Hi everyone, I can report a loss of 1lb for this week which is a bit of a relief after the ups and downs I saw during the week. People say you shouldn’t weigh every day but for me it was an incentive to do better and really look at, in particular, my snacks. When I do my menus and they come out at say 650 or 700 or 750, I have never accounted for my evening snack but I know I have between 50 and 150 calories to play with. However, lets say I have a handful of nuts in the afternoon when my BG can go too low, recently I have resorted to a chocolate Roses (so full of cream something or other) to get my BG up quickly. So either of the 2 could amount to 50 / 60 calories. Then I have a Ryvita (yes a carb) with butter and a slice of ham oh, and maybe a bit of cheese and, of course, some pickle for my before bed snack to stop my BG rising during the night. Having spoken to others (Laska and the butter) I realise I am as much at fault as anyone in kidding myself that the evening snack is around 60 calories – no – the Ryvita is 30 the butter is around 35 the ham is again 35 and the pickle about 30 – whoa that is around 130 calories THEN to add a bit of cheese, maybe another 100 calories. OMG so that is where I am going wrong. Also the Ryvita being a carb might also be making me retain fluids. So, weighing myself daily has made me look at everything I put in my mouth and reassess my total calorie intake. I have been kidding myself. And, as we know, even eating 900 or 1000 calories can stunt weight loss as our bodies are used to the lower range. Slap on the wrists and a new outlook.
Can I also say that I am a slow loser – when I started this plan in June 2016 I was rigidly strict (no Ryvita) for the full 8 weeks and lost a total of 13 lbs, all around me I was seeing others losing that amount in 2 or 3 weeks. However, I also noticed that I had a total of 3 stone to lose and some had 5 or 6 or more stones and hence the bigger losses. I am sure they wont mind me saying that as we do have a LOST 100 lbs group on this site. Anyway, I also put it down to being on insulin which is known as the fat magnet and even my doctor is surprised that I am able to lose weight but still keeps nagging me to lose more. I do find that 2nd 3rd 4th or 5th on the really strict version, I do manage to have a good weight loss in the first week and then it goes in fits and starts. I think you all know my by my saying of keep on keeping on… so that is exactly what I will continue to do.
Sorry for the long post but even after 20 months I am still learning. I should also say I am half way to my 8 week goal of 10lbs but I am not going to slow down or give in to little cheats. Is anyone still doing dry January or is it an accepted part of the diet that wine has way too many calories. No alcohol for me until my birthday on 7th Feb – hint hint.