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  1. #406
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    The best thing about Keto is that it takes hunger away and we eat less. The amount of food we take in is the key to losing weight and if keto helps, then hurrah! Atkins set his Low Carb way of eating up so that people could add back in carbs until they saw a change in weight loss or even a gain. At that point, you would back off some carbs to continue weight loss or continue at that amount for maintenance but not gaining. You are still losing and have lots of energy so right now, you are doing very well. At soem point, you may need to track better and back down a bit, but for now, super job.

    It is good to hear that you are doing everything that you love, even getting back into running.

  2. #407
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    Another great week on the scale. My diet has been excellent, 1400 - 1600 calories a day and never hungry. Been really good with water as well.

    My home golf course opened last Wednesday. Though it has been around freezing I've played the 9 hole course 5 times in the last 7 days. At my weight once around is about 1000 calories, it is a hilly course. Still playing floor hockey with friends twice this week as well as several sessions on my rowing machine, another calorie eater. I'm really feeling better at these activities. Amazed what 30lbs off can do. I was doing all of these activities even before changing the diet but now I'm much faster and less winded. It feels truly great.

    I'm sad to report that my dear mother in law passed away on Sunday. Wake and funeral starts tomorrow and there will be no end of tempting food at those occasions but I feel I can resist as my will power is feeling quite strong right now. She was 66 years old and always very healthy. It was a short battle with Ovarian cancer that really did a number on her. My wife and kids are sad but there is relief as well as she put up quite a fight. My daughter will really miss her at her graduation in 2 weeks from now but understands that it is for the better.

    Starting Weight (March 6, 2004): 320 lbs

    November 16, 2004: 222 lbs (-98 lbs)
    May 17, 2005: 272 lbs (+50 lbs)
    Oct 3, 2005: 264 lbs (-8 lbs)
    January 30, 2008: 315.4 lbs (+51.4 lbs)
    April 15, 2008: 320.6 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    June 17, 2008:
    325 lbs (+4.4 lbs)
    October 22, 2008: 330.2 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    January 28, 2009: 288.8 lbs (-41.4 lb)
    June 10, 2009: 305.6 lbs (+16.8 lb)
    August 5, 2009: 278.8 lbs (-26.8 lbs)
    January 3, 2012: 304.2 lbs (+25.4 lbs)

    February 7, 2012: 287.6 lbs (-16.6 lbs)
    July 20, 2012: 318.8 lbs (+31.2 lbs)
    January 17, 2014:
    351.2 lbs (+32.4 lbs)
    March 7, 2014: 312.2 lbs (-39.0 lbs)
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    Starting Weight (February 6, 2018): 348.4 lbs
    Week 2 (February 20, 2018): 338.4 lbs (-10.0 lbs)
    Week 5 (March 13, 2018): 332.2 lbs (-6.2 lbs)
    Week 6 (March 20, 2018): 323.2 lbs (-9.0 lbs)
    Week 7 (March 27, 2018): 325.2 lbs (+2.0 lbs)
    Week 8 (April 3, 2018): 320.0 lbs (-5.2 lbs)
    Week 9 (April 3, 2018): 315.8 lbs (-4.2 lbs)

    In 9 weeks I'm down 32.6 lbs for an average loss of 3.62 lbs/week.

  3. #408
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    I am glad you are seeing and feeling such good physical progress. Yes, imagine, a fit athlete going out on the field with weights that equal 30 pounds. They would wind a lot faster and react slower. 30 pounds is a lot!

    I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. It is hard to see loved ones go but even harder to see them in pain. May your family find peace through this and your granddaughter know that her grandmother will be at her graduation in spirit.

  4. #409
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    I stayed pretty much on plan this week but gained some weight. Been very active and only eating when hungry. Had a sandwich or too and a cookie after the funeral on Thursday but was still down weight. Over the past 4 days I've not been drinking water though, generally not feeling 100% so I think I'm holding water.

    Hopefully the gain will go fast leading up to the graduation next week. A lot of things happened today plumbing wise as well so hopefully even tomorrow I'll see some return to the direction of last weeks low.

    I'm not discouraged. I'm please that I was able to have a couple of off plan cheats/emergency eats during this past week without coming unglued entirely.

    Starting Weight (March 6, 2004): 320 lbs

    November 16, 2004: 222 lbs (-98 lbs)
    May 17, 2005: 272 lbs (+50 lbs)
    Oct 3, 2005: 264 lbs (-8 lbs)
    January 30, 2008: 315.4 lbs (+51.4 lbs)
    April 15, 2008: 320.6 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    June 17, 2008:
    325 lbs (+4.4 lbs)
    October 22, 2008: 330.2 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    January 28, 2009: 288.8 lbs (-41.4 lb)
    June 10, 2009: 305.6 lbs (+16.8 lb)
    August 5, 2009: 278.8 lbs (-26.8 lbs)
    January 3, 2012: 304.2 lbs (+25.4 lbs)

    February 7, 2012: 287.6 lbs (-16.6 lbs)
    July 20, 2012: 318.8 lbs (+31.2 lbs)
    January 17, 2014:
    351.2 lbs (+32.4 lbs)
    March 7, 2014: 312.2 lbs (-39.0 lbs)
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    Starting Weight (February 6, 2018): 348.4 lbs
    Week 2 (February 20, 2018): 338.4 lbs (-10.0 lbs)
    Week 5 (March 13, 2018): 332.2 lbs (-6.2 lbs)
    Week 6 (March 20, 2018): 323.2 lbs (-9.0 lbs)
    Week 7 (March 27, 2018): 325.2 lbs (+2.0 lbs)
    Week 8 (April 3, 2018): 320.0 lbs (-5.2 lbs)
    Week 9 (April 10, 2018): 315.8 lbs (-4.2 lbs)
    Week 10 (April 17, 2018): 319.2 lbs (+3.4 lbs)

    In 10 weeks I'm down 29.2 lbs for an average loss of 2.92 lbs/week.

  5. #410
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    You are doing so very well. Congratulations, again. And you came right back to LC. That is the key, that it becomes such a way of life, your normal way of eating, that when you go off plan for a bit (very short periods) you can come right back. BECAUSE it is your normal way of eating!!!! We released ourselves from the sugar overlord and are free to fly our own way!

  6. #411
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    A great week that showed last weeks gain was just water weight.

    Back on the water this week plus about 81 holes of golf (30 miles of walking a hilly course pushing a 60lb bag and cart) has given me a nice drop.

    I had a goal of 299.8 for this Thursday which I won't reach but that is ok. I'm extremely happy with my loss.

    All my cloths are starting to hang off me and my "wind" while walking the two big climbs on my golf course has improved markedly.

    This time last year I bought a XXL golf jacket that turned out to be an extremely small make. I couldn't get my arms and shoulders into the jacket without a struggle and zipping it up was out of the question as the zippers were 6+ inches apart. I saw it in the closet yesterday and put it on. Loose in the arms and shoulders and I could just zip it up. Not there yet but soon I'll be able to wear it.

    Starting Weight (March 6, 2004): 320 lbs
    November 16, 2004: 222 lbs (-98 lbs)
    May 17, 2005: 272 lbs (+50 lbs)
    Oct 3, 2005: 264 lbs (-8 lbs)
    January 30, 2008: 315.4 lbs (+51.4 lbs)
    April 15, 2008: 320.6 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    June 17, 2008:
    325 lbs (+4.4 lbs)
    October 22, 2008: 330.2 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    January 28, 2009: 288.8 lbs (-41.4 lb)
    June 10, 2009: 305.6 lbs (+16.8 lb)
    August 5, 2009: 278.8 lbs (-26.8 lbs)
    January 3, 2012: 304.2 lbs (+25.4 lbs)

    February 7, 2012: 287.6 lbs (-16.6 lbs)
    July 20, 2012: 318.8 lbs (+31.2 lbs)
    January 17, 2014:
    351.2 lbs (+32.4 lbs)
    March 7, 2014: 312.2 lbs (-39.0 lbs)
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    Starting Weight (February 6, 2018): 348.4 lbs
    Week 2 (February 20, 2018): 338.4 lbs (-10.0 lbs)
    Week 5 (March 13, 2018): 332.2 lbs (-6.2 lbs)
    Week 6 (March 20, 2018): 323.2 lbs (-9.0 lbs)
    Week 7 (March 27, 2018): 325.2 lbs (+2.0 lbs)
    Week 8 (April 3, 2018): 320.0 lbs (-5.2 lbs)
    Week 9 (April 10, 2018): 315.8 lbs (-4.2 lbs)
    Week 10 (April 17, 2018): 319.2 lbs (+3.4 lbs)
    Week 11 (April 24, 2018): 310.4 lbs (-8.8 lbs)

    In 11 weeks I'm down 38 lbs for an average loss of 3.45 lbs/week.

  7. #412
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    HURRAH on your “new” jacket! You should be very proud of all your accomplishments.

  8. #413
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    Bagodonitz,
    I have read some of your thread and I am really impressed with what you have accomplished. I like how you keep track, set goals and exercise. I am back after a four or five month relapse. Just trying to reach out and stay in touch with low-Carb friends. Tell me how important exercise has been to your accomplishment. What is your next goal and ultimate goal. For me it is 155 lbs. Right now I don't pay much attention to the numbers as I am making my own plan that I can own and live by. Trying to learn some new tools to help me pay attention to what matters. Aradasky and ZeroCarb have really supported me. Best of luck!
    GREG

  9. #414
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    It is hard for me to say how important exercise is. I realize that it burns extra calories and helps me have a little bit more freedom in food choices but it is more than that.

    When exercising regularly, I just feel better. I feel better about myself, and have a generally more positive attitude. When you feel that way, it is easier to not cheat, at least for me. Most of my cheating or bad eating comes from feeling bad in general or just partially depressed. Add to that the fact that getting better at a sport feels like an accomplishment or something you have that you can lose. When you lose a bunch of weight and start to run faster, play better sports, it is easier to talk yourself into not going off the wagon. The slippery slope of eating bad becomes more obvious and easier to resist.

    Just this last couple of days I started to feel a little too comfortable and realize that having lost almost 50lbs this go around and generally in better shape, I was starting to slip a little bit. I hadn't posted here in three weeks. Maybe getting a little too happy with myself. An email notification came along for steadyed's post with very pertinent questions. I realize I needed to set another goal to keep me focused now that I'm very close to the last goal I set.

    The last few years while on a couple of vacations, there were activities that I could not participate in. One is very near where we live and it consists of a huge zip line complex built into the local landscape. I bought my kids last year but I could not participate because of weight restrictions. The maximum weight is 250lbs and I don't want the embarrassment of being close or over so my goal is to get to 240 lbs by the end of their operating season, which is about 60lbs away for me now.

    If I could get to that weight by the end of the summer that would be a great reward. It may be a bit of an optimistic goal but not impossible. Even if I'm a bit late and miss the end of their operating season, I'll be well setup for the following year or for other activities I have missed when we take a family vacation.

    Ultimately if I could get to 230 lbs and stay there or close to it that would be my ultimate goal.

    This past few weeks I have been much more lazy with my food choices and trying to learn what causes me terrible cravings and what I can get away with occasionally without falling entirely off the wagon. Despite that I still managed to lose a few pounds a week as most days my calorie intake was still low and I'm so active I've burned all the sugar. So far the only thing that really gets me craving is bread which I have no major problem living without. I've had a couple of servings of other starchy foods, being very careful with serving size and calorie intake without issue. Again this is not every day. Samples of what I'm talking about include 1/4 cup of steamed rice, an occasional banana, very smalls serving size of chocolate covered almonds and 5-10 french fries on one occasion. It was the slice of toast with a weekend breakfast that had me craving other carbs all day so bread is off the list entirely.

    I'd like to get out of the 300's for good so I'm planning on doing induction level carbs again for a couple of weeks to get firmly back into Ketosis and to get to the low ends of the 290s to again give me a buffer.

    I'm also starting a new job in a couple of weeks that will have me at home much more. This will afford me to chance to be more active as well as I'll be able to join and participate in group fitness/circuit classes which I love and have had great success with in the past. I probably will not do that until autumn as I'm plenty active right now for the summer months.


    Starting Weight (March 6, 2004): 320 lbs

    November 16, 2004: 222 lbs (-98 lbs)
    May 17, 2005: 272 lbs (+50 lbs)
    Oct 3, 2005: 264 lbs (-8 lbs)
    January 30, 2008: 315.4 lbs (+51.4 lbs)
    April 15, 2008: 320.6 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    June 17, 2008:
    325 lbs (+4.4 lbs)
    October 22, 2008: 330.2 lbs (+5.2 lbs)
    January 28, 2009: 288.8 lbs (-41.4 lb)
    June 10, 2009: 305.6 lbs (+16.8 lb)
    August 5, 2009: 278.8 lbs (-26.8 lbs)
    January 3, 2012: 304.2 lbs (+25.4 lbs)

    February 7, 2012: 287.6 lbs (-16.6 lbs)
    July 20, 2012: 318.8 lbs (+31.2 lbs)
    January 17, 2014:
    351.2 lbs (+32.4 lbs)
    March 7, 2014: 312.2 lbs (-39.0 lbs)
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    Starting Weight (February 6, 2018): 348.4 lbs
    Week 2 (February 20, 2018): 338.4 lbs (-10.0 lbs)
    Week 5 (March 13, 2018): 332.2 lbs (-6.2 lbs)
    Week 6 (March 20, 2018): 323.2 lbs (-9.0 lbs)
    Week 7 (March 27, 2018): 325.2 lbs (+2.0 lbs)
    Week 8 (April 3, 2018): 320.0 lbs (-5.2 lbs)
    Week 9 (April 10, 2018): 315.8 lbs (-4.2 lbs)
    Week 10 (April 17, 2018): 319.2 lbs (+3.4 lbs)
    Week 11 (April 24, 2018): 310.4 lbs (-8.8 lbs)
    Week 14 (May 15, 2018): 301.4 lbs (-9.0 lbs)


    In 14 weeks I'm down 47 lbs for an average loss of 3.36 lbs/week.

  10. #415
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    Bagadonitz,
    Thanks for the detailed reply. I am in awe of your accomplishments. I agree entirely about the mental aspect of exercise. Near or semi depression is not good for me either. And yes, I do feel more accomplished every time I walk or jog. Depression is an exercise killer for me. A good indicator of where I am at. I also have a trigger food list. Mine includes bread, any and all candy, mashed potatoes, fries, most starchy vegetables. Fruit is a killer for me. Everyone says it is so healthy in the diet. If I have a banana I will eat the bunch, same with grapes, strawberries, blueberries. Nuts drive me to eat the whole can. So I do well on meat chicken and fish. Veggies on the Atkins list with low carb numbers are no problem. Milk in my Cappuccino is the hard one for me to cut back on. I drink a lot of coffee. I really like that you have set a goal to get on that zip line. I think you can make a good mental picture of you on it. You'll be proud and I think your kids will be too. When was the last time you were at your goal weight (240)? I am going to Ireland this summer to walk the Kerry way, a hiking path in Southwestern Ireland. I would like to be at 175 when I leave (July 28th). That's 12 pounds away. I can do it. Meat, water and exercise. Hope to hear from you again. Greg
    Last edited by steadyed; 05-15-2018 at 07:34 PM. Reason: spelling

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    B3B222AD-9477-4653-9718-06B932479878.jpgWAHOOO!!!!


    Exercise makes me hungry but if I go out and walk or lift weights, I feel so much better and I need to keep my body limber. I also need to work on my balance. Great goal for you to set for yourself!

    I am very glad you are finding your triggers. Like Greg, sweet Fruit Like a banana (not berries) is a big trigger for me.

  12. #417
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    Aradasky, Yes, balance! As I age that is just becoming a noticeable issue. I am sure there are things I can do to improve it. Losing excess weight can't hurt. I love the photo. Having a good mental picture of where you want to go is a big help to me. One day at a time. Had a good day today. Drinking fluids and moving on to more meat and fish. Greg

  13. #418
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    Banana, surprisingly, doesn't put me into a spin. A absolutely crave the first one but I can have one a day and not think about them again. Frequently have none. It is related to my exercise and generally not eating much. It helps me avoid leg cramps and doesn't trigger consumption of worse garbage so I'm ok with it until it does.

    My biggest problem is not drinking water. I am often forgetting and a couple of days goes past before it catches me on the scale and I remember.

    Thanks for the encouragement all.

  14. #419
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    Bagadonitz, I think you have hit it! We all have our own list of triggers. The important thing for me is to know mine and not get lured into thinking I can handle just one. It's the first one that sets off the addictive behavior for me. It may not happen in the first ten minutes or hour or day, but eventually slams me. I know this about me. I could pretend but that dishonesty just makes me depressed and knocks me out of contention. Been there, done that, hope not to do it again. I need to write my trigger food list so that I can't get into a grey area. From my point of view, just for me, grey is black. As well, I need a set of tools and the foresight to use them when I get into social situations that don't have my foods. ZeroCarb says stuff yourself on LC before you go and I add "Don't stay long; nobody ever remembers how long you stayed"
    We are all just workin what works for us. Thanks for the reminder on water, I have got to find a simple system that reminds me to drink it. Your friend, GREG

  15. #420
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    Bagodonitz, How ya doin? I think I made day 11 today, abstinent that is, staying away from my triggers and stayin lowcarb. One day at a time!

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