Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I guess I spoke too soon on Sunday. I'm now seeing the side effects of going off induction on Saturday and Sunday.
First of all, there are the physical symptoms. Yeah, let's not get into that. I'm sure you can think of what I mean. Secondly, there are the cravings that have resurfaced. These cravings caused me to eat a quarter jar of peanut butter last night and drink a couple glasses of milk. Neither of those are good for Atkins Induction.
The only thing I can say is you live and you learn. I'm not perfect. I just need to get back on track. Starting with today, which has gone great so far. I've had pork roast for breakfast, a cup of coffee with a little heavy whipping cream and Splenda, and now a big glass of water. I'll eat more pork roast for lunch, followed by a stick of cheese. For dinner tonight, I'm making my famous kale recipe with shrimp scampi (the low carb version).
I'm happy because my anxiety has been lower the last few days. I tend to have anxiety about everything, not just the bar exam - what people think of me, how I look, what's going on at work, what's going on in the world, etc. It's nice to be less anxious for a change.
I leave you with a quote: "What you allow is what you continue."
Have a great day!
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't cheat this weekend while visiting my parents and in-laws. Friday night was easy as far as dinner - my parents grilled chicken and I made my quickly-becoming-famous kale recipe. Unfortunately, the other side had some apple in it, but not a lot. It was a cole slaw recipe that my mom wanted me to try. I kept my portion small and didn't eat all of it (even though I loved it). I did have some Crown and Diet Coke, but didn't even finish the entire drink.
Last night, we went to a shrimp boil with my sister-in-law and her family. There was alcohol flowing, and all kinds of foods that I can't eat. I had a piece of bread, vodka and Sprite Zero (both are no carb, but still not something I am supposed to be having during induction), a small brownie, and some shrimp with breading on it.
Then today, I had a crab cake sandwich and fries while out to eat with my in-laws for lunch. The salad that I originally planned to order did sound appetizing, but once I saw the crab cake sandwich on the menu, I couldn't turn back.
You know what? I'm okay with my decisions. I'm fully aware that they weren't the best considering the goals that I have. However, I didn't binge eat the things I'm not supposed to. I indulged, but not too much. That is definitely progress in my book.
Tonight, I'm making blue cheese cole slaw (low carb) while my husband is at the grocery store. We're also going to have some kielbasa with it. I'll drink as much water as I can until bed time, and be back on track tomorrow. I'm already planning to bake some eggs tonight so I have them for the rest of the week, and I'm also going to fry some bacon for the week, too.
After a four hour ride back, I'm exhausted tonight. It'll be nice to crawl into bed, that's for sure!
Friday, February 01, 2013
I dropped five pounds within the first week of Induction. Now, the scale has gone up as high as 2 pounds. I've been weighing myself daily, which most of you will say is bad I'm sure. Maybe you're right.
I'm wondering if I'm actually not eating enough. I'm sure that could be a factor contributing to it. Another thing (I'm sure) is my water intake. I'm trying hard to drink as much water as possible but it has definitely proven to be difficult unless I have something in it. And I can't use too much of the drink mixes because I know they have artificial sweeteners in them, even if it is just Splenda. I'm in a tight spot!
I'm a little nervous about going home for the weekend. My family knows I'm eating a very strict low carb diet right now, but my husband's family does not. We will be having lunch on Sunday with my in-laws, and I will make sure I have a salad or something on hand. I'm not sure if we're eating out or not yet, but I'm hoping we eat out because I know I will have more options than sandwiches at their house.
I found a delicious breakfast this morning that I'm going to start making as egg cups in my muffin tin. It's two eggs, a splash of heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar, and a small squirt of the basil that comes in the tube. Then, I eat it with a tiny bit of dijon mustard. It's a wonderful breakfast that fills me up.
Yesterday I was in a funk about studying. The subject was Contracts and I just felt like everything was getting jumbled in my head. Today is making my feel better though. So far, I have reviewed the Property questions from my simulated exam and done 18 questions, of which I got 14 right. Yay!
I apologize to any of you who may be sick of me talking about the bar exam. It's a very relevant thing in my life right now, and just about the only thing I am thinking about these days. I thank all of you who have offered support and are thinking and praying for me through this. I just want to be done and be an attorney!
Have a fabulous weekend. Make good choices. I'm going to do so myself.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Good morning! Today is day SEVEN of induction, and I am proud to say that I've gotten this far. As I stated in one of the SparkTeam discussions, eating low carb has started to become fun for me. We've had such a variety of food - even more than when we were eating whatever we wanted to - and cooking the variety of foods has resparked my love for cooking. I love finding new low carb recipes for me and my husband to try.
I have to say, it's really nice that he's on board, too. He's extremely supportive - counting carbs and looking at sugar when he grocery shops (that's his thing), keeping things out of the house that he knows tempt me (even though he may want them), etc. I'm a lucky girl.
The one thing I did during this week was have a drink on Saturday night while we were out with friends. It was vodka with lemon/lime and it was the only one I had. After that, I stuck to water. The next morning, I still lost a pound. Honestly, though, I won't be doing that again until after induction. It's not worth the stall in weight loss that I have now, which I am pretty sure can be attributed to that.
A few things I still need to work on:
- Water intake. I have started adding a little bit of flavored water (no carb, no sugar) to help with that, but not much. I also try to drink equal amounts of water without the flavored water or flavor packets.
- Splenda intake. I like Splenda in my tea, coffee, and of course in the Bowl of Cheesecake that I have come to know and love. I know excessive consumption could inhibit weight loss.
- Track my eats. I'm bad about this. I get easily frustrated because I feel like I have to input everything myself. GET OVER IT, BOBBI!
My practice multistate bar exam was on Saturday. I was surprised that I wasn't more nervous when test day actually came. I came home and graded the test immediately. I did not score what I wanted to score, but I did score 15 points higher than I did this past summer. I'll take any improvement, so I'm happy about that. And now, after sitting through 16 hours of lectures about each question, I'm off to do practice. I WILL SUCCEED!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
It's day three. Last night and this morning the craving for something sweet was horrendous. Thankfully, someone mentioned the Bowl of Cheesecake recipe and I made it tonight. I ate it right after dinner and am very full! Other than that, I am staying on plan and doing a good job. I have been pretty lax about posting what I'm eating all day. I want to do a better job to make sure I'm staying under 20 carbs per day. So, that's a goal of mine. Another goal is to up my water intake. I was doing fabulous last week, but this week I have been slacking. Sometimes water is just so boring!
Saturday is my simulated test and I started getting the jitters today. I know it's normal, but I'm trying my best not to freak myself out any more than is normal. There's no reason to be worried - I have been preparing and can do this!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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