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Old 12-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #241
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I haven't been checking in much lately but I feel like I'm FINALLY back on track!! It has been pretty rocky, going through a miscarriage and now separation\divorce. But living alone again has made it so much easier for me to do what *I* need for myself. So I stopped the crazy starving stuff and I'm eating little meals 2-3 times per day. I'm still eating organic and sticking to just the induction list items with no frankenfoods and cut out dairy as well as anything artificial.

I had gained all the way back up to 178 but I'm now down to 167 : ) That beats my lowest Atkins weight so far this year.

I decided to become a team captain for a weight loss group for the hospital where I work. It has been very reinforcing to my WOE and sticking to the plan. I'm trying to be a good example to my team, esp. now during the holidays where junk is EVERYWHERE.

My workouts have been derailed because I prefer to exercise outdoors and I can't do that in winter, without having to drive far into the mountains. So for now I'm just trying to focus on clean eating and taking the stairs, parking as far as possible, some home resistance stuff.

I would really REALLY love to be at 150lbs by summer, but I can't focus on that. The best I can do right now is just try to take one day, one meal at a time. So far, it's getting me by : )

It's good to see you all!
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:37 AM   #242
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Welcome Shay! You can do this, just eat food from the list and drink lots of water.

Welcome back CMCD. Sounds like you went through some rough stuff. Glad to have you back with us.
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Well I guess this is my introduction ~waves a little~

I'll give a little info on my path, where I came from and hopefully where i'm going. Hopefully it wont be too long a read.

About 10 years ago I must have been around 240-250, I had put it to myself the challenge that I would lose the weight through dieting and exercise....and I did. I exercised like a fiend (had all the time in the world then), ate low cal (without regard to carbs) and managed to get myself down to 179. It wasn't maintainable and in the subsequent 10 years I found myself way back up. My back was hurting, I felt like crap, and my wife was pretty much worried I wasn't going to be around if I kept going the way I was. I decided I was going to visit a bariatric center.

That visit on 11/12/13 was enlightening and a bit intimidating. I weighed in at 257.6 and after hearing all the options I was considering VSG (removing up to 80% of the stomach). I really was left unsure with all of this, and felt like it was such a huge (irreversible) change that I needed to try one last time to lose the weight on my own. Interestingly enough, the surgeon was giving me pre-post surgery menus and they looked very much like high protein/low carb. I asked him and he said "well basically an Atkins-type of thing". So I figured after a weekend of living it up i'd start on some sort of fast initially.

The following monday I began a 2 week routine of basically consuming nothing but Matrix 2.0 Protein Shakes (made with water, sometimes almond milk) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the end of that period....exhausted, drained and getting through wicked cravings (but not losing them) I was down about 12 lbs. Wondering what to do next I visited the Atkins website and started on the current form of induction. My experience on that was fine, but weight loss seemed slowed a bit. I was taking in about 4 cups of broccoli at night for dinner. The site stressed having like 15g of carbs in veggies daily. I felt full, beyond full. But I must admit I was feeling better than I had felt in a long, long time.

After much reading here, I realized I really did need to read Dr. Atkins book before I really went further, so I just read and finished DANDR from 2003 and just sort of realized I needed to down my level of carbs a bit....and i'm trying to find my way throughout induction.... wondering if I should go to the '72 version or not.

I currently weigh-in at 235, and my back pain is significantly reduced and I feel so much better with a ton of energy (but maybe not so much when I lift weights). I havent left ketosis from the moment I began testing, and I eat anywhere between 1000-1500 cals a day (on the rare top end).

I'm usually eating about 70-80 g of Fat, and 90-100g of Protein daily.
Carbs, at least for this week have been between 12-22 daily, and that is total, not net.

I drink anywhere between about 120-150 oz of water daily, and work out cardio about 4 times a week with 1 day of weight training.

A typical daily menu would be:

B: 2 slices low-sodium bacon, 2 fried eggs made with 1tbsp butter

L: 2 cups of Romaine or Spinach leaves, with 1/4 of a large tomato, 1 chopped hard boiled egg, 1/4 of a medium avocado, 1 tbsp of Italian Dressing (0 carbs, 17g fat for 2tbsp) and usually topped with between 4-6 oz of chicken, tuna or steak

D: 1 cup of steamed broccoli topped with 1tbsp butter
Between 8-10oz of either chicken, pork, steak or something

As I said i'm trying to figure out if I should go a bit more strict ('72 style) or if there are any problem spots with my diet so far.

Thanks for sticking with the long-winded post....LOL. I promise the rest will be FAR less wordy Thanks for listening!
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Hello! I've started Induction for my first time ever! I spent a week reading Induction Food Porn and everything looked so yummy. I made myself oopsie rolls for the first time also and they are unbelievable! Where have they been my whole low carb life? I then proceeded to take grated jalape˝o cheddar and make cheese bread, broiled in the oven! It was to die for! I have not had a piece of bread in two years, so that oopsie was a real treat.

I'm going to look to you experts out there for some advice, I really want this to work to get the last bit of weight off. I'm taking a cruise (2weeks) next month and I'm hoping to be well into ketosis by the time I board so that the odd little 'cheat' might not stop things. Does anyone think it's possible?

I have a question: Is it ok to skip breakfast some days or should I have something ready to say heat up in the microwave? I'm usually at a flat out run in the mornings and coffee with hwc is usually it until noonish. Will this be ok? Any other advice is much appreciated!

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Hey Bluex, welcome. It sounds like you are getting things figured out. Here is my take on it. I started at around 300 and am now about 200.

If you have bariatric surgery, you still need to eat healthy after the surgery to lose the weight. Most surgeons make you lose some on your own before they will operate. If you can lose on your own, then you don't need the surgery.

Your initial weight loss with the shakes was extreme. It worked but I am not sure how healthy it was, and I am sure it is not sustainable. Glad you moved off it.

Also glad that you read the Atkins book. It is crucial. The DANDR is a fine plan, it is what I and most others use here. It works and it is sustainable. You don't need to go to the '72 book. Work the plan as written, and you will be fine. Just focus on keeping your carbs below 20. Don't invent BlueX's diet, follow Dr. Atkins.

The water is good. Keep it going, it is crucial, especially in the begining.

Your diet should be around 60% fat, 35% protein, and 5% carbs. Many people are even higher in fat. You can use one of the on line trackers to check your percentage.

Right now, your proteins are higher than fats, you need to flip that.

Finally, the first week on low carb, people tend to lose a bunch of weight. Then most loose 1 to 3 pounds a week. This isn't a miracle overnight cure, but it is fast compared to most other plans. This is a long term sustainable plan that can a will work for you. You have already proven that! Good luck on your weight loss journey.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #246
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Hello! I've started Induction for my first time ever!

I'm going to look to you experts out there for some advice, I really want this to work to get the last bit of weight off. I'm taking a cruise (2weeks) next month and I'm hoping to be well into ketosis by the time I board so that the odd little 'cheat' might not stop things. Does anyone think it's possible?

I have a question: Is it ok to skip breakfast some days or should I have something ready to say heat up in the microwave? I'm usually at a flat out run in the mornings and coffee with hwc is usually it until noonish. Will this be ok? Any other advice is much appreciated!

Thanks!
Welcome to Induction. How much do you have to lose? If this is the end of your journey, you will want to also focus on total calories in addition to the carb level. As I have gotten closer to goal, calories have become increasingly important.

The first time I was on Atkins I took a two week European cruise. I was at goal and I thought I would just eat whatever on the cruise and I would be right back to Atkins when I got home. Well it took me about 10 years to get back. I would suggest that you be very careful. There are plenty of great, even decadent, food options on cruise ships for folks on Atkins, take advantage of those and skip the sugar. Sugar is the enemy.

Yes, you can just drink coffee in the morning. There has been a lot of discussion on these boards and everything I have read, there doesn't seem to be any correlation as to when during the day you eat. Several folks only eat once a day. I eat about 5 times a day.
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Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope everyone had a good one. I sure did. Christmas with young kids is always fun.

Again, I got the you look so good, it is time to have my special holiday desert stuff. But I continued to refuse. Feeling good.
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I still have a house full of people and I'm struggling to stay on track. I have been refusing but it hasnt been as easy as it was in the past.
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Welcome to Induction. How much do you have to lose? If this is the end of your journey, you will want to also focus on total calories in addition to the carb level. As I have gotten closer to goal, calories have become increasingly important.

The first time I was on Atkins I took a two week European cruise. I was at goal and I thought I would just eat whatever on the cruise and I would be right back to Atkins when I got home. Well it took me about 10 years to get back. I would suggest that you be very careful. There are plenty of great, even decadent, food options on cruise ships for folks on Atkins, take advantage of those and skip the sugar. Sugar is the enemy.

Yes, you can just drink coffee in the morning. There has been a lot of discussion on these boards and everything I have read, there doesn't seem to be any correlation as to when during the day you eat. Several folks only eat once a day. I eat about 5 times a day.
Thanks! I've been on my weightloss journey for over two years now. I'm struggling with the last 15-20lbs. I think it's time for an Atkins lifestyle!

How many calories would you suggest? I have a serious fear of the scale. I don't like to weigh until I'm sure I've lost (ie: loose clothing). I guess I should weigh regularly to see if I'm losing! I'll weigh Monday!

I'm excited and nervous about my vacation. Fortunately due to allergies I won't be consuming too many desserts. On the ship I tend to have my omelette and bacon for breakfast, then we usually get the early sitting for supper. What I need to think about is a lowish carb beverage(I know low isn't possible). Vodka and? Please don't be 10 years to recover!!!!!!
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You will have to figure out the calorie level for yourself. Everyone is different. I would suggest that you just put your menus into an online tracker and see where you come out naturally just by limiting your carbs to 20 grams or less. I do this is occasionally, and it always surprises me that I come out in almost the exact same daily calories every time I check it. You may find that your natural selection of items is perfect for you to lose weight as long as you keep your carbs below 20. So start there. If you are having issues losing, then analyze it further as needed.

Vodka Martinis are always nice. How does alcohol effect you? For me, it makes me really hungry the next day. I always have to be careful the next day when I have drank so I don't overeat. I drank yesterday! and yes I am starving this morning. Starting with bulletproof coffee today.
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Pleased to have enjoyed the holidays completely, including the food. I mostly ate what I was offered in love and hospitality, passing on biscuits, juice, and fudge, but mostly just saying "thank you" and keeping my dietary opinions to myself. Everybody was nice about it and I got a lot of friendly and supportive comments about my figure. I did all my Christmas shopping at the local fish smokery and served big platters of salmon everywhere I went. I was pretty popular!
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I did all my Christmas shopping at the local fish smokery and served big platters of salmon everywhere I went. I was pretty popular!
I will have to remember to invite you to my next holiday party! I love smoked salmon.
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Hey Bluex, welcome. It sounds like you are getting things figured out. Here is my take on it. I started at around 300 and am now about 200.

If you have bariatric surgery, you still need to eat healthy after the surgery to lose the weight. Most surgeons make you lose some on your own before they will operate. If you can lose on your own, then you don't need the surgery.

Your initial weight loss with the shakes was extreme. It worked but I am not sure how healthy it was, and I am sure it is not sustainable. Glad you moved off it.

Also glad that you read the Atkins book. It is crucial. The DANDR is a fine plan, it is what I and most others use here. It works and it is sustainable. You don't need to go to the '72 book. Work the plan as written, and you will be fine. Just focus on keeping your carbs below 20. Don't invent BlueX's diet, follow Dr. Atkins.

The water is good. Keep it going, it is crucial, especially in the begining.

Your diet should be around 60% fat, 35% protein, and 5% carbs. Many people are even higher in fat. You can use one of the on line trackers to check your percentage.

Right now, your proteins are higher than fats, you need to flip that.

Finally, the first week on low carb, people tend to lose a bunch of weight. Then most loose 1 to 3 pounds a week. This isn't a miracle overnight cure, but it is fast compared to most other plans. This is a long term sustainable plan that can a will work for you. You have already proven that! Good luck on your weight loss journey.
You are absolutely correct, Big Stevie...what I learned about WLS was that it's absolutely a tool, not a solution to weight loss. Well, so is Atkins, or any nutritional/dietary/exercise program, WOL. I do not discount it's benefits as it has saved many people's lives. But it IS extreme, regardless of how successful it is to many people. I've read countless testimonials, watched hours upon hours of youtube blogs on peoples journey's. All are fantastic and I give those people all the credit in the world...they got their lives back, but it's rough going for many. But there is no denying that it's (in terms of VSG) losing 80% of your stomach....there is no going back from that. All that being said, I just wanted to utilize this tool and so far it's working.

You are absolutely right regarding the shakes...it was tough and not healthy and I felt ravenous at the end of it. Atkins felt like this lavish treat comparatively afterwards! Right now i'm trying not to think TOO much about it, I have upped my fats a bit and my ratio seems to be roughly at 72% fat, 25% protein and 2% carbs. Give or take a little...but i've definitely upped the fats over protein. Carbs well under 20 a day....probably around 10...maybe less.

The water is a struggle, but I keep it going.

I'm definitely not about creating my own plan.....but the thing is I dont really have to think about it much. After reading the book I kind of know what I should and shouldn't eat and how much. Avoid the breads, starches, sugars and keep with the proteins and fats. Throw in a few salads a day (couple cups of lettuce...ect). It's logical, makes sense and my body seems naturally inclined to go that way.

My wife asked me how it was going the other day and I told her, honestly, now that i've committed to the changes it doesn't feel like i'm doing anything really. I'm just eating the right way when I need to. Never hungry and enjoying the foods I enjoy but still getting more veggies in that I never had before. To me, it's more than sustainable, it's enjoyable.

The exercise is key though for me too, i've found. I dont mean that to sound like an afterthought....it REALLY makes a difference for me.

Thanks for the welcome.....
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ANOTHER welcome and good luck wish. My feeling is that eating the recommended vegetables was a big part of this thing working for me. Consider whether 10 carbs is really twice as good as 20. I decided to go by the book on that. I didn't lose huge #s of pounds but it was close to 30% of my body weight. Still feels like a miracle.
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My wife asked me how it was going the other day and I told her, honestly, now that i've committed to the changes it doesn't feel like i'm doing anything really. I'm just eating the right way when I need to. Never hungry and enjoying the foods I enjoy but still getting more veggies in that I never had before. To me, it's more than sustainable, it's enjoyable....
This is the key. Once you have these feelings, all is alright. I truly feel the same way. I am not missing anything and generally enjoy what I am eating. That is why I have been able to stay on plan for a long time. It is second nature now and I am not wanting for anything. Good for you, its sounds like you got there earlier in the process than most.
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ANOTHER welcome and good luck wish. My feeling is that eating the recommended vegetables was a big part of this thing working for me. Consider whether 10 carbs is really twice as good as 20. I decided to go by the book on that. I didn't lose huge #s of pounds but it was close to 30% of my body weight. Still feels like a miracle.
For me it's actually not a conscious effort to stay under 10 carbs. I'm literally trying to eat as many veggies as I can without feeling bloated or stuffed. For me that's like 2 cups of romaine lettuce at lunch (with the rest of my salad stuff) and a half stalk of broccoli at dinner. At one point (before I read the book and was just going by the new Atkins website) I was so stuck on getting in 15 net carbs a day of purely veggies that I'd end up eating like a whole bag of steamfresh broccoli cuts, which I think is like 4 cups or something. That made it all add up, but it also made me feel overly stuffed and I definitely wasn't losing weight the way I wanted. For my own comfort I think I had to cut back from 20g of carbs...
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I'm so excited. I've been on induction about 6 days and I am ready to get the New Year started and see how successful we all are in the coming months. Happy New Year!
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I have had the flu for the last three days. I always find it hard to stay on plan when I am sick. Sometimes I just need a piece of toast to settle down my stomach.
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Hope you feel better Big Stevie. Winter flu sucks. Since this is a WOL I dont think eating a few pieces of toast for your wellness will ruin your weight loss for life.
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Just a quick note to say, <15 carb extended induction/JUDDD is WORKING for me!

I have lost 20 pounds since my re-start on Nov 20th. DURING the Holidays.

I am now TWO pounds away from an "overweight" BMI. Hopefully by the end of next week at the rate I'm going.

Goodbye obesity!
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I have had the flu for the last three days. I always find it hard to stay on plan when I am sick. Sometimes I just need a piece of toast to settle down my stomach.
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Just a quick note to say, <15 carb extended induction/JUDDD is WORKING for me!

I have lost 20 pounds since my re-start on Nov 20th. DURING the Holidays.

I am now TWO pounds away from an "overweight" BMI. Hopefully by the end of next week at the rate I'm going.

Goodbye obesity!
Woohoo! That's some amazing results! KUTGW !!!
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I haven't been very hungry. I'm not weighing because I'm terrified of the scale. My clothes are getting looser so I consider that a win! I must say I really like this WOE. Enjoying going over the food porn, some really great ideas. Made cheese chips in the microwave to eat with my guacamole but could only eat two. It has to be ketosis that has my hunger so low. I'm not complaining!
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Restarted yesterday. Hubby started with me to but is already grumbling so not sure if he will stick it out.

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Hi,

I was a member a few years back and have now started watching my carbs.

I currently am taking thyroid meds after having a partial thyroidectomy last January. I have found that eating certain food reduce the strength of my meds. So, I had to cut out wheat, soy, sugar, and dairy. It sounded like my old low carb days so I came back to try and stay motivated. If I eat any of those items, I get super exhausted and I just can't live that way.

I look forward to hearing from each of you.

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Happy New Year, guys.

If anyone asks me what I got for Christmas, the answer would be fat. I got fat for Christmas. I can't seem to be on Atkins when I'm back home in Transylvania - the food's very different, and I don't feel comfortable in the kitchen, which is funny. But I'm back on plan, starting today, and I'm hoping that most of the extra holiday weight will just melt right off. I hope most of it is just bloatiness (I'm not sure that's a word) - after all, I've seemed to have gained my Santa belly back virtually overnight, which doesn't seem quite right.

Anyway, hope all's well with everyone and the holidays haven't been as catastrophic when it comes to food as mine.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #268
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WOE: Low Carb Mediterranean/IF maintenance
Start Date: Feb. 25, 2013 Goal weight Sept. 11, 2013
Straphe, I hope that a lot of what you feel you gained will just turn out to be the extra water people carry when they have been eating more carbohydrates. I had an uncomfortable week after the holidays myself. I felt a little thicker around the waist, I was waking up hungry in the middle of the night, and the scale showed two or three extra pounds, too.

I've been in maintenance mode for a while, and use induction-level carbs as my main tool for getting out of uncomfortable places like this. So I suspect you will feel back on track pretty soon. I woke up this morning feeling like myself again, and the scale and waist measurements backed that up.

Of course, you've been around longer than I have, and probably have a pretty clear idea what's going on with your body. Wishing you the best of luck.

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #269
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WOE: Low Carb Mediterranean/IF maintenance
Start Date: Feb. 25, 2013 Goal weight Sept. 11, 2013
Part of maintenance for me is figuring out the physical activity part of this. I really enjoy walking as my main form of exercise, but it takes time that sometimes I don't have. Weight training is really effective, but for a good bit of it, I need to go to the gym. I love my yoga classes, but between getting there, doing my favorite class, and getting back home again, the time commitment gets close to 2.5 hours. So in addition to keeping Intermittent Fasting and Induction-level carbs in the tool bag, I'm working this week on coming up with a workout that I can knock out in about an hour total, warmup to cooldown, that hits all the bases -- a little strength work, some meaningful cardio, and a couple of good stretches. I'm not really much on intensity, I prefer long and slow, so this will be a challenge for me.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #270
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Start Date: 1/4/2014
In spite of a very stressful week I am down 6 pounds Motivating to already seeing changes.

1/4/2014 276
1/7/2014 270
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