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Psmileyf 08-14-2011 08:09 AM

Psmileyf's Journey
A little background...

My highest weight was 215. My lowest since high school was in 1999 at 182. My current weight is 185.

I've been doing WW for over 2 years. I recently saw a doctor to help me with weight loss and she suggested doing low carbs for one month to kick start my weight loss again.
I started 2 weeks ago and am down 8.4 lbs.

I think I would be happy at 175 lbs...

Here are some pictures:

Summer 2009

Summer 2010


The first week was hard. Three days of headaches followed by 3 days of intense hunger.
Week two was better, much less hungry.

Today I am hungry...it sucks. I ate 2 eggs and 2 pieces of sausage...

Psmileyf 08-14-2011 06:30 PM

I'm resisting the urge to eat.
I hate being hungry again. Hopefully tomorrow I get back to not being hungry and thinking about food all day!

youthfuliz 08-14-2011 06:35 PM

Try drinking something warm - you can trick your stomach to think it's soup :D

I find a warm drink usually gets me by, and for night time I have decaf tea for that purpose - I admit it does't taste as good.

Hang in there! Your body will adjust pretty soon. :heart:

BTW, love your hair style! :)

Psmileyf 08-15-2011 04:14 PM


Originally Posted by youthfuliz (Post 14914131)

BTW, love your hair style! :)

Thanks you!

Psmileyf 08-15-2011 04:18 PM

So, today I am 2 weeks, 3 days in.
After a little blip this weekend, today is better. .7 of the 2 lbs are off and my ketosis test showed trace amounts. I have massive headaches and hopefully tomorrow will be better.
I'm ready to be not hungry again. It is the greatest feeling. I've always been a bulk eater and it is empowering to look at a plate full of food and be able to walk away from it without licking it clean. I feel in control!

Psmileyf 08-18-2011 05:19 PM

Ugh! WW weigh in tonight and I stayed the same! I am upset. I had gained earlier in the week and knew I took it all off as of yesterday but was hoping to be down at least a pound!
I want to cry!

Psmileyf 08-19-2011 04:57 PM

I have to stop weighing myself daily! And multiple times per day!
I am driving myself insane!

Psmileyf 08-20-2011 06:22 AM

I'm becoming too obsessive about this. Wanting to use Ketositx all the time and weight myself multiple times per day.
Last Saturday I ate some food that threw me out of ketosis and made my weight go up...I worked all week to get that weight back off. As of Thursday at WW, my weight was the same as the previous Thursday. Which means I lost 8.4 pounds in 3 weeks. Which is excellent, but I was hoping to be down more. 182 was my lowest adult weight and I wanted to be back there again by this coming Thursday. I might get there, but I doubt it.
I see people losing a ton of weight and I want to be one of those people. I want to lose 4 lbs a week, every week. Then I look and realize I am 10 lbs away from the goal my doctor gave me- 175. I was 215 at the time, so I have come a long way. But now since I have started LC, I just have too high of expectations.
I know that when you get closer to goal, it is harder to lose. My weight won't come off as easy as it does when I have more to lose. I know that rationally, but I can not seem to come to terms with it.

Psmileyf 08-21-2011 02:15 PM

It is so hard for me to get it through my mind that eating fat is ok. I keep expecting to get on the scale and see a big gain...I've done the low fat thing for so long.
But the food tastes so good now...
I haven't seen a drop in the weight since Wednesday. Ketostix shows I am in ketosis. I guess I need to step away from the scale and relax and let my body do the work.

I just hope this doesn't come back and bite me in the butt and I end up gaining weight.

I'm eating right about 20 carbs a day, so I should be losing...

Psmileyf 08-21-2011 03:55 PM

Finally broke down and took my measurements -
Chest 41
Waist 35.5
Hip 42
R thigh - 25
Left thigh - 24.5
R arm 13.75
L arm 13.5

Psmileyf 08-24-2011 04:42 AM

Last night I walked into the hair salon and my stylist told me I looked like I lost a lot of weight!
It made me feel great!

Even better is the way I feel. I feel good! I feel healthy! I feel in control!

Psmileyf 08-24-2011 04:18 PM

Just read an article on Post Induction Stall Syndrome. I believe that is what is going on with me.
The first 2 weeks were great. Then I feel kinda stalled. I've been eating very well but the scale seems to go up and down and it is discouraging.
Being on the low fat bandwagon so long makes it difficult for me to eat a lot of fat and relax about it. I need to see results...so hopefully I will within the next week.
My official weekly weigh in is tomorrow night...I'm hoping for at least a small loss, but I'll stick with it either way!

Psmileyf 08-25-2011 04:07 PM

Good weigh in tonight! I lost 1.4 lbs.
Makes me feel great!

Drank a very small coke tonight...split it with my son. That was my treat for the week.
I have to see what that does to me!

Psmileyf 08-26-2011 11:09 AM

I've hit a huge milestone for me! I am at my lowest weight this century. I am 1 lbs lighten than I was in 1999.
In 1995 I was this weight for 2 weeks when I returned home from a 6 week Army ROTC camp.
Before that, I hadn't seen this week since my junior year of high school in 1992.

Not too shabby for a 36 year old mom of 2!

And I must be feeling good about myself because I volunteered to be a soccer coach for my boy's team. I've never played soccer, or seen a game...but they'll teach me the basics and the kids are only 5, so there is not a lot of technique involved.
But before this, I would have been too self conscious to volunteer!

Psmileyf 08-28-2011 04:44 PM

Went on a nice walk tonight with my old walking buddy! It felt good to be out in that breeze!

Forgot to weigh in this morning...that never happens.

lisablueyes 08-28-2011 09:46 PM

I personally felt like weighing in all the time would drive me crazy. I've had that happen in the past. This go around I'm weighing in each week on Monday morning. I have been able to keep to it and I'm happy because I don't get those highs and lows every day as I weigh 12 times during the day and freak out because my weight in the evening is a pound more than it was that morning. :)

ny_shelly 08-29-2011 09:52 AM

Hi Pam - Wow congratulations on getting to that milestone!!! Isn't it amazing how we all know how much we weighed what year, etc.? It's crazy really. I was having that exact conversation this morning with my daughter.

The last time I was on Atkins (successfully, ahem) I lost 60 lbs and I weighed 253. That was 5 years ago. Before that the next lowest was when I had my daughter in 1992 I was 209 after I gave birth.

That's great you volunteered to be a soccer coach. Good for you!

I never used those keto stix. Drove me nuts - I never turned. I threw them out. I only get on the scale in the morning. Don't let that scale drive you nuts. I'm glad you took measurements because sometimes you can lose inches and not pounds.

Did you know that 1 QUART of water weighs 2 lbs? So you need to drink your water every day to flush out the waste in your cells and water that is being held in your cells. Water weight is heavyyyy. Drink at least 1.5 quarts per day.

Hang in there!!

Psmileyf 08-29-2011 06:02 PM

Thanks Lisa and Shelly!

Today I managed to eat out all day and stay on plan...We were out in Amish country, which has a ton of high carb food...I only ate chicken, a salad and green beans. Felt good to be in control.

Tomorrow I am in the car for about 11 hours. Packed the family our standard peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...we eat them in the car if the kid are doing okay and we don't want to stop.
I bought a rotisserie chicken and cut it into pieces to pack in the cooler for me to eat. I also hard boiled some eggs and made a big thermos of iced tea to bring in the car so I would not want to stop for soda.
Soda is the hardest thing I have given up!

Psmileyf 08-30-2011 04:15 PM

Made it 12 hours to Maine without digging into the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I cracked one of the eggs open to find out that I packed raw not hardboiled eggs. Oops!

And I got my Atkins 72 book and started reading it. It came with a notecard post marked 1973 about someone praying for someone else...and a receipt for $6.95 for the book. I paid $3.99 so it held up its value pretty good!

Psmileyf 09-02-2011 08:37 AM

Vacation has been going well.
I told myself the only way I would eat off plan was if the restaurant I like has their Tollhouse brownie pie on the menu.
We went last night and it was not on the menu. I ate 2 lobsters and a salad.
We went this morning for breakfast and it is on the menu! I told my husband that under no circumstances was he to allow me to walk into that restaurant tonight. I don't want to eat it and I am not sure I can talk myself out of it if I see a piece...so I shall dine somewhere else for dinner!

We are headed out to a fair now. Should be a pretty easy day in terms of LCing. I love sausage and fairs always have sausage stands.

I should mention that I've been in ketosis well over a week straight...and this morning after breakfast my ketosix showed no ketosis. The only thing different I ate was Truvia. Maybe Truvia did it to me or maybe it is a fluke...I shall test again before we leave and try not to let it ruin my day!

Psmileyf 09-04-2011 06:40 AM

I made it through vacation with a .9 loss. Not bad!
My husband said we also spent much less money this vacation than in the past. He said we ate out a lot less...I think it was because we ate a big breakfast and dinner, and I grabbed an egg in between, so we missed eating out lunch every day! And probably not getting dessert every night saved us money too!

Next week my son starts soccer and I will be coaching his team. So today we are going out to get him some cleats and a soccer ball. I'm hoping to spend some quality time outside kicking the ball with him and both learning how to play. It should be good for our bodies and mind! Exercise is so much more fun when it is disguised as play!

Psmileyf 09-07-2011 03:22 PM

Nothing too much new this week!
Had a party at work today...pasta, chicken and cake. I ate a salad and some chicken.

My weight was up 2 lbs this morning. It didn't really bother me too much. I am 37 days into this with no TOM yet, so I am guessing my body is just all out of whack!
I'm just going to keep on keeping on and see what happens!

My mom told me today she is doing South Beach diet. She has seen what Atkins is doing for me and she wants to try South Beach, because she does not think she can handle Atkins. I am proud of her. I call her the cookie monster b/c the woman loves cookies. Giving up carbs will be really hard on her.

Psmileyf 09-10-2011 04:09 PM

TOM finally came and I went up 4 lbs. As of this morning, 2 of those pounds were off.
Hopefully a month from now I can read back on this journal and remember not to freak out if I see a 4 lb gain!

Overall, this has gone well. I am happy with my weight loss. But I just want it to go faster! I want to be at goal. I want it all and I want it all now!

Psmileyf 09-13-2011 04:35 AM

So many views, no comments. I must be boring!

Weight is back up...probably has something to do with the cupcake I ate the other day...it was my first sweet in a month and a half. I had a lot of hunger yesterday. I don't think that the cupcake was worth it...lesson learned.
I don't expect to go my whole life without a sweet, so I have to figure out what works well for me. One cupcake doesn't send me on a binge, I can eat one and just one...I am strong willed like that...

Psmileyf 09-14-2011 04:46 AM

Back into ketosis and the hunger has subsided. Thank goodness!

I'm just feeling impatient this week. I want this weight off and I want it off now! I feel so much better and I know I look better, but I want the scale to show me a number I am happier with.

Psmileyf 09-15-2011 04:17 PM

I went back to the doctor today and was happy to step on the scale. Down 10 lbs since I saw her last! That part made me happy!

I am frustrated that for the past few weeks I am not down any substantial weight. I know I need to just stick with it but I just want to step on the scale and see a nice low number.

The doctor also told me to try to lose another 15 lbs. I had it in my mind to lose 10 more lbs...I've gone from obese to overweight and 15 lbs will take me to normal on the BMI chart. The same doctor has told me before that with my body type it is probably unreasonable for me to get to the normal range...
Now I feel like I am failing even if I lose 10 more lbs...

I'm just frustrated. I think I'll go take a hot bath and go to bed!

Psmileyf 09-18-2011 11:33 AM

Home from camping! I have not been on the scale since Friday morning and it is driving me crazy!

My kiddos have Ding Dongs and they are driving me crazy. Most of their snackfoods don't appeal to me. So, I am letting my kids gorge themselves on them just to get them out of the house and then never buying them again!

I ate meat and eggs all weekend...no veggies. I didn't take any camping with us, so tonight I am planning on eating a big salad and some roasted chicken...

Psmileyf 09-21-2011 10:50 AM

Why is that I can have steady gains but not steady losses?

This has not been a good week.
I'm back up to 185 as of this morning. I am guessing it has to do with licking the peanut butter off the knife while making my kids PB&J. Might not have been so bad if I had not stuck it back in the jar and licked a bunch more off.
I'm guessing, hoping, praying this is just water weight and will come off easily.
I have not been in ketosis for 2 days and it sucks...

On a positive note, I am going to a wedding on Friday night and I tried on a dress I bought 13 years ago, right out of college, and I rock it! I'll look better in it now than I did back then!

Psmileyf 09-22-2011 03:20 PM

1.5 of the pounds came back off this morning. As frustrated as I am with this weeks massive gain, I must say I look and feel good! I look in the mirror and I am really happy with what I see!
The funny part is I am happier with what I see naked than what I see with clothes on! That is the opposite from what I hear from other people. When I look down at the naked belly and see some flab - I also see the scar...and I guess I remember that this body does more than just look good - it made little humans!
When I see it in a shirt, I just see a fat roll!

On another note, I have heard people say "It's not like someone shoved that brownie down your throat" or something else along the lines of it being a choice to eat...well, I can honestly say that someone is shoving things down my throat! I guess my daughter misses me eating bites of her food, because she is literally trying to shove things in my mouth, yelling at me to eat it.
Poor girl is only 2 and she is learning food issues from me!

Psmileyf 09-24-2011 05:02 PM


My husband and I went to a wedding last night. That was me and the kids before we left. Please ignore the messy house in the background - I still have not put everything away from camping last weekend!

My weight has been up and down for the past 2 weeks. I am up a whole 5 lbs...it is so maddening. I wish I understood it. I just have to keep hoping it gets better. I am starting a new program, similar to WW, but stricter and free. It starts October 20th. I hope it helps me. I'll be going with a girl from work.

On another note, my husband has had his hours and pay reduced by 20%...so today for the first time I shopped on a budget. I usually buy organic and buy nice cuts of meat, etc. I spend a ton on groceries and now I need to be more careful. It kinda sucks. I know I can cut down my grocery bill significantly though.

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