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Posted: 12 Mar 2013, 21:32
Rdrunr - There are probably several methods, but I will just tell you how I do it. On the right hand side of your food page there is a label for cookbook. Click on that. Then look carefully for the submit new recipe option and click that. There might be some rigamorole where you have to describe it. Real important part is the box where you say how many servings there are in the recipe. Then you get to a part where you enter the ingredients. So you enter the first ingredient and it takes you to where you can pick the amt, etc. (just like food entry). You will notice that it says 'add to my recipe' instead of 'add to my food diary'. When you submit that item it takes you back to the recipe and you can add more ingredients. After the ingredients, you can fill out instructions. During the process, take a look over to the lower right and you will see as you add ingredients, it is tallying up the fat, protein etc for each serving. After all this, you can choose to submit or keep private. I keep private because I have a jargon & short hand for cooking that might confuse a neophyte. Also I can make different versions this way too. Anyway after you choose share or private and press submit. it is in your cookbook. When you want to eat it, select that cookbook button on the right of the food entry page (like when you started). All of your personal recipe titles will show up. In the most cryptic fashion you will notice a set of parentheses. Inside the perens, click on the 'add to my food diary' phrase. Voila you will be taken back to your food entry and you can decide if it is breakfast, lunch or dinner and if you have a half portion or 1.5 portions it will do all the math. Once you have done it once, it will be easy-peasy and not as complicated as my cludgey instructions. Good luck!

Leikoa. Mushrooms are the best! I have them for breakfast a lot, they are meaty and satisfying and low-carb. The baby bellas are my current fave. I also do them in dinner bowls. Congrats on your charity run. Get some epsom salts and soak your whole body. I swear the magnesium in Epsom salts are like nature's valium. Totally relaxing. Drop some lavender in for more bliss. Hey, I saw this new item about a human chain beach rescue in New Zealand. It was so heroic!
"There is a reason the rearview mirror is so small and the windshield is so big, where you are headed is more important than where you have been.'

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Posted: 12 Mar 2013, 21:46
Rdrunr - I go to the cookbook and add a new recipe under 'submit a recipe'. Input the servings and ingredients and it'll automatically do it for you.
To add those things to your food diary, you'll need to go to your cookbook and add it to your food diary from there.
(hoping this post goes through)

It did!
You may want to avoid the beef jerky while you're fat fasting to keep your protein level low so that fat takes up the majority of your food each day.
- Toni

Starting weight 212 on 1/10/14
Mini goal: 182
Mini Goal: 162
Mini Goal: 142
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Posted: 12 Mar 2013, 23:00
Checking back in Smile

Always great to see you, Rachel Very Happy You are certainly missed when you are away. I'm proud of you for hanging in there Smile

Robin, congratulations on the loss! And thank you so much for what you wrote to me Smile Really put a big smile on my face Very Happy I tell ya, being a former "binge-eater", accomplishing what I have so far has really proved that I can do anything I want to do if I want it badly enough. Nothing is gonna stop me now! Much luck to you Smile

Rdrunr, you're very welcome, and I see that you've gotten a lot of advice from some of the others here who do the fat fast. I wouldn't even know where to begin lol. Congrats on the loss! Smile

Linda, it's great to be back! I've got a lot going on, though, this week helping my daughter babysit (Oh, and they are 1-1/2 and 2-1/2. I had their ages wrong before.) Then, I'll be out of town and probably not on the computer much from Saturday to Wednesday, so don't think I've disappeared! lol

Sunkeeper, I'm really glad your loss was noticed and mentioned to you, even if it was afterwards Smile I'm trying to keep up with you and I'm getting closer! Very Happy More about that at the end of my post Smile Great job, btw, at being so close to your current goal!

Jamie, I'm the same way when I eat sugary/carby things. When I used to eat the dessert-type recipes, I found that they only made me want more, more, more! Since I've been eating tons of veggies, I don't even crave sweet things anymore. Our bodies are amazing things! Very proud of you for resisting all the temptations that your little slip-up brought about Smile

Toni, awesome that all of your tests came back good, and you got the "okay" to start exercising again! So happy that you've made it into the 170's! You're doing so great!

Stacy! Great to see you here! Glad you're still hanging in there with us all Smile

FaithfulJewel, in regards to the chocolate milk question, I have to agree with the protein powder (whey) suggestion. I'm lactose intolerant, and have never really liked the taste of milk anyway, so the lack of it has never been an issue with me.

Dorothy, my friend, GREAT JOB at getting down into those 160's!! Wish I were there to do the happy dance with you! Laughing

Ra Ra, so glad you're finding this way of eating is working for you! That's a giant part of being successful. Finding something that works for you, and something that you can adhere to your lifestyle. Congrats on the loss, and continued success to you Smile

KandyKiddo, how did the weigh-in go today?

MusicGirl, enjoy your cruise! We'll see you when you return!

TOFU, regarding your question about the additive-free heavy cream, maybe something here will help you: Heavy Cream Brands Without Additives

Darri lol I'm FAR from a math genius. I had to re-think the numbers I was posting several times 'cause I kept confusing myself lolol. Glad those inches are falling off you! Buy a new bra, dangit! LOL

San, always good to see you posting Smile It's a good thing you did all that exercising before eating that spaghetti! Razz Happy belated birthday to you!! Very Happy

As for me, I woke up early this morning and weighed and I've finally gotten down into the 150's!! 157.9!! Last time I weighed that, I was in high school lol. Feels great! Very Happy And it seems like I haven't even been trying. I love what I eat and I'm rarely ever hungry. How much more can you ask for? Smile If I can get one of my kids to take a photo of me, I'll post a new one soon.

Check back in when I can! Hope you're all having a great week so far!
"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 05:39
It's hump day, 1/2 way through the week already, why does the time go so fast?

Looks like everyone is doing well, yea group! Angie, we get you back finally and now your going away? Busy girl, you'll have passed me by a mile at this rate very soon.

Good job Jaime at getting back on track, don't you just feel better without the cravings? Our bodies way of saying you be mean to me and I'll be mean back!

Good job Toni on breaking down another wall, bet it felt good to see that looking back at you. You've got this figured out, you'll be staring down your goal in no time.

Rdrunr, sounds like the fast is really working for you, 2 lbs in 3 days is fantastic!

Myrna, do you have flood insurance for the boys and the bath tub? I know really you love hearing MOMMMMMMMM, I can see the little smile cross your face every time you hear that word.

Leikoa, wow, I'd be some ticked at having to pay to get back to the start line. They'll have a hard time getting people next time, you just don't do that, you look after the runners or most races do, in fact I've never heard of having to find your own way back or pay for what is provided, that's just crazy. Yup, I'd be looking for another place to put my efforts but congrats on finishing. Good job.

As for me, now being Wed and my pop up day, grrrrrr, I'm 3 oz away from my next mini goal. Good thing is I only popped up an oz this week, far better than usual and I reminded myself to drink water yesterday while I was out. Didn't get in as much as I would have liked but at least it's better than none at all which shows in the minor gain today so that's the key, drink that water! Came home and did some more spring cleaning, now the hall walls are all washed down plus the ceiling and baseboards. Smells better in here by the day, man I'd love to know where all the dirt comes from. You think your house is nice and clean till you start doing this and then you realize how very bad it really is. Get a bit more done today then off shopping tomorrow which should be a blast.

Might check in later today, in the mean time hope everyone has a really great low carb day!

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 07:36
i am starting to feel motivated again.

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 08:20
Good morning all. Had a weird day yesterday and ended up clinging to the low-carb wagon by my fingernails, with one foot dragging in the dirt. I started up my nervous eating habit, totally lost count of everything, but did not eat anything i wasn't supposed to. I think I ate at least 1/2 lb of cheddar though. This morning promises a new day and the needle on the scale is moving in the right direction, so I'm back in the wagon (gonna get my self a seat belt) lol. I am 1 lb away from my mini goal of 40 lbs lost. Its been a long year. My Atkins B-day is April 16 and I will be 1yr.

Angie, only 3 lbs to go! Wow. Cant wait till I can say that.

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 09:11
Morning All!
I worked out yesterday - and remembered exactly how much I hate working out. But I did it. And, I'm going to do it again today.
My refrigerator was delivered and set up on Monday. It's awesome! But it's been over 24 hours and it still isn't making ice and everything that's in the freezer completely de-thawed. They're bring us a new one tomorrow morning. ~Fingers crossed that this one works the way that it's supposed to~
My waist is down 2 inches this morning. So that's a win! And I am feeling good after the Fat Fast. Although, I'm still not hungry at all.
Thank you so much for all of the well wishes and congratulations! I adore this group!
I weighed in at 167.0 this morning. It's funny, I remember when I started back in October at 201 lbs. thinking that it would take me forever to get to this number. I am 7 lbs. away from my next mini-goal, I've lost a total of 34 lbs. That's a 25lb. bag of flour + almost two 5 lb. bags of sugar. It's crazy to think about it in those terms.

Myrna - I love your signature! It reminds me of something that I say all of the time, "I only go in reverse in my car." I apply that to pretty much everything in my life.
I used to have days where I would tell both my son and daughter that Mommy was not my name. They never believed me.

Dorothy - You rock so much! Congrats on getting out of the 170's. The downward movement on the scale really keeps me going. So proud of you sweetness.

Angie - Have fun while you're out of town! And congratulations on being so close to your goal! You may not realize how much of an inspiration you are to me and so many other people. I am glad to see you around again. Smile

lbsgoner - I think you and I posted at exactly the same time. That's the way that I do it too.

Rdrunner - Congrats on the loss! I think you'll get the hang of the fat fast and it won't even be a thing soon. The only thing I would recommend at this point, is to transition up to 1200 calories for a couple of days before re-introducing carbs and protein back into your diet. And when you do, do it slowly to minimize the potential for weight gain after the fat fast. Definitely try to get your fat levels up to 90%. That part I can't stress enough. Also, drink lots and lots of water. I drink over 200 ounces most days and like Sunkeeper has said, it really does make a huge difference in the amount of weight that you lose.
Also - vodka or any kind of alcohol, for that matter is a huge no during the fat fast.

Okay, I'm out for now. Have a great day all!
- Toni

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 11:39
Good morning all! I weighed myself this morning, and went down almmost 2 more pounds. Shock I made my first mini goal but I did not record it yet because doing fat fast it might change but I hope not, unless it goes down even further. I found if I say "I can do it" to myself if helps motivate me. A little funny, huh? Laughing

lbsgoner & toni - thanks for the information. I now have a lot of food menus to change over but it does work the way you told me to do it.

Toni - thanks for the advise. It is seeming to get a little easier, I'm finally in moderte ketosis! yeah! I do need to increase my water. It seems I only drink water in the am with my meds and then again at night before bed. During my busy work day, it takes me all day just to finish my morning coffee.
I know alcohol is a no-no but I am meeting friends after work so I was trying to figure how to keep my fat up (sm salad with olive oil) and calories at 1000. I figured if I do cave in with 1 drink, at least my count is ok. (cheaters logic?) Wink

Angie - congrats! I know how happy this must make you.

Sunkeeper - 3oz. You can do it!

DialUp - Your words are very graphic. Are you a writer? If not, you should be. Read your words, felt your panic, been there myself, quite a good save. You can be proud.

Rockytu - I had a lul in motivation for awhile too. This group is wonderful, share any concerns and they will help!

Thank you all. Until next time, have a GREAT low carb day!

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 12:14
Hello Everyone -

It really helps so much to read and think about what everyone else is posting and experiencing.

I just read what Jaime wrote about how eating a little bit of the carb/sugar stuff sets off all the cravings again. I haven't done that myself since starting atkins again, but I have certainly done it countless times in my life. I'm mulling all of this over - really thinking about what it will mean to live a life without any simple/ refined carbs - I think whenever I finally hit the goal, I will have to be on a South Beach type menu for the rest of my life - maybe reserve a refined carb like ice cream or cake for just one or two celebrations a year. Before now, I've only focused on all that I would be giving up with that kind of "self denial." But I got to thinking about Jamie's comments and really, more than denying myself a flash-in-the-mouth pleasure by eating off plan, I am also "denying" myself hours /days of struggle with massive urges to eat what ha turned out to be a poison in my life.

does that make sense to anyone?

My husband has celiac disease - very bad - can't have anything with even a trace of wheat gluten in it - some brands of clear chicken broth turn out to have gluten in them - they use wheat to create caramel color and the trace amount is enought to make him really sick. He has never been a food addict, often forgets to eat, etc. But once in a while he yearns for something he can't have - but it passes quickly when he thinks about the pain and abdominal suffering and hours of misery he will experience if he eats what he shouldn't. I've asked him how he resists and his comment is just that it isn't worth it to him. He thinks of the stuff he can't have as being like Poison for his body.

That's the lie I have believed for too long - that it IS WORTH the pleasure of the taste. But really - like cotton candy that fills my mouth for an instant and then is gone - taste is SUCH fleeting sensation. And the "poison" of it lasts so long.

So this week I am really working on the mental /psychological part of this fight.

More pratically - reading all the posts today, I realize I need to make a plan to drink more water. When the weather is cool, I just don't drink enough. But you all have made the point of how important that is.

Question - have any of you worked very much to use the supplements that Atkins recommends and do you think it makes a difference? I've started taking some carnitine and I'm not sure if it makes a difference. I also use a blood pressure medicine that has a bit of diuretic with it - Atkins says that interferes with what the kidneys need to do to help with weight loss.

I saw my doctor yesterday - he was less congratulatory than I expected - but I guess that's understandable since so far I've only lost 12 lbs since I last saw him 3 months ago, although I know I had gained some more since I saw him, and now I've lost about 15 lbs since I started atkins in January. So I guess he won't be impressed until I lose 26 - 30 lbs since he's seen my yo-you so many times. But he didn't want to discuss going off the BP medicine until I lose that 26 - 30lbs. I feel disappointed because I'm afraid the BP med is making my weight loss slower than it needs to be.

Oh well - it's just giving me more time to try to retrain my taste buds!
Yesterday I actually enjoyed eating Arugula for lunch - with blue cheese dressing!


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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 12:37
rchap, I take a daily multivitamin and that's it. Any supplement i want to take other than that has to be discussed with too many drs for me to worry about it. I feel fine and get lots of vitamins from all the veggies. Good work on the weight loss.
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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 12:54
Good day to you all...

Kids survived the bathtub...the bathroom however is a disaster and I am making them clean it up this evening as punishment! No flood insurance for INSIDE the home...LOL!

Did you see the Pizza pic I posted? They turned out so good and the boys loved them!

You all are doing a fab job! There will be trying days, as we all know...but we are individually strong, and even stronger as a group!

Have a great low carb day!
[b] [i]270-down to 180 = 90 (11 1/2 Months)

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 14:59
Hey a LOT of posts. I am not even going to attempt to try to respond. Great to see those of you that haven't been able to drop in. Congrats on the losses and some that are close to goal...that is GREAT.

rchap - glad that my post was thought provoking and you make some valid points. A lot of times we never think about how we will maintain once we make our goal (I am an example of that). And then we end up back starting over again. I can relate to what your husband says about 'not worth it'. I had an experience in December and the pain I had was terrible from what I ate and ever since then I have thought 'not worth the pain'. I have had a little rice here and there but I will never do like I did in December again. It truly isn't worth it.

We are all different and have different motivators but at the end of the day we have to be doing something that we can live with (which is why I hate it when someone refers to my 'diet'Wink. It isn't a diet. It is a way of eating...I have to remind my husband of that sometimes.

So today is a couch to 10k day....DD says she will do it with me outside (weather permitting). I still need to get in some lunch and get in some more water!

I hope you are all having a great day and let's just keep on keeping on!!
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 227 on 07/20/2017.

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 15:29
rchap, my daughter also has celiac, she was diagnosed when she was in grade 4 which was back in the 70's, long before anyone had even heard of it. I've been cooking gluten free for over 30 years, that part is so much easier now with the things that are available. She did do the McDonalds thing as a teenager but now wouldn't touch a drop of gluten if you paid her, it's not worth the pain to her any more.

To go along with that, the book that is out about eat for your blood type says anyone with O blood (which I have) has a problem with gluten, I believe that's why I feel so darn good doing low carb, gluten doesn't like me much either. Anyone either gluten or lactose intolerant can benefit from this way of life. It is like poison to your system, that's exactly what it is.

Don't worry about your meds until your doctor is satisfied you'll be fine without them. It's not worth taking a risk just to lose a bit quicker, your in this now for the long haul anyway, no rush, just take it one day at a time and you'll end up with the ribbon at the end of the journey. Might have a much smaller chest to pin your ribbon on but we'll all see it and be proud to say we knew you back when....

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 17:35
wow so many posts it took me ages to read all of them- drank a whole large plunger of black coffee too!
rchap and Sunkeeper, my daughter in law is celiac too, she was diagnosed a few years back. She loves coming here to dinner 'cos she knows she can eat everything on the table!
Well done on the pizza Myrna, I'm going to make it Friday night for dinner.
Congrats everyone on the losses, it really makes me happy to hear about them!
Short post today as I have to go out for most of the day-I've planned my meals though!
Will pop in later on, bye for now

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 19:32
Hi Everyone -

thanks for the feedback about vitamins/ supplements from Dialup, and I'm interested that Linda/tenkilos and Sunkeeper alo have celiacs in the family. There are a gazillion more products now than even 10 years ago - but 30 years ago I guess there was nothing you could buy ready made because nothing would have been labeled back then. I had not heard of the connection with ) blood, but that is my husband's blood type - very interesting - thanks for that tidbit.

Sunkeeper _ laughed out loud and my husband looked over and said "what?" when I read your comment about maybe I'll have a smaller chest to pin my ribbon on at the end! I didn't share the joke with him, but I'm still smiling at the idea~ I'd love for that to be the case!

OK Jaime, I'm trying to do what you said - tap into my own motivations and take stock of what all of this means about a way to live and eat longterm, not a temporary fix to lose weight.

Myrna Louise - I went looking to see if I could find your pizza pictures - I didn't find those but I found your page and my goodness you have made a lot of progress in a few short months. Checking your diet calendar I see you are really limiting your calories - I haven't done that well enough - still got the idea of the old Atkins in my mind where all I thought about was no carbs. But seeing your results in comparison to mine - helps me want to improve my calorie control.
Thanks everyone - Good night and best wishes for a strong finish for the last two days of this work week! - Robin

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 20:31
Angie~ Congrats on hitting the 150s that is fantastic news.

Rdrunr557~ Glad to hear the fat fast is going well. I am going to look into doing that myself.

Myrna~ Where can I find your pizza pics?

rchap112~ thanks for the insight. There are days where I want to order and eat a pizza or a big bowl of pasta. It's just not worth it!

As for me... I weighed in with the nutritionist today and found out I lost 1 pound. I fell like I went above and beyond exercising this last week so I was bummed that I only lost one. At least it was a loss though. After reflecting on my eating choices, I realized I need to cut the cheese Wink
I had cheese with breakfast, string cheese snack, and blue cheese on my salad. Why does it have to be so good!?

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 20:59
Lbsgoner, totally agree with you and Linda on the mushrooms, we had roast pork for dinner last night and I fried up some sliced mushies in butter then added a little cream, salt & pepper - super delish! Also had a soak in the bath like you suggested, it was so relaxing! I normally shower in the morning so I'd forgotten how nice it is to just soak in the bath for a while. I didn't hear about the human chain rescue - I'll look it up! Smile

Angie, thank you! Very Happy So proud of you, you're so close to your goal! Keep up the good work, girl - you're such an inspiration. Smile I agree with you - LC pretty much ticks all the boxes. My favourite part is the reduction in hunger. I always used to be thinking about food/snacking all day, even 10 mins after I'd just eaten! Def get some pics up!

Sunkeeper, yeah I was a bit miffed! The main thing that bothered me is that there was plenty of information about where the buses would be and where they would take people to but there wasn't anything about them costing money (I suppose I should have taken some cash with me anyway tho) and I'd been told by people who have done this run before that the buses were free. I did pay a fee to register for the run also, so I kinda assumed that would cover the buses and stuff. Oh well, I've done my years worth of running now, got it all over and done with in one day! (lol, I wish Razz). 3 oz!!! You're so close! You'll get there in no time. Smile Wow good job on the cleaning! We're putting our (my mum's) house on the market soon so I'm trying to help get the place all cleaned and tidied but I don't have a lot of time in the evenings and there's an awful lot to be done!

Toni, I hope the replacement fridge works like it's sposed to! Wow, 34lbs! That's a huge achievement, good job! Very Happy

Rdrunr, congrats on your loss! Smile

Rchap, I agree with you, it's so not worth it. You've got a great attitude, your tastebuds will get there eventually! hehe Smile Blue cheese dressing makes everything taste good! Very Happy I take a daily multivitamin like dialup and I also take a fishoil capsule cause I don't eat much fish hehe (although I love fish!).

Myrna, those pizzas look so delish!

Jaime, I hope the weather was good to you!

Linda, good job on planning your meals. Smile That's definitely a big key to success!

As for me today, nothing new to report. Going out to the shops tonight (it's late night Thursday here) with my brother and the bf, they're only coming cause it means they get to have dinner out, lol. There's this great little Japanese place at the mall that does donburi (rice bowls) but kinda like Subway where you choose what salads and meats you want - I just ask for one without rice and they give me extra salad instead. It's delish. Only thing is like most takeout food it's full of sodium so I've been drinking heaps of water today and will try to get heaps in tomorrow aswell.

KandyKiddo, cheese is my absolute favourite, I have it pretty much with every meal, lol. It's hard to control myself sometimes!

Have a good day lovelies!
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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 22:57
First of all, thank you all very much for the congratulations Smile If someone would have told me 7 months ago that I would be able to lose almost 60 pounds, I would have said, "Yeah, I wish!" LOL! But, I wished, and I did Smile Well, I've done more than just wish. As you all know, this is a hard thing to do. It takes a lot of work, sacrifice and commitment. But patience has GOT to be up high on that list. Someone here on FS has this quote as their signature: "It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing; 8 weeks for your friends to notice; and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice. Give it 12 weeks. Don't quit." That is so true. If you eat the way that you should for 12 weeks, I have total faith that you'll never go back.

Sunkeeper, you're doing so well! All of that spring cleaning puts you miles ahead of me. I need to make myself get off my rear end and do some of the same! Or, better yet, are you for hire? Laughing My trip this weekend was unexpected. The friend that I'm attending the wedding in May with just up and decided that he wanted to see me before then, so he's flying me to where he lives in east Texas. Faaaar be it from me to decline lol! I'm forever looking for something to do to get away from these 4 walls, and it's all expenses paid. Plus, now that I feel good about myself, and no longer worry about what "tent" I'm going to wear, (that's what all my old shirts looked like on me), I see no reason not to go. I used to be away from home quite often doing chemo and tests and such, so my kids aren't really looking forward to me being gone, but they'll be in good hands with my mom.

rocky, great to see you here again! Self-motivation is really tough sometimes. Especially when things aren't happening as quickly as you would like. But, you've come a long way, and you should be proud of yourself Smile

dialup, thank you! 3 pounds to go to reach this new goal. When I met my first goal of 50 pounds at 165, I decided that I would set each new goal in 10 pound increments. Not sure how much I want to lose just yet. Under 160 is all new territory for me as an adult. I'm just gonna keep on keepin' on, as they say, and I know the pounds and inches will come off in time Smile I hear you on the cheese issue! I love, love, love cheese. Used to put it on everything! Even now, having more than I know I should is an everyday temptation, but one thing I work at teaching myself is that I don't need a TON of something, just enough where I can taste it. It's not been easy, that's for sure, but I've found that a few ounces a day satisfies me. (I really want more, but I refuse to let myself have more than that... most days lol)

Toni! Yay for working out and the inches lost! Very Happy Losing 34 pounds is awesome! And yes, isn't it crazy when you think of it in terms of bags of flour or sugar? Just imagine picking those up and carrying them around all day! THAT's how we USED to feel! As soon as I lose my height in inches (60 inches), I'm gonna take a picture of myself holding the tape measure, stretched from one hand to the other. That is, if my short, little arms are able to do that Laughing Will be a cool photo, I think Smile And thank you so much for your words <3 It really makes me feel good that I can inspire anyone Smile Everyone here, old or new, has inspired me in some way, so I thank YOU for that!

Rdrunr, 2 more pounds gone! Whooo Hoooo!! Very Happy (This thing should have a "happy dance" emoticon lol) So happy for you! Telling yourself that you "can do it" really does help! A lot of what we're doing is mind over matter, and I truly believe that if you say you can, you can. "Can't" never could do nothin'! (My grandma used to say that all the time. Smart lady.) And, the water really makes a difference. I haven't been drinking my normal 100 ounces for a couple of months now, and it shows. There's an informational post about the benefits of drinking water that I compiled several months ago in the Starting Out--The Low Carb Basics thread. It was really enlightening to me, and reinforced the fact of how important drinking water really is.

Robin, I'm pretty sure we've all thought of this in terms of "all the things we can't eat" at one point or another. I know I have. But, even though we have to make certain sacrifices, it's not like we can't ever have those things ever again. We can. In moderation. I've always said that there's no way anyone would be able to change their eating habits long term if they thought they could NEVER eat this or that. Of course, one needs to have a solid foundation built first, self-control and will-power firmly in place, before introducing those foods back into the body, but they aren't off-limits forever Smile I think that's one of the things that has really kept me going. I know I can have it if I want it, but do I really want it? I ask myself that question on a daily basis. My old size 20 jeans say, "Yes!" (lol), but my new size 12's say, "Um... I can do without it this time. Maybe next time." Smile I never, EVER wanna feel like I used to feel. Having said that, I do allow myself to eat a little off-plan maybe one day a month at this point, but only because I know that I have the control and the "want to" to eat as I should all the rest of the days. Some say, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.", but I like to say, "Nothing tastes as good as how I feel about myself." Smile As for the supplements, I haven't tried any of them, but I have noticed (this time around) that replacing my regular table salt with a substitute has stopped the incessant leg and midriff muscle cramps that I used to have every time I would try and eat low-carb. The substitute is made with potassium, so I'm guessing that's what did the trick. Sorry I can't be of more help Confused

Myrna, I think we were all looking for your Pizza pic in the Recipes thread. But, I see now that you posted it in the photo section of the group Smile Here's a link to all who were asking:

Jamie, I agree totally. This can't be looked at as a "diet" per se. I correct people all the time when they say, "What kind of diet are you on?" Mad I tell them, "I'm not on a diet, this is just the way I eat now. If I were on a diet, I would lose some, feel a little better, and then go back to eating the way I used to and gain it all back." Grrr. I wonder why people don't refer to vegetarians as being on a "diet" when they make that change? And when you say "low-carb" to them, they roll their eyes. Eating this way isn't bad. It isn't a "quick fix". And, even though consuming things with sugar alcohol is permitted, that doesn't mean you HAVE to, or do, consume it just because you're following a low-carb plan. Ugh Rolling Eyes

Kandy, your reference to "cutting the cheese" made me giggle Laughing 4 ounces of cheese is allowed while on Induction, but I limit mine to less than that because it tends to make me bloated and constipated Confused Plus, some of it has carbs, and I'd rather use those up with veggies.

San, thank you Very Happy I, too, used to live for food. Always thinking about it. Always wondering what I was gonna eat next, and when! How soon?! Eating all the time, even when I wasn't hungry, just because it was there, I knew it tasted good, and by golly, I WANTED IT! Laughing Now, I am eating to live, and I'm happy with that Smile Good for you for drinking more water! That "fast food" will kill ya with sodium!

Okay, now that I've typed your heads off Laughing I must go and be constructive. My daughter is doing really well taking care of the kiddos, but she's not picking up after them too well lol and for some reason, everyone in this house thinks that the kitchen countertop is the trash can Rolling Eyes Time to be maid for a while. Can I count that as exercise? Smile
"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 23:09
Oh!! I almost forgot! Have you all noticed the new "Notifications" section? There's a link to it at the top-right of your page next to where it says "Sign Out", and you can also find it in the "My Toolbox" section next to the big, red exclamation point. This is a TREMENDOUS help to me!! I always spend forEVER trying to remember what I posted a comment on, and trying to find it again to see if anyone else posted after me. Dorothy, this should come in handy for you, girl Laughing (Sorry to point you out, but ya know, the "twin brain" thing we share.. lolol Smile ) It also notifies you when one of your buddies posts a new Journal entry. I think it's a great improvement!
"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed

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Posted: 14 Mar 2013, 04:56
Good morning all you losers! I'm a loser and proud of it, bet you are too.

Quickie this morning as it's retail therapy day for me, should get lots of exercise tromping the malls in the US of A today and I'm so excited, I'll be bringing home so many goodies to make low carbing even more fun than it's already been, I love my new WOE cause I just feel so darn good and have more energy than I know what to do with.

Late by 2 days but I made my mini goal this morning for the week which puts a big smile on my face. In 6 months there is now 33 lbs less of me and like Angie said, if someone had told me I'd be at this point I would have laughed in their face, it seemed so hopeless back then but that just isn't the case any more.

Now the big question is, can I still make my major goal on time? 3 weeks till the wedding and 5 more lbs to go, I so hope I can get there, no, I know I can do it, of coarse I can!