Wednesday, July 15, 2009


For those that don't know me, I am 53 years old, 5'3" tall, had a highest weight of 158 in February 2009, starved 8 pounds off using The Zone, and started Atkins on March 15, 2009. My goal is 125 pounds. I am the typical "I can't lose weight no matter what I do" woman!

For the first 7 weeks, I lost nothing, but lately, I have been losing weight, and I am now down to my lowest Atkins weight of 140.8.

The mystery is - What am I doing right? Why am I losing weight? What have I changed in my life since February?

1. Eating high fat, moderate protein, low carb (Atkins)

2. Exercising and weight resistance

3. Drinking 84 oz. of water a day

4. Taking nutritional supplements (lots!), including Acetyl L-carnitine

5. Replacing my progesterone and testosterone naturally with bio-identical hormones.

6. Getting 9 hours of sleep per night in the dark

7. Taking a yoga class twice a week

8. Visiting this Forum often (too often, according to my husband!) and staying motivated and helping others.

I'm glad to be losing weight, but it would be interesting to know which of these changes made the most difference. Not that I would give any of them up if I knew they were low on the list!

I think I feel better now than I have since I was in my twenties!

So, thank you Dr. Atkins, thank you Suzanne Somers, and thank you everyone on the Forum who has helped me through this difficult transition. I think I am ready to give away my fat clothes now, because I am becoming convinced that I will stick with this for the rest of my life!


  1. Hello, I wonder if you will see this post - but I need to write to you anyway. I am in my 2nd week of Atkins, and I haven't lost more than a pound or two. I just finished a round of HCG, where I lost 15 - so I figure the big loss on Atkins probably won't happen. The first week I gained almost 3 lbs - and now I am down probably about 2. I don't want to give up. I found your site and have put it in my favorites because I think that you have great things to say - lots of help - and honesty. I have raised my calories - and that seemed to help with the losing. I can't believe how much I am eating. I haven't eaten this much in 20 years - seriously. I'm rambling, I apologize. I really just wanted to say thank you for writing this blog and for sharing with others. It's a huge gift you have given. Hugs, Patti

  2. Hi, Patti! The problem with HCG is that it puts your body into starvation and slows down your metabolism. There is no way to know how long it will take before the damage of doing HCG will be undone. I've done research on this, and I do not think it is a healthy thing to do, and it messes with your hormones as well.

    Now, I'm not saying that to make you feel bad for doing it! What's done is done, and you have to move forward from here. I'm just saying that it is something that may have harmed your metabolism and you should expect that it will take time before your body starts working right again. This is something that the doctors who sell HCG have probably not told you...

    So, where do you go from here? I would be glad to help in any way I can! Can you tell me more about yourself, like what your highest weight was, what your goal weight is, your age, your height, your level of activity and any medications or medical conditions that might make losing weight a challenge?

    Hang in there! We'll try to get you sorted out!