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14 April 2015

Back to life, back to reality. Can't you hear the music? Soul II Soul - Back To Life:

Ok, so here's the importance of journaling. . .

I did pretty well all weekend on being low carb. Actually, I did very well. But for some reason my urine didn't show ketones. I knew it was a little early, but it was discouraging. It may have been the quantity I was eating. For some reason I was eating absurd amounts. I think it was emotional/tired eating. Then when I got home Monday, my son had Triscuits. I tried the new flavor. Big Mistake! I should have never eaten even one. I prob ate half a box, then some wheat thins, too. Cuz why not? I was already doomed (that's "stinking thinking!"). So this morning I refused to weigh, even tho its Tuesday. I felt bloated, and like a failure. I wandered around the house a bit, had water, and a slice of low carb pizza, then decided to weigh. (why? I have no idea!) I was down a little over a pound. See how my feelings didn't line up with reality? That's why I need accountability and journaling.

I'm still not recoding what I eat today, but it will be strict low carb. Tomorrow I will go back to record-keeping and tracking.

And btw, check out this website for awesome pizza recipes. I used number 3, but cooked it like number 6. ;)
Weigh-in: 150.2 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 15.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (1 comment) on diet Atkins   losing 2.5 lb a week

10 April 2015

Weigh-in: 151.6 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 16.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (2 comments) on diet Atkins   losing 4.2 lb a week

05 April 2015

Weigh-in: 154.6 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 19.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (3 comments) on diet Atkins   gaining 2.2 lb a week

24 March 2015

148.6 again. Am I disappointed that there's no loss? Yes. Am I gonna give up? No.

When I started back on eating right and healthy, I made a conscience decision that this was for my health, not my weight or my size. Obviously weight-loss and a smaller size is a great bonus, but in the long run its my health that's most important.

It also helps that I have a very good idea about why I didn't "lose." I weigh on Friday before work, at the end of my time at home. Then I weigh Tuesday, the first morning home from work. So here's what my weigh-in look like:
Friday 153.4
Tuesday 148.6
Friday 149.4 (not recorded)
Tuesday 148.6
It looks like I didnt lose anything in a week. But I knew that the calorie deficit wasn't enough to account for that 5 lb drop in a weekend, so I assumed that some of it was water weight, which is normal for the first few weeks of low-carb eating. Also, I had unintentionally fasted for most of Monday prior to that first 148.6 reading. So when I weighed a little more on Friday, I wasn't surprised. AND it was still a 4 lb loss in a week, which is very good. So the second reading of 148.6 is showing steady loss, in reality. I hope that makes sense.

Oh, yeah - And maybe, just maybe, there's some (heavier) muscle replacing the fat.

The importance of journaling is this - yesterday I was discouraged because I felt fat and didn't think I would have lost anything over the weekend. Yes, I was disappointed that I didn't lose more. But in *reality* I'm doing really well. If I didn't journal, I would be caught up in my feelings, and feelings are often not reality. :)
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17 March 2015

This is the smallest I've been in months! And unlike before, I can tell a difference in how I feel, physically and emotionally. I have energy, and I actually feel good and happy!

So what have I been doing? I've been eating well. That means I've been keeping my carbs around 25 per day, or less, and eating real (whole, clean) foods. But most importantly, physically and mentally, I've been walking. I try to do it before a meal, preferably breakfast. And this weekend I even managed to walk before every meal. I feel that walking before eating puts your body in fat-burning drive. And often it alleviates that starving feeling, and then I'm less likely to over eat. Mentally, it makes me think more critically of my food choices. Cuz if I've put that much effort in, do I really want to eat that extra serving?

Whatever the case, I'm down 10+ lbs in 17 days. Woohoo!
Weigh-in: 148.6 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 13.6 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (17 comments) on diet Atkins   losing 8.1 lb a week

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