I started at 149.6 and am currently flexuating between 135 and 137. I would love to maintain 133, but that was so 3 kids ago! I too, skipped Phase 3 and 4 and just use Phase 1 and 2 to moderate and control. Most days, I have a drink for breakfast and a bar for lunch. Dinner seems to be my meal that is mostly unrestricted. I try to skip the carbs, but have protein and lots and lots of veggies! And sometimes? A glass of wine or two! Yum yum! I think whatever works. I love this program because I know that if I weight in up a pound or two, I just go back to Phase 1 and stop the gain there. Love, love, love it!
Hi Ladies, I'm in the same boat, last 10 lbs to go. Been OP 100% for 5 weeks now, no cheats. Just have to hang in there for a bit longer. The cravings are back for me again, been terrible lately
Just keep thinking about cupcakes, ice cream, and cheesecake.....ugh
Big Mac in a Bowl -- easiest way to find it is to do a google search, it will actually help you find the 3FC links. I don't know the official recipe, but its basically lettuce (romaine is healthier), extra lean ground beef, onions, pickles, and WF Thousand Island. I like to through a couple tomatoes on there.
If I could just be OP even with restricted I'd probably be good to go, but I am doing my own low carb diet so I cannot jump on that bandwagon, sorry. Especially now where sometimes I just have to have a bar that's in my purse because I am out and about an hungrrrrrrrry!
I, too, have strong cravings. I just don't get what people say about them going away. I could care less about most rice, bread, pasta etc. but never have really cared. I still crave sweets. I still crave snacks -- just about anything would suffice!!
So far, so good today. Just finished dinner. I wasn't starving, so I ate it later hoping I'd be too full to fall prey to any snack urges I get! I am ending the day at 900 calories, 75 carbs, 34 fat, 115 protein. I am going to try to just drink herbal tea for the rest of the night and paint my toes or something to distract myself. It's that craving thing. I am full, just ate a huge dinner. But my mouth/mind wants something sweet now. It is hard to resist.
One thing I have noticed is that although I think I want something sweet, when I have given in the majority of the things don't taste good anymore. Just wish my cravings would catch on to that reality so I didn't keep banging my head into a wall. The one thing that still does taste good . . . Lindt Chili Chocolate. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
My heart is melting. Yes, my big bold red wine and my Lindt chili chocolate. Oh days of yore, how I miss thee! Those are actually the 2 biggest things I have given up trying to do this low carb thing. Every night, I had my little treat. If I could just get these dang 10 pounds off, I could have it again. That's what I need to keep telling myself!!!!!!!
Ok, ladies, I think I am going to go to real food. I have been using muscle milk light and EAS carbadvantage shakes since shifting from IP. I think I will start Phase 3 now, which is mostly real food and use the shakes as emergency food only (except maybe my morning protein latte which I have come to love). All I can think is that either the ingredients in the shakes are actually the source of my stall.
I have also read mixed reviews about how excess protein can cause stalls. I am feeling very confused, now. All I know is that I am not losing and I am consuming the majority of my protein from artificial sources. It will take better planning, but I just need to get on the ball I think. I am just going to do Phase 3 starting now, though, so I am off to make a piece of flax toast =)
Part of it I think is I am wearing size 8's (been many years) and med. tops and receiving lots of compliments so I feel I can cheat sometimes, but I really want to get to my ideal weight of 155. Have not lost in 3 weeks!
I'm so with you on this part. Haven't been this size in 15 years and with all the compliments I was on top of the moon, thinking I could burn it off in the gym. NOT
Well I know it's not totally accurate but as of this am, down 5.5 since Wed so I'm drinking my shake and going to have a good day.
My lowest adult weight from around Junior High until 1973 (after serious dieting to get down to it from 176 at High School Grad in 1968) was 143. I feel like seeing that again is within my reach and I couldn't be more ecstatic. Once I see that great number, I'm downward to anything 139 or lower. Finding the OP forum and doing it for a week to get me started on this last part of my journey was such a blessing. I have never in my adult life been able to say I was within 10 pounds of a dream goal.