Saturday, March 24, 2012
Starting on March 17th, the first week of the 5% Challenge has come to an end. Today is the start of week one. Things I have learned over the past week...
I CAN stick to my diet! I thought, after so many attempts and failures, that I was almost a lost cause. Then, I started my new job and found "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" book in the break room last weekend. I have successfully completed 3 days and have embarked on the fourth without straying off the diet. I have also somehow found the energy to walk every day, despite having felt so tired from work before this week.
I CAN lose weight! I am down 4.5 lb. so far, and this is only day 4. I have lost 7 lb. since reaching my highest weight not too long ago.
I AM changing my habits! I feel my resistence muscles strengthening. I am resisting the peanut butter cookies I made for my husband (not hard, I don't like cookies), the Nickle's donut twirls that are sitting in the kitchen (I hate donuts, but these things are like the crack of donuts and the exception to my rule of donut-loathing), and the carb-laden foods in the pantry. I am eating more vegetables than ever!
I am not going hog-wild on bacon and whatnot, but I am certainly eating whatever I want, when I want, according the the rules of the diet. I am concerned about the egg cholesterol and whatnot, but I plan on returning to the doctor to get my blood drawn at the conclusion of this diet to see what kind of impact the increased fat has had on my cholesterol and other measured aspects. I have a poor result to compare it to. Despite my relatively "healthy" eating all of these years, I have followed the standard lower fat, higher-carb form of dieting for my whole life, and how has it worked for me? This is the first time I have really committed to a low-carb way of life. I tried South Beach for like a day or so, and couldn't do it. I have passed my usual fail-point, and I am so motivated about it!
I am rethinking my goals for weight loss. Dr. Atkins wrote in the book that the "ideal" weight goals for someone my height and frame are less than I considered attainable. But now, having tasted initial success and feeling more motivated than ever, I feel like I can really attempt to reach a goal from a past weight that I know I looked good at, and with my smaller frame, I should be able to be comfortable at. I will see how this progresses, but I am reaching for the stars! Or, the (Starfish, my Spark challenge team!).
Another benefit of this diet and my new job are that I have eliminated alcohol easily. I have been so busy and also now, alcohol is not even ok in moderation on Atkins, and I don't even miss it! I have been drinking a TON of water, and I feel so much better!
Wish me luck and continued success, and good luck to you all on your healthy endeavors
Friday, March 23, 2012
Today is day 3 on the Atkins diet. It is going fairly well. I am trying to eat less fat on this diet, but it is hard. Mostly eating animal foods is causing me to eat higher cholesterol, saturated fat, and fat in general. I am working on it. The increase in meat and whatnot is also leading to higher sodium. I just today was able to keep it under 2000 mg, barely! But I have lost a couple of pounds already. I think that I will be successful as long as I stick to it. I think I can do that!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I am still here, I promise! After over a week-long blog hiatus, I am back. I am on day two of my new attempt at weight loss. I am on the Atkins diet. I don't plan on being really strict with it after the first two weeks, but I have never done a low-carb diet for more than a day or two one time in my life. I worked a lot this past week, so I haven't posted a blog, but I have kept up with my tracking. I haven't exercised much, save for a walk last night with the hubby after dinner; I consider that better than nothing! Only a bit over a mile, but every step counts! I am down to 144, which is 5 lb. down from my highest weight ever (which I was a few weeks ago). I am hoping this new plan goes well. I am going to give it a try.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This is yesterday's intake. Just got home from working third shift, and I am exhausted!
Calories eaten: 1587
Way too much sodium and fat, but oh well.
Exercise: 2.1 mile walk, and 5 minutes of circuit training.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Well, I have been MIA for a week. I started working last week, and just completely blew off SP. I tried to track a bit on and off, but failed miserably. I tracked today, and I work my first 3rd shift tonight! 11 pm to 7 am - I am totally going to be all on a weird sleep schedule! I walked 2.1 miles today and attempted to do the "30 Day Shred" a few minutes ago. I did 5 minutes and stopped. I ate something I shouldn't have eaten and I think it threw me off.
I have this addiction to butter-cooked, home made hashbrowns, onions, eggs, and cheese all mixed together. I ate that earlier. I could not resist. I *DID* track it, though. Usually that is the point which I blow off the tracking. I have been better about tracking unplanned foods, compared to my usual long, long fall off the wagon.
I still want to do the food and fitness blog. I think HELLO118 has it right: it is best to track it all in the blog AFTER the day is already over! I never know what unplanned things could happen between 5 pm until bedtime. At least, for me!
If I stick to what I tracked, I will be in my range for calories. High in sodium, but well, tomorrow is another day. Who knew cheese had so much salt in it?
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