Charlie's weight: 205.8 lbs (Pre-diet 205.6 lbs)
Thank you everyone for all the comments which are very helpful and encouraging. I will start weighing myself a bit less, as it does become rather all-consuming. Probably just once a day in the morning in these early stages, and then moving down to 2-3 times a week as I get settled in.
Today both my husband and I are struggling. "Is being on a diet always this miserable?" he asked me this evening. Neither of us feel hungry, but we feel kind of empty and a bit strange. When I heard about Atkins-style diets in the past, I thought, "Wow, it sounds good, eating as much as you want, eating meat, eating fat. But does it work? And is it healthy?" Right now, I'm sort of in the opposite place. Speaking to Gary convinced me that it works, and doing it myself I realize that it is healthy, even by conventional standards: avoiding carbs means I skip the snacks when I would normally eat cookies and chips. I'm not eating more red meat than usual, but I am eating fish and vegetables to fill the gap left by pasta, rice and potatoes. But I'm not enjoying eating very much! I almost can't be bothered to eat. We still have all the ingredients to make a delicious apple crisp: that's what I want to eat, I miss sugar!
Charlie is so upset with some of the early symptoms that he has just eaten some All-Bran...
What I ate today:
Breakfast - one cheese and zucchini omelette, one cup of coffee, half a glass of orange juice
Mid-morning - one tangerine
Lunch - Sausages and salad
Afternoon - one cup of tea
Supper - "Russian" eggs (like deviled eggs but with sardines and capers)
Baked haddock with spinach and sour cream, one glass of red wine.