Monday, November 12, 2012
Counting calories is . . . a total drag.
I've tried other things, but today I earnestly counted all the calories I ate. Eye opener there!! I am eating 400 more calories than I would have guessed. That's a lot of course. Particularly when I'm trying to lose weight.
Paying attention to the carbs too, maybe first even. Trying to keep the carbs under 80. Today was a fail. No denying there was some candy involved, but the apple at lunch didn't help either. Bummer.
I did however, get in 101 grams of protein. That's great news. I'm trying to take the diet one step at a time. Last week my focus was NOT SNACKING. No controlling my other intake besides not snacking. It was not a total success, but it was ok.
This week I was back on the snacking watch. Now I'm debating counting protein instead. Not sure.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I feel like I owe my blog an update, but I don't have a lot of concrete information to convey.
Life is getting pretty busy for the next few weeks. I'm kicking off a project at work. I'm starting physical therapy and still trying to see the right people about my weight problems.
Last week I was off the Leptin Reset. Friday in fact my husband and I started an all out cheat weekend. We kinda ate whatever though not huge amounts of it. The results were strange. My intestines reported the same results I was having on the LR with waves of too loose too firm, but I didn't gain any weight. The inflammation weight wasn't to be found. Very weird.
I tried to start the LR on Monday in ernest again, though my evening was thwarted by my Valentine chocolates from the hubs. I lost weight this morning. It is extremely confusing.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
When I started the plan, it was honestly working well. It was by many accounts working too well. I was losing weight before I was supposed to. Who could complain about that? Because I'm so worried that brain damage may be playing a factor in my weight gain, I'm eager to see signs that I might be onto something. So I got those signs.
Then everything stalled. And it has sat right there for a week. My first thought is that I lost the inflammation I had sitting around due to sugar intake from before. I've kept my carbs to 50-60 grams/day, but the benefits aren't really there on my body.
In it's defense, I feel less stressed, thanks to keeping the lights off at night. I just surrender to the dark. My cravings are different. They are not gone, as they are physiological at this point. Such as, "Oh no. Every time we go to the park we always walk the long way home for ice cream. Sigh..." I still have to deal with those.
So yesterday, after trying to play it safe and safer for a week, I got mad frankly. I ate candy bars for lunch and dinner. My husband was shocked, but I was crushed. Really. Why am I shoving all this f-ing protein in my mouth every morning and sitting in the dark and drinking fat and NOT enjoying my Easter Cadbury Creme egg ritual just so that I can continue to sit around in the same fat!?!?
It's week 3. It's time for results!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Mixed reviews thus far. I have not been 100 sugar free but I have kept my carbs to less than 50 grams/day. My cravings are better, but the last few days I've allowed myself to slip a bit. I've noticed that this just leads to more cravings, so I will have seize the day if I am to maintain momentum.
On the up swing, I've lost 5!. 5 in 10 days. I almost can't explain it.
I'm not experiencing everything Dr. Kruse talks about.
1) I can't seem to eat enough protein in the mornings to prevent from being hungry for lunch.
2) I've had more lights on at night the last few days, and I think that prevents from relaxing as much.
So it's on me to rededicate efforts. 5 lbs is certainly motivation to do that.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I heard back from Dr. Kruse regarding my request for an appointment. He could not help me. I did some more reading on the internet about the connection between changes in the hypothalamus and weight gain. The prognosis is not good, but those articles are 5 years old. Maybe things have changed.
The weight loss I was seeing early in the week on LR has stopped. The first two days I lost a pound each, and since then I'm holding steady at 178. The frist few pounds were probably inflammation. I will hold steady to the diet as Dr. Kruse's website says women won't see weight loss right away. I wonder when we WILL see weight loss.
If this doesn't work, then I may have to face the reality of a damaged hypothalamus. I think that reality may mean constant liposuction. This article www.pituitary.org.uk/content/
view/166/122/ can only recommend that I keep food away from me. It will be hard to eat at all in any way I'm used to and lower my calories even more, as they suggest. Meals would have to become a spoonful of this and one of that.
Pity party aside, I have noticed some changes thus far on the LR:
1) My hunger is totally strange. I get hungry for lunch and then about 4pm, but not after and not for breakfast.
2) My sleep is adamant. If I try to sleep less than 7.5 hours my body revolts with grogginess that will make you fall over. If I try to sleep in past 8, it refuses as well. I find that interesting.
3) I think my mind is more calm. Keeping the lights off at night means I do a lot of just sitting. Although my to do list doesn't get any attention, I am managing.
I went to Whole Foods last night to buy Coconut Manna, which is totally over rated. While there I bought quite a few samples of protein powder. I will review those later. The first one is very promising.
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