Category: Weigh Ins

Weigh-In Day: Stalling Bites

After worrying that my weight loss was too fast, I added in a few foods with higher carbs to try to slow down.  It worked–I am exactly, to the ounce, the same weight I was last weigh-in.  Sheesh.

I’m slightly discouraged.  I know I’m not supposed to lose every single week until I hit my goal, but to stall so early is unfortunate.  I have 51 more pounds to lose.

My next mini-goal is to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks, and I’ve already lost 9.8.  I need to lose 2.2 pounds over the next seven weeks.  I know exactly what to do.  This week, I will continue to focus on eating properly and drinking enough water.  If I haven’t started losing again by next Sunday, I may have to cut out caffeine completely or cut out some of the foods I added back in.

Caffeine is known to cause stalls in low carb dieters, although it never affected my weight loss before.  I may have to cut it out to see if that helps.  There will be tears.  From me, and quite possibly from the people around me while I go through caffeine withdrawal.  Let’s wait and see what happens this week before I do anything rash, like quit MY ONLY VICE.

Weigh-In Day

Happy Sunday!  I lost 2.2 pounds this week!  That means I’m only 2.2 pounds away from my next goal of losing 12 pounds in 12 weeks.

While I’m happy with this loss, I want to try to slow down my weight loss to a healthier clip, around one pound per week.  I am not yet eating enough carbs, so I have to consciously try to increase my carb intake to slow down.  My goal is to eat around 25 carbs per day, and even with adding in a few non-Induction foods, I averaged 14 carbs per day this week.  Whoa.

One issue is that I haven’t been able to find my two favorite low carb foods, macadamia nut butter and Fage Total Greek Yogurt.  Where did they go?  I think my local grocery stores stopped carrying them once I stopped buying them in bulk due to my recarblapse.

I have a few more stores to check before I give up completely.  In the meantime, I know I can increase my carb intake by eating more veggies.  Asparagus with homemade hollandaise sauce, here I come!

Weigh-in Day: Bye-bye Induction

Happy Weigh-in Day!  I lost exactly one pound this week.  More importantly, I met my first goal: make it two full weeks of Atkins Induction without “cheating” on myself.  Woohoo!

I’m actually shocked I did it.  It’s not that I’m not resolved to do this, it’s just that I miss a couple of my favorite Atkins-friendly foods that aren’t allowed on Induction, namely macadamia butter (who wouldn’t miss that?!?) and Fage Total Greek Yogurt.

My next goal is to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks of Atkins, so I only have 4.4 pounds to to lose by the end of April.  My underlying goal is to average one pound of weight loss per week, so I should be well past a 4.4 pound loss by then.

I’m heading to the grocery store.

Weigh In

Happy Weigh-In Day! After week one of Atkins Induction, I lost 4.2 pounds! The immediate weight loss is a definite reinforcement for me.

I’m a pro at losing weight. I’ve done it successfully on Weight Watchers, Atkins, Slim-Fast, and many more. I’ve even gotten to my goal weight before. I start having issues on all standard, high-carbohydrate diets, where the number of calories required for me to stay skinny averages about 1200-1400 per day of mostly processed carbohydrates. For most people, this is not good enough. It’s hard to feel satisfied on a high carb, low cal diet. Thank goodness there’s a better way!

On the Atkins “diet,” I never have to stay hungry. If I’m hungry, I eat. It’s that simple. That, for me, is the most important aspect of any lifelong eating plan. There is no way I am resigning to being hungry the rest of my life. I am too old, too busy, and have too many other things I’d like to do in life to be hungry every day.

Where I’ve failed in the past was not having a good enough reason to get to my goal or maintain my weight loss. By good enough reason, obviously health, fitness, happiness, and pride are not motivating enough for me. The last time I lost weight was to win money (and I did, $500!) Then I spent that money on eating my way through a Disney vacation and never felt the need to start low carbing again until I realized I had crept up to the exact weight I was immediately prior to giving birth to a 9 pound, 4 ounce gorgo–211 pounds.

Enter FullPhoebes.com. As I publish my weight loss journey for the world to see (or at least my besties), I’m motivating myself in a new way: accountability!

Scale Wars

Tomorrow is my first weigh-in day!  Every Sunday morning, I’ll step on the scale and record my weight to track my progress, and I will post my progress here. I would love to only weigh myself on Sundays.

The problem?  I see a scale, I get nervous I’m not losing weight even though my fat pants are literally so loose they’re falling off.  I’ve become addicted to weighing myself at least daily over my years of “dieting.”  Sometimes I step on the scale every time I see it.  I want to see that scale dip, and give me some immediate gratification for my efforts. Right now!

It’s common dieting knowledge that weight is fickle, and can jump up and down as much as five pounds during the day.  Weighing myself multiple times a day is nutty.  Weighing in once per week, always in the morning as most people weigh less in the morning (bonus!), is the sensible thing to do.

The solution?  I will put the scale away, out of sight, and slowly but surely I’ll work towards only weighing myself Sunday mornings.  I will not self-sabotage my healthful eating by turning into a crazed and insecure teenaged girl every time I see the scale.