So I didn't mean to be a tease on my last blog, I promise I didn't!
It was never meant to be a secret.
I had a few inquiries about what that new plan might be... especially after I lost about 5 pounds the first week. (I lost 5 pounds in my "spark week" from Wed-Wed but 7 pounds in the first 9 days on the plan). The thing of it is, I know this was mostly water weight. When we start a new plan we can get that "whoosh of water weight" right in the beginning. Even my coworker (who is like a weight loss buddy) immediately wanted to try "whatever it was I was doing". The thing of it is, if you start any new/organized plan, you can expect some water weight loss right away. Does that mean it's the best plan ever or that we are going to be super successful on it? Not necessarily.
There are 2 reasons I am not ready to talk about *how* the plan is working for me. The 1st reason is I simply don't know. It has only been 2 weeks, and we will see if I have any weight loss to show for week 2 on Wednesday. My coworker and friend were impressed by my initial loss, but I was quick to mention "what if it's a month from now and I only lost 2 more pounds?"
The second reason is that every time I announce that I am doing a plan, I end up quitting, failing at it or just simply deciding it's not for me. Then I feel like a dofus coming back to tell you all that I quit it after a week or two.
So those were my personal reasons for not talking about it.
But then I had several people saying they couldn't wait to hear what it was... and then I felt bad for not sharing. I know people are just genuinely curious, I would be too. I enjoy hearing about others plans and learning about them. Does that mean they are for me and that I will do them? Not neccessarily, but if it sounds like something I might like then I may look into it.
I will also say this... I lost 85 pounds eating whatever I wanted and counting calories. That's it. I ate easy mac, chicken nuggets, and lean pockets sometimes. I ate cheetos and other goodies. Are they the most healthy? No. Does that work for everyone? No. Would I recommend to anyone to go on an "easy mac/chicken nugget/cheeto diet? No. I did eat other foods though, I swear LOL.
My point is just to say that is how I lost 85 pounds of this weight. So if anyone were to ask me for advice on how to lose weight, I would tell them calorie counting is the #1 reason for my "success".
I have only been doing this plan for 2 weeks, from the author himself, he says it's a tool and not a lifestyle plan. In a sense that bugs me. My calorie counting is incorporated into my healthy lifestyle that I will do for a lifetime. So going on something that I will eventually come OFF of was not something I was ever really interested in. But with the last 25ish pounds hanging around I was ready to try something different and see if I could shake things up with my weight loss. I am ready to get to my goal and learn about maintenance.
I was also hesitant because I tried this plan last October and failed miserably. I blamed the plan, but it was all me.
I see that now. I only made it 7 days last time, and I have completed day 14, so I think I am in a better place mentally.
So please, the only thing I ask is that any possible negativity about the plan itself or me going on a plan that is only temporary, please keep it to yourselves. Most of you are incredibly fabulous and supportive people, so clearly that doesn't apply to you.
The plan is called the Carb Nite Solution. A cliff notes version of what the plan entails can be found here: crossfitchallenge732.blo
I also want to say specific to this plan, they don't give calorie guidelines, and they encourage only counting carbs and not worrying about calories. I know that is not helpful to me. For me, it's calories in/calories out and so I still count my calories and stay in a healthy range.
Am I promoting this, saying it works, saying I've been successful at it or suggesting you do it? Not a chance.
I have been on it for 14 days, I do not have any opinion on how it has worked for me because it's too soon. I have not decided how long I will be able to continue this plan... I will however say, that IF I continue for 1-2 months (I am collecting data/daily weights as I go) and have enough information to form an opinion about how the plan worked out for ME, then I will let you all know. :)