Joined September 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
183.0 lb
Lost so far: 54.6 lb

Current Weight
128.4 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
125.0 lb
Still to go: 3.4 lb
I'm a married 49 year old mom to three beautiful children. My weight increased but was manageable through childbearing years but once I reached my mid forties it steadily increased and I felt out of control. I tried lots of things with a low level of commitment prior to realizing that half measures really don't work for me anymore. Once I accepted that, I got the Atkins book out again and started recording EVERYTHING on Fat Secret. It took a while to get it right but with research and perseverance I was able to make adjustments and see progress. I'm perfectly happy with my eating plan today and don't intend to increase my carbs beyond my current 30 to 35 grams a day. There are so many satisfying foods to eat that don't have the health costs of excessive carbs! I'm a big believer in eating to live rather than living to eat :-)

I do feel like continuing to record my food is key for me to staying at my goal weight. I'm not resentful about that - it's just a fact of life.

Also, I know this is controversial, but in my experience physical exercise is not a weight loss tool... for me losing and maintaining weight is 100% about the food I eat. Physical activity is really important in many ways and results in feeling good and being able to do the things I want to do - but as far as losing weight it's a red herring!

One final thing - I am incredibly grateful to my husband for his kindness and support. He NEVER criticised me one time while I was overweight and he was the FIRST person to notice when I began losing. What a huge gift.

right-now-or-never's Weight History


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Pretty Mama Lopez
last weighin: losing 3.8 lb a week Down
last weighin: gaining 0.4 lb a week Up
last weighin: gaining 1.8 lb a week Up

right-now-or-never's Cookbook

cals: 134kcal | fat: 9.82g | carbs: 11.02g | prot: 2.26g
Kale Salad
A tasty recipe that is high in vitamins A, C and K, and is also moderately anti-inflammatory.
cals: 58kcal | fat: 1.06g | carbs: 3.93g | prot: 8.59g
Crustless Spinach Pie II
Healthy and delicious (and simple) spinach quiche.
cals: 202kcal | fat: 13.32g | carbs: 3.35g | prot: 15.88g
Thai Ginger Soup
A simple and easy to prepare coconut milk based soup with chicken breast strips, ginger and cilantro.
cals: 287kcal | fat: 25.02g | carbs: 3.74g | prot: 12.44g
Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup
A great low carb broccoli cheese soup that will definitely become a favorite.
cals: 220kcal | fat: 8.12g | carbs: 6.30g | prot: 30.39g
Spinach Meatball Soup
Comfort food for the Atkins diet.
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right-now-or-never's Latest Posts

meat and egg fast?
Splenda in powder form is "filled out" with ingredients that do indeed raise your blood sugar. So yes it can cause weight gain. I use liquid stevia (Skinny Girl brand but check the label - you just want erythritol and/or stevia extract) which does not do that. You can read about the sugar substitutes in the book Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. It's never steered me wrong. Good luck.
posted 16 Feb 2017, 08:37
Holiday Time
It's more successful for me to say "I could have that cookie if I chose to but it's not the only cookie on the planet... do I really want it and all that goes with it? No I don't want this one - if I still want one another time there will be another cookie." I have to look at it this way because for me the one cookie sets up a craving that is painful to get through. I'd rather not go there. But I know not everyone responds the same way to certain foods. Best wishes to all in the holiday season. May we know ourselves well enough to make the choices that will most benefit us!
posted 30 Nov 2016, 08:20
Snacking --keto diet
If you are showing positive on the strips then you are in ketosis - the levels on the strips are to do with hydration - the more water you drink the lower level the stips will show. So congrats on being in ketosis- all is well!
posted 27 Nov 2015, 09:02
sleep deprivation and carb craving
I just read this and find it to be very true for me - if I'm up too late or generally tired I'm more likely to feel hungry when really I'm just sleepy. So seeing that one of the effects of sleep deprivation is carb craving sheds some light on the phenomenon for me. Anyone else find this to be true?

"... Within the first twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation, the blood pressure starts to increase. Not long afterward, the metabolism levels go haywire, giving a person an uncontrollable craving for carbo­hydrates. The body temperature drops and the immune system gets weaker. If this goes on for too long, there is a good chance that the mind will turn against itself, making a person experi­ence visions and hear phantom sounds akin to a bad acid trip. At the same time, the ability to make simple decisions or recall obvious facts drops off severely. It is a bizarre downward spi­ral that is all the more peculiar because it can be stopped com­pletely, and all of its effects will vanish, simply by sleeping for a couple of hours."

from Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K Randall.
posted 13 Aug 2015, 10:50
After 7 Weeks Still Eating 20 Carbs only
Looks good to me too. On average I lost a little less than a pound a week... adjusting my calories down to fit my lessening needs as I lost. I found tracking everything to be the most helpful tool - then I could always figure out what adjustments I needed to make if my loss slowed down.
posted 25 Feb 2015, 08:56
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