Start Weight:(01 Dec 16) 178.0 lb
Current Weight:(21 Apr 17) 177.6 lb
Goal Weight:135.0 lb
following: Atkins
performance: losing 4.9 lb a week

My best friend had been dieting in 2010, and perhaps that got me thinking about it. When she moved I was bored and depressed. Maybe for a distraction, or maybe because I was 'on my own' now, but i started seriously considering dieting. I decided I would start the day after my birthday - my own personal 'New Year'. I read all I could in the 3 weeks of waiting. Coincidentally, i got a new phone and discovered apps, and then Fat Secret.

I also decided that since i had always told myself that i shouldn't eat whatever, that while waiting for the start i would all I wanted of anything. The good side of that was that I realized that food didnt make me happy. In fact, I was disgusted with myself. The bad side of the plan was that I gained up to 207, so I had extra to lose. Oh, well!

So, on August 13th (a Friday!), i started my diet. I have counted calories, and unlike with Jenny Craig, I have exercised. My plan was to eat anything i wanted, but in moderation. I learned quickly that some foods aren't worth having because of the deprivation i will face later in the day. Along the same lines, some foods aren't worth the miles I would have to walk to burn the calories.

This has been very rewarding, but ironically i worry all the time that I will gain the weight back. I still think of myself as fat (my mom calls this ghost fat), and I wonder how long that will last.

Since I've almost reached my goal, mt next effort is to figure out how to increase my muscle mass and be really fit, not just smaller.

FatSecret member since: 31 Aug 10

TheKarenS's Weight History

TheKarenS's Latest Member Challenges

  8 Glasses a Day Keeps Fat Away
status: Completed
ended: 28 Sep 11
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  Eat Less, Move More!
status: Completed
ended: 31 Jan 11
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TheKarenS's Cookbook

cals: 195kcal | fat: 8.53g | carbs: 26.48g | prot: 3.99g
Light Sweet Potato Fries
A delicious and healthy side dish.
cals: 158kcal | fat: 2.68g | carbs: 31.21g | prot: 5.53g
Creamy Corn Casserole
Simple noodle casserole that's hearty and delicious.
cals: 189kcal | fat: 16.34g | carbs: 8.50g | prot: 7.79g
Flourless Chocolate Cake
A decadent, guilt free chocolate cake without flour or sugar.
cals: 360kcal | fat: 18.87g | carbs: 17.10g | prot: 31.73g
Fiesta Lime Chicken with Zucchini
Chicken breast cutlet sauteed with lime with a side of zucchini and yellow squash.
cals: 112kcal | fat: 3.83g | carbs: 7.51g | prot: 13.91g
Breakfast Quiche Muffins
Breakfast quiche with veggies and Canadian bacon that are great to have on hand for a quick breakfast.
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TheKarenS's Latest Posts

Will Power
Ive often said that it's harder to lose weight than stop smoking or drinking cuz you have to eat to live. Nobody hands you a cigarette and tells you to only smoke a third of it and then stop and come back in a few hrs for another third.

Having said that, you can do this. You can do hard things. It's not fun, but you can do it. Many prayers that you find the strength to persevere. I believe you can do it.

posted 14 Apr 2015, 14:59
Still 5'5" Wink

But now I'm at 132 lbs
Sz 6 pants (never dreamed i see that!)
small tops
scrubs are x-small from Wal-Mart
Bra is sx 36C
Feet are about a size smaller (!)
Rings don't fit
I can wear sleeveless tops now!

A few weeks ago my measurements were 37-30-38
posted 02 Oct 2011, 03:54
Calling all Home Cooks
I've been told converts your recipes, but I've never tried it.

I've found you only have to put it once, then save the meal. It will always be there. I do this for my fav restaurants, as well. I like to count every thing cuz it may not have many calories, but carbs or fiber you may want to track. Just a thought.

Good luck!

posted 25 Aug 2011, 09:02
What are some of your embarassing/emotional/eye opening reasons for loosing weight?
Did I mention the part where my fat neck was causing breathing problems in my sleep. Yikes!
posted 12 Mar 2011, 23:39
What are some of your embarassing/emotional/eye opening reasons for loosing weight?
Of all the things, I would have to say it's this one little thing. . . Our elevators at work have mirrors on all sides. Since I work in a hospital I'm always wearing scrubs, and I started noticing my arms. They were getting huge and had gobs of celulite like you usually only see on thighs. And then there was the way the fat drooped over my elbow. . . It was time to do something!
A funny side note: I've lost a little over 40lbs (about 42).I love it when people ask me how i'm losing weight. I tell them I'm counting calories and exercising. They say, "oh." Sorry folks, no magic pill, just old-fashioned hard work, by the sweat of the brow - literally!
posted 06 Mar 2011, 12:09
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12 January 2017

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