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)