Joined June 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
235.0 lb
Lost so far: 57.0 lb

Current Weight
178.0 lb
Performance: losing 2.8 lb a week

Goal Weight
145.0 lb
Still to go: 33.0 lb
I live in the southern US and am an "over-50" spouse of a guy who works in health sciences. We have 3 canine fur-babies.

Up until the spring of 2010, I'd been sticking my head in the sand, not fully acknowledging how much weight I'd truly gained. My weight was somewhere over 235. My mental image of myself was still at about 130-140 pounds and I did not recognize the fat lady in the mirror. I hadn't faced the facts of what I needed to do to drop the weight and keep it off. It truly had to be a life change.

When I began this journey, I began on Atkins. As I've progressed, I'd say my "diet" is now better described as "low carb, with an Atkins foundation."

For 2010, I lost 55 pounds in just under 40 weeks on Atkins. When I began this WOE, I weighed 235 pounds. At the end of 2010, I weighed 180.

For 2011, I began with a weight of 180 pounds and lost 25 pounds, bringing my weight down to 155 pounds, a healthy BMI.

For 2012, I began with a weight of 155 pounds and achieved my goal weight of 145 on July 11, 2012.

For 2013, I discovered that Maintenance wasn't easy!

For 2014, I tried to hone my Maintenance skills and attitude, fully intending to achieve my goal weight again. I came within 3 pounds of it.

For 2015, beginning in May, I need to get back into control and undo the damage of late 2014 and early 2015. I have over 30 pounds to lose. I haven't abandoned low carb, but I've certainly taken too many liberties with it.

The journey began on March 28, 2010...2 years, 15 weeks and a few days later I made my weight loss goal. That breaks down to 90 pounds in 119 weeks.....or .7563-lb/week.....or 39.33 lbs/year......or 3.28 lbs/month. I lost approximately 40% of my original starting weight (I began at slightly over 235 and there was a scale change mid-journey that indicated my starting weight was higher than I thought).

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on diet Atkins
last weighin: losing 7.0 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 0.4 lb a week Up

Sandy701's Cookbook

cals: 92kcal | fat: 4.23g | carbs: 4.15g | prot: 10.29g
Crustless Spinach Pie
A delicious low carb, low calorie alternative.
cals: 78kcal | fat: 6.64g | carbs: 2.15g | prot: 2.55g
Almond Pancakes
Low carb flourless almond pancakes.
cals: 191kcal | fat: 6.44g | carbs: 5.43g | prot: 29.38g
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast
Truly delicious spinach, onion and feta stuffed chicken breasts.
cals: 182kcal | fat: 11.85g | carbs: 4.67g | prot: 14.30g
Cauliflower Lasagna
A low carb, no pasta lasagna.
cals: 114kcal | fat: 8.18g | carbs: 5.23g | prot: 4.72g
Mock French Toast
A pancake looking Fench toast suitable for Atkins Induction and beyond.
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I agree with ClassicRocker about your progress. You may still be fighting off general cravings as you're still pretty early in this process.

Another possibility is the Newman's dressing you had yesterday with 9 carbs in the one pouch. I'd suspect some sugar there, or their close relatives, that might be triggering your craving for chocolate right now.

Some folks have had good success with sugar-free Jello to combat cravings; other folks will swear they cannot lose if they eat it. Use with caution....

As you probably know, the cravings WILL go away if you can just push through without giving in. Be sure to get all your water in, too. Good luck.
posted 15 Aug 2013, 14:28
Kim's Magic Pop on induction
I have not tried these but my first impression is that they're nothing I would eat.

They are low calorie, but that's it. Look at those ingredients.....flour, starch, flour, powder, flour, rice, etc......carb upon carb upon carb. Sure, you get "only" 4 carbs per serving, but in Induction, there's so little wiggle room, why waste 20% of your daily allowable carbs on a filler food? No fiber is indicated, so you don't even get a little benefit in that area.

JMHO, but I'd pass.
posted 08 Aug 2013, 10:18
I am stuck on atkins
It's hard to give you any specific advice without seeing the actual foods, but I'd say that 7 pounds in 4 weeks is still a good loss. Sometimes it takes a bit for the body to adjust to low carb. A somewhat lower-than-expected loss can also be due to having been on some other diet prior to beginning Atkins (a lot of the initial weight loss on Atkins comes from water, so if you've been on another diet, that water may already have been shed).

Be sure you're following the plan, as laid out in the book or the Atkins website. I've seen too many folks do what they believe to be Atkins and it's a far cry from it! Atkins is not low calorie or low fat. It's important to eat the right foods, even if they're low-carb, to keep your metabolism fueled for weight loss. Be sure to stay at/about 20 net carbs with 12-15 of those coming from foundation veggies. The net carb counts of various veggies can be found on lists in the book or over on the Atkins website.

And, I agree with Katekat....ditch the Atkins bars (and any other low-carb bars/candies/treats) for now. Once you're moving steadily downward and have the hang of this WOE, you can carefully try one every now and then to see how your body reacts to them. Hang in there....Atkins does work.
posted 07 Jun 2013, 12:26
sugar okay or not okay in induction
fredmugs wrote:
Atkins Bars are sweetened with Maltitol.

While it seems most of the Atkins bars I have in my pantry do indeed have maltitol in them, I have found 2 that do not....Advantage Caramel Fudge Brownie Bar and DayBreak Apple Crisp Bar.

Just FYI for anyone trying to avoid that particular sweetener.
posted 19 Mar 2013, 12:53
Net Carb information on Fat Secret
Even if there's information on the database for an item, you always have the option to create your own entry as if it were a "new item."

You can then set up the Nutrition Facts any way you want....just be sure you check the box that you do NOT want to share the entry with the database. Then, whenever you use the product, you'll have access to it, exactly the way you want it.
posted 03 Feb 2013, 16:29
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