Friday, July 11, 2014

Weight Gain Rebound: How I Lost the Most Weight in One Day

As most of you know, this past weekend, I ate and drank horribly (aka high carb) for 5 days in a row starting last Thursday night.  I enjoyed myself and even before today, had no regrets.  It’s not like I didn’t know what I was doing.  I knew I was going to gain a bunch of weight, I knew I would have to report it in my weekly videos, and I knew I would have to report it during my weekly weight loss club meeting.  It was inevitable, and I didn’t mind. 
Why didn’t I mind you ask?
Well, I didn’t mind, because I knew it was temporary and that I would get back to normal in due time.  That’s right, I now feel that eating low carb, high fat, moderate protein (in a state of ketosis) is my new normal.  It is quite the amazing feeling, that something as powerful as a changed diet to gain health and prosperity can become your normal diet. 
When I woke up Tuesday morning, after having finished a pint of Ben & Jerry’s the night before, and gaining over 5 pounds, I knew what to do.  But this time it was different.  I didn’t dread it.  I WANTED to go back to my new normal.  I had not one negative thought about eating low carb, and no longer indulging in the so called forbidden foods.  During my indulgences, I always told myself to enjoy it now, because I will be going back to normal to continue my journey of health and weight loss.  What an amazing, empowering feeling. 
So this Tuesday through Thursday I have ate exceptionally well.  I even tracked my food on Tuesday just to see how well I was doing and had the following stats:

Not bad right?
Every morning I woke up with a weight loss between .5 to 1.5 pounds. 
Then it happened. 
This morning. 
The LARGEST weight loss I have EVER had in a single Day:
I know this is a rare moment for me, but my easy work (face it, this “diet” is super easy) has paid off! 
What have I been doing?  
Below I will talk about what I have been doing, some of which are different for me:
I’ve read so many accounts of people eating very large meals at breakfast which keeps them full through lunch, sometimes even until dinner.  Those people are lucky.  This is something I simply cannot do.  Not only do I feel bloated, but I also feel extremely tired.  Not good when you have to put in over 8 hours at work, then go home and actually do something more productive than sit on your butt. 
So now, I simply eat a very small breakfast, as you will see in my daily record outlined below. 
I am trying out this new thing (Insert Sarcasm) – it is based on the idea that your body knows what it needs, and when it needs to have it.  Therefore, I am waiting until I am hungry.  The low fat method teaches that a growling stomach is a sign of weight loss (due to under consumption of calories).    If you are reading this, I’m hoping you already know that this is definitely not true.  By waiting until my body tells me that I should be eating, I am not taking a chance on over stuffing my body with excess energy not needed.  And we all know where that ends up! 
I gave up the coconut oil eating for a few reasons.  One is that I just don’t like the taste of it.  But on Tuesday, I went to my local health store and bought a brand that I am pretty sure blows Tropical Traditions (as far as taste) away.  It is called Tree of Life organic Virgin Coconut Oil.   The other reason is that I was just being lazy.  Enough said on that subject. 
I have been having this in my coffee again, along with Ceylon cinnamon and a tablespoon or so of heavy cream.  It is such a wonderful and pleasant taste.  I will not be adding butter into my coffee, like I had done months ago.  I get enough butter with the rest of my meals, that I don’t feel the need for the excess fat.  I am saving this moment for the coconut to do its magic. 
About a month ago, my husband made up 2 mason jars of sauerkraut to attempt our first try at Fermented foods – something neither of us have ever ate let alone made.  We also made spicy dill snap peas, which were ready much sooner (about 2 weeks ago) and absolutely addictive.  This week  we opened the sauerkraut and I have eaten about a ¼ cup to ½ cup every day.  In addition to that yesterday, I also had a taco salad, and I used an organic fermented sour cream.  It was delish! 
I can’t be sure that the fermented foods have done any great things in my body, but I can tell you that everything I have read says that I will absorb my nutrients much better when also including fermented foods in my daily diet.  So I’m going to assume they are right.  Plus, I feel much better than taking those probiotics pills, that I am pretty sure gave me anxiety! 

8:30am  = Egg Salad (2 eggs, 1T mayo, 1tsp Mustard, Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper);  7 Slices of Bacon
9:00am to 10:30am = 1 Cup of Coffee (Ceylon Cinnamon, 1T coconut oil & 1T heavy cream)
12:15pm = Leftover boneless Pork Chop (cooked in bacon and butter);  Veggie medley (green beans, red pepper, yellow squash, onions, broccoli saut√©ed in butter and extra butter added); and ¼ cup sauerkraut.

6:00pm = I got hungry, but was at a meeting and could not eat at this time.  Hunger left after about 30 minutes or so.  No sugar drop feelings from not eating.  Felt great.

7:30pm  =  Taco Salad made with 1/2c broccoli sprouts, 1/4c shredded cheese, 1c taco burger meat, 1/4c fermented sour cream; 1/4c guacamole (fresh made); 1T onions, 1T chopped jalapeno.  YUM!

8:30pm = Small bag of pork rinds dipped into fermented sour cream.   (eating another snack is not normal, but I was hungry and there was still an hour before bed)

So I hope this information helps you.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Week 45 Results

Here is your hint for this week's results (notice the steep cliff, going UP)!  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 42 Results - No Video!

Sorry folks, but I'm just not up for a video this evening.  I am very tired and didn't sleep well last night.  

My results:

Week 42
Down .2 
Total loss of 42.0 
15.61% total body weight lost

See you next week! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why I changed my Mind with Probiotics

I listen to the podcasts, I read the books, I read the blogs. Probiotics are the thing these days. Whether it’s in pill form or food form (fermentation), getting those good strains of bacteria in the stomach seems to be key. But is it really just a fad?

This is where shit gets real. Yeah, I said it… Shit….

Since eating low carb (high fat) starting in August 2013, I have noticed a huge change in my bowel movements. If you follow my blog/videos, you know that I have also “slipped” and gone off of low-carb twice since then. When I eat low carb, my bowels are more like watery bullets, shooting out at top speed. But as soon as I return to eating high carb, things slow down, although still a constant daily chore.

Fast forward to last week, when I noticed my lady parts weren’t feeling… how do I say it…. Up to par? I knew it wasn’t something as bad as the feared yeast infection, but it also wasn’t normal. For 2 weekends prior to this, I did have a few drinking nights, which we all know is laden with carbs/sugar. So I instantly thought that maybe the sugar eating bacteria/yeast were taking back over with full force.

(What do bowel movements and yeast overgrowth have to do with each other? Don’t worry; I will draw the two subjects together shortly.)

Continuing on….

So this past Thursday night, I decided to do a little research. Something that drives my husband crazy, but keeps me entertained many of nights. So there I was, lying in bed, when I came across quite a few forum threads of women discussing their girly parts, and how they went back to “Normal” after taking probiotics. Probiotics you say? No way! Woman after woman claimed that they were taking these probiotics (pill form), and all cleared up. Some even noticed other symptoms clearing up like acne, moodiness, etc. (which we know can be caused by yeast overgrowth).

So that was all the proof I needed. It was my turn to join in on the fad and buy me some probiotics. One of the main probiotics recommended in these threads was called “Vaginal Support” by Ultimate Flora. Friday after work I rushed to my local health food store and there they were, in the refrigerated section, in all its glory. Total cost was about $35. Not too bad, but hopefully worth it.

Fast forward to today….

I have taken the probiotics for 6 days now (1 pill with a meal per day), and I have noticed the following:

- Girly parts back to normal! YAY! No further explanation required.

- Bowel movements completely changed! (I told you I would make sense later.) Although I have been regular, they were watery and loose. No more. I have not had a loose or watery stool since this weekend sometime. Also, I feel like I’m actually going more, when I do go. Like maybe things are processing better?

- Less Hungry! Oh yeah, this is a huge benefit for me. I believe my body is getting its nutrients much better, and therefore, I am less hungry. Typically I eat breakfast around 6:30 and by 9:30 I’m hungry again. I didn’t get hungry the past few days until around 1pm. That is awesome. Seriously awesome!!
Who would have thought I would benefit from something as little as a pill? I am going to finish the bottle of pills, and do a test trial without taking them and see if the bowel movements change back to loose and watery. We shall see.

But trust me, sometimes when it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. It really is good!