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7/3/12 12:53 P

Well, still hanging in there...at 198. Last night after dinner I made the mistake of stepping on the scale and I was over 200. I really don't want to see that number again. :(

I'm loving the food I can eat on Atkins...and I'm exercising every day. I think the tough thing for me right now is wanting to see results...and getting a bit down if I don't see them. I've got a few more days of Induction, but I think I'm might just stay under 20 carbs for a while longer. It hasn't been a problem for me, so we'll see how things go.

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6/28/12 7:05 A

199.2 this morning! Yay! I know it's water weight, but it's good to see. Had a fantastic workout this morning, followed by a wonderful cup of iced coffee made with heavy cream and SF vanilla syrup, buttery eggs and turkey. I love this way of life. :)

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6/27/12 12:50 P

Things are coming along nicely....I'm feeling good, got a nice workout this morning, and my tummy's happy with the food I'm eating on Atkins. I found a good Low-Carb team here to join, and that is also keeping me motivated! I weighed today out of curiousity and I seem to have lost a pound, but I'm not jinxing it by updating my ticker! I'm going to wait a couple more days and see what happens. :)

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6/26/12 6:47 A

We both got through our first day with no slip-ups! I think I may have had too much fat though.....feel real heavy today. :( But we'll see how today goes! I didn't work out yesterday....didn't feel too much like it this morning either, but we're planning a bike ride tonight. I've been getting up later when not working out, and not sure I like it. I'm missing the energy I get after working out first thing in the morning so I think I'm going to add that back in. I was just curious if I would lose any weight without working out--last time I did Atkins I wasn't consistent with exercise and I still lost. I've made exercise a habit in these past 6 months that I don't think I can skip it more than once a week.

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6/25/12 7:12 A

Today's the day we start our new life on Atkins! My sweetie and I spent yesterday evening in the kitchen, preparing this week's lunches for work--love the fact that we can eat grilled meats all week! I had 3 eggs with a couple pieces of bacon for breakfast, and haven't felt guilty yet. :)

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6/23/12 1:42 P

Hi Chiggercane! I hear ya on June not being the most successful....that's why we're starting Atkins after this weekend and get a little jump on it--we're ready! I'm ready to make it a lifestyle. Not sure about my fiance, but we'll see. :)

I've always had a hard time drinking water. For some reason, the type of container I put it in seems to make a difference. If I can drink it out of a squeeze bottle I drink more. Weird. I'm hitting about 96 ounces a day, so I hope that's enough!

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6/22/12 6:03 P

Hope Atkins helps. I ordered Wheat Belly and hope to get it next week and read through. July 1 can't come soon enough for me. June was not the successful month I was hoping for. Are you doing Atkins indefinitely - or just for July?

Are you drinking enough water? Sometimes that gets things moving for me...

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6/21/12 9:40 A

Well, things are STILL not moving on the scale. I guess it's good that I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing either. I'm doing 30 minutes of cardio in the morning, keeping my eating within my 1200-1550 calorie range, and have had this plateau for over a month now. This weekend my honey and I are going through all the food in the house and getting everything ready for the Atkins lifestyle. He's been reading the book as directed, and seems to be more understanding of the plan. I'm excited to get started as I think this just may be what I need to give me a loss on the scale. I know they tell you not to focus on the scale so much and go with how your clothes are fitting.....but I can't help it. I'm a numbers person, and I need the numbers to move in order to keep me motivated.

We plan on switching over to Atkins on July 1; but hell, if we can get all our food set up over the weekend, I'll be rarin' to get started right away on Sunday! We'll see! :)

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6/14/12 1:36 P

Well, tonight our dinner is a seafood buffet....I think as long as I stay away from the fried stuff I'll be ok. I'm sure once I get there and see the desserts, all my common sense will be out the window though.....We really need to stop going out to eat so much! It's becoming harder and harder for me to make good choices!

Been cutting down on the heavy exercise the past couple of days--I just don't know what else I can do to break this plateau. Upping the intensity certainly didn't do anything....I'm so frustrated.

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6/12/12 1:11 P

While I was eating my lunch (leftover steak and sauteed cabbage from the other night), I found myself wanting to start the low-carb plan sooner than July 1 - it's been a while since we had a good steak on the grill and eating it brought me back to the days of Atkins and how "satisfied" I felt eating back then. Why on earth did I quit??? I wish I would have had a stronger will to keep on that plan back then.....I probably wouldn't be where I'm at now.

I think what my body really needs is some kind of shock, to get things going again! The first 25 pounds seems like it was so easy now....even though I know how tough it was to get up and exercise every day, AND track everything that goes into my mouth. I'm still doing that today....every single day. So why am I not continuing to lose? Plateaus suck. Been hovering at 200 (give and take a pound) for well over a month now!

I stressed to my fiancÚ last night that when we start Atkins, we need to be serious about it. I've been making him read the book.....he's not happy about it, but him gaining knowledge about that WOE is going to help me just as much as it will him. I will NOT allow him to help me stray, and I KNOW he's going to want to! Just last night he told me "we better get in all the carbs we can, while we can". Yes, that is the mindset that I'm dealing with right now.....(looking for a 'hand slap to the forehead' emoticon..) I promised myself that I would stick to the numbers that SP set for me...calories, carbs, fat, and protein....until July 1. I have to give it the time it deserves before I revise those numbers to fit my low carb plan. I just hope my sweetie and I can be successful at this together, and be happy with it!

So...that being said....my excitement for July 1 is nerve-wracking. But then again, I'm reminded of how many FiberOne brownies I have left at home, and that I should really eat them soon, or lose them forever..... emoticon

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6/10/12 7:02 P

Thanks for the support, Swediepie and DZDAZR2BGR8T! emoticon to be honest, I really don't know what my calorie deficit is....I just eat and exercise within the range that SP provides - I'm eating more at the high end (1550) and exercising 7 days a week at around 300 calories each time(treadmill and rowing machine). I'm plugging away....and am waiting for the day to see 199 again....and NEVER get back to the 200's again! emoticon

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6/10/12 5:14 P

You'll figure out your plateau...mixing up the exercise will help immensely...what's your caloric deficit each day? If you're not eating enough, your body may be 'holding' steady...keep us posted! emoticon

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6/10/12 3:50 P

How exciting that you saw that number on the scale, even for a brief moment. It will come back to you- you are so close. emoticon

I'm also an early-morning exerciser. I'm up at 4:40 to be at the gym at 5am during the week for a Body Pump class or spin. I love being done with most of my exercise for the day when I do it in the morning.

Have a great week, and I know you're going to be permanently in Onederland within a day or two. emoticon

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6/10/12 12:53 P

Yep, I was good not to bank on that 199.7....today I'm back at 201. Been eating on track, even though it's been at the high end the past couple days. But that's the weekend for me...seems to be all about eating at times, especially with my fiance being "difficult" and not too supportive. I don't think he means to talk me into eating bad things, but when I suggest that we eat lunch or dinner at home, he rolls his eyes and says we have nothing--when we have a freezer chock full of meat, and two salad crispers full of lettuce and veggies; not to mention a pantry full of other things. How can we have nothing to eat?? I love to eat....and go to restaurants to do so, but I know I'd have better success if I cut it down; and lately I feel like I've been agreeing (and even sometimes suggesting) that we go out to eat or get carry-out....just to make HIM happy. Not sure what to do about this....I know he supports me in my health goals...I love him so much, but I don't think he understands that it's mostly diet that is key to the weight loss--and when we don't eat at home, I have to guess on how many calories I eat, and most times I can't control my portions and end up overstuffed.

Sigh.....Well, at least I can get my breakfast and lunches under control for the week. I really need to be stronger with dinner...and with him. I know once we start our low carb plan together, this is going to be much easier.....but until then, I have a few weeks to keep on MY plan.

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6/8/12 10:39 A

Had a nice surprise when I got on the scale this morning--199.7. Granted, I hadn't had any water yet, and was in my pj's.....SO, I'm not 'officially' weighing in until tomorrow. It did give me an added boost to up the intensity in today's workout though, so I'm happy for that!

Yesterday's eating was horrible - I had to work out of town, and skipped lunch. Breakfast was a whey protein shake at 5am, and the next time I ate was at 7pm, McDonald's drive-thru. emoticon I was famished, and polished off a big mac AND a double cheeseburger! Wow. Amazingly, I still ended up below 1200 calories for the day, but I really don't want to do THAT again! I guess that's another reason why I don't want to believe the scale this morning.....you don't lose weight by eating junk food!

I'm afraid of weekends, eating-wise. During the week I can control my breakfast and lunches pretty well, which helps me when it comes to dinner and knowing what I can and want to eat. Well, weekends I'm all over the board--I do work out for longer periods of time on Saturday and Sunday, but I also tend to eat less clean. We go out to eat a lot, and I usually have to guess on my food-tracking.

My fiancÚ and I made a pact--Come July 1, we're going to do Low Carb together. I did(and stopped) Atkins several years ago, and lost 50 pounds....but wouldn't ya know--I found those 50 pounds again! I know why I failed; it's because I didn't follow the steps to maintenance and added carbs back in at an alarming rate. I've read a few versions of the Atkins way of life, found a wonderful recipe site for all phases, and I think with my fiancÚ's help, we can live low-carb. I just have to keep in mind that it's not all about meat, eggs, and cheese! (although I love all three of those components!)

I'm excited to get my guy involved....he tried calorie-counting with me, and could not keep up with it every day. I'm still going to track every day, because it's a habit now, AND I want to pay close attention to what nutrients I am getting or missing.

Til July 1, it's onward with the calorie-counting....I'm NOT giving myself permission to pig out on carbs just because I'll be restricting them soon!



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6/7/12 6:36 A

Hi Jibbie....Oh, I'm not about to quit! I've come to terms that I'm going to have setbacks....It's becoming easier to just get back on and move forward, so that's a good thing. :)

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6/6/12 11:54 P

Don't quit. That is all that matters. Most everyone gives up and goes back to old habits.

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6/6/12 8:38 A

Ok, so today started out fantastic, getting up at 3:45am instead of 4:00 to get some extra workout minutes in. I think I'm going to do this every day(except on weekends). :) Got in 30 minutes of treadmill, and 10 on the rowing machine. Had a good breakfast smoothie made with Jillian Michaels Whey Protein, a nectarine, and water. It tasted great, and filled me up.....

So why did I fall to temptation on the way to work? :(

I had to stop at an ATM this morning, so I stopped at Kwik Trip. I used to have a habit of stopping there for an egg roll and Tornado(and egg, sausage and cheese-filled roll) almost every day. I hadn't done this in about 5 months! I walked to the ATM, got my money, and started to make my way out when I stopped....and grabbed one of each. I ate them on the way to work. UGH! I wasn't even freakin' hungry!!

I had my whole day planned, meal-wise....and wanted a small breakfast and lunch because we're going out for my 'every other week cheeseburger' at our favorite place. So....the breakfast mishap threw a wrench into things. BUT....all is not lost--I found a way to make things fit. I just have to skip the beverages tonight and just have water. No problem.

Eating the junk from Kwik Trip kinda makes me think I have more of an eating issue than I thought I did. It just seems that I'm so used to eating things here and there, that I do it out of habit, in addition to what I already knew (I eat out of boredom, or when I'm excited or sad.)

I've decided that I'm going to take another route to work, to avoid Kwik Trip--I can't fall into this eating habit again!

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6/5/12 12:00 P

I found SparkPeople in January, when I signed up for a local weight loss challenge--This site is awesome! It's helped me lose 25 pounds by May 1! But now, for some reason, my motivation or 'something' has decreased, and I've been stuck between 200 and 202 since then....I need to get to the bottom of it, and get back into the swing of things! This journal is going to supplement my daily exercise/nutrition logging, and hopefully help me get to my goal of 150. I know it won't be easy, and the weight won't come off as quickly as it had in the previous months, but I just gotta stick to it, and trust the process!

My goals:

Reach a healthy weight of 150, and maintain.
Get into a healthy Blood Pressure range, and get off my Hydrochlorothiazide.

My plan:

Use SparkPeople to track my numbers...and use their guidelines in safely losing weight.
Enter my progress daily in this journal--and also use this journal to "vent", when I'm upset, excited, and want to EAT things I shouldn't! (I'm such an emotional eater...and I NEED to stop that!)

My exercise since January has been 30 minutes of treadmill walking, 6-7 days a week. In the past 2 weeks I've changed it up a bit, to include biking(outdoors), and using my rowing machine. I think my body was getting used to the same routine....I'm up at 4:00am, walking along to "King of the Hill". (Hey, it's the only thing on TV at that hour that keeps my interest.) :)

SparkPeople has me at 1200 - 1550 calories, and I've been trying so hard to stay in the lower range of that...but it's becoming difficult! I've consistently been low on my protein, so last week I added whey protein to supplement my breakfast (using Jillian Michael's vanilla). We'll see how that goes.

One thing I've learned about this site is that some incredibly supportive people live here! I'm so inspired, and I'm learning so much from others' progress, and pro tips! How can I *NOT* reach my goals with so many others being in the same corner, rooting us all on for success?!? :)

Ok.....So here we go! Onward to 150! Slow and steady wins the race! :)

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