Monday, July 30, 2012
I have tried about everything to lose weight. Some diets I lost weight with and others were too different from my "normal" to continue despite my hopes to have found the healthiest and most effective diet.
I had success with the HCG diet. Eating 500 calories a day and giving myself a shot was FAR from normal. It was so effective and the pounds drop off quickly so, I stuck with it and I lost 30 pounds. I kept it off for about a year and admit to being proud of that. Most of my friends gained it back quickly. Maintenance has been very difficult. Most people who lose weight learn how to eat for life but I certainly couldn't continue eating 500 calories a day and a giving myself shots forever. After HCG, I ate whole foods and ran. My weight consistently creeped up despite my best efforts. I regained 10 pounds quickly. Then maintained until recently. I have a net loss of 10 pounds right now.
Recently, after gaining back another 10 pounds (20 pounds gained from the 30 pounds I lost), I have tried different versions of low carb and paleo diets. I thought that I would feel full longer without carbs monkeying with my blood sugar and causing cravings.
I am just not sure if that is true for me. I craved food even when I monitored my carbohydrates. My energy was low. I read a lot and knew that it was normal to have low energy at first but I felt tired even after a few weeks eating low carb and high protein. Also, I didn't really like what I was eating. I really don't look forward to eating steak, chicken, bacon, or fish. So, basing a diet around meat doesn't work for me. The only thing I looked forward to were nuts. And lots of them. I think the reason I didn't lose quickly is because I ate too many nuts.
So, after a lot of failed attempts I am going to eat the food I like and count calories. I am fed up with chasing my tail trying to eat healthy. I am going to eat pasta, potatoes, and cereal. I will still eat meat but it will be a lot different. Instead of having a huge piece of meat I will have a little meat in a casserole or other dish. I am going to pay attention to how I feel. If I feel out of control and crave madly I will have to re-think my approach.
I am going to blog my meals and exercise a few days a week. My goal is to eat 400 calories at every meal and have two 100 calorie snacks. That is a healthy 1400 calories a day.
Today I had a biscuit, ham, and cheese for breakfast. It was heavenly. I was a little hungry at about 10. For lunch I had crockpot chicken with white sauce and pasta. It was heavenly too. The only time I have had pasta and bread has been when I have a f' it attitude after seeing the scale not budge. It was great eating these foods without feeling guilty.
I have been exercising throughout. My favorite workout are kettlebells, walking, and jogging.
So, here goes nothing. Or, something??