Joined October 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
251.0 lb
Lost so far: 47.0 lb

Current Weight
204.0 lb
Performance: losing 2.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
185.0 lb
Still to go: 19.0 lb
Going to start another diet!!Wish I had $10 dollars for every time I have said that. I am excited about starting over, trying a new diet, with Atkins, need to still do some reading up on it.
I am a mother of 2 grandmother of 6,and great grandma of 5,known as Mawmaw, love to cook and love to eat.have lost a thousand lbs.( the same 30lbs over and over.)My joints are begging me to loose some weight!!! I live in the mountains of southwest Virginia, Our town don't have a stoplight, and it's 11 miles from the closest town(Wal-mart) I am a retired nurse. and am hoping my health holds up, to enjoy it. I really enjoy Fatsecret, and had good luck with it in the past, I enjoy reading how everyone else is doing, and keeping a food journal. OK so lets do this!!

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sure do enjoy reading everyone else's posts and it is very encouraging, without you really knowing, how much it helps, like everyone I have my good days and bad. and many temptations, and tests on the will power.Thank you all!!
posted 08 Jul 2015, 10:36
80 uses for coconut oil
Be sure to buy organic coconut oil. Most Walmarts carry it on the aisle with the other cooking oils (it's less than $7 at mine), also health stores should have them as well.
Personal Hygiene/Body:

1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment - use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen
14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
19. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
General Health and Wellness
23. Stress Relief - relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
24. Digestion - the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
25. Fitness - coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds - coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally)
30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don't
31. Skin problems
32. Toenail fungus
33. Hot flashes
34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
35. HIV
36. Head lice
37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
38. Migraines (with regular use)
39. Mononucleosis
40. Parasites
41. Thrush
42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
48. Alzheimers
49. H. pylori
50. Candida albicans
51. Asthma, even in children
52. Autism
53. Cholesterol - improves HDL ('good' cholesterol) to LDL ('bad' cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
58. Depression
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)
60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
63. Acne
64. Cellulite
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
Other Uses
72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone - just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture - coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze - all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning animal hide drums
79. Seasoning cookware
80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products


posted 17 Mar 2015, 20:12
40 tips for Newbies on Atkins
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40 Tips for Newbies on Atkins

1. Read the book, "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" (2002), and read it through to understand the principles of the diet and the long-term maintenance you'll follow after reaching your goal weight. (The newer Atkins book, "Atkins for Life", is for people who have reached their goal, and are on Maintenance. It is not a weight loss book. It is great, but save that for later.)
2. Make the commitment to yourself that you want to lose the weight and then follow-through to maintain it for the rest of your life. This is not a "magic bullet" diet that you abandon once you've reached your goal weight.
3. Prepare your kitchen! Give away or throw out all foods that are not allowed on this way of eating. Food pantries and homeless shelters are always in need of donations for food that is unopened and non-perishable! Other ideas if you do not want to throw away good food - have a party, cook it all up and let everyone take the left-overs home in disposable gladware containers!
4. Plan for your first two weeks in advance. Using the Acceptable Foods List (What foods can be eaten on Induction?), plan out what you'll eat for the first two weeks. Where possible, shop for your foods at the beginning of each week to be sure you have them on hand and aren't "searching" for something you can eat when you're hungry.
5. Create "snack packs" of items that are allowed on Induction (the first phase) that are low or no carb treats to have handy if you're hungry and want a snack by portioning out into mini-ziploc baggies. Hard boil some eggs for quick snacks.
6. Use online sites to find low-carb recipes acceptable in Induction to keep your meals creative and varied...this will diminish boredom in the first two weeks and help to prevent "cheating". Don't eat the same old thing everyday - it will get boring fast!
7. Weigh yourself the morning of day 1 so you know where you're starting. Weigh yourself no more than 2 times a week the first two weeks!
8. Measure yourself so you know not only what your starting weight is, but also your starting measurements. Using a tape measure, measure around your upper arms, around your upper thighs, around the largest point of your calves, around the largest point in your hips, around the smallest section of your waist, and your chest - if you're male to measure your chest, measure at the largest point.....if you're female, measure first under your breast (where your bra is) and then also take a measurement over your breasts.
9. Plan strategies to overcome urges and cravings for carbohydrate and sugar-laden foods. Cravings come and go in the first two weeks, with the goal being to eliminate the cravings within the first two weeks by eliminating foods that traditionally trigger cravings. Before you start Atkins, determine what you'll do if you do have a craving - perhaps take a walk, call a friend or read a book....whatever you know will take your mind off of the craving and allow you time and space needed to get past it.
10. Determine what supplements you'll need to be taking. Because the first two weeks in Induction require the elimination of particular foods, that will be later re-introduced, but for the time being are "no-no's" you'll need to consider an assortment of supplements to insure you're getting all the nutrients your body will need to be healthy.
11. Have a blood workup done by your doctor to establish your starting cholesterol, sugar and other blood levels. This will provide a baseline for you as you follow Atkins. It will provide milestones of blood levels improving for you to have tangible results to see not only in what is seen on the outside of your body in terms of weight, but also what's happening on the inside that's good for your long-term health.
12. Talk to your doctor about the types of medication you may be taking and how dosage may change as you lose weight. Many medications are prescribed based on weight and lifestyle!
13. Keep a journal from day one. Whether your journal is hand-written or an online journal, this is a great way to keep track of what you're eating each day and will allow you, over time, to understand which foods (if any) cause you to stall or lose more slowly than you can. It would be good to purchase a nice, pocket-size food journal that can go with you everywhere.
14. Drink lots of water! Atkins, during the initial phases, places your body into a state of burn your dietary and body fat for fuel rather than the sugars from carbohydrates. By insuring your drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of plain water a day plus an additional 8 oz for every 25 pounds you need to lose, you'll keep the ketones produced in the fat burning process flushed from your body.
15. Print three copies of the Acceptable Foods List (What foods can be eaten on Induction?). Place one in your purse or wallet for reference, place one on your refrigerator and keep one handy at work. Use the list while you're out in restaurants, shopping at the market or when you're not sure what is allowed and what isn't.
16. Measure everything you eat religiously the first two weeks. This will help you learn how large a portion is that is acceptable on Atkins. Because you're measuring, you'll better know how many carbs are in everything you're eating and those things that have no carbs at all.
17. Count every last 0.1g of carbs! The trace carbs, those that are just 10th's of a percent of one gram add up if you're not counting them!
18. Have access to a carb gram counter! Not all foods are labeled to tell you how many carbs are really in a given serving. Because the labeling laws are such that servings containing less than 0.5 g or 1 g carbohydrate may be listed on the label as "0 g" or "less than 1 g", respectively, you need to know where "hidden" carbs are - like in heavy cream (0.42 net carbs per tbsp). Two good carb gram counters online are FitDay and the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
19. Find support for your new way of eating! By utilizing online support boards you can ask questions, get help and even "show off" your weight loss to the community online!
20. Take a "before" photo on day one. This will give you perspective when you're losing over the short and long-term of how much weight you are losing. Often when we're losing, because we see ourselves everyday, we do not "see" the weight loss for how dramatic it really is -- having a photo to compare your "new" you to definitely helps you to see the difference!
21. Don't worry about fats during Induction! Set aside your disbelief for two weeks and include fats from butter, olive oil, salad dressings, etc. in your diet without trying to limit them or follow something "low-fat"....this will be counter-productive to the ketosis process your body is in.
22. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the aisles wherever possible! Along the perimeter you'll find your acceptable dairy products, meats, cheeses and vegetables! Aisle shop only when you must.
23. Read every label carefully when buying food....check the carbohydrate total and the dietary fiber listed to understand if an item is allowed. For the most part, the first two weeks include few "pre-packaged" items - but those items that are packaged and with labels should be read carefully.
24. Avoid all low-carb and controlled-carb products made to replace the regular, high-carb items you're avoiding.....bread, candy bars, pancakes, muffins, cereals, etc......once you're past Induction and on your way to goal, use these products as occasional treats!
25. Exercise! Even if you only go for a short walk each night, begin to introduce some form of exercise into your day. Exercise is not only good for you because it gets you moving - it helps you burn more fat even when you've stopped moving! Muscles, after being exercised, continue to burn calories and keep metabolism levels higher than when you haven't exercised at all. In addition, new muscle will be built, providing tone to your body as you're losing weight.
26. Spread your carbs out throughout the day! Don't eat all 20g in one sitting, but enjoy them throughout your day....this will help your body adjust to the lower amount of carbs you're eating and also satisfy your desire for carbs initially.
27. Prepare yourself for nay-sayers and those who will tell you this way of eating will not work, is dangerous or will harm your health. This is something you WILL encounter and it's best to just not get defensive about it. Stick to your way of eating if it's working for you and let the naysayers naysay.
28. Prepare yourself for saboteurs - those who will actively look to sabotage your efforts to lose weight. Not every saboteur is obvious - so be prepared to stand your ground and eat what you're allowed and not fall to the temptation to take "just one bite" of something not allowed on the plan....long-term passing the temptations by is so worth it for your health and well-being!
29. Start on a day that will allow you to get through the "detox" period (about three days) without distractions - a Thursday is usually a good start day since the weekend will allow you rest to get past the "headachy" feeling you'll experience as your body rids itself of the glucose in your system and switches to fat burning will get a headache, just be prepared for it!
30. Write down all the reasons you want to lose weight. Keep this list of reasons somewhere handy and refer to it when you're tempted to eat things not allowed at this point in time....having your own personal list of reasons at the ready, in black and white, can be a very strong motivator to say "no" to whatever it was you were thinking about eating if you stop for a moment, read your list and give it some thought before eating whatever it was you wanted to eat.
31. Enlist the help of a friend, if you can. Often losing weight and sticking to a plan is easier as a "team" - if you have a good friend you can do this with, you can help and support each other as you both progress through the different phases and reach your goals together.
32. Establish "short term goals" for yourself, with rewards for when you reach these short-term goals! No matter how much you have to lose, having a number of smaller milestones along the way will help keep you motivated - especially if you have a reward you'll give yourself at each successful milestone!
Maybe reward yourself with that book you want to read at your first 5 pound loss, the cool earrings you saw at the mall at the next 5 pound loss, the smaller size sweater at the next 5 pound loss, etc.....whatever you decide are milestones and your rewards are up to you - but reward yourself along the way without rewarding yourself with food.
33. Plan something "big" for when you reach your long-term goal weight....maybe a trip somewhere, or a special outfit, or a day at the spa - again, whatever you decide will work for you - it's your reward for sticking with it and seeing the plan through to your goal weight.
34. Keep track of "cheat-free days" - if necessary establish rewards for staying course for a set number of days (say, 90 days cheat free - three months) and let each day you don't cheat be one day closer to your reward.....and one day closer to your goals.
35. Do this ONLY for you. Only if you start a new way of eating for you will it work long-term....if you're looking to lose weight to please someone else, you'll never be happy with your loss since it wasn't for you.
36. Realize this isn't a "diet" - it's a way of eating (WoE) and a way of life (WoL). While you may begin this way of eating as a diet, it needs to evolve into your long-term way of eating for long-term success. You won't be in Induction forever and many of the things you're not eating now can and will be re-introduced into your way of eating later as you progress into Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance and Maintenance.
37. Record how much you lose the first two weeks on Atkins - this is the strongest predictor of how many carbs you'll be able to ramp-up to incrementally long-term. If you know how much you lost in your first two weeks, you'll have a good idea of how many carbs you'll be able to re-introduce into your way of eating for the long-term. You'll learn more about that when you're moving forward though!
38. Educate yourself as you go - learn more about the Glycemic Index and the Glycemic Load. Read up on the latest research available about low-carb eating. Learn about your metabolism and how it makes and uses energy from what we eat. Read about other low-carb plans etc. Remember, knowledge is power!
39. Ask questions! Part of learning is asking questions...finding answers. Low-carb is very different than how many have been taught to eat, and when you have a question, it's best to ask and find out why you're doing or eating something rather than just do it and not know why. Not only is the internet a great place to find information, but the message boards are filled with veterans of this way of eating who are happy to answer your questions.
40. BRAG! When you're losing - brag about it....don't be afraid to say "I did it - look at me go!!
posted 19 Feb 2015, 06:52
Prayer( from "Womans World ")
Dear God, I surrender my body and my weight loss to your devine care and love. I ask that you remove all excess and unnecessary weight from my body.Return my body to its most health and balanced state. Give me eating habits that support my health and life energy.And finally teach me to love my boby and to care for it from this day forth. Thank you Lord. Amen
posted 09 Jan 2012, 08:29
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