Yesterday it was mild... today is is bad. I have full-blown "carb flu": the headache, nausea, shakiness and fatigue that come when one goes from higher carb level to a low carb diet. I haven't always gotten it; in fact, when I began Medifast the very first time, I had pretty much no symptoms. And several times when I "went off" for a few days or a week and then cut the carbs again, I felt fine... just hungry for a few days. But wow, I feel pretty icky today. It is definitely the "carb flu" and not a real illness; when I take a few bites of something carby, it goes away! I know people say you're just supposed to power through it, or sleep through it, but I am trying to be functional today and Tylenol's not working, so I have had a bite of carbs here and there to make the nausea go away. Maybe I am just prolonging it... I hope not. My easing-into-ketosis plan is to have my Medifast shake in about an hour, steak and salad for dinner, and then nothing to eat in the evening except a very low carb yogurt as a snack. I won't eat again until about 8 tomorrow morning. I figure from past experience that eating almost no carbs for that 16 hours (mostly while I sleep) should free me of these symptoms by breakfast time tomorrow.
On a happy note, the pain in my feet is about 75% better over the last two days! I think it is a combination of the massager, rest, and the MSM cream, but I am waiting to see if the pain comes back before I get *too* excited. Well, okay, I am excited!
So to be clear, my plan (for eating) for 2013 is to stay on a Medifast 5&1 plan until I reach my goal weight, whatever that is. Part of me thinks 175 is good enough; I felt really amazing at that weight. But I do think I would be healthier and my knees/feet better off if I can get down into the 160's. The last time I was in the 160's was in 1995 or 96... I'm not sure. I look back on my weight records and the last recorded 160's was in May 1995; I weighed 167 pounds and was a few weeks pregnant with my last son. I thought I'd gotten down to 168 in 1996 after he was born, but I can't find any record of that. Regardless, I was about 26 years old and it's been at least 16 years since I was in the 160's. I think 168 is very reachable for me.
Then I sometimes think about getting into the 150's so I could have a normal BMI; that would happen at 154 pounds for me. The last time I saw the 150's... 151, actually... was in 1991 after I lost a baby. I never got below 160 again once I was pregnant with my second son. So I was only 21 years old last time I weighed in the 150's. Wow. It seems SO foreign to me, impossible really. Can this 43 year old body that spent a decade morbidly obese and delivered five children really get back to that weight again? Well, honestly, I doubt it. I guess if I am going to seriously try for that, I'll have to work on believing it first.
But then, I have to work on 199 first. Then 175. Then 168. And then maybe 154.
My activity plan is to HEAL MY FEET. All else hinges on that. At this point a mile walk or fifteen minutes on the bike results in foot pain, so I am limiting even that (about a half mile walk a few times a week and 5-10 minute biking sessions on alternate days). PT exercises are being done. IF I can get this pain under control, I will get back to the activity level I was enjoying before I was injured.
I truly hope 2013 is a *great* year for all of us! Let's make it happen!
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