Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 113 - Falling off the track...

CW: 261.2

Yes, that is a gain... a big gain. I have been off track for nearly two weeks now... well... I guess more like 10 days.

That is why I avoided this place, and the scale. And it reminded me why I weigh myself every day.

The downfall started with something so simple. I went camping. I ate one tiny little minuscule s'more... which led to a landslide.

I think that it led to a landslide because I thought, it's okay that I cheated a little, I will just wait a few days and get on the scale when the water weight is gone... well. then since I wasn't weighing myself I kept pushing it back and back and back and eating more and more and more.

And let me tell you, the worst part of this diet/lifestyle is getting on it. Once you are on it, I promise, the cravings really are not there. They really do go away for the most part. But, you can still get sidetracked, as I have proven.

But, I am here to write about the reasons you should not cheat, and what cheating this much has shown me.

1. My energy level off of Atkins goes way down. I feel like I could sleep for 10-12 hours a day and not get enough sleep.

2. My desire to workout becomes non-existent.

3. I am cranky.

4. No matter how much I eat, I am hungry. I can eat 4000 calories and still be hungry.

5. It's never a good time to get back on track.

6. Once again, you realize that nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

7. My stomach is bloated.

8. I feel depressed, sad, out of control.

9. My face is breaking out.

10. This is such a long journey, and this cheat has set me back probably a total of 3 weeks. It sucks to realize.

However, I am getting back to it. I am strong, I am confident, I am going full force. I just have to commit to not cheating. Commit to the fact that this is worth so much more than a s'more.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 92. - 3 Pounds Overnight


Sometimes I get so frustrated because I feel like the scale won't move, or it just won't budge, no matter how strict I am.

And then sometimes, like today, I step on the scale, I have dropped 3 pounds overnight.

When this happens, I smile, and say, "Okay, now I am not weighing myself for another week because I don't want to see if this was a fluke." You gotta know how to keep the high going. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 91. - Relax...

CW: 257.8

So, I have been losing steadily. Still enjoying the plan.

But I must admit that I am not completely gung ho about it anymore. I am. I am still sticking to the plan about 90% of the time.

Still, this past weekend, I ate popcorn at the movie theater and three bites of mashed potatoes... I still lost weight. It didn't kick me out of ketosis. And I don't have my cravings back.

I think that the key is moderation. I think that the key is also that if you are going to cheat, at least still stay in your carb count. Which is what I do. I knew I would want the popcorn. I had been fantasizing about it all day. So, I ate very few carbs all day so I could just enjoy one single cup of popcorn.

I was prepared for the consequences. And I think that you just have to evaluate yourself. And know yourself, and know what you can handle and what you can't.

I know myself. I know that if you put pizza in front of me, I can't just eat one slice. Therefore, I may never be able to eat pizza on plan ever.

But, let's be real here. I am viewing this as a complete lifestyle change... Do I really think that I am going to go my entire life without mashed potatoes, without popcorn? Absolutely not.

Now, there are a million substitutes out there for a million products... and when possible, you should absolutely go for the substitute. But for some things, don't beat yourself up. You will lose weight. Just... everything in moderation.