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Old 18-08-2008, 17:13
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Hi everyone!

Today I take the plunge and start my own diary, which I hope will be a record of my Cohen adventures over the next few months!

I've been really encouraged by reading everyone's posts. You lot are an awe-inspiring bunch! And I hope to walk the same path and achieve my weight loss goals.

A quick introduction - I'm 30 and a full-time working mother. I've struggled with my weight for a long time and the doctors cannot seem to decide if it's a PCOS issue or a thyroid issue or an insulin resistance issue or none of the above. Chances are it's a combination of everything PLUS unhealthy eating habits. I love my sweets, you see. I'm an avid baker and somewhere along the way, I decided that I had to be an avid taster as well, and....man, have I tasted!

I'm ready for a change, and I'm ready to be accountable to myself, to my family and to you to make that change.

I did my blood test last week and I'm waiting to receive my programme. I've been on pre-Cohens for a week and have already lost 1kg, which is definitely encouraging. I really cannot wait to get started!

The only thing that scares me at the moment is the thought of deviations. I've always deviated and have never prided myself on having great self-control. So I need to watch this, because from what I gather, deviation is death on this programme.

Thank you for reading my diary and I hope you'll walk some of the way with me as I embark on this wonderful, scary, health-changing journey!
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Old 18-08-2008, 17:27
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Hi Francesca, and welcome to the forum! You're in for quite a ride! The first few days are usually a bit rough, but it really does get easier, and when you see the kilos disappearing, it motivates you to keep going. It also helps you keep from deviating. As a rule of thumb, each deviation adds another week to the program. If you read through some of the diaries on the forum, you will see that the people who have deviated have gotten back on the horse, but strongly advise against doing it.

You'll find a lot of support on here, and even when you're not the most strong willed person in the face of chocolate and sweets (read: me) the support and encouragement from everyone here helps you stay on track.

And don't you worry, those extra kilos will be gone before you know it! Good luck!
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Old 18-08-2008, 18:04
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Hi Francesca - you have all the reasons in the world to succeed and there is proof out there in these pages that show it can work - even from those who have deviated. I think the trick is to take it one day at a time - be organised and be prepared for a few down days along the way and be kind to yourself. You will be suprised - since starting Cohens I have had no sugar cravings and dfor me that is huge - have you seen the Cadbury share prices go down in the last 5 weeks - thats me You will go great.
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Old 18-08-2008, 18:58
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Hi Mette and KitKat

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your encouraging notes! To not have sugar cravings is a completely foreign concept to me at the moment; it would be so nice to be able to say I don't have them anymore!

Do either of you find that taking a chromium supplement helps with sugar cravings? I've seen a few posts which suggest a link, and I'm happy to do anything to stop thinking about a cupcake! Please let me know what you think.

My big challenge this afternoon is that I'm really tired. I usually drink green tea (no sugar, no milk) at work but I read that Cohen's requires us to cut back on caffeine so I switched to decaf black tea today, and I'm feeling a sudden wave of fatigue hit me!

Did you experience the same sort of thing?
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Old 18-08-2008, 18:58
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Welcome, Francesca. I'm another taster. By the time I finished cooking something, at least 20% of it was already in me. Given a choice, e.g. a buffet, I tasted a bit of everything. I haven't cooked much that's not on the programme since I started, my husband is happy to eat what I eat, and supplement himself if he needs to. I'm finding not tasting a little easier, but it's still a bit of a fight. Make it as easy for yourself as you can. Try getting the family eating healthy Cohen food. Buy things you previously would have baked if you need to.

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Old 18-08-2008, 19:22
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Hello and welcome. you have made a great choice to begin this program. You will find that when you stay on track the losses will be greater than when you deviate which is a great incentive to do the right thing. I take chromium everyday now to help with the craving, it is supposed to help. but when you stay deviation free this program does seem to keep the hunger at bay!
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Old 18-08-2008, 22:13
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Hi AJ - those are some great tips, thank you! Actually, my husband and I are doing Cohen's together. It really took a huge chunk of our finances this month but we see it as investing in good health which is priceless, isn't it? My husband has cholesterol problems and high glucose levels, so I really hope this programme will help those numbers as well.

Hi Louise - thanks for stopping by! I hope I can stay focussed! Do you take your chromium at a particular time of day? I find my cravings get worse in the mid-late afternoon, so maybe I should take the chromium then.
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Old 18-08-2008, 22:21
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Hi ho Fran, congrats on starting Cohens! It was one of the best things I did for myself! You don't have much there to loose so you'll be right!

I'm like you -love baking - love eating....oh dear....hehehehe - well I got put onto Blackmores Sugar Balance Tablets. I swear by them. They make you feel "full". Its like having a headache and taking panadol, you know the headache is still there, but it masks the pain. The Sugar Balance masks the pain of hunger pangs (I got put onto this in between ordering my refeed program as I was struggling with feeling so desparately hungry) and it makes you thirsty - so the 3Lt of water you have to drink is no problems!

Hope this helps. All the best for your first day!
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Old 18-08-2008, 22:49
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Hi Francesca, thanks heaps for your message. I can't belive that I am someone's inspiration. It feels like only yesterday that I started and was looking for mentors of my own. I must admit, I have pretty amazing willpower and I've told my friends/family that I'm on Cohen's so they know that I can't indulge and they have been very supportive. To get through a 'tempting' situation and know that you didn't deviate actually puts you on a bit of a high.. I am very proud of myself and I still don't even know how much weight I may have lost. Hon, the first week is pretty yuck so prepare yourself for that. I had dull headaches, nausea and felt faint. The first three days sucked and then I thought I was better before I got hit with another crap day. But honestly, just ride through the first week knowing it will suck and then your cravings totally subside. Use smaller dinner plates and be really prepared. Do a massive shop and weigh and freeze some proteins so you will never be caught unprepared. Keep some saladas and fruit at home and at work in case you ever get caught up and my best tip... when people want to catch up socially - make it over coffee and then order a peppermint tea. You are still socialising and don't appear to be 'high maintenance' AND you save money!! You don't have heaps to lose so hopefully you'll be done in no time. Finally, when you think about deviating, just on this forum and read some diaries, it will take your mind off junk food and totally inspire you. I look forward to following your progress.
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Old 18-08-2008, 23:35
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Hi Kymmy

Thanks very much for checking in and for the info about your experience with the Sugar Balance tablets. Sounds like a wonderful help! My consultant didn't mention them - are they definitely kosher while we're in the first (pre-refeeding) phase? Congratulations on your weight loss! Hope I can do as well!
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Old 18-08-2008, 23:42
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Hi Nance

Thanks for stopping by and for the really helpful advice about the first week and beyond. I'm dreading the first week, though I hope that since I have been pre-Cohens for the last week (and suffered a day's worth of headaches then), it won't be too much of a shock to the system.

I wish I had your willpower. I honestly don't have much willpower these days. But mind over matter, right? I will keep in mind all the tips for evading/avoiding a deviation that you and the others have cited. These appear to be:
1. Drink water
2. Walk away and revisit the issue in 15 minutes' time
3. Try chromium/sugar balance tablets
4. Log on and post on the forum
5. Keep Cohen-approved snacks (saladas + apple) on hand

Hmm, what else have I missed out?
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Old 19-08-2008, 08:00
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I didn't actually take the chromium tablets, and I had one of the biggest sugar addictions you could ever imagine! I had a pounding headache for three days, but was too stubborn to give in to it. And oddly enough, now I don't crave sugar anymore. I would kill for a bowl of spag bol, but at least the mars bars at woolworths aren't calling my name anymore

I think the only thing that you forgot in you list was that when the cravings get to bad for sweets, have a bit of your diet soda allowance. That has actually helped me. And be kind to yourself. Sleep is a good thing, especially because the HGH works at night.
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Old 19-08-2008, 11:27
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Hi Francesca, thanks for visiting my diary. It's great that you and you husband are doing Cohens together. I found that what I saved on my grocery bill, paid for the program in a matter of weeks. As you already realize, its so worth the investment. I look forward to seeing your kilos drop off.
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Old 19-08-2008, 13:05
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Thanks 2ndgo, I hope I won't disappoint!

Thanks mette for that great tip! Sadly, I can't find any caffeine-free diet coke here so mine will have to be with caffeine...which means I will have to watch my intake once I start Cohens proper.

I totally know what you mean about craving pasta rather than desserts! Much as I love my sweet things, my love for savoury carbs is even stronger.

People tell me that over time, the sugar cravings will get better and that I won't want to eat dessert any more.

I'm a bit doubtful though. ME? Not want dessert?
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Old 19-08-2008, 13:33
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I've got 4 large bars of chocolate (two especially for me as they are 70 & 85% pure cocoa dark chocolate - better for us than milk chocolate. They've been in my fridge now for about 4 weeks. I've yet to open any of them. Just don't seem to care. Before, I'd sit down and eat an entire 400g Cadbury fruit & nut just watching the 9:30 news!

Eventually, I might get around to opening one. Don't know. Just don't seem to crave chocolate anymore.....
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Old 19-08-2008, 20:56
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SMS - I look forward to the day I casually ignore a bar of chocolate in the fridge!

They are taking a long time with my programme. Rang them up and my programme's still not in. The guy asked me to ring back tomorrow at 10:30am.

Sigh. Really want to get cracking!
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Old 19-08-2008, 22:09
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That's odd... I did my blood test on a Tuesday and had the program on the Friday... Mind you, Katrina from the Wollongong clinic is super-hyper efficient. She's a good egg. I hopes you get your program really soon so you can get started. It's a good feeling once you really get in to it
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Old 19-08-2008, 22:16
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Hi Mette

It's a bit early to say but I've heard good and also some bad reports about my consultant. It's great that you have such a wonderful one; I think that makes a huge difference!

But I'm determined to do this properly, good consultant or not. I'll get the advice and support I need from somewhere - whether it's from the consultant or you gals (and guys)!
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Old 20-08-2008, 09:47
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Hi again, I just wanted to call in and give you a bit of support, as you have done for me Gosh, I hope you get that programme soon ! I am really worried about the sugar cravings too..... I LURVE chocolate Im afraid I can only dream of the day that I can have it in my fridge and it not be calling to me !! lol...

I might check back after 10.30, hoping to hear good news about your programme !!
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Old 20-08-2008, 10:29
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Hi Francesca I'll take the trip with you but only at a very slow walking pace at this stage. I know what you mean about the pain in the knees and the back. The pain in my knees is still there and will be until after the operation but for sure removing the large load off the weight bearing joints is very beneficial. It is no where near as bad as it used to be. As soon as I lost some weight I feet the benefits regarding the pain in my back. I've already had six knee operations which were all self inflicited so this knee problem at the moment is a joint venture of a mis-spent youth (wouldnt have it any other way) and my fixation to all the GOOD food that is not good for you.
Im like so many here who seem to have had an adicition to sugar through chocolates and coffee. Since starting Cohens I have not had any chocolate or a cup of coffee. I reckon drinking three liters of water is already enough without having to put in any more especially when it doesnt count for the liquid intake. So I just said that's it no more. . . and thats what has happened.
(as you have already said) it is a mind over matter situation and just take it along those lines. Be strong, walk with us and we'll walk with you and you will be at the end before you know.
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