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Leenie
11-10-2003, 08:52 AM
Good Morning !

Hope everyone had a great weekend ;)


StarPrincess
11-10-2003, 10:28 AM
Good morning!

I'm giving up the coffee this week for sugar free chocolate soy milk - does anyone know if that stuff heats well? I'm cold!

How was everyone's weekend? I finally got the scale to budge - one stinking little pound! Argh! But, after looking at my geeky weight loss chart, I noticed that I have stalled for a week every 10 pounds and that the first week after the stall is a small loss and then it picks up again. I'm hoping this one pound is just part of my body's cycle and that I'll start seeing some real loss soon.

Froufie
11-10-2003, 10:31 AM
Have tons of errands to run today:

1) Get 4 birthday cards
2) return clothes to Winners - shop some more - see what I like :)
3) more lc bread, cream cheese, strawberries
4) Michaels for a triple picture frame (for my 3 kiddies and I have a coupon for 50% off).
5) Mall - to tailor shop to get pants shortened (can wait til tomorrow if necessary)
6) Library - to return books and get new ones (LOVE reading - my favorite thing to do when I have some down time).
7) place order for more school clothes for youngest (they wear uniforms at his school)
8) would love to eat lunch somewhere in there - or maybe a stop at Starbucks/Chapters for a decaf americano w/sf vanilla & cream:D :D

First have to "switch purses"...bought a new black purse last week - not sure if I like it - need to see if everything fits - so Ill clean out old one and make the switch - hope it's okay - otherwise switch everything back - Ugh :dizzy:

Looks like TOM has arrived...sorta....and my throat is really sore today - have to find some lozenges or something to take.

How is everyone doing today?

Froufy:cool:


StarPrincess
11-10-2003, 10:34 AM
Froufy - get you some Cold-Eaze sugar free zinc tablets. They don't taste fabulous, but they do wonders for sore throats, coughs and colds if you start taking them asap. Just be sure you've eaten something first or your stomach will hate you! Hope you get feeling better!

jdoggmartin
11-10-2003, 10:37 AM
Good Monday, everyone!

Well, the weekend went fairly well. I got a lot done on Saturday. Sunday was a loss, though. I didn't feel well all day (which I'm blaming on those stupid sugar-free chocolate and almond bars -- should have never eaten them in the first place). Anyway, I had no energy whatsoever. Besides a 20-minute walk, I laid on the couch all day. Watched football and some movies. My DH has been working a ton lately, so I'm on my own a lot. :(

Jamie: I can't believe your car had the "Check Engine" light come on in sympathy! I hope it's nothing too big. I think my light must be malfunctioning or they didn't fix the problem correctly in the first place. It was just in the shop on Wednesday! Cars can be such a pain!

Froufy: Your weekend sounded fabulous (except for the kids waking you up at 7 am!!). That's great that you and your DH are able to get out and have some fun!

Star: What a great idea -- fantasy shopping -- I love it! Jamie's right -- you sure know how to live a creative and fun life!

Hope everyone has a great day!!

Take care,
Jina

jane8760
11-10-2003, 10:52 AM
Morning everyone,

I went shopping this weekend and finally was able to get a smaller size jean. I did buy this great new pair of black slacks but they unfortunatly were still a size 14. I bought them at The Limited and their sized always run a bit on the smaller side anyway so I am not stressing. They look fabulous on me. I am actually starting to feel a little slimmer.

This week I am shooting for 2 pounds.:crossed:

I bought some Kayem bolonge this weekend...couldn't bear the pepperoni any more. I took three pieces and some american cheese and made roll-ups for my snacks throughout the day.

SP: haven't tried the soy milks yet. I am waiting for the new Hood low carb milk to come out though.

Froufie: YIKES, I'm glad I'm not you today. Don't over stress. You'll get it all done. Sorry you aren't feeling well.

jdoggmartin: I was on my own this weekend also. My husband moved his company on Saturday so I was left to my own devises. Of course I went shopping! Then met up with a friend and proceeded to drink too much wine all day! OYE did I pay on Sunday.

Kim in NJ
11-10-2003, 12:02 PM
Good Morning everyone...
I seem to be stalled too - but I haven't been diligent about exercise so I really need to get with the program here. Packed up all my size 26/28 and 24's last night. So excited to be in a 22 now. If it were just my legs needing to be clothed, I'd probably be in a 16 - but it's that darn tummy that keeps me in the larger sizes.

My goal this week is to exercise at least 4 nights.
We went for a family bikeride on Saturday - fun but VERY COLD!!!!
Hope everyone has a great week.

Jamlinrich
11-10-2003, 12:21 PM
Howdy Howdy!
Just getting ready for bed. Had another fun night at work. NOT! Super sleepy. Took the car to get the oil change then went to Autozone. Jina, at autozone they can hook up a thing that tells you what the check engine light is for for free. He told me it was the oxygen sensor and nothing was wrong and reset it. Cool. I hope yours (Jina's) is easily fixable. Then played with El baby-o for a minute. Then got big hunk of hair chopped off.

For the past three nights a guy at work keeps telling me I'm fat and have stringy hair but that I shouldn't be offended because he's simply telling me the truth. (He's 285lbs and 5'8") He is supposed to be my friend. Grrrrrr. What a schmuck!! I like the new haircut. It's lighter and softer. Came home and started to mow the lawn until I remembered I have to get some sleep because... duh... I work tonight.

Got the results of my MRI on the knees. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with my knees. The bad news is that there is some kind of lesion on the end of my femur (big leg bone). Have to go in for more bone x-rays tomorrow. Not too worried, I just want to be able to exercise without pain.

Do you guys find that your TOM effects your weight loss? I've been spotting lightly for the first time since I had the baby 8 months ago and associated cramps. I'm nervous that it will mask any weight loss. What have you seen?

Well, Gotta get some shut eye. Have a great day! I'd like to think of something special we could all do together. Maybe Star Princess could help think of something. Something we could independently do for ourselves that is creative and self affirming. Then we could share the experience if we wanted. If you guys are interested.
Take care. Muchas Muchas hugs.
Jamie

Lekker
11-10-2003, 12:23 PM
Hello all!

Just to answer a couple questions from the last chat thread:

Jamie: Mechanical engineering - my thesis focus is on robotics & dynamics. My undergrad degree, however, was called Systems Design Engineering, which is a mix of mech, elec & comp engineering with some human factors and human systems thrown in - really quite interesting. But....I'm not even sure how much of an engineer I want to be when I'm done! I think I need a break - at least from all the theory and calculations and stuff! :)

Froufy: Montreal! Although, I've been to Quebec City several times and the old part is definitely an enchanting little place.


If it were just my legs needing to be clothed, I'd probably be in a 16 - but it's that darn tummy that keeps me in the larger sizes.

You know, Kim, in Ontario you can legally go with just clothing your legs! ;)


My morning has been semi-successful ... I'm still trying to track down a test machine at the university that meets my needs. I have a couple leads, hopefully one of them will come through because I just want to get this set of testing over as it's been hanging over my head for awhile now.

KarenW
11-10-2003, 01:24 PM
First off...

Jamie - YES TOM does affect The scale. I think I am having that issue now with my spotting as well! I am still 175.. not buging even though everything is going great. Although I decided this morning I am cutting out the Davinci syrup too...

UGH.. I think I am on a plateau now. I am bummed, but at least I am not gaining. I will exercise a bit harder, get in a few more veggies than I have been, and I am going to eat a few more calories than I have been. I just wish this dang TOM would end!!! :)

Busy day today, need to pick up DD at school, then off to the treadmill. Had to make a bazillion calls this morning for the kids school auction project.. so I didnt get to the gym as planned.

anyway, I will check in later.. got a few more emails to catch up on!

StorybookMama
11-10-2003, 01:58 PM
I was out of touch all weekend long... but that's okay, I'm back today.

I had a mediocre weekend - Dh has influenza so he slept a lot leaving me to do the rest myself. I feel bad but am glad I'm back at work so I can relax a little bit.

I didn't do too badly over the weekend... but think I'm going to look into switching from induction to OWL for my own sanity. My hat is off to you ladies who do induction for months - I just don't think I can do it anymore. Not that OWL is that different but I refuse to add guilt to my menu if I happen to go over 20 carbs. So, I'll read that chapter tonight and see what happens.

I know my weight loss will slow, but it's already slow, and it took me 10 years to put it on. I need to be free!! But, I also need to exercise and have been working on that. My Champagne goal is to include exercise most of the days of the week.

What I've learned from Atkins over the past month or so is this: moderation is okay, portion control is easier if you're not eating things that "glop" onto your plate like potatoes, pasta, rolls, etc. What I miss, among other things, are the convenience of Deli sandwiches for lunch. Yes, I know I can eat what's inside the sandwich, but that's not "convenient." I do miss convenience.

I don't miss the "obvious" carbs like the sugar, pasta, etc... but I do feel like it's a LOT of work avoiding the hidden carbs in things. I have obsessed about carbs now for a while and it's getting easier to not do that as long as I stay pretty much on program. It's becoming second nature to eat low carb and I think that is a much bigger step in the right direction than staying on strict induction.

I'm happy that I can have decaf coffee that is now ONE carb instead of SEVEN - and I can thank all the ladies here for that enlightenment.

Okay, enough of that soap box.

Hope everyone has a great week!!

Kim in NJ
11-10-2003, 02:23 PM
Lekker - Oh now THAT would a LOVELY site!!!! My big belly hanging out with just a pair of size 16 leggings!!!

I LOVE Montreal! We went to a huge Jewish wedding there about 6 years ago and it was so lovely. The wedding activities took place over 3 days - brunches, dinners etc. DH and I ended up at a karaoke bar with many of the guests and my dh (not drunk or anything) was up on the stage singing Nancy Sinatra's "These boots were made for Walking"!!! Never laughed so hard - didn't even know he knew the song. What a great fun place though. I loved that the streets were alive and kicking at 2AM. Such a fond memory for both of us.

jane8760
11-10-2003, 02:53 PM
I need some input please.....

I have been doing the induction for over 5 weeks now and have last 8-10 pounds. I have added LaTortilla Factory tortillas once a week so that I can make a pizza and I have nuts on an occasion. My question is what about fruit? Since I am not losing very fast I am hesistant to leave induction however I really need some variety AND FRUIT. I can't believe that was just me saying that......I never used to eat much fruit!

Can I add a small amount of strawberries?

StarPrincess
11-10-2003, 03:54 PM
Hi Jane - the way your progress is totally up to you. If you feel you're ready to move into OWL, then go for it! If you're just feeling restless because you feel like you don't have enough variety, then spend some time on the atkins and other low carb websites and gather up some new recipes to try! There are some fantastic ones out there! :)

jane8760
11-10-2003, 03:56 PM
Thanks Star....good advice. I have been checking for some recipes all day. Maybe that will help mix it up a bit.

StarPrincess
11-10-2003, 04:01 PM
I have a rule for myself that I must try one new food (item, recipe, whatever) every week. It keeps things interesting enough for me to stick with induction. I've even gone back to having low carb bread products once a week - maybe and got rid of the nuts again. I'm learning tons about herbs and spices now that I don't have starches to rely on. Really, I like my low carb food way better than the old high carb stuff. :D

jane8760
11-10-2003, 04:36 PM
Star: did you say you were eating low carb breads? Are you doing induction? I have the low carb tortillas which if allowed I could make a sandwich out of at least.

I am going to make chili tonight...that will give me something other than salad for lunch.

Lekker
11-10-2003, 05:01 PM
LOVE Montreal! We went to a huge Jewish wedding there about 6 years ago and it was so lovely...

Yeah, Montreal is a pretty neat place...always lots of things going on, especially during the summer - non-stop festivals! Jazz Festival, Comedy Festival, Film Festival ... needless to say, I didn't get a lot of work done in the summer. Especially since I lived maybe a 5-10 minute walk from these festivals.


You know, one of things I'm *really* enjoying about this Atkins lifestyle, is that I am *never* hungry and any cravings that I get (which are few and far between now!) have been pretty easy to get rid of. And I'm noticing that my cravings at the very beginning really were the worst when I was 'near' the food in question. So ... I just backed away. Stay away from the food. was my mantra! And, I'm upping my water intake a bit from the 8 glasses/day thing, and I have never had to go to the bathroom so often in my life ...

Jennifer 3FC
11-10-2003, 05:15 PM
Lekker, are you originally from Holland?


Froufy- do you own rabbits? I need a rabbiteer to help me out with some beginners questions!

StarPrincess
11-10-2003, 05:25 PM
Jane - I'm somewhere between induction and OWL. I stay under 20 grams of carb a day and generally stick to induction rules. I do allow myself a low carb bread product - like pizza - once in a while, but not very often. Same with nuts. I haven't moved to berries yet, because I'm not confident that I'm ready for that. I get discouraged easily if I don't see pounds or inches going away so I'm going to stay on my current woe until I get significantly closer to my goal. I'll slow down for the last part of it. The low carb breads I do use range between 2 and 4 grams a slice.

One of the reasons I like this woe is because it encourages me to eat whole, unprocessed foods. The avoinance of special low-carb products is in keeping with that mindset. I just feel better when I'm eating stuff I make myself and stay away from "convenience" foods. It's also been very good for breaking my bad eating habits. The effort it takes to make the food makes me really think about what I'm putting in my mouth and forces me into planning my eating - for me, that's a very good thing!

Lekker
11-10-2003, 06:02 PM
Hi Jennifer! No, I'm not from Holland, but I did live in that wonderful country for a year during my undergraduate degree - such easy-going, honest people I thought ... and the European attitude about work, life, holidays is really nice - my European friends seem to always be on holidays and travelling around. None of that paltry 2-week stuff like over here!

Alright, one last time I'll check if the 'special' computers I need are available, and if not, I'm going home ... talk to you all later.

Sonnet
11-10-2003, 06:08 PM
Hi All! It sounds like everyone is doing great on their diets. I kept my injured knee iced and elevated all weekend, so I didn't excercise at all, but I made some soups that I could eat whenever and how much I wanted. I did well with the diet anyway. I see the doctor Thursday for my back check up, and he's the type who will want to just take a peak at my knee. Hopefully, by then, I'll be wondering which leg it was. I've been telling myself and dh that I'm walking this way to favor it. Truth is, it's the only way I can walk! LOL

Kim, I can see your dh performing "Those Boots Were Made For Walking", and now the song is stuck in my head. haha That's great you're in a smaller size. I'm hoping to be back in my smaller clothes soon.


Jamie, Sorry to hear about that bone lesion. I sure send prayers to you that's it's OK.

StarPrincess, One pound is great!

Everyone take care, Barbie

StorybookMama
11-10-2003, 06:14 PM
Question for you all:

After my lunch (salad with celery, tomatoes, bacon bits, chopped egg, and blue cheese dressing) I felt totally horrible. A couple of hours later, I really felt like I was either on some sort of cold medicine or coming down with the flu (which dh has and is a possibility anyhow).

As the way I felt decended into the pit of despair, it occurred to me that I felt like I was "Crashing" meaning, my blood sugar. I haven't had any sugar - so how could it crash?? I thought one of the whole ideas behind Atkins was to prevent sugar crashes.

Anyhow, I had some water and then ate a few M&M's (and only a few!!) and I do feel better. Not a candy binge, but some sugar for my bloodstream and it seems to have helped.

Any thoughts???

jdoggmartin
11-10-2003, 10:06 PM
Hey, all!!

Well, tonight I weighed in, and I didn't lose. I just stayed the same. I guess at least I didn't gain, but I get easily discouraged when I don't lose consistently. Looking back at this past week, though, I see why I didn't lose. I have been overdoing it with my cream use! I use an insane amount in at least two-four cups a day. I've got to cut that back. I also made the chocolate cream mousse and ate way too much of it. So, I guess I should be thankful I didn't gain!! But, I'm going to start posting my food on the food log, so I can be held accountable for it. Kick me if I'm using too much cream... PLEASE!! I need it!!

Jamie: Maybe our cars are in cahoots! Today, my "Check Engine" light went off on its own! I guess mine is just copying yours! Crazy!

Anyway, hope everyone had a great Monday!!

Take care,
Jina

Kim in NJ
11-11-2003, 01:27 AM
Lisa: I haven't had any sugar crashes and I was truly addicted. I also had gestational diabetes with both babies so I know the feeling, but never once yet since July had this problem. ????Son't know what to tell you. Maybe chekout the Atkins website itself for more advice. Feel Better!