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Old 07-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #31
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #32
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:45 PM   #33
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Congratulations on your success. Keep as motivated as your are now and you will succeed in getting those last pounds off and keeping the weight off permanently.

When the bread basket comes just push it out of your reach! And remind yourself that no donut tastes as good as the success and accomplishment you feel now.
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I was thinking the same thing. That motivation can't be beat!

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Old 07-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #34
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #35
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #36
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:36 PM   #37
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:01 AM   #39
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Thanks much everyone! The support in this forum is awesome!! I just did some shopping for summer clothes and I'm proud to say I'm finally a size 10!!! My 12's had been getting pretty baggy so I tried on some 10's and they fit great! Now I have a few pair of new shorts and it feels great!!!!! A little extra motivation for me to keep going......
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:18 AM   #40
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:44 AM   #41
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Congrats!!!!!

CONGRATS!!!!!!! AWESOME job and encouraging - Thank you for sharing your success!!!!!!!

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Today i hit a major milestone! I've lost 50 pounds in 6 months! Even typing it I find it hard to believe! I have spent most of the last decade over 200 lbs and mainly stayed at a size 18 pants and 2X or 3X for shirts. My weight negatively affected my life in so many ways, many of which I wasn't even aware of. I was tired, cranky, self conscious, unmotivated, anti-social, and certainly not as happy as I could have been! I also became very concerned about my health, which ultimately led me to begin this weight loss journey. I am a wife and a mom to two wonderful boys and I need to be there for them for many years to come!

I didn't start gaining weight until my late twenties, after giving birth to my first child. I never really had to worry about what I ate prior to that. I used food as a reward, a comfort, a way to celebrate and a way to fix boredom. In my mind I was somehow justified in my eating habits because I deserved to eat that way. I was never really a binge eater but I did eat way too much and made really bad food choices. For the last dozen years I have tried a bunch of different diets but only had success with low carb. However, I would lose some weight, give up after a stall and then gain it all back (and then some in many cases). I suffered from chronic back pain, frequent digestion issues and frequent tummy troubles. I also was beginning to have high blood pressure, which really scared me since my mom died from a heart attack at the age of 53.

Since beginning this low carb journey, I have dropped from a tight size 18 pants to a loose fitting size 12 and I feel so much better. I am also down to a size large shirt! I am now happier, more confident, more interactive with my sons, and so much healthier! My back pain is gone, my indigestion issues are gone and no more tummy issues! I also am back to normal blood pressure!!

My style in clothes has also changed dramatically. Previously I always bought clothes that were too big because I thought that helped hide my weight. Now I like to wear cuter and better fitting clothes. I am 40 years old but feel like I'm in my twenties again!

A few times I went multiple weeks with no weight loss, but thankfully I stuck with it. I had 4 off plan meals total and it took me a week each time to lose the extra weight and get back in ketosis. So not worth it!! Each time I regretted it afterwards. However, it is all part of the learning experience!

In addition to this WOE I also added exercise. I do 3 days a week on the treadmill, 3 miles and I'm up to 8% incline (gradually increased this). I know many believe exercise is not critical for weight loss but I think it is a "YMMV" thing as I don't think I would have lost nearly as much without it. I also don't think I would feel as healthy.

My goal is 160 so I still have 9 pounds to go. I really want to be a size 10. I have already added almonds to my allowed food list but will eventually add small portions of berries and other dairy products like cottage cheese as part of OWL. I know my weight loss will slow down, but I'm ok with that. I will continue to monitor it daily and adjust my diet as necessary.

This certainly hasn't been easy and I still feel like I'm making a huge sacrifice by skipping the donuts that frequently show up in the kitchen at work. I also still struggle with bread baskets at restaurants (especially the garlic cheese biscuits at Red Lobster)!! I really don't think that will ever go away for me, although it does get easier with time.

During this last 6 months I have found so much motivation and comfort from this site. The folks here have been so supportive, so informative and so inspirational. Reading daily has really helped me stay focused, stay on plan and learn about potential pitfalls. I have been an active participant on the monthly challenge threads in the Atkins Induction forum and it has really been fun reading each day about everyone else's progress. Many thanks to all my friends in that forum! I really don't think I would have made it this far without everyone!

Sorry for the novel. This forum is very therapeutic!

Thanks to everyone for sharing their triumphs, challenges and new ideas/recipes. This is a very special community!
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:45 AM   #42
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:50 AM   #43
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Good job Julie! You are helping us too. We need to hear that it can be done. Keep up the great work!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:32 PM   #44
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Thanks much everyone! The support in this forum is awesome!! I just did some shopping for summer clothes and I'm proud to say I'm finally a size 10!!! My 12's had been getting pretty baggy so I tried on some 10's and they fit great! Now I have a few pair of new shorts and it feels great!!!!! A little extra motivation for me to keep going......
Ohhhh reading this makes me soooo HAPPY HAPPY for you!!! Soooo very VERY encouraging and inspiring!!!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:41 PM   #45
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #46
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CONGRATULATIONS!

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:54 PM   #47
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:55 AM   #48
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HI, am a newbie and just started on a low carb. My goal is to lose that by christmas. i have been reading all the info on this baord and am so encouraged.
Congratulations.. i hope that will be me soon.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:41 PM   #49
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:23 PM   #50
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:34 PM   #51
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:19 AM   #52
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Julie, your post fits me to a tee. Especially being tired, cranky, self conscious, unmotivated and anti-social. I too have two boys, never had to worry about weight until after birth of son number one. Now dealing with pre diabetes and high blood pressure. I'm going to print out your post and tape it to my refrigerator as a constant reminder. Thank you for sharing and congrats you have earned every lost pound!
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:47 AM   #53
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:06 PM   #54
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Congrats !!!!

I swear sometimes, it is the peer pressure that can be the hardest when one is trying to eat a healthy WOE....my son gets this all the time.
I simply tell him to do what I do....just say the last time I had this I felt so so awful and sick later, that I just don't want to feel that way again.
They quickly back off like flies!!!!
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:09 AM   #55
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