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angiekae68

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 00:27
Whether you're new to the whole "dieting" scene, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in-between, we all have a story to share. Tell us about yourself and your journey so far. It's always helpful when you're surrounded by people you can relate to Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
angiekae68

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 00:28
I'm Angie, and I've always been an emotional eater, and a binge eater. It didn't matter if I was happy, sad, angry, depressed, excited, lonely, you name it, I've eaten because of it. I've never just eaten because I'm hungry. I would eat simply because the clock said it was time to eat, or because I was bored. I ate because the food was there, I knew it would taste good, and I wanted it. I would go on eating binges that lasted months. Eating anything and everything I could get my hands on. I would even sneak food or wait until everyone went to bed, and then eat, eat, eat.

I've eaten the low-carb way probably 9 different times in the last 9 years. I always knew I could lose eating low-carb food, and I did. But then some emotional thing would happen, and I'd gain it all back, plus some, of course. But this time is different. I'm working really hard to make this a lifestyle change, AND I'm doing it for the right reasons. For ME to be happy and healthy. This is no longer a "quick fix diet" for me. This is simply the way I've chosen to eat, now and forever.

It takes a lot of willpower and determination. A lot of conscious effort, planning and being creative with food. And a lot of re-training the brain and learning new eating habits. But it can be done, and I'm doing it Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
katmm

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 01:23
Hi Angie I cant add much more to everything you have said because this is also me in a nut shell......
angiekae68 wrote:
I'm Angie, and I've always been an emotional eater, and a binge eater. It didn't matter if I was happy, sad, angry, depressed, excited, lonely, you name it, I've eaten because of it. I've never just eaten because I'm hungry. I would eat simply because the clock said it was time to eat, or because I was bored. I ate because the food was there, I knew it would taste good, and I wanted it. I would go on eating binges that lasted months. Eating anything and everything I could get my hands on. I would even sneak food or wait until everyone went to bed, and then eat, eat, eat.

I've eaten the low-carb way probably 9 different times in the last 9 years. I always knew I could lose eating low-carb food, and I did. But then some emotional thing would happen, and I'd gain it all back, plus some, of course. But this time is different. I'm working really hard to make this a lifestyle change, AND I'm doing it for the right reasons. For ME to be happy and healthy. This is no longer a "quick fix diet" for me. This is simply the way I've chosen to eat, now and forever.

It takes a lot of willpower and determination. A lot of conscious effort, planning and being creative with food. And a lot of re-training the brain and learning new eating habits. But it can be done, and I'm doing it Smile
life is to short to be unhappy. If you fall get back up and try again.
starting weight 245 6/2013
and next goal I hope by my birthday 160 2/2014
angiekae68

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 02:46
Very nice to meet you Smile and thank you for joining this Challenge with me! We're a lot alike, so both of us know we can do this, we've just gotta find ways to do it that work for us, then buckle down and do it! I look forward to this 2 weeks with you Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
tenkilos

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 17:16
hi everyone Linda here - Australia.
Love low carb eating, I have lost weight this way in the past and got to goal, but I have allowed my old habits to creep back and gained the weight back. I am determined this time to get to goal weight -9lbs to go, and keep it off. My goal is to to lose the 9lbs by new year, I hope with determination this is possible. I also realise that once I reach goal I need to maintain my weight so I will be still checking into Fatsecret to log foods for some time yet.
This is a really cool challenge, with some good basic advice from Angie, we will all be losing weight together.
one day at a time

Linda
angiekae68

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 17:39
Thank you, Linda Smile and thanks for joining us here! You and I have lost weight together before, and we'll do it again! Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
tenkilos

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 17:45
Yes we will Angie, looking fwd to it Smile
one day at a time

Linda
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Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 11:31
Hey guys! I'm Christie. This is not my first attempt at dieting either. I actually got about 10 pounds from goal weight about 2 years ago and then we moved to North Carolina and while we were waiting for our car and exercise equipment to get here from Germany, I had to ride the bus and lost interest in exercise. I had to ride the bus to get to the grocery store and ended up buying a lot of processed foods so that I didn't have to go to the grocery store so often. The end result was becoming addicted to carbs again as well as extreme laziness.

I have tried to get back on the wagon since then but in August, I not only committed to low carb for myself, I committed to whole foods for my family. No more processed crap. I always thought that I gave my kids healthy foods because I didn't feed them candy or ice cream, they only drank water and milk and ate wheat bread but after learning about all these proven cancer causing ingredients in our foods, even ones that were supposed to be healthy, we cut a lot of stuff out. There are a few things that I have chosen for myself to keep in my diet (darn sweeteners) that don't fit in the whole foods lifestyle but I figure cutting out 95% of chemicals and only eating real, clean food puts me ahead of the curve.

I do have an issue with binge eating but this time around, I have decided instead of being embarrassed about it, to face it head on. It is something that I struggle with everyday. I have been known to binge on foods I dont really even like!! Like most of you, this time around, this is a lifestyle change for, not just a diet. I can live low carb and be satisfied, I just need to focus on the mental/emotional issues I have with food along with the weight loss.

I recently had a binge session and I think two weeks of strict by the book induction will be great for me. I will also be avoiding all diet sodas, atkins bars and shakes, nuts and nut butters, and won't be making any baked goods during this so that I can get back on track and regain control. I will not give up this time! I have two children that I need to be healthy and active for.
~*Christie*~
angiekae68

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Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 12:23
Christie, from one binge-eater to another, we can SO do this, girl Smile We've both come a long way, and I'm looking forward to both of these Challenges with you! I'm glad you're here Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
katmm

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Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 12:53
Thanks for the friend request need good friends to help me in the diet war ok ok the life change that I'm making lol so thank you again Angie ....
life is to short to be unhappy. If you fall get back up and try again.
starting weight 245 6/2013
and next goal I hope by my birthday 160 2/2014
angiekae68

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Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 13:13
Hahaha.. It does feel like a battle sometimes, doesn't it? The way I see it, as with any war, the more allies you have, the better chances you have of winning the battle Smile Thank you for accepting, and you're very welcome! Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
Rachel116

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Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 22:40
Hello, I'm Rachel. I have had issues with being overweight and overeating as long as I can remember. I have a child now and that completely changed the way I view life. After trying many different fad diets that I was able to lose weight on but not keep the weight off, I have committed to spending the rest of my life eating the Atkins way. I enjoy eating this way and have become much more confident about myself. I lost 20 lbs in the first 3 weeks of Atkins and I have committed to losing another 100lbs. I want to be able to run and play with my son and be healthy and a good role model for healthy eating choices for him. With the motivation that I'm sure this challenge and many future challenges will offer, I am sure that this will be a relatively easy transition. Thanks Angie for creating this challenge--and you couldn't have timed it better right after Thanksgiving.
~Rachel~


“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
angiekae68

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 02:53
That's a wonderful reason for wanting to be healthy! Our kids need us to be! Going back to strict Induction is something I've been tossing around in my head for a few weeks now. I figured right after the holiday would be the perfect time to do it Smile Glad you've joined me here, Rachel!

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
Mokakiss

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 08:28
Hi, I'm Sue. I'm an emotional eater and a binge eater. I don't really know what caused these behaviors. I come from a family that is health conscious and slender. Lots of whole foods and healthy fats (and vegetarian). Once I moved out, it was processed foods for me since they were quick and easy.... and lets face it..... tasted good. That was almost 20 years ago and I've been trying to loose the last 20 lbs for a while now. I am not a vegetarian so I decided to try low carb and am just about to purchase my first Atkins book. I've been eating this way for a little over a month now and learning lots of new things. I really enjoy the people I've met on this site and hearing about their journeys.
angiekae68

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 14:40
I'm glad you are here with us, Sue Smile I believe this Challenge will help us all in learning more about what is best for us to eat, and make things a little bit more simple in incorporating it into our daily lives.

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
Keyishealth

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Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 07:26
I have eaten the low carb way many times, each time I lose weight and each time, like Angie posted, some emotional thing happens and I eat and don't stop. I need a diet that I can have the rest of my life and while I know that the induction phase can not be a life long diet for me, low carb can be a life long diet.

My husband was diagnosed with type II diabetes this year and I'm not far behind. We are doing this together. The most difficult is that he is a chef (you'd think this would be great), but chefs learn to cook for those buying meals and people buying meals want fat and sugar and great tastes, so we are experimenting with healthier, low carb meals.

I have looked through this site and lots of good recipe ideas. I'm sure this will help.

I can't wait to get started. My biggest challenges will be emotional eating (any emotion sets it off) and stress eating (I have 3 jobs, 4 children - 3 of whom are not independent adults (need their mom more than I ever would have guessed), and 3 grandchildren, and I am in college for my CAGS, so life is stressful).

I know with support I can do this!! I have to
Tammy

Anything worth doing takes work!!

1/1/14: 270
back2128

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Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 08:38
Sarah here. I'm not exactly doing Atkins. I've been "diet wandering" but have settled on the low carb modification of Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (BFFM) because I have such a high % of bodyfat for my weight. I'm 5'7", 154 pounds, 32% bodyfat. I have a small frame, too, so I just look like a bag of bones with all this fat. I have no muscle. My little program I've decided to do will include walking 6 days - with some High intensity interval training (HIIT) days. 3-4 days of weights. I will be fasting at least one day a week on a non-weight day. I'll need to have some complex carbs on my weight-lifting days but I'll eat them in the morning. I'm really excited to see what I can accomplish over the next eight weeks!
Mini Goal 1 -- 145
Mini-Goal 2 - 140
Mini-Goal 3 - 135
Final Goal - 128
Sarah
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Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 18:17
I'm Katherine. I haven't been doing Atkins, but I have been low carbing it. I rarely eat starches or sugar except as part of something else. I think it would be worthwhile for me to go back to keeping track of my calories for a while. And controlling my carbs would probably be instructional for me.

I have lost a fair amount of weight, but I've gotten a bit lazy, letting myself drift. I am still losing, but only at a rate of a pound every week or two. I am eager to move down a size from 12 to 10, and finally reach my goal of a size 8.
angiekae68

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Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 03:59
Tammy, you've definitely got a lot on your plate (so to speak)! I really hope this Challenge will help you and your husband's diabetic situation. Being creative with food is a big part of succeeding when eating low-carb for life, so with him being a Chef, I think you'll find lots of new and interesting meal ideas! I also think that a lot of your emotional/stress eating issues will dissipate given a little time. Things don't tend to affect me in the same way that they used to because I feel so much better about myself. AND, there are always so many low-carb things that you can "emotion-eat" with if that feeling arises. Just be sure to keep plenty of those foods on hand! And yes, ma'am, you CAN do this! Smile

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed
angiekae68

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Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 04:05
Thank you for joining me here, Sarah Smile Even though you're not doing the typical low-carb plan, I think you'll still benefit from this Challenge. It sounds like you've got a good plan laid out, and that's so important!

"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed