Saturday Roundup

I’ve spend the last 10 days at home with my two youngest kids.   It’s been a lot of fun.   It’s amazing watching them interact with each other and seeing how their imaginations works.   It’s also been a helpful reminder that, if I don’t turn on the TV, they will happily find something else to do.

30 Day Project Update

This month, I am trying to establish the Slow Carb Diet as a habit.   At the end of the month, I’ll see what the results were and decide if it’s worth continuing.   For those who don’t know, the Slow Carb Diet involves cutting out potatoes, rice, flour, sugar, and dairy in all their forms.   My meals consist of 40% proteins, 30% vegetables, and 30% legumes(beans or lentils).    There is no calorie counting, just some specific rules, accompanied by a timed supplement regimen and some timed exercises to manipulate my metabolism.   The supplements are NOT effedrin-based diet pills, or, in fact, uppers of any kind.  There is also a weekly cheat day, to cut the impulse to cheat and to avoid letting my body go into famine mode.

I’m measuring two metrics, my weight and the total inches of my belly, waist, biceps, and thighs.   Between the two, I should have an accurate assessment of my progress.

Weight: I have lost 11 pounds since January 2nd.  This is crazy.  At least part of this has to be due to the natural swing of up to 5 pounds from day to day, and part of it is due to the fact that I was wearing jeans when I weighed in the first time and cotton pajamas this morning.  From now on, this is going to be the first thing I do on Saturday mornings, so everything is as consistent as possible.  Another factor is that I’ve cut most of the crap out of my diet for a week.  My body has been flushing garbage.  But dang!  11 pounds in a week.  I’m a bit excited.

Total Inches: I have lost 5.5 inches in the same time frame.  This is proof that it’s not just water that I lost, which is where first, dramatic losses usually originate in a diet.

The loss seems a little bit nuts.   Here’s hoping it stays consistent.

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    1. That sounds similar to the thing many people are pushing for a diet these days. Most advice these days direct people away from the “white” foods like: white bread, white rice, white flour, potatoes, pasta, sugar, etc. In the last five years or so, research has shown that breaking down cardio exercise into 3 or 4 segments during the day is much better for weight loss than a solid 45 minute session once a day. It keeps the metabolism running at a higher average for a longer time. As far as supplements, it wouldn’t surprise me if the one you are taking is high in the B vitamins and Chromium. Both help loose weight.

      Good luck and keep us posted!

      • Yep. No bread(at all), no rice(at all), no flour(at all), no pasta, sugar(including fructose–no fruit). One day off of the diet per week to avoid “famine mode” and to avoid cheating the rest of the week.

        I am taking a B-Complex vitamin as part of the supplement regimen.

    2. Congrats!! This is amazing. I am very happy for you. I am sure at this rate you will reach your goal no problem. Is there a book on this diet? I am curious about it.

    3. Weight is always an issue for me. They say that what you crave is often what you should give up. For me, this is often those pesky “white foods”. There is sometimes an allergy component there also. I have celiac disease and gluten intolerance in my family. This may just be the key to my own weight loss. But, oh the loss of pasta and sushi!

    4. We just joined Weight Watchers Online last week…the white foods like rice, sugar, etc have higher point values than most, so I am choosing to let them go more often to conserve points, lol. I haven’t lost 11 pounds yet (I weighed in at 176 and am trying to get to 150 by the end of the year…this week I was 172…). I’m posting my weekly updates Sunday morning at Crystal Clear Thoughts to keep me on track. 🙂

      Great weight loss! Good luck on your 30 days!!!

      • I only let myself “officially” weigh in on Saturday mornings, but I step on a scale several times a week anyway. I don’t think this week will be nearly as dramatic. Maybe that’s because I cheated last night and had a slice of toast with my plain salad.

    5. Congrats on the weight loss and keep up the awesome work! Thanks for the mention!

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