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Old 06-14-2013, 05:13 AM   #1
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Its been a year!

So I cant believe it has already been a year, as of June 12/12 since re committing to low carb. During my first go at low carb I treated it like a diet and gained it all back. My promise to myself this time, to make it a lifestyle, was to be realistic and to do it in a way that I can stick with for life and maintenance. I accepted slower weight loss to eat fruit when I want and by doing so I didnt find the cravings as bad. I still have my days where I crash and burn, usually when I am hungry and unprepared. They dont happen often and I will admit to feeling pretty grounded. I pretty much stopped losing weight last November, the darn last 10 is the worst, but I guess it has been great practice for maintenance. I have yet to adjust my calories and I dont count carbs so I guess I am pretty lucky for that. So in a year I have lost nearly 30 pounds, went from a size 12/14 to a 7/8, and have trained to run 5km's. My confidence is good for the most part, and I have become a teacher to those that want to learn about my way of eating. I have converted both my mom and dad. My dad, whome is 66, has copd, 6'2, close to 300 pounds, and an alcoholic. He has quit drinking, smoking, and dropped 50 pounds since starting in April. He purchased a treadmill and exercises daily. He is proud of me and I am amazingly proud of him.!
Anyways I might not be dropping pounds anymore but I continue to learn and grow.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:32 AM   #2
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:42 AM   #3
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My dad, whome is 66, has copd, 6'2, close to 300 pounds, and an alcoholic. He has quit drinking, smoking, and dropped 50 pounds since starting in April. He purchased a treadmill and exercises daily. He is proud of me and I am amazingly proud of him.
That is incredible. It must have been really hard for a man his age to make all those positive changes. What a gift he is giving himself and your family.

Congratulations on your loss! I will say, and please don't take this as discouraging: the ten pounds between 135 and 125 are going to take more dedication and work, and you probably will need to cut back on calories at this point if you want to get there. And it will be slower. If you haven't lost anything in the past six months, and you do want to get to 125, you probably need to start reducing your food by another few hundred calories a day. If you don't want to do that, that's fine, but then you need to be okay with maintaining at your current weight as you've been doing.

It's your choice and I hope you end up happy with what you choose. It's really not hard to shave off a few hundred calories, though. I know a lot of people are afraid to cut their calories, but you will not know how satisfied you can be on less food until you give it a try. Most changes are a little uncomfortable at first but we can get used to them.

If you want to get to your goal, I say you should go for it. My last ten pounds took around eight months, but I am glad I didn't give up!
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:04 AM   #5
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Wow , an inspiring read . Well done !

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:21 AM   #6
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:27 AM   #7
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Congratulations on your loss! I will say, and please don't take this as discouraging: the ten pounds between 135 and 125 are going to take more dedication and work, and you probably will need to cut back on calories at this point if you want to get there. And it will be slower. If you haven't lost anything in the past six months, and you do want to get to 125, you probably need to start reducing your food by another few hundred calories a day. If you don't want to do that, that's fine, but then you need to be okay with maintaining at your current weight as you've been doing.!
Thanks for the advice! I have come to the conclusion awhile ago that I do need to tweek things to keep going on my journey but at this moment I am working hard on my fitness goals and just am not ready to make the leap yet to cut things out. My first go at low carb had me tweek to the point of removing everything that made this plan so do-able and I was just miserable. Flax used to be a problem, almond flour, cheese, all fruit, and I found I had so many food sensitivities by the end and that is where I gave up. My lowest weight I got to last time was 137 and it was so hard to maintain. So I try not to focus on what is causing me to not lose since removing what makes low carb "easy" is not an option for me. I have been playing with portion size and having a smaller breakfast or lunch as it will cut calories without the need for counting. I can definitely do this without it having too big an impact on me...I hope this change will eventually get me closer to goal without the need to cut out too much....I am okay with slow...I've been stalled (on the scale) for months but my body has been consistently changing thanks to running so that has helped to keep me motivated. Also the support from this group has been amazing in my journey and I 100% know I couldn't have done it without the help from Low Carb Friends.

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:34 AM   #8
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at this moment I am working hard on my fitness goals and just am not ready to make the leap yet to cut things out.
Personally I think that sounds good. Fitness goals are important. I didn't realize, when I posted to you earlier, that I'd already read some of your posts in that thread about what to do when people say "enough is enough". You're 5' 6"--134 and fit might be perfect for you. It sounds like you are pretty happy with all the positive changes you've made, so I think I misspoke when I talked about "the last ten pounds". You're probably already maintaining at a nice weight for yourself.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #9
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Personally I think that sounds good. Fitness goals are important. I didn't realize, when I posted to you earlier, that I'd already read some of your posts in that thread about what to do when people say "enough is enough". You're 5' 6"--134 and fit might be perfect for you. It sounds like you are pretty happy with all the positive changes you've made, so I think I misspoke when I talked about "the last ten pounds". You're probably already maintaining at a nice weight for yourself.
You are right on the mark , you definately didnt misspeak! I appreciate everyones input and you basically said what I already know but hearing it helps so thank-you.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #10
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #11
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #12
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #13
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:03 PM   #14
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:37 PM   #15
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. My confidence is good for the most part, and I have become a teacher to those that want to learn about my way of eating. I have converted both my mom and dad. My dad, whome is 66, has copd, 6'2, close to 300 pounds, and an alcoholic. He has quit drinking, smoking, and dropped 50 pounds since starting in April. He purchased a treadmill and exercises daily. He is proud of me and I am amazingly proud of him.!
Anyways I might not be dropping pounds anymore but I continue to learn and grow.
Best post I've read in quite a while - and congratulations!!
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