Category: Atkins posts


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!!!

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2017

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.. 🙂

 

 

 

With shows like the biggest loser all over the place, Showing people losing 5 ,10 even 20 pounds in a week.. What does that mean for the normal folk? Those of us just plugging away each day on our own with 1-2pounds each week gone.. Maybe none.

The way they react when they lose 1 lb or even 3, with such a sense of shame and failure is amazing. They are now conditioned and conditioning us that the normal and good guideline of 1-2 pounds a week is a bad thing. We must be doing something wrong.

DON’T BUY IT.

First they are beaten each day in the gym, working out 5 hours a day, Eating low calorie and it is something that I would say 80% of them don’t maintain. How could they? They have to get to real life right? Pay their bills, raise a family?

What if you don’t lose anything one week but did it all right.. Are you a failure?

Nope. What you did was spend a week maintaining and living in your loss!! That is a good thing!!

Does one week not losing mean you are at your carb limit! NO. Not even close. it takes 4 weeks at the same weight for it to be a “stall”. At that point we look at what is being eating, Search for carb creep or not enough calories, maybe a little more exercise.. and see if it will move. IF not then we start to back down a little and see it the scale moves again..
BUT that week not losing.. Is not failure. It is learning experience.

It is expected! It is normal! IT IS REAL LIFE.

I just h*a*te that people get frustrated after 2 days of not losing or even a week and assume they are doing it wrong, It won’t work for them.

Atkins is always working. IT is healing you. IT is lowering blood sugar and cholesterol. It is lowering that BP. Making it so you can get off meds.

That in itself is a prize worth its weight in gold.

I KNOW you want to lose the weight. It will happen. As long as you do the plan the right way get off induction and work through it you will not only get the loss but the maintenance that will keep you satisfied and never surprised. You will be in complete control of your weight.

Please, Don’t let shows like this choose your goals or decide your success. Each time you make a right choice, YOU ARE THE WINNER! You are succeeding. Time is the only thing that will show the results.

Think of where you can be in one year. Ready for spring and summer at your best you.

Please take these shows for what they are. A gimmick to make money on TV.

For the past months, I have been having horrible symptoms. Some seemed heart related and with the family history, I was tested and cleared. Then I had symptoms that resembled a small TIA, Tingling on one side of my body, headache.. fatigue and scatter brained..

Yet all my tests came back good.

It started to make me feel like I was crazy. I had physical symptoms and people are telling me I am fine.

Cold chills, hot face to heat flashes, aching, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, the list goes on. So I went on line and searched.. Know what..

 

All are signs of menopause. ( do you hear the hallelujah chorus?? I DO!!).. It makes complete sense..

 

What I found when searching is that eating An Atkins lifestyle is really most beneficial to manage it along with some other things. I am going to start adjusting it here and there to see if I can get some relief along with getting back to regular exercise and consulting with Colette to find out the best foods and maybe some that would not be so good..

 

What I have learned in this Journey is that EVERYTHING is affected by what we eat. Atkins gave me a new lease on life. I truly believe it will get me through this next stage in the journey!

 

 

 

I know most people make resolutions each year.. usually it is the same one every year.. To lose weight.

One of the best things about Atkins is that that is not my resolution anymore.

Atkins is not a diet, It is a lifestyle.

It is something that grows and stretches with you.

It does not take a lot of money to do Atkins. The site, The book ( NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU) and food.

 

Atkins makes this so easy for you. All you have to do is take that step. Trust the process and have a little faith in you. You will not believe how you will gain control over something in your life that has been something you could never control before.

 

Just do it, It may be the last time you ever have weight loss on your list of Resolutions.

 

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

 

 

Back from vacation..

I love going away with my family. I spent the morning going through pictures and can not believe how fast they grow up.

But I have to tell you I love being home again and able to eat like I like!  I am used to eating loads of vegetables a day..It did not work out that way on vacation and I really felt it. I enjoyed my clam chowder. It is amazing.. but it feels good to be home cooking!!

Last night I made my chicken parm with dreamfields. It was soooooo yummy.

This morning I got up and made something I am calling creamy cheesy spinach… It is sooo amazing. Then for lunch I had lettuce leaves stuffed with tuna salad.

It just feels amazing to be able to choose what I want to eat when I want and really really enjoy it.

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