Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 4 of the Carb Starve: An Update

As you all know, I decided to give up carbs this week in an attempt to shock my body and get through this plateau that I've been experiencing. Today is Day 4 (I'm planning on doing this for six days, through Friday) and here's on update on how things are going so far:

How I'm feeling physically:

I'll be honest; I feel like crap. I'm completely exhausted and it's a huge challenge to get through my work-outs. It feels like I weigh almost 300 lbs when I run and I have had no motivation at all to go to the gym. I also started to get sick on Monday. My throat was really hurting yesterday, although I am starting to feel better today. The science behind carb-depleting is that your body will enter a state of ketosis, which is where it starts using fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates like it normally does. It essentially feels like my body has gone haywire right now and it is not a good feeling.

How I'm feeling mentally and emotionally:

Well, yesterday was definately the hardest. I started to question why I was doing this again and wondering if it was even worth all of this "suffering" I am putting myself through. It's also possible that cried. A lot. Yes, I am a big baby and I'm not afraid to admit it, but I think the lack of carbs has both a physical and psychological impact on someone when they make such a huge change. However, I've been doing a lot of reading about the "induction phase" of some popular low carb diets, such as Atkin's and South Beach, and have learned that the third day is usually the worst. However, I have no desire to actually follow a strict diet program like one of those, and am still only planning on doing this for the rest of this week.

How my weight is doing:

I'll have a weigh-in for you on Friday because I only started doing this on Sunday and I want to wait until the end to see the results. (I would do it on Saturday morning, but I'm leaving to go out of town on Friday for a conference in Detroit.) However, I have been periodically stepping on the scale at the gym and my house (because we all know I can't stay away from it) and I know that I haven't lost any weight so far. This is really frustrating because it makes it even harder to motivate myself to keep going. I had a really bad day diet-wise on Saturday and probably put on a couple pounds, so it's possible that I have lost weight but I just don't have a net loss yet.

What I've been eating:

Breakfast is always eggs in some way, shape or form. Since almost all breakfast food besides eggs and meat have carbs, my options are very limited.

Scrambled egg whites and turkey sausage

Spinach, mushroom and feta omelette (minus the berries; this is an old picture)

Deviled eggs and turkey sausage

Lunch is either a salad or something leftover from dinner the day before.

Shrimp salad with avocado, tomato, onion, and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds

For dinner, I've been doing the unthinkable and cooking vegetables. You see, vegetables and I haven't always gotten along very well:

(Side note: I just googled it and discovered that bell peppers are actually considered a fruit, but whatever. They are still a vegetable in my mind. Just like tomatoes.)

However, I got over my veggie hatred and somehow threw all of this:

Into this:

"Stir fry" wih chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, and bell peppers

I don't even know who I am anymore.

For snacks I eat a lot of preservative-free deli meat and cheese.

Some final thoughts:

As I mentioned earlier, I absolutely hate the way I feel right now. I feel unhealthy because of the high amount of fat I've been eating and I would never do something this drastic long term. I've been craving sweets like it's my job and I looked into some of the "allowed" desserts in Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, but to be honest I am not a fan of artificial sweetener and really don't want to eat a bunch of crap like Lite Cool Whip or treats made with half a cup of Splenda. Yuck, that is no way to live.

This week has also made me have second thoughts about whether or not I even want to try to keep losing weight. Is it really worth all of this? However, when I'm honest with myself, I know that I am not happy with where I'm at. I am still overweight and I'm still 30 lbs away from my goal. I need to keep going and I am going to finish this week out because I will never know if it worked or not if I quit now.

After this weekend, I am going to have to do a serious assessment of my diet and figure out how I want to tackle it in order to help me achieve a healthy weight loss without eliminating any major food groups. I truely do not believe in doing that because I don't think it's healthy or sustainable in the long run, but I do believe it can be beneficial to eat less of certain things without cutting them out completely, whether that be carbs, fat or both. I am just taking the rest of this week one day at a time, and I absolutely cannot wait until it's over. Also, I'd be ok with never eating eggs again after this week.

Phew, sorry guys, that was a long one! Props to you if you actually read that whole thing ;) Also, while I'm on the topic, I just want to take a moment to say thank you for all of your support. It means so much to me to know that you all take the time to read my blog and voice your opinions, and I always read and appreciate every single comment that I get. You all rock. Period.


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