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Week 2 Complete - Success with Low Carb/Primal


Friday, July 12, 2013

Yesterday marked 14 straight days of not eating crap! No sugar, no carbs, nothing processed, no bread, no starches, etc. Also, no exercise! But, only because of my knee. I'll be back to CrossFit on Monday. A few more days of rest will help me feel like I'm ready to hit it again. I'll be sure to watch it the first few days back, and really listen to my body versus my ego.

Anyways, I did really well this past week. I did have some movie theatre popcorn on Sunday morning (we took Donnie to see his first in-the-theater movie, Despicable Me 2, which was ultimately a success after a very rocky start (he was so scared!)), but not all that much. About a quarter of a small bag. I resisted temptations, such as pizza, cake, this super awesome looking apple pie with crumb topping, and ice cream and home-made whipped cream, potato salad, brownies, and more. I also took it a bit easier with the nuts and fruit, but I didn't make myself feel deprived. I ate a LOT of bacon and eggs this week, drank a lot of water, and enjoyed my pre-made paleo meals. I did a bunch of walking, but nothing too crazy. Week 2 result? I'm down another 5.2 pounds, for a 2-week total loss of 8.4 pounds. Woohoo!

I've been peeing on the ketostix, and the color has been a little bit darker the past few days. I've been in ketosis for a while, obviously, but the color was pretty slight the first week and a half. I'm not sure if it's darker lately because maybe I haven't been eating as much? That's probably why I'm seeing bigger losses this week - less food being consumed. And, I still feel excellent (and not starving or deprived). I can't expect to keep seeing 5 pound losses, but am hopeful that I'll continue losing at a rate of 1.5 - 2 pounds per week. I'm going to crush my goal if I keep this up. How awesome would it be if I lost 10 pounds from now until the wedding?! I'd be completely stoked, but I really don't think that's going to happen... Although, it is 4 weeks away, and now that I'll be adding exercise back into it, maybe it's possible... I’m much more optimistic this week than last!

This Sunday, I'll be trading my elliptical for a treadmill with a person I found on craigslist. Dean bought me the elliptical 2 Christmases ago, but I really haven't used it much. My feet tend to fall asleep after about 20-30 minutes, and it would get annoying. Plus, I always felt I'd rather have a treadmill. After my C-section, it was confirmed, I really would have used a treadmill, for walking, more than an elliptical. So, I have been looking on craigslist randomly, and this girl posted her treadmill saying because of an injury, she has to let it go. I emailed her and asked if she was interested in trading, and maybe an elliptical would be easier on her joints. She said yes, exactly, and she planned on buying an elliptical after she sold her treadmill. Her treadmill is in decent shape, is also about 3 years old, and is the same brand. So, on Sunday, we're going to trade, even swap. Woohoo! I'm sure my elliptical has less miles on it, but she paid about $400 more for her treadmill than Dean did for our elliptical, so I think it's pretty fair. I'm excited, because I can run and walk on the thing, especially if it's dark or raining. I am still planning on taking the kids for outdoor runs/walks, but lately it's been so hot! And humid! Or raining! This will give me many more options. Plus, I need to get my endurance back - I haven't been running much at all, and Dean and I and some friends just signed up for a mud run, so I definitely don't want to be the slow-poke holding us back!

I'm excited to see what the next few weeks bring in terms of fat and weight loss. I finally measured myself on July 2nd, Day 5 of eating strictly, and I took pictures in my bikini this past Tuesday (Day 12 of eating low carb). I should have taken pics on June 28, my first day of eating strict low carb/primal, but I forgot... It's OK, I don't think the 12 days is really going to be that much of a difference, especially a few months down the road when I'm all silly looking! ;) I wasn't going to measure myself until after my first initial 6 weeks, but I had to take a peek this morning... waist is down 0.75 inches already!

I hope you're all doing well and feeding yourselves right. My 2 week experiment, 97% clean eating and no exercise other than walking just proves how important diet is. You can NEVER out-exercise a bad diet (unless you're an athlete for a living, and you have all the time in the world!). I already knew this - it just took me a while to get my head in the game. And, now that I'm seeing such good results in such a relatively short time period, I'm really going to stick to this.

Oh, and someone posted this on FB, which has helped re-motivate me, and has turned it into a competitive challenge for me, something I really thrive at (from http://lift-run-bang.com):

Make a list of foods you will allow yourself to eat. They should all be quality foods. I don’t care what “diet” you choose, just pick quality foods. I think we all know that fast food and processed sh*t isn’t quality, before all the comedians weigh in.

Everyday, you’re allowed to eat as much from the quality food list that you want.

See how long you can stay on your “diet” without deviating from it.

If/when you blow it, reward yourself with a day of what you want. Then try to beat that previous streak.

So if you went 91 days before you cheated, then try to beat that 91 days after you binge for a day on what you want.

Again, do not starve yourself. Eat as much quality food as you want. It just has to be clean, quality food.

I will bet you money that if you can stick to this for an extended period you’ll be amazed at the results.


I'm on day 15 of my 42 day challenge. As mentioned before, I plan on cheating on August 9th at night (rehearsal dinner) and then on the 10th (wedding cake and alcohol), but getting back to it on the 11th. I will have cake on my birthday (august 22), and then I'll try to beat my 42 day streak! I'm not sure I could do 91 days, but dang, I'm sure I'd be super happy with how I look if I did it!!!
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EXOTEC 7/13/2013 11:59AM

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You're so right about the real food. Frankenfoods scare me these days! (and don't even taste good anymore, either)

In re: the ketones.... I read an enlightening commentary recently about that. First, urine ketones are notoriously "iffy" - the gold standard is blood ketones. You can get a FREE meter from Nova (glucose and ketones), but the strips are really pricey for ketones. I have one though, and I think it's worth it. The second point is that ketones will be elevated *while* you're converting. After you've "keto-adapted" to burning fats, your ketone levels should revert to previously normal levels. I was frustrated and kicking myself because I couldn't get mine up above 0.5, but I've been low-carbing (sort of...) for long enough now that I really shouldn't expect to see high values anymore.

Great job with your success so far!
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FITGIRL15 7/12/2013 4:57PM

    Woo Hoo!! Congrats on the HUGE loss for only 2 weeks! And no exercise! That's awesome news! So happy for you!

I love cheat days! That method of weight loss really makes sense to me and I like the idea of having something to look forward to keeps me motivated to stay on track!

You must be in Crossfit withdrawl!!! Something else to look forward to :)

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