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Another Learning Experience!

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Sorry for the long absence but I felt like my entire life was revolved around my diet, and I needed a break!

After wanting to reach my ideal weight and getting as close as I was, I began following the Paleo diet. I then began eating more fat thinking it would be more filling. I did well initially, but I began over eating and just like every other "diet", I began feeling deprived. The one thing about CALP is that I never felt like I was following a diet because I never felt deprived. I included the foods that I wanted which kept me satisfied each and every day.

Beginning Thanksgiving of 2013, I quit stepping on my scale and I also began eating more food than I needed. For the most part I followed the guidelines of CALP, but my carbohydrate portions were not balanced with the rest of my meals leaving me to gain some of my weight back.

When I stepped on my scale last month, I discovered that I had gained 20 lbs. The clothes that I could still fit into were way too tight and that is all it took for me to resume CALP, and CALP alone. Looking back, I allowed myself to become distracted by focusing on my weight instead of my health and derailed myself for the last time. The good news is that I have already begun losing some of the weight that I gained. I also began exercising by walking my dog a minimum of four days each week.

Sugar is still my carbohydrate of choice but with summer here I am consuming my sugar in the form of fresh fruit and nuts, which are both extremely satisfying to me. No doubt that I am a carbohydrate addict and I feel so much better following the guidelines of CALP!

I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual physical. My weight was 157 lbs., blood pressure 115/74, and my pulse was 63. Because I had already drank my two cups of coffee with cream that morning I was unable to take my fasting blood tests. Since tomorrow is a holiday and I already had my two cups of coffee with cream this morning, I will go in on Saturday and get them done.

My life is chaotic right now. My husband and I are moving closer to our families so we are in the process of getting our house packed up and ready to sell. I expect the next couple of months will be busy so when I check back in here I will include the results of my blood work. I also hope to have lost at least half of the weight that I gained which will make my clothes much more comfortable to put on!

Have a safe holiday and best wishes to you all!


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Hi I joined your website many

I joined your website many many years ago with the intention of following CAD. I never did get it going. I am so glad that after all these years you are still sticking with it. Thank you for being honest about your recent struggle. I wish you much success!

Glad to see you posting again!

I am so pleased to see you back posting here. I am glad to see you find CALP to really be the way that works for you, as I truly think it is what I will do in maintenance. I look forward to reading your posts again.

"I will only fail if I quit. And I'm not quitting."

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Thanks for the update!!

So glad to see your update!!! Your journey is very inspiring!!! My hubby did paleo and lost 50 pounds, but he is not addicted to food and doesn't really crave things.

I am still struggling... I keep feeling like CAD is the plan for me, but I keep failing to stick with the program. I'll have some good starts, losing 5 pounds or so - and then (you've heard it before) - I start feeling like I'm in control and I relax the rules. Soon, I'm in the throws of addiction again, and it's so much harder to get back on plan.

I think I have gained about 15-20 pounds since we last chatted. I'm definitely at an all time high right now.

I'm glad I checked your page today. I am motivated to give CAD a lasting try again.


Allie, Have you ever read


Have you ever read their next book - CALP? (Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program - which despite the rest of it's title, is for any adult age.)

Perhaps it would work better for you? I've found making the decision to find the ways to make it work, versus all the reasons it won't work, has been the answer for me.

"I will only fail if I quit. And I'm not quitting."

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Hi Teri,

I miss your posts!! I have lost -28 doing original CAD!! Finally I am on a roll!!!!

I hope you are doing well... Please post!!!


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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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