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lbsgoner

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:31
LynCarol - I think you will find the support in this group to be helpful. We may vacillate between being cheerleaders for others, moaners for ourselves, as full of questions as we are advice, but we are all in it together, so welcome! It sounds like you really did a super job your last go-round, until those curve balls hitSad . But talk about a good beginning, January has been kind to youSmile , so congrats on your loss.
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back2128

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:31
Welcome, Lyn! I understand about the stress not being your friend. It was stress that helped me get to my all time high weight (except for pregnancy). You can get so caught up with worry and trouble that the last thing you can concentrate on is your health, when actually it should be the first thing! This is a great supportive group and I know you will find stopping in here daily a big help. Smile
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tenkilos

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:42
Welcome Lyn, so happy you have joined us and a big welcome! Jump in here every day, more if you feel like it, and tell us about your day Smile



Linda
tenkilos

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 16:44
Mini topic for the day

What's the best advice/tip you can give to a new low carber to help them stay on track?


Linda
Leikoa

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 17:21
Hey Linda, that's a really good topic!

I think my best advice to a new low carber would be:
1) Plan - make a weekly meal plan so you know what to buy when you go grocery shopping and so you're prepared when it comes time to cook/prepare food.
2) Make sure your fridge is stocked with LC friendly foods so if you get hungry, you're not going off plan.
3) Make snacks in advance - also have a LC sweet treat available so if you do start craving sugar, you can have something sweet to eat that won't blow your carbs.
4) Eat plenty of fat to keep you feeling full - I think this is super important because you have more cravings when you're hungry.
5) Avoid frankenfoods - hidden carbs and sugar alcohols can mess with your weight loss.

I always love to hear other people's tips and tricks. Smile

Update: Had a sausage pattie and eggs for brekkie, smoked salmon and brie salad for lunch, not sure what I'm doing for dinner yet - I'm going snowboarding with the boyfriend tonight so we'll probably eat out after, I'll have to try to find somewhere LC friendly we can go!

I think I'm gonna give the fat fast a go so I'm making a 3 day meal plan and I'll probably start that on Monday.

Started training for the charity fun-run I'm doing in March, have done a 30min jog/walk two days so far and I'm actually kinda liking it! Just gotta keep the momentum going to make sure I'm able to run the 8.4km by March 10.
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atriel2

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 18:29
tenkilos wrote:
Mini topic for the day

What's the best advice/tip you can give to a new low carber to help them stay on track?


I would say, knowledge. Regardless of what low carb diet you're following, buy the book, join the website and do research. There is SO much misinformation out there and it's easy to get confused.
Do yourself a favor and spend the week before reading up on the diet of your choice and then stock your house with food that is acceptable for the diet regime that you've chosen.
Not being well stocked is part of the reason why diets fail in the first couple of weeks.
- Toni


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Mokakiss

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 18:42
The best tip I could give is to log all your food before you eat it. This has helped me to plan my day and stay on plan. Logging food along with a stocked kitchen are the "must-dos" for me.
dll38

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 19:02
Im trying to navigate this gruoup so I apologize in advance if I keep posting on different topics and it may be going to one page. Im on my 3rd day of induction.My start weight is 270.8 and I need lots of motivation!!
DLL
Myrna Louise

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 19:06
Howdy my peeps! New diet plan....sit down to eat....cat jumps from the counter into the middle of your plate....not hungry anymore...BAD KITTY! It's a good thing I love him.....anywho...I had a busy day today...on my feet all day and my knee is killing me. So I will not be seeing the bike tonight....maybe I'll use BIG RED instead..that's the Red DX....work on the waist...nah...I'll take the night off! Lol...

Ssssshhhh...don't tell any one....I think I'm in the 240's.....hee hee

Have a fab evening, and dream a low carb dream!

P.s...I was just looking around at other peoples food journals and I read this one where the woman was upset because she wasn't losing any weight...she took in 414 carbs today! I so want to help her, but am afraid she won't be receptive....I am so lucky to have this group!
[b] [i]270-down to 180 = 90 (11 1/2 Months)

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lbsgoner

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 21:09
Great topic Linda:

What's the best advice/tip you can give to a new low carber to help them stay on track?
I agree with Moka, log your food ahead of time. I may not do it a day in advance, but I do like to log dinner in the morning and play with it, i.e. add ingredients and see what they do to my counts. If an ingredient makes the ratio wheel go like a compass next to a magnet, I unplug it and try something else.
If I notice I get hungry (rarity), I go back to my food journal and look for days where I felt 'stuffed' and try to replicate some of those menus.
Avoid food monotony. Go to the recipe thread and get inspired if you feel like you are eating the same old same old.
Come to the group for support.
And always: log, log, log. Trying to track in your head is insanity - especially if you're ADD like me.Smile
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Rachel116

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 22:22
OK!!! Here goes either one long post or two (maybe 3) shorter ones. I’m 4 pages behind comments so I’m looking forward to reading everything!


Linda- That cauliflower and cheese soup sounds absolutely delicious. We have been having rain storms for the past couple days with tornadoes and flooding and now it’s supposed to get really cold again tonight and possible snow so I may try to make some soup tonight for tomorrow. I sure hope you lucked out and don’t have to deal with flooding and high winds.

Sunkeeper- I’m glad the scales treated you well! That always makes you feel better and I bet the measuring goes great too. YAY for having to hold your pants up all day—it may be frustrating at times but it too is a great feeling to know they previously fit.
I absolutely love all of your little questions that were posted! My answers gave me a swift kick in the butt to get back where I should be.

Sarah- Go Sarah Go! 140’s what a beautiful number. Watch out 140 she’s on her way!! Lurker lurker lurker …..if I keep picking at you maybe you’ll post more. *smiles*

Myrna- Look at you go!! 5.2 in a week!!! GOOD JOB. You are cracking me up with your Boyfriend jokes and naked dances down the hall. Who needs curtains? The neighbors will enjoy the view. As for the fat fast, there are lots of other foods that you can eat and never have to touch the cream cheese. I personally LOVE cream cheese so I use it often. So glad that the alive is helping your knee and you are able to ride on the bike. Such a trooper.

Ogliz- In case I haven’t said so before now, WELCOME. So glad to have you with us. You bring up a very valid point about having to vary things to keep the body on its toes and weight loss going strong.

Jaime- People laugh when I tell them my policy, but they aren’t laughing when they are standing out in the rain on the porch and I’m ignoring the doorbell because no one bothered to notify me they were coming---yes…I have been that mean in the past. Some people call for drastic measures. As for your gain---I bet it’s GONE now! LOL
I also have that mental challenge with getting my brain wrapped around the “tiny” amount of food I’m eating and feeling full off of. I’m okay with it but the rest of the family just flips out that Im starving myself so I can’t do anything with tiny amounts around my family. Oh wait until April/May gets here and I KNOW this weight is going to just run away because everything will change about my eating when I’m on my own again.

Moka- it’s amazing how the body holds on to the weight! I laughed the week I was doing finals and I gained 10 lbs in 5 days. I was like HOLY WOW!!! How does that happen?? And I’m still fighting to lose it. I’m sure you’ll whip those 3lbs right back off in no time. You are back on track and that’s the important thing.

Leikoa- That run sounds like fun! I’m glad you have more courage than I do. I’d never even manage to start training much less actually complete the run! I have discovered that the higher fat content I eat the more weight I lose and I’m never hungry now—to the extent that I have to make myself eat sometimes just to control my blood sugar levels. So I hope eating a bit more fat will help you too!
Dorothy- Dang TOM! He needs to start packing and get on out of town. I hope you feel better soon and I’m sure once it’s gone you’ll drop more weight.

Rockmela- Another new name! YAY! Welcome to the group. If you commit to low carb it will work! If you are still having problems, talk to us, there are lots of great people in this group who can give you excellent pointers on how to get those pounds to go away!
YAY!! So glad to see the weight is already dropping—water weight or not it’s a strong start!

Rdrunr- I bet the fat fast will work for you too!! There have been so many wonderful results.

Toni- So glad to see you! Hope all is well in your world. I agree with you about the 200 cals at a time thing. I have a really hard time doing that. I also have a really hard time managing my protein. I like lots of meat and I end up with rocket high protein levels at the end of the day. I’m going to have to figure out how to manage this. I guess just more veggies less meat.

Julie- Hang in there! Dang ol TOM is an evil little guy sometimes. Just remember that all that hard work and dedication pays off in the end. Once TOM packs his bags and the water retention is finally slowed then that weight will drop!

LerkLeKlerk- Posts are randomly moderated by FatSecret. Not sure why it’s not up a week later though  So sorry to hear this!


Rowanfair- That omelet sounds delicious. Maybe breakfast tomorrow? That’s something I’ll have to think about. I’m excited to check out your low carb recipes! That dang unemployment office is frustrating!!!

Well--I ended up writing another book but it was well worth it. I had lots of time to read through and get all caught up as our power went out for about 3 hours. By the time the power came back on about 15 minutes ago the inside temperature was in the 40's and the outside temp was in the teens and it's snowing. Needless to say, our dinner didn't go as planned so I ended up having a big salad instead and a little spoonful of chicken salad on top. I am still very satisfied and perfectly content to not have the fish to go with it.
~Rachel~


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Rachel116

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Posted: 30 Jan 2013, 22:36
Of course. I missed the whole last page!!! I promise I'll try to keep this post short.

What's the best advice/tip you can give to a new low carber to help them stay on track?

Many people have hit on the same points that I have but I'll post them anyway.

1. LOG EVERYTHING(preferably in advance). Food, drinks,
condiments...everything
(I say this but I log everything except
my water.)
2. READ LABELS. There are so many things that you would think have little or no carbs that are actually really high in carbs. This was reiterated to me today at the store. I was going to grab some cashews because they were on sale and I **LOVE** cashews. I'm glad I checked the label before I bought them. 9 Carbs with <1g Fiber per 1 oz. For me that is ENTIRELY too many carbs for any one food in my day.
3. SWEETS-Keep something to stave off the sweet tooth easily available. I do have a sweet tooth and those cravings have never gone away for me. Probably because my whole family loves cookies, cakes, ice cream and they are everywhere staring me right in the face.
4. PLAN- Make plans for certain foods and make sure you have them available when you need them. This keeps the "oh no I need something quick" accidents from steering you to the loaded potato from Wendy's for supper etc.

~Rachel~


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tenkilos

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 00:32
wow I posted this am and came home at 5pm to see so many posts! wow like reading a book! So many great tips there for new low carbers.

I'm sure more to come soon from our friends across the other side of the world, this is fantastic!


Linda
Julie42

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 07:24
Good morning, Low Carbers!!

It's just great to see so much activity on the boards since I last checked! Every morning I start my day reading everyone's posts and it really helps me get motivated!

LynCarol and dll38- Welcome! I know that you will find this group as helpful and fun as I have!

Leikoa and Rachel- Love your advice to always keep something sweet on hand just in case the need arises. My question: What Low-carb sweet treat do you recommend? I have the Atkins Daybreak bars, and I love them, but I hear that they slow weight loss. Any suggestions?? Also, Leikoa, what are "frankenfoods"?

Linda- Great idea for a mini discussion! Thanks for posting it. My advice for a new low-carber would be to drink plenty of water (like 64 ozs. a day or more). Also, I'm going to second what Toni (Atriel2) said: read, read, read! Knowledge is power!! If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend The Low Carb Revolution by John McLean. It's a fun read and full of great information. Lastly, I would advise any new dieter to try to get some exercise. Anything (like walking) is better than nothing!

As for me, I'm 8 lbs. from goal and feeling pretty good. But, darn these 8 lbs. are stubborn!! I'm not giving up, though!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!
~Julie~

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 08:27
Howdy!
Horrid weather day here, snow, wind and coooold so what better to do than try new recipes? I just made Coconut oil almond joy bark minus the coconut and man is that stuff GOOD. Been trying to get 4 oz of coconut oil in a day other than just eating it off the spoon which is disgusting. I now have the most delicious way, might be to good in the long run though it says 2 of the 12 mini muffins is only 0.7 total carbs.

Love reading how everyone is doing, I think the water is the key, not even sure 64 oz is enough Julie, the more you drink the quicker you lose it seems, for me anyway. Toni, you always have such great advice, definitely an asset to this community. Love the tips and tricks, great idea as we always can use more to learn better and more effective ways on our road to healthy living.

Keep it up LC friends, we can and we will do this for ourselves, I have faith.

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 08:42
Okay this will be long...playing catch up. If I miss anyone then I am sorry!

Moka - that Cabbage soup sounds really good please add it to the recipe section!

Sarah - you are so right! Induction is sounding like a holiday. Not that I am hungry...I am not, but I will really appreciate induction.

Thynes - good to see you back here!!

Myra - way to go on the extra 5 minutes!!

Stephanie - way to get back on it. I am sure the hydrocortisone has a lot to do with it...remember to drink plenty of water.

Sunkeeper - that is one of the things I love about Atkins...I don't feel like I am constantly hungry.

LynCaro -Welcome to the group! This is a very active group of people and I think we are all in this together. Very willing to help one another with advice, support or just an ear to listen. Congratulations on the loss already...you are off to a great start!

Rockemela - congratulations!!! Looks like you and I are right there together. it is such a wonderful feeling to be on the threshold of Onederland. I love Pinterest too. I go by the same screen name on Pinterest as I do here.

MorePlease - Yayyyyy that is so awesome that you have sold your house!!! One less stress (that is one of the top stressors). I do not think there is a probably with consciously adding the carbs back in...I think the issue is getting right back on to LC (that was my issue in the past), but I was successful to stray in December and get right back on it. I hope you have a great celebration day.

Linda - as for your topic of discussion...very good topic....best advice....I would agree with all of the suggestions...I would also add...watch your sodium intake sometimes that can be a culprit for weight gain. To add to the water advice....you should drink half your weight in ounces a day..so example I weigh 202.4...I try to drink 101 ounces of water a day. The other thing is don't wait until tomorrow to start over. If you slip up get right back on RIGHT NOW. Lastly (for me the other key) is to weigh myself. It makes me accountable. When I don't weigh it makes it too easy for me to 'think' that I am doing okay when maybe I am not.

DLL - welcome to the group!

Rachel - so glad that you got power back...brrr 40 degress inside YIKES!

Julie - I know there are some people that 'stall' on the Atkins bars so I would suggest to watch carefully when you have one to make sure it does not effect you in that way. I like to keep Russell Stover sugar free thin mints or truffles around....I know some make the cream cheese clouds...those sound good and I have yet to make them but really should. 8# from goal...that is wonderful!!! I know you will get thre.

Okay as for me....I have met my end of February goal!!! Yipee!! This means that I am working on March now....yayyyyy. So stoked about that. Yesterday was very busy stressful and guess what I wanted to calm that stress with food. I didn't, but I could feel the beast in me. I even told daughter (I want to eat, but not hungry...it is stress). So I made my bullet proof coffee and added to it a tbsp of sugarfree chocolate syrup. It was just enough chocolate to hit those sensors in my brain and calm them!! It was great having 1200 calories yesterday and I completely enjoyed my fried egg back in with my breakfast.

Had the Chicken Lazone that I posted to the recipe section and it was perfect with the heavy cream on the Fat Fast. Yum Yum good. Two more days on my 1200 calorie Fat Fast. Need to decide what I am cooking for dinner. That salad that Rachel mentioned sounded good...haha.

Black Betty is still not home (not that I am driving her right now, but that is not the point!). I am hoping they call today that she is going into the paint shop....if they do not call by noon then I will call them.

DH is still not eating on any sort of healthier plan and it is pissing me off. So I think my course of action with him will be no beef (but I will for myself) and only chicken and pork for him. When he says something I will say "well you didn't want to let the sugary food go to waste and I told you I had to go to the store and you needed to decide. Because he will get tired of chicken and pork. I told him if he wants beef that he has to cut out the carbs. Last night I made the chicken lazone and broccoli with cheese...low carb. So later he has a big bowl of cereal and then sits and eats Taffy AFTER I had already mentioned it to him. I am going to throw something away today. He said, "I don't want to waste food." I said, "daughter will eat it" He said, "I don't want her eating it". I said, "mmmhhmmm that is the problem you don't want anyone else to eat your sugar".

Oh my god it makes me so freaking angry. Okay so that is it from the PNW at 6:42 am in the morning. Y'all have a great day!!



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 212's by Dec -met 12/31/2012 Mini goal: 207's 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
I have to restart again as I slipped. I am leaving the above so I can keep track. It happens and I have to keep learning. restart at 229 on 07/22/14. 213.4 on 09/09/2014
azarellanos

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 09:37
Fat fast day one is hard. I did ok until dinner. I had steak and a few asparagus spears with mayo for dinner. I just had to have more than two spoonfulls of cream cheese to satisfy my stress filled 10hr work day. I never thought I'd get tired of cream cheese SmileI still lost a pound though.I copied recipes yesterday and will try again today. I'll try some of the other ideas instead of only cream cheese.

Have a great day everyone,
Stephanie
Mokakiss

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 09:37
Good morning everyone. Welcome LynCarol and DLL! Looking forward to going through this weight loss experience together. Lots of great information and helpful tips here. Jamie, I know what you mean about DH. Mine has given up the sugar, but he still eats lots of carbs. Fries, crackers, chips etc. He is borderline diabetic and cutting out the sugar alone has not changed that. Baby steps, I suppose. But it makes me very angry too. You can't force someone else to change, you can only change yourself. That's what I keep telling my son anyway. Good luck and if you manage to persuade him, let me know how you did it! Smile

As for my eating....last night I REALLY wanted a bowl of granola cereal. I refrained, but told myself that if I still wanted it in the morning, I'd have some. I had a bowl first thing this morning (savoring every bite) since I was obsessing over it. So the game plan now is to stay below 40 nc for the day and eat no carbs after lunch time.

Hope everyone has a great day.
atriel2

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 10:12
Good morning all,
Tiny, tiny loss this morning but during TOM - any loss is kind of amazing. Today is my first day off of the fat fast and I honestly have no idea what to eat. Nothing really sounds "good" or celebratory enough for my first day of getting to eat like a normal person. Plus, tomorrow is grocery day and my fridge is totally empty at the moment. I have some of the frozen Atkins meals in my freezer but they're all so high in sodium. ~sigh~

Everyone has posted such great advice! This is why I love this community so much. Sunkeeper and Julie, thank you. Smile

Jaime, I SO get it. My fiance wants to lose weight. He keeps saying that he does but he makes such dreadful choices that it's hard to not say anything.

Rachel, I think it's okay to modify it some to accommodate what works for you better. Stay within in the 90% fat ratio and you should be fine.

I'm super busy today getting the spring fragrances ready for listing so I'll probably not be around much but I hope everyone has a good day!
- Toni


Starting weight 212 on 1/10/14
Mini goal: 182
Mini Goal: 162
Mini Goal: 142
Mini Goal: 125

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Myrna Louise

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 10:36
GO JULIE GO!! WOOP WOOP!! Good Morning Everyone! Okay...I thought I would be in the 240's this morning and I wasn't...but I am blaming it on water retention...I think I had way too much sodium in the last couple of day. Yes, yes, that is my story and I'll take an oath on the bible! Smile

I was having a good morning until I got a phone call from the school principle...my son (7 yrs) got in trouble on the bus for calling people stupid and dingus...a word his 16 yr old cousin taught him....now I have to punish him and I sit here wondering...WHY....he wasn't raised to be that way....Now, dancing around the house naked...whole different story!

Have a great day...I have to go drown out that extra sodium!
[b] [i]270-down to 180 = 90 (11 1/2 Months)

We have chosen a path in the road...sometimes we will hit a bump, trip on a rock, miss a corner, and slam right into a mountain....but if we just back up a little, we can get right back on the path!