I've been an active poster on the Atkins section of Minis for about three years, made many friends along the way but have fallen off the wagon many times, bread being my Achilles' heel. Each time I started, I would dash out of the starting blocks and lose 2-3 stone no problems, then self sabotage would happen and I'd gain back. The usual complex relationship that most of us have!
I've also tried nearly everything else going, from VLCD (lasted three days), Dukan (don't ask), Harcombe, WW, SW - the list goes on. None of them felt right to me. I was constantly obsessing about food, and perhaps not enjoying it as much as I could have been.
But after a recent holiday to Italy, one of many over the years, it suddenly struck me that a Mediterranean woe was exactly what I loved - olive oil, tomatoes, pulses, wine (don't forget the wine) and everything made from scratch so there's no salt, sugar, corn syrup, preservatives and so on - so why not try doing it in combo with calorie counting? I want to move to Italy eventually so why not follow the eating style now? Small servings of delicious food, often - I'll have some of that, thanks!
Finally, a Eureka moment! And how embarrassing that it took so long!!!
Anyhoo, it's Day 2, I'm charting food with MFP for about 1500 cals a day, with the vague aim of getting through Christmas without too many scars, losing a bit and then starting Leslie Sansone - I've got her express 1 and 2 mile inhouse walking DVD and love it.
Nice to meet you all (in advance) and hope to have many chats about life, food and the universe