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Old 03-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #1051
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Wow, I just now realized that I haven't had any caffeine today...this does NOT happen! I feel clearheaded and happy to know that induction is doing something positive for me.
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Thanks Steve, I need more veggies for sure. I am in love with mayonnaise...there, I said it. Mayo and I are having a hot affair

I will do as you suggest, and start posting some menus. I also have a feeling that once I hit Trader Joe's tonight and make some of the vegetable-based yumminess I saw on the Induction Food Porn threads, my calories will go down. My percentages have been 70ish% fat, 20-30% protein and 2-5% carbs. I also have a problem with eating at night, during the day is no problem, but I really want to eat at night, and realize that is going to take time to change that behavior.
Mayo is great. Continue to eat it. It is on the Induction list and it is a fat, we need fat. I never liked it before Atkins. But I have come to love it also.

I like to eat at night as well. I find that if I eat fat, it fills me up and quickly and stops my eating at night. I eat whipped heavy cream with cinnamon and splenda when I want something sweet. A piece of cheese wrapped with pepperoni or salami also satisfies without too many calories. Find a "fat" snack that works for you so you can keep you calories down. I know that sounds kinda funny, but it is what will work for you.
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Wow, I just now realized that I haven't had any caffeine today...this does NOT happen! I feel clearheaded and happy to know that induction is doing something positive for me.
Good for you. When you do at some point introduce coffee back into your diet, it is a good opportunity to get fat in the form of added coconut oil, butter or heavy cream. See what you have to look forward to.
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Trillex - thank you for the recipe... I just love recipes.

Today he picked a recipe. A mexican casserole. Was very YUMMY. He said a do again on it. Gonna add a touch of rotel next time. Doing a bunch of prep work tonight so it's done for the week and recipes go together faster. Going to Whole Foods in the morning, looking for some tuna steaks for special dinner this week.

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In my opinion, if eliminating nuts will eliminate this type of gain and help you to see your progress more clearly, then you should totally do that. But you should also be aware of the fact that this type of scale gain isn't a setback with regard to your progress toward your goal of lower bodyfat. Two pounds overnight is a fluctuation, not a fat gain.
Been super busy this week so I only just saw this. Thank you for your continual support, Trillex, it really is very much appreciated.

When I started Atkins, I told myself that I'm not gonna weigh every day and that I won't get hung up because of stalls or ridiculous overnight gains or anything like that. But now I'm so close to being out of the 200s that every little fluctuation becomes a tad bit upsetting. I just need to take a step back and distance myself from the scale - after all, I'm not only doing this WOE to lose pounds, but also to improve on my health and generally feel better about myself. Going up a flight of stairs without being out of breath is an extra benefit.

I just realised today that acording to the BMI, I'm no longer obese. That made me feel better about yoyoing between 200 and 203 for five days now. Also realised that I haven't made any coconut bark/fat bomb thing this week, so I quickly corrected that mistake - last time coconut oil helped things get moving, so maybe it'll help shed these stubborn pounds this time around as well.
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I'm glad your mother-in-law is okay, Big Stevie! The fact that they let her leave the hospital must be a good sign.
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Been super busy this week so I only just saw this. Thank you for your continual support, Trillex, it really is very much appreciated.

When I started Atkins, I told myself that I'm not gonna weigh every day and that I won't get hung up because of stalls or ridiculous overnight gains or anything like that. But now I'm so close to being out of the 200s that every little fluctuation becomes a tad bit upsetting. I just need to take a step back and distance myself from the scale - after all, I'm not only doing this WOE to lose pounds, but also to improve on my health and generally feel better about myself. Going up a flight of stairs without being out of breath is an extra benefit.

I just realised today that acording to the BMI, I'm no longer obese. That made me feel better about yoyoing between 200 and 203 for five days now. Also realised that I haven't made any coconut bark/fat bomb thing this week, so I quickly corrected that mistake - last time coconut oil helped things get moving, so maybe it'll help shed these stubborn pounds this time around as well.
Looking at the big picture, moving from "obese" BMI to "overweight" BMI is HUGE! You have extended your life expectancy and improved your overall health outlook. You should be very proud of that accomplishment! Having more years of life and better quality of life are the things that you will look back and thank yourself for, years from now.

I don't use the scale every day, but I can relate to what you're saying about looking forward to leaving the 200s. I felt like that with regard to getting into (US) size 12 jeans (which I believe is a UK size 16) -- it takes me a relatively long time to lose one clothing size, so I felt like I was right on the *edge* of a size 12 for about two months. It was extremely frustrating because I was SO close, but still too far away. As long as you keep working hard, track your food intake, and stay on plan, you'll achieve your goal. Now you're just "overweight," not "obese," so you're quite close to your goal weight. You probably won't wake up tomorrow morning at your goal weight but, if you keep working hard, you'll be there really soon.

I'm a (US) size 10 jeans now. The way I look at it, if someone had told me last March 9th (when I wore a US size 16 jeans) that I would be a size 10 today, it would seem like an impossible miracle that I would be able to change that much so *quickly*. The only reason it doesn't *feel* quick or like a miracle to me now, is because I'm living in the day-to-day process of making the changes happen and that day-to-day work makes me constantly, anxiously *expect* changes. Sometimes expectations can diminish the monumental nature of the actual achievements -- but the achievements are HUGE!

Just keep going, Straphe! Stay on plan and keep a close eye on what you're eating. You're doing great!
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I'm a (US) size 10 jeans now. The way I look at it, if someone had told me last March 9th (when I wore a US size 16 jeans) that I would be a size 10 today, it would seem like an impossible miracle that I would be able to change that much so *quickly*. The only reason it doesn't *feel* quick or like a miracle to me now, is because I'm living in the day-to-day process of making the changes happen and that day-to-day work makes me constantly, anxiously *expect* changes. Sometimes expectations can diminish the monumental nature of the actual achievements -- but the achievements are HUGE!
Awesome!

I too have some of the same feelings. I have lost around 80 pounds now and it is strange. It almost feels like it isn't real. When I look in the mirror, I don't really see that much difference. It is only when I look at pictures that I can really see the obvious differences. At this point, this is the way I eat and I will take the changes as they come. But even thought is it a huge change, it just doesn't feel that huge. Maybe it will some day or maybe not. Who knows. But I can assure you, I feel a heck of a lot better.
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I just need to take a step back and distance myself from the scale - after all, I'm not only doing this WOE to lose pounds, but also to improve on my health and generally feel better about myself. Going up a flight of stairs without being out of breath is an extra benefit.
That's what I'm trying to get my head around as well. It's like that dang scale just calls to me, but when I get on, what I get is disappointed. I took my measurements when I started and am trying to hold off on weighing or measuring myself at least until I finish induction.
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You are eating way more calories than most people do when confined to foods on the Induction list. So we need to find out where the calories are coming from. What are you eating to consume that many calories? If I had to guess, it will be coming from too large of portions of meet. If you keep your fats up, you usually have a feeling of fullness and contentment.

So, what are your percentage? If I had to guess, I would say you are too high on protein, and too low on fats.

Post some menus and we will help you get this thing sorted out and get you on track to lose all the weight you want, and still be satisfied. We got this this, we can get you losing.
Eeeeek, honesty...here's where my rubber meets the road!

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Breakfast: 4 eggs, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup red peppers, 1 oz heavy cream, 5 slices bacon, 1/2 cup shredded jack & cheddar cheese.

Lunch: 2 slices meatloaf (8 oz ground beef, 4 oz ground pork), 2 TBSP mayo, 2 TBSP shredded cheese.

Dinner: Caprese: 2 oz fresh mozzarella, 5 fresh basil leaves, 2 very small tomatoes, 1 TBSP olive oil. Cauliflower "rice": 1/2 cup shredded, raw cauliflower, 1.5 TBSP parmesan cheese, 1 TBSP green onion. 1.5 oz steamed green beans w/1.5 TBSP parmesan & juice of one lemon wedge.

Calories: 2843 Carbs: 20.5 Fat 75% Protein 22% Carbs 3%
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Today I had more veggies, some at each meal. It's 9:30PM, I've had my allotment of carbs for the day, and I want...something!

Did better in terms of calories today: 2180, and 20.5 carbs again. Fat 68% Protein 28% Carbs 3%, but this day is soooo not over... Off the top of my head, since today's food was close to yesterday, except swapped the meatloaf for 2 chicken thighs, looks like I need to cut down on cheese. Maybe then I can indulge in something with fat and Truvia.

According to the tracker I'm using, I burn 2,637 just by being alive and sitting on my expanding rump all day. Lucky me, I'm tall, that seems to be an advantage calorie-wise.
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Day four of induction! I'm getting over Induction flu! WOOT!! I kind of OD'ed on crystal light last night! =-D I made my tummy sick!My friend gifted me a GIANT ziplock of crystal lights to go. I was excited and I was trying all different flavors. I would put one to-go pack in my 23 ounce water bottle. I think I had three! I won't do that again! I've decided to still consume the CL to-go packs, but limit myself to a couple a day. I DID see a weight change/loss on the scales this morning.
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Breakfast: 4 eggs, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup red peppers, 1 oz heavy cream, 5 slices bacon, 1/2 cup shredded jack & cheddar cheese.

Lunch: 2 slices meatloaf (8 oz ground beef, 4 oz ground pork), 2 TBSP mayo, 2 TBSP shredded cheese.

Dinner: Caprese: 2 oz fresh mozzarella, 5 fresh basil leaves, 2 very small tomatoes, 1 TBSP olive oil. Cauliflower "rice": 1/2 cup shredded, raw cauliflower, 1.5 TBSP parmesan cheese, 1 TBSP green onion. 1.5 oz steamed green beans w/1.5 TBSP parmesan & juice of one lemon wedge.

Calories: 2843 Carbs: 20.5 Fat 75% Protein 22% Carbs 3%
Well it looks like you are eating pretty good in terms of the foods that you are eating and your ratios are good. Which is great news. You are just eating a lot. You just need to start ratcheting the calories back. The trick is eating less calories and still feeling satisfied and full. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day, you are on the right track, stick with it.

For the last 5 years or so, I had hypoglycemia so bad that I ate every two hours. I never let myself get hungry for fear of having my blood sugar drop too low. I didn't know what is was to be hungry. That is why I got fat. But after a couple weeks on Atkins I felt better and trusted the diet. My hypoglycemia is virtually gone now.

I shared that story because you may be eating in your old habitual ways, when in reality, your body doesn't need the same amount of food. So I would suggest for breakfast, just eat half of what you ate yesterday. 2 eggs instead of 4, two strips of bacon instead of 5, etc. and see how you feel. I bet you will feel fine. If you don't, then add in a snack mid morning and try again the next day. But at some point, you have to trust that the diet will work for you and you will feel good. I know it is a hard change, or at least it was for me.

Another suggestion would be to research coconut oil. I take a teaspoon every morning and it helps me to feel full all day and has very little calories associated with it.

You can do this!!!

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Day four of induction! I'm getting over Induction flu! WOOT!! I kind of OD'ed on crystal light last night! =-D I made my tummy sick!My friend gifted me a GIANT ziplock of crystal lights to go. I was excited and I was trying all different flavors. I would put one to-go pack in my 23 ounce water bottle. I think I had three! I won't do that again! I've decided to still consume the CL to-go packs, but limit myself to a couple a day. I DID see a weight change/loss on the scales this morning.
Welcome back to Atkins. The first couple of days can be rough, but it is really worth it. A lot of people drink crystal light, but I can't. It really messes with my blood sugar for some reason. I would suggest that you what it and see how it makes you feel. Good luck on your journey!!
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Hi,

I am just starting on Atkins. I had some success with a Paleo-type diet last year and lost about 25 lbs. I started graduate school and working as a teaching assistant this year. I've gained about 10 lbs. back after falling off the wagon due to school pressures and ignoring my eating habits. I have fatty liver disease and it is really important to me to get back to a sensible, low-carb lifestyle. My goal is to drop about 45 lbs. I've decided to try Atkins because it seems to have the best success rate and people I know who do Atkins really like it. I'm a little leery of Induction "flu"--I get very cranky and have low-energy. Any tips on how to beat that or will I just have to grin and bear it? Also I wonder why caffeine is a no-no on Induction? I'm making the switch from coffee to herbal tea in the morning. Thank you and glad I found this community. I've seen some very good posts with lots of advice.
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Welcome Indigocrush.

Yeah, the first few days are a little tough. My recommendation is that you go shopping and have plenty of Induction list foods in your house. Eat as much as you want, don't worry about calories and you will be fine. Things settle down quickly. You can do this.

The Atkins book says caffeine in moderation. Caffeine effects people differently. If it isn't a problem for you, go ahead and drink it. For some people it causes blood sugar fluctuations and can cause you to crave sugar. The best approach is to get past the induction flu and then introduce coffee back in and see how you do. If you are a serious caffeine addict, I would just cut back.
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I am just starting on Atkins. I had some success with a Paleo-type diet last year and lost about 25 lbs. I started graduate school and working as a teaching assistant this year. I've gained about 10 lbs. back after falling off the wagon due to school pressures and ignoring my eating habits. I have fatty liver disease and it is really important to me to get back to a sensible, low-carb lifestyle. My goal is to drop about 45 lbs. I've decided to try Atkins because it seems to have the best success rate and people I know who do Atkins really like it. I'm a little leery of Induction "flu"--I get very cranky and have low-energy. Any tips on how to beat that or will I just have to grin and bear it? Also I wonder why caffeine is a no-no on Induction? I'm making the switch from coffee to herbal tea in the morning. Thank you and glad I found this community. I've seen some very good posts with lots of advice.
About the induction flu... A comprehensive electrolyte supplement may help you avoid many (or most) of the symptoms. I never had any of the symptoms of "induction flu" that I've read about on the forum and I believe this is because I took a comprehensive electrolyte supplement from the very first day that I started Atkins.

Stephen Phinney, a medical researcher who co-wrote the books New Atkins for a New You and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, explains why maintaining electrolyte balance is important while on a very low-carb diet:
High carbohydrate diets make the kidneys retain salt, whereas a low carbohydrate intake increases sodium excretion by the kidney. Hunting cultures seemed to understand this, and thus their highly evolved practices of finding sodium and consuming enough of it to maintain health and well-being.

The body’s metabolism of salt is uniquely different when one is adapted to a low carbohydrate diet.

Salt and water are more efficiently excreted, which is a good thing as long as you maintain an adequate minimum sodium intake.

Ignore this lesson and you are likely to suffer the completely avoidable problems of headache, fatigue, weakness and constipation—maladies that any Inuit healer would have promptly resolved by giving you a bowl of blood soup, or meat broth made with sea ice of the proper age.


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My trainer and both of my brothers are bodybuilders, and bodybuilders typically cycle onto and off of very low-carb ketogenic diets during their "cutting" cycles -- and they have to lift very heavy weights with maximum intensity -- so they absolutely have to avoid the weakness and ill-feeling that comes at the beginning of a ketogenic diet. Bodybuilders have known, for decades, that maintaining the correct electrolyte balance can help them avoid weakness, fatigue, etc. So my bodybuilding friends and family made sure I had a good sugar-free/starch-free electrolyte supplement when I started Atkins -- and they were right, I didn't have any problems.

Jeff Volek, a researcher who also co-wrote the books New Atkins for a New You and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, explains the mechanisms behind the unfortunate effects of the loss of sodium at the beginning of a very low-carb diet:
Individuals on low carb diets often do not have enough sodium in their diets. Keto adapted kidneys excrete more sodium. In an effort to retain sodium, the body will then excrete potassium which can affect muscle protein balance negatively. This disturbed mineral management can also affect magnesium balance. Suboptimal magnesium levels in cells are linked with muscle twitches and cramps. Thus if one is not careful in ensuring adequate sodium intake this can cause problems in mineral balance in the body.

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The body will eventually re-balance the electrolytes, after a sustained period of time of being fed a very low level of dietary carbohydrates. Electrolyte supplementation is simply a way of avoiding the discomfort of the adjustment period.

I started Atkins right after I finished graduate school -- actually, the day I submitted my thesis. I also taught undergraduate composition while in graduate school so I salute you for taking care of your health while studying and teaching! It's really smart, the absolute best thing you can do for yourself.
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Day four of induction! I'm getting over Induction flu! WOOT!! I kind of OD'ed on crystal light last night! =-D I made my tummy sick!My friend gifted me a GIANT ziplock of crystal lights to go. I was excited and I was trying all different flavors. I would put one to-go pack in my 23 ounce water bottle. I think I had three! I won't do that again! I've decided to still consume the CL to-go packs, but limit myself to a couple a day. I DID see a weight change/loss on the scales this morning.
Welcome back to Atkins, Rebecca!
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About the induction flu... A comprehensive electrolyte supplement may help you avoid many (or most) of the symptoms. I never had any of the symptoms of "induction flu" that I've read about on the forum and I believe this is because I took a comprehensive electrolyte supplement from the very first day that I started Atkins.
Ah, very good advice! I will do that! Thank you for the tip. The journey begins now!
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Rebecca - Welcome glad yer with us.

Indigocrush - It might be strange but I have more engery since I started induction. I was having problems staying awake. I work 3rd shift. I'd get up make dinner, eat, and go back to bed until time to get ready for work. Now I'm up the whole time or if I get under 6 hours sleep I might take an hour nap before work. I was also taking over the counter sleeping pills which I have stopped taking. Not sure if it's one or the other or both that have made the difference.
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I have always been a 9 hour a night sleeper. Since Atkins, it is more like 6 or 7. That has been one of the big changes besides weight loss. I always tell everyone, the other benefits besides weight loss are worth the price of admission. The weight loss is just icing on the cake. My mind is clearer, my skin and hair are healthier, my hypoglycemia is all but gone, the energy level is way up. Most of these occurred for me very early on even before I lost much weight. I love all the things this WOE has done for me. The other benefits often get overlooked or are thought of as secondary. I would be on this plan if I didn't loss any weight if I had know the benefits that come with it. I think the world would be as well. I wish the government would push this plan rather than the low fat diet the espouse.
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I've been attempting to start induction the last few weeks and I've had a lot of trouble sticking with it. I can't seem to make it past 3 days...I did atkins a few years ago and lost close to 40 lbs...became pregnant...planned on going back on atkins when I was done breastfeeding (@ 1 year old)...but found out I was pregnant again when my child was 9 months old...my other child is now 8 months old and after losing all of the weight right after I gave birth I've now gained it all back and weigh as much as I did when I was 9 months pregnant...how did you guys get over the hump in induction and just GO FOR IT??
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I've been attempting to start induction the last few weeks and I've had a lot of trouble sticking with it. I can't seem to make it past 3 days...I did atkins a few years ago and lost close to 40 lbs...became pregnant...planned on going back on atkins when I was done breastfeeding (@ 1 year old)...but found out I was pregnant again when my child was 9 months old...my other child is now 8 months old and after losing all of the weight right after I gave birth I've now gained it all back and weigh as much as I did when I was 9 months pregnant...how did you guys get over the hump in induction and just GO FOR IT??
Honestly, I didn't find it difficult to start the diet and I haven't found sticking with the diet to be difficult. I think that's because I honestly ENJOY the food. My personal opinion is that a lot of people who end up quitting the diet have made Atkins into a much more difficult plan than it really needs to be. If you're a person who enjoys meat and cheese and veggies, you can easily make Atkins into a program that is pleasant and that won't leave you feeling deprived and that won't make you *wish* you could eat off-plan foods and that low-carb eating can be a long-term solution that's genuinely easy to live with and pleasant to follow.

I've personally found the Atkins diet *easy* because it's so simple (and because I really enjoy meat) -- there's an induction food list and, when I started the diet, I just picked my favorite foods from the list and stocked up on those foods and built menus around them. I've been on Atkins for ten months now -- today is my 10 month anniversary -- and my tastes have changed, because I'm quite tired of grease at this point, so I've just chosen to eat different things from the induction list to suit my current tastes. I think that making the diet into something I enjoy -- and making sure I'm eating stuff that I genuinely find delicious at every meal -- has made it easy for me to stick to the plan.

The drawback of my approach, I guess, is that I haven't lost pounds as quickly as people who tweak the diet in ways that make it work better and faster. But I feel that focusing on making the diet something effortless and that I genuinely enjoy and that I can stick with is the only way that I (personally) will be able to stay on plan and ultimately achieve my goals. Because quickly losing a lot of pounds isn't really going to help me if I'm going to eventually get sick of the diet and quit and gain back those pounds.

Unfortunately, I'm not good at being *strict* with myself so I don't think I would be able to resist temptation if I weren't genuinely enjoying the food I'm eating. So I feel that instead of thinking of the diet as something I have to *endure* in order to lose pounds -- for me, personally -- I'm better off focusing on making the diet effortless and enjoyable, and just trusting that sticking carefully to the plan in a way that I enjoy will eventually cut the fat that I need to lose.

I guess it's *easy* for me to say all of this because I've been consistently losing pounds and inches, with no problems. But I think the reason I've been losing consistently is because I've stuck with the plan -- exactly as it's written in the book -- with no straying. I've weighed and measured and tracked all of my food, so I know for a fact that I've been 100% compliant, and the diet has done what the book promised me it would do even though I don't feel like I've had to *suffer* to get those results.
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Welcome Belewbear. Is your trouble getting past day three mental or physical. If it is mental, you just have to want it more and tough it out. If it is physical, let us know the symptoms and we can help you out. In general during the first week I tell people to eat often and never let yourself get hungry. The cravings for sugar will go away quickly if you don't give your body sugar. Let us know more and we will help you get past it.
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Indigocrush - It might be strange but I have more engery since I started induction. I was having problems staying awake. I work 3rd shift. I'd get up make dinner, eat, and go back to bed until time to get ready for work. Now I'm up the whole time or if I get under 6 hours sleep I might take an hour nap before work. I was also taking over the counter sleeping pills which I have stopped taking. Not sure if it's one or the other or both that have made the difference.
More energy is surely welcome--I have trouble getting a regular 8-9 hours of sleep because of school. Some nights I might get 7, others 3. I know that isn't good for the metabolism, but there isn't any other way to get all my work done. Sometimes (like this week since it is Spring Break) I sleep in. My primary task today is to clean out the pantry and go to the grocery store with an Induction foods list. Looking forward to it!
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I just had the MOST delicious lunch! A romaine salad with a boiled egg and homemade ranch dressing. I also had pollo con queso (Induction friendly) !
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-- today is my 10 month anniversary --
WhooooHooooo! That's quite an accomplishment, as well an an inspiration. I really appreciate all your input here on this thread, you know what it's like to stick to this WOE, and provide great information. Congratulations on 10 months!
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I've been attempting to start induction the last few weeks and I've had a lot of trouble sticking with it. I can't seem to make it past 3 days...I did atkins a few years ago and lost close to 40 lbs...became pregnant...planned on going back on atkins when I was done breastfeeding (@ 1 year old)...but found out I was pregnant again when my child was 9 months old...my other child is now 8 months old and after losing all of the weight right after I gave birth I've now gained it all back and weigh as much as I did when I was 9 months pregnant...how did you guys get over the hump in induction and just GO FOR IT??
Hello and welcome belewbear44! I am new as well, 9 days on Induction as of today, so I hope you don't mind me making a suggestion as well. Do you go off-plan after a few days because you don't have Induction foods on hand, or pre-made in the fridge?

It sounds like you have lots keeping you busy with two, very young children, and if you're anything like me, when you get hungry, it's like "I gotta eat, right NOW!". If I don't have something ready to eat, I'm in trouble. (My shoe starts looking pretty tasty) I'm also learning that we need to not go longer than a few hours without eating something, even though we may not be all that hungry.

I use my crockpot a lot! Making batches of chicken that can be used in many different lunches/dinners is a lifesaver. There are several threads with Induction recipes that have been very helpful as well. People here have been very supportive, you CAN do this!
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dynaMOna makes some great suggestions. Almost everyone I know who is successful on this plan, plans ahead. It is crucial to success. I usually cook on Sunday for the week. I make something like pork shoulder, ham, steak, or pot roast. I make a huge portion that I can then eat for the entire week. Any of these meats combined with some eggs makes a good breakfast. Often I eat them with a salad for breakfast. You can mix them in a salad for lunch. You can eat them as main courses for dinner. With different sauces, it is amazing how many ways you can eat pot roast.
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WhooooHooooo! That's quite an accomplishment, as well an an inspiration. I really appreciate all your input here on this thread, you know what it's like to stick to this WOE, and provide great information. Congratulations on 10 months!
Awww, thanks! You are too kind! Honestly, I'm glad I've stuck with Atkins because I feel stronger and healthier each month. I just want to encourage everyone who's new to the diet to hang in there! It took me a really long time to finally decide to go on a diet because I was *afraid* of deprivation. But once I lost some weight and my back pain went away, I realized that food was depriving me of health and stamina and general quality of life. Living without things like bread and pasta and cakes isn't deprivation because I'm so much better off without them.
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