Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Last Friday after weighing in at 218.2, I went to volunteer, and got another low blood sugar. I had a fiber bar, and that got my cravings going. I ordered and ate a small pizza, and two 20 oz wild cherry Pepsi's, and when my brother came home, I had a footlong Italian sub, and a liter of Pepsi from 7-11 at 2 a.m. The next morning I was 228.0, a gain of 9.8 lbs.
I switched up my diet to add in more vegetables, and eat a higher carb level, and it seems to be working okay since Saturday. I am close to 100 grams of carbs a day, but my fiber is around the 25 gram mark now. My hope is that I don't get any low blood sugars, or feel like cheating, so even if I lose slower, I lose more steadily. As of right now, I am 221.2 which is 3 lbs above my last weigh in with 3 days to go. I will be happy breaking even this week. Yesterday I lost .8 lbs.
Today I already did a 1 hour walk, without any pain in my back, and started laundry. I had 4 eggs, 2 Tbsp. butter, a cup of mushrooms ( omelette ), and a Granny Smith apple for breakfast. My lunch and dinner is 5.6 ozs of chicken breast cooked in 1.5 Tbsp. of olive oil, plus 1/2 a can of NS peas, and 1/2 a can of NS tomatoes each. I have replaced my fiber bar with a can of NS green beans, an entire can. I know fresh is better, but I am on a set income, and can't afford that, or organic meat.
Total is 13-14 servings of fruit and vegetables. Today I am at 100 grams of carbs, but 26 is fiber, so 74 Net. I have never moved past 50 net carbs on Atkins, even though I have a low resistance to weight loss. I think the fast weight loss is what was causing me to have back pain, and low blood sugars. I am also glad that I have been able to double my walking. I did 10 laps around my apt complex in 56 minutes, but I counted it as an hour. The cats have to wonder why I keep walking past. They just lie in the windows with sleepy eyes.
I have tried a few times to up carbs, but usually have eaten something that caused me problems, either cravings, or shortness of breath, and had me scurrying back to very low carb to recover. This time, it just feels right. I have more energy, and still no cravings. I have not felt this good in 5-6 months, even when I have lost well. This time I just doubled my vegetables, and I am still losing quite well. We'll see on Friday how well.
Today I have to do laundry, clean my kitchen, including stove, cook my meals, go to library, do a workout. I was going to go to a movie for my brother's birthday, but I am broke, and it is probably not a great idea to go where candy and pop are thrown in your face. If he wants to go though, I will just have to use my debit card, and hope we make enough to pay the bills.
Part of the reason why I am broke, is the car. I spent $2000 over the past few months, and the front end crunches, and rattles. My brother actually drives it for pizza delivery. I can barely stand a trip to the library. They told us it is structurally sound, but I don't know. Work is slow, and my brother is not making a lot of money, and keeps getting sent home early. The carb payment is $400 a month, and I owe $3000 more, so I just need to make it one more year, and I am okay. It is a source of great stress though. I would need $1500 for a new front end, but I have $400 between me and not paying bills. Plus if the car breaks down, my brother is unemployed, and I couldn't even buy food, or go to the doctor's. I try not to worry, but it is stressful. He will get about $800 from his Pell grant after he pays for books, and tuition, and we can use that for car repairs, but that isn't until September, and he wants to use it for summer classes. Hopefully I can pay off the car early with tax returns, and afford his summer classes if he uses this money to fix the car. Then I got my car insurance, and it went from $800 to $1350 per six months. I now have to come up with $350 for 4 months for his insurance.
I'm treating it like after a surgery, when I am in pain. Things will eventually get better. I will think of the future, and fake it till I make it. In 2 months we will get the Pell grant money. In 4 months, we will stop having to pay $350 a month to AAA, and the pizzeria will be busier. In 8-10 months, I will pay off the car, and be able to get PLPD ( no fault ).
I saved the best part for those who read this far. This car that is currently costing me $750 a month... well Saturday when my brother came home, he told me the door handle fell off..lol. The car is 5 years old. He has to open the car from the passenger side. I am considering just not paying the insurance or car payment for 3 months, and buying a used car, but I feel like I should pay my bills.
Well, I am off to finish laundry, and do a workout. Hope everyone is having a great week. If not, just wait, things change.