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{ carbs happen }

In my last post about recommitment, I meant well… but, things happen.

In my case:  Spring Break.

I decided to take a few days off and enjoy my short break.

I thought I could keep my eating under control and only moderately eat off plan. Big FAIL.
I learned a LOT from this short break. Food addiction is no laughing matter. And it NEVER goes away. People don’t understand food addiction, it is like no other addiction. Like I’ve said before, food is not something you can give up. We all have to eat to live – THREE times a day, typically. But for me, there’s no eating a *little* of this or that when it comes to carbs. Once I start, it’s over – until I cut it off completely. I ate WAY more than I should, of way too many things I don’t normally eat. A few times I could have easily skipped a meal because I wasn’t even remotely hungry (to put it bluntly, I was FULL) … but I was on my “break” and wanted to eat all those foods I don’t normally eat while it was “allowed.” FOUR days, and LOTS of pounds later… I felt awful, both physically and mentally. So much so that I didn’t extend my food fest into my last day I was actually off.

BUT. Here’s the difference between the old me and the new me…

I’ve done this before. I know EXACTLY where it leads. And I know what to do to stop going down that road again.

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I’m right back to my low carb lifestyle after enjoying a lot of food, and I’ve already lost most of the weight I gained. I used a new calculator found at KetoDiet Buddy, which showed my fats should be closer to 75%-80% a day, and protein at only 66 grams. I’m used to eating 100+ grams a day, and I LOVE meat, so I haven’t been able to go that low, but I’ve tried to stay closer to 80ish grams and keep fat in the 73%+ range, and this week it REALLY seems to be working. I’ve lost about two pounds a day – which a lot of that is water weight from the carbs, of course, and I think I’m back into losing *actual* weight. Even still – I’m thrilled. For quite a few months, I was sticking to around 60-65% fat a day, and it was working, but for now I am going to try close to 75% and see where that gets me. Usually I would resort to a fat fast or some drastic measure after eating and gaining the way I did. This week I could still eat close to what I normally did, just more fat, without the fasting. It’s been great. I’m hoping this new fat level will continue the weight loss for a while.

Now I have a new finish line – I want to hit goal before my (yikes) 20-year reunion this summer in a little over 3 months. I’m further away from goal than I was before Spring Break, but I can do it. Not that many pounds left!

LET’S DO THIS!

 

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{ recommitted }

After the holidays AND my birthday … and LOTS of off plan meals. I decided to get focused and recommitted to getting this last bit of weight off and finally get to my goal.

I decided to stay 100% ON PLAN during the entire month of February (it’s a short month, right!?). Even cutting out the sugar free candies and treats. Then, on Ash Wednesday, my husband came home and mentioned he was participating in Lent (even though our denomination doesn’t follow this). He cut out TV, Netflix, movies, and music (with lyrics) so he could focus on reading and studying. I decided to focus during Lent as well, so I extended my 100% ON PLAN meals through Easter (end of Lent).

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So far, my recommitment seems to be working – I’ve gotten completely past all those extra holiday pounds and have been hitting a new low weight every few days. These are small new lows, of course (fractions of a pound), but still new lows for me.

Progress Update (as of 3/1/16):
223.4 pounds GONE – about 5 pounds from goal
Start:  5X/6X shirt, size 32W pants
Now:  Small/Medium shirt, size 4 pants

I hope my body continues to let these last few pounds go, and I can hit goal soon!

Commitment isn’t hard. It’s not willpower. It’s a choice, and anyone can do it. Make small goals for yourself. Those could be 10-pound-loss goals, or staying low carb for 2 weeks solid. And when you hit those goals, keep going. Extend the non-cheat days. The longer someone stays on plan, the easier it is. You are the only one that can do it, and only do it for yourself.

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