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Diet Beta Test – Day Nine

Happy Wednesday! How is everyone today? Me I’m doing very well! Day nine is in the books of Chalene’s Diet Beta Test, and quite honestly I’m feeling much more positive today than I have in the last few. I made some “big” little decisions today that may or may not be helpful to me in regards to losing weight or priming my system, but I think it will keep me happier in the long run.

Lately, I’ve been feeling awful about not being able to eat the things I like and not even the bad stuff! Don’t get me wrong – PMS was no joke this weekend! And I did cave last night and have a few chips with my “taco” salad – big mistake! I felt awful and bloated, and the scale reflected my salt discretion this morning. It’s more like, I miss grapes, and my coffee on my drive into work, even worse, I was missing out on milk in my coffee (and we’re not talking a lot) I could feel myself starting to be resentful toward the process which is no go! So I decided that having my coffee earlier than my first meal and keeping dairy, was ok – and I know it takes me out of fasting sooner than I should but, if it keeps me on plan and not resenting the process, I’m willing to take that risk. I feel like it’s my one little treat of the day, plus from the time we quit smoking, and even more when I gave up coca-cola last year, coffee is my one vice that I still really enjoy.

I also realized I’ve got to keep food in the house; it’s not even a decision about good or bad food – I will usually make the right choice if presented to me. But if I don’t have either I’ll crave the bad, and then be resentful that I can’t have it. So today the hubby and I went out to dinner and stopped by Sprouts on the way home, making sure to pick up healthy nuts, and fats that can easily be made into a small meal or snack. Don’t get me wrong as I wandered through the aisles looking for some cracker, pasta, or flavored coconut butter I was rather disappointed. But I figure we have another two weeks or so to go, and I can ease on back into healthier carbs knowing I should be eating way less of them after this Beta is complete.

While neither of these are earth shattering decisions, they are steps in the right direction and should help me on my journey to better health.

I didn’t do a good recap of weight loss, inches, mood and sleep numbers so I thought I would catch you up on that today. I also made a new chart that has the entire month of May so we can see the big picture along with the daily gains.

 

IMG_0543And lastly I took a new set of pictures – with the same outfit on as last week, I don’t see a different yet, but it did make me realize I need to take these with all of my lights on and my real camera – not my cell phone in the hall mirror. I will make a point of doing that tomorrow and maybe even lay a bit of tape on the ground so I can get the angles right too.

The top picutres are from today – grainy and awful I know – the bottom are from last Monday.

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And now for the drumroll:

Pounds lost – 7.2
Total inches lost – 12

Most of the inches lost are in my chest and waist measurements, where I notice it, is in my lower gut – I doesn’t look like it pouches out as much. All in all – not bad for nine days! My API is creeping up again, but not as fast as the last time, I also think it might have more to do with hormones than the foods that I’m eating, I’ve tried adding a little more carbs later in the evening, and it hasn’t made a difference. Last night was my highest night so far at 2.5, but I was less restless and seem to have had a better quality of sleep than before. I’ll keep tracking. Hopefully, it’s something that will pass.

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Diet Beta Test week one recap

My goodness, I’m not sure where the time went, ok that’s not 100% accurate, but it’s close. I had the week from heck at work, followed by increasing fatigue and malaise associated with PMS; and getting used to a lower carb diet. Add those together, and you get a girl that comes home, does nothing but stare at the TV until it’s time to fall asleep and repeats that thought the end of the week. Add in a packed weekend, and here I am at 10 pm on Sunday night trying to get something down and posted before another day goes by without any word.

So far everything is going OK – I’ve learned a lot of interesting things about myself, including popcorn may be nature’s best scrubber if you’re eating a very low carb diet. I learned that when I’m really stressed out at work, I crave anything carb related that is a carrier for salt. And I’ve learned that even a little bit of the wrong kind of sugar or carb can send me spiraling into cravings that are hard to deny. I’ve also learned that you get over those cravings if you give yourself a little bit of time. Life is easier on the test if you work toward eating more fat and a lot of leafy green veggies, and sometimes the things that you think you’re missing out on (today pasta) are more of a symbol than what you want (a vehicle for melted cheese). Again all excellent information to know about myself; but my API is still climbing, slowly at the moment. And I’m still getting headaches; I had one thought this afternoon, I finally took some Tylenol to feel better, I can’t tell if its lack of oxygen when I sleep or if something else is going on with the test. Right now my numbers are within reason, so I’m not ready to back down, on top of that I’ve been a little lax this weekend about the carbs I have eaten, and my numbers were still bad, so I am stumped about a correlation. Mood wise, I find myself rather cranky until I have my first bit of food for the day, I don’t know if I need to adjust to eat earlier in the morning, or maybe give myself a little bit of a break and have my coffee before breakfast. I have to say I have not found the clarity that’s supposed to come with Ketosis which probably means I haven’t found Ketosis yet. While I might be a little foggy at times and cranky before coffee or sugar (not sure which), I do have a better outlook on life in general as I get through the end of this weekend.

As I move into week 3, I’m feeling rather confident about life. This week, I’m working on cutting my carbs again by swapping out the sugar in my coffee with stevia and the full-fat dairy milk to coconut. I also plan on swapping out my yogurt toward the end of the week and giving up cheese (blasphemy I know) to see if that is a source of any information I might have. I’m still working out upping my water intake and perhaps adding a few herbal teas into the mix just to add a little variety. I haven’t found kicking the sparkling water habit as hard as I thought it would be and quite honestly I feel fine with plain water far more than I thought I would. I did just realize as I plan through week 4 I will be in Disneyland when fasting is supposed to begin, and after about a 2-second debate in my head I will be pushing that off until after I get back. I think if I give myself a few days after our return to fully get back into the swing of things I can start the F phase over the weekend. I am working myself to being more “on plan” that not while we’re in Disney and if carbs are added I want to make sure they’re from things I want to splurge on instead of going hog wild because we’re on vacation. But I have a bit of time to plan that out before the trip thoguthfully.

Tomorrow I’m back on track with blogging, and I will have a more detailed report on my numbers including a better spread to work on and any comparisons between day one and day 8.

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