Week 2 Status Report

Starting weight (3/24/14) = 205.6 pounds

End of Week 1 weight (4/7/14) = 201.8 pounds

Total weight loss after 1 week: 3.8 pounds

Overall feeling: This week was as mixed in feelings as I’ve ever felt before. I started the week feeling dismotivated and unfocused, and with a terrible headache on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (worst). It was probably because of the sugar withdrawal, and man was it painful. I finally gave in and started drinking coffee with sugar again (instead of black with cinnamon). This seemed to help and I’ve been headache free since. However, Wednesday started a long series of doubts, diet cheats, and feelings of wanting to quit, that led until Sunday. My weight shot up on Thursday-Sunday, but fortunately returned back to normal on Sunday. Also, Sunday marked the first time in a long time that I’ve actually gone out and run for 30 minutes. Which gave me a new sense of accomplishment and seems to have put me back on the right track.

Week 1 Status Report

Starting weight (3/24/14) = 205.6 pounds

End of Week 1 weight (3/31/14) = 203.4 pounds

Total weight loss after 1 week: 2.2 pounds

Overall feeling: starting to feel more in control with the diet and with a slight bit more energy each day (still small though). Mornings are still groggy, and mood is still in this irritable neutral state. Worry, anxiousness, and fear still loom, and no real advancements in the other main areas that I’m also trying to work on (business and mind). Hunger and thirst have also increased from the previous week (no diet), and I’m still feeling a bit of bloat from the large amounts of legumes and water I’m drinking each day. But overall, while only a small advancement in weight loss and feeling, it’s a step forward.

I’m not going to lie, this week has not been easy. I’ve craved every fatty food possible and have had a hard time documenting my daily meals. I tried MS Excel, but that didn’t work since it was too time consuming and required extra time to get in front of a computer.

However, I’ve managed to completely cut out all sugar (even drinking my coffee black with only cinnamon) and I’ve stayed strict to the 5 main rules of the slow-carb diet. I’ve even been adding a glass of ice water each morning and am pretty sure I’ve had my breakfast within 60 minutes of waking (a critical piece to the diet). Although I haven’t actually tracked that too carefully. I also haven’t measured my body fat % and arm/thigh sizes, which I probably should do sooner than later.

Cheat day was on Saturday and was a blast. I ate everything I could get my hands on. Empanadas, frapuccinos, pancakes, cookies, calzone, bread, m&ms, and even a beer. But by 11:45pm that evening, I was ready to barf. Gut rot, acidity, and a slight headache.

It was nice to actually experience some of that sugar, dough, and cheese that I had been craving all week. And things actually started to taste better than they had in the past (probably because they went from being everyday foods to special treats).

But then again, I was feeling sick and tired from the binge. So, thankfully it’s only a 1x per week thing.

Wait, what’s this, am I actually starting to associate pain with eating the foods that I associated pleasure with before? Could this be the secret to this diet?

Hmm… guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens after Week 2.

Until then.

 

A farewell to my extra 32 pounds

So, after about 2 years of being 32 pounds overweight, I finally made the decision to start a diet. Now, just to be honest, this isn’t my first diet in 2 years; in fact, I’ve had about 20 different diets over the past 2 years. I’ve tried juicing, eating just protein, the lean cuisine diet, the lemon juice diet, and even no diet and just exercising. But none of those lasted for more than 3 weeks, despite even losing a few pounds with some of them. The big problem I have with diets, is that I can’t stick with them for long enough to actually lose the 30 excess pounds I carry (my record weight loss has been only 5 pounds). Everyday it’ll seem like more and more effort is being put in, and little-to-no results are being produced. Eventually the pain of dieting becomes much stronger than the pleasure of losing 30 pounds; at which point I’ll  cave into a chocolate brownie and feel so guilty that I’ll just end the diet right then and there. Or, and this is even crazier, I’ll add a workout to my dieting program and sabotage the whole thing by thinking that I’ve earned a triple fudge brownie as a reward for the hard work. And sure enough, I’ll eat the brownie, feel guilty for breaking the diet, and that’ll be the end of it. And that’s basically what happens over and over again.

Until now. Because I’ve finally found a diet that is simple enough for me to follow and effective enough to deliver results within the first week (because for me, early results = motivation to keep going). It’s called the slow-carb diet and it’s the pinnacle of author Timothy Ferris’s book, “The Four Hour Body.” When I got ahold of this book, I couldn’t put it down. It’s hilarious, fascinating, and incredibly insightful. It teaches you everything, and in a way that actually makes sense. And that’s considering I went into this knowing nothing about successful dieting. And now, for the first time in my dieting career, I am able to associate more pleasure in being 32 pounds lighter, than in a pack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

So, to my 32 pounds (about 2 bowling balls worth of extra weight)… it’s been nice knowing you fellas’, but it’s time for you to go.

The 12-week Slow Carb Challenge

As I mentioned in an earlier post about finally finding a diet that works for me, I decided to make the whole experience a little more fun than just going into hiding for a few months and then coming back 30 pounds lighter.

I decided I needed a challenge. I would lose 32 pounds in 12 weeks or less.

And what better way to be held accountable than to actually broadcast that goal on this blog, in front of exactly 0 people:)

I know, I know… What good is a challenge if there is noone paying attention and supporting you along the way? Wouldn’t this only make it easier to quit (since you have nothing to lose)? All valid points and perhaps they are true. But then again, I’m here. And those are my words. My commitment. To myself. And sometimes, all we ever really need are the guts to pick ourselves.

So I’m going to do just that.

The 12-week slow-carb challenge

According to the 4-Hour Body book, the majority of the results can be obtained by just following these 5 simple rules:

  1. Avoid anything white
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
  3. Don’t drink calories
  4. Don’t eat fruit
  5. Take one day off per week

That’s it. Just 5 rules to follow and I should turn into a fat burning machine. Be afraid, fat cells. Be very afraid.

So after a grocery store run today that included the following food items, I’m all set to start this diet tomorrow (Monday):

  • 1 large carton of egg whites
  • 1 pack of 24 organic brown eggs
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Organic chicken breasts
  • Medium salsa
  • 6 organic avocados
  • A small container of cinnamon
  • 1 large container of diced garlic
  • 1 pack of brazil nuts
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 6 cans of organic black beans

Now, time to go prepare some meals for the week.