The first couple of days were not easy, because I had forgotten some of the basic tenets of Atkin’s. First of all, during induction, you need to be careful how much coffee and Splenda you consume. You have to remember that just because it’s called “pea and bacon” salad at the local grocery store deli, doesn’t mean it’s sugar free, and that when you pick the sugar free flavor at the frozen yogurt store- it may still have 19g of carbohydrate per 4 oz serving. I picked at my few bites to keep my family from looking at me as though I must have some sort of terminal disease. They know I love frozen yogurt, with all the goodies on top. But that’s what has gotten me into this mess, and I had to correct it. This is the third serious foray into induction. Atkins is the only lifestyle that ultimately works for me. When I consume sugar- whether it be in candy, beer, wine, cake, pie, or COOKIES, the result is always the same. My rear end expands and my thighs become ponderous. My back gets rolls, my face plumps up, you get the idea- I end up settling at about 20 pounds overweight. Portion control doesn’t work for me. I have a strong self will. I have given up smoking, and I can give up carbs, too. Just don’t ask me to eat 1/2 piece of cake, or one scoop of ice cream. Once the sugar addiction is triggered, I have a very hard time slowing it, much less stopping it. Suffice to say, at the yogurt shop, I envisioned myself picking up the marshmallow goo squeeze bottle and just tilting my head back and getting my fill. It seemed appealing, momentarily. As it was, I had already watched my family greatly enjoying their pepperoni pizza with extra stuffed crust. I had the chef ( Brandon, was it?) prepare me a ‘supreme’ sandwich- as a salad. They were quite accommodating in that request, but it wasn’t quite satisfying. That evening my husband very nicely took me to the grocery store and I got some snacks I could actually eat without guilt- though some are intended for after these first two weeks, or beyond if I haven’t lost at least 8 ( just a random number) pounds by then. I have been reading a lot of blog posts about induction- the challenges, the fears, the disbelief. I have studied all the science and tested the theory. I know it works. I also know how easy it is to become complacent and slip back into the old ways and gain the lost weight back. I only have about fifteen or twenty pounds at most that need to go. The first eight or ten will probably be easy. At least, they were the last time I did this. I have added exercise to the mix this time, however. The way my body works, and maybe others as well, is that the weight loss wil tend to happen in retroactive spurts. So, not really surprisingly, I have not really seen a weight loss reflected on the scale as of yet.
My stats: Female, 43. Caucasion/Native American/French. Weight 140 .Goal : 125. Height 5’4″. Small/medium frame.
Health: Great. No known issues.
Today: coffee with cream and splenda- 2 cups. One Atkin’s bar. Two eggs and bacon. One mozzarella stick. No, not breaded and fried!
Lunch: Leftover tuna salad, a half cup I guess, to which I added a liberal amount of olive oil, on advice of some of the Atkin’s forum posters. Ok, that was a snack, here’s my actual lunch: grilled chicken with green beans and broccoli. It was divine. It was a late lunch. I was busy playing Just Dance 3 with the hubby and kids on the Wii. I made a lame attempt at Zumba 2 also, but was out of steam. So, I was actually not too hungry when dinner rolled around, because it was then that I had that second cup of coffee, or was it the third? I am not sure. Maybe it was a PEPSI ONE, sweetened with Splenda, which I like a lot, but understand I must limit. Finally, dinner was grilled salmon, which I topped with homemade guacamole, and broccoli. Finally, I had my five carb Breyer’s ice cream bar, and I hope that’s ok, because I didn’t have much in the way of carbs elsewise. 3 for each cup of coffee, 5 for the veggies, and five for my treat. True, the fake sugar was not a vegetable source, but I don’t plan to eat the ice cream every day. Tomorrow I plan to start the day with an Atkin’s shake, since apparently those are ok, while the bars are not during this phase. Guess the bars have more carbs.
I know that this plan works, and I know it is hard to stick to the rules at times, but I take it as a personal mission to help educate people that white bread and milk are not the foundations of nutrition. French fries and burgers and shakes are tasty, but for people like me, all that starch based ‘food’ is like a wicked drug that leaves you only wanting more. Like a performance engine, your body requires quality fuel. For those athletes who have very little body fat, carbs ARE a good energy source before major exertion, but even athletes need adequate protein to build and sustain muscle mass. Knowledge is power, but doing can be difficult. I have my favorite staple foods that keep me going when I feel carb deprived. Substitutes. Guacamole is one. Making my own low carb cheesecake is another. Now I know that I have to wait on some of the sugar free candies and treats until the Next phase of Atkins. I am nearly halfway through the first stage. I will keep everyone posted as to how I am making it work. I still need to refine my carb intake on a couple of things, and pay attention to details to keep from making time costing mistakes. Example: read your labels FIRST. If it doesn’t have a label, like the innocent sounding ‘pea and bacon salad’ at the grocery store deli, it probably has corn syrup and/or sugar in it.
One last note for now. Your family, friends, and waiters will not necessarily know or understand what you are doing when you begin. They might think you are crazy when they see you order bacon and eggs with hollandaise sauce and yet skip fruit at the Shari’s breakfast on Saturday morning. They might question your cholesterol levels and heart health saavy. If you meekly proffer up some refutations, do your reading first and find out that it is not the fat that leads to obesity unless it just so happens to be combined with white flour, starches, and sugars. Think of how early man ate, before modern agriculture. Hunter/gatherers ate meat, greens as they were available, and in season, some fruit. Perhaps they dried some, but mostly it was a seasonal delight, most likely not enough to cause obesity amongst people whose daily survival depended on hunting and the favor of the gods. Next post, I will be sharing my favorite induction recipes as I remember or find them. I would love some if anyone wants to share, also. Good luck! Take it day by day. I found a great blog here, LCC . I think it is low carb connections. Atkins.com is great, and I have the new book on its way to me via Amazon now.