Monday the 4th - 135lbs, barely!
It's a lot easier to count carbs than it is to count calories, and I don't seem to have the knack
for the latter.
Having decided to 'modify' my lo-carb approach to reduce fat - and sacrifice a carb count in order to reduce my saturated fat intake - I promptly went a little whacky with the Triscuits. And the baked potato chips. And the pretzels. My snacking is always my undoing. So most of week eight was spent repenting week seven - particularly when the scales creeped in the wrong direction! Calories and fat grams are so fussy. I quit writing down everything I ate - first mistake - and then allowed myself more and more 'treats - second mistake.
So, I went back to the carb-counting approach, but with a careful eye on the fat-grams. Practical upshot, I really should start lifting weights, as I'm practically on a body-builder's diet as it is. Granted, I'm still taking in some fat that could be avoided - mostly by snacking on cashews while I'm at my mother's house (see my regular journal for details). Otherwise it's been lean meat, tuna, chicken and salad vegetables, with the occasional nibble on half a slice of bread, or a little bit of cheese, just to relieve the ongoing dryness of everything.
I went so far as to try the "Pure protein" brand of shake but, ohmigosh, those are nasty. I would happily sacrifice the carbs for a better flavor, but I guess body-builders don't see it that way. Admittedly, the flavor got more tolerable as I drank it and got used to the whacking great globs of artificial sweetener, but the taste-memory lingered in my mouth clear until dinner. Ugh. I really like "Carb Solutions" bars for breakfast, but they're fat bombs. Ditto for the 'Carb Solutions' shakes - and those are expensive. I'm a bit lazy when I first wake up, so I want to stick with something 'simple' for breakfast - but I don't want anything too savory. I mean, I eat savory stuff all day. I want to start my day on a lighter note than a can of tuna.
Trader Joes are carrying a lot of the Carbolite brand sweeties. Hidden carbs or no, they're pretty good. I like their sour fruit slices and today I brought home some jellybeans to try. I hope those work out, as they're low-fat and sugar free. But I'm staying away from the chocolate-covered almonds, and I rationed myself to one dark chocolate bar. I've noticed that the less of it I have in the house, the slower I'll eat it.
What's baffling me is that I look in the mirror, and I don't really
see any change. I know that 12lbs is a
pretty subtle difference, but I expected my pants to be a bit looser... Well, they are, just not around my waist. I seem to have
shed most of my inches off my hips and bust - which is not a bad thing! But it's hard to see - at least, to me it is!
I'm going to have to step up the exercise to get anything off my waist, I think.
I was contemplating buying a yoga videotape, actually. Yoga for beginners, of course - I know that some workouts can be quite strenuous and I doubt my prone-to-spasms back would tolerate that. But, in general, yoga might be right up my alley. Something that works on my mind, as well as my body... But, in the meantime, my mind needs to work on getting my body to pick up the dratted weights! I've had an excuse most of this week - I managed to do something awful to my back on Sunday, and spent most of Monday flat on my back - but I'm running out of excuses now that it's getting better. But I'm very wary of doing it again.
It seems that the past five days of hard-core low-fat/low-carb have done me some good. The scale has inched down to 133lbs and I'm feeling pretty good. Now I've just got pick my veggies with enough care to ensure that I get some fiber, but not too many carbs.