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Posted: 10 Sep 2010, 14:48
Ok… since I am new to this forum, before I post my numbers, I thought I should fill everyone in on a little background info so you have some idea of where I am coming from… so here goes:

I have been dieting non-stop throughout most of my life. I am female, 34 years old, 5’3”, and have not been very physically active throughout most of my life. I am not currently at my highest weight (215 lbs) or my lowest weight (105 lbs) but I can feel the weight creeping back on. Right now I weigh 167 lbs. I tried Atkins before and was very successful, however, I got myself into a destructive pattern of thinking that Atkins was a quick fix, instead of a lifetime plan. So... now I am working on re-training myself to eat right and exercise at least 5 days a week. I am confident that I can do this and make it last this time!

I was VERY serious about doing Atkins correctly the first time I tried it. I actually stuck to it... to the "T" for 6 months straight and did amazing. But what really threw me off track was I started drinking wine again. I have been a heavy wine drinker for about the last 15 years or so. (I had given it up for the 6-month period I was following Atkins before and switched to vodka and diet cola one day a week since it was carb free). Once I started drinking wine again, which contains a lot of natural sugars, I started slowly gaining weight back. And on top of that, I would get a little tipsy and talk myself into thinking that it was ok to cheat here and there... then, next thing I knew, I stopped keeping my daily food log and eating the same way I did before, which had originally caused me to become so overweight in the first place. Now that I have started back up on Atkins (8/23/2010) I have once again started to limit myself to one alcohol night a week, and ONLY drinking vodka and diet soda since I know it didn't affect my weight loss doing it that way last time. Alcohol is my personal weakness so I have to keep myself very committed to stick to the plan and stay positive about how much my body will thank me in the long run.

So… I will start posting my numbers weekly on Fridays from here on out. Here they are:

SW - 175 lbs
LW - 167 lbs
TW - 165 lbs
WL - 2 lbs
TL – 10 lbs

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Posted: 10 Sep 2010, 15:10
If alcohol does that to you, why drink it at all?

Good luck with Atkins. Be sure to check out for all the updated information since you were last on it.

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Posted: 10 Sep 2010, 17:29
jm vodka is my weakness too.. I drank last night for the first time in 2 weeks on induction, vodka and fresca.. still lost over 2 lbs... I try to be sure there are no carb foods in the house, cause it does weaken my resolve to stay low carb. I think you should be fine with once a week...keep some yummy low/no carb snacks handy in case you get the munchies when you get tipsy Smile

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Posted: 13 Sep 2010, 09:04
I have found that on Atkins my cravings for alcohol are much less. Well, cravings is too strong a word, but I did always used to enjoy a large glass of wine every night after work. Nowadays I have a small glass maybe once or twice a week. I actually started buying the little "taster" bottles instead of a full one because I'm kind of a wine snob and I don't like it once it's been opened a few days Wink


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