I did Thompson’s Plan for a few days and then, as people were wondering about the plan and I started doling out my thoughts on his plan, several things started to hit me:
1. With as much as I tweaked his plan to make the plan a weigh t loss success for others, it was just Atkins with style;
2. I really like the generally fast weight loss of Atkins, even though I stalled for foobutt near the entire month of April… which–hello! Sucked! and
3. Thompson’s information is like an updated, more laid-back version of Atkins, and I’m thinking I might as well just admit I’m doing Atkins and subconsciously giving largely Atkins advice.
So, while some of you are going to kick me soundly in the butt (I’m all butt–take aim!), I’m following the one plan I’ve known since 1984. Atkins! Dr Thompson’s plan is great! Still, really, for me, and the more I was giving you guys advice I was like, “Holy Crap! Eat low carb… ignore glycemic load… modified OWL…” I am thinking I am in denial thinking I wasn’t just telling you to follow Atkins.
I know a lot about low glycemic load and like the plan; so, if you are following Thompson’s plan, please don’t go running away. The recipes and discussions here are as pertinent as ever.
I am glad to help you, even though I’m a fat lardbutt and need induction more than my chocolate donuts… glorious though they be… (and technically induction friendly if you use cocoa powder instead of the chocolate squares)…
Ironically, I got a lot grumpier on Thompson’s plan, too. I don’t believe that, for me, the carb choices I was making were as clever or as educated. See, I’m lazy and have to be forced to think on my feet, lest I think on my butt…or with it. When I follow Atkins, you get crullers. When I follow Thompson, you get more processed foods, like wraps and tortilla shells.
I can continue to give you both options, but I can’t eat the tortilla shells right now.
I could say psyche on the plan change, but it wouldn’t fit, and it’s not the right sentiment. This isn’t something light-hearted. I have had to give this a lot of thought–though it seems like just yesterday I said I was changing plans.
Psyche is something you yell after telling someone there are naked Miley Cyrus pictures in their email inbox and then they open them up only to find they’re Burt Reynolds with more body hair than you can shake a stick at. (I love that one)
Or you yell psyche when you tell your Garmin Nuvi that you will, in fact, take highway 70, and then you decide to take Martin Rd instead. (And we all know that’s a really good psyche, because electonic appliances can hear us talk).
Or you can oooooooh psyche! tell your neighbors your behind is super-glued to the toilet seat and to come slip you crackers under the door for sustenance until the fire department shows up.
So, this isn’t really a psyche because there isn’t an inherently huge lack of maturity or thought in this. Just good, solid fact:
That being, I was pissed that I was stalled for a month on Atkins, and took my ball and went to Thompson. This was just to find out that even while Dr. T and I were enjoying chocolate donuts over sugar-free cocoa, I was still making goofy eyes at the tall, dark handsome cauliflower pizza across the room.
Oh, Ricardo Pepperoni, how you taunt me so…
OK. So I am definitely going to remain on Akins, no take backs or mulligans and I’ll attempt to not mope when I hit a stall (like all of stupid April). But I’m still going to be publishing recipes that are low-carb and helping anyone who has questions about the plan, because I’ve followed both.
And you, if you are following Thompson, are going to continue to allow me to field questions and give support. Because, frankly, couldn’t we all use it? And, after all, what worked for me isn’t going to work for you necessarily. You have to follow the plan you love. If you like the freedom of Thompson, do it! If nothing else, I’ve introduced you to an amazing cardiologist (he really does remind me of Dr A) and you’re richer for understanding that there are other options out there. Palatable options.
I have followed Thompson in the past, but found that, ultimately, unless I treated his plan as Atkins, I just caused myself grief in the long run, moving away from whole foods and into convenience foods.
That said, Cinco de Mayo recipes coming tomorrow! I am chopping cauliflower as we speak (I’m typing with my toes)…
and I am reading your comments and fixing the errors in the recipes. I am giving finals this week to a home schooler so my time has been intensely limited.
If you’re wanting to talk to me directly and not in email, I’m an administrator at a board called lowcarblounge.com and am glad to also offer assistance, support and anything you need there as well!
If you dislike a recipe and had problems with it, let me know. It might be a mistake I made when putting the recipe together. I’m not a professional recipe-person. I just have really cool running shoes.
I am also in the market for a good food processor, so if you have any experience, let me know what you think of yours!
Looking forward to posting more weight loss success, recipes and less gritching about my former stalls…