Weigh-In

     I have made it passed the 10lb loss mark!  This week I lost 3.4 lbs, so a total of 11.4lbs since late December.  The best part of this is not the number though, it’s the fact that I am finally starting to tell a difference in my clothes.  A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had not gone down in clothing sizes yet, but I can now see a shopping trip in my near future.  Yesterday, I put on a pair of jeans that are always a bit snug at the start of the day but after a few hours they fit great, but when I put them on yesterday, they were too big!  They were loose at the waist and in the thigh area as soon as I put them on and by the end of the day they were falling off.  It is so nice to finally be seeing results of the work I have put in.

     In other news, I have not been posting much the last few weeks but that will be ending soon.  I have some recipes and other ideas that will be shared in the upcoming days.  I am also planning a day of batch cooking and freezing some low-carb meals, which should happen on Saturday, so I will post pictures and recipes for that soon after.  

      Have a great day!

Week 8 Weigh-In

     This week, I didn’t manage to lose any weight, instead I gained a pound.  I am not surprised by this because to be completely honest I haven’t stuck to my diet and exercise much this week.  After last week’s realization about how badly carbs affect my body, I still found myself self-sabotaging all week long, even though I knew it would make me feel like crap.  I gave into my cravings, didn’t plan low-carb meals, and rarely exercised.  The entire week was a flop.

     I don’t really know why I did this to myself, except that it felt easy.  I had a week off between classes and we were snowed in for four days, so I could have worked out more and spent more time on preparing low-carb foods, instead I took the easy route.  I felt confined and bored, so I indulged in food and laziness, two things I would indulge on in the past when feeling bad.  I even stayed away from blogs for the most part so that I didn’t have to face everyone else who was doing the right thing, I didn’t want dragged out of my funk.

    But as quickly as all the negativity came, it disappeared just as quick.  Yesterday I was able to leave my house, hang out with some friends, and get my hair done.  I restocked my kitchen with healthy, low-carb foods and bought a new workout game that I can do with my children.  Today the sun is shining, temps are rising, and the snow is finally melting; I am feeling good and ready to put in the work needed to continue losing weight and getting healthy.

     I don’t know what caused my problems this week, but I am glad it is over!

 

     

Week 7 Weigh-In & the Repercussions of a High-Carb Meal

     Today is weigh-in day for me and I am down another 3lbs.  That gives me an overall total of 9lbs!  I am pretty pleased with this week’s loss and looking forward to hopefully getting into two digit numbers next week.  

     About a week into this low-carb journey I noticed that there were some changes taking place other than weight loss, such as my face clearing up.  I have had acne since the age of 9 and at 25 I still struggle with it, but since changing my diet I have noticed that my face is looking much better.  Instead of full-face breakouts, I have only had a few bumps and they cleared up pretty fast.  I attributed this to my change in diet, but I was not absolutely positive that it was these changes that were clearing up my acne.  However, I am now sure.

     Two nights ago, I made my family homemade chicken noodle soup and served it with some crusty bread for dipping.  I decided that I was taking a break from eating healthy so that I could eat some soup and bread too.  Before I was even finished with one bowl of soup, I was feeling nauseous and I had a very sudden, sharp headache.  I used to get this type of headaches close to everyday, especially if I ate very high amounts of sugar that day, but they went away when I started eating low-carb.  

     I didn’t finish my bowl of soup, deciding it was better not to make things worse, but within an hour I had horrible heartburn.  I hadn’t even realized when I started eating low-carb that my heartburn problems had gone away, but once it came back and I went searching for the Tums I realized that I had not needed them in close to two months.  Before changing my diet, I had heartburn every day!  I would go through bottles and bottles of Tums trying to calm it, but it never went away.  

     The biggest surprise that I got after eating this bowl of soup and chunk of bread came the next morning.  I got out of bed and went to wash my face only to find it completely broken out!  My whole face was covered in bumps and red spots, it was not a welcomed sight.

    I am now certain that the change in diet is what caused all of these problems to go away back when I noticed they were gone.  I am also sure that the very high-carb meal that I tried to enjoying was the cause of the problems I dealt with after eating it.  I am amazed at what a change of diet can do for the body and how fast these changes happen, both good and bad, so I think I will continue to refrain from high-carb foods for the foreseeable future.  

Week 6 Weigh-In

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.

Week 5 Weigh-In

     Today is weigh-in day and my weight has not moved since last week.  I am pretty sure that I know why though.  I have been sick for a week and a half now and have spent the majority of that time laying in bed or on the couch.  I have also been taking NyQuil and Day-quil, which I just found out is high in carbs.  The four doses I have been taking per day leaves me with a carb intake of 76 grams of carbs just from the medicine.  That is crazy!  I had no idea that medicine contained carbs until today when I looked into it because of the lack of weight loss.  I did find a replacement for the NyQuil though, as Contac Severe Cold & Flu contains zero carbs, so I think I will look into getting some.  

     With cold and flu season upon us, it is important to know what is in your medicines so you do not undo your progress.  Don’t fall into the trap that I did thinking medicine doesn’t contain carbs, because a lot of OTC medicines are high in carbs.  Look into your preferred medicine before you become sick so you can plan if you want to take it if you do become sick.  

Week 4 Weigh-In

     This week was a pretty easy week, I made an meal plan and stuck to it, which helped keep me on track because I didn’t have to figure out at the last minute what to eat.  I did not manage to exercise beyond the first few days of the week because I have been sick since with a really bad cold.  As soon as I feel well again I will be putting a bigger emphasis on exercising.  

     Anyways, I did my weigh-in this morning and have lost 3.3 lbs. this week.  This puts me at a total loss of 4.3 lbs. in four weeks.  I think that meal planning helped out a lot this week, so tomorrow I will post my week 5 meal plan.  

     Well, it is back to the couch for me so I can rest up and get well.  I hope everyone has a great day!

Week 3 Weigh-In and Thoughts on Giving Up

     Today was weigh-in day and it did not go as badly as I thought it would.  Because of the lack of planning I faced at the end of week two and start of week three, I really expected to gain back all four pounds I had lost in week 1 plus a few more pounds.  Instead, I gained back three of the four I lost, bringing me to a grand total of losing 1 pound in three weeks.  Of course, I do not like this number at all, but I made up my mind before I weighed in that whatever the results were I was going to accept and move on.  So that is what I am doing, I am looking at weeks 2 and 3 as a stumble in what will be a much larger journey and am looking to week 4 to get back in gear.  

     I know that some people would see that three-pound gain so early in this journey and say that this new WOE is not working or that it shows they cannot stick to it.  I know this because I used to be that person.  If I saw even a one pound gain on the scale I would get discouraged and it would eventually result in my giving up.  I am the type of person who tries to do things perfectly even though I know that is an impossible standard to meet and if I see that things are going wrong, I tend to give up.  I have done this on countless diets, projects, and even with my schoolwork (finishing up with my degree this year!).  Because I am aware that I do this, I am finding ways to overcome it and one way I am doing that is to look at the larger picture.  If I looked at my weight gain this week as only a weight gain, it would become very discouraging; instead, I am choosing to see that while I did gain a few pounds back I also gained an understanding of the importance of planning my meals.  I may have stumbled with the numbers of it all, but I am learning important information that will help me succeed in the long run.  That is more important than those three pounds so this time around I am not giving up.  

     This week I will be putting a lot more focus on eating the right foods, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of exercise.  I am also going to plan my week’s meals and a list of healthy snacks to post on my refrigerator door so that I am prepared for the week.