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Old Mon, Mar-08-04, 17:54
cori cori is offline
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Posts: 2,906
Plan: -
Stats: -/-/- Female -
Progress: 8%

This is an awesome thread. I'm a newbie (again) and this good down-to-earth was very needed. Thanks Karen (and company).
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  #137   ^
Old Fri, Mar-12-04, 10:45
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Kruser3397 Kruser3397 is offline
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Posts: 19
Plan: Aitkins
Stats: 325/192/200 Male 6'1"
Progress: 106%
Location: Minneapolis, MN

This is a wonderful thread!! I only wish I would have found it earlier..
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Old Fri, Mar-19-04, 23:23
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neen neen is offline
Posts: 1,835
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 238/225.2/199 Female 5'6
Progress: 33%

things I did wrong

Cheese...' nuf said
weighing to often
too much splenda
not enough ,ok, ok no excercise.

things I did right

-hardly ever giving into low carb products (pizza crust, bars etc)
-never allowing myself to be seved hasbrowns, toast or other carbs in a restaraunt.

my personal fav

******a tattoo of a stained glass compass on the top of my foot, so that anytime I feel I have lost my way in life I can look down and find my path.

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Old Mon, Mar-22-04, 12:06
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corianin corianin is offline
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Posts: 427
Plan: Atkin's
Stats: 225/200/130 Female 66"
Progress: 26%
Location: Baxter, MN
Smile it's worth the wait

I have to say that one of my biggest mistakes is thinking that I could do it all overnight. That somehow this new WOE was the miracle cure and that I'd instantly become the twin of barbie and have a perfect body overnight. So of course when I woke up the next morning on my second day of Atkin's and didn't have a shapely size 2 1/2 under the covers I was discouraged...But after a healthy dose of reality and a shake of willpower and determination. I stayed the course and in two months I finally into those pre-prego pants that have collected so many layers of dust in my closet. I've finally learned good things are worth the wait...

~ Cori ~
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Old Mon, Mar-22-04, 15:02
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hairpin hairpin is offline
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Posts: 424
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 147/128.5/120 Female 5'3
Progress: 69%
Location: San Francisco

My biggest mistake was not coming out of the closet fast enough at work about Atkins. Some people still do tease me a little bit I think because of the way I eat, or think it is freakish. But I'm the one that's losing weight and not them, so .

Every choice you make should be for yourself and not to make someone else's life easier. If there is a possiblity that there won't be any good food for you to eat at a party, bring your own. Demand that for dinner's out that you go to a place where you can get a decent guilt-free meal.
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Old Fri, May-07-04, 23:33
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DerBlumers DerBlumers is offline
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Posts: 640
Plan: Whatever works
Stats: 300.5/170.5/135 Female 5'2"
Progress: 79%
Location: The Beaver State

My biggest newbie mistake? Probably not eating often enough....I really struggle with that one. I just don't feel hungry any when I'm active (I work two jobs and have some volunteer activities) time doesn't often permit me to stop...and I don't even think about eating when I don't feel a hunger pang. I know it's not right, but without all the carbs to stimulate my appetite...I have a hard time remembering to eat....and I still inadvertently skip way too many meals...and almost never snack.
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Old Sun, May-09-04, 14:21
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vixen69 vixen69 is offline
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Posts: 247
Plan: South Beach
Stats: 200.6/156.8/120 Female 5' 4"
Progress: 54%

My newbie mistakes (again!):

1. too many LC products like Atkins muffins and bread (cause cravings for me)
2. not eating regularly every 4-6 hrs (I sometimes don't eat for 7-8 hrs and then will get so ravenous that I'll eat anything that's not nailed down)
3. not eating LC when eating out (so easy to 'cheat' and justify it being really good)

I'm sure there's more, but those are my big ones.
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Old Sat, Jul-31-04, 17:44
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Atriana Atriana is offline
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Posts: 2,118
Plan: South Beach
Stats: 170/139/130 Female 65 inches
Progress: 78%
Location: Atlanta, GA

1) Not counting the .9 gram in a packet of Splenda.
2) Not realizing coffee has carbs.
3) Not drinking enough water.
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Old Mon, Aug-02-04, 12:16
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patricia1 patricia1 is offline
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Posts: 272
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 220/220/125 Female 5'5"
Progress: 0%
Exclamation Mistakes commited recently

Wonderful thread! Thank you everyone!

#1: Weighing myself everyday, sometimes many times a day!
#2: Giving up when the scale had not moved after three days!
#3: Too many "mock" recipes instead of real food
#4: Listening to everyone else's opinion about Atkins, and how they read "somewhere" that it was bad-In other words, feeeling like I have to justify my reasons for doing the WOL...
#5: Allowing myself to believe that this one time won't hurt ;
#6: Eating HC food someone else has prepared because I did not want to hurt their feelings;
#7: Eating whatever was served to me at a recent family gathering because I did not want to attract too much attention and too shameful to request something I sould have eaten... I still don't know what I am shameful about???

Maybe I am scared of failure and if this fails, I don't want a bunch of people telling me "I told you so" or "this diet of yours is unrealistic" or a bunch of crap like that when they are not there to help and support me to begin with!
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Old Mon, Aug-02-04, 14:45
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BadgerGirl BadgerGirl is offline
Posts: 1,286
Plan: TGDW
Stats: -/-/- Female 64
Progress: 73%
Angry My transgressions

What I did wrong:
  • Was very afraid of saturated fats
  • Ate too many peanuts
  • Ate too much cheese
  • Overindulged in alcoholic drinks
  • Ate standing up
  • Mindless eating in general (e.g., while working -- not taking a break from the computer)

What I'm (hopefully) doing right:
  • Keep the Atkins book with me at all times.
  • Eat real food instead of LC frankenfood.
  • Keep a wee eye on calories. Not counting, but being mindful of a series of high-calorie days.
  • Maintain an honest food journal.
  • Commit to exercise.
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Old Thu, Aug-05-04, 08:57
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DarthRaidr DarthRaidr is offline
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Posts: 660
Plan: induction
Stats: 203/202/150 Female 5'6"
Progress: 2%

Well, I did EVERYONE elses mistakes! and still messing it up! I read the book and didn't get it right still.

I keep thinking as long as I'm under 20 carbs a day, I could eat anything I want,
buying anything and everything that has the name Atkins on it w/o reading the contents,
thinking I'll lose 20lbs in a week
and as of now..convincing myself I'm "comfortable" with my pants size.

Cheese question??? good or bad?? what does it do- stall??
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Old Wed, Aug-25-04, 13:36
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Rachelle Rachelle is offline
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Posts: 7,677
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 186/173/145 Female 62 inches
Progress: 32%
Location: Chicago, IL USA

One of my problem areas is definately water..
I DON"T DRINK ENOUGH... i'll go a week or two where i'm getting the right amount.. but then i continue to go astray I have yet to make that a new habit

Not exercising.. I've recently started and can tell that i would have been much farther and weigh much less if i'd have started exercising over a year ago when i started LowCarbing.
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Old Thu, Aug-26-04, 21:55
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stacie1305 stacie1305 is offline
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Posts: 156
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 158/142/125 Female 67 inches
Progress: 48%

Bigest mistakes:
1. Too much peanut butter
2. Low carb hershey minis(stomach problems & stalls)
3. L.C Cheesecake (My trigger food!!!!!!)
4. being afraid to weigh-in and letting the problem get worse when I could've stoped it sooner.
5. Keeping my fat clothes(don't make it easy for yourself to gain some weight back)
6. Licking my fingers when making dinner or dessert for the family, hehe(those carbs really add up, LOL)

Things I've done right:
1. Drink a gallon of water a day
2. Walk 5 miles everyday
3. I eat every 3-4 hours
4. No frankenfoods
5. No mock desserts (trigger cravings)
6. I get at least 8 hour of sleep almost everynight
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Old Thu, Aug-26-04, 23:40
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dodg4kat dodg4kat is offline
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Posts: 1,061
Plan: Atkins Ind. + exercise
Stats: 209.0/200.6/155 Female 68 inches
Progress: 16%
Location: Riverside area, Ca

I can say that my list of goods and bads is endless, and much like the rest of you.
*Try as much as possible to stick to "real" foods
*Use a food journal every day to track carbs, cals, fats, protein
*Focus my fats to the monounsaturated kind
*Eat fish or shellfish at least 2x a week
*Take my multivitamins and mineral EVERY day

*No excercise except chasing children
*Too many Splenda sweetened drinks
*Not enough water
*Giving in to "just one" McDonald's french fry--leads to finishing the rest
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Old Tue, Sep-07-04, 00:27
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VegoMum VegoMum is offline
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Posts: 21
Plan: Atkins,Vegatarian,myself
Stats: 204.6/187/167.2 Female 178cm
BF:More than I want
Progress: 47%
Location: Hobart Australia
Default My mistakes as a newbie

It's good to see that so many have made mistakes . I was begining to think I was the only one not quite understanding the do's and don'ts.

My Mistakes:
Weighing my self daily(still do :bash
Always looking at my shape in the mirror.
Listening to parents who think low fat and few calories is the way to go.
Eating soy products not realizing they had sugar.
Dissapointment when I don't lose weight each morning.
Being slack for a week when Mum visited(didn't want to offend)
Being obsesed with my new WOE

What I did right:
Lots of water,at least 3300mls.
Plenty of salad and vegies.
No LC products.All fresh homemade meals.
Cut down heaps on coffee.From 10cups to 2 cups a day(with cream not milk).
Eating at least every 6 hours even when I'm not hungry.
Excersising 3-5 times a week.
Planing my days food so no cheating can occur.
No sweets at all (Not hungry enough after three meals a day)

I have lost 6kgs in 4 weeks so I am happy that I am doing something right. Being vegetarian is difficult but I think I have it worked out.
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