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Going Against Myself: Carb Nite Solution (Countdown: 66 days)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

emoticon I am very reluctant to post this, because it goes against what I had decided for myself and the advice I give to others. When others ask for tips on how to lose weight, my biggest piece of advice is it's easiest if you make changes you can stick to forever. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle, you never have to go "off of the plan" and figure out how to survive once you aren't doing that certain plan. I am 19 months into this journey and my approach has always been counting calories and exercising. That is not the approach that works for everyone, but everything in moderation (except my blasted trigger foods LOL) was what I followed and I have never regretted it. So to post this goes against everything I've always said. If you want to criticize I will gladly take anything you want to throw at me. emoticon

So what is all this hoopla about you might ask? Well here's the scoop. 19 months in I'm bored to tears on my weight loss journey. emoticon My arthritis is flared up, my knees are swollen and sore and that has bummed me out. I was enjoying Hip Hop Abs so much and loved doing it almost everyday. I even bought Rockin Body to give that a try but my knees put a firm stop to that. It was keeping me on my toes, it was keeping me feeling like I was doing something new and exciting and it was taking the weight off of me. Since I am back to essentially only walking, I have gotten very bored.

Let's add on to that the part where I am getting towards the end of my journey. Now wait wait, hold the phone, don't jump on me yet! This is a life long journey that never ends, I understand that... but what I mean is I am at a place where I have lost more weight than what I have left to lose. Does that make any sense? Maybe not. What I mean is that I have lost 80ish pounds, and my goal weight on my ticker is 170. According to that I have 20ish pounds to lose. Between you and me, I probably will keep pushing til I got to 160 so that's 30ish pounds. emoticon While 30ish pounds is no small feat, it is a heck of a lot less than 80 pounds. Add on to the fact that my body has not forgotten that I've lost all that weight and is continuously trying to find that weight again. With that said the weight is surely coming off at a snails pace. I know my way works, but my body is just rebelling all the way. Too bad 190 wasn't my goal weight, because I can maintain that like a champ. emoticon

Anyways, if you are looking for detailed information on this Carb Nite Solution you are in the wrong place. I am not here to promote this plan in any way. In fact, I do not even have the book. I got the information online, and the rules of the plan were readily available as was some of the "science" behind it. One thing I really respected about it was that the guy himself said this is not a healthy lifestyle. It is a weight loss TOOL and that you should not do it for more than 6 months. I really respected the honesty behind that because I do believe a healthy lifestyle is the way to go in the long run and that is what I intend to do. But I thought this would be a fun little experiment. I am really bored and it has lit a fire under me. Granted it is only day 2 (completed) of this plan. Remember when you started your journey? That sense of shiny newness where you couldn't contain your excitement? I am looking to get that back almost 19 months later. I have a goal to follow this plan for a month to: 1. Give myself something new and exciting to try. 2. To be accountable to myself and show myself I am strong enough to do anything. 3. Possibly shed a few more pounds that my body doesn't want to let go of.

So there you have it, that is what I'm up to. If you want to call me a hypocrite I completely understand. I was reluctant to try any plan because I have never been big on "plans". This won't be something I do more than a month or two and it is not a lifestyle. But the difference between me following a plan 19 months in is that I know what to expect when I go off this plan. When I go off this plan the 3 lbs that disappeared in water weight will come right back. When I go off this plan it does not mean going back to eating fast food 2 times a day (sorry Burger King, I miss you, kind of...)... it means going back to my healthy balanced lifestyle of everything in moderation and counting my calories (which I am still doing on this plan btw) and getting the job done. I also thought this would be the extra push to me through some of these dreaded holiday gatherings. emoticon If I throw in the towel on this plan, I promise to fess up. In the past I just would never mention it again, but I enjoy the accountability so when I go off the plan I will let you all know.

Countdown to 2014: 66 days
Starting Weight: 193
Current Weight: 190 (just water weight, don't get too excited)
Goal Weight: 179 emoticon
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  • TINA5111
    1568 days ago
    I think that doing something different to get through to Valentine's Day without gaining weight is a Success. Losing deserves a celebration. Hope it is going well and I am with you
    1572 days ago
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  • JUDY106
    emoticon weight lost. I am so happy for you. I know how you feel about not being able to do the excises you really want to do. I do water aerobics because my joints are so bad. you will get those last lbs off to reach your goal. I have faith in you. emoticon
    1572 days ago
    I'm so proud of you! It sounds like you're off to a great start with your experiment of one! The one thing I'm learning is that every good plan seems to have the same basis, low carbs, whole food, lots of veggies, etc. I think your 2013 goal is very achievable!
    1573 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Sorry it took so long to answer your question. I just changed teams this weekend in the BLC. I did notice that you and someone else was doing the diet in the chat thread, but wasn't placed on your team. It has been challenging to catch up with a new team.

    ANYWAY, It is basically a cyclical ketogenic diet. Since the diet has been around for a while, he has changed his stance on being healthy. You just eat higher glycemic carbs of more a "healthy" type, or take a paleo approach instead of eating extreme amounts of junk on carb nite. His Carb Back-loading is the same and that one is a lifestyle "diet". I love the diet!! I do however need to watch my fat and overall calories, or I will gain weight, but that is true with any diet approach. I eat lots of salad and more healthier carbs on carb night, but at least I can have a cheat meal, and get to eat lots of air popped popcorn!! I love it!! If you or anyone else on your team has questions, please ask! I should be able to respond quicker now. Changing teams almost halfway is rough!
    1573 days ago
    I hear you, 19 months is a long time to keep vigilant. I feel that way sometimes and I'm only 10 months in. You are so funny "Add on to the fact that my body has not forgotten that I've lost all that weight and is continuously trying to find that weight again.
    I can't see myself off carbs but give it a whirl and see if it gives you a head start.
    1573 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Boredom is a hard thing to fight. Like this thing isn't hard enough as it is but we can get a little lax due to success and/or injury and that sounds a little of what is going on with you. You don't need anyone to tell you what you have to do because you already know it. So, good luck with trying something new. Sometimes, that is all it takes!
    1574 days ago
  • NEWAT56
    Thank you for posting this! It is good to know that those that are successful also struggle.
    I totally understand why you would want to try something that will get that weight moving again, even if it is only temporary.

    I am trying your approach of no foods off limit, this is a lifestyle change but when (you notice I said when) I get to a plateau, believe me I would try something new to "shock" my body into getting moving again.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
    1574 days ago
    You're awesome!! I find myself in a bit of a slump too but am trying to get back into the swing of fitness... Here goes nothing.
    1574 days ago
    I absolutely loved this blog and how you were completely honest about what you are doing and why.

    Have fun and keep pushing on! You can do it!
    1574 days ago
    I'm about a year in and getting bored myself. I'm interested to see how you do with this.
    1574 days ago
    Stephanie... no name calling from me... I'm pretty much sick to death of defending what *i* do... so I won't be casting stones on others.. nope.. I've said it once and I will say it a million times - everyBODY is different and everyMIND is different.. do what works for you! and I can't wait to hear about this because I'm intrigued.. and GONE are the weeks of losing 4-7lbs... if something doesn't happen tomorrow or Wednesday I'll be posting a 0 loss after last weeks dismal 1lb loss. that's why I'm looking to shake it up a bit too...

    Those 66 days til 1/1 will fall like dominoes before you as homage to your commitment and success!!

    1574 days ago
    I have good news for you!
    I'm like you all that lifestyle changes.
    And you're the first one I'm telling this to, there's one more step, more complicated practice, that only can be mastered after you made these lifestyle changes!
    You can call it "new and exciting experience" at this point it won't drive you off track!
    For example, you should walk more, be more active, that's a lifestyle thing and you can practice it everyday for the rest of your life.
    But you can go scuba diving, that doesn't mean that you need to scuba every day for the rest of your life, it's just new and fun experience.

    Happy for you!
    1574 days ago
    I think it's good to try it as an experiment and not a "magic solution". Have fun with it and if it doesn't work, you know what to do....

    Does bicycling work for your knees? Maybe that would be less boring.
    1575 days ago
    I have no idea what this carb plan entails (limiting and than binging?) But if it's working and it's something you can stick with for a short while - why not absolutely give it a try. Now that my curiosity is peaked, I'm going to see if I can find it and see for myself! Have fun!!
    1575 days ago
    emoticon Stephanie, I think it is a GREAT idea! I haven't heard of this particular plan, but assuming is has something to do with limiting carbs I say go for it! I lost the first 30 or pounds of my weight on a modified low carb plan (I modified it by eating fruit) and I am still VERY careful with carbs (try to eat mostly complex carbs and limit bread - even whole wheat bread).

    Every body is different. Until I tried it I swore I'd never go on a low carb plan because I LOVE me some carbs! But once I actually did it? It was way easier than I expected. What is the worst that can happen? You hate it and go back to your previous healthy eating plan!! Well heck, that's what you are planning to do in time anyway!! And who knows, there may be a part of this new plan you choose to incorporate INTO that plan!! Its all good!! emoticon
    1575 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good Luck on your new journey! emoticon
    1575 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Keep trying. You can do it!
    1575 days ago
    good thinking good luck
    1575 days ago
    The willingness to examine your thinking, try new things and expand your experiences is a sign of intellectual wellness :) Although I have never tried the Carb Nite Solution, I am a proponent of limited carb plans for weight loss. They do help reset your metabolism and flip on your fat-burning switch! One has to be careful about how you reintroduce the carbs in order to prevent complete backsliding and weight gain, though. I say, good for you for trying something new! I find that when I limit my carbs I feel MUCH better!
    1575 days ago
    WE all get bored, so don't beat yourself up. If you want to change up your diet do so, we live and learn. If it works for you even better!
    You have done great and you will continue to do great.
    Big hugs,

    1575 days ago
    I haven't looked into the newer plan you're talking about but knowing you, I'm sure it's safe and healthy. If you need something to light a fire under you then by all means I think you should do it! Like you said, you're 19 months in and you need that spark that we all get when we start losing weight. Mix things up because it sounds like you need something new.

    Keep us updated and let us know how you're doing! I'm sure you will but now I'm really curious to see how this works out for you. :)
    1575 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    Shake it girlfriend shake it!!! emoticon I'm with you, I'm getting bored with food and when I do that, I usually binge on what I've been craving (like potato chips, or sweets). So...go for it!!! If you find you don't like this plan, you can always go back to eating the way you were before you started it. Best of luck and be sure to keep us posted on how things are going. emoticon
    1575 days ago
    1575 days ago
    Good luck to you! Sometimes we just have to shake it up a little for a little newness and excitement- our bodies just get so used to our routines! Well done! Keep postin'!
    1575 days ago
    EBONY said it best for me . . . not planning on taking YOUR inventory! Too busy with my own. That said, my advice (I know, you didn't really ask for it!) is realize NOTHING is written in stone. So, if this doesn't work for you, you can cease and desist! NO harm in trying. You never know till you do. And heck, if it's a mistake, you'll know and lesson learned.

    Have you looked into reactive foods @ all? I found for me, red meat is a real bug-a-boo for my joints (osteo & RA -- that one undiagnosed, but 99.9% positive of it and it is WAY in the gene pool). Cutting down has really helped.

    1575 days ago
    I've been considering shaking things up myself. I have about 20 lbs to lose still as well (TWINSIES!) and I'm getting bored/impatient. The problem is that my brain is so thoroughly resistant to anything with RULES! lol
    1575 days ago
  • CAT125
    I fill my carb tank up every Wednesday.....right after weighing in! emoticon
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    Keep'll get there!
    1575 days ago
    1575 days ago
    I really like your honesty. I feel we all need to make our own choices, you are the only one who can decide what's best. I am trying to normalize my eating patterns and have chosen to do so for 100 days but again and again I wonder if I should not do something 'drastic' and try a method that would help me lose weight fast. So I understand your reasoning, I think.
    1575 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and posting this, in some ways I am at the same standpoint. I have been maintaining up and down for too long, I need to make some nutritional changes....Rock on my friend ! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Sometimes we need to shake things up and keep our bodies guessing! I hope your plan works!
    1575 days ago
    It's great to try new approaches to keep things fresh, good for you! Sounds like an interesting plan.
    1575 days ago
    Very good! It's wonderful to try something new, to keep your journey fresh and alive. Keep at it!
    1575 days ago
    Best wishes...I think you should try whatever new things appeal to you...It makes sense to me...We shake things up by trying different exercises...Sometimes we need to shake up our food plans, too! Hang in there..keep trying, reading, sparking, and moving....We are all different and have to follow our own hearts on this journey... emoticon emoticon
    1575 days ago
    Thanks for sharing and for being honest.
    I, for one, have no plans on taking your inventory; I have more than enough work trying to keep track with my own life and goals.
    Might try some water exercises to help you get past those knee problems. If you are bored, find a place with good water slides just make sure you don't have any neck/back probs. OR try river fishing where you are up to your whatever in water trying to catch an elusive fish while the river wants to sweep you away. My brother loves it. I personally have not tried it; I haven't been that bored yet. Kayaking is a good workout and so is dragon boat racing according to my friends. Just a few different ideas:)
    1575 days ago
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