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Old 07-28-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Why did I ever leave? My journey to a 30+ pound gain

A while ago I found myself at my highest weight ever.. 254 pounds. I still looked good in my clothes, my waist was relatively slim in comparison to my hips and everyone would exclaim, "What?!! You weigh how much??". My body was heavy but shaped well.. and when I started the anabolic diet (6 days low carb/high fat and 1 day high carb/lower fat) my body shaped up well and lost at a steady clip. I was down to 228 and looking very nice (see picture in avatar) in just about 8 weeks. My bf began to whine about me losing weight and I stopped dieting... but maintaining my losses was pretty easy. I did so until my breakup with my bf in which I went through some depression and began overeating.

Over the coming months I gained several pounds. Once I reached 240 pounds, I decided action was in order. First I tried a low fat, high protein liquid diet because of some results I'd seen on youtube. I struggled with that because I wanted to lose the "most effective" way. Finally I decided to add hcg. I tried the hcg with the liquid diet.. then I tried the hcg protocol to the letter. It worked! I lost 12 pounds in a week! But I was ravenously hungry and I hated the food. I didn't come off it correctly and gained every pound back in spades!! Suddenly I had so much more fat on my belly than before. I suspect that I loss some muscle mass because my metabolism slowed to a crawl. Even when I tried to eat half way decently my weight continued to climb and my belly got bigger and bigger.

This past weekend I finally cried uncle when I got on the scale and found that
I had ballooned to the heaviest I've ever been in my life 259.8. Just shy of 260 pounds. I finally learned that it didn't matter how "effective" a program was if I wasn't able to stick with it. I went on low carb the very next day. Since then I've had slow cooked spaghetti sauce over spaghetti squash, provolone cheese omelettes topped with that same spaghetti sauce and parmesane cheese, cauliflower pizza and more. As of this morning I'm already down 5 pounds and I've been eating like a queen. As I sit here sipping on low sugar hot chocolate with a touch of heavy cream, I find myself asking, "why on earth did I leave low carb, anyway?" I mean, even when I decided to start dieting again.. before hcg... before the liquid diet... I should have gone right to what had been effective for me

With this post, I'm done beating up on myself and sighing about the sad state of affairs my body is currently in. I'm going to focus on eating great tasting food that is filled with healthy protein, fats and veggies. I'm going to hang out in the recipe room which is like my favorite place to be and try every decadent recipe that leads me right to my goal with a smile . I've picked up t-tapp to help in restoring my lost muscle mass. A year from now I'll have my best body ever. Yay!!

I'm so grateful to low carb and I'm so very lucky to have all of you to reach out to.

Happy Low Carbing, my friends
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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Good for you for coming back!

Any diet that promises quick weight loss without adequate dietary protein = muscle loss. The rebound is so, so easy because losing muscle means you lower your metabolism and when you gain, you're replacing muscle with fat. That means that you get to gain it all back and then some. Wash, rinse, repeat. That's why the diet industry in America is going to be making money hand over fist until the Apocalypse.

BTDT myself. Multiple times.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
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Well i'm glad to see you back and i'm glad you found a way of eating that is sustainable. Wishing you nothing but success!
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:19 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by swinglow View Post

I finally learned that it didn't matter how "effective" a program was
if I wasn't able to stick with it.


That's a bottom line for me. It took me years to accept that fact.

And to me it is a fact. If I can't stick to it, it's not working for me.

Missteps are one thing - deciding to jump off the wagon is another.
(Since I chose what to put in my mouth ... I don't believe I ever
'fell' off the wagon. lol.)
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:09 AM   #7
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Welcome back! Good luck on your journey to health and wellness
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:31 AM   #8
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Great post Denise! I'm going to work on more recipes too. And its funny cause I want to jump back into TTapp too!

You can do this!
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:39 AM   #9
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:41 AM   #10
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Girl, thank you for your post and for sharing your story with us. I can DEFINITELY relate!!!

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Suddenly I had so much more fat on my belly than before. I suspect that I loss some muscle mass because my metabolism slowed to a crawl. Even when I tried to eat half way decently my weight continued to climb and my belly got bigger and bigger.
^^^^^ - mouth wide open because this happened to me too!!

I have been back on Atkins for 6 weeks now and have lost about 17lbs. The weight is coming off slower than it did on HCG, but it is coming off and I am eating more than ever!!

Be encouraged and stay the course .
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:46 AM   #11
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I so appreciate your story!! I think so many of us have had one or more experiences like this. Welcome back!! I love the confidence in your "voice" and I'm certain you will find success!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:22 AM   #12
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Welcome back everyone. I know its difficult sometimes when you are trying to find something to do for life and the set backs are terrible, but if you learn something from it and are able to move forward, then you have become even more empowered and you can more easily succeed.

And hearing what I am hearing, I am more and more grateful that hubby talked me out of doing the HCG thing.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:12 AM   #13
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back to LC!

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Old 07-29-2010, 03:30 PM   #14
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Thank you so much...

Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement. I look forward to sharing milestones and recipes and stories with each of you.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:40 PM   #15
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With this post, I'm done beating up on myself and sighing about the sad state of affairs my body is currently in. I'm going to focus on eating great tasting food that is filled with healthy protein, fats and veggies.
Work it, sessy! And welcome back.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:26 AM   #16
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where is the OP?

Denise darling what's goin on with the exercising? Come on back we need your encouragement and motivation!! Get back in here girl
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #17
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:46 AM   #18
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