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09-02-2003, 04:20 AM
my two sisters and i are three fat chicks on atkins. i was wondering if there are any other families doing atkins together. i just started atkins today. i've been researching south beach for a bit, but decided to follow my twin and little sister. my little sister has lost 55 so far. my twin has lost 17. my doctor had told me to try this once before to get my cholesterol level down. i only stayed on for two weeks. he has been on it almost 4 years and is maintaining well. my husband has lost with this also. at any rate, i thought i'd just check to see if there are any other 3fc's from the same family out there who are working together to lose. thanks to the 3fc's who started and maintain this site. it is the best i have found. i am 5'9 and currently at 210. i would love to be 135 again, but would settle for 145. actually, all three of us are targeting the 135 to 145 range.

09-02-2003, 07:01 PM
Welcome, Fullfig. I'm on Atkins but nobody else in my family would consider giving up bread, potatoes, rice, etc. Now that I'm into it, I'm not finding it difficult at all to forego those foods.
Even though I'm following Atkins, I call it "the zone" when I get into ketosis and lose cravings. To me it's just so amazing that food is no longer on my mind every waking minute of the day and that I sometimes even forget to eat! Give yourself a few weeks to really get into it and you too will be amazed and how little food you really require.

09-02-2003, 10:35 PM

I'm on atkins and so is my hubby. He has of course reached goal b/c he didnt have that much to lose. I on the other hand have A LOOOOOOONG way to go.

It seems like every couple of weeks I get antsy and want to cheat.

does this happen to anyone and do you cheat ?

Jennifer 3FC
09-02-2003, 11:06 PM
Hi Fullfig, I am 'kinda' on Atkins, and I have one sister that is on South Beach and another getting ready to start low carb.

Leens, I do get antsy every now and then...I have made a deal with myself that every 5 pounds I can have a dinner of whatever I want. I have such a hard time losing after that dinner, that I am beginning to wonder if it is screwing up my metabolism. Surely one meal wouldn't do it, but I am losing VERY slow!
As for other cheats, if I am just losing my mind, I will have a 'small' something. Not a whole entree, but something like a piece of ww bread, or a few fries, but nothing big. Hmm, maybe THAT is why I lose slow! :lol: Really though, I don't do it hardly at all. It keeps me from bingeing, so I think it is a good idea for myself.

09-03-2003, 02:05 AM
thanks guys. i have been on almost every kind of diet that i can think of. sometimes i have cheated, at other times not. when i have done slimfast, i would have one meal on saturday in which i could eat whatever i had been wanting all week. that worked well for me. i do not consider that to be cheating, as i would plan it ahead of time. at other times, if there was something that i was really hungry for, i'd go ahead and have a little of it to get it out of my system. the main thing that i have to careful not to do is to give myself a break. the last few times that i have been on 30 lb roll with losing, i have stupidly told myself that i would take a weekend off. in all three instances, the weekend turned into nearly a year. knowing this, i have to really watch myself. i'm not sure how a tiny treat off the plan would effect progress with atkins. i think my husband allowed himself bread every now and then and did okay. i'll ask my sisters. my twin has lost 17 in about 9 or 10 weeks, i think. my little sister has dropped her 55 in about 6 or 7 weeks. my twin got 5 of hers off doing the 1000 calorie fat fast. the last time that all three of us were thin was christmas of 92. right now, we live far apart. my twin is on the east coast and my little sister in the south. i'm currently out of the country for two years. so, we are hoping that we will hardly recognize each other when we get together again. i am really hoping to do well with this. i would like to drop at least 60 lbs before trying to get pregnant again. enough of the long post :^:. thanks again for letting me know. our goal is to lose 2 people between the three of us. hopefully, we will. oh, how much have y'all lost so far?

Tummy Girl
09-03-2003, 08:27 AM
Fullfig, personally, I find that something off program one day sets me back about 3-4 days. This fabulous info I found out on Saturday. (although unintentionally) So I choose to stick to the program fairly strickly knowing that the better I do here, the sooner I will be in more liberal parts of the program and will be able to enjoy more foods. This is enough for me right now, I'm really not having many cravings and am not hungry so this is the way I've chosen to go. So far, I'm in my sixth week and have lost 30 pounds, although I that was a) fairly new fat (no tap roots eh ruth? :lol: ) and b) I lose fairly fast, but then again, I can gain 30 pounds just as fast so it's a toss up that it's a good thing and finally c) I exercise a lot, never thought I'd say that with a straight face, but 5-6 days a week of cardio and resistance training mixed in.

Good luck and although my finace isn't on atkins technically, he's lost 15 pounds just because he eats the same as I do during dinner :lol: That may be inspiration enough for him one day, but not right now. And regardless, he really doesn't need to lose more than 25 or so total, just those pesky love handles, as he calls them.


09-03-2003, 03:07 PM
Hello - can I join in?

I have been on Atkins for over 2 years - love it. I feel so good the weight loss is almost an aside.

Have you read the book, Full? Lots of good information there.

Good luck to you!

09-03-2003, 04:31 PM
I am with you Tummy- I find if I "stumble" I have a hard time getting back up... Like on Saturday I went to the fair and said I don't care and ate some fair food and STILL I am having a hard time getting back into it!! I will have to start over again because of how badly I have been eating!!!!!!

09-03-2003, 04:59 PM
All of us have different metabolisms. We've all tried just about every kind of weight loss plan ever invented. The only one that I've ever had major success with and without a lot of feelings of deprivation, has been the Atkins plan. I did learn one important thing when I was giving the Carb Addicts Diet a whirl. You don't want to give your insulin a chance to spike and a simple little off program snack can do the trick for most of us who are insulin resistant. It's better to never allow yourself those little indulgences and treats. You may think it's keeping you from binging and if this is truly the case, you are luckier than I. I can't stray much above 20 grams of carbs in a day before those nasty old cravings come sneaking back with a vengeance and then it's ever so hard to get back in the groove. This is my 6th week of strictly OP Atkins and FINALLY, in this past week, I'm consistently showing medium purple on the ketone test strips. (but only late in the day) I truly can't believe how quickly I feel full these days and it took almost five weeks of strict low carbing to put me in this state. Why would I want to jeopardize this wonderful feeling just to pig out on a few French Fries or a slice of bread? Especially when I can indulge my sweet tooth on any of the wonderful low carb but sinfully rich and creamy low carb desserts as a special treat. Even they have to be handled with extreme caution though. Sometimes our bodies are fooled by the sweetness of Splenda and other artificial sweeteners into thinking it's the real thing and that can cause those cravings to return. Personally, I'm trying to cut back on the goodies and stick to plain, simple low carb foods. That's when I seem to experience my best weight losses. Here's a sample daily menu from the week I lost well.
4 slices bacon
2 eggs

1 cup mixed salad with oil/vinegar dressing
Deli chicken leg, breast & wing

1/2 cup diet jello with dollop of whipped cream

6 oz grilled steak
mushrooms fried in butter
1/2 cup green beans with butter

Jello & whipped cream

And I was absolutely STUFFED on this. It's under 1400 calories, my friends. Does it get any better than this?

09-05-2003, 07:09 AM
thanks. my husband's birthday is today. i'm determined not to get off the wagon though. although this is just the fourth day on atkins, i do not want to blow it. although all of our stuff has just arrived from the states, i have not found the scales. i am the kind of person who gets on every day to check progress. my younger sister has been losing at a much faster rate than my twin. so, i'll be anxious to see how i'm progressing. have a great weekend! :D

09-05-2003, 07:28 AM
Hi All!
I recently switched from Nutrisystem to Atkins. I just began Induction on Saturday morning. So far I love it. I am not hungry and have to remind myself to eat. No cravings, no cheating, thats a big thing for me!
I am having some energy issues, which I read are normal in the beginning. I make it half way up the stairs and can barely get to the top. I went on a 5 mile bike ride which I always do, and my legs felt like Jello. Anyone know how long this lasts? I can't wait for the endless endurance and energy I've been reading about. So far I have lost 7lbs in 6 days. I am wondering if I should get the Ketostix I hear everyone talking about, or is that more for after induction?
I am so glad I found this plan. I did alot of research on before I decided to try it. I always thought a calorie was a calorie was a calorie but I read alot of the scientific research and studies and thought I'd give it a try! Good luck to all! I usually dont post much but am always here lurking. I hope to have finally found the key!

194 HW
176 Started Atkins
169 CW :lol:
135 Goal!

P.S. What supplements do you take? I just take a One-A-Day Weight Smart

09-06-2003, 01:25 AM
hi barb. glad you have joined. it seems like i read in atkins that you may feel tired if you are losing too quickly. seems like it is supposed to pass though. i think i remember it saying that you can try to slow the loss down to have more energy though. i do not know which supplements everyone else is using. i only take a prenatal vitamin each morning. i'm not currently pregnant, but will be trying after i get my weight down. i still have not found my scales, so do not know how i am progressing. this is day 5 on atkins for me. my twin is still stuck, but little sister is still on a roll. have a great weekend!

Tummy Girl
09-06-2003, 08:27 AM
Barb, I think the one word that can be used to describe how I felt during the first week was crud. I lost really fast in the beginning too, but I started to feel better after about 7 days. Now, tons of energy and sleeping better and I am still losing fairly quickly, at about 2-3 pounds a week. You're doing great considering you're at a fairly low weight already, usually people lose slower down in those numbers so WTG!

Post often, or at least more than you lurk ;) I take a multivitamin and chromium everyday (I'm very insulin resistant, dr. put me on the last one to help with the problem)


09-09-2003, 01:43 PM
I'm Fullfig's twin sister. I've been on atkins for 12 weeks and have lost a measly 17 pounds. I lost 5 pounds on the 1000 calorie plan. I had to get off the 1000 cal plan as I was required to travel for work. I will start the 1000 cal plan probably Monday. I haven't cheated since week 3. It made a huge difference. I only had a half of a lunch size portion of a chicken chimichanga and a few chips and gained back 2 pounds which it took the rest of the week to work back off. For me cheating is a deathwish. I read that when you cheat it takes either 48 or 72 hours to get all of that sugar completely out of your system. that's why most people don't lose for a few days after cheating. I haven't been exercising but am refinishing some furniture so my free time is tied up. Good luck to all of you.


Jennifer 3FC
09-10-2003, 12:27 AM
Welcome to the list, Supersized! I am just like you with the slow weight loss. I lose excrutiatingly slow! Rebounds are similar with me as well. Maybe I am your twin, too!

09-10-2003, 01:55 AM
hey, glad you are trying out the site. hopefully we can get little sis on soon. i think you will really like it here:) . love you!

09-10-2003, 10:38 AM
Supersized - you have lost, on the average, over a pound a week! That is not measley! It is best to lose slowly, you are more likely to keep the weight off and it is the healthiest way. I think you are doing well.

09-10-2003, 01:07 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. I just had to try out this site since Fullfig talks so excitedly about it. I think it is great. Yes Jennifer I think you might be my other twin. I'm gonna make more of an effort to exercise more and resume the 1000 cal plan again. I need help in coming up with some alternative meals though. I've got to figure out how he calculates the high fat to protein ratio. If none of you have tried it --it is a challenge for the first 2-3 days. I stayed on it for 6 days when I did it previously. The payoff was 5 pounds. Atkins says that needs to followed by the 1200 cal plan. I wasn't able to do that but I will this time. I might even stick to the 1000 cal for two weeks instead of 4-5 days. If anyone else has resorted to the 1000 cal torture, I would love to hear how you did with it. Good luck!

09-10-2003, 04:56 PM
bless your heart, supersized. i wish it were easier for you. aren't you just glad though that we didn't make a bet this time? haha. love you!

09-11-2003, 09:41 PM
Well girls I'm on atkins too, I've lost only 2 lbs in the past 5 weeks. It seems I'm getting hungrier and hungrier. In order for me to lost anything my calories have to be really low and OY what a hard time I'm having doing that.

Maybe if I get my mouth wired :lol:

1 lb a week would be a dream to me.

09-11-2003, 09:59 PM
the more you have dieted the harder it is for your body to get into the swing of losing just keep on plugging and remember that if you do not give it a try then where will you be at this time next year.

and I do not have any family that is willing to follow the low carb, but I do have many family here. all of these girls here are my family by mind and heart if not by blood.


09-12-2003, 11:46 AM
Fullfig, yes I am glad we didn't bet on our weight loss this time. You're leaving me in the dust. I'm glad for you though.

Leens, hang in there. I'm a slow loser too. I've been on Atkins for 12 1/2 weeks and have lost 18 pounds. Some weeks I don't lose anything. I was telling Jen on Friday's daily thread about Atkins Fat Fast. I did it for 6 days and lost 5 pounds. It is very restrictive and he tells you exactly what to eat. The first 3 days are the hardest. If you are interested, go to and go to overcoming obstacles section; or you can do a search for fat fast. I will be start this regimen on Monday. I'll keep you posted on how it's going. Good luck!

09-12-2003, 01:20 PM
My 17 yo daughter has joined me to do Atkins - I've done it before and lost almost 30 pounds, but got away from it the past year or so and gained back. She doesn't have alot to lose, but is alot of support for me.

I'm working hard on getting water drank every day - we are accountable to each other and that really helps. PLUS I don't have to make different food for each of us. She likes different foods, so we are experimenting with new recipes from my cookbook. That way we won't get bored with the same old things. It is a good way to get burned out and feel deprived.

TGIF - this week really has gone by fast. We have an agreement that if we stay with no cheats for the two weeks of induction - we will go out to dinner for a Southwest Chicken Salad at Applebee's at the end of the two weeks.

We have a special occasion October 19th, so we have both set mini-goals to reach by then. If we make goal, we get a new dress for the occasion.

09-12-2003, 05:53 PM
Hang in there d rowland. It definitely helps to have someone to be accountable to.

09-17-2003, 07:19 PM
Fat Fast is going well. Since I started on Monday I have lost 3 pounds. YAE! It's tough but definitely has a pay off. Supposedly, my metabolism will be working as it should after one round each of the 1000 and 1200 calorie regimens. Good luck gals!

09-18-2003, 10:34 AM
Hey Sue !! Nice to see you too ;)

I just wanted to let you guys now that I spoke with the Ladies from 3FC's and they are considering an Atkins Thread here YAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! They will let me know as soon as they can. It will be great because it will hopefully attract some more folks who are doing atkins and the more folks the more help and support for us all. I'm looking forward to it.

Last week (Sunday) I weighed in and I am happy to say I am down 2 1/2 lbs :) its been a long 5 week struggle. I find the more I stay with basic foods and dont go to the low carb candies, etc... you know stuff like that, I do much better.

I am addicted to Carb Wise candy bars though. There's not alot of chocolate on them but they are thick and crunchy (i only like the smores flavor, the others are GROSS). So I am eating them sparingly.

I really want to buy the atkins bake so I can start making pizza, small ones but none the less :) loaded up w/veggies and pepperoni, oh I'm drooling already.

How are you guys doing w/your vitamins, are you taking them ?

09-18-2003, 10:36 AM
Originally posted by supersized
Fat Fast is going well. Since I started on Monday I have lost 3 pounds. YAE! It's tough but definitely has a pay off. Supposedly, my metabolism will be working as it should after one round each of the 1000 and 1200 calorie regimens. Good luck gals!

:cb: CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!

09-18-2003, 02:14 PM
Congratulations on your 2 1/2 pound loss and thanks Leens! I lost another pound today. You might want to check GNC for Atkins bake. Someone at work said that if you had one of their memberships that you could get a better price on Atkins products. I haven't been there yet to check it out. I had thought about getting together withe coworkers to go in on a membership so we could all save money on Atkins products. I need a few more details though.

09-22-2003, 02:48 PM
GNC, I'll have to check it out.

Congrats on the additional pound :) and thanks :D

09-25-2003, 12:07 AM
Hey girls! :-)

My s/o said something to make my heart melt yesterday

"Baby....I want to start Atkins too, because I want to be healthy with you so you will reach your goals this time"

This is coming from my little devil dog, who ate ben and jerrys (my old fave) and french bread in front of me .....saying..."baby you know you want some, have some!" WOW what a change, this is after I followed the ever wise Dr. Phil's advice in telling your "potential sabotogers" how you feel! IT WORKED!

All I can say is that really touched me, now we are planning on beating our weight gain together for ultimate support! YEY!