Tempting, isn’t it?

My last post spoke about moving to a carb cycling plan within the next three weeks. Well, I moved that up – and started this week 😀 The truth is, once I’d lost the Medifast food momentum, the food was no longer keeping me full and I wasn’t interested in eating it so I would skip meals and become REALLY hungry and then regret it.

All last week I ate whatever I wanted, without tracking, even though I knew I was doing harm to my meager weight loss achieved with Medifast. There was a part of me that didn’t really care though, I just wanted to CHEW on something and consume real, filling foods. Granted, most of my choices were fast food – but I soon got that all out of my system and simply enjoyed homemade sandwiches and popcorn with hard cider.

I found a book, by Chris Powell, on carb cycling and decided to follow his plan. Then I sold my sister on it. Then I bullied my husband into it 😛 So now there’s three of us following it and I’m hoping that with everyone I eat with often on the plan we’re going to really succeed!

His plan is super easy: Monday, Wednesday & Friday you eat low carb meals – Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday you eat high carb meals – and on Sunday you reward yourself! Plus, every fourth week you eat high carb meals for that week – to “slingshot” through plateaus. I LOVE IT. He’s not big into counting calories or anything, but does give you some guidelines so you have an idea of how much is too much or too little. He also tells you what foods are off limits, so it’s an every day healthy diet – not pork rinds and cheese on low carb and Chinese noodles and white bread on high carb days.

Yesterday (low carb) I ate a teeny bit over 1200. Today I’m scheduled to eat a teeny bit over 1600. The calorie confusion coupled with the carb cycling is going to be a knockout combo – I can already tell!

He has an exercise plan too, but I’m going to be honest when I say that I’m going to get the food thing under control first and then add exercising. The last time I did that I had a lot of success, since it wasn’t too much on my body at once. I really wonder if that’s where I went wrong with Medifast, beginning to exercise too soon…?

In reference to the title of this post: Considering I had binged all last week, mainly during lunch, I was really apprehensive about getting on the scale and kept forgetting/putting it off. I finally got on this morning and was shocked to see a 3 pound weight loss! So, while it might be tempting to binge for a few weeks, I’m excited about the carb cycling.

My Second Weigh-In

Today was my Week 2 Weigh-In and the results are in… *drumroll*

6.4 pounds!

I’m overjoyed to realize that I’ve lost nearly 10 pounds and it’s only been two weeks. Like most people who become over weight enough to try a dramatic diet such as Medifast, I just want this weight GONE so I can try my hand at successfully eating a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight. It’s always been that “grass is always greener” scenario for me, so far as I’ve always assumed if I could just get the weight off I’m mature and disciplined enough to keep it off. I’m done with enjoying life via food and ready to reap the rewards of that change.

I’m also relieved that it’s working because I feel very trapped by my previous dieting results and I don’t want to start over on a new plan. Choosing a lifestyle is one thing, dieting for weight loss is another.

This is the end of my second week, and it’s within the first two weeks that most MF users have the biggest loss, so I’m going to revel in this as long as I can and then properly prepare myself for a more realistic weigh-in next week… as long as it’s at least 2 pounds 😛

My First Weigh-In

I woke up this morning, both nervous and excited to weigh-in, not to mention hungry (<— nothing new, I always wake up hungry) – but still waited until about 8am to weigh myself.

Results: 2.6lbs

I’m not going to lie – I’m disappointed. After reading so many other’s grand successes, I was looking for some of the same. I have been 100% On Plan the entire week. Only three days did I have approved snacks and I always stuck within my condiment limits. Looking at the nutrition breakdowns I never went above 100 grams of carbohydrates and only twice did I go passed 90 grams. I was committed!

But, I need to face the facts. Most of the people who are on the MF support forums are long time “losers” and also started at weights tripling my own. I’m fortunate not to be morbidly obese, so I can only guess that the more you have to lose the quicker you’ll lose. Also, I began menstruating on day four – which can effect results (though for some women its good and others it’s bad) – but I wont know how it effected them until NEXT Sunday.

Starting this week, I’m going to add a second walk into my daily routine and try to get up to 10K steps rather than my current 5K. Most days I’m surpassing 5K anyway, so I don’t think it’ll be too taxing on my system during the acclimation period.

I always felt that I was an accepting person – logical and realistic. So I don’t know why I didn’t keep my expectations low, and why I’m being so hard on myself right now. Perhaps its because I know I don’t want to be on this diet for long, but I don’t want to give it up if I’m getting results. But I will give up before its time if I’m not getting good enough results. I wanted them to be so amazing so I’d feel stupid for quitting. But, they’re average. Average is easy to drop.

Luckily, on top of being an accepting person, I’m also oddly optimistic. I have a lot of theories as to why I didn’t get a stellar weigh-in today and only time will bring light to those theories.

So, until next week – I’m staying 100% On Plan.