Second serious bout of Atkins for me. I'm expecting it to be a struggle and i'm a bit frightened to be honest... i'm back on some medicine which the last time i took it 5 years ago, caused me to pile on a huge 4 stone in 6 months, and is very well known for causing huge problems with these side effects. Not really ready to share my story yet as it's quite upsetting but, i don't really have much choice about taking these drugs and i'm terrified of putting more weight on. Ok... so quick recap of the past two years dieting: Round 1 - Exante, sometime in 2011. Lost about 2 stone in 2 months. Then put on 2 stone over the next 2 months. Net loss = zero. Totally my fault, i really went crazy after coming off the diet and ate like a pig. Round 2 - Atkins, January to April 2012. Lost 2.5 stone. Then life got me. Now i'm here in August, but thankfully i HAVEN'T put the weight back on. Hurray, progress! It's my 30th Birthday tomorrow! I'm not as light as i wanted to be for my 30th, but considering the amount of upheaval i've been through in my life the past few months it's a miracle i'm not back up to 19 stone again. So at the beginning of 2012 i was 19stone 2. Right now re-starting Atkins at 16stone5. I'm trying to prepare myself for the fact that my losses will be much slower due to the drugs i'm on, and that i may not even lose weight at all. But, at this point i'd just be happy to not shoot back up to 19stone and more. I'm very depressed lately which doesn't help with matters as i have a tendency to just 'not care'. I know though that working on trying my best to maintain my health can only help me to feel better mentally, even if i fail at it at least i know i have tried my hardest. Started induction yesterday. Scrambled eggs for breakfast, tuna mayo salad for lunch, beef for dinner, sweetened extra thick cream with a few raspberries for pudding. Sounds ridiculous but i've forgotten the rules for induction so i'm going to have to research again, think i ate around 20 carbs yesterday though so should be fine, perhaps minus the raspberries (5 carbs for my portion) for induction? Going out for a birthday lunch with my mom and dad today. Not worried about that will just choose steak with veg like i always do when i go out ;-). Might run into temptation if they have pudding, but it is my 30th so i'll let myself have something sweet if i want and just draw a line underneath it straight after, it is my birthday afterall.