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ogliz

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 09:56
Extremely helpful advise.... it motivated me to review my past food intake and be better prepared for what is ahead.
ogliz
Rdrunr557

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 19:58
Thank you all for your setting me straight. Wink

I have gone off the deep end. I though keeping my RDI, making sure my fat was higher than my protein and keeping my carb low would work no matter what I was eating.

I will starting tomorrow, get back to basics! I bought lettuce, celery and will eat only real meat. I do need to buy real butter. I'll just omit the country crock from my fat bomb coffee and increase the coconut oil.

Is the walden farms no cal no carb products no good? And, how about the miracle noodles? They are some kind of root, that are low carb or no carb. They really don't taste like pasta but it is nice to eat a somewhat pasta dish. They have a miracle noodle cut like rice, I was thinking of making soup with it.

What's really hard is lower my salt intake, everything seems to have salt in it. I do not add any salt, never have.

One other question, how do I increase my fiber? Can I add something like benefiber into my coffee, or would that be no good either. Question

I will reread my Atkins book but having others give me input seems to be better. I think I'll start my day out tomorrow with a fat fast. I'll be away for the weekend and can take my heavy cream, coconut oil and cream cheese with me. Is peanut butter ok on a fat fast? I read some of the fat fast suggestions and I think it is.

Again thank you everyone.
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 04 Jul 2013, 22:57
Rd, if I may ask...why are you feeling a need to do a fat fast, or did I miss something? I kinda just jumped into the discussion...I thought you were trying to be on Induction, currently. It's my understanding that fat fasts are supposed to be used only as a last resort type of thing when someone who has been low carbing for a long while experiences a stall that lasts for many weeks. The FF is used to try to break the plateau and hopefully get the weight loss back on track. It's not exactly healthy for "everyday eating" or weight loss.

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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.

Rdrunr557

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013, 10:57
Hi Raven - I've been losing and regaining the same 10 pounds for the past 6 months. I though if I could lose just a few more pounds, getting under 220, it would encourage me to stay the path.

Going away this weekend might be the time. We have a camper in MD and the only thing we eat is what we bring or buy at the snack shop - not a good thing, mostly fried. I really like the make progress or make excuses. I guess I've been making excuses. Embarassed

I am bring lettuce, celery and such in case I can't stay the course of a fat fast but I need to lose something or I'll spiral downward. I've been under some stress lately and that usually causes binge eating. Maybe being out of my usual situation is the time to start something new. Eat right and exercise more.

Does anyone have an opinion about the Walden Farms and Miracle Noodles? Question

I won't be able to check here once I leave tonight - no internet for the weekend. Again thanks to all - I'm feeling a little desperate. Hopefully this weekend away will help.
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 10:01
Hey! I see everyone is off for the holiday.. heck, I'm on the road and still yapping! I feel like a stuffed tick, haha. If you look at the nations weather map, that big green band of rain from the coast to the border? That's me. Been driving it since Wednesday. Haven't seen sunlight since LA. I'm really not kidding. I can't complain really though. It hasn't been horrible, even for a holiday. Light traffic, but non-stop rain. Everything is wet. And, since I was ONLY driving it makes for a slower trip. I think it's about 2000 miles round trip. I did get to spend most of a day with my favorite aunt who will turn 89 on Tuesday. That was a special treat for me. Good thing I don't mind driving in the rain. Took my youngest to the drive-in (YES, in the rain and I wasn't the ONLY fool there) to see the Lone Ranger and Monster University, a great double feature. I only saw LR as I fell asleep before MU even started. I didn't have popcorn, but I had an off-the-cuff-for-me snack, sunflower seeds followed by SF jello.
I''ve eaten so much "unidentifiable" sausage this last 4 days I can't imagine what the carb count was and I've gotten little to no greens, save for a few "side salads" from McD's with the carrots and tomatoes picked out. Course, MYRNA would be so proud of me! I just at the lettuce with my hands while driving. No dressing of any kind. Heck, at least I was trying!
If I was a panicky kind of girl I would have freaked over my "weight" when I took my blood pressure. BP was 132/80 but my WEIGHT???. It showed 169. Ha. You can't fool this girl! I know I'm still under 153, I just hope my blood pressure was accurate!
The hardest thing for me has been not being able to walk. I have gotten almost NONE. Going from 4 miles a day to zilch is very hard. I did manage to get in 2 miles on a broken treadmill before the movie, but none yesterday. I WILL walk tonight on my own when I get home. Hopefully that's before midnight. Oh wait. I did get in 4 miles the first night, so I really only missed 2 days and 1/2 haha. The easy thing is sticking to plan. Oh yes, I've given myself loads of treats. Cream in my coffee, unidentified meat, sunflower seeds, Six Dollar Low Carb burgers, cracklins in unlimited quantities. I brought my ketostix, but they never left the car. Don't have to. I know I'm good. I really meant to check each morning, I just forgot. I never forget at home, it's part of the routine.
OH. I knew there was something I wanted to comment on. Ketostix. I got some sage advice from an Atkins guru friend of mine. HE said "ketostix are an invaluable tool that people MISuse all the time" (of course, he's not Atkins and he's NO doctor, but the following statements made perfect sense to me and probably will to most people. He noted "most Atkins people want to use those ketostix all the time, including after meals to see if they've gone off track. They are not accurate for that. If you really want to get the most benefit from the information they give, only test your urine first thing in the morning. If you have been in ketosis for 24 hours and you are throwing ketones, while you sleep, when your body should be doing nothing more than resting, you are fully on track. Doesn't matter WHAT the reading is, as long as it shows ketosis of some degree.
I hope that made sense. It seems to be working perfectly well for me. I stopped fretting it all day (as I did 20+ years ago) and just pay attention in the morning. Since January I haven't been out of ketosis one day using his method and I've steadily (okay, wiggly) lost a total of 38 pounds. Just sharing, as I'm sure it won't agree with everyone.
Knowing my calorie counts have soared over the last 4 days and that I've had negligible exercise, I'm expecting to have a slight gain. Again, this is a way of life, not something to be started and stopped at will. At my age and metabolism rate, regardless of the carbs, if my calorie counts fly through the roof, my weight is not far behind. Of course I have had WAY TOO MUCH caffeine and WAY TOO LITTLE water. I know these things. Balance. The capability of not feeling deprived AND without losing touch with reality. I have written all my food, just haven't had time to log it. Will do when I get home so you guys can see for yourself what I meant about the calorie count and how lack of water, greens, and exercise can impact your weight even though I can promise that I NEVER went over a carb count of twenty, even allowing for the unknown meats! (I promise to use whatever the HIGHEST carb count is for those).
Am I good? Heck yes! Did I stay on track? Carb wise, yes, my normal way? no. Is it sustainable? yes. AND when I get these last 13 pounds off and I switch to a real OWL I hope to drop an additional 5 pounds before working on maitenance (learned that from Sunkeeper ) Perhaps I'll even break out the Carb Quick or the Almond Flour or the Coconut Milk that's sitting in my pantry. Or maybe not. Maybe I'll add back something I'm REALLY missing.......... if I can figure out what that might be. I already feel so much better and my numbers are making me giddy Smile Why would I want to mess that up?
The "event" I had planned for today to break the trip is just about to get washed out to sea. I had planned a 1/2 day trip to Ship Island on the day home, but that's why I'm getting to post now. At 7am I decided not to drive it because it was pouring (had decided earlier that we would go, even in the rain, but not a downpour). So, now we are getting ready to leave, check the ticket counter to see if we can make the noon run and be back by 6pm. I just really don't want to be stuck on an island with bare facilites for 5 hours waiting for a ferry that only runs twice a day in non-stop thunderstorms. Will let you know how that played out later.
LINDA? What are maccas? AND, where IS everybody? You know the deal. If no one else posts, I can type 'til my fingers fall off! Happy day everyone!

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
Myrna Louise

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 22:07
Hello team low carb....I have been very busy ....haven't been logging my food, but losing! I have been just keeping count in my head...

Getting ready for the reunion at the end of the month and would be so nice to be at 199.... Shooting for that anyway...come a long way since 268...at. 204 right now.

You all are doing wonderfully...keep up the good work....if you don't do anything else right, at least drink your water! It is problley the best thing you can do for yourself!
[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!
Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 22:48
MYRNA!!
Great for you! I wondered where you were. You'll make that 199, I'm sure of it!
Made it home, and about to crash...I dread hitting that scale tomorrow AND I only got in 2 miles today....just too tired to do any more.
Okay, MYRNA is account for, where is everyone else?

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
tenkilos

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Posted: 07 Jul 2013, 19:20
Carby well done, you are amazing, what a huge trip and a humonster post! Ha ha I had coffee and a good read, and feel exhausted for you lol, maccas in Aussie lingo is MacDonald's!
Myrna, good luck for the 199! Nice to see you dropping in Smile


Linda
almostretire...

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 05:24
Hey all - new to the group and day 2 of the adventure....was shocked when I jumped on the scale as I was good yesterday but was up 1.7 pounds....checked on my sodium intake and was over 4000 - that won't be happening again.
Here is to a better and much lower sodium day Smile
Start Weight: 157.6 (7/7)
Today's Weight: 151
Mini Goal #1: 146
tenkilos

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 05:53
welcome 'almost' ha salt will do that, makes us retain water, drink lots of water Smile


Linda
Beatvamp

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 10:32
Hi All, Thought I would reintroduce myself here. I am new. Had a complete off day yesterday. The morning started off well this morning but as it is my anniversary and we are going to a fancy restaurant to night I am not holding my breath. probably have to restart induction tomorrow. I think I will cut out the atkins products and see if that helps move things along. also was wondering why no nuts during induction?
Mini goal: 2 week induction. no cheats.
choggatt

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 13:03
Glad to see a place I can share my wins and challenges, while learning from others with the same food lifestyle! I have been practicing low carb for about 18 months, but my last few months have been so challenging.

I totally get program and know what to do. Just lately, I have had much more carb craving than usual. I picked up on my exercising, but the trade off feels like I crave more carbs. Anyone else had that challenge? Gained 5 pounds over last 3 weeks!
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 13:22
Beatvamp, nuts can tend to raise blood sugar too quickly and cause cravings and hunger in many people. They can also stall weight loss. People usually find it difficult to stop at the recommended maximum amount (which is usually 1/2 to 1 ounce). I love them, but I find I have to be VERY careful with them. I usually end up eating nuts in place of part of my daily protein, and usually only a couple of times a week, max.

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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.

Beatvamp

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 15:08
Ravensoul, Thanks for getting back to me. I am actually pretty good at counting out my nuts. So maybe once or twice a week to ease the monotony would be okay?
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 19:10
You're welcome! But no, I wouldn't recommend adding nuts at all until the appropriate time. The 2 week induction period is set up the way it is for a very good reason...and it doesn't have to be monotonous! Look at the recipes here and on the recipe section of people's fat secret pages and also in their favorite meals section. Make something different with allowed ingredients, try something new!

It's only 2 weeks...and you're here because you want to see results and get healthy! Do Atkins/low carb the correct way and it works...and works well!

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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.

RavenSoul69

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 19:20
Choggatt, umm...not trying to be rude, but...are you sure you're doing Atkins or low carb? I took a peek at your food diary...you're eating things like regular birthday cake, cookies, pancakes, and a couple of Atkins bars a day on a regular basis.

You're averaging around 90-200 carbs a day! And the types of items you've been eating. That's not low carb, hon...not anywhere close. And, to me, would explain your creeping weight gain.

I'd suggest picking up a copy of the 2002 edition of "Atkin's NEW Diet Revolution" and reading it--not just the actual diet section but all of it. It really helped me to understand how to eat this way in a healthy way. Doing Atkins correctly stops the cravings and loses the poundage while getting you healthy--but it has to be done correctly to get the results you want!


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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.

choggatt

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 20:31
Thanks for feedback, Ravensoul - true that I have given myself a lot of leeway, especially as of late, with lot of excuses why. Re-reading the book will help. I would like to get motivated again because I always feel better, think more clearly and have more creativity when I am eating right. Got a half-marathon coming up in September, and I can get past the sugar cravings. The support and honesty are so helpful. Thanks.
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 20:58
Choggatt, I'm SO glad you didn't take any offense to what I'd posted! I just want to see others succeed here, so I can tend to get a bit preachy...believe me, if I can do it anyone can! You're right, re-reading the book can be a tremendous help, at least it was for me. Best of luck on the half marathon, that's awesome!

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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.

tenkilos

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 22:14
Totally agree, even now the books so important to me. Every now and again I pick it up and read a little. It's so easy to slip back into some old habits, reading the book and coming here keeps me on track.


Linda
choggatt

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 06:39
The support and honesty mean a lot - that's one reason that I am glad I found this group! Anyone can tell me what I want to hear, but only those facing similar challenges can meet me eye-to-eye with this. It's easy to slide a little each day, and slowly my body starts adjusting to more carbs with fewer reactions. If we can support each other honestly, we get back on track before too much is lost (or gained in this case -lol). Here's a new day! Have a good one!