Group Forum: DAILY CHECK IN HERE

previous topic
tenkilos

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 749

        
Posted: 25 Sep 2013, 19:45
Rdrunr I just can't help weighing myself too!
Robertamae yikes that's an awful loss! A friend of mine-actually my sister in law dropped her new iphone into the toilet!


Linda
Carb Tracker...

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 170

        
Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 10:05
Hello All,
I have been thinking of you guys in absentia. I just couldn't post I was so unhealthily angry. I've never been aggravated on Atkins, it's always been so easy for me, but this new "bloat" issue is about to drive me insane...which wasn't far, granted, but still Laughing
After mentioning the issue, the next morning I weighed and I was up over 4 lbs. Yea, right. And me, doing straight induction for 8 months. No way. I know it's a colon issue, which wouldn't bother me in the least except for that I FEEL like a tub. LOL. So, anyway, I wasn't feeling very nice..rather out of sorts.. and definitely mean in spirit, so I thought it best that I keep my mouth shut.... or my fingers off the keyboard. However, it is an issue that is definitely going to have to be addressed by some pharmaceutical means no matter how badly I hate to take any type of medicine.
ROBERTAMAE
It probably wouldn't have helped to look at my food diary, I hardly ever post to it as most days are simply a repeat of the day before. As far as the spinach, yes, I eat spinach on a daily basis, and usually about 6 - 8 cups of romaine, iceburg, spinach or some other leafy green (kale) every day. I stopped eating flaxseed altogether as I could verify that it was causing some of the problem. BUT after reading your post I remember (slapping myself in the head) that cabbage has always kept me moving in the right direction Smile Unfortunately, I didn't post this until AFTER my trip to the store.. but I bet I make another one today! Thanks!
(and I PROMISE not to mention this issue again!)
And of course, I'm laughing my behind off at your "down the toilet" experience! I managed to drop the whole bottle in the toilet once. So depressing! Glad to see I'm not the only one who's ever done it!
As far as the CHOICES? Well, everyone has the right to make them. For me, it's easier to just stay on plan, for others, it's better to up the carbs occassionally
RDRUN
WELL, I post my weight EVERYDAY. Personally, I think you should too. Or stop weighing altogether! Even the disastrous, never before seen, unheard of weight gain this week, I posted. I think it's the only way you can keep things in perspective. I know I gained 4 pounds OVERNIGHT. It's a fact. The scales didn't lie. I know what I ate, I know what the issue is. It's better to be able to look back and see the kinds of things that go on in a daily fashion that to be unnerved when something unexpected occurs. Just saying. Take a look at my weight history if you don't believe it. And I can ASSURE you, without a shadow of a doubt, that with the exception of the day that Sonic delivered me a REGULAR Coke, there has been not ONE slip in my WOE. I've never been over 20net carbs a day, and most days under 15. I eat my required leafy green vegs as 75% of my carbs and I drink adequate amounts of water. I don't eat "pretend" foods and all my carbs come from vegetables with a few exceptions for fish and seafood. Period. So, go look at my weight history and tell me if you think it looks like something that would belong to someone who never messed up their plan. Some days I just shrug. Just doesn't make sense at all.... but regardless, it always levels out and corrects itself because I never back off of my WOE. Yours will too. If it doesn't then you may be miscounting somewhere.
CHOGGAT
I grinned when I read your post. I think one of the most difficult things for anyone to overcome (especially women or caretakers) is what I call that "mindless" eating. It's not really even eating... it's just putting things in your mouth. Like the cereal or the chips. So much of what a caregiver does in the course of the day involves food that one doesn't give it adequate thought. As a food preparer we are used to tasting of things we cook. Unfortunately for most of us that carries over to tasting anything we touch. Which of course, isn't necessary at all. I learned years ago to cook without tasting, but even yesterday, when I was slicing off hunks of cheddar cheese for the kids for a snack I broke a piece off for myself. Now, that's on plan, so it should not have been a problem, but the problem was that I wasn't hungry, not even in the slightest, so why did I eat it? because I was cutting it. So crazy. But, after 25 years I know not to eat while I'm cooking or preparing. It's just taboo, too easy to overdo it or eat the wrong things. You're smart to have picked up on that so quickly...lots of times people don't even realize they are doing it!!

Well, I'm down to 2 miles a day with this foot and may have to decrease it even more. Hopefully it'll be under control soon and I can get back to my daily 4 miles.. I really to miss it. I'm off to cut the grass while the temps are under 90!
Have a great, low carb day everyone!

EDITED:
Oh! I forgot something important! Guess what I found at my Kroger's today? WALDENFARM products! I forget who here eats them, but I was amazed at what was on the shelf. Now, you know I don't eat "pretend" things, cause that's just me, but I sure own a lot of them, ROFL.
Remember, I still have CarbQuick, SoyMilk, Soy Flour,Almond flour and a host of other things just sitting in my pantry. WELL, today they got company.. and not just ONE guest! I bought Chocolate Peanut Butter, Caramel Dip, Tomato Basil sauce, AND Alfredo sauce. It took a while for me to figure out how they can all be zero carb/calorie/fat but then I got it. They are just fiber, kind of like Asian noodles and carbquick, but REALLY just fiber with flavoring added. They use a lot of Xantham Gum too... which I guess is okay. I wonder about digestion. Of course I am NOT going to eat them. Not even going to open them, put they sure offer up some pretty impressive options should I ever decide to use them. The first thing that popped into my mind was Caramel Clouds. I'm betting it would work, just trying to decide if it really tastes like caramel. ROFL.. If if did, I would have to lock up the clouds! I think the most probable use will be the tomato sauce. I can imagine a zero - two carb chili with no trouble. I know someone around here uses the Walden Farm products, and I might even be forced at some point in my life to do "pretend" on occasion. I'm hoping you guys will share your opinions on the WaldenFarm products.

*#$&e(#@* FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Today my ticker decides to work............ sheesh.

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

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 12:43
Carb, I tried the peppermint oil. Boy that was yummy. I had it sitting around because of all the homemade products that I like to make.

I, like you, don't do "pretend" things. It is funny because shortly before I decided to go back to this WOE I had decided to drop all artificial sweeteners. I honestly don't miss them.
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
Rdrunr557

Joined: Apr 12
Posts: 121

        
Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 18:45
HI All,

Carb Tracker - I use the walden farms products. I put the caramel syrup in my coffee along with coconut oil and butter every morning. Throw it in the blender and have my self a frothy decaf coffee. Way better than star bucks! Wink

I've even tried their ketchup, not bad for summer time bar-b-q. I'm usually on the go all day every day, even weekends. If I get to cook, its usually on the weekend, occasionally. I'm one of those people that likes "pretend" things. I make faux French fries (green beans) and faux chips (cheese in the microwave). I've used the walden farms jelly in sour cream - it tastes like yogurt. It's quick and easy. That's me.

Congrats you only have 5 pounds to go. Who hoo! Laughing

I don't think my ticker works yet.
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 26 Sep 2013, 21:11
I suppose when I said pretend things I was thinking more along the lines of things with ingredients that I can't pronounce. I did make faux mashed potatoes using cauliflower and really liked it. I also like kale chips. I have never tried cheese in the microwave. How do you make that?
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
Carb Tracker...

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 170

        
Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 11:22
Hey Guys,
Well, my ticker is stuck again. Finally unbloated back to 144.6 today. Looking for a continued loss to 140. I'm PLANNING on being there by he middle of October...so it BETTER work. Hey! I'm doing my part!

ROBERTAMAE-
and... the peppermint oil works? yes? It is yummy and in my opinion, really helps sweeten ketosis breath for hours. I'm MOSTLY off of artificial sweeteners except for my weekly Diet Coke and my SF jello.. ROFL I know it doesn't sound right, but compared to what I used to ingest it's a lot less!
Yes, pretend foods, things with unpronounceable ingredients. I BUY them, lol, I just don't USE them. I eat cauliflower, I just don't call it "potatoes" or "rice" haha. I call it cauliflower. I eat green beans, but they are green beans, I eat Kale Chips because I learned it from Melissa D'Arabian on the Food Network as an alternative chip for my kids BEFORE I was lowcarbing again. I do eat fried cheese, cause I was making that "accidentally" in a skillet years ahead of my time. (think burned grilled cheese sandwich with all the cheese leaked out and stuck to the skillet - just forget the bread and stick the cheese in a non-stick skillet!)

RDRUN
and guess what? Whatever works for you is what you SHOULD do! My caramel is still sitting, unopened, on the counter, where it will be until it expires and I throw it out. What on earth is in it? Well, the labels are misleading. 0 carbs in 2 tbsp. is not 0 carbs in 4. I did the comparative analysis from their listed ingredients. I also put a call into them for a response. I'm still waiting. Of course, I NEVER trust labels. Doesn't mean I didn't go mental when I found it! My mind flitted immediately to insane desserts of fried CarbBalance tortillas layered with "Choc/Peanut butter" and "Marshmellow Dip" served in pie shaped slices.. ROFL.. I'm sure you get the picture. But, probably, I'll never make or eat them. Doesn't mean I can't dream them up for people who will!
I have the Low Carb (sugar Free) Ketchup from Heinz. It's relatively low carb, although it's unopened. I did taste of some at a friends. It's perfect, just like regular ketchup. I just can't think of anything to do with it at the moment. I'm thinking it would be good in a meatloaf (when I can figure that out).

And of course, my ticker isn't working again today...hahahaha.. well the joke's gonna be on FS, cause I AM going to lose that last 5 pounds regardless... and if they make me mad enough I'm going to do another 5.
Great day all!

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

Joined: Apr 12
Posts: 17

        
Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 21:03
Love reading the posts - always lifts my spirits and helps me stay positive!

So, last Saturday, I went back to about 30 carbs daily to break my sugar habit again. First 2 days, lost 3 pounds. Today, I am back to where I started. NOT because I have been cheating (except a glass of wine!), but mostly because fiber can be hard to come by with fewer carbs. Smile

Soooo, at work today there were 3 dozen amazing Square donuts (infamously amazing in my neck of the woods). The smell outside of my office was AMAZING. My taste buds said - EAT IT, what's the point, you have been eating 30 carbs with sugar cravings all week and weigh the same as before. My head said - you know how this works, if you stick with your plan, you feel better, are more alert, and will lose the weight and cravings. (yes, I do tend to have those internal conversations regularly - I just try not to say it out loud too often. LOL) But 3 dozen donuts sat outside of my office all day. Chocolate iced, cream filled beautiful donuts. Gotta say, I got out of there as quickly as I could to keep from devouring 2 of them in 30 seconds! So proud of myself to remember: one bite alone puts me over the top, I have discipline to be good to myself, and I choose feeling good in the long run rather than instant gratification. Gotta kick it.

So what do you use in place of artificial sweeteners? I used liquid sucralose now in my coffee and flavored waters.

Gotta try the peppermint oil now. Where do you get it?

Thanks everyone! So great to have a community of fellow Atkins followers that support each other.
Carb Tracker...

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 170

        
Posted: 27 Sep 2013, 23:33
**Used my SUNKEEPER trick to fix my ticker... worked again Smile
Nevermind I just had an extensive hunger attack at 11:30pm and ate a half pound of bacon. Probably won't be interested in recording my weight tomorrow........ Hey, I stayed true to the WOE, I just did it at the completely wrong time of day.
I COULD have probably gotten up and distracted myself with some activity (hmmm. like posting here!) but I didn't even bother as I was sure I was actually hungry. Sometimes I just feel like snacking, which has nothing to do with hunger, so I just do something besides eat, but when I KNOW I'm hungry, I eat. I just try not to do it so late at night. <Shrugging> Just a personal decision I made, doesn't really have anything to do with the actual WOE other than Atkins says don't go more than 6 waking hours without eating.. hahahahaha.. I can't remember the last time I went 2 hours without eating, although I'm sure I do sometimes.... Usually at least every two hours I eat something...sometimes it's just an ounce of cheese, sometimes a slice of cold chicken or pork tenderloin or a handful of leftover grilled shrimp, but most times it's a boiled egg. I know that's a lot more protein than fat, but I even it all out my dipping my chicken or tenderloin or shrimp in mayo or melted butter and of course I'm going tohave at least 4 servings of SF jello piled with mayo.. so it evens out.
Great, NOW I'm tired. Why couldn't I have been tired BEFORE the bacon? Oh well. And my exercise is kaput. Nada, finite. My plantar fasciatus is back with a vengeance so I'm having to stay off the treadmill. I think I'll try biking tomorrow after our swim meet. Hey, anything's better than nothing..... heck, I guess I could swim. lol
Hope everyone is having a great low carb weekend
PS I haven't seen this swim district since November. I'm anxious to see if anyone comments on the weight loss Smile

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

Joined: Mar 13
Posts: 170

        
Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 07:47
Hey CHOGGATT
Good for YOU! Yes, we all know that ONE BITE sends us over the top. I'm not sure anyone could stay in ketosis with donuts...I never even tried to figure out their carb count, LOL.
Those conversations in your head? Well, as long as YOU are winning I think they are perfectly okay!
The last peppermint oil I purchased came from Wal-Mart. A bottle will last a LONG time. You get it in the spice aisle next to the Vanilla (or thereabouts).
If you can hit ketosis on 30carbs I salute you. 30 carbs (net) is pretty much my maintenance limit (or it was). BUT, you know your body and you're right! All you have to do is stick to it. You know the results will come if you stay on the plan.
I, for one, just don't do much sweetener at all. I mostly avoid things that need sweetening EXCEPT my weekend coffee, once a week Diet Coke and my daily SF jello. The three things I think keep my sugar wishes in check. Sometimes I don't even sweeten my coffee, but most of the time I do and I use Monk Fruit Juice or liquid Sucrolose (prefer Monk Fruit Extract (also available at your local Walmart (near the Splenda). For myself, SF Jello and just plain cream cheese seem to satisfy me on the days I feel I need something "sweet". I'm sure everyone has their own balances.
(Just a note - there is a recipe for Low Carb pancakes around here somewhere, it's cream cheese, eggs, cinnamon and stevia - I make without the Stevia and eat them with just butter. Can't say they taste like pancakes, more like a thick crepe, but they are nice to have if you want something sweetish. For those of you who use artificial or pretend products (lol) there are sugar/carb free syrups and even WaldenFarms sugar/carb/calorie free Choc/Peanut Butter that would make great crepes. Add'l note. The recipe is 2.5net carbs per batch for the pancakes...makes about 4 medium sized (4in) pancakes. Lot of bang for your carb. BUT remember, they aren't really pancakes, they are egg cakes thickened with cream cheese... but definitely a welcome change of pace for breakfast or even a random dessert if you prefer.
Have a happy low carb weekend everyone!

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
Rachel116

Joined: Oct 12
Posts: 344

        
Posted: 28 Sep 2013, 08:38
Just dropping by once more to say hello! I hope everyone is having a great low carb week and enjoying this beautiful fall weather!
~Rachel~


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

Joined: Feb 12
Posts: 8

        
Posted: 29 Sep 2013, 15:43
Hi, everyone! I hope all of you have had a good weekend.

I have had a good week of staying focused and keeping track of what I've been eating. My first real test was today. I had to go to a baby shower. Thankfully, they had salad and tuna, egg, and chicken salad for sandwiches. It was nice to have something different to eat without a roll, rather than slices of turkey or ham. The cake that was there looked wonderful, but all I did was help serve it to everyone. It was nice being able to feel okay with not having a piece. Now, I need to catch up on drinking my water. It is amazing how much difference drinking enough water makes when you're trying to lose weight.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so I'll see how things have really gone this week. I have been weighing everyday, but I've been doing that in order to see if there's a pattern of what seems to be working better than other things with my meals. Plus, seeing lower numbers on the scale everyday is satisfying, but I only record once a week. Just seems to be what works for me.
tenkilos

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 749

        
Posted: 29 Sep 2013, 17:03
Well done jbatc, those occasions are a challenge.

I've had and still have a very bad cold, it's gone to me chest and I have no voice at all now, feeling pretty crap. Two weeks till my daughters wedding so hopefully it will be well gone by then.

Being good really, though I had 2 large scotches last night hoping to kill the virus with alcohol! mmm


Linda
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 12:24
Hey Carb, How did the swim meet go?

Plantar Fasciatis sucks! It is so painful. I found that sleeping with your foot in a flexed position helps a little bit.

"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 12:26
Choggat,

Wow, donuts are tough. I remember in college the office that I worked in had treats all of the time. I am sure that is where most of my freshman 20 came from. At the time I had no idea how bad my snacking was.
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 12:28
Okay, so my family is VERY competitive. My littlest sister has set a running challenge for me that is killing me. I am so exhausted that I have fallen asleep by 9:00 every night this week. 80 miles overall from Sept23-Oct23. I had 20 miles last week and 25 this week.

"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
berley1

Joined: Jan 11
Posts: 60

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 12:35
argh, am feeling frustrated at work so, unfortunately, while i have been eating the proper breakdown of fat/protein/carbs i have eaten too many calories for the past week or so. yup, emotional eating. yesterday i realized i reached for a snack of macadamia's and before i stopped myself, had eaten 4 oz! i need to get control of that right now. only 7 lbs to my goal; i can do this!

we have a new water system at work and the new RO water tastes terrible so i know i'm not drinking enough. i've heard people talk about the necessity for lots of water. since this has never been an issue for me before, i'm wondering how important this really is and how much do you try to get in a day?

my son, who is stationed on the east coast, will be on the west coast(only 4 hours away from me) starting tomorrow for 4 months, yea! i'm sooooo looking forward to thanksgiving, when his wife (who is 20 weeks pregnant with my first grandchild) will be here as well. so i have lots to look forward to!

this weekend i'll be grilling up cream cheese & bacon stuffed jalapenos (yum) and cream cheese & jalapeno stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon (yum yum). thank you to robertamae and carbtracker (i think) for my new go-to staples! will also have to try out the low-carb pancakes/egg crepes for something new.

i picked up peppermint oil and it works great on the atkins breath; thanks for the tip! i love that the bottle is small and just a small drop lasts a long time. way better than sucking on mints!

take care all!
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 17:14
Oh yeah, I was gonna talk about some motivation for me. My cousin is getting married in the end of November and I have this beautiful red dress that I have never gotten to wear because it is too small. My goal is to get there by wedding day. I just hung the dress in a very visible spot in my room. Everyday I don't feel like ding my sisters run or following a low carb WOE. I am going to think of how smoking hot I will look in that dress!
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
Marlene1952

Joined: Sep 11
Posts: 294

        
Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 21:09
Hello everyone, my name is Marlene and I'm back after a 2 year
leave of absents. I decided on Sept 28 to get back with the Atkins
program. Sadly somewhere alone my journey to weight loss and a healthy
body I lost my way, but now I'm back a will give it another go!! I had
a total Rt. hip replacement done in 2011 which was a disaster, I now
have to walk with a cane for the rest of my life, so it makes exercising a bit of a challenge! I was so depressed that I managed to
gain 70 plus pounds. Now I realize the PITTY PARTY has to end and I have to get my weight back under control. I'm looking forward to reading the daily check in's. Good luck to us all....Marlene
robertamae

Joined: Jul 11
Posts: 132

        
Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 12:56
Welcome Marlene!
"He who fails to plan is planning to fail" -Winston Churchill
riggli

Joined: Sep 13
Posts: 44

        
Posted: 02 Oct 2013, 13:20
Hello All! I am new here too. I have had Atkins success in the past and don't have a hip replacement to blame (Sorry about that Marlene. I hope you are adjusting. Must be hard.) I am so heavy now. I got so sick of the feeling of my growing spare tire that I could feel when driving! I am attacking this on all fronts...diet, exercise, attitude, ipad app for tracking and this website for moral support and challenges. Feeling more positive now that I am exercising and taking control of what is going in my mouth. Looking forward to getting to know you!