Let me start with I'm a guy. I hope it's okay that I registered here. I went through the rules and reg's and didn't see any problem with it, so hopefully my presence doesn't bother anyone.
I wanted to first of all say hello to everyone and congratulate those who have found their way to losing pounds. I know what it's like. I'm 31, and stand at just under 5'09''. For some time now I got up to (and stayed at) 231 pounds. In my late teens/early 20's I was high 170's, maybe low 180's. The extra 50 some-odd pounds sure made their presence known, not just in looks but in physical strain on my body, and even my (ex) relationship.
Well....about 5 months ago I decided enough was enough and it was time to change. I had no idea where to start but somehow stumbled on to the Atkins diet. I read up about it, thought "hey I can do this...I think"....and long story short, had some success (and still going). As I said, I started at 231 pounds, and as of yesterday morning, I was 202. This loss of 29 pounds came without exercise. What changed was my way of eating and what I ate. The hardest part was no longer being able to have pasta, potato's, rice, chocolate/candy, regular milk, etc. But surprisingly enough, it wasn't all "that hard". I buy those shakes and bars they sell (prices aren't bad if you know where to shop) and basically do not strave or deprieve myself. There's lots that I can eat, steak, chicken, fish, deli meats and cheeses, peanuts, certain ice creams, low-carb milk, certain cereals, (there's quite a few low carb foods out there I've come to find). One thing I should mention....the first 20 of the 29 pounds felt like they came off quicker than the last 9,
. Now, this doesn't mean the first 20 came off in the first month; that would be too much too fast and would seem like a "fake" loss that would potentially be put back on. But what once was about 1.6 pounds a week, has now slowed to maybe a pound. Maybe its time for some exercise.
Anyway, this is just me introducing myself to you all, ...glad to be here!