Week 6 is over and I am down 1.7lbs, for a total of 6lbs. After 2 1/2 weeks of being sick I am finally feeling well again…well, except for this lingering cough.
This week I am going to focus on exercising since I have pretty much lived on the couch the last couple weeks. I am going to try to do 1 hour of cardio on 4 or 5 days and the other 2 or 3 days I will do a half hour of yoga or pilates. I know that a lot of people give themselves a day or two of rest during the week, but I don’t do well with days off so that is why I am doing two or three days of a shorter, less intense workout. When I take days off, I find it really hard to get back into the groove of things and since I know this I am just trying to avoid that problem. I don’t know if this plan will work, but I guess I will find out.
In regards to my diet, I have now gone a few days without any diet soda and have not suffered any withdraw or cravings for it. I don’t really crave breads, pastas, or potatoes anymore, but I am still craving sugar, which kind of sucks. I have tried to make a couple treats with Splenda and liquid Stevia, but it doesn’t really fix the sugar cravings so I think I will just have to wait it out and hope the cravings go away eventually.
Sunday I am going to a Super Bowl party, but I am pretty confident that it won’t be a problem. My mother-in-law is making a taco bar, so I plan on making cheese chips and having nachos instead. We are also having plenty of low-carb snacks too, such as buffalo chicken meatballs, Italian meatballs, a summer sausage and cheese tray, and a veggie tray. I think it will be easy to stay on plan with all the yummy low-carb food that will be available.
So, all in all this week went well and I am going into week 7 feeling better than I have in a couple weeks; hopefully it will go well too.
I have only been eating low-carb for a little over a week now, but I have already noticed some changes happening. The first change I noticed started only a few days into this new WOE and has stayed with me since. It is an increase in energy. I have been waking up completely refreshed anywhere from a half hour to two hours before my alarm goes off in the mornings. This is a welcome change as I used to wake up when my alarm sounded and feel as if I could sleep for another 4-5 hours. Within a couple hours of waking up, I used to have to fight the urge to take a nap, but that isn’t happening any more either. I finally feel awake during the day and am sleeping well at night.
Another change I have noticed is my skin is clearing up. I developed acne at age 9 and it is something I am still struggling with at 25, but the last few days my face is seeming to clear up. Since I haven’t changed my skin care routine lately, I believe this is directly related to my diet changes.
The last change I have noticed is the amount of headaches I get has decreased. I have always had headaches rather frequently, at least one every other day, but often times more like one a day. If I had an abundance of carbs and sugar, I would end up with a headache. I got checked for diabetes but when that came back negative we did not know why my headaches came from eating carbs. Now that I am eating low-carb, I have only dealt with 2 headaches. While I do hope that my headaches go away completely, 2 is much better than the normal 4 or 5 I would have in a week.
I think these changes are all a good sign that I have chosen a new WOE that is working for my body instead of against it. I am happy with the choice I made to go low-carb and am looking forward to see what changes come next.