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Old 04-05-2014, 05:41 PM   #181
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WEEK 11 DONE!!!

(My week starts on a Saturday) This week I went on a trip away from home to visit with family for three days. I did well overall but on one occasion did have 4/5 perogies (stuffed with cabbage and meat) I am sure I blew carb max by a long shot just by having those. I don't consider that I failed, my mom made them and they were wonderful and worth it!

I wasn't able to do the amount of exercise that I wanted but I did do some. Not a bad week at all and I hope to have a better week 12.


started at 197.8lbs on January 18 2014
Week 1 loss (Atkins induction) 5.6
Week 2 loss (Atkins induction) 1.8
Week 3 gain (no longer true induction, 20-30 grams of carbs a day) gain 1.2
Week 4 no loss (20-30 grams of carbs a day)
Week 5 loss (20-40 grams of carbs, 27.3 grams week average) 4.4
Week 6 gain (20-45 grams of carbs) gain 1.6
Week 7 loss (counting macros) loss 2.2
Week 8 gain (counting macros) gain 1
Week 9 no loss (counting macros)
Week 10 LOSS (counting macros) LOSS 4.2 lbs
Week 11 GAIN (counting macros) GAIN .2 lbs
total loss 11 weeks = 14.2 lbs!!

measurements~
bust starting 43.5" today 41.25" down .25" from last week
waist starting 37" today 33.5" same as last week
upper thigh starting 26.25" today 25.5" same as last week

my accomplishments and observations this week~

-family noticed a big change, they thought I lost 25lbs!
-went to strollersize (1 hour weights and HIIT training) once this week, swimming with the kids once
-no cheats but I have been tasting food that is off plan if I prepare it myself
-had a high carb day because I ate 4/5 perogies (stuffed with meat and cabbage)
-wrote everything down in my hand written journal
-feeling a bit stronger when I go to strollersize
-tracked my macro's on most days, wasn't able to do it on the days I was away but I did write what I ate

improvements and mini goals for next week~

-aiming for three strollersize days and maybe a couple of runs
-decrease calories
-drink more water
-try and drink boullion daily
-try to not overindulge on "legal" treats
-try and maintain more consistant macro's to see what is working
-try a low calorie day or two

WEEK 11 SUMMARY~
Sat. 183.4lbs. 17301 cal./50g carbs/134.7g fats/80g protein activity- none
Sun. 183.4lbs. 2555 cal./41.9g carbs/228.3g fats/134.4g protein activity-none
Mon. 181.6lbs. 1915/52.2g carbs/132.8g fats/123g protein activity- 1 hour strollersize
Tues. 182.4 lbs. ? cal./ ? carbs/ ? fats/ ? protein activity -traveling
Wed. ? lbs. ? cal./ ? carbs/ ? fats/ ? protein activity-traveling
Thurs. ? lbs. ? cal./ ? carbs/ ? fats/ ? protein activity-swimming with kids
Fri. ? lbs. ? cal./ ? carbs/ ? fats/ ? protein activity-traveling
Saturday morning weight- 183.6 lbs GAIN (.2 lbs)
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #182
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:26 PM   #183
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Day 75 -weight unknown (traveling)
Day 76- weight unknown (traveling)
Day 77- weight unknown (traveling)
Day 78- 183.6 lbs
Day 79- 185 lbs

Today Day 80! 184.4 lbs

Feeling pretty blah today, TOM is approaching. I forced myself to go to strollersize and so glad I did but now I just want to go to bed.

My family visit last week went well. I consumed more carbs than usual but I didn't blow it too badly. Now I am back on the more strict plan and I hope that I can do a bit more exercise this week. My goal for mid April is to see 180, not sure if that is possible but I shall give it a try.

I am starting to get compliments from people that I haven't seen in a while so that is really nice. A lady from strollersize approached me today and told me she could see a big difference in how I looked and how much I have improved in class...it is so nice when people do that!
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:16 PM   #184
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #185
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Day 82! 185.4

Just got back from strollersize, put my son down and man do I ever need a nap. Thought I would post first.

Yesterday I got into BIG trouble. It is my second time if you count the time last week when I ate 5 perogies. Yesterday was really bad though. We went to the drive through and although I ditched the bun and had a double burger patty, I decided to splurge and have onion rings, they were honestly just what I needed. But if that wasn't bad enough... when my son didn't want his fries I had those too. I am not even going to confess to you how many Atkins bars I ate yesterday. I kinda fell off right around dinner time and on till around 8:00pm, I was stuffed and felt pretty guilty about it. My calories came to an embarrassing 2800 and carbs at 114.1 grams

Yesterday I watched a Jimmy Moore video about "planned splurges", a strategy he used during the beginning of his weight loss where he would have one meal of whatever he wanted every 6-8 weeks. I think that video gave me permission to go and do what I did, after all I was strict for almost 12 weeks. Yes, Jimmy is to blame.

So this morning I decided to not eat breakfast, I was actually not hungry. I had my broth within the hour of my workout and that was it. When I got home afterwards I was just ready to eat anything (how do those JUDDD peaple do it?) It was almost 1:00pm and I was HUNGRY. I made a really great plate of LC pad thai and an Atkins bar for dessert. I am going to ditch the Atkins bars I think after I am done them, they are too addictive!

So I am moving on and on my best behavior, so far so good today.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:52 PM   #186
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I also wanted to add that as long as my slurge didn't ignite a binging spree then it was OK to do it and I am trying not to feel bad about it. So far I am doing fine, I hope that I will stay on plan for the next days ahead.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:09 AM   #187
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I think you're doing great - you haven't gone on a binging spree, and that is a huge achievement. A rare planned splurge is much better than regular little cheats, and I've heard can lead to a nice weight drop.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #188
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Thanks Larissima, I needed that!
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:39 AM   #189
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Day 83! 185.4 lbs (meh)

I did fairly well yesterday, went to the gym and didn't go too high with my calories or carbs.

Today I decided to challenge myself and undo some damage by trying a low calorie day. I had a glass of lime water for breakfast and an Atkins shake for lunch. I felt fine, a little hungry but not dying. I plan on having chicken breast, broccoli and some cheese at around 2-3pm. Then another small meal at 6:00pm and hopefully I can make it without any more food after dinner, maybe a cup of broth before bed. Tomorrow is a normal calorie day and a workout. It would be great if I could incorporate these "down" days twice a week, at least to start with. I need to see the 170's soon!
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:37 PM   #190
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Day 84! 184.4 lbs

Yesterday I had tried a low calorie day. I wanted to see how low I could go. I was able to stop at 835 calories, not bad at all. I could have forced myself to go lower but it didn't seem like a good idea, I still needed to get on with my day and not hurt anyone. It seems that the best strategy (at this time) is to skip breakfast (only drank a glass of water with lime and stevia) and eat as late as possible, I made it to 12:00, had an Atkins shake and a lime and stevia water. At 2:30pm I made myself a big plate of LC pad thai, a leaner version of the one I make on other days. The konjac noodles filled me up. Some more lime stevia water and a Zevia for something sweet. For dinner I had two sushi rolls (first sushi in over three months) some more konjac noodles, eggs, broccoli and laughing cow cheese (an interesting concoction, not tasty but did the job of filling me up). Nothing but water for the evening.

This is the lowest I have gone in MANY years (not including sick days). The biggest problem for me was hypoglycemia, which I did not experience yesterday. This proves to me my body is healing and that low carbing is really improving my blood sugar levels, which is just SOOO fantastic! I was kind of scared about skipping breakfast and going so low in calories because of the hypoglycemia. A while back I tried to skip breakfast before my workout (last week or the week before, not sure) I was worried I would pass out but I did just fine and had enough energy to get me through!

For this morning I decided I would skip breakfast again and just have some broth before my workout at 10:15am. I was fine but at about 12:30am I wanted to eat anything in sight and had a big meal totaling 1154 calories and 20grams carbs~ YIKES! I hope I can make it without needing to snack before dinner.

So my plan for next week if I can do it is to aim for these calorie #'s (while still LC)~

Monday 1500-2000 + workout
Tuesday 500-900
Wednesday 1500-2000 + workout
Thursday 500-900
Friday (this day is a holiday so not sure what I will do here)
Saturday 1500-2000 (I will be traveling, not sure what will happen here)
Sunday 1500-2000 (I will be traveling, not sure what will happen here)

I won't be able to do things exactly as I plan because of the Easter weekend, I think I am returning Monday which means I will be missing my workout. I don't think I have anything planned for the weeks after that, it would be nice to try having a full week of this plan and see how I do.

Tomorrow I celebrate three months of this lifestyle. I am proud with how far I have come. I would have liked to have lost more weight as I was aiming for 24 lbs or so but I know my body has changed in a number of ways and I am sure I gained muscle. I am going to have to give it time and try different things. These last three months have not been all that difficult which is why I have stuck with this. I am ready mentally and willing but I also don't feel as deprived as on other diets I have tried. I pray I can stick with this and lose the weight once and for all!

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:27 PM   #191
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WEEK 12 DONE!!! 3 MONTHS COMPLETE!!

(My week starts on a Saturday) This week I was hungry and ate a lot of food on some of the days. I also indulged twice and had some high carb food that put me above 50 grams of carbs. I tried to make up for it by having one low calorie day. I committed to going to 3 classes at my gym (total of 3.5 hours). I am not surprised that I did not lose any weight because I ate too much. Next week will be better!

started at 197.8lbs on January 18 2014
Week 1 loss (Atkins induction) 5.6
Week 2 loss (Atkins induction) 1.8
Week 3 gain (no longer true induction, 20-30 grams of carbs a day) gain 1.2
Week 4 no loss (20-30 grams of carbs a day)
Week 5 loss (20-40 grams of carbs, 27.3 grams week average) 4.4
Week 6 gain (20-45 grams of carbs) gain 1.6
Week 7 loss (counting macros) loss 2.2
Week 8 gain (counting macros) gain 1
Week 9 no loss (counting macros)
Week 10 LOSS (counting macros) LOSS 4.2 lbs
Week 11 GAIN (counting macros) GAIN .2 lbs
Week 12 GAIN (counting macros) GAIN .1 lbs
total loss 12 weeks = 14.1 lbs!! so close to be part of the 15 lb lost club

measurements~
bust starting 43.5" today 41.25" same as last week
waist starting 37" today 33.5" same as last week
upper thigh starting 26.25" today 25" down .5" from last week

my accomplishments and observations this week~

-ate more on some of the days, I hope to gain better control of that next week
-went to strollersize (1 hour weights and HIIT training) three times this week, one class was half hour longer
-did not do the runs that I was hoping I would do, too sore from strollersize
-had two high carb days (50 grams +) gave myself permission to do so
-managed a low calorie day (835 calories) for the first time in years, no hypoglycemia
-wrote everything down in my hand written journal and kept up with forum
-feeling a bit stronger when I go to strollersize
-tracked my macro's on most days

improvements and mini goals for next week~

-follow the plan over Easter weekend while staying with family
-aiming for three strollersize days
-decrease calories
-drink more water
-try and drink boullion daily
-try to not overindulge on "legal" treats
-try and maintain more consistant macro's to see what is working
-try a low calorie day or two

WEEK 12 SUMMARY~
Sat. 183.6lbs. 2320.5cal./34.2g carbs/185.1g fats/76.3g protein activity- none
Sun. 185lbs. 2104 cal./44.8g carbs/172.2g fats/108g protein activity-housework
Mon. 184.4lbs. 1731 cal/39.7g carbs/121.6g fats/39.7g protein activity- 1 hour strollersize
Tues. 184.8 lbs. 2806 cal./114.1 carbs/ 284.8 fats/129.4 protein activity -none
Wed. 185.4 lbs. 1909 cal./40.6 carbs/124 fats/135.3 protein activity-strollersize 1 hour
Thurs. 185.4 lbs. 835 cal./55.9 carbs/41.6 fats/78.1 protein activity-shopping
Fri. 184.4 lbs. 2586 cal./50 carbs/175 fats/144.4 protein activity-strollersize 1.5 hour
Saturday morning weight- 184.6 lbs GAIN (.1 lbs)
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #192
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:12 AM   #193
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Yaaay, Wish! Congrats on three months!! You are doing so good!
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:07 PM   #194
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Dat 87! 183 lb

Feeling extremely lousy today. Something is up with my toddler, he wouldn't let us sleep last night. I am also suffering with the TOM cramps. I forced myself to go to strollersize class, it felt like I was dragging the entire time but I am so glad and proud I went.

I am going to try and not eat too much today while staying LC ofcourse.

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:07 PM   #195
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:07 PM   #196
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Day 88! 183
Day 89! 183.4

Yesterday I allowed myself to have a few more carbs than normal, still stayed under 100g. I was feeling crampy and not well, really wanted a burger and onion rings. I had the burger with an lc flatbread and onion rings, the experience was divine.

I went to strollersize today but felt like I was dragging the whole time. The light cramps did not help. I started having cramps on Monday, normally I would get a period shortly after starting cramps but I did not this time. Not sure what is going on with my cycle. I also had two none consecutive days of spotting a couple of weeks ago. So I have had light cramping for three days and a crappy tired feeling but no period. I hope I get it soon.

I am forcing myself to go to strollersize no matter how I feel, the old me would have used my cramps and lethargy as a perfect excuse to skip it and also to pig out on carbs. I am definitely feeling like I want to ditch this diet and go get some carby food, particularly my favorite Chinese food. I have to focus on how terrible I would feel afterwards, I have to hold on to that feeling.

So even though my carbs were high yesterday it is really nothing compared to the damage the old me would have done. And I am proud I made it to two strollersize classes. Hold on to THAT feeling.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:53 PM   #197
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Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter!

I was out of town visiting with family, left on Friday and came back on Monday. I was not able to follow the plan 100% nor did I do any exercise, infact I was pretty good on most of the days except for Sunday where I had a few different off plan foods. I wasn't able to weigh myself so I am going to skip my week 13 summary. I think I lost a pound or so. I didn't journal either but I am back to it all today!

Day 90! 181.8
Day 91! 183.8
Day 92! ? traveling
Day 93! ? traveling
Day 94! ? traveling
Day 95! 182.6 (today)

Well here is hoping I do well for week 14. I would like to see some movement and the 170's soon!
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:03 PM   #198
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Just thought I would include some progress pictures, first one from week one, second one from week 13



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Wish, what a difference! You look great! Also I really love your necklace in the second pic.
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Great progress pics! What a change in 13 weeks - well done!
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THANK YOU LADIES!! I am feeling the love!

I bought that dress over a year ago and I don't think I could even zip it up. I just kept on trying it every couple of weeks until I was comfortable enough to wear it. When I lose another inch in the bust and waist it will be perfect. The dress was the best thing to show me I was indeed shrinking. I am now looking for the next motivating dress, something tailored, not stretchy and a few sizes too small.

I actually have a few dresses that are too loose and need to be put away or donated. I will probably store them until I am certain I will not gain again.

Day 96! 183.4 lbs

I went to strollersize today and I did well. The last time I was there was a week ago. I actually went in on Good Friday for a class before going off on my trip (proud of myself for trying) but classes were canceled. I expected that but when I checked with the gym on Wednesday they said classes are still running. Anyways, I will probably be sore tomorrow but it will be interesting to see.

Recently I have had to increase my thyroid medication. I am guessing that part of the problem with my fatigue issues was my low thyroid function. I am feeling super fatigued lately, I hope that once the thyroid level is up to speed I will have energy again. I hope it will help with the weight loss too.

struggles~

Right now I am just finding it hard to go back to really low carbs, 20 grams or less. I am feeling as though I have too many cravings and hunger and that I eat too much. I am just finding it too hard to cut all that out and go back to the beginning of the diet. In order for me to see the 170's soon I really need to make this move.

I am also finding it hard to drink all the water, not sure why but I just don't want to. I am thinking I need to flavor it but that means I will be drinking chemicals and I would rather not do that.

Another problem of mine is that I am not remembering to take my vitamins and supplements, I haven't done this in a long while and I know it isn't good.

I am relying on legal treats daily which isn't good either.

What are your struggles? As you can see there are a few things I need to work on. This wasn't going to be easy, I am going to have to put more effort into this.
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Hi Wish! What a great progress photo! Your program is definitely working for you. I know it's tough sometimes when the scale isn't moving as quickly as we want it to, but your picture is proof that positive changes are happening. It's so nice to be able to fit into smaller clothes.

I share a lot of the same struggles. I'm lucky if I get my vitamin in every other day, I never remember to take the 'extra' supplements like Omega3's, I've been fighting fatigue lately which is weird because I don't remember being so fatigued when I first started low carb. I'm trying to add some small snacks instead of going so long in between meals, hoping that will help. Some days I do great with water, other days I'm lucky if I get more than 1 bottle down. I really need to work on making those things habits rather than afterthoughts.

It's hard to peg exactly where we need to be with carb intake, since we're all different. Overall, I haven't noticed much change since adding some carbs in my diet, so I'm sticking with it for now -- just trying to keep it under 100g and mostly on workout days. This month I'm focusing more on calories in vs. calories out to see what happens, while still keeping my carbs relatively low.

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thanks Bren! I am so proud of myself and sooo impatient at the same time. I feel like I am not working hard enough because progress is soooo SLOW. You know what I am talking about.

Why is it that when I get over 50 grams of carbs I feel like I have failed at this? I got it in my head that I need to keep it really low. I know that around 100 grams is still really good and it isn't a failure. I was low carbing all last year and not counting carbs but I know I was WAY over 100 grams with the "good grains", dairy, fruits and unlimited veggies I was eating.

I think that you have it right Bren. Keep the carbs lowish, 100 grams or less and watch the calories. I have been able to eat less than 20 grams of carbs and over 2000 calories easily so it can be done, you CAN overeat on LC.

My main problem right now is that I like to eat and I can find yummy LC treats and meals that I can easily over indulge on. I need to tame that animal.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:09 PM   #204
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Hi everyone I am back!

I have been gone for about a week, maybe more? I didn't go anywhere just have been very VERY busy and off of social media. altogether. We decided to take my not yet three year olds nap away as he was staying up late crying he couldn't sleep ,he has also decided he does not want to sleep in his bed, only ours will do. I have been so tired since my son wakes up in the middle of the night and demands he sleep in our bed (we give in) and then wakes us up at or before 6am., he then demands breakfast. During the night, he kicks us and tosses and turns, the king is not big enough! I don't get a break during the day because he doesn't nap anymore, he is very cranky as he is adjusting. I know it is a stage he is going through but it is a lil' challenging for us for the time being. I am trying to cherish the moments we cuddle in bed as I know he will grow up all too soon.

Anyways, on the dieting front~
Things have been a little lax here and there after coming home from a trip after Easter weekend. I saw 179 one morning, had to weight myself three times because I didn't believe it. But then I was up the next day. It probably was because I finally got my period. I was having bad pms for almost two weeks, I was not happy. I was actually glad to see TOM but suffered severe pms this week. I actually gave in to my intense cravings and ended up going to my favorite Chinese restaurant, one I had been able to avoid this year. I had the most amazing meal there but ofcourse felt a bit of a failure afterwards. I gained several pounds, I think I was 186 the morning after. I have come back down a bit since then, 182 lbs. I was able to do two strollersize classes this week even though TOM was so bad, so proud I did that. I have missed two week summaries and I have not been good about journaling my food. To be honest I have just lost the drive to journal everything, maybe it is from not having the time to do it and I am sooo tired at the end of the day. I should be going to bed right now but I just wanted to make the time to write here incase I have some followers that are wondering about me

What are my plans?

Well TOM will be gone soon and I should be back to the previous schedule, I hope. I would like to go to strollersize three times next week. I would also like to go for a run once or twice next week outside with the kids, this shall depend on the weather and my energy levels but it is something I really want to do. I actually went running with them a week ago, pushing my son in the stroller and my daughter rode her scooter with us.

I want to continue eating as low carb as possible and not let high carb foods sneek there way in. I have been pretty good about this on most days but there have been days that I sneek things in, I can't afford to do this.

I have to go right now but I will write soon, I promise!
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:38 AM   #205
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Welcome back! I was wondering where you had gotten to! Glad to hear you are doing well, hope your son gives you a break soon! I'm sure he'll settle into his new sleep schedule soon enough. Chinese food is my kryptonite, too! I am going to have to figure out a good LC alternative to keep my cravings at bay.
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Wish, congratulations on your weight loss! You are doing really well!

Wish and Bubbly Ren, you know that you can make low carb versions of some of your favorite Chinese/Asian dishes right? If you are interested, let me know and I will send you some recipes. I often make low carb versions of Kung Pao Chicken and other stir fry dishes that are delicious and end up by being healthy too. No MSG either! They satisfy the cravings without the carbs. Of course I miss the rice but these do in a pinch.

Have a great day! xo
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thanks ladies!

I try and make low carb Chinese/Asian food when I can but the problem is that there are no ways of making my favorites low carb, like ginger beef and sticky rice. I am also crazy about dim sum ;-)

My son is sleeping better now but I still don't have much time right now to post and chat. I am trying to do some much needed spring cleaning whenever I can amongst other things.

I was able to go to two strollersize classes this week even though I was super tired. I am planning on going again tomorrow, I am pretty proud of myself and I feel stronger than ever. A lady in class commented on how slim my waist had gotten, I met her at my first class and I guess she remembered what I used to look like.

today is day 111!! 182 lbs...still here but I know I am building muscle and I am also eating too much, even letting myself have more carbs, I still try and stay under 100 grams per day.

I found this wonderful low carb pasta, it is made from black beans so that it is high in fiber and protein but low in calories and carbs. It is ugly to look at and I wouldn't serve it to guests but it does the trick, even my husband will eat it. I made a huge pot of bolognese and have been eating that with the noodles for a few days.

Also, I use mini wholewheat pita's as a sub for a hamburger bun, they are only 7 net carbs grams each. I really love this idea and even my husband and kids like this.

I haven't been tracking my food lately, this is a good and bad thing. I am careful of what I eat and do a rough count in my head so that I know where I am (roughly). I am fairly strict on most days, I even went to a party on Sunday and had only water, even though there was yummy food and drinks everywhere!

If I can continue to lose weight while not tracking then this is ideal because it means that I have transitioned to making this more of a lifesyle. I don't want to have to journal forever, afterall I was doing it for a few months!

I need to run now! until next time ;-)

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:32 PM   #208
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I am back, at least for today. I have had a hard time finding time to post here or be online in general. I am still spring cleaning, cleaning my windows, going through kids toys and clothes, organizing my whole house and doing a lot of yard/garden work.

The weather is so nice that I am trying to make the most of it, I take the kids out to the park a lot, we go for long walks. Since my son doesn't nap anymore, I have very little time to myself. By the time my kids are in bed it is 8:30-9pm and I am too tired to do anything. I suspect it will get worse during the summertime, my kids will likely be up later,

I am still going to strollersize when I can and I am feeling stronger and more fit. Usually I go for 3.5hours a week.

I am still stuck at around 181-183lbs. I have been sneaking in extra carbs here and there and eating more than I should. I am so active that I feel too hungry if I limit my calories, this is my biggest challenge right now. I get into trouble snacking on Atkins bars and nuts. I am almost always low carb and legal, just eat too much I think. It is so frustrating because I really don't stuff myself at all and I am very active, I should be losing weight, even at a very slow rate. I would take half a pound a week but it is not happening. I need to go back to induction for a few days but I keep finding it hard to do it.

Anyways, I have to run. I hope you are doing well!
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Hey there! I know all about being super busy, I'm honestly overwhelmed these days, but wouldn't change a thing. It sounds to me like you're doing great. I appreciate Atkins giving me a head start, but I don't think carbs are the devil, a long-term diet would ideally incorporate at least the healthy ones like higher carb veggies and fruit. I wish it were a simpler process also, that we could just be given some instructions to follow and voila! ... but this has probably been the hardest thing I've ever done. The numbers just don't add up sometimes, no matter what I change. Are you tracking at all? I'm starting to wonder if I'm not eating enough calories, especially when taking into account my workouts. It's worth a try for a week or so, just be sure to track every bite to get an accurate picture.

No matter what, don't give up on at least trying and you'll be just fine!
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