I had my appointment on Dec 23, I usually weigh in only at this appointment and try for the non scale victories through the month. Last month my weight was the same to the tenth of a pound. I decided not to be frustrated. Instead I was determined. I worked hard. I was brutally honest with my tracking and because I just received my activity tracker I accepted only what it said. Even though I know it doesn't really do a great job with strength sessions and when I wore my heart rate monitor to my spin/TRX class the HRM said 500+ calories burned and the tracker said 250...
Upon weigh in I was disheartened but not surprised that I had lost only 1 (one) pound! all month. I was disheartened because I know I work hard, I was determined and motivated. I wasn't surprised because I really didn't feel the NSV. Everything felt the same.
Although the Doc admitted that I do appear to be stuck! he was actually excited about the one pound loss!
He recited the Pooh Bear analogy...
Pooh goes to visit Rabbit and asks for a little 'smackerel of honey'.
After eating all the honey..
he gets stuck in Rabbit's hole. After days of pushing and pulling and heaving and hoeing Rabbit leans on Pooh with exhaustion... and exclaims "he bidged, he badged, he boodged!" and to everyone's relief Pooh finally got out of the hole he was stuck in!
Apparently I bidged enough to make him happy.
However...I know I am stuck. I've hit that plateau I was determined to never hit. In the past I reached this weight and sat here for over a year. I was never able to break the plateau. I became frustrated and threw in the towel. I adopted the I can't philosophy!
I don't want to do that again! What to do?...
This is the plan.
This will not be an easy one for me.
The Doctor has, at every appointment, said eat high protein foods and watch carbs (grains, processed foods, crackers, cereal, bread, chocolate and other sugar). I thought, no problem for me, I quit wheat. Problem solved. In fact I was wrong. I love corn bread, rice crackers, naco chips, granola and snuck in quite a bit of chocolate (in fact). But I did track it and stayed with in range. In fact I my calorie intake was consistently 3-500 calories lower than my fitness out. He said that there is new studies that defuse the belief that the only factor to weight loss is "burn more calories than you consume". Apparently there is more to it (no kidding)!
Now he says "it's time to eliminate carbs - processed and simple.
We discussed that fat is not my enemy! Insulin is my enemy. Allowing my body to continue to boss me around by burning only carbohydrates for energy rather than fat has to stop. I have to take a strong stand. I have to control the sugar spikes.
Keep vegetables and fruits to non-equatorial, so no mangoes, bananas, cantaloupe etc. Eat only northern hemisphere items like apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries and blueberries.
I have no idea how to eat this way. I have been reading the Atkins program but don't know if I want to be that radical. I am not sure if I could eat beef for breakfast?
I've looked at some of the low carb teams. I am thinking I could get some direction and support from them.
If anyone has any experience with low carb eating and has any ideas on how to start, I would be very grateful if you gave me a nudge so I can continue to bidge, badge, budge my way off this plateau!
I also would like to hear of other peoples side effects from reducing/eliminating carbs and sugar... I've had a low grade headache all day - did I not have enough coffee? ;-o
Happy New Year!