Joined April 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
146.6 lb
Lost so far: 23.4 lb

Current Weight
170.0 lb
Performance: gaining 0.3 lb a week

Goal Weight
138.0 lb
Still to go: 32.0 lb
I am a nurse, a student, and a wife. Not doing a modified atkins as some fad diet ( i get that a lot), but as a ketogenic diet recommended to me as a way to control and lessen my migraines without medication... pretty effective so far, not exactly smooth sailing I am still adjusting. I truly believe in the principle behind it.

hkaruga's Weight History

hkaruga's Latest Member Challenges

  Reach your goal in 6 weeks on your terms
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Marylouise 1969
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hkaruga's Cookbook

cals: 133kcal | fat: 4.50g | carbs: 20.57g | prot: 5.21g
Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
Creamy tomato soup that is perfect with toasted focaccia or ciabatta.
cals: 312kcal | fat: 18.86g | carbs: 7.23g | prot: 27.54g
Ground Beef Curry
Nicely spiced Swahili inspired dish.
cals: 228kcal | fat: 21.96g | carbs: 3.29g | prot: 4.83g
A low carb sugar free cheesecake.
cals: 155kcal | fat: 10.90g | carbs: 0.79g | prot: 12.59g
Egg Crepes II
Egg crepes that can be used in so many ways.
cals: 183kcal | fat: 15.78g | carbs: 0.15g | prot: 9.66g
Sausage Cheese Balls
Wonderful as a snack.
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hkaruga's Latest Posts

where to start when adding exercise??
I want to be fit! I have been losing weight through dieting, but feel fairly cardio vascularly un-conditioned. I am fairly young and have no real pain or health issues, can walk forever without getting winded but to see me run for more than I short sprint is sad. Thought of starting with a bootcamp style class, but I am a night shift nurse with babies and that does not really fit my schedule, plus it was way expensive. What can i do to challenge myself and get fit/tone? I do have access to a basic gym.
posted 05 Sep 2013, 04:08
diet switch
Honestly I have done a few different commercial diets in the past including Atkins, but I have come to the conclusion that NO comercial diet is a normal/natural life style change. They may help you get on the right track, make healthier choices, and assist you in losing weight. But ultimately I don't think I can ever consider counting (be it points, carbs, calories, etc.)and weighting my food as a normal everyday part of my life forever. Plus everyone has to find their own way, what works for me may not be very effective for you and vice versa. I am not against looking at food labels or being portion conscious. Just saying that such rigid structure in dietary habits is no way to live. When initially trying to lose it is great to have easy step by step instructions, but now that I am nearing my ultimate goal and happy with my current size (I am more in maintance mode), I try to use those priciples from the diet that gave me the greatest success and never gorge myself. These are of coarse just my own opinions.

Anyone else feel this way??

My real advise is stick with what works only if it is something that the general rules of compatible with you. The phase 3 & 4 really aren't very restrictive, just minimal starches/ sugary things, which is advisable for anyone. I assume you are in phase one or two, they are tougher for most people, but they result in greater weight loss so it is a trade off. Also be careful coming off atkins, at least when I did I put on weight like crazy without doing anything 'bad'.

Good luck
posted 12 Oct 2011, 11:13
Warning! Rant coming on!
I absolutely agree. I was trying to find a chanellenge the other day as I need to be serious and stay focused looking to lose about 8 lbs or so by my Christmas vacation. Couldn't find one that was flexible enough to fit the way I diet (one the mini goals was to eat nothing with >6% fat; I am not on a low fat diet, refus to starve my brain!) others want me to lose something rediculous (if don't want to weight 98lbs, or starve myself to get there). Solution is start your own challenge worked for me. Think there is still a day to join Reach Your Goal in 6wks on your terms!
posted 10 Oct 2011, 06:47
Atkins & Increased LDL
Yeah that is the body's initial response and is normal. But over time it will drop off (likely back to your norm, if not lower). The thing that most people, who swear by convential (& outdated) medical 'wisdom' is that the majority of cholesterol in your blood is a product of your body, not the food you consume. This being said your body is still producing cholesterol at the old level (what your body required when you were consuming, a starchier diet with less cholesterol containing food) when you add that with what you are consuming it will be high, until your body readjust to your new life style. This can take weeks to months.
posted 07 Oct 2011, 20:50
btw it's nice to meet another Heather. (that's my name too!)
posted 06 Oct 2011, 09:22
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