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Just Russ 02-25-2013 03:32 PM

Restarting ATKINS 72... with no exercise possible...
Long ago, in a previous life... some switch was thrown & I began gaining weight like crazy & uncontroled. Too much going on then & in the intervening years to go into here.
I had failed at other attempts at weight control & was discouraged. About that time I saw Dr Atkins on morning TV & soon after found his book (1972 hardcover) in a yard sale. (An omen?) I found I could stay on it... but could not go off induction... I got stuck at -84.
Then I suddenly had mysterious symptoms & found out I have Multiple Sclerosis. (Again too much to discuss here) That was the Spring 2001... I remain on a boatload of meds.
I drifted away from LC or bent the rules when I knew the result... It's not like I didn't know it would not work.
12 years later, have gained most of the weight back. Even worse my lack of activity has shifted weight from muscles to belly... Thanks to the MS, I can barely make a couple of steps & should use a cane or walker to prevent more falls & injuries (had some).

Older & wiser, I am restarting. I am still burning the carbs out of my system... bad cravings right now... I can feel the saliva in my mouth looking for the sugars/carbs. Right now, I need to stay out of the carbs. Knowing how this works is not the same as living it... again...

I am uncomfortable at this weight. It's unhealthy. I need to make this work.

2.22.13 BEFORE: 241# (morning BVDs before eating/drinking) A long way to go...

Just Russ 02-27-2013 05:24 AM

I miss the old me, before MS... was an athletic outdoorsman, horseman, scuba diver. A previous life.
I am extremely fortunate that more than 12 years since my Dx I can still stand, walk a few steps with support, get out on my own.
The carb craving has pretty much abated... looking forward to the pounds coming off.

MagieDen 02-27-2013 05:26 AM

:welcome: to journaling and welcome back to low carbing. :)

Just Russ 02-28-2013 01:43 PM

:shake: Thankyou for the Welcome. I am still in week 1. I am testing & keeping a food/hunger/craving journal. The purpose is to see how much of what, I need to get to my next meal. WHEN I get hungry. IF I get any cravings (there must be too many carbs/hidden sugars). I will use the results to plan next week's food shopping.
I didn't initially eat enough (fat?) yesterday, (turkey buger cooked in butter for lunch) also got hungry, ended up needing & eating a snack though stayed on program. I Increased breakfast today & did not get hungry before lunch. Had beef burger & feel better satisfied.

Just Russ 03-02-2013 05:24 AM

Week 1, -6 Cravings gone. Keeping a food & hunger journal, daily testing & challenging my needs.

Just Russ 03-04-2013 06:30 AM

I was -7 in a little more than a week. I wanted to add a bit more fat & variety & have been using an oz or less of baking type walnuts... last night, I snacked on them. Probably 2-3 oz.
Good side is I was throughly cleaned out this morning... bad part is I gave back that last pound. I know I have trouble with carb cravings & clearly I can not trust myself. This is a problem. :stars:
So I'm back to INDUCTION... with no additions...

Just Russ 03-05-2013 05:36 AM

I put the walnuts into a closed tuperware container, only taking out 1/2 walnut at a time. Total ~ 1.5 walnuts during the day.
Tuesday AM weigh in. 233# had trouble getting the needle to stop bouncing (232-3). I was hungry this morning. I think I successfully got back on track by recognizing my mistake.

Just Russ 03-09-2013 06:04 AM

Week 2, -9... 3 days at -9 2# this week.
I'm Disappointed, I was hoping to hit 10. But Not today.

Just Russ 04-22-2013 08:37 AM

I've had a few carb slip ups but picked myself right back up. (Fed a half bag of salted sunflower seeds to the birds!!) Mr No Control!! Wife had some I could handle a spoonful a day... not the ones I bought.
I haven't strayed far but avoided the scale for 2 weeks. Today, 224 -17 (-2 more). So that's really on track, 1 a week.
THe slip ups may not have set me back on the scale but each is an emotional trial... better avoided. ONWARD!!

Just Russ 05-10-2013 07:00 AM

I've been sticking to plan... mostly perfect with a very few minor boo-boos, which I recognized, corrected & now on my personal 'no fly list'! I've been stuck at -17 for a bit but yesterday I was 221/-20 (got off & reweighed) and confirmed today -20. :jumpjoy:
A little "happy dance" but I'm still obese so no time to slack off. The last 3 have not showed up on my waist band or clothes fit. So be it. As I stated, significant exercise is not possible but it is working, slowly with no hunger & no real issues. I'm sticking.

Just Russ 06-02-2013 07:02 AM

Survived a vacation with many meals eaten out, though good safe meals by my good wife in our camper as well. I slipped once with sweet tasting restaurant salad dressing but no cravings after!!?? I just stuck to plan next meal.

I'm actually showing -2 for the trip. (First weigh in at home was 2 lower but hot travel probably had me dehydrated despite my water intake. Next day with normal intake, shows the -2 I'm claiming.)

windygap 06-02-2013 01:47 PM

Hi my name is Judy and I am proud of all the hard work you have been doing. You are doing great and do have determination! It sounds like you have a great wife who is helping you to get where you want to go. That was great that you still lost on vacation.

Doggygirl 06-14-2013 06:31 PM

Hi flagman. I enjoyed reading the determination in your posts. I hope you are still on your program! I love your siggy "No, I can't eat just one!" Wow. I can identify with that!!! :) I too am methodically trying to get back on plan and this time, be really strategic with my food planning to minimize hunger and cravings. I think if we can do that, we will eventually lose some weight, right? That's my hope anyway!

Hope you are well.


Just Russ 09-07-2013 05:37 PM

I've had to edit my sig...
I stopped weighing in June but pretty much stayed on plan through July. August I fell off the wagon. I got into a cycle of eating deserts at my usual lunch stop... even though the rest of my food was on plan... I was only fooling myself. Now, for me, I know there is NO bending the rules. I have the experience to know that I must stay with Atkins 72 Induction to make it work... but it will. It's a battle to stay so strict but I can barely walk, get no real exercise. It's hard to do by diet alone.
Here I am, first weigh in, 234 pounds. I haven't been able to stick to plan for 48 hours yet. It takes a minimum of 3 days to burn the carbs out of my system... sometimes as much as a week... though after day 3 the cravings ease up.

I'm going to restart, restart, restart... until I get over the hump. I have no choice.

Over40 09-07-2013 09:32 PM

Good luck Flagman. The cravings suck.

cfine 09-09-2013 05:17 PM

Aww Flagman, I feel your pain. Sheer will is the only thing that gets me through the first few days of being back on plan. Just remember that every day gets easier and you WILL start to feel better. You can do this!!

Just Russ 10-31-2013 06:21 AM

I have not been able to stick to plan. Predictable results. I've gained with every slip up.
Got on the scale the other day, knowing I'd gained. 240#

Just Russ 11-02-2013 06:44 PM

Made it through the first 5 days, first milestone... -5 easy induction lbs.
I used to weigh most days & record on my calendar but the Sat weigh in is when I total the week. I'll probably resume that. I think just stepping on the scale each morning gives me reinforcement to stick each day.
I'd often go a few days with no change & then have the scale drop the next. I know with my circumstance, losing 1-2 a week is typical... and that is staying with strict induction levels. I am very carb sensitive... this is the only plan that has ever worked so I must stick to it.

Just Russ 02-14-2014 09:27 AM

Have struggled to stay on plan. Restarting yet again.

cfine 02-14-2014 04:13 PM

You can do it! Never, ever give up trying.

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