Saturday, January 16, 2016
Struggling to break through stalls and reach goals is very common and very real. I did promise to share the good and the bad on this journey, so I'll try to remember that even when the going gets tough. Stalls suck, but I'm proud to say I have not given up, so maybe that's inspiring in and of itself.
In any case, when I last posted it was just before Christmas and I had every intention of staying the course through the holiday break. I was not successful. We had family up and every time I turned around it was an eating fest, whether at someone's home or out at a restaurant. I gave in on more than one occasion and quickly found myself regaining. I haven't posted weights lately, so here goes. On 19th December I was 80.7 kg (177.9 lb). by 2nd January I was 85.9 kg (189.38 lb). The family all went back home shortly after that and I was determined to start over. This time I thought I would try strict LCHF. I've dabbled with it and tried a few recipes, but never followed it strictly before, so I did for a whole week, using delicious recipes from DietDoctor.com. It was not easy eating that much fat and it was very high calorie, but I stuck it out for a week. On 9th January I was 87.7 kg (193.35 lb). What the hell ... I gained?!
Some people may do well on LCHF, but I didn't like it and was not about to continue! What to do? Going back to Dr Poon Phase 1 hadn't worked the last few times I tried it. But I had to do something, so I started again last Sunday (10th Jan). The next day I was down 1.5 kg (3.3 lb). Then another kilo (2.2 lb) the next day. I stayed steady the next day, then went up 100g (.22 lb), then saw another drop. Yesterday I was 84 kg exactly (185.19 lb), that's a loss of 3.7 kg (8.16 lb) in just 5 days. I haven't seen a drop that big since my very first week of Pooning! In fact, that's exactly what I lost in my very first week! Today I'm up 100g (.22 lb) but that doesn't worry me, I'm still down 8 pounds! Now lest you think it was all water weight, my scale says it was over half fat.
So why did it work this week? What's changed? The only thing I can think of is I've started my 2nd month of progesterone cream. If the hormonal change of nearing menopause was causing my weight struggles (as it does for so many women my age) then maybe progesterone cream is making a difference. My cycle sure is behaving the way it used to a couple of years ago. No more of this every three week crap, it's more like 37 days now. I don't know whether it's the progesterone cream or not, but I plan to keep using it. And I'll ask the doctor about it.
Yes, I did schedule an appointment to have my thyroid checked. I scheduled it before I saw this week's drop, and part of me wonders if I should cancel (it's rather expensive!) but I don't want to assume one very good week means I'm back on track. And the thyroid could still be a factor. I have quite a few of the symptoms listed in the article Jan kindly shared with me, and while some of them could apply to PCOS as well, I'd like to be sure. The nurse told me the doctor would charge me $250 (I'd get $150 reimbursed from Medicare) but I didn't think to ask whether there would be any other charges (e.g. for pathology). I think it's important get tested though, so I think I should keep the appointment.
Anyway, thank you to those of you who are still with me, I appreciate it very much. I will be in touch more frequently, I promise. I'll leave you with another great success graphic, and I hope it helps you as much as it does me.
I'll be sure to let you know how the thyroid tests go. Hope your new year is off to a great start! :)
Monday, October 27, 2014
I’m here, just been very busy in the lead-up to our annual Halloween party, which was Saturday. We had a great time! I’m a bit stiff and sore from building a coffin prop over the last few days – that was a workout in itself and I am definitely not a carpenter!
I got a lot of compliments on both my new hairdo and my figure, which was really lovely; a good ego boost. There was one guest who hasn’t seen me in a year so it was a major change for him! My indulgences were limited to some nuts, devilled eggs and a bit of meat and cheese from the hors d'oeuvres platter.
My weight has been bouncing up and down a couple of kilos since my last drop just as I predicted. I haven’t been overly concerned about the slow progress because I have dropped over 100 pounds and it may take my body a while to adjust to that. Plateaus happen, they’re part of any weight loss journey and I don’t want to obsess or stress about it. These changes to my way of eating are for life, I’m not ‘on a diet’ that I’m planning to go off of when I reach goal. There are some foods I’ll add back in slowly once I hit maintenance of course, but that’s a ways off yet.
So no, I’m not stressing over it – having said that, I am going back to strict Phase 1 for a while to see if that gets things moving again. I’ll be having an Atkins shake with almond milk for breakfast during the week (I skip breakfast on the weekends) and will have Phase 1 meals for lunch and dinner. Now I’m not under-eating as these are decent portion sizes, but they’ll be mostly made up of foods from the unlimited list of Phase 1 with some other veggies that are allowed in limited amounts, but cutting out Phase 2 foods like tomatoes and carrots. I am allowed small amounts of the lowest fat cheese on Phase 1, but I’m going to try to cut that out for a while as well and see how I go.
I’ve been exercising pretty regularly and I will continue to mix strength training and Callanetics with my walking / jogging mix. Wish me luck!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Last night's dinner was from the New Dieters Cookbook, Chicken Marsala ... only without the Marsala. I substituted no-salt chicken broth with a splash of white wine vinegar instead. Chicken breasts are pounded to 1/4 inch, then pan-fried. Then while the chicken is kept warm you sautée some mushrooms, green onions and a bit of garlic, then add the 1/4 cup Marsala substitute. Add the chicken back in and heat through. On the side I had sliced a couple of yellow button squash and some green bell pepper and popped them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Really tasty and the chicken was so moist! Had leftovers for lunch today.
Then tonight I made another of Leigh's recipes ... Shepherd's Pie. It was good, but I preferred her Lazy Cabbage Casserole. I did double the cauliflower and I'm glad I did as it wouldn't have been enough otherwise. I have leftovers for the next few days and may try adding some of the no-added-sugar ketchup or BBQ sauce I bought, just to give it a touch more flavour.
Overall I'm enjoying my meals very much. I have not had a single craving for anything I've eliminated, and this is getting easier each day. Oh, and while I said I wouldn't weigh until the weekend, I couldn't resist checking this morning and have lost a total of 4.1 kg (9.04 lb) so far ... in a week and a half. I'm so happy!
Today a coworker and I were discussing our respective weight loss efforts. She said needs to allow herself the occasional off-plan treat, but I said I can't even think about it. For two reasons, really. Now that sugar, carbs and processed foods are out of my system, other Pooners have advised that even one indulgence could take three days to recover from and trigger cravings as well. And secondly, I know me. I can't have just a bit of a trigger food. I'll want more. Past experience has shown me that when I am doing well on a plan, going off even briefly can make it harder for me to get back on again. Even if I'd been on longer than 10 days, it's just not worth risking it. I have a tendency to quit when the going gets tough (e.g. plateau) so I'm very determined that this time will be different. I am not quitting this time ... not even for "just a little" of an off-plan item. This plan works if you stick to it, and I'm enjoying it, so I am sticking with it! :)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I didn't have the protein shake this morning as I wasn't hungry yet, but did head out for a 30 minute walk. After that I made an egg wrap - that's one whole egg plus two egg whites mixed and poured into a hot pan, then when nearly cooked I flipped it over to ensure both sides were set and carefully folded it over, then set it aside ... it resembled a crepe at this point. Into the pan I cooked a small amount of onion and green peppers, and a bit of leftover chicken diced small. I set that aside, returned the egg crepe to the pan and put a bit of Kraft LiveFree very low-fat cheese on it and a couple very thin slices of low-sodium ham. On that I added the onion, pepper and chicken filling and folded it over, flipping carefully to melt the cheese on both sides. I gotta say, this was more work than a shake, but totally worth it, this was delicious.
Lunch was some leftover Lazy Cabage Casserole from yesterday, and dinner was a stir fry using some of my leftover veggies, cauliflower rice and chicken, with garlic, ginger, a small amount of soy sauce and low-sodium beef stock (I didn't have chicken). Just trying to use up leftovers, and it was quite tasty. A bit later I had a protein shake as a sort of dessert as I was a little hungry. All in all a very tasty day.
That's my report for day three, I'll check in again tomorrow.