And lo! I had gone 30 days without* any sweeteners, dairy, grains, etc. In February.
I then completely fell off the wagon and into a world of apathy for all of March until today (3/25).
I was so excited for the weigh in after the 30 days was up. I lost just six pounds. But I felt so.. much better. And lost several inches. But only.. six pounds. I became overly focused on the weight loss, instead of all the other benefits, and got a bit down. So 156 to 150 (I am 5’10”, by the way).The first few days after were fairly innocuous. Added back in some cream and stevia.. and then boom.
I can’t remember what happened, but it became a free for all.
Part of me suspects I got tired of having to hand wash all the damn dishes, since I don’t have a dishwasher.
The other part has no excuse what so ever.
Every night, take out. Thai. Pizza. More Thai. I am ashamed of the way I have eaten the past few weeks. I won’t even go near the scale right now.
And what happened after I started oinking out, aside from obvious weight gain?
My skin broke out.
My back pain came back.
Apathy set in and the house became a sty.
I stopped working out.
My memory loss started to get worse (related to my thyroidectomy)
So today, I am back on the wagon. Cleaned the house, made dinner, bought food stuff and prepared a few nights (made a big batch of carnitas!) worth of healthy meals to keep on track.
I have two awesome cookbook giveaways coming up – Against All Grain and CaveGirl Cuisine – Eating Paleo One Bone at a Time (how cute is that?) and commit to creating new creative, fun, easy low carb recipes for ya’ll.
*A few minor incidents occurred where I didn’t realize there was butter or sweetener involved.
Yikes! Sorry to hear about the wagon-falling-off-of stuff… but whenever that’s happened to me even for a very short time I have to wonder if it isn’t caused by an unsustainable effort. Big into balance these days, and though I am blessed to not really have a sweet tooth to speak of, I do severely enjoy high quality, well sourced dairy and (GASP) the occasional serving of the snobbiest of beluga lentils… then there’s some occasional hummus in there too and more than a near-lethal dose of the bitterest dark chocolate. I think you see the pattern here… it’s important to experiment, but its also so important to find something that can be sustained with grace and enjoyment. Anything that leads me to extremes*, I immediately begin to question…
*extremes are a personal judgement too.. what I think of as normal and balanced is looked at as completely alien by “mainstream America” but it’s important to define these things for ourselves…
You make a good point. I think Whole30 was unsustainable for me, and I went from one extreme to the other. I have been pretty happy with my ‘happy place low carb life’ so I need to get back into that ‘rut’. Where do you get your chocolate? I eat a 90% Lindt, luv it.
Yah, I think your idea of an extreme is even more extreme than the mainstream <3
I think Whole30 has value for many people, but noticed that some of the mantra and approved vs not-approved verbage was a turn off considering some of my past experiences with VERY extreme stuff in the mid 2000s going vegan for a year after 4 years of ovo lacto veg, then approaching 100% raw, occasional fasting etc. It started to mess with my head… it’s important to experiment, but very important to know when it might be going too far. Even after being in what I call long-term maintenance with low-no grain eating, at one point I decided to do a different “challenge” that was completely unnecessary (but did so to support a friend), and it took me to that too extreme place pretty quick. After having a few folks say I was acting “weirder than usual” I got back to my regular plan and was a-ok in a day or two. Online it can sometimes be even harder to believe in your own “happy place” when we are constantly presented with “challenges” and “get out of your comfort zone” statements. While there’s nothing wrong with those, it’s also good to question them too… because a lot of times when I think of the “comfort zones” they’re referring to, it isn’t what I’m thinking at all… Sometimes things are outside of comfort zones for good reasons too…
Part of getting long-term sustainable is learning to trust our own bodies and intuition too. And that’s never one-size-fits-all… which is both great and terrible! 🙂
Great points, thank you <3
Also, I had someone comment on another post asking my opinion about dairy and paleo. I'm more of a low carber, so I do eat dairy. What are your thoughts on dairy consumption? Yay or nay?
And yes, LOVE Lindt 90.. I also like to make my own “bark” with roasted hazelnuts, about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/2 a bar of 100% dagoba baking chocolate and 1/2 of a 65% bar of dagoba baking chocolate…. it’s reaaaalllyyyygooodddddd
Hey there LowCarbKitty =D your story sounds very similar to my own. I have been low carb/no sugar (off and on) for the last 2 months, I go 2-4 weeks with like 20-40 g carbs and feel amazing until some weasel shit at work tricks me into eating what he says is only egg and cheese and boom next thing I turn into this godzilla monster that feeds of reeses pieces and churros. RAAAWRRRR!@@!!???!!!! Omg sorry about that, but ya wtf low carb is really difficult. But I fell off around the 25th of march when I got sick with a pretty bad flu (nothing better than pecan pie while having the flu right? ), and am easing back into it now. Its not easy to eat low carb but you not alone =D. Keep up the good work!! P.S Your kitty is awesome!
Thank you for the support (and kitty compliments). I’m able to do low carb OK but Whole 30 was just too extreme for me!! What was in the thing your coworker gave you!?
LOL @ reeses pieces and churros!! Are you feeling better now from the flu?? Drink lots of water! /nag nag ! 🙂
It was a carb/sugar filled crepe. The second I had it I knew it had sugar, it was like a slow motion car crash, my mind said “nooooo” but my body said “oh yaa godzilla likie….rawwrrrrrrrr…rrrrr….more churros please, thanks”. And then the churros and reeces pieces (oh and the whole pecan pies) came. But I was doing great on the Ketogenic diet, I meant to say I was doing 20-40g carbs a day. I got the flu around the 25th of march and have been sick almost since. So ya I am feeling a little better but I keep eating sugar, ugh tummy ache!!! When I break I also break badly. I could totally use some good nagging to get me back on track =D. You and that cool cat have an awesome low carb day!!!! ( ^.^ )