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Old 07-22-2011, 05:45 PM   #91
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:12 AM   #92
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:21 PM   #93
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Don't let yourself fall into a rut-eating the same things day after day. Experiment. Try new recipes. I try at least one new one per week.
This is such a great idea! I love to cook and my husband and I have been trying lots of new recipes. I have also found that in many cases recipes can be altered to fit our low carb requirements such as substituting a different veggie or using low carb pasta instead of regular or using a non-carb thickener to thicken soups or gravies. I find a recipe that looks good, get out my carb counter and see what I can do to make it more acceptable. We've had a blast and what a variety. We have been trying to use new foods we've never eaten before or foods from different cultures.
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Amazing thread! Another one that I will bookmark.

One really simple thing I learned that works: learn to say no - and say it fast. Dont even give yourself a second to think about it. When someone offers you sth full of carbs, IMMeDIATELY say "no". If they ask again (and again), tell them to stop asking, even though that may seem harsh, you has to find a way to stop people to shove bad calories down your throat. At diner, my BF used to always share his food with me, give me bites if I was already done eating. I told him not to do this anymore, because I would feel guilty saying no. When I'm done, I'm done. I will gulp some water and be full

Also, saying "no" to myself (out loud) helps. When standing in front of the pantry, staring at the chocolate-y goodness, I say "no!" and shut the door and grab something LC. Really helps.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:46 PM   #95
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These tips are all great. I love this thread.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:45 PM   #96
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NoelleSilvia - thank you. Your post really hit home with me. For some reason, "don't hesitate, just say no" might be just what I need to get through the holidays. I know I often over-analyze, so maybe that's the ticket - hit the red button and just say no. Maybe it's when stopping to rationalize, think about how good it might taste, just one bite, you name it might be that "chink in the armor"... now if my 3 year old were running for the street, would I hesitate or rationalize - OK, not an apples to apples comparison, physical safety vs. carbs, but maybe I would benefit from a bit of conditioning.

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Amazing thread! Another one that I will bookmark.

One really simple thing I learned that works: learn to say no - and say it fast. Dont even give yourself a second to think about it. When someone offers you sth full of carbs, IMMeDIATELY say "no". If they ask again (and again), tell them to stop asking, even though that may seem harsh, you has to find a way to stop people to shove bad calories down your throat. At diner, my BF used to always share his food with me, give me bites if I was already done eating. I told him not to do this anymore, because I would feel guilty saying no. When I'm done, I'm done. I will gulp some water and be full

Also, saying "no" to myself (out loud) helps. When standing in front of the pantry, staring at the chocolate-y goodness, I say "no!" and shut the door and grab something LC. Really helps.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:57 PM   #97
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  1. Weight loss is not a nice, neat, straight line. It’s not even a curve. It’s up - down - up - down - WAY up - down a little - up - WHOOSH - even - up - down - up - down - down… Take a 3-day average for your weight, and pay more attention to the general trend. Charts help.
  2. When it comes down to it, some effort – even a tiny amount – is better than no effort at all. Pennies make dollars, my dears. Even if you’re feeling lazy and don’t do much, doing anything is better than doing nothing. It makes a dent. It conditions you to get used to it. So, never think that it’s no use doing what little you can. It is useful.
  3. SMILE! Concentrate on the goodness of this life. When I was dieting via calorie restriction, I'd have slapped my own Momma for a Chee-to. Now, I get to eat STEAK! Every day! And butter! And cream! I never feel deprived for more than a few seconds - and then I think about the 20 pounds of fat I've lost and the deprivation vanishes.
  4. Fat is good. Fat is your friend. Fat works. The higher fat a food is, the better I like it, the better it satisfies, and the faster my losses. Especially beef fat and 40% cream.
  5. Take your vitamins.
  6. Familiarity breeds contentment, for me anyway. Variety may be the spice of life, but ribeye steaks every day have yet to lose their appeal.
  7. Buy your tuna in oil. Just trust me.
  8. Buy in bulk. Invest in a vacuum sealing machine and a freezer. Stock up on sales. If you can, find a farm and order enough cow to last you a while. There’s no feeling of deprivation if you have a freezer full of food you like just waiting for you.
  9. And thaw ahead - several things, enough for a few days - and know how to cook them quickly. If you have beef, chicken and fish ready to cook at a moment's notice, you'll never have an excuse to order pizza. Abundance is nice, but instant gratification is even better.
  10. There is no meal more wonderful than shrimp dunked in coconut oil, a prime ribeye medium rare with kosher salt and a big dollop of butter on top, and mushrooms poached in rendered beef fat.
  11. Pay attention to your own body. In the long run, it doesn’t matter a fig what the books say or what others’ experience is. This WOE is different for everyone. Find what works for you and do it, even if (especially if) it's different from what works for others.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:05 AM   #98
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NoelleSilvia - thank you. Your post really hit home with me. For some reason, "don't hesitate, just say no" might be just what I need to get through the holidays. I know I often over-analyze, so maybe that's the ticket - hit the red button and just say no. Maybe it's when stopping to rationalize, think about how good it might taste, just one bite, you name it might be that "chink in the armor"... now if my 3 year old were running for the street, would I hesitate or rationalize - OK, not an apples to apples comparison, physical safety vs. carbs, but maybe I would benefit from a bit of conditioning.

Thank you!
Your post touched me! As human beings we have no problems making split decisions about things we believe in. And you have a good example - you won't stand there and think about the dangers and risks, you just won't take that risk because your 3 yr old is way too important. How about your body? You know what is and what isn't good for you, so operant conditioning needs to be done here. It is hard to say no, but as soon as we KNOW, cake is bad for us, why would we want to contemplate whether or not we should have it? Saying no fast is good, only after that you can allow yourself all the time to pat yourself on the back for rejecting something that would make you feel guilty and bad about yourself.

It will become much easier with time to say no. Just do it the first few times and you'll notice how great it feels when you think of all the junk that could have been in your system!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:00 AM   #99
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  1. Weight loss is not a nice, neat, straight line. It’s not even a curve. It’s up - down - up - down - WAY up - down a little - up - WHOOSH - even - up - down - up - down - down… Take a 3-day average for your weight, and pay more attention to the general trend. Charts help.
  2. When it comes down to it, some effort – even a tiny amount – is better than no effort at all. Pennies make dollars, my dears. Even if you’re feeling lazy and don’t do much, doing anything is better than doing nothing. It makes a dent. It conditions you to get used to it. So, never think that it’s no use doing what little you can. It is useful.
  3. SMILE! Concentrate on the goodness of this life. When I was dieting via calorie restriction, I'd have slapped my own Momma for a Chee-to. Now, I get to eat STEAK! Every day! And butter! And cream! I never feel deprived for more than a few seconds - and then I think about the 20 pounds of fat I've lost and the deprivation vanishes.
  4. Fat is good. Fat is your friend. Fat works. The higher fat a food is, the better I like it, the better it satisfies, and the faster my losses. Especially beef fat and 40% cream.
  5. Take your vitamins.
  6. Familiarity breeds contentment, for me anyway. Variety may be the spice of life, but ribeye steaks every day have yet to lose their appeal.
  7. Buy your tuna in oil. Just trust me.
  8. Buy in bulk. Invest in a vacuum sealing machine and a freezer. Stock up on sales. If you can, find a farm and order enough cow to last you a while. There’s no feeling of deprivation if you have a freezer full of food you like just waiting for you.
  9. And thaw ahead - several things, enough for a few days - and know how to cook them quickly. If you have beef, chicken and fish ready to cook at a moment's notice, you'll never have an excuse to order pizza. Abundance is nice, but instant gratification is even better.
  10. There is no meal more wonderful than shrimp dunked in coconut oil, a prime ribeye medium rare with kosher salt and a big dollop of butter on top, and mushrooms poached in rendered beef fat.
  11. Pay attention to your own body. In the long run, it doesn’t matter a fig what the books say or what others’ experience is. This WOE is different for everyone. Find what works for you and do it, even if (especially if) it's different from what works for others.
Thanks, Charcutier! LOVE THIS - All of it. But now I'm hungry. Gotta go fix some meat!
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:58 AM   #100
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Lots of great advice in here

Lots of great advice but Charcutier's #1 was just what I needed to hear today. Weight day and only lost .4lb this week but in the last 10 weeks lost 30.5. It's the big picture not just one weigh in that I need to look at! Thanks
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:40 AM   #101
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Make small changes permanent, especially in the kitchen. We almost never eat out, but love cooking. There is no cornstarch in my pantry, I use glucomannan powder to thicken things. Never buying cornstarch again in my life. It is just one little example, but every little step adds up to real lifestyle change. I bread eggplant or chicken with shredded parm and almond flour. A section of my fridge is quart mason jars with almond meal, coconut flour, flax meal etc. My counter jars contain erythritol (powdered and granulated) and organic powdered stevia. I buy the highest quality unsweetened cocoa powder and make fabulous cocoa with almond or coconut milk, molten chocolate cakes.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #102
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Amazing that this thread was started back in 2006, and by chance it showed up today with lots of great tips for staying on track....just what I needed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #103
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I say this way of eating is a mind game, you gotta picture in your head your goal and you gotta feel good, find any excuse to feel good and MILK IT (well heavy cream it) and doesn't have to be about food, when you feel good you will attract more and more good and you'll feel fantastic. act as if you are already where you want to be! visual, fantasy, fake it till you make it, it's in your head and about how you think about things. If it doesn't feel good, don't do it, you will not thank yourself if you do.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #104
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My tip is to have some yummy "fat bombs" in th fridge when you need it. My fave is "fudge" made with baking chocolate, cream cheese, splenda and a little sugar free peanut butter. works great on hunger and if you need something sweet (even though its really not sweet at all.)
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:33 AM   #105
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tymom ur fudge recipe please and howis it without pb thanks
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #106
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My secret is telling myself something negtive about the food I am desiring. For example when I want chocolate, I make myself think of nasty cocoa powder and how it tastes! Yuck! Or when I am making cookies for my boys, I tell myself they are treats for the dog. May sound a little strange, but I swear it works! And it takes away my desire for that moment until I can regain my self control.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:52 AM   #107
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tymom ur fudge recipe please and howis it without pb thanks
I would like that too. Sounds devine
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #108
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Over time I learned that straying from our eating plan may and most likely will happen. Don't hate yourself if that happens and don't call yourself bad names. Don't give up because you haven't been perfect. Correct course and move on.

Another thing that has really helped is recording everything I eat in an online food journal that gives me total and net carbs. It has been a very successful tool against carb creep.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:31 AM   #109
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:04 AM   #110
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