Friday, August 17, 2012
Okay today is the first day of Wk 9 being on Atkins and I'm up .4. So for 8 weeks (with no cheating) I have only lost 2 pounds (and that was wk 1). I told myself I would do Atkins for one year because it often takes time but with this little progress I need to reevaluate what I'm doing.
Where am I - I'm 42 years old, I'm 5'6", I weigh 165 today, I jog 3 x a week for about 2.5 miles each run, I have a thyroid problem that is being treated with Synthroid that I've had since age 9. I love to cook and rarely eat any processed food.
So what do I do now? What has worked for me in the past? And without throwing away all of my hard work - what is working for me now?
Last January I did the Whole30 diet which basically strips your diet of everything processed, grains, dairy, butter (clarified butter okay), anything with soy (you'd be surprised at all the stuff it's added to like mayo), all sugar - artificial sugar as well, many oils etc. to get rid of anything that may be causing you inflammation. And you can't get on the scale for those 30 days. I did that and lost 7 pounds. Things I liked - you could eat almost any veggie and fruit - loved eating sweet potatos and mangos. Things I didn't like - many foods have stuff off limits - like nuts roasted in cottonseed oil or mayo since it has a lot of off limit stuff in ingredients (I did make my own mayo).
So Whole30 is basically low carb too but no cheese, butter or cream (among other stuff).
So here are my choices:
1. Keep doing Atkins but count calories - I think this may work but I cringe at the thought of tracking everything again.
2. I do Whole30 again with the exception of shunning the scale for 30 day. I know this has worked for me in the past but just got accustomed to eating cheese and dairy again.
I hate to waste stuff and going with option 2 means throwing out the crumbled blue cheese in fridge (no one else likes it) and the pint of heavy cream. And that's the only reason I'm leaning towards option 1 because I know option 2 has worked for me. But is option 2 sustainable? I wanted to approach my diet as more of a lifestyle change and less of a diet. And I really hate counting calories. I often feel deprived doing that.
Today I'll probably count until I figure this thing out. Meanwhile I'm going to take the advice given to me from my last blog and try to keep adding micronutrient rich food to my diet and vary up my exercise.
But doesn't little success make you want to cheat? I so want to go into the kitchen and eat some of that junk food that has been off limits to me! But I won't cheat - stay strong to be successful.