Sunday, September 4, 2011

Weigh In and What I Ate

First things first: my little girl slept soundly all night (and so did I) and is not vomiting anymore! She is sipping fluids and had one bite of toast so far. Still not feeling 100% but she is definitely on the mend. I am glad it is a 3-day weekend!

Now, for me. Last weekend I weighed 205 pounds. Today I weighed 199. Six pounds down this week, a good 'start' to reversing the damage I caused by eating too much and the wrong kinds of foods. This week I ate smaller portions for the most part, but had a hard time controlling myself when I made stroganoff (over egg noodles) for dinner one night. Ate too much of that! I have been working at cutting out the sugar. Earlier in the week I had a few sugary things here and there but for the most part it is cut back out. As a result, my joint pain has decreased about 75% and the swelling is much reduced. I think that's why I dropped so many pounds this week. Also, I have made an effort to cut back on carbs in general. I made homemade pasta sauce the other day and was planning to make spaghetti squash for myself (and high protein/fiber Barilla Plus pasta for the family) but ran out of time and ate the pasta myself, too. And garlic bread. I also had a burger and fries at one point during the week and potato chips a couple of times. I added 2-3 Medifast meals back into my day to bump up the protein and nutrition. I walked 2-3 miles a day.

I feel so, so much better physically just from removing most of the sugar from my diet. I still drank some diet sodas and cut back to one cup of coffee per morning with sugar free creamer. The headaches are about 90% gone. I still find myself feeling hungry a lot, and craving sweets. I pretty much just ate a handful of almonds or a low fat string cheese when I felt hungry between meals.

Yesterday was so exhausting I was walking around in a fog. After being in the bathroom with my sick daughter from 2 am until about 9 before she finally went to sleep for a bit (and then woke up and kept puking on and off til 4pm) I was just soooo tired. I did not have time to prep foods. I usually keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge but was out. I ended up eating Medifast meals throughout the day out of convenience and for dinner had a taco salad (lean beef and turkey with taco seasoning over a bed of Romaine and chopped fresh garden tomatoes, with a sprinkle of cheese and some Lighthouse Lite Salsa Ranch dressing and a bit of sour cream and salsa). I didn't measure, just eyeballed. Even though I was exhausted, I felt SO much better last night after eating that way. I definitely need to continue modeling my dinners after what I learned on Medifast. I don't miss the grains at all, and the kids could all eat theirs with Carb Balance tortillas and everyone is happy.

That's about it for now. I think I had forgotten how much better I felt eating low carb. I am working out a plan for this week and it does not include SUGAR. I am also reading up on the suggestions you guys have made of trying Paleo and/or cutting out gluten.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

19 comments:

Debbie said...

Good luck with the low carb thing and looks like you are doing great. Keep up the good work.

Leslie said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better, and the weight loss always is a motivator to keep going, at least for me!

The discussions after your posts have been wonderfully informative to me. I've been researching the whole paleo thing too. When I did Atkins for 6 weeks about 8 years ago, I lost a lot of weight, and my blood profile of HDL, LDL, Lipids and blood sugar were stellar. Paleo is sounding like a somewhat modified Atkins, so it's of great interest to me. I'm going to try and check out a book from the library on it.

Keep plugging away, Lyn. Your blog is a wonderful clearinghouse of good discussions, ideas and honesty!! It always helps me.

Claire said...

Have you considered using smaller plates for eating? Once I switched to smaller plates it really helped with portion control and tricked my mind into thinking i was eating more than I was!!

Patricia said...

"I still find myself feeling hungry a lot, and craving sweets."

Just want to remind you that from a blood sugar perspective *all CARBS are SUGAR*.  They may have varying effects on how rapidly or how far they raise your blood sugar, but your body converts carbs to glucose essentially immediately. 

So: noodles, pasta, fries, chips, burger bun - all sugar.  That's why you're still feeling hungry and craving sweets. 

Sounds like you've made HUGE changes though and are getting rewarded for your efforts with less pain.  Good for you!

CJ said...

Great week you had! I also have a huge sweet tooth, and have had to figure out how to satisfy it on a daily basis. If I try to ignore it all together, it ends up a huge sugar binge. For me, watermelon and pineapple meet my sweet needs. And if I need a sweet drink, grape sugar-free coolaid does it for me. Sometimes I freeze the cool-aid then chew on the cubes... meets my crunching, chewing, sweet cravings. Just some ideas, I know how hard it is.
CJ

Karen said...

Glad both you and your daughter are feeling better.

Think it's the Medifast that's making you feel better?

Interesting experiment might be 2 weeks on Paleo and 2 weeks on MF again (or vice versa) and see what works.

Either way, structure and really healthy food, will be your friend, IMO.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Lyn said...

Karen~

I am sure it is the lower carb level and cutting out sugar that has me feeling better, as well as eating more protein. I did always feel much better on Medifast, not because it has some 'special' ingedient, but because it helped keep my blood sugar very even and level.

I am not convinced yet about Paleo although it does have some good basic principles. I am finally coming to grips with the fact that I am going to have to severely limit things like fruits and grains for the rest of my life to keep this weight off. At least that is the feeling I am getting.

Shrink to Fit said...

Hi Lyn! Glad to hear that you and your daughter are feeling better. I just started Medifast yesterday and I have to say you are what helped me make the choice. A couple of people at work are doing it, too, but I was reading your medifast page and signed up for Ebates (which is awesome!) and ordered!

I've been reading your blog for so long, it's great to see how well you've done :)

Scale Junkie said...

cutting out the sugar is the best thing for my body and sanity! I try to eat lower carbs but not full blown low carb because I always end up with some sort of ailment when I try, I think I just hate meat after a few days.

So glad you're back on the right track for you because bottom line is, we need to do what works best for our bodies!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I'll never quite understand why our brains won't demand that we eat better when it makes our body feel so, so much better. Sure would make this journey I lot easier...

Princess Dieter said...

So happy your daughter has improved and you, too, are better. Feel even better, lady! And yes, I know that grains and too much fruit are not my friend, scalewise, but summer fruit is viciously hard to resist, ne? ; )

Wheat is murder--for me. I had to give it up. Pasta, bread, pizza...all had to go.

Get your zucchini, and make your own pseudo-pasta and feel well.

later...

Forty Pound Sack said...

Glad things are looking up. Here's to the start of a great week!

Anonymous said...

I know everyone is different, but just wanted to say I do not limit myself on fruit, except for say bananas/mango/coconut/pineapple/higher cal fruit but I do limit grains. Fruit is not an an enemy of mine, and it helps a lot with cravings/stopping potential binges. I don't eat a TON of it, but I do enjoy it within reason at almost 5'10" and maintaining a size 6.

Anonymous said...

Also, I wanted to agree with the person that said cutting down on plain starches/grains will help with sweets cravings. For me, plain white bread leads to wanting to eat endlessly. Any bread, really, as well as pasta, rice, etc. Once those foods are out, my cravings are way down. Sweets don't even sound THAT appealing to me most of the time.

Karen said...

You had a great first week, Lyn!!! Way to go!!!

timothy said...

if you can get your head past the feeling of "i can't have this" and focus on what you gain IE health, weight loss ect ect and just do it till it becomes your new "habit" it will be much easier. i don't say diet cause it automatically SCREAMS deprivation. i'm on plan or program because than I AM IN CONTROL. it's my choice so i don't feel deprived i feel energized. and honestly hon this may be the way you have to eat for life so getting past it is imperative. you already KNOW all this sweetie, you've done great just keep at it. oh and i also agree with the smaller plate suggestion. i found some pretty ones that are bigger than a saucer but way smaller than a regular plate. and of course hydrate hydrate hydrate!
glad the little one is feeling better! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

LHA said...

Your comments on fruits/grains/carbs in general rang a bell with me. I have had some success putting those foods in a "special" category. Fruits are something that if I want to eat, I just eat a small amount, for example half an apple or just a few grapes. Grains are the same. If I want a slice of bread or a roll, I try to make sure it is whole grain and eat just half a slice of bread or one small roll. I also eat these things with other higher protein foods, not just eating them alone. That helps keep cravings to a minimum.

Sugary foods, like the ever-popular cakes, pies, cookies and ice cream, are strictly once in a while items. I don't want those things regaining their former status as everyday meal items. When there is a birthday party, or on Christmas Eve, or some other unusual event....sure. I can eat a small amount, once again making sure to combine it with lots of protein and NOT feeling guilty or unworthy for eating it.

Like you, I feel much better when I don't overeat anything, when I limit carbs, and when I pretty much avoid sugar. I wish you good luck in finding just the right combination of foods that make you feel your best.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading "Wheat Belly" and am convinced that's what my problem had been for the last couple of years. Since I cut grains totally out of my diet in May, I am no longer needing the low dose antidepressant I was taking and I have more energy than ever. I have had several comments on how nice my skin is looking. I'm down 21 lbs. The cravings are gone and I sleep better. I highly recommend this book. I've been following your blog for a little while now and a lot of what you talk about hits home. Keep at this, you will find your happy place. I know it.

Mandy @ The Fat Girl's Guide to Life said...

I'm glad that you are both feeling better.