Joined January 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
170.0 lb
Lost so far: 21.0 lb

Current Weight
149.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
140.0 lb
Still to go: 9.0 lb
I am a Critical Care Registered Nurse in a busy trauma ICU. I am also a Certified Life Coach and a Reiki Master. I love spending time with my amazing husband whether we're hanging out, playing guitar, taking walks, or laughing at our cats.

I have been riding and training horses for most of my life and consider that to be my greatest passion. However, I do find much enjoyment in cooking, practicing yoga, helping people in all aspects of life, and working on my website.

I am a very goal oriented person and am constantly evaluating and re-evaluating my goals and and my achievements. I am once again on the weight loss journey. About 4 years ago I went from 160 lbs to 117 lbs in about one year. I felt and looked fabulous. Then....life happened and I went through a divorce, my parents moved 1800 miles away, and I was working 4 jobs.

I was still fairly lean, but the pounds gradually crept back. After meeting my wonderful husband, I really relaxed how I ate and now I am back to where I started 4 years ago plus 10 lbs. My husband loves me and loves my body no matter what size I am or what I weigh.

My wake up call was January 6, 2012 when I stood on the scale at my doctor's and it read 171 lbs. I felt ashamed and disappointed that I let myself fall back into old habits and that I was treating my body with such disregard. My body has been good to me now I must be good to it.

So here I am. Ready to get back on track and ready to slay the demons that I have allowed to sabotage my once healthy lifestyle and body.

koffeebean7's Weight History

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  Atkins Followers for 2012 Unite!!
status: Completed
ended: 09 Apr 12
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last weighin: losing 1.1 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 2.3 lb a week Down
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koffeebean7's Cookbook

cals: 274kcal | fat: 17.27g | carbs: 1.08g | prot: 24.15g
Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce
Creamy, tangy pork chops that will satisfy any hunger.
cals: 259kcal | fat: 19.09g | carbs: 5.73g | prot: 14.40g
Not Your Mama's Chicken Soup
This new twist on an old goody is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
cals: 261kcal | fat: 10.78g | carbs: 9.71g | prot: 24.84g
Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Sauce
A decadent creamy chicken dish that everyone will love.
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help i cant stop eating.
Food can be an addiction for some people...I certainly know it is my drug of choice. However, unlike other addictions where you have to stop to live, we have to eat to live. I was addicted to bar foods, fried foods, battered foods, cheesy doughy goodness. And like you, I love the way food tastes, feels in my mouth, and how I feel eating it. I could eat until nausea would set in and be hungry an hour later. It truly becomes an addiction and your brain's chemistry changes to make you want more of an unhealthy thing (this was apparent in the documentary Super Size Me).

I went cold turkey and cut out all flour, sugar, all wheat products, all starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, corn, etc). It was torture the first week. My body was almost going through withdrawal as it began to detox from all of the garbage I had been putting into it.

I began to eat lean meats, fish, chicken, and (mostly green) veggies. I made sure to add enough fat and protein. Protein to keep me satisfied (it also speeds up metabolism) and fat to protect my organs and to aid in fat burning. Veggies were added for fiber (I also take a fiber supplement). I feel comfortably full at around 1100 to 1200 cals per day.

Food addiction comes in many shapes and sizes and IS THE hardest addiction you will ever conquer. Hang in there...this is a process.
posted 04 Feb 2012, 19:38

I re-linked the site...sorry about that.
posted 04 Feb 2012, 11:20
I'm on Atkins and I use coconut oil everyday. If I don't use it in cooking, I melt it and take in as a shot lol! It melts at greater than 75 F. I also use coconut mil but watch how much. I measure everything...you can mix coconut milk and heavy cream together. Check out www.coconutresearchcenter.org for more great info!
posted 03 Feb 2012, 19:10
Don't Judge Until You Read
Thank you everyone for keeping this thread going and offering very valuable information and your points of view. We do have so much to learn about the benefits of certain foods, ways of eating, cultural variations, etc. I chose the high fat low protein approach as a way to get started and it was very successful (I also chose that due to many food intolerances and have never felt better). I am at a new phase now and have tweaked my original diet to incorporate lean protein/fish and more veggies. I still keep my net carbs under 20 per day and stay far far away from any wheat product or starchy carb (again, GI issues and allergies). I prefer raw honey if I sweeten anything as opposed to artificial sweeteners.

So, please keep posting info and links so that we all can learn!

posted 03 Feb 2012, 18:56
anyone else having problems with portion counting in restaurants?
When you get used to what certain foods feel and look like after measured at home, you will have a better idea when you go out. Anytime that I am going out, I preview the menu and decide ahead of time what I am going to eat, look it up, log it and stick to my plan. I even include apps and drinks. If you can't look up a menu, then stick to lean meats, veggies, naked wings with sauce on the side, salads with grilled meat, clams or mussels. And just eat until you are comfortable or immediately cut your meal in half and box the other half to go. Just watch out for hidden sugars and starches. It does get easier the more you practice it!
posted 02 Feb 2012, 00:46
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