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Old 04-08-2014, 06:05 PM   #511
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Oh my, that chocolate raspberry stevia sounds delicious! I'll have to look for it.
I'm glad it hasn't cause a stall or gain for you, Beadelia. I think my problem was decreased water intake. I got my book today and have not read anything to indicate I have gone off plan. (other than the almond coconut milk)
I have found the chocolate raspberry stevia drops at Whole Foods and at Sprouts. My favorite thing to do with it is to add about eight or ten drops to a cup of plain Fage Greek yogurt, either 2% or full fat and stir it in thoroughly. Yum! Depending on how sweet you like your sweets, you could also try six drops. I haven't tried it yet with nonfat Fage, but plan to do that tomorrow.

You know, decreased water intake could probably throw you off. Water is important at all times, but especially when you are trying to lose. Many times I've thought I was hungry, only to discover that the "hunger" went away when I drank a glass of water. Of course, at my age that creates another problem . . . <g>
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:56 AM   #512
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I look at increased water intake and the extra bathroom trips as added exercise
Back down 1.5 lbs today from yesterday. This yo-yo bs is killin' me!
Yesterday:
BPC
5 oz grilled Salmon
15 fries
tbs ketchup
8 pieces fried okra
4 fried cheesesticks
smallsalad with 1/4 tomato and mayo dressing
too much Diet Pepsi
24 oz water
48 oz unsweetened tea
2 Russell Stover sugar free candies
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:42 AM   #513
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I look at increased water intake and the extra bathroom trips as added exercise
Back down 1.5 lbs today from yesterday. This yo-yo bs is killin' me!
Yesterday:
BPC
5 oz grilled Salmon
15 fries
tbs ketchup
8 pieces fried okra
4 fried cheesesticks
smallsalad with 1/4 tomato and mayo dressing
too much Diet Pepsi
24 oz water
48 oz unsweetened tea
2 Russell Stover sugar free candies
Good attitude! And congrats on being back down. Yes, the way our weight bounces around can get downright frustratin'. Sometimes I swear my scale has to be broken. Here's where averaging our daily weights really helps us to see how we're actually doing, as long as we don't panic when we have an upswing on any given day. It's the weekly trending that tells the truth.

Mercy, you did take in a lot of liquid yesterday!
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:22 AM   #514
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The only thing getting me down is I'm at the same weight as when I started a week ago. No loss at all. YET
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:26 AM   #515
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The only thing getting me down is I'm at the same weight as when I started a week ago. No loss at all. YET
I didn't lose at all when I first started and then only lost 1/3 a lb a week for a few weeks once I actually started losing. It took me a lot of playing around with my meals and eating times to find RMs and CMs that satisfied me and helped me lose.

Yesterday I cheated like crazy when we closed on our condo. We went to my favorite Indian restaurant and I ate chicken biryani, chicken vindaloo, palak paneer, curried veggies, white rice, onion pakoda, and some kind of carrot pudding. It was a huge amount of food, and then my husband talked me into ice cream, and I had a scoop of Nutella ice cream on a sugar cone. I definitely didn't follow the one hour rule yesterday!

Weirdly enough, I was 109.2 both yesterday and today. I'm still scratching my head over that one. I'm eating very carefully today--my usual sandwich and cheese chips and I added in a Quest bar for extra protein. This evening I'll eat cheesy chicken and spinach.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:09 AM   #516
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I hope I see lower numbers soon. I can tell my jeans fit looser, so that's a good sign. Also, I have noticed that I don't crave as many carbs as I did the first day or two. I'm eating a little less (smaller portions, not fewer items) on my RM it seems. I guess since it's no longer "forbidden" I no longer crave it and can eat less of whatever it was I thought I was missing before
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:16 AM   #517
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I hope I see lower numbers soon. I can tell my jeans fit looser, so that's a good sign. Also, I have noticed that I don't crave as many carbs as I did the first day or two. I'm eating a little less (smaller portions, not fewer items) on my RM it seems. I guess since it's no longer "forbidden" I no longer crave it and can eat less of whatever it was I thought I was missing before
That's exactly what I experienced! Now that I know I can have it any day or everyday, I end up eating much less of it than when I used to gorge like I would never get to eat again. So much of success is mental, it seems!
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:16 AM   #518
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B- Diet Pepsi
Atkins Shake with 8 oz unsweetened almond milk

LRM- 3 oz Salmon
12 pieces fried okra
1 fried cheese stick
1 cup Lucky Charms w/ 1/2 cup 2% milk
3/4 Atkins Meal bar (yeah I know... and I regret it)

12 oz Diet Pepsi
32 oz Tea so far and plan for 32 oz water

If anyone sees anything I could be doing wrong, PLEASE speak up
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:34 AM   #519
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Today:
B- Diet Pepsi
Atkins Shake with 8 oz unsweetened almond milk

LRM- 3 oz Salmon
12 pieces fried okra
1 fried cheese stick
1 cup Lucky Charms w/ 1/2 cup 2% milk
3/4 Atkins Meal bar (yeah I know... and I regret it)

12 oz Diet Pepsi
32 oz Tea so far and plan for 32 oz water

If anyone sees anything I could be doing wrong, PLEASE speak up
This may just affect me, but I used to eat the Atkins bars (especially the hazelnut) during my RMs, and I found that the sugar alcohols stalled my weight loss every single time. I switched over to Quest bars and didn't have that problem anymore.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:35 AM   #520
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This may just affect me, but I used to eat the Atkins bars (especially the hazelnut) during my RMs, and I found that the sugar alcohols stalled my weight loss every single time. I switched over to Quest bars and didn't have that problem anymore.
Where can you buy the Quest Bars, other than online?
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:05 AM   #521
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If anyone sees anything I could be doing wrong, PLEASE speak up
the only thing that you're doing that would mess me up is the low protein. for me, low protein lowers my metabolism BIG time.

otherwise, to each his own. whatever works.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #522
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the only thing that you're doing that would mess me up is the low protein. for me, low protein lowers my metabolism BIG time.

otherwise, to each his own. whatever works.
How would you suggest more protein and keep calories under 1800-2000? Maybe an egg or two?
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:28 AM   #523
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We usually get our Quest bars at GNC. If you try them, I recommend buying the cookies and cream and the chocolate chip cookie dough. I like to put the chocolate chip cookie dough in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. It bakes like a cookie, nom! They usually have at least 20 grams of protein, so when I eat one after a meal, I usually feel full all the way until dinner.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:32 AM   #524
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That sounds delicious Thanks for the info. I'm only eating one CM and my RM at lunch each day. I haven't been hungry enough after my RM Lunch to eat any dinner.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:13 PM   #525
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:18 PM   #526
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the only thing that you're doing that would mess me up is the low protein. for me, low protein lowers my metabolism BIG time.

otherwise, to each his own. whatever works.
Same here. A decent amount of protein with every meal seems to be the key to feeling satisfied, feeling well, and keeping the cravings at least halfway under control. I've never been able to, say, eat a cinnamon roll and some orange juice for breakfast without being sluggish and mentally foggy for the rest of the day. I take that as at least partly a metabolic response.

The salmon is a good protein source, though. You're on the right track there, for sure. Hang in there, keep making adjustments, and you should do fine. The important thing is that you're keeping track and studying how things affect you. You aren't eating mindlessly.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:27 PM   #527
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Thanks everyone for the advice and encouragement. I'm hanging in there!
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:29 AM   #528
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Kat - Congrats on maintenance!!! When you pack your chicken with spinach, do you use fresh? or frozen spinach? I want to try that dish for sure. I've been absent for a bit... didn't really stick to my plan in March. But today I'm back on plan.
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:17 PM   #529
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Alliejon, good to see you back! I use fresh spinach, but I think you could use frozen as well. It would definitely be a good experiment.

I weighed 108.4 today. I ate an enchilada, rice, and beans (and a few chips with salsa, of course!) for a lunch RM and chicken and spinach for supper. I think I might be up tomorrow from the salt. How's everyone else doing?
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:13 AM   #530
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Down .5 lbs
My husband is also doing CAD and eating a lunch plus his RM dinner/supper. Drives me nuts that he loses more and faster than I do. He is averaging a 1/2 pound a day while I'm averaging 1/2 pound per week
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:45 AM   #531
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Congrats! If you just started a couple of weeks ago, it seems you're already losing faster than I was when I started! I started back in October and didn't even post a lost until November. And then I only lost 1/3 lb a week! My weight dropped faster and faster as I adjusted to the diet and learned what would make me stall. I ended up taking out my beloved Coke Zero except during RM. I have one for RM every single day, and that's it! I also ended up keeping even protein bars/Quest bars to the RM. I found that limiting the fake sugar throughout the day really helped me get past the cravings.

My husband lost almost 30 lbs in the same amount of time that I lost 20, but he cheated all of the time! It infuriates me that he can follow it so casually and still lose when one cheat will throw me off for days! BLERGH!!
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:49 AM   #532
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Kat, I'm thinking if I can skip my Diet Pepsi's it might help my losses. That is the hard part. I did go from a 2 liter a day to a couple of cans a day.
Yeah, my husband cheats on the weekends by drinking lots of beer and still loses. I drink two beers on Friday evening and am swollen until Monday. So not fair! I miss my wine terribly, too
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:54 AM   #533
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I hear that! I love a nice saison or hefeweizen, but now my craft beer drinking occasions are few and far between. I WILL say that occasionally I break the alcohol rule and have low carb alcoholic drinks when I have the itch. I usually have a rickey or two--tequila or bourbon mixed with club soda and a twist of lime. Sometimes they do stall me, but usually never for more than a day or so.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #534
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It's gonna be a wine kind of night tonight anyway. Stall or not. Sometimes Ya just gotta have it
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Do you drink red or white? Red usually is pretty low carb, from what I've heard. I like dry reds anyway if I'm going to drink wine.
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I prefer the reds. A good Merlot is my favorite, along with some chocolate

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Old 04-11-2014, 09:17 AM   #537
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Mmm, yes! I love merlot and cab sauv! My favorites. Thanks for the compliment!
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You're very welcome.
Have a great afternoon!
OK folks, surely there are more of us out there? This is a great WOE so don't be shy about posting I need to read success stories!
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I almost forgot to mention that I was 109.2 this morning, so up almost a pound. The delicious Mexican food was worth it! Today I'm going to eat my usual. For lunch, I had a sandwich, cheese chips, and a Cookies 'n Cream Quest Bar with a Coke Zero to drink. Tonight I'll have my usual chicken and spinach.
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This weekend I'll be out of town for my mom's birthday, so I probably won't be posting again until next week.
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