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Sharon Osbourne's Blog

Hometown
Los Angeles, California

Motivation
Health 

Tips for Success
Never skip a meal!

Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans

Hello! How has your week been? What’s been going on? Don’t be shy, let’s hear it!
 
I just got back to Los Angeles, I had been on tour with Ozzy in Abu Dhabi and Russia. It was absolutely spectacular! I had the most wonderful time and I was able to stay on track with Atkins.
 
I think that says a lot about the program. It is flexible enough to stick to anywhere you go, from grandma’s house to Abu Dhabi! I think that has been a big part of why Atkins has worked for me. I don’t have a predictable lifestyle (who does these days?!), and with Atkins, that’s ok!
 
It is adaptable to your life for people all around the world, and once you’re in the maintenance phase of your weight loss, you can add in little things you like without throwing yourself off track. And, if you do start to feel off, you can always rely on strictly sticking to phase 1 to pull you right back in line. I think of it as my boot camp or my booty camp!
 
Now, this is not a permission slip to go off the deep end! This means you can mix in things like berries and low-carb breads on occasion. You’re all smart people, you know how to listen to your bodies and you know when you’re giving yourself too much leeway. Nevertheless, there is a bit of leeway to be given!
 
Atkins is adaptable enough to be molded and shaped in such a way that suits your lifestyle. Would you agree? Have you done this? What are some things you’ve been able to adapt over the years? Any why has this been important to you?
 
All My Love and Support,
 
Sharon
Hello! How are you? What’s been going on? I had a fabulous time in New York last week with The Talk, but it’s good to be back home.
 
I cannot wait to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend! I’ve been going non-stop, so it will be so good to relax with friends and family. It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper break! Is anyone else looking forward to the holiday? What have you got planned?
 
I’m not totally sure what I’ll be doing. I usually have such a tight schedule, so I’m looking forward to having a day without one! Freedom! I’ll probably stop by a few of my girlfriends’ cookouts, but I love that I can live in the moment and not have my holiday controlled by food.
 
There’s loads of things I can eat anywhere I go with Atkins, so I don’t have to worry about special preparations. Can you imagine? Showing up places with a blender? Or a stopwatch to make sure you've got the right amount of time in between meals? No wonder those diets don’t work out! Live your life! Have a burger! I’ll take one with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and bacon! How about you? What will you be having?
 
And what will you be wearing? They say Memorial Day to Labor Day is the time to wear white, and now that I don’t have to hide my body in dark clothing, I’ll be wearing lots of it!
 
All My Love and Support,
 
Sharon

Hello! How are you? Tell me what’s been going on, I want to know! What was the highlight of your week?

I’ve been on Atkins now for about a year and a half, and there’s no question about it, it works. It’s fast, it’s not hard, and if you follow the plan you’ll reach your goal weight. 

I’ve spent so much of my life thinking about losing weight and reaching my goal weight, but I never thought about what would actually happen when I got there! Until I got going on Atkins, I don’t think I even considered that reaching my goal weight was a real possibility. It was like Johnny Depp, a distant fantasy.

But when I got to my goal weight I fell right into a trap. Relaxation. If I was at a party and they were serving sliders, I wouldn’t bother to take off the bun. If it was one of the girls’ birthday at The Talk, I’d have one of the cupcakes they brought in. I was still on track with my meals, but I started giving myself more leeway with the rules.

My sugar cravings started to creep back in, and I couldn’t stand it. It didn’t feel good! I had to wean myself off sugar again and get back to following all the rules. I love the way I feel living the low-carb lifestyle, and I never want to turn back. 

I saw how slippery the slope could be, and was reminded that my old habits would bring back all the old feelings. Stay away from the trap and off the slope!

All my Love and Support,

Sharon

Hello! How are you? What’s been going on? I want to hear everything!
 
I have been on tour with Ozzy and Black Sabbath for the past few days and just loving it! I never imagined I would be on a tour at 61, but here I am! We have been making our way across Canada and have met so many kind people. Tonight we are in Saskatoon!
 
So many things have changed since I toured with Ozzy in the 80’s. It has really made me realize just how much we are affected by what we eat.  I used to be exhausted all the time, and I always thought it was the tour schedule that was wearing me out, but it was really because I was stuffing my face with junk! I was binging on soda pop, French fries, and pizzas. I felt like I deserved it all after a long day, but I didn’t realize that instead of rewarding myself, I was putting my body through a punishment. My blood sugar would go up and down, and it was a cycle of eating and exhaustion that I think a lot of people don’t realize they are putting themselves through. Am I right? Has anyone else been through this?
 
Now we make time for proper meals and have snacks throughout the day. It makes such a difference! I’m able to do so much more. I feel alive! I’m getting up, moving around. I don’t feel weighted down into my chair like I used to after a binge.  
 
So how about you? What have you all been doing? Preparing for Easter? What are you making for Easter dinner? I haven’t even thought about it, so I could certainly use your ideas!
 
All my love and support,
Sharon

Hello! How are you? What’s been going on? Did you do anything special for St. Patrick’s Day? I had loads of fun celebrating with my girls at The Talk!
 
I’ve been lucky enough to have my Ozzy home with me this month. He’ll be going back on tour at the very end of the month, but until then I’m loving quiet nights at home, watching TV in bed together. The Atkins frozen meals are fabulous for this. I applaud all of you who cook for your families 7 nights a week. You really have to give yourselves credit, I couldn’t handle it! When Ozzy and I are tired and snuggled up, the last thing I want to do is mess with a big meal.
 
We used to do a lot of take out, but now we pop one of the frozen meals in the microwave – the Swedish meatballs, the meatloaf, the NEW orange chicken – they’re all fabulous! No worries about what to order or how many calories I’m eating, it’s all taken care of with the frozen meals.
 
I’ve also been on a big lemon zest kick! I put it in everything! It adds so much flavor without calories or carbs! I toss it in my salads, pound it into chicken breasts, and even mix it in with green onions in my tuna salad. Do you have any go-to ingredients like this? No holding back! I want to hear them!
 
It’s so good to find new foods to work into your meals for a season or two. I’ve been obsessed with chicken broth all winter, now on to lemon zest for spring!
 
I hope you are all doing fabulous. Tell me everything!
 
All my love and support,
 
Sharon

Hello! How are you? What’s been going on? I want to hear everything!

I also want to congratulate all the winners of the Atkins “Inner Athlete” contest, you can see them all here: http://on.fb.me/1hJb1x4. I love what one of the women, Liz Hayungs, said about Atkins, “it’s not a diet, it’s just easy.” Yes!

One of the other winners, Evelyn Smith, has run a marathon in each of the 50 states. I cannot even imagine. I have a lot of admiration for anyone involved in athletics. I watched a marathon of “Homeland” on Showtime a few weeks ago, and that’s enough marathoning for me!

When I first got started on Atkins, I would get tired just walking from my dressing room to the stage. When you’re carrying extra weight, you’re doing just that, you’re carrying it! Everywhere! Once I started losing some of that weight, I started to notice it was getting easier to move around from place to place on set. Then I started taking Ozzy and Bella on 5 minute walks at night.

I have a trainer who has got me doing some light weight lifting (nothing like contest winner Jim Simprini), but she has to literally come into my bedroom and drag me out of bed. So take everything at your own pace and applaud yourself for a 5 minute nightly walk or 30 minutes of rigorous shopping!

What’s important is your health. I love nothing more than hearing from people who are getting off medications and are getting good reports from their doctors because of the changes they’ve made to their lifestyles. One of the other contest winners, Dale Foster was able to get off 4 blood pressure medications, which is just phenomenal. He was also able to go from taking spinning classes to teaching them, which is on a whole other level! I’ve seen the way people look coming out of those spinning classes…I do not like sweating!

What activities are you involved in, if any? Walking, shopping, chasing the kids around? Let’s hear it!

All my love and support,

Sharon

Hello! How are you? How is the weather where you are?

I've been hearing about how cold it's been all over and I have to give you a lot of credit. I was in England over the holidays and I had to leave early because the cold weather was getting to me. All I wanted to do was stay in and eat! Does that happen to anyone else?

It was gray, windy, and got dark at 4:30pm. It rained for 10 days straight! None of the dogs wanted to go outside. I was afraid poor Bella was going to get swept away by the wind. My 5 pound fur baby needed lead boots.

I was sticking to turkey and brussel sprouts, but I thought I was going to burst at one point. I think my stomach must have been the size of a building. It would hurt but I just couldn't stop eating! As soon as the plane touched down in Los Angeles I felt safe. Yes!

How do you deal with cold, rainy weather? I think the best thing you can do is make vegetable soup. It's comforting. Don't get anything canned, just make yourself a big pot of fresh vegetable soup. I've got a recipe here for you to try, let me know what you think! Click here for the recipe!

All my love and support,

Sharon


Hello! How are you? What’s been going on?
 
I love hearing from all of you and this community is such a powerful resource for me, I want to encourage everyone just getting started to really embrace it. Wherever you are out there, don’t think for one minute that you are on your own in this or that you are the only one who feels the way you do right now. There are millions and millions of people in the world who are not happy with their bodies, and one of the best things about Atkins is that there are thousands of people in this community who are here to support each other. Whether you want to lose a lot of weight or just live a healthier lifestyle, we are all in this together. We are going through what you are going through.
 
It’s true! I got to thinking about my first week on Atkins, and knowing that I was never on my own made me feel so much better. I found that first week to be the hardest, but my goodness, once I got through it, I felt so empowered. For those of you who were starting or re-starting when we spoke last week, how have you been doing?

All My Love And Support,
 
Sharon
 
P.S.- Atkins is giving away lots of free goodies next week! Check back here on Tuesday, you can enter to win a year of free Atkins bars or shakes and frozen meals!

Hello! How has your holiday season been going so far? I want to hear all about your Thanksgiving! What worked, what didn’t? Who’s on track, who’s off track, and who’s somewhere in the middle?
 
Most importantly, are you enjoying your holidays this year? I want to hear one positive thing from everyone about your holidays so far. Come on, you can all think of something!
 
The holidays can be so stressful. Between all the traveling, shopping, planning, and visiting, it’s a wonder we all don’t go mad. There can be so many ups and downs, but it’s important to remind yourself of the ups or you’ll drown in your downs.
 
As a stress eater and an emotional eater, I’ve spent past years comforting myself with holiday goodies, waking up the next day feeling guilty, and getting lost in the cycle of guilt and overeating. But not anymore! I love the consistency of Atkins. I stick to my plan, I have my three meals per day, and I’m in control.
 
I’m also taking care of myself! Sticking to your plan is a fabulous reminder that you’ve got to take care of yourself. It’s not just about your weight, it’s about your health and well being. Be good to yourselves!
 
All My Love and Support,
 
Sharon

Hello! How are you? What's been going on? I just realized that it’s almost Thanksgiving and I haven’t even started preparing for the holidays! I've got so much to do, but before I jump in, I want to make a plan to stay on track this holiday season. Have a look at what I've written down so far and tell me your tips to add to the list.
 
1. Don’t shop and starve! Toss an Atkins bar in your bag or keep a few in the car so you don’t go without eating if you haven’t got time to stop for lunch. The longer I go without a snack, the harder it is to resist temptation.
 
2. Don’t get tricked by holiday packaging. All the coffee shops have the special holiday cups and the special holiday drinks out. It’s easy to get excited about it and forget what’s in those holiday coffee drinks. Skip the snowflake syrup latte and try adding heavy cream and some cinnamon or nutmeg powder to a regular coffee or espresso.
 
3. Stuff your turkey not your tummy! When there’s lots of food, we eat lots of it! Portion control is so important. I have to remind myself not to pile things on my plate just because I can.

4. If you go overboard, don’t abandon ship! We’re all human and we all have slip-ups. What’s important is what you do after the slip-up. Don’t get down about it and don’t throw away all your hard work. Get back on track at your very next meal.
 
5. Eat, Drink, and most importantly of all, BE MERRY! Enjoy the holidays, cherish the time you get to spend with friends and family. Don’t let food steal your focus.

All my love and support,
Sharon
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