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jmccal1 03-31-2014 11:10 AM

10 weeks no cheats! Who is in?!??!?! Starts April 1
Hello! I am starting 10 weeks of no cheating. This starts 4/1 and goes until 6/9 which happens to be the last day of school here so the start of the summer! Sexy swimsuit HERE I COME!!! :jumpjoy:

Here are the rules:
*Keep it clean! Nothing fake!
*No carbs except from green veggies (Well they dont all have to be green but the lower carb list from induction at least)
*Cooks with healthy oils in moderation (olive, coconut, you get the idea)
*Meats/eggs Try to keep it leaner but eat as much meat and eggs as you need.
*80 OZ of water everyday
*At least 20 minutes of activity 6 days a week (I am doing T25 GAMMA)

Post your progress daily:
Food: Stuck to plan yes or no?
Activity: Stuck to plan yes or no?
Water Stuck to plan yes or no?
Weight: To add when you weigh. Im gonna try once a week maybe more.

Im looking for a group to support eachother to stay on this road to summer. The goal is to not cheat. To have a place to come to stay or get back on track RIGHT AWAY when something goes wrong. LETS DO THIS!!!! :shake:

My starting weight: 157
My current weight: 153.7
My goal by 6/6: 134:help:

jmccal1 04-01-2014 09:57 AM

I didnt have any takers on this but I am STILL going to log progress....maybe someone will come along and hold me accountable :)

Day 1:
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 151.5 (Down 2.2 lbs in 1 day!)

Feel free to join in!!!

jmccal1 04-02-2014 01:24 PM

Still alone but whatever :)

Day 2
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 149.5 (3.2)

icaniwill1 04-02-2014 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by jmccal1 (Post 16860588)
Still alone but whatever :)

Day 2
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 149.5 (3.2)

No you are not alone any more, if you'll let me join:lol:
I am supposed to be maintaining but I have been cheating.
Can I join your challenge please.

My last weigh in was Monday at 141lbs, but that may very well have changed since I've ingested so much sodium since yesterday.

I eat low carb my way...lean protein..moderate fat...carb from leafy greens and cruciferous veg.
activity...walking...9.4miles weekdays and 14-19miles a day sat and sun.

bdladie 04-02-2014 02:33 PM

I don't follow atkins, I do Weight Watchers does that count? I would love to join I have been off the wagon for a long time and love a good challenge.

jmccal1 04-02-2014 03:02 PM

OMG I am SOOOOO Happy to have friends!!!! WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME!
I dont think it matter what way you diet! The important thing here is to stay consistant! When you stay consistant with any plan it works! Lets do it together! Post your progress daily like I above!

Patience 04-02-2014 03:29 PM

I am thinking on it . . . .

jmccal1 04-03-2014 05:31 AM

Well progress is still happening here!
Day 3
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 147.5 (-5.2 since 4/1)

helgarush 04-03-2014 05:54 AM

HELP......I love atkins but I am soooo weak when it comes to sugar!!!! Weight just now was 151, this winter has really been hard on me (am in Iowa) gained atleast 10-12 pounds and believe it or not my knees are really giving me trouble now after running. I am 42 y/o and am 5'4. THANKYOU!!! Amy

icaniwill1 04-03-2014 07:14 AM

Is it OK not to weigh everyday?
I would go nuts if I weigh daily.
...I will end up in a mental asylum.

jmccal1 04-04-2014 06:59 AM

You dont need to weigh everyday. Do whats good for you! Im just doing everyday to keep the motivation going....hope it last :)

Helga rush: You just need to meet your goal so that you can have sweets here and there and recover quickly. (if you so chose) My goal is to go 10 weeks so I reach my goal...have a cheat meal once a week and spend the week recovering...You just got to get there!

Day 4
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 146.4 (-6.3 since 4/1!!! Consistancy works!)

icaniwill1 04-05-2014 02:36 AM

Day 4

Food: Done
Activity: Done (walked 14.1miles in total the weather was good)
Water: 2+ something litres (reminds me, I need to look up the conversion to ounces later)
weight: At the end of week one.

jmccal1 oh yes consistency never fails to give results....well done on your continued success..wow you are dropping those lbs at an amazing rate.
I am loving this challenge

jmccal1 04-07-2014 08:55 AM

Made it over the weekend with no cheats! Im traveling today and tomorrow so I dont have access to my scale so Ill log after that! Keep it up ladies!

icaniwill1 04-07-2014 04:43 PM


Originally Posted by jmccal1 (Post 16866557)
Made it over the weekend with no cheats! Im traveling today and tomorrow so I dont have access to my scale so Ill log after that! Keep it up ladies!

Well done. Have a safe trip.

Activity...met targets, I've been doing 14.1miles most days
Food ...I'll call that the elephant in the room I won't address till maybe a later post.
Water...met targets, 2liters quaffed daily, more if I add tea and coffee.

jmccal1 04-08-2014 09:00 AM

Great job guys!

Happy with my progress of no cheats, activity and water everyday now since 4/1.
My weight it up a bit today. I think thats from the time of the month, eating out and not being able to know forsure whats in seasoning and high salt intake. BUT I did everything I could not to cheat so thats all I can ask for!

Day 8
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: 148 (-5 since 4/1)

jmccal1 04-08-2014 10:51 AM

Hey guys! I found this and I thought I would share...

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.

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."

This is what we have been telling folks. You lose inches but not pounds because your body plumps the fat cells. I tell them it is a complicated biochemical process that your body replaces the fat molecules with water and fluids until you exceed your bodies predetermined fluid level. Then your body will release a chemical that releases all this stored water and you get a sudden overnight loss of several pounds. Then the cycle starts over again with inches gone and the scales lag behind.

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.

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.

by Renee Cloe,
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Source: http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard....read.php?t=6737 (Atkins Low Carb Dieting - FAQ's Why the scales can lie)

mindysf 04-09-2014 12:39 AM

Me too!
I'm in, please. Starting fresh from an extensive hiatus since having children over the last seven years. Now freshly forty years old and ready to regain some vitality and health! Diet will be the first step, and then I'll figure out more and more how to get exercise (much trickier now as I am a homeschool mom and don't have a job to bike to anymore).

jmccal1 04-10-2014 03:36 PM

Day 10 still going strong with no cheats but my weight is all over the place!!!
Im avoiding the scale until next thursday but Ill continue to track my other results....
Day 10
Food: Nailed it
Activity: Nailed it
Water 100 oz!!
Weight: IDK!!!

easwann 04-10-2014 10:27 PM

I am in!! I have been on plan since March 27th.. not very long but so much better than last year when I couldn't string 2 days together!!

Food A+
Activity C
water failed lol
weight 191

Great article.. thanks!

mindysf 04-12-2014 03:59 PM

Appetite suppression helping me out today at long last, yeah! And springtime sunshine has me out gardening all day with my daughters, ages 4 and 7---good sweaty work. :)

Food: on track
Activity: on track
Water: drinking tons, super thirsty
Weight: 164

mindysf 04-14-2014 10:42 PM

Wondering how everyone's doing out there, and also pondering this evening what most motivates me when it comes to self-care, diet being just one central facet of that. At this point in my life, I am most motivated by a strong desire to be energetic and cheerful (as opposed to exhausted and cranky) for my two little daughters. I wouldn't mind feeling way less self-conscious in a bathing suit, but my daughters are the main driving force. What motivates you?

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