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Old 04-16-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Starting a journal because I am trying the Leptin Reset.


My plan is to try it for three weeks (Now until May 5), and then reassess the situation and see if I want to continue or try something else.

Weight this morning was 152.

Breakfast was 85g chicken, 4oz polish sausage, 1 red pepper, 2 eggs, 1oz cheese, 2 tsp coconut oil.

I will be at work 1-9pm.

Dinner will be at 5:00pm and will be ground beef with onion, peppers and a little tomato, fage yogurt, 1 oz cheese, 3 oz blackberries, 1 cucumber.

When I get home from work, this is my danger zone!! This is when the Hungry Monster sometimes comes out. I plan on Hot tea with magnesium. I will also have a little leftover beef roast if needed. But I want to be stronger than my "head hunger" at night. Maybe a walk on the treadmill if the head hunger is bad.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Oh and here's my history.

Fat my whole life. Started low carbing in 2008. Got down to 148.5 in winter of 2010-2011. Then got stressed out and distracted by work. Stopped losing and even bounced back up into the mid 150s.

I have maintained in the mid 150s for a year now. BUT I have been trying all kinds of stuff to try to get lower, like training for and running a half marathon, Body-for-Life, induction, moderate carb, calorie counting, fasted cardio, etc.

It is my ultimate goal to get lower and I'm not going to give up trying stuff. But if nothing else, I want to maintain what I have lost. I am at a weight that, before low carb, I never even dreamed was possible. Heck when I was over 200, I thought 175 was a fantasy dream weight for awhile there.

Sooooo.. still in the game, still trying.

Love exercise but am backing off of that at the moment, as per the Leptin Reset protocol.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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OK - Food plan worked! Two meals today. Did not get a visit from the Hungry Monster after work and am now going to bed.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:20 AM   #4
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Got up and made my 50g protein breakfast. 4oz sausage, 2 servings tofu, 3 eggs, plus chopped zucchini and green onion, scrambled in coconut oil. Also coffee with half and half.

Work is 10-6 or so. I'm bringing my second meal to work - steak, fage total, blackberries, yellow pepper. Will try to eat around 4-5. I have a meeting that ends at 4, so I will probably eat then.

Then tea and magnesium with coconut oil before bed.

I usually can stay pretty distracted at work and not think about food. I have much more trouble at home, esp at night. One of the things people report about the Leptin Reset is that eating more at breakfast prevents hunger later in the day. This is something that I'm hoping for and will be monitoring closely.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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So yesterday my food went as planned. The three days that I've done this so far, I have been able to avoid the "I'M SO STARVING" feeling at night, which is a godsend.

One downside... because the Leptin Reset has you eat within 30 mins of getting up, there is no time to eliminate before weighing. Therefore, my weight is trending a little higher (boo). 153.5. If I can actually bust my plateau, I will be so happy. If not, I guess I'm still pretty happy that it has helped with nighttime cravings so far.

In any case, I will still give it the full three weeks and see how it goes.

Breakfast today is the same as yesterday, except green pepper instead of zucchini.

Dinner will be the same as yesterday too.

I had the same thing yesterday as Monday - once I get to work, there are so many other things to think about, that it is dinnertime before I know it. So that is breakfast (huge, remember) at about 7 and dinner at about 4:30. Tea with magnesium and coconut oil at about 9:30pm. It really is that "breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper" thing.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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Heck of a crappy day at work.. but I made it through to dinner. Ate lunch/dinner at 4:30. Tea just now. Also had half an avocado with my tea.

Pleeeaase let me see a loss tomorrow!
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
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152.5

Weights so far for this Leptin Reset:

April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5

(And the jump to 154 coincides with the change in my morning bathroom habits.)

Wish they were lower!! Onward and hopefully downward, I guess.

Today's bfast was sausage, meatballs, eggs, green beans, green onion. Coffee with half and half.

Lunch will be around 4 and will be steak, coconut butter, red pepper and blueberries.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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OK - Bfast was at 8, dinner at 4. Not that hard. Was not fighting cravings. This is good! We'll see how it goes on the weekend.

Tomorrow I will be having eggs, sausage, some kind of veg and coffee w/half and half for breakfast.

Not sure what will be for dinner but maybe steak or chicken.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:17 AM   #9
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April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152

Just finished breakfast for today. Coffee, half and half, Fage 2%, sausage, eggs, mixed veggies, coconut oil.

Aiming for dinner at 4. Still going to try to have steak or chicken, plus a veggie or two. Maybe iced tea with dinner.

It kind of keeps me on track to know that I want to come back in here to my journal and report that I did not snack.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:48 AM   #10
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April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.4

Wrong direction, scale!! Grr, arg!!

Yesterday I think I did not eat enough at my second meal, because I got hungry before bed.

My second meal was grilled beef and pork (at Korean bbq place). The portions are small here, 3.5 oz per serving. I guess that wasn't enough! My third meal ended up being coconut butter, a green pepper, 1 oz walnuts and fish oil supplements. And 2 squares of Lindt 85% dark choc.

The full day was 2073 cals, 54g carbs 20g fiber. Not ideal, but could have been worse.

But I really really really really hate that hungry feeling at night, so I would rather have a bigger 2nd meal and let the "satisfied" feeling carry me through the evening. That is the thing I'm working towards with the Leptin Reset.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #11
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OK - Updates.

In TMI news, I have some kind of bug and things have not been right in my gutty works for about 5 days now. Not Cool!

Saturday I went off plan. I think it is a sign that I went too low calorie during the week because I really ate a lot on Sat. Sunday I was back on plan but totally hungry, probably because of the day before. I'm trying to normalize my appetite, so this kind of thing isn't ideal. I know my weight will be up so I haven't weighed yet. I will give it 1-2 more days and then check to see what the lasting damage was.

Sunday food was:

Bfast: Fage 2%, egg, tofu, strawberry, SF Davincis.
Lunch: two burger patties with lettuce, tomato, raw onion
Dinner: steak, green salad, half a sausage, yogurt

I went up to three meals because I started to worry that two was having me go too long without eating.

Today so far:
Bfast: eggs, tofu, strawberries, coconut oil, Fage 2% in the blender (50g protein)
Lunch: maybe cheese, salami, veg, and coconut butter?
Dinner: maybe a piece of deli chicken and a veg?



Overall, this is what I want from an eating plan.
1. I want to be happy and active, not sluggish, depressed and easily irritated.
2. I want to exercise joyfully by participating in life activities and not be grimly slogging through a workout.
3. I want to feel regular, balanced amounts of hunger and fullness.
4. I want to eat food that I enjoy.
5. I also want to lose more weight and be in the 130s. Or at least stabilize in the 140s.
6. I want to manage and reduce stress as much as possible.

In about two weeks, I will have a lot more free time with regards to work. The past few summers, I have been able to switch up my exercise plan and try new things. I want to do that again this summer. I think I want to do something like lift weights 3-4 days, run 2 times and do one alternative activity like bike, hike, rollerblade, swim, try a zumba class, etc. I like working out so I want to include it in ways that I love. I think I got a little burned out on running. I do love it, but it started being that I had to be doing epic distances all the time or it didn't feel like "enough". Plus I didn't lose weight while doing a ton of running-only last summer.

I'm thinking of maybe joining a gym to be able to switch up my exercise more easily, but I want to look into prices and such. I kind of want to join a fancy pants gym. But as soon as I see the prices, I'm sure I will run for the hills.

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #12
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Today's food went pretty much as planned:

Today so far:
Bfast: 3 eggs, 1/2 block tofu, 5 strawberries, 1 T coconut oil, Fage 2% in the blender (50g protein)
Lunch: Cheese and Salami snack pack, jicama, snow peas, coconut butter
Dinner: A piece of deli chicken (dark meat, no skin) and a cup of broth
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:09 AM   #13
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Today's food plan:

8am: Fage 2%, 1/2 block tofu, 2oz spinach, 1 oz blackberries, 3 eggs, 1 T coconut oil, and Davinci's SF syrup in the blender. Coffee + half and half.

2pm: green beans + almonds (green giant frozen pack), 3 meatballs, coconut oil

7pm: beef roast, blueberries, maybe a veg
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:06 AM   #14
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Did a lot of reading on LCF and some blogs yesterday and this morning. There is so much detailed information about low carbing that it is often overwhelming!

I don't want to tank my serotonin by staying too low carb for too long.
I don't want to screw up my T3 by staying too low carb for too long.
I don't want to mess up my leptin response by eating too little.
I don't want to raise cortisol by staying too low carb for too long.
I don't want to raise cortisol with "chronic cardio" (Mark Sisson term).
I don't want to eat too much protein and start gluconeogenesis.
I don't want to burn myself out by eating too few calories.
I don't want to restrict too much and then binge later in response.
I don't want to forget that calories count and I can still overeat and gain weight on low carb foods.
I don't want to get too little sleep and waste my weight loss efforts.


Aieeeeee!! What's a lowcarbin' gal to do?


Keep on trucking I guess.

Bfast today: 2oz coconut milk, 3oz tofu, 3 eggs, 105g pumpkin in blender. Coffee with half and half.
Lunch: Beef roast, raw red pepper, iced tea.
Dinner: 2 HB eggs, fresh spinach, cream cheese and SF jello dessert with coconut flakes

Cals: 1531.12
Fat: 108.02
Carbs: 37.74
Fiber: 12.14
Prot: 99.97

Way back when I first climbed the carb ladder (2008), artificial sweeteners did not affect my losing. I experimented with that again in 2010 and they still did not make a difference. But maybe I should try removing those again. I could also play around with removing coffee, and processed meats. Lots to try! In fact, maybe climbing the carb ladder food by food again would be a good idea for this summer. (Did this in 2008 but who knows - things may have changed.) I.e., start with induction, then add a new food for a week and see what it does to my weight.

I also have a lot of exercise stuff I want to try this summer!
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:10 AM   #15
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Also-- I am reading TaDa's journal from beginning to end. It is amazing.

TaDa! The Lifelong Journey!!
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Elizabeth!!! I just found your journal. I may be giving leptin reset a go after the semester is over... 4 more weeks. Now I have to get caught up on your entries
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Man, I can so relate to you. *head desk* right?
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Hi Speck! I'm about to join your challenge, right after this post! Thanks for the visit! Yes, I am about ready to throw a tantrum with this stall. I am completely looking forward to summer as a time to get tons of sleep, lower stress levels, get fun exercise and hopefully get more weight off! Are you teaching any summer classes?
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Food went as planned today.

Did I mention I was 154 this morning? And TOM is here. SO, so far no weight results with the Leptin Reset. Although - with my off-plan day Sat, it's my own fault.

I'm going to keep trying until May 5 though. Then assess how my hunger levels at night are going. I have to say, right now it is night and I am not hungry. This is a good thing, and better than where I was at before I started this.

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Oh yes, summer fun! I am teaching a summer class, but it is online so I don't have to go to campus, and it's only a 5 week class anyway. I have been looking forward to this summer since last summer
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I have been looking forward to this summer since last summer
Quote of the week! 100% agree.



Weight today was back to 152.5. So it took me 5 days to lose what I gained from my off-day on Sat.

Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.4 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5


Today's food:

Bfast today: 2oz coconut milk, Fage 2%, 3 eggs, 110g pumpkin, 1 T Davincis in blender. Coffee with half and half.
Lunch: 5.5 oz Beef roast, raw red pepper, iced tea
Dinner: 2 HB eggs, 85g fresh spinach, a "macaroon" made with 2T coconut oil and unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 oz cheese

Cals 1565
Fat 113 g
Carbs 47 g
Fiber 13 g
Protein 109 g
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Not going to lie.. this has been a tough week at work and I feel like balls.

I am on plan at the moment but this is a danger area for me... when I am feeling overwhelmed I often want to eat. It is also my TOM. So tonight my plan is to:

-drink a cup of tea
-journal
-think nice thoughts
-breathe deep
-Read LCF more
-watch Top Model while walking on the treadmill
-take a bath
-go to bed early
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I know that dangerous feeling as well. Good luck getting through. I'm pissed off at the world right now, and it's really out of character for me. And TOM is a recent memory so it's not that either. Just a lot of random b.s. at home, at work, with me... pretty volatile and so ya, I know that dangerous feeling.
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Whew! It sure does suck. I think part of it is end-of-semester stuff. I remember feeling like this last year too. It feels like a grind!

Last night I did my self-care and did avoid eating my feelings. Had a little trouble falling asleep. I woke up this morning to 151.5 on the scale, which is still at the lower end of my usual fluctuations. So I hesitate to make any proclamations about the Leptin Reset and weight loss just yet. If I see 150 anytime soon, I will start to get excited. If I see 149, I will officially be excited!

I will say this, though. I have had fewer struggles with head hunger at night since starting the Leptin Reset. Last night I was on guard but the "eat eat eat" feelings never materialized. I did go pretty far off plan on Saturday, but otherwise have had less of a struggle at night than before starting the LR. So-- that seems good so far. There could be a honeymoon thing going on though. I suppose I am cautiously optimistic.

I want to mention that I found a blogspot blog by LCF member "itsthewooo". (Google that name if you are interested in the blog.) Some good stuff about leptin but kind of an intense writing style.

Leptin Reset weights:
April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.4 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5
April 27: 151.5


Food for Today:

Breakfast: Coconut milk, pumpkin, 3 eggs, tofu, ice, cinnamon and SF Praline Davinci's in the blender. Coffee with half and half.
Lunch: Beef roast, 1 cucumber, lemon iced tea
Dinner: 2 hard boiled eggs, fresh broc/caul mix in 1T butter, 1oz cheese, and a "macaroon" made with 1 T coconut oil and 15g unsweetened coconut flakes.

Cals 1612
Fat 117 g
Carbs 47 g
Fiber 13 g
Protein 103 g

I should note that I use Livestrong to track my food, and you better believe I weigh the heck out of everything before tracking.

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You might not be having wild weight loss success with LR but it sounds like there are some tangible benefits with the appetite regulation. Which is good.
I know what you mean about the "Honeymoon" period. Last October, I dropped 5 pounds with JUDDD in about 3 weeks and I was over the moon! I thought "at last!", I was plotting and planning and figuring how many months until the rest of the weight would be off in time for summer and new swimsuits and, and, and... *hello wall*.
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Hate the wall! It is a sad, sad wall. The Wall of False Hope!
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150.5 this morning!!! 150-point-anything is not a part of my usual fluctuations. Something good may be going on here. Still just cautiously optimistic though. It is the end of my TOM and that is when I can see a new low that doesn't always stick. In fact if you look at my weights for the last few days (154, 152.5, 151.5, 150.5) -- instead of true Oh My God Amazing Weightloss, this is the usual sort of thing that happens at the end of TOM. And plus I think I am still recovering from last weekend's off-day.

So, 150.5 is good but I'm not heading to Kinko's for my Mission Accomplished banner quite yet.

Leptin Reset weights:

April 16: 152.5
April 17: 154
April 18: 153.5
April 19: 152.5
April 20: 152
April 21: 152.4 (went off plan)
April 22: ...
April 23: ...
April 24: ...
April 25: 154
April 26: 152.5
April 27: 151.5
April 28: 150.5


Today I will go grocery shopping at some point. I am going to get another beef roast (the cut I like at the moment is "chuck shoulder"...mmmm sounds great) and cook it in the slowcooker on Sunday. Also need more Fage yogurts, and I want the full fat kind instead of 2%.

My general pattern of food from last week was:
-Leptin Reset breakfast (high protein)
-meat and a raw veg for lunch
-high fat dinner, with a little protein and a few Gs of carbs

It seemed to work, so why mess with success?
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Well, I've got my fingers crossed for you with the 150s. Hopefully they will be a distant memory soon as you plant yourself firmly in the 140s.
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Dang, me too and right back atcha as well!

Food today:
Bfast: Boar's Head polish sausage, avocado, Fage, 2 LC mini-muffins from my freezer, butter, coffee with half and half
Lunch: soup made of pumpkin, coconut milk, curry powder and almond butter
Dinner: Vegetable Pizza Bowl: pack of frozen veg baked in the oven with cheese and pepperoni on trop
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I went shopping this morning with my sister and niece for a dress + shoes. I have an event on May 16 that I want to look decent for. This is incentive to stay on plan. Tried on a large first and then the lady was like "let me bring you a smaller size". So I tried on and got a medium. That is still amazing. I was in Lane Bryant/Torrid (plus sizes) my whole adult life. See attached pic for dress. Pic is not of me BTW!

Hanging out on the internet reading low carb blogs this afternoon! In particular, the 2008 archives of LCF user Stargazy's blog. She explains the science of basic low carb, including insulin response and so on. The kind of thing that it helps to keep in mind while low carbing. When I think of the science of insulin and conceptualize my Way of Eating within that framework, it is easier to stay on plan because I remember, "Oh yes. If I eat carby foods, my insulin response will kick in and I will not lose weight. I would rather lose weight, so I will not eat the carby foods."



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