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Old 03-27-2013, 02:16 PM   #1171
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Hi CMCD

Welcome! I have struggled for a long time with my weight as well. I have contemplated the wls, but haven't had the guts to go check into it. I think it would be a good kick start as well, but my mom and her friends had it and it wasn't without complications or long term results. I guess it's true - we have to make a lifestyle change. I'm very obsessive about my weight and I'm trying to curb my need to know how much I weigh everyday and just go with the program and be happy that I'm sticking with it for more than a day at a time!! The folks here are very very helpful and soo kind...stay plugged in sweetie - we'll get chya through it!!

The flu should pass soon....depending on how sugared up you were prior....just hang on!! Take a tylenol if you need to!

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I'm in Durand, MI
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Chicken and pepper enchiladas are smelling so good. The cream cheese and colby jack cheese are making a nice thick sauce out of green chilies and enchilada sauce that the chicken cooked in.... can't wait to eat.
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Anyway I'm back... sorry got lost last week. The no trip to grocery just had me all out of it. Stayed on plan but it was sloppy. Didn't make me feel good and I didn't have an idea ahead of time of what was for meals. This week I'm back to super organized recipes in a seperate binder for the week, ready to go!!!
I too have been gone... I did what I said I wouldn't do, got pulled in by my scale's traktor beam, and got very upset by my lack of results. That led to a major case of the "f***k it's", and off eating whatever came in my general direction. This has actually been a good thing, since I've realized that I feel better when I'm following the Atkins WOE, and I'm not a slave to my cravings when doing Atkins, like I am right now...back addicted to sugary carbs.

I'll get myself back in the game, and as always, I appreciate everyone's support, thank you!
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Trillex!!

I'm in Durand, MI
HaHa! We're neighbors! About 50ish miles. We're so lucky, we have so much great, local produce and fresh farm products here. I'm a native Chicagoan and I feel like my small city in Michigan has a wider variety of affordable, fresh food options than the big metropolis of Chicago. Even my local Kroger is full of locally-produced meat and produce. It's wonderful!
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I really hope this Atkins flu doesn't stay on for long. It's absolutely miserable =(
Welcome!

Try taking some sugar-free/starch-free electrolyte supplements or at least drink some salty broth. Apparently, a lot of the unfortunate symptoms of the "induction flu" come from the initial loss of sodium and potassium that comes with the glycogen and water flush at the start of a low-carb diet. According to The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, the loss of sodium pulls potassium out of the muscles, which causes weakness, fatigue and general feelings of illness.
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.


http://jonnybowdenblog.com/salt-and-the-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.

http://www.apec-s.com/wp-content/upl...nforcement.pdf
However, since you were a big sugar eater, you may be having sugar withdrawal. I took a lot of sodium and supplemental electrolytes when I started Atkins and I had absolutely no fatigue or ill feeling BUT I was never a big sugar eater.

I've read in other threads on the forum that pickles help with the sugar withdrawal...? I don't know if that's true but it has apparently helped other people, so it may be worth a try.

Good luck!
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I too have been gone... I did what I said I wouldn't do, got pulled in by my scale's traktor beam, and got very upset by my lack of results. That led to a major case of the "f***k it's", and off eating whatever came in my general direction. This has actually been a good thing, since I've realized that I feel better when I'm following the Atkins WOE, and I'm not a slave to my cravings when doing Atkins, like I am right now...back addicted to sugary carbs.

I'll get myself back in the game, and as always, I appreciate everyone's support, thank you!
Welcome back, Dynamona! Don't let the mind game get to you. This is one situation where you are in completely in charge of your destiny -- if you take care of yourself and stick to your plan and say "screw it" to the challenges and the dangerously addictive foods, you will get stronger every day.

On a day-to-day basis, the scale isn't necessarily the most accurate reflection of the actual fat burning that is happening inside your body. Some people show scale losses in fits and spurts.

BUT if you aren't seeing results, are you accurately tracking your food intake? Are you measuring your portions? And are you sticking exclusively to the foods on the induction list? Sometimes double-checking the basics can help you identify and correct problems.
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Chicken and pepper enchiladas are smelling so good. The cream cheese and colby jack cheese are making a nice thick sauce out of green chilies and enchilada sauce that the chicken cooked in.... can't wait to eat.
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Hi Big Stevie,

I just read your post!! Thank you for your tips!! I have not been drinking enough water - so I started chugging yesterday and I did see a small drop this morning! You think I need to eat more? I'll have to get some pork rinds...I think they're $1. I don't like dark meat chicken - can I add sesame oil or something to white chicken? I am cooking a roast for dinner...so hopefully that will help some too!!

Thank you so much, I will start to snack more.

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Yeah you can eat light meat chicken, but remember, fat is our friend. We are trained by society to pull the fat out of everything. At least leave the skin on it and use some oil.
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Hello CMCD Welcome to the Induction Babies thread.

The flu won't last long. Follow Trillex's advice above and it will make it better. You can do this. Both Trillex and I have lost more than you need to loose on this plan.

Here are my tips for you.

1. Read the book and eat only the foods from the Induction Food list.
2. Limit your carbs to 20 grams a day.
3. Drink a lot of water, a person of your weight should be drinking around 85 ounces a day.
4.Don't get on the scale very often.
5. Quickly come to the realization that this is the way of eating you need to ALWAYS follow.

I like many other here have lost weight only to go back to a high carb diet and gain it back. Our bodies can not tolerate carbs. For me once I accepted this, my temptations have really gone away. There is so much great food we can have (just visit the Induction Food Porn thread) please don't focus on the things we can't.

Best of luck to you, you can do this!!!

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Welcome!

Try taking some sugar-free/starch-free electrolyte supplements or at least drink some salty broth....I've read in other threads on the forum that pickles help with the sugar withdrawal...? Good luck!
Thank you!! I was seriously addicted to sugar and coming down hard from that but I read one of your earlier posts about it and did up the sodium yesterday and I feel a LOT better today!! So thank you!! I also took a couple of tylenol and my body feels really good, so thank you guys for all your help and information, it was a lifesaver!

4 days "clean" from sugar. Staying by the book on induction. My voracious appetite is already decreasing and I'm not obsessing over food as much. So I know I'm headed in the right direction =D
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Hello CMCD Welcome to the Induction Babies thread.

The flu won't last long. Follow Trillex's advice above and it will make it better. You can do this. Both Trillex and I have lost more than you need to loose on this plan.

Best of luck to you, you can do this!!!
Thank you =) I'm trying to stay strictly by the book this time (I've done Atkins before, "loosely") and I did lose weight but by not completely cutting out sugar, I never really lost that intense desire for sugar.

Now that I've cut it out COMPLETELY, in just 4 (very miserable, painful detoxing days) I am feeling SOO much better and know I'm on the right path.
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Thank you!! I was seriously addicted to sugar and coming down hard from that but I read one of your earlier posts about it and did up the sodium yesterday and I feel a LOT better today!! So thank you!! I also took a couple of tylenol and my body feels really good, so thank you guys for all your help and information, it was a lifesaver!

4 days "clean" from sugar. Staying by the book on induction. My voracious appetite is already decreasing and I'm not obsessing over food as much. So I know I'm headed in the right direction =D
I'm glad you're feeling better!

Isn't it awesome to be free of food obsession? At first, I was excited about Atkins because I could eat delicious foods, like good cuts of meat and good cheeses. Now, I really appreciate how the diet has allowed me to never think about food unless I'm genuinely hungry.
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Is that my problem... I think about food all the time. I am always researching or tweeking recipes. I love to plan out meals for the week and omg the grocery store!!!! LOVE IT. At least since I started induction I'm not hungry all the time and my snacking has all but stopped.

Dinner tonight was pizza again. Terry was so sad that there were no leftovers for his lunch tomorrow.
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Want to wish everyone a happy Easter. I will be very busy over the next three days. I will check back in on Monday. Today is a fast day for me for Good Friday. Since being on Atkins I am actually able to fast which is incredible. Before I had to eat every two hours or my hypoglycemia would kick in. Hope everyone gets to enjoy there family and friends over the holiday.
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Awesome news pertaining to the fasting BS!

Happy Easter everyone!!

I had a hiccup (aka sf candy). Like I explained in my journal. I'm a binger and that isn't cured overnight. So I kicked myself out of Ketosis... I'm not worried about it though, because literally my diet it the exact same. I hope to have a lot of ketones showing on my ketostrip within a few days.

I also asked this in my journal.. I've eaten a LOT of meat/eggs. The veggies are no where to be found! Will that affect my (future) ketosis. I usually LOVE veggies, but the idea of eating ANY makes me wanna .

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Ugh, I'm having a horrible week.

Haven't been sticking to plan very much these days, and I have no logical explanation as to why I've been straying, other than off-plan food (ie sweets) is right there, shoved in my face. Lately I've had no desire to cook whatsoever, even though I enjoy cooking. My depressive tendencies are creeping back, even though they literally completely disappeared once I started Atkins. The only good thing this week was that I went to the gym according to my schedule. I do enjoy that, but everything else has been a major pain.

Need to get my **** together. Need to figure out how to get my **** together.
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Day 5 Induction - Still totally sugar clean =)

Last night I had some pork rinds and sf decaf iced tea and cut out the Atkins bar during the day, wasn't hungry for dinner so skipped it. Today I was down 2lbs!! So maybe upping the fat and taking out the bar helped? I hope that trend continues!

Of course my sweet husband who is drinking a 6 pack of beer a day and cut back on carbs but not technically low carb levels, has lost 4lbs. Oh well, happy for him =)
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After falling off the wagon at my son's baseball game a week ago with nachos, I am back in business! I don't know if I'm supposed to say I have been on induction for 3 weeks, less the one day I messed up, or if I have been on induction for one week... In any event, I'm real proud of myself! Today my friend took me to breakfast for my birthday and I ate bacon, eggs, sausage. Gave the pancakes to my son. Then they brought me a big ole sundae with all the fixins and I gave it to my friend (is that mean?) LOL! I didn't want to spend my birthday feeling like crap! yay for not giving into temptation that was right in front of my face!
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Ok, this is crazy! I just tested with a Keto Stick and it's D A R K! Like aubergine dark! Yesterday it was a scant pink! I am tickled!
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Happy Easter, Induction Babies! Whether or not you observe this time as a religious holiday, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend with family and friends!
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Ugh, I'm having a horrible week.

Haven't been sticking to plan very much these days, and I have no logical explanation as to why I've been straying, other than off-plan food (ie sweets) is right there, shoved in my face. Lately I've had no desire to cook whatsoever, even though I enjoy cooking. My depressive tendencies are creeping back, even though they literally completely disappeared once I started Atkins. The only good thing this week was that I went to the gym according to my schedule. I do enjoy that, but everything else has been a major pain.

Need to get my **** together. Need to figure out how to get my **** together.
Being kind to yourself doesn't mean giving yourself whatever you want. Sometimes you have to avoid the things you want -- like sweets -- so that you'll feel better and be healthier. I know that's *easier* to say than to do. But if food is going to chemically induce depression, eating the wrong things can make you suffer something that is completely avoidable. You have to love yourself enough to say "no" the way that parents say "no" to their kids who beg for things that might hurt them. Losing weight is good for your health and whatever, but it's not as important as avoiding depression. In my opinion...
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Day 6 induction, I finally threw out everything in the kitchen that was not low carb. It was probably about $300 worth of food. I only threw out the fridge stuff. I bagged up all the canned\boxed stuff and need to find a food pantry to give it away, such a waste to just throw it away when some family could use it.

It felt very liberating replacing everything with low carb options. My husband even helped. He's learning a lot about low carbing and is loving the fast results he's seeing!

We have a great low carb meal planned for tomorrow, easy to do since we live so far away from both of our families.
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Monthly Progress

Hiya! Even though it's Easter, my trainer is a close family friend so I got weighed and measured today before we got together with our families this morning. My family, by the way, thinks my trainer is a HERO. My aunts kept hugging him... I had to laugh because they hugged him more than me, HaHa!

Anyway, it's been a month since my last weigh/measure day. I lost 7.5 pounds in March. Still moving forward and making progress, so I'm very pleased with that. I've actually gained .25" on my upper right arm since last month, so that area continues to baffle me.

Here are this month's numbers:

Monthly Weight History
11 May: 235 pounds
11 June: 225 pounds
11 July: 215 pounds
11 August: 206.5 pounds
11 September: 198 pounds
11 October: 196.5 pounds
31 October: 189 pounds
30 November: 186.5 pounds
29 December: 181.5 pounds
31 January: 172.5 pounds
28 February: 167 pounds
31 March (today): 159.5 pounds

Scale loss to date: 75.5 pounds

Measured Size Loss From 11 May To Today
Ankles: Left -1.00", Right -0.75"
Calves: Left -3.50", Right -3.25"
Thighs: Left -4.50", Right -4.75"
Hips: -7.00"
Waist: -8.25"
Upper Arms: Left -1.75", Right -1.75"
Wrists: Left -0.75", Right -1.00"

I took some photos in the jeans I wore at my starting weight, to compare the difference between sizes. It has taken me about 20-30 pounds and about 3 months to lose each clothing size, which I feel is slower than *typical* size losses that I see on the forum. But when I tried on my old jeans, I can see that 3 sizes is actually quite a dramatic size difference. Both pairs of jeans are the same brand and the same style: Levi's 515 bootcut. That's my *signature* jean style. My starting size was size 16 and my current is size 10. At my starting weight, the size 16 jeans fit my body pretty much the same way the size 10 jeans currently fit.

FRONT VIEW, 159.5 pounds, wearing "before" size 16 Levi's 515 jeans (left) and current size 10 Levi's 515 jeans (right)



SIDE VIEW, 159.5 pounds, wearing "before" size 16 Levi's 515 jeans (left) and current size 10 Levi's 515 jeans (right)



BACK VIEW, 159.5 pounds, wearing "before" size 16 Levi's 515 jeans (left) and current size 10 Levi's 515 jeans (right)



I moved up to the first rung of the Atkins ongoing weight loss ladder, starting on the first Monday of March. So instead of limiting my veggie intake to the induction limit (in Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution) of 2 cups of salad plus one cup of induction veggies, I have been eating veggies based on their carb count rather than cup volume. Initially, I didn't think this was necessary because I've been quite content at induction level. But it has actually been super nice because I've had more freedom to use veggies like bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes. I didn't really use onions and tomatoes while sticking with the induction limits because a cup of onions or tomatoes cooks down to, basically, nothing while using up my entire day's non-salad veggie allowance. Now that I can use a larger volume of veggies, I've been able to make things like chili with onions and tomatoes.

That's all for this month! I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend!
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Wow Trillex, that is a dramatic difference!!
I'm squarely a size 16 Levi short at my current weight.
I will be thrilled to get into a size 10! =) I haven't worn a size 10 since I was 25 (which was a long time ago!)
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Wow Trillex, that is a dramatic difference!!
I'm squarely a size 16 Levi short at my current weight.
I will be thrilled to get into a size 10! =) I haven't worn a size 10 since I was 25 (which was a long time ago!)
I know EXACTLY what you mean! I felt that way about size 12 when I started. It had been so freakin' long since I'd worn a size 12, it just seemed impossible that I would ever actually get back there.

I knew last autumn that I would need to interview for jobs this March and April, and I *planned* to wear size 14 suits to interview in because size 12 seemed smaller than I could reasonably expect. But spring has come and I'm now wearing a size 10. My trainer has a saying, "Do things today that you'll thank yourself for tomorrow." It's corny. But it's true. While my trainer took my measurements this morning, I thought to myself, "Thank you, self, for not eating that cake on Christmas Day. Thank you for giving your Easter basket full of chocolates to the girls in the office."
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Trillex - OMG look at you go!!!! you are such an inspiration!


Here's what I'm doing with my night. Making crab ragoon....


OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMY! I tried one before it was deep fried and one after. Good both ways but the deep frying makes it pop!!!!

Here's the process for ya. (Tell me if no one wants pics)

Oh last pic the deep fried one is in the front... may I repeat......OMG YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

portion control is gonna be hard with these lil gems...no more tonight so I'm gonna deep fry the others when I'm ready to eat them.
Oh and all I did was make crepes without the splenda or sf syrup in them and then the filling is a package of cream cheese, about 1/4 cup or less of chopped green onions, 1 - 2 Tablespoons of splenda, and 1 can of white meat crab from a can. Remember the filling will taste better the next day, when the flavors have time to blend together properly. I just couldn't wait. I always used the fake stuff cuz it had a better taste when I used to make these but I looked at the fake crab legs... Carb city!
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:12 AM   #1198
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ok so now the no bake cheesecake is in the fridge. I added SF Raspberry syrup and a bit of raspberry extract to the recipe. I wanted to swirl it but no good on that it's just a touch too thick. Will have to do a baked cheesecake for that. And yes I cheated a lil bit, I used an almond flour crust. He went off plan today and has no plan to come back, so everything has to be shareable. At least it's only a lil cheat not a big one. Will take pics when it comes out of the mold tonight.

Also have the lc muffins in the oven. To get around the bitter of a swirled chocolate/vanilla muffin I added guess what... SF chocolate syrup and cocoa with a bit of extra sweetener... tasted so good might make plain chocolate ones next time. I think I really love these syrups! Now I'm gonna have to buy more... found a recipe for a coconut cream pie that can be low carb..... sounds wonderful.

I think I have big time cooking out of my system until next weekend... never know though.
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Cool Trillex, you're doing a great job. The extra vegetables really help. I have never worried about eating too many vegetables and they have never really slowed me down. Now, get rid of those huge pants. You are never going back to that place and you will never need them again.

Had a great Easter but it was weird. Almost every person I saw said, Wow you look great I can't believe how much weight you lost, followed by please eat some of my candy or desert it won't hurt you! I stayed strong, but I can't believe the way people try to push sugar on you. I guess it is so they can justify eating it themselves, but I don't know. I never felt the need to encourage others when I was eating sugar.

It was hard to eat for Easter because the meal times were spaced so far apart because of all the sugar people were eating between meals. With me not eating the sugar, I got really hungry in between while no body else did because there was plenty of sugar around. Next time around, I will be sure to bring some snacks with me.

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Steve - good job not caving in to temptation.
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