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Old 05-02-2010, 05:39 AM   #1
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How do you stay motivated...

when you are losing soooooo slowly or not at all???

I've posted before that the scale is not moving and after initially losing 5 #'s, I'm back to 161 this a.m.! After reading the posts everyday, I know that there are may factors to why I may not be losing. I take Lexapro, high blood pressure med, propanolol, and Zocor daily. I have recently been taking aleve or advil to help with either a pinched nerve or arthritis in my arm. I also haven't been exersicing. I am not cheating in the food dept., except my almost daily few glasses of wine. Could my calorie intake be part of the problem?? I went on this "atkins" woe to not have to count calories. My carb intake is usually under 30. What am I doing wrong???

My menu yesterday:
b-2 coffees w/hwc, a hot dog
l- leftover meatloaf & buttered cabbage
d-shrimp scampi & antipasta salad (out) 3 glasses red wine
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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i would DEFINATELY lose the wine. i've been at this (low carbing/weight loss) for about 16 months and i can count on one hand the amount of times i've had a drink...and it was with a 0 carb liquor. it can most certainly interfere with your weight loss.

your meds also can, i've been on meds for my epilepsy this whole time too which are NOTORIOUS for weight gain and i'm sure they helped assist me in getting so big in the first place. however, once i was on low carb and eating properly, the weight came off just fine.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:49 AM   #3
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I agree, lose the wine!!

A "few" glasses a day may be the problem.

I have 3 zero carbs alcholic drinks twice a week, and on the weekend and I still stay in ketosis.

I am not a lushby any means. We do go out on the weekend and I enjoy my couple of drinks!

As long as it doens't stall me or take me out of ketosis, I ENJOY them.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for your quick responses! I know I can't for now do anything about my meds, but I can surely stop the wino!(I hope)lol
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:05 AM   #5
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stop the alcohol and watch your carb counts and i think you should be in good shape
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:07 AM   #6
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It's DEFINITELY the wine......I can eat LC til I'm blue in face and not lose anything if I drink wine......it's pure sugar. Lose the wine and then you'll lose the pounds.....It's hard to do, for me, because it seems like all of my social occasions involve the potential for having it.......but I've learned I just can't if I wanna lose. I look forward to the day when I'm at goal and can safely enjoy a nice Cabernet or Merlot.

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:30 AM   #7
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Yep, I agree!
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:35 AM   #8
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Plus, the only med that you've listed that would cause any weight gain could possible be the Aleve. NSAIDS may cause water weight gain, that's all. Good luck deleting the alcohol from your diet. Be patient and continue eating properly. The weight will come off, maybe slowly, but it will come off. Patience, my dear
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Thanks Teefie!
Would you mind PM'ing me your plan/suggestions? Your stats are awesome!
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:39 AM   #10
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What keeps me motivated? The fact that if I didn't stick with it, I would regain what I lost and continue to gain. That knowledge makes me a very happy 'lifer'!!
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I have made a HUGE effort to add one glass of red wine a day to my WOE lately. The studies show so much benefit to the heart, blood pressure, and many other systems. I see there seems some negative correlation with breast cancer, but the positive things far outweigh it in my mind.

That recent study I referenced on here before shows a correlation between BMI and alcohol intake that makes it clear that women who drink wine regularly strongly tend to weigh less than non drinkers.

See this thread: Alcohol, weight loss, and insulin sensitivity

Apparently women metabolize alcohol differently than men do, and the calorie counts shown are what they would be for MEN. They are much less for women, that is, the calories from the alcohol per se. The studies actually say alcohol metabolism causes a net calorie LOSS in women, but I'm not sure I'm ready to believe that. I just know I don't seem to gain or lose any differently with a glass of wine than without it. I just don't count it and consider it like a vitamin pill or other supplement I'm taking.

And it's apparently not just the antioxidants in the wine that are beneficial, it's the alcohol too. You can't just take a pill! LOL

I just don't see how one glass of wine a day would slow your loss that much. I know people THINK it does, but I think it's just reacting to the day to day fluctuations that occur normally. If you really wanted to know, pick some plan you can repeat easily, and eat it for a month with one 5 ounce glass of wine a day, and then for a month without the wine, and see what the difference is.
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Yes, but the OP wrote that she was having 3 glasses of wine each day. I think that's a significant difference from a single glass, both in carbs and calories.

I think a low carb WOE can include a single glass of wine each day, but not any more. And the research seems to indicate that the benefits to health are from a single glass for women.

But if I were just beginning a new WOE or struggling with slow loss or a stall, the wine would be the first thing to go.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #13
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Yeah 3 glasses of wine a day would halt weight loss for anyone I would think. One I think may very well be a good thing as RR points out.

Wanna, I hope you are able to lose the wine but if not maybe try just 1 glass and see what happens?
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I had to give up the wine too. Now I only drink it on special occasions. Bummer isn't it?
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:19 PM   #15
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I agree about the red wine. If you like it, you might try white wine like a Chardonnay which is lower in carbs than most reds.

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:50 AM   #16
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What keeps me motivated? The fact that if I didn't stick with it, I would regain what I lost and continue to gain. That knowledge makes me a very happy 'lifer'!!
This.

I can't go back to how it was. Even if I get stuck at this weight forever, it would be better than gaining weight and feeling crappy like I did before. Plus, most likely you will have a break in your stall. And if you don't, you probably have a treatable condition like hypothyroidism...
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Hi wannaBthin…
I don't require motivation to do what's right. I used to chat with our boys (we raised 4) and on some days they just didn't want to go to school.

We developed a motto - ''Do what's right and have fun doing it.'' I taught them some things are just right to do so you might as well enjoy yourself while you are doing them. It got to the point I’d say ''Do what's right..." and they would finish it...

Some things in life are right and routine and for me don't require motivation.

They all succeeded and are teaching grandsons to "Do what's right........."

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Old 05-03-2010, 09:30 AM   #18
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Hi wannaBthin…
I don't require motivation to do what's right. I used to chat with our boys (we raised 4) and on some days they just didn't want to go to school.

We developed a motto - ''Do what's right and have fun doing it.'' I taught them some things are just right to do so you might as well enjoy yourself while you are doing them. It got to the point I’d say ''Do what's right..." and they would finish it...

Some things in life are right and routine and for me don't require motivation.

They all succeeded and are teaching grandsons to "Do what's right........."

Great Quote! Thanks Larry! ''Do what's right and have fun doing it.''
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Hmm I'm a total wino. Drink about a bottle of Chardy on Friday and saturday nights with no major hassles. Maybe my body is just immune coz it's so used it it? I think it sees wine as a vitamin.

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Hmm I'm a total wino. Drink about a bottle of Chardy on Friday and saturday nights with no major hassles. Maybe my body is just immune coz it's so used it it? I think it sees wine as a vitamin.

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I noticed a difference when I lessened my alcohol. I also don't even take a bite of something I should not have. I have had to be very strict and then I started losing again a few months ago.
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Hmm I'm a total wino. Drink about a bottle of Chardy on Friday and saturday nights with no major hassles. Maybe my body is just immune coz it's so used it it? I think it sees wine as a vitamin.

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