There is nothing like the feeling of eating clean. For 10 days I have gone back to basics and I feel so much better. I am sleeping better, not crashing in the afternoon and I don’t feel bloated at all during the day. Another side effect for me is that I don’t eat more than 3 meals a day. Not because I limit myself but because I am completely satisfied. I am eating about 2300 calories a day, some days a little more and some days a little less, but I feel good and have lost 9 lbs in those 10 days. I’ve lost 3 inches off my waist which was most likely bloat and water. I feel better.. I FEEL better.
It has been a horrible year for me. Horrible.. I just let go of me and what I needed. I was so focused on what everyone else needed while taking care of my kids and husband and work and everyone else. It is easy for me since I am definitely a caretaker.
I have been struggling a few years. This being 50 is hard. And all the hormonal changes make it harder. losing pounds for me is so much harder than it used to be and I gain with a vengeance since this all started in 2012.. I was in a good groove and hormones hit and it was a nightmare. It was so hard and so tough, I gave up on me.
It is not pity just reality. I have a hard time with what I look like vs what I look like in my head. Even in a size 6 I would look in the mirror and only see flaws. It disables me to move forward.
There are many of us who have been successful on Atkins and then had some stumbles. I am not ashamed of that. After the last year, I am just glad to have survived it. I think the kicker came for me is when I started to have health problems because of the stress and the running and not taking care of me. Your brain just starts to click off.
I hope that sharing here and there will help someone else in my boat, who always takes care of everyone but themselves. In the end it really comes down to the airplane scenario. You can’t help anyone else unless you put the mask on first. You have to be there to help them. So try and put your health and self first in this. Make yourself a priority. It doesn’t mean become selfish or self centered. It just means plan for you. Plan what you want. Keep your goals in sight and keep moving forward! You can do this!
One of the many things I love about Atkins is that it can be done many ways. There is no one way to do it and lose weight and gain health. It can be tailored to likes, dislikes, lifestyle and availability.
I am more of a clean eater. I normally keep to whole foods with a few exceptions. I count whole carbs and not net carbs, because that is what works better for me, and I also keep my calories high. It is how I lose the best and easiest. I do keep bars and shakes for running out and about and road trips and they work great too, but in everyday life I like to keep it clean.
I eat three times a day and my afternoon coffee. That is all I need to stay satisfied because my calories and fat are high. It is not as if I am hungry at 3 o’clock I feel like I can’t eat, but as a rule I am not hungry during between meals.
Breakfast today was egg beaters omelet with cheese and coffee, Lunch will be Tuna salad on lettuce with cheese and my vinaigrette, diet coke. Dinner will most likely be roasted chicken with skin on and a heaping side of my creamed spinach.
I average about 2200 calories a day.
I hope that if you are starting Atkins you will get the books and read them. ALL of them, because in each book there is a plan that is a little different than the other books and you will be able to find one that will work for you.
I originally started Atkins in 93 and did it with the Atkins Diet Revolution. After the births of my children and gaining up to 270-something, I started with the first diet revolution and progressed to the NEW Diet Revolution. Where it goes to 20 net carbs with 12-15 nc being veggies. That is what helped me lose 96lbs in about 18 months. Along the way I tweaked and worked the plan to change things up and learn what worked best. I always keep a journal that is written along with FatSecret. For me that is the best and easiest way to track food. It has the biggest library of items and makes it easy to track weight and food imo.
The point of this post is don’t feel like you have to do Atkins like everyone else to succeed.. Learn the plan and do it your way. Learn to listen to your body and don’t be afraid of the journey. It does work. You can do this!!!
I have been gone awhile. When I say life has happened, it has in a monster way.
My parents both had huge medical issues last year. I really should not have either one of them this year. Thank God they are both here and healthy again!!! Of course I ended up with my own health problems that I’ve had to deal with.
Then I lost my aunt in December. That was a huge loss. She was only a 8 years older than me. She was very very sick and her passing was hard.
She was my original Atkins buddy in the 90’s. Her and I would talk Atkins and share recipes and eat well together. I used to make my cream of asparagus soup for us and we’d eat all of it and chat and hang out.
Its been a traumatic year, the hardest year of my life , but I have to get back to me I’ve gained weight and felt miserable as I just let life run me over. No more It’s not in me to give up long term or to let go of what is important to me and what makes me feel alive.
I’ve been back on plan 100 percent for a week now and I feel better and stronger.
So here I am back new recipes and posts and updates to come!!!
Happy 2017!!!!! On to great things!!!
What are you eating today??
This morning I am starting with left over chicken and green beans in a skillet all fried up with butter. If you don’t know this about me.. I am not an EGG girl.. I don’t like them. I try over the years to eat them and it does not go well. 😉
So for me breakfast is a big meal of veggies and some kind of protein. Yesterday it was a pork chop with green beans.
Think outside of the box. Give your self a great start! Eat and eat well my friends!
In the end that is what will drive you crazy.
If you are just starting, take it easy. Learn the plan and while you are drop all the flour and sugar and fries.. Read up, Learn about the plan. Stock up with good food. NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU, the newest Atkins book makes it so easy for you to learn the plan. To make it something you can live on each day. The options are limitless within the rules of the plan.
I love the forum. But there you are getting information that is skewed by someone else’s experience even mine. I love the Atkins books. I really feel that if you want true success in something you need to be educated in it as much as possible. Learning only about
Induction is only going to make you an induction expert.. 😉
LEARN THE WHOLE PLAN!!! Learn how it works. Read more than one book. Then start the plan by stocking up and getting rid of trigger foods eat well and learn to enjoy eating. Don’t diet on Atkins eat!!!!!!
Good meat, Good fats, good veggies..
Butter, oil, bacon, all things you can add to make things flavorful and make your food taste good!!
I don’t love exercise.. Never did. Once is a while I have a great walk or feel the urge to do something sports related.. But as a rule.. NAHHHHH.
One of the things I love about Atkins is that you don’t have to work out you lose. You don’t have to earn the right to eat… You can eat well and lose weight and then find some activity you like later.. If you ever do. I know, I know, exercise is good for you .. so they say.. But I am still glad that I don’t have to work off my meatballs and gravy.. My mashed cauliflower with butter, my cheesecake!!
Learn the plan. Live the plan, Then focus on exercise if you want. Be kind to yourself. Find the grace that you have for others and then pour it over yourself.
We have all be so hard on ourselves over the years. Eating nothing only to lose an ounce and feel defeated..
Don’t do that anymore. Focus on eating right. ENJOY that eating. Don’t diet on Atkins. Eat well and lose well. Then see where you are.
I know you can do this. I know it!!
I just used the title of this post on an Atkins post because it is really speaking to me tonight. I have had a hard couple of years. The biggest blow to me is the changes that come as you age.. hormones.. Little torture gremlins.. 😉
No one tells you how brutal it can be.
I have 30lbs I need to lose. I lost 8 the first 2 weeks and it made me realize this time is going to be different. I am older again, Now I am being attacked by hormones or the lack of them.. 🙂 But that is okay.
Amazingly enough, tonight I feel much stronger. I feel like there is a light again at the end of the tunnel.
Today as I ate my lunch of mashed cauliflower and fried pork chops, It felt good and easy. I am in the groove again. 🙂
That is my high today.. 🙂
Today I am out with a bunch of amazing people at my church for a conference. There is a lot of walking. Uphill. Downhill. Stairs.
As I was walking quickly through the hall of the arena, I realized I was not hugging and puffing. I was not struggling it feeling small. I found my stride. 🙂
I felt taller. It felt like a strut. It felt good.
I bought a packit lunch tote and have it filled with my food. One of the best things was an ice cold sliced plum tomato. This thing works!!
But today is the day, I found my stride. 🙂
This morning I was getting one son off to school, making him breakfast of poached eggs..
When I got back my 4 year old wanted Scrambled eggs and sliced tomatoes.. 🙂
I love that! He eats that because he has seen his father eat that countless times. One way to get your kids to eat healthy, is to let them see you eating great!! Eat well. Make salads and let them help. Let them pick their dressing, but put cheese and bacon in it. Or protein like steak or chicken and let them make up new salads.
One thing that people always ask is ” What about the kids? What do I feed them?”
If you are doing Atkins they can eat what you are. Just modify it for them. You should be eating plenty of veggies so that is great for them. I usually make two veggies every meal.
My son’s breakfast this morning.
Well if you know anything about me, I am not a traditional eater. I hate eggs.. I am not a big breakfast person, But I know it is important for me to eat in the morning.
Today I am having a taco salad without taco.. lol
I had left over ground beef from last nights Cheeseburger casserole and I warmed it up put it on lettuce, added some medium salsa and cheese. I was going to use sour cream but when I pulled it out it was frozen! My little guy had turned up the fridge too high.. grr… but for now that is the start of my day.. I need to go grocery shopping to get my Atkins staples. Ill list them later!
Have a great day!