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LCHF/Atkins Induction

I have been doing a lot of reading the last few weeks. Some of the books I have read include “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It”, by Gary Taubes. I just recently finished “Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution”, 2002 edition.

Because I want to lose another ten to twenty pounds and have found it impossible to lose it and keep it off the last two years while following The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program (CALP), I have slowly found myself following a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate way of eating. Except for eating three meals a day as the Atkins diet suggests, my new way of eating is very similar.

Yesterday, 10.13.13, I decided to begin following Dr. Atkins two week induction phase. I now know that I can easily go without wheat and sugar, so my two weeks will be up before I know it. Dr. Atkins book suggests I eat three times a day but I am happy with the way I have been eating for the last five and a half years while following CALP, so I will limit my carbohydrates to 20 grams of vegetables and continue with what has been working for me.

The one thing I look forward to is after my two weeks of induction, I will begin the next phase of my Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), which will then lead me to find my Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing (CCLL). Eventually, I will find my Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance (CCLM), and the rest will be history. Since all of these steps take weeks to figure out, I am curious to see how long it will actually take me to reach my CCLM!

I believe I have finally stumbled on what I have been searching for!

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July, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of July.

During the months of May and June, I strayed from my program a few times and my weight jumped from 133 lbs. all the way up to 146 lbs. It took me awhile to get my appetite under control and I can now say that it is finally back to normal and my weight is heading back down.

For the most part, I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle. I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP and have begun to incorporate Intermittent Fasting (IF) into my program. I begin each morning with two cups of black, decaf coffee, and as soon as I finish them I begin drinking my water.

I am using IF on a daily basis with my eight hour eating window open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. There have been a few mornings when I have been hungry before 12 p.m., but I drink plenty of water to hold me over until my window opens up. I am still eating two meals each day, a Reward Meal and a Complementary Meal, and they are both eaten within my eight hour window.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 142 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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June, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of June. I will be turning 54 years old in a few days and this is my sixth year of following CALP. Over the years I lost an incredible amount of weight by following this simple program. I look like a normal person who can control their weight and I like my results.

It was so easy, all I had to do was to balance my plate and I was seeing results. I believe I may have been a bit loose with my portions over the years so I am going back to basics. I am going to fix my plate by adding the same amount of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates before I begin eating. For some reason, I believe that seeing everything on my plate will leave me with a mental image of eating enough because I will be finishing everything on my plate.

I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle. My weight is up because I went off my program a couple more times but now I feel as if I am back to my comfort zone.

No more cream in my coffee. I am now drinking black decaf coffee each morning and I am finally enjoying the taste. Cream was a great transition to drinking coffee again but I went a little crazy with the sweet taste of it enjoying it throughout the day. That is a habit I will not pick up again because I am happier with the delicious, nutritious, taste of food.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 139 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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May, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of May.

I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle except I had a slip up one day last week. I was at a hotel with my mom and sister and when we went into the breakfast room the only protein that they had was hard boiled eggs, hot dogs, and sausages. I was going to skip breakfast since I don't like hard boiled eggs by themselves, I am avoiding hot dogs because of the nitrites, and I don't like sausages. Since it was suggested that I eat something, I made the choice to start my day with a half of a bagel with cream cheese and a chocolate, chocolate chip muffin. Later for lunch, we were at the wharf and I decided to eat bread too. It was ciabatta bread and it was warm, so I indulged.

Needless to say my weight was up when I returned home but I am happy to report that it is heading back down. I am still drinking decaf coffee and I am really enjoying it with heavy whipping cream. I am drinking more coffee than I used to but that is because it tastes really good and it is filling.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 131 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Teri's weight loss results chart

Teri's weight loss chart as of March, 2013

The green star indicates the month I started Callanetics. The red diamond marker indicates the month I stopped taking GTF chromium supplements.

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March, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of March. My weight dropped two pounds since last month, so I am still heading in the right direction.

I am approaching my fifth anniversary of following CALP and my sixth year will begin on 3/03/13. This weight loss program definitely works for me. I have lost over 100 lbs., and I am still losing. Needless to say, I am thankful that I found it!

I am still working on my wheat and gluten free lifestyle. I noticed that when I eat wheat, my cravings begin leaving me hungry for several days afterwards.

I am no longer trying to eliminate dairy from my diet. I have not noticed any difference when I eat it, so I don't believe I have an allergy to it.

This month I am going to be increasing my fat intake. I have noticed that I don't seem to be as hungry when I eat more fat so this is another experiment I will be trying.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs.

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141, 6.01-141, 7.01-143, 8.01-145.5, 9.01-142, 10.01-139.5, 11.01-140, 12.01-139, 12.31-134 - Lost 5.5 lbs.

2013: 1.01-133.5, 2.01-132.5, 3.01-130.5

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Happy New Year, 2013!

Happy New Year!!!

Began CALP on 3.03.08
Began Exercising on 4.14.08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top- size XXL, Bottom - size 20W
Began Eating Wheat and Gluten Free on 10.27.11

Present Weight: 133-1/2 lbs. - Goal Weight: 125 lbs.
Present Clothing Sizes: Top - sizes S & M, Bottom - size 4
Present BMI: 23.74 – Goal BMI: 22.1

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs.

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141, 6.01-141, 7.01-143, 8.01-145.5, 9.01-142, 10.01-139.5, 11.01-140, 12.01-139, 12.31-134 - Lost 6 lbs.

With this being the beginning of a new year, I thought I would publish my stats. Looking back, I am extremely happy that I began to find my way to a healthier me. I was three months away from my 49th birthday and I was ready to try and get my weight off once again. I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned and I was too stubborn to go out and buy a bigger size. Size 18W was the largest pair of pants I ever bought for myself and at 5'3” and around 236 lbs., I could not get them zipped. First it was disgust with myself and then I made it a health issue. The fact was, my 50th birthday was closer than I wanted to admit and I needed to get myself in better health if I wanted my future to include an active life. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Weight Comparison – Then & Now

I have always been close to a petite size with my height of 5'3” tall. Before I got married in 1982, I had turned 23 years old a few months before, and my weight had been hovering around 140 lbs. This was the heaviest weight I had ever reached and I believe I never saw a higher number because of my success at yo-yo dieting. The only diet I had ever tried during that time was a low fat diet and because of my hunger, it took every bit of willpower I had for me to be able to stay on it.

The day of my wedding, I had reached a low weight of 118 lbs. I was successful in dieting myself back to a normal weight, but I only went from a tight size 10 to a loose size 8. Back then I did not exercise, so the weight that I carried was mostly fat since it did not include any lean tissue or muscle mass.

Only two years later, 1984, my weight was right back to hovering around 140 lbs., which was around the time I got pregnant with my first daughter. The day of her birth, my weight was around 210 lbs., and six weeks later it stabilized around 170 lbs. I continued to fight my weight using a low fat diet and every ounce of willpower I had. I gained and lost several pounds over the years, actually reaching the 160s at one point. I was really good at yo-yo dieting by the time my second daughter was born almost four years later, and even better when my son was born only fourteen months after that.

Over the years, I continued with my yo-yo dieting, usually losing around ten pounds at a time before I would stop. The pattern continued, I would get tired of being hungry all the time, feel deprived, and would resume eating the foods that I thought were healthy, eventually gaining more weight than I lost. Since my pattern had always been to gain more weight than I lost, my weight kept creeping higher. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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November, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of November!

This month brings Thanksgiving and we are entertaining our family members in our home. We will be cooking a meal that will not contain many gluten free foods but that does not mean I will be eating them. We are going to keep to tradition and include our usual homemade foods like bread, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, salad, turkey, sour dough bread stuffing, vegetables, and yams made w/brown sugar & marshmallows. My plan is to remain wheat and gluten free so my menu will include salad, turkey w/gravy, and some vegetables. I will be skipping all the other carbohydrates for a piece of my wheat and gluten free chocolate pecan pie made with a coconut flour crust. I will also make my lemon layer cream cheese pie with a coconut crust, but my pumpkin pie will be made in a traditional white flour pie crust.

Last year on October 28, 2011, I became wheat and gluten free. I am quite happy to go without those foods and continue to make every attempt to avoid them. Wheat is not something I have missed this past year since I actually began limiting it in my diet almost five years ago.

Apparently, October is the month when I make changes to my eating program, including the one I made last year. This year, on October 21, 2012, I began to pay attention to my hunger. I discovered that I was eating even though I was not hungry and found myself limiting some of my evening meals, and even skipping a few. The next change came on October 26, 2012, after eating my dark chocolate almond bark, when I decided to limit it to once a week. I made one more change on October 28, 2012, when I decided that I did not need to fill my entire one-third portion with carbohydrates, and began limiting them. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Exercise and Weight Loss

I was surfing the net the other day and I stumbled across a forum where someone was disappointed in the weight gain that they experienced as the result of introducing exercise into their program. This person wanted to know if exercise is necessary for weight loss? I took the time to read the responses and found that some of them were for it and others were against it. The worst part about wasting my time reading the responses was how disrespectful some of them were to the other responders when they did not agree.

If I were to answer the simple question, my answer would be that exercise is not necessary to lose weight! However, I have never heard of anyone beginning a “diet” or “weight loss program” for the one day results their scale would provide the following day. As far as I am concerned, there is much more to weight loss than the fluctuating numbers our scales provide on a given day. The fact is, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh exactly the same since a pound is a pound, but the major difference is density. Fat takes up more volume, or space, than muscle, which results in the flabby look of fat instead of the lean look of muscle. For that reason alone, I believe exercise is a good idea!

My goal from the beginning of my journey has always been to become fit and healthy. On 3.03.08, I was 48 years old, only three months away from my 49th birthday. I was the heaviest weight I had ever been and I was disgusted with myself once again. My desperation in losing weight had me looking into every diet possible, including a liquid diet and bariatric surgery. Since my common sense told me that all of the diets I considered would be expensive as well as temporary, I needed to find a long term solution that I could follow for the rest of my life. Then I remembered a diet that I had tried several years prior called the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program, and not only did it work well for me back then, it was really easy for me to follow. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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