Buttoni's Journey
Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 12:06 AM


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Hi folks! Brand new member here, though I've been a lurker for some time. Debated on doing a journal here, as I've been doing one on another LC forum. But as sure as I don't, on down the road, I'll wish I had done so. So here goes:


After slowly going doing all the Atkins OWL ladder rungs, I learned I could eat all foods without gaining, provided those on the top two rungs were consumed eaten rarely. So I suspect ACE will end up being around 40 net carbs that I could handle for 17 months. Problem is I don't know where, along the way, a food(s) intolerance or what halted all further loss. Since my loss had been so very slow all along, wrought with stalls and 1-2# bounces, it was hard to single any one food or carb level as the culprit.

But dropping back to Induction for a third time for 5 full weeks this Spring did nothing to break the stall.

A little background: I'm 62, of course post-menopausal, and sadly, a veteran yo-yo dieter for most of my adult life. I have had a hysterectomy with ovaries still in situe. Have lab-documented hormonal imbalances being addressed with T and E BHRT implant since March 1. I also take a beta blocker BP med but BP is down to sometimes as low as 104/60 but most days, 115/60-ish. So hope to be off that only RX real soon. I remember reading in the 2002 edition DANDR that Beta blockers can really thwart weight loss.

I possibly have lowered metabolism & lowered thyroid function and/or adrenal disfuction from chronic stress over last few years. But TSH, T4 and T3 all show normal ranges (for my age, whatever the heck randomly determines THAT number). Subsequent to my father's death and my mother being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (and quickly thereafter moderate dementia), managing her daily and healthcare needs from another city has been difficult and very stressful to say the least. My resulting cortisol levels (which were OFF the charts) is now back in normal ranges, as I'm learning to live with my Mom's total lack of cooperation with me and my brother, who unfortunately lives even farther away than I do.

My glucose is good and lipid panels are good. But the stall persists.


So my last gasp effort, since joining here, is to go back and do Atkins '72 July 17th. But having restarted Induction last month, it made the transition back to Atkins '72 quite easy, actually. No hunger/cravings dropping back to <20 TOTAL carbs (as opposed to net) and I always just do 3 meals a day, no snacks, not even after dinner.


I'm down 1# today, so I'm encouraged. But don't want to get my hopes up as I'm convinced my metabolism and hormones are a mess still, even after doing Atkins for a little over 2 years now.


I've ditched coffee (don't like it w/o sweetener and cream) and tea (don't like it unsweet), cream, all sweeteners for awhile. Eliminated virtually all cheese and dairy, too. I eat maybe an ounce of cheese maybe 1-2 times a week. And interesting thing, I don't feel too deprived for having given them up......not yet, anyway.

Really hoping this '72 Atkins is the jump start I need. I'd really like to think it was just some food along the Atkins OWL ladder was a problem for me. I think I stumbled on my ACE long before the upper rungs and just didn't take appropriate action. Had I actually gained weight, it would have been more obvious to me.

Anyway......that's my Atkins story to date and I'm sticking to it.

On a more personal side, I'm a retired French teacher that LOVES to cook. Celebrated my 42nd wedding anniversary tonight. And we are the proud owners of two wonderfully intelligent and spunky mini rat terriers, Button and Zipper. One of Button's nicknames is Buttoni, thus my user name and the name on my recipe website. You see, Button and Zipper get to taste everything I cook and put their stamp (paw) of approval on each and every recipe before they ever make it to my website. So does Lance, my DH. Two paws and two thumbs up from us and it gets uploaded.

I come from a long line of cooks on both sides of my family. Some of you may have seen my recipe blog posted here in the Valentine's Day post Jimmy did about low-carb recipe blogs he liked. Hope you'll visit and if you ultimately try any of my recipes, do let me know if you liked (or didn't for some reason). I consider all to be works in progress.

I look forward to getting to know you folks and to learning much from your many experiences with low-carbing. Perhaps I can share a few of mine as well. I'm eating this way for life, so I don't care how long this journey takes me. I figure my body will give up this last 30# when it's dang good and ready. I'm just so much healthier already I know I'll never eat the way I did before, EVER again.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 02:14 AM


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If you're the same Buttoni, I think I subscribe to your recipe blog, and I LOVE it!!
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 12:00 PM


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Welcome and good luck finding the answer!
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 12:39 PM


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Yep, that's me alright. I'm hopelessly addicted to experimenting in the kitchen. It's been a life-long "disorder". The site is also linked below all my posts here with the handy WWW button.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 12:42 PM


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Thank you for your kind welcome, Darwinlily. Trying to get my feet wet on the ins and outs of the forums and sub forums. But it's all starting to make sense now.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 01:29 PM


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Maybe I'm blind, but I just don't see a link!
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-20-2011 04:57 PM


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It's the WWW button by the email, PM, and FIND buttons just below my ticker choo-choo. But I'll add it to my signature if that helps ya.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-21-2011 09:41 AM


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I am so glad you have joined us, Peggy. I am also 62 and a retired high school English teacher. I spent 39 years in the classroom. Ideally, I would have liked to have continued working until I was 65 but the exhaustion I was experiencing did me in. I don't regret early retirement. I have had the most wonderful year and will turn 63 in August happy, rested and busy, soooo busy!

I have had the same experience with weight loss. I did lose 8 pounds on South Beach Diet induction and am now stalled. This might be a good topic on the general topic section. I don't think we are alone in being stalled for a long long time. You may hold the record though

Welcome to the forum and stop by the barn when you have time!

03.01.12 187
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RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-21-2011 07:19 PM


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I think I may hold the record for stalls on the Atkins forums, too. Not an honor I enjoy holding, though. Thank you so much for popping in and making me feel welcome. I taught high school French a few years and then junior high, which I really preferred. Language teachers like to get 'em young. Younger is much better for FL learning. My husband taught high school and junior college World History for 32 years.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-21-2011 11:55 PM


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Well the scale did nothing today. Started this leg of my journey at 173 Sunday and still at 173. But as Scarlett O'Hara says on the staircase at the end of "GONE WITH THE WIND": "Tomorrow is another day!" It's been the quote that seems that truly has gotten me through this interminable stall.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-23-2011 02:02 PM


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Went up 1# today. But I went way too high on sodium intake yesterday. I try to keep it around 1200-1500mg a day and it shot up because I had locally made Czech smoked sausage for dinner last night with kale (hubby had his with beans). Gonna have to not go get any more of that for awhile, I fear. I had 11 glasses of water yesterday and will try to top that today to clear out all that sodium.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-23-2011 10:06 PM


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Sounds like me ((sigh)). A few years ago I did the Kimkins diet and actually did pretty good. I was 53 and lost 25 lbs Actually had no repercussions from it except that I lost my taste for food and salt. Was likened to an eating disorder. Kept it off and started training for a coule of half marathons. I did 3!! And then bam....off my eating schedule for a mere 8 weeks and most of the weight was back. My sister died unexpectedly, my sweet pups died (age16), a daughter married (destination wedding), bridal showers, reception, a baby coming, baby showers and baby grand daughter born. Upheaval all over the place. I wasn't over eating. Just could not keep up the work out schedule. Have struggled since.

Want to get back to size 10 or 12 and we are making more headway in the last week than we did all last year. I'm always optimistic. I hope you are too :-)

Happy to be a gramma[size=large]
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-24-2011 09:34 AM


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Oh, I do try to stay positive, even throughout the 17 month stall. Unlike many who stress eat; when I stress, I actually lose my appetite and QUIT eating. Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing right about now. But all that cortisol eventually catches up and you start gaining.

Well, I'm down to 172 today, so that's 2# lost since I started Atkins 1972 version a week ago. I'm taking this as a good sign. If only this stall were FINALLY broken.

Most days, only 20 TOTAL(not net) carbs a day has been pretty easy for me. But I almost blew it yesterday. I was experimenting in the kitchen making an English muffin and with my tasting all 3 versions, wiped out all my carbs for the entire day. It has been so long since I baked anything, I forgot how fast almond flour will do that. So for lunch, I had leftover braised sirloin; for dinner I had baked chicken slathered in butter. No veggies. Not only did I manage to keep my protein to 128 grams (28 more than I try to keep it at), but I kept my carbs to 20.6. AND I noticed I wasn't hungry all day and didn't eat a singly snack the entire day. Wonder why?

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-24-2011 09:13 PM


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Peggy...I am so glad I found your journal!!

Your blog is totally awesome...I have been on it looking at all the recipes...wow...

My son took 3 years of French!!! He had to stop because it interfered with band, it was at the same time of each other or in the same block as they call it.. I don't know I don't get it..they go by block days.. when I was going to high school.. we had the same classes every day.. but now they don't...I told him I felt sad...so sometimes he calls me Mere LOL..

Good luck on your journey and again thank you very much for your help.. I hope we all have a successful week..

Melinda

Start Date: June 2009--400-- Starting again:--296.6 ---Currently:--290.8
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-24-2011 10:45 PM


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Thank you, Melinda! I started the blog a couple years ago at the urging of a number of folks on the Atkins forums. But Wordpress is pretty easy to learn, navigate and customize. I have over 350 recipes there now and am adding new ones all the time. I enjoy it immensely and it has taken on a life of its own. I also find it helps keep me focused on my goal.

Good luck to BOTH of us! We ARE gonna get there!

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-25-2011 12:01 AM


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Oh, my, Peggy! I could just get lost in your blog! I love reading recipes! And yours look wonderful. Can't wait to try the eggplant sandwiches. After a good week of 72 Induction, of course.

Julia

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RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-25-2011 11:33 AM


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Aww! Thanks Julia. I just recently did some major backtracking there and re-cooked a bunch of the oldest recipes I posted that were uploaded back before I knew how to upload pics there. Now I can honestly say I've gotten pics up for 98% of them. For me, half the experience of good food is visual, so a cookbook has just GOT to have pictures or the likelihood of my trying a recipe is slim. But once they fall off into archives there, ya have to actually open the recipe to SEE the pics. Wish the pics showed in the archive list itself.

OMG I almost fainted when I got on the scale this morning. 171!!! That means 3# down since starting Atkins '72 8 days ago! And that 3 nights in a row now I haven't had a desire to snack in the evenings, too, which has always been a big weakness of mine. I'm not a daytime snacker; I'm a nighttime snacker.

I'm trying to eat 30 g protein at breakfast (leptin resistance protocol is 50, but I just can't get that down), which seems to have the effect of curbing my appetite, both between and during meals. That is dropping my calories below the 1500 minimum NANY recommends for women. I'm averaging 1300-1400. Another thing that might be a factor in my losses are the chromium picolinate, alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L-carnitine supplements I started taking 3 wks ago. And with eliminating most diet drinks, coffee, tea, most dairy all sweeters, gosh, I don't know what has made the difference. But I'm so happy to have broken my 17 month stall, I'll keep doing all these things for fear the magic stops.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-25-2011 01:44 PM


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Peggy...Happy Monday!! Congrats on the loss.. that is always a great way to add pep in your step!! LOL.....Your blog really is fantastic.. I was looking at the picture of the fried chicken.. my goodness!!

I wish I could get into eggplant...I just can't take the mushiness....oh well maybe I should experiment more.. after my induction this week...

Let's be losers this week!! BIG LOSERS!!!!

Melinda

Start Date: June 2009--400-- Starting again:--296.6 ---Currently:--290.8
RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-25-2011 02:11 PM


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Congrats, Peggy! I'm glad you've budged your monster stall. I just can't imagine powering through a stall of that magnitude. You must be one strong woman.

Keep it up!

T-Vix



RE: Buttoni's Journey , 07-25-2011 02:41 PM


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Thanks for stopping by, Tek! "Strong"? No, my family calls it "stubborn". Man, when I decide to do something, NOTHING stops me. My husband loves to remind me that the "relentless" personality trait of the rat terriers we now have, suits me to a "T". Perfect breed choice for me. He loves to remind me that everyone in my family thinks if they analyze and keep at something long enough, we'll eventually get if all figured out and get whatever fixed. I admit, we're all pretty anal about it. But my calm, sweet, steady husband has to also remind me from time to time "there are some things you just can't fix, Peggy". He keeps me grounded.

But this weight loss thing, I'm convinced, is not one of those things. I WILL figure out what is going to work for me. But I may never know what specific food I've eliminated, coconut oil or supplement I've added, carbs/calories/protein I've lowered has done that this week. Just thankful for each and every additional pound I can lose, as they all have been a struggle for me.

Peggy
My recipe blog: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/
My Recipe Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/buttonilowcarbrecipes