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Phase 1 - Day 1

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ok, so things have not been moving along as I would like. For quite some time. I have calorie cycled, carb cycled, low carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, moderate protein .... most every combination trying to mix it up.

I lost my first weight just by dumb luck I guess. Before I even knew what a carb was, or what a macro was. I knew good foods and I knew bad foods, but that was about it. And it worked. Just eating good foods. No more sugar. No more fast food. More fruits. More veggies. Then I became full on less and less, eating less often.

So I was afraid I wrecked my thyroid or something. But it checked out okay, at least whatever test they ran was okay. And I feel great, I feel healthy and I feel like everything is running a-okay, but weight loss is just not happening.

So, I have even tried to recreate the beginning, but no luck.

Did I learn anything the past few months? Yes, I learned that I can maintain. I can eat the foods that I enjoy, I can have the occasional night out on the town, and still maintain. So that is good. However I am not to goal yet, so it is time to be more strategic about the foods I am eating. I have heard sometimes to take a little weight loss break & just maintain - and I guess I did that, so now is time to ramp it up again.

So... I heard about the Fast Metabolism Diet. In looking at it, it looks like what I might have been doing in the beginning. Some days more fruit than others, some days more this or that than others. You know, you either run out and can't get to the store, or you just get hungry for something and then after a couple of days you aren't so much anymore? I can remember in the beginning writing to Dietitian Becky about how my carbs were off the chart some days but they were all good carbs, so I just went with it - calories were in check. And then some days, fats might be higher, etc. But weight loss was happening nice and steady.

So in reviewing this Fast Metabolism Diet, it looks like something I can do. I still dont feel like it is a "diet" per se (she says D.I.E.T - Did I Eat Today?) but my previous months of my new "lifestyle" way of eating (aka maintaining/stalling/plateauin
g) is not gaining me any ground so it is time to pay attention and really eat with a specific goal in mind. Eat the same foods as before but eat with a purpose - a strategic eating plan.

So yesterday was day one, of phase one.

Things went well. Little headache from no caffeine. I usually have a couple cups of coffee in the morning (2-4) and several cups of green tea throughout the day (3-4) It is the same as I felt when I cut out the sweet tea and sugar cold turkey. I use to never drink coffee, until I discovered Bulletproof coffee last summer and that worked well with fasting. Then I decided I didnt need the extra fat, so then I switched to just cream or half & half. The last month or so, I switched to almond milk or coconut milk. So that was an easy cut but it was sort of a morning ritual I guess.

Dairy free is an adjustment. It is not permanent, unless I choose to. I know that it does cause me some stuffiness (I always thought I had allergies but now I know it is dairy) so probably best to leave it out. But I do enjoy greek yogurt & cottage cheese, but it is just for 28 days. So I do not feel deprived w/o it. Some will say, oh I just can't live without my dairy or they will say oh you shouldnt do anything that eliminates food groups. But for me, my weight loss is not moving along so I am willing to cut out a few things and see if that is what is holding up progress for weight loss. I already know I can MAINTAIN with dairy, so now I need to see if I can lose weight w/o it. I have always said I would be willing to do whatever I needed to do, so it's time to put my money where my mouth is.

So day 1 is done. I ate alot of food yesterday. I could not eat all that I was suppose to, based on the amount that I want to lose. The book says not to track, but being a sparker, I tracked :) I had more calories and carbs than I care to have, but went with it.

Result? Down .9 this morning!

Now, I am happy with that but not too excited just yet, as I know I had some water retention from the weekend. Buuuuut I was happy that inspite of that, and inspite of more carbs than normal, that I still lost almost a pound! I usually have to go very low carb to get the water weight off, so this is interesting.

I am so glad that I spent the $12 on the Kindle PC version of this book. I have had several life changing moments along my journey, and I think this $12 is one of them. I am hopeful that it will help get me to my goal emoticon

(Now that you have read this, you will probably be seeing the ads for her book on Sparkpeople)

I started a team to chart my progress, incase anyone else wants to join along. I may or may not blog daily, just have to see how my time goes but I do hope to post to the team. The author's personnel got back to me and gave permission to use the book cover and they are very excited about the new team and are anxious to see how we progress :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
UNIQUEYGIRL 4/21/2013 12:13AM

    Sounds like a plan. I agree, we just work one day at a time and when things don't work anymore we make a change to get to our goal. i will be interested to hear how it goes.

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GOANNA2 4/20/2013 6:28AM

    Sounds like a great plan. I'm glad you are losing.

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NEWME0519 4/18/2013 9:38PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/18/2013 2:32PM

    Sounds like a great plan you can do it.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/18/2013 12:01AM

    Interesting...I hope it works for you! :)

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BEANIES_MOM 4/17/2013 4:16AM

    emoticon I love to change it up when it doesn't appear to be working for me. I hope this new plan is the right one for you!

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123ELAINE456 4/17/2013 1:47AM

  Great. You can Do It. God Blessings to Victims, their Families in Boston Bombing, Boston, The United States of America, and the World. Take Care.

Comment edited on: 4/17/2013 2:15:55 AM

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KAPELAKIN 4/16/2013 10:25PM

    Good luck, please do keep us updated via this blog! It really is a learning process to see what works for each of us as individuals. Some people do wonderfully on vegetarian diets, but I found that a paleo approach is better for me. Now I'm playing with adding back some rice and potatoes and so far, so good. The coffee cream is really a hurdle to giving up dairy for me, too.


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FATHINSN 4/16/2013 10:24PM

    Great progress and good to know you're learning along the way, not just plodding through :D

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NORWOODGIRL 4/16/2013 10:23PM

    Sounds interesting. Please post here as well as in your team about your progress!

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PJBONARRIGO 4/16/2013 10:16PM

    So far, so good. Interesting to read about your .9# loss. emoticon

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MYRTROSE 4/16/2013 9:32PM

    I'm glad you're taking a new tack. It's frustrating to be doing all the right things with no forward progress for months on end.
I've always wanted to eliminate dairy, I'm pretty sure I have a mild intolerance. I'm just too chicken to do it! I absolutely adore cheese. Maybe one day.

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AUSFAM 4/16/2013 9:15PM

    Good luck to you!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 4/16/2013 8:27PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 4/16/2013 5:23PM

    I know how you feel about being stuck in a plateau, frustrating. I have heard that changing things does help, which I have not got around to doing yet. But you have and you have had a good start, well done. All the best with your new team and with you progress. Looking forward to hearing more.


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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/16/2013 4:48PM

    Check out this out these links on the leptin diet and see what you think. I follow the 5 rules and am Reading the book "Mastering Leptin" by Byron Richards.


Check out all these links, Enjoy them and see what you think. You may even like to buy the book it is really interesting and I am learning so much I did not know.

Hope this helps in some small way!

Remember this is a healthy lifestyle not a diet so it has to be something you enjoy to do, eat, exercise etc. and something you can maintain doing for the rest of your life.

Take care, Paula emoticon

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GABY1948 4/16/2013 4:44PM

    I sure hope you figure it out and start losing again! emoticon

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PEZMOM1 4/16/2013 3:18PM

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ANASARI 4/16/2013 3:18PM

    That was an interesting read, thanks for sharing about your new beginning!

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OAKBORN 4/16/2013 3:10PM

    Good luck on finding what works for you!

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FEMISLIM 4/16/2013 2:41PM

    It is well with you.

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LOSTLIME 4/16/2013 1:55PM

    I am glad that you have found something to work for you. Good luck on your new journey. emoticon emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 4/16/2013 1:21PM

    Good luck! I'm surprised you were told not to track but it sounds like you pushed through that anyway:)

Have you tried SparkCoach? I've been doing it since it started. I did the regular one then motivation and once my motivation was in high gear I decided to switch to plateau. I'm trying to maintain and build strength and tone so I thought it'd be nice to try it. You might like it!

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AMY-MIMI77 4/16/2013 1:11PM

    Def Sounds intresting - I would love to hear your progress

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ANGELA76H 4/16/2013 12:06PM

    Sounds interesting! Good job!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/16/2013 11:54AM

    Congrats on the almost pound! Hope this works for you!

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COOP9002 4/16/2013 11:52AM

    Congrats on seeing some progress. Blessings to you on your journey.

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DALID414 4/16/2013 11:43AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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MLDIZ109 4/16/2013 11:39AM

    I look forward to hearing how this works for you. One thing I recently realized but "knew" all along is you have to change it up..eating routines, exercise routines, etc. Our bodies get used to what we're doing. When I started my weight loss journey a little over a year ago, a trainer that I no longer work with was adamant that I needed to change to clean eating, organic, etc. Now I had 150 lbs to I was trying to explain to her about phases..I needed to get some weight off first, yes what she was saying was important and I would get there, but for the current time to keep my motivation I needed to be able to eat as 'normally' as possible and lose weight. Once I got to another phase, I would refine my choices, and so on. This has worked for me.

So here is my realization, when I hit a plateau I need to find a way to shake things up. I already mix up my exercise, my trainer takes care of that. So right now I am reading Bob Harper's book "The Skinny Rules." From that I am making a lot of changes..bought barley and lentils to use instead of brown rice, eating oatmeal for breakfast (I had this in my house, must have bought it for my husband), and so on. I have seen results almost immediately. So I like to hear what everyone else is doing and how it works for them as when I hit my next plateau I will be looking for something to shake it up. This plan sounds doable.

So way to go for finding something that works for you and thanks for sharing it with us. Sorry this is so long. emoticon

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SHANSHE 4/16/2013 11:36AM

    Cool! Best wishes, I hope it works the way you need it too!

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RAKASHA 4/16/2013 11:30AM

    Good job!

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F1TFOREVER 4/16/2013 11:24AM

    Good luck on your journey!!

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