Joined June 2013
Weight History

Start Weight
219.0 lb
Lost so far: 7.0 lb

Current Weight
212.0 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
175.0 lb
Still to go: 37.0 lb
Weight has always been an issue for me as it is with the rest of my family. My life changed a lot when I left the family nest in Michigan over 25 years ago but old habits die hard.

Living in southwest Florida gives me the ability to continue outdoor activities no matter what time of year it is. Bicycling, walking, and even attempting to run a little all are more enjoyable for me when I can be outside. Yoga is new terrain for me and while I like it, it truly is a lot harder than I thought it would be!

One of the best parts of living in this wonderful climate is the growing season for fruits and veggies is almost year 'round. I have a great coconut tree in my yard and I love fresh coconut where I couldn't stand the processed stuff. My diet is now focused on whole, healthy foods only. No cheese, no dairy, no legumes, no gluten, no grains, no caffeine, no processed foods whatsoever... no problem! It's a lot easier (and cheaper) than you think. Being back in the kitchen is fantastic, too. Even though my 16 y/o son is still a fast food/processed food junkie, it is easy for me to just say no now.

I'm not on a diet. Nope! I have changed my old food behaviors and family habits and developed a new way of eating (WOE) that I really enjoy. Yes, I have weight I want to lose and it will go away eventually. The importance for me is to clean up my food choices and not go back to the world of processed foods again. My body just can't tolerate it. I am here for the support and camaraderie through my weight loss journey and beyond.

SkellyShelly's Weight History

SkellyShelly's Latest Member Challenges

  Summer Walking Weight Loss Challenge
status: Completed
ended: 09 Sep 13
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SkellyShelly's Cookbook

cals: 184kcal | fat: 10.03g | carbs: 22.06g | prot: 4.78g
Cranberry, Almond, Fruit & Nut Bar
A simple, gluten free energy bar.
cals: 169kcal | fat: 5.77g | carbs: 0.82g | prot: 26.68g
Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders
Sensational low carb chicken dish.
cals: 195kcal | fat: 15.58g | carbs: 0.72g | prot: 12.16g
Egg and Sausage Muffins
The no excuse breakfast! These faux muffins are worthy of serving to guests.
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Affording the food for a healthier
My son is 15 years old and a bottomless pit when it comes to food. He calls himself the human garbage disposal. However, he is a picky eater, too. He simply does not like veggies with the exception of a few token items (frozen peas, corn, onions, potatoes, candied carrots, and sometimes sweet red peppers).

When he was younger, I would make dishes like jambalaya, spaghetti, or something similar to a hamburger helper type thing and I would mince or puree the veggies just to get him to ingest something healthy. Minced mushrooms mixed with ground beef in a spaghetti dish are almost undetectable. Squash and zucchini almost disappear when you puree them.

Now that he's old enough to cook his own food, he does that more often. I see that when he cooks, now he puts onions into his spaghetti and peas into his hamburger helper on his own! Plus, because I'm not cooking rice, pasta, or potatoes like I used to, he has lost 10 pounds while I've been on my diet! Bonus!! Also, there are some things that I simply refuse to bring in to the house because he would consume it in a single sitting. I will not buy chips, cookies, candy or even ice cream for the house. He doesn't need the temptation or the calories.

Commercially packaged stuff generally is more expensive and with less quantity if you truly measure things honestly. The health benefits of fresh whole foods is so much better for us, too. Ultimately they won't let themselves starve and yes, they will complain. If you can make subtle changes over time, buy less of the macaroni and cheese and just make it not available to them regularly, then they will see it as a treat when you do bring it home rather than something that belongs on the table. Part of their attitudes is our fault because since we're the ones who generally buy and prepare the food, we didn't make different choices way back when the relationship started -- and, which is why we're here dieting today.

My son complains every day that there's nothing to eat in the house and yet every day he finds something. The real issue is the the stuff that he really wants isn't there and he's forced to make other choices. It's not easy to make this type of change for other people -- YOU are ready to eat healthier and to lose weight, but THEY aren't ready to make the change and since you chose to do it, you kind of inflicted your diet on to them. Ultimately your choice is healthier... it's just they weren't ready to change.

Stay strong and don't cave in to their pressures. Compromise with them... buy some healthy stuff for you and some of the stuff that they want and slowly wean them away from those unhealthy choices and you will all benefit. Eat a lot of eggs!
posted 15 Jul 2013, 06:36
calories on atkins
For me, the ratios you've listed (20-30% protein, 5-7% carbs, and 60-70% fat) has worked. I've been doing Atkins now for around six weeks and I've lost 27 pounds so far. It's a slow and steady loss and that's ok because the scale is moving in the right direction. I don't cheat at all and I drink tons of water (about a gallon and a half a day).

Each person is different and you have to find what works for you. The food ratios are only part of it, though. Be sure you're working out, too, to burn those calories!
posted 11 Jul 2013, 06:25
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