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Considering Paleo for Real

Thursday, January 24, 2013

So, ya know how carb-cycling didn't really work out for me? Well, I quit. And gained back 10 lbs. After Thanksgiving, I felt really large. And tired. And out of shape. My clothes weren't fitting and I actually had to go out and buy a larger size jeans. Talk about a giant step back. So, I decided to take action. I threw out all the junk food in the house, much to my husband's chagrin. I gave up eating grains. All of them. No bread, No cereal, No potatoes, No beans, No crackers, No chips. Also No sugar. At all. And gosh was it hard at first. But, I persevered, and I've lost the weight I gained.

But now I have stopped losing weight, and I'm thinking I need to make another change. Possibly cutting out the dairy. I desperately clung to dairy. I love milk and cheese and yogurt and frozen yogurt and sour cream and cream in my coffee. But I think it's the reason I'm stuck. And I think I'm going to have to do without it. Or at least cut back.

Or I could go back to counting everything. Counting carbs. Counting calories. Blech! I dunno. I'm still pondering.


Carb Cycle-Week 3

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Okay, so the thing about carb-cycling is that on the days when I am low-carb, I feel light and nutritious, but still satisfied. But on the carb-loading days, I feel bloated, dehydrated and tired. And this whole week, my face is breaking out like nobody's business. All over my chin and forehead and even down my neck. Gross. The good news is I've lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks! Without exercise. I know I should, but everything I've read says to hold off on the exercise routine until your body gets used to the diet. I'd say with the breakouts and the overwhelming waves of exhaustion, I'm not quite acclimated yet. But overall, I am pleased with the results. My clothes are fitting better, and I mostly feel good.

Weight: 137

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KAYBEE37 7/1/2013 12:07AM

    Thanks for the information about how carbcycling has worked for you. Sorry to hear about the breakouts. That's so frustrating. I bet I'll still have breakouts when I'm 90!

Have a great week! emoticon

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Carb Loading-Not as Exciting as I Thought

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Yesterday was a carb-loading day. I was so excited. I woke up early to make myself a belgian waffle smothered in peanut butter and (lite) syrup. And it was soooo good. But then, a strange thing happened. I got that starchy pinched feeling in my gums. Like the dirty feeling you get after downing a half-dozen donuts. I ignored it.

For lunch I got a fried chicken wrap from Sonic with potato chips. And again I got that queasy, over-starched, lethargic late afternoon feeling. I ignored it again.

I had a coffee in the late afternoon to wake me up from the carb coma I was in.

My husband made burritos for dinner. I ate them even though I was feeling carb-xausted. And then I fell asleep at 9:00. And had weird dreams about evil fish that eat dogs and walk upright.

So, I dunno what that means. But I will definitely try to make better carb choices on my carb-loading days in the future. That was just unpleasant.

Weight: 139

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JAOTTO 6/21/2012 10:37AM

  Always stay with portion control.

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Carb Cycling: Week 1 Update

Monday, June 18, 2012

So, last week was pretty successful as far as the carb cycle diet, except Friday after work. I had a full-on meltdown and had to call my "sponsor" (or Mom, as I like to call her). She talked me down and I was able to finish the day with no major relapses.

Saturday was a carb-loading day, and I friggin loaded. Nobody can carb-load like I can lol. And I was at mom and dad's on Sunday, so mom cooked low-carb for me all day and it was so nice to have the pressure off cooking for the day.

And she told me some new information that made me very happy. You're not supposed to count "total carbs," you count "usable carbs." That means for each thing you eat, you look at total carbs and then subtract fiber, and that is the number you count towards the day's total. I wish I had known that on Friday! I was trying to keep it under 50 g total ouch!

So, this will pretty much be a continuous learning experience, and that's okay. By the time I'm 40 I'll know everything about my body, and then it will change haha.

Weight: Still holding at 141


Carb Cycling-My Answer to the P90X Nutrition Plan

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Okay, so I figured by now I know a little something about how to eat right, how to exercise, and how my body responds. I also think P90X taught me a lot about what works for me and what doesn't, and even though I failed miserably at P90X, I know exactly what went wrong, and I know now that an intensive program like that just isn't conducive to my fitness style.

The reason I failed at P90X isn't because I didn't have motivation to do the program; it was because I didn't feel good doing it. It was painful, it was time-consuming, and I felt tired and weak all the time. Not a sustainable lifestyle.

So, this time I'm trying something new. Something unique and just for me. I am doing a weekly carb cycle:

So I still get to eat carbs every week and keep my energy levels up. And I'm still using the P90X workouts, because they ARE great workouts, but in my own order, and in my own way.

I'm not sure if this is going to work for me, but I'm going to try it for awhile and see if I get results.

Starting weight: 141

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CHEEKY1000 6/12/2012 7:21PM

    Good luck! Like you, I use the P90X dvd's in my own way. I'm not doing the whole program, but I really like the ST dvd's to supplement my own cardio. I believe that in order to sustain fitness, we have to do what works for us and fits into our lifestyles. If working out 90 minutes or more a day works for some people...great, but it doesn't for me. Sometimes I can--especially when I'm hiking in the winter.

So you gotta do what you gotta do, and you're not being unreasonable. Go for it! I wish you the best!

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    Hey there woman! Good to see you! Good luck with your new endeavor. I found that walking several days a week and doing more intense workouts, less often has really helped curb my hunger and helped me lose a little more. Keep us posted!

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