Sorry for the MIA. Missed you ALL!! Developed some computer (internet) problems and had to wait for my son to fix them for me. Still hovering in the 137 to 138 range. A pair or two of the jeans I'd gotten at the thrift store the last time were women's size 10, it turns out, and they fit me kinda loose right now. They fit great right out of the dryer and then start to get a bit baggy as I wear them. I tend to like men's jeans but was just trying on random pairs and had bought a bunch that fit me.....some men's 32" waist and women's 10's. My son wears 30" waist but have not tried them on yet...though am sure they'd be too tight and would love to try on a men's 31" pair.
The weather has been depressing here the past few days....gray and gloomy with rain on and off. Wish the sun would show up....this weather is bumming me out.
It's interesting....it's been my experience that when I've lost weight, I will be approached by others expressing an interest in the diet I used and how I did it. Recently, two neighbors and also my oldest son's fiance became interested.....and while explaining it to them, I realized that it's not all that easy of a diet to explain...when you factor in all the little particulars. By particulars, I mean all the little hints and caveats....the little things used when trouble-shooting, etc.
I will generally print-out the main page of the Veronica Atkin's site that lists the specific foods one can have on induction....but then there are all the little specifics....like the importance of eating enough fat, the importance of not over-doing it on the dairy (esp. the cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, etc.), the importance of vegetables, the importance of getting enough calories, avoiding the bars and shakes, etc.
One of the really great things about coming here...and that I really miss when my computer malfunctions....is that my friends here understand the Atkins plan. It can almost be like speaking a foreign language when trying to explain it to others.....at least for me, it is. It can be a bit...well, frustrating...when trying to explain it to others...at times. Part of this may be due to their already entrenched beliefs about fat....and also due to prior misconceptions about Atkins. It can be like trying to totally retrain someone to an altogether different way of eating.
I think the most challenging part for me is that I already know how much little misunderstandings could potentially cause them to not have success with the plan.....and therefore, feel it's critical to have them totally understand it so they don't just give up if they hit some walls in the beginning. Lately, I've been 1) writing out for them a list of my weekly groceries and 2) writing out for them a list of what I will eat daily...for about a week....just to give them some idea of what the plan looks like, practically speaking, on a day-to-day basis.
I hate to just tell them to "read the book".....and feel obligated to figure out a way to explain the plan to them.....ya know, trying to be helpful. Especially because these happen to be long-time friends of mine (the neighbors) and of course, my soon to be daughter-in-law....so they are not just random people who approach and ask me.
I'd love to be able to write myself up some sort of concise WORD document that I could print-out for them....sort of like the Veronica Atkins page PLUS all the most relevant tips and important points....that I could just print out and give to them. Of course, you guys know me.....and know that I launch into my diatribe about how carbs are the major culprits in our diets and verge into all sorts of topics that would make Gary Taubes proud...but that probably just confuse these poor folks that just want me to tell them exactly how I lost the weight and how they can do it too.
Poor guys get stuck with listening to a whole speech about carbs, fats, and problems with the American diet from me.....that they weren't asking for, necessarily.
When people ask you about Atkins or express an interest in trying it....how do you guys deal with that?
OK...let me go and read all the new threads here and dispense all my random wisdom....solicited or not.