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South Beach Day 31: Surviving PMS without a Gain

Friday, February 01, 2013

I can't believe it's only been 6 days since I last posted. This has been one long week. A few weeks ago, we were still enjoying unseasonably warm winter weather (thank you, global warming). But then I had to go and state my claim that I was walking for exercise again. The bottom dropped out of the thermometer. And work picked up exponentially.

One thing I have definitely learned from FitBit is that I AM A SLUG. Yep. It was a terrible realization that my job is a majority contributor to my weight gain. Today, for instance, at 9:50pm CST, my FitBit is stating that I have walked a measly 1218 steps. Seriously. I rank 19 of 19 friends on FitBit. But I have 2 book interiors due this weekend/Monday, and 2 impending deadlines. I am attached to my laptop. I'd love to know what those people who walk 33,000 steps per day do for a living. I need to find a job like that!

I have been stuck at a 10 pound total loss for more than a week now, thanks in part to the freezing temps and my sedative job--but also possibly due to raging hunger pains and cravings brought on by what I believe is PMS. Back in May, I had a uterine ablation to fix severe anemia-causing monthly bleeding. Since then, happily, my periods have pretty much stopped. And after more than 25 years of misery, I'm thrilled. But I've found I've lost track of when I am PMS-y (because whether or not I have a menstrual period, I still get PMS). This week had to be it, though. I craved every carb in existence, plus it's pal Mr. Salt. I found that instead of caving to carbs, I OD'd on calories (meat loaf, gin & tonics) and fat (meat loaf). I did allow myself to servings of Domino's cracker-thin cheese pizza tonight. Eh. But very few carbs.

It's been a very rough week, but at least I'm holding steady and haven't gained my weight back.

Here's to a positive Ground Hog Day tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2013 4:22AM

    I hear you about the stuck / plateau thing - I've been at the same point so long I'm thinking of calling it "maintenance," lol...

Re FitBit: I'm beginning to think I need to see about getting one of those--!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/2/2013 1:06PM

    When you dont gain when your having an hectic week,,,,thats a win to me! emoticon

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South Beach Day 24

Friday, January 25, 2013

First, it was arctic cold sweeping through town. Now, a layer of snow has fallen. And I can't forget the blizzard of work that has dropped on me this week. My number of steps on the Fitbit totally reflect all three issues.

That said, I really need to find a pair of good walking boots so that I can increase my activity level. Fifteen minutes wouldn't be too much to ask of myself. Happily, my eating has stayed within my ranges, and I'm still 10 lbs down.

Unfortunately, with the penguin weather, I am having a terrible time getting my 8 cups of water down the hatch and have resorted to allowing tea and decaf coffee to count as water. Just looking at a glass of water makes me shiver.

Measuring everything that goes into my mouth has really helped me stay on track. I eyeball it all when it's not possible to whip out a measuring cup (or when they are all in the dishwasher), and I'm being truthful with myself with those eyeballed amounts. I know what 1/4 c looks like. I'm not trying to tell myself that 1/2 c of fresh fruit is 1/4 c.


South Beach Day 20: 1 Year SparkPeople Anniversary

Monday, January 21, 2013

A year ago today I re-joined SparkPeople after a long hiatus. I used to be CarolineChicago--but decided to start completely over as ChicagoCaroline. Unfortunately, I had another hiatus from June through this Jan. 2. Life can really suck sometimes. Stuff happens. But I'm back and happy to be here. I'm making better progress out of the gate this time around. I think I just hit a serious mental breaking point at the end of December. Even at the end of pregnancy #3, I never weighed as much as I did last month. I feel like I have more resolve than ever to lose this weight forever.

It's been about 8 years since I seriously did South Beach and went from 160-something to 125, which is pre-baby and possibly pre-wedding (although that's been almost 20 years ago and I can't quite remember). And it is working again--albeit slower. I might despise ricotta creme and be sick to death of spinach--but South Beach and the other healthy, low-carb diets really do help me. I haven't had anything pasta/bread/flour/potato/corn/sugar added/etc. since before Jan. 2. And I'm down to 178, which is 9 pounds lighter than Jan. 1 and just 4 pounds higher than in May 2012. My goal is to dip down to 127 and stay put! I just saw some pics of me from my 130-pound days, about 8 years ago. Good grief, I was thin. And I thought I was fat at the time!

I did have just a LITTLE sushi rice today. My hubby and I went out for sushi for lunch. I could really taste the sugar in the sushi rice and the sweetness of a couple of pieces of fish. And tonight, I do toast everyone with a gin & diet tonic. Here's to a big year of losing a LOT of weight!


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WOUBBIE 1/22/2013 12:59PM


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JULESRULES2013 1/21/2013 11:40PM

  howdy from a fellow re-joiner - it worked before, it'll work for us again..

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South Beach Day 17: Oops

Friday, January 18, 2013

Today was the first time in 2013 that I blew my calories. No, it wasn't a disaster. I didn't even break 2,000. But I did go over my range. And after more than 2 weeks of 1,000 or less calorie days, it feels like quite a bit. I know what I did. I know where the calories went--but one lunch out with my DD (a high school sophomore) was worth it. And I tried really hard--I didn't touch the fried rice on my plate. I just ate the cashew shrimp and my hot and sour soup. Alas, cashew shrimp, according to SP nutrition, is 650 per serving.

One bad day does not ruin the spark or the south beach. I just have to regroup tomorrow. Happily, it is suppose to be 40 deg. outside tomorrow and Sunday, before dipping to low-teens/tens on Monday. I'll be able to get out there and walk. I'm tired of my FitBit registering under 5000 steps per day!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/20/2013 4:45PM

    I hope that you made a quick recovery. I don't think I could eat so few calories and stay sane. Have been reassessing the virtues of extremely slow weight loss myself, but I really admire you for sticking with your plan for so long. 16 days on South Beach! Good for you!

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WOUBBIE 1/19/2013 11:21AM

    You'll probably show a loss tomorrow. 1000 calories a day is kinda low for low carb and can sometimes slow your loss. Having a day more in your ideal caloric range can spark a loss. There's a sweet spot that's unique for each person that you have to find, and it changes over time somewhat as well.

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CHUM48 1/18/2013 11:09PM

    Good luck with your plan!

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South Beach Day 16: Phase 1.5

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Well, I did decide to try my own Phase 1.5. Basically, I'm allowing myself either 1 serving of steel cut oatmeal in the morning or the warm Kashi GoLean cereal. Lots of fiber to bring down the net carbs. I'm also allowing myself one piece/serving of fruit per day. Today, I'm going to have one half of a grapefruit. However, I'm keeping away from bananas, melon, mango, papaya, etc. for now. I'm going to allow myself 1/2 sweet potato twice a week and two alcoholic beverages per week (red wine or gin). That's it. Better be darn good wine or gin--and drank very slowly.

I'm not allowing myself any of my trigger carbs, whether whole grain or not. No bread, pasta, baked goods, cereal bars, crackers, tortillas, flat bread, etc. None. That's way too dangerous.

I'm also continuing to try to cook using the least processed foods that I can handle. Last night, I made tacos (I obviously had a taco salad) and made my own taco seasoning. The family liked it and didn't even notice the missing salt and preservatives. And the ground beef even looked like meat. It didn't take on that odd orange hue that store-bought seasonings have. Obviously, we're not eating out or getting carry out much on my diet.

The FitBit One is certainly motivating. I didn't realize how pathetically sedentary I am. It is hard to move around a lot when designing or writing--but I realize now that I HAVE to move more.

Happy Thursday--9 pounds down, 51 to go!

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    Thanks for the comments! Planning certainly does help!

I do try to be flexible with the kids. 3 active teens really do need their carbs. Our 13yo boy is growing by literally an inch a week. Since Xmas break, he has gone from just below my height to just below his father's eyebrows (about 4 inches). It's shocking to see him in the morning and realize that he grew noticably over night!

But the main entree works with my diet--except the other night when they had linguine. I had salad.

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WOUBBIE 1/17/2013 7:33PM

    My kids and husband groaned at all the food that's on my forbidden list but every time I cook something low carb they love it and don't miss the noodles/potatos/rice/etc.

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    Having a plan is the first step to success.

Make Today a Great Day!

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