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Figuring out my way

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I have been reading a lot about low carb high fat way of eating and it makes so much sense to me, especially when I read about the medical and chemical and hormonal things that happen.

As a veteran dieter I tried Atkins, of course, and I did lose 6 pounds in the first 3 weeks. Then nothing. I even gave up fruit, which I love, and still did not lose any weight after that initial weight loss of 6 pounds in the first 3 weeks.

I tried Mark Harmon's Eat Fat Get Thin for 8 weeks - and lost no weight - maintained the plateau. I mean everything stayed the same.

So maybe I am giving up, and accepting me as I am at this less than desirable weight, but the way I eat now is to try to eat only foods that are one ingredient and naturally occurring, including fruit. I don't eat bread and pasta, but I do eat corn on the cob when it is in season in the summer - with real butter on it. I know olive oil is a processed ingredient, but I use it, too, on salads. Some other processed foods that I eat are fiber one cereal, La Tortilla whole wheat low carb tortillas, so I am not now grain free. I also use protein powder, another processed food. And I am still maintaining this plateau! I figure if I am going to maintain anyway, I may as well eat foods I love, as long as they are otherwise healthy.

I kind of have given up on losing weight since I have been at a plateau for almost a year, and I am now working on strength training and I do feel really good doing that. I feel myself getting stronger, more agile and have better balance. I can see muscles in my back! Woo hoo!

I am not sure if what I am doing is right. I do track all my food and exercise, so I can go back and see what worked when, but that doesn't mean it will work now.

So, I have no answers. Only trying to figure out my way.

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    Strength training is a great idea. This is an area where I am not so great with consistency. When I get back from my travels in September, I'm going to try my program again.

    Plateaus are so frustrating! There's so many different variables. I saw you are now doing NROLFW. Are you a member of the Facebook group? They are super supportive and friendly. They might have some ideas on nutrition to help. The transformation stories are so inspiring.
    1651 days ago
    This journey does have it's frustrations.
    Focusing on ST is a great thing to do. I myself have found that when I get down to the "number" I want my weight to be at I'm less able to accomplish certain things in the weight room. Surprised me, too. Just those 8 additional pounds made a difference. I struggle with that, I have a hard time accepting it. And that said, I still in the back of my mind want to lose those 8 - 10.
    Good luck to you in finding the weight you need to be at.

    1652 days ago
    It must be frustrating to be stuck on such a stubborn plateau. I like your healthy eating and exercise approach though. I firmly believe that being healthy is way more important than being a certain weight. Those things that you mention - strength, muscle tone, agility, balance, and not forgetting self-acceptance - those will take you a lot further than a number on the scales! Maybe it will end up being a blessing that you had to do it the hard way rather than the easy way, because you will get all the additional health benefits along the way. Keep doing what you're doing!
    1652 days ago
    I think I tried every diet known. Than I would go back to eating the way I wanted and gained it all back. I think you know my story Jill. Finally started eating healthy, gave up all the junk and never looked back. It did take me years though. Think it was 5 years. I think if you continue healthy eating and strength train and don't stress about your plateau, things will happen. emoticon
    1652 days ago
    I believe that the process of discovering what works for you is the journey. I am so much better off than I was even 10 years ago, because I have been trying to figure it out. When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I thought that all my figuring out had been for naught. BUT, that diagnosis has propelled me forward in my journey and I am ready to make new discoveries and figure things out with "new eyes" and a increased sense of purpose. Our only failure is when we stop trying to figure it out and give up. As we struggle to figure it out, it prepares us for when new truths are revealed to us. You have some answers, you just don't believe you have THE answer yet. I don't believe there is just one answer, just a couple of good hints. Keep working at it! You'll get there.

    There isn't an emoticon of Sisyphus or i would put it here. Let me see how close I can get emoticon
    I guess rock climbing is almost like pushing a rock up a hill.
    1652 days ago
    Maybe u r at ur plateu
    1652 days ago
    Maybe you're at a healthy weight already? Keep eating healthy and excercising. Sounds like you're doing everything right. Great job!
    1652 days ago
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