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Monday, August 13, 2012

So, things got pretty busy over the Spring and Summer. I defended my dissertation proposal in April (ouch! stress eating!), went on a 3-week vacation in May (ouch! cruise weight gain!), had to travel to present research at two separate conferences in June and July (ouch! more stress eating), and went on a rather emotional roller-coaster with my BF as he navigated the stress of graduation, moving back in with his mom, starting a new job, finding an apartment, and overcoming his mom's resistance to his moving back out on his own. He actually still hasn't managed to move out yet - so that particular rollercoaster of emotion and stress continues.

I'm kicking myself to have to report that my weight crept up and up over these months until I hit the 170s - over ten pounds higher than my previous low weight! My 45-pound weight loss (from 205 to 160) is looking a lot less impressive, and I know I have to fight hard to halt my trajectory of re-gain.

Last month, I started working on cleaning out my cupboards and mentally preparing myself to get back to my healthier lifestyle. It's been a bit of a slow start, but beginning this month I've been taking action - walking for about an hour every morning for the last two weeks. I've also been eating lower-carb. I have lots of healthy yummy high-protein options in my fridge (carbmaster yogurt, tomato & basil mozzarella sticks, liquid egg whites to add into smoothies, frozen strawberries and veggies and soyburgers). I'm still eating some whole grains (low-carb tortillas and oatmeal), legumes, and plenty of fruits & veggies - so I'm not exactly on a low-carb diet. But I cut out a LOT of the carbs that my normal diet would have included (pasta, rice, popcorn, toast).

With this higher-protein, lower-carb diet, I haven't been counting calories at all yet. I told myself it was just while I get used to eating these foods, and that eventually I'd "get strict" and start up my calorie counting again. But, I'm honestly dreading counting calories (I think the effort it takes is part of why I ended up avoiding Sparkpeople for so many months - I was dreading having to put that much time/energy into logging my foods.)

Amazingly enough, I'm actually losing weight without counting calories, so far! I'm down 5 pounds in two weeks - to 166 - as of this morning! Of course, I know a lot of it is probably water weight, so I'm trying not to let it get to my head. Honestly, I keep expecting these results to evaporate since it seems too good to be true that I'm actually losing weight WITHOUT feeling constantly hungry and deprived, and without vigilantly monitoring every drink or bite of food. Can I really lose weight without calorie counting?? Can I keep walking the fine line between not feeling deprived, and not eating so much that it stalls (or reverses) my weight loss efforts?

I'm open to the fact that I might need to change, but as long as it seems to be working, I'm going to give it a shot!

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  • MILLIE5522
    Congrats on the weight loss and for coming back on SP. I will be interested to know how you get on without calorie counting. I just know that I have to count calories otherwise I gain....believe me I've tried many times! I have resigned to making this part of my lifestyle; it's a small price to pay. emoticon
    2091 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Glad to see you back. And as long as it's working why change it. Glad you are having great success with your new diet.
    2104 days ago
    emoticon emoticon you eating sounds awesome my new fav thing is smoothies with all you had going on you only gained 10 that was awesome. Your plan to succeec sounds good
    2113 days ago
    Glad to see you back. I know exactly what you mean about the 10 plus pounds weight loss. I too am struggling. Sounds like you are back on top of things though. Me, I'm still trying like hell to get there.....

    Sounds like you had a lot on your plate but sounds like you got a great handle on it.

    2130 days ago
    who cares what weight ouy lost, water, schmatert - it had to go!! I am right there along side you!! Are you going to start back on BLC? I am goign to go shopping for a team also!!

    We can continue start of journey from here on and do wonderful. I am up 12 pounds over the last 3 months - you are the first IHave confessed this too! Thanks for writing your blog to encrouage my confession!!

    Love your new background also!!
    2135 days ago
    I'm so glad to see you back! I understand the aversion to counting calories, but I know (at least for myself), it's the best way for me to lose weight or maintain a loss. I've found that just keeping track via paper (sometimes even just writing down the numbers, not the actual items themselves) is easier, and accomplishes what I need it to. Perhaps you could start with that. Although, from the sounds of it, you're doing quite well so far, so I hope that continues apace!
    2135 days ago
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