Back in February I whined about how Rod and I started a new diet. You can read about it here. We started doing low carb. in February.
We are STILL doing it. Yes you read that right. STILL.
Have we gone off diet? Yes, we've splurged for birthdays, reunions etc but we've always gone right back the next day and continued. No guilt. Well, only a little guilt.
About 2.5 years ago, I had started a "weightloss program" and had done pretty well on it. I was feeling pretty ok. Then our life turned upside down. I didn't care about what I ate or how much of it I ate. I was stress eating and I was ok with it. But I gained back all of that weight that I had lost plus a bunch more.
Now to be clear, I have a "syndrome" called Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. It causes me grief in a variety of ways. One of which is weight gain; me and a skinny chick could eat the exact same food and I will gain weight and she will stay skinny. There are other parts of it that I really hate about it. But anyway.... The docs believe that PCOS is connected to insulin levels - so this low-carb thing isn't a bad thing for me.
I have lost about 30 lbs. I was bulging out of a pant size and now can easily fit into the next smaller pant size. I even tried on a pair of pants that were a size smaller and they fit - but not comfortably. BUT!! They. FIT!
Rod didn't weigh himself before we started and won't weigh himself now. He is measuring his progress by his pant size. I won't say for him where he is at but I think that he is really close to his goal. He too was bulging out of one pant size and now those pants are way to big for him. So he wears the next size down (unless I don't get them clean fast enough). He wants to be in the next size down. I kinda want to go shopping with him just to see how close he is. He won't buy any new pants till he can buy the size he wants and umm.....Let's just say I am not quite as quick on the laundry turn around as he would like.
Now, whenever I watch Biggest Loser or whatever I always wonder how tall people are because I can't be expected to weigh the same amount as someone who is 3 inches shorter than me. So, just so you know where I am coming from - I am 5'7" and to get my BMI to a "normal body weight" - I need to lose another 30lbs. Yeah. I'm not thinking that this is too realistic for me. But I would like to lose about 15-20 more lbs.
I have plateaued in my weight loss - and I am ok with that as I also haven't gained weight. I think that upping my daily exercise from nada to something will probably help break that plateau but also help me get better sleep. :)
So, here are some things that I have learned along the way - maybe it will help you.
1. Eat more protein. When I incorporate more protein into my diet, I am full longer. I definitely do not feel cheated.
2. Eat nuts - not only are they protein but they can be a salty snack to fulfill that craving. We found that Walmarts Honey Roasted Peanuts were the best. We often have trouble finding them in stock - so everyone else must think so too.
3. I think that the longer you are on the diet the more your taste buds change. I used to hate Dark Chocolate - I am a chocolate LOVER. But I have learned that I now like dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has lower carbs.
4. A small amount of an indulgence is better than a huge amount. Meaning: I can get a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips and eat them slowly and feel that rush of chocolate and not feel engorged afterward.
5. We've learned to really like Greek yogurt - less carbs and more protein.
6. We eat a lot more vegetables that we ever have before. If you look at your plate like a pie chart I would have 1/4 be meat, 1/4 be veggies and the rest be carbs (pasta, potatoes or rice). Now it is about 1/2 veggies (maybe a little more) and the rest meat.
7. Sugarfree jello and cool whip are your friends. Low cal and low carb.
8. A tablespoon of peanut butter is a good thing.
9. I ate/eat a ton of salads with this diet. I learned to get lots of different toppings for my salads to change it up. Olives, peppers, onions, different cheeses etc. Yummy!
As we look at incorporating carbs back into our daily diet (sometime in the not so distant future), I feel pretty good that we will be able to remember these lessons and not go carb wild.
Oh, for those wondering about getting good deals on low carb foods: Rentown (a little Amish store near me) is great for getting cheese for $2.39/lb or less, I can also get shaved meat (deli style) for under $2/lb. Spices are really cheap there as well. Pinehill is the Amish run salvage store that I have mentioned on here before. I can big jars of pickles there for about $1.25 or for the kids - mac and cheese 3 boxes for $1.
Let me know if you local people want directions to my favorite stores.
I still have a ways to go......but God is good. ;)