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2013 - Goal changes

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 emoticon

  
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EXOTEC 1/16/2013 3:48PM

    Great work! You've got a wonderful system going there. Isn't it wonderful to not be addicted to foods and a victim of cravings? what a relief! It certainly was for me.

I also have my ticker set at my start weight (I think - it was at one point, unless the "worthies" @ SP have seen fit to alter that alongside the changes to my Tracker every time I update). I like to see the long road I embarked upon, and the fact that my marker is closer to the end than the beginning! I have faith. I have hope! It's coming, yay!!!

You deserve to be feeling good about what you're doing. Isn't it remarkable to follow some advice (even if only your own) and discover it Actually Works!?!

hooray for you!


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KATCHAGIRL 1/16/2013 12:21PM

    Sounds FANTASTIC!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! :) THIS is the year!!! emoticon

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DITA48 1/16/2013 9:30AM

    I like that approach. I just changed my ticker to show starting weight at beginning of the year, though in my mind, I think about the 10 I lost and kept off last year (from my heaviest of 258, which actually wasn't my heaviest, it was like 262 a week before I started back on SP a year ago). LOL

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The Carb Curve/"Sweet Spot"

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
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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.

  
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UNIQDRGNFLY 1/15/2013 11:45AM

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EXOTEC 1/15/2013 10:33AM

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YAAAY!!!

Congrats ~ that range for carbs is underscored in another book, "Life Without Bread." The author there quotes an even more exact number: 72. I think I'd never be able to "nail it" on a particular number, but I can ~sort of~ manage the 50-100. I've been at this so long, I've let my carbs creep up a bit; had to, really. I'd hit a long stall and evidently had gone into some kind of "starvation" or conservation mode. I'm losing again, slowly (as should be), and would like to let those numbers slip back down if I can. Onederland is so close I can ~smell~ it!

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You're doing great!
Way to go!

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JULESJET 1/15/2013 10:28AM

    Yay! Congratulations!
Slowly, but surely you can do it!

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Day 1 - 21-day Primal Blueprint Challenge

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!

  
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GOPINTOS 1/15/2013 2:12AM

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Thanks for sharing!

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It's about time....

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)

  
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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:52PM

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DITA48 1/10/2013 12:05PM

    I have similar experiences on the scale. The numbers don't ever coincide with my perceived effort at weight loss, nor how I feel physically when I get on the scale. And while I do still see mostly incremental loss, it's a very strange experience. I've decided to just take it in stride.

One thing I did this week is reflect on my past year. I've yo-yo'd around the same 5-7 lbs most of the year, but in actuality, I lost 10 lbs in the course of the year and kept that off. No, it's not life changing, but when most people our age are gaining every year, I'll take it as a win!

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TIKITAMI 1/10/2013 12:00PM

   
Good for you for not letting the ups and downs get your frustrated. Seven pounds is a great start, well done !

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BRANDNEWDESIGN 1/10/2013 10:42AM

    Wonderful news! Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon to you!

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I guess I'm serious about all this...

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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EXOTEC 1/15/2013 10:40AM

    Good for you. It's tough to be tough! BUT! let me offer an alternative: you *can* use whole/heavy cream. I also love the myriad flavors of DaVinci syrups - and most come in sugar-free versions. The range of flavors is amazing. The "sugar-free" is Splenda. These are the syrups you might encounter in coffee bars or the like. They come in quart (?) bottles. I went crazy and bought a whole case of the durn things! I use them in oatmeal, drinks, my morning protein shake... let your imagination run. I've even used them in cooking. yum

You just might be able to have your favorite coffee...even if it isn't exactly the same as you've been used to! I believe Sam's carries (a very limited line of) the syrups. You might try one out before you go crazy like I did!

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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 7:00PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MOONANDSTARS77 1/9/2013 7:12PM

  You can't use coffee creamer? Oh no, this means I have to toss my fave almond joy flavor! emoticon

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KATCHAGIRL 1/9/2013 11:47AM

    GREAT BLOG and I'm so proud of you!! Maybe experience with a few different options. I make my own cappuccino everyday, which consists of about 4oz. of 2% milk (which I could use skim) and ground espresso.

I have the same problem as you, but with alcohol, and ask myself the same questions sometimes too. I have yet to take the actual step, like you have done, but I plan on doing it this year.

It's actually started out good so far, as I have had the flu since Sunday, so, so far this week I've only had ONE 6oz. glass of wine!!! That's REALLY good for me, but it's cuz I'm sick. At least it's given me a head start! :)

Keep up the EXCELLENT work and LET'S DO IT this year, ok??? :)

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GRACEMCDOG 1/8/2013 7:42PM

    Great insights! I too have had a hard time with keeping sweet out of my tea and coffee. I'm doing it now but I still struggle with it from time to time. I've finally adjusted to coffee with 2 TBS 18% cream, 2 TBS coconut oil, a teaspoon of raw cocoa and a dash of cinnamon. Whizzed up in the blender it's really not bad and all that comes to less than 200 calories, The really great thing about it though is that all the fat in it keeps me going at a high energy level and NO hunger until mid afternoon. I LOVE that. It often means I eat a late lunch and no dinner or just a snack of yogurt and berries.

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DITA48 1/8/2013 6:36PM

    It's small incremental changes that make all the difference! My wife and I gave up sugar in our coffee together. She still does cream, but I tried cream and no sugar once and said, hell, I don't want the extra fat/calories in the cream. I have drunk my coffee black for years now. I drink much less coffee, and I'm always happy wherever coffee is served, because I don't have to worry if they have "my" additives, be it a specific kind of cream, or a specific artificial sweetener, etc. It was an inadvertent simplification step which I was delighted with after the fact.


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MANDYLOVE_76 1/8/2013 1:29PM

    I love chocolate. That's my problem.

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JENSEMINARA 1/8/2013 10:40AM

    You made me laugh out loud. Because we all have that addiction or ok several addictions. Truly I found humor in this because I am always trying to talk myself around this sort of thing. I feel your pain..

Have a great day
Jen

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