Friday, June 22, 2007

Water weight

From what I've read, the first couple of weeks of weightloss on low-carb is usually water weight. Well I can vouch for that. I've never spent so much time in the bathroom in all my life. Wow. Looking forward to some good news on this Sunday morning's one-week weigh-in. :)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

First test and a new find!

Had my first test today: Eating at a restaurant. I did quite well and was proud of myself! I had escargot covered with melted cheese, garlic, butter. :) Hmmmm! Also had a spinach salad with some chicken breast on top. Very nice. I was quite impressed with myself.

Also, have you ever seen those big romaine lettuce leaves that they sell in bags? You can use them as a substitute for hamburger buns or pita bread. They're so big that you can fill them with meat, etc. Well, I thought that was kind of weird, but I tried them tonight and am HOOKED. Such a simple concept. I like the feeling of eating a hamburger (with my hands)... and those leaves allowed me to do just that! I'm quite happy to have tried it. It will definitely remain as a staple in my kitchen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Getting in to the groove of things...

Well, things are going quite well and I'm getting in to the groove of this new way of eating. My constant heartburn has gone away (yay!) and I'm not hungry all the time. I also don't feel the need to nap 50 times per day. Now it's just 49. LOL Kidding. But seriously, in the past few weeks before low-carb, I was constantly in need of naps during the day if I was at home. I'm OK if I'm out with clients... but if I was here and the sofa was calling my name, I'd lay down for a quick snooze. Even 20 minutes. But I'm noticing today that the energy level is increasing and the need to nap is much much less than it was when I was gorging on carbs. I like that feeling. I did low-carb in 1999 and lost quite a bit of weight. I also remember actually noticing that I never napped during the day on weekends anymore. I couldn't fall asleep on a Saturday afternoon if I'd wanted to. Well, when you're gorging on carbs, trust me... you can sleep! It's nice to get some daytime energy back.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The "Atkins flu" has passed, thank God!

Man oh man... I did not feel good at all yesterday as my body started ridding itself of the toxins in my body that had built up after months of eating crap. Today is much better. Had a little headache this morning, but that's mostly cleared up, now. I treated myself to lobster salad on a bed of shredded lettuce at noon. Hmmmmm.... great stuff! Too bad it's so pricey. I'd eat lobster every day. Now I need to get some low-carb casseroles made up and frozen so that I can have stuff that I can pop in the microwave for when I don't have time too make something. Can't do that today... but hopefully will have time tomorrow to make some things. Today's been inordinately busy with clients. It's all good. :)

No excuses.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Oh man! What a headache!

They call it the "Atkins flu" -- or withdrawal from carbs. If you've been gobbling up carbs like there's no tomorrow, then it's only normal that you will go into detox when you start low-carb. On Day One, I felt fine, but Day Two (today) was rough. Bad headache... got worse during the day. I felt bad because clients were asking me for things and I couldn't function. :( Hopefully they'll understand. Anyway, it's getting a bit better now, so a good night's sleep will help with the headache. Once it goes away, I hope to get some energy back. Migraines always take the wind out of my sails for a day. Most of today was spent on the couch. I also managed to get out this evening to get some Atkins shakes. I completely forgot to get some. They're good in a pinch if you're hungry but don't feel like making anything. They're in the fridge now. :)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

You need to be prepared

The one thing about starting any lifestyle change is the need to be prepared. If your house is full of white flour and sugar -- and sugary treats -- it's time to stock it up with fresh food: fresh meat, vegetables, berries, nuts, lots of water. It's a bit pricey to start up, but you end spending the same amount every week -- especially me who made it a habit of spending more time in drive-thrus than I did cooking at home.

Many days, I would eat out at breakfast, lunch and dinner -- at least $40 per day. Mind you, not every day... but many days I would eat out at least once. That adds up after a while. Had I invested that money into good food from the grocery store, I would be so much better off. That's what I'm doing now, so the tide has turned.

No headache so far, although I'm expecting one. I've been drinking tons of water, so that will help flush the toxins leaving my body and help my body adjust.

No excuses!

Today is Day One!

Well, for anyone starting the first day of a new way of eating, the first thing you do is get up and weigh yourself.

I got on the scale and saw that I am now at my all-time astronomical high weight. Never before in my life have I weighed this much.

I knew it, but was denying it. I hadn't weighed myself in months. I'll say how much I weigh at some point... but not right now. I don't mind admitting that I'm ashamed of myself for getting this big. *sigh*

So yeah. Here we go! I'm looking forward to it.

Low-carb, here we come!

I will be successful. Period.