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RaySharpton
05-10-2003, 09:36 AM
I am starting the W.I.S.H Challenge on the Adkin's Diet, today, 05/10/03. Weight 328 lbs.

I started Alex's Challenge today for one week of no sugar, no sweets, and I will drink several glasses of water every day.

Day-2 - I haven't cheated. I've been good....but last night at work I was a bear to be around all night. I was very busy, but I think it's sugar withdrawal. I am going to try and behave myself tonight....I mean be nice.

Day-3 - (very early day three.) It's 3:00 A.M. in Atlanta and I volunteered to go home after midnight since our workload decreased. Of course, I might have been a little tired of everyone asking me why I was growling and grumpy so much. I was growling (I didn't know that I was so I'll have to take their word for it) because I was so GRUMPY!!! Thankyou for everyone's good wishes. Thank you, Katholyn, for the slim jim idea, the cheese sticks just don't satisfy me. And eating fat with protein. And , I have not cheated. I am drinking coffee(for the caffiene) at work and caffiene-free, diet coke at home. I just gotta. Oh, and I got my first clippie: http://www.disboards.com/wish/memberwish.gif

Day-4- (very late day four.) I slept all day today. I'm still on the Atkin's Diet, I have an upset tummy...so I'm still a little grumpy because of that. But Saturday is coming. A have a desire to drink more water today than caffiene-free diet-coke.

Day-5- I feel much better today. I'm going to try and marinate and bake some boneless chicken breasts. I have the squirts today...I know...a little bit to uch info.


Day-6- I baked six boneless chicken breasts in the oven and they taste pretty good. I'm going to save the rest of them for work lunch this weekend.

Day-7- I'm not hungry. I need to go to the store this morning for some more eggs, try and find some beef jerky for snack at work, parmasen cheese, green olives, cheese sticks, cucumber, and dare I buy whip cream. I weigh myself when I get off work Saturday morning for the first week on Atkins. Wonderful support here.

Ray :)

RaySharpton
05-17-2003, 02:02 PM
WEEK TWO: Weight = 322 lbs.
Loss 6 lbs.
on W.I.S.H. Challenge on Atkin's Diet.

Day-8- Well, my first week on Atkin's Diet weigh day, and I weigh 322 lbs, and I lost 6-lbs. No sweets and no sugar, and more water drank for first goal met. I guess this week my goal will be the same, plus, find and get on the teadmill, and try to walk longer each day up to 30 minutes a day will be my goal. And I'm not hungry, and I need to go to sleep for work in a few hours.

Day-9- Well, I found the treadmill, and went 6 minutes until I increased the speed. I got some looks with my cane. I think that I will keep the speed low and work my way up to 30 minutes first, before increasing speed or grade. I got my new clippie: http://www.disboards.com/wish/5wish.gif I've been thinking about my wish list for goals.
1. To "RUN".
2. To walk without a cane as far as I want to without stopping, and to walk as long as I want to at Walt Disney World.
3. To reach my goal weight of 175 lbs..

Day-10- (Extremely late day-10.) {{{{{Ray hangs head in shame.}}}}}} Well, I cheated big time. I worked a couple of hours late, so I went to the store after work on Monday morning and bought Atkin's Diet food stuff like hamburger, taco powder, lettuce, chicken breasts, and steak. No problem, I always used go to the store after the last night of my work week. At home, watched TV, and had a hankering for something sweet other than cheese sticks, beef jerky, and I was too tired to cook bacon and eggs. I know that I wasn't supposed to eat any whip cream until Saturday as a reward, but I thought that I would have 2 tablespoons or 3 or 4, or 4, knowing that there was 1 gram of carb per tablespoon. By the time that I had the the fifth spoon full (I knew that I couldn't have more than 20 carbs per day), I lost it. I kept eating. By the time I got to 20 carbs worth, I thought to myself, now I can't eat my first time taco salad today because I used up all my carbs for the day. Then I looked at the tub of whip cream and thought how this was like ice cream, my favorite dessert. Yes...I done doed it. 57 servings at 2 tablespoons per serving at 2 grams of carbs. {{{{Ray hangs head in shame.}}}}} I forgot to tell you that I had a pint of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate, Fudge Brownie Ice Cream (in the fridge), 4 servings at 1/2 cup each, 27 grams each or 222 grams of carbs total. I figure that since I cheated that I might as well get rid of that temtation, too, and cheat all at the same time. {{{{{Ray really hangs head in shame.}}}} But I did not give up. I still wanted to do the Atkin's Diet because I worked so hard so far. I decided to fast for 24 hours or more if I could and then eat strict Atkin's for 48 or 60 hours. I really want to lose wait on Saturday. Lessons learned:
1. Don't buy whipped cream (reminds me of ice cream. A huge trigger for me. And I don't have anymore ice cream in the freezer.)
2. Don't go shopping immediately after work at the end of my work week. ( A big trigger. I knew this. I planned on going after sleeping and eating, but I worked late, and I wanted to get taco salad stuff in case I overslept and didn't feel like going to the store.
3. Keep satisfying food ready in refridgerator, like baked chicken breast and mayo. It reminds me of left over turkey and mayo sandwiches without the bread.
Well, I'm not hungry now and it has been almost 18 hours of fasting. I can do it. I'm not hanging my head down anymore. I'm on my way again...onward and downwards. I am a proud loser of the WISH team. I could not do it without the DIS WISH support.

Day-11- I did good eating Atkins today, but I need to get on the treadmill. And chicken breasts are in the fridge.

Day-12- Good day.

Day-13- Thank goodness for chicken and mayo in fridge.

Day-14- Weigh day when I get off work in the morning. I hope that I lose some weight.

RaySharpton
05-24-2003, 09:23 AM
Well, I am so very disappointed. I thought for sure that I would lose 6 lbs. again this week. Instead, I gained 1-lb. I now weigh 223(sorry 323) lbs. with a total lose of only 5 lbs. in two weeks. But I'm not going to quit. I guess that I need to start exercising. Maybe I had to much mayo with chicken or something isn't right.

Day-15- I guess this week, I'll try not to drink coffee or diet-coke, start the treadmill again, eat more frequently, watch the carbs. in steak sauce, etc. I must be eating more than 20 carbs. per day. Oh well, maybe next week.

Day -16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 - I've been doing real good on my goal this week. I'm still eating Atkin's, and I haven't had any caffeine or aspartine either. I signed up for Alex's zero carb Challenge today. I see where I must discard the greese from the bacon before frying eggs(adds .5-gm. per lge. egg) That I can't use Worstershire Steak sauce (adds 1.0 gm per teaspoon.). I did find that the following has zero carbs.(salt, horseradish sauce, mustard, soy sauce, tobasco sauce, no smoke sauce). And thank you zurgswife. I appreciate it.

zurgswife
05-24-2003, 05:18 PM
Ray don't get disappointed...It has taken me 10 weeks of low carbs and lots of cheating to get 10 lbs.....I'm trying a new philosophy this week...lots of red meat....I'm a high sugar and yuck carb lover....ice cream, cookies, poptarts, chips...etc...

I'm doing eggs for breakfast...can't get more creative....and some sort of hamburger or steak for lunch and steak again for dinner....and I'm down to only drinking water....I truly don't have the I feel gross sugar downer...But over the past 10 weeks that hasn't been enough to make me stop eating them ....but I've decided that this time I'm going to do it...

So, Ray I know you can :D :D :D :D

PS Ray...If you read your last post you have actually lost 99lbs not gained 1 ....;) ;) ;) ;) so, you're doing better then you thought...

RaySharpton
05-31-2003, 09:16 AM
Day- 22 - Weigh=321 lbs. 2-lbs lost this week, 7-lbs. total. No, I'm not going to quit. And yes, I'm disappointed insuch low weight loss for my size in three weeks on induction of less than 20 carbs.. On zero carbs. this week with Alex's Challenge.

Day- 22, 23, 24 - That's O.K., Carol.

[COLOR=blue]Checking in Alex.

I just awakened a few hours ago. This will be my first full day and night after a very long work week.

It's also my 4th week on Atkin's Diet and finishing 4th day of Alex's Challenge.

I seem to be working backwards on the Atkin's Diet, I started on the less than 20 carbs. per day induction, and I'm still on it. And I learned a few things that were maybe adding carbs..

Like with my bacon and eggs. I was using Publix thick bacon, but it has 1-gram of carbs. per slice. I know make sure that the label says no carbs. I also was told that cooking the fried eggs in the bacon drippings added another 1/2 gram per egg. So now I dump the bacon drippings. And I have to be careful with using cheese with less carbs. on my scambled eggs.

For snacks, I ate red hot pork rinds. I thought they were zero carbs., but they were one carb. per serving, so now I eat plain, zero-labeled pork rinds.

Also cheese sticks that I was eating had 1-gram per cheese stick. no more.

And with steaks, I love worstershire sauce, but it had 1-gram of carb. per teaspoon. Now, I use zero carb. Liquid Smoke sauce and butter.

And onions. My weakness with cooking hamburgers with onions at 7-grams per 1/2 cup. No more. :(

Also, no coffee(they say caffeine may make me hungry).
No Diet-Coke, Crystal Light(they say aspartine may slow weight loss).
No green olives(1-gram per 5-olives).

I drink 22-ounces of water at a time. Many times. Nothing else.

Alex, I'm still on zero carbs., or at least, very close to it, as best as I can tell.



My body must be very resistent, or I'm doing something very wrong.

But I am not hungry. And I feel much better. And I only eat when I feel hungry, which is about twice a day.

I just want to see the scale go down faster. Especially for my huge size.

I'm not hungry. But I'm not losing the weight for my size.

Thanks for the Challenge, Alex.

I'm on zero carbs., I hope, and I've started the treadmill this week.

I've sorta worked backwards on Atkin's Diet by going from less than 20-grams per day to as close to zero carbs. per day as best as I can figure out. I also learned a lot about hidden carbs.

Day- 25, 26, 27 - Thursday evening, I had a great evening with ead79 and her DH to be, olena and her DH, sha_lyn and her DS, and Dan Murphy for an Atlanta DIS meet. Her is a link to some pictures by olena:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=3632436

And I stayed on zero carbs., Alex. I drank water, and ate dry pork and dry ribs with Texas Pete hot sauce and "NO" bar-b-que sauce. The pork and ribs were very fresh and moist. And I got my new star for Day 1 from Jody(even though I haven't cheated 18 days.)

Best wishes and encouragement, RaySharpton:)

CarolA
06-01-2003, 08:17 PM
Deleted after reading Ray's post on the top post. (At least I tried to delete it.!) Sorry Ray.

RaySharpton
06-07-2003, 09:16 AM
Week - 5

Day - 29 - After one week of zero carbs. on Alex's Challenge without cheating, I gained 1-lb., lost 4-inches, and walked on the treadmill 1.4 miles. The only thing keeping me going is that I feel much better and I'm not hungry, and my clothes feel looser. Oh well. It may be my prescriptions, too, that is stalling my weight loss, but I can't stop that.

God bless you, best wishes, and encouragement, RaySharpton:)

zurgswife
06-13-2003, 05:42 PM
Ray keep going soon your weigh must drop....but I did read something interesting today in a fitness magazine...If you eat too few calories your body shuts down and doesn't drop any weigh with some people. So, even though you are doing no carbs ...how many actual calories are you eating....make sure it is enough to sustain you....If you've been eating a low number of calories try uping it for a week and see if it makes a difference...

Also, you may have one of those very resistant bodies like me...Just keep trying...I know that sooner or later it will work..you sound like you are doing everything right...

RaySharpton
06-14-2003, 08:30 AM
Week - 6 - 4-lbs. lost and lost 1-inch.

Day - 36 - Finally, and barely got my 10-lb clippie.

Thank you, zurgswife, Ray:)

Day - 37, 38, 39 - I can finally post on the DISboards. I thought that they were off for maintainance when I got home from work Monday. Then I couldn't get on until Tuesday night,but I couldn't go past the front page. But now all is right with the world.

I'm holding my breath for weigh-in this Saturday. It seems like I lose one week and gain the next week. I don't want to gain 4 or 5 pounds.

Tuesday morning was exciting.

I got back from being outside for several hours after walking down 19 floors. _ We had a fire. _ I didn't know about it because I was asleep with ear plugs.

When I got up to go to the restroom, I thought that I left the water on somewhere. It wasn't the sink and it wasn't the shower. _ It sounded like it was raining on the bathroom ceiling, without seeing any water.

Then I called the lobby and they said that the building is evacuated because of a fire on the 25th floor.

But I'm back, and I don't see any damage. _ Some people on the 25th floor said that there was 3 to 4 inches of water in the hallway and all their rooms. _ They had hardwood floors...oh my. _ They also heard that someone left their food cooking and left the building.

I'm letting several of the unfortunate neighbors store some of their valuables in my living room, and just a place to stay until they get things together. _ I can't imagine what all the day time workers were going to think when they came home or were called at work.

I thought that I was going to have a heart attack when I got to the road...lol. _ One of the firemen sat me down and demanded to check my heartrate and blood pressure.

I must have looked pretty bad. _ I told him that this is the way that I usually look.

But I was fine and went go back to sleep...but without the ear plugs...lol. I'm glad that I didn't have to walk up those 19 floors...lol. Well, I did get some exercise.

And I feel pretty safe if a fire breaks out. Some neighbors say that the burnt unit was minimal and contained to the burned ktchen wall. But the water damage must be terrible. The noise of water that I heard was water falling down a shaft next to my bathroom wall.

Thank goodness there is no damage.

Today I discovered macadamia nuts. A very nice treat with 1/4 cup is 3-grams of carbs., and 2-grams of fiber, and 22 grams of fat. Yesterday, I also, very reluctently, bought the low fat popsicle that had only 3-grams of fat. Of course, I must limit these two items as a quick treat.

Day - 40, 41, 42 - Well, I made it through my birthday without eating cake and ice cream. I did eat more carbs. in one meal than I have since tying to eat close to zero carbs..

I ate at Houston's restaurant last night. I wanted the ribeye steak, but it had a sauce that it was cooked in, so I ordered a great beef filet. They had limited fresh vegetables to choose from. I ordered the sliced tomatos and ate only one slice which wa the size of a small tomato and 4-gms. of carbs.. The only other side was creamed spinach. I only ate about 1/2 a cup and that wa 10-gms. of carbs.. The side salad was great with the crotons removed. I had to pick out the carrots though. The bacon and ranch dressing was great. I also just drank wter and no dessert, cake or ice cream. The berries were out of season.

So I guess that I had about 15 gms. for the day and I was very full...lol. Then I went to see the movie, the Matrix. I didn't like the ending.

Ray Sharpton :-)

wdwnutze
06-15-2003, 07:30 PM
:bounce:

RaySharpton
06-21-2003, 08:48 AM
WEEK - 6 - Day-43 - I lost 8-lbs. for the week, for a total of 18-lbs. lost, and I got my new clippie!
<img src="http://www.disboards.com/wish/15wish.gif">
I don't know why, I lost, but I owe most of it to everyone's wondeful support. Thankyou all, very, very much.

God bless you, best wishes, and encouragement, RaySharpton:)

Jomrog
06-23-2003, 08:29 AM
Yay! Ray!! I love that 15lb clippie. You are doing great!!!

Thank goodness you didn't get hurt or any damage in that fire. How scary.

Keep up the good work!!!!

RaySharpton
06-28-2003, 09:30 AM
Week - 7 - Lost 2-lbs. this week for a total of 20 lbs. in 6 - weeks.

RaySharpton
07-05-2003, 09:15 AM
This week, I gained four pounds for total of 16-lbs lost instead of 20. Lost my 20-lb. clippie and back to 15-lb. clippie.

RaySharpton
07-12-2003, 09:36 AM
Ninth week, I lost 6-lbs., now I weigh 306, and total of 22-lbs lost.

RaySharpton
07-19-2003, 01:57 AM
End of 10th week on Atkin's Diet. I lost 11-lbs. this week, for a total of 33-lbs. lost, and I now weigh 295.

<img src="http://www.disboards.com/wish/30wish.gif">

And I got a new clippie if this works.

Noe it doesn't. I just changed the 20 to 30.

*Flower*
07-19-2003, 06:37 PM
Congratulations Ray!!!

I've been reading your journal and trying to get up the courage to sign up for the W.I.S.H. group (even if I don't know what the initials mean).
I'd bought some peaches and plums last week- before I decided to try Atkins- so I'm doing Atkins and fruit until I run out of fruit.

Good luck to you.... :)

RaySharpton
07-26-2003, 04:03 PM
Just finished 11th week, and I lost 4-lbs, for a total of 37-lbs..

Two weeks till WDW at DTD CbM trip, and I'm still having a hard time walking any distance.

But amazingly, I'm still losing weight.

*Flower*
07-26-2003, 04:14 PM
Well Ray, I bit the bullet......

All of the fruit is gone..... I do have grape tomatoes in the house for salads, broccoli florets, field greens and different dressings than what I'm used to.

I started on the 17th and haven't stepped on the scale yet. I'm nervous about it- so I'll do it tomorrow.

Be strong, and have confidence!!

RaySharpton
08-02-2003, 09:05 AM
Just finished my 12th week on Atkin's Diet and lost 3-lbs. for a total of 40-lbs. lost and now I weigh 288-lbs..

I get my new clippie, too, thanks to Mr. Crickett changing it from ".bmp" to ".gif".

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid71/p11d9feacfe313920775cb7d6caeca294/fb9ad6cb.gif

This week, I developed gout or pseudo-gout in my left big toe. So I am drinking more water instead of Diet-Rite. I'll use Diet-Rite as a treat or a reward or in an emergency.

I discovered "Life-Savers", 10-calorie, 2-gram carb pop-cycles, and Atkin's brand chocolate ice cream that comes in four 4-ounce cups at 3-grams of carbs per 4-ounce cups.

Both of these were just too good and to tempting.

My weakness is ice cream, and the Life-Savers pop-cycles ar so much better than the 3-gram, 15-calorie Pop-cycle brand.

I have the desire to want to keep eating the Atkin's and Life-Saver stuff...lol.

Now, I need to look for a podiatrist.

My prayers for strength are still with my Dear Friend Katholyn.

RaySharpton
08-09-2003, 03:25 PM
I gained 3-lbs. this week. So much for all those Atkin's Endulge Candy Bars and Atkin's Advantage Decadent Chocolate bars and Atkin's Chocolate Ice Cream. I still stayed less than 20-grams of carbs per day, but I like chocolate to much.

So I'll hold off the Atkin's stuff for a while...lol.

I'm going to WDW for four nights after I get off work Monday morning. I'll be staying at thet $20.03 special DtD Courtyard by Marriott.

I'm going to eat Adkin's Diet way while I'm down there.

Congratulations to everyone that lost, maintained, are still trying to lose, like me.

Well I guess that I lose my 40-lb. clippie and I go back to my 35-lb. clippie.

God bless, best wishes, and encouragement, RaySharpton:)


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid71/p7367901e8bc71509e964e4de56a10ad9/fb9ad6cc.gif

*Flower*
08-09-2003, 07:56 PM
Don't fret Ray, you'll lose those 3 pounds again in no time!!

Did you ever find a pair of comfortable sandals?

I'll be looking forward to your journal entry once you return from your WDW trip..... we're going next month and I'm kind of dreading making food decisions while we're there.....

Keep up the good work!!!

RaySharpton
08-16-2003, 01:21 PM
Well, I just finished my 14th week on the Atkin's Diet and I just got back from WDW and I managed to eat low-carb the whole trip. When I finish my work stretch, I'll start posting my trip report wit what I ate and which restaurants and pictures at the Downtown Disney Courtyard by Marriott hotel special of $20.03 per night. I thought that with all the walking that I would have lost more weight. But I did only lose 7-lbs. my first month. Maybe this is another plateua.

Thank you Mskanga for posting these photos for me.

This first was taken in December, 2002 at the DIS-Con-II at WDW.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid42/p3a393a865a3b9b6561200be36cd34fcd/fcef42e5.jpg

This photo was taken at Epcot on Tuesday, 09/12/2003 after losing 38-lbs..

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RaySharpton
08-23-2003, 09:46 AM
End of Week 15, lost 4-lbs. from 290 to 286 for total 42 lbs.. Another slow loss month.

I'm almost through with my reviews of eating at WDW, and then I'll post them.

The past several weeks I have been eating Atkin's chocolate 2-gram Endulge candy bars, and Atkin's 3-gram Advantage bars, and Atkin's 4-gram ice cream. I'm addicted to them now. I'm sure that I am overdoing it and it is slowing my weight loss. Oh well. At least I'm still staying 15-grams per day and not cheating.

God bless, best wishes, and encouragement to everyone trying so hard to lose, maintain, and getting back on the wagon.

RaySharpton:)

*Flower*
08-23-2003, 01:01 PM
Keep it up, Ray.......

I'm cheering you on from my little corner. You've come so far in such a short time......

I hope that I can do as well. :wave:

zurgswife
08-24-2003, 08:23 AM
RRay I haven't been around the WISH for a while..so I haven't been up on your progress....AWESOME DUDE....I'm so very proud of you....Your pic from Epcot really shows the progress......Keep it up.....

RaySharpton
08-30-2003, 08:53 AM
End of 16th week, lost 1-lb. from 286 to 285 for a total of 43-lbs.

I'm addicted to Atkin's 4-grams of carb ice cream and Russel Stovers sugar free pecan delights 2-grams of carb.

God bless, best wishes, and encouragement, RaySharpton:)

*Flower*
09-02-2003, 08:59 PM
I found Russell Stover's Orange Cremes, and boy- they're good!!

5 pieces are just 1 net carb.......

RaySharpton
09-06-2003, 09:37 AM
End of 17th week, lost 3-lbs. from 285 to 282 for a total of 46-lbs.

I'm addicted to Atkin's 4-grams of carb ice cream and Russel Stovers sugar free pecan delights 2-grams of carb.

I couldn't find my candy bars at the store, so I bought a gift box thinking that it would last a couple of weeks...nope...nada...never happened...I eventually ate one at a time yesterday until I ate the whole box and cheated after making 96 days cheat free.

God bless, best wishes, and encouragement, RaySharpton:)

*Flower*
09-06-2003, 10:05 AM
Be strong Ray......

You will go ever onward and downward. One slip once in a while won't undo everything you've done.

You're still an inspiration to me.

DoeWDW
09-07-2003, 11:25 AM
Ray, I just read through your entire journal and I am so impressed!! You have really done well and you should be very proud of yourself! Your 45 lb clippie looks wonderful and I bet you feel so much better already!

Keep up the good work!!

Brisully
09-14-2003, 10:08 AM
Hey buddy!!! You are doing an OUTSTANDING job there. You look great. Keep this up, and the folks at Hoop de Doo will have to get you a smaller tutu this year!!!!!!!

zurgswife
09-14-2003, 12:26 PM
Ray I'm sooo proud of you....I don't think you should give up your 96 day cheat free so quickly....how close were you to 14 days....and did you over indulge every 14 days....If not I think you should give your self some slack.....You have done an incredible thing losing these 45 lbs.....Don't let one bump get you off track....


Ray is amazing...

vhoffman
10-12-2003, 12:49 AM
My husband lost 50 pounds on the Atkins diet in just under two months. He was living in another city at that time due to business, so he was living by himself. When he came back home he gained all the weight right back, and I think he weighs more than before (he won't tell me, but he had to buy new pants). The problem is that I find it very difficult to cook ala Atkiins for him because we're a family of four. I can't just feed the kids meat all the time. Also, that's a very expensive diet. Its not so bad time and cost wise for just one person but it just didn't work out for our family.

Does anyone know of any good cookbooks for the Atkins diet that allow it to be incorporated into a family's diet?

However, I should follow the Atkins diet with my husband. I broke a bone in my foot last May and had to have surgery. I'm still in a cast but able to walk now. Hopefully I won't need the cast when we go to WDW in December. However, while recuperating I gained about 25 pounds! Being inactive contributed to much of my weight gain. Also, we ate mostly convenience foods, take out, etc., which are loaded with calories. But I couldn't get out to shop or stand to cook (stand up, that is). so the combination of inactivity and bad diet led to my weight gain. I have a theory, nothing I've read, just my own thoughts. I think the longer one carries the extra pounds the harder it is to lose them. Just look at various cuts of beef. Some have most of the fat on the outside, while some cuts have fat marbled throughout. My guess is that the outside fat was put on first, then when the body ran out of room it had to put the excess fat somewhere so it began to "marble" it into the meat itself. Well, sounds like a rather far-fetched theory, but my feeling is the sooner one tries to lose the easier it will be because they're removing surface fat. If one waits until one is "well-marbled" it will be harder to remove that deeper imbedded fat.

Ok, I read my post over and it sounds a little ridiculous, but I'm going to post it anyways. Its 1 am and I'm a little tired and maybe a little slapstick!

RaySharpton
11-05-2003, 09:50 PM
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I just read the above posts. Thank you very much. As you can see I have lost my 45 pound clippie.

And I've just restarted my diet....hopefully....

Time will tell.

This Saturday will be my 26th week, and a couple of days ago, I weighed 292 pounds.

It's so upsetting.

My new goals:

1. In 25 days, on Sunday evening, November 30, 2003, I will arrive at Walt Disney World and will start my vacation by watching the new Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks. I will enjoy my vacation. And if I want a Mickey Mouse chocolate covered ice cream bar...I will eat one. But until then I will stick to my diet.

Goal #2. - On Saturday, November 29, 2003 I want to weigh at least 275 pounds and get my fifty pound clippie and lose at least seventeen pounds from now. Then I will only be 100 pounds from my goal of 175 pounds.

Goal #3. - Walk on the treadmill at least once everyday. I don't want to have to use an ECV at WDW. Especially at DIS meets. At least I won't hear what others say to me riding an ECV because I can't walk long distances.

Goal #4. - No Russell Stover Sugar-Free Pecan Delights that are made with pecans and caramel and covered in chocolate. No chocolate...period.

Goal #5. - No low carb ice cream or any ice cream...period.

Goal #6. - No Atkins products, just low carb foods.

Goal #7 - Eat as few carbs less than 15 carbs per day as possible.

Well that is about it.

I can definitely feel the twelve pounds that I put back on.

Three more days to weigh in for week #26, and 24 more days to lose 17 pounds for week #29.

I will be very disappointed if I don't do this.

Ray

RaySharpton
11-08-2003, 09:47 AM
Week 26, lost two pounds from 292 to 290. After 4-5 weeks of cheating with Atkins Bars, low carb chocolate and low carb ice cream that led to the real stuff of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream...back to basics. No maltital chocolate and no glycerin ice cream and definitely none of the real stuff until I get to WDW.

Thre more weeks to lose 15 pounds to get to my new goal od 275 pounds, then I'll only be 100 pounds away from my goal of 175 pounds and a 50 pound clippie.

Ray:)

wovenwonder
11-08-2003, 04:35 PM
Great Job Ray!

Since you are trying to keep with the basics of low carb eating you may want to take a look at The KISS Guidelines (http://www.geocities.com/lajenner/KISS.html) . I've had some pretty good success following KISS in the past and I think I may follow it again during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
:sunny:

RaySharpton
11-29-2003, 11:37 AM
Week #29. And tomorrow morning, I'll be driving to WDW for two weeks.

I'll follow low carb, but a few days I will enjoy myself.

Like a Mickey Mouse chocolate covered ice cream bar on MK Mainstreet.

Or the corn chouder(sp) soup and desserts at AKL Bomas.

And coucous, steamed vegetables, and chicken at Epcot Marrakesh restaurant.

And a tonga toast at the PR kona Cafe.

That's about it.

I'll eat low carb breakfasts every morning.

Counter service at WDW, like MK Pecos Bill with hamburger without the buns, but with a side bar of grilled mushrooms and salad, low carb at most other buffets, except at Ak Boma.

Oh...and I lost another 3 pounds this week for a total of 53 pounds.

I meet two of my goals before going to WDW.

I got my 50 pound clippie, and I reached 275 pounds. Which means that I have exactly 100 more pounds to lose before reaching my goal of 175 pounds.

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Well...I just got off work. I need to post a few more times, finish packing, and then off to sleep...then wake up again at 5:00 P.M....work my 12 hours...come home ...shower...and drive straight to WDW. I should make it to WDW by 4:30 P.M. I'll be back on the 19th. I won't have internet access while I'm at WDW. So I won't be able to reply to my threads.

The "magic" is almost here.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the WISHes DIS Meet at WDW tis Friday.

Ray :)

wovenwonder
11-29-2003, 12:37 PM
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I am so proud of YOU Ray!
Way to GO!

LisaTx
11-29-2003, 02:01 PM
That's AWESOME, Ray. I'm so proud of you! :sunny:

I sure do miss seeing your posts. :(

nativetxn
11-29-2003, 05:28 PM
Ray, I'm so very proud of you. I can't wait to get a real time hug from the new you. Just a few more days, unless I run into you before the meet.

Love that pretty new clipart. You are a true WISH success!

DoeWDW
11-29-2003, 06:06 PM
WOW!!! You are doing so great! You met your goals and they were tough ones!!

You are looking awesome in that new clippie, Ray!! :sunny: Congratulations!

WDWLVR
11-29-2003, 06:51 PM
Ray - I'm so proud of you! Can't wait to meet you in person. Won't be able to make the WISH meet but will see you at the Mega Mouse Meet on the 6th!

WebmasterKathy
11-29-2003, 08:05 PM
Oh, Ray!!!

I'm so very proud of you! You've worked so hard at this, and you're really making huge strides!

Your determination and "never give up" attitude are a HUGE inspiration to me. You stay so focused on what you want to achieve... I want to be like you!

I know you're at work, and you might not see this before you leave for WDW. But that's okay, because I'll get a chance to tell you how proud I am in person in just a few days!!!! :wave2:

Debbie
11-29-2003, 09:37 PM
Could all you people who are going to be at WDW with Ray, give him a hug for me, too? I am so proud of your determination, Ray. You are AWESOME!

ibouncetoo
11-30-2003, 09:55 PM
Congratulations, Ray. I've missed seeing your posts, you are such an inspiration to all of us!

Hope you are enjoying your trip. When I was there in early Nov. I also had a few treats planned for the week (never did get my Mickey Bar!!!) and came home with a 3lb gain. I dropped it all the first week back however.....just did induction that week.

Sure wish I could be doing the DISmeet with all of you, perhaps you'll head back in Jan '05 when a lot of WISHers will be doing the 1/2 marathon.....what a party that will be!

addicted_to_WDW
12-02-2003, 10:18 AM
Ray, you are doing simply AWESOME!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you. :) :) :)

RaySharpton
03-16-2005, 03:22 AM
It has been a long time since I have posted. I've gained so much weight back. I have not weighed myself, but I am using my walking cane more at work, and I get so out of breath when I walk. Of course, my clothes are tighter. I hope to get serious about losing weight again. I guess by posting here, I may think more about getting serious about losing weight.

Best Wishes and God Bless to everyone, Ray

WebmasterKathy
03-16-2005, 09:35 AM
Ray!!!

It's so good to see you here! :cloud9:

luvmydogs
03-16-2005, 09:50 AM
Oh my goodness, Ray! :sunny:

I know you don't know me, as I'm not the most prolific poster, but I've always enjoyed your kind and caring posts. You and Dan Murphy are just tops in my book! :)

I wish you all the best in your journey to a healthier you! I lost 110 pounds myself, and do realize what a challenge it is! Please know that we are behind you all the way and give to you all the love and good wishes that you have always given to others! Go Ray!!! :hug: :hug: :hug:

RaySharpton
03-16-2005, 06:18 PM
Ray!!!

It's so good to see you here! :cloud9:

Hi, Kathy. Thank you, it is good to hear from you, too. Congratulations on being a Webmaster. I sure do miss getting a chance to meet you and your DM last December.

God Bless and Best Wishes.

Sincerely, Ray

RaySharpton
03-16-2005, 06:41 PM
Oh my goodness, Ray! :sunny:

I know you don't know me, as I'm not the most prolific poster, but I've always enjoyed your kind and caring posts. You and Dan Murphy are just tops in my book! :)

I wish you all the best in your journey to a healthier you! I lost 110 pounds myself, and do realize what a challenge it is! Please know that we are behind you all the way and give to you all the love and good wishes that you have always given to others! Go Ray!!! :hug: :hug: :hug:


Thank you, Kim. I really appreciate your kind support and caring words. I so admire you for your tremendous accomplishment. I hope that I may have the strength and will power to do the same as you.

Best Wishes and Good Luck,

Sincerely, Ray

*Flower*
03-16-2005, 07:03 PM
Thank goodness!

I've been so worried about you........

Keep your chin up Ray- we're here for you.

One day at a time, you know!

Tiger Lily 03
03-16-2005, 10:44 PM
Ray, I know you don't know me either. I just want to say that you CAN do this! It is difficult, but it can be done. It is your journey, but you have so many here to help you along your way. Best WISHES for your new healthy wise choices life style! Keep on keepin' on.

luvmydogs
03-19-2005, 05:26 PM
Hi Ray! :wave2:

I'm just popping in to let you know I'm thinking of you today and sending you lots of sunshine and good wishes! :sunny: :flower3:

I hope you're having a lovely weekend, Ray! :hug:

zurgswife
03-20-2005, 06:25 AM
Ray...hey buddy....sorry i missed seeing you in Dec.

I also have restarted the weight loss game...I know you can do it...good luck

CarolA
03-22-2005, 11:10 AM
Ray!!!

Zurgswife and I went on a quest to find you at the MVMCP in December, but no Ray! Hang in there! (I know the falling off the wagon feeling! LOL! I am climbing back on again right now!)

RaySharpton
07-21-2005, 11:11 PM
Well...it has been a very long time.

I really think that I am ready to start again.

I bought my first mobility scooter from ebay the other day, but it has a 300-lb. weight limit. I hope to use it at WDW and maybe an Atlanta Braves baseball game.

I also ordered a "South Beach Diet" book from ebay, too.

I just made my first low carb meal of broccoli, squash and hamburger. I haven't got the book yet.

So I am going to switch from Adkin's Diet to South Beach Diet.

On Atkin's I got down to 275-lbs.

I now weigh 353-lbs.

I know...I can't believe it either.

I gained 78-lbs.

I hope that I can make it through the weekend at work and then for one full week without cheating.

luvmydogs
07-21-2005, 11:34 PM
Hi Ray! :sunny:

It's so good to see you back, and I'm sending all my good thoughts and best wishes that you reach all the goals that you set for yourself! You're such a sweet and caring person, and I hope you know how many of us you've touched with your kindness and thoughtfulness--and we're here to give it all back to you tenfold!

I know how difficult it can be to change your eating and exercise habits. I lost 110 pounds and have been maintaining for over a year and a half, but it would be the easiest thing in the world for me to slip back into my old eating patterns (and I have on more than one occasion done just that)! I realize that I will have good days and not-so-good ones, but I now know that temporary setbacks don't make me a failure--it just makes me human, with ups and downs like in every other aspect of life. Getting right back up on after falling off the old proverbial horse is the best thing you can do for yourself when your day doesn't necessarily go as you would have liked. Keep your setbacks in perspective and do not beat yourself up! These struggles are just all part of the nature of the weight loss beast. :)

You can do this, Ray, and you have so many, many friends behind you! I'll be keeping your sweet self in my prayers! :hug: :hug: :hug:

RaySharpton
07-22-2005, 01:04 AM
Thank you again, Kim, for your kind words.

And thank you everyone for your previous good wishes.

Day one.

NYcpa
07-22-2005, 06:16 AM
Welcome back :wave: :wave:

You lost the wieght once, You can do it agian. Here is some :wizard: for a good first day back on your healthier lifestyle. Stop by often for support.

Mykelogan
07-22-2005, 09:37 AM
Well...it has been a very long time.

I really think that I am ready to start again.

I bought my first mobility scooter from ebay the other day, but it has a 300-lb. weight limit. I hope to use it at WDW and maybe an Atlanta Braves baseball game.

I also ordered a "South Beach Diet" book from ebay, too.

I just made my first low carb meal of broccoli, squash and hamburger. I haven't got the book yet.

So I am going to switch from Adkin's Diet to South Beach Diet.

On Atkin's I got down to 275-lbs.

I now weigh 353-lbs.

I know...I can't believe it either.

I gained 78-lbs.

I hope that I can make it through the weekend at work and then for one full week without cheating.

Welcome back Ray!! I'm sorry I hadn't realized in the other thread you had done a journal on the WISH before! Very glad you're posting here again as I have enjoyed your posts about your experiences with a scooter at WDW, I know your trip gave me some info for my last one!

I hope that South Beach is a good tool for you! I am following a controlled carb plan also (Carbohydrate addicts Lifespan Plan) so we may be able to exchange some meal ideas. hehe!

Well congrats on getting your new scooter and I hope that you have yourself a great day.

Mike :sunny:

RaySharpton
07-22-2005, 11:43 PM
Welcome back :wave: :wave:

You lost the wieght once, You can do it agian. Here is some :wizard: for a good first day back on your healthier lifestyle. Stop by often for support.

Thank you NYcpa. I really needed it today. First day done, starting the second day.

I'll try not to be so stubborn.

Sincerely, Ray

RaySharpton
07-22-2005, 11:46 PM
Welcome back Ray!! I'm sorry I hadn't realized in the other thread you had done a journal on the WISH before! Very glad you're posting here again as I have enjoyed your posts about your experiences with a scooter at WDW, I know your trip gave me some info for my last one!

I hope that South Beach is a good tool for you! I am following a controlled carb plan also (Carbohydrate addicts Lifespan Plan) so we may be able to exchange some meal ideas. hehe!

Well congrats on getting your new scooter and I hope that you have yourself a great day.

Mike :sunny:

Thanks, Mike. You actually got me motivated to come over and start charting.

Sincerely, Ray

Mykelogan
07-23-2005, 01:27 AM
Thanks, Mike. You actually got me motivated to come over and start charting.

Sincerely, Ray

Glad to help, Ray! :goodvibes
Have a great weekend!
Mike

Cruise04
07-23-2005, 01:07 PM
Hey Ray - it is so nice to see you. I'm over here now too trying to get my weight off - WE CAN DO THIS RAY, WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!

:hug: :hug: :hug:

Keep on :banana: :banana:
Chris (aka December99 ;) )

luvmydogs
07-23-2005, 09:35 PM
Hi Ray!

Just popping in for a little hello, with hopes that you're enjoying a lovely weekend! :sunny:

All my continued best to you in your journey! :hug: