Hi Everyone! I am new to 3FC. I am looking for a good support group to keep me going. I started low carb in April 2006, did it strict for 4 months with exercise and lost around 50 lbs. I was down as low as 155 at one point. But maintained at a healthy 160 - 165 through January 2007. I was strict through the holidays as to not gain and then after the new year, slacked off a bit too much! I have put back on 15 - 20 lbs. it fluctuates back and forth. I broke my ribs 4 weeks ago, and can't do any exercise yet, which is driving me crazy and making me a bit depressed. I am an active person and got pretty down being layed up. So I need to find a good group of people who also do low carb for support. All my co-workers make a big deal over my not eating snacks and such when I am totally in my low carb phase. It's hard to stay motivated.
I think the hardest thing for me has been the fact that I love to cook for my family. And not eating what they eat is difficult. That is why I leveled off and just maintained for 6 months and am now slowly gaining back. I need to get back to sticking with my 20 - 40 grams of carbs a day, meats and veggies mainly and work towards my total overall goal.
I really do love the energy I get after the first week or two of doing low (low) carb. Who ever the "experts" are that try to say you lose energy on low carb... obviously never have been on a low carb lifestyle!
I look forward to chatting with you all more!!