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February 20, 2017

What to DO When Atkins Doesn't Work for You (Part 8 of How I Lost Over 100 Pounds)

[This is part 8 of a multi-part series on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part 1, you can do that by clicking on the above link. At part 1, you'll also find links to the other posts in the series, as they become available. In this post, I'm going to show you how to start tweaking the Atkins Diet to get the results you want.]

Steak, Chicken, Asparagus, and Large Amount of Sauce
Up to this point in the series, I've covered a lot of my weight-loss history that I didn't share in the prior series. Rather than just start spilling the beans on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet, I wanted you to see that where you've been and what you did to get where you are today is vital to understand what's necessary to reach your target weight.

Chasing after diets and diet schemes, and nursing the diet-mindset, doesn't work long-term. It backfires almost every single time because you won't feel what you expect to feel once you're thin. Plus, something will always arise in your way, either today or tomorrow, to convince you that you can't do low carb.

You can't eat healthy today because . . .

Sometimes, those events are out of your control. They're justified. When bedridden, I was unable to cook for myself and even if I could, dieting was the last thing on my mind. At other times, events gave me an excuse to stuff my face with carbs because I didn't understand what they were doing to me.

I went rogue for long stretches of time in between attempts to turn low carb into an honest-to-goodness lifestyle.

What I've learned over the years is that all diet paths bring you to exactly the same place. No matter what you've tried to do in the past, yesterday is now dead to you. It's gone. It's over and done with. Playing the What If Game only keeps you frustrated, feeling guilty, and your cortisol level high.

Yesterday does affect how your body is responding to your low-carb diet today, but only up to a point. Most of us are not doing exactly what we did the first or second time around. I know I didn't.

So, for the rest of the series, I'm going to share the various tricks and tweaks I used to get Atkins 2002 to work better for me, but I'm going to do that using today's perspective. The Vickie I was in 2007 won't do you any good because she believed in Atkins Magic. As a result of my misconceptions, the path I actually took to lose over 100 pounds was super long and circular most of the time.

It took me over 2 years to accomplish what I did, but it doesn't have to take you that long if you can wrap your head around the vital principles necessary for low-carb weight loss.

February 17, 2017

Is Your Self Worth Determined by the Size of Your Jeans? (Part 7 of How I Lost Over 100 Pounds)

[This is part 7 of a multi-part series on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part 1, you can do that by clicking on the link above. At part 1, you'll also find links to all of the other posts in this series, as they become available. This post deals with overcoming your fears, insecurity, and feelings of inferiority, so you can ditch those pounds for good!]

Girl on Beach in Blue Jeans Rolled Up
Before we get into what I did to tweak the Atkins Diet and, thereby, shed over 100 pounds, I want to talk a little bit about self worth.

Many people believe that they are inferior to others.

You may be one of them.

You don't just feel that you might be inferior. You actually believe it's a FACT. You're inferior. Anyone who looks at you and sees those bulges and rolls of fat that you see when you look into the mirror KNOWS that it's true. You're not worthy to be loved, accepted, and approved of – because you're fat.

Your self worth is determined by the size of your jeans.

Since you wear a size 18 or 20 or 24, and not a size 10, or 7, or 3, you feel guilty for not being perfect. You feel guilty for having faults. If you could just weigh what you should weigh, if you could just bring your body up to the standard society has set, you wouldn't feel inferior any more. You wouldn't feel guilty.

You'd be able to like yourself.

You'd have self worth. You'd have control over your life. You'd be confident and feel important. Others would accept you and approve of you instead of always trying to make you feel guilty for what you are.

You wouldn't have to worry about being criticized or rejected or verbally attacked because you'd finally be a member of the “in” group. If thin, you would finally have arrived at the place that you have defined as good. You would have left the place that you have defined as bad.

Or would you?

February 14, 2017

The Shocking Evolution of the Atkins Diet (Part 6 of How I Lost Over 100 Pounds)

[This is part 6 of a multi-part series that reveals how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part 1, you can click on the above link and it will take you there. At part 1, you'll also find all of the links to the other posts in this series, as they become available.]

The Transformation of Atkins 2002 was Like a Metal Gear Butterfly
Life isn't a movie.

There is no script that guarantees everything will turn out well.

I can't tell you that with effort and a lot of luck I learned to walk again and reclaimed my life within a few short weeks.

It didn't happen that way.

A newborn crawls before it walks, so that's what I did. I started crawling around the apartment on my hands and knees. I learned how to sit on the floor without falling over.

Looking back now, I can see how the slow, torturous progress of teaching myself to walk again helped me to develop the self-discipline I needed to lose over 100 pounds, but in the Spring of 2004, my weight wasn't a priority.

Atkins 2002 was the last thing on my mind.

In fact, I have no idea how much weight I even gained during those challenging weeks. Hubby simply went out and bought me a larger size whenever I needed one.

You don't achieve anything worthwhile by keeping yourself safe.

Those who succeed at re-creating themselves do so by becoming different from the crowd. Look at any group of low-carb maintainers and you'll quickly see that they are outliers. They are not your average dieter. They don't fear disapproval, criticism, or even rejection because the target – maintaining a healthy weight – is more valuable than what other people think of them.

Unfortunately, herd mentality is rampant within the low-carb community. Although, the Atkins Diet has the potential to be the leader within the weight-loss industry, the average low-carb dieter is too busy following the crowd and chasing after the latest low-carb fad to effectively manifest the potential of the Atkins Diet to change lives.

This was the most important lesson I would learn when it grew time to confront the shocking evolution of the Atkins Diet.

February 09, 2017

How the Vertigo Changed My Low-Carb Lifestyle (How I Lost Over 100 Pounds, Part 5)

[This is part 5 of a multi-part series about how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the atkins diet. If you haven't read part 1 yet, you can find that post by clicking on the above link. At the first post, you'll also find links to all of the posts in the series as they become available.]

How Vertigo Changed My Low-Carb Lifestyle - Part 5 of How I Lost Over 100 Pounds
It just dawned on me.

A few seconds before Life sucker-punched me, I was a size 14. I was exactly where I'd eventually end up right after completing the biggest accomplishment of my life:

Losing over 100 pounds.

But I couldn't DO that until Life punched me in the face and sent me flying back into the weight-loss game.

Looking at it now, I can see how the vertigo changed my low-carb lifestyle. I see how what happened was similar to those near-death experiences that dad used to talk about when I was growing up. Slipping into the next world was always temporary for him.

As yet, he has never moved on. He has always been sent back, or chosen to come back, depending on which experience he was sharing, to live all of his challenges over again. Today, I can see the circular pattern that I couldn't see then.

I can see the weight-loss cycle that kept repeating, the path that didn't really lead anywhere except back to the beginning. Back to where I'd already been. Back to all of the struggle, conflict, and resistance that reliving the same weight-loss challenge over and over again provides.

Each new cycle in our lives is a fresh invitation to experience life in a different way, but I never did. I can see that clearly now.

Up until the vertigo struck, I had always responded to life in exactly the same way. If I couldn't control what was going on, I resisted what Life was doing and chased after something I could control.

But this time:

This time was different. This time, there was nothing to chase. Oh, I tried, of course. I tried really hard to find a way to control what was happening to me. To make it go away. I tried to hang onto my weight losses. I tried to escape the hallucination and the helplessness that vestibular dysfunction brings. I tried to overcome the despair with hope, but I couldn't.

When the world is spinning inside your head so fast that you can't even stand up, without assistance, let alone dress yourself, take a shower, or walk under your own power, there is very little hope. The only choice I had was to change the rules of the game. But first, I had to realize that I was, in fact, playing a game I couldn't win.

February 06, 2017

How to Hold Onto Your Weight Loss When Challenges Arise (How I Lost Over 100 Pounds, Part 4)

Homemade Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives
Sometimes the Atkins
Pre-Maintenance Diet
Isn't Enough!
[This is part 4 in a multi-series about How I Lost Over 100 Pounds Tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part 1, click on the above link and it will take you to the first post. There, you'll also find links to future posts as they become available.]

There is no such thing as non-disturbance.

No matter what you do, no matter what you achieve, life will be there with another challenge, another disturbance to oppose what you're trying to do.

If you set up a goal to achieve something, such as losing over 100 pounds of body fat, there is never an end to the path. You never arrive at a destination where you can relax and let down your guard because once you whittle off the pounds, you have to keep going.

You have to take pre-maintenance and maintenance seriously. You have to keep doing what you did to achieve the weight loss, altering it only slightly, and continue doing it for the rest of your life – if you want to keep those pounds off.

Maybe you understand that, but tend to slip back into your unconscious eating style when challenges present themselves. I completely understand that. Holding onto your body fat loss when confronted with challenges requires you to stay aware of what's going on around you.

The nature of life on this planet isn't comfort and security. If you expect to one day reach a point where everything is calm and peaceful 100-percent of the time, where people in your environment give you all of the attention and approval you want, where you never feel insecure and people always take you nicely, you're going to be disappointed.

That day will never come. The nature of life on this planet is challenge. And challenge us, she does.

So in this fourth post on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet, I'm going to show you what I did to hang onto my body fat loss when confronted with divorce in 2001.