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Low-Carb and My Scale

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This low carb thing appears to be working. My scale started at 142 on Saturday, today it gave me a nice 135.8. Yes, I am finally below 137! Woohoo. Some of that weight was binge weight but I am so happy to see a number below 137 as that was my lowest weight so far. I'm trying to remember the last time I weighted 135. (Like how I truncate?)
Randy's another story. After his initial loss he's seen the scale creeping back up the last two days. We've been giving him more food than me since he's bigger but that is going to stop. And he's going to start measuring the cream he puts in his coffee. We may need to start tracking his calories but I know I'd be the one to end up doing it so have been resistant to that. We've always gone by what my tracker says "plus some" for him.
I have never eaten so many vegetables in my life! But I am liking it, I do like veggies a lot. We've been struggling to get in 20 Net Carbs, 12-15 of which are supposed to come from veggies. Well, we have to eat only the veggies on the "approved" list and they are pretty low carb so it's a challenge. We are having veggies at every meal, lots of them and still having trouble so I revisited the book last night and reanalyzed the lists (there's one for salad veggies that are uncooked and another list for cooked veggies) and realized that the cooked veggies pack more carbs. To the stove we go! I am going to shop today for veggies to mix together and roast so we can have some in the fridge at all times.
Our favorite snack is a slice of ham with about half a tablespoon of cream cheese and one scallion rolled up. Yummy!
Yesterday we ate-
B- eggs over easy, 4 slices bacon, 1/2 cup cooked spinach
L- Tarragon Chicken Salad (an Ultrametabolism recipe minus the pear and pinenuts), and 1/2 an avocado each
D- Hamburger patty with 1/4 oz blue cheese, sauteed broccoli and zuchinni with a little grated parmesan
Snacks- String cheese, celery with almond butter (yum!), and Russel Stover sugar free candy in the evening (I really enjoy having a little sweet treat when relaxing at the end of the day)

I miss: bananas, blueberries, raspberries, wine, dark chocolate

I've been exercising ever day, burning between 500 and 600 calories a session plus doing ST M, W and will also do that Friday. Randy doesn't work out as much. He does a spinning class at the gym M,W,F and then whatever hikes or walks we do together. Sometimes he stays after his class and does some ST but not regularly. We need to change that! ;-)

This is just the first phase of the Atkins plan, "Induction" and there are more phases to come where we do get to reintroduce some more carbs. The idea is to find your personal carb level, what your body can tolerate and still maintain your desired weight. Makes sense. Induction can last anywhere from two weeks to six months. It depends on how much fat you want to lose. I think we'll stick to this phase until the end of November or maybe mid November depending on where we are with our scales. Then we get to add a bit of berries and some nuts, woohoo!! So much to look forward to, right? LOL
So far we are both happy that we are doing this. It's brought us closer together, I'm back in the kitchen more, I feel more in control and on top of what we'll eat and we both feel great. We are both having some sleeping issues but that started before we started low-carb and we've come to the conclusion, after putting up black out screens on the windows, that it has to do mostly with the fact that we need to buy a new mattress.
We have one planned "cheat" meal next Wednesday as that is my birthday and we will be in Disneyland. We are going to have a nice dinner and not worry about carbs for that meal. We are even going to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. Eating low carb in Disney is going to be challenging but I've done some research and think we can do alright. Another challenge!

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YIWEN39 10/20/2011 9:56PM

    Sounds great :-) Well done! emoticon

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MYLADY4 10/20/2011 9:08PM

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/20/2011 7:04PM

    I am so glad to hear this is working for you. Can we have a little happy dance for 135?? Woo hoo!!!

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LISAINMS 10/20/2011 6:07PM

    Yay for good veggies! Have fun at the mouse house.

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ASL191 10/20/2011 3:38PM

    Well done - sound slike this is really working for you guys!

Superb!

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BECCAJ98 10/20/2011 1:49PM

    Glad its working well for you!

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THEHONESTME 10/20/2011 12:38PM

    Sounds like things are really coming together for you! Keep up the awesome work!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/20/2011 11:46AM

    Glad this is working for you. I tried Atkins several years ago and just couldn't hack it. I felt too deprived of what my body seems to crave. Perhaps with the knowledge I now have, it would work. Keep us posted.

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IMIN2GENES 10/20/2011 11:27AM

    Sounds like this is working well! Kudos to you and planning ways to work it at Disney. I'm also glad you hear you're going to be enjoying your birthday without any guilt. Happy birthday early!
Chris


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THETURTLEBEAR 10/20/2011 11:26AM

    WOW!!! I sent the goodie before reading the blog - I think I should have sent one of those diamond tiaras for 135!

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MCLAFLIN 10/20/2011 11:24AM

    Yay for the pound lost! Sounds like this thing is working for you! And you know eating veggies has got to be good! Keep us posted!

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METTA4ME 10/20/2011 11:23AM

    I wish you all the luck on your food journey! I've always lost a lot on low carb diets (Atkins, South Beach) but I always put it back on the moment carbs were re-introduced into my diet. I am not eating a higher carb diet, and I am losing slowly, but I cut back on protein due to high uric acid. I strive for balance now, and am trying to bring up to protein a little. :) emoticon

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