Wednesday, June 01, 2011
So, today I am toying with the idea of going grain free. I've thought a LOT about changing my diet to cut some thing outs (not entirely, but at least to cut waaaay back on them). I've always, ALWAYS known I need to cut down on carbs and sugar. Mostly sugar, but I do so adore carbs as well.
This morning I was reading an article about acne and what the probable cause is on Dr. Mercola's website articles.mercola.com/sit
minating-acne-for-good.aspx . I have suffered from acne for as long as I can remember, and I am so very tired of it. I have known for years that it is related to my diet because I went on a low-carb diet in high school and had the best skin I've ever known. Well, the low-carb thing was impossible for me to continue, but I think a low/no grain low/no sugar diet might be just the ticket.
I've hesitated until now to cut sugar out of my diet. I LOVE all things sweet. It is a horrible addiction, and to me life does not seem like as much fun if I can't have a homemade cookie at the end of the day. Right now the idea of cutting sugar out completely is too much for me to handle, but considering I only usually eat one sweet a day, I'm thinking I will simply stick to that one sweet a day and modify my recipes to grain-free options (i.e. using almond or potato flour instead of wheat flour).
I figure this will work for me because even when I was on the low-carb diet, I was still able to eat one sugar laden treat a day while reaping all the benefits of a low-carb diet (e.g. weight loss, clear skin, no cravings, etc.). If I find it's not working in the future, I will reassess at that time.
In essence, I am returning to my low-carb diet of high school, but this time all fruits and vegetables (aside from corn which is actually a grain) are fair game. If I want an apple, I'm having one. If I want peas, I'm having those too. The only difference this time is no grain-based foods, and sugar is only allowed once a day.
At first I was really nervous that all my old recipes would become impossible, but once I found out about almond flour, bean vermicelli, and wild rice (which is a seed and NOT a grain, hallelujah!), I was onboard. Quinoa is going to become much more of a staple in my house, and I'm looking forward to my recipe substitutes!
I feel such a sense of relief in this plan. When I was on the low-carb diet in high school, I was hungry *all the time*. I *need* carbs to feel sated. The idea that I can still have potatoes, and starchy veggies, and fruit with a meal has finally given me the courage to try again because I know I won't be hungry all the time, and there will be plenty of options for me at restaurants. I just have to pick the ones that don't contain grains!
It's funny. As I think more about this, it makes more and more sense that grains are my problem and not carbs. Starchy things have never given me an issue, but just yesterday I was telling a friend that even though oatmeal is considered a super healthy meal, it always makes me hungry and gives me a bad bloated feeling. Potatoes and beans on the other hand, have never given me any problems. I feel great after a bean laden meal!
I'm not going to say that I'll never have a grain meal again. I do so love wheat-based pizza every now and then, but I'm hoping that cutting way back on grains will really help me.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Welp, that's it. I'm just making bad choice after bad choice.
I'd say I'm not motivated, but I'm always hearing advice that says that isn't true. Of course, I'm motivated. But for some reason, I just keep making the *wrong* decisions about what to eat. I guess at the precise moment I make the wrong decision, I want the wrong thing more than I want to be thin, but I DO really, really want to be fit and healthy...
Part of it is that I'm out of town, and I have been out of town almost every weekend for the past 2 months. I haven't figured out quite what to do when I go out of town. It's so difficult for me to do healthy things in a restaurant. I always want something I wouldn't or couldn't make at home for myself. Usually this isn't a problem, but when you're out of town every single weekend, it becomes a problem pretty quickly.
The good news is, I've already set two goals for when I get home.
1) Back to my calorie ranges!
2) Add a vegetable to EVERY meal. Usually I only eat veggies at dinner, I'm hoping the extra fiber/nutrients at each meal will help me get back on track.
I always get to this point. This is just another EPIC mental battle... for some reason the good voices always lose. But not this time. Saturday morning it is BACK TO IT! I won't be going out of town again for a while (I hope), so this should be a good opportunity to get into a routine again.
Please, PLEASE, just let the good voices in my head win for once. I'm so tired of the yo-yo.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Whew. I. am. struggling.
I've had two major, unplanned pig-outs this week. I've been so HUNGRY!
Honestly, I'm scared. I'm at that point I always get to in my weight loss where my body decides to go into lock-down because it's afraid I'm going to starve it to death. An insatiable, unstoppable hunger kicks in, and I am powerless to resist. (I'm not trying to be dramatic. I honestly cannot stop myself from eating when I get this kind of hunger. Believe me. I've tried.).
I'm hoping these past few days have been due to PMS. I often experience insane hunger around that time, and if that's the case, I know I will get back to normal. At this point, I'm optimistic that that is the reason for my pig-outs. I had one on Saturday, a normal day Sunday (which is why I'm optimistic), and another one yesterday. So, there is still hope.
Does anyone else have experience with this type of thing? Where each time you get close to your goal you body goes INSANE with hunger? This is the reason I have yo-yo dieted 20 lbs. back and forth over the years. I don't *ever* give-up. I just get to the point that I can't stand the hunger anymore.
I'm not experiencing cravings (though I have those too on occasion). There's nothing specific I want, and I tend to binge on things that are fairly healthy/nutritious. My main goal during the pig-outs is just to stop feeling so hungry!
I feel like my body is *really* resisting change and working against me. My last weigh in (after all these months of doing so well), showed a gain despite sticking to my program.
I'm frustrated. I've resigned myself to the fact that I may not lose any more (at least not right now), but I certainly don't want to do any gaining.
Has anyone else out there had similar yo-yo gaining experience like this? How did you overcome it?
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I can't lie. I'm upset.
Things were going along so nicely, and then today, three weeks after my last weigh-in, I step on the scale to see a 4 lbs gain.
Granted, the last time I weighed myself, I had just had the stomach flu, so I was likely dehydrated, and I hadn't eaten much in the past 24 hours before my weigh-in.
Nonetheless... I'm bummed. Even the weigh-in 2 weeks *before* my stomach bug was less than today's weigh-in.
I don't know what happened. It's actually a little strange. I was excited about today's weigh-in because my clothes have been feeling looser. I felt like I really had a chance to see something closer to my goal than I've ever been. Then I stepped on the scale to find I'm still 10 lbs away!
I keep trying to tell myself that it doesn't matter. I feel healthy where I am, I fit into all of my clothing, and I feel really *good* about myself and my looks... At least I did... until I stepped on the scale this morning.
I'm just bummed. I'll get over it, but today makes me feel a little defeated. Like maybe it's time to readjust my goals because I never actually *will* reach my goal weight.
Don't worry. I'm still going to stick to my calorie range. I'm planning to do that forever simply because I feel my best when I do. I'm just having one of those bummer days I guess.
I never should have attached a number to my success, but I can't help it. Since high school I've wanted to see 150 on the scale again. I just do, there's no changing it, and 150 is a perfectly acceptable weight goal. I just can't believe I saw a gain despite my sticking to the plan the past 3 weeks.
There are a few things that could be contributing to it. I eat too much fat most days. I go over by probably 10 grams a day. Carbs and proteins are always fine, but I just can't seem to keep my fat grams within range. However, I did read that 50 years ago people ate diets that were about 45% fat per day and still managed to be normal weight and healthy... So, I dunno.
Maybe I'm at a plateau? Do you sometimes see gains with a plateau?
Argh. I should be happy where I am. I really should. I feel so GOOD about myself without knowing the number on the scale. Why is 150 so important to me? I guess part of it is that I want to be *well-within* my BMI range. The top weight for my BMI is 164, and at 160... I'm pretty close to the top. I'm not a man, so without the extra muscle mass most men have, I really should be closer to 150 than 160...
Another part of it, if I'm perfectly honest with myself, is that a lot my friends of similar height and build weigh about 150. I don't want to look exactly like them, but I do think they look very healthy and attractive weight-wise, and I would like to be that as well.
Despite all the logical thoughts directing me otherwise, I feel like this is unfair. I've been doing so well... I've been eating within my ranges, working out. I haven't been weighing every week so I don't get discouraged... It's just not fair. I should be really close to my goal by now, and I'm not. I'm supposed to be at my goal weight by the end of March according to initial calculations by SparkPeople. I've been doing this for such a long time now... I *deserve* to see that 150 on the scale.
Plus, now I know that my thoughts of my clothing being looser were just a figment of my imagination. I'm not putting on any new muscle... I know it because my workout routines haven't changed in any way to promote muscle building. My body just.... hasn't changed.
RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! ::baby dinosaur moment::
Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer today. I just had to get all my thoughts out.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Tonight I slipped up for the first time (unplanned) in a while. I just couldn't get the idea of MORE food out of my mind. So, I had a serving of chips... And then I had a serving of yogurt with strawberries... and then I had another serving of chips. All in all about 400 calories extra today. Could have been much worse.
I just wonder why that happens. Why some nights is it so easy to stop thinking about food and other nights you just *need* more? Cannot stop thinking about more no matter how hard you try or how much you distract yourself... Strange.
Here's hoping tomorrow will be easier.
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