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Old 10-28-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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I've restarted Atkins Induction as of 10/27/13. Been stalled at 170 (now 175) for 3˝ years. Despite trying re-Induction twice before (unsuccessfully) Paleo Whole 30 twice, Primal Blueprint, JUDDD and Potato Hacks, nothing is budging my incredibly smart metabolism. But I've been away from Induction long enough now, maybe it will be like I never ever did Atkins before, starting all over again, re-doing the OWL carb ladder all over again.

So here I go. I plan to use this journal exclusively to post my progress and links to what I ate for a history of this "new leg" of my journey.

Oct. 27 - 175 (net carb intake was 21.2)
Oct. 28 - 173 (net carb intake by day's end around 16)
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:03 AM   #2
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Oct. 27 - 175 (net carb intake was 21.2)
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Oct. 29 - 172

aqs usual, anytime I start something totally new (or switch gears in diet) I start out losing immediately. That's why I absolutely KNOW, it's my smart metabolism's desire to maintain "status quo" in it's comfort zone that I'm fighting. May not even be my hormonal imbalances at all really. Seems like if it were hormones, I would not initially lose each time I do a shift in eating.

Anyhow, I'm pleased to shed a few this week. Really trying to adhere to strict Induction guidelines, with the exception of I'm not "eating to the numbers". By that, I mean I eat a lot of veggies, but if on one day I haven't quite eaten 12-15 net veggie carbs, so be it. As long as my TOTAL net carbs for the day is around 20, I'm OK with that. I've always thought "eating to hit some number the plan dictates" was just absurd, in ANY program. I eat until I'm satisfied and still stay within the daily limits of net carbs.
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Yay for success! Hopefully you can outsmart that stubborn metabolism.

And as an aside...thank you for all the recipes on your website and on this forum. They have helped me so much in the past 3 months.
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great job so far! 3 pounds in 2 days is amazing!

I'm also on strict induction, with emphasis on lots of green veggies, but only eating until i'm satisfied. Ignoring my body's hunger and satiety cues is the main reason i'm in this predicament to begin with
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Thank you, Barbie. And good luck to you with your Atkins journey. I now have an "Induction Recipes" link on my website so you can pull up just those recipes suitable for Induction. Have a browse sometime. I have MANY recipes suitable for Induction you might like to try. I'm convinced food boredom is the kiss of death for any diet. I think that's why venturing away from Atkins briefly never seems to work for me. I find I'm not motivated toc reate new recipes when I explore other eating plans; my cooking creativity picks up when I return to pure Atkins. So here I'll stay.
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Hubby announced yesterday he had felt shortness of breath for 2 days with little exertion and feeling his heart was racing. First mention of it. My wrist BP meter indicated his pulse was all over the place. 90, 128, 149! just moments apart. And my meter is VERY accurate as I have checked it in the doc's office myself. I told him to call his doc immediately and get worked in, which they did. Their EKG wasn't good and they admitted him overnight through the ER. Looks like A-Fib in BOTH ventricles as of now. Medication had it coming down by 5pm, but they had to give him more at 7pm. He's stable right now and has had no pain with it AT ALL! When I go back this morning, we'll see what all the x-rays show and what the final diagnosis/prognosis is. He had a pulmonary embolism 9 years ago and those can defo recur, so I'm sure they're suspicious of a clot, maybe. We'll know later today hopefully. Fingers crossed it's not too serious. He looked just fine when I left him last night. The nurse said infections can trigger this off, but he hasn't had any that we can think of. He had a flu shot 6 days ago, but doubt that's a factor. Well no point in my trying to second guess. I should know later today and will post what I know here.

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Finally a doctor who had seen ALL of his ER tests and this morning's Echogram came in this morning and told us the skinny. It was A-Fib in both ventricles, They don't really know what causes the condition. The ER doc had already told us that much. Right side of his heart is enlarge. When we mentioned his DVT and pulmonary embolism 9 years ago, her face lit up and she said A-fibs are pretty common after a PE, so this condition has been slowly developing over the last 9 years, ever since the PE, looks like. He'll be put on Coumadin for the rest of his life, to thin blood to prevent any future clots. He was on that for 6 mos. after his PE years ago, and it's a pain in the rear. Will require dietary changes I'm not going to like having to accomodate.........He is tyo avoid as much as possible the following Vitamin K rich foods, as they reduce the effectiveness of the blood thinner:


Kale
Spinach
Brussels sprouts
Parsley
Collard greens
Mustard greens
Chard
Green tea
broccoli
lettuce
cabbage
green onions
avocados
endive
mayonnaise

How in the heck am I gonna cook a low-carb diet with lots of green veggies if all the green veggies just got kicked out of the ballpark? I'm almost as upset as if they had told me I MYSELF had the A-Fib event. This will mean I will have to totally change the way I cook!! Not being able to include some of these items in casseroles and soups is not going to make me a happy camper. Cutting out carbs for me and still cook for him was pretty easy; cutting out mayo and leafy greens will be extremely challenging. I'm just NOT a happy girl right now.

Looks like they're not going to release him to come home for at least 2 more days.
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OMG, cranberries and many herbs are a no-no, too, even turmeric, which I love in curries. I'm really getting depressed here. This diet news is just devastating to me. Totally devastating to someone that likes to eat just about everything and cook with 100's of herbs and spice that may get ruled out. This diet is so complex, I don't think I can even understand how it works. The guide is as complex and confusing as a biochemistry article in a medical school textbook!! The only ray of sunshine I see here is you can have 1 serving of the higher Vitamin K foods a day; 3 servings of moderate K foods a day. But who wants to learn (or have to refer to a humongous chart) to determine all those numbers to know how to cook for someone with this limited a diet? And my husband won't lift a finger or try to learn ANY of this on his own. THAT I do know. He hasn't been willing to even do low-carb 100% with me, and that's pretty EASY to do. This will be anything but easy!

Man, I really feel like I just got kicked in the gut repeatedly!! I'm thankful his condition is stabilizing and it looks like he's gonna be out of the woods soon, his new diet is going to be LIFE CHANGING and not just for HIM! I'm really depressed about all this.

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Old 10-30-2013, 05:40 PM   #9
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Sounds like your Loving Spouse is as "not interested" and "don't mess with my food" as mine is.
Please take comfort in knowing, others understand your frustration!!!
...however...glad he will be home soon!!!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:51 AM   #11
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I am, too. Yep, you described it precisely, GG, he's "not interested" in diet changing. We'll see how this goes.

On a happy note, I'm down to 171 today:

Oct. 27 - 175 (net carbs 21.2)
Oct. 28 - 173 (net carbs 17.6)
Oct. 29 - 172 (net carbs 17.0)
Oct. 30 - 172 (net carbs 26.1)
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Peggy, so sorry about the diagnosis. I completely understand the way you feel. I changed so many things when I went low carb 4 years ago that I thin I would feel like I had been hit in the head by a boulder if I had to change things again. Leaving out spices will really be tough. I really dislike the blood thinning drugs. My grandmother had at fib but she developed bleeding after about 2 years and they took her off the Coumadin. She lived well without them for 8 years until she passed at age 93.
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Well, I can deal with it, I'm sure, but it will defo be a challenge for us. Thanks so much for you concern. We should know more today on whether they're gonna stick with just meds to control the A-fib, or if they'll have to pull the "mechanical" tools out of their cardiology toolbox.

On the upside, I'm still losing on the scale. WOO HOO! I suppose I should be thankful, as I'm not a stress eater. Stress makes me actually LOSE my appetite. And on top of everything else, I discovered last night my Mom, with dementia, is yet a second time being scammed buy somebody doing those dastardly direct debits on her bank account, supposedly "authorized by account holder" (which I am certain is not the case this time) that doesn't require an actual check signed by my mother. Man, I'm getting tired of going down to San Antonio to close out her bank account and do all the necessary changes with her creditors and income people.......just to have her do the same thing again next year. You see, she gives donations to bogus PAC's that dun the elderly (the crooks aren't stupid, are they). She thinks all those outfits are legit and fighting for senior citizens worthy causes. Man, I'm about ready to just take her checkbook away and give her a cash monthly alllowance for her to keep in her home safe. I'm her POA and can do it if need be. Being scammed 2 times in 14 months is "out of control" IMHO. I told her on the phone last night "I will not do all this a THIRD time. I take the checkbook away if you don't stop sending $10-$15 all over America sharing your bank account and routing numbers with criminals. The banks don't give a dXXX. They tell you to close out the account/reopen a new one and then THEIR OFF THE HOOK for not doing their legel responsibility of checking the so-called audio tapes these people have to submit. A banker told me they don't have the manpower to verify them all; I'll be they don't check ANY OF THEM!!! I realize the account holder has some responsibility, and my mother has dementia.

I'm down to 170 again this morning. 160's here I come! That's 5# gone in just 4 days, despite the fact I'm eating 3 x daily, just not a whole LOT. 2 eggs at breakie; 1 cup soup at lunch; 1 cup casserole or soup at dinner; no snacking.

Oct. 27 - 175 (NC 21.2)
Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17.6)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17.0)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26.1)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18.9)

Like I said from day 1 of my re-induction, I'm not keeping up with what those net carbs are coming from......veggies, morning coffee cream, or whatever. Probably not getting 12-15 NC in the vegetable dept., because I'm mostly eating single-serving casseroles that are Induction friendly I have in my freezer. My cooking gets real lazy when Lance isn't around. So far, I'm pleased with my re-Induction results. But only if the weight loss continues further than the initial 5# drop I always get with major diet changes, will I feel this tact is REALLY gonna work for me this time.

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Old 11-01-2013, 08:00 PM   #14
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Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)

I know, I didn't eat so well on the veggie front today. Got 98 grams of protein though, but only 1100 calories, so my net carbs are kinda low. Ran around like a chicken with my head cut off doing errands, going to pharmacies, dealing with my mother's bank, as a scammer has hit up her account. Then I absolutely HAD to cook two steaks I thawed 4 days ago, thinking Lance was only going to be kept 1-2 days. I didn't want to lose them, so I lit a charcoal fire on my own and cooked them both. They came out real good, too! I can use the leftovers for something else this week. Lance's heart rate keeps spiking midday, but at least, only to 120 and not the 150 it was spiking to the first 3 days of this a-fib event. They're adjusting his meds and will wait it out another day to see if that's going to do the trick.
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Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170

Lance got to come home from the hospital today! And he SURE was ready! For now, they haven't said anything about a Pacemaker, so I'm assuming they think the meds will do the job for keeping his heartrate down. The nurse told him it was in the good range today. But to check it at home with my meter 2-3 times a day, anytime he feels tired, to be sure it isn't spiking to 150 like before. Button, my little rat terrier is happy to have her warm right thigh to stretch out on and is enjoying it as I am typing this, sleeping off her dinner.
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Oh, thank, GalvGal. I'll tell him a former "neighbor" on the Island is cheering his recovery on. It's good to have him home again. He said he didn't get a lot of sleep while in the hospital, so I'm sure he'll sleep like a log tonight and will feel much rested tomorrow. I'm so glad they didn't have to resort to a Pacemaker.

Oct. 27 - 175 (NC 21)
Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)

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The good news first; then bad. The good: Lance is feeling much better today and his heart rate is 88. The bad, I gained 2# these last 2 days! I'm sure it's the hospital cafeteria food I ate the last day he was in (I bought him a pack of 3 cookies and ate one with him) Then meal out the night he was released was boiled, broiled and baked seafood at the local Chinese buffet. Seafood has TONS of sodium, so I'm sure that did me in. But he wanted to eat out so bad I just couldn't say no. Oh well, I'll get it back off this week.


Nov. 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov. 4 - 172 (NC 24)

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Peggy, I have been muting mindlessly since my mom's health has been declining. 2 lbs gained for me too. I am not happy and feel fat.
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Those family care stresses can sure make us forget details that make a big difference. I was thinking boiled/broiled seafood would be low-carb......forgetting about all the sodium in seafood.

We'll get the two off, Heidi......not to worry.
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Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)
Nov. 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov. 4 - 172 (NC 24)
Nov. 5 - 172 (NC 20)
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Peggy I am still afraid to step on the scale after weighing in @ 114.5 last Monday. I tell myself I know what is coming and I am being pretty careful. Knee pain, high blood pressure, general discomfort and nothing to wear!!
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Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)
Nov. 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov. 4 - 172 (NC 24)
Nov. 5 - 172 (NC 20)
Nov. 6 - 172 (NC 18)
Nov. 7 - 171 (NC 21)
Nov. 8 - 172 (NC 22)
Nov. 9 - 173 (NC 11 so far)

I know what you mean, Heidi. I'm really struggling to get back down the the 160 I was at last Fall. My trialing Whole30 Paleo for 60 days really messed me up and I've not been able to get it off since.
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Darn, I forgot to weigh this morning before eating breakie, so I'll just post the same weight as yesteday.

Oct. 27 - 175 (NC 21)
Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)
Nov 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov 4 - 172 (NC 24 oops!)
Nov 5 - 172 (NC 20)
Nov 6 - 172 (NC 18)
Nov 7 - 171 (NC 21)
Nov 8 - 172 (NC 22)
Nov 9 - 173 (NC 18)
Nov 10- 173 (NC 20)

I am logging everything I eat now, which has been an adjustment. Plus I forgot how much I don't really like flax bread (or oopsies too much). But I tweaked my flax bread recipe a bit today and it's somewhat better. I think I may tweak it some more.
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I'm still at 173 today. But I forgot to weigh until after breakfast.
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Man, I'm still at 173. As usual, when I do an about face in my diet, I drop a few pounds right off the bat and it comes back. My body just doesn't want to let me get into and stay in the 160's.
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Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)
Nov 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov 4 - 172 (NC 24 oops!)
Nov 5 - 172 (NC 20)
Nov 6 - 172 (NC 18)
Nov 7 - 171 (NC 21)
Nov 8 - 172 (NC 22)
Nov 9 - 173 (NC 18)
Nov 10-173 (NC 16)
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Oct. 28 - 173 (NC 17)
Oct. 29 - 172 (NC 17)
Oct. 30 - 172 (NC 26)
Oct. 31 - 171 (NC 18)
Nov 1 - 170 (NC 14)
Nov 2 - 170 (NC 19)
Nov 3 - 171 (NC ?)
Nov 4 - 172 (NC 24 oops!)
Nov 5 - 172 (NC 20)
Nov 6 - 172 (NC 18)
Nov 7 - 171 (NC 21)
Nov 8 - 172 (NC 22)
Nov 9 - 173 (NC 18)
Nov 10-173 (NC 16)
Nov 11-173 (NC 19)
Nov 12-173 (NC 22)
Nov 13-174 (NC 22) and I didn't drink a lot of water yesterday either

Man, losing weight for me is really getting discouraging. But I don't give up.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:55 AM   #30
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OK, big decision today. I gave up my Diet Cokes with Splenda 4 yeas ago, but resumed having 1 a day after about 6 months. I'm going to ditch them now ONCE AND FOR ALL! I just read this study http://www.jbc.org/content/288/45/32475 that indicates Acesulfame Potassium (in Coke with Splenda) tends to cause accumulation of adipose tissue (fat). So no more Diet Coke with Splenda for me, EVER. Man, it's the only vice I have ever had and now it seems clear to me I have to even give THAT one up. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it has been my staller all along, I just wasn't willing to give up my only vice. But I want to get this last 20# off bad enough to give up even THAT.

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