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Old 08-26-2011, 06:37 PM   #226
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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!
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:36 PM   #227
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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
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:44 PM   #228
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Expiglet...YES, cheesecake for me :/ ugh, hope something changes fast.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:10 PM   #229
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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.

Ok, off to have tea
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:41 PM   #230
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Oh! I had some Lindt chili chocolate a few months ago...mmmm, especially with a good red sirah wine OMG!
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:02 PM   #231
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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!!!!!!!
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:21 PM   #232
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Me too coliep! Miss my beautiful red wine and chocolate....sigh. That should be enough to motivate us eh?
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:25 PM   #233
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Cheers to that (holding up my mug of herbal tea!).
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:06 AM   #234
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Holding up my cup of camomile tea! Here's to full bodied red wine and great chocolate.

I had a decent day. My tummy was a little upset after lunch but got better around dinner time.

Calories 906
Protein 108
Carbs 31
Fiber 5
Fat 33

Cheers to another good day tomorrow!
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:23 AM   #235
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Down a pound this morning! WhoooooHoooo!!!! Finally at a 'normal' BMI. 9 to go by September 29th!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #236
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Great Job Everyone!!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:38 AM   #237
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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 =)
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:13 AM   #238
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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.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #239
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Down a pound this morning! WhoooooHoooo!!!! Finally at a 'normal' BMI. 9 to go by September 29th!
You can do it!! I'm here cheering for you. Go 9 Go 9 Go 9!
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My low carb week is going swimmingly well.

Last Saturday 150.4
This morning 147.6

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.

Here's to a great OP weekend.
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