About December 4, 2008
I know this is the place where I am suppose to talk about myself so that everyone can get to know me. So, here’s the story. I am a married woman with two children. I use to work, but since having my kiddos, I have been staying at home with them. I am 5′4”, 32, and I started out my journey this time weighing in at 216.5lbs. as of 12/26/2010. I have an hourglass shape, so overall, I carry my weight pretty well. I started out in at the end of 2010 and then 2011 with lowered carbs.
This was not my first time doing low carb. The first time was back in ‘04. I was diagnosed with PCOS and researched that low carb was pretty much the way to go if I wanted to get my health in order. I started right away and lost 25 pounds pretty fast. Then, I found out I was preggo after trying for 3yrs.! After my child was born, I decided that I would go with the flow and worry about my weight later. Too much going on then with a new baby, military life, moves, etc. So, after we moved the last time and got settled, I jumped back on LC and over the course of just a few months, lost a little over 40lbs. bringing me to a low of 184. My high before that was 226.5. I only saw that low number one time. But I maintained my weight for a while bouncing between 186 and 192 until we decided to try for a baby again since the first time had taken so long. THIS time, I got preggo on the first try! SO, now I have had my second child and had so many family issues I let my weight creep up on me. I tend to be an emotional eater. My weight had dropped back down to 199-203 after my baby. I wish I had stayed there or kept losing! But it quickly went up. It is completely due to laziness because it would’ve been easy to stick to LC IF I had really wanted to. But it was just ‘easier’ for me to eat the junk I knew wasn’t good for me. The day after Christmas, I decided it was time to start watching what I was eating and monitoring the carbs. I was 216.5 when I stepped on the scale. I did lose some — 4.0lbs.(212.5) in January. By my first Feb. weigh-in, it was back up to 216.5. But by the end of 2 months I had lost just 6lbs. That means I only lost 2lbs. for February! The first week or so of March, I decided to drop my carbs down to under 40g to try to get the weight moving. I stuck to my plan for all of March and part of April until I stalled out… AGAIN. At that point, I sat and sat and SAT at the same weight. After much frustration, I went off plan for a few days and then came back on plan at pretty much Atkins Induction levels. Suddenly, I had a HUGE drop. So, I decided to try carb cycling. I had heard of it before and I did some reading and decided that I could do this. I could have a cheat day now and then and then come back. For the month of May, I was able to maintain even with a big vacay to Disney for 2 weeks!
After bouncing around for a while and stalling once more, I knew that the issue was that I was burned out on low carb. I was in a rut. So, I’ve now gone to low cal. I still try to stick to mostly LC type foods, but I do eat WAY more carbs than before. I try to stick with 3 meals at 400 each and then 2 snacks at 200 each equaling another 400. At the end of the day, I’m at 1600 cals. I may go over a bit and be closer to 1700. I call this 4 Square, LOL. I know this may seem high for some, but I’m doing this nice and slow so that will have to do.
Now it’s 2012 and I ended 2011 at 196.5 after the holidays. That means that even with all the ups and downs last year, I lost 20 pounds! I know that may not be ideal for some, but statistically speaking, I am happy with ending the year lower than I started it. And I hope to do the same this year. For now, I am still doing my version of low cal that I call 4 Square but I’ve hit some kinks. I am hoping they get worked out soon, though. I have to stay positive and keep moving forward.
Well, that’s it for now. I plan on updating this every so often just so that it’s current. So, don’t be surprised when you see it has been changed! Good luck to all of us chickies!