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Old 05-11-2012, 05:42 AM   #61
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Looking forward to weighing in tomorrow! I will check in here on Sat and then will be traveling until the following Friday. My plan is to stay on plan. I will check in as much as I can.

Today's food plan is just like the rest of the week's, except I am going to a social event and may have one glass of wine.


Bfast: egg, tofu, pumpkin, cinnamon, HWC, Sf syrup in the blender. Coffee with HWC.
Lunch: 2 HB eggs, Fage total, orange bell pepper strips.
Dinner: spinach and carrots cooked in butter, coconut butter, SF jello with cream cheese. Supplements.
After dinner: 1 glass red wine (maybe)

With wine:
Cals 1700
Fat 119 g
Carbs 51 g
Fiber 15 g
Protein 77 g

Without wine:
Cals 1577
Fat 119 g
Carbs 47 g
Fiber 15 g
Protein 77 g
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:27 AM   #62
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You're doing great Elizabeth! Have fun traveling!
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #63
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Party last night was fun; I had my one glass of wine and then switched to water. Going to another party tonight and that will be my plan again!

I may have waited too long to have lunch yesterday, or maybe my lunch was too small, because I got hungry about 2 hours afterwards. I had part of my dinner and was fine. And then after that I was fine for the rest of the day.

Breakfast 8am
Lunch 2pm
(got hungry)
Coconut butter and a small hot tea 4:30pm
(not hungry)
Dinner 7pm
(not hungry after dinner, even at party)

Also, I weighed in today! 151.0. Up from last week, but still probably carrying a pound or two from my off plan day. Also, still trending down, I think. Four days after my last off plan day, I was at 154.

I really gain a lot of water when I go off plan. I just have to remember that it is water and give it time to normalize without getting too worked up about it.

Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.5 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5
April 27: 151.5
April 28: 150.5
April 29: 151.5
April 30: 150.5
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: went off plan
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151


Food plan:
Breakfast: eggs, tofu, yogurt, blackberries in the blender, coffee with HWC
Lunch: 2 HB eggs, 2 sausage patties, jicama
Dinner: broccoli, cauliflower and carrots cooked in butter, jello, coconut oil/shredded coconut, supplements
Party: one glass of wine (or nothing)

With wine:
Cals 1708
Fat 121 g
Carbs 50 g
Fiber 16 g
Protein 73 g

Without wine:
Cals 1585
Fat 121 g
Carbs 46 g
Fiber 16 g
Protein 73 g

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:36 AM   #64
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I should note that I love changing my stats under my picture when they are going down, but I drag my heels in the sand changing them if they go up! I always think, "Well, I'll get back down to that low soon." LOL!

I'm changing them up right now! Better to keep myself honest.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:41 AM   #65
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Back in the 140s! Wahoo! I changed my stats back!

Busy day today! Going out to a restaurant tonight - I checked out the menu and am going to order steak, the veg of the day and a side salad. And a San Pelligrino with lime, which is my fancy restaurant drink when I don't want to get wine.

Having a big protein serving at dinner will make my total protein numbers higher than they have been lately. (It will be at 129, and I've been doing an average of about 80.) It will be interesting to see if that makes a difference in anything. I've been having low protein, high fat dinners so this will be a little switch.


Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.5 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5
April 27: 151.5
April 28: 150.5
April 29: 151.5
April 30: 150.5
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: went off plan
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149

Food plan:
Breakfast: Coffee with HWC. Eggs, tofu, yogurt in the blender.
Lunch: 2 HB eggs, jicama, cucumber, coconut butter, coffee with half and half
Dinner: 8 oz prime rib, a plain vegetable (probably broccoli - most steak houses have broc), salad with blue cheese dressing on the side

Cals 1717
Fat 117 g
Carbs 68 g
Fiber 22 g
Protein 129 g

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Old 05-13-2012, 09:41 AM   #66
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mmmm, prime rib! Have a good time tonight. Are you done with finals and all that?
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:39 PM   #67
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I am done with finals! Grades have been submitted. Yeah!! It's the best time of year with the most amount of vacation stretching in front of me! When are you done?

I'm still on my trip. I have stayed low carb (Meat, veg, dairy, eggs, nuts, fat, berries, wine.. nothing higher from the Atkins rungs), but not counted calories or weighed food. So I am probably maintaining, or slightly up. I know for sure I am eating more calories total.

Tonight I am going to an event and will be wearing the dress I posted about a week or so ago. Size medium, which is a 6/8 on the size charts from the store where I got it. I went to this same event in 2008 weighing over 200 pounds and wearing a 2XL dress. When I look at those pictures now my face looks so gigantic!

Totally looking forward to the event; it will be fun. More wine too! Great way to start off summer vacation!
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Yay you! Enjoy your trip. Take pictures so we can see how wonderful you look in your dress. Oh and you have to do comparison pics from 2008 vs 2012!!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #69
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That's awesome, about everything, Elizabeth! I still have a bit to go. Last actual classes tomorrow, then next week finals, with graduation on the 29th. So, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but lots and lots of grading to do from here on out! In fact, I've got a bunch of papers to get to now, so I better get to it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:13 AM   #70
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Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.5 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5
April 27: 151.5
April 28: 150.5
April 29: 151.5
April 30: 150.5
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5


So I am up a little from vacation, but not too much. We'll see what happens over the next few days.

The event Weds was super fun! I must admit that I didn't stay low carb that night. The whole trip was low carb except for that. And I did work to get in my Leptin Reset breakfast each day - 50g protein. I also stuck with the LR idea of eating only at mealtimes; no snacking. BUT I did have wine, and I was eating restaurant food way more often than usual.

I want to write this out so I have a record of it for myself... OK, so being on a trip is super fun and it's really fun/exciting to go to a special event. But! Then, after it's done, there is that letdown feeling! I want the extra fun times to continue, but they have to end at some point. Last night after we got home, I soooooo struggled with staying on plan. Breakfast was easy, lunch was easy (I packed salami, cheese, vegetables and coconut butter for the plane ride), but then for dinner I KEPT wanting to go out to a restaurant and eat off-plan in the name of continuing the fun times of the trip. I didn't end up doing this - I stayed home and made myself a low carb dinner. But I kept returning and returning to the thought of going out to a restaurant and eating something like chips or a dessert.

Part of it was wanting to celebrate the end of a hard school year.
Part of it was wanting to have a "fun" night with my husband.
Part of it was sadness that my fun trip was over.
Part of it was Last Supper eating - I knew that I was going to return to relatively boring eating the next day.
And part of it is that I am oddly a little worried about suddenly having all this free time during the day now that school is done -- I think I am worried that I will want to eat more often if I am home most of the day. Whereas when I am at work, I am busy working and only stop to eat when it is meal time.

I guess I can just reiterate that I know I am a person who tends to worry and overthink things. It is not my most shining quality. I wish that it did not happen, but it does. When I can name my worries, then I am less likely to get all tangled up in them.

What I ended up doing last night instead of eating was thinking through my reasons for wanting to eat, making a cup of hot tea with a tsp of Natural Calm (magnesium supplement) and downloading a new game for my phone.

Food Yesterday:
Breakfast: eggs, tofu, yogurt, strawberries, coffee with HWC
Lunch: salami, cheese, jicama, cherry tomatoes, coconut butter, coffee with one half and half (on an airplane)
Dinner: sausage, green beans, and almonds cooked in butter, SF jello with HWC, a square of Lindt 90% dark chocolate and a cup of tea

Food Today:
Breakfast: eggs, yogurt, blackberries, HWC, coffee with HWC
Lunch: TBA
Dinner: TBA

(I need to go to the grocery store!)

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Old 05-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #71
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I can really relate to your list there. I am not the type of person who has to say "never again" to eating "bad" foods. I have always included this flexibility, it helps keep me honest. And what I mean by that, is that I know that I will have that food again, and this helps me get back to what I should be doing most of the time.
I'm also concerned about having all this time on my hands. I was just thinking about this the other day. But, I reflected on the last couple years, and in fact, it is much easier for me to be in complete control of my diet during the summer time because I can structure my days the way I want them. I don't have to force myself to eat at certain times. I just eat when I'm hungry even if it's at an odd time of day.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #72
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I don't have to force myself to eat at certain times. I just eat when I'm hungry even if it's at an odd time of day.
Ooo, that is a good point! I don't have to rush to eat during a break between classes; I can work with my hunger signals. Good point!



Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150


Food Yesterday:
Breakfast: eggs, yogurt, blackberries, HWC, coffee with HWC
Lunch: romaine, sunflower seeds, 2 HB eggs, olive oil, latte with 2% milk
Dinner: finger food plate: cheese, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, baby carrots, raspberries, blackberries, pecans. 2 glasses of wine.

Cals 1817
Fat 116 g
Carbs 58 g
Fiber 14 g
Protein 89 g



Food today:
Breakfast: 4oz fresh mozzarella, 2 oz raspberries, Fage total, coffee with HWC. (only 42g protein)
Lunch: romaine, 15g sunflower seeds, 2 HB eggs, 1T olive oil
Dinner: 2 cups broc/caul cooked in butter, 1 oz cheddar, 1oz macadamia nuts, 1 oz coconut oil, 3T shredded coconut

Cals 1631
Fat 136 g
Carbs 37 g
Fiber 15 g
Protein 73 g

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Old 05-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #73
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Do you mix the broccoli and cauliflower together with the cheese, nuts and coconut? 'Cuz that sounds like a really unusual combination
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #74
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Haha! That would be a mess of a dish! I will do broccoli, cauliflower and butter together, coconut oil and coconut together, then cheese and nuts each separate!
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #75
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Bounced back into the 140s!

Last night I finished dinner at 7pm. I was supposed to go out for a little while at about 8, but plans changed and I ended up having a bunch of people over here until about 2am. I put out snacks and such, and other people were eating, but amazingly, I never got hungry. I think this is thanks to the Leptin Reset!

I also went to see a bodybuilding/fitness competition yesterday... lots of women my age and older in super great shape! I think I probably already have too much loose skin to ever do something like that. But still pretty inspiring to see people looking smoking hot at 35, 42, 57, etc.

Also went out for breakfast this morning with a bunch of family. Stayed very boring with food (omelet and black coffee) and just enjoyed everyone's company. Growing up, I was always super into the food at family events. It wasn't until starting low carb that I figured out how to attend a family get-together and enjoy the chatting/activities more than the food.


Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149

Food plan for today:
Breakfast: Omelet with cheese, ham and diced onions/peppers. Black coffee.
Lunch: 2 eggs, .5 T butter, coconut oil and shredded coconut, 60g raspberries
Dinner: green beans cooked in .5 T butter, 1 oz macadamia nuts, 28g pepperoni, 1 oz cheddar cheese

Cals 1672
Fat 138 g
Carbs 28 g
Fiber 14 g
Protein 82 g

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:21 AM   #76
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Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149

Today my eating plan is to eat the usual big breakfast and stay low carb all day but not track calories. It is the beginning of my TOM which is typically a time of more hunger for me, so instead of white-knuckling anything, I want to have a more liveable solution.

Food plan:
Stay low carb
Stop eating when I am full
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:04 PM   #77
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Hanging onto the 140's is good! I think there are times, like when we're sick or hormonal, that we just have to be kind to ourselves. Eating good food that is good for us, regardless of some kind of "plan" is part of that extra kindness.
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Speck, I agree, we do have to be kind to ourselves. I've done dieting with a death grip before and it gets old fast! Works for some, but not for me. I ultimately end up crashing and burning, not maintaining.

Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151

Up two pounds! This is from TOM and going out to eat last night. I did stay low carb but did not monitor portions. We went to a soul food restaurant and had meat (beef and pork) and veg (brussels sprouts and spinach). Also wine. My wine habit has greatly increased since I finished the semester. I will have to tone that down at some point but for now it's fun and relaxing.

Generally what happens with TOM is a gain of a few pounds, but then those will drop off and possibly take a few more with them the week after. So I predict my weight will stay up until Thurs/Fri, then start to drift down Sat/Sun.

I went shopping yesterday and had tons of fun getting some new summery stuff. Tank tops and shorts and such. Summer clothes definitely inspire me to stay on plan.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:54 AM   #79
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Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151
May 23: 152.5

Boo! Boo on 152.5. Here are my thoughts:

1. I ate legal, low carb foods only the last two days, but did not track/restrict calories. Just ate to hunger.

2. A weight spike is completely normal for my TOM.

3. 152.5 is the weight I started the Leptin Reset at. BOO on that.

4. However, throughout the winter and spring, 152.5 was the low end of my range, and now it is the high, TOM-bloated end. This may be a good sign. Last month my TOM high was 154. The month before that it was 156.

5. I need to wait a few days and see a non-TOM weight before getting too upset or making any proclamations. Today will most likely be the last day of feeling crappy from TOM.

6. But still, ARGH!


Food plan for today:

Have a low carb day.
Eat nutritious foods.
Eat a reasonable amount - not too much, not too little.
Drink water.
One day at a time, no guilt and move on.
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I know what you mean about the number seeming to never change. When you lose so slowly, it can seem like it's just not moving at all because of the constant, natural and normal bouncing up and down. But when you look at it in terms of months, you actually do see a slight downward trend.
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I know what you mean about the number seeming to never change. When you lose so slowly, it can seem like it's just not moving at all because of the constant, natural and normal bouncing up and down. But when you look at it in terms of months, you actually do see a slight downward trend.

Yes! This is how it was when I was losing weight! I only lost about 2-3 pounds per month. 4 or 5 in a big month.

Throughout this past year of being stalled and trying different plans/methods, I would always think I was trending downwards, but then never actually get there. With my weight bouncing back up these past few days, I'm finding myself wondering if I am actually still stalled and my body is doing the fake-out kind of weight loss.

I realized that I am a little bored/burned out with the Leptin Reset. It is hard to roll out of bed and immediately eat a massive breakfast. I like to drink coffee and wake up for awhile before eating. Also, I don't think that counting calories is part of the LR, but I am definitely a little sick of that (hence the whole Not Doing It thing these past few days). There are definitely pros and cons to the whole Leptin Reset protocol.

I'm thinking that I want to wait until after TOM ends and the monthly water weight comes off before deciding to stop or modify or what. I am down a pound since yesterday but I'm hoping more will come off today.

Going to a fashion show at a history museum tonight. I will be wearing a summery dress! I know it will be easy to stay low carb, but I don't have my calories or food planned yet. I don't even know if there is food at the event. Hmmm, I should probably eat before I go.

Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151
May 23: 152.5
May 24: 151.5


Food plan:

Breakfast: sausage, coffee with HWC (1 oz)
Lunch: raw spinach, avocado, tomato, 2 HB eggs, .5 oz almonds. Home-made dressing: olive oil, mayo, curry powder, salt
Dinner: TBA
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Cute dress! Have a good time!
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Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
...
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151
May 23: 152.5
May 24: 151.5
May 25: 151.5

Food yesterday:
Breakfast: sausage, coffee with HWC (1 oz)
Lunch: raw spinach, avocado, tomato, 2 HB eggs, .5 oz almonds. Home-made dressing: olive oil, mayo, curry powder, salt
Dinner: chopped steak, salad with blue cheese dressing (on the side, dip the fork tines in method), broccoli, four (!) glasses of wine

Food today:

Breakfast: Fage total, jello w cream cheese, coffee with HWC, sugar-free Powerade. (Low carb but not 50g protein) (hungover)
Lunch: tofu, onions, red peppers, spinach, olive oil, and pepperoni all scrambled together. 2 T coconut butter.
Dinner: TBA


Weight still not down. I did have quite a bit of wine - 2 glasses with dinner, 2 at the museum. It was a massively fun event though. But yeah, too much wine = no weight loss.

Ah well.

I have lost some steam about dieting, I think. I must meditate on this.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:02 PM   #84
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I know how hard it is to stay motivated when you're not losing.
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I know how hard it is to stay motivated when you're not losing.
Eeek, so true! It blows!

You must be done with school or close to it! How is grading going?

Weigh-ins

May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151
May 23: 152.5
May 24: 151.5
May 25: 151.5
May 26: 152

Dinner last night was Mongolian stir fry. Beef, pork, LC veg, and peanuts in sesame oil and soy sauce. No wine! But still up. Boo hoo!

Here's where my mind is at today!

I can stay LC pretty decently. I would say my current bounce-back is due to TOM, wine, restaurant food and eating to hunger instead of planning food in advance.

Calorie planning and restriction works, but is fatiguing. If I can figure out a way to do calorie restriction without ending up hating it.. then I would probably be a millionaire. A thin millionaire. But seriously, I think it does work and I shouldn't forget that.

On the other hand, maybe I should try the LR protocol without rigid calorie planning.

And on the third hand, I did have initial enthusiasm for the Big Breakfast, but that went away.

And lastly I do want to get back to a workout schedule. I'm thinking I want to lift weights three days a week and do a little cardio. Maybe a little running plan of doing two two-mile runs per week.

It is hard to know what to do. You know, I think my ego gets tied up in this. I want to be doing the right thing (whatever that is) and I want to be losing weight. I want to try something and have it work. It is definitely hard/embarrassing/discouraging when it does not work. And then I start all these wine nights and so on, and I want those to not hinder my weight loss. I want to relax and have fun now that it's summer, and I want to be able to "go with the flow" and have wine and eat out on a whim. But then when it is weigh-in time this stuff bites me in the rear. Then I vow to have a good day.. and I do a nice breakfast and lunch.. and then it gets to be social time and I ease up, probably too much.

Bottom line is ..
1. I need to do something liveable that won't drive me insane with hunger or into some weird self-punishment cycle.
2. I want to be doing fun stuff, but sometimes fun events and food have this clashy thing going on.
3. I know I am good at LC and can stay on that like a champ. But it looks like I need to do more than that to lose weight.


Onward ho, I guess! I will be thinking about this more today.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #86
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I had my last on campus finals Thursday, now I'm waiting for my online classes to wrap up, which won't be until Wednesday. I've only got one more batch of papers to wade through, and then I can concentrate on the 4 piles of exams. I'm hoping to have all the grades submitted on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then I am truly FREEEEEEE!!!

Re: calorie restriction... we may have talked about this before, but have you thought of JUDDD? You only restrict every-other-day, and once you get the hang of it, you don't need to count anymore. It did work for me at first, and I'm mystified as to why it stopped. I got tired of doing it for no results, but there are tons of health benefits to doing intermittent fasting, so at least there was that.
Even if you are not "Primal" per se, you might like the Primal Blueprint Fitness routine. You can download the free ebook from Mark's Daily Apple. I started it but then all this work and life crap got in the way and so I'll be getting back to it soon.
Wine is great, but vodka (or gin or?) might be better. Recently, I've been enjoying vodka with lemon water. Make that seltzer with a twist of lime and/or lemon, and that can be very festive and refreshing. I suggest a clear spirit for you based on my own extensive experimentation on myself
On the other hand, red wine is good for us, and Mark recommends it, so it is Primal

I'm taking a "maintenance break" right now. I'm not caring what the scale says. I'm not trying to lose weight right now. I've learned a lot from JUDDD. For example, I can eat whatever the heck I want, and the next day, nearly fast and all is well. THIS is a tool I'm going to use the rest of my life, not a punishment. I've learned that I can eat up to about 60 carbs a day, everyday, and not gain. This is also a valuable thing to know. I've learned that exercise doesn't help me lose weight, but I love having strong muscles. I've learned that I cannot lose weight even on 1200-1500 calories a day, but I cannot sustain less than that and I have to *try* to eat more than that. I've learned that protein powder-based shakes spike my insulin and make me feel like crap. Even though I haven't lost more than 5 pounds the last 17ish months (I can't believe it's been that long -- since November 2010 -- talk about demoralizing), I've learned some really valuable things.


I LOVE Mongolian BBQ btw!
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Yay for being done soon, wahoo! And a nice long weekend here, to boot.

I will think more about JUDDD. Pretty much considering anything at this point I have the Primal Blueprint book but have never really sat down and read it, so that's on my list for this week. I need to learn more about his exercise ideas. Last summer I focused on distance running. It had its benefits, but I want to try something with a little more variation of activities.

I did spontaneously lift weights on Saturday. I think I'm going to spend June doing 3 days a week of lifting heavy. Then in July, I want to start a minimal running schedule so I can run the 5k at the State Fair (which was my first 5k after doing Couch - so it feels like a good tradition to keep).

I ended up going to my family's cabin for the weekend, so I was away from the internet AND the scale (aieeeeeeee)! I did stay low carb - my mom is very considerate about always having low carb options. Turkey burgers and sauteed onions and peppers, grilled chicken breasts and green salad, scrambled eggs and string cheese, etc. Also went for a few walks and pulled kids in a wagon, so there was a little good exercise.

I guess we'll see what the ol' weight is tomorrow.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:28 AM   #88
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May Weigh-ins
May 1: 150.5
May 2: 149
May 3: 149.5
May 4: 149
May 5: 148.5
May 6: 148.5
May 7: 149.5
May 8: (went off plan)
May 9: ...
May 10: ...
May 11: ...
May 12: 151
May 13: 149
May 14: ... (out of town)
May 15: ... (out of town)
May 16: ... (out of town, had off-plan items at dinner)
May 17: ... (out of town)
May 18: 150.5
May 19: 150
May 20: 149
May 21: 149
May 22: 151
May 23: 152.5
May 24: 151.5
May 25: 151.5
May 26: 152
May 27: ... (out of town, no scale)
May 28: ...
May 29: 149.5

Pretty happy to see that number. I should calculate average weights for the past few months, because I think that this month would have my lowest average weight ever (as an adult).

I think I am officially done with the leptin reset for the moment. Here are my final thoughts on that -- It is a good plan. I liked that it switched up my routine and it helped me stop stuffing my face at night. However, I ultimately got sick of eating so much right when I got up. In the summer, I like a leisurely morning. I think it would work better during the school year. Another issue of note was social events. Those were a little tricky because I started to do the restriction and guilt cycle because of the "no snacking" rule from the LR protocol. So I think it might work better to plan a social event as a mealtime and let myself eat on-plan foods. And the last issue was the "no exercise for the first six weeks" rule. Ultimately, I do want to be exercising, because like Speck said, it feels good to be strong. I'm not opposed to doing the LR again sometime.

My new plan is LCing with weightlifting, tons of sleep, and reduced stress. I want to see if I can approach social events with a more relaxed mindset. I think this will ultimately help me stay on a more even keel and avoid the restriction/deprivation feelings. We'll see how it goes.

I made a little calendar that has 3 weightlifting days per week: Upper-Lower-Upper, then Lower-Upper-Lower, etc. The exercises are coming from the Body for Life book, but I am shortening the workout and doing 2 sets of as-heavy-as-possible per body part (instead of the 5 sets that BFL calls for).

I do a little 5-10 min warmup on the treadmill.

Upper Body days are:
Chest
Shoulders
Back
Tricep
Bicep

Lower Body days are:
Quads
Hamstrings
Calves
Abs

Each body part has four exercises to choose from, so you pick which exercises you want to do that day and plan your workout - how much weight and how many reps. I want to focus on sets of 3-5 or 5-8 reps that are HARD. We have a weight bench, a barbell, adjustable dumbbells, and a bunch of weight plates ranging from 2.5-25 pounds. I think if I put it all on the barbell it would be about 150 pounds. Yesterday I deadlifted 100 pounds so I will move up from there and get more weights if needed.

I also have a long term plan to join a gym in the fall. I don't know if I've mentioned it here in my journal yet, but this plan has been rolling around in my head for awhile. I've been thinking about how to keep exercise fun and interesting. I was inspired on our trip to Cancun - there was a sweet exercise room at the resort, with all kinds of cardio options (including swimming) and the Nautilus machines, free weights, pull up bars, etc. I had a lot of fun working out there. I also haven't done any group classes in a long time (like 12 years) and it would be fun to try those again. Those seem to have a huge range of options (pilates, yoga, weights, zumba, water aerobics, etc etc etc).

So I have a gym in mind, and it is my long term plan to join in the fall. They have a branch near my house and one near my work.


Food Yesterday:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs in olive oil with string cheese. Coffee with half and half.
Lunch: Burger patty, onions, tomato slices, broccoli slaw (raw shredded broccoli - no mayo)
Dinner: Burger patty, onions, tomato slices, broccoli slaw, cocoa roast almonds, coconut butter, decaf tea with half and half

Food Today:
Bfast: Coffee with half and half
Lunch: TBA
Dinner: TBA

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That's awesome to see 149 again! I've been eating out a lot lately and hovering a bit too much over 150. This is "birthday season" for us. We have lots, and lots of birthdays and other events and occasions throughout May and June. It's as bad as the winter Holidays both food and money-wise. Ugg. When it's over, I will buckle down again. I am focusing on strength right now. I wish I had access to the weights like you have. That's great that you're going to do that! I don't think the leptin reset prescription is for me, not now anyway. I was going to try it, but the more I looked into it, the more it seemed out of my ability. At least in the immediate future.
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Birthday season! Sounds fun - I bet the kids love it.

It's June!

I weigh 151.5 today. I wish it were lower. As always. If I lost 12 pounds, I would be in the 130s. Twelve pounds... so close and yet so far away.

I have stayed strictly LC (of course) but not counted calories. I have now done 3 days of heavy weightlifting (Sat-Mon-Weds) but my usual schedule is going to be Mon-Weds-Fri. So I will do it again today. I'm hoping that a few more pounds come off in the next week or two as my muscles adjust to working out again.

But, I basically have woken up every day for the past year and half hoping that a few more pounds come off in the next week or two. Ha!

As always, we shall see what happens.

Here's an approximation of my plan for June:

Mon.......Weds.......Fri
Lower......Upper......Lower
Upper......Lower......Upper
Lower......Upper......Lower
Upper......Lower......Upper
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