Joined March 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
245.0 lb
Lost so far: 2.5 lb

Current Weight
242.5 lb
Performance: losing 5.8 lb a week

Goal Weight
150.0 lb
Still to go: 92.5 lb
Hi, I am a 55 year old woman who has been overweight from my teens on. I have lost significant amounts of weight three times in my life--once intentionally :-)--but have put the weight back on plus a bit each time. I worked on a horse farm for 17 years (and still managed to remain 40 lbs overweight!), and now I am a cashier for Lowe's Home Improvement. I've come to really enjoy my job; but with the drastic decrease in physical activity, I've gained weight and lost muscle. In November I began to walk about an hour a day five days a week, and began to tackle my eating habits in January. In March I decided I needed to be a lot less casual in making changes. So far I have lost 33 pounds of the 80 that lie between where I began and where I would like to be.

SWE's Weight History


on diet Atkins
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on diet Atkins
last weighin: losing 10.5 lb a week Down
deb kasper
last weighin: losing 0.7 lb a week Down

SWE's Cookbook

cals: 133kcal | fat: 12.61g | carbs: 8.26g | prot: 2.87g
Nut Meal Brownies
A rich brownie recipe that is low carb, high fiber and kid tested.
cals: 35kcal | fat: 0.14g | carbs: 7.43g | prot: 2.77g
Rice-like Cauliflower
A mild tasting cauliflower "rice" dish that's well worth trying.
cals: 82kcal | fat: 3.72g | carbs: 11.41g | prot: 3.88g
Balsamic and Olive Oil Roasted Brussels Sprouts
A delicious and healthy way to prepare brussels sprouts.
cals: 142kcal | fat: 0.87g | carbs: 34.26g | prot: 2.03g
Mango Raspberry Sorbet
A delicious sugar-free, all natural sorbet you can blend at home.
cals: 145kcal | fat: 2.64g | carbs: 3.52g | prot: 26.55g
Lemon Turkey Cutlets
Low calorie turkey cutlets with lemon and sage.
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SWE's Latest Posts

muscle cramps on Atkins
Hi. I like Atkins a lot; but one ... side effect? ... it has for me is leg and feet cramps that I do not get when I eat whatever I want. Since I tend to be an all or nothing sort of personality--either I am meticulous in watching what I eat or completely uncritical in what I am eating--, it is hard to figure what specifically of the "whatever I want" would be addressing the muscle cramps. Any ideas? I've heard leg cramps are tied to potassium deficiencies, and I know broccoli is supposed to be high in potassium--and broccoli is my primary vegetable on Atkins (I typically eat 6-12 ounces a day specifically of broccoli). I add to that cauliflower, squash, tomatoes, green beans,spinach and occasionally carrots. If potassium is the most likely culprit, anyone know how much potassium we're supposed to be getting daily? Thanks!
posted 02 Oct 2012, 07:46
Specifying Serving Sizes for multiple portion recipes
Thank you ndubbs87. It occurred to me later than I probably needed to enter it as a recipe rather than a meal. I appreciate the answer!
posted 03 Jun 2012, 18:13
Specifying Serving Sizes for multiple portion recipes
Hi, anyone know how to input a meal and specify how many servings the ingredients encompass? I ate a muffin today, and I know the recipe, and I'd like to know what kind of "damage" I've done in eating one. I can input all the ingredients, but I don't see how to keep it from indicating that the "meal" is just one serving. Can anyone help? Thanks!
posted 01 Jun 2012, 21:31
Recommended Water Intake
Thanks! I'm doing pretty well there then!

I've been losing in spurts. I had 11 come off in one week, then weeks with nothing! Then I had 3-4 come off in a week, and then again nothing! I keep tweaking as I find out where my infractions are, and I'm also trying to up my calories some after reading a post about the importance of meeting the needs of our Basal Metabolic Rate. I'm hoping the "tweaks" help with more consistent results. Good luck and I'm glad your hanging in there!
posted 31 Mar 2012, 09:28
Recommended Water Intake
Hi, I did Atkins before, and started up again recently "from memory". Some of the posts have addressed things that show my memory for detail is not as accurate as I'd hoped. I have a book on order, but until it arrives (I bought one at a bargain basement price, so shipping will be slower) could someone please tell me how much water we are supposed to be drinking during the Induction Phase? Thanks!
posted 31 Mar 2012, 09:15
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Working on establishing eating habits that effectively redirect what is emotionally based and keeping a relatively balanced array of food groups. Not ...
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18 October 2012

Not eating according to Atkins at the moment, due to circumstantial things; but continuing to address weight loss as wisely as I can with what I've got ...
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