Joined September 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
233.7 lb
Lost so far: 16.6 lb

Current Weight
217.1 lb
Performance: losing 1.5 lb a week

Goal Weight
160.0 lb
Still to go: 57.1 lb
I am a 50 something Brit living in Spain. Both my husband and I are retired, although we´ve never been so busy in our lives.

I have had a weight problem for as long as I can remember. The only time when I was 'thin' and happy with my size was when I was in my late teens and until my baby was born when I was 24. Thinking back this was probably because of the excercise I got on dance floors at every opportunity.

The diets I have been on would fill a book, but they always resulted in gaining weight to the size and more than when I started. I have been on many programs for weight loss, including going to meetings structured like Alcoholics Anonymous, I´ve been to seminars, a famous clinic in London for eating disorders, I´ve been to hypnotists and councillors.

Sometimes I feel angry that no matter how I have tried to get help, no one had the answer to weight loss. Those in the medical world just cannot seem to agree once and for all the reason why someone just cannot reduce their size to a healthy level.

I am now embarking on Atkins as a WAL - Atkins has got to be the way to go!

jen53's Weight History

jen53's Latest Member Challenges

  5 lbs in 5 weeks
status: Completed
ended: 13 Dec 10
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  Healthy Holidays
status: Completed
ended: 30 Dec 10
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on diet Atkins
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last weighin: losing 1.8 lb a week Down
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jen53's Cookbook

cals: 427kcal | fat: 45.42g | carbs: 1.82g | prot: 4.66g
Olive Oil Chicken
A very delicious and low carb way to enjoy chicken.
cals: 190kcal | fat: 6.47g | carbs: 9.72g | prot: 22.60g
Grilled Vietnamese Chicken
So easy grilled Vietnamese style chicken, sure to become a favorite.
cals: 298kcal | fat: 16.09g | carbs: 13.43g | prot: 24.39g
Berry Balsamic Pork Chops
Fast and delicious pork chops.
cals: 193kcal | fat: 17.53g | carbs: 6.64g | prot: 4.30g
Mashed Cauliflower II
A delicious alternative to mashed potatoes.
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jen53's Latest Posts

First weigh in
Hi Michebabes, Well done on your fantastic loss.

I know this may sound crazy, but I think your calories are way too low. I've done this and my body responded by going into starvation mode. Have a look at some of the research on this, I would suggest you should be aiming for 1600 to 1800 cals a day.

I struggled for months trying to lose, but I've just come back from 5 weeks away, eating more or less what I liked (hardly any bread though), and I've lost! I've now gone back on inductuction and am losing. I wont go too low with the cals again though.

Think your pie chart analysis is good for your menu. I strive for 4 - 7% carbs, 65 - 75% fats and the protein looks after itself.

Carots - I don't think they are on induction though?

Good luck - it is a huge learning curve and it's a way of life - it's forever.
posted 11 Jan 2011, 02:45
A Day to Celebrate!
Fabulous blog Paula. It has been said before, but I want to reiterate what true inspiration you are. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings along your journey. You are truly a carer and a giver and truly a champion! Enjoy..... x
posted 29 Oct 2010, 07:50
Where is everyone from?
Another Brit here, but living in Alicante, Spain, amongst the orange, lemon and pomegrante groves (not good for my Atkins), also lots of almond trees. We look out on a huge area which was sculptured millions of years ago by a glacier which left a huge lake, the lake dried up thousands of years later and left the best organic soil, the Vega Baja. The local farmers markets are fantastic as mostly everything is organic. Lots of different supermarkets are near, the French Carrefore, German Lidl and the Spanish supermarket Mercadona which has a wonderful fish counter. But I love going home to Hertfordshire, England, for a good old shop in Tesco and Asda (aka Walmart).
posted 22 Oct 2010, 23:16
Calories on a low-carb diet
I believe you should aim for 60-70% (check the pie chart at the bottom of the diet calendar page).

I know how you feel, I've figure it out that I need for my 5ft 3in frame, 75 - 156 g (16 ounces) of protein a day. I had to show my husband the Atkins book to prove to him that he, for his 6ft 2in frame should be having 96 - 156 g (21 ounces) of protein a day!

Make it fun to get the balance right in your daily log... there are so many permatations to get there. You wont get bored! I just love the science of it all.
posted 19 Oct 2010, 05:03
Hello everyone, from Cyndi :)
Welcome Cyndy, I'm right along side you too. Well done with your weightloss, fantastic!
posted 11 Oct 2010, 08:50
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