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02 May 2012

I finally undid the "damage" of the traveling this weekend. I think it was mostly bloat. I love exercise! It really works. It has been years since I did a calorie counting diet. I have been counting carbs for about 8 years now. I had a strangely obvious epiphany this morning after I stepped on the scale: I must find a way to lose weight that I can maintain. Duh! right? Well for the last 8 years I have been trying to convince myself that I could maintain a very low carb diet indefinitely. I think I have proved myself wrong. Granted, my diet is a lot lower carb than it used to be before doing Atkins, going gluten free and learning about probiotics and everything. As I stepped on the scale I realized I AM DOING THIS! and it feels great because I know I can keep this up. I am eating a well-rounded, relatively low-carb diet (under 100 NC/day) and losing weight. Real weight! Not water weight. Not tricking my body into losing weight, but earning it! I had lost my faith in calorie counting before because it didn't seem to work, but I now realize I was probably eating too few calories and slowing down my metabolism and eating the wrong foods. By rotating lower-calorie days and low-but-higher calorie days, I am successfully losing weight without lowering my metabolism. Exercise is a necessary but greatly misunderstood element in the equation. You can spout all kinds of theory about calories in vs. calories out and you can debate that it is really just "what you eat" not how much that affects your weight, but reality is probably a very complicated combination of the two, plus a lot of information we probably don't even have yet. Hormones are a big part that is only beginning to be explored.

What works for me:

Exercise (maintaining target heart rate for 1 hour, 6 days/wk)
Whole grains (gluten-free because I am sensitive to it)
very limited small amounts of fruit
Rotating calories between 1400-1800. For a 7 day zig-zag and RDI calculator go to:
not being afraid of fat and protein foods within the calorie guidelines
a great variety of foods in the right amounts

02 May 2012

Weigh-in: 192.0 lb lost so far: 4.0 lb still to go: 32.0 lb Diet followed 100%

01 May 2012

30 April 2012

Weigh-in: 194.0 lb lost so far: 2.0 lb still to go: 34.0 lb Diet followed N/A

26 April 2012

Another pound down and feeling good. My clothes are starting to feel more comfortable and loose. I think I will reach my mini-goal to fit comfortably in my "fat jeans" by this weekend. We are going to the coast for the weekend with some friends and I haven't been comfortable in jeans since my surgery last November. This will be our first vacation since before we had my daughter and even though it is short, I will make the very most of it.

My husband finally used our new elliptical last night and I am so happy for him. We recently found out that he has ADHD but also fatty liver disease, though he looks slender, he is not "skinny" on the inside and needs to get in shape. Consistency will be a problem because of the ADHD and the "pills don't teach skills" but his confidence is growing every day and he is starting to use the tools that have been given to him. I just cook healthy and try to encourage him. It also helps that he has finally found a job in his chosen career (it took 2 years since he got his degree to find it, which has been hard on him) and our lives seem to be stabilizing out. He seems more ready to focus on his health now since he is not using all of his spare mental energy looking for a better job.

My right knee is a little sore today so I am going to make sure to ice it after my workout.

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