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What Low Carb Has Done For Me... Or Ugh... I Feel Sick!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I eat a low carb diet. I do my own thing, I don't do one of the prescribed doctor-developed preset plans. I track everything, and in general I try to have 20% or less of my daily calorie intake from carbs. The rest I split between protein and fat. I've lost 45 pounds, my energy and endurance levels are up, my aching hips don't ache anymore, my itchy skin doesn't itch anymore, and the IBS symptoms that plagued my stomach for most of my life are gone. In other words, it works for me.

So why do I feel sick?

Well, I wouldn't be human if I didn't occasionally give myself a reminder of exactly why it is I eat a low carb diet. For some reason, I ate garbage all day long today. I started with one of those gigantic muffins from Dunkin' Donuts (630 calories and 98 g of carbs, or 62% carbs*) and it went downhill from there. I had a sandwich from Quizno's for lunch (810 calories and 74 g of carbs, or 36% carbs**) with a big cookie (180 calories and 25 g of carbs, or 55% carbs***).

Then this evening I went to a family dinner at my sister's house. I pigged out on chili, chips and guacamole, rolls, salad and low fat salad dressing. (Now, we all know what it means when the salad dressing says "low fat," right? It means they add more sugar and the carb counts shoot up.) Actually the dinner at her house was probably the healthiest meal of the day. But at this point, who's counting? She's a really good cook, and that chili was fabulous. However, I have no idea what all was in it, so there's really no way to track it.

I feel like a stuffed sausage!

I'm afraid to get on the scale tomorrow. I weigh daily, which helps me stay on track. If my weight is up, I can usually figure out why and fix it. And if it's down, I know I'm doing the right things and can keep doing them. (No, I'm not scale-obsessed.) However, seeing as how I already know what went wrong, maybe I'll skip tomorrow and give myself a chance to recover from today's food debauchery.

You might be asking yourself, "why is she punishing herself by reliving these gory details?" Well, aside from feeling like crap, which will eventually go away, this written reminder is something I can come back to as often as I need to as a way to help tell myself,


* Nutrition counts courtesy of Dunkin Donuts' website:

** Nutrition counts courtesy of Quizno's website:

*** Nutrition counts are a rough guess courtesy of SparkPeople's Nutrition counter
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    Love the frog photo! And I can relate to the accountability factor in putting the writing on the wall. I agree, it's easy to lose track of the details after a few weeks, but if you write it down and then you see a pattern, you can more easily make the right changes to feel better. Good for you!
    2444 days ago
    Thankfully, it was just one day right? and I highly doubt you ate 3500 calories OVER your general daily limit . . . so anything you gain is probably water weight. It'll come off quick. :)

    Keep up the great low carb stuff. Woohoo! :) I'm glad it's working for you.

    2444 days ago
    Love the picture of the frog!!! :o) So I know I'm late commenting here, but isn't it cool that today I can congratulate you for overcoming days like the one described here? Size eights Baby! You RULE!!!

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    2460 days ago
    At least you self-admitted...and already recognize what you are doing! It's a slip and you are already demonstrating great strength with being able to describe what you are going to do about it!!! And on top of it aren't expecting "good" results from the situation (believe it or not, many will say they are doing everything they can to do better and lose weight then get mad when they don't, but have complete denial on what "better" is, i.e. skipping breakfast, etc. and then because they didn't get the immediate gratification of weight loss....they ultimately QUIT)!!!

    So your mind is in the right place...dust off and go at it again!!!

    LOVE the PIC too!!!:)
    2460 days ago
    Oh my goodness, I love the photo you included! That's a true case of 'a picture is worth a hundred words'. Water today sounds like a very good idea for your tummy.

    I recently started making green smoothies, which can be very low carb. Basically, they are veggie smoothies, which doesn't sound all that good. But, you throw in a pear or an apple, or some blueberries, and that is mostly what you taste. My DH is even loving them. They make a great midday snack, and are great at breakfast.

    I hope you feel better today.
    2462 days ago
    It the best and worst of us. Don't throw in the towel though. Today I walked to the market and "rewarded" myself w/ a chocolate bar. Imagine? (see my blog.) It wasn't all that bad. I was actually pleased w/ what I did w/ it. Hang in there...'Rome wasn't built in a day.'
    2468 days ago
    That frog picture said it all..also a low carber when I go overboard it's head first ...It's amazing what a bloated uncomfortable feeling it is and to think I spent most of my life like that Yuck!!!..Be gentle with yourself we all fall off you have a a tremendous job..just a little bump in the road.
    2468 days ago
  • ILUV130
    I absolutely understand each and every sentiment. I from time to time punish myself too. And it is punishment ... because I always end up with a carb hangover that's worse than any alcohol induced hangover from my younger days ... I am tired with a headache and dehydrated - I have to fight to find my motivation again and all the cravings are back AGAIN and I have to fight myself to get back on track AGAIN. I end up mad at myself and horrified at the scale. I weigh each day too, just to stay on track. I feel for you.

    It is a new day to shine and shine you will because you are strong and dedicated.

    2468 days ago
    Hey...i bet it was fun at the moment though.. :-)
    2469 days ago
    Hope you are feeling better soon!I have noticed that not overeating helps all my tummy things as well.And hey - we all get outta control every now and again! Nothing wrong with a little sampling once in a while. And your body reminded you why you stick to the diet that you do, so that is a good thing!
    2469 days ago
  • VICIOUS421
    There is one reason we make mistakes and that is to learn from them! Everyone has to have those off days and you had one today. So like you said you know where you messed up and how to fix it!
    2470 days ago
    Ugh, I can't do the low carb at all, Laurie, so more power to ya! LOL Hope you get to feeling better once you come off that carb high! emoticon
    2470 days ago
  • NEWME-2010
    I am also eating low carb without following a specific plan. I have done it very successfully in the past. and you're right on the days I allow myself to pig out I feel very sick afterwards and pretty sluggish the next day. I would definitely skip your weigh in until at least sunday. drink lots of water tomorrow! It all sounded like it would have tasted so good though (just saying :)) Good Luck emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2470 days ago
    Like your background. Good luck!
    2470 days ago
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