Working things out

Hello bloggies, I am still here – don’t worry! It has been a few weeks since I updated, but I have NOT fallen off the wagon… again. I have been busy now that I am back to work at my 9-5, and I have been taking strides with my own personal project/business Safe At Home Pet Sitting. Everyone who knows me pretty much knows that I pet sit in addition to working full time at a really good clinic, Aquadale Veterinary Clinic. I started pet sitting about 6 months after I started at Aquadale, which means I have been doing both for over 11 years now. (When I commit, I COMMIT)

Recently I have been trying to turn Safe At Home into something that is less “on-the-side” and more full-time. I would love my Safe At Home income to equal or surpass my 9-5 income and still be able to do both. That is my goal anyway, so I have been busy designing the new website for Safe At Home to try and make a place for it on the web and potentially draw in some web-business. I love the design part of website design, the coding part?

Geekspeak

Not so much.

I do use Dreamweaver, which helps considerably. But while I used to be able to code webpages strictly in HTML (back when I was 13 years old and my brain still absorbed info like a sponge), now with CSS and all the new markup crap, I just don’t have the time/ability/will/insert random excuse to learn it. I am pretty happy with the results though, which you can see here. Part of those results consisted of a marathon session that spanned over 12 hours overnight. Yes, I pulled an all-nighter – it’s amazing the links even work let alone roll-over buttons.

Being busy as I was with all that extraneous stuff, I have managed to continue trying to eat right and work out. I did have a cheat weekend last weekend that may have involved some Mac and Cheese from Panera of all places. As of today I am still at 209, but I was up a little bit from exercise, namely one big bad mothereffin’ DVD that I will talk about in a moment. When I eat crap over the weekend, then exercise hard on Monday I will have a temporary gain. I know this. I have accepted it. So in all reality I was up to about 211-213, and now have dropped those extra lbs of water weight and whatnot.

Speaking of DVD’s, I mentioned a certain Xmas gift a few posts back.. Yes. Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Which is what I did on Monday. I was going to wait until I lost more weight and got more in shape with the easy stuff, yanno like the treadmill, arc trainer etc.. well I got a crazy hair up my ass to just try the DVD. I am happy to say I got through all 30 mins of Level 1, although some major modifications of the moves did take place. Namely the cardio since it was 11pm and I couldn’t be stomping and jumping around like an elephant when people were trying to sleep above me. I took a couple breaks, but I finished. Despite not being able to do it right, and straight through – I am proud of myself for finishing it.

Damn you Jillian!

This post is going to be a little heavy on the information today. I figured I would lay out my personal plan in case it may help someone else. Of course if you are not me, this exact plan most likely is going to do jack shit for you. I am laying out my plan so you can see what I did and apply it to yourself. I will include the links I used so you can use the same calculators if you so wish. The guidelines I am following are just that, guidelines. In addition to this eating plan I try to exercise 3 times a week, and I drink as much water as I can, shooting for 8 glasses per day.

Tiffy’s Personal Weight-Loss Plan

This is the plan that I have put together through research, experience and magic. (ok, just kidding on the magic bit.. geez) It has 4 parts that equal the whole plan. I have laid out the guidelines below, and I go through them in detail further down throughout the post. I must warn you and protect myself here though. So read up! The following plan is what I am doing to lose weight. It may not work for you. Please talk to your doctor before implementing this or any other weight loss plan.

Ok, now that’s out of the way lets check out the guidelines.

1. Calories

  • I will try to eat roughly 1750 calories per day, but will stay above my BMR of 1293 calories and below my TDEE of 2110 calories.
  • I will exercise 3 times per week in order to burn extra calories, and because my daily calorie goal already factors in exercise, I will not eat any exercise calories back that I earn.
  • On weeks that my exercise activity level changes significantly for the majority of the week I will adjust my daily calorie goal accordingly.
  • As my body weight goes down, I will recalculate my daily calorie goal.

2. Macronutrients

  • I will eat 40% Protein, 30% Carbs and 30% Fat in my diet.
  • I will limit my total carbs to no more than around 130 total grams per day.
  • I will choose complex carbs over simple carbs.
  • I will limit starches such as white bread, white potatoes and white rice and choose multigrain bread, sweet potatoes and brown rice whenever possible.
  • I will try to eat carbs earlier in the day, and limit dinner to only protein and unlimited veggies.

3. Supplements

  • I will fill my diet with naturally occurring Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Probiotics and Vitamins. (ie: tuna fish, salmon, flaxseed, yogurt, sour kraut, and fruits and vegetables)
  • I will supplement my diet with a flaxseed oil capsule, a probiotic tablet and a vitamin chew.

4. Variance

  • I will try not to eat the same amount of calories consistently, and instead vary them slightly day to day.
  • I will try not to eat the same types of food, and instead vary them slightly day to day.

Pretty easy stuff all in all though, don’t worry. Let’s dig right in.

1. Calories

In this section I will show you how to find out how many calories you’re supposed to be eating in a day any way, and some other fun fact like how much of your body is made up of fat! 😀

All calculations were done using the tools at http://www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/.

First, some glossary terms in case you are unfamiliar with what these mean (like I was).

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – This is the amount of calories your body requires at rest, for simply existing. If you go below this number, you will begin to starve!

Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) – This is the amount of calories your body typically burns per day in your average daily life. (ie: work, cooking, cleaning, watching tv etc) If you eat this number of calories, and your activity stays the same, you will maintain your current weight.

Lean Muscle Mass – The weight of all your lean muscle. This one’s pretty self explanatory.

Body Fat % – This is the % of your body that is composed of fat. Again, pretty easy to figure out.

Instructions:

So, what the hell do you do with all these acronyms? It’s pretty easy actually. You will need a measuring tape, but a piece of string and a tape measure will do the trick in a pinch! I will list my numbers in (pink parenthesis) so you can see what I figured.

1. Go here: Military Body Fat Calculator

2. Input your stats and measurements and click Submit.The calculator will tell you what you Body Fat % is, what your Lean Muscle Mass weighs and what your Body Fat weighs. Scary? I know.

3. Write down your Body Fat %. (57.6%)

4. Go here: Calories and Metabolic Basal Rate

5. Input all stats and measurements, including the Body Fat % you just found out from the last calculator, and click Submit.

6a. (Easy Way): Ignore everything and scroll down to the box that lists different activity levels.

6b. (Semi-Confusing Way): You can take a peek at your different BMR numbers. The Harris-Benedict Formula is a decent formula that has been around since the early 1900’s. But, it does not take lean muscle mass into account. The Katch-McArdle formula utilizes the Body Fat % you inputted for a bit of a different value. I personally go with this number, because it utilizes more data in the calculation, which I feel is better. (1293)

7. Write down the activity levels and the corresponding calories.

My Results:

Sedentary (little or no exercise, desk job) 1535
Lightly Active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk) 1759
Moderately Active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk) 1982
Very Active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk) 2206
Extremely Active (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2X day training, i.e marathon, contest etc.) 2430

These calorie counts are the number of calories you are to consume in a day, period. Base it on your most current activity level and voila. That’s how much you’re supposed to eat in a day. With this set up you don’t need to eat back exercise calories, as they are factored in for you and average out over the course of a week. Why write down the whole table? Because if you usually workout 3 days per week, but you know you will have a week where you won’t workout at all, or are bumping it up to 5 times per week, then refer back to your table to see how much you should be eating that week. As you lose weight, this calculation will need to be repeated. Your body fat changes as your weight goes down, and your metabolism may become more efficient if you are building muscle and exercising regularly. I plan on retesting my BMR for every 10lbs I lose. I figure this will give me a nice gradual decline, without the risk of eating too much and stalling my weight loss.

Extra Credit: Finding out your TDEE

To find out what your body burns day to day look at the table and find the suggested calories for your activity level. Now add 20%. That is roughly how many calories you can eat to maintain your weight since your daily activities burn up what you eat and there is no surplus or deficit.

My TDEE = 2110.

Important: Keep in mind that this is just a guideline! It may take some experimentation for a few weeks to see what your ideal numbers are. For example, let’s say I am lightly active in that I exercise 2-3 times per week, based on the table I need to eat 1759 calories to create a deficit and lose weight. I know I am eating above my BMR of 1293 and not starving my body, and I am eating less than 2110 so I am creating a deficit. Let’s say I do this for a couple of weeks and I am not losing weight, or losing it too slowly. You can adjust your calories up or down by 100 calories per week until you find the right number. Just don’t go below your BMR, or above your TDEE. There are so many factors that go into your body burning fat that one magic number from an online calculator isn’t always going to work for everyone! If I work out 3 times a week but I work out like a sissy and barely burn any calories, I might have to adjust that 1759 calories down a little bit. If I work out 3 times per week but I lift heavy weights and work out generally like a bad ass, I might need to bump up my calories. Listen to your body too! If you work out like crazy and you are starving as a result… EAT. Don’t eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but having a few hundred extra calories of protein and veggies is not going to make you gain 100 lbs!

Figure it out now? Hooray and Congrats! For me it boils down to eating roughly 1750 calories per day, and trying to exercise 3 times per week. This is just the basics, my friend. Now we get into the fun stuff, such as macronutrients, supplements, and variants! Woohoo! 😀

2. Macronutrients

Hmm, what the hell is a macronutrient?

From Wikipedia:

“A nutrient is a chemical that an organism needs to live and grow or a substance used in an organism’s metabolism which must be taken in from its environment.[1] They are used to build and repair tissues, regulate body processes and are converted to and used as energy.”

You already know what they are, you just might not know they are macronutrients. Protein, fat and carbohydrates are macronutrients. They fuel your body and help rebuild muscle. If you eat them in the right balance, your body will function well, muscles will repair themselves quickly after trauma (exercise, duh), and you can maintain a healthy weight. Eat them out of balance, and you get fat, your muscles don’t recuperate well, you have little energy, and well.. you get fat.

“What is a healthy balance then genius?”

Ehm, well… gee.. uhh.. that depends on YOU. Every diet book, doctor, fitness expert and so on has their own schtick.

“Eat Carbs and go Low Fat!”

“Eat all Protein and NO CARBS – THEY’RE THE DEBIL!!”

“Eat moderate amounts of both!”

For me, the key word in this whole section is balance. I know for me personally, because I have lived a life of sugar-fueled gluttony, that my body has most likely already become insulin resistant. I also know this because my doctor told me, I just couldn’t resist using the words “sugar-fueled gluttony”, haha! So I really do lose well when I limit my simple carbohydrates. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet works well for me.

I. Just. Cant. Do it.

What I can do, however, is try to create more balance. So I can eat complex carbohydrates instead of simple ones. I can choose to limit my carbs rather than restrict them severely. I choose to go down a path that is doable and sustainable for me. You might choose another path. I am not saying my path is right for everyone, although processed, sugary food is good for no one!

It's just so damn delicious though!

So my basic guidelines for this part of my diet plans are as such:

  • Limit total carbs to no more than around 130 total grams per day.
  • Choose complex carbs over simple carbs.
  • Limit starches such as white bread, white potatoes and white rice and choose multigrain bread, sweet potatoes and brown rice whenever possible.
  • Try to eat carbs earlier in the day, and limit dinner to only protein and unlimited veggies.

Now, those don’t seem too hard or ridiculous to me. I am not saying I can’t have white potatoes, I happen to love roasted potatoes. I just shouldn’t have them for dinner 5 nights a week. Limit being the key word here. This is nothing new, I know when I eat like this (Remember the 17 Day Diet post?) I lose weigh easily, well maybe not easily, but steadily. My problem is that the 17 Day Diet is a bit too restrictive. I need to be able to enjoy whole grains (evil as they may be for you a’la gluten) and sometimes dammit I just need a fuckin’ potato, ok?? Basically this plan I am implementing is the 2nd phase of the 17 Day Diet, with some modifications and a bit of calorie counting. Again, it may not work for everyone, some people might not be so anal about the counting and the macronutrients and such, and just want to be told what to eat. That’s fine, but I am a nerd.

So what are my macronutrients?

Protein: 40%

Carbs: 30%

Fat: 30%

It’s not extreme. It’s a slightly protein-heavy diet, while still getting a good amount of fat and carbs – of which I will choose to eat the complex, healthy variety.This balance can be fudged a bit too from day to day to add variance, but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

Moving on…

3. Supplements

No, I’m not talking Body by Vi, or Healthe Trim, or any variety of shake, pill or speed labeled as a “fat burner”. The supplements I’m talking about are again, nothing new.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Probiotics. They make a difference, people!

I will try to eat or supplement both Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Probiotics. So either I will be eating a lot of fish (blech!), or the more tolerable milled flaxseed or I will be taking a big ass horse pill of flaxseed oil on the days I don’t get enough in naturally through diet.

As for probiotics, yogurt works well for me and I happen to like the greek variety so I will try to get a good amount worked into my daily diet as often as possible but I will also be taking it in pill form. I happen to adore the little Acidophilus Pearls by Enzymatic Therapy because they are teeny tiny and very easy for this pill-phobic to swallow.

I already went over the benefits of Omega Fatty Acids and Probiotics in a previous post, so I won’t bore you with repeating it here, go check it out and learn something!

Vitamins get an honerable mention here as well, I notoriously do not eat enough veggies.. so I will be supplementing my vitamins in the form of gummy vitamins. Yes, I am a child.. I know. Again – I loathe taking pills of any form or shape, ‘specially the big huge ones liiike… vitamins. So yes, I will eat my One A Day VitaCraves Sour Gummies and love them!

The only vitamins that shall pass these lips!

The last supplement I will talk about is a protein supplement. My diet I am trying to adhere to is slightly protein-heavy. While I would prefer to eat all that protein in the form of chicken, turkey or beef (yum!), I will be the first to admit I am a lazy sonuvabitch and sometimes I don’t have chicken cooked up to eat 6 billion times per day. I am shooting for 175 or more grams of protein per day, and sometimes a girl can use some help. My help is in the form of a chocolate protein drink. I can use it in place of a meal if I am really in a bind, or it can be added to recipes such as the No Bake Breakfast Cookie to boost the protein in the foods you are eating.

Wow, this has taken a long time to type up.. someone better get some use outta this by god or I’ll….

Anyway, homestretch time.. which brings us to..

4. Variance

This is a pretty easy section to talk about. Basically by variance I mean shaking up your diet and not getting into a rut of eating the exact same amount of calories per day, or the exact same foods for time eternal. I want to change up my calories day to day so my body does not have time to adjust to the amount I am eating. I want to change the types of foods and macronutrient composition of the foods I eat so my body does not have time to adjust to the types of food I am eating.

Seeing a pattern here?

Our bodies are the great adapters. They will adapt to whatever environment and variants you give them after a long enough time period. Our bodies want to be at a balanced state at all times. By varying the environment (meaning the food, type and amount, yo) of your body, it doesn’t have time to adjust which results in less plateauing. Easy as that. Variance does not only happen in the food, however, exercise should be varied too. Our muscles are pretty damn good adapters as well.

How will I vary my food?

I will cycle through high calorie, medium calorie and low calorie days. It might start out like such:

Monday: high calorie

Tuesday: low calorie

Wednesday: medium calorie

Thursday: high calorie

Friday: low calorie

…and so on. But real life happens. What happens if your family goes out to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse on a low calorie day? Egads, that’d be a tragedy wouldn’t it?? So it has to be flexible, which if you may have noticed is the recurring theme of this diet plan. It might go something more like high cal, high cal, medium cal, low cal, low cal, medium cal, and so on. The important this is the variance itself.

I will also vary the types of food I eat. I will do this by switching up my macronutrients. I may have a high protein day, followed by a day where I allow only complex carbs in moderation, followed by a day where I allow a simple carb treat, then go back to a few days of higher protein, etc.

If anything your life will be less boring.

So there it all is. All my diet knowledge in a nutshell.. or a blog post – whatever. I am putting this diet plan to work right now. (Well, since last Monday) I am working into everything slowly, I didn’t implement every last thing right away. In fact I still haven’t brought myself to swallowing big horse pills of flaxseed oil yet, but that’s because mine is expired sadly and I haven’t even bought any yet, lol. I started with the basics though.

Count your calories. Know what you are putting into your body.

I have lost 1.6 lbs since starting to count my calories 5 days ago. Not bad.

I have vaguely tried to limit simple carbs, but I am in the process of easing into that next. One thing at a time. One day at a time.

Once I have my carb situation under control I will work on supplements. Then I will pay closer attention to varying my diet. I pretty much do this naturally though, some days I’m just hungrier, and some days I am not as hungry – this step is easy!

Speaking of hungry though, it’s way past my lunchtime and there is some Crock Pot Taco Chicken Chili waiting for me in the fridge.. btw it’s 200 Calories and 33 Carbs with 17 grams of Protein, and it’s damn delicious – just sayin’.

Check back soon for a post about my newest obsession, kale chips! Mmmm.. kale chips.

Ch-ch-ch-changes..

So the 17 day diet lasted… well 5 days. I didn’t jump completely off the bandwagon though, I just started counting calories. No WW, just plain old calories in vs calories out and creating a deficit. I am using MyFitnessPal.com to track my food and exercise. So far so good. Of course as soon as I started eating carbs again I jumped up to about 211 lbs, but I have been trying to be good these past couple days (even today for Easter I was decent), and I am happy to say that I am down to 209 as of this morning. Now that my body is used to having carbs again it’s starting to go in the right direction finally.

I have been pretty decent about exercise, went to Planet Fitness with a friend the other day and burned off about 370 calories in an hour. Not too bad. Today I had candy and steak and butter (although staying under my calorie budget), so I went for a nice long walk this evening and burned another 270 calories in roughly 45 mins. Right on! One thing happened during my walk that actually surprised me.

I. ran.

Not for a mile or anything, but I did jog for a city block which for me is HUGE!! I am NOT a runner at all. It is something I wish I could do. Both my brother and sister ran cross country and track in high school, my nephew runs cross country and track in college. I feel like a dweeb because I can’t run. I think there’s just something cool about it, like runners belong to this elite club of cool people that I wasn’t invited to.

Tonight I ran though. Not fast, and not particularly graceful. I did it though! Which made me feel so proud, and made my dog happy that we got to go faster than the “snail” setting on our walk.

Just a quick update for this evening, back to work tomorrow after a week’s vacation, ouch! I’ll be back on Friday with a weigh in update! Oh, and if you have a chance check out And She Ran.

Awesome blog about weight loss and she’s doing a Luna Bar giveaway!

Happy Easter and hopefully you will be seeing less of me on Friday!

Apology owed to myself

I almost didn’t come back here.

Out of shame.

Then I realized that no one probably reads this anyways, and it would only be hurting myself not to continue it. You see, I fell off the wagon big time. For about two and a half months that is. I ate every single thing I wanted to, whenever I wanted to.. and it felt AMAZING, for about the first 4 weeks. After that I started having those arguing thoughts. You know the ones.

I really need to get back on my diet.

Ugh, I am so sick of counting every last thing that goes into my mouth.

A year from now I am going to be so pissed if I don’t start back now! RIGHT NOW!

Of course that last thought was the most recent of the bunch. So 5 days ago I started up again. Although oddly, not on WeightWatchers which is always my eating plan of choice. There is nothing wrong with WeightWatchers. It helped me shed 45 pounds 8 years ago, and I also lost 45 pounds on it since August of 2011. It seems to be that darn 45 pound mark that is haunting me. I have never hit 50. I will this time.

So I fell off the wagon and into Wendy’s, and gained back a whopping 23 pounds.

Ouch. That hurt to admit.

I did manage to get myself under control much faster this time however, in the past I would have said fuck it for months or years at a time. This was about 10 weeks. But I am back now and I don’t plan on going anywhere soon.

The diet I am currently on is what I have been trying to do with WW for 6 months. There is more to eating within a certain number of points every day on WW, the types of food you eat also do have somewhat of an impact. I have been a huge anti-no carb girl for a long, long time. I do not believe cutting out all carbs and eating an insane amount of greasy meat is any kind of healthy eating plan. (Hello Adkins, that’s you I’m talking about!) Which is why I have always fallen back on WW because it is an all-inclusive eating plan. They do not set anything as “off limits” which is very important to me in a diet. I need to know that if I want that ice cream cone, I can have it – but I just have to cut out something else, say like dinner for example.

What I have learned in the form of internet researching, reading and real life experiences is that you will lose weight on any diet if you restrict your calories going in, and maximize calories being burned – duh. But they TYPE of calories you eat and WHEN you eat them do have an impact on how FAST you lose weight. I am not saying I am a doctor, or have done any kind of official research on this, but I do have my own personal experiences to go on. You can be carb sensitive, to the point where your body becomes less efficient at burning fat. Eating twinkies, potato chips and taco bell probably got you there. The bad news is carb sensitivity can lead to insulin resistance, which in turn can lead to diabetes.

Not. Fun.

The good news is you can try to reverse it, but even the good news has some bad news. You have to limit your carbs to do so. UGH. I HATE low carbs – why oh why!?

Once I got done throwing a tantrum, I did the rest of my research (ie: staying up all night searching the internet or reading).

I found out cool things such as how probiotics can help you lose weight. For one, having less bad bacteria and yeast in your gut can simply make you less bloated. So by sending in the good bacteria to kick the bad stuff’s asses you can LOOK significantly slimmer if your not all bloated up like a balloon. Secondly, good bacteria can actually help improve digestion, which doctors are saying can possibly help your intestinal tract to absorb fewer calories because it is working more efficiently.

Well. That’s a pretty cool tidbit. Sign me up!

One thing I also learned a long time ago on WW, was something called the Wendie Plan. Basically it consisted of eating high points one day, low the next and so on. It tricks your metabolism and helps you continue losing weight and avoids plateaus. Neat. I should be doing that for sure.

Another thing I learned was that Omega fatty acids can also help in weight loss. For one if you eat Omega-3 fatty acids they can actually turn on the fat burning enzymes in your body, and turn off the fat storing enzymes. Not to mention they make your skin, hair and nails look amazing. Oh and did you know that Omega fatty acids help with vision and brain function, kidney function, and a whole lot more. So start sucking down those fish oil capsules folks, you can thank me later.

So here I was on WW armed with all this amazing information about probiotics, carbs and omega fatty acids, and I didn’t know how to implement them. I was not about to take a fish oil capsule (BARF! I just can’t do it!), and trying to remember my damn little probiotic pill was a pain in the ass and near impossible.

I can say the week I managed to do everything, and remember every pill, and gag down a huge flaxseed oil pill since I couldn’t stomach a fish oil one.. that week I lost 11 pounds.

I was in shock. That’s eating on WW plan without limiting carbs. Wow.

Sticking with it however, was another story.

So my point was I learned about all this cool stuff I could do to supplement WW and help my weight loss, some of it I implemented, some I didn’t, such as limiting the refined sugars and carbs, especially in the evening.

Enter my diet now. I eat a couple of eggs or fruit in the morning, I might eat a salad with romaine lettuce, tuna fish, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a yogurt and maybe another piece of fruit for lunch, and for dinner I cook up some chicken breaded with parmesan cheese and milled flaxseed and have it with a variety of green veggies. I cut out sugar as much as possible, I cut out refined or processed food almost completely, and I increased my intake of foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, and increased foods high in omega fatty acids such as fish and flaxseed meal. I am limiting my carbs to low-sugar fruit such as apples, berries or my all time favorite, grapefruit, and they are only the morning, so they can be burned off early.

I will eat this way for 17 days, then I will slowly start adding in starchy vegetables. Oh yes.. rice.. potatoes.. beans.. corn… they will be a welcome addition back. But every other day for the 2nd 17 day stretch I will be going back to no starchy veggies or grains. Which will keep my body guessing!

So, if you haven’t guessed by now I am doing the 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno.

I know, I KNOW! So unlike me. I am a die hard WW’er. But I needed to do something different. I read this book, and.. it was like

everything I had figured out on my own that I should be doing was wrapped up in this nice little package.

So we will see how it goes. I can say, that in 5 days I have lost 7.2 lbs. And I am down a total of 11 from my re-fatting high of 217 last week. I am amazed.

It has NOT been a cakewalk however. No, generally I have not been hungry until it’s just about time to eat. I have craved carbs however. Remember how I said low-carb is not easy for me? Meaning it is really, really, REALLY hard. I love carbs in the form of sweets. Hello, this is why I am fat. So I made the decision that I needed to do something drastic. I bounced around the idea of eating a plant-based diet a’la ‘Forks over Knives”.

I just don’t think that’s a viable option for me either at this point. Maybe in the future. Right now however, I know I am carb sensitive from the years of utter crap I have shoved in my mouth. So carbs it is for right now, or rather limiting carbs. I know I don’t seem like a very enthusiastic dieter right now, but I just started this. And trust me, last night when my mom rolled in with the low fat cookies, whole wheat pasta and other WW-friendly type foods for her and her boyfriend.. I was feeling the itch to switch. I held fast though, and today the carb cravings are a little bit less loud. Just a little.

We’ll see what happens next…