Progress!

Roast pork, roast cauliflower and green beans

Roast pork, roast cauliflower and green beans

Following Tim’s Four Hour Body is having wonderful effects. I don’t miss carbs so much, because I can eat things on cheat day that I don’t eat on other days. I had pizza and a candy bar two days ago, but with enough exercise, and moderation at other meals to offset that cheating, I’m still losing. On 5/1 I weighed 200.4, a slight uptick from the previous week’s 198, because I wasn’t drinking enough water. And I think consuming too much fat overall, and not walking enough.
So I changed breakfast-16 oz ice water on waking, followed by 16 oz more water with two scoops Muscle Milk for 30 G protein.
On 5/6, after a fairly bad two-day cheat, I weighed 197. That includes burgers, fries and biscuits, my friends.

On 5/7, I celebrated with one-quarter of a 16″ hand-tossed deluxe meat pizza, and a Hershey bar, in addition to a non-cheat meal the same day. I also ate a cup of lima beans with the pizza, to feel more full. I did 25 minutes on the elliptical trainer, at a fairly moderate pace, pausing when I need to catch my breath.

On 5/8, back on track with more ice water, muscle milk, and a reasonable breakfast of peas, green beans and bacon-yes I know that sounds weird but it was good. Ten I weighed at work….
194.26. I’ve lost 4″ off my waist, and I can see many places that are thinner.

It’s working, it’s fun and easy, and I’m so happy!!

Chicken!

Chicken, broccoli, field peas

Chicken, broccoli, field peas

Monday night supper. Chicken from Kroger, pre-seasoned (Sazon seasoning, I think the package said) leg quarters, baked in the oven for an hour, with a side of steamed broccoli and field peas with snaps. Dark meat isn’t my favorite, and I ended up giving almost half to the ol’ man. If you haven’t tried Glory brand canned vegetables, you should. If they aren’t available in your area, I pity you.

No carbs, no dessert, and I didn’t care. Water to drink. Didn’t care. My appetite isn’t what it was, and I think it’s because of not eating carbs. I didn’t understand carb cravings, and didn’t know I had them until I stopped having them. I thought every meal had to have bread, noodles, rice, potatoes etc. We don’t have to eat that stuff. I was sure I’d be miserable if I didn’t eat that stuff, and I’m not. If I still feel like eating more, I go back for more vegs. I went back for more broccoli, and if I had eaten all the chicken, I probably wouldn’t have needed it. I don’t feel the need to eat constantly, and when I do think about it, I realize I’m not really hungry. That’s such a good feeling.

I love how I started eating before I thought of taking a picture of my food. I bet that will happen a lot. I didn’t get a picture of my lunch at all. Zucchini ribbon salad with mixed lettuce greens, a tomato, sunflower kernels, a bit of feta cheese and a scant two tablespoons lowfat three-cheese ranch dressing. It was delicious, even though I don’t have whole-wheat Ritz crackers with my salads anymore. Another thing I thought I couldn’t give up, like sugar. I’m checking labels and choosing based on sugar content when I can. I’m getting small amounts of sugar in things, 2-3 grams here and there, but I’m really not missing it. Not having headaches like I hear other people report, and I was worried about that. I’m entering menopause, so I don’t need any more trouble from my body.

Cheat day!

Saturday was cheat day, and I don’t think I did too much damage. I ate my four-hour body breakfast, breakfast meatza, and then for dinner had fried fish, fried chicken, a small order of french fries, coleslaw and a piece of really good homemade mandarin orange cake.

I felt like I shouldn’t work too hard at cheating, since the 4th day is kind of early in compliance to go really overboard. I do cheat a little every day too- I have Sweet’nLow in my coffee, and about a teaspoon of Salted Caramel Mocha creamer. I’m just not willing to give up that little bit of sweetener, and it’s not causing me to cheat. BUT if I find it’s holding me back, away it will go.

It turns out Sunday became a cheat day too- I went to visit College Girl for a sorority thing, and we had a luncheon with chicken and salad and loaded mashed potatoes and chocolate cake. I only had a tablespoon of the potatoes and a single bite of cake, so I definitely didn’t feel derailed.

On the way home (200 miles each way) I stopped for coffee twice, had about 3 oz fried shrimp and chocolate-caramel muscle milk bar. Later, because I was falling asleep, I stopped at Taco Bell and got a cruchwrap and Diet Mtn Dew. I considered getting a burger somewhere and not getting fries, and throwing the bun away, but I knew I wouldn’t do that. I’m powerless over french fries and I can’t put myself in that position yet.

No, the gas-station fried shrimp didn’t make me sick.