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Old 06-19-2009, 09:08 AM   #991
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Is it the "free weight loss plan?" Don't see a test as such. Found it-have to sign up. Not much of a test...

WAIT!!It has my reasonable weight as 229-289!! I'll take it!!

Since I 'crave" all the stuff, she has me at 40 carbs, 30 fat, 30 protein
That can't be the weight. Mine came out what it always is and you are 1/2" taller. Maybe you need to take the test over to make sure.
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Yeah, she gives you a general idea and then gives you the good stuff if you join her online membership. I got a free 30 day trial by purchasing her DVD, so I signed up. We'll see. I need to get ink for my printer so I can print out the recipes.

As for the gambling, I live in Las Vegas. So free drinks and buffets are a stone's throw away. We seldom go to the casinos on our own (only when out-of-town guests come to visit). We're going to stay at a local casino for my birthday I think (they have locals discounts). We do have some amazing restaurants here.

One of our friends is from PA. Her father lives in a log cabin he built himself. She really misses the east coast.

I'm back on Fit Day. I created a new login so I could start from scratch. It really is important to document what we're eating or doing.

I am going to have surgery in about 3 months (hysterectomy and bladder lift). I have read on the LC boards that low-carb WOE is very good for faster recovery. Fortunately I've had kids, so I don't need to be cut open to perform the surgery. Hopefully there will be some good movies on TV while I'm recovering - which I think should be no more than a week.
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This time the reasonable weight came out 125-158. As you know, I have been hovering between 155 and 158 for 4 months. I put my height as 5'8" because I couldn't put 5'' 7.5" so my numbers will be a bit less. I can't imagine weighing 125. At my lowest, when I was around 19, I weighed I think 129 and I was THIN. It was great!

At my thinnest lately with Atkins I was 138 (for about a week...) and I truly loved the way I looked-I was toned at the time, too. However, some people told me I looked too thin.

Annette, good luck on your surgery. I'm sure you'll do fine.

****** is a must for me, even on bad days, which I think the next few will be. I get a little obsessive with it, but that's better than not doing it. I've been journalling since I started WW in 2000.
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Annette:
Keep us posted on Jillian's recommendations and if it seems to work for you.
Seems to me that if you can do the workouts, her diets will work well too.
If you can't do her power excercising (that would be me) then the extra carbs would be disasterous.

What lead to you needing a hysterectomy and bladder lift? Heavy periods? We are the same age, just wondering.

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How long ago (years) was it since you've been 138? Is that when you were home and exercising? I bet you weren't into so many social events back then too. For every decade 10 yrs - I gained 10 lbs since I've been in high school. Graduating weight: 118. Back then, I was complaining about my thighs I should have had lyposuction back then rather than go thru being angst about it for 20 yrs!
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I've had frequent Urinary Tract Infections since I was in my mid 20's. My bladder is situated where it won't empty out all the way - so it's a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The position has gotten worse with time (and I'm sure having two 8.5 pound kids didn't help). He's taking the uterus and cervix out to lessen the possiblity of the bladder falling again. Apparently, the bladder is pulled up and a sling is created from a collagen-like substance and stitched into the body (kinda creepy). I went to a doctor years ago and was told I was just one of those people who got frequent UTI's and to take cranberry pills. This surgery should have been done 15 years ago - darn!
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I was 138 in Dec of 2004/Jan 2005. Yup I was home and exercising plus I had other outside things I was dealing with that I just didn't want to eat. Pretty much the same social stuff, I think...Tonight I am eating everything in sight..

When I graduated hs, 1964 I think I was 134 and of course thought I was fat.
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Fit Day is quite revealing. My fat percentage is crazy! Does anyone else have a hard time finding foods on the site? I usually have to google the food and find in on another similar site.

We're taking the boys back to California tomorrow. My husband is exhausted. But at the same time, it's going to be sad seeing them go home.
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I'm on day 6 and have lost 6.5 pounds. I sure hope it continues. My only problem is that I have a hard time deciding what to do for lunch. I take my lunch to work and I don't want salad every day....
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Do you have a fridge and microwave at work? I usually cook an extra portion of meat the night before and take it to work the next day with a side salad or other vegetable. Or I have meat for breakfast, and have deviled eggs and a side salad or vegetable for lunch. I really like romain and spinach, so fortunately, I haven't gotten burned out on salad.

One of my coworkers make a crustless quiche on Sunday night and separates the pie into portions for a quick breakfast or lunch. Snacks are important to plan out too.


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I'm on day 6 and have lost 6.5 pounds. I sure hope it continues. My only problem is that I have a hard time deciding what to do for lunch. I take my lunch to work and I don't want salad every day....

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I'm on day 6 and have lost 6.5 pounds. I sure hope it continues. My only problem is that I have a hard time deciding what to do for lunch. I take my lunch to work and I don't want salad every day....


I make hot meals on Sunday and bring them in to work and re-heat them for Monday and Tues and if I cook dinner the night beefore. Some days I go out to eat and order seafood and veggies or any other Atkins friendly food.

If you don't have a microwave or hotplate, deviled eggs, nitrate free deli meat, cheese, canned tuna, cornbeef. It's hard to stay away from salads, though, because basically meat, cheese, eggs and salad are the mainstay durning induction and you'll see your good results continue. The hot veggie is ususally saved for dinner. Though the salads seem boring, think of all the delicious meat and seafood that is unlimited w/butter!

Every diet is a trade off. It depends on what foods you can't live without and those that you will sacrifice for the sake of health and wellness.

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Hi Girls!
We were quiet yesterday. Donna, you musta been baaaddddd at your Red Hat meeting.

I worked my tuff off at the gym yesterday and considered it a Linda Spa day instead of drudgery. Did not clean at all.

Did 4 mins on eliptical - no resistance
Did 20 mins - 3.8 miles per hour on treadmill (about 1.10 miles)
Worked the upper and lower machines for about 45 mins or longer
Swam 4 laps - freestyle and breaststroke
Laid down in sauna and meditated for 15 mins. (that felt gooood)
Showered

I was very tired when I left the gym. Had a couple of sips of Gin and Diet tonic later last night and passed out on lazy boy!

Weight is at 141 this morning. Yesterday, I dug out my DANDR book and was browsing different phases and his comment on exercise.

What has been weighing on my mind (pardon the pun) is so many people in person and internet exercise experts say you need CARBS to exercise. According to Dr Atkins, his plan is great for exercising because you have more endurance than someone that is high carbing - per a test that was run.
Dr Atkins says if you don't have fat when you exercise and eat low fat and high carbs - you lose muscle. Yet, alot of people say that you need carbs to save your muscle. Very contradictory.

Annette: Did you get Jillian's meal plan online yet? If so, what's it look like? I think you and Donna scored the same. I'm surprised that Jillian has me at higher protein and fat - 50 protein, 30% fat, 20% carbs. But still, how much carbs is 30% compared to what I'm already eating?

While I was surfing the internet, I decided to look up the best exercises for hour glass figure women. That is, if you chest size is about the same as your hips and this woman said this:

Cardio (fast walking no incline, elipical - no resistance, swimming)
with Weight training for both the upper and lower body.

She advocated to eat fruit or a good carb right after exercise but never eat a carb until after you exercise. See what I mean? Another one that says to carb if you exercise.

What are everyone's thoughts here on this thread about that?

My Food:
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Snack: cheese stick
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Dinner: Crockpot pork with Rosemary, Sage, Magoriam, Savory olive oil rub, 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup buttered cabbage noodles
Later: By now now my body is wanting me to make up for low calories before workout - hungry.
. 10 walnuts, 1 pk Atkins Peanut Butter cups

I'll do ****** to see where I stood yesterday. I don't mind doing ****** when I have a simple menu but when I have casseroles or indian meals - it drives me nuts to do ******. Getting lazy, I guess.
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My ****** figures for yesterday:

Calories: 1865 (eek)
Fat: 126g (eek)
Carb: Net 18 (gross 27) - Fiber: 9 grams
Protein: 146 grams (eek)

Fat: 61%
Prot: 33%
Carb: 6%

I feel like I'd better do Jillian's DVD on Target Zones today and do what I can. Just her cardio 10 min warm up tires me out! Though my center thigh muscles are getting larger, my inner and outer thighs are still fatty and wiggly. :::sigh::: I would like to know how to firm the inner and outer thigh.

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Well, my four-day eat fest has ended and I am doing the fat fast today, as well as I can. I just ate and ate, not sure why. I am afraid to weigh and of course I have the wedding Friday that I wanted to get into a suit I've never worn. Haven't tried it on yet.

At the party last night, I didn't eat or drink any more than anyone else, but of course it was all the carbs and sugar. Again, I don't know how to write it down.

I also can't get back into the swing of exercise. I don't seem to be able to do it for more than a week. I am disappointed in myself, but can't seem to talk myself into doing what I know I shoud do. I'm just so tired...

Sunbum. Great loss! How much do you want to lose? Tell us about yourself.

Linda, if you figure out how to firm the inner thigh, let me know!
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WHAT SHAPE ARE YOU?

What Shape Are You?

Have you ever noticed that your body shape is quite different from that of your best friend, sister, or coworker? Have you been wondering why some people have that hourglass figure, while others are more pear-like in appearance? Well, this is because every man and woman is born with a specific body type and body shape. Depending upon your genetics, as well as your exercise routine and diet, your body shape may be quite different from those around you. Not everyone likes the body type or shape that they are born with, but there are ways to make the most of what you have. Here are some tips on how to identify your body type and shape as well as how to sculpt it with the best possible exercises.

What is Body Type?

Everybody is born with a different body type. This is why every man and woman has a different body shape, and develops different levels of body fat and muscle mass. Your body type is completely determined by genetics. You will probably share the same body type as one of your parents, or your sister or brother. Because body type is a genetic trait, it is usually very difficult or impossible to change body types.

The Three Body Types
There are three different body type classifications:

Endomorphs: Endomorphs tend to have bigger bones that the other body types. These men and women usually have round faces with larger thighs and hips. Endomorphs have arms and legs that tend to be short and tapering, giving them a stocky appearance. Most endomorphs have comparatively small hands and feet and a high waist. Additionally, endomorphs have higher levels of body fat than the other body types, but they can also build muscle and lean mass easily. Weight loss is most difficult for the endomorph body type.

•Mesomorphs: Mesomorphs are usually described as having an athletic build. They often have an hourglass or ruler shape, and gain muscle mass easily. The majority of mesomorphs have broad shoulders and a narrow waist. They have a fast metabolism and can lose weight more easily than endomorphs.

Ectomorphs: Ectomorphs have a thin, linear appearance. Most ectomorphs look like rulers, with narrow waists, hips, and shoulders. Ectomorphs can lose weight easily and tend to have low levels of body fat. However, they also have a harder time gaining lean muscle mass.
Few people actually fall distinctly into one category. Instead, it is much more likely that you will be a combination of the body types. Common combinations include ecto-mesomorph and endo-mesomorph.

What is Body Shape?
In addition to your body type, you will also find that you have a distinct body shape. Your body shape is based upon the size of your physical features and the overall balance of your body. Men and women tend to have different body shapes. Men are often described as having a rectangular shape or a cone shape. Women are typically described as having hourglass, pear, apple, or ruler body shapes.

Determining Your Body Shape
Before you can perform the right exercises for your body, you need to determine which type of body shape you have.

•Hourglass: Women with an hourglass shape are often envied by all of their friends. This is because hourglasses have well-proportioned upper and lower bodies, with a distinctively narrow waist. However, if you are an hourglass, you may find that you tend to gain weight all over your body, particularly in your hips and chest area. Hourglasses tend to be endomorphs or mesomorphs.

•Pear: Pear-shaped women tend to have larger lower bodies and smaller upper bodies. If you are a pear, you will find that your hips are slightly wider than your shoulders and that you tend to gain weight below your waist. Pears usually have small chests and flat stomachs. Most pears are mesomorphs.

•Apple: Apples are generally bigger on the top half of their bodies than on the bottom half. They commonly have slim hips and a large chest and stomach. Apples tend to gain weight above the waist or along the backside. The majority of apples are mesomorphs or endomorphs.

•Ruler: Women with a ruler shape tend to be waif-like and slim. Rulers have no large differences between the size of their hips, waists, and shoulders. Rulers tend to put on weight in their stomach and backside, while maintaining slender arms and legs. Most rulers are ectomorphs.


Making the Most of Your Shape

Though you may not be 100% satisfied with your body type or shape, there are ways that you can help to make the most of your body's characteristics. Here are some exercises that you can perform to will aid in toning your body, whatever your shape.

If you are an Hourglass

If you are have an hourglass figure, then you should be focusing on both cardio and resistance exercises. Cardio will assist in keeping your weight in check, while resistance exercises will help to maintain balance between your upper and lower body. Vary your repetitions and keep your resistance weights light so as not to build too much muscle mass. Here are some great exercises that you may want to try:

•slow jogging
•stationary biking (with light resistance)
•jumping jacks
•swimming
•bicep curls, shoulder presses, and squats

If you are a Pear
If you are a pear you will want to focus on exercises that will balance out the top half of your body with the bottom half of your body. You will also want to try to thin down your lower half. To achieve this, focus on aerobic activities that work out your lower body, and resistance exercises that will build your upper body. Use light weights and perform high repetitions of exercises. Some great activities include:

•walking
•cycling (with low resistance)
•elliptical training
•jumping rope
•leg lifts and dips
•push ups, chin ups, and shoulder presses


If you are an Apple'

If you are an apple, you will want to focus on aerobic training in order to slim down and lose body fat. By working on the lower half of your body, you can help balance out your chest and shoulders. Look to perform exercises that are low-resistance and involve low repetitions, such as:

•stairclimbing
•walking on an incline
•running
•leg squats, leg presses, and deadlifts

If you are a Ruler'

If you are a ruler, you will be able to perform pretty much any activity you want to. Perform cardio activities to help you lose weight in problem areas, such as the buttocks and stomach. You will especially want to build muscle mass through resistance exercise. To ensure that you build a symmetrical body shape, all of the muscle groups should be emphasized and routinely given a workout. Focus on:

•stretching
•sit-ups
•step classes
•spinning
•walking or jogging on an incline
•squats
•bench presses and shoulder presses
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Linda, if you figure out how to firm the inner thigh, let me know!
See below for exercise routines for body shapes. Can't hurt, I'll try anything once and twice if I like it!

Maybe your 4 day splurge is relative to your grandson? Are you an emotional eater? Stress is a main cause of going off plan or not wanting to exercise. Take each day as it comes.

My daughter and husband are rulers. And their shape too! My dog and I are build similarly - she has a kick butt rear!

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As you can see from my waist and ab increase, the higher carbs may not be for me. Although maybe its TOM bloat.

I was comparing a photo from a few years ago when I lost weight on a low fat diet. My face was very thin, but my clothes/pants/jeans size a 10. Now, at the same weight, I have a healthy face, but my clothes/pants size is 6 and jeans is 8. Isn't that weird? Darn! I wish I could find the measurements from that first time.

I did lose a pound this week, back down to 131. (I can't believe I was at 129 and screwed up!)

30% carbs isn't a lot, considering what other people eat, but it's in the 100 - 120 carb range. But I've been sneaking in bad foods with the boys here - mini cupcake, chinese food. And BTW, Jillian is not a fan of low carb. But she is a fan of lower carb and healthy food. Still, I don't seem to be doing so well with the increase in carb intake.
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30% carbs isn't a lot, considering what other people eat, but it's in the 100 - 120 carb range. But I've been sneaking in bad foods with the boys here - mini cupcake, chinese food. And BTW, Jillian is not a fan of low carb. But she is a fan of lower carb and healthy food. Still, I don't seem to be doing so well with the increase in carb intake.
You may have to give it time. Right now your body is adjusting to the higher carb and is overreacting. Besides, it could be TOM working against it.

Could you give a sample menu of what Jillian says to eat for your percentages?

With the amount of exercising you do, if you stay pure on her diet, it may just work. Does she advocate GOOD carbs (fruits, whole grain, veggies?)

From everything I've read, the low fat/high carb diet is not good for your insulin or health in general. But what is considered high? Of course, a majority of people would disagree but there has been enough studies to show that it doesn't curb the appetite (the other way around) and people bloat up with water weight plus the obesity rate has climbed since the newest USDA food pyramid was set forth.

Reading the Adkins DANDR book - once you find your critical carb level by slowly adding back the carbs - you can have the good carbs. It's just hard to even get to that point when it seems like Induction and OWL - it's still hard to lose.

I think I have Candida overload now - 2 sets of strong antibiotics in April for bronchitis would trigger that. I am still coughing up yellow - it's like a sinus infection now. Candida can aggravate allergies big time. To get candida under control: I would have to eliminate cheese, vinegar (salad dressing) for starters. Eliminating cheese would help in weight loss but it does stave off hungry for me. What to do?

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I looked on ****** to see WHEN I hit 139 lbs and what I ate 2 days prior (that's as far as I can go back because I didn't log in for a while)

I was 139 on 5/24 - a day before I joined the gym

5/22:
******:

Calories: 861
Fat: 50 g
Carbs: 15 g
Prot: 84 g

Fat: 53%, Protein: 41%, Carbs: 6%


5/23:
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Calories: 1096
Fat: 63 g
Carb: 49.8 (WOW!)
Prot: 81 g

Fat: 52%, Protein: 32%, Carbs: 18%

The common denominator: lower calories!!! 1 day was low carb, the next day before the weight in was high carb.

Reminds me of that JUDD diet where you have up days and down days of eating w/calories.

I looked on our thread - I was doing Protein Power then - On 5/23 I went over in the carbs. I believe it was 30 grams per day. 10g for B, L and Dinner. Interesting...now I wonder if building up my muscles bumped up the scale since I seemed to go up from 139 since then or was it the extra carbs/lower calorie?

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Yeah, Jillian's all about organic vegetables, fruits, grains and meats. No corn syrup, white rice, processed foods. And she mentioned the candida holding up the weight loss (like Adkins). I'm going to have to keep an eye on that. I have to be on antibiotics until my surgery.

And you're right. I need to be pure and stick to it - and I have not (bad Annette).

BTW - Jillian said she noticed some of the men and women on Biggest Loser were doing everything right and still adding weight. She asked a bariometric (sp?) metabolism and body chemistry specialist about this. The doctor said to add electrolytes to the contestants diets. She did, and they started losing weight instead of hanging onto and producing (puffing up with) extra blood and water.

Here's a sample menu.

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Breakfast
Waffle with Berries and Cottage Cheese with Nuts
Cottage Cheese and Chopped Walnuts
Whole Grain Waffle with Berries
Calories: 433

Lunch
Turkey Salad with Peanut Sauce and String Cheese
Turkey Salad With Peanut Sauce
Low-Fat String Cheese
Calories: 419

Snack
Parmesan Popcorn
Calories: 105

Dinner
Asian Shrimp Salad with Glass of Milk
Asian Shrimp Salad
Glass of Milk
Calories: 502

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Old 06-21-2009, 08:47 PM   #1011
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Yeah, Jillian's all about organic vegetables, fruits, grains and meats. No corn syrup, white rice, processed foods. And she mentioned the candida holding up the weight loss (like Adkins). I'm going to have to keep an eye on that. I have to be on antibiotics until my surgery.

And you're right. I need to be pure and stick to it - and I have not (bad Annette).

BTW - Jillian said she noticed some of the men and women on Biggest Loser were doing everything right and still adding weight. She asked a bariometric (sp?) metabolism and body chemistry specialist about this. The doctor said to add electrolytes to the contestants diets. She did, and they started losing weight instead of hanging onto and producing (puffing up with) extra blood and water.

Here's a sample menu.

Balanced Oxidizer

Breakfast
Waffle with Berries and Cottage Cheese with Nuts
Cottage Cheese and Chopped Walnuts
Whole Grain Waffle with Berries
Calories: 433

Lunch
Turkey Salad with Peanut Sauce and String Cheese
Turkey Salad With Peanut Sauce
Low-Fat String Cheese
Calories: 419

Snack
Parmesan Popcorn
Calories: 105

Dinner
Asian Shrimp Salad with Glass of Milk
Asian Shrimp Salad
Glass of Milk
Calories: 502
Is this from her book or her website diet plan?

Are you going to start her plan?

Guess what? Got my daughter to do Jillian's Target Zone DVD with me tonight. She quit 3/4 of the way thru - so did I. I had to leave the weights go and just do the moves. Stomach crunches were easy, couldn't get down too far for the lunges (knee weakness) and the lying flat on your back and raising your legs up - forget it - with my lower back. Daughter and I were sweating like 2 pigs in a poke!

I got my DD to admit this is a kick butt video but she said "you already knew that". I wanted Miss Fit and Trim to try it and tell me what she thought.

So, Annette, if you can do her entire workout straight - kudos to you.

I will use the sections of the legs and butt in my selection of the menu because I think the lunges w/side kicks are great for saddlebags. After that workout, I thought I'd see firmer thighs, tho, NOPE -looks the same to me. Oh well...

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I've been doing 30 Day Shred Level 1. And I've done No More Trouble Zones. I haven't opened the Metabolism DVD yet.

I really like her meals, but I am very hesistant to go that high on the carbs. I reread Dr. Atkins Revolution today on the drive to CA and back. Based on how much I lost during induction, it doesn't sound like I should be adding too many carbs if I want to continue to lose weight. But Jillian says the last 10 pounds are "vanity" pounds, and reasonable calorie intake combined with exercise is what it takes to get to the desired goal.

However, she says a calorie is a calorie, and Dr. Adkins says a calorie is not a calorie. Dr. Schwarzbein agrees with Dr. A.

Exercise and not eating processed foods is a good thing - so that's all I know for sure right now.
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I've been doing 30 Day Shred Level 1. And I've done No More Trouble Zones. I haven't opened the Metabolism DVD yet.

I really like her meals, but I am very hesistant to go that high on the carbs. I reread Dr. Atkins Revolution today on the drive to CA and back. Based on how much I lost during induction, it doesn't sound like I should be adding too many carbs if I want to continue to lose weight. But Jillian says the last 10 pounds are "vanity" pounds, and reasonable calorie intake combined with exercise is what it takes to get to the desired goal.

However, she says a calorie is a calorie, and Dr. Adkins says a calorie is not a calorie. Dr. Schwarzbein agrees with Dr. A.

Exercise and not eating processed foods is a good thing - so that's all I know for sure right now.
Annette,
I was asking if your sample menu (Mixed Metabolism) comes from her website? (the one you get a free pass for the week and then you pay)

I was surfing the internet on Carbs and if they make you fat (type in Carrbs Make you Fat) and you'll see agruments on both sides).

The thing is when I ate carbs, I ate "all" carbs - refined and whole grain and I gain weight - water and fat weight everywhere. I never just ate just GOOD CARBS. That's a self-test I've never taken. There was a website that said that whole grain carbs keeps your brain running smoothly and if you don't get enough, you can hallucinate and ruin your liver. The liver gets rid of the fats and you need to give it a rest from low carb, high fat way of eating - the website said.

Who to believe? The South Beach Diet is about Good Carbs/Low Fat and ultimately, South Beach isn't low carb after Phase I. However, I did not do well on South Beach - remember? I gained 6 lbs in 1 week and had to do Atkins 1972 Induction to get the lbs off. I also was very bored with the food and it was quasi on what to eat

My gut feeling is I need a little more carbs (especially when lifting weights and doing cardio) but how much, I don't know. I also am not sure of the calories I should aim for. 1300 -1400 is considered "norm" but I think it's very hard to do ratios like what the Zone, Jillian's Metabolism and others say and keep your calories within range.

I might just buy Jillian's book on Boost your Metabolism because I think I need just to read what she has to say to keep up my motivation even if I don't apply her methods. Although, some say on the reviews from Amazon that the book will make you paranoid. Who knows? I might hallucinate that Jillian's behind me yelling at me while I go grocery shopping.

"Vanity Pounds"? That's interesting. Probably very true but when you have a goal and you fall short, it feels like da@# failure. Like a fight between you, food and your body. I don't even care as much what the scale says so much as to get rid of this flab I see.

As far as organic -I buy some foods that are organic (meats, veggies) but the cuts of meat are small and expensive and the veggies look half-way rotten (because they don't sell well). What's wrong with rinsing your meat with water and using Veggie Wash on your fruits and veggies? Doesn't that take care of some of the pesticides? The meat with its antibiotics - doesn't that get burned out during baking, braising, grilling, frying?
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Yesterday didn't work out food-wise. Went to DD for father's Day cookout, which would have been fine without the delicious corn on the cob, bread, cheesecake and ice tea with, I believe, sugar-forgot to ask. And vodka. I am afraid to weigh, but can see the gain in my face-it seems to go there first, along with the belly.

I am heaving a big sigh...today is another day, and I have till Friday to lose 20 pounds-think I can do it??

I don't think I am any of those body types, really....
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I don't think I am any of those body types, really....
Think back when you were at your ideal weight. What body type were you?
If you have a small chest in inches (not bra cup size) and more inches from the hips down, you are a pear shape.

If your chest measurment is close to your hip measurement - you are a hourglass shape (that would be me) - regarless of your bra cup size.

If you are top heavy and have slender legs and flat butt - you are apple

If you are straight up and down - ruler.

If you're looking in the mirror, it would be like looking at your shape from the outside edge - not the fat from the core of your body. I guess another way of saying it is what shape is your Bone Structure as in a silouette (sp?)

Well, my ****** from yesterday is as follows: Same weight: 141

Cal: 1279, Fat: 84g, Carbs: 23g, Prot: 100
Fat: 59%, Prot: 34%, Carbs: 7%

To lose 20lbs in a week is unrealistic. Wear one of your outfits you bought at Macy's last week. I'm sure you will look lovely and it's brand new! Wear higher heels (slims your virtual appearance) and you'll do fine. Plan on enjoying yourself and don't be self-conscience.
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Yeah, I guess I am an hourglass. It's just that I always equate that with a large bust, which I definitely don't have! But my bust measuremet is around 38", I think. But as far as the endomorph, etc. I just don't know.

No, I know I can't lose 20 pounds in 5 days-just a joke. Heck, I obviously can't lose 20 pounds in 7 months!!
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Donna,

I don't know how friendly you are with Ricardo at your office; but, could you ask him the pros and cons of that BFFM w/Venuto? I have been reading his website and the threads on BFFM and it sounds like a good program. I would like to know if it is easy to implement and calculate the foods you are allowed to have.

I know the program requires exercise on his program which I am committed to do.

These are my concerns:

1) On Atkins 4 mos - stalled on weight loss
2) Concerned about all the fats on liver - my last lab test showed liver strain.
3) Body fat: 34% - way too high
4) Cholesteral went up since Atkins while taking Zocar (to lower cholesteral)
Before Atkins: 138, Last reading in March: 213
5) Now that I am working out, concerned that without carbs, I don't have the energy to do better workouts.
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Rich says he is tweaking it, but that there is a whole dedicated thread on it here on the board that he says is a lot of help. You take calculations-BMR, etc and then figure out your percentages. It is way different from both WW and Atkins. Exercising is a huge part of it. So, you are creating a small calorie deficit, and doing the rest thru exercise.

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Donna,
Yeah, I was reading lowcarbfriends threads on it this morning. That's what peaked my interest.
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[QUOTE=atkinsgoddess;12134292]Yeah, I guess I am an hourglass. It's just that I always equate that with a large bust, which I definitely don't have! But my bust measuremet is around 38", I think. But as far as the endomorph, etc. I just don't know.
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Bust size has nothing to do with hourglass - it's you chest size and hip size - bone structure. Hourglasses are desireable and when fit are the models i.e, Marilyn Monroe is an example.
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