Eww, Carb Flue

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I wasn’t prepared for this.  For the past couple of days I have been feeling out of sorts. Sleep has been disrupted (lots of weird dreams) so I’ve been tired.  I had a headache and just haven’t felt like doing anything.  I didn’t make it to the gym on Sunday or Monday as planned.  I pushed my self to go yesterday, but only accomplished a short walk.  It was on the way to tennis, so I figured I’d warm up the muscles and shower. I still didn’t feel like playing tennis, but I went because I had to.  I took some Ibuprofen and played. After playing I felt much better. Perhaps exercize is the answer to carb flue?  Sleep was a little better last night and today I feel pretty good.  Good thing because I have tennis again tonight.

Carb Flue.  I’d heard of it, and now I have experienced it.  Some say it is withdrawal from sugar.  Some (those that don’t care for low carb dieting) say it is because we are running on dirty fuel.  We are burning fat instead of glucose. Well, isn’t that the idea of weight loss?  Aren’t we supposed to exhaust our glucose and get into burning our fat stores?  I think with a low carb diet you just get there a little faster than a low calorie diet.  I do hope I’ve seen the last of you carb flue, but that might not be the case.  Suppose I slip up?  Suppose I intentionally slip up, like on a special occasion?  That birthday cake might put me back on the carb wagon. I’d hate to think I have to go through this every time I take in refined starches.  We’ll see. Special occasion coming up tomorrow.  I may have to pass the cake.

This Kitty’s Gone to Heaven

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Mondays are weigh-in days for me and I was down 2 pounds!  It was even TOM, AGAIN (this has been happening every three weeks now, ugh) Could it be true?  Is it possible to lose weight while drinking wine and eating cheese?  I still don’t believe it, so I am going to give it another week (of including wine and Compte - a raw milk cheese) in my diet.  I also committed another, what is typically thought of as, a diet no-no last week.  I ate (and drank) after 9:00 pm.  Hmm, but what did I do right?  I stayed under 60 carbs and 2,000 calories per day.  I engaged in some kind of exercise each day (either tennis or a visit to the gym).

And the Paleo diet.  I do like the Paleo diet.  I know it is not for everyone, but as long as I can have wine and cheese, I don’t care so much about grains and sugars, or fruit, for that matter.  Let them eat cake!  Wine is my cake.  Also, I have been eating only hormone-free, natural sources of protein, such as organic eggs, Applegate Organic turkey bacon (really good) and Harvestland chicken sausages.  At this stage in my life, I do not need any more hormones flying through my system.  I do try to buy organic veggies when possible, but I really don’t think that is as important as avoiding hormone laden sources of protein.

Tools and work arounds have helped tremendously. I am using the Calorie Counter app, by fatsecret.  What a great tool.  That thing does everything.  It even scans bar codes.  Using it, I notice that there are carbs in foods I thought were all protein, such as eggs. This helps me stay on track with my carb counting.  I keep my gym bag packed by the door.  I keep my supplements in a basket, so I can walk around the house (or sit and read) while downing them all (there are 14) with about three glasses of water (half my minimum water intake for the day).

For the record, my supplements include: Tart Cherry Extract, Krill Oil, Curcumin Complex, CoQ10, Milk Thistle, MSM, Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Magnesium, a multi vitamin with iron, Super B Complex with Vitamin C, IP-6, Vitamin D3,  and Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D. I also drink a little Kefir, as a probiotic, every day. Most of the supplements came from Swanson’s Vitamins, so they didn’t break the bank.  I am not sure I will continue to take them after I have achieved my weight loss and fitness goals. However, while I am on Paleo, I think it is best to take supplements.

Hello world!

kittykat

I’ve thought about weight loss and fitness at least a million times over the course of my life, but never been able to accomplish what I really wanted.  Sometimes the time wasn’t right.  Sometimes I had trouble remembering that I was on a fitness/weight loss program.  Sometimes I thought a busy social life got in the way (always thought that excuse was the most appealing).  Well, these days I am not too busy. My social life can be managed, and I should not forget that I am on a diet.

Why?  I’ve found a program that suits my lifestyle.  I have great tools to help me manage and remember. Lastly, I am committed to making this work this time.  I’ve decided on the Paleo diet.  One of the things I like most about it is that it allows 8 oz of red wine per day.  I am a wine lover and that has crashed many a diet for me.  So, it’s no grains or sugars, only natural, hormone-free meats, and lots of veggies.  Oh, and it does allow a cheese.  I adore Compte cheese and it just so happens that it is made from raw milk, which this diet allows (doesn’t really allow any other dairy). So, I get to have my wine and cheese.  Yay.  Now let’s see if one can lose weight while drinking wine and eating cheese…

I have set some special parameters.  I will not exceed 60 carbs or 2,000 calories a day, and I will engage in some form of exercise that burns at least 200 calories a day. So far, thanks to a fabulous app for Android phones (Calorie Counter by fatsecret), I’ve been able to track all easily and accurately. I’ve been at it two days now, and according to Calorie Counter, my typical breakfast of: black coffee with Stevia, two organic eggs, two pieces of Applegate Farms turkey bacon, and one tbsp of coconut oil has: 25.60 grams of fat, 8 carbs, 27 grams of protein and 357 calories.

This diet seems to be pretty high in fat. They say coconut oil is good for you, so I am not going to worry about the high fat content.  What I have noticed is that I am well below my calories for losing weight, at the end of the day. I’ve averaged about 1,300 net calories a day.  If I don’t lose weight doing this, something is wrong, unless it’s the wine and cheese…