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Trying something new and FEELING the rewards!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Prior to starting my journey 3/20/12 at 262 pounds, I was eating upwards of 3,000 calories a day, many of those on fast food. So when I started to make changes, just by not eating as much fast food, eating less calories, the weight seemed to drop off. The things I were eating were not healthy by any means, but because the calories were far less, the weight was coming off, and I didn't seem to care.

But here I am, a little over a year later, around 215ish (back down from 222 just 3 weeks ago, emoticon) and still eating those same things, even if the calories are in range it just wasn't cutting it anymore. On May 3rd, after coming across tips from my BLC teammates, I took a long hard look at my carbs. Now, my carbs where within my Spark range, but I was averaging 200 carbs per day. It was in range, so I didn't think it was an issue. Some of my teammates had started following 100g a day and seeing great results, I figured what could it hurt?

I wasn't going to do anything extreme, I wasn't going to cut ridiculously far back on carbs, but I thought I would give it a shot. I did some research on my own, and started being more conscious of my food choices and my carbs. The "bad foods" that I was eating were extremely high in carbs, so by being conscious of this alone, I immediately started choosing healthier foods. It wasn't intentional, but it just happened. I could easily defend my easy mac before because it was "only" 220 calories, even though deep down I always knew the foods I chose were not ideal. But with looking at carbs, I could not allow myself to "waste" 30-something carbs on one little container of easy mac. I haven't done away with everything, but instead of eating 3-4 items containing 30 carbs or more, I allow myself ONE a day.

I also started eating eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast, not only do I LOVE IT but it keeps me full for hours. I had always hated eating breakfast because I felt so hungry only 1-2 hours later, but not with the protein! My protein is at an all time high (still in range), I am feeling fuller than I ever have and all while staying in a lower calorie range. I was previously eating 1700 and still wanting more food. Now some days I find myself eating 1300 and full.

I am feeling good, and just over a week later this is all the things I'm experiencing:

emoticon Weight is coming off, my pants are fitting better, my digestive system is running much more smoothly.

emoticon I find myself eating so many more veggies, and actually enjoying eating them. Carrots in hummus or tzatziki? YUM-O!

emoticon I'm not craving carbs, fast food, or any other tempting foods. I often craved fast food, or some fluffy form of carbs like pasta or breads, and that craving is not there.

emoticon I have more energy!

emoticon More energy means longer walks for Sparky! emoticon

emoticon It is still just a few days in, but I love hula hooping and I LOVE the calories it burns and how high it gets my heart rate!

I am so glad to be back on track, I am so glad to have this sense of control again. When I was off track for about a month, I felt sluggish, icky, sad, but I forgot how great it felt to be on track and feeling fabulous! This little tiny "change" in my journey by paying more attention to carbs is helping me so much, and I've been saying this since Halloween, but I really think I'm going to get to Onederland in the not so distant future... for real-sies this time! emoticon emoticon
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  • EILEEN828
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    1859 days ago
    This all sounds so fantastic! Good for you!
    1860 days ago
    You are so freaking awesome! I love you!!!!
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  • JUDY106
    I found the same thing.People are diffident, but I am glad you found it too. Love, love , Judy
    1861 days ago
    Way to go! It is always inspiring to see that everyone falters occasionally, but that it is possible to get back on the wagon. Clearly you have found your groove again. Congratulations!
    1863 days ago
    I'm so glad you found something that's working for you! emoticon
    1863 days ago
    That's awesome! My friend does the carb lovers diet, which is basically cutting out carbs except for 1 meal a day and she has seen results also. Hmmm...maybe I'd better look into this carb thing! Way to go! emoticon
    1864 days ago
    Yay! I'm so happy for you! You've found your spark again and you're feeling really good!

    I'm so happy you tried something new and it's working for you. I bet the best part is that you don't CRAVE carbs anymore. I know the cravings are the killers for me. I have also heard that the more you eat veggies, the more you crave them. Makes perfect sense to me!

    Keep it up! Onederland is right around the corner!
    1864 days ago
    Glad it is clicking for you. Yes more protein and lower carbs always wins out when you are trying to drop pounds. I went back this week to the Eat to Live plan to jump start myself and I'm feeling better too.

    Way to go Stephanknee! You just keep getting better and better!
    1864 days ago
    Steph, girl, you are a ROCK STAR!!! I love how you research things for yourself. I like how you make things work for you and that you make sure you aren't going off the deep end. I am SO proud of what you are accomplishing!!! That is terrific. WAIT!!! emoticon are those? can't be....but I think it is...Hold on, let me clean my glasses and make sure....IT IS!!!! I see some emoticon 's & emoticon 's (just a few but they are there)!!!


    1864 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/11/2013 5:50:46 PM
    You are doing great!!! Well done!
    PS. I LOVE tzatziki! It's the best!
    1864 days ago
    Wow - I LOVE reading blogs like this!! Sounds like you have a plan in place that is REALLY working for you; not just your body but your mind as well!! Congrats!! emoticon
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    1865 days ago
    YES! I am so proud of you!
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  • MRSP90X
    Calories are impotrant but that is not the only thing as you have just realized. Carbs and proteins really effect the hormonal balance of all those invloved with hunger and feeling full. A higher protein diet always wins for fat loss not just weight loss as it is muscle sparing. A higher carb diet while restricting calories does not spare muscle tissue and keeping muscle tissue is key for your metabolism. Muscle does need carbs but not an overabundance. Great job!!
    1865 days ago
    emoticon Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy I am so happy to see you doing so well!!!
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    1865 days ago
    It sounds like you were READY to make some healthy changes. You were making progress with the changes you STARTED with but it was time to start getting more serious. Thanks for sharing - this is a VERY important lesson for many of us - changing things up doesn't have to happen immediately, you can make changes and see progress, and then make new changes and see MORE progress as you become accustomed to your original changes. Thanks for sharing this - it is an important lesson for us all.
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    1865 days ago
    I haven't totally given up convenience foods either (I love me a Fiber One brownie or a protein bar) but a majority of the time I cook from scratch. This is actually a ton cheaper than convenience food, too! My favorite "convenience food" is an apple and a tablespoon of Skippy. It's very easy and yummy!
    1865 days ago
    You are so motivational to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Wow, thanks for sharing this information on carb and the possible results if we cut down on them. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Good job Stephanie!!!
    1865 days ago
    This is fabulous!! The changes will pay off!! emoticon
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