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Monday, September 19, 2016

This morning's weigh in confirms it: I successfully maintained my weight during my work trip! I left and came back at the same weight!


I actually lost half a pound (.6), but I'm not counting it since the major number is the same - lol. It was pretty terrifying since I had no weight scale and I had no idea if I was going off track. I used a couple of ketostix as a spot check, but that was my only insight that I was hanging in there.

Everyone seemed to notice. The first thing my parents said to me was they noticed I lost weight. My coworkers looked stunned when I said I lost 15lbs because many of them have been on the familiar cycle of diligently counting calories, working out, and losing a few pounds but no more. One of my coworkers said she noticed I was no longer keeping my shirts untucked and hiding under big shirts. My best friend and her fiance said I looked great.

My weight loss is much more noticeable to them because I haven't seen them in 12 weeks. When someone loses weight that you see every day, the changes are less noticeable. When you go for a long time without seeing someone, they see a more contrasting change.

I didn't track food or count calories at all. Calorie counting doesn't work for me, and I wish it did. Being able to eat anything, just as long as I stayed in my ranges, would be so much easier. I wouldn't have been crawling through a carb land minefield, dodging weight gain like a LC commando.

I cannot stay within a calorie range, eat anything, and maintain my weight. Breads and starches turn off my fat burn, and I gain weight. There's nothing I can do about it. That is just how my body works.

I was asked the question: "Don't you miss bread? I couldn't give up bread."

My coworkers always comment on my strong 'willpower'. I never eat the office donuts, cookies, or other baked goods.

I hate being overweight. I don't like the way I feel in my clothes. I don't like feeling out of shape.

I love being fit and normal weight. And I love that more than I love foods that I know will make me gain weight and miserable.

In some ways, not counting calories is easier. I didn't track my food, and I didn't have time for exercise. I simply skipped breads, potatoes, corn, and desserts. I enjoyed social margaritas and glasses of wine as my only vices. I executed the 80/20 rule in these situations, and it worked out fine.

I'm home this week, then off for a vacation. I made hard boiled eggs for the week. I had an egg salad for my breakfast. I slept in this morning, so I didn't get up for a walk or a bike ride. The weather is a little cooler these days, so it's more forgiving if I don't make my morning schedule. I will go out for a lunch time bike ride instead.

I'm behind in responding to all of your comments, so I'll do that a bit later after I've had coffee and waken up some more!
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    I like the visual of the carb minefield! I went out to eat with the pie eaters today! I drank my coffee while they ate pie. It was not too hard to do. I had just finished my " bacon cheeseburger salad." I'm finding it interesting that a lot of restaurants are becoming low carb friendly in response to growing need. Lucky me! Continued success on your vacation. And don't forget to pack the jerky! emoticon
    1627 days ago
    That's so great that you maintained and even lost weight while in the midst of so much temptation. That's the beauty of eating low carb, I think - better able to resist temptation,
    1628 days ago
    That's awesome I always gain after a trip you go girl!!! 🎉🎉🎉
    1628 days ago
  • LOATS92
    Great job
    1628 days ago
    Awesome job on holding it down ..
    1628 days ago
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