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BEARCLAW6 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Ever wonder why you are hungry all the time even though your tracker says you are over your calorie limit for the day? Get drousy after lunch? I was that person, once. I am that person no more. I avoid foods that make me hungry. I avoid foods that make me fat. I avoid most grains and potates. I eat meat, vegetables, nuts and cheese. I am rarely hungry and yet I have control of my weight.
A few of years ago at my age 40 physical my doctor told me that there wasn't anything he could find wrong with me other than the fact that I was overweight. He then went on to tell me that I was very lucky and he was certain that he would not be telling me the same thing at age 50. My wife showed me a curious book in the summer of 2010 by a guy named Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories) that went into great detail about what is wrong with the Western diet and why we all get heart disease and diabetes. This got me thinking. Then....a good friend of mine died in September 2010 from complications of Type I diabetes. While I realize that his condition was very different from the condition that will probably be my fate should I continue eating high-carb, high-calorie meals, it does get a guy to think even more!! So here I am, cutting out potatoes, white grains, pasta and most fruit while I pretty much eat all the eggs, cheese, meat and veggies I want.
Lose some weight, get my HDLs up and generally improve my health.
Healthy eating....In other words, low carb. Based loosely on the Atkins diet but without taking the stages of the diet too seriously.
An Oregon native, I spent half my life in Seattle before moving to Boston in 2009. Fat since I was five years old (with a short stint as a fit bicycle fiend in my mid-twenties), I have spent most of my life in an intense love affair with sugar.
Quote that seems relevant: "Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged
Bear in Great Tightness?" ~W. T. Pooh
| current weight: 251.0
I happened upon your blogs and as they say there are no accidents. I have been debating whether I need to go low carb to defeat this weight problem and it seems all the signs are there…YES.
I know getting to the root of the problem is a good idea but I think faking it until you make it sounds will suffice for now.
Congrats on your weight loss and don’t stress too much on why you turn to food…you know you do and you have managed to deal with it….that spells success to me.
1146 days ago
Thank you for your thoughtful reply to my post about eggs. It summed up what I was feeling about eggs and I was really struggling with what to do as I had made a commitment to myself to challenge my own thoughts and beliefs about food since that has got me to my present state. I could not reconcile myself to being wrong about eggs. They are everything food is supposed to be....perfect just as they are, natural and unadulterated. I am a girl from the farm--I will be never ever give up butter! Thank you again
1148 days ago
Thanks everyone for the reply to my post about not doing the Induction Phase of Atkins!
It's always good to hear from people who are making low carbing a successful journey. I think I will try to keep my carbs around 50 or below for a couple of weeks and see if there is any weight loss. If not, I will go back and do the Induction Phase. And by then, I should be getting more use to less carbs anyway.
Have a great day!
1155 days ago
Hello, Friend! Just checking in after a loooong break ! Hope you are well!
1190 days ago
Thanks for responding to my post. I was very impressed by the fact that you seem to have lost 130 lbs in a year. Then of course, you managed to keep them off. I lost 10 lbs per month for my first 4 months, but then added carbs in a gradual way, and began to have problems. That is why I will now be eating only 6 to 8 carbs over the Atkin's induction for two weeks to test it out. If I have success with it, I will likely stay there for an indefinite period. I'm about 35 lbs from my goal. Thanks again, Glenn
1337 days ago