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Old 08-09-2009, 04:17 PM   #1021
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. . .my husband and I tried out golf this weekend... I'm declaring it a workout! Maybe not so much cardio, but it's a nice stretch and your arms do get a bit tired. . .
Actually, golf burns about 200+ calories an hour using a cart. Now, I'm assuming that's for a par player. I have a 40 handicap, so I KNOW I burn more that then anyone else in my foursome! I played 3 times last week, Sun/Tues/Fri, and I played today. I've been lax at the gym, but tomorrow I'm back - they've restarted the Zumba class so I'm hyped!!
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:00 PM   #1022
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So don't give up on legumes yet 1/2 cup didn't add 3 pounds of body fat and I know you know that.
Oh yeah, I do know that and of course I agree with you that it could also be water retention from any number of other factors. I ate more carbs than usual yesterday over the course of the day. It's not that I'm suddenly afraid of legumes, don't worry; I just think I need to eat very small portions of them or else I get wild cravings for more. This is not the first time I've had to throw the rest of an open can of beans away to make sure I wouldn't eat them all. I am indifferent to a lot of foods that seem to trigger other people, but Lord knows I do have my triggers.
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Oh yeah, I do know that and of course I agree with you that it could also be water retention from any number of other factors. I ate more carbs than usual yesterday over the course of the day. It's not that I'm suddenly afraid of legumes, don't worry; I just think I need to eat very small portions of them or else I get wild cravings for more. This is not the first time I've had to throw the rest of an open can of beans away to make sure I wouldn't eat them all. I am indifferent to a lot of foods that seem to trigger other people, but Lord knows I do have my triggers.
build in set limits by using dried beans. since you got to soak them and then cook them you will have lots of time to talk yourself down from the ledge before you dive into them should you decide you need another serving. I do that with my nuts freeze raw ones and then just make one serving so I have to fix another serving should I want more and I got time to say this is nuts! no pun intended.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:14 AM   #1024
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Actually, golf burns about 200+ calories an hour using a cart. Now, I'm assuming that's for a par player. I have a 40 handicap, so I KNOW I burn more that then anyone else in my foursome! I played 3 times last week, Sun/Tues/Fri, and I played today. I've been lax at the gym, but tomorrow I'm back - they've restarted the Zumba class so I'm hyped!!
woo hoo getting some free exercise while enjoying your friends with a nonfood based activity.
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Yeh, golf!! And the way I play, I should be able to at least double that calorie burn!!

Today was Zumba. I've not gone to they gym for about 2 weeks now; don't know WHY I do that!! I love the gym, I love going! But, it seems once I don't go, it's hard to get back to the schedule. And our regular Zumba instructor has been away, subbing the class with step/kick boxing. I didn't want to do that! Scarey!! The first time they had canceled Zumba, I did the treadmill, after that, I just didn't go. But I played golf 3 times a week! THAT counts!!
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:56 AM   #1026
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Zumba is so much fun. I have never taken a class, but got the dvd's for Christmas a couple of years ago. Great fun.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:05 AM   #1027
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so how many pounds of red meat do y'all think Dovelette is eating this week?
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:23 AM   #1028
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I'm going to say four. Just a random number pulled out of thin air. (slaps money down on table)
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OOOOOH that rosemary and garlic roast sounds soooo good. That will definitely be for next time. I ended up just doing a random spice rub and a bit of onion soup mix. Pretty good stuff.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:50 AM   #1030
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Is that a new picture, Rachel? That is a beautiful shade of blue on you!
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I had an "ah, hah!" moment yesterday after golf! I'm sitting at a table with two WW friends. They're discussing the products that they've found that are WW compatible. How many points in this or that. One of the ladies was telling how she was using Pam butter spray on her hot dog bun and how good it was! I made the comment that there wasn't much difference between what I was doing, low carb, and what they were doing in so far as that something has to be counted. Points for them, carbs for me. Well, except for the major difference that for their zero points they use Pam butter spray and for my zero carbs I have a steak!

Then, my friend said, "How long have you been eating this way? Is it working for you?"

Truth is I've been on a stall for the last 3 weeks and, even though a stall can happen on any food program, I feel like somehow I was, at that moment, not a very good example of what Atkins is all about. The best I could do is talk about how, although I've only lost 10 lbs. (and some of that more than once these last couple weeks) I am off major pain and PB meds. It sounded rather hallow, even to me!

That's when I had my "ah, hah!" moment!! I've got to go back to Rung 2 and climb up again from there. Maybe it's the nuts, or the extra cheese, but it's something and I've got to find out what it is! Either that or do what I promised myself I would not do - give up Atkins!!
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you do know 3 weeks still isn't a stall you need 4 whole weeks of no scale nor inches lost to be a stall.

But if you are out of ketosis then you need to back down your carbs 5 net and see how you do. going back a rung without a carb drop may help if you are having craving issues or food intolerance issues but not weight loss issues.

those health improvements are great!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:32 PM   #1033
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Jeannette- I am 59 and find I am slower losing this time than just 5 years ago. I have to be stricter than I used to be. Guess my metabolism has slowed. Don't give up, just make a few adjustments.
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Hi guys, I'm back!! Wow what an awesome trip, except we lost power a lot and also ran out of water in an apartment with 8 people in it lol.

So I came home with 4+lbs of ground beef and 4+lbs of steak, and yes we already ate one lb of the steak and the "stragglers" off of the ground lol. I did a sort of open faced stuffed pepper thing with it. WOW I missed red meat.

Weight wise I'm in the same boat, flopping between 164 and 162, but I'm happy with that since I WAS on a long vacation and although I "observed" my carbs I'm sure my counts weren't as diligently watched as they normally are. However because I was more active I think my overall calorie consumption was less, which is yet another indicator to me that I should be able to lose on more carbs as long as I don't go nuts with calories. I was very happy to come back and not see my weight up.

Ya'll were quiet while I was gone!
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:36 AM   #1035
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Yay! Dove is back! Sounds like you did great on your trip.

I'm glad you've been enjoying your meeeeeat. I guess we have been quiet lately, huh? For me, it's because everything is so routine for me now that I don't have much to report. It's all good, though.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:59 AM   #1036
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Hey I've got a question for my guru friends...what do you do when you are sick? Normally I would do the whole BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples (boiled) and toast) for the nausea and diarrhea, but what do you do on Atkins? I've been sick for a few days now and the protein/fat isn't helping...
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When I've been sick, it hasn't been the stomach kind of sickness--not with vomiting and all that--but I eat avocados and make myself a soup from chicken broth, ginger, scallions, garlic, and maybe some coconut milk.
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. . .But if you are out of ketosis . .
That's just it, I've stayed in ketosis for the most part (a day here or there, but not days in a row.) My wonderful husband, who started the end of June, lost another lb. this a.m. He's now down from 202 to 189.5 - he was pretty stocked! But being the "nonbeliever" he is, he just said "let's see what I weigh tomorrow!" He's so funny!!
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Hey I've got a question for my guru friends...what do you do when you are sick? Normally I would do the whole BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples (boiled) and toast) for the nausea and diarrhea, but what do you do on Atkins? I've been sick for a few days now and the protein/fat isn't helping...
Welcome home. ut oh. sounds like somebody picked something up. hope it is a virus and not a critter.
Drink plenty of fluids. you can drink hot purreed veggie soups or even cold ones to get needed vits and mierals. you can even do some yogurt blackberry smoothies if you are careful and your package has arrived.
watch your electrolyte intake to be sure you are replacing the stuff coming out. Any high soluble fiber product should help clog your insides up a bit and slow the loss of nutriants. flax cereals or muffins, oats, peas, beans, psyllium any or all should assist in absorbing the fluids and slowing the exit.
If you have any probiotics be sure to repopulate as the last thing you want is a yeast overgrowth after being sick.
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Hey I've got a question for my guru friends...what do you do when you are sick? Normally I would do the whole BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples (boiled) and toast) for the nausea and diarrhea, but what do you do on Atkins? I've been sick for a few days now and the protein/fat isn't helping...
No advice but welcome back and I hope you feel better!!!!
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Is that a new picture, Rachel? That is a beautiful shade of blue on you!
Awe, you are so sweet!!
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Okay, kids, I have changed my goal in my stats because it seemed ridiculous to leave it as 150 when I am past that and not done yet. I don't really know what my final goal will be and I don't care, but I do know I want to get down to at least 140, so whatever.

I don't seem to be doing a good job of slowing things down. (I realize this statement could sound like I'm complaining about the wrong thing, but I'm supposed to be moving toward maintenance.) Not sure what to do about that. I don't particularly want to eat more than I usually eat...I have been trying new foods like fruit and sugar-snap peas, in moderate amounts...so I guess I am going to just do what I'm doing.
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peanutte - what is your carb count now? and your calorie count? Are you still at 25g or have you upped it?
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congrats on getting smaller Peanutte
Dr Atkins says it is the ratio of carbs to fats so lowering the fats sliuhtly as you up the carbs should tip you over to stop.
you can up your carb count and find your CCLM and then either stay there or if it is too much food just make your foods slightly cal denser and you should stop.
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It's around 25 on the average, Dove. Some days lower, some days quite a lot higher--those would be the weekends. It tends to be 4-5 days lower/2-3 days higher. I'm not worried about it.

Are you still feeling sick to your stomach or are you getting better?

2big, part of the problem is that I have lowered my fats but I have difficulty keeping my calories up because the higher carb foods are not very high calorie! As we have said so many times, it's a freakin' science experiment. But also, I don't like to eat past the point of satisfaction. It makes me feel really gross and sluggish to be "full".

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when we trade fat for carbs we are also not just changing one food group but also the metabolic advantage Dr Atkins talks about. A fat gram uses 2.25 times the amount of energy a carb gram does in the human body moving from mouth to energy so as we add carbs our metabolism will slow also.
try adding 10 grams of carbs as Dr Atkins recommneds in premaintnenace which is where you should be and see what 35 grams of carbs does to your shrinking speed.
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Arrrgh, I try, 2big. On the weekends I get that many, for sure. The easiest thing to do would be to continue adding fruit. And of course it's the perfect season for that.
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you could try tossing a few more nuts/seeds, legumes, fruits in your salads for an easy way to add some carbs without adding too much volume. or even some grains like toasted oats or even some multi or whole grain croutons. add some homemade granola to your yogurt if you have some and carbs go up easily. add some ground grain flour to your muffin mix if you do muffins.

if you do Cleo's caulifaux pizza crust now would be a good time to add a bit of groound grain to it to add some carb grams.
see adding carb grams is easy if you add them sneakily. Now don't add 10 grams of leafy greens carbs or you will be having stuffed issues.
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Yeah, I was just out on the patio with a cup of decaf, thinking about this, and here are some easy things I could do without increasing my volume of food very much:

*add sunflower seeds to a salad

*add 1/4 cup beans to a salad

*grab a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for a snack

*use ground nuts as a breading/crust for fish or chicken

*add garbanzo beans or lentils when I make sauteed curried cauliflower

*YOGURT! I love plain yogurt and that will up my carbs easily without much bulk!
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Struggling to slow weight loss.....LOL....not my problem yet. If you are comfortable with your eating and adding a few fruits and veggies, see where it takes you. Your body may have a lower set point than you thought. Have you checked your calories? You don't want that to drop too low. I think your body will slow you down when it is ready if you are eating healthy.
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