Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I changed up my weight loss ticker. I put my starting weight at my heaviest (258). I'm working on weight loss in 5 pound increments, and my next goal is 240. I liked the idea of seeing my total weight loss over time, rather than the way I was doing it.
Today's weigh in: 244. That's -4 pounds since the beginning of the year, and -14 pounds from my heaviest weight in the last couple of years, 258.
Carbs: Kept under 100 the last two days, relatively painlessly too. Noticing I'm not starving all the time, and with hunger more in check it's much easier to not eat constantly. No cravings is helping a LOT. I'm still tracking every bite.
That's it for today, feeling good about what I'm doing and my body is feeling good. Nice change
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Per Sisson's Primal Blueprint, the "sweet spot" for weight loss in terms of carbs is 50-100 gm www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-c
During my first 3 weeks of eating Primal...the sweet spot proved elusive. I averaged 153 carbs a day (a level which trends toward weight maintanence). Yesterday was my first day "in the sweet spot", 78 carbs. Since late last week, I'm also noticing I have a LOT less hunger and this is definitely helping me keep those carbs in check.
As expected when I had that 7 pound loss last week, some of it didn't stay off. I fully expected it, and I'm okay with it. I was stuck at 248 for three-four weeks, I lost 7 (put me at 241) and at today's "official" weigh in, I was 245. That actually is great as far as I'm concerned! That's a 3 pound total loss in....four weeks.
Yeee haw, breaking the speed barrier there for sure, LOL. I knew going into this it would be slow. I'm okay with it. :) Considering that's 13 pounds down from my heaviest last year, I'm cool with it.
Here's to another day, keeping on keeping on.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Here we are, day one of the Primal Blueprint 21-day Challenge hosted by the Primal Lifestyle team.
Not sure where I am weight wise. It has been all over the last week. Down 7 (wha?), up 5, down 2, up 3. I haven't measured in awhile, and that's scheduled. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is what I think of as my "official" weigh in day, so we'll wait to see what the scale says until then.
I'm working it. At 27 carbs/474 calories so far -likely because I haven't been terribly hungry today AND I've been trying to wait to eat until my stomach growls a little. I'm so in the HABIT of eating. It's "time" to eat, so I eat, whether I'm hungry or not.
I'm trying to break that. If you aren't hungry...why are you eating? Am I afraid there might not be food later? (no). Is it a habit? (probably). Am I bored and eating gives me something to focus on? (probably).
The breaking of the french vanilla creamer habit has been so-so. Has it been 100% eliminated? Not yet. I have had days with out it, and I have had days with half the amount I used to use.
It's one big learning curve, this learning to eat primal/paleo/low carb whatever it is. I spoke with someone in the breakroom today who is on day 1 of their Medifast program. It only reinforced for me...I'm not doing that ever again. Kudos to him, good luck to him, whatever, but I'm not doing it.
So what's going right on this first day of the challenge (besides still having carbs/calories left to eat today, lol?)
* Used CPAP/Ambien last night and had good sleep.
* Feel good - no afternoon sleepiness/eating to stay awake.
* No cravings - despite the fact that this weekend I ate wheat and sugar (sometimes it happens- life. Figured it fell into the 20% of follow it as best you can 80% of time and don't freak out about one meal in a week).
That's it. Happy Monday!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I started getting serious about this weight loss effort mid November. The scale went up and down over the same 4 pounds...up and down, up and down and up and again, down. I started following Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint the last week of December.
The scale refused to move. It was like it was stuck there at 248 and had no other reading but that. Again and again, in the last 3 weeks, I'd get on the scale and it would say.....248.
Today I got on the scale and about fell off. 7 pounds lost.
This has been a very typical thing for me since I passed my 45th birthday. Losing any weight has meant doggedly sticking to it and waiting. and waiting....and waiting. And then, one day boom 4 or 5 pounds would be gone.
Typically after that, it would bounce up and down a pound or two for a couple weeks, maybe even three or four weeks before another big (for me) loss of 4 or 5 pounds.
So do I expect to step on the scale again in a day or two and see it's still 7 pounds gone? Not so much. I know that my weight loss is usually very much the "two steps forward, one step back" variety.
But am I happy? Relieved? Feeling vindicated for all the things I didn't eat? All the good choices I made even when the scale refused to budge? YOU BETCHA!
Weight: 241 (-7).
Waist: 47.5 (Last measured 1/4 I think)
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Ever since I began my weight loss journey, there were two things that were pretty much impossible for me to give up. I had a baaaaad attitude about giving them up, and I would try to find any way to work around it - convincing myself I could have my cake and ....lose weight too.
Those items were wheat products and sugar/french vanilla creamer in my coffee.
I stopped putting sugar in my coffee several months ago. I increased the creamer a little to compensate, but let's be frank here....I was still consuming about 140 cal/10 carb for one cup of coffee....and I typically had two cups a day and sometimes more (because they also have it on hand at my work, as well)
When I cut sugar...I kept the full-sugar version of the creamer. I couldn't let go. Wouldn't let go. Until after examining the last 10 days so carefully, and seeing that some days I would have 30 carbs/420 calories going to....coffee.
I felt guilty. But I didn't wanna give it up.
Maybe I'll just go to one cup a day, I reasoned with myself. But I know the truth. I will cave on it and have 2 or more cups more times than not. This week, it began to gnaw at me. What if that was the ONE THING that was preventing me from losing weight, would it STILL be worth it? Really? If the answer is yes....well, that's because there's addiction talking there. I didn't like that answer at all.
So, last night I went and got the sugar-free version and tried it in my coffee this a.m.
Blech. Totally nasty. I warred with myself. "Can't I have ONE vice left?" and I went through the "maybes" again. Maybe I could just have one really good cup of coffee a day....
Feeling sorry for myself I came to work and when it came time to pour my second cup of the day, instead of reaching for the full-sugar version, I reached for the plain half-and-half and added a packet of Splenda.
Not too bad. Seriously much more do-able than the SF creamer. Perhaps I've found my replacement.
Because you know what? It's NOT worth it. Feeding that addiction is not worth it. It's not worth the calorie/carb effect, it's not worth the hit to my self esteem when I think " I'm willing to stay unhealthy, unhappy, and morbidly obese because I refuse to give up my addiction, even if it was the only thing standing between me and losing weight".
Good-bye, Nestle French Vanilla Creamer. I truly loved you. In fact, I think I loved you so much, I was addicted to you. You aren't worth it to me any more.
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