Carb Counters - Weekly Chat Aug 28-Sept 3/06

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08-28-2006, 10:25 AM
Morning :wave:

Ive been MIA for quite a while. I just dont have my heart into this....and I still dont. But, if I dont start eating properly, Im going to be back to 300lbs within the next month.

Ive been putting weight on at a rapid speed, and after some more research on what is happening with me....wether I like it or not, I have to cut the sugar out of my life completely. I have to take on the mentality that I am allergic to it! Ive been thinking about this for about a week now. Do I cut it out for good? Or do I go back to atkins, and allow for a free day every now and then. Ive decided to cut it out for good. Ive been struggling with sugar my entire life. My mother and I were talking about it this weekend. She remembers my cravings when I was a kid. I used to sneak sugar stuff, and eat the entire bag/box whatever it was. Its been a life long struggle.

Its not a "food" issue I have, its a "sugar" issue. Because everything I overeat is something that gives me that high. Even that loaf of italian bread!!

So my decision is made, Im a sugar/carb-oholic and I need to stop....or I'll be a decrepit old fat woman who is only 41 yrs old.

I took a nasty fall yesterday, 2nd fall this summer....I dont know if any of it is related to my eating poorly, but it was enough to scare me smart. If it hadnt been for my dd and a nice fella who happened to be there constantly asking me if I was alright, I think it would have taken me a very long time to get my bearings. I had a long talk with myself....alot of self loathing, and hatred was involved. This is when I decided, I dont want to spend the 2nd half of my life like this.

I'll be around alot more. Keep me honest ladies.

Ms Spotdog
08-28-2006, 11:09 AM
*big hug* Robin! I have a lot of faith in you as you have a strong will - I know you can do this!


08-28-2006, 11:49 AM
Robin: :hug: You've always been the one that's kept me going at this WOE. Your determination always makes me want to give MY best as well. You CAN do this as you've proved before. You're an awesome person, I'm glad to know you and reading your post has made ME realize a few things as well. Thank you :hug: And if you keep ME accountable I'll do the same :)

Kel: :wave: how you doing?

Well, after reading Robin's post I've realized I've GOT to do better. Another "episode" of TOM kicking my butt again this month has made me realize I should at least give LC another shot to see if that indeed (which I know it did) helped. So I've got to ween myself off soda (as I believe that's what keeps me wanting sugar) so that I am forced to drink water. And I've told DH to keep me accountable no matter what. It's time I forced myself to wake up and realize that I need to eat low carb for MY health and well being. Time for me to step it up and actually follow through on this!!

08-29-2006, 10:01 AM
Thanks so much Brenda and Kel :hug:

Its still a struggle, and Im still not into it, but hopefully it will get easier.

I suspect it will be alot easier once dd is back in school, and Im back into a routine.

Have a great day ladies!

08-29-2006, 11:40 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm back after quite awhile and starting again. I did continue to read everyone's posts but I haven't posted in awhile. This time I bought the book and I started back on Atkins yesterday and so far so good. I usually get 2 - 3 days in and then give up. I have the right mindset this time to finally do this and I am going to do it one day at a time...even one hour at a time if that's what it takes. My body feels better already after just one day so I know if I stick with it each day will be even better than the last. I am going to post each day to stay true to myself and committed to the plan.

Have a great day !

08-29-2006, 11:00 PM
I've got to get over this "this bite won't hurt anything" mentality!! ARGH!!!

08-30-2006, 09:05 AM
Good morning all.
Robin and Brenda - You guys can still pull it together and make it. Keep the prize in your mind. Don't think of what your always missing think, think of how good you are going to look and feel, the clothes that you want to be able to wear, how healthy you are going to be and feel, etc...

Janice - I was the same way for a LOONNGGG time. I can't even say what it was that kept me on it this time. but it is SO worth it. YOu said your self that you feel better already. Try not to sabatoge that. Take one day at a time.

I on the other hand since returing from vacation last week, lost 5 lbs in one week. I don't weigh in until Saturday, but because I was doing so good I got cocky and and kept weighing on Sunday , then monday and tues, and wed. Well - the scale has creeped up 3 lbs over these past few days. I have no clue why. NOw, THAT's discouraging! It's one thing whenyou cheat and gain a few pounds, but when you are working hard at it and gain a few , that really blows me away. I was one pound away from my final 10 and now I'm almost back up to having to lose 15 again. ahhh!!!!!!

08-30-2006, 11:24 AM
Good morning everyone,

Day 3 is here and still on program and I actually feel in control this time. The last few times I tried for a day or two I would get this awful headache and be so irritable that I would just give up and eat something bad, this time I do not have the headache and except for being a bit jittery last night, I feel pretty good, even lighter already. Hopefully I will continue to be this positive about it as time goes on.

Robin and Brenda: I second what Maggie said, keep the prize in your mind...being able to fit back into my clothes helps me keep going. You will do it !

Maggie: You will get there, try not to get discouraged, it seems your body is teasing you to keep you strong, giving you a little and then taking it right back but all of a sudden those pounds will be gone forever and won't come back, hang in there and you'll do it as well !

Have a good day everyone !

08-31-2006, 10:36 AM
Good morning all

Thanks Brenda. Sometimes I feel like I'm better at giving the advice than taking it!
I've upped my exercise a bit that will either help me or hurt me. Sometimes it helps to burn extra calories but then sometimes I think I just build a bit more muscle and in turn gain. I'll have to take some measurements again too.
I hope your "withdrawls" are passing now! Then you will feel so much better.

Have a good day all

08-31-2006, 10:38 AM
Good Morning :coffee:

Between dogs barking, and garbage men blowing whistles, and hollering, I was up mighty early! :dizzy: Not a nice way to wake up.

Anyway, Ive bought my atkins book ......didnt know I didnt have eh?! :lol: I had borrowed one from the library when I first started, but decided I needed to have it on hand. I need to reread it!! Simply because I cannot stay weeks on end just doing induction until the bulk of the weight is off. That is what I did last time. Worked great, but I get so bored with my food. I need to learn how to eat like this for a life time....not just induction.

Robin and Brenda - You guys can still pull it together and make it. Keep the prize in your mind. Don't think of what your always missing think, think of how good you are going to look and feel, the clothes that you want to be able to wear, how healthy you are going to be and feel, etc...

maggie, this isnt enough for me. I literally have to cut sugar out of my life. Its been a life long struggle. I had always been that kid that ate ALL her easter candy easter morning, ALL the chocolate and candy in my xmas stocking was gone before breakfast....I even remember eating frozen donuts and buttertarts out of the big deep freeze. So for me, its been for as long as I can remember. I just have to cut it out of my life....just the way a junkie, or alcoholic would have to do the same. Im going to miss it :lol: I was able to keep my eye on the prize, and that's what I am going to do again this time.....but with no sugar treats in my future.

If anyone has one of those book outlets 70% off books near them, I picked up my atkins and atkins essentials for about 4$ each. Great deal!

Well tomorrow, starts my 1st day sugar free....I tried earlier in the week, but I couldnt do it cold turkey :dizzy: So tomorrow will also be my 1st full and proper day of induction.

Have a great day ladies!

08-31-2006, 07:15 PM
Hi everyone. I have been missing for a few days. Had to order a new computer which finally arrived today. My house is full of people and to hectic to post much at this time, so I'll be back later when I can get a little peace.

08-31-2006, 08:25 PM
Hello Everyone.

I have been gone and off program for a little while now. I haven't gained all the weight back, but did gain most - all but 6 pounds of it. I need to stay on plan this time. I have got to quit yo-yoing. I really need a little local support, because none of the people I work with or the people I live with are supportive, and although I am on day 4 of restarting, I can't help but feel I am going to fail again.

Congratulations Maggie:carrot: . I see you have stuck to plan and are doing great! 150 pounds is amazing. Did you get some local support?

08-31-2006, 11:01 PM
No sign of giving up soda yet. But I'm feeling MUCH better now. DEFINITELY need the water upped though. Not getting near enough of that either and I'm sure that'd help flush the remaining sugar cravings. Tonight I craved popcorn...but managed to not give in. I did eat a tomato. I have to dig out my book to remind myself what's acceptable and what's not. I don't think a WHOLE tomato is....but it was better than a whole bag of popcorn :lol: So I consider it a success. Been cleaning out the girls drawers and closets of clothes. Plus organizing it a little so they're ready for school next week. That's why I've not been online. I'll try and get on more often though. :)

09-01-2006, 01:43 AM
Hi everyone, I am back. I'm sorry to see everyone is having such a rough time right now. I am not doing so well either. I took a look at my journal today and hadn't recorded my food since Sunday. My weight had done OK but could be better. I am just so frustrated with myself right now. I made LC chocolate no bake cookies two days ago. I ate a couple and then just couldn't leave them alone. I even put them in the freezer thinking that would help. They tasted great cold. The batch must have made at least 40 cookies and I personally ate at least 30 of them. I couldn't even sleep and would get up at night to have them. I ate them for breakfast each morning with coffee and as an after dinner snack and late night snack. Thankfully they are all gone now. I don't plan to make them again. I used splenda, but I know the Oats and semi-sweet chocolate morsels had plenty of carbs in them. I wouldn't beat myself up if I had just eaten a couple. But, 30 cookies in less than 3 days, I was totally out of control. The more I ate, the more I wanted. I am definitely a carb-oholic. I feel fat, bloated and just plain rotten. I am now going back to 25 carbs daily for the next couple of weeks to try to detox this junk from me.
I am depressed that I can't exercise due to this dang ankle. I had PT yesterday and they said that I need to have a nerve study done because no progress is being made. This doesn't sound good to me. I see the orthopedic surgeon again in the AM, and I'll see what he thinks.
Sorry to all that I'm not too supportive right now, I just can't talk the talk when I can't even keep myself in line. Here's to hoping that we all are back on track and getting these dang lbs. off.

09-01-2006, 09:43 AM
Lily: Don't beat yourself up about the cookies. Stress always seems to bring out the "worst" in eating habits. I hope you find out what's going on with your foot soon. But you've done great and you keep such excellent track of things you'll be back to your "normal" before you know it. :hug:

Stepped on the scale this morning and was glad to see 2 pounds gone. That brings me back to where I started a couple weeks ago. Interesting that I'd be happy to see THOSE numbers AGAIN. But I'm hoping this time is different. That I can keep myself motivated into staying OP. I am feeling so much better that I don't know why I let myself eat that junk--and then feel bloated and cranky cuz I'd eaten it.
Definitely have to work on the water. Maybe all the cleaning I've been doing is why the 2 pounds left :lol: I've still got a LOT to do before I can call this house even "straightened up". Off to go drink some water :)

09-01-2006, 01:11 PM
Lily, There is a breathing exercise routine called Bodyflex that you can do sitting down. You might be able to do that. I could lend you my dvd if you wanted to try it. With my lung problems, it always makes me feel better.

09-01-2006, 02:49 PM
Hello all. I have been MIA for a couple weeks and fell off the wagon so to speak. But I am back on and my youngest just had his first day of school this morning so I have been out at the pool. I swam 1/2 mile!!!! I did part of this with a kick board and by the time I got out my legs felt like jello. I was walking to the locker room and I felt like I was going to fall at any time. It was awesome. Good luck to everyone. Have a great long weekend.

09-01-2006, 03:04 PM
Annie, WTG on the swimming.
Brenda, thanks for the vote of confidence. WTG on that 2lb. loss.
I saw my orthopedic Dr. this AM and have a nerve study scheduled for next Friday. He thinks maybe a nerve is "trapped". I have been warned that this test is painful. Oh, joy, joy.
Good news is that I am journaling my food again and am back on program. I am going to get serious again and watch my carbs. It is so hard to maintain with no exercise being done. He wants me to stay off this foot now until after the nerve study. I can barely hobble anyway, so no big change there. I skipped my breakfast due to my early morning Dr. appt. , but stopped and had grilled chicken, salad and green beans for lunch. I am being conscious to drink a lot of water.
I don't know what hit me with those darn cookies. I had also bought all the stuff to make LC fudge, but after seeing how poor of control I had with the cookies, I'm not going to make that fudge. I had gotten the recipe from a Light and Tasty magazine and it showed 7 carbs per 1 inch square. If I wasn't such a OINKER, I'd have tried it. But, knowing me I'd eat the whole darn pan. I think going pretty much a year without sweets made me go nuts when I finally got some. Oh well, it's over, and I know I can and will do better now. Just had to get it out of my system.

09-01-2006, 04:00 PM
carol: :wave:

Annie: WTG on the exercise!

Lily: Just look at it this at least ate LC stuff and didn't pig out on junk food. So that's an accomplishment :hug:

So far so good. But only 16 oz of water so far. Time to go drink some more and try and make up for it!!!

09-01-2006, 11:14 PM
Thanks Brenda, glad you reminded me about the water. I am going now to fix me some more.

09-03-2006, 09:52 AM
Hi all!
Gee I didn't realize so many days went by without me posting. I really have to work on this!
Mschris. Thanks so much. No I don't have any local support. In fact I have a MOther who tells me I"m crazy everytime I talk to her about doing Atkins! (between you and me, thats a motivator in itself!!) Ijust love to prove her wrong.
Seriuosly though, I have received SO much help here on this site. THe thing is to long on everday. SOmetimes twice a day. Post when your feeling like cheating or any negative thought. You get a response usually pretty quick and that helps to pick me up again. Plus I keep looking at all the success stories too.

RobinW- That whole sugar thing is the pits! I never thought of myself as being addicted but when I was on vacation last month and decided to "treat" myself to some churros since I really havent' cheated since starting atkins, THat pu tme on a whirlwind! Even having a piece of fruit seemed to trigger something to make me want more and more> I was so dissapointed in myself. When I got home I started fresh and it has not been easy warding off these temptations that I haven't had in months! plus my weight is laying tricks on me. I came home the same weight and then the first week back lost 5 pounds and now this week put back 2 again. Which in turn makes me want to cheat again. So I know it's not easy. It makes me very sad to face the fact that I probably CAN't EVER have just one churro (or whatever the case may be) And I need to cut sugar out for good. Yea I know it's easy for me to say keep your eye on the prize but then what? what happens when your each the prize? That's what worries me!

Lillybelle, you hang in ther! Don't forget that you are my inspitration! I look forward to reading how you are doing here. We need more people like you with postive stories and results!

Annie - welcome back. My youngest just started full day this year so now I am home alone! this is good and bad. I find myself walking around and lurking around the fridge to often. I must keep busy! eating out of boredom was a big thing for me.

Hi to everone else! I gotta run

Brenda - sounds like your getting better with the water! yippee!


09-03-2006, 11:27 AM
Good Morning :coffee:

Its been raining here for 2 straight days :rain: One of my sunflower plants gave up from the weight of the water, and bent in half. Roof doesnt seem to be thats a good thing :lol:

what happens when your each the prize? That's what worries me!

:yes: me too....I have to quit sabotaging myself!

Dh and I are off to starbucks for our sunday paper and coffee time....have a great day ladies.

09-03-2006, 01:47 PM
Hi everyone. My cravings for sugar are gone now and I'm back on program. Still in goal weight range, so happy with this. My DD started school last week and it's so boring around here. I play party poker a lot, not much else to do. My DH is off work this weekend and is gone to play golf with my son. We do plan to go fishing tomorrow. I went and bought some fruit yesterday, that seems to help my cravings and not add the lbs. like other sweets do. I actually made my DH fried potatoes last night for the first time in a year. He about fainted. He loves them and I didn't eat a bite of them, I stuck to my meat and salad. I think with all this time on my hands now, that I will start writing more on my book that I started several months back.
Maggie, I know what you mean about proving others wrong about Atkins. My sister has dogged me about this woe since the start. Oh well, she out-weighs me by at least 40 lbs. now, so I proved her wrong.
Thanks for saying I'm an inspiration. Some days I sure don't feel like it. I still struggle with it everyday. I was always an over-eater and those habits are hard to break. It is strange that some days I just don't feel hungry and other days I could eat non-stop. Today feels like a good day.

09-03-2006, 09:01 PM
Lily, It seems what you do is not strict Atkins with the fruit, etc. But whatever you do it REALLY works!!!

09-03-2006, 10:56 PM
Carol, when you start adding carbs to your diet, you can add fruit. Yup its atkins friendly, just the continued weightloss and maintenance section. Learning to live this way, is something I am having trouble with. I think if I could manage the way Lilly has, Id make my goal, and manage to stay there.

09-04-2006, 10:47 AM
Good Morning :sunny:

It quit raining!! :cb: I have many sunflowers that didnt make it thru all the rain :( I'll go cut them today and bring them in the house to enjoy.

Well I broke down yesterday and bought a toaster oven. Linen n Things had them on sale this weekend plus my 20% off coupon (dontcha just love bargains) So now I can have my breadless tuna melts and what not without using the beast of an oven that I absolutely hate.

Eating is going good so far, I jumped on the scale this morning, and it did a big dip downwards. Im always amazed what no sugar and no wheat does to me and my scale. :dizzy:

Thats about it for now....have a great day ladies.

09-04-2006, 10:57 AM
Ugh. I feel like that Britney Spears song "oops I did it again"!!! GRR. Well, back to the program and water :) Good news is I traipsed through the woods yesterday so got some exercise (and a blister from the rubber boots. lol) in.

09-04-2006, 11:24 AM
Well I had a half of a Atkins shake for breakfast and a handful of pork rinds. I'm not hungry at all but I guess my mind is already starting to try to sabotage my diet. It's funny though I haven't really had any cravings for bread but sweets are another thing. I guess I need to find something I can have on Induction. I will go back through the book and see what I can find.

I bought some of the Atkins bars but I'm sorry they are horrible. Oh well, I'm going to stick with it though. I'm determined not to cheat!I need to buy a good scale because mine had me at 211 on Sat. and 205 this morning and 208 after breakfast. Do any of you guys recommend a good scale that doesn't cost a fortune!!



A :) for every cheat free day on induction!!


09-04-2006, 09:04 PM
Hi everyone. I happy to inform everyone that my MIL and Aunt that started Atkins 4 weeks ago have now lost 16 and 16.5 lbs. They are absolutely thrilled. It is fun to hear their excitement.
Carol, I started strict Atkins and added fruits and whole grains as I went along. As I saw that it didn't hurt my weight loss, I continued them. I do limit my Oats to twice weekly as they tend to make my carb count a little too high. Same with Yams, only once every couple weeks for them. Basically I try to stick to 25-30 carbs usually. I eat eggs most every morning with breakfast meat. Tuna salad, chicken salad or chef salad for lunch. Grilled meat, steamed green veggie and dinner salad for dinner. A piece of fruit for snack. If I didn't eat the fruit , I'd only be getting about 10 carbs a day which is not near enough. Even whole grain LC bread is rare for me, since the rest of my family doesn't like it and it goes to waste before I can eat it. I eat maybe 2 slices of this bread per 2 weeks. I occasionally have LC whole wheat tortillas with grilled steak or chicken with cheese on it. On these days I make sure my total carb count was low enough to afford the 4carbs for each tortilla. It is still a guessing game for me what my ACE really is, I think it's about 45. I'm not really losing more or gaining now.

09-05-2006, 10:11 AM

Just wanted to let you know that the consensus here is that the Atkins bars are actually detrimental to weightloss. Ifor one have first hand knowledge of this. The way they figure the carbs on that stuff (perhaps including the drinks) is not completely true. Everyone I know who has used them (especially during induction) have had not so great results.
you have to stick to the food list only for 2 weeks and then try and see if you can incorporate a shake or bar in once in a while. You willhave greater results (most likely) Good luck and keep us posted

09-05-2006, 06:46 PM
Ok - so today was weigh day - I am down 3 pounds. At first I was a little disappointed since I have been exercising twice a day and staying under 20 carbs per day. However, I decided to check my measurements, and I have lost a little over an inch on my waist, and an inch on my thighs which is amazing. I am hoping it keeps me motivated through another week.

09-05-2006, 07:31 PM

Just wanted to let you know that the consensus here is that the Atkins bars are actually detrimental to weightloss. Ifor one have first hand knowledge of this. The way they figure the carbs on that stuff (perhaps including the drinks) is not completely true. Everyone I know who has used them (especially during induction) have had not so great results.
you have to stick to the food list only for 2 weeks and then try and see if you can incorporate a shake or bar in once in a while. You willhave greater results (most likely) Good luck and keep us posted

Thanks so much for telling me that, casue I was gonna die if I had to choke down one more of those shakes!! I would so much rather stick to the food list!!

09-05-2006, 10:34 PM
Way to go MsChris! I've been thinking that I should check my measurements too. exercising twice a day? Now thats commitment! I do the treadmill but I really need to incorporate some kind of strength training at this point. I'm a bit to flabby!

Tamika - SOmeone gave me that same advice that I just gave you when I was at a stall for a month! I also added in the bars at that same time. once I heard that and Istopped the bars, the weight started dropping again. At this point i think you're still doing induction right? try to breakfree from all snack for now. I have done well on induction and have kept to it (more or less) .Iwould say give it 2-3 weeks.


09-05-2006, 11:37 PM
WTG MsChris on the 3 lb.s and the inch lost. Great job.

I have never seen the Atkins bars or shakes in the area where I live. I guess now I'm glad that they weren't available for me.