February 24, 2017

What I Had to Do to Ditch Over 100 Pounds (Part 9)

[This is part 9 of a multi-series post on how I lost over 100 pounds by tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part 1, you can do that by clicking on the above link. There, you'll find all of the links to each post as they become available.]

How can you get the weight-loss results you want?

That's what you really want to know.

Right?

You don't care about how you got into this mess, and you don't care about theory or hypothesis or even truth. You've been doing Atkins, Nutritional Ketosis, Keto, or your own LCHF thing and it's just not working out, so you want to know exactly what you're doing wrong.

Maybe, you've gone two weeks without seeing any movement on the scale. And, maybe, it's been two months. Or three. Or even four. You feel frustrated, anxious, and ready to quit because . . .

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.]


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 . . .

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.]


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.

Is your self worth is determined by the size of your jeans? If so, let's talk . . .


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.]

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 . . .

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.]


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 . . .

February 06, 2017

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

[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 . . .

February 01, 2017

My Top 10 Ways to Eat Low Carb on a Budget (Includes Recipes and 7-Day Menu Example)

Can you eat low carb if you are on a strict budget?

Many people do not believe you can.

In fact, the expense of doing low carb is one of the main excuses people use for not doing something constructive about their weight. With a Hostess donut in one hand and a Ding Dong in the other, they'll tell you that low carb is too expensive.

“I can't afford to buy all of that meat.”

I used that same excuse for many years, even though I knew it wasn't true. When I did Atkins 72 for the very first time, we didn't spend any more for groceries than we did when I was stuffing my face with carbs. And yet, my ex kept insisting that low carb was beyond our means, and I just swallowed the lie without considering it for myself.

In 1999, I had to face that truth:

Low carb is only as expensive as you make it.