Showing posts with label LCHF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LCHF. Show all posts

Saturday, January 16, 2016

8 lb drop in 1 week? It's Week #1 again!

I'm back and doing well -- I'll talk about my 8 pound drop this week in just a minute, for those of you still interested. First, let me apologise for not writing more, but the fact is I didn't know what to say. Hi, I'm still struggling and had a holiday regain? Who wants to read that?! Well I have lost a few subscribers anyway. People follow and unfollow for any number of reasons, but I can certainly understand only wanting to follow bloggers that inspire you. Struggling for a long time to break a stall may not be very inspiring reading, but it certainly is real. Most people who lose a large amount of weight don't sail effortlessly to goal. I wish it were true, but it's not. It reminds me of that drawing about what people think success looks like vs. what it actually looks like.



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! :)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

From Egg Fast to IF again.

Well I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, or off the wagon for that matter. Frustrated with my stall and researching LCHF I came across something called the Egg Fast. Have you heard of this? It's for those who have stalled on LCHF and want to break through. For 3-5 days you eat eggs, butter and cheese (with few exceptions, some modify to include other fats like mayo so they can make egg salad). You can add small amounts of seasoning or a bit of mustard.

A quick Google search will tell you more, I think it was developed by low carb guru, author and podcaster Jimmy Moore of Livin La Vida Low Carb. You have at least six eggs per day and must have a tablespoon of butter or other allowed fat for each egg. You can also have an ounce (28 g) of cheese for each egg but they recommend you have less. Anyway the bloggers I found claimed to have dropped like 5-7 pounds in those 3-5 days. You will regain half a pound or more when you go off, depending on how gently you transition back, e.g. don't go nuts your first day off. In fact have 1-2 egg meals and one regular LCHF meal and transition back slowly. Most said they kept most of the weight off. My experience?

I did it from Sunday to Thursday last week, transitioning off on Friday and Saturday. I found a couple of delicious recipes which I saved for later in the week in case I tired of eggs, as most said they did ... but I didn't really. I love eggs. Monday I had dropped over a pound and a half. Then I stayed the same Tuesday. Wednesday I dropped about 3/4 of a pound and stayed there the rest of the time. About half that weight came back after my first transition day and the rest after the second. Very frustrating. I am starting to think I am not only never going to see goal, but I'm going to struggle to maintain the loss I have!

Not giving up, just beyond frustrated. I fasted completely today and will resume alternate day fasting this week along with eating much less on the days I do eat. Still sticking to LCHF. That's all I got.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A smaller drop, and what I'm eating

So when I last checked in I was 76.7 kg (169 lb), and as I predicted, my next drop wouldn't be quite as big. I am now 76.0 kg (167.5 lb), a loss of a pound and a half, and that's fine with me.

What's made it really easy to follow my new plan is having quick, easy breakfast and lunch options I can just grab and go without having to cook.  Breakfast is usually a protein shake, and I frequently have tuna for lunch with an individually wrapped cheese stick to bring up the fat content a bit (and because they're so tasty) or just some cottage cheese and pickles.  So really the only cooking I'm doing is for evening meals, on the days I eat them. I have been having some form of dessert every day such as an Atkins bar or ice cream treat which of course are made with artificial sweeteners. I would like to reduce my use of artificial sweeteners but have relied on them throughout my weight-loss journey because they do make it easier and my view is whatever helps you get there is OK.

I never thought I'd be a fan of these flavoured tunas as growing up we always had just mayonnaise in tuna. I still like it with mayo and often have it that way on a big bed of salad, but these little tins of flavoured tunas are so quick and convenient to grab for lunch that I have been using them a lot more often. My favourite flavours have been Zesty Vinaigrette and Sun-dried Tomato and Basil.  I'm not a fan of fish in general, so tuna is about the only way to get me to eat fish.

They're so convenient and I really like them, but I've always heard you shouldn't eat too much tuna due to the possible mercury contamination. I know several people in Australia that eat tuna every day and tell me they're not worried about mercury at all. One said she feeds it to her children every day as well and she's never even heard of any mercury worries.  I have heard recommendations to only have tuna once or twice a week, but if you go on the websites for the companies that produce it, they claim they monitor mercury levels very carefully and there is no cause for concern. Do most people still worry about mercury contamination in tuna?

Not much else to report - hope you all had a Spooktacular Halloween.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's working! Down 4.85 lb this week.

I weighed in this morning at 76.7kg (169 lb), which is down 2.2 kg (4.85 lb) from where I was just eight days ago when I started my new plan. I've been using FitDay and saved my own custom foods list which makes it quick and easy to track what I eat by just picking from the list. I've stayed LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) skipping my evening meal every other day. Calorie intake ranged from 1100-1300 on the days I had dinner to 800-900 on the days I didn't. Some of that loss is water weight of course, but I'm so happy to finally be back in the 160s, and just 19 pounds from goal.

Keeping it LCHF has been really satisfying -- I'm never hungry so it's really easy to stay on plan. My averages for the week were 9% of calories from carbs, 33% protein, and 58% fat. That's pretty close to my goal of 10% carbs, 30% protein and 60% fat.

So that's about it -- obviously I will stay the course this week, and while I don't think I'll pull big numbers in week two, I'm very hopeful I'll continue moving in the right direction.