Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random Thoughts, Recovering from the Trip


Wow, well I feel like I am kind of crashing after the trip and having a hard time getting back to business here. I'm tired and not getting as much done as I need to, with little energy left for extra exercise. Also am having some cravings for carbs (sweets and ... surprise... potatoes!). I think adding back white potatoes at all was just a bad idea, because I have been more hungry and craving when I eat them. I had some roasted baby red potatoes yesterday (which, I think, is a fairly healthy way to eat potatoes) and my joints still hurt. I'm not sure if that is from the higher "sugar" (simple carb) load or something in the nightshade in general, but I am going back to white sweet potatoes in moderation which is what I was eating before. They don't seem to set off cravings like the regular potatoes do, and I am satisfied with smaller portions of them.

Whenever I have counted calories, carbs, protein, etc over the past 5 years, I notice I feel best and lose weight when my carbs are around 100 to 130 grams per day and my protein is high enough (like 50g+). Much more carbs than that and I crave and have slowed weight loss; much less (under 75) and I feel actually sick. I am pretty good at keeping my carbs in the balance when I skip grains, processed sweets, and potatoes. It's not that hard. So that's the aim for the rest of the week: get the carbs down and protein up, skip the potatoes and get more green veggies in. Soon it'll be Farmer's Market season and that's the best season of all for me to stay on plan! Can't wait for all the fresh produce to be on my plate.

I've started walking my daughter to school each day again. I used to do this way back when I was actively losing weight, but stopped when the foot/leg pain got bad. Now I am able again and the weather is fine, so that's an easy mile a day added into my exercise. I am home schooling my daughter this year, but she is also enrolled in a couple of classes at the elementary in the afternoon, mostly because she loves seeing her friends, writing creative stories to share and doing Powerpoint presentations for class, and doing their science experiments. She is super smart and this is meeting her needs much better this year. It's been a great balance for her and I love it too! I feel so blessed, like my life is finally balanced the way I want it to be, unlike when my boys were young and it was an endless round of working, taking college classes, housework, and having very little time left some days to enjoy my kids. This is way better and I am glad it's worked out this way.

I want to be thinner and I am slowly but surely getting there. Boy does it feel slow sometimes. A pound a week... and knowing how I could gain 5 pounds in a day or two if I started binge eating again, it is a little scary. But I let that it of fear work in me to NOT binge or go off plan for long, because I know a pound a week WILL get me to my goal. What's my goal? Well, my primary goal is to get back to 175 pounds, my lowest weight in more than two decades. I know I wanted to lose more weight when I got there, but frankly if I can get to 175 again and sustain it my quality of life will be great! That's 63 pounds away and I can do this. If I eventually want to try and lose ten more or so, that's great too, but for now I just want to get back there. Everything was easier at 175 pounds. I don't like the idea of it taking more than a year (63 weeks) to get there, but if that's what it takes so be it. The time will pass anyway. And if that makes the loss more sustainable, I'm happy.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...


the lowest i got to was 179.....the clothes choices were awesome...i know exactly how you feel

Anonymous said...

Are you going to be adding in strength training again? If you're losing weight that's great but you mentioned a while back that your body composition has really suffered from the loss and regain and I think you need to take preserving your lean mass seriously ...

Lyn said...

Anonymous 1~

Agreed, the clothes also fit so much better!

Anonymous 2~

Yes, I am doing that now.

Deb Willbefree said...

Yes. One pound a week is sloww and easily undone by a couple days of beingey eating.

BUT

If I had lost a pound a day when i started blogging about losing weight back in September of 2009 (you know, instead of plunging to 170, then regaining it), I'd have lost over 250 pounds by now :D which would, of course, make me invisible.

Here's to the 170s! Although, invisible would be interesting...

Deb

Amber said...

I feel better when I eat some white potatoes. Maybe it's the potassium which I know I need more of in my diet.

One pound per week is sustainable. It's better than nothing! The journey may be slow, but at least you are on a steady path to success. Good job doing what you're doing!

Joanna said...

You don't need advice from anyone, but it is my opinion that for me, it really isn't the potato that is the villain, but the oil or butter or the sour cream that transforms it into crunchy or creamy goodness. So I can't have potato. That doesn't happen to me with sweet potato because it doesn't need to be transformed. I still have to be careful with sweet potato but it doesn't wreck me.

Anonymous said...

I have two children and I am 26. Like you did, I am working full time and feeling bad about missing out on their childhood. You give me so much hope that in ten years or so I could have a chance to be a SAHM. My husband and I want two more, but we've decided to wait 8-10 years just for this reason. (BTW my wise oldest sister waited to have her children until she was 35 and she had saved enough and paid off most of her debts so she could stay home with them. I wish I had thought of that when I was 21). Sorry, I didn't mean to go on about it. I just want you to know it's not just your weight loss that is inspiring!

Lyn said...

Deb~

LOL... true :)

Thanks, Amber!

Joanna~

you have a point. Fat, carbs, and salt can be a really addicting combination! I do roast sweet potatoes with avocado oil and salt them, but they don't quite send me over the edge like white potato fries sometimes can.

Anonymous~

It is definitely a blessing! I wish you the best in your goal. It can be done and is so worth it! But don't feel guilty about your current circumstances. The time you do spend with your kids is so precious to them (and you)! Be proud of what you are doing now and savor every moment with your little ones :)

Anonymous said...

I have started a new healthy living plan, well I started it in march probably around my birthday the 8. I eliminated almost all the white foods from my diet and I lost 15 pounds to date. I don't want to become a fanatic with the scale but I cant help it. I am glad I found this blob. :)

joni said...

I forgot to say I love potatoes and I know how addicting they can be.

Annette said...

Ive read you blog off and on for awhile but have been away from the blogging world for a bit. Im back and found yours again as I am also battling weight issues. Thanks for your honesty. I am blogging again and will concentrate alot on my weight issues. mysoutherncharms@blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hey Lyn, are you okay?

J said...

I believe the higher the carbs daily you will feel the aching more...I definitely do. When I stay on track between 50-60g I feel so much better but if I go higher I immediately feel the difference. Yes sweet potatoes dont cause cravings for me either but I dont have them but twice a month. Glad you are finding what works for you. I lost 50 pounds in a year...slow but steady and have kept it off since then...I truly believe in low carb as it does work for me.

Okiebelle said...

Missing you! Is everything OK?
Denise

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn, how are you? I hope everyone is well your end. Take care Blods xx

Lyn said...

hi all~

yes, I'm okay. Been preoccupied with other things and haven't had time/desire for blogging. I will post an update soon. Thank you for checking on me.

Anonymous said...

"I'll also commit to getting on the scale *at least* weekly regardless of what is going on with my eating (please feel free to remind me if I do not post a weight every week!)"

You haven't weighed since April 13th. Official call out!

Diana said...

Hi Lyn! I was just checking in on you, and saw your last comment that you've been busy. I'm so glad you keep posting. There's so few of us left these days. O maybe there are new people I just don't know about yet. I'm back in the swing of things. It's sure hard to start over on this weight loss thing, but it's not as hard as dealing with the obesity. :)

Lyn said...

Anon~

You're right! Thanks. I will get on that post right now!

Diana~

Hugs to you! I am so glad you're back!