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jjj 01-08-2013 07:00 AM

J's Journal
 
Hi all. I'm an on-again off-again low-carber. I've frequented this forum for years - mostly lurking and have finally decided to journal.

I've topped as high as 245 and as low as 155.

235-245:

http://i.imgur.com/c2tV3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BRwVh.jpg

155-170:

http://i.imgur.com/ihLRZ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/P9PL6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LsFFM.jpg

Sorry, I know I look like a jerk in that first picture - it was jokingly taken but shows a full-shot of how much weight I did lose then.

I've struggled with:
  • Binging and Purging
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol

Well, those are the big ones. All of those are still pretty prevalent except for the purging. Done with that. Tired of the rest. I'd love to fit in my "skinny" clothes again. More importantly I'd love to be healthy again.

So, here we go:

Male, 231.2lbs as of 7ish this morning. Central time.

Looking to get down to 135. (I stand at a whopping 5'4" so don't be alarmed!)

I'm hoping this is the last time I ride this roller coaster. I don't think my body can take much more of it - and I'm scared to death of getting so sick I can't take care of myself... the last thing I want is to be a burden on anyone.

I'll post again later tonight after my day's through. Feels good to be back.

jjj 01-08-2013 08:08 PM

Welp, that's the end of day 1.

9:00am ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk), 11

12:00pm ct
2tbsp peanut butter, 4

3:00pm ct
1 slice low-carb bread w/2tbsp peanut butter, 6

5:30pm ct
20 minute walk

6:00pm ct
shake (protein, 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup almond milk), 12

10:00pm ct
1 16oz diet snapple, 1

35 total carbs for the day. at around 8:00pm a huge headache hit me. don't know if it's the lack of carbs or what. going from an average of 200+/day for the last year or so i'm sure will do that to someone.

edit: forgot to mention i had 3 liters of water total for the day

looking forward to day 2 with less headaches and more intake!!

jjj 01-09-2013 08:34 PM

End of Day 2
 
WED 1/9/13

Intake
0745ct
shake (protein, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk), 12
1145ct
1 slice low-carb bread w/2tbsp peanut butter, 6
12oz coke zero, 0
1500ct
1 low-carb tortilla w/1/4lb roast beef, swiss cheese, 1tbsp mayo, 1tsp chipotle mustard, 9
1715ct
1oz mozzarella cheese, 0
1900ct
2 slices low-carb bread w/1/4lb corned beef, swiss cheese, 1tbsp mayo, 1tsp chipotle mustard, 10
2230ct
16oz diet snapple, 1
38 total carbs

2 liters water

Feel a lot better today with the added intake. I probably need to add vegetables in there. :laugh:

Also some exercise ;)

Focusing on the good things! On to day 3...

jjj 01-10-2013 08:20 PM

THU 1/10/13: Day 3
 
Weigh-In: 229.2 -2.0lbs

(I know it's a bit early to weigh, but I couldn't help myself.)

Intake:
0745ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

1515ct
2 slices low-carb bread w/1/4lb roast beef, 1/4lb corned beef, 1tbsp mayo, 1tsp chipotle mustard, 7
12oz coke zero, 0

(Should've eaten a lot sooner but had a busy day.)

1815ct
shake (protein, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

2215ct
16oz diet snapple, 1
1oz mozzarella, 0

2liters water throughout the day

36 total carbs

Exercise:
1600ct - 30 minute walk

had a bit of a headache earlier in the evening but ibuprofen helped. i can't wait to write "Day 33" and "Day 333" but one step at a time!

Phranquie 01-11-2013 12:39 PM

JJJ, welcome back to LC! I have been a re-tread back to LC several times myself. Keep up with the good menus and drinking your water and you'll be in great shape.

I am glad you are not purging any longer. Eating LC can help with so many medical issues but the binging and purging is something we have to deal with on an emotional level although not eating carbs can decrease the urge to binge. After many years of emotional/stress eating I am learning to identify my triggers and deal with them.

Your headaches could be from carb withdrawal or if you have decreased your caffeine. Hopefully they will subside soon.

jjj 01-11-2013 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phranquie (Post 16188888)
JJJ, welcome back to LC! I have been a re-tread back to LC several times myself. Keep up with the good menus and drinking your water and you'll be in great shape.

I am glad you are not purging any longer. Eating LC can help with so many medical issues but the binging and purging is something we have to deal with on an emotional level although not eating carbs can decrease the urge to binge. After many years of emotional/stress eating I am learning to identify my triggers and deal with them.

Your headaches could be from carb withdrawal or if you have decreased your caffeine. Hopefully they will subside soon.

Thanks for the warm welcome back :)

I'm glad too. That was back in the day (the purging). The binging never stopped unfortunately. Five or so years ago I was seeing a therapist for it - but after 6 months we parted ways... she wanted to put me on depressants and I really wanted none of that.

It's a lot better than it has been but it definitely needs to stop completely. It's nice being on here because I can relate with a lot of people about it... and you're right... cutting out carbs definitely puts a halt (or at least a major roadblock) on the binging... but a small carby snack is all it takes for me to bring it back... and that's what I'd love to control one day - being able to make mistakes and not having it end in a binge by the end of the night.

Thanks again! :hiya:

jjj 01-11-2013 08:24 PM

FRI 1/11/13: Day 4
 
Intake:
0800ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
2 slices low-carb bread w/1/4lb roast beef, 1/4lb corned beef, 1tbsp mayo, 1tsp chipotle mustard, 15
12oz coke zero, 0

1100ct
1 slice low-carb bread w/2tbsp peanut butter, 10

1530ct
3oz gorgonzola cheese, 3
16oz diet snapple, 1

1830ct
chicken tacos (chicken, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, shredded cheese, salsa, low-carb tortillas), 18
12oz diet root beer, 0

2215ct
16oz diet snapple, 1

total carbs: 49

2 liters water throughout

Exercise: 30 minute walk

pretty good day. still could use more water. at least 3 liters. no headaches today but a little weakness/grogginess/light-headedness even. hoping for none of that tomorrow!

jjj 01-12-2013 09:02 PM

SAT 1/12/13: Day 5

Intake:
0900ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk) 12

1245ct
15 wingstop wings w/ranch, 15
24oz diet coke, 0

1730ct
shake (protein, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

2215ct
16oz diet snapple, 1

42 total carbs

Exercise:
0815ct: 30 minute walk
1515ct: 45 minute walk

Notes:
Wingstop = A godsend. That's all I have to say. :heart:

jjj 01-13-2013 08:28 PM

SUN 1/13/13: Day 6

Intake:
0915ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
omelette (eggs, spinach, mushrooms, goat cheese) , 2
fruit, 4
12oz coke zero, 0

1215ct
2tbsp peanut butter, 4

1515ct
2 slices low-carb bread, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 16

1845ct
2 low-carb tortillas, 3 eggs, 7 breakfast sausage links, 2oz mozzarella cheese, 15

2215ct
12oz coke zero, 0

41 total carbs

2liters water throughout

Exercise:
0815ct
20 minute walk

Notes:
6 days strong! woohoo!! been sleeping better, too. feeling good.

Phranquie 01-13-2013 08:38 PM

JJ, I am glad you are feeling so great. It can take a few days to get out of the carb funk from a standard diet to a LC diet. I love the Wingstop parmesan wings myself, I can eat quite a few of those. Keep up the good work!

jjj 01-14-2013 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phranquie (Post 16193628)
JJ, I am glad you are feeling so great. It can take a few days to get out of the carb funk from a standard diet to a LC diet. I love the Wingstop parmesan wings myself, I can eat quite a few of those. Keep up the good work!

Thanks for the encouragement!! It really makes journaling a little more worthwhile!

jjj 01-14-2013 09:08 PM

MON 1/14/13: Day 7
Weigh-In: 224.8 -6.4lbs

Intake:
0815ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

1045ct
2 slices low-carb bread (toasted), butter, 12
coke zero, 0

1345ct
2 slices low-carb bread, egg salad (4 eggs, 3tbsp mayo, 2tsp chipotle mustard, bacon bits, sea salt, pepper, chives, dill), 15
coke zero, 0

1800ct
2 slices low-carb bread, 2tbsp peanut butter, 16
diet dr pepper, 0

2300ct
coke zero, 0

2 liters water throughout

57 total carbs

Exercise:
1545ct
60 minute walk

Notes:
down 6+lbs in less than a week!! i'm sure a lot of that is just water weight but it's still exciting to see on the scale. i just know i can't let that scale become an obsession!

also, i need to go grocery shopping... fridge is empty (hence all the low-carb bread, lol)

jjj 01-15-2013 08:26 PM

TUE 1/15/13: Day 8

Intake:
0830ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

1430ct
2 slices low-carb bread (toasted), butter, 12
3oz mozzarella, 0
coke zero, 0

1715ct
2 low-carb tortilla wraps w/chive cream cheese, provolone cheese, ham, 18
16oz diet snapple, 1

2145ct
16oz diet snapple, 1

47 total carbs

Exercise:
1145ct 60min walk
1715ct 30min walk

Notes:
1 week down!! A lifetime to go!

jjj 01-16-2013 08:09 PM

WED 1/16/13: Day 9

Intake:
0745ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

1445ct
15 wingstop wings w/ranch, 15
24oz diet coke, 0

2115ct
2 slices low-carb bread, butter, provolone, 13

2200ct
12oz coke zero

2 liters water throughout

43 total carbs

Notes:
No exercise today. I feel a little guilty about it but I could use a break!! On to tomorrow!

Phranquie 01-17-2013 02:36 PM

JJ, congrats on the week down and the over 6 lbs lost! Looking at your menus you seem to like the same foods over and over. I do the same thing. I won't tire of a food for weeks and weeks and then all of a sudden I need something new and eat that for a while. Looks like you are staying pretty consistent with your carb levels which is great if you are enjoying what you are eating because then you'll be able to stick to your plan. Keep up the good work.

jjj 01-17-2013 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phranquie (Post 16202569)
JJ, congrats on the week down and the over 6 lbs lost! Looking at your menus you seem to like the same foods over and over. I do the same thing. I won't tire of a food for weeks and weeks and then all of a sudden I need something new and eat that for a while. Looks like you are staying pretty consistent with your carb levels which is great if you are enjoying what you are eating because then you'll be able to stick to your plan. Keep up the good work.

Thank you!! Yeah, once I hit a routine I kind of stick with it... I'm starting to tire of it though and am branching out :laugh:

About 50 carbs a day seems to be working for me without much struggle. I just need to change the diet up so I don't get bored!

jjj 01-17-2013 09:26 PM

THU 1/16/13: End of Day 10

0815ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
1 low-carb tortilla wrap w/provolone and ham, 7

1015ct
16oz diet dr pepper, 0

1330ct
gyros (just the meat and tzatziki sauce!), 5
24oz diet pepsi, 0

2000ct
2 slices low-carb bread, 4tbsp peanut butter, 20

2300
12oz coke zero, 0

2 liters water throughout

33 carbs total

Notes:
Okay, two days in a row no exercise. Back for a walk tomorrow!

jjj 01-18-2013 09:28 PM

FRI 1/17/13: End of Day 11
 
Intake:
0900ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1 cup almond milk), 14

1500ct
2 slices low-carb bread w/3tbsp peanut butter, 18

1945ct
16oz salmon w/dill, lemon, and salt, 0
1 cup zucchini w/olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, 5

2 liters water throughout

38 total carbs

Exercise:
1345ct: 20 minute walk
1545ct: 20 minute walk
1900ct: 20 minute walk

lots of small walks today! still doing good!! can't complain

jjj 01-19-2013 07:28 PM

SAT 1/19/13: End of Day 12

Intake:
0900ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
2 eggs, turkey breakfast sausage, 2 slices low-carb bread (toasted) w/butter, 12

1030ct
20oz diet mountain dew, 0

1200ct
16oz coffee w/3 splenda packets and 1/4 almond milk, 0

1400ct
hot & spicy flavored pork rinds, 0
20oz diet sun drop, 0

2000ct
shirataki noodles in beef broth w/beef, bok choy, green onions, and mushrooms, 5

2 liters water throughout

18 total carbs

Exercise:
0800ct: 45 minute walk
1230ct: 60 minute walk
1800ct: 20 minute walk

Notes:
Lots more walking today!! Also tried shirataki noodles for the first time... different texture but not bad...

I also didn't know almond milk doesn't mix well with coffee! So much for that. Either way I feel very accomplished today :)

jjj 01-20-2013 09:27 PM

SUN 1/20/13: End of Day 13
 
intake:
0930ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, peanut butter, coffee, almond milk), 12

1230ct
grilled ham & cheese (2 slices low-carb bread, butter, cheese, ham), 18
20oz diet sunkist, 0

2000ct
quesadillas (2 low-carb tortillas, butter, cheese, pepper, salt, chives), 16
12oz coke zero

3 liters water throughout

46 total carbs

exercise:
0830ct: 45 minute walk

Phranquie 01-21-2013 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jjj (Post 16203232)
gyros (just the meat and tzatziki sauce!), 5

My absolute favorite LC thing to eat! I will go to a mediterranean buffet and get a pile of Gyros meat to go and eat off of this for several meals. Aldi also has a Gyros sandwich pack in their freezer section. I eat the meat and the sauce and give the pita bread to a friend. More than any other meat I crave Gyros and never seem to tire of this.

Nice to see some variety with the salmon and especially with the shiratake. I love the Miracle Noodles because they have no carbs or calories or soy.

jjj 01-21-2013 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phranquie (Post 16210831)
My absolute favorite LC thing to eat! I will go to a mediterranean buffet and get a pile of Gyros meat to go and eat off of this for several meals. Aldi also has a Gyros sandwich pack in their freezer section. I eat the meat and the sauce and give the pita bread to a friend. More than any other meat I crave Gyros and never seem to tire of this.

Nice to see some variety with the salmon and especially with the shiratake. I love the Miracle Noodles because they have no carbs or calories or soy.

MMM, now you have me thinking about gyros again!! :D

I'll have to give Aldi a look one day! Same goes for those Miracle Noodles. Thanks for the tips!! :up:

jjj 01-21-2013 07:57 PM

MON 1/21/13: End of Day 14
 
This Morning's Weigh-In: 219.8lbs (-11.4lbs from 231.2lbs)

Intake:
0745ct
1000mg fish oil, 0
multivitamin, 1
shake (protein, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk), 12

1700ct
wings and ranch (from wingstop), 15
24oz diet coke, 0

2145ct
16oz diet snapple, 1

2 liters water throughout

29 total carbs

Down 11.4lbs in less than two weeks!! Ecstatic! I do need to start incorporating anaerobic exercise, however. I also wanted to go for a walk but Chicago's been experiencing -10 to -20 wind chills all day today!! Brr!!!

jjj 01-22-2013 08:38 PM

TUE 1/22/13: Day 15 - Start of Week 3!
 
intake
0745ct: shake (protein, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk), 10
1045ct: coffee (cream, splenda), 6
1545ct: pork rinds, 0
1830ct: 2tbsp peanut butter, 2 slices low-carb bread w/2 slices cheese and ham, 20
1945ct: 20oz diet dr. pepper
2 liters water throughout

36 total carbs

exercise
1845ct: 20 minute walk

Phranquie 01-23-2013 10:44 AM

Way to go on the two week loss! That is awesome that you are down that much.

How are you feeling about food? Do you feel right now that LC is going to be doable long term in your life?

jjj 01-23-2013 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phranquie (Post 16214500)
Way to go on the two week loss! That is awesome that you are down that much.

How are you feeling about food? Do you feel right now that LC is going to be doable long term in your life?

Thank you! It's a good feeling, that's for sure.

I do feel it is. I mean, I've done it on and off for the last five or so years... the longest running for almost two years solid... I just need to remind myself that this is just a way of eating for me... I keep thinking about giving myself a cheat day here and there or when I go on vacation but I'll really have to iron the specifics out on that!

jjj 01-23-2013 08:57 PM

WED 1/23/13: Day 16

Intake
0745ct: multivitamin, 1
1000mg fish oil, 0
shake (protein, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk), 12

1045ct: coffee w/half & half and splenda, 5

2030ct: small lou malnati's "crustless" deep-dish pizza, 20
24oz diet coke, 0

2245ct: 12oz coke zero

2 liters water throughout

38 total carbs

Exercise
2000ct: 30 minute walk

Notes
It was so good to eat pizza again, even without the crust. Counting carbs on that is hard since there's really no way to gauge it but I took a high average of 20.

jjj 01-24-2013 08:15 PM

THU 1/24/13: End of Day 17

Intake
0800CT:
1000mg Fish Oil, 0
Multivitamin, 1
Shake (protein, 2tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup almond milk), 12
1100CT:
Coffee w/cream & splenda, 5
1900CT:
Ham & Cheese Sandwich (2 slices low-carb bread), 18
12oz Coke Zero, 0
2200CT:
12oz Coke Zero, 0
2 Liters Water
36 Total Carbs

Exercise
1600CT:
30 minute walk

jjj 01-25-2013 05:59 AM

This Morning's Weigh-In:
 
216.4lbs!! Down 14.8lbs in 17 days!! :jumpjoy:

Phranquie 01-25-2013 09:22 PM

Wooohoooo! Great job!!!!

I hope you took some before pics. I did not and now wish I had. Have you also taken measurements? Sometimes those can be a fantastic motivator when the scale does not move.


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