That’s how I’m feeling. I’ll explain later – but for now, I’m feeling frustrated.
The good thing about that though is, even though I’m frustrated, I’m certain that how I’m eating and what I’m doing is healthy and good for me and I will continue to do so, even if my weight loss goals slow or get pushed back further than I am wanting. This is the beauty of the Slow Carb Diet and 4 Hour Body it is easy to follow, it feels good to eat the foods, and most of all it is a healthy diet (when done correctly).
One of the things I need to evaluate is why am I having such slow goings. In line with the thinking of the book, some self-experimentation may be in order. The only problem is that I’m not willing to do experiments that setup some variable as a “control” (such as not drinking Diet sodas – which I suspect is affecting my efforts). I am wanting to change a few of the variables – so in essence I won’t have any idea which variable is working or not working.
The 2 variables most of us have the greatest control over are:
- the diet – what foods we’re eating (or drinking). for me I believe the diet soda is having a negative effect on my weight loss. I haven’t drank them everyday, but for a stretch I was and duping myself (because I honestly know better) that they are okay.
- exercise – although 4HB recommends not overdoing exertion, I’ve only done two workouts in the 2 weeks I’ve been following 4HB. That is unacceptable. Now that I have my T-bar kettlebell and I can do the KB swings from the book. My next step is to incorporate the weight training from the “Geek to Freak” section.
By changing things with both of these, I will hopefully see fast and dramatic changes. How will I know which ones helped the most?
I won’t, and I don’t care which ones help the most. Both are positive changes – and if one or both result in me reaching my goals quicker then they were both worth doing – and which one had the greatest effect is moot.
That’s my plan. And although that has been the unofficial plan since day 1 – I’ve now put it into writing and must now put it to work. And I’m hoping you’ll help me.
Breakfast: 2 eggs and 2 egg white substitute, with pink beans and tomato sauce (not very good – but did the job without stomach problems!), 2 slices of bacon
Lunch: took the beans, mixed in with the chipotle beef, added salsa and guac – delicious. I ate a ton of this stuff – literally about 8oz of ground beef not including the other ingredients. I was full, and satisfied, but not sickly-so – if you know what I mean.
Dinner: So I was wanting sauce – tomato sauce – which I normally eat with a ton of spaghetti. Obviously, spaghetti is out for me…but I had another idea. So I prepped my sauce (which is an all day affair). It was a meat sauce (sort of like a bolognese) with turkey Italian sausage in it. This simmers/cooks for at least 4 hours but usually longer. I made the regular spaghetti for the rest of the family. In the meantime, I baked up a spaghetti squash. Halve the squash, clean out the seeds, bake in the oven at 375 for 40-50 minutes. When the “meat” of the squash is very soft just scrape it out with a fork – it comes out in strands that sort of looks like spaghetti (hence the name). Serve it just like you would spaghetti. It added an odd sweetness to the sauce but overall it was a good meal. My only concern is whether squash is an allowed food on the Slow Carb diet.
Well, I started the diet phase of 4HB two weeks ago on Dec. 19th. Using an old bathroom scale we had I was at 195lbs. Last week I was 190lbs (according to the old scale).
On my birthday (this past Wed. Dec. 29th) wifey bought me a nice new digital scale. When I compared the two weights on Wed., the old scale was off by ~1.2lbs
Assuming the old scale was regularly off by this amount (I don’t know, but it seems safe to assume some sort of difference) – I adjusted my starting weight to 196.2lbs
Today – Jan 2, 2011 I weighed in at 188.0lbs on the digital scale. This represents an -8.2 weight loss in 2 weeks.
So why am I frustrated? Because even though I’ve seen a 7-8 pound weight loss in two weeks (depending on which scale you go by) – but when I took my measurements, using the same tape (and the same wife 😉 ) I had shown a .5″ GAIN. While this could be “operator error” (don’t tell her I said that) – the fact is there was no appreciable difference in measurements. That is frustrating.
What have your experiences been, how have your weigh-ins and measurements gone? I’d love to hear from you about how things have gone for you – please leave a comment.
Upward and Onward – Looking to hit 175lbs!