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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 02:13
Welcome to the group, Squig! Lucky for everyone here that you found us! All of us need all the help, support and motivation that we can get!

Sorry to hear about your auto-immune issues. I've heard that soy can affect hormones and lots of other things. It's a good thing you found that out!

I don't know much about the Paleo way of eating, but I do know that there are similarities between it and the low-carb way of eating. Some say that Paleo is a sustainable way of eating for life, and that low-carb is not. I know many, many people who will strongly disagree with the latter. The way I see it, once you find something that works for YOU, with YOUR lifestyle, YOUR issues (medical or otherwise), and YOUR tastes, then making it sustainable is almost effortless. It's kind of like having a job that you really love and you don't consider it to be "work".

You're so right that it is very important to do a lot of research ahead of time! That's really the only way that you'll be able to know what kind of lifestyle change will work for YOU. We're all different, and what works for one may not work for another. Here's a link to an article that I just read. You may have already seen it, but if not, take a look Smile

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

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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 05:39
Thanks Angie, that was worth a read. I'll have a rummage around that site and read more i think.
About 8 years ago i lost 2st by going low carb, and since that time i've experimented (on and off) with lots of different things.
Like i keep reading from people here, feeling sluggish and bloated is a common problem that really does seem to vanish with the reduction of carb-heavy meals.
But like you say, we are all totally different. But one of the most important things, in my opinion, is getting to grips with the emotional side of eating. Getting rid of guilt and just take a deep breath and see things clearly!.


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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 12:23
Yes, I agree totally about the emotional eating. I had always been one of those people up until I started Atkins this time around. I'm not sure why, but not only do I not feel the urge to eat when I'm emotional anymore, I don't even get as emotional as I used to. Could it be the change in the types of food I'm eating or maybe it's just my state of mind and how much better I feel about myself? Whatever it is, I'll definitely keep it! LOL!

Waking up every morning just depressed in general is no fun. I did that for many years. I'm happy to say that I haven't woken up depressed in several months now. Not even one day. Focusing on myself and my well-being has given me something to look forward to. It's given me a purpose. It's something I can be involved in that's bigger than myself, and not only have I benefited greatly from it, so has everyone else around me. It's like I'm a new person Smile

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

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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 17:53
Well I am a confessed emotional eater. I have been doing this Atkins since Oct 1st and sometimes when I get overwhelmed I do tend to start thinking about food..I haven't overcome that obstacle just yet. But I can say that when I do think about food I tend to go for some veggies or drink some type of beverage..

I think it just takes time and strong will.. We're in this together..

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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 05:47
Hi all,

I have started a low carb diet on Friday the 14th, yes I know totally mad to start in December with all the festivities, but I really need to lose weight and can not wait until January with another 3-4 kilograms added to my weight - I hope to lose a total of 19 kilogram. I have already lost 3.2kg in the first 4 days - know it is a lot of water according to the specialists, but still feel good.


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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 06:57
hi everybody.i am robin from ohio.fs member for awhile.had a few hills and valleys on this weight loss this sight but i always hoped for a more active this one.
"It's NEVER too late to become the person you might have been" -george elliot

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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 13:20
December is actually a great time to start a low carb diet, but only if you are willing to say "NO" to all those things you can't have.

A few suggestions:
1. Eat first, and make sure you eat your meat and some fat so you're not hungry.
2. Bring something safe with you to a party, like a cheese and meat platter (with a few veggies rather than crackers).
3. If someone is very insistent, offer to take home a portion to eat "when you're hungry again". Then feed it to someone else, feeling very virtuous. Or throw it away if nobody wants it. You only took it to make them feel better, and they'll never know what happened to it.

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Posted: 18 Dec 2012, 14:39
Welcome to the group Alta and Robin Smile There's no better time like the present to start eating more healthy foods and start feeling better Smile We're very happy to have you in the group! We all learn from one another Smile Good luck to you both!

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

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Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 13:58
Welcome to all the new group members! Good luck and if there's anything I can do to be of assistance by all means PLEASE let me know!

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

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Posted: 29 Dec 2012, 01:36
Hey, I'm Lindsay. I'm 26 and live in Galveston, TX. I just started following a low carb diet and this group seemed like a good source of support. I also joined the challenge that is starting soon.

I feel like I'm really at the point where I need to start losing weight for health as well as aesthetic reasons. I have some kind of hormonal weirdness going on - doctors keep on saying it is PCOS but I don't have any of the symptoms, but they are stumped as to what else it could be. They also said I might possibly be insulin resistant. I'm getting close to the age where I'm thinking about marriage and having children and I want to look good on my wedding day, and I want to address any potential issues I might have in getting pregnant or carrying a baby.

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Posted: 29 Dec 2012, 06:44
Hello Lindsay! Very Happy We're happy to have you here with us! I think you'll find this group to be very beneficial as the rest of us have. It's a great idea to get in tune with your body as early as possible. It will save you a lot of struggles as you get older. I'm glad you joined my Challenge Smile I'm really looking forward to it! I really feel much better when I stick to strict Induction. Very nice to meet you Smile

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

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Posted: 30 Dec 2012, 22:23
Hi everyone. I was very happy to come across this group. It seems like I have finally found the right place. This is my second time on Atkins, I began this latest journey Oct 1st. I am looking forward to sharing our journeys together.

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Posted: 30 Dec 2012, 22:36
Hello everyone,'I have been on this site for about 2 months and have not really joined in. This looks like a great place to keep up the strength. I have been not focusing in on eating for mnay months. As everyone else using the New Year to get back on track. Looking forward to going on this journey with all of you.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 00:36
Hi Paula 1964 and triplel54.. WElcome to the group.. You've come to a great group..Very Happy Very active with alot of support and motivation..

Paula1964 I started this journey Oct. 1st and I don't think I would be still going as strong as I am without this group!

We have to hang in there and we're in this together!!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 10:40
Hello. My name is Buffy and I am here to eat crow. I never thought I'd be back to Induction. As a matter of fact, I thought I had moved past Atkins. But after 2 years I have failed to reach my weigh loss goal. Adding insult to injury, I am up 10 pounds from my November 12th low. So I present my humbled self and ask admission to this group.
Eat like your life depends on it.


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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 11:03
Buffy welcome! I have been where you are and am....there are only failures where we don't learn something. Take it as a learning curve and maje 2013 your year.
Start weight 245#
1st goal: 220# - met 04/07/11
2nd goal: 210# - met 05/21/2011
Start over: 221# 11/08/11
Start over: 233.2# 10/2012
Start over goal met: 220# 11/14/2012
Mini goal to be in 212's by Dec - met 12/31/2012
Mini goal: 207's by end of Jan- met 01/31/2013
Mini goal: 197's by end of Feb - met 02/27/2013
re-start grrr Mini goal: 197's by 09/19/2013
Mini goal: 192's by end of Oct -
Mini goal 187's by end of Nov -
Evaluate goals from here

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 16:52
Hey All - My name is Paula, and like Buffy, I too come humbled at my New Year's turning point! But better to be back here making the changes necessary, than the alternative!!!

I have been on this site since March 2010 (with the exception of a couple of month break that I just broke off to return!) Staying connected here was at a MINIMUM extremely helpful in keeping me accountable. Losing touch w/ folks here, no longer tracking my foods, no weigh ins, etc... just turned this ship in the wrong direction! Well, this ship has set sail again (after finding my sea legs) and I am off and running!!! Thanks for being here! It means a lot!!! Much Love.
Live, Love, Laugh ...make each day memorable and enjoy the journey.

The bar noted below, does not tell the entire story!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 18:19
Hi! I am Tina and I am really looking forward to being involved with a group that is very active. In 5 hours I will start my journey to a new life. I am not dieting, just changing the way I eat. I am not at my highest weight but if I keep this up, I will be. I am going the Atkins route. I have know people with a lot of success on this plan so we will try it and see what happens. My first goal is to be down 30 pounds by my birthday in 3 1/2 months. I think this is a doable goal and I will get there. Thank you for all of your support in advance~

We can do this if we take it day by day and step by step~

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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 22:59
Hi there, my name is Suzy!

I am so impressed by everyone's weight loss and it's really encouraging me! I am a bit unsure if I can actually lose weight and keep it off. Just reading everyone's posts makes me exciting and happy that I can change my body. If anyone has any tips about induction for the Atkins diet please let me know. I am a very picky eater and I would rather starve than eat something that makes me feel nauseous (which has happened before).

I hope everyone continues to lose weight and prosper in the future!!

Suzy <3

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 01:21
Hi Suzy, Tina, and Buffy

Happy New Year!! Welcome to the group! You will find this is a very active group.. The group is supportive and motivating!

Suzy There is a topic area here in this group and it will give you lots of information on the Do's & Dont's etc etc.. also if you are having flu like symptoms it is noted that you should drink chicken broth -
the link to the page to review is : scroll down the page and you will find plenty of information on this page.. We definitely don't want you to starve yourself -

Again welcome to the group and just know We are All In This Together!!