Okay, so, here we are. Again.
As is shown very clearly in this blog, I have gone back and forth on low carb, moderate carb, keto and counting calories for several months now trying to find the easy way to get through this.
Guess what I found out in that time?
THERE IS NO EASY WAY THROUGH THIS!
Yes, counting calories, counting and tracking macros, preplaning and preparing meals, weighing and measuring food, counting every last carb and gram of protein... it all takes work. Slow, tedious, irritating work. Sometimes it takes a lot of work and sometimes it comes easily but it all takes effort. That's just how it is.
There's no magic pill or magic trick. There's no quick fix. All there is hard work and effort and it pays off in the end, it really does. I just have to quit sneaking out for a carby break every day before I get to that end.
And without that effort I'm now less than a pound away from hitting 200 pounds again and I just can't do it. I won't do it. I refuse to go back to that.
And, again, without that effort, my chronic illness and pain is worse than in had been the whole time I was on low carb. I've blogged about that quiet a bit and you'd think I would have learned my lesson by now as to what works for my body and what doesn't but I guess I'm stubborn (that has nothing to do with being Russian or anything lol) and I have to keep learning.
So the plan, as of today, is to go back to the low carb plan that I was doing from last October to about May when I started to get looser with the plan and eventually fell away from it. Since it's mid-September I almost feel like I've come full circle and my new beginning is, once again, in the fall (which happens to be my favorite season).
The rules are simple: count calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber and sugar. Track, weigh and measure food every day. Preplan meals instead of searching the fridge, or even worse, the store, for something when I'm ravenously hungry. No cheat days. There will be some special occasions, the first being our anniversary trip in mid-October but even on special occasions everything will get tracked and counted. And really make sure I'm getting in a lot of veggies!
Of course I will continue with my workouts (when the pain isn't stopping me) but the workouts are not the problem here.
So, that basically covers it. There is no more back and forth, no more changing my mind, no more indecision's, no more "let's try this instead." I know what I have to do to be successful and I will not ignore that knowledge anymore no matter what.
The time is now. Let's do this thing!