I'm very excited to be hosting the new Success Stories feature for Low Carb Luxury Magazine!
I look forward to sharing with all of you the stories of those who have embraced low carb
and found victory in it! We believe you'll find them inspiring, encouraging, and even amusing.
As I began to write this article, song titles having to do with the passage of time kept popping into
my head like low carb musical popcorn. So many of the titles seem to fit with the events and the times
of the year when they occurred in the story.
If I Could Turn Back Time — Cher
Vicki R. lives with her husband and two boys, ages 3 and 7. A nursery school teacher by profession, Vicki spends as much time as she can with her family. She also spends some of her free time visiting
the Talking Low Carb Forums, where she posts as "VickiLynn". Vicki's weight loss success has been a
source of inspiration for many who frequent the forums.
Living in Tennessee has given Vicki the most wonderful music in her voice. As I listened to her tell her
story, more song titles about changing seasons and the passage of time drifted into my thoughts.
Looking back, Vicki says she remembers being overweight as a child. PE class was particularly stressful,
because at 135 pounds in the fourth grade, Vicki knew she was much heavier than her classmates. The two
week long gymnastics program was something she really feared.
Vicki also had to have her clothes specially altered and she hated not being able to wear the same cute
outfits the other girls wore.
When Vicki began high school she weighed 155 pounds and continued gaining throughout high school. When
she graduated, she weighed in at 170. She continued to gain weight through college and topped out at
At this point, Vicki was able to lose 60 pounds following the Weight Watchers plan. The only problem
was - she was always famished! As soon as Vicki started to relax a little with her portion sizes, she
gained all the weight back and then some.
Time After Time — Cindy Lauper
This gain, lose, gain, lose cycle is so familiar to many of us. Vicki fell victim to this very common
trap because she was "dieting" and not truly changing her eating style.
Many of Vicki's family members were overweight as well. Food was always available in her house, so she
didn't have to sneak treats. However, she did have a habit of eating when she wasn't hungry, getting
"head hungry" when commercials came on TV. She also overate at the table because she wanted more food,
despite the fact that she was already full. Vicki liked the reassuring feeling that food was there if
she wanted it because it reminded her of her parents and of good times. It was a comfort when she was
stressed and it helped her celebrate when she was happy.
Where Did the Spring Go? — The Kinks
Vicki thought she would be trying "just another diet" when she picked up Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
in a Goodwill store one day. She read the book and really identified with the carb addiction concept.
But, like many others, Vicki wasn't sure she could live without pasta, rice and her beloved Hamburger
Thinking that the diet was just a means to an end, she decided to try low-carbing in the summer of
Though she jumped in with both feet, she suffered the effects of carbohydrate withdrawal and quit the
plan when her addiction took control.
Summer Days, Drifting Away — Olivia Newton-John
Summer quickly passed into Fall with no change in Vicki's eating habits. Christmas came and Vicki's
family gathered together for the holiday.
The topic of weight loss came up and Vicki's sister could not understand why Vicki had given up on the
Atkins Diet when it had helped her to lose four pounds in three days! Vicki's sister had always been
naturally thin. But with the birth of her first baby, her metabolism changed and she began to have
trouble losing weight for the first time in her life.
So the sisters set off to find that timeworn copy of the Atkins book, and they talked about doing
this diet together. The two had always been such good friends, with no rivalry between them, but
Vicki felt she just couldn't let her sister get thin while she was stuck in "Fatland".
This Will Be My Year — Semisonic
As a new year came around, Vicki and her sister convinced their father to join them in giving low
carb a try. The three of them made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight together.
This resolution didn't go the way of most New Year's Resolutions though. Vicki stuck with it this
time. She made a discovery that amazed her. For the first time in her life, food was not controlling
her — she was controlling the food!
This simple fact kept her going when her weight loss slowed at times. Vicki knew that eventually
the scale would move again. She had the added reassurance of knowing that she and her sister were
in this together, so giving up wasn't an option. They each had an "accountability partner". It
really helped to have one person with whom she could be completely honest and share the struggles.
Vicki's total weight loss is an astonishing 121 pounds! She began at 253 pounds and now weighs 132.
Her goal weight is 128, but she is very happy right where she is for now.
This Time I Know it's for Real — Donna Summer
Previously, Vicki thought she could just lose the weight by following a diet and then go right back
to eating whatever, whenever. Now that she has succeeded with low-carbing, she doesn't want to return
to eating high carb foods. She feels a loss of control when she does eat foods that are off plan.
Plus, eating off plan causes that "overall scummy feeling from the crash and burn reaction" of wildly
fluctuating blood sugar levels. This is a hard cycle to stop and time has taught Vicki it is just
better not to allow the cycle to start.
Vicki knows that this is the last time she'll ever have to lose weight. "I am not consumed with thoughts
of food", she says, "I eat when I feel hungry. I stop when I am full. Simple."
She doesn't want to go back to a time when her feet and back ached. Or when she had heart palpitations.
Or when a bath towel wouldn't even fit around her body!
She enjoys having more energy to spend on her boys. Though her husband has been loving and supportive
regardless of her weight, Vicki loves knowing that she now weighs 40 pounds less than she did on their
Vicki's story is a great example of the importance of not giving up. She had to start and stop, and
think and adjust.
When she found the path that worked for her, she stayed on it and didn't get
sidetracked by periods of slow progress. Vicki took her time and turned a low-carb "diet" into a
low-carb way of life!
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