I'm new on this website but not new to dieting. I thought I would start a thread as I"m starting Atkins today.. It will be good motivation for me to keep logging in and posting what I"m eating and maybe some of you lovely people will have great tips and advice. I'm pretty much doing this thread for myself and hopefully will be informative for other newbies starting Atkins too.
A little bit about my weight loss journey. My heaviest was 2008 when I hit 255 pounds. I'm 5ft 4 and had always been 110 pounds. For various medical reasons my weight ballooned in my mid 20's (thyroid function) I hit major depression and used food to 'fix' my emotions.. something I"m still trying to combat..
In June 2008 I had LAPBAND surgery and lost 40 pounds quite quickly. .. then I plateaued. Last year in October I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer three days a week -I'm not that wealthy... I saved up for a car.. and rather than buy a car I've decided to spend my money on my health. I've lost 22 pounds since October.. but I go to the gym SIX days a week twice a day..and hoped I would see more results.. I was on a Low Cal diet through my gym but it wasn't working for me.. Seriously, how can I eat 1500 cals a day.. burn up to 4,000 cals a day and not lose much weight.. (apparently there are 3500 cals in one pound of fat)..
SO, I'm going to attempt Atkins again. I lost 18 pounds last year in my induction but real life took over and I went back to the bread basket. I didn't gain it back -thankfully- but I know I have to stick to it.. Carbs are my poison. I can feel my body craving more if I mistake a SF jello for a Sugary one.. My body doesn't like sugar.. (even though my mind and tongue does!).
I travel with my work - I"m a private tutor- and spend some time in the Caribbean, it is very hard to get Atkins products here.. so I rely on meats, cheese etc.. but I get sick of the same old thing every day. I struggle to find things to eat. I've started induction EIGHT times this past week and a half.. only to fail by 9pm and head for cereal and milk.. or a piece of toast.
when I get back to the US I'll get onto the MiM recipes.. I think that will help!..
OK. so here goes. I'll post as often as I can with what I'm eating.. and drinking.. and how I'm feeling about it too.. cravings etc.. pressures at work and trying to avoid the dreaded sugar and chocolate!..