Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012: 219 Pounds

Yep, this morning I woke up to an unexpected downtick on the scale... 2 pounds gone! Thank goodness. Finally. I had stayed quite solidly at 221 pounds during the entire month of October. I was 221 on October 1, so that is 2 pounds gone for the month. I am glad the scale finally budged and hope it keeps right on budging!

I did not count calories again yesterday but this is what I ate:

black coffee
Medifast shake
Americano with half and half
2 eggs and 2 bacon
a little mug muffin thing I made from almond meal, egg, vanilla, and butter (sugar free, grain free)
one square of extra dark chocolate
protein bar
a little sleeve of roasted peanuts from the convenience store
2 slices of low fat cheese
large bowl of spaghetti squash with butter, salt, pepper, and Parmesan

1200-ish, if I had to guess calories on that.

What was awesome about yesterday is that I did not have ANY cravings for Halloween candy. I was around it a lot. They had a bowl out at the physical therapy office, at school, at dance, and of course a big bowl at home to hand out to trick-or-treaters. At no point did any of it call to me, whisper to me, or bother me in any way. The *only* time I even thought about the candy was when we came home from trick-or-treating and I saw the mini Snickers bars in my daughter's bucket. For just a fleeting second I considered looking up the carb count, but then I just as quickly forgot about it and it didn't cross my mind again. THAT is a great victory! I have found that eating low carb really does erase most of the cravings for candy and cookies and sugary things. I love it. I remember just a couple months ago the agony when I thought about *life without cake.* How could I give up cake??? I have already given up so much food-wise and thought there HAD to be a way to have real, actual, sugary cake with buttercream frosting at least once in awhile. It really bothered me a LOT. Now, I have no desire to go back to that. I do not want cake. I do think it is fun to make a low carb version of a baked treat once in awhile, but it isn't essential. However, I do know that all it would take to go back to cake addiction is one slip up. If I eat a candy bar or a couple of cookies I think all bets might be off. so I am staying away from it, trying to hang on to this food sanity that I am enjoying.

My hope is that if I keep on eating the way I am eating, the scale will keep tripping down, down, down. I think I have a pretty good grip on the eating now. Since the scale finally MOVED, I am not changing *anything!* I am going to try to just keep doing what I have done this past week. Only one more pound until I take progress pictures and measurements! I can't wait.


Margaret said...

So glad to hear. Way to go, Lyn!!

((You are exactly right about that carb craving thing - it's a cycle. Around here, we call it "sugar cycling." Don't fight that battle until maintenance. Get to the number you want first.))

Anonymous said...

I know that you were watching grains, and I'm not sure if you are staying away from grains or specifically gluten, but lots of roasted peanuts contain wheat/gluten in them. I know this because I am either celiac or REALLY gluten intolerant! Just thought you would like to know

Lyn said...

Thanks, Lindsay. I will be careful to read the ingredients next time. I read the nutrition facts which were good but didn't think to look for wheat!

Anonymous said...

YAY for you!!

I started doing the happy dance as I was reading your post

You SO deserve this! Keep up the good work and we're all here rooting for you


Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn :)
I'm so glad to hear the good news!!!! I know the scale moving in the right direction is the most encouraging thing you could have seen. Due to you, and your helpful info and posts, 4 weeks ago on Saturday I decided to give up carbs and go the Atkins way of life. The biggest thing I notice is I am not OBSESSING about cheese tator tots from Sonic at 10 at night, or dessert everytime we go somewhere, or even Halloween candy! Its AMAZING to me how much less anxiety I have and I feel I owe it to you, for your insight and postings!!! Thank you SO much! I wish nothing but a downward trend for you and look forward to hearing about it!

Kendra said...

That's awesome about the halloween candy! What a great victory!

Hope you're getting into a good pattern, you've been working at it for so long.

MargieAnne said...

Congratulations. It's so good to see that shift on the scales when you've waited so long.

I love that I no longer have food cravings. It is a whole new sense of freedom.


Claire said...

Wonderful news! The start of the scale going downhill at last.

Taryl said...

You're not immune to the laws of thermodynamics, no matter how stubborn the weight might be. Consistency over time WILL yield results if yor body is functioning well and you are in energy deficit. Please keep on with the right calorie and carb amount for your body and you'll succeed, even if it isn't quickly.

And bravo on the Halloween victory. I managed to avoid all temptation (and not crave it, yay!) as well, and I feel so amazing today for knowing I stuck to my guns.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! May the pounds keep rolling off!

Steelers6 said...

Yay for you! I am always so proud of you when you resist something. :)
I intentionally purchased Reese's peanut butter cups for the trick or treaters, because I think most kids like them. But I also chose them because they don't tempt me! I don't like them anymore. Weird. After improving my food choices, they now seem salty & not quality. If I'm using calories, it had better be delightful!

Have a swell weekend with your fam.

deezer said...

Hi Lynn - well done on the down tick! :-) Happy days...

Are you not a little worried about the vitamin / mineral content of what you are eating - especially in terms of natural vitamins, as I am sure that the shake is 'enriched' probably. I am talking about the vitamins in veggies and fruit here - yesterday you don't seem to have eaten that many veggies, and i know taht a lot of fruits cause problems for you, so maybe just to think about it - i'd love to know what you think as its a factor I am spending a lot of time considering on my journey.


16 blessings'mom said...

Yay!!!! I am so happy for you! Eating healthy and exercising.... obviously good for you, but to see that scale move down is so very satisfying!!! Good for you!!!


Lyn said...

Thanks all!


You're right, more veggies would be a lot better in the nutrition department. I was going to have a salad with my dinner but it was that pre-bagged greens mix and when I got it out, it had gone south and didn't look fit to eat. I spent 100 calories on cheese yesterday, which could have been spent on a LOT of low calorie veggies. I need to pay attention to my veggies better; thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

Lyn-they also use wheat as flavoring in the disguise of malt extract!

Okiebelle said...

YEAH!!!! So happy for you! Finally, your hard work is starting to pay off. BTW, are you still working out? I haven't seen you mention it in a while.
Keep up the good work,

Lyn said...

Thanks Denise :)

I didn't get to the gym at all when my daughter was sick but am getting back in the groove now. Twice a week, but next week should get back to 3x/week.