Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I've successfully followed the induction phase of low-carb eating with 4 pounds down, extra energy, and a giant smile.
I say "low-carb" eating instead of committing to Atkins or any other titled program. I'm not sure which program I'd like to adhere to, and quite frankly I may take bits and pieces from a few and put them together according to my body's response.
I've had one "symptom" of induction, which is slight muscle weakness. I've taken members' suggestions and consumed slightly more salt to combat it. I don't each much salt as it is, so to add extra salt to things will be a change I have to grow accustom.
I will see how the next week goes, and perhaps supplement with some physical activity. With the advice of Gary Taubes, I am exercising because it's good for me. I'm not exercising to lose extra weight. I have 2 5ks to train for this summer! Also, I just bought TapOut XT and I've done a few workouts that are actually kind of fun.
I haven't had many cravings per se. My mind tells me, "that'd be tasty to eat," but my body tells me, "nah, you're fine." We still have all of my old "diet food" in the house, so I have a TON of diet ice cream, Jell-O Temptations, and diet soda in the house. I'm not going to consume any of it, but I feel like it's a waste to throw it away. It's all perishable, so I can't donate it either. I'm not sure what I'll do with all of it. Then... there are the mini Kit-Kats and Twix bars. I used to eat a few of those a day. They're in cookie jars about my 'fridge. My husband snacks on about 1 a day.
I tried to make cheesecake with fake sugars, but I just will never like the taste of fake sugar. Any of them. I baked 2 cheesecakes with 2 different recipes. Fake sugar isn't good for you either, so maybe it's a good thing I don't like it.
There's a piece of me that wants something sweet, but I suppose that will come later with a few berries here and there. For now, I'm staying strong.
Alcohol is a non-issue for now. To "unwind", I've been drinking water out of wine glasses. I used to pour a glass of wine or open a beer and only take a few sips- it was as if my brain was saying, "Ok, work is over, open this up and you can just relax." I would rarely finish a whole glass or an entire beer. It's silly, but drinking water out of wine glasses also kind of encourages me to drink water in the evenings when I'd usually forget to.
However, this Friday is my husband's first day on Spring Break, and he warned me by telling me, "I think I'm going to drink a lot over my break." This means we're going to place ourselves in social situations that encourages drinking. I'll drink vodka and make sure to strictly adhere to my plan of no carbs/sugar aside from that.
Also, I got my money back for an appointment I made with a bioidentical hormone specialist. Long story short, there were too many signs pointing to "rip off". I have an appointment with a different doctor that same day, only this new one is a gynecologist who focuses on women's weight management. She recommends reading Taube's "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It". I think that's a great sign. Incidentally, she also does bioidentical hormone replacement. She accepts insurance, and this other guy didn't. It sounds like this is working out!