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Atkins/Low Carbers - Are you still out there?

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nikki1978 Sat 24-Jul-10 07:38:12

Hi all,

I have just started the induction phase of Atkins but couldn't find a thread on here that hadn't tailed off a while ago so thought I would start a new one Unless you have all quit of course which wouldn't give me much hope grin

I have a party in 9 weeks that I really want to lose the inches/pounds for so fingers crossed the weight will drop off.

Weighed in at 12 stone on Monday and am already down to 11st 9.75lb!

Have been doing it wrong though as I didn't wait to get the book to start and didn't realise that the 20g of carb you have in induction needs to be mainly veg and salad plus a bit of cheese so I have been having gravy on my dinner and cheese sauce that has a bit of flour in blush

Anyway will start the real deal today. Just about to make my brekky of eggs and bacon.

Any tips and recipes would be great!

Anyone want to join me on a 2 month challenge?

ABitBatty Wed 28-Jul-10 11:17:26

febes - what is avo?

theQuibbler Wed 28-Jul-10 15:26:21

Well done on weight losses so far!
I'm going to weigh in on Monday, and am trying to keep away from the scales but it's really hard. I'm sure I'll give in before then smile

Have already done my exercise today, thanks to having the afternoon off - so am feeling very pleased with myself <smug>. But pride comes before a fall, as made a birthday cake for a colleague yesterday and managed to resist having a slice, but realised a bit too late that I was absent-mindedly licking the mixing bowl after I had put the damn thing in the oven blush I can't imagine the carbs....

(I think avo is avocado ABB)

cyrilsneer Wed 28-Jul-10 23:13:04

Hi all...

I haven't stepped on the scales since last Friday (10st8 - I'm 5'4). I'm gritting my teeth and trying to hold out until Friday. Disappointingly, though, I don't feel any slimmer. I've been good with my meals (I THINK), but have probably had too many nuts as snacks and have (probably quite disastrously) had some wine and beer. I really could have caved in and had some chocolate this evening but I didn't...

So, today:

B scrambled eggs with Parma ham
L cooked supermarket chicken with salad and grated cheese
D cod wrapped in Parma ham with asparagus and salad
Snacks nuts

littledawley Thu 29-Jul-10 08:08:04

All went pear shaped yesterday - pasta for dinner and rather a lot of champagne.... sad

Back on the wagon today.

cyrilsneer Thu 29-Jul-10 09:02:14

That's the spirit littledawley... I've sabotaged myself so many times over the years with my "all or nothing" thinking and it's much healthier to just pick yourself up and dust yourself off and get back on with your plan.

I'm feeling a little bit slimmer today - dare I say it - so am going to try to have a really good day today and then I'll weigh myself tomorrow morning to see what the impact of one whole week is.

This time next week, I'll be packing my bikinis, so if that isn't good reason to stay focussed, I don't know what is!

Here's my day:
B cheesy scrambled eggs
L might buy some Covent Garden gazpacho and some ham/ salami/ nice cheese/ olives etc?...
D baled salmon with salad
Snacks will buy some more Philly to go with celery and try not to have TOO many nuts!

Have a great day everyone!

littledawley Thu 29-Jul-10 10:14:56

Thanks cyrilsneer!! That has been my problem in the past - one 'naughty' meal and the whole diet is ruined. Resisted toast at breakfast so am just about to have a boiled egg and a milky coffee.

Your lunch sounds delish- want company???

ABitBatty Thu 29-Jul-10 11:30:26

Oh ha ha, I hate avocado that's why 'avo' didn't compute!

Cyrilsneer I love you name, I used to love that program!

I buy some chocolate from Sainsburys, it's from the 'Taste the Difference' range and it's 85% cocoa. It's in a pack with 5 small bars, each bar has just under 5g carbs per bar. It does the job! Or if that's not enough then a pot of sugar free jelly to go with it smile

I've got a tray of chicken wings with Nandos medium marinade in the fridge to have a go at tonight on my griddle pan.

cyrilsneer Thu 29-Jul-10 21:57:18

Wow Ms Batty! I'm going to investigate that chocolate! You are a gold-mine of low-carb tips! Fab!

My day wasn't exactly as planned...
Brunch - 3 eggs scrambled with dome Parma ham and a little cheese
Snack - some nuts ( not masses - about 10-12)
Supper - baked fish with salad ( rocket, tomatoes, sun/dried tomatoes, pine nuts, home-made olive oil vinaigrette.
...a few cups of decaff tea with milk... And... Two large glasses of wine. Oh dear...

So, weigh in day for me tomorrow. I'll be gutted if I haven 't lost anything at all - even though I haven 't been saintly. Fingers crossed.... Actually, though, whatever the scales say, I do feel a little but slimmer. Oh well...

cyrilsneer Fri 30-Jul-10 05:33:45

I've woken up really early and couldn't resist the scales any longer. Amazingly - despite not doing the plan perfectly AND having had some booze, I HAVE LOST FIVE POUNDS IN A WEEK!!! I am now 10s3!!

God, it is SO worth following this plan - I haven't been hungry, I have been able to eat "normal" meals with the family, and I haven't been saintly AND I have still lost 5 pounds!

Hurrah! I am definitely going to keep going - I would love to think that another three might come off in the next week and that I could be ten stone for my holiday next Saturday...

Here's today:
B cheesy scrambled eggs
L picnic with friends - I'm taking cooked sausages, olives, gazpacho for me
D chili with salad - beans and rice for everyone else but just the mince sauce for me

Have a great eat everyone!

febes Fri 30-Jul-10 08:29:35

I have a hangover blush. Damn it I couldn't resist. I had a 2 glasses of bubbly wine and then 2 vod and sods last night with a friend.

I have been so good for a more than a week I hope it doesn't effect my loss.

B: bacon, avocado, cheese, blob of mayo
L: Tuna salad
D: not sure? maybe sausages and cauli mash?

EveWasFramed72 Fri 30-Jul-10 13:39:55

Hi all...can I join you, as well??

Just doing a very relaxed low carb thing, and it seems to be working: I've been doing it about 2 weeks and I've lost half a stone so far.
I am eating fruit, but that doesn't seem to be negatively impacting things; I have some blueberries and strawberries with a dollop of fat free yogurt for breakfast every morning.

I hate bread anyway, so haven't really missed that...I do miss potatoes a little bit, but really, though it's low carb, I haven't really felt deprived. I think I am just excited to be able to eat cheese everyday...Tesco's lighter mature cheddar is really nice, actually...doesn't taste low fat.
Loved the tip about no carb chocolate...though I admit my sweet tooth has diminished a whole bunch, which I never thought was possible!
Anyway...well done to all of you so far!

shortandsweet2 Fri 30-Jul-10 13:45:41


Well done on the losses and hi Eve,

I had AF arrived yesterday and craving were really bad today and have ended up having a snickers and small bag of McCoys.

This morning I am 6lbs down in just 8days

Hope you all have a great weekend!

EveWasFramed72 Fri 30-Jul-10 13:51:14

Well done shortandsweet!! I don't blame you for the snickers and crisps...I think denying yourself what you 'need' once and a while is more damaging. I caved and had a gorgeous chinese takeaway the other night...I enjoyed it, and just got back to business the next day.

sue52 Fri 30-Jul-10 15:52:09

Cryilsneer thats fantastic well done. Shortandsweet thats great but I think if I had just one snlckers that would be the end for me. I'm doing well, 4 pounds so far, keeping sane with jelly and cream.I'm managing to work around the low carb diet and family meal times quite well. Bit worried about keeping my resolve over the weekend.

mmmwine Fri 30-Jul-10 18:49:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EveWasFramed72 Sat 31-Jul-10 09:42:40

mmmmwine...you'll be surprised to find that a few days on low carb, you won't crave sweet stuff as much...I have a serious sweet tooth, too...and it's surprising how that diminishes. I have really enjoyed low carb so far...it's taken away most of my sweet tooth, and I love being able to eat cheese more often (I lost a good amount of weight on WW before, but really hated giving up cheese!). It can get a little bit monotonous, but I actually feel less restricted on this diet...because I can eat when I'm hungry rather than having to wait for a meal, iyswim.

That said, I did not have a successful food night at all last night! Went to a party and though I did fine at the meal, when the puddings came out, I went a little mad. Thing is, I didn't really WANT any of them...I was purely eating them because they were there. Don't know what was going on...I've spent a few months now working through emotional/compulsive eating issues, so don't really know what all that was about.

But, this morning, I had a lovely, healthy breakfast, and am just trying to be gentle with myself...so onwards I go!

febes Sun 01-Aug-10 08:44:46

I feel a bit blurgh today too. I haven't cheated as such but had chinese on friday night and left overs for lunch yesterday and I thought I choose well (peking duck and twice cooked pork) but there must have been a load of sugar in the sauce as my stomach is ballooned and I feel down and demotivated. I haven't been able to weigh in as Boots machine is out of order (again). My DH is away for work and only back late tomorrow as I have had DCs since thursday and they are beginning to try my nerves now.
I have a wedding next weekend and wanted to be down my first stone by then but at the moment I don't feel like that will happen (not sure though as haven't weighed for more than 10 days).
I am in size 18 tops and dresses now (was size 22) and am still wearing my old jeans but they are feeling at least a size too big. My TOT are size 18 and they don't fit yet so I don't want to buy anymore until they fit me.
I too struggle to believe that I will reach my goal- I want to get to 12 stone and /or size 14 clothes and then see how I feel then. I am 5'10" so any smaller and would look odd I think.
Well the positives are I feel much better physically than I have since having the DCs and I love this WOE and don't feel like I'm missing out so I guess I'll just have to keep going and believe that it will work if I stick to it.

EveWasFramed72 Sun 01-Aug-10 15:45:37

Sorry you're feeling a bit blurgh, febes. But, you've done so well...even if you've not lost the whole stone by next weekend, you've still managed to drop a size...that's fab!

Hang in there...a couple of meals won't hurt your progress, just continue eating well again, and you'll feel better in no time!

febes Sun 01-Aug-10 19:07:27

I take it all back. I weighed in this afternoon and I lossed the 4 lbs so 1 stone in all. I am so happy!!!! I am going to treat my feet to a pedicure during the week. Onwards and downwardsxxx

shortandsweet2 Sun 01-Aug-10 20:22:59

Well I have well and truely fallen off the wagon today. Start again tomorrrow

Well done febes thats a great loss.

cyrilsneer Sun 01-Aug-10 22:40:08

Well done febes! Round of applause for you.

Shortandsweet - just start again tomorrow. New day, new week, fresh start. No-one can stick to a diet completely perfectly - you've just got to get back in the saddle and put it behind you. You can do it!

My news is that my appetite seems to have diminished. I love not feeling starving or having low blood sugar levels - this WOE is great for me for this reason, amongst others.

Went out for supper with Mr Sneer last night and had lots of delicious wine but I'm not going to stress about this - I was really good with the food I chose and had a decaff cappuccino instead of a pudding.

Been good today too.

See you tomorrow. X

MissWooWoo Mon 02-Aug-10 10:03:39

<pops head round door>

morning all mind if I hop over from the Dukan thread to this one? Have been Dukaning for a couple of weeks and am now switching to low carb with a few pure protein days (dukan) and low GI days thrown in for good measure.

Weighed in this morning just under 13 stone and would like to get down to my "best weight ever" of 9 st 10 by my 40th in December.

Right, off to Asda to stock up on, er, salad hmm

peachespaige Mon 02-Aug-10 11:35:46

Hello all.
Bigs conratulations on your weight losses.

I have a very long winded, confused bunch of questions which I really hope you can answer.

Ok I have been following weight watchers and have lost quite a bit of weight but I am going on holiday in 2 weeks and then when I get back am getting married 12 days later..... So I have a dress ordered which will be slightly tight or will just fit now. If I gain weight on holiday (very likely) then I may not lose enough in those 12 days before I get married.
So I was thinking.... if I do the induction which Ive done before and lost between 7 andd 9 pounds, before the holiday, then I can afford to gain that back on holiday and will technically be the same weight when I get back as I am now.

Do you think that if I then went back to doing my weight watchers after the holday I can lose a bit more or will it make me gain as its a very different way of eating??
I dont want to do the atkins when I get back as it can give me bad skin so I dont want to get married covered in spots...

Did any of that make sense??

I sound completely mad.

Please help...

febes Mon 02-Aug-10 13:02:20

Peaches that sounds a bit confusing and it may mess up your metabolism to switch WOE in such a short space of time.

Can you not do a 2 week low carb induction (no sugar, no booze, no caffine, protein + salad/greens + good fats, water, suppliments) before you go on holiday and then while on holiday stick to the rules as much a possible but allow some booze (vod and sod if poss) but avoid the sugar and bad carbs. I wouldn't think you would put on anything if you are careful. By the time of your wedding you should be feeling great. Get yourself the Idiot proof diet because my skin is really good so no break out like on Atkins(?).

Ewe Mon 02-Aug-10 16:32:17

Hi all,

Can I join? Just finished reading IPD and started on it today, have done atkins before but often fall off of wagon due to booze! Decided I am just going to let myself have the odd vodka and slimline tonic, better that than just saying sod it and drinking wine/champagne!

I have a friends wedding on 2nd October and I am doing a reading, I would really like to have lost at least 20lbs by then so that is my short-term goal.

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