Thursday, December 20, 2012
Boy this weight is coming off slower than I thought it would. In spite of all the challenges and temptations, I have never followed Atk so closely and still, I have days and days where there is hardly any movement on the scale. I finally took my measurements but unfortunately w/o astarting #'s I won't see a change for a while. :0(
Still, 10-14 lbs in a month is not bad and I do feel a LOT better. Its tough weighing every day and seeing all the tiny fluctuations but I had a bad experience a couple of months ago with a workout regimen that forbade weighing for the 1st month and I gained 3-4 lbs!
I think I will calm down after a few more weeks and be able to start weighing once a week again but I'm just too nervous to do it now. I am SO much more active, am drinking SO much more water and am eating almost NO sugar of any kind so this has got to work.
Normally I jump right into OWL but this time I am doing just a slightly more generous version of Induction since I have so much weight to lose. I am going to increase the excercise even more, track my calories for a week, and decrease salt, nuts, cheese and dairy and see if I can blast my way off this plateau.
I also need to rely less on shakes and bars and avoid the new ATK entrees, as they have a VERY high sodium content. I had my first yesterday, a Tex Mex bfast scramble w/ Chiorizo sausage that I did not enjoy AT ALL and it had over1000mg sodium and repeated on me all mornng! YUCK! I can cook WAY better than that--just need to get up earlier! :0)
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Well this is a pretty tough season to begin a serious low carb effort--but I couldn't face another pigout and another gain or buy any more large stretchy clothes!
So I am about 2.5 weeks in and have dropped about 14lbs. I'm a little iffy on my start weight b/c I kind of backed into the low carbing and hadn't been on the scale in a while. ( I need to change my weight/tracker b/c I forgot to enter my start weight instead of my current weight. )
The hardest part has been being 100 % strict during the fundraisers, office parties, etc. and seeing a few days of plateaus or slight gains. My pattern seems to be to lose a lot at once--like 3-4lbs and then stay the same or have 0.2 -0.4lb gains and then after 3-5 days have another large loss. So now I know to be patient and not freak out if I don't see a loss. I know there will be a payoff soon enough. Not that I will continue at this rate or speed. But at my current weight and considering all the junk I was eating, I do expect to lose the first 25lbs or so pretty rapidly.
The first 7-10 days were the hardest b/c I was so severely addicted to carbs and felt ravenous and craving all the time. I don't remember having that hard a time previously on Atkins. I am trying to follow it pretty strictly b/c I don't want to have to struggle with rebound cravings and slow weight loss. I've added nuts & seeds and have given myself an extra emergency fund of 5 grams for 'special occasions' but other than that am sticking pretty closely to induction foods. So I'm gonna have to get pretty creative. I have tried a couple of the new atkins shakes (LOVE the caramel latte) and bars (LOVE the hazelnut one) but try not to overuse them either--just for those rushed crazy days.
Bought some of the new frozen atkins meals but haven't tried them yet. I was hoping they'd do something a lot snazzier like swedish meatballs and creamed spinach or Quiche Lorraine and cauliflower mashed potatoes. I don't really need a hamburger and green beans as a convenience food for petes sake. Oh well, hopefully more is on the horizon. Wish they'd come up with some decent, ready made, high protein muffins for 5GR that I could use for bfast or a snack. That's the dream, anyway!
Am feeling less foggy and more energy thank goodness. Will probably try to get some low carb treats from the low carb store for myself for Christmas eve. They make awesome cheesecake bites and such. I like that they're single servings, too, so I can't overdo it. I am looking for a low carb version of egg nog but with no raw egg in it. Guess I'll need rum flavoring, cream, almond milk, nutmeg and low carb ice cream to thicken it a bit. Sounds pretty decadent and totally worth the 7-10 carb splurge! Gotta make this work, folks! :0)
Friday, December 07, 2012
I have been lamenting lately, and I guess it is the same for all addicts:
"Why cant I just eat 'X" like a normal person?"
I am sure any addict can fill in the blank with their own personal struggle...
Why can't I drink wine, beer or liquor...?
Why can't I go to the casino...?
Why can't I go shopping...?
Maybe we don't get to know why this side of heaven. All I know is that I don't eat "X" like a normal person. (Bread, sugar, simple carbs) and I am dog tired of trying to figure out a way to do it. Just bone tired!
I gave up completely 10 days ago and have lost 10lbs in 10 days. After working my butt off for a month literally and gaining 3-4 lbs.
So I am firmly back in the low carb camp. I will just need to work really hard to keep it do-able, portable, and interesting. Ok, it really doesn't have to be all that interesting. Just tasty.
Starting during all the holiday hoo ha has been challenging. But I just could not continue to eat on another 10-20 lbs. I felt a sense of complete adrenal exhaustion and that diabetes was not far behind me, if not at my doorstep.
I've got a long way to go but at least I've made a good start.
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