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Old 11-13-2013, 05:42 AM   #61
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Morning Meek! hope your day went well yesterday and you are ready for a new day!
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Hi Deb. My first day went extremely well. I stayed the course...super proud of myself!! No real hunger this morning which is a blessing. I just had breakfast followed by an amazing cup of coffee full of cream :yummo:

How did you do?
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Dinner Tonight??

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Our Version of Outback’s Alice Springs Chicken

Honey Mustard Marinade:
1 c. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1 c. honey
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. lemon juice
Chicken:
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 c. sliced mushrooms (10?12 mushrooms)
2 Tbsp. butter
salt and pepper
paprika
8 slices bacon, cooked
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
Instructions

Use an electric mixer to combine the mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whip the mixture for about 30 seconds. Place chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour in about 1/3 of the marinade. Seal the bag and press out as much air as you can and marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
Chill the remaining marinade until later. After the chicken has marinated, remove chicken from bag and discard the marinade that it has been soaking in. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and heat an ovenproof frying pan large enough to hold all four breasts and 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. (If you don't have an ovenproof frying pan, transfer the chicken to a baking dish).
Sear the chicken in the pan for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove pan from heat but keep chicken in the pan. As the chicken is cooking, in a small frying pan saute the mushrooms in the butter. Brush each seared chicken breast with a little of the honey mustard marinade being sure to save a little extra that you can serve on the side later with the dish.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika ( I am usually pretty generous with the paprika, I love the flavor). Stack two pieces of cooked bacon, crosswise on each chicken breast. Spoon the sauteed mushrooms onto the bacon, being sure to coat each breast evenly. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese evenly onto each breast followed by 1/4 cup of cheddar.
Bake the pan of prepared chicken breasts for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is thoroughly melted and starting to bubble. Sprinkle each breast with 1/2 teaspoon parsley before serving. Put extra honey mustard marinade into a small bowl to serve on the side.
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Hi Deb. My first day went extremely well. I stayed the course...super proud of myself!! No real hunger this morning which is a blessing. I just had breakfast followed by an amazing cup of coffee full of cream :yummo:

How did you do?
That is fabulous!!! So happy for you too! I did great, went to bed knowing day 1 was done!.

Now for day 2! Lets go!

OH GOODNESS THAT CHICKEN RECIPE LOOKS AWESOME!!!
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That is fabulous!!! So happy for you too! I did great, went to bed knowing day 1 was done!.

Now for day 2! Lets go!

OH GOODNESS THAT CHICKEN RECIPE LOOKS AWESOME!!!
AMEN! I was in bed by 8PM and I didn't get up to rad the fridge either. No hunger this morning doing really good right now. So happy.

I'll let you know how the chicken turns out. I hope mines looks as good as the one in the pic .
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Yes, please let me know. If it does turn out like that picture you will be the miracle worker! It is always so hard to do!!.

Keep up the great work today!
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Hi Meek, congrats on coming back and working what we know "works."

I'm also returning back to Induction for 2 weeks.
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Hope day 2 went well for you!!! Mine was great!! Still on track and today is day 3! We can do this!
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Hi. Checking in really quick. I breezed through Day 2 like I knew I would, lol. I didn't really eat much as I've been feeling a bit under weather. Feeling good today though. Just had breakfast. I can't wait until lunch :yummo:

@Deb: I will check to see if I am in ketosis tomorrow morning. Do you have any keto sticks?

I hope you all are having a good day. I'll check journals later.

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Hi. Checking in really quick. I breezed through Day 2 like I knew I would, lol. I didn't really eat much as I've been feeling a bit under weather. Feeling good today though. Just had breakfast. I can't wait until lunch :yummo:

@Deb: I will check to see if I am in ketosis tomorrow morning. Do you have any keto sticks?

I hope you all are having a good day. I'll check journals later.

Lyn!!
Great job!!!! yep, I have keto sticks and they turned pink this morning. I am really losing my appetite today. I am about ready for lunch and feel queasy. I was already sick earlier in the week, so I am sure this is the big K!.. excited.

Feeling no hunger sure does make this plan EASY!!!..
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Morning Meek!! Hope you had a nice day 3!!! No matter what, today is day 4.. or day 1 depending on our point of veiw

Have a wonderful weekend also!
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Hi Ladies. Sorry I didn't check in yday. I'm dealing with some major stuff at work. I won't be using their PC to surf, so I'll post from either my phone (which I hate) or wait until I get home.

I just woke up. Getting ready to make sausage, eggs, and cheese. I must fill up on fats and protein before heading out to pay for the temporary boutique space, visit home goods and a few other stores. I'm taking a jug of water with me to drink along the day.

I'll be back later to visit journals. Have a good day.
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Sounds great Meek!!! Congrats on 4 days so far! Good luck with your day!!
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Hope you had a nice weekend! I had a bit of a hard time yesterday, as I was really bored with 2 small salads and SF jello... I somehow made it through, and today I am adding in more carbs. Still to determine what..

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Hello Everyone. It's been a minute since my last post. So much has occurred in my life since then. Anyways, I'll try to post more often.

Update: I haven't been on plan. I started working out again; went to the gym for a week straight, then took a week off (lol). Today is a new day, and I'm trying to be more consistent with eating and working out. We all know it's hard, but I'm trying. I'm praying for a good day today. I'm well prepared. It's hard for me in the evenings because my commute is so long and often times it's easier to swing by a fast food place to grab dinner....but I have to cut that out. Especially now that I'm on this NO FAST FOOD, diet soda, ect... challenge for the next 21 days

Pray for me, you all. I'm trying very hard to break this bad habits I have.

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Meek!!! so good to see you again!! we have missed you!

I definately will send prayers your way for success in what you are doing each day. Nothing is easy!!!

We have a little group over in the other plans section that is for support of whatever you plan you do. The title is HHcg support, but anyone can post. You will recognize several posters.. Come join us if you would like to..

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I'm praying for you and me. It's never going to be easy, we just have to continue making better choices and moving along.
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Thanks Lyn and Deb.

Deb, I'll head over to your group now. Thanks for the invite.
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Thanks Lyn and Deb.

Deb, I'll head over to your group now. Thanks for the invite.
YAY!!! so happy to see you and please do join us.. check in as often as you can, because when I don't post, I don't lose.. blah..
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Hi. It's late, but decided to check in for the week. I haven't started WW yet. I've been doing A LOT of stress eating. So much is going on . I need to start eating better and working out again. Pray for me
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Hi. It's late, but decided to check in for the week. I haven't started WW yet. I've been doing A LOT of stress eating. So much is going on . I need to start eating better and working out again. Pray for me
Hi Meek,

Sounds like we are in the same place, at the moment. I believe once we get started, there is no stopping us.

I plan to start tomorrow. Keep me posted!
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Hey Lyn,

Yes, I believe that too! I'm re-starting on Sunday. This has gone on for far too long and I'm tired (lol). The scale was 229.6 the other day. Lord, help me.

I'll check in more often.

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Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Low-Carb Diet
March 4, 2013 | by Kris Gunnars | 613,357 views | 243 Comments
Woman Who is Not Losing WeightLow-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact.

However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight.

Here are the top 15 reasons why you’re not losing weight on a low-carb diet.

1. You Are Losing Fat, You Just Don’t Realize it
Weight loss isn’t a linear process.

If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down, other days where it goes up.

It doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, as long as the general trend is going downwards.

Many people lose a lot of weight in the first week of low-carbing, but it is mostly water weight. Weight loss will slow down significantly after that initial phase.

Of course, losing weight is not the same as losing fat.

It is possible, especially if you’re new to weight lifting, that you are gaining muscle at the same time that you’re losing fat.

To make sure that you’re losing, use something other than just the scale (which is a big, fat liar). Use a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference and have your body fat percentage measured every month or so.

Also, take pictures. Take note of how your clothes fit. If you’re looking thinner and your clothes are looser, then you ARE losing fat no matter what the scale says.

Bottom Line: Weight loss isn’t linear and there’s a lot more to weight than just body fat. Be patient and use other ways of measuring than just the scale.

2. You’re Not Cutting Back on Carbohydrates Enough
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Some people are more carb sensitive than others.

If you’re eating low-carb and your weight starts to plateau, then you may want to cut back on carbs even further.

In that case, go under 50 grams of carbs per day.

When you go under 50 grams per day then you’re going to have to eliminate most fruits from your diet, although you can have berries in small amounts.

If that doesn’t work either, going under 20 grams temporarily can work… eating just protein, healthy fats and leafy green vegetables.

To make sure that you’re really eating low-carb, create a free account on ****** and log your food intake for a while.

Bottom Line: If you are carb sensitive, then you may want to temporarily eliminate fruits and eat less than 50 grams of carbs per day.

3. You’re Stressed All The Time
Unfortunately, it isn’t always enough to just eat healthy and exercise.

We need to make sure that our bodies are functioning optimally and that our hormonal environment is favorable.

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Being stressed all the time keeps the body in a constant state of “fight or flight” – with elevated levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

Having chronically elevated cortisol levels can increase your hunger and cravings for unhealthy foods (1, 2).

If you want to cut back on stress, try meditation and deep breathing exercises. Cut back on distractions like Facebook and news media, read more books instead.

Bottom Line: Chronic stress can have negative effects on your hormonal environment, making you hungrier and preventing you from losing weight.

4. You’re Not Eating Real Food
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A low-carb diet is about more than just lowering your intake of carbs.

You have to replace those carbohydrates with real, nutritious foods.

Throw away all processed low-carb products like Atkins bars, they are not real food and they are NOT good for your health.

Stick to meats, fish, eggs, vegetables and healthy fats if you need to lose weight.

Also, “treats” like paleo cookies and brownies can cause problems even though they’re made with healthy ingredients. They should be considered as occasional treats, not something you eat every day.

What is also important is to eat enough FAT. If you try to cut back on carbs AND fat, you will end up ravenously hungry and feel like crap.



Eating a diet with nothing but protein is a very bad idea. Low-carb, high-fat and moderate protein is the way to go if you want to get into ketosis, which is the optimal hormonal environment to burn body fat.

Bottom Line: You need to replace the carbs with real, nutritious foods. To lose weight, stick to meats, fish, eggs, healthy fats and vegetables.

5. You’re Eating Too Many Nuts
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Nuts are real foods, no doubt about that.

They are also very high in fat, almonds for example having about 70% of calories as fat.

However, nuts are very easy to overeat on.

Their crunchiness and high energy density give us the ability to eat large amounts of them without feeling full.

I personally can eat a bag of nuts and still not feel satisfied, even though that one bag contains more calories than a meal.

If you’re snacking on nuts every day (or worse, nut butters) then chances are that you’re just eating way too many calories.

Bottom Line: Nuts have a very high energy density and are easy to overeat on. If you’re constantly snacking on nuts, try eliminating them.

6. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is incredibly important for overall health and studies show that a lack of sleep correlates with weight gain and obesity (3, 4).

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A lack of sleep can make us feel hungrier (5). It will also make us tired and less motivated to exercise and eat healthy.

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. If you’re doing everything right but still not getting proper sleep, then you won’t see anywhere near the results you might expect.

If you have a sleeping disorder, see a doctor. They are often easily treatable.

Some tips to improve sleep:

Avoid caffeine after 2pm.
Sleep in complete darkness.
Avoid alcohol and physical exercise in the last few hours before sleep.
Do something relaxing before sleep, like reading.
Try to go to bed at a similar time each night.
Bottom Line: Sleep is absolutely crucial for optimal health. Studies show that a lack of sleep can make you eat more and gain weight.

7. You’re Eating Too Much Dairy
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Another low-carb food that can cause problems for some people is dairy.

Some dairy products, despite being low in carbs, are still pretty high in protein.

Protein, like carbs, can raise insulin levels, which drives energy into storage.

The amino acid composition in dairy protein makes it very potent at spiking insulin. In fact, dairy proteins can spike insulin as much as white bread (6, 7).

Even though you may seem to tolerate dairy products just fine, eating them often and spiking insulin can be detrimental to the metabolic adaptation that needs to take place in order to reap the full benefits of low-carb diets.

In this case, avoid milk, cut back on the cheese, yogurt and cream. Butter is fine as it is very low in protein and lactose and therefore won’t spike insulin.

Bottom Line: The amino acid composition in dairy proteins make them spike insulin fairly effectively. Try eliminating all dairy except butter.

8. You’re Not Exercising Right (or at all)
You should NOT exercise with the goal of burning calories.

The calories burned during exercise are usually insignificant, they can easily be negated by eating a few extra bites of food at the next meal.

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However, exercise is critical for both physical and mental health.

Exercise, in the long run, can help you lose weight by improving your metabolic health, increasing your muscle mass and making you feel awesome.

But it’s important to do the right kind of exercise. Nothing but cardio on the treadmill is unlikely to give you good results and doing too much may even be detrimental.

Weight lifting – this will greatly improve your hormonal environment and increase your muscle mass, which will help you lose weight over the long term.

Interval training – doing high intensity intervals is an excellent form of cardio that improves your metabolism and raises your levels of human growth hormone.

Low intensity – being active and doing some low-intensity work like walking is a great idea. The human body was designed to move around, not sit in a chair all day.

Bottom Line: The right kinds of exercise improve your hormonal environment, increase your muscle mass and make you feel awesome.

9. You’re Eating Too Many Sweeteners
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Despite some sweeteners having no calories, they can affect our appetite levels.

Several studies show that artificial sweeteners can affect appetite, either negatively or positively, in some cases making people eat more overall calories (8, 9).

Additionally, consumption of artificial sweeteners is associated with weight gain in the long term (10, 11).

This probably depends on the individual, but if you’re eating a lot of sweeteners and aren’t losing weight then you may want to try removing them.

Bottom Line: Despite being calorie free, artificial sweeteners can affect our appetite, in some cases leading to a net increase in overall calories.

10. You Have a Medical Condition Getting in Your Way
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There are certain medications that are known to stimulate weight gain.

If you look at the list of side effects for the medications you are taking and see “weight gain” on the list – then make an appointment with your doctor.

Perhaps there is another drug available that doesn’t cause weight gain.

If you’re doing everything right and still aren’t getting results, then perhaps you have some underlying medical problem.

Many hormonal disorders can cause problems losing weight, particularly hypothyroidism.

In that case, make an appointment with your doctor. Explain that you’re having problems losing weight and that you want to rule out any medical issues.

Bottom Line: Certain medical issues and medications can cause weight problems. See a doctor to discuss your options.

11. You’re Always Eating
It is a persistent myth in health and fitness circles that everyone should be eating many, small meals throughout the day.

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This has actually been studied thoroughly. No advantage has been found to eating more frequent and smaller meals (12, 13).

It is natural for humans to eat fewer meals per day and sometimes go long time periods without food.

Some people do something called intermittent fasting, eating in an 8 hour window each day or doing 24 hour fasts 1-2 times per week. This can be very useful to break through a plateau.

Bottom Line: There is no proven benefit to eating many small meals throughout the day. Try eating fewer meals and consider giving intermittent fasting a shot.

12. You’re Cheating Too Often
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For people who are able to control themselves, having cheat meals or days every now and then may be fine.

For others, especially those who are prone to food addiction, having cheat meals is likely to do more harm than good.

If you’re cheating often… either with “small cheats” here and there or entire days where you eat nothing but junk food, then it can easily ruin your progress.

Having more than 1-2 cheat meals per week (or one cheat day) is going to be excessive.

If you just can’t seem to control yourself around unhealthy foods no matter what you try, then perhaps you have food addiction. In that case, completely removing the junk foods from your life is probably a good idea.

Bottom Line: Some people can eat junk food from time to time without ruining their progress, but that doesn’t apply to everyone. For others, cheat meals will do more harm than good.

13. You’re Eating Too Many Calories
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At the end of the day, calories do matter.

One of the main reasons low-carb diets are so effective is that they reduce appetite and make people eat less overall calories without trying.

If you’re not losing weight but are doing all the right things, then try counting calories for a while.

Again, create a free account on ****** and track your intake for a few days.

Aim for a deficit of 500 calories per day, which theoretically should make you lose 1 pound of weight per week (doesn’t always work in practice).

Bottom Line: It is possible to eat so many calories that you stop losing weight. Try counting calories and aim for a 500 cal/day deficit for a while.

14. You Don’t Have Realistic Expectations
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At the end of the day, weight loss takes time.

It is a marathon, not a race.

Losing 1-2 pounds per week is a realistic goal.

Some people will lose weight faster than that, others slower.

But it’s also important to keep in mind that not everyone can look like a fitness model.

At some point, you will reach a healthy set point weight, which may be above what you initially hoped for.

Bottom Line: It is important to have realistic expectations. Weight loss takes a long time and not everyone can look like a fitness model.

15. You’ve Been “Cutting” For Too Long
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I don’t think it’s a good idea to be in a calorie deficit for too long at a time.

The leanest people on earth (bodybuilders and fitness models) never do this. They do cycles of “bulking” and “cutting.”

If you eat at a calorie deficit for many months (or years) then eventually your metabolic rate may slow down.

If you’ve been dieting for a long time, then a two month period where you aim to “maintain” and gain a bit of muscle may be what you need to get things started again.

Of course, this doesn’t mean eating bad foods, just more of the good stuff.

After these two months are over, you can start “dieting” again.

16. Anything else…?
Have you ever managed to break through a weight loss plateau?

Feel free to leave a comment here below if you want to add to the list!
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Hey Meek,

Just checking up to see how Induction is going for you? I plan to start tomorrow.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:07 PM   #87
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Hi Lyn. I haven't started yet. The BIG DAY is tomorrow. How are you doing?
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:43 AM   #88
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Today is a good day to begin Inductions as I'm back at work which is a controlled environment, lol. I'm already starting to feel funky as it's almost 11AM and I haven't eaten anything yet. Off to the café to grab lunch and a snack!

Have a good day, Lyn. I know you'll be stopping by here today
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Today is a good day to begin Inductions as I'm back at work which is a controlled environment, lol. I'm already starting to feel funky as it's almost 11AM and I haven't eaten anything yet. Off to the café to grab lunch and a snack!

Have a good day, Lyn. I know you'll be stopping by here today
Hey Meek, hope all went well with Induction today!
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:51 AM   #90
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Good afternoon. Just checking in. I've been eating clean for the past few days and I'm starting to feel better. My focus is to eat balanced meals and keep an eye on maintaining a stable blood sugar level so I don't crave sweets. Jimmy Dean Hot sausage, deviled egg filling and cheese is on of my favorite meals. It keeps my satiety level high for hours. I almost forget when it's time to eat. No cravings hardly. I'm thankful.

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