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The Incredible Shrinking Woman

I'm watching my wife (LowCarbForLife) shrink before my eyes. Her body is being transformed by her dedication to the CAD/CALP lifestyle and her surprising (to me, anyway) enthusiasm for regular aerobic and weight training exercises.

I know she can't really see it, and we didn't take a 'before' picture (she's too modest for that), so we don't have an objective, visual way to compare her current shape to what it was when she started only a few months ago. But I can see the changes every week, and I can feel them as well -- when I put my arms around her, she feels like a different person, except that I remember that this is how it felt a long time ago... (yes, I remember.) Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Results of My Third Month on CALP

On May 6, 2008, my curiosity got the best of me and I finally stepped on the forbidden scale. My weight was 218 lbs. and since I had been doing really well with my eating and exercise program, I was actually feeling pretty good about myself. I will continue to avoid the scale on a daily basis since it doesn't specify how much fat I am losing, but will use it once a month when I take my measurements for my records. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Results of My First Two Months on CALP

I took my measurements on March 8, 2008, five days after beginning the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP). I knew I should keep some sort of record and wanted to continue to avoid the scale, so I chose to measure myself. After taking my measurements, I considered the results to be extremely harsh and even thought the scale would not have been as brutal. I was not in a hurry to take my measurements again and decided to take them once a month, so I could record them for my records. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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New Way of Thinking

I began The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) again on March 8, 2008. I am determined that it will be the last time I will ever restart this program, since I don't intend to ever stop. I understand that I am a carbohydrate addict and can not eat the way other people do, since I am unable to control myself when I try. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Obsession Over Weight Leads To A Setback

I was 40 years old when I first picked up the book and purchased my copy of The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP). Over the years I gained more than I lost and my yo-yo dieting caused my weight to soar to a high of 236 lbs. When I started reading the book, I just knew they were talking about me. I was shocked to hear that there were people exactly like me that could not control what they were eating. I knew better than to eat ice cream every night, but I was unable to control myself when it came time to leave it alone. I knew better than to grab a candy bar in the afternoon, but sometimes I did it anyway. I knew that I was gaining weight and my clothes were getting tight, but the only thing that mattered to me was the satisfaction of eating chocolate. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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How A Longtime Yo-Yo Dieter Found Low Carb Dieting

The pages outlined in this book tell the story of how LowCarbForLife found low-carb dieting, and how it changed her life. The story spans over 30 years and you might find it interesting to see how a person makes the transition from yo-yo low-fat starvation dieter to sustained success using a low-carb diet.

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Children, Buffets, and Weight Gain

I had my third and last child when I was 30 years old. My oldest daughter was 5 years old, my second daughter was 14-1/2 months old, and my youngest son was born two months before my 31st birthday. After the birth of my third child I attempted to lose weight again. The only way I knew how to do it was to eat low fat, so I did. I had the same problem with low fat dieting as I did before and I was always hungry. I stuck to the plan long enough to lose some weight but since it was too difficult for me to do long term, I began the yo-yo dieting again. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Support Groups

When I began this way of eating, I did a search on the Internet for support groups that I could become involved with. I joined three support groups and the first group I joined can be found at http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/. CAD/CALP is listed in the Other Plans category under Carbohydrate Addict's. I decided to read and get to know some of the active members of the group and discovered it was a very active group and most of them were following CAD.

The second group I joined was http://forum.lowcarber.org. I joined the CAD/CALP group that was listed in the Active Low-Carber Forums under Daily Low-Carb Support. I decided to read and get to know some of the active members of the group and discovered that it was a very small group. I noticed that the few active members balanced their meals like I did, and I was very excited to join. I introduced myself to the group and became an active member on March 18, 2008. I used to post my menu on a daily basis but only check in when I have the time now.

The third group I joined was http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MyCAFriends. I was really excited when I found this group because the main page had a picture of the plan I was following. Again I decided to read some old posts in order to get to know everyone. I discovered that there are several members but most of them are not very active. I joined this group on April 11, 2008 and check in when I have the time.

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I've Only Just Begun (Again)

I began the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program, also known as CALP, on March 3, 2008. I read the book several years ago and was successful in losing about 50 lbs. the first time I tried it. I find it an easy program to follow and failed the first time because I was looking for a quick fix to my weight problem. I weighed myself everyday and when I did not see the scale move, I decided to change to Atkins. I believe I was able to get the scale to drop a few pounds but was unable to continue the Atkins Diet because I was missing the foods I could not live without.

I re-read the book in March and was ready to begin CALP for the second time. I had not weighed myself in a couple of years and chose not to get on a scale because I did not want to become obsessed with it. I took my measurements five days after I began CALP so I would have some sort of record to track my progress. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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