So how are my Atkins/Low Carb Friends doing?!

janetwilsonJune 2, 2004

Let's get an update on how everyone is doing on Atkins. We're still plugging along, did a bit of back-sliding over the holiday weekend but are back on track this week. I've lost 9-11 pounds so far and Mr. Cheater (aka my hubby) has lost 15-17 pounds.

Last night I made low carb lasagna - used hamburger meat, low carb lasagna noodles, low carb pasta sauce, tons of mushrooms, onion, garlic and cheese. It was very tasty. I also made chicken fettucine alfredo for the kids, which Mr. Cheater indulged in. I was quite satisfied with the lasagna.

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kim_okla

I'm stuck. I haven't lost a pound in 3 weeks. I've lost 30 and was going for 40.

My next big goal was 37 pounds because that's the size dog food I buy. I know how much that bag weighs when I throw it over my shoulder.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2004 at 3:29PM
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urlee

Hi,
I am the "no weigher" 'til I am down pretty much to where I will not be disappointed.

I am happy to say I took in ONE whole inch, the pair of "pants" that I once had to hold in my tummy to zip up and had to unzip when sitting at the computer to feel comfortable.
I am now sitting with them zipped up and comfortable at my computer as I type this.
What a wonderful feeling!
That in it's self "outweighs" the fun of eating the wrong foods. "lol"
~Urlee~

    Bookmark   June 2, 2004 at 3:45PM
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teresa_nc7

After a stall in week 3, I lost another 2 lbs. for a total of 8, since May 10. Slow going but sticking with it even though I couldn't resist the Poppycock while in the mountains on a quilting retreat with friends.

We fixed the "Fauxtatoes" this weekend to have with our steak and green beans. A really good cauliflower casserole with cream cheese, a dollop of mayo (or Miracle Whip), a pat of butter, garlic, s&p, grated cheddar on the top, 350 for 30 minutes. We used fresh cauliflower steamed until done, then mashed it up and added the other stuff. Yummy!
Teresa

    Bookmark   June 2, 2004 at 8:48PM
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Marcia Thornley

21 lbs., but now in a stall. I had to go to the lab today for blood work so I'll see how the numbers are. Treated myself to a grilled chicken sandwich on a real bun today! Getting back to basics again tomorrow and will see if I can get things moving again.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2004 at 9:54PM
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magic_arizona

How is the low carb Pasta? It looks awful in the package.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 9:28PM
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janetwilson

We tried that low carb penne pasta with the low carb alfredo sauce and it was just plain nasty! I was a little hesitant to try anything else but we love lasagna at my house - I used the no-bake recipe on the box and it tasted just fine. It's not quite the same as real lasagna but it was pretty good!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2004 at 11:13PM
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janet_ks

Hi y'all,

I checked in on another thread the other day and I'm afraid I'm still stalled out. No loss for a week now and I'm hoping it's just PMS related, but we'll see how things go this weekend.

I did find a grocery store with low carb wraps...they're not great, but when you compare 4 carbs to 20 or 30 with the regular ones, they're definitely worth it.

Where's Candy -- haven't seen her post in a while??

Hope everybody has a good, low carb weekend!!

Janet

    Bookmark   June 4, 2004 at 1:02PM
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toomuchglass

Hello everybody ! I am on the Atkins and have lost 25 lbs. so far. Nice to meet everyone !

    Bookmark   June 9, 2004 at 9:49PM
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urlee

Hi "Toomuchglass",
I am happy for you. Keep it up.

I was wondering if any of you have trouble with constipation on this diet and what to do to prevent it?
~Urlee~

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 8:42AM
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kim_okla

Urlee I got very sick. Went to the doc bloated, chilled, sick all over. Had abdominal x-rays and basically I was constipated. I had to drink the stuff you'd drink before a colonoscopy. Not the gallon of Go Lightly but something like that.

One thing I don't do is drink the water, I hate it. That would probably help a lot.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 10:17AM
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urlee

Thanks Kim for the info. Sorry to hear you got sick.
What are you doing now to prevent it?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 10:42AM
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janetwilson

Water is very important on Atkins. I like it icey cold over ice with lemon or lime and a straw (I'm not picky!).

Still stalled out at 10 pounds but not exercising at all - I know that's the reason I haven't lost more!!!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 10:49AM
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kim_okla

I really tried to drink water, I do some but I know not enough. People told me to get some kind of Fibercon pills but I didn't (causes gas in the beginning, like I need more gas). I don't do well with a lot of salad since gall bladder removal. At least if it happens again I'll know what it is and how to fix it.

I broke the stall and lost my one pound for the week. Nine pounds from goal.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 2:09PM
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toomuchglass

I was stopped up really bad in the beginning - found out it was from eating too much meat . Once I balanced my diet out with veggies -- and water - I'm ok.
UGH ! I sure was miserable in the beginning !

    Bookmark   June 10, 2004 at 4:32PM
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janet_ks

I haven't had trouble with this (and I'm definitely one who needs to drink more water!!), but I eat a lot of lettuce and, for me, that counter balances the increased meat.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2004 at 9:50AM
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urlee

Thank you all for your replies.
I used to be ok 'til recently it seems that I am not going every day like I used to and have to squeeze so hard compared to before. It may be that I changed to monterey jack cheese and haven't been eating lettuce etc. as much.
I did shred up a bunch of cabbage and ate some slaw last night so I did have a better BM this morning.
I will have to experiment to see what helps me. I also have a hard time trying to drink 8 glasses of water. Lucky to get 3 in for the day.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2004 at 11:37AM
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teresa_nc7

Good morning, gang!
This week was week 4 on the South Beach diet and I am holding at 8 lbs. lost. Not as well as I had hoped, but I'm going to stick with it. When I did the Atkins plan two years ago I lost 11 lbs. the first month and 11 lbs. the second month - but couldn't stick with it beyond that. I have added a slice of homemade whole wheat toast and one serving of fruit to my regular low carb eating plan for the day. I try not to have either of those at my evening meal, but keep to protein and vegetable or salad.

No elimination problems here, and I have found I have more gas when I stray off the plan than when I follow it closely. Am leaving out cottage cheese and V-8 juice as they may contribute to my stall. Ditto too many sugar free items, although I tried the Crystal Light raspberry lemonade this week and consider it my "soda pop" treat - I make it weak and like it that way, plus, I'm getting some "flavored" water in my system.

I needed to use up some carrots in the fridge, so I made my marinated spice carrots last night subbing Splenda packets to taste for the 1/2 cup sugar. I know carrots are higher in carbs, but I just don't waste food. Am going to make a marinated vegetable recipe today and sub the Splenda for the sugar again. It has been very hot here, and these cold veggies will hit the spot.

One thing I am trying to learn is to listen to my body. It will tell me what fuels me or what makes me sluggish. I have some stress on the job and quite a bit of physical activity for my age (at least I think so!) and I am trying to balance this with eating healthy and trying to lose weight. In other words, I'm trying to take care of myself for myself! This is sometimes hard for women to do because we have been the caretaker of others for so many years. Many times I have to decline activities after work because I'm just too tired - something other people don't understand. But I listen to my body and try to do what it needs.

Sorry for rambling on like this, but I hope y'all here will understand as maybe you are in a similar place in your life.

Stay focused and enjoy your weekend.
Teresa

    Bookmark   June 12, 2004 at 9:53AM
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Tikanas2

Hi! Having just discovered this forum i thought I'd put my 2 cents in...

I am doing a "good carb" food plan. I refuse to call it low carb as I eat PLENTY of carbs, just those that are low on the glycemic index. Upon review, it looks a lot like the South Beach approach. I do watch my portions though and the amounts seem to fall within Weight Watcher size servings. ( My friend is on Weight Watchers and we compared notes).

I am doing pretty well on this plan. No real cravings, no binges etc. I drink plenty of plain seltzer water and find that I like it MUCH better than the diet cokes I used to drink. I have no trouble meeting my H20 quota and no problem with constipation. Heaven help me when I have PMS though!! ha ha! THEN I get RAVENOUS!

I am glad to have found this forum. Everybody needs a...
D--t (I never say that word...) Buddy.

Tikanas : )

    Bookmark   June 23, 2004 at 10:59PM
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DesertNewbie

I usually spend most of my time in other forums, but have found that I NEED to spend some energy here. I am looking for a diet that will be a life change. I tried Atkins a few months back, while I lost 20 pounds in the first 6 weeks, I gained it right back. When I was younger, weight was never an issue, but since having my youngest child (I was 30) the weight seems to cling on and be much harder to get off. My doctor suggested Weight Watchers, but it seems so regimented. I am just not that organized and keeping up with the points sounds confusing. Having lost quite well eating low carb, I'm thinking my body likes that idea, however I don't think it's something I can do for the rest of my life. I like Tikanas idea of doing the South Beach within the parameters of the Weight Watcher program but I don't have any information on either diet. Should I buy the South Beach book? Should I join Weight Watchers?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2004 at 1:10PM
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sugar_fl

I have thought of trying the South Beach diet but a little afraid to. I had a bladder infection the end of May & it left me with Neuropathy :( I wonder if I start with the 2nd part will it be safe for me? I know I won't lose as fast but would it work & more important be safe? Would it be better to start with week 1 & just add a little carbs. How many carbs are U allowed on SB? It is harder for me to cook as I now have to cook for just me :( Cooking for 1 isn't easy & I'm afraid I'll gain back what I have lost. The medicine for the Neuropathy said one side affect was gaining weight & craving sweets. If I can have chrystle light & diet jello I think I can handle that. I love the new Orange Sunrise. If it counts for water I have no problem there either. I can weaken it down some too. I am under a LOT of stress right now with several problems.. serious problems.
Any advise would sure be appreciated.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2004 at 11:47PM
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teresa_nc7

Sugar,
With the South Beach diet you do not count carbs but choose from a foods list that has healthy choices. I have chosen to keep white potatoes, white rice, white flour, sugar and most other sweeteners out of my diet. By sticking to a diet of (mostly) low fat meats, a wide variety of vegetables, one or two small servings of fruit daily and one serving of whole wheat bread with breakfast, I have managed to lose 14 lbs. in a little over two months. These changes in my way of eating are healthy and are changes that I can maintain for life, I hope.

I understand how stress can affect your eating habits, but focusing on your good health is good for you and might take your mind off your problems for a time. I found years ago that it was impossible to be depressed if I was doing aerobics or walking in the fresh air.

Crystal Light and Sugar Free Jello are allowable treats on South Beach. You need to read the book or at least check out some web sites that give you the information you need to change your eating habits.

I'm not an expert, but I will be glad to try to answer any questions you might have. This forum has been a good source of info and support for me.

Teresa

    Bookmark   August 2, 2004 at 8:56PM
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kim_okla

9 months later and 2 pounds from goal. :-)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2004 at 5:02PM
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sugar_fl

Teresa I have now read some. I saw somewhere where they said to start on phase 2 if U were uncertain of your kidneys & ketones (sp). I think I'll do that. I wish I had found a little more of a guideline on how much to eat. In weight watchers I think meat is limited to 4 oz.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2004 at 6:19PM
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