Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nothing new

There is really  nothing new going on here. I've definitely fallen off the low carb, weight loss wagon. I don't know what my problem is. I start off all gung ho but can't stick to anything. Right now my weight is somewhere around 220. That usually where I hang out when I'm not doing right.

So this week I'm just going to aim for one day at a time. I'm trying to come up with some low carb meals for work tomorrow. It's hard because I need to go grocery shopping and can't (don't want to) until tomorrow.

Anyway, that's where I'm at right now. Totally unhappy with my lack of progress and commitment, but I'm the only one who can change that. Right?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly weigh in

I know I just weighed on Tuesday, but I like for my "official" weigh in day to be on Saturday. So I got on the scale this morning and guess what...
I lost 5.4 pounds in 4 days! I know it was all water weight since I put on 10 pounds in the last 2 weeks. Still have another 5 or so pounds to lose to break even, but this is a good start. 

I went to the gym this morning. They have child care there so I was able to take RJ with me. I did 30 minutes on the bicycle and 20 on the elliptical. It's hard, but it will get better. 

So Saturdays around here means football and tailgating. I think I'll probably have a guilt free (cheat) meal once a week once I get back in the groove. But since I just had 2 weeks worth of cheat meals, I'm going to try to stick pretty close to plan tonight. I'm marinating some chicken to grill and got a veggie tray to munch on. Plus it's HOTTTT! Maybe I'll sweat off a pound or 2! Go Tigers Go!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


For the past few weeks I've been MIA- missing in action. Life has been full of excuses and I've given in to every one of them. School has been harder. Work has been more stressful. Family has been more demanding. I gave up my healthy eating and settled for what was easy. We just returned from a mini-vacation last night and today I'm back in the game. Right now I don't feel like I can stay committed to carb cycling. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a fantastic way of eating and it definitely gives results. But right now I need to do something I'm familiar with. I've had success following the South Beach diet in the past. The food choices are very similar, just in different combinations. So today I started back on that. Unfortunately,  I have to pay the price for time off the wagon. I weighed this morning and was back at 224.


Back on track today. I had the day off from work. I went grocery shopping and did some food prep. I also joined a gym. I did 30 minutes of cardio today - 15 on elliptical and 15 on bicycle. Just that 30 minutes was too hard. I know I have so far to go, but I have to start somewhere, right? I'm looking forward to trying some of the fitness classes.

My lesson learned from this is not every diet is right for everyone. I spent too much time on carb cycling trying to figure out what I could eat on which day and with what. I would last a couple of weeks and then mess up, regain and have to start all over. South Beach is more straight forward. I'm hoping I can stick with this. I have to stick with this. I can not gain anymore weight.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

High carb days

When I first heard about carb cycling, I had been struggling with a low carb diet for a while. The idea of adding days filled with carbohydrates sounded amazing! Once I did some research I realized "high carb days" means eating healthy carbs (found on the smart food list) in appropriate portions combined with lean proteins and veggies. On high carb days you should limit fat to as little as possible. Because carbs are higher in calorie, women  should aim for 1,500 and guys 2,000 per day. When choosing which carbs to enjoys, look for things that are nutrient-rich and high in fiber. I don't measure everything I eat, but I do measure the carbs. I know from past experience that I can get carried away with them! So what do I eat on high carb days? Here's a sample menu:

Breakfast: high fiber english muffin with turkey sausage and egg beaters
Snack: fat free greek yogurt with low fat, high fiber cereal (kashi), or low fat cottage cheese with fruit
Lunch: grilled chicken, steamed veggies, brown and wild rice, or stir-fry veggies, shrimp and brown rice (using olive oil cooking spray)
Snack: protein shake with a piece of fruit or 100 calorie popcorn
Diner: grilled chicken or turkey burger, roasted vegetables, half a sweet potato flavored with butter spray and pumpkin pie spice

Weekly weigh in: I actually weighed yesterday. As far as weight loss, this week would be considered a failure. I actually gained 4 pounds. But I did learn a few things- like how important prepping is. I didn't do it last week and it showed. Trying to get lunch and snacks from the hospital cafeteria makes sticking to the plan a lot harder (and more expensive!). I've also been dealing with some extra stress and emotional issues and turned to food. I used to enjoying working out to relieve stress. So hubby and I are going to join a gym this week cause doing a DVD with your 3 year old "helping" doesn't do much for stress. I'm trying to remember that this is a process. There will be good weeks and bad weeks. Remembering why I started this journey and getting back on track is what is important.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Low carb days

Before getting started with carb cycling, it's important to understand a few rules about what to eat and when you should eat it. I am not an expert at this, but I'm trying to figure it out! First, you should eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and breakfast should always include a smart carb. This helps get your metabolism going for the day. Next, never eat carbohydrates and fat together. Then eat 5 meals a day spaced out about every 3 hours.

So what do you eat on low carb days? Breakfast is always a protein and a carbohydrate (no fat!). The snacks and meals for the rest of your day should be a protein, veggies and fat chosen from the smart food guide. This can be found here. You have to sign up, but it is free and this information is vital for success! Your calories for low carb days should be around 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men. Also remember how important water is and aim for half your body weight is ounces of water per day.

Here are some of the things I frequently eat on low carb days with link to a few recipes. For breakfast I like refrigerator oats or a high fiber English muffin with turkey sausage and egg beaters. Lunch is usually left overs from the night before or a salad with low-fat cheese, and low-fat dressing. Dinner is a lean meat with veggies and a serving of fat. This enchilada chicken with Mexican cauli-rice is one of my favorite meals and perfect for a low carb dinner. For snacks I eat guacamole with celery and a protein shake or low-fat cottage or fat-free Greek yogurt with splenda and almonds. I don't always get vegetables with every snack, but you should try.

What I ate today: (note: today was a HIGH carb day for me)
B: Orowheat double fiber English muffin, turkey sausage, egg beaters
S: banana,protein shake
L: whole wheat pasta, ground beef, homemade marinara sauce and veggies from last night
S: 100 calorie popcorn and deli turkey (not pictured)
D: grilled pork tenderloin, green beans, half a sweet potato with fake butter spray

Monday, August 25, 2014

Carb cycling: the basics

Carb cycling is a way eating that, you guessed it, cycles the amount of carbohydrates you eat. To put it simply, rotating high carb days with low carb days keeps your body guessing at what is going on, therefore preventing your weight loss from stalling like it could with just a low carb diet. Add in a weekly guilt free day (more about that later!) and you don't feel deprived so you are less likely to cheat. I generally follow Chris Powell's plan for eating. Both of his books, Choose to Lose and Choose More to Lose More for Life,  are full of wonderful information. I really encourage you to read them. (If you can only get one, get the second one!) If you can't get the books, his website has all of the information you need to get started.
Be sure to check out Chris Powell's website. He tells you what to eat when in order to have weight loss success and which cycle is best for you. Tomorrow I'll talk about low carb days and share some of my favorite recipes.
What I ate today:

(Low carb day)
B: refrigerator oats with banana and PB2
S: protein shake and cheese
L: salad from hospital cafeteria
S: low fat cottage cheese mixed with guacamole and celery
D: cheeseburger, zoodles with mushrooms


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some days...

Some days just don't go like you have planned. Today was one of those days for  me. Normally I spend Sundays making a good grocery list, doing the shopping and prepping food for the next few days. That was what I had planned for today as well. But my hubby got called in to work early this morning. That left me alone with our 3 year old for the whole day. I would rather cut off a foot than take him grocery shopping. I also spent more time than I should have getting this blog set up. I tried a new recipe than wasn't so good. I burned the veggies for dinner and didn't get much school work done. I did finally get the courage to go shopping. RJ was pretty good and we got enough good to last for a few days. Some days are just like that. I'm learning to deal with these unexpected stressors without letting it ruin my diet. In the past I might turned to fast food as a quick fix, but not today. And in the end, it was a pretty good day. 

What I ate today:
(Low carb day)
Breakfast: Orowheat double fiber english muffin, turkey sausage, egg beaters
Snack: low fat cottage cheese with Splenda, almonds
Lunch: salad with salsa chicken, low fat Mexican blend cheese and guacamole
Snack: eggplant chips (not so good), homemade marinara sauce, deli turkey
Dinner: pork loin, sautéed cabbage, mushrooms and onions and steamed green beans