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Old 11-30-2011, 09:12 AM   #511
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Thanks, Susanna. I think I'm eating enough - I sometimes forget to drink a lot of water.

I do make whipped cauliflower with HWC in the food processor, which I loved at first, but am now getting sick of. I have to be careful with the veggies because they have really become a treat for me on the diet. Maybe I should worry less about the veggies? Sometimes I wonder if I eat too much protein vs fat - eg, the only chunk of beef I like is a tenderloin which runs pretty lean. I do eat hot dogs and sausage etc.

I think I'm going to relax a little bit on the veggies and add some berries and just see what happens. That's better than a total give up, right?
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #512
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Is anyone else worried about eating too many processed meats? I grab slim jims for snacks and like to eat pepperoni or hot dogs for lunch. It is just really hard to cook meat or fish for lunch.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #513
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Is anyone else worried about eating too many processed meats? I grab slim jims for snacks and like to eat pepperoni or hot dogs for lunch. It is just really hard to cook meat or fish for lunch.
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i eat way too many processed meats. LOL..but it's more convenient for me. I dont really cook at all.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:03 AM   #514
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I'm tired constantly and majorly depressed right now. i don't eat vegetables because I need to eat food constantly so my carb count is already over, adding the veggies would increase it so much. And i know this means im getting too much fat but i just cant seem to stop wanting to eat, i need the comfort.

All I think about is food all day long. I look through these threads and see everyone's menus they post and the food looks horrible or it looks like one single meal for me, not a whole day!

I see stories of how they exercise a million times a day and I look at my two kids under 3 and laugh at that idea (and yes, im sure I will look through here and see a million moms with 7 kids that wake up cheerfully and jog and do yoga with their kids, i understand thats not an excuse for me)

I think Im just hopeless. I would love to lose the 40 pounds I gained since having my boys (both pregnancies I gained over 60 lbs- once again, uncontrollable eating...) but i know it is not just going to magically happen so all i am doing is setting myself up for failure.
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asdf1234, what do you usually eat throughout the day? how much water are you drinking? im starting my 2nd week on induction and gained 3 pounds, but myclothes feel loose on me. dont give up! we can all do this
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:42 AM   #516
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I'm tired constantly and majorly depressed right now. i don't eat vegetables because I need to eat food constantly so my carb count is already over, adding the veggies would increase it so much. And i know this means im getting too much fat but i just cant seem to stop wanting to eat, i need the comfort.

All I think about is food all day long. I look through these threads and see everyone's menus they post and the food looks horrible or it looks like one single meal for me, not a whole day!

I see stories of how they exercise a million times a day and I look at my two kids under 3 and laugh at that idea (and yes, im sure I will look through here and see a million moms with 7 kids that wake up cheerfully and jog and do yoga with their kids, i understand thats not an excuse for me)

I think Im just hopeless. I would love to lose the 40 pounds I gained since having my boys (both pregnancies I gained over 60 lbs- once again, uncontrollable eating...) but i know it is not just going to magically happen so all i am doing is setting myself up for failure.
You aren't hopeless. I still go thru the thinking constantly about food, especially right around my TOM.

First of all, the longer we do this WOE, the smaller our portions become as long as we don't fall off the wagon. I fell off for three days at Christmas and then had my TOM so I am just coming off of that, so trust me, my meals weren't small. I'm sitting here right now eating 2 1/2 scrambled eggs for breakfast. I eat when I'm hungry. One thing to remember is don't eat because you are bored.

I remember when my kids were little. I had two in diapers at the same time. They were both boys and climbers. I had to take them with me to go to the bathroom. It was quite depressing not to have a minute to myself. But there are the lulls in time where they are occupied and you aren't hungry, but you eat. I've been there. Can you post a sample menu of what you are eating in a day?

You are gonna get thru this.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:49 PM   #517
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Thanks guys. I really have been forcing myself to eat less. The last two days have been okay I guess. Today was:

B-coffee with HC & 3 splendas, 2 turkey burgers with mayo and spicy mustard

L- pizza chicken (chicken with 1/8 cup of SF sauce and maybe 1/4 cup mozz. cheese, garlic salt)

D- another coffee w/ HC but with 3 Pure Via (first time trying, not sweet enough, going back to splenda) and 1 splenda packet
2 servings of spinach, mozz. & cheddar cheese quiche

throughout the day I probably had 35 oz. of watered down crystal lite (do not like plain water)

I do not count carbs like I should, i just never seem to have the time to do it, so I dont know how much that is exactly but it feels like it's under 20... And I just got fresh green beans so that will be for snacks, vegetables are hard for me to get in my diet...

And yes, with the kids it's so hard to feed them off the atkins plan without taking a small bite of their food :/ but I'm trying.... I start back to work next week so that will be a whole other set of problems I'm sure... But I just can't quit this time, I cant!
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Thanks guys. I really have been forcing myself to eat less. The last two days have been okay I guess. Today was:

B-coffee with HC & 3 splendas, 2 turkey burgers with mayo and spicy mustard

L- pizza chicken (chicken with 1/8 cup of SF sauce and maybe 1/4 cup mozz. cheese, garlic salt)

D- another coffee w/ HC but with 3 Pure Via (first time trying, not sweet enough, going back to splenda) and 1 splenda packet
2 servings of spinach, mozz. & cheddar cheese quiche

throughout the day I probably had 35 oz. of watered down crystal lite (do not like plain water)

I do not count carbs like I should, i just never seem to have the time to do it, so I dont know how much that is exactly but it feels like it's under 20... And I just got fresh green beans so that will be for snacks, vegetables are hard for me to get in my diet...

And yes, with the kids it's so hard to feed them off the atkins plan without taking a small bite of their food :/ but I'm trying.... I start back to work next week so that will be a whole other set of problems I'm sure... But I just can't quit this time, I cant!
HEy, try cutting out some cheese. IT causes me issues and I seem to stall when I eat it until I get into ketosis really good.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #519
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Yes I forgot to add that cheese is a major thing with me! It's hard for me to find substitutes for it in meals. Like, just plain chicken would not satisfy me. I'm not a good cook at all so I'm not great with seasoning things...
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I hate plain chicken too. Here are some things you can try, that don't add carbs.

First of all, are you eating the very popular boneless, skinless, chicken breast? Cuz that is just dry and horrible in my book. I don't eat breast. I like dark meat. My favorites are thighs and wings. Much more flavor.
Plus, on Atkins you can have the skin, and leaving the bone in keeps the flavor better. Just saying. Everyone is different. But that's my two cents on that.

Here's my list of ways to make your chicken yummy:


Cajun seasoning. (A favorite of mine, Tony Chachere's)

Mustard. I like to coat chicken in mustard, then add Tony Chachere's.

Try pan frying in different oils. Canola, olive, peanut, etc.

Lemon pepper is really good.

Add bacon. (This applies to anything, really. One of my favorite things about Atkins)

Other tips: watch your sweeteners. Each packet counts as a carb. I don't know what Pure Via is, but I know Tru Via is 3 carbs per packet!

Drink as much water as you can force yourself to drink. I personally hate water. But NOTHING makes you lose like water. With lack of fiber that comes with this WOE, you need water to keep things moving. If you drink the amount of water you are supposed to (typically 64-100oz) you can literally lose about a pound a day, as long as you are following the rest of the rules.

When it comes to kids.... I treat my kids' food as if it is poisonous to me. Sounds absurd, but I won't even lick my fingers if I touch their food. I am one of those moms who always eats their kids leftovers, unless I'm doing LC. I just remind myself... "I am not a garbage disposal". I had to let go of the fact that kids waste food. A lot ends up in the trash. This was a HUGE moment for me, when I realized that I HAD to let that go. I can't eat off their plates just to save the food from the trash.

Check the boards often. There is SO MUCH encouragement here.

This is hard, but staying fat and unhealthy is hard too. Getting healthy is so worth it. Imagine actually having enough energy to *want* to play with your kids. (Another of my huge issues, idk of that applies to you or not.)

Keep your head up. It WILL GET BETTER.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:12 PM   #521
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today was a very bad day. tomorrow will be better
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #522
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i just got in a huge fight and then ate chinese food take out i have done pretty good since then but i haven't lost anything... today is actually going bad too- not personal but hard diet day. just not being satisfied with whatever i am eating.

im tired and running out of ingredients for atkins foods....but our grocery bill is becoming so high, I can't keep going to the store and buying more and more. my child care situation has just changed and now those bills are going to be even higher starting this week. and my husband won't be back at work for another 4 weeks (injured on the job so getting paid but he doesn't get the overtime that we need) .... just getting overwhelmed i guess...
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i just got in a huge fight and then ate chinese food take out i have done pretty good since then but i haven't lost anything... today is actually going bad too- not personal but hard diet day. just not being satisfied with whatever i am eating.

im tired and running out of ingredients for atkins foods....but our grocery bill is becoming so high, I can't keep going to the store and buying more and more. my child care situation has just changed and now those bills are going to be even higher starting this week. and my husband won't be back at work for another 4 weeks (injured on the job so getting paid but he doesn't get the overtime that we need) .... just getting overwhelmed i guess...
Ok, well, the grocery situation-- I have three kids to feed, and two of them are growing boys who eat EVERYTHING. I can't afford for them to eat everything. So, I buy deli meat on sale, but not from the deli counter. I shop at Target now--but only because it's cheaper. I buy storebrand. The kids eat it and I actually like it too. I cut my grocery bill in half by doing that. I also buy the store brand frozen veggies. Cauliflower, broccoli, etc. And then you can get canned green beans if you like. The store brand butter is cheaper as well. I throw in a few boxes of store brand mac and cheese for the kids because I just don't like them, won't eat them, but it's a filler for them.

Take a deep breath, cut where you can, and have faith. You can work this out. We are here for you too.
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thanks. yeah we are a family of store brands! haha thank god not one of us care about the slight difference in taste. and i hardly ever buy fresh vegetables- always canned and frozen. my youngest son gets hand me downs and my older son usually gets target or walmart clothes- another thing we aren't picky about our biggest money obstacle is child care which can't be helped. that, and now our grocery bill. me and my husband just eat alot i think and LC stuff is just killing our wallets.

but youre right, we just have to work it out. we always seem to get by, just another obstacle....thanks for the listening ear!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:02 AM   #526
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Hi everyone, I'm an Atkins newbie - on my second week - lost 10 lbs and now I have hit limbo - are there any "fun" foods you can eat to help stay on track - it is so hard going cold turkey from foods I used to eat. I can live without the bread and chips, but once in a while I could really use something sweet - are there any other foods we can eat other than what is in Atkins book - help!!
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for sweets, i like the snack you will see on here alot- 1-2 oz. of cream cheese (i soften it a lil in the microwave) with 1 packet of splenda and a sprinkle of crystal lite (you dont need much so i save the individual packets for a couple servings). its sooo good, and you can change the crystal lite to what mood you are in- I like the snapple iced tea one the best!

the reason i like it is that i struggle with portion control and this is so filling, I get one of my kids' little spoons and eat it slowly and it satisfies me. sometimes i put a little bit of whipped cream in it too.

and i know alot of people say no to the atkins bars in the beginning but i like one once in awhile- never more then 3 net carbs... the chocolate with the coconut and almonds is good.... but some are pretty bad IMO!

hmmm, not too many choices (im so sick of jello heh). i guess i now use coffee as a snack. ill get a small cup of it and make it extra sweet with 2 Tbsp HC and 2 splendas (i use the same amount in the morning but a bigger cup- therefore my second cup of the day is sweet like a snack!)
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Rules for Induction?

Its been awhile since doing the Atkins, are the rules or guidelines posted anywhere? Thank you

Oh and also how do I save threads or do favorites? Sorry just anewbie.
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Rashell....if you can lose 81 pds in 6 months that will be a new record....I really like to set a goal of 5 pds at a time...i think we would all like to weigh 135 again but realisticlly most of us will never be that small again. As we get older our bodies change and what looked good on us at 25 or 30 doesn't work when you are older. I have lost 8 pds since
Jan 12th and need to lose another 30...I think I can do it by May if I stick with it. I think if you try to get it off too fast you will get discouraged by setting too high a goal at the start...good luck....one day at a time
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:14 AM   #530
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First time I've posted here. I started induction 1/23. I am weighing each morning and see how I drop and then up a little. Discouraging.
I like cream in my coffee. Is 1/2 % 1/2 okay??? I think I am snacking on string cheese too often.
What is the best low carb sweetener?
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i tend to not follow very strictly so i wouldn't want to be the one to answer your questions. but for coffee, I believe heavy cream (heavy whipping cream) is best. and you need to count your Splenda as one carb each packet, if that is the sweetener you prefer.

string cheese is a great snack but i rarely use it because i tend to use too much cheese a day (about 3 ounces is good) so i save it for dinner recipes so i can have bigger portions!

good luck!
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It is so nice to know I'm not the only slow and no loser, after three good weeks my blood sugar is so much better but the weight doesn't want to give in. I just feel so much better so I'll keep visiting for encouragement and eating right.
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yes! keep coming back! even when you fall off the wagon- its frustrating to see people just post all positive and then when they cave in and eat bad, they hide hehe

are you following strict atkins or do you modify any?
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yes! keep coming back! even when you fall off the wagon- its frustrating to see people just post all positive and then when they cave in and eat bad, they hide hehe

are you following strict atkins or do you modify any?
the forum is really helpful. We all have good days and bad days...but not to worry, there's always tomorrow. Maybe youll lose 2 pounds a week, and then see a .5 gain...the key is to NEVER give up
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I'm in my second week of induction and I'm just not losing weight. I've used the ketone stix and typically fall in the "small" category but I read that any amount should result in weight loss. I lost a few pounds of initial water weight and haven't seen the scale move since.

A typical menu consists of:

Breakfast- 2 eggs, bacon, decaf coffee with 2 splenda and creme
Lunch- salad (lettuce, shredded cheese, mushrooms, cucumbers) with grilled chicken and whole fat bleu cheese dressing
Dinner- turkey lettuce wraps or salmon fillet or other meat

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm in my second week of induction and I'm just not losing weight. I've used the ketone stix and typically fall in the "small" category but I read that any amount should result in weight loss. I lost a few pounds of initial water weight and haven't seen the scale move since.

A typical menu consists of:

Breakfast- 2 eggs, bacon, decaf coffee with 2 splenda and creme
Lunch- salad (lettuce, shredded cheese, mushrooms, cucumbers) with grilled chicken and whole fat bleu cheese dressing
Dinner- turkey lettuce wraps or salmon fillet or other meat

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have zero words of wisdom other than become active on one of the threads on the Induction board. THe ladies are simply amazing!! A new February Challenge will start up tomorrow. I find they help hold me accountable for what I consume.

I too am hating the scale right now. I stick with it, stick with it but still I seem like I'm not doing well.

I also agree that 80+ pounds isn't a realistic goal. I love the 5lb idea. For me, I go 10 pound increments at a time. I am in the 190s. So my goal is to get into the 180s. When I reach that goal, then I will adjust to the 170s as my next goal. I also agree with our dream size? As an athlete forever I would give anything to see 135lbs again but I know after 3 kids, being 35 years old and struggling to even lose the weight I have gained since being pregnant. 135 is just not going to be a weight that I can be happy with. I dont want to have to eat grass and work out hours a day to maintain. I am quite happy if I can reach 155/160 and be able to maintain a healthy happy life but still enjoy things like dessert once in awhile. My overall goal is only 160 pounds and to be there by fall. THat's a average of 1.5lbs a week or less. If I reach it before then AWESOME if not, then I am not setting myself up for failure which only leads to giving up
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I'm in my second week of induction and I'm just not losing weight. I've used the ketone stix and typically fall in the "small" category but I read that any amount should result in weight loss. I lost a few pounds of initial water weight and haven't seen the scale move since.

A typical menu consists of:

Breakfast- 2 eggs, bacon, decaf coffee with 2 splenda and creme
Lunch- salad (lettuce, shredded cheese, mushrooms, cucumbers) with grilled chicken and whole fat bleu cheese dressing
Dinner- turkey lettuce wraps or salmon fillet or other meat

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi ltmclandry,

I can only tell you what I have noticed for myself and hopefully you can get something out of it. I am day 13 into induction. I follow the induction plan very strictly and keep a food journal of everything I am eating with carb and protein counts. I do drink some coffee throughout the day and I do not eat any splenda or other sweetener at all. I am not hungry at all between meals, which is great. I use the Ketostix and I am in ketosis, but just. So far I have only lost 4 pounds and the first three happened in the first few days. Could be discouraging...but...I also took measurements when I first started and my waist is 1.5 inches smaller!

So don't give up! Maybe give up the scale and weigh once per week, and use measurements.

Hope that helps!

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I have been on induction for 2 weeks. I started exercising for 3-4 times weekly, stopped birth control, and drinking 82-100 ounces of water daily. I have not lost any weight. I am not sure what is going on. I am discourgaed and don't know what to do. Any advice
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:53 AM   #539
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I have been on induction for 2 weeks. I started exercising for 3-4 times weekly, stopped birth control, and drinking 82-100 ounces of water daily. I have not lost any weight. I am not sure what is going on. I am discourgaed and don't know what to do. Any advice
hi rice.tracy,
Ive been on induction since january 2nd . my weight started at 148 and dropped to 140.8. Now, I am 143. My weight goes up and down all the time. All i can say is, dont give up. Your body is just starting to recognize that you are on a diet. It takes a while. Last summer, i exercised and watched my calorie intake for 4 months and i didnt see the scale move AT ALL....it was frustrating running 5 miles a day, eating 1000 calories a day, and doing situps, etc.
Just give it time. Are you drinking coffee? are you measuring yourself?
Im losing weight very slowly but inches are coming off.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:08 AM   #540
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hi rice.tracy,
Ive been on induction since january 2nd . my weight started at 148 and dropped to 140.8. Now, I am 143. My weight goes up and down all the time. All i can say is, dont give up. Your body is just starting to recognize that you are on a diet. It takes a while. Last summer, i exercised and watched my calorie intake for 4 months and i didnt see the scale move AT ALL....it was frustrating running 5 miles a day, eating 1000 calories a day, and doing situps, etc.
Just give it time. Are you drinking coffee? are you measuring yourself?
Im losing weight very slowly but inches are coming off.
The only cheat i have is coffee. How bad will that stall me?
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