Carb Counters - Weekly Chat... Aug 7-13
08-07-2006, 11:02 AM
Well, I'm back and feeling MUCH better!! Won't manage to get any exercise in for the next couple days as I've got a meeting at noon today (Youth Group...and I'm NOT prepared so have to work on that!) and tomorrow I meet with a group of ladies from church. Maybe tomorrow after that. I'm hoping to start getting water and exercise in. I know...heard that before. I just can't seem to get into the swing of things. I was OP except for yesterday. DH turned 40. So I made him a cake. I only ate a small piece as I remembered what it tasted like last month (DD's birthday). Only difference was I made homemade cream cheese frosting. Still too sweet!! lol. Haven't stepped on the scale so I'll wait for that. Just wanted to hop back here and get back into the swing of things :)
08-07-2006, 06:16 PM
Hello Lady A...where's everyone today...? My weekend sucked as I knew it would..I have no control on weekends...ugh! I spent all day on Friday at the Mall of America (6 am we left home and returned at 11pm) so we ate out all day....but it was soooo fun! Sat and Sun we spent remodeling our kitchen-so we had to eat out all weekend...taco bell, carabou coffee, etc. Today it's still hard to get back on track, but I will!
Low carbing....is my goal for all week :carrot: :carrot:
08-08-2006, 02:38 AM
Hi everyone. I am sticking well to my food plan. I am still not able to exercise due to my ankle. I had to sit at my sink tonite to do the dishes. It was pretty sad. I want to be up and moving. I feel lazy if I can't exercise. My weight is maintaining at 141-143, so I'm happy with this. I hope everyone is doing well. Good night all.
08-08-2006, 08:13 AM
Well, just in case anyone is like me and doesn't stop to think before taking the same old medications they always have: beware of liquid Nyquil! I had already swallowed it before I realized how sweet it was and looked at the label. Corn syrup! Argh!
And of course, this morning I tested myself for ketosis, and I'm back down to "trace amounts". I am so upset with myself.
Luckily, though, no carb cravings. *fingers crossed*
Lady A, my belated happy-birthday wishes to DH! Lilybelle, you've been in my prayers with that ankle; hope it feels much better soon. And Idealperson, I'm glad you at least had a good time shopping!
Have a great day, everyone.
08-08-2006, 09:53 AM
Good Morning :sunny:
tipsy~ dontcha hate when that happens!! Im glad there are no cravings this morning tho.
Brenda~ Happy B-Day to your hubby! :woo: p.s. its not his 40th birthday but the 1st anniversary of this 39th birthday :lol: In my world anyway! :lol3:
Eating is still good, I managed to get thru yesterday without any slipups. I even tossed out the rest of the cake. There was about 1/2 left. Since my dd was suppose to be the only one left to eat it....she didnt want all that cake....so I saved her a piece will all the icing scraped off and tossed the rest. (she didnt like the icing)
Its suppose to stay fairly cool today (compared to last week, 72 will be cool) :lol: so I think dd and I will hop on the bikes and go for a ride over to the big park. If not, she can scooter while I walk my old walking route.
Have a great day ladies!
08-08-2006, 02:07 PM
IP: How did you do with being OP yesterday? Sounds like you had exercise so hopefully the stuff that was eaten won't matter much. :) (hey...call me Brenda :) )
Lily: WTG on maintaining! Did I miss it...how did the doc appt go and what's the verdict on the foot??
Gypsy: I would never have thought about cough syrup! Thanks for the heads up. I'm hoping that whatever made you reach for that is better today :)
Robin: I like the way you said that! I'll have to tell him that, he'll like it as well! WTG on the exercise!!
I've not gotten exercise in, nor water. Not sure what the problem is. Maybe too much being on the go and not wanting to worry about being "on the go" if you know what I mean? Hopefully I can start getting that into the routine!
08-08-2006, 02:44 PM
Brenda the Dr. appt. showed that I have "nerve damage and foot drop". He isn't sure if this will be permanent or temporary. I see an orthopedic specialist this coming Friday. Maybe he will know more. I am wearing the immobilizer boot all the time now. I even slept in it. I am trying to keep this in proper alignment to prevent further drooping. I have had X-rays and CT Scan. X-rays showed no break. I am not sure what CT scan showed, I have the films to take to the orthopedic doctor, I looked at them but since I can't read them it all looks ugly looking to me. lol
I am staying op with my my food. I actually miss getting to walk.
We are having major problems with our plumbing here. The plumber is coming on Thursday. My kitchen sinks, 1 bathroom, the dishwasher and the washing machine are all backing up. The other end of the house has 2 bathrooms and they are on a different system and they are fine. 2 separate systems and water heaters. I don't know what's going on. My DH has tried to fix it and he isn't able to. I told him I was getting a plumber. He isn't that great of a "mr. fix it, but he thinks he is". With this bum foot, it really sucks to have to do the dishes , way down the hall in the bathroom sinks that work. My DH did offer to do them last night during his 5 minute breaks on party poker. What a gem, huh. I declined the offer and sat at the sink with a barstool and did them myself. It would have taken him all night with only a 5 min. break every hr. on a multi-table tournament. Anyway, I am sending my son's GF to the dollar store for paper plates and disposable glasses. It's LC sandwiches and simple things for a couple days. They can all have real food again when the plumbing is fixed.
08-08-2006, 04:00 PM
I had a fairly good day yesterday, how about y'all? Tho today for lunch I had a McD's grilled chix salad-low carb but not overly healthy!
I have been busy with the Dept. of Justice planning more Crimes Against Children Workshops...write more later....
08-09-2006, 12:44 AM
My name is leah and I am using Atkins to become the thin person thats locked inside this heavy body and screaming to get out. Can I join you on your journey and share the fun:?:
08-09-2006, 03:00 AM
Welcome Leah, we are happy to have you. Jump right in and post away. Congratulations on the 8 lbs. lost, WTG. Also great job on choosing Atkins, those of us here can tell you that it works. Not always easy, but works great when followed. Good luck with a successful weight loss journey.
08-09-2006, 10:57 AM
Ok i did just as i said that i wouldnt and i went OP as soon as my husband got here. BUT me and him had a long talk last night and I am starting back today and will start back to the gym tomorrow morning or possibly this evening. I had my breakfast and got a few things for lunch today. I am going to buy some veggies and shakes tonight so that i can get more veggies in. I figure i will stay on induction till i hit 200 even then i will start bringing fruits and other things in. So that is my plan now.
08-09-2006, 11:18 AM
Good morning, ladies!
Man, it's amazing how quickly the carbs can affect me. Just from one dose of sugary-nasty Nyquil night before last, I am having cravings, am exhausted, and just feel YECH. I get to start Induction all over again! Yay me. :rolleyes:
On a somewhat more positive note, I went to the rheumatologist yesterday and during the exam found that my blood pressure is WAY lower than I thought it would be: 108 over 70. Weird.
I'm looking forward to having a full workup done in a few months to see where my cholesterol and triglycerides are as well; I'm a curious little cat, me.
Lilybelle: Boy, you are having some tough time of it lately! *hugs* I wish I could help.
Idealperson: I love those McDonald's salads. I do try to stay away from them because I'm sure that chicken is processed in some way, but mmmmm, so good. :)
Leah: Welcome, and good luck to you!
Have a great day, everyone!
08-09-2006, 03:31 PM
Hi everyone. I am up and hobbling around a little. No change with the foot and ankle. My weight is maintaining well and I am happy with this. I have to go pick up DD from work, so I'll catch up more later. Hope everyone has a great day.
Ilovemike, glad to see you are back on program. Can't blame you a bit for a little slipup with having the hubby home after all the time he was gone. WTG on getting back to your plan. Congratulations
08-09-2006, 03:53 PM
Welcome leah and hello to all the regulars....today has been good so far, I always seem to have the most problems in the evenings...bust at work and alot of stress! Anyone want my job? Just kidding, I need my income and then some!
Today I didn't have breakfast, but had a big salad for lunch...I need to get back into the breakfast routine...I did pass up some good looking brownines-- a plus!
Do most of you eat breakfast? How about exercising? I suck at both, I am in a size 12, but need to firm up my stomach and I am up 2# from last week-that was the Mall of America trip, remember? Ouch!:^:
Have a great day! :cool:
08-09-2006, 09:10 PM
IP, I eat breakfast every day. I am just hungry when I get up. Not being able to exercise really BITES. I actually miss walking.
Gotta go make a big salad now to go with the ribs that I cooked for dinner. BTW they are the same ones that fell and tore up my poor ankle. At least I get to eat them now. lol
08-09-2006, 10:19 PM
Lily~ enjoy those ribs!! :lol:
IP~ I eat breakfast too, but only a protein shake. Only because I have never been a breakfast eater....and this works for me.
Sandra~ nice to see you back :wave:
Well its been an interesting day!! Dh and I went for our kayaking lesson this morning. 4hrs of lessons....money well spent. Im so happy we went, simply because dh now sees what I love so much about being on the water. Its the most relaxing thing Ive ever done. Nothing beats floating around ontop of the water paddling around the shore exploring. I think he's hooked!
Now however, I have muscles that ache and hurt where I never knew I had muscles!!! :dizzy:
Im having trouble with my diet too. Not so much with keeping op, but with my choices I guess. It seems...(and Ive gone thru this before) ....that I can do induction for about a week, then I have to drastically drop my fat intake (drastic compared to regular atkins intake) to continue to loose weight. I gained 2lbs over the last couple days....water I know, but its an increase instead of a decrease when Im still only about a week into induction. So I am going to have to think on this a bit.
I can go low carb, and lower fat, but then I dont eat enough, and end up adding fruits and other foods that will trigger my cravings. So Im sort of at a place inbetween, and cant seem to find my happy medium.
Well thats it for today, Im taking my worn out sorry body to bed...night ladies.
08-10-2006, 12:09 AM
MIL brought red velvet cake over yesterday. So I had a piece. Then of course there was left over cake. I really wish DH would have taken the rest to work so I wouldn't have been tempted. I was good until after supper...and then I caved. ARGH! Not sure why I'm unable to follow through and stay not only OP but drink the water and exercise. It's like I've given up. :(
08-10-2006, 12:36 AM
My sister called her daughter's fiancee was in jail for not having insurance.(long story he had his brothers pickup with no insurance card in the glove box, it was at home in a drawer. needless to say the cops didn't know that) anyway he was sleeping last night and another inmate in the jail beat him to death with a pipe. I went over to my sisters tonight, its really tough to see her daughter they have an 18 month old son together and everytime she looks at him she starts to cry all over again to think he won't have Daddy around anymore. Anyway that was my day rough emotionally, sis and her family needed a lot of support the next few days are going to be rough for them. Please keep them in your prayers.
As for breakfast I try to eat it everyday but I know when I don't I seem to be hungry all day long.
Have a good day everyone
08-10-2006, 12:50 AM
Leah, oh my God! YES, your family will be in my prayers. Oh, that poor man....
08-10-2006, 02:02 AM
Leah, that is truly terrible. You and your family are in my prayers.
08-10-2006, 12:13 PM
Oh my Leah that's terrible! Your poor family!!! :hug:
08-10-2006, 05:14 PM
Oh Leah, my first thought is what the **** was a prisoner doing with a pipe in a holding cell? This isnt something that is easily concealed. I hope your family has hired a good lawyer in the midst of this tragedy.
08-10-2006, 05:20 PM
I just found the story...it was a handicap railing from a bathroom. This is just so sad. Obviously someone wasnt doing their job!! Many thoughts and prayers for your family, and his.
08-11-2006, 09:54 AM
How is everyone doing? Where is everyone?
We've been busy around here....more with organizing stuff than actual business. Hopefully it will pick up soon again.
Eating isnt good....Im not in a very good place with all that at the moment. Im terrified to get on the scale.
I need to get back out to my walking.....its only suppose to hit 72 today, so I think dd and I will get out and move a bit today.
Have a great day ladies....check in, even if its only a wave.
08-11-2006, 10:03 AM
Robin, good luck with the walking. I need to get out there and do it too. I prefer to wait until my hubby gets home so we can walk together, but then he's so tired after work that half the time we don't go. :( But, my exercise is my responsibility, not his.
Eating's been going well. For whatever reason, I've just really been able to stick with Induction this time around (the Nyquil Incident notwithstanding). The loss is slow, but I don't have that much farther to go, so I kind of expected that. My body just likes being in the 140s, I guess. But as I keep reminding myself: I'm doing this for health, not looks.
Someday it'll sink in! lol
08-11-2006, 01:25 PM
Robin: Good luck on the exercise.
Gypsy: WTG on being able to stay on induction! Your stats are AWESOME!!
Well, managed to stay OP yesterday. A bit too high (due to smoothies. Really have to figure out how to make them lower in carbs), but it's coming along. I'm working on the water today. Going to see if I can start working that in. Otherwise nothing new here.
08-11-2006, 04:24 PM
Hi everyone. Good news today at the orthopedic Dr. The CT scan showed no breaks. This doctor thinks my ankle/foot will heal in time with lots of Physical Therapy. I start PT on Monday. I am so happy.
My son and his GF finally got their own apartment. She is moving their stuff as we speak, with my DH's assistance. Son is still gone for his Army Training, but is supposed to get to come home in 1 week. Yeah. I get to get a new living room set because I'm giving them my old furniture.
The summer passed so quickly. My DD starts back to school on Monday.
My eating has been on program today, but not too great yesterday. I had 2 cookies made with splenda yesterday but know they had flour in them. They were good too. All my other food choices were on program. I hate it when I eat something off program. I know better, but do it anyway occasionally. The problem was that I hadn't eaten til 3PM and was too hungry to make the best choice. One slip up and I wake up feeling my tummy to see if I feel fatter. Does anyone else do this? Now, I'm waiting a few days to weigh and survey the damage. I was weighed at the Dr. appt, but no change showed.
08-11-2006, 04:27 PM
Happy Friday...I have eaten breakfast for 2 days in a row. I am off to New York again for a long weekend- we fly out of Minneapolis/ St. Paul tonight at 8 pm, but I suppose we'll have to wait in line for 2-3 hours...my weekend eating always sucks and traveling is very hard on my dieting (I'm just so weak)!
Brenda- I can't be in the same building with any baked goods, that is definetly my weakness. I'll be in your town next month for a conference at the KIA Center...I love visitng Tueday Mornings-is that store still there? I can't find that store too often....have a great weekend everyone, I'll check in on Monday!:cool:
08-11-2006, 05:46 PM
IP, I hope you have a great time in New York! I've always wanted to go there. Is it NYC, or somewhere else in the state?
I am back and chatting to keep my mind off FOOD. PMS has struck with a vengeance, and I'm starving. I know I should eat, but I can't get out of the calorie-counting mindset long enough to actually snack and not feel guilty, darn it. :(
Oh well, at least it's not sweets cravings! Anyone else just get ravenous at that time of the month, even on low-carb?
08-11-2006, 09:46 PM
Oh, yes. I feel like I could rip the legs off the table and munch on them - HATE feeling like that! If I eat something that has more fat in it it seems to help. You might try that.
08-12-2006, 01:07 AM
I need a kick in the butt. I went out to dinner tonite with DH for our belated anniversary. We went to the Outback. I had steak, salad and a sweet potato. Then, he ordered cheesecake, and I ate half of it. Knowing that this is terrible time for me to cheat at all, especially when I can't exercise due to my ankle. I feel so bad about it. I am probably going to be back in losing mode now, instead of maintenance. Why did I do this? I had just posted earlier about the 2 splenda cookies that I ate yesterday. I started a new page tonite, to journal my food on. I have to get my butt back in gear. I know that part of my problem is that I haven't been able to go grocery shopping due to my ankle. Plus part of it is, I ate it because I wanted it. I desperately don't want to regain my weight, so I am going to try to do better.
08-12-2006, 02:49 PM
Well, I weighed this morning. My butt is back in gear. I am again journaling every single carb. Cheese omelet only this AM with coffee. I'm now on my third glass of water. I know I am retaining fluid. Plus no BM in several days now. Scales are up 4 lbs. I am not willing to gain more weight, so I have made the decision to crack down. If it's not low-carb, it won't pass my lips. Not being able to exercise is very frustrating and makes it even harder to take those extra lbs. off quickly. I'm sure this isn't all water weight, but some of it is the extra junk that I've eaten the last couple of days. I feel totally fat and bloated and I hate feeling like this. My intentions were to get back on program for a few days and then weigh. Now, I am glad that I did weigh, so even though it was bad, at least I know to get serious and quit my screwing up. I am going to wait 3 days to change my ticker. See is some of it is just water or if with proper eating it might correct itself. I had figured the scale would be up 2 lbs. but sure didn't expect 4.
08-12-2006, 04:11 PM
I don't think I've ever posted under this thread. But...here goes!
Its been a hectic couple of weeks. Aug 4, was my birthday and I turned 45!:o My Dad had open heart surgery the same day...triple bypass. Bless his heart, at 76 years old, he came through it with flying colors! He came home from the hospital on Aug 9. He looks wonderful and is doing just great!
As for my weight loss, I'm down :carrot: I've been adding a few things and it seems to be helping. I am going to Pittsburgh the beginning of Sept to see dbf and hope to be at goal by then!
Have a great weekend everyone!
08-12-2006, 06:24 PM
Lily, what do you usually do for the constipation that accomanies low carb eating? That's one reason I don't do it because I even normally have trouble with that.
08-12-2006, 06:32 PM
I'm not Lily, but I find that the sugar-free Metamucil powder dissolved in a great big glass of water is a great help. It actually tastes good to me.
Kim, a belated Happy Birthday! And I'm so glad your dad made it through his surgery so well. :D
08-13-2006, 01:06 PM
carol, My doctor has me on 3 Colace a day, 60 ml. of Milk of Mag a day and 15 ml. of Lactulose. Even with all this, I still have problems. Mine is more a situation of repeated bowel adhesions, last surgery was 3 months ago. I am not up for surgery again at this time, especially with the torn up ankle. I have been referred to a surgeon again, but am trying to put it off as long as possible.
I am happy to report that some of my gain was the bathroom problem and retaining fluid. The scale is back down 2 lbs. from yesterday. Yeah. I had a total of 17 carbs yesterday and am back on track for sure.
I have to hobble around today and take my DD to get school supplies and more clothes plus grocery shop. I am sure my ankle will be grossly swollen by the time I get home. The swelling has been terrible with any walking.
On a happy note, my DS flew in last night from Camp Cook. They spent the first night in their new apartment. We spent all day yesterday moving them in and getting it set up. Even though he got home at 10PM, he had to be at Army Drill at 5AM this morning. I know he is exhausted and has to be back on his job tonite at 6PM when he gets home from drill. I am leaving soon to pick her up and take her grocery shopping, they have no food yet in the apartment. She is without a vehicle today, he drove his Jeep to drill and the only other thing they have is a motorcycle. They are going to buy her a car this week.
08-13-2006, 06:05 PM
When you said you were up 4 lb was that 149? I know your goal weight was 145 and I think 4lb is an average fluctuation in any given day. At least my weight does that. I have just discovered soy milk recently which has 4gm fiber and 9gm protein if you get Westsoy organic nonsweetened. I think it has a really low carb count. Then you can add flavoring of your choice like peaches or strawberries and artificial sweetner if you like. Makes great smoothies or you can add low carb chocolate syrup.
08-13-2006, 09:51 PM
I am new here. I have been on the Atkins plan for about one month and have lost 13 lbs. I am hoping to join your group and be able to share success stories with all of you:hug: . Reading some of your posts I feel like I could really get some inspiration here. I hope to see more posts soon. Bye for now.
08-13-2006, 10:04 PM
Welcome, Annie! :D
08-13-2006, 11:43 PM
Carol, I had been maintaining at 141 and the 4 lb. gain, put me at 145 which was my goal. I have lost 2 of it and am back down to 143. I was lax and I admit it. I hadn't journaled my food in a few days. I am writing it all down again. For me, journaling it is a MUST. I went and restocked all my healthy foods today. I am drinking my water again. I can't exercise due to my ankle, but hopefully starting the PT tomorrow will help. My ankle was terribly swollen and hurting after the grocery shopping, but I had to do it to get back on program. I had 17 carbs yesterday and 14 today,so I'm back like I should be. I learned quickly that with no exercise, every bite counts. No more cheats for me. I worked too hard to lose this weight and I absolutely refuse to let it come back.
08-13-2006, 11:44 PM
Welcome Annie, we are happy to have you. post away.
08-13-2006, 11:53 PM
Lily I was just looking at your before and after pics. They are amazing, YOU are amazing. Wow you look terrific. The more I see things like that the more I can't wait to get a picture of me looking good again too. I know I will after seeing everyone else's. How terrific for you. Congrats.:carrot:
08-13-2006, 11:58 PM
Lily, you have such an awesome attitude and strength. Kudos to you!
08-14-2006, 02:37 AM
Thanks, both of you. I am trying to stay in good spirits. i have a lifetime of being over-weight, so I am more determined than ever to keep this weight off.
Annie, you can do it too. you aren't far from where I started at and it can definitely be done. I personally think low-carb is the way to go. It worked better for me than anything else ever has.
Tipsy, you have done fantastic.We have very similar stats. Yeah!
08-14-2006, 10:38 AM
Good Monday morning. Another of those lbs. have left me. I am back down to 142. I am so happy. Have a great day everyone.
08-14-2006, 04:38 PM
I am back after a long weekend. I had WI today up 1.5 pounds I didn't drink much water this weekend though so thats hopefully why.