of water with Mio strawberry-watermelon flavoring.

Today (I'll add to it as I go):
Breakfast: 6 walnut halves, 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 teapot of green tea with Splenda, water with Mio
Lunch: The rest of yesterday's IHOP's Balsamic chicken and broccoli, Mio water
Snack: Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: 10 chicken wings, water

I think your planned menu sounds great! And yes, I do eat lean ground beef, and I also use butter and/or margarine in cooking. As for mixed veggies, definitely avoid potatoes and corn. You want to stay away from starchy veggies. I imagine peas and lima beans are pretty starchy also, but I don't like peas or lima beans, so I wouldn't be eating them anyway. Carrots are high sugar vegetables in comparison to some others so although I eat them, I don't eat them as much as some other veggies. I hope that helps!

Jacqui_D
12-09-2013, 12:24 PM
TwoTots, I read that some people gain as high as 7 lbs after cheat day! I would freak out, lol! I think I typically gain 2 lbs. As long as your 4 lbs drops back off, there's nothing to worry about! :goodscale:

Jacqui_D
12-09-2013, 12:32 PM
Today I weigh 178. My scale was having a hard time deciding this morning. I usually step on it 2-3 times to make sure it comes up with the same number each time, but this morning, I stepped on it many times because it kept going back and forth between 177.5 and 178, so I'm going to go with the 178. Either way it's less than yesterday's 179, so that's good! :cp: Now to get past 177, lol!

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9: 178
12/10:
12/11:
12/12:
12/13:

love2b150
12-09-2013, 12:57 PM
Thanks Jacqui, I read both threads and your modifications is what gave me the idea to give it a shot.

I love lima beans and peas. I would think that lima beans and peas would have the same effect as kidney, black and pinto beans, but I guess not huh? :shrug: I sometimes eat a cup of green grapes or an apple as a filler, do you not recommend this?

Your meals yesterday were great :D I'll see how I do today and let you know. Thanks for your help :hug:

love2b150
12-09-2013, 01:10 PM
I weighed in at 178.6 this morning up .4 from yesterday. I'm gonna follow you and TwoTots. What's your take on peanut butter? Sorry about all of the questions, again I thank you. Oh I have my dinner planned out with a low carb burrito, with beef, onion, green pepper, cheese and salsa. My whole planned out day is only 69 carbs. Now if you tell me to delete the grapes and the tortilla shell it will be only 29 carbs and 712 calories. I may have to make the chili to help otherwise my calories will be way to low and I'll gain ridiculously after cheat day. Not good. Let me know please, thank you :)

S 12/08 ~ 178.2
M 12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4)
T 12/10 ~
W 12/11 ~
T 12/12 ~
F 12/13 ~
S 12/14 ~ Cheat Day

love2b150
12-09-2013, 09:20 PM
I didn't eat the grapes for snack. I ate cashews and sunflower kernels.
I didn't eat the burrito for dinner. Instead I had 1.5 cups of broth from the chilcken my son cooked and 2oz chicken thigh and I am full.

I almost caved when the kids had chicken crackers for snack today. I was so hungry and though those crackers are good, the salt is overwhelming to me. So it's not worth it.

I count today as a victory … onto tomorrow.

Hope you both did well :hug:

Jacqui_D
12-09-2013, 11:26 PM
I stayed very busy today, so my day's meals ended up looking a little different than usual. I didn't even have a snack. I just grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper. Also, we normally would not eat out tonight, but we went out with some friends and the sports bar/grill we went to had a limited menu for me, so I just got 10 chicken wings.

Breakfast: 6 walnut halves, 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 teapot of green tea with Splenda, water with Mio
Lunch: The rest of yesterday's IHOP's Balsamic chicken and broccoli, Mio water
Snack: Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: 10 chicken wings, water

Rennie, you may be right about the peas and lima beans. I just don't know because I didn't pay attention to the info on them since I wouldn't be eating them. I'll see what I can find out about them though! As for the grapes and apples (sorry I couldn't get back to you earlier), according to the Slow Carb Diet, you are not supposed to have fruit except on cheat day. If fruit is something you want to modify your diet with, I would just be sure to eat it in moderation. Also, I eat peanut butter. The real Slow Carb Diet says to eat all natural, but I just eat JIF, lol! I love it on celery!

Okay, I found out about the peas and lima beans. Peas are starchy but are allowed in moderation. And you were quite right about the lima beans. They're like other legumes and are allowed without limitation. In fact, in trying to find out about them, I found a useful article about all legumes/beans as they relate to the Slow Carb Diet: http://www.slowcarbfoodie.com/2011/07/23/what-kind-of-beans-should-i-eat-the-great-slow-carb-bean-index/. As for chicken crackers, no, no, no, not until cheat day! :no: Great job on your foods today! :cp:

And please feel free to ask questions! I'm a former teacher and librarian, and if I know the answers, I am more than happy to share them, and if I don't know the answers, I have a tendency to look them up, lol! :D

Edited to add: I just focused in on the fact that you mentioned a tortilla shell. I personally would not have any kinds of breads/grains until cheat day. They are pretty notorious for spiking blood sugar, but if you are going to incorporate them into your daily diet, be sure to make them whole grain (I believe tortilla shells are) and have them in very limited quantities.

Jacqui_D
12-10-2013, 07:09 PM
Today, I'm holding at 178. I think I may be pre-TOMal, lol!

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9: 178
12/10: 178
12/11:
12/12:
12/13:

Today's meals:
Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, Mio Water
Lunch: Wendy's large chili (no crackers) and a half-size chicken BLT salad without the bleu cheese crumbles or croutons and with avocado-ranch dressing, and water
Snack: a handful of almonds, a teapot of green tea with Splenda
Dinner: Egg salad, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, a teapot of green tea with Splenda, Mio water

love2b150
12-10-2013, 10:41 PM
Thanks Jacqui for the information :) On the tortilla shell it is whole grain and only 11 carbs, but I passed on it yesterday.

My carbs today are 29g higher than yesterday thanks to some chili I made. I really hope it doesn't do a lot of damage. Sodium was high today also, Might have to skip on the chili … let's see what the scale says ...

B ~ Turnips, green tea
L ~ Chili, Colby Jack cheese
S ~ Ham and pistachios
D ~ Cole Slaw, green tea

only 3 bottles of water … I have got to do better

… again today with the cravings … I wanted some animal crackers, but I didn't eat any. Victory Day #2 down :carrot:


S 12/08 ~ 178.2
M 12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
T 12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
W 12/11 ~
T 12/12 ~
F 12/13 ~
S 12/14 ~ Cheat Day

Jacqui_D
12-11-2013, 11:54 AM
I am back down to 176.5! (Thanks Whoosh Fairy!) Hopefully it will keep going and I'll finally leave 177-178 behind! :carrot:

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9: 178
12/10: 178
12/11: 176.5
12/12:
12/13:

Today's meals (I'll add to it as I go):
Breakfast: 2-hard-boiled eggs and 5 walnut halves, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a chicken salad "sandwich" using layers of lettuce as bread (I don't even miss the bread when I do this!), Mio water
Snack: 5 walnut halves, Mio water
Dinner: Steak, white beans, teapot of green tea, Mio water

Rennie, congrats on losing a lb! :broc: And I eat chili all the time in the winter! In looking at your diet, the only thing I would suggest, and I hope you don't mind, is that you eat some form of protein at breakfast if at all possible. If you start the day only with carbs, they could trigger your hunger. In fact, I try to eat some form of protein or fat at every meal. Even if I eat only a salad, I add some kind of meat to it. Have a great day!

love2b150
12-11-2013, 12:07 PM
:yay: Jacqui way to go :high: Thanks for the suggestion. I only had chicken broth this morning. Eating egg salad now. I'll try it tomorrow, maybe I'll eat the chili for breakfast tomorrow then it will be in my system early and won't linger which is my worry.

I stayed the same today 177.6. I do believe could I have slept the extra hour and got a full 8 hours of sleep it may have been a little lower but probably not a pound ;)

S 12/08 ~ 178.2
M 12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
T 12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
W 12/11 ~ 177.6 (N/C) TTOM
T 12/12 ~
F 12/13 ~
S 12/14 ~ Cheat Day

B ~ low sodium chicken broth, green tea
L ~ egg salad, water

Jacqui_D
12-11-2013, 05:14 PM
Rennie, I think chili for breakfast is a great idea! :T

love2b150
12-11-2013, 10:50 PM
Thanks Jacqui, cause I have two servings left for me in the fridge. My husband ate the bulk of it last night and tonight with corn muffins last night and garlie sticks tonight. :drool: that bread smells so good :D

B ~ low sodium chicken broth, green tea
L ~ egg salad, Jif natural peanut butter, water
S ~ ham, Colby Jack cheese stick and pistachios
D ~ chocolate protein shake made with water

My calories are low again today. I thought they were under 1000 but they are a little over that … though still low, I'm not hungry. My carbs are better today. My worse time of the day is between 2:30 and 4:30. I could eat a ton of junk at that time but I keep telling myself I can do it on Saturday. I can't remember where I posted my menu for Saturday so I can add it up. I don't want to over indulge :D off to make some green tea before bed :)

Good night :hug:

Jacqui_D
12-12-2013, 10:26 AM
I weigh 175 this morning! :woohoo:

Week 19:
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9: 178
12/10: 178
12/11: 176.5
12/12: 175
12/13:

Jacqui_D
12-12-2013, 11:10 AM
Hi Rennie, I did wonder if you were eating enough. Turnips for breakfast and cole slaw for dinner seemed pretty light but then I didn't know if you had made up the difference in calories with the chili, ham, and pistachios. Having broth for breakfast and a shake for dinner doesn't sound very filling either, but then I'm not familiar with protein shakes. I assume it was a low-carb, low/no-sugar version like an Atkins protein shake. But I'm curious, what is the benefit of a protein shake over solid food?

love2b150
12-12-2013, 11:26 AM
First let me congratulate you on 175, :yay: Jacqui :)

I eat when I'm hungry and I'm not a big eater so I do get full but I know that's not healthy. Now if I'm eating junk (starchy stuff) I tend to over eat and then feel bad later, stomach ache, bloated. In the mornings I'm usually rushing with my daughter so I grab quick. The turnips do fill me up and maybe it's the water and tea that help also. I have to take my medicine in the morning after I eat or it makes me nauseous so quick and already prepared is easy. The shake for dinner yesterday was because I didn't get off till late and I attempted to prepare it in the car before church. That didn't work well so since it was late I finished preparing it and drank it when I got home. Again convenience and I can't go to bed with a heavy full stomach. My shake wasn't Atkins it is 8 carbs and 26g protein so it works :)

love2b150
12-12-2013, 11:33 AM
down .2 to 177.4

B ~ chili, with fiesta blend cheese, green tea and water

Jacqui_D
12-12-2013, 12:39 PM
Yay on the drop, Rennie! :cp: I understand about busy mornings. I always have boiled eggs on hand, and as you can see, I eat them just about every morning! Occasionally I don't get to the store on time to buy more, but usually as soon as I get home from the grocery, I'm boiling eggs! I looked up protein shakes on the Slow Carb Diet and found this recipe which I thought you might like: http://www.eproteinshakerecipes.com/slow-carb-protein-shake/. Unfortunately, it doesn't give a calorie count since the Slow Carb Diet isn't about counting calories. Since you've been eating too few, I was hoping it would mention them. No such luck! And oh, okay, I wondered if you were on the go when you substituted a shake for dinner. That makes sense to me, lol! :D

Today's meals (I'll add to it as I go):
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a handful of walnuts, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a salmon lettuce wrap, made with canned Alaskan wild salmon, chopped egg, chopped celery, just enough full-fat mayo to hold it together, and layers of lettuce to wrap it in, Mio water
Snack: a handful of almonds, Mio water
Dinner: Steamed yellow squash and vidalia onions, a can of black olives, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
12-12-2013, 02:01 PM
Jacqui the problem I have with the eggs is burping them. It's a horrible taste and foul smelling when I do it. I don't know what causes it so it stops me from eating them.

Jacqui_D
12-12-2013, 03:33 PM
Rennie, that's too bad. It sounds like you have an egg intolerance, which means you're not able to break down the proteins in eggs properly. I can't process raw onions or red apples, so I know how it is not to get along with a certain food! :( The good news is that you can eat healthy foods (like chili) anytime of the day, even breakfast! :)

pnkrckpixikat
12-12-2013, 03:47 PM
Go Jacqui go!

love2b150 I like the syntrax brand protien powders. most of them only have 0-2 carbs and 24 grams of protien, then it just depends on what you mix it in.

love2b150
12-12-2013, 11:46 PM
pnkrck, I'll have to check out that protein powder. The one I buy is only $16 at Walmart and I don't drink it that often like I use to.

Well I had an apple today and a peanut block which is really a candy bar but I eat it for the nuts, doesn't do anything for me otherwise. I laid on the sofa and woke up at 12:45 and then had to rush to get to work on time. I was only 2 minutes late. I still need to plan my cheat day out. I have really learned this year not to eat a lot of things so I don't know how much of a cheat day it will be.

B ~ chili, fiesta cheese, green tea
L ~ Colby Jack cheese stick, ham, Gala apple, peanut butter, s/f jello
S ~ peanut block
D ~ Cole slaw, green tea

I got all of my water in today :yay: and I went to the gym finally. I did my 4 miles and burned 591 calories.

TwoTots
12-13-2013, 03:59 AM
Good morning ladies. I am having a nuts week in work. I'm not getting to post much. My husband is away and I have 4 yr old twins that makes it a bit nuts at home too!!! Still holding at 215. Tomorrow is my cheat day. Im hopping for at least another 1 lb by tomorrow. I teach in an elementary school and this is the silly season for kids and staff parties and shows and all the good stuff. My food today is
BF; a chocolate protein, coffee, spinac and chia seed shake.
Lunch: Beef and bean chili with salad.
snack: hummus and carrots
dinner: baked chicken legs with veg.or a protein shake. it's a late day in work.
I use a dietimeal protein powder, I used to eat them when I was trying Ideal protein diet. I really enjoy it in the morning, it's fast and easy to drink on the go getting the kids ready for school.

Well done love2b on your gym time! I keep promising myself some workout time but I haven't fit it in yet.
Great 175 Jacqui perseverance and sticking to it, no matter what is the key to dieting. Something I'm still working on.
PNK you are doing really well, getting a handle on this diet.

Have a great day TGIF.

Jacqui_D
12-13-2013, 10:22 AM
I am 174.5 today! :yay:

Week 19: High-179, Low 174.5
12/7: 177 Cheat Day
12/8: 179
12/9: 178
12/10: 178
12/11: 176.5
12/12: 175
12/13: 174.5

Today's meals (I'll add to it as I go):
Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, a teapot of tea, Mio water
Lunch: cottage cheese, Salmon salad mixture from yesterday, Mio water
Snack: handful of almonds, Mio water
Dinner: 9 chicken wings, water

Thanks Pixikat! I might really be past the 177 set point now! :crossed: We'll see on Sunday after cheat day, lol!

Good for you on the water and gym time, Rennie! :cp: I'm having trouble just being motivated to do a Leslie Sansone indoor walking video on youtube! I'm glad to hear you are planning out your cheat day. Since you are diabetic, of course you have to be mindful about what goes into your body. I think you are being really smart. As I'm sure you know, diabetics really can eat anything but in moderation. My son is a type 1 diabetic and you should have seen how he used to eat at Thanksgiving! He'd eat a whole pumpkin pie and half of another one! Now he has a slice. He can have his favorite dessert, but in moderation. I'm glad you are being careful!

TwoTots, great job maintaining 215, especially during a stressful week!! I do hope the scale moves down a little more for you by tomorrow. :goodscale: And I hope things start to slow down for you soon! Twins and an elementary school teacher, wow!!

love2b150
12-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Thanks Jacqui we were posting at the same time. Congratulations on 174.5 :high: oh my goodness I can't wait :) I can get on the treadmill eveyday with no problem. It's my praise and worship time :D Your son could teach us grow-ups a thing or two about moderation :) good for him. I'm pretty good but I have my days when I know I've over done it. I try not to let it be more than a day or two though. So far so good since Thanksgiving has passed.

Thanks TwoTots :crossed: that the scale moves for you soon :hug:

I weighed in at 176.8 this morning not what I wanted to see after sweating buckets last evening but ok :)

love2b150
12-13-2013, 11:40 AM
forgot to record my weight here yesterday

S 12/08 ~ 178.2
M 12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
T 12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
W 12/11 ~ 177.6 (N/C) TTOM
T 12/12 ~ 177.4 (-0.2) lite TOM
F 12/13 ~ 176.8 (-0.6) lite TOM
S 12/14 ~ Cheat Day

B ~ chili, fiesta blend cheese, green tea

TwoTots
12-14-2013, 02:26 AM
Good morning. it's Saturday, It's cheat day and I'm down to 213lbs. Great that's-2 pounds. I have a hair appointment in the morning then some Christmas shopping to do. Have a good day everyone.

Jacqui_D
12-14-2013, 09:59 AM
Two Tots, woohoo! That's wonderful! Congrats on the 2 lbs! :trampo: Have a great cheat day Christmas shopping!

Rennie, yay on the drop! :dance: I hope you have a fantastic cheat day!

As for me, I am down another half lb to 174! :yay:

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15:
12/16:
12/17:
12/18:
12/19:
12/20: Cheat Day (Going to a dinner with friends, plus since Christmas Day will be cheat day, moving this cheat day up to Friday will move it one day farther away from Christmas Day)

love2b150
12-14-2013, 11:51 AM
Yesterday's meals

B ~ chili, shredded fiesta blend cheese, green tea
L ~ chicken salad, Colby Jack cheese stick, water
D ~ ham, Cole Slaw, green tea water

Calories a little low but I don't go to the bathroom regularly so I think that's why I get full so easily, plus I got all of my water in plus some

Went to the gym burned 602 calories on the treadmill

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cheat Day

175 is really really hiding from me. Weigh in this morning 176.2.

B ~ 1 egg, with shredded cheddar, pico de Gallo, 2 strips of bacon, a biscuit, grits, green tea and water

love2b150
12-14-2013, 11:53 AM
S 12/08 ~ 178.2
M 12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
T 12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
W 12/11 ~ 177.6 (N/C) TTOM
T 12/12 ~ 177.4 (-0.2) lite TOM
F 12/13 ~ 176.8 (-0.6) lite TOM
S 12/14 ~ 176.2 (-0.4) Cheat Day

2lb lost for the week

love2b150
12-14-2013, 11:55 AM
TwoTots, great job on the 2lbs this week :high:

Thanks Jacqui, good job on the ˝ down :high: Enjoy your cheat also :D

Jacqui_D
12-14-2013, 06:18 PM
Yay on another drop, Rennie! :cp:

To give y'all an idea of what my cheat meals are like, I'll go ahead and post today's:

Breakfast: 2 pkgs of Quaker Oats Cinnamon and Spice Instant Oatmeal made with water (because I like it with water better than with milk), a boiled egg with hot pepper jelly, Mio water
Noon Snack: many York Peppermint Patty Pieces (they're like mint M&M's--I absolutely love mint chocolate!) a Diet Dr. Pepper
2:30 Lunch: a small square of pepperoni pizza (because I ate too much mint chocolate and wasn't hungry!), Mio water
Dinner: chicken alfredo (it's in the oven now!), a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Late-night snack: (I may be too full for anything but we'll see!)

Jacqui_D
12-14-2013, 09:43 PM
Well, changed my dinner menu a bit! As I was taking the chicken alfredo out of the oven, it slipped out of my hands and splatted on the floor! My hubby and I ended up going to a local Italian place and I ordered chicken alfredo and got a garden salad, garlic bread, and a root beer with it. Oh, but my body didn't cue me in soon enough that I was full, and although I ate only half of my chicken alfredo and garlic bread, I am stuffed and uncomfortable right now. :barf: Suffice it to say, I won't be having a late-night snack, lol!

love2b150
12-14-2013, 09:51 PM
today's menu

B ~ egg, Pico de Gallo, cheese cheese, bacon, grits, biscuit, green tea
L ~ cheddar sour cream chips, green grapes, frosted flakes with 1%
D ~ 24oz low carb shake from the gym (yum)
eating now ~ scallop/Au Gratin potatoes and corn

water and green tea …

I'll see how I fair tomorrow

love2b150
12-14-2013, 10:08 PM
Jacqui are you ok? Did it get on you? Sorry about feeling uncomfortable. Well it's nice to have dinner out. (that doesn't happen here)

Jacqui_D
12-14-2013, 10:50 PM
Rennie, yes, I'm okay. Thank you for asking! It didn't get me, but what a mess I had to clean up. My dog happily pitched in, lol! My dear hubby saw how upset I was that dinner was ruined and, even worse, my cheat day dinner was ruined, and he came and wrapped his arms around me as I was down on the floor wiping up the mess and said we'd go to the Italian place so I could get some chicken alfredo. (He's a keeper!) :D

love2b150
12-14-2013, 11:07 PM
:cheer: for Jacqui's husband:cheer: that is so romantic :) My cousin and her husband have date night and I told them to put a buzz in my husbands ear to let him know this is how you keep the romance going. Grant it they only have one child and we still have four at home but hey that's all the more reason we should get out of here ;)

Jacqui_D
12-15-2013, 12:31 AM
Rennie, absolutely! You've earned a date night each week! It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Just a little time out together for the two of you to enjoy each other's company without kids. The adage is true: "Happy wife, happy life!" :)

love2b150
12-15-2013, 12:06 PM
LOL Jacqui that's the way I think also but it has yet to register in his head :) they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks and I guess that applies to my husband ;)

Cheat day gave me a one pound gain so it set me two days back (I'm gonna say). Starting this week one pound less than last week.

12/08 ~ 178.2
12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
12/11 ~ 177.6 (N/C) TTOM
12/12 ~ 177.4 (-0.2) lite TOM
12/13 ~ 176.8 (-0.6) lite TOM
12/14 ~ 176.2 (-0.4) Cheat Day

2lb lost for the week

12/15 ~ 177.2 (+1.0)
12/16 ~ 177.6 (+0.4)
12/17 ~ 176.8 (-0.6)
12/18 ~
12/19 ~
12/20 ~
12/21 ~

Jacqui_D
12-15-2013, 01:16 PM
Reenie, only 1 lb is fantastic!!! I'm excited for you! :dance:

And I'm up only 1.5 lbs! Woohoo! :carrot: I'm excited for me too, lol!

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16:
12/17:
12/18:
12/19:
12/20: Cheat Day (Going to a dinner with friends, plus since Christmas Day will be cheat day, moving this cheat day up to Friday will move it one day farther away from Christmas Day)

love2b150
12-15-2013, 10:51 PM
Thanks Jacqui :) and congrats to you also. I didn't go back to look. Is this your normal gain after a cheat day? I don't really eat too off plan so yesterday was kind of a treat here and there day :)

... for some reason I wasn't really hungry today.

B ~ eggs, with Pico de Gallo, and cheddar, green tea
L ~ gyro meat on a low carb tortilla with lettuce and cucumber sauce
S ~ 3 crunchy monkey bread balls my son made
D ~ too late to eat anything and I'm not hungry anyway so why be miserable?

Jacqui_D
12-16-2013, 11:47 AM
Good morning! I am back down to 174.5 today! :dancer:

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16: 174.5
12/17:
12/18:
12/19:
12/20: Cheat Day (Going to a dinner with friends, plus since Christmas Day will be cheat day, moving this cheat day up to Friday will move it one day farther away from Christmas Day)

Yesterday's meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: salmon salad, celery sticks, Mio water
Snack: a handful of almonds, a few sips of Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: sloppy Joes without the bread (so just the beef sauce, lol), sliced red, green, and yellow peppers, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Late-night Snack: a handful of almonds, Mio water

So, I wasn't planning to continue listing my food for each day, because I thought it would feel like a chore, like when I used to write down my food in exact amounts and figure out the calories each day, but this doesn't feel like that at all. This just feels like conversation, like "Hey, this is what I did yesterday...." :D

Rennie, I went back and took a look at my weight loss log and I usually gain 2 lbs after cheat day. Counting the one cheat day before I started logging my weight on 3FC, I've gained 2 lbs 8 times. Once it's been 2.5 lbs. It's been only half a lb 4 times, also 1.5 lbs 4 times, 1 lb 3 times, and once I lost a lb! I'm sure sure how that happened, lol!

Today's meals (I'll add to it as I go):
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a large bowl of hearty bean and ham soup (it had cut-up potatoes in it that I had to eat around), Mio water
Snack: a handful of almonds, a Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: a slice of meat loaf, steamed broccoli, green beans, 2 cups of green tea, water

love2b150
12-16-2013, 12:00 PM
Thanks Jacqui for the stats :) You are doing really well, keep up the great work.

I'm up .2 today to 177.4. I didn't eat a lot yesterday and I didn't get to walk either. Not sure what will happen today.

I'm not really following any eating plan today … I'm not eating anything bad for me but I am not eating according to plan either <--- SCRATCH THIS see below

B ~ banana, green tea
L ~ low carb tortilla shell, fiesta blend cheese, Pico de Gallo, salsa, steak, onion/green pepper
S ~ s/f gelatin, 10 Nilla wafers, 1 Graham cracker
D ~ no sugar added grapefruit

Calories low, carbs high today but tomorrow back on track. I have everything planned out so no excuses I cooked it all this evening so tomorrow I can heat and eat :D

Jacqui_D
12-17-2013, 01:13 AM
Rennie, I believe you mentioned before that afternoons are the toughest for you. Have you noticed what your blood sugar level does between lunch and mid-afternoon? I just wonder if it's dropping, prompting you to want quick carbs, or if you are eating out of habit. Habit can be very powerful, and a plummeting blood sugar level even more powerful!

Jacqui_D
12-17-2013, 10:08 AM
I weigh 175.5 today, up a lb. It could be that I ate more sodium than I'm used to with the soup yesterday. I know I definitely didn't drink as much water or tea because I was out Christmas shopping most the day. Or it could be that pre-TOM is finally catching up with me. I'm 52 and my hormones are getting more unpredictable. TOM should have come by now, so... :dunno:

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16: 174.5
12/17: 175.5
12/18:
12/19:
12/20: Cheat Day (Going to a dinner with friends, plus since Christmas Day will be cheat day, moving this cheat day up to Friday will move it one day farther away from Christmas Day)

love2b150
12-17-2013, 11:09 AM
Jacqui only when I don't plan ahead. I ABSOLUTELY MUST plan my days or they don't go well. Yesterday before work I took a nap and when I got up the Nilla wafers were there so I grabbed a handful and took the time to count them. Then I felt a little light headed at work so I decided to eat a Graham cracker which again was just sitting there. My bad habit is to eat all day (any/everything) which I can gladly say I've kicked. :)

todays weigh in 176.8 back to pre-cheat day

~~~today's plan

B ~ beef sausage patty, egg, green tea
L ~ zucchini/yellow squash omelet
S ~ cheese stick, s/f gelatin, no sugar grapefruit
D ~ smoked salmon, asparagus

Missy123
12-17-2013, 02:58 PM
Hi ladies! I just started the Slow-Carb diet today, as described by Tim Ferriss's blog. I didn't get the book as I'm not really interested in ice baths, etc. lol

I felt this diet would be easy for me because I feel horrible when I really deprive myself of carbs, such as Phase 1 of Atkins. And I do love beans!

This morning I had a large portion of scrambled egg beaters (to meet the aim of getting enough protein), 1/2 can low sodium black beans, and steamed broccoli and cauli.

For lunch I had 1/2 chicken breast, 1/2 can black beans and steamed brocc and cauli.

I did do the elliptical for 40 minutes though, but still. Feel soooo stuffed. After reading all of your postings I wonder if I'm overdoing it with the beans/carbs, but I am trying to do his 4HB diet and would like to lose fat and gain a little muscle for some nice muscle tone.

Tonight is our formal company Xmas party. I'm not too worries becuase unlike the yummy food people made at yesterday's work potluck party, the formal one is standard fare and will be easier to resist. lol

My biggest challenge is my boyfriend and I like to drink. On the upside Tim Ferriss encourages 1-2 glasses of red wine per night. I'll save the apple martinis for my cheat days....? :-)

Loved reading your postings ladies. Very honest and encouraging. Ebbs and flows with this whole weight loss/gain stuff, eh?

Jacqui_D
12-17-2013, 07:12 PM
Hi Missy! I'm so glad you've joined us! As far as the diet is concerned, I think you should do what feels right for you. We are all basing our diets on the Slow Carb Diet but we each have modified it in our own way. You are following it like Tim Ferriss intended and that's great! If later you reach a point in which you find certain aspects of it work better for you than others and you decide to modify it also, that will be great too! I'm a big believer in doing what works for you. Looking at your menu today, I don't think you've had too many beans or carbs. I think your meals looked fantastic and yummy! Now, I personally wouldn't be able to eat beans everyday like that, but if you can, and you enjoy them, and they help you to lose weight, then go for it! Do whatever works for you! I hope you have fun at your Christmas party! :xcheer:

Rennie, yay on being back down to your pre-cheat day weight! :dancer: I'm glad you are keeping an eye on your blood sugar. With a son who is diabetic and a daughter who is hypoglycemic, I am rather sensitive to the subject. But I'll do my best not to mother you (although I can't promise) lol! :D

TwoTots, where are ya, lady? Miss your updates! :hug:

Today's meals:
Brunch: a western omelet with ham, onion, green and red peppers, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. 3 sausage links, 2 cups of green tea, water
Snack: a handful of almonds, a few sips of Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: fried chicken with the skin removed, broccoli/cauliflower salad, a few walnuts, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
12-17-2013, 09:44 PM
Missy :welcome: to the thread. :hug: I haven't read the book at all. I have only read all of Jacqui's post and the word modified caught my eye. ;) I love 3FC but you will run into people here that everything is by the book and if you aren't doing it that way all they do is complain about it like your body is their body. :dizzy: Weight loss is definitely trial and error and I have heard Jacqui say over and over, what works for HER may not work for some but it is her plan and it is working and that is what matters. And I'm glad you're here Jacqui :hug: So Missy keep doing what you're doing and please keep us posted as to how things are going. I wonder if I could eat beans everyday. (I know that mentally I can, but Jacqui what do you think? Would that be wise? Should I try it for a two or three days or even 6 days?) Missy I like your menu also :) sounds filling. Have you thought about what you are gonna have on cheat day other than the apple martini? :)

Thanks Jacqui and go ahead Mother away. :D I personally don't think advice from someone that is trying to help you not hinder you is bad advice. People tend to wear their hearts (feelings) on their shoulders and get overly sensitive. I know you are trying to help me :hug: If something bothers me I will either PM you about it or ignore it. ;) I'm 47 so I hear you on the hormone thing. I had one month with no period, two months with a 3 day period, not back to back (normally 5) and then a few that were just spotty (I typically flow heavy). So I kind of like this stage of my life except this pass month and once back in the summer I had cramps like I was 11 years old, argh!

meals today

B ~ beef sausage patty, egg, green tea, water
L ~ zucchini/yellow squash omelet, mustard greens, 1oz (sample) smoked salmon with Japanese seafood sauce, water
S ~ water, cheese stick, 29 cheese Nips <--- not planned I will fight this snack temptation tomorrow
D ~ skinless chicken thigh fried, asparagus, water, water, green tea

Jacqui_D
12-17-2013, 10:37 PM
Rennie, I think if you cook your own dry beans (soak overnight, drain, boil in fresh water), it could have a positive effect. (I'm not saying definitely 100% because individual bodies react individually.) Dry beans that you soak and boil yourself have a low glycemic index. Their carbs burn slowly, which is ideal. Plus they have lots of other benefits in the nutrients and minerals they provide. However, canned beans (and beans cooked in a pressure cooker) have double the glycemic index, so they are not as ideal for you as a diabetic. That doesn't mean they are bad. It just means that I wouldn't recommend you eat them everyday. Have you noticed how your blood sugar reacts when you eat beans? If they make it spike, then you have to be careful.

love2b150
12-17-2013, 10:48 PM
Thanks Jacqui, I'll get some pinto or great northern beans tomorrow. I'm going with those because I know that if they don't fair well with me, then my husband will eat them with rice and cornbread :D he also likes blackeye peas but they make me want to puke :barf: I do want to try Missy's menu. I could even add some chicken to them.

love2b150
12-18-2013, 08:33 AM
I'm stuck 176.8 again today :(

Missy123
12-18-2013, 10:10 AM
Hi ladies! So I didn't realize canned beans have a high GI. I think Tim Ferriss's meals included canned beans, but then again I didn't read his book so I'm not entirely sure. I'm going to finish the couple of cans I have left and then use the dried ones after this. I found a good lentil bean recipe I want to make that should last for a few days as a supplement to my meals. I think for me I really need a healthy carb because I like to exercise. I also ready that when you are over 40 it is even more important to eat more protein and wieght train to slow down the muscle loss, which also helps decrease the fat gain. That is also what I'm aiming to do.

I did manage to lose two pounds yesterday even though I had my fancy work Christmas party last night. It was hard while waiters were passing around some really delish apps, but I tried to stay away from the carbs except for the two glasses of red wine.

I hear ya about doing what works for us. I'm probably going to try to stick with Tim's rules for a bit, and then when I feel I'm happier with my weight will bring some things here and there for everyday, like coffee creamer, yogurt, quinoa.

**I do love beans and last night when I came home I made a black bean salad with rinsed low sodium black beans, one chopped tomato, one green pepper, cilantro and some southwest seasoning. Yum!

I was thinking of making my cheat day for the next couple of weeks be Xmas eve and NYE, as Xmas eve will be 8 days into my diet and I'm throwing a party. So on that day I'll have meatball sandwich, brie and crackers, Xmas martini my sister is making, and lots of other yummy apps, etc. I think I'll be good up until the evening for my cheat day...?

love2b150
12-18-2013, 11:29 AM
Missy, good job on the 2lbs down :) I think your plan is gonna give you great results :)

Jacqui_D
12-18-2013, 12:31 PM
Missy, I agree with Rennie! I think you are going to do great! Congrats on the 2-lb loss! And I wouldn't say that canned beans have a high GI. Glucose is 100. Dry beans are about 25. Canned and pressure cooked beans are about double that, between 40-60, so they are more medium than high. But I think with Rennie being diabetic, dry beans would be such a better choice if she wants to eat them everyday. I agree that they are a very healthy source of carbs! And Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are excellent choices for cheat day! :xcheer:

Rennie, adding chicken to the beans is a great idea for meals! And it sounds delicious! :T

I am back down to my low of 174! :carrot: I'm always happy when I match my ticker (because goodness knows, I am not moving that sucker back up) lol! :lol:

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16: 174.5
12/17: 175.5
12/18: 174
12/19:
12/20: Cheat Day

Todays's meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: leftover fried chicken (skin removed), broccoli and cauliflower salad, cottage cheese, Mio water
Snack: Diet Dr. Pepper, handful of walnuts
Dinner: Chicken salad, green beans, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
12-18-2013, 12:47 PM
LOL Jacqui, I am with you on not moving that back up. I pray that I don't have to. :) I bought some pinto beans and I'll do the soaking of them when I get home from church this evening. I also took out some chicken. I wonder if my husband will like the chicken in them? Maybe I should just separate his to be safe :D :congrat: on getting back to your ticker weight :yay: YOU :)

Missy123
12-18-2013, 01:01 PM
Good job Jacqui! You are surpassing your 2009 success story!!

I'm going to try this lentil recipe that I mentioned. Lentils are so delicate, but I've never really cooked with them before so I was happy to find an easy recipe. As the person who posted this in the "The Slow-Carb Cookbook" mentioned this could last me a few days! Although I may need to invest in some "Beano." LOL

But thought I'd share in case you would like to give it a try too. :-)

Leon’s Lentils
“One bag of lentils can last me almost a week, and really helps with keeping me full.” — Shrinking Leon

INGREDIENTS:
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
2 tsp of chopped garlic
2 cans of beef broth
Rosemary
1 bag of Italian lentils

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pour 2 Tbsp of olive oil into a saucepan, along with 2 tsp of chopped garlic. Sauté
the garlic for a minute or two.
2. Pour two cans of beef broth in the saucepan, and let everything boil for about 5
minutes.
3. Sprinkle a bit of rosemary and Italian seasoning into the broth.
4. Add 1 cup of water.
5. Rinse the lentils (no need to soak them like other dry beans) and pour them into the
broth. Cook the lentils at a medium heat for about 20-30 minutes until they are soft.
ACTIVE COOKING TIME: 5-10 minutes
TOTAL TIME (START TO FINISH): 35 minutes
SERVINGS: 1 bag of lentils

love2b150
12-18-2013, 01:26 PM
decided to soak my beans now so I can cook them later :D

meals so far today …

B ~ nice size fried chicken thigh, pu'erh tea and a cup of coffee (I've been wanting coffee so I figured it's better to drink that than eat something I have no business eating)
L ~ smoked salmon, no sugar added grapefruit

I haven't been very hungry today and I just realized I have only drank one bottle of water. Gotta chug two before I leave

Jacqui_D
12-18-2013, 05:42 PM
Rennie, sounds like a good meal planned! And I think you are right in separating the beans and chicken for hubby. He can always mix them together if he wants! :stir:

Misty, thank you for the recipe! Looks great! And it appears to be pretty simple to make. You'll have to let us know! :chef:

Jacqui_D
12-18-2013, 07:31 PM
So I had a friend tell me today that she thought I might be losing weight too quickly. Similarly, I had an acquaintance last week tell me that I shouldn't try to go too low because I was a big woman. (He didn't mean it in a rude way and quickly tried to backtrack when he realized how it sounded, lol!) While it's true I am on the tall side, I am not big boned. I have tiny little wrists and supposedly that's how you can tell. To give you an idea, my engagement ring is a size 4 3/4 and my wedding ring is a 5. Needless to say, I haven't worn them on my pudgy fingers for years now, lol! My 10-year anniversary ring is a 5 1/2 and I just recently started wearing it again. I don't know if I will get down low enough to wear my wedding set again. I can't remember exactly when I stopped wearing it, but I am far from being in danger of becoming too thin! As for losing weight quickly, although I lost weight quickly at first (most dieters do, no matter the method), on average I've lost a little less than 2 lbs per week, and 2 lbs a week is considered a healthy pace. Anyway, I find these comments interesting. I think maybe people I've known only in the last 15 years just don't think of me as a thin person and perhaps are a little disturbed by my weight loss, whereas people who knew me beyond 15 years ago do remember me as a thin person and are rooting me on. Isn't it funny how people form a concept of you and don't really like it to change? :lol:

love2b150
12-19-2013, 12:12 AM
Missy I want to try lentils. I've never had them before. What do they taste like?

Jacqui after posting those meals that I did eat … I failed massively

Jacqui it is funny how people see you/me/us. One of my co-workers told me today that I was getting skinny. I smiled and said I am far from skinny, but thank you. BTW you do have a small frame. My wedding ring is a size 7 and on a good low sodium day it constantly rotates around my finger, drives me nuts.

I think today I had one of my worse eating days in a long while, worse than Thanksgiving. I have been wanting birthday cake and ice cream, so tonight after church I went to Food Lion and I got it. The whole family sat down like it was someone's birthday and we had cake and ice cream. Earlier I had a bunch of mini vanilla wafers and then after the cake I ate some hot cheeto fries (only what one of the boys left in the bag) he should have ate that little bit :D.
I'm not expecting a loss at all tomorrow … possibly a two pound up. But I will go to the gym with one of my sons who's out of school for winter break so I will work it off … prayerfully :)

Missy and Jacqui wish me luck for a not too big of a gain :crossed: the kids ate all of the chicken that my son cooked before I got home :(. My beans are almost done.

Jacqui_D
12-19-2013, 11:10 AM
Rennie, I have my fingers crossed for you! :crossed: Why don't you just count yesterday as your cheat day for this week? And today just get back on plan as usual. Yesterday as a cheat day may not have been planned, but it works! Plus, it gives you some time before Christmas Day, which I assume will also be a cheat day. Yep, quick-burning carbs can sneak up on you like that! The bad thing about them is that they make us crave more quick-burning carbs (Nilla Wafers --> cake and ice cream --> cheetos). That's why I won't touch any kind of breads, grains, or sweets on any day other than cheat day, because I know what it would do to me. It's not a willpower battle. It's a physiological battle. And the hard part is that it does get emotionally tempting around this time of year. My hubby likes to bake around Christmas and he made chocolate fudge yesterday and chocolate chip cookies today. He wanted me to taste just the littlest piece of fudge, but I politely declined and assured him that I would eat some on cheat day. The reason for declining was not because I'm worried about calories or being true to my diet. The reason is because I'm afraid it will trigger me. I know that I am carb-sensitive and carbs mess with my blood sugar levels which mess with my insulin levels which cause cravings and hunger. Non-carb-sensitive people don't respond that way. I do. I can handle going that route on cheat day because I can treat myself all day if I want and then just go to sleep that night and wake up the next day all set to go low carb again. I can't risk that kind of blood sugar spike on other days. I did that for too much of my life and got this heavy as a result, and I have too much diabetes in my family history to continue eating like that every day or multiple times a week. So anyway, don't fret about the unplanned treats. If I were you, I would just count yesterday as this week's cheat day. It's just a little early! :hug:

Jacqui_D
12-19-2013, 11:22 AM
I'm down a half lb to 173.5 today! :dancer:

Week 20:
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16: 174.5
12/17: 175.5
12/18: 174
12/19: 173.5
12/20: Cheat Day

Today's meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: Pulled pork BBQ, double helping of green beans, water
Snack: a teapot of green tea (still full from lunch)
Dinner: a lean hamburger patty, broccoli and cauliflower salad, cottage cheese, Mio water

Missy123
12-19-2013, 12:46 PM
Rennie I think Jacqui's idea is a really good one, to treat yesterday as a cheat day and then your next one can be in a week on Xmas! :)

Now, I just had a slip and had a decadant chocolate chip cookie my daughters made last night. I think I'll try and hope for the best, head to the gym and do some serious cardio and weights to burn it off. Oddly I was just saying last night to my boyfriend that I don't have sugar cravings as much since trying to do Atkins a few months ago. Well.....it was just one.

Oh, to answer you question I made the lentils this morning with Chicken stock. Not bad. It picks up the flavor of the spices and I used a Ms Dash and am not sure if it was the best choice. But I made a large batch and am sure will gobble them up when hungry.

I lost another pound. I was actually hoping to lose this a bit sooner since I gained 6 pounds in just a couple of weeks, but still....3 pounds in two days is pretty good. Maybe I should not focus on the day-to-day stats and instead wait a couple of days at least to weight myself....if I can resist it?

Great job Jacqui on your loss!!!! Oh, that is strange that you get those comments from people. You are definately losing weight at the medical recommended rate, and it's so much better for your all around health to lose the extra weight. Just keep that in mind and enjoy your results. :-)

Missy123
12-19-2013, 01:55 PM
Hey ladies. How do I create the weight tracker that you include on the bottom of your postings. It's a nice visual and encouraging to see, especially encouraging to see the progress others are making too.

Jacqui_D
12-19-2013, 05:43 PM
Missy, you have to be a member for 20 days (to the minute) and have 20 posts to get a ticker. Here is the link to the info about it: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/announcements-forum-help/203435-ultimate-one-stop-signature-ticker-thread-read-here-if-you-have-questions.html.

Now see, I think eating a cookie last night probably wasn't because of sugar cravings. I think it was an emotional response. Your daughters made the cookies, it's Christmastime, it feels cozy and right, the smell is irresistible, that kind of thing. And since it didn't seem to trigger you, I wouldn't worry about it. One cookie wouldn't have enough calories to do your weight any harm if you are eating right in every other way. You might hold a little water temporarily, but that will drop back off easily enough. I'm not saying make a habit of it though, lol! :nono: I'm just saying this one slip-up is no big deal. :)

gembabe
12-19-2013, 07:17 PM
Hi everybody, I've been reading thru the thread and would love to join you. I started doing low carb on 7/4 and am very happy with my results....however I'm starting to miss some of my favorite things. Sooooo instead of sabotaging myself I've been looking for a way to continue losing but also incorporating a few treats to satisfy myself.

By George I think I have found it! Lol....Great job all and continued success.

Jacqui_D
12-19-2013, 07:44 PM
Hi gembabe, welcome! Congrats on your amazing weight loss so far! :woohoo: I hope incorporating a cheat day into what you are already doing works well for you! And yes, it is MUCH better than the alternative of sabotaging your progress. You've come too far to turn back. Glad you're joining us! :cp:

love2b150
12-20-2013, 12:01 AM
Thanks Jacqui for your words of encouragement :hug: When I read them on my phone earlier I thought yes that is exactly what I'll do, then I got home and had a few bites of that cake and 3 shortbread cookies after walking in the mall for 3 hours with my sons (that was around 3:30ish). Later this evening picked my son up from his pre-college program and he had a cheese pizza so I ate a slice on the way to the gym. I think I'm doing what my Pastor said on Sunday and getting a few treats in before our church fast. I don't know what else to say my issue is. We did go to the gym and I did 4.16 miles on the treadmill burning 612 calories so that helped a little I hope. I ate my beans on the run so not sure what my sugar was. I'll have to focus more tomorrow.

Jacqui you are doing great :high: I'm so happy for you :)

Missy wow you are doing great also :high: I use low sodium chicken stock for most things. I have some Mrs. Dash seasonings but always forget to use them.

In the beginning with weight loss it's quicker/faster because of all of the water weight you lose. I loss 30lbs in 3.5 months in 2010 just waliking and eating right. I ate a frozen smart one or lean cuisine for dinner every day during that time and it definitely gave fantastic results. I got a big head when I got to 165 and started adding the wrong things to my diet stopped walking and gained all of the weight back plus a little … so here I go again. I think our losses all depend on us individually because what worked for me before is not gonna work this time. One because I can't eat all of those carbs in the frozen meals and I don't get to walk everyday like I want to. Back then we lived in a great area I was a SAHM and just had a lot of time to focus. I miss VA :) Ok back to reality ;)

Jacqui you are just great (re: your comment to Missy) :)

gembabe :welcome: to the thread :)

Well Jacqui I am back on plan tomorrow prayerfully, no cheat day on Saturday since I have already had two :nono:'s and I'll keep posting hopefully with no more slip-ups :crossed:

love2b150
12-20-2013, 12:05 AM
my stats since starting

12/08 ~ 178.2
12/09 ~ 178.6 (+0.4) TTOM
12/10 ~ 177.6 (-1.0) TTOM
12/11 ~ 177.6 (N/C) TTOM
12/12 ~ 177.4 (-0.2) lite TOM
12/13 ~ 176.8 (-0.6) lite TOM
12/14 ~ 176.2 (-0.4) Cheat Day

TOTAL 2lb lost for the week

12/15 ~ 177.2 (+1.0)
12/16 ~ 177.6 (+0.4)
12/17 ~ 176.8 (-0.6)
12/18 ~ 176.8 (N/C) unplanned Cheat
12/19 ~ 177.6 (+0.6) another unplanned Cheat
12/20 ~
12/21 ~

TwoTots
12-20-2013, 01:37 AM
Good morning Ladies. it's lovely to see some new faces here. this thread is getting going!! Again a mad week in work and at home, but being busy stops me sitting around and thinking of food or snacks! I'm heading home to Ireland for 2 weeks tomorrow. lot's of partying about to begin. I will definitely try to stay on plan but I may not be able to be as good as I can when I'm preparing food at home. It's only 2 weeks and hopefully I won't sabotage my good work too much. cheat day tomorrow. I may hold it off until Sunday when I have a lunch date with some old friends. A couple of people in work are noticing I look a little slimmer and are interested in my eating plan. So in January we are starting a biggest loser in work. I will check in tomorrow after my weigh in. Last day in work before the holidays!! Happy Friday everyone.

love2b150
12-20-2013, 10:17 AM
TwoTots good to see you, sounds like through it all you are doing well. Enjoy your holiday adn I hope we all do well these last few days of 2013.

down .4 to 177.2 this morning … Hoping for a better day today

Missy123
12-20-2013, 10:47 AM
Welcome Gembabe!! I just joined this past week, and it is a great support mechanism and also a great way to share slow-carb diet ideas and I think maybe recipes too. We all recognize and accept that everyone has to do what works for them too, which is great.

Jacque thanks so much for you supportive words around the cookie. I did only end up eating 1.5 cookies, and it really has to do with the fact that I just absolutely adore chocolate chip cookies....the homemade ones that is. I think even though I couldn't stick with Atkins a few months ago, it did help me ween off the physical sugar cravings, hence why I didn't dive into the cookies anymore. I wonder also if the beans are helping with my sugar levels and that is how I also managed to resist the loaf of bakery Italian bread my daughters had bought?

Thanks Rennie! I used low sodium stock for the lentils and I may try that when cooking other dry beans because it adds great flavor. I was also tossing a little more stock in them when I reheat some for a serving and they were great. My boyfriend came over for dinner and had a second bowl of just the lentils later in the evening.

My good news is I lost 5 pounds in 3 days....and most importantly feel great! I know it is mostly water weight, but I'm so happy I don't feel as deprived on this diet because of the beans, and because I get to have some red wine at night.

I was chatting with my 19 year old daughter this morning about it. She is 5' 9" and probably about 230. She admitted she needs to decrease her sugar cravings. I think if I can help her incorporate just some of the concepts of the diet she would do really well because she is young with a better metabolism. But...it's hard to discuss these things with daughters because I want her to always know I already think she is perfect. I emphasized the health benefits I read and how people with high blood pressure, diabetes, etc have had amazing results on their health.
Any more suggestions to encourage her without hurting her feelings...? Teenage girls are so prone to poor body image that I don't want to add to it...

Oh, I did tell my daughter about the cheat day and she said that sounded awesome. Maybe after the holidays I can help her get on it!

Jacqui_D
12-20-2013, 11:35 AM
Two Tots, so glad to see you! Now, don't give yourself free reign to eat all the yummy treats you come across in the next week or two! Try your best to stay on plan, but if you do slip up, don't beat yourself up about it. The good news is that we will all be getting a fresh new start with the New Year! Just do the best you can do! Have a wonderful and safe trip and a very Merry Christmas!

Rennie, you are so sweet! :hug: I know that you are struggling with the temptation of carbs right now and I so feel for you. It really is a physiological pull, but you can do this! You really can! And you are worth the fight! Here's the mantra: "I can have it on cheat day! I can have it on cheat day! I can have it on cheat day!" (Aren't we so lucky to be on a diet with a cheat day?!) You can do this! And the good news is that you are still in the mid-170's, so onward and downward! :cheer:

Missy, I think Atkins is a good plan. It's too bad that so many people misunderstand it, because I think it could benefit a lot of people who won't try it because they've heard negative hype about it. I personally like the Slow Carb Diet better because it's a better fit for me. I love having a cheat day built in. It keeps me from feeling deprived and that keeps me on plan. However, for those who want to go low carb and would be triggered by a cheat day, I think Atkins would be ideal for them. As for daughters and diets, yes, that can be tricky! But I think you are doing it right! Good job, Mom! You have focused on the health benefits and not on the weight loss and that's exactly how I believe you should handle it. If and when she is ready to start the diet, that's when you should help her get started, because we both know anyone who goes on a diet has to be ready! :yes: And congrats on the 5 lbs you've lost! Woohoo! :carrot: :broc: :cb:

I weigh 173.5 again today, so the new low is sticking! :cp: Of course today is cheat day, but I am so happy to be starting it this low! :D

Week 20: High-175.5, Low-173.5
12/14: 174 Cheat Day
12/15: 175.5
12/16: 174.5
12/17: 175.5
12/18: 174
12/19: 173.5
12/20: 173.5 Cheat Day

Today's meals:
Breakfast: a boiled egg with hot pepper jelly, a piece of fudge, a chocolate chip cookie, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, 3 potato chips (I had more on my plate but they didn't taste as good as I thought they would), a kiwi, a chocolate chip cookie, Mio water
Snacks: 3 pieces of fudge at different times during the day
Dinner: chicken, scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, a roll with butter, pumpkin pie, Diet Dr. Pepper

Whew, that was quite a cheat day!

gembabe
12-20-2013, 12:21 PM
Thank you all for the warm welcome..I appreciate it! I think each of you are so amazing and kind. I'm off to the post office...but I wanted to take a moment to say hey to all...I know the line at the post office will be oooohhh so long lol.

Missy123
12-20-2013, 01:08 PM
Wooopsy, I had an error in the paragraph I wrote regarding my daughter. I corrected it just now, but what I was trying to say was "But...it's hard to discuss these things with daughters because I want her to always know I already think she is perfect." :-)

Jacqui_D
12-20-2013, 01:44 PM
gembabe, hope you survive the post office! :lol:

Misty, we knew what you meant! :yes:

Jacqui_D
12-21-2013, 10:17 AM
Good morning! I am up to 176 today! This is the second time I've gained 2.5 lbs after a cheat day. Not surprising though! I ate a BUNCH yesterday. It's that time of year! Between my hubby's homemade fudge and chocolate chip cookies and having a big dinner out with a group of friends, I'm a little surprised I'm not back up to 177, lol! Oh, but I might be soon with Christmas around the corner! :hohoho:

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22:
2/23:
2/24:
2/25: Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26:
2/27:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: chicken salad, a handful of walnuts, Mio water
Dinner: 8 plain chicken wings, half a can of black olives, cottage cheese, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
12-21-2013, 01:31 PM
Jacqui you'll be back down and to your low before you know it :)

I did well yesterday until last night no cheating I was loyal to myself for a change … I am up 1.6lbs today to 178.8. We got home late (after 10) and my son made ⅓ lb burgers and it took forever for them to cook (it seemed) I had planned to eat just the burger but that didn't happen. (I didn't get a burger at all last night) My other son made fries so guess what I ate? He over salted them and I know this up is mostly sodium so it should be gone in a couple of days :)

12/15 ~ 177.2 (+1.0)
12/16 ~ 177.6 (+0.4)
12/17 ~ 176.8 (-0.6)
12/18 ~ 176.8 (N/C) unplanned Cheat
12/19 ~ 177.6 (+0.6) another unplanned Cheat
12/20 ~ 177.2 (-0.4)
12/21 ~ 178.8 (+1.6)

this week ends with a 1.lb gain

Missy123
12-21-2013, 01:46 PM
I hear ya Jacque and Rennie. I was pretty good until last night we met up with friends and I had 3 glasses of wine, and then came home and ate a pretty large sum of black beans. So went up two pounds this morning it seems. I feel like I'm retaining water so I think hitting the gym will help and I've done low carbs thus far today and will have the slow carb beans at dinner as I'm making chili.

Two steps forward and one step back, eh? :-)

love2b150
12-21-2013, 02:00 PM
Missy thanks for the reminder :) Sometimes I think I'm losing my mind. I have a whole pot of beans in the fridge and completely forgot about them. So tah dah there's lunch :)

bigjoe
12-21-2013, 03:53 PM
Hello

I like to start the SCD after x-mas... Should I get the book to figure out what I need to buy?

Thanks

Joe

Jacqui_D
12-21-2013, 05:32 PM
Hi bigjoe! Welcome! None of us have read the book, so no, you don't need to buy the book for the foods. Here is a Wikipedia article on the Slow Carb Diet that pretty much sums up the foods in a nutshell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow-Carb_Diet. I think you can find out online pretty much everything you might need to know about the diet as it appears in The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Missy is doing the actual Slow Carb Diet, but I believe the rest of us have modified it in individual ways that we feel works better for us. Whether you follow it to the tee or modify it in some way, do what works best for you, what will help you lose weight successfully, and what you feel you can stick to long-term. I hope this diet turns out to be a good fit for you! I look forward to the updates on your progress after Christmas! :goodluck:

Missy and Rennie, okay, let's all do our best to get back on plan now! :cheer: Let's get in some really good days before we all have a yummy cheat day at Christmas! :xcheer: Remember, we can have whatever may tempt us ON CHEAT DAY! (I just keeping telling myself that, lol!) :yes:

bigjoe
12-21-2013, 05:36 PM
Thanks Jacqui_D

I am looking at u tube and getting as much info as I can. Like to prepare my menu on paper so I know what my routine will look like. I am not much of a breakfast eater , but I may be able to do the protein drinks....

If u have a menu u like to share please let me know..

Thanks

Current weight 333 lbs - goal weight 200

Jacqui_D
12-21-2013, 05:56 PM
Bigjoe, I'm not much of a planner so I just kind of wing-it, but I have been posting what I eat each day if you want to see my actual meals. I do a modified version of the diet and here is an overall list of foods I eat. (It's possible I've missed something, but if I have, I'll add it when I think of it. :D):

For 6 days of the week, I eat
--meat (and not necessarily lean or organic)
--fish
--legumes
--eggs
--non-potato veggies
--veggie-like fruits (like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash)
--nuts and seeds (no more than a handful at any one time)
--peanut butter (not natural, just regular Jif)
--full fat cottage cheese
--black olives
--condiments (including honey bbq sauce)
--full fat salad dressings (usually ranch)
--butter/margarine for cooking
--a sprinkle of shredded cheese on salad or an omelet
and I drink
--6 8-oz of water a day, often with Mio flavoring
--Diet Dr. Pepper
--Green tea with Splenda

For these 6 days, I avoid
--breads and grains (including corn)
--pasta
--dairy (other than eggs and cottage cheese)
--fruits (except veggie-like fruits)
--potatoes
--sweets

On the 7th day, Cheat Day, I eat anything and everything I want! :hungry:

bigjoe
12-21-2013, 07:20 PM
Thanks Jacqui_D

Jacqui_D
12-22-2013, 10:09 AM
You are welcome, Joe. :)

Okay, so I am back down a half lb to 175.5 today. :cp: Let's see how low I can get before Christmas!

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23:
2/24:
2/25: Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26:
2/27:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: 2 pieces of fish, water
Snack: Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: salad with ranch dressing, meatloaf, green beans, a teapot of green tea, water

bigjoe
12-22-2013, 10:56 AM
Well my start date will be Sunday Jan 05, 2014.. Right after x-mas and
Saturdays will be my off days....

Last night my wife cooked some meat on the nuwave oven I just bought (First time we use it) .. It was good... I had some pinto beans with it.. Just a short preview....

Thanks for posting your menu as it will give me some ideas...

Jacqui_D
12-22-2013, 08:28 PM
Joe, you're welcome. I have a Flavorwave oven, which is the same as a Nuwave, and they are great! :yes:

love2b150
12-22-2013, 11:20 PM
:welcome: to the thread Joe

Joe I do best when I pre-plan also … "so why haven't I been doing it" you may ask … well I don't know, smh :( Great meal today :)

whew you all have been chatty ;)

Jacqui if I could tell myself that, "I can have what I want on cheat day" and stick to it that would be great. But I actually need a closure for the area of my face called a mouth at this point. I have truly slipped up … maybe I should print your list in large font and post it on the pantry, fridge and above the stove … think that'll keep the focus? :)

I am not doing well at all, lots going on, too many things to focus on and my weight was up to 180.0 this morning.

Jacqui_D
12-23-2013, 11:01 AM
Rennie, I'm sure things will get better after Christmas! :hug: As you said, so much is going on. And as I've said before, avoiding carbs is not just a willpower thing for those of us who have a carb sensitivity. Quick-burning carbs will trigger us to want more quick-burning carbs. So while one little sweet snack or a few chips or a little bread. pasta, rice, or potato added to a meal may seem harmless because it doesn't have many calories, it really is harmful because it causes us to crave more and we eat and eat. It's a vicious cycle. I don't know if posting the food list all over would help, maybe it would, lol, but I do know that you are going to have to reach a point when you say "no more, my health is too important to keep doing this," and no matter how bad the desire to eat bad carbs gets, you refuse to give in and you take control over your cravings instead of letting them control you. I don't know if right now, with Christmas so close, is the right time, but when you are ready, truly ready, you will do it! :yes:

Jacqui_D
12-23-2013, 11:12 AM
I am still at 175.5 today. I had hoped my weight would make it back down before the next cheat day, but it seems to be going at its own sweet pace, lol! Hey, maintenance works! :D

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23: 175.5
2/24:
2/25: Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26:
2/27:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a handful of walnuts (it was a busy on-the-run day)
Snack: Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: Jimmy John's turkey, bacon, tomato, and cucumber unwrap (lettuce wrap), water

Jacqui_D
12-24-2013, 09:30 AM
:tree: Merry Christmas Eve :elf: Everyone! :tree:

I am back down another half-lb to 175! :cp: I have a busy day ahead, but I need to try to get in some more water today than I had yesterday. :xcheer:

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23: 175.5
2/24: 175
2/25: Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26:
2/27:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: cottage cheese (another very busy day)
Snack: Diet Dr. pepper
Dinner: ham, cooked carrots, vegetable soup, 2 deviled eggs, ice tea made with Equal

Jacqui_D
12-25-2013, 06:35 AM
Merry Christmas! :hohoho:

I went over to my brother-in-law's house for Christmas Eve dinner. I did my best to stay on plan, stayed away from the the cream bread, cheese ball and crackers, pies and homemade cookies, but it was impossible not to get some bites of corn and potato in the veggie soup they served. Along with the salt in the soup and ham, it's not surprising that I am up half a lb today! Oh well! I did my best. My hubby and daughter baked 15 dozen cookies and pumpkin bread yesterday and I didn't have a bite of any of it, so I really did try! I wasn't going to turn down my brother-in-law's vegetable soup despite the fact that it had corn and potatoes in it (he would have been offended since he went out of his way to make something healthy) and I ate around those as a best I could. C'est la vie! Today is still going to be a wonderful cheat day, and I won't be listing my foods today, lol! I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas with friends and family! :xcheer:

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23: 175.5
2/24: 175
2/25: 175.5 Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26:
2/27:

bigjoe
12-25-2013, 12:53 PM
Thanks Rennie and nice to meet you... I really want to start Tomorrow but I read it was better to start when you can do a 6 straight, then off day... Saturdays will be my off day since it will be family time.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Joe

Jacqui_D
12-25-2013, 09:06 PM
Joe, you can start whenever you want. The recommendation is just that you should not take a cheat day until you've been following the low-carb part of the plan for 5 days straight. If you start tomorrow, your cheat day would not be this Saturday (the 28th) but would be next Saturday (the 4th).

Oh my, oh my! How I ate and ate and ate today! I did so well at Thanksgiving by comparison. Today, I just pigged out! :ink: My downfall was the sweets! We had so many yummy desserts and so many homemade cookies, it was crazy! Normally, I stop eating when I get full, but not today. Everything tasted so good, I kept wanting more, and somehow I always found room for it. Carbs definitely won the battle today! I probably weigh 185.5! But hey, they start losing the war tomorrow, because I'll be right back to low-carb eating! :yes: I'd start trying to shed some of the water weight tonight by drinking some hot green tea, but I'm way too stuffed! :moo:

love2b150
12-25-2013, 11:28 PM
Rennie, I'm sure things will get better after Christmas! :hug: As you said, so much is going on. And as I've said before, avoiding carbs is not just a willpower thing for those of us who have a carb sensitivity. Quick-burning carbs will trigger us to want more quick-burning carbs. So while one little sweet snack or a few chips or a little bread. pasta, rice, or potato added to a meal may seem harmless because it doesn't have many calories, it really is harmful because it causes us to crave more and we eat and eat. It's a vicious cycle. I don't know if posting the food list all over would help, maybe it would, lol, but I do know that you are going to have to reach a point when you say "no more, my health is too important to keep doing this," and no matter how bad the desire to eat bad carbs gets, you refuse to give in and you take control over your cravings instead of letting them control you. I don't know if right now, with Christmas so close, is the right time, but when you are ready, truly ready, you will do it! :yes:


Jacqui YOU HIT IT ALL ON THE HEAD :hug: tomorrow will be my new start weight. I am going to record it and whatever it is I will get under it and back to my ticker weight before the 1st. Oh I made eggs for the gathering yesterday and it seems that when I prepare the eggs ahead of time, I don't get that egg burp so maybe I can prepare them ahead of time and eat them that way. I'll let you know. I also made a ham in the crock pot yesterday, it came out pretty well. My Mom usually prepares the ham so I have never had to do it. My daughter wanted some vegetable stew so I made that for her. The calories aren't bad in it at all. Jacqui drinking the tea hot helps better than room temperature? It takes me awhile to finish sometimes. You won't gain 10lbs over night but trust me when I say I know I'm probably up to at least 183, smh. :( I'm starting over with you tomorrow :hug:

Joe, I hope whatever you decided that your day went well :)

Jacqui_D
12-26-2013, 09:20 AM
Good morning! I am SHOCKED that I weigh only 176.5 today! :carrot: I'm also very grateful and I don't care how many leftovers are in the house today (and there are a LOT), I am sticking to the straight and narrow!

Week 21:
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23: 175.5
2/24: 175
2/25: 175.5 Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26: 176.5
2/27:

Rennie, I hear you! :listen: Today is a brand new day! Let's do this! :cheer: I'm not sure that it matters if the green tea is hot or not. I think you get the same good effects either way.

Joe, feel free to join us today if you want! Our next cheat day won't be until the 4th also! :yes:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, a teapot of green tea, Mio water--edited (only ate 1 of the boiled eggs)
Lunch: salad with ranch dressing, tomato-basil soup, water
Snack: mixed nuts (I wish they weren't salted), Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: ham, turkey, 2 deviled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

bigjoe
12-26-2013, 09:37 AM
Hello

Checking in this morning and will start today:

Weight in: 334 lbs

OK Lizzy
12-26-2013, 10:04 AM
I just want to say THANK YOU to whoever started posting about the Slow Carb Diet! This is what I plan to start as soon as I am back home in my own environment, after the holidays. I saw a brief description of this recently, read the HUGE book, and it somehow clicked in my head that this is the eating plan for me. I have lost weight on low carb in the past, but after a week or two, I would trade my retirement fund for an orange, lol! And, by the way, I rarely eat oranges! Is anyone following Tim Ferriss' suggestion of eating a few spoonfuls of sauerkraut each day?

love2b150
12-26-2013, 12:37 PM
:woohoo: Jacqui, nice weigh in which means you had more control than you thought, I'm happy for you :hug:

I'm gonna go boil some eggs now and prepare them. Maybe eat two tonight and then try them in the morning and let you know how they do :D

Joe glad you decided to start today :high: You've made the biggest step :yay:

Hi Lizzy :welcome: to the thread :) We have Jacqui to thank THANK YOU JACQUI :hug:

well weigh in not too bad … 180.2 this morning. I want to get below 177.4 (my ticker weight) that's 2.8lbs to lose. I can do it and with some luck and LOTS of DISCIPLINE I should see 175 :crossed:

Does anyone want to commit to at least 3lbs by the 31st with me? We can do this :D

Jacqui_D
12-26-2013, 10:54 PM
Hi Lizzy! Good to have you! I may have started the thread, but TwoTots is the one who suggested we use it as a support thread. She's been really busy but I'm sure she'll pop back in again soon. And Rennie is responsible for our meals being posted, and I'm certain that's been helpful to anyone who's considering the diet.

I know what you mean about the oranges. I do miss eating fruit daily! :T

I haven't read The Four-Hour Body, so I'm not familiar with all the suggestions that Tim Ferriss makes to help speed up the metabolism. I had read online that he suggests taking cold showers. :brr: That most definitely is not for me! I had not heard about the sauerkraut, but since I don't like sauerkraut, I don't think I'll be trying that suggestion anytime soon. If you try it, you'll have to let us know how it works for you!

Rennie, oh but I didn't have control! I ate SO many cookies and chocolate candies, and even though I have some sweets on each cheat day, I think having so many of them yesterday, a-l-l day long, has made it harder on me today. I'm craving sweets more today than since I first started the diet. So today has been a matter of mind over body! My body wants sweets. My mind says no, uh-uh! :nono:

I hope the eggs work out for you! :crossed:

I would love to lose 3 lbs by the end of the month and I'm going to be staying on plan to attempt it! 171 lbs was my goal for this month but I'd have to lose a lb a day and unless the whoosh fairy just wants to be really kind, I don't see that happening, lol! :D

Joe, yay! I'm glad you decided to start today! :cp:

bigjoe
12-26-2013, 11:46 PM
Thanks Rennie & Jacqui_D ... Day 1 almost over was not so bad..

Joe

love2b150
12-27-2013, 01:14 AM
Jacqui I had a pretty good day until the end … :tantrum:

B ~ shake, green tea, water
L ~ ham, egg salad, green tea
S ~ Popeye's red beans and rice, biscuit, Special K protein cereal, water

… this is what happened. We went to a thrift store that I was told about that was better than Goodwill. Then we went to get a game for the boys and ended up going to Walmart. The gps took us to a dead end so after making a u-turn and re-calculating we were face to face with a Popeye's. We have not seem a popeye's in a 1.5 years. There isn't one where we live so this was a treat I couldn't pass up :D My daughter ate the last of the red beans and rice so I did share just not a lot ;)

Joe glad your day went well :)

12/26 ~ 180.2

Jacqui_D
12-27-2013, 09:01 AM
I am back down a lb today to 175.5! :carrot:

Week 21: High 176.5, Low-175
2/21: 176
2/22: 175.5
2/23: 175.5
2/24: 175
2/25: 175.5 Christmas-Cheat Day
2/26: 176.5
2/27: 175.5

Rennie, I have to admit, a Popeye's would be hard to resist, lol! But I have to ask, why didn't you go for the chicken? Chicken is a good low-carb choice, and Popeye's is the yummiest! Even with the skin, it would be better than rice and a biscuit, lol! I'm not going to let you off the hook, girlie, because let's face it, we could come up with an excuse to cheat every single day! Our health is worth the effort to fight and win! So, it's back on plan today, ALL day! Deal? :D

Joe, I'm so glad you had a good first day! :dance:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: ham, green beans, Mio water
Snack: a handful of mixed nuts, Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: (My daughter and I were at a mall so we ended up eating Oriental food-court food. I won't be surprised if I gain tomorrow with all the sodium in soy sauce!) Chicken and broccoli with no rice, water
After Dinner: a teapot of green tea, Mio water, a few sips of Diet Dr. Pepper (The sweetness of the DDP helps me to pass by the plates of leftover cookies on the kitchen table!)

bigjoe
12-27-2013, 09:38 AM
Day-2 - Checking in.....

On Saturday I will be on a 6 hour trip ( 12 Hour ) round trip.... What do you eat while on the road?

Fast food like ( Burger no bun w/ salad)
Taco bell- Refried beans - Etc

I want to stay on track

Have a great day!

Jacqui_D
12-27-2013, 11:56 AM
Hi Joe, you have the right idea for traveling. You can eat meats, salads, and beans. I often have Wendy's chili and a salad. Also, if I can find a Jimmy John's, it is my number one choice because they have unwraps, which are sandwiches wrapped in lettuce instead of bread or tortillas. If we stop at a pizza place, I have wings. If we stop at a McDonald's, I'll have a fish sandwich and remove the bun. I know some foods like chicken tenders, McD's fish, and some wings have breading, and if you are being very strict, you'll want to avoid those, but for me, that little bit on occasion doesn't hurt anything and I don't worry about it. Maybe I should add that to my list of foods that I allow--breading that you can't peel off certain foods when you are stuck eating at a fast food place! :D

love2b150
12-27-2013, 03:21 PM
Jacqui I hope it's ok to say … you remind me of two other 3FC'er and I just love you ALL. I've made it through my trials with their help and now yours. I did get the chicken actually the 9 piece nuggets, but after eating most the rice which I have wanted for so long and that buttery biscuit. I was stuffed. Trust me I won't be driving that far west again so Popeye's is done for me. The cashier said they will be building one in Smithfield but I don't even know where that is so I'm safe :D Thanks for your comments I truly appreciate them :hug:

Jacqui make us a list of what to eat out … I like what you've listed already, eventhough Wendy's chili is quite bland to me ;) I have always taken the bun of the fish sandwich at McDonald's. And I always eat it plain. I don't like tarter sauce and I can't get with the cheese on fish, yuck :D

Joe you are starting off with a great mind set, GO YOU :high:

ok today, I had …

B ~ one thin pancake made with water, a little milk, egg and spray butter, Sohgave low-glycemic natural syrup
L ~ 2 eggs, 9 Popeye's chicken nuggets
D ~ Special K protein cereal dry

5 - 16.9oz bottles of water
green tea = 32oz

12/26 ~ 180.2
12/27 ~ 180.4 (+0.2) <--- I will definitely take it since my sodium was ridiculously high yesterday.

---------

I finally went to the gym and did 5 miles in 78 minutes on the treadmill, calories burned 735 Nike+

weighed 180 even after my shower, feeling good about tomorrows weigh in :)

Jacqui_D
12-27-2013, 10:57 PM
Rennie, no, I don't mind that I remind you of others, as long as you don't mind, lol! :hug:

On the road, like I said, Jimmy John's unwrap is my number one choice. Other than that, if I stop at any of the burger places, I might order any of the burgers, chicken, or fish and remove the bun. Or salad. Most places have salad. Or chili at Wendy's. At Arby's and Rax, I can order the sandwiches but remove the bun and eat their thinly sliced meats with a fork. They also have great salads. At Taco Bell, I can eat a salad (but not the tortilla bowl) and the meat and veggies on the inside of a taco with a fork but not the shells. A little shredded cheese is no big deal but no sour cream. I don't like refried beans but if I did, I could order them. At KFC, I'd order chicken, and peel off the skin, and green beans, cole slaw, or salad, but but no other sides. The same sides at Long John Silver's with chicken or fish. I believe they also have shrimp, and that would be okay too, but not for me because I am allergic to it. And at any pizza places, I would order wings and salad. At non-fast food restaurants, I can eat salads, many soups, steak, beef brisket, burger patties, pork chops, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, fish, steamed veggies, green beans, baked beans, but no bread (anything made out of flour like rolls or breads, I avoid)--and no potatoes or corn. And no desserts of any kind. At any type of restaurant, breakfast is great because I can have eggs of any style, or omelets, along with bacon, sausage, ham, or steak. But again I avoid things made with flour. No biscuits or waffles. Oh, and no grits. (I LOVE grits!) And no fruit or fruit juice. In fact, I usually order a hot tea and a water. If I order iced tea, I make it unsweetened and I add equal or whatever artificial sweetener they have. I don't order a diet soda because the only soda I drink is Diet Dr. Pepper and I don't know of any place that has that. I do pick Diet Dr. Pepper up at gas stations for the car ride though! I think that about covers it, lol! It may seem like I am saying no, no, no to a lot, but there are a whole lot of foods--different meats, fish, eggs, soups, and veggies galore--that we can eat on this diet! :cp:

love2b150
12-28-2013, 10:57 AM
Jacqui once again thank you … I like the to go/take out/meals out list :D

My treadmill time of 78 minutes paid off, I am down 2bs to 178.4

12/26 ~ 180.2
12/27 ~ 180.4 (+0.2)
12/28 ~ 178.4 (-2.0)

today ~

B ~ carbmaster vanilla yogurt, Atkins chocolate shake, green tea
L ~ egg salad, ham, no sugar added grapefruit
D ~ Special K protein cereal

Not enough water today but I did go to the gym, only 4 miles today burn 597 calories

Jacqui_D
12-28-2013, 12:26 PM
Rennie, yay! Congrats on being 2 lbs down! Good job on the treadmill! :broc: And you are welcome for the list, lol!

Today, I am back down another lb to 174.5! :carrot: I am really surprised! I thought for sure the sodium from the Oriental food yesterday would cause me to gain. Perhaps drinking green tea and Mio water later last night helped. Of course, I had to get up in the middle of night to go to the bathroom, lol, but I am happy to sacrifice a tiny bit of sleep to shed what was probably a couple of lbs of water weight! :D

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29:
12/30:
12/31:
1/1:
1/2:
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: 6 plain chicken wings, cottage cheese, water
Snack: a handful of mixed nuts
Dinner: a little ham, a little turkey, beef sticks, cucumbers, carrots, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
12-29-2013, 08:21 AM
Jacqui quick check in

4 miles on the treadmill paid off

12/26 ~ 180.2
12/27 ~ 180.4 (+0.2)
12/28 ~ 178.4 (-2.0)
12/29 ~ 176.4 (-2.0)

Jacqui_D
12-29-2013, 10:08 AM
Rennie, WOW! You are on fire, lady! :flame: Great job!!! :bravo:

I am back down to my low of the month and less than 10 lbs away from being "normal" weight! :woohoo:

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30:
12/31:
1/1:
1/2:
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: spicy chicken nuggets from Wendy's (I was taking my daughter back to Indiana and we went through the drive-thru, so chili wasn't convenient :(), Diet Dr. Pepper
Snack: a handful of walnuts
Dinner: beef sticks, raw veggies with ranch dressing, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

bigjoe
12-29-2013, 12:32 PM
Hello. Checking on my phone since my puter is hijacked by my 10 year old grandson. That was my road trip yesterday we picked him up from Nebraska ( we live in colorado) so we have him for a week. My road trip diet could have gone better but today is a new day. I had lost a little weight ( mostly water I believe ) while eating on the plan. Started at 334 then went down to 331.8 the 330.4 Saturday morning before the trip. This morning at 332 lbs. So going out with family this morning hope to stick with eggs and beans.

bigjoe
12-29-2013, 03:17 PM
Hi again

So for brunch had buffalo chicken strips and 1/2 cup of bake beans.

Jacqui_D
12-29-2013, 06:51 PM
Good job Joe! Congrats on the weight you've lost so far! :broc: Don't worry about not doing as well as you would have liked on your road trip. Being on a diet on the road is hard enough, but being on a new diet is even harder. The first week of a new diet is tough! Let's face it, your body is used to having whatever it wants. Today is a new day, and you made some good choices for brunch! :cp:

love2b150
12-29-2013, 07:57 PM
Thanks Jacqui, I was :) today we went to Charlotte for my cousins ordination. We left really early so I had a shake and a yogurt. In the truck I had some peanut butter :) Then for lunch/dinner I had some really good potato salad, collards, one small meatball, a piece of real corn bread (not Jiffy) and two homemade cookies with a bottle of water. I hope my weigh in isn't too bad in the morning :crossed:

Joe I think you did well. SO BE PROUD … :high: Good job on your weight loss so far :)

bigjoe
12-29-2013, 09:27 PM
Thanks. The other day I had a bad headache and I was craving something sweet!

love2b150
12-29-2013, 09:50 PM
Joe try some dark cocoa, it's not great/good in my opinion but it will help with a sense of chocolate not sweet though so I don't know if that will help, just a suggestion :) Jacqui I await your comment. His headache may be withdrawal??? so the dark chocolate may help him to move on.

Jacqui_D
12-29-2013, 10:33 PM
Oh Rennie, lol! I admit you have me stumped! :lol: Someday you will have to explain your specific modifications to the Slow Carb Diet to me, so my heart won't stop momentarily when I read about the potatoes, bread, and sweets you eat on non-cheat days, lol! You must be allowing yourself a certain number of carbs each day, which aren't necessarily Slow Carb Diet-approved carbs but are Rennie-approved carbs according to your modified version of the diet (like my ranch dressing and bbq sauce). Is that right? If that is right, are you staying within the number of carbs you allow daily? You know I want the best for you! :hug: And I have my fingers crossed that you don't retain water weight from today's yummy carbs. You've been on a roll the last couple of days and I hope it keeps going! :crossed:

Joe, oh yes, sugar and/or caffeine withdrawal headaches are the worst! :headache: Sometimes it's better just to wean yourself off those things instead of go cold turkey. I never stopped drinking Diet Dr. Pepper because I didn't want to go through four days of migraines, which is what always happens when I try to stop, so I feel for you! As for the dark cocoa Rennie mentioned, yes, that would work. Dark chocolate has health benefits, so it would probably be a better choice than most other types of sweets.

Missy123
12-30-2013, 11:59 AM
Hi all! I'm back after I threw in the towel last week as I was not able to stick with my diet while on my "staycation" over the holiday. I was feeling so crappy that I started back on the slow-carb diet yesterday and feel better already. This cleaner and balanced eating approach from Tim Ferriss's book really makes me feel so much healthier and now that I don't have a party or gathering every night I have time to prepare the foods necessary for this diet. Most of the prep work I find is in preparing beans, and I am taking Jacqui's advise and using dry beans instead of canned.

I started back yesterday, but decided to not weight myself until I'd been on for a day so I don't get too emotional over the news. Today's weigh in was 153, which is still a couple of pounds lighter than my starting weight when I joined this forum a couple of weeks ago and when I started this slow-carb diet.

Joe, regarding your headaches it could very well be the sugar craving, but I ran into this issue when I did atkins and did some research and found out that because my carb count was so low during its induction stage of was losing too much water weight and this was causing me headaches for days. I read that I needed to ensure I had more sodium in my diet so as not to lose too much water. That being said you are not doing Atkins and the super low carbs, and eating beans, which is why I really low the slow-carb diet and which is the reason I'm no longer having headaches. I just wonder if you are losing too much water weight as your body adjusts to less carbs?

Well done Jacqui with sticking to your diet so well over the holiday!!!! You are our inspiration!!!

Hi Rennie. Sounds like maybe you are eating less calories in general and that is also a tactic for losing weight. And adding excercise is even better!

Jacqui_D
12-30-2013, 12:09 PM
Yay! :yay: I am down to 172.5 today! That's a new low! And I've just passed the total number of lbs I lost 4 years ago! What a difference in attitude I have this time around! By the time I had lost 37 lbs 4 years ago counting calories, I was so burnt out. I was done. I didn't want to do it anymore. Now, on the Slow Carb Diet, having lost 38 1/2 lbs, I am still so enthused to be losing weight! I feel better, I look better in my clothes, I feel more like myself, and I am so thankful! I can't tell you how excited I am to start 2014 nearly 40 lbs lighter! :dance:

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30: 172.5 TOM (kind of, lol!)
12/31:
1/1:
1/2:
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: A big salad with many add-ons including ham and ranch dressing, Mio water
Snack: Diet Dr.Pepper
Dinner: a slice of ham, a scoop of tunafish salad (made with chopped egg and celery and just enough full-fat mayo to hold it together), baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with ranch dressing, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

Jacqui_D
12-30-2013, 12:13 PM
Welcome back Missy!!! :hug: Congrats on being a couple of lbs down! :carrot: December was a tough month and now we can all put it behind us and start a fresh new month and a fresh new year! :trampo:

Missy123
12-30-2013, 12:16 PM
Oh, welcome Lizzie!! I haven't read the book yet, but am actually planning to and have asked my boyfriend to stop at the library to see if they have it there today since he is still on vacation.

I have found a lot of information on the internet about the diet, and read sauerkraut is allowed.

I can't post the link yet since I'm a fairly new member, but if you go to the 4hourlife website you should be able to find it.

Good luck!

I was planning to make pork and sauerkraut in the crockpot new year's day, as I often do for good luck, so this is good news for me too.

I also serve it with mash potatoes in the past, and am thinking of trying to make some mock mash potatoes, but experimenting greatly with the recipe to fit more with the "Slow-carb" plan. I made mock mash potatoes while on atkins with cauliflower and cream/butter, and since cream & butter is not really allowed I'm going to make them with the steamed cauliflower, cannellini beans (which are white), garlic, salt/pepper, and just a touch of cream/butter. I may use chicken stock for fluid. I'll let you know how they turn out. I think the beans will add the sustenance that I found lacking with just the cauliflower version.

This mock mash potato recipe will satisfy my vegtable and bean requirement. Fingers crossed!

Jacqui_D
12-30-2013, 02:25 PM
Oh my, ever have just an amazing salad sometimes? That is what I just ate for lunch! I started with a bagged veggie blend salad from the grocery store, which had different kinds of lettuce, pea pods, and sliced carrots and radishes, and I added spinach, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (I didn't have any green), celery, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives (I forgot I also had green olives in the fridge--next time!), sliced egg, a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, leftover Honeybaked ham, chopped walnuts, and ranch dressing. Yum! And I still have lots left over for a dinner side salad! :D

Missy, your cauliflower/beans mock mashed potatoes sound wonderful! :T

Also, here is the link to the site by Stephen, a big fan of The Four-Hour Body Slow Carb Diet, which Missy wanted to post: http://www.4hourlife.com/. For anyone who wants to do the diet by the book, this looks like a good website. Keep in mind, though, this is not a site by Tim Ferriss, himself. One thing I noticed (since Rennie and I had previously had this conversation) is that Stephen lists peas as okay to eat like any other of the allowed veggies, and yet on another Slow Carb website, it said peas were allowed only in moderation. I don't know which is correct since I haven't read the book. I tried to look it up again, and again found different websites saying different things, so there may be little details like that which could vary. This Stephen seems to really know his Four-Hour Body info though!

Jacqui_D
12-30-2013, 06:01 PM
You know, I'm starting to figure out that when I have cravings for sweets, and I haven't had them very often since starting this diet, it's Diet Dr. Pepper that makes them manageable for me. I have been trying to cut way back on DDP, hoping I might eventually give it up because I realize it's not a healthy drink. But when I overindulged big time on cookies and candy on Christmas Day and it triggered my cravings for those foods for the next day and a half, drinking DDP is what made those cravings bearable and seemed to rein them back in. And now with TOM hormones messing with me and making me want sweets today, it's Diet Dr. Pepper that is making it so much easier for me to ignore the cookies my hubby has in the house and is keeping me from eating other things in an effort to avoid the cookies. I was dying for cookies until I started sipping DDP, and now I'm okay. Yeah, I believe I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to give up DDP after all. I will try to stick to one can or less a day (although I won't write that in blood), but I think I'm just going to accept that this is my one really unhealthy vice and addiction. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs, but I'm keeping my Diet Dr. Pepper. :yes:

Jacqui_D
12-31-2013, 10:46 AM
Happy New Year's Eve Everyone! :celebrate: Have fun and stay safe tonight!

I am down to a brand new low again today, woot woot! :flow2: I am hoping I can lose one more lb by tomorrow to start 2014 a full 40 lbs down! :crossed:

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30: 172.5 TOM (kind of, lol!)
12/31: 172
1/1:
1/2:
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: a large loaded salad, topped with ham and ranch dressing, Mio water
Snack: a handful of walnuts
Dinner: steak, green beans, side salad with ranch dressing, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

Missy123
12-31-2013, 01:10 PM
Happy New Year’s Eve!

Good job Jacqui! And if the DDP doesn't affect your weight loss, go for it! You have so much self control to be able to get through a holiday without cheating.

I'm handling this rather unorthodoxly and am treating today as a cheat day even though I just restarted this on Sunday. I figured I didn't want to wait until after NYE to restart, and two days of clean eating helped me lose about 4-5 pounds of water weight, which was much needed because of my holiday vacation bloating.

So I followed Tim Ferriss's recommendation and started my day with a slow-carb breakfast (egg whites, one egg, beans and broccoli). The rest of the day and evening will be off diet. Back on tomorrow though! Next cheat day will be a bit soon again though since my football team (Eagles!) will be in the playoffs, but that will now put me on track to start having Saturday cheat days.

I also read that Tim will fast on the day after cheat day, and people commented how they were able to do that easily and also found working out at the gym easy after cheat day. Tomorrow I will try and workout and not eat until dinner to give this approach of his a try, albeit he fasts for a full day aside from a snack before bedtime.

Missy123
12-31-2013, 02:37 PM
Hey all. Turns out that my mock mash potatoes idea with using Cauliflower and white beans is not original, as I just found recipes for it online. Oh well....it was original to me. I'll be making this to go with my New Year's day pork and sauerkraut roast tomorrow. Will post results!

Jacqui_D
12-31-2013, 08:06 PM
Missy, I'm not sure if it's self-control or just pure stubbornness, lol! :D It sounds like you have a plan for the next few days, so I hope it works well for you! :crossed: Congrats on taking off 4-5 lbs in just a couple of days! :carrot: And yes, be sure to post the results of your mock mashed potatoes!

Jacqui_D
01-01-2014, 09:39 AM
:woo: :celebrate: :newyear: Happy New Year!!! :newyear: :celebrate: :woo:

I had hoped to be 40 lbs down today but my body decided not to cooperate, lol! But hey, I am maintaining and not gaining, and 39 lbs down is a great way to start 2014! :hat:

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30: 172.5 TOM
12/31: 172
1/1: 172
1/2:
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: 3 Hardee's chicken tenders with ranch dressing, Diet Dr. Pepper
Snack: a handful of walnuts, Diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: 12 plain wings from a local pizza place, Mio water

Looks like it was the day of the chicken for me! :chicken: It's a little much, lol!

OK Lizzy
01-01-2014, 11:12 AM
Is it weird that I'm glad to be "officially" starting my Slow-Carb diet? I actually looked forward to weighing in first thing this morning and then planning out what today's food intake will be. SOOOOO ready to start feeling alive again! I've spent a few minutes reading over the posts, and plan to check out the book again from our library -- but am wondering what sort of salad dressing you guys are using? Just looking for the lowest-carb content? Or making your own?

Jacqui_D
01-01-2014, 11:36 AM
Hi Lizzy, good to see you on this first day of the year! It IS great to be starting 2014 becoming healthier! :carrot: Missy might be able to advise you better on the salad dressing, especially if she is using any homemade recipes. She is doing the book diet. I am doing a modified version and one of the ways I modified it was to allow myself all types of salad dressings and condiments, so I use ranch. Since you are going by the book, you definitely don't want to use ranch because you need to stay away from creamy salad dressings. My guess is vinegar and oil, or vinaigrette, or Italian, something along those lines.

gembabe
01-01-2014, 12:45 PM
Just wanted to drop by and say HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! Wishing everyone continued success and happiness through out the year!

love2b150
01-01-2014, 03:34 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

catching up from 12/29

Jacqui, I think because I knew that I would actually be giving up a lot during our church consecration, I just kind of ate what I wanted on some days. I'm back to the correct way of eating tomorrow :) I think I was up only .2 from that meal, but after early early morning breakfast at Waffle House I am up to 179 this morning. I'll take it. It starts my year in the 170's eventhough barely it's not the 180's or 190's or 200's :yay:

Missy, glad you got back on plan :). Actually regarding my calories, some days I was way over. MFP has me only at 1210 a day and when I eat carbs it goes way over that, smh. Now on low carb days it can be under because the protein fills me up. I've also found that when I don't eat the carbs I can get all of my water in. That's a good thing :)

12/30

Jacqui 172 you go GIRL :high: Congratulations on 38 ˝ pounds gone :high: LOL, that salad sounds huge :). I'm gonna have to get lots of things for salads. Jacqui the DDP keeps the real sugars at bay so that's a great discovery :)

Missy mock potato salad is delicious. I've also made mock mac n cheese. It just taste like scalloped potatoes to me, I wasn't fond of it, though I would eat it, I love regular mac n cheese and regular scalloped potatoes much better.

12/31

Missy, you;ve got this all worked out also and good job on the 4-5lbs of water weight gone. I'll tell you those water weight pounds sure make me smile :)

Ok all caught up :)

Jacqui you are doing great. :high: When did you officially start slow carbing?

Lizzy, It's good you're feeling good about this and looked forward to weighing in. It shows that you have mentally prepared yourself for success. :)

Hi gymbabe :wave:

Well hello to all of my SLOW CARB friends. I weighed in at 179 this morning after having an early early morning breakfast at Waffle House. Yesterday my middle son turned 15. So after church that was dinner/breakfast. Then today we cut his cake. Tomorrow I go back to eating like I am supposed to and posting meals again. Jacqui no more making your eyes big or your heart race :hug: I started a new job and there is junk every where, vending machines and food trucks. So I need to plan plan plan to be a success.

Do all of you weigh daily? Jacqui I know you do. I have a thread to it post on unless you post some place else that will keep it all in line :) if you want to use it

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/291106-happy-new-year-january-2014-daily-check-accountability-thread.html

bigjoe
01-01-2014, 04:57 PM
Happy New Year- Been a little tough w/ family events/get to gethers since most of the time its about food.! Its almost over - overall doing fair

love2b150
01-01-2014, 06:05 PM
Happy New Year to you Joe … I'm happy for this to be coming to an end also.

Jacqui_D
01-01-2014, 11:30 PM
Hiya Rennie, Joe, and Gembabe! :wave: Happy New Year to you!

Rennie, ohhhhh, lol! I am so relieved. :hug: I thought maybe you had some special modifications that allowed all those high-carb foods. I just couldn't figure out how that was supposed to work, lol! I'm glad to know you were just off-plan, because that means you are able to get back on-plan. :spin: Yay on going up only .2 of a lb the other day and on starting out 2014 in the 170's! :cp: I started the Slow Carb Diet (well, my version of it) on July 19th, 2013, so January 19th will be 6 months. :carrot: And yes, I do weigh everyday, for a couple of reasons: 1) I'm too curious not to, lol! And 2) In the past I found it discouraging to weigh only once a week (not fully realizing how weight fluctuates, both up and down, because of water weight, daily and quite naturally) and having the scale not show a loss every week. Weighing everyday, I've come to understand that it's no big deal if I gain or maintain. As long as I stay on plan, the scale number may go up but it will come back down. :yes: Other than on this thread, I report my weight on the monthly weight loss challenge thread under "Chicks Up for a Challenge," but thank you for the invitation to post on the daily accountability thread! :D

I was away from home for most of today so I had fast food chicken tenders for lunch and take-out wings for dinner. That's okay, but no veggies and I'm not happy about that, and I haven't had my tea tonight. It's quite late, but I may have to break down and have some. I kind of have a sore throat so it would be soothing, although no doubt it will make me get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, lol! So I haven't decided yet. :chin:

Missy123
01-02-2014, 12:14 AM
Happy new year everyone!! I'm typing this on my iPad so I will need to make it brief, but will expand on it tomorrow while in office on lap top. Lol

I too Lizzie am glad to be back on, even after a cheat day. I just makes me feel better. Sort of like a cleanse. My BF got the book from the library and we are both reading it and I'm happy to say he is also now doing this diet with me! Regarding dressing, Tim recommends a vinegar and mustard dressing at home, but he says when he is at a restaurant he sticks to oil and vinegar. I haven't eaten many salads yet, aside from the bean salad I make. Typically I heat up some broccoli and/or cauliflower and sprinkle salt for my veg. For example I have a large portion of veg and beans, and about .5 to .75 chicken breast. Today I made the pork and sauerkraut (read some really positive things about sauerkraut) and my mock mash potatoes. The mock mash were so good that even my picky teen daughters liked them!

Well done ALL, and I just know 2014 is going to be a great year!

I have the book now, so feel free to fire away any questions if you like and I'll look it up.... It's super fascinating! Oh, Tim mentions in the book that without legumes people go into a caloric deficit and hunger that isn't necessary to lose weight. Also mentions why this diet cuts out dairy.

Missy123
01-02-2014, 12:28 AM
Oh, my gym was closed today, but I did try the fast today (day after cheat day) as advised on a Tim ferriss web site. Only made it till 3:30pm, at which time I had to whip up a typical slow carb breakfast to hold me over for our 7pm dinner (typical slow carb breakfast - egg whites, egg, beans, frozen veg mix). Quite yummy tho!! I add a bunch of seasoning and am growing fond of hot sauce. I'd recommend this to you guys for sure!!

Jacqui_D
01-02-2014, 10:14 AM
Missy, way to go! You are really getting into the full swing of things now! I hope that partial fast worked for you! I have hypoglycemia, so I won't be participating in any fasts, but I've heard they work really well for some people, and I hope it works for you! :yes:

I weigh 172 again today. TOM has picked up (the first day I wasn't sure if it was going to stick around or not) after being half a month late (gotta love the uncertainty associated with it at the age of 52, lol). Maybe once it ends, I'll get a whoosh of water weight loss. I hope so! :crossed:

I did have one cup of green tea before bed last night and that seemed to work out well. I have quite a sore throat that started yesterday. I think it's from the dry winter air. (I hope that's it!) See what happens when I don't have a lucky bite of pork, sauerkraut, and black-eyed peas to start the new year? Lol! :lol: (And it's a shame too because it's such a great slow-carb meal! :hungry:)

Week 22:
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30: 172.5 TOM
12/31: 172
1/1: 172
1/2: 172
1/3:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: salad with ranch dressing, Diet Dr. Pepper
Snack: a handful of walnuts
Dinner: 1 1/2 large bowls of homemade chili with kidney beans, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

gfc781
01-02-2014, 12:41 PM
Joining you all I started yesterday, 5 years ago i lost 50 plus lbs on south beach and have kept off the pounds over the last years 4-hour body / slow carb. But not strict enough to loose the last 15-20 lbs, even though i have been trying too.

I am going to hit it hard and will hopefully be close in 4-6 weeks. Follow all the rules plus a couple of modifications to boost weight loss, No Alcohol, watching calories with a goal of 1200 per day, and a cheat day to limit of 1800.

Gary

Missy123
01-02-2014, 01:07 PM
:)I think you are doing great Jacqui!:carrot: I mean, when I look at your stats it shows you have already lost 2.5 pds in less than a week....and it's not like you are at the beginning of your diet where we all lose alot quickly. Very impressive I say!!! Ironically yesterday I was reading a section in Tim's book where he talks about TOM weight fluctuations for women. I'm in the office now and don't have the book on me, but I think he said that is why measuring is such an important tool over weighing oneself. But I'm like you and am impatient and want to see the scale results every morning. lol

Welcome Gary! Sounds like you have a solid plan. I am aiming to lose 20 pds and am hoping I don't need to go as strict as you though towards the end....but if I do, I can see myself using your tactic for sure. I'm not sure how successful I'll really be if I follow his principle in the book where he says to eat until I'm full. I can eat a lot! You sound like you have the most experience with the slow carb diet so please share any tips on how to make quick and yummy meals that fit the plan that you may have?

My fast yesterday (following cheat day) didn't provide the results I had hoped. I was hoping to lose the 2.5 pd gain from cheat day asap. This morning it appears I still have 1.5 pds from cheat day to lose. I did eat a lot of pork, sauerkraut and mock mash last night though and hadn't worked out in two days. And oddly this morning I really am losing a lot of water weight. I wonder if it just takes our bodies a couple of days to release the water weight....especially for women?

My question to everyone is.....how many pounds do you typically gain from cheat day, and how long does it typically take to lose? I'm curious to see the averages.... :?::)

love2b150
01-02-2014, 07:28 PM
Jacqui, I'm not sure if the way I ate today will fit in either, though I didn't eat anything bad at all. Yay me … I can actually say :) I'm so stuck on weighing daily it's crazy. I use to weigh multiple times a day, I'm glad I got out of that habit. I personally think you do great when you eat out. The sodium monster may get you though ;) I hope your throat feels better soon :hug:

Missy sounds like you're getting healthy, having fun and enjoying yourself which are all great attibutes, keep up the great work :high: Missy when I did Jacqui's modified version correctly I believe I only gained a pound if that after cheat day. It's on here though.

Gary :wel3fc: and the thread :)

TOM has been lurking the last two days. Like you Jacqui it's hit or miss. I'll be 48 in April and these last 5 months have been really interesting with TOM not coming or coming for a few days, so idk. Weight was up this morning to 180.4 not good but I expect for all of this to be gone within the week. I am confident that I will make my Holiday goal weight of 175 possibly in January, since I didn't make it in November or December :D

B ~ 2 egg salad, yogurt, shake
S ~ cheese stick, pistachios
L ~ celery with hummus, collards, n/s grapefruit
D ~ tbsp pb, peanuts, pinto beans, soy chili sauce

I have the worse headache coming on …

01/01 ~ 179.0
01/02 ~ 180.4 (+1.4)

Jacqui_D
01-02-2014, 09:19 PM
Hi Gary! :wave: It's so good to have you join us! Congrats on your successful weight loss and maintenance! Fantastic!

Thanks Missy! I typically gain 2 lbs after cheat day, sometimes it's been more, sometimes less, and usually within 2-3 days, it comes back off. So if Saturday is cheat day, often by Tuesday, it's gone and I am losing again. Of course, hormones and those stubborn set points every 20 or so lbs cause fluctuations, but yeah, usually within a couple of days, the water weight is back off for me. (Knock on wood, lol!) :D

Rennie, I am so proud of you for the way you ate today! :hug: I have been thinking about adding yogurt (and blueberries) in moderation myself. And you already know that I add a little cheese to my salads. My daughter has modified her Slow Carb Diet by adding a little bit of dairy, so great job! :woohoo: I'm so sorry you are getting a headache. I always get those right before the start of TOM. :(

love2b150
01-02-2014, 10:01 PM
Thanks Jacqui, I eat the yogurt mainly to take my medicine, otherwise it makes me nauseous. I started a new job on Monday and getting up earlier than before and not being able to nap is taking a toll on me for sure. I did lay down for bit after that post and my head is a little better. Thanks :hug: but I am definitely going to have my hinny in bed by 9:30 tonight. :) I'll see you all tomorrow … :crossed: for good numbers on the scale in the morning :)

Jacqui_D
01-02-2014, 10:24 PM
Congrats on the new job! :cp: Yep, get to bed girlie! Early to bed, early to rise, makes Rennie skinny, healthy, and wise! :D

love2b150
01-03-2014, 08:39 AM
Quick post down 3lbs to 177.4. Be back later. Have a great day :)

Jacqui_D
01-03-2014, 11:23 AM
Rennie, congrats on the great weigh-in!!! :yay: :yay: :yay:

I am down a half lb today to 171.5! :woohoo:

You know I've been calling this Week 22 because I started keeping track of my progress two weeks into my diet, but I think I'm going to start calling it Week 24 because it really is the 24th week of my being on the Slow Carb Diet (my version of it). Since the new number reflects all the weeks I've been on the diet, I think that's less confusing. :yes: So...

Week 24: High 174.5, Low 171.5
12/28: 174.5
12/29: 173.5
12/30: 172.5 TOM
12/31: 172
1/1: 172
1/2: 172
1/3: 171.5

Tomorrow is my cheat day, the first one since Christmas Day! It's only 2 degrees outside but I need to go to the store and get some fruit in the house! I'm sure I'll have my usual mint chocolate treat, but I really want some oatmeal with blueberries and a banana! :cb:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: tunafish (with mayo and egg) on celery stalks, Mio water
Dinner: meatballs in bbq sauce, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

gfc781
01-03-2014, 12:41 PM
Thats awesome to be dropping those pounds coming off new years wow!

i ballooned up cookies, pie's, whisky, not good


1/1 184.8 1200 cals
1/2 183.4 1400 cals
1/3 181.4

the last two days combined i have ate,
1 1/2 lb chicken breast
1/2 lb spinach
1 lb broccoli
1 1/2 cups of in shell pistahio's
1/2 lb of cook lentils
and a few oz's or ranch dressing
1/2 gallon of water each day

I have had some craving's but have kept full so they have not been to bad
so far so good!

i will settle back in quickly to 179-178, which has been my consitant weight over the last couple of years.. getting below that and not bounce back up. is what im am going to break this winter, i have flirted with low 170's but always settle right back in to the 178ish range. this time it is going to be different,

I turned 50 a few weeks ago, 2014 i'm going to be my lightess since a freshman in HS! 165 come on!

Missy123
01-03-2014, 03:03 PM
Congrats on the new job and the weight loss Rennie!

And Jacqui you always impress me. You deserve your cheat day. Sounds like you are also keeping it healthy too during cheat day with the fruit and oatmeal.

Gary I am taking your approach and counting my calories too now. I guess when we are older and female it's a little harder for us than Tim Ferriss to lose these pounds.

I'm only a 1/2 pd down this morning, so am still one pound from cheat day. Before cheat day I did lose 4-5 pds in three days and I think it was because I worked out more and ate a little less. I'm going to make sure my net calories don't exceed 1200 too, but I'm also starting a new muscle building program. So I'm going to get a measuring tape and measure too. I would like to lose fat and gain some more muscle! Ya know?

I decided I can't be that naughty on my too soon cheat day during the Eagles game tomorrow. Off diet, but not outrageous.....unfortunately. Lol

Jacqui_D
01-03-2014, 03:33 PM
Gary, way to go! Look at those numbers dropping! :carrot: You are doing so well! Keep it up and you'll be back at 165 before you know it! :yes:

Jacqui_D
01-03-2014, 04:11 PM
Missy, oh, I'll have enough junk on cheat day, I'm sure, lol, but I just really miss some of the healthier quick-burning carbs I used to eat. I did get the blueberries and bananas and I'm just going to use Quaker Instant Oatmeal that I have on hand. Yum! :T

love2b150
01-03-2014, 06:35 PM
Thanks Jacqui :) … I got in the bed but couldn't fall asleep, smh. I sure hope it'll make me skinny ;) ... the boys needed to clean the kitchen so I had to get up to remind them, smh. So glad school starts back on Monday for the last 3, one went back this morning :)

:woohoo: Jacqui 171, YOU GO LADY :high:

gfc781, Nice weigh in :high: I need to get some spinach, I keep forgetting, I love the stuff :drool: Happy Belated Birthday :)


Thanks Missy :) I think you've got your cheat day under control, enjoy :)

I was so proud this morning when I looked down at the scale. I knew it would be down but not 3lbs. I know the carbs are just no good for me and I felt pretty good this morning also. I'm also more rested today, eventhough I think I didn't actually fall asleep until after 11pm. A tree fell this morning so our power went out just before 5a.m. My son woke me to tell me the power was off at first I was mad but had he not I would have probably been late for work so it worked out.

B ~ 2 egg salad, yogurt, shake
S ~ peanuts
L ~ pinto beans with soy chili sauce, collards, n/s grapefruit
D ~ idk what I want … it we go to the gym I'll get one of their low carb shakes so good :drool: if not probably more beans and greens :D

Jacqui_D
01-03-2014, 08:12 PM
Thanks Rennie! And your menu is SO much better! It's no wonder you dropped 3 lbs! You're working with your body instead of against it. Keep it up! :flow2:

Oh how miserable to find out in the morning that you have no power, but especially at 5:00 in the morning! I sure hope with the bad weather expected here in the next few days that we don't lose power! :brr:

love2b150
01-03-2014, 11:39 PM
Thanks Jacqui, I had the low carb shake for dinner with a few forks of greens before I left for the gym. :) It was interesting, it's been a while since we've dealt with the power going out. It use to happen so much in Virginia we got use to it :)

I walked 4 miles, burned 589 calories and I am feeling good. I've got to work on meeting my calorie goals. I made some vegetable soup without potatoes or corn. I think I had mentioned that I bought a can of lentil soup and a can of barley soup to try. I know the sodium in both will be a killer but I figure if I try a serving early in the day I should be ok. I can flush the sodium out with water. I've got to add to my menu so that I don't get bord. I won't be having a cheat day until after February 2nd. No bread, no pasta, no potatoes, no sweets, no soda, no rice, no coffee, no cereal w/ or w/o milk, no pancakes, no grits but maybe some oat bran (I don't particularily like it so I can't even eat a serving), no chips, no popcorn. Wish me luck everyone.

Week 1 of 5
01/01 ~ 179.0
01/02 ~ 180.4 (+1.4)
01/03 ~ 177.4 (-3.0)

dtretv100
01-03-2014, 11:57 PM
Wow. I have been reading through these posts over the course of my day here at work. Almost took the whole 8 hours. I have been on and off almost every diet including Atkins. I have considered doing my own kind of Low Carb diet that I can tolerate and not give me headaches, low energy and feel like i'm going crazy only eating meat. I love beans, and cottage cheese and I used to have a cheat day back when I did weight watchers in 2006 and it kept me afloat for 3 months!

I want to join you guys but include my own variation as well, because I love cream cheese and almond milk and avocado amongst other things. I think I will start the 6th on Monday, because I am traveling for 20 hours this weekend so I may start, and just not be too by the "said" book. Thanks for the fast food ideas, should help a lot! Resisting having some drinks with my dad will be the tough part.

love2b150
01-04-2014, 12:29 AM
dtretv, :wel3fc: and to the thread :) … enjoy your Dad by all means, epecially if that is why you are traveling for 20 hours. Don't deprive yourself of that joy. I say start out with a cheat, that being it and then do 6 clean days.

these threads will consume you, but that's a good thing :)

Jacqui_D
01-04-2014, 01:11 AM
Hi dtretv100! Welcome! :wave: We're happy to have you! And variations are quite welcome here! As you can tell by reading this thread, I'm not a "by the book" person, lol! I have to do what will work for me (provided it does work, of course) or I won't do it at all. I admire those who are following this diet exactly (or at least more strictly than I am), but I just know that modifying it is a better plan for me. So do what works for you! Please be safe on your trip, have a great time with your dad, and we'll look forward to your updates on Monday! :D

Rennie, I have my fingers crossed for you! :goodluck: No cheat day for a month is a big undertaking! But if that's what you want to do and you set your mind to it, you can do it! :cheer: Great job on the dinner and exercise tonight! :carrot: And your veggie soup sounds fantastic! You are doing so well! :hug:

gfc781
01-04-2014, 09:36 AM
Rennie, Lentils dry have a GI of 21 which are "slow carb" , Lentils, from a can have a GI of 52, i dont know what make's them different but they are.

I cook up a cup of dry every few days (store in tupperware), (makes a cups) add some chicken heat it up in chef mic, then drizzle little salad dressing , olive oil, honey mustard, spicey mustard, hot sauce, or a combination of. As quick easy meal snack, when i'm hungry or in a hurry.

love2b150
01-04-2014, 10:44 AM
Thanks Jacqui for the encouragement as always :hug: You'll get me to my goal for sure :hug:

gfc781, I have never had lentil soup before that's why I bought the can. If I thought I could drain it (I just may try) I would. I know anything in a can is gonna be worse than fresh but I didn't want to buy a bag and then not like it. Can you give me an example of what they taste like plain? I like the idea of making only a cup (I don't know why I never think like that). I guess because my family is so big and I have always had to cook a lot it just comes natural :) Thanks for your input, I appreciate it :)

I'll let you ALL know how I like them and if I decide to buy a bag to cook on my own (one cup at a time) :)

Jacqui …..

I am down two more pounds of water … I have finally reached my pre-Thanksgiving goal and my pre-Christmas goal, which was to see 175 prior to the holidays :) This morning I weighed in at 175.4 … so happy to know my scale can show that number :)

gfc781
01-04-2014, 11:04 AM
they are really good for you, slow buring carb's, good amt of protien, low anti imflamatory, I would like to find something equal to them in nutrtional value that has a better texture, but going to keep doing lentils per Tim Ferris for now, I dont think there is anything as good for you and avl. except sweet potato's and i dont like the added butter and honey i have to add

maybe i will grow to love them. the batch i made last night i added some bullion stock to give them a little more flavor.

Tim in the book talks about the Red one's there are also Green and Black. at the grocery store meijer they only sell the brown. i went to health food store and they sell the others but stupid expensive. looked at walmart and i couldnt even find dried of any kind.

they cook up easy 20- 25 mins. still playing with cook time to work on texture.

they taste is like a bean, texture is simular to a firmer pea, or a pea if they cooked longer

love2b150
01-04-2014, 11:13 AM
gfc781, I love peas so that will work. I'll give them a shot. :) I have only seen green and brown, I'll let you know. I haven't tried the sweet potato yet. I may buy one of those also to try. I love my yams which is a definite :nono:

Jacqui_D
01-04-2014, 11:16 AM
Rennie, congrats on shedding 2 more lbs!!! :trampo: Wow, you are all the way down to your pre-Thanksgiving weight after just starting to eat clean! I am SO proud of you, you just don't know how much! :woohoo:

Gary, it is so nice to have your experience and knowledge about healthy low glycemic slow-carb foods here! Thank you for joining us! And your lentil dish above sounds pretty tasty! :hungry:

Jacqui_D
01-04-2014, 11:21 AM
I have hit a milestone! I am down 40 lbs total today!!! :yay: :yay: :yay:

Week 25:
1/4: 171 Cheat Day
1/5:
1/6:
1/7:
1/8:
1/9:
1/10:

Today's Meals:
Breakfast: a boiled egg with one tbsp of hot pepper jelly. 2 pkgs of Quaker Instant Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal with an added tbsp of cinnamon, a handful of blueberries, and a large sliced banana, a teapot of green tea, Mio water
Lunch: split pea and ham soup with potatoes and carrots (for some reason I despise peas and absolutely love pea soup!), Diet Dr. Pepper
Snacks: 2 sugar gum drops, 6 cream cheese-iced pumpkin cookies, 4 mint truffle chocolate kisses, a banana
Dinner: lasagna, a banana, a teapot of green tea, Mio water

love2b150
01-04-2014, 11:40 AM
Thanks Jacqui :)

and :congrat: on 40LBS GONE :woohoo: You are on a roll. Oh my goodness to see 171, I think I would fall out. ;)

I'm hoping to get the book from the library as soon as they tell me it's in. I don't think I'll follow it to the tee but I'd like to read it.

… cramps are starting up, smh. I am so ready to be done with this part of my life :(

gfc781
01-04-2014, 01:00 PM
[QUOTE=Jacqui_D;4910800]I have hit a milestone! I am down 40 lbs total today!!! :yay: :yay: :yay:

AWESOME!!!

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 01:48 PM
Good morning everyone. I am hesitant to say that I started yesterday although I did implement some slow carb meals. But I think I will count today as my day 1. Weigh in is 397.8 and I am on a cramped 11 hour bus ride. I started off with a big Carl from Carls Jr and I skipped the bun. I kept the sauce however because I love the flavor. It wasn't by any means drowned in sauce so I am okay with it. A medium Coke zero for thirst and to replace the usual sugary soda. Off to a good start but a lot of day left. Let's see how it pans out. Good luck everyone

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 01:51 PM
Great job Jacqui! You inspire me!

Missy123
01-04-2014, 03:28 PM
You guys are all doing great!!! 2014 is definitely going to be a good year.

I didn't lose any weight from yesterday. A bit frustrated, but I attribute it to ordering a chipotle salad and having the sour cream and cheese. Then later my bf was making chili (he's learning to cook) with my help and I had a sample with a sprinkling of cheese. Just goes to show how carefully I have to follow this for results. I have been mapping everything in myfitnesspal and I was over on sodium too, and calories.

B - protein shake
L - steamed broccoli, chicken breast with hot sauce

Missy123
01-04-2014, 03:33 PM
Oh, I'm still going to have my cheat evening tonight during our Eagles playoff game. It's a huge deal around here! So I killed it at the gym today, and hence the reason I kept breakfast and lunch low carb.

Go Eagles!

love2b150
01-04-2014, 04:13 PM
dtretv, sorry about being cramped up, we flew to Vegas and my husband just about had a fit. He's 6'6, so boy was he cramped, poor knees. I think you're off to a nice start :)

Missy, enjoy your day :)

Jacqui_D
01-04-2014, 04:21 PM
Thanks Rennie! I hope you feel better! The one good thing about TOM is that it usually comes with a drop in weight! :cp:

Gary, thanks! I'm pretty excited! :dance:

Thanks Dtretv! What a sweet thing to say! Good for you starting today! :woohoo: Eating a Carl's Jr. Burger without the bun and substituting a diet soda for a sugary one is a fantastic start! (IMO, the sauce won't hurt anything. I would have kept it too!) Great job! :trampo: Just do the best you can do today. I know it's hard when you're away from home, but I am so proud of you for starting some slow carb yesterday and picking it up today! :woohoo:

Missy, don't be discouraged. You're doing great! You know, I've learned that even if you stick to a plan to the tee, you can still go up in water weight. It's just how our bodies work. Sometimes it holds onto water just to make things run more smoothly or to repair muscles, etc. It's a perfectly natural thing, and the good news is that water weight will always come back off! :yes: Just make sure you are drinking (but not over-drinking) enough water each day, because if your body doesn't think you are taking in enough, it will hold onto what it has. You definitely want it to release any extra water, so make sure you take in enough. :cheers: And have a great time watching your Eagles play tonight! :cheer:

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 04:34 PM
Grabbed panda express for lunch. I am sure there is some types of sugars or marinades in the meats but I skipped the rice and chow mein and got veggies on the side. And i got the meats without breading. A great day so far in my opinion.

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 04:34 PM
And thank you all for your kind words and encouragement!

Jacqui_D
01-04-2014, 04:42 PM
Dtretv, you are doing wonderfully! What a good choice for lunch! :broc:

You know I should have added Oriental food to my list of "meals out" foods. As long as you skip the rice and noodles, you're pretty much golden! I don't worry too much about sauces, but that's just me. I know that there's a lot of sodium in Oriental food so it's possible it could cause water retention, but that's just water, and it will fall back off! :yes:

Missy123
01-04-2014, 04:55 PM
Thanks also for the kind works Jacqui. I also feel good and that in itself is a good thing. My goal is to be down 3 pds by Thursday, and 2 pds per week after that.

Dtretv welcome by the way and good job today! So hard while traveling and eating out, but you are doing it! Tim Ferriss says that Mexican restaurants are great for the slow carb diet. They have beans and guacamole (allowed) and you just need to avoid the rice and tortillas and etc. Oh, I personally needed to remember to not add sour cream and cheese last night. Woooopsy

love2b150
01-04-2014, 05:17 PM
Jacqui I sure would love to have one more whoosh at the end of this bout with TOM :)

dtretv, that's what I did the last time I had a Panda Express type meal and I still couldn't eat it all. Thank goodness for kids when that happens, they finish all of the junk for ya :D You're definitely mentally ready, keep it going :)

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 07:56 PM
Thank you! I love the support group here! I am going to have some Pozole tonight and I may or may not pick the Hominy out. The hominy contains about 24 grams of carbohydrates per cup. Although I am going to have some beers and brandy shots with my dad! And homemade pinto beans! Pozole with Hominy to me is still better than what I would usually eat! I would usually have Pozole, with a lot of tortillas or chips, which I am gladly going to skip! Plus I am not mixing my brandy with Sugary Soda! And I am opting into having light beer, maybe ;-) As a first day, I will say if it ends this way, I still count it a huge success, knowing what I could have been eating! I could've had a double burger with bun, large fries and sugary soda, panda express with fried rice, chow mein, egg roll and more sugary soda! Plus tortillas, rice, chips with my Pozole, and more sugary soda! Lol so it's a success for me! Success comes in small steps when you're first starting out I am believing. I know I am not by the book by any means, but today is definitely an exception, and instead of waiting until Monday to start, I am implementing changes even yesterday! Have a great day all! I hope you all are having some yummy slow carb foods, and enjoying your day and this journey!

love2b150
01-04-2014, 09:10 PM
dtretv, I say bravo to you. Like you said you could have been eating a whole lot worse and you have to start some where :) Again only my opinion :)

We stopped by the library and I got the book. My son has been reading it while in the car. It truly sparked his interest. He's 16, 6'1 and 242lbs. He wants to ton up, while I want to lose weight so he can read on and help he and I out ;)

Did my 4 miles but it seemed harder than usual. Maybe TOM has something to do with it. They have these new treadmill machines that I tried for the last 15 minutes I think I like them better than the plain belt treadmill. My burn was 589 just like yesterday so I took the same amount of steps at the same speed.

Week 1 of 5
01 ~ 179.0
02 ~ 180.4 (+1.4)
03 ~ 177.4 (-3.0)
04 ~ 175.4 (-2.0)TTOM
05 ~
06 ~
07 ~

total for the week

bigjoe
01-05-2014, 01:29 AM
Hi All

Well just checking in...Its been a rough week... Had my 10 yr old grandson at the house all week, and made another road trip to take him back home. Its Saturday so its am off diet day..back on Sunday.... I did drop a few lbs but regained it.. Glad the holidays are over..Now to get back to business and hope to do better... I weighted in the AM at 334 lbs ( were I started almost a week ago) We will see in the am what my weight is ...blaw ...
Hope everyone is well
Joe

gfc781
01-05-2014, 09:21 AM
Week 1 of 4 (no cheat day)
01 ~ 184.8 (1200 cal)
02 ~ 183.4 (1400 cal)
03 ~ 181.4 (800 cal)
04 ~ 180.4 (1200 cal)
05 ~ 180.0
06 ~
07 ~
Goal > 165

Fighting peanut butter cravings (spoonfull) after i eat my afternoon & evening meal, (sweet yummy goodness), but have fought them off.

last two days, chicken, broccoli, lentils, spinich, eggs, No Pistahio evening snack, not sure if that is good or bad, but does help out on the calaorie cnt.
hour of easy paced cardio each day