Thursday, October 29, 2015

Week Four Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month One)

Week Four Weigh-In:
10/22/2015:         -1.2 pound
Total lost:             13.6 pounds
Current Weight:   216.4 pounds

Yes! Down another 1.2 pounds! I only have 1.4 more pounds to lose to hit a 15 pound loss and I'm really hoping for (and working toward) that for next week!

This may be slow progress for low carb but considering my lack of progress before low carb I'm very happy with it!

I've noticed a few other things as well that I may have mentioned before, the most important being that I have way, way less headaches which is just huge for me! My stomach is also settling down nicely (I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and it's been  much more under control eating this way. I have more energy, I don't want to sleep all the time and I'm thinking about food a lot less. I'm sure there are other changes that I may not have noticed yet but in general I feel healthier.

The problem is that I've gotten really bored with meat, cheese and tuna but, once again, friends on Facebook came to the rescue and I have  a lot of ideas and plans for new recipes and foods now, especially seafood. I also have a Twice Baked Cauliflower recipe that I've been dying to try to I finally picked up the ingredients and will be making it this weekend!

After writing back and forth with my friends about various food last night I realized that if I'm going to stick with this and I AM going to stick with it, I need to start paying more attention to the quality and taste of my food. The first few weeks were more like an experiment but since it's obviously working for me in many different ways I need to plan better. There's not reason to limit myself to a small grouping of meat and tuna and suffer through eating it over and over again. It's time to play with the food a little and check out some other choices and ways of cooking it.

I also did a lot of reading on Keto (click here for more info) and low carb yesterday and learned a lot. The biggest thing that I learned (that, in all honesty, I already knew) was that high carb cheat days will really mess you up and can cost you several days of weight loss. Now, I already stopped with the massive cheat days but I was hoping to still be able to eat some extra carby things (or even 1 high carb thing) once a week but the way I'm looking at it now, I don't think I'm willing to give up days and days of weight loss (and fight weight gain) for some yummy carbs. I think it will all depend on the day and situation. But I have a lot more reading to do because I'm finding this whole Keto thing fascinating!

I'm also pretty sure that my carb count will go up a bit once I lose the weight I need to lose but I can really see myself doing the low/lower carb for life. To me it seems doable and the carbs I would add back in would be the healthy complex carbs and not pastries and stuff like that.

I realized yesterday that I've been on low carb for almost four weeks now and, outside of a couple days at the beginning, I haven't had any desire to quit. Yeah, I'm craving carbs now and again but I'm not going crazy over them, I'm not cheating with them and, most important of all to me, I'm not binging. That is just HUGE. I also know that if I were to take a bite of, I don't know, Ben and Jerry's ice cream or a cheesecake I would not be able to stop until I ate the whole thing (or so I think at this time) so why even take that bite?

Basically I can see myself doing this in the long run and I feel great about it. This is the first time in a very long time that I've actually stuck to something and been excited about it (Gabriel pointed that out last night).

So, what are my goals for this coming week? Well, I really need to rest the ankle more. It's been a really busy week and I've done way too much walking on it to the point where it's swelling again and hurting a lot more. My only workout goal right now is to organize all my home exercise stuff and to do abs so my biggest focus is on food. 

And, of course, to keep blogging!

3 comments:

  1. Way to go! And good for you that LC is working. There are a lot of foods you don't realize you can eat at first. It gets easier over time.

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  2. Way to go! And good for you that LC is working. There are a lot of foods you don't realize you can eat at first. It gets easier over time.

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  3. Thank you! The more research I do the better this gets!

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