Tagged: Induction

Weekly Weigh In

I lost 5.4 pounds this week! Woohoo! That is substantial progress towards my first goal.

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I’m through the weird-feeling phase of Induction. Have any of you ever experienced that? My first few days I was a bit light-headed, dizzy, and not sleeping very well. YUCK!

It’s very common. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Induction fog” and various other things. I can certainly empathize with those who quit Atkins or other low carb diets in the first few days.

I am relieved that it’s over, as I was starting to obsess about it–what if it never goes away? What if I have to eat more carbs and stop losing weight? What if I think too much? Haha. Thankfully I’m all good and starting to feel a bit healthy.

I fully expect my weight loss to slow down a little this week. One to two pounds per week is the healthiest way to lose weight, as many of you seasoned dieters know. So, time to keep plugging away, eating some good fat and protein, and focusing on fitting into my non-maternity clothes!

First Day of Induction

It’s been six weeks since I had the twins, and I’ve been patiently waiting to start strict low carbing again.  I was advised not to intentionally lose weight until today, to give my body some time to heal on its own.  I lost a significant amount of weight but I’m still heavier than I was pre-twins, and that was heavier than I want to be.

I have two goals: lose 10% of my body weight within six months, and get to a healthy body mass index (BMI).  As of this morning, I weight 224 pounds (ack!) and I’m 5’8″.  The two goal weights are 202 pounds, losing 10% of my current weight, and 164 pounds, a BMI of 25.  To get to a healthy BMI, I need to lose 60 pounds.

The chart below shows today’s weight plus my two goals.  For this chart I am assuming that I will lose an average of one pound per week in order to get to my target BMI.

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So, let’s do this!  I’m ready.  I went to the grocery store and got everything I need for this week, including veggies, eggs, some awesome looking grass-fed beef.  And bacon, obviously.  No one should low carb without bacon.

I had my low carb shake this morning.  I missed the ritual of making the shake!  I used to drink at least one shake a day, whether it’s the basic shake or one of my coconut milk based shakes (check out this and this).  They are one of the best parts of low carbing for me.

I’ll weigh in every Monday and post my results.  I’ll also continue posting recipes and anything else low carb related.  If anyone needs any help with progress charting, please contact me.  I’d be happy to help!

Getting back on the horse

I had two big, beautiful boys for my friends a little over four weeks ago. They are happy and healthy and thriving with their daddies. One weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and the other 6 pounds 11 ounces! I gained 18 bazillion pounds in order to provide them with the best possible start in life. My biggest pregnancy struggle was letting myself gain weight and trying not to feel awful about it.

Now I know for some women, the baby weight just “falls right off” after giving birth. I am not one of those women. Extra weight sticks to me like…well, a bunch of fat. I was going to come up with a humorous metaphor but my brain is coated with an extra layer of fat and I can’t think of anything.

I’m exhausted! I’m still huge! And I can’t do anything about it yet! I can’t exercise yet because of c-section surgery, and I’m not supposed to try to lose weight yet per my doctor. However, I feel like crap and really want to start low carbing again to try to feel better. If my doctor gives me the go-ahead, I’m going to start July 15, six weeks post-twins.

I’ll weigh in that morning and start on a two-week Induction phase. For those of you uninitiated into the Atkins world, Induction is a severe limiting of carbs to jump-start weight loss. I love it. It’s such a huge motivator and confidence booster to lose a few pounds right away. Also, for me, it’s a chance to acclimate my taste buds to not expect sugar. By the end of the two weeks, carb cravings are generally nonexistent for me.

So Monday, July 15, is my start date. Who’s with me? I’ll post my new weight loss chart that day. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any questions about Induction or carrying healthy, happy twins for friends…I’m pretty good at both!

Best Turkey Burgers

Makes four big, juicy, zero carb burgers.  The cooking times below may vary due to your stove, your choice of pan, and how thick you make your burgers.  Pay attention to the browning but try not to touch your burgers too much.  Also, don’t push down on the burgers while cooking.  You want all those juices to stay in the burgers!

1.3 pounds 85/15 ground turkey (don’t skimp on the fat!)
1/4 teaspoon or so salt
1/4 teaspoon or so ground black pepper
1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
A little hot sauce to taste (optional)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil or canola oil

  1. Dump all ingredients except vegetable oil into a big bowl.
  2. Use hands to blend everything together, but don’t mix more than 10 seconds or so–the meat will get tougher the longer you mix.
  3. Divide meat into 4 portions.
  4. Gently form into balls.
  5. Push down on each ball to form 1-inch-thick patties.
  6. Preheat a pan large enough to hold all four patties on medium heat. If you don’t have a big enough pan, cook in two batches.
  7. Add vegetable oil to pan to coat the bottom.
  8. Add patties to pan.
  9. Cook for around 6 minutes, until bottom is browned and crusty.
  10. Flip burgers.
  11. Cook around 5 minutes until bottom is light brown but not yet crusty.
  12. Reduce heat to low.
  13. Cover, but leave a quarter-inch gap to allow steam to escape.
  14. Cook 6 to 7 minutes longer until center looks cooked and the temperature has reached a food-safe 160° (check by sticking a thermometer into the side of the burger to the center).
  15. Eat!

Note: I don’t use turkey meat because it’s “lighter,” I’m just plain not a big fan of beef.  Also, a big thanks to Cook’s Illustrated for the burger-cooking technique.  I found the recipe and cooking times weren’t spot-on, but the overall technique is amazing!

Weigh-in Day: Bye-bye Induction

Happy Weigh-in Day!  I lost exactly one pound this week.  More importantly, I met my first goal: make it two full weeks of Atkins Induction without “cheating” on myself.  Woohoo!

I’m actually shocked I did it.  It’s not that I’m not resolved to do this, it’s just that I miss a couple of my favorite Atkins-friendly foods that aren’t allowed on Induction, namely macadamia butter (who wouldn’t miss that?!?) and Fage Total Greek Yogurt.

My next goal is to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks of Atkins, so I only have 4.4 pounds to to lose by the end of April.  My underlying goal is to average one pound of weight loss per week, so I should be well past a 4.4 pound loss by then.

I’m heading to the grocery store.