Step 1

Just a day or two after I talked with the woman at the grocery store who I mentioned yesterday, I stopped at a drug store.  I think I needed makeup remover or something else completely unrelated to drugs.

Right there, at the entrance to the store, there was a display containing copies of Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.  My first reaction was to roll my eyes at it.  The Atkins diet had been receiving a lot of press at that time, and I’d already completely dismissed the idea of the diet.  (This dismissal was based on misinformation; I really thought Atkins consisted of eating pounds of bacon to lose weight.)  I stood there and flipped through the book for a minute, and decided it was worth a shot… I was so lost and desperate and sick at that time, I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least read the book.  So I paid for the book and the makeup remover and left.

My husband worked late that night, so I went to dinner by myself at this Long John Silver’s/Pizza Hut restaurant nearby.  While eating my fried fish, french fries, and drinking a huge Coke, I started to read Chapter 1 of Atkins’ book.  “Give me two weeks”, he promised.  Two weeks?  OK.  I can do anything for two weeks.

So, after some more careful studying of the book, and having just bought a weeks’ worth of groceries that did not follow the Atkins Rules of Induction, I returned to the grocery store.  When the staples of your diet include sandwiches made with white bread, Mountain Dew Code Red, yogurt with gobs of added sugars, waffles, and frozen Lean Cuisine meals, it is difficult to figure out how to shop for Atkins’ Induction.  I was visiting areas of the grocery store I never really considered visiting.  (You mean I have to cut up vegetables and cook meats and buy blocks of cheese that require slicing?)  As a part-time student and a full-time employee, food preparation was not in my frame of reference.

Those first few days were so incredibly hard.  My husband and I went to eat at a local restaurant that serves wonderful rolls, and I had to push the roll basket to his side of the table, so I would smell them less and feel less tempted.  At the restaurant, I had to ask for a lot of modifications to be made to my order… I was actually embarrassed to ask for no croutons on the salad and for no rice with the entree.  I hadn’t really drank a bottle of water in years — always drank Coke, Mountain Dew Code Red, or maybe milk if I was feeling health-minded.

But you know what?  Two days after starting Induction, I weighed five pounds less, down from 300 to 295.  I was thrilled and optimistic and hopeful.  Maybe this was actually going to work!  I told one of my co-workers, who had lost about 40 pounds on the South Beach Diet already, about my 5-pound loss.  She said, “Well, it’s probably just water, but it’s still weight.”  I wasn’t even sure what she meant by that… I still had SO much to learn about weight loss!


2 comments so far

  1. southernfriedfatty on

    I’m loving your blog. I love it so much I created a “Blog of the Week” in my sidebar and you are the first honoree. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. loseweightwithme on

    Congrats on the 5 pound loss! You are off to a great start.



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