FAMILY INFO I have two amazing boys 13 and 15 and a supportive husband
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: reading, gardening, boating
PETS: goldendoodle dog
ATKINS START DATE: 4/15/08
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: I started with weight watchers on line but realized that my problem is carbs. I love them and they are my weakness. I was losing weight on WW and not having trouble with self-control but I now that for maintenance I need to constantly be cautious of my carbs so I might as well start now. I lost approx 70lbs 8 yrs ago, 130 but slipped in maintaining it and my weight went to its highest point ever.
GOAL WEIGHT: 128
HAIR COLOR:light brown
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Ontario
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: I love to eat. Maintaining
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I am going to be as commited to maintance as I am to weight loss. I will continue to journal my food intake forever and I will be more careful with my carb intake on maintance. I will choose exercise programs that can be done indoors (as my staple) so that seasonal changes do not make me give up.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? This is it for me, I will be successful for my lifetime.
FAMILY INFO (anything you care to share about your family, children, hubby, etc.): 4 beautiful daughters
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Books, Computer games, Cooking, Exploration (I like to travel and see new and interesting things)
PETS: I have children.
ATKINS START DATE: 05/14/2008
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: Three huge reasons.
1. I hate the way low-fat food tastes.
2. I hate to count calories.
3. And last but definitely not least, I am a carb junkie. I know most of my extra weight comes from a combination of a sedentary lifestyle and 'worthless white carbs', both of which I have gotten rid of. The weight is flying off!
TOP WEIGHT: 200 lbs.
CURRENT WEIGHT: 181 lbs.
GOAL WEIGHT: 135 lbs.
HEIGHT: 5' 5"
EYE COLOR: Hazel
HAIR COLOR: Right now? Umm...blonde, red, brown, dark brown.
OCCUPATION: Retired network admin turned stay-at-home mom and writer-hopeful
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Japan
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: The daily inner battles. Taking my 5 yr old daughter for ice cream and settling for water while she eats a child-size scoop of chocolate chip. Fixing myself a plate of chicken-ala-suzanne*** while my family eats spaghetti.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I hit my rock bottom (everyone's personal rock bottom is different)...cried for a half hour after I realized I'd been kidding myself for the last 6 years about the weight loss and it was never going to happen until -I- made it happen. No more lies or fibs, to myself or anyone else. No more putting it off, no more weaseling out of gym or thinking 'eating this one thing won't hurt'. I'm determined this time.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I'm sad that I can't add a ticker to my signature yet.
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: None yet, but I will be.
***chicken-ala-suzanne is a dish I make myself where I pan-fry boneless/skinless chicken strips in a tiny amount of peanut oil with fresh bell peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms & tomatoes and serve it on a spread of lettuce instead of pasta.
FAMILY INFO: Mom of two extraordinary girls, 18 and12. Married 20 years to a great guy
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, hanging outside, BBQing with friends, gardening. Concerts. ( big Kid Rock fan)
PETS: Grace, Jolie, Princeton..dogs all rescues....Batman, Dumpster...cats both rescues and Ricketty Rack, the stray possum that lives on my front proch
ATKINS START DATEff and on since 99
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: RESULTS!!!!. although I do tend to stray on occasion....sometimes the call of the carb is to much to resist. But I always come back.it may take a year or so... LOL
TOP WEIGHT: 285
CURRENT WEIGHT: 232
GOAL WEIGHT: 165
EYE COLOR: green
HAIR COLOR: brown
OCCUPATION: Medical Insurance Manager
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Louisiana
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: my apppetite and the inability to say no to ice cream
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: motovation... I recently lost and the nregained about 30 lbs..and it just felt so darn good....I MUST be there again.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I LOVE this way of life....
FAMILY INFO (anything you care to share about your family, children, hubby, etc.): I live at home with my hubby, my sister, and my cats.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I am interested in many things, but my weight has held me back. I love all kinds of physical activities, but do not participate in many. I would love swimming, tennis, volleyball, bike riding, jogging. I want to go on a river rafting trip eventually.
I like The Sims 2, I love box turtles and am currently working on building an enclosure in my backyard so I can adopt some who need a home. I love road trips, and I love my hubby and my cats. I love all animals!
PETS: Cats and hopefully box turtles soon!
ATKINS START DATE: June 29, 2008
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: I notice that when I eat lower carb, I am more successful at losing weight. I am tired of being fat and not doing anything about it or just doing something for a little while and giving up. I think I am a carb addict as well.
TOP WEIGHT: 270
CURRENT WEIGHT: 240
GOAL WEIGHT: 150
EYE COLOR: Brown/Hazel
HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown
OCCUPATION: High School Teacher
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Northern California
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: I do not have the self-confidence to believe that I CAN DO IT!
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I am learning to believe that I CAN DO IT! I don't want to waste my life being miserable and missing out because I don't feel confident enough to do something about my weight and get out there and enjoy life.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am a very nice person, but extremely shy until I know someone well. I am very sensitive. I have been told that I'm a very compassionate person and am easy to talk to. I like to think of myself as open-minded, but I think I am also close-minded and stubborn in some areas.
I want to go back to school to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I don't know if I will ever do it, but I hope I can get my confidence level up and just go for it. Right now I am a high school teacher, and the most rewarding experiences I have had in that job is the one-on-one help I have been able to give to individual students - not academically, but on a personal level. I think I will be able to make a bigger difference as a psychologist than I do as a teacher, and I want to feel productive and that I am making a difference. Unfortunately, I do not feel that way in my current job on a regular basis.
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: The one time that I was successful at losing weight and keeping it off, I was consistent most of the time. Just find something and stick with it, and modify as needed if you are not getting the results you want.
Also, do what you feel is right no matter what anyone else says or thinks. You know in your heart what is right for you and just because ten people might think you are wrong and you are the only one that thinks you are right, keep on going because this is the time when you will probably have a breakthrough and make the biggest change your life. This is just something I have found througout my life in all areas, not just dieting. Just believe in yourself. It's what I struggle with every day, but when I am successful at it is when I accomplish the most!
MARITAL STATUS: Living with boyfriend for 3+ years
FAMILY INFO (anything you care to share about your family, children, hubby, etc.): Boyfriend finds it easy to lose weight by going to the gym, but is currently laid up due to knee surgery. And is eating every kind of bad carb known to mankind.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Quilting, sewing, reading.
PETS: My container veggies are my babies.
ATKINS START DATE: First time Fall 2003. On and off since then.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: Don't have to starve myself. I like all the food choices.
TOP WEIGHT: 237 in 2003, down to 145 in 2004, back up to 215 in 2007
CURRENT WEIGHT: 205
GOAL WEIGHT: 145
EYE COLOR: Green/Hazel
HAIR COLOR: Warm Chocolate Brown thanks to Loreal Excellence
OCCUPATION: School Technology Director
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Rocky Mountains
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: Cheating on diet, stress
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: Planning meals, dealing with stress.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: I know Atkins works, because the weight just fell off the first time I tried it. And it was easy to keep it off the first 2 years after reaching goal. I really had to make a determined effort to sabotage myself to start gaining again. However once I started putting it back on, it was impossible to stop.
It is much harder this second time, but I know I HAVE to do it.
FAMILY INFO I have 2 kids...14 yr old daugther from ex and 4 yr old son from current.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, online gaming, watching movies, playing guitar, listening to music and socializing!
ATKINS START DATE: 21 July 08 (tried it for a month in 2004).
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: I tried it in 2004 and loved it (i'm a big meat eater), but for some reason gave up after a month. I did lose 20lbs in that month. A year and a half ago I went on LA Weight Loss...lost 36lbs in less than 3 months. I went to a restaurant one day and had fries with my meal and I kept eating poorly since. Anyway, I gained back the weight I lost with LAWL and developed medical problems (metabolic diabetes and high cholesterol) so I need to shed some weight. No better time to start Atkins than mid-BBQ season!
TOP WEIGHT: 265 in 1999, down to 200 in 2001, back up to 273 in 2006
CURRENT WEIGHT: 263
GOAL WEIGHT: 220
EYE COLOR: Blue
HAIR COLOR: Red (shaved as per profile pic)
OCCUPATION: Canadian Forces (military)
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Kingston, Ontario
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: Not enough of it! Giving in to cravings is bad for me too...
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: Medical reasons.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I'm an easy going social drinker from Newfoundland, Canada who is going to have a horrible time switching from beer to Bacardi and Diet Coke and who is really going to miss my bi-weekly feed of chicken wings (lightly battered).
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: I pretty much summed this up above...
__________________ You can't put an old head on young shoulders!
ATKINS START DATE: Off and on, also used South Beach in 2003
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: Struggled with cravings and stalls.
TOP WEIGHT: 240 pounds
CURRENT WEIGHT: 150 pounds
GOAL WEIGHT: 130 pounds
HEIGHT: 5’ 4”
OCCUPATION: Wellness facilitator
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Vancouver, BC Canada
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: Magical thinking ie. “I can eat just one of this”.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: Keep building on successes and keep grounded with my meditation practice.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am a First Nations woman (Native North American) who works with my community and would like to do more.
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: When I was younger I went immediately to what I thought was the meat of the plan and lost a lot of weight. If I had taken the trouble to read the book in depth I would have prepared myself for the major bumps in the road.
Finally, I have read many postings on different boards and there will always be persons that believe it is one way or the highway. When Atkins wrote about metabolic resistance he mentioned zero carb for a short time to get the cravings stopped. Its better to support each other because it can be a tough road.
Update today: I have reached goal!
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Reached goal 12/25/08
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MARITAL STATUS: Taken, long-distance, and very happy.
FAMILY INFO: Wonderful, supportive and encouraging mother and father for whom I will always be grateful, a brother 10 years my senior who recently announced he and his wife are expecting! I'm going to be an aunt!
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Keeping up with politics, playing oboe, collecting all sorts of music, making fashion statements. The college thing.
PETS: At home, one black lab/German shepherd mix, Alyeska. I miss her!
ATKINS START DATE: 10/5/08
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ATKINS: I had success with a similar low-carb plan on the Curves six-week challenge, and then lost a little more just exercising and watching my sweets intake. Now I'm ready for another big loss!
TOP WEIGHT: 180
CURRENT WEIGHT: 148
GOAL WEIGHT: 130
HEIGHT: 5' 5"... and a half!
EYE COLOR: Hazel-ringed green
HAIR COLOR: I've been just about every color under the sun. Currently, blonde.
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Annandale-on-Hundson, NY
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: I get too satisfied too early in the game.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I am DETERMINED to have a visual difference in my body when I come home to my friends, family (and boyfriend!) for the holidays.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I love to learn, every day is a chance to change how much I know about the world around me, music gives the world its color... and someday I'm going to be just like the staff on the West Wing! Low-paid White House staffing job, here I come...
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: Exercise is a big part of my health and fitness way of life, and taking physical education courses through online correspondence because I didn't have time in my high school schedule really taught me the importance of self-motivation and dedication when you can't depend on others to make you get off the couch. Speaking of which... it's time for a good 50 minutes on the elliptical!
FAMILY INFO (anything you care to share about your family, children, hubby, etc.): I have two sons daniel (6) and noah (3) hubby and I have been together 8 years married for 4 in aug. We are both trying to get healthy
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I dont remember my life is currently consumed with school, kids, work and hubby that I dont have time for much else
PETS: a dog a cat and 2 gold fish
ATKINS START DATE:6/15/09
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE LOW CARB / ATKINS: while taking one of my classes i learned how and why low carb diets work and I figured nothing else seems to work for me so why not give this a shot!
TOP WEIGHT: 213 the day I had my oldest
EYE COLOR: blue
HAIR COLOR: brown with red and blond hi lites
OCCUPATION: aide at a elem school
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Michigan
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: It doesnt seem to happen lol I lose a bit and then even if I am on a diet still and working out still I stall or gain it back
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I have gained 22 lbs in a few months in jan I was 190
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am sick to death of being fat and feeling miserable about my self its time to be a healthy happy me!
WHAT EXPERIENCES CAN YOU SHARE: None yet but Ill sure let you know!!
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