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Week 2 officially in the books, down 7 pounds!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Gotta say I'm feeling more confident walking in to Week 3 of this Carb Cycling journey. I am down 7 pounds, which is AWESOME! Water intake is easier during the day and I've found simple, finger foods I can take to work that I can eat between therapy sessions to keep me on track meal wise.
Exercise is still a struggle for me. The idea of moving and sweating just doesn't do it for me. I have the best intentions every single morning, however, I choose to stay in bed and hit my snooze for an hour. Doesn't matter what I tell myself, it just doesn't happen. I was able to overcome it today though. I woke up later than I intended, but I was able to get in 30 minutes of strength training to start the day so that's an accomplishment for me :)
I'm on the hunt for new recipes as it is becoming difficult to find 5 different proteins to eat during the day, every day. What I'm used to considering as protein, is actually considered a fat in the program, so I can't count it (peanut butter, cheese). One of my co workers let me try their protein powder and it wasn't bad, so now I'm on the hunt for where it is sold (she's not sure where she buys it) so that I can start using that for one of my meals during the day.
Moving forward my focus will be on following plan (slipped up once last week, it was a pot luck for a nurse that was retiring who was known for her sweet tooth. Instead of eating what I packed I ate macaroni and cheese and 3 brownie bites-high carb day so it wasn't that horrible, and it was only that meal). I also need to address the exercise portion of the plan. Imagine the weight loss number if I added exercise to the mix?! And actually, I have an hour open in my schedule, so I'm going to shut my office door and do one of the work out videos on here now :)

Have a great week everyone :)

  
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MADMANSMAMA87 10/8/2014 8:41AM

    Awesome work, Tif!!! I have a coffee protein shake every morning for breakfast!!! It is super yummy:) :) :) I use the Pure Protein brand! I believe it is 25 grams of protein per scoop & you can find it pretty easy! I think Wal Mart even carries it for around $20 a container!! Also, I'd definitely invest in a Blender Cup!!! They are sooo handy & super cheap!!! Hope you are having a fabulous start to your day!!

Hugs, Doll!!!

Jes

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/6/2014 2:54PM

    Woohoo - 7 lbs down - the exercise will come!

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NEKOCHARM 10/6/2014 2:52PM

    That's fantastic!! emoticon

I'm big on carb cycling too! I also do calorie cycling. Out of everything I've tried, this has been one of the best at promoting fat loss. I'm going to have to go back and read your other blog entries now. emoticon

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/6/2014 2:51PM

    Congrat's on your loss this week TIF - GREAT WORK. We all have our struggles when it comes to this journey - together we can do this!!

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Your friend in Spark - TangyT a/k/a Deb

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Day 8 of Carb Cycling-SUCCESS!!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

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Today went off without a hitch!!!!!!
Packing my cold finger foods really helped me to stay on track. I was able to slip in and take 5 minutes to eat my mini meat/cheese rollups between clients without difficulty. I have been steady with my water also, so I will be on track for my 8 bottles by the end of the day.
I still struggle with the exercise, but I think I will get that in when I get home before Dancing with the Stars (I would do it while watching, but my husband will be watching with me tonight and I don't want him staring at me, so I'll fit it in after dinner.)
I feel really, really good about today and how I managed to stay on target. Maybe this can work after all!!
I still have a headache, I noticed I didn't have it when I was off plan, so I'm thinking that is one of the side effects I'm going to have to work around until my body gets used to this way of eating. That kinda sucks, but a small price to pay for a smaller waistline I guess :)

Have a fantastic Monday everyone!!!!
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HEARTPROCLAIMS 10/3/2014 4:04PM

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I just found the Choose to Lose Carb Cycling Team here on SP and saw your blog post. I haven't started yet but I'm looking forward to trying something different.

The headaches sound like a drag (I'm sure I'll get them, too) but I guess it's just a side effect while your body is adjusting.

Good job!

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AERO_NERDETTE 9/30/2014 1:58PM

    Get your hubby to work out with you. Or, just let him stare. Mine does; I've just gotten used to the strange looks he gives me.

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SMOF3KIDS 9/29/2014 10:43PM

    Awesome.

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JAWATKINS 9/29/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon Friend!!
I'm so proud of you!!
Every day should get easier!!

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Week 1 of carb cycling in review

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Well, it definitely wasn't perfect. I found it very hard to follow when my day gets busy. If I'm going to continue this I need to find easier foods to eat between clients when the day doesn't go as planned. I weighed myself on Wednesday (I like to get a midpoint reading to see progress) and it was 4 pounds, so I didn't lose anything else between then and Sunday. So Carb Cycling works, Wednesday was the day I stopped. I also struggled with exercising.
So now I have a choice to make: continue or not??

Here are things I need to work on:
1) easier foods to be able eat between clients
2) time to exercise, need 30-40 minutes to stay on plan depending on day
3) manage stress and make sure to take time for me no matter what

My plan moving forward:
1) I bought lunch meat and bread for sandwiches. I can also use the meat for the low carb days
2) I will be more diligent in walking 30 minutes over lunch. I think I can get up 10 minutes early to do the strength training piece
3) no idea how to do that one yet. Some days just get away from me.

What went well:
1) I'm still on my no pop streak, today is my 2 week anniversary :/)
2) the foods I'm eating are actually really good and eating 5 times, while difficult, is keeping me full

Not sure how to move forward, but the good news is it works :-)

  
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MADMANSMAMA87 9/28/2014 3:48PM

    You can do it, Tif!!!!
Hugs,

Jes

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Day 4: BAD Day :-(

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I went to sleep last night motivated and ready. Lunch was packed and I was feeling REALL good about today. I woke up to a different story. I'm still not able to wake up to exercise and I barely have time for breakfast.
I went through the whole day and didn't eat on schedule once, even brought a meal home :-(
No matter how I tried to stay on track it didn't happen. I ate a piece of zucchini bread with butter today (definitely not on the approved foods list and I'm not allowed to have days on high carb days). I didn't come close to my water, only drinking 4/8 water bottles (chugged #4 so I could mark off my 8 cups for the LTGL points). Dinner was Subway, it was Buffalo chicken on whole grain flatbread so not horrible, but not what I had planned at all. I did manage to get in 12 minutes of exercise today by doing burped, jumping jacks, lunges and then I did an 8 minute interval cardio workout from Sparkpeople. At least I was able to log something :-/
Here is today's assessment:
Energy: VERY LOW
Mood: frustrated, overwhelmed
Hunger: Not overly hungry even though I barely ate
Had a dull headache all day, which didn't help my mood/energy levels either.

I'm packed ready to go for tomorrow. It's a low carb day so we shall see how I do.

  
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JAWATKINS 9/24/2014 6:48PM

    Your exercise sounds intense!! Have your tried Walk Away the Pounds? It is pretty easy, but you can adapt it to make it more intense. Also, she is super encouraging, so it makes it fun!! I also LOVE Jessica Smith (she's on You Tube). She's got lots of different ones!
I agree with RICKHANN that your day wasn't horrible! And even when you had curves thrown at you, you adapted & made the best choices you could at the moment!
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You WILL get there!! Make sure you enjoy the journey!!
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RICKHANN 9/23/2014 10:41PM

    Your day doesn't sound that bad. You didn't eat terribly, you did some exercise and drank a fair bit of water. For the morning exercise maybe try taking some baby steps. Get up a couple of minutes earlier each day and do some jumping jacks.

It sounds like you have high expectations. Take them down a bit to keep from getting frustrated. You may find when you stop being so hard on yourself that you'll sleep better and begin having more productive days.

Good luck with your goals. Keep it up. You're doing great.

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Day 3- First Low Carb Day

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Well today came with it's own challenges, but for the most part I was gifted an easy schedule to figure out how to make eating at work easy.
I made it through the day with no carbs, followed eating plan and schedule pjust about perfectly :-)
I got in 7/8 bottles of water (technically only need 1 more glass and I'm perfect for the day so I did pretty good!)
Missed the cardio for the day, best intentions, but it didn't happen. I did do my first round of shapers :-) I was able to complete 3 complete cycles in 10 minutes (each cycle is 6 sit ups, 6 push ups and 9 squats).
New food tried was ground turkey with salsa and cumin for a faux taco meat. Paired it with spinach and cucumbers. Yum!!

Mood: Awake, not energetic, but not tired :-)
Energy: Hot just about everything done.
Hunger: Not hungry at all :-)
I had a headache, but they said it was a possible side effect of the low carb days, so we shall see moving forward :-)

Day 8 no pop, not even craving either :-)

  


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