Friday, April 8, 2016

A Week In, and This Is the Permanent Plan


I'm feeling good... so much better with the lower level of carbs and less sugar. I think since going off gluten my carb level just gradually crept up over the past few months. It's so much easier to grab a sandwich for lunch when you aren't eating gluten free. I am switching back to the just-as-satisfying bread-free sandwiches (aka lettuce wraps full of delicious sandwich fillings) and making other small substitutions, like today's lunch of smoked salmon, light cream cheese, and green olives... no crackers necessary. Tonight's dinner is already prepped and waiting in the fridge: I made a veggie lasagna by layering cooked spaghetti squash, mushrooms, pasta sauce, turkey sausage crumbles, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese in a dish to bake. The inspiration for that dinner came from this post in 2010, when I was on Medifast. In fact, I've been looking back through all my 2010 posts from March through October to get dinner and meal ideas that are low carb and healthy. There were only two times in the history of this blog when I was losing weight significantly and consistently for a long period of time: when I first started (2007-2008) and lost 64 pounds through calorie counting and exercise, and in 2010 when I lost 59 pounds through Medifast (which got me to 103 pounds lost total). All the other dieting and lifestyle changes have been the same 20 or so pounds up and down and have been inconsistent. So it makes sense to use the information and techniques from those two periods of time to make my third and final push for a significant and consistent loss. I am using the recipes, eating schedule, occasional meal replacements, and reduced carb level from 2010 and the exercise and Farmer's Market focus from 2007-8. I hope these things combined will be what I need to make the weight loss final and permanent. I do feel very motivated and healthy and happy. I got in 8920 steps yesterday and biked for 18 minutes this morning... both my highest numbers this month! Next week, I start strength training. Wish me luck... and persistence!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What meal replacements do you use? Are you using them all day like you did on Medi-fast?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I use the Premier Protein chocolate shakes from Costco, Quest protein bars and a couple other bar types I had in the pantry. No, I am not using them all day. I have them when I want a quick breakfast, am out running errands for hours, and for some snacks.

Lori said...

Of course it makes sense to go back and remind yourself of what worked. You are on the right track, I can feel it coming through on your blog. You are in a good place mentally. You're relaxed in your approach as you make permanent lifestyle changes. The weight loss will merely be a side effect.
Lori

Lyn said...

Thanks Lori! I feel great so far. I think staying relaxed about the eating (and NOT weighing/measuring my food) while increasing exercise is the key for me :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn, I wanted to say good job on not giving up! I am happy you still are posting and look forward to your success - if you stay the path, it WILL happen. I truly believe it is best to cut out sugar and white carbs almost completely, if for no reason but to eliminate cravings for those things. I am also anti-diet, as studies have shown dieting is a consistent predictor of weight gain (ie rebounding). Link- http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Dieting-Does-Not-Work-UCLA-Researchers-7832

And as someone with propensity for emotional eating dieting is like ripping away my security blanket. I have had good success by simply by focusing on eating better foods, and avoiding any sweets, fast food, and snacky carbs such as chips and crackers. Not saying "NEVER" but just telling myself, if I really want it, it'll be there tomorrow. And then by tomorrow I no longer care :) I've lost nearly 20 pounds in a month, no counting, weighing, calculating, logging. Or even exercising, but that's only due to an injury, exercise is very important for your overall health (if not weight loss per se). Once I cut the cord on my triggers the cravings vanished in a few weeks and I barely think of the old standards (ie garbage). It just takes consistency and commitment.

I'll be keeping up with your journey, good luck! You absolutely can do this.

Lyn said...

Anon~

thanks! That sounds like a very balanced plan. I feel the same about restrictive dieting; I was always white knuckling it through when I restricted a lot. Now? It feels like I am being kinder and gentler to myself. Good luck and keep me posted how you're doing!

Anonymous said...


There are so many excellent Low Carb groups on Facebook.