Rob.c.weiss's Journal, 05 May 2014

Hiya everyone!!!

My good, good, good friend (@Issy) -- that I've been neglecting for FAR TOO LONG (ok, that fits **ALL of you!) -- has commented about my lack of journals recently.

She is definitely right... but that's not altogether new either. I usually don't journal much unless something happens. And not much has been happening. Well, at least not much as far as my weight loss is concerned. But I really should apologize to you ALL, I know I just haven't been as supportive lately. And I need to get on that. Life has a way of swirling in on you like that sometimes. But I've got to get over it and make the time. This I know.

So, why hasn't there been all that much to report? Let me back up a bit.

So a few weeks ago (Apr 11th to be precise) I was positively giddy about getting to 199.8 -- just under 200. As you can see by my weight chart... um... well... it isn't under 200 any more. Funny story about that... You know how they say you have to watch your intake and manage that against your calorie burn?

From experience now, I can tell you that is surprisingly true!

Ok, ok, not much of a surprise really, but who's counting?

Anyway, from there I did a bit of a carb backload, per my plan... so I knew I wasn't going to stay under the 200's for long, but the plan was to then STOP the carb backload after a couple of days and get back under the 200's fairly quickly. I had a bit of a spiral since then.

<h2>Tornado Spiral Kerfuffle</h2>
You can see by the little chart detailing my fiasco how things went up and down a lot, but with a distinct up-trend.

Anyway, this is what has happened the last 25 days... that last one (200.8) is this morning. I'm just now getting a chance to post it.

Anyway, when that 207 came in, I finally had to level with myself: I'd done this for months... I knew what to do, and how to do it... I'd been strong, and my plan is to continue to be strong, even in maintenance. I never want to go back. So being weak and loose just WILL NOT DO.

<h2>Fly in the Ointment?</h2>
Then very interestingly, I noticed something. I had no problems. None. Not a one. Not even a craving for one of my go-to golden foods -- those were the cravings that had been driving me insane. As I was pouring myself a well-earned glass of Diet Pepsi it occurred to me that all those months I'd been being good, I had completely restricted all pop. I had not allowed myself any, not even a drop. In the last couple of months, I'd eased up on that rule. As I was standing there, it suddenly occurred to me that all through my *problem* I'd been drinking the stuff. In fact, I'd eased up quite a bit on it... it's no calorie, right? And I personally have not had any issues with the artificial sweeteners I use (but I tend to use Stevia, Monk-fruit, or Sucralose {Splenda}). But I suddenly thought it was really odd that I'd quit it, had no problems losing a lot of weight. Resumed drinking it, and now was struggling... stopped for a couple of days just because I was being strict, and again -- no problems.

I poured it out and decided not to drink it.

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea if these two things are related in any way. It could just be that my resolve strengthened and that's what I'm seeing. But if they aren't related, it seems awfully coincidental. One thing to keep in mind is that I do not add aspartame to anything on my own (and that's what's in my Diet Pepsi)... but I've not been strongly against any artificial sweeteners. At the same time, I've been trying to stick to the better ones (Stevia / Monkfruit), but Sucralose just tastes so much better to me... so I try to mix them and keep the sucralose down.

Anyway, I haven't had any since that 207 mark.

Well, all, I'm spot-on now, with nary a craving or an impulse to "cheat". I haven't decided if I'll carb backload this weekend or not... but I'm leaning toward not. We'll see. The last few days have been "fasting" days for me... I haven't built the bank back up yet, but it's almost there.

My daughter and mom are both doing great. We memorialized the anniversary of my brother's passing this weekend -- so some of the weekend was a bit reserved.

BEST WISHES TO ALL! I'll try and make the rounds and see how you're all doing... but I'm kind of bummed I won't be able to tell much because of all your scale-eschewing. KEEP SMILING everyone!!!
200.8 lb Lost so far: 139.2 lb.    Still to go: 20.8 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entry for 05 May 2014:
907 kcal Fat: 43.58g | Prot: 82.04g | Carb: 41.56g.   Breakfast: Farmland Foods Hickory Smoked Bacon, Fried Egg, Splenda Nectresse Sweetener (Packet) (Net Carbs), Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Meijer Clear Soluble Fiber, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Half and Half Cream, Universal Nutrition 100% Beef Aminos, Spring Valley Omega 3 Fish Oil, Konsyl Psyllium Fiber. Lunch: Half and Half Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Meijer Clear Soluble Fiber, Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Splenda Nectresse Sweetener (Packet) (Net Carbs), Mixed Salad Greens, Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch Yogurt Dressing, Carl Buddig Corned Beef, Universal Nutrition 100% Beef Aminos. Dinner: Syntrax Nectar Fuzzy Navel Whey Protein Isolate, Syntrax Nectar Fuzzy Navel Whey Protein Isolate, Half and Half Cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Splenda Nectresse Sweetener (Packet) (Net Carbs), Konsyl Psyllium Fiber. Snacks/Other: Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Halves. more...
on diet Rob.c.weiss's own diet   losing 11.2 lb a week

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Calories? Do they have those in Butterfingers? What are they exactly?  
05 May 14 by member: northernmusician
05 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
Rob, thank you for all that you have written at FS. I've learned a lot from you just by reading your tips and appreciate your support and encouragement. Continued success in your weight loss journey!  
05 May 14 by member: Deb_N
05 May 14 by member: northernmusician
Could be a combination of things. Some say it's the thought that 'it's a diet soda' makes one think 'I can eat more' ..OR even the 'well, I'm having this thing I don't normally have.. may have the other thing too'. And it could be in fact that zero cal arti sugar does in fact cause weight retention on the back end .. in two ways :-) Good on you for recognizing it and reversing something that may be holding you back from achieving your goals or maintaining your success. 
06 May 14 by member: FullaBella
So glad to hear from you dear friend. I wasn't complaining at all that you weren't around to support, I was just worried that your weight was going up and you weren't checking in. I didn't know or understand about the carb backloading but you seem to be 'back' as in losing, so I'm glad to hear it and so appreciate you being around. I just like to know you are doing okay :) I have no issues with fake sugar either, as in no issue using them BUT I have heard that aspartame in particular is the devil's own brew. So if you can live without the diet Pepsi and you see a difference in losing vs not losing when you are drinking it, then give it a miss for sure. Congrats on doing so well and on knowing what works for you and how to get back on track. Thanks for checking in. Don't stay away so long next time, ya hear me ? :) :) 
06 May 14 by member: sarahsmum
Great job, Rob! You're right. We know what to do and we just have to do it.  
06 May 14 by member: Draglist
That is very interesting Rob! I have been struggling with cravings and feeling of *yuck* for the last week or so, and I have been drinking diet pepsi. I'm not weighing in right now, due to my awesome, amazing, super-duper challenge, but I have been feeling heavy and bloated. I never drank diet soda previously while losing weight... so maybe, just maybe the two are related. You're a genius, thank you for sharing! I will give it a go.  
06 May 14 by member: Yolanda9179
I agree with letting go of the artificial sweeteners. But whatever was happening I’m glad you took time to take notice and get back on track. We missed you and your charts. :) 
06 May 14 by member: ChicaLean
Thank you everyone!!! :D When I first started, I tried to throw out **ALL** artificial sweeteners, but was having a tough time with that, and finally gave in and drew a soft line in the sand. The idea was to at least try to stick to the better ones (least Glycemic-Index impacting; hopefully least man-made). For the most part, that's what I've staid with, and it has worked. But wow, just a little bit of aspartame seems to throw those cravings up like crazy. I'm still sailing along today. :D 
06 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
@Yo, let me know how it goes for you! I'm really curious. 
06 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
@Issy, sorry, I wasn't trying to make it sound like you were giving me a guilt trip. LOL!!! Thank you (as always) for being there! :D And you too, @Bill, @Chica, @Bruce and @Deb!!! You all ROCK! 
06 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
I wonder if this is my problem as well. I have been stuck at this weight and not budging but I reverted back to diet coke almost 100% . I think I will make the change to regular and try to cut back. This soda is such a hard thing to kick!  
08 May 14 by member: got the munchies
Thanks for sharing that. Interesting about artificial sweeteners. Somehow I agree with you that they can't be that good for you. I too have been reluctant to record my weight but unlike you, (ie nothing happening), since I've gone off my "nonwhite stuff challenge" as a part of the Onderland Challenge for Lent, my weight has gone up. As I've said before, I hate to record a gain, so good for you for being honest. Anyway, I'm encouraged by your honesty and thoughts about sweeteners. Way to go on your weight. 
08 May 14 by member: egdw
Thanks, @GTM and @egdw!!! @GTM, let me know if you get any better results from that. 
08 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss
@egdw, my sister just found out (with one of those new techno-tests) that she's allergic to a few things, including Gluten. It's been a burning question for her why she hasn't been able to lose weight. If you're seeing vastly different results after just changing your *eating whites* thing... it could be you may have an allergy to one of the things you stopped eating, but have since resumed eating. The not eating whites thing is actually a pretty good way to go. You may want to resume that one even without Lent. THANK YOU AGAIN for your support! :D We'll get through this together!!! 
08 May 14 by member: Rob.c.weiss


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