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Old 01-19-2014, 11:16 AM   #481
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:17 AM   #482
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This week I plan on getting out of the 320s, I was soooo close at 320 but then I gained a pound. Haven't been eating off plan, but that just motivates me to work harder. I also plan on exercising more. If it means that I sleep even less than I am now, so be it!
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:34 AM   #483
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Tammy 10/35 - Down 11 pounds since starting this challenge!!

Slowsure, that's great that you finally got some kayak time in.....way to go!

Congrats to all the awesome work everyone.....This is definitely a CRAP FREE zone!! I love how everyone is sticking to this....despite hard weeks, challenges and set backs....we're all sticking to this....that makes ALL the difference....keep it up everyone!
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Have we lost some folks?????? Crap cutters. Where are you?
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #485
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I know, right?!?! It's oddly quiet today.....Maybe they're all watching the play offs!
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:19 PM   #486
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I know, right?!?! It's oddly quiet today.....Maybe they're all watching the play offs!
What sport lol??? I'm clearly not into that lol
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:55 PM   #487
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What sport lol??? I'm clearly not into that lol
Lol....football!!! It was the NFL Championship games!! The Super Bowl will be in two weeks and it'll be my Denver Broncos VS The Seattle Seahawks! (Broncos will win!)
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Wow!!! Another week down! 3 crap free weeks!!! We are just 5 weeks away from our goal of crap free living for 8 weeks! Check in time!


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Meal plan: 7 points
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Total for week 3 (or 2 depending on how I count) 12 points
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Hi peeps!!! So glad I have today off! Going to take some time and catch my breath! I'm planning to make Low cal Thai red curry today and prep my meals for the week. I'm down 6.2 lbs this month and want to end January on a high note!
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Scale is slowly creeping up

Trying not be panic and think negative but the last couple days the scale has been going up .2 .4 .6 I have been eating on plan. Haven't cheated in the slightest, I lost 1.2 pounds this week and in the last 3 days I have gained those back. Not giving up, I just don't know why my body is being so darn stubborn right now.

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Hi peeps!!! So glad I have today off! Going to take some time and catch my breath! I'm planning to make Low cal Thai red curry today and prep my meals for the week. I'm down 6.2 lbs this month and want to end January on a high note!
Congrats!!!! mmmmm that sounds good!
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Hey kids!

Super crazy busy day....Mondays....they have to happen every week huh?!?!?!

Good day foodwise, let's kick off another GREAT week!!!

I'll check in later when I have some more time!
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Lol....football!!! It was the NFL Championship games!! The Super Bowl will be in two weeks and it'll be my Denver Broncos VS The Seattle Seahawks! (Broncos will win!)
I agree! I haven't really followed football that closely in recent years, but I now live in the Northwest (Seahawk territory) and I lived most of my life in the Bay Area (49ers territory) so I watched the game... I wasn't really impressed with either team. really. I found it hard to believe that, based on the Seahawk's performance, they actually made it to the playoffs! If I were a "bettin' man", my money would be on the Broncos for the Super Bowl
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Trying not be panic and think negative but the last couple days the scale has been going up .2 .4 .6 I have been eating on plan. Haven't cheated in the slightest, I lost 1.2 pounds this week and in the last 3 days I have gained those back. Not giving up, I just don't know why my body is being so darn stubborn right now.

1) You lost a super amount of weight just during the first week. Your body is now adjusting to that change.

2) I would highly recommend that you weigh just once a week. Weight fluctuates from day to day, and it's mostly due to water variances. Don't base your emotions on what the scale says-- it's deceptive, and many times not a very good indication of how successful you are!
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:44 PM   #499
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Who is performing at the Super Bowl! Can't believe its that time of year again. My fave beyond did it last year
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This year the halftime show is Bruno Mars (LOVE HIM!!) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.....should be a good show!!

Vella Marie, the scales can be SOOOOO frustrating! I read a GREAT article earlier that I thought was really helpful:

WHY THE SCALES CAN LIE

A biologist at Berkeley shared something very revealing on the low-carb BBS system about 4 years ago that helps us all through the erratic weight fluctuations you invariably encounter: Fat cells are resilient, stubborn little creatures that do not want to give up their actual cell volume. Over a period of weeks, maybe months of "proper dieting", each of your fat cells may have actually lost a good percentage of the actual fat contained in those cells. But the fat cells themselves, stubborn little guys, replace that lost fat with water to retain their size. That is, instead of shrinking to match the reduced amount of fat in the cell, they stay the same size! Result - you weigh the same, look the same, maybe even gained some scale weight, even though you have actually lost some serious fat.

The good news is that this water replacement is temporary. It's a defensive measure to keep your body from changing too rapidly. It allows the fat cell to counter the rapid change in cell composition, allowing for a slow, gradual reduction in cell size. The problem is, most people are frustrated with their apparent lack of success, assume they have lost nothing, and stop dieting.

However, if you give those fat cells some time, like 4-6 months, and ignore the scale weight fluctuations, your real weight/shape will slowly begin to show. The moral of the story - be patient! Your body is changing even if the number on the scale isn't.

PATTERNS OF WEIGHT LOSS

Common patterns of weight loss from tracking a lot of people who become assimilated into the low carb lifestyle, a pattern emerges.... the 2 week induction is pretty heady...weight lost just about every single day, enormous and unbelievable amounts of weight loss are reported. This is often followed by complaints that weight loss "stalls" or that the rate drops to only 1 pound per week.

Many people just don't know that fat-loss ...the actual goal when on a weight-reduction" diet, is rate-limited. In other words, the human body has factors that prevent more than a certain amount of fatty-acid release from storage...and even more factors that prevent those released fatty acids from being used up instead of stored back into the fat cells.

A priority of the human body is survival. Anything that threatens its survival results in the cascade of events to maintain the previous status quo. Water fluctuations are one way the body does this. OK...so you done good on Atkins' during induction...lost 10 pounds the first 2 weeks. Maybe 7 the first week and 3 the second. But, whoa! Weeks 3 and 4 there is NO loss! And weeks 5 and 6 is only 1/2 pound each!

So... what gives? Initially, the body jettisons the water attached to the glycogen stores that we diligently deplete to get into ketosis...this accounts for about 3-5 pounds of water. In addition, muscle stores of glycogen are not being replaced when used...which will account for the rest. All in all...MAYBE 1/2 pound of fat was metabolized during the first week... and MAYBE 1/2 pound of fat was metabolized the 2nd week. Of that 10 initial pounds, only 1 pound was fat and 9 pounds water...

The body senses this lack and sirens start shrieking: Warning! Warning! Losing water... new thing...got to get back to the status quo! Brain tells body to produce and release that vasopressin anti-diuretic hormone....more water is retained, and no weight loss noticed. Fat loss is still occurring, MAYBE even 2 pounds per week, because ketosis is firmly established and appetite suppression is in effect...but water retention is hiding that continuing fat loss. The body is preventing dehydration with this mechanism, and that's a *good* thing.

From the perspective of the scale, it can be discouraging. Which is why the mantra: Water retention masks fat loss (repeated frequently to oneself) is helpful. Water retention will mask ongoing fat-loss for as long as the body retains the water. We can combat this by drinking more water...but we aren't going to totally overcome this mechanism during the initial water-loss phase of the Atkins diet. By weeks 5 and 6, things start to get back in balance, and the scale will begin to reflect the true fat-loss...which, as mentioned before is rate-limited.

Individuals vary, but max weight loss runs about 2 pounds per week...under extremely optimal conditions... or 1% of body weight (whichever is the lower number). So don't use the scale as an excuse to undermine your progress. Even when the scale is in a stall, fat loss can be occurring.

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We've been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can't resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can't bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it's readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the body's water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they don't understand what's happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto it's water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so it's easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesn't have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts.

The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. That's why, when it comes to eating, it's wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it's packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it's stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates.

As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it's associated water. It's normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if you're prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, it's wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you've had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It's the actual weight of everything you've had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you've finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact it's not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, it's likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in.

Generally, it's only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it's physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you're really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scale's sneakiest attribute. It doesn't just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn't necessarily mean that you've lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you've lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when you're just sitting around. That's one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesn't differentiate between the two. It can't tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat.

There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn't appeal to you, don't worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don't be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride.

It's a matter of mind over scale
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Tuesday 21 Jan
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Ear infection is leaving me like the Wreck of the Hesperus as a much-loved aunt used to say. I'll be so glad when this has cleared as the disorientation is driving me scatty alongside the tinnitus.
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OMG Bruno Mars is my male Beyonce! I absolutely adore him! Please remind me when the superbowl is gonna happen so i can record it! I love him!!!!

Doing well over here! Losses have slowed down but still managed a 1.4 lb loss last week! So wooo hoooo! Crap free living is awesome!!!

Now we have a channel called Veria that does exercise shows and and health shows and i've been watching this show called "what a relief"... its this herbalist that talks about natural remedies via herbal teas and tonics and tinctures for multiple issues: weight loss, pain, allergies, stress relief etc; i'm obsessed with figuring out where to find these things so we spent the weekend visiting different markets: latin, indian, asian, afro/carribbean! It was such an adventure.

Cle you're gonna love this: I found Roti in the frozen section of the Indian market with the frikkin Pillsbury Dough Boy on it!!!! OMG I can't wait to try it!!!!

Hubby and I are trying to eat more whole natural ingredients, so we saw a whole new world of veggies, herbs, spices, BEANS (omg the number of beans is mind blowing) and we absolutely can't wait to try some stuff! Anyway, check in later!
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Crapcutters. OooooOooo crap cutters where are you? If you are working out ignore this message! If you aren't, stop reading and workout....then come back!!!
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Tyl, the Super Bowl is Sunday 2/2....not sure what time it is, but it's usually towards the evening.....It'll be a good one too!

Today was good, not quite as hectic as yesterday....food was good. Still didn't have time for a walk, but I'll get that in tomorrow morning.

So is it just me or have we lost some people??? I haven't seen Danielle here in days....and she didn't check in last weekend?? I hope everyone is doing well!
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Vella Marie, the scales can be SOOOOO frustrating! I read a GREAT article earlier that I thought was really helpful:

WHY THE SCALES CAN LIE................

..................If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn't appeal to you, don't worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don't be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride.

It's a matter of mind over scale
Thanks for sharing this, Tammy! Super good info!

This time around I'm trying to take what the scale says with "a grain of salt"... I made up my mind that I'm in this for life, and it just doesn't matter what I weigh on any given day. I will continue with this WOE and eventually I WILL GET THERE!

Hang in there, LaVella! You 're doing fantastic!! Don't let the scale discourage you.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:06 AM   #507
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Week 4

Sunday 19 Jan
Weight: 122.8lbs
WOE: ate on plan for a MD
Exercise: 1.5hr kayak session in swimming pool
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Monday 20 Jan
Weight: 122.8lbs
WOE: ate on plan for DD
Exercise: kayaking cancelled because of weather again
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Tuesday 21 Jan
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WOE: ate on plan for UD
Exercise: 1hr weight training
Points: 2

Wednesday 22 Jan
Weight: 123.6lbs
WOE: scheduled DD
Exercise: rest day
Points: tbd

Rather a scale bounce up today but I'm pretty swollen from the gym and seem to have picked up extensive bruising - either from kayaking or shifting boxes. It will regularise over the next few days.

Are CTC people mostly snowed in? Stay safe if you're affected by the Polar Vortex redux.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:44 AM   #508
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Cle you're gonna love this: I found Roti in the frozen section of the Indian market with the frikkin Pillsbury Dough Boy on it!!!! OMG I can't wait to try it!!!!

Hubby and I are trying to eat more whole natural ingredients, so we saw a whole new world of veggies, herbs, spices, BEANS (omg the number of beans is mind blowing) and we absolutely can't wait to try some stuff! Anyway, check in later!
Where was this? I would love to find some already made!!!

I made Thai Red Curry this weekend and I'm in It's great.
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Morning, y'all! We had a 2 hour delay due to snow...the roads here were dicey in parts b/c they have hardly any snow plows & didn't salt well beforehand. Fun, fun. Lol.

My gym was closed until noon, so that was a no-go this morning.

How are things w/ you?
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Good morning all!

Cle, I'm just now starting to get into Thai food....I've never had Red curry....or any kind of curry for that matter....I might have to give that a try!

JG, that is CRAZY weather....stay safe!!

Hope everyone is having a GREAT Hump day! I managed to get in a FABULOUS 30 minute walk this morning before I started work...finally, it's been a few days! Fortunately I do NOT have to deal with the crazy snow and Ice all of the folks in the Midwest and back east have....I'm sending you wishes for Sunshine and blue skies!

I think I'm going to start a fat fast today....my eating has been really good, but I've been wanting to incorporate that into my diet for a while....I think today might be the day!

How's everyone else doing?
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