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    My Thoughts on Low Carbing after Week 2

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    HeatherFeather
    Thu May 27, 2010 4:00 pm
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    Well first of all, I was really unable to be as strict as I had been the first week. This was not due to any cravings or feeling deprived, but rather instead, life heavily intruded. During the course of the week I had to eat out a couple of times, and while I did try to make mostly wise choices carb-wise, I did make a few allowances.

    During the course of the second week, 2 of the pounds I had lost found their way back on me. I went skating for 1 hour and 45 minutes, which was my only exercise this week. However, by the end of the week, those 2 pounds were back off again and I ended up maintaining my previous week's weight loss, give or take a few ounces.

    For now I am still trying to watch my carbs, but I might try some other plans out and see if I like them better.
    HeatherFeather
    Fri May 28, 2010 8:04 pm
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    My third week began with an omelet for breakfast, I have started to toss out all but one yolk because I just can't stand to eat so many yolks. I filled it with some cheese and mushrooms that I sauteed in butter.

    I have been eating chef's salads for lunch too, minus carrots. I haven't been adding a hardboiled egg to them either, mainly because I had already eaten eggs for breakfast, but also because I keep forgetting to make some in advance.

    I had grilled catfish with turnip greens, green beans, and a small bit of sweet potato for dinner last night. I also ate a mini corn muffin.

    Tonight I had a veggie burger with ultra thin rye toast instead of a bun, lettuce, a slice of cheese, and some steamed broccoli.

    Adding just a small amount of carbs back is really helpful to me right now, but I am really trying to keep it to a minimum.
    Dissie
    Fri May 28, 2010 10:59 pm
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    Heather, have you ever heard of low glycemic? Its low in sugar but allows you to eat whole wheat breads and fruit since fruit is a low glycemic thing. Its about natural foods, nothing processed. It doesn't include bacon....but there are certainly so many meats you can eat, things that haven't been processed. I lost 50 pounds eating this way and while sometimes I felt deprived, being able to eat a sandwich or a piece of fruit certainly helped. I eat whole wheat english muffins for breakfast with natural peanut butter and sugar free jelly for breakfast. If you want the information I can give you the info, just let me know. Or you can certainly find it online. Good luck to you.
    HeatherFeather
    Fri May 28, 2010 11:15 pm
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    Dissie wrote:
    Heather, have you ever heard of low glycemic? Its low in sugar but allows you to eat whole wheat breads and fruit since fruit is a low glycemic thing. Its about natural foods, nothing processed. It doesn't include bacon....but there are certainly so many meats you can eat, things that haven't been processed. I lost 50 pounds eating this way and while sometimes I felt deprived, being able to eat a sandwich or a piece of fruit certainly helped. I eat whole wheat english muffins for breakfast with natural peanut butter and sugar free jelly for breakfast. If you want the information I can give you the info, just let me know. Or you can certainly find it online. Good luck to you.


    Thanks - I will look around online and check it out. I love whole wheat bread anyway and I love fruit so much. Those are two of the things I miss most.
    Dissie
    Fri May 28, 2010 11:41 pm
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    It will help I promise. It is sort of low fat too, but its eating normally in the most sense and you can have pasta! I hate whole wheat pasta, just cant like it. BUT I substituted dreamfields and my doc said that was fine.
    Dissie
    Fri May 28, 2010 11:43 pm
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    There are fruits you cant have of course, its all explained in this link. Tells you whats allowed and whats not allowed.

    http://commonsensehealth.com/Diet-and-Nutrition/List_of_Glycemic_Foods_Index_of_Healthy_Foods.shtml
    mickeydownunder
    Sun May 30, 2010 2:42 am
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    Gday! Just a note NOT all wholemeal or wholegrain breads are healthy and certain brands are VERY high in sugar...ie Helgas as they contain no preservatives...so while one might say oh is wholemeal, so it must be good...

    needs to read all nutritional values other than carbs and proteins too

    2 - 4 - 6 -8 WHO thinks HeatherFeather is really GREAT?

    Can u tell we are all cheering for u and let's look forward to WEEK 3!!!

    With a BIG WHOO from others and ME! icon_smile.gif

    Thanks Dissie for the link..very informative and helpful too!

    so a WHOO HOO to u too! icon_smile.gif
    mickeydownunder
    Sun May 30, 2010 2:44 am
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    mickeydownunder wrote:
    Gday! Just a note NOT all wholemeal or wholegrain breads are healthy and certain brands are VERY high in sugar...ie Helgas as they contain no preservatives...so while one might say oh is wholemeal, so it must be good...

    needs to read all nutritional values other than carbs and proteins too

    2 - 4 - 6 -8 WHO thinks HeatherFeather is really GREAT?

    Can u tell we are all cheering for u and let's look forward to WEEK 3!!!

    With a BIG WHOO from others and ME! icon_smile.gif

    Thanks Dissie for the link..very informative and helpful too!

    so a WHOO HOO to u too! icon_smile.gif


    UPDATE while it is very informative...my doc directed lifestyle would disagree with some of the no nos as u also need fat to break down proteins...so sausages, shaved meats, salam and pepperoni or in for me icon_smile.gif

    Barley, beans taboulleh is out for me rice is limited ot somtimes and only basmati , long grain etc

    I VERY VERY rarely have rice

    re dairy...I can have the lot full cream...even ice cream

    as dairy is considered a protein

    RARELY have ice cream...the only with acceptable fruit like apple, berries etc

    and I can drink all the red wine I want!! Not sweet only dry

    and I can even have snickers bars
    NOTE: rarely if ever have, but I can icon_smile.gif

    interesting to note that sugar hides in even the smallest portions of things like may etc..it all adds up

    thanks

    doc explains in his simple to read Taming the Dinosaur Gene...explains what and why bodies are not functioning at their peak levels and symtoms and conditions associated with ....well people can read more if they want icon_smile.gif all I can say is it is working smashingly for me...

    and is managable to any lifestyle too

    WHOO HOO!
    HeatherFeather
    Sun May 30, 2010 8:35 am
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    Have a really rough day yesterday. Divorce arguments over who is staying in this house and who is moving, he of course thinks he is entitled to remain and throw me out.

    I had to get out of the house and so I went to the Chinese buffet. I did try to make wise choices, and I didn't overload my plate. I mainly selected meats and things like stir fried chicken, prawns, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans. I did not take any noodles, and the only rice I ate was inside a few pieces of sushi. I skipped soup, and I didn't select any deep fried stuff on the buffet with the exception of 2 crab rangoons. I only ate the crab & cream cheese filling and left most of the crispy wonton behind. I also ate 1 sesame ball, which is filled with red bean paste, a couple of cubes of jello, and a small scoop of mandarin oranges. I ignored the rest of the desserts. I drank unsweetened tea.

    I only made 1 trip to the main courses area, 1 trip to the sushi area (with the smallest plate), and 1 trip to the desserts area. I didn't feel like I overate at all, nor did I feel hungry.

    Later on at dinner time, I had planned to cook something but really didn't feel terribly hungry nor did I want to cook, so I made a sandwich with 2 micro thin slices of rye bread, toasted, a slice of cheese, and some sliced meat. I had some cucumber slices without dressing as my salad, and a small bowl of berries.

    So I made some allowances for carbs yesterday, but I still felt like I made pretty good choices given the stressful situation I was in.
    *Pixie*
    Sun May 30, 2010 9:51 am
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    Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. For many of us, food is what we turn to to comfort ourselves, and compared to some of the alternatives it probably is a lesser evil. (I've been trying to switch myself over to exercise with some success, a good cardio session really does help!)

    When I did South Beach, the hardest thing I had to do was to switch my mindset to phase 2 and accept that my weight loss wasn't going to be fast. I had stuck to phase 1 for a whole month instead of the 2 weeks and had lost 20 pounds. I knew that I had to move to phase 2 or it wouldn't be a lifestyle change, it would be the old "on a diet" "off the diet" problem. There were weeks, I didn't loose, there were weeks I only lost 1 pound. I almost tossed the whole thing, more times than I can count. But I didn't and today I weigh 60+ pounds less than I did in 2004. Was it fast? No - took about a year. Did it work - Yes! Is it maintainable? I really hope so, because I don't want to go back!

    Looking back, I wonder if phase 1 was actually necessary, or if I could have just started with phase 2... Sometimes I think phase 1 was only created because people want the fast weight loss. The problem is, that rate of loss isn't sustainable for most people.

    A lot of the GI type diets look like South Beach phase 2 and I think either is a good thing to try if you find that phase 1 of Atkins (or South Beach) isn't for you. What matters is that you find a plan that is comfortable, that you can stick with that becomes a lifestyle change.

    Someone said with diet and exercise, what you do 80% of the time determines what shape you are in. I'm starting to think that this is true...
    HeatherFeather
    Sun May 30, 2010 10:43 am
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    *Pixie* wrote:
    Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. For many of us, food is what we turn to to comfort ourselves, and compared to some of the alternatives it probably is a lesser evil. (I've been trying to switch myself over to exercise with some success, a good cardio session really does help!)

    When I did South Beach, the hardest thing I had to do was to switch my mindset to phase 2 and accept that my weight loss wasn't going to be fast. I had stuck to phase 1 for a whole month instead of the 2 weeks and had lost 20 pounds. I knew that I had to move to phase 2 or it wouldn't be a lifestyle change, it would be the old "on a diet" "off the diet" problem. There were weeks, I didn't loose, there were weeks I only lost 1 pound. I almost tossed the whole thing, more times than I can count. But I didn't and today I weigh 60+ pounds less than I did in 2004. Was it fast? No - took about a year. Did it work - Yes! Is it maintainable? I really hope so, because I don't want to go back!

    Looking back, I wonder if phase 1 was actually necessary, or if I could have just started with phase 2... Sometimes I think phase 1 was only created because people want the fast weight loss. The problem is, that rate of loss isn't sustainable for most people.

    A lot of the GI type diets look like South Beach phase 2 and I think either is a good thing to try if you find that phase 1 of Atkins (or South Beach) isn't for you. What matters is that you find a plan that is comfortable, that you can stick with that becomes a lifestyle change.

    Someone said with diet and exercise, what you do 80% of the time determines what shape you are in. I'm starting to think that this is true...


    You make some very good points Pixie. For me, when I was sad I usually would not eat at all, I usually lose my appetite and forget to eat anything. Until I started going through all this divorce stuff I never really turned to food as something comforting. I am certain I have done so this time though, and it is frustrating and not a habit I want to keep.

    I am in rather good health otherwise, or I was last time I was tested (in December) so the way I have been eating normally has been keeping me in good shape inside - but outside I am not fitting into my old clothes and in general feel very much a blob. I let myself go while getting so wrapped up in the stress of this new experience in my life.

    I just hope I can stick with things enough to lose another 24-25 pounds, and then I will feel much better. I am not terribly tall so on me those 25-30 pounds really make a difference.
    HeatherFeather
    Sun May 30, 2010 11:42 am
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    Oh and to everyone who has been cheering me on here - thank you so much for all of your support. It means a lot. icon_smile.gif
    HeatherFeather
    Sun May 30, 2010 12:46 pm
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    Breakfast today: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of Canadian bacon, a handful of mushrooms, which I sauteed first in 1 tsp butter.

    Lunch: another salad (I am really, really getting sick of them) - mixed greens, 7 cherry tomatoes, 1 can white albacore tuna in water (drained), 1 Tbsp vinaigrette, and some celery stalks since I needed to use them up

    Dinner was Tarragon Chicken from the IPD Cookbook (which was incredibly good - chicken breasts cooked in butter & cream with fresh tarragon) along with Another Mock Mashed Potatoes (mashed Cauliflower)-low Carb
    mickeydownunder
    Sun May 30, 2010 9:15 pm
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    Gday and YOU GO GIRLFRIEND

    You have a circle of friends who are always here to support you and cheer



    Mickey was a tad tired today so am sending Minnie in my place icon_smile.gif

    Slow and steady WINS the race...

    Dissie
    Mon May 31, 2010 9:43 pm
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    So sorry Heather for all the stressful things in your life going on right now, but the main thing is, you are still plugging away! GREAT job!
    Micky, I think your doc and my doc need to talk! LOL She put me on this diet since I had been able to lose about 15 pounds on my own, but was severely struggling. It was very easy to do since I had a list of what was good and what was bad. The low carb I struggled with because I wanted the fruit, I wanted the bread and the things that people posted for substitutes were sort of disgusting to me! LOL I stuck to it for about 6 mos and lost the weight. They decreased my meds, I was diagnosed type 2, high blood pressure, all because of my elevated weight! I now eat normally BUT have changed my habits! I don't eat white breads, sugar, avoid rice even brown, or potatoes and continue to cook with dreamlands pastas. Man I miss potatoes! I need to lose about another 50 to get down to high school skinny, but ya know what? I now feel healthy and I know the weight will come off due to the way I eat now. I am now of course more active! I no longer follow the low glycemic diet strictly but its amazing how it has changed my mindset and I follow just out of habit I guess, but haven't gained an ounce back and weight is still coming down. I do eat out every now and then but try to make good choices, and if you can't eat the things offered as entrees, most places offer sides salads.
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