Going Atkins… Again… This Time For Life

I’ve probably started the Atkins diet 7 to 10 times over the last decade.  I’ve tried other diets as well, but I always come back to this one. 

The reason I come back to Atkins is because I know it works. 

  1. My blood pressure comes down into healthy, normal ranges
  2. My blood sugar stays within a very healthy range
  3. My LDL and overall cholesterol come into normal, healthy ranges
  4. My triglycerides are very, very healthy

atkinspyramidFor me, it is a great diet.  I do the 2 week induction, and then begin adjusting to a low-carb, low-glycemic way of life.  The problem is, I have a hard time staying on it once a holiday, birthday, or vacation rolls around.  That means it’s hard for me to do for more than 3-4 months before I begin compromising.

In my mind, I’ve known this is what is right.  In my mind, I’ve known I can’t stick with it.  It’s a battle of two camps in my head… and it’s been going on for a long time.  I got to thinking – is there anyone out there who can stick to the Atkins diet?

(BTW, don’t equate the 2 week induction period to all that the Atkins Diet is all about.  It’s not this high fat, meat and cheese diet).

So, I went to Google and searched for this.  I cam away with 4 recourses that are excellent.  It has been a great encouragment to me and made me realize I can do this for life, and in fact, there are several people that I can follow who are doing what I have wanted to do for a long time.

  1. Kent Altena’s Blog – Guy lost 200 pounds and has kept it off since 2003.
  2. Jimmy Moore’s Living La Vida Low-Carb
  3. Low Carb Luxury – great oveall site with great recipes
  4. Atkins Diet Bulletin Board

I know there’s many more websites, but these are where I’m starting.

The bottom line is I am ready to roll today.  I started this morning with a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon.  I’ve had 34 oz of water so far, 32 oz of decaf tea, 2 Hebrew National hot dogs, and some cheese.  Not many carbs in there so far.  I’ll finish tonight with some turkey and a salad with lots of greens.

My goal is to get through the induction phase to help break the carb addiction, then begin working my way through to my overall goal.  I’ll anounce my goal at a later date as I evaluate things.  I’ll begin adding exercise after the induction phase.  I just want to concentrate on that for now.

Anyway, I believe one of the reasons I’ve not made it too far in the past is not having support and only surrounded by others who have tried and failed too.  A better plan this time and better support.

On top of that, it’s simply time.  My BP, cholesterals, tris, etc. all need to be brought down to healthy levels.  You finaly wake up one day and you are tired of being tired and tired of being unhealthy.  I’m looking forward to getting back to where I used to be.  It’s time.

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