theatrenut's Journal, 06 November 2012

Thought I would journal a little on my new journey - Carb Cycling. I'm working along the lines of Chris Powell's diet. Alternating low-carb days with high-carb days. He recommends something of a "splurge" day (with limits) on the 7th day, but I'm not planning to do that at this point.

So, I'm almost 59 years old, female, fighting weight issues since age twelve. I'm 5'3" and have weighed between 117 (after low-calorie dieting in my early 20s, and I wasn't at that weight long) and 170 (once after a baby, and once not!). I've been on Weight Watchers (successfully, and not), Jenny Craig (mostly successfully), but usually I just count calories. Except for strength training 4 times a week, I'm mostly sitting in front of a) computer, for work b) TV c) reading.

My carb-cycling plan is this:

Low-carb day: high-ish carb breakfast followed by 5 more small meals; total of 40g carb (after breakfast) and 1100 calories

High-carb day: same high-ish carb breakfast followed by 5 more small meals: total of 140 carbs total and 1400 calories

I'm no on Day 6 and so far, it's going well. I'm struggling a bit (as usual) at not eating that extra bite, but I'm tracking the items more faithfully than usual. My carbs on high-carb day aren't all "good carbs" like they're supposed to be, but I'm working on that and I'm not eating junk.

As of this morning, I'm down one pound. I'm not the kind of person who loses that "6 pounds in 6 days" - it literally takes me six weeks to lose 2 pounds. So, so far so good, and I'm encouraged to continue.
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