Last week I got pretty mad about my current fat situation and was feeling lousy because in the week prior I had been screwing around with donuts and M&Ms and not eating enough healthy stuff. So this week I posted all my menus in posts and comments and shared what I am doing. I got some support and some criticism, including that I am now "starving" myself and living on "crumbs." Well apparently I am not starving myself enough because the scale only went down about half a pound this week.
The good thing is I succeeded in what I wanted to do, which was get off the junk and sugar, and eat a lot lower carb and healthier foods. I've done that. I am out of the "sugar fog" and got through the withdrawals okay. I am not planning to go super low carb (Atkins style, 20g a day or such) because I have done that before and felt lousy. When I was counting carbs I picked 100 grams/day as my upper limit. I found when I eat less than about 65 grams/day I just feel unwell. When I feel like I want something sweet, I reach for berries or whatever fresh fruit is in the house. A great thing that happened this week is my rosacea improved a lot. Last week it was about the worst it has ever been, and now it is very mild. That means inflammation is down, and I'm very happy about that.
I want to clarify my "plan" because some commenters seem confused about what I am trying to do.
stay off junk
reduce inflammation/feel better
eat the smallest portions possible to satisfy, but more often to keep blood sugar steady and give me energy (thus the small meals and frequent snacks)
eat as infrequently as I can without symptoms (wait until actually hungry to eat)
drink a lot of non-caloric or at least low calorie/no carb beverages instead of eating
If I end up having some days that are really low calorie, so be it. I take vitamins, I eat plenty of protein and always include fruits and vegetables, and I'm off the junk. I'm not counting calories or weighing my food or any of that, because it makes me feel obsessive. This is something I have *not* tried before: eating a lot less, but making healthy choices, without measuring and counting. I will adjust until I get results on the scale.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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