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.
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!