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Magdalena Ravenclaw

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  1. I'm not sure why I gained that week, but I am losing 1-2 pounds now that I am doing 3:4, so that's much more motivating to stick to it. I was 159.8 this past Friday and tomorrow we leave for vacation, so I am sure there will be a bit of a gain. But I do think that I will be able to maintain on 5:2 but I much prefer 800 calories on fast day rather than 500. So yes, I think I can maintain my weight loss o 5:2 since I am losing so well on 3:4. I'm pretty happy overall as I think I will reach goal by Christmas.
  2. So, I just checked a 2020 challenge to see what I weighed for vacation last year this time and I had made it out of the 160's. I got to 157, went on vacation, came back in the 160's and I don't think I've seen it since that point. This is so utterly frustrating. It makes me feel as though I am wasting my life and not enjoying food for nothing since I'm stuck in the 160's anyway. I'm glad I found the 5:2 diet, but I am not convinced that I will stick to it for life to maintain. I gained last week fasting 2x and eating maintenance 5x -- that doesn't really bode well. I've upped my fasting days and am losing better . . . I should be in the 150's just in time to go on vacation. I will meal plan but not going to fast. Ugh. Here is my weight from 2015 right before 2 back to back pregnancies through now. The red circle is when I joined NFR.
  3. So far so good. It's def nice to not have off limit foods. I'm still holding my breath that it actually works. I feel I won't actually know until I get out of the 160's, since I've been stuck here for 2.5 years. If I in month on this diet, I'm in the 150's, yea, I will sing the praises of this diet for life, lol.
  4. Only .4 this week, but considering I ate at maintenance calories levels (1900) and I didn't work out, I can't really complain, lol. Going to stick to 1400 this week and have already meal planned for the week including for a church cookout Sunday. Am hoping to see at least 1 if not 2 pound loss next week. If I do, then this diet works better than even Keto for me. Which would be absolutely amazing, because I can eat real food and all food groups. What a concept,
  5. So it's only been a week and half on 5:2 and tonight's supper was my first meal without bread. In fact, I ate 2 rolls for breakfast and 2 more lunch. At one point, I was afraid that all 1400 of todays calories would be consumed by my bread addiction. But then, after saying no to free ice cream (but both boys enjoyed some), I came home and ate chicken, fruit and veggies for supper (along with some chips). In addition, I bought tons of Asian stir fry veggies because I bought some teriyaki chicken, orange chicken, and General Tso's chicken -- all things that would only have been for "off diet" days and would have been take away size portions. I'm hoping this 1) means less money spent on take away, 2) healthier portion sizes, 3) lots of veggies as the main dish with chicken as the side. My weight Friday morning was 164.2. Not bad, considering how much I hate eaten over the 10-day period. This was going to be the week that would determine if the diet worked for me to lose weight but now TOM so that might skew the results. *sigh* I am not a patient person, lol.
  6. Hmm, I wasn't really looking at it as a success that at least I wasn't still there, but you are right. Thanks for that perspective!
  7. Because you're cheating on your diet by eating a sweet, chocolatey nut butter loaf? Hahaha, that's what I initially thought but kept reading and saw you were being serious about eating pate. I suppose if you like chocolatey nut butter loaf and pate is super healthy and low carb that would be an amazing discovery! You could probably become rich off that recipe!
  8. "We are not compatible." -- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ROFL. I am the exact opposite. I LOVE to sleep and hate to exercise. I find no pleasure in the activity of exercise. However, if I remember a dream (which fortunately is not often), it is almost always bad. So I do get that part. Can you sleep with a movie or something going softly in the background? I can't do it often because it keeps Mr. Ravenclaw awake, but I like to "watch" something I've seen a bazillion times because I can lay there with my eyes closed and drift off more quickly. I would think that one couldn't dream on top of tv dialogue because that would be too much dialogue.
  9. Oh my gosh, so I was on a weight loss forum I joined years and years ago and a really FAT picture of me under RANDOM MEDIA popped up from years ago from an account/log in I had forgotten all about. I mean, I knew I had an account before but couldn't remember it and so created a new one. (Am going to have to remember the log in and delete that album, lol). But anyway, I thought I would share. This was me from 2017 at my heaviest non-pregnant weight of 192 lbs. 2016-2018 = 192 average weight 2019-2020 = 172-183 average weight 2021 = 166-170 average weight
  10. Fasting Day 2: 500 calories. It's 8:45 and only just now am I really starting to feel hungry. I cut one of my creamered coffee's in half as well as ate only half a block of 90% chocolate so that I could add a serving of beans to my soup. Not sure if that's what did it or not, but it did make my soup take much longer to eat. I did not do yoga, but that's mostly because 1) Husband called out of work and was home all day which through off trying to get into a new routine and 2) because he was home and couldn't run two errands for me on his way home from work, I ran them myself (which worked out well as it delayed my second cup of coffee lunch. But the best news of all was that this morning's weight was 165.0, which is what I was hoping to see tomorrow if I was really lucky and realistically was just hoping for 166.6, which is the low average I see most often when I've jumped on the scale for the past two years (my high average is 172). My weight the Friday before my 8-day binge was 163.6. I'm trying not to get my hopes up that I could actually see 163-something tomorrow, but it doesn't seem unrealistic after a day of fasting either. Anyway, just super excited that I'm learning not to be afraid of food. Super excited to eat bread again tomorrow. Super excited that I can eat bread tomorrow with no desire to binge on it since I can eat it again the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and only then skip a day, and then again the next day, and the next. Eat read food and lose weight??? Eat bread and lose weight??? This concept should not be so foreign to me. As soon as I can "prove" this diet works (by not only hitting 159 which I 've not seen since 5/2019 but also not binging) I'm going to tell my mom. She's struggled her whole life with weight and is a chronic yo-yo dieter herself. She binges even worse than me when she's "off" her diet. Anyway, I'll be thrilled if I've found something that can bring her peace around food as well!
  11. I would completely agree with you except that it's not been calorie restriction that has triggered my binges, it's been the nearly 10 years (since 2012) of restricting carbs to 20-50 grams a day depending on the diet at the time. Granted, I restricted those as well, never going over 1200 on a "good day," and often trying to shoot for 800 to make up for my 2000+ calories Fridays-Sundays, but it is def the restricting breads that cause me to binge. Here is a great example of a recent success: there are Oreos and Chips Ahoy in my house right now. I NEVER buy cookies for the kids because I will eat the entire package. I'll admit, there are 100 cal packs and not an open package, but I have never, ever, ever been able to do that in my life. I bought them Tuesday night, could eat them on Wednesday and didn't even bother to open them. Today (my second fast day), I can't afford to eat them, but opened a pack for the boys at both lunch and supper. This is serious unheard of. Also, I am mostly tracking my calories to ensure I eat at least 1400 but not over 1900. I haven't eaten real food in so long, I don't know that I even know what a serving size is. (I've eaten proteins shakes and proteins bars for lunch and dinners for better part of 20 years unless I'm being "bad.") So I'm measuring and tracking everything, but mostly to see what portion sizes look like that fill/satisfy me. While I am aiming for closer to 1400 than 1900, I don't track any veggies, sometimes I count my 75 cal Omega 3's, but not always, and tomorrow, I'm going to start adding Collagen to my diet and don't really plan on counting that. So in general, I'm eating 1400 + veggies + fruit + Omega's and plus collagen. If I hit a plateau or start crawling, I might starting including them in my 1400 goal, but for now, I'm just thrilled to be eating real food.
  12. I don't particularly like it and now have a very expensive skin care routine. First time in my life I've ever ever bothered. No idea if all the peptides, retinol A, etc will even undo anything, lol.
  13. I totally get this. I dropped out of college last month. I have no idea if I will ever go back and finish my degree. Though I do miss it, and somethings slightly doubt my decision, I am mostly so much happier and less stressed. Do you miss writing, or does it feel good to take a break?
  14. Oh my gosh, brioche is delicious. It's tastes like a croissant just less flaky and much less calories. On holidays, I make sandwiches with croissants (such as everything on Thanksgiving dinner thrown onto a croissant). Not only is the brioche less calories, but it would be much easier to make a sandwich with. I did not cycle off my calories. I ended going grocery shopping for 3 hours. (Does walking around Walmart for 3 hours burn 300 calories?) And my legs are so sore now (probably because today was lower body day). But I bought fruit -- grapes, and strawberries, and black berries! And Greek yogurt. Thin Crust pizza for Friday night. Carrots for homemade Sloppy Joe. 100 calorie packs of Oreos. I can't believe I can eat again tomorrow. I will eat less for sure (no pork rinds and dip or potato salad and sandwich or honey butter bread), so it will be a def weight loss day. The goal I think is sloppy joe on brioche for supper, fruit and Greek vanilla yogurt for lunch and maybe a few pecan crackers with pecan cream cheese, plus my two coffees and my blocks of 90% chocolate. That will be right around 1400 calories. I'm dumbfounded that I can eat so many "forbidden" foods and still be 500 calories under maintenance. I'm actually looking forward to Thursday (Fast Day) just because I'm a bit freaked out by all the carbs (I haven't even looked, though, in theory, I know it's below 150 grams so still considered healthy). But when you've lived at 20-50 grams for so long . . . Anyway, I am looking forward to Thursday simply so that I know I'm "making up for it." I have no idea what my weight will be Friday morning. I suspect 168 tomorrow and the next day and then maybe 165 Friday morning (1 pound less than this morning). Obviously, I am hoping for 1 pound a week after that, but as I said in a different post, if I even make .5, it's the same as deprivation/binge so at least I know I'll get to the 150's and beyond eventually.
  15. I realized something amazing today after eating the sandwich and potato salad (which I picked up last night since I knew today was an all-foods allowed day): I didn't even want it. I wasn't like, oh my gosh I looooooove this. It took me quite a while to figure out what I actually wanted to eat for lunch, but you know what it is? Fruit. Delicious, sweet fruit that I'm almost never allowed to eat because I'm always on a low-carb diet. Grapes and cheese. Or strawberries and maybe a sponge cake (60 cal) with whip cream or a drizzle of hot fudge (60). Or black berries and a scoop of sugar free cheesecake pudding. Fruit is a treat you can eat when you are being "bad" and off your diet. It almost feels silly. But this carbs are forbidden world is the world I've lived in for nearly a decade (because my first attempt at Keto in 2012 was the only time I actually ever made goal after 20+ years of dieting). It's almost as though finding Atkins and doing Keto and actually reaching goal in 2012 was bad for me, mentally. Anyway . . . I've meal planned out the rest of my week. Minus my Chocolate (190 for 3 blocks) and Coffee (200), I can have a 350 cal lunch (if I even need all that for fruit) and a 600 cal supper, which amazingly includes some of my favorite "forbidden" foods: Sweet Barbecue Sauce (forbidden) on chicken on a bun (forbidden). Sloppy Joe on a bun. Lightly Breaded Chicken (mostly forbidden) on a bun (forbidden) with air fried French fries (forbidden) and honey mustard (forbidden) Cheese Burger with Bourbon glaze (forbidden) on a bun (forbidden) with sweet potato fries (forbidden). You get the idea. Technically those last 2 are about 650-670, rather than 600, but I'll either cut my lunch back 50-70 calories those days, cycle them off, or just happily choose to eat 50-70 extra calories on occasion without (gasp!) feeling like food is an enemy. Oh my gosh, I hope this diet works. Even typing all this, I'm thinking, there is no way I can eat all that and lose weight. But if I can . . . I don't see why I would ever binge again. And maintaining a decent weight certainly seems VERY possible.
  16. Day 1 (Monday/yesterday): Post-binge weight: 170.4. (Pre-binge weight: 163.6.) I was STARVING. However, it's because of how I choose to divvy up my calories and because I forgot to drink water. My calories are as follows: Breakfast (Coffee w/ cream): 100 Omega-3: 60 Lunch (Coffee w/ cream): 100 Supper (Red Pepper and Tomato Soup): 130 Dessert: 90% Chocolate: 64 Dessert: 1/2 Coffee w/ cream: 50 TOTAL: 504 Yes, I am addicted to coffee. It is my main "comfort food" which is why I can't go without it on a Fast day. Next time, I will try to drink water in place of the second coffee so that I can have a heartier supper. I did not do yoga, but only because it didn't occur to me until today that Fast days would be a perfect day to do so since I'm too scared to lift on days I'm not getting much protein. Day 2 (Tuesday/today): 166.0. (I knew some of my 6 pound gain was water, but I am stunned that I dropped 4.4. I feel much less discouraged!). 2 slices of Panera bread (left over from binge) with honey butter. 2 Coffees Omega-3: 60 Pork Rinds and Jalapeno Dip (left over from Keto July) Small Lunchmeat sandwich on an actual roll! w/ potato salad Pulled Chicken with a sweet bourbon barbecue sauce on a brioche roll!!!!!! (Never had one, have been wanting to try for YEARS). 3 blocks 90% chocolate Total Calories: 1775 I didn't start tracking calories until AFTER I ate lunch or I would have had both lunch and pork rinds. So, I'm going to cycle the difference so I can count it as a weight loss day rather than a maintenance day. Oh, and I lifted weights.
  17. I joined NFR in Fall of 2019 and have failed every challenge. Every. Single. One. The last two challenges, I didn't even bother setting up because I knew it would be one two more fails. Nevertheless, I did attempt to lose weight during both. I've seesawed between 165 and 172 for over a year and a half. 2019: My lowest was 159 in May 2019, right before I went on vacation. I joined NFR in the fall at 178. 2020: My highest was 183. My lowest was 16 2021. In March, I was at my lowest at 162. Then I went on vacation. June 2021 began at 168, had two binges, and ended at 165.4. July 2021 began at 165.4, had one 5-day binge, and ended at 163.6. August began with an 8-day binge. POSSIBLE SOLUTION I wasn't even going to do this challenge, but I think I have finally found a solution to my problem. The reason I binge so often is because I haven't allowed carbs since 2021 when I actually hit my goal of 129 (from normal weight of 150) and maintained 134 on a low carb diet for a year and a half. (I gained 15+ pounds after binge eating carbs all summer). Then I got pregnant back-to-back, gained 60 and kept it on for 4 years. I need a diet that allows all foods, including whatever carbs there are. 2 months/challenges ago, I discovered Intermittent Fasting allows as much. I never would have considered fasting before, but I was desperate. The first I heard of was 5:2, which I thought sounded amazing for maintenance but seemed too slow for someone who is used to losing 10 pounds a month with Keto (if I don't binge, which I haven't successfully accomplished since 2012). So in June, I tried 16:8. It was hard. I can NOT cut out my first thing in the morning coffee and I can NOT not have creamer. So that meant I had to close my window at 6 pm. That cut out 6 hours of habitual snacking. I pushed through (except for weekends, and still ended up binging and only losing .6 a week even on weeks and weekends that I adhered perfectly. Because the loss was sooooooo slow, and I'm tired of dieting/deprivation AND being fat (come on, at least if I'm deprived always dieting I should be thin), I tried Keto AND 16:8 in July. That's what ended up triggering the 8-day binge last week. On Sunday, I ate half a doughnut, then a couple slices of cheesecake after church and then later went to the store for a slice of tuxedo cake. Really? Even on a typical binge, I only have one dessert on a day. Even if I have several helpings of the same dessert (which is why I almost NEVER buy more than a slice), I've never had several helpings and then, oh, let's go get something else too. So Sunday night (while eating the tuxedo cake), I read a book on Alternate Day Fasting which allows for eating bread and not counting calories every other day. But as I looked over a typical week, I knew I could never do it. One, the routine is always different -- 4 days one week, 3 days the next. Also, a Friday and Sunday or Saturday is always part of the mix. Not realistic. Not maintainable for life. The best I could tweak was fasting (500 calories) on Mon and Wed and allowing 500 on a Friday night but 100% that would feel like a diet and something that I could (and would) cheat on. But obviously, fasting 2x a day (4 times in a 14-day period) is NOT Alternate Day Fasting (7 fast days in a 14-day period). It's barely more than half. And even if I count both half-fast Fridays, that only 5x in a 14-day period. That can't possibly be enough to eat whatever I want every other day. So then I had to create calorie limits for the other days, which once again means it is not Alternate Day Fasting. That's when I realized that basically what I had created was the 5:2 plan. The one that inspired me to try IF in the first place. The one that I knew instinctively I could do for life to maintain. 2 days @ 500 calories 5 days @ Maintenance Calories - 500 (for me, that's 1400) for weight loss or Maintenance Calories (1900). It's probably the slowest of all the IF's, which is why I wasn't going to attempt it for weight loss. I want/wanted to lose 10 pounds a month, or at least 8. But looking back over the last several months, and realizing I am miserable/deprived all the time (or bingeing) and only losing 2-3 pounds a month, I may as well be happy/not deprived and not binging (because all foods are allowed in moderation) and lose 2-3 pounds a month (maybe/praying/hoping) 4 pounds a month. I wasn't going to come back to NFR until I could report a success, but I logged in today to check the challenge dates and realized it just started and that I would basically be skipping an entire challenge again. So I've decided to log my progress after all. CHALLENGE GOALS My goals are EXTREMELY modest. 1) Stick to 5:2 (eat mostly 500 / 1400 and NEVER more than 500 / 1900) 2) Yoga on Fast Days 3) Weights on Non-Fasting Days 4) Weight loss: Of course I would love to end this challenge at 159 (as I've wanted to end nearly every challenge I've ever done). And I don't really know my starting weight (due to the binge). So, I will consider this challenge / 5:2 a success if Sept 3rd's weight is 1.5 pounds less than this Friday's (8/14) weight.
  18. I always feel like napping is a waste of productivity time too. It's very frustrating because of course I know it means I need rest.
  19. Kind of frustrated because I lost the piece of paper I wrote down May's miles on. I signed up to cycle on my way to Mordor back in January, promptly didn't do it, and then randomly starting cycling in May. At first I only tracked calories (forgetting about the challenge), then I started tracking my kilometers and now I can't find the paper. Sigh. It's probably in one of the million notebooks I have lying around. At least I have June's.
  20. So, my weight went right back up after eating which was rather frustrating. I didn't come on here to report because all my mental energy was on not giving up. I'm wondering if I am insulin resistant, and so in addition to the 16:8 TRE, I am also going to keep my carbs to under 50 grams. Approximately. Not going to obsess about it, but definitely not going to eat a sweet potato for dinner the same day I eat an apple and cheese for lunch, that sort of thing. The other thing I've decided to do, which is making it very difficult, is I'm cutting out Splenda since there are claims that it can spike insulin and kick you out of ketosis. Not very many people say that . . . most claim it will NOT kick you out. And my morning coffee -- the very reason I get out of bed in the morning, the thing that gets me going -- has TONS of Splenda (sucralose) in it, from the sucralose found in my sugar free creamer (I use 1/2 cup creamer in my 24 oz coffee) to the additional 20 sucralose drops I add to it. (Yes, I like a sweet coffee.) On top of that, I drink sugar-free (sucralose) Pineapple-Orange carbonated water like there is no tomorrow. The ONLY other thing I drink is a sugar-free sucralose Pineapple water enhancer. I do not drink plain water. I don't drink soda. I don't drink juice. I don't drink milk. I don't drink ice tea. I literally only drink those 3 things and have for years and years and years. Before I took vaping back up I joked to my husband that my coffee and my Pineapple-Orange carbonated water had replaced my nicotine. Anyway. I've completed one full day of no sucralose. I started yesterday afternoon. I've doctored my coffee enough to make it tolerable. I bought lactose powder to sweeten it (lactose, believe or not, doesn't cause an insulin spike), but it's not very sweet and because I'm keeping my carb count low, I can't put enough in to make my coffee sweet. And instead of using my sugar free Sweet Italian Cream creamer, I'm using plain old unflavored 10 calorie creamer. I did pick up a holy crap that's expensive vanilla creamer with no sugar or sweetner that is also only 10 calories per 1 TB but the amount needed to make my coffee taste vanilla-y is too expensive. I REALLY REALLY need to see the scale go down. I can't give up all of this and just see the same see saw as I have for over a year. They say you don't make a change until the pain of staying where you are (fat and with delicious coffee) exceeds the pain of change (THIN with tolerable coffee -- NOT fat with tolerable coffee). So: 6/7: 173.2 (at night AFTER a birthday party, so lots of water weight not actual fat included in this number due to pizza, a cupcake, and a ice cream cone) 6/8 (after 21 hour fast ): 169.8 6/9 (after fasting 16 hours): 171.2 (VERY DISCOURAGING) 6/9 (after eating): 172 6/10 (after fasting): 168.6 6/10 (after eating): 170 I would love to believe that I'm actually losing and the IF is working. But the problem is I was 168 on Friday. And I find it very hard to believe that I gained 3-4 pounds of actual fat over the weekend. I've not consumed any salty foods or starches since Tuesday night at 6:00 pm. It's Thursday night. After intermittent fasting for the first time in my life for several days. I would have thought I would have seen 168 by now. I'm trying to not give up. But until I see 165, and unless I see 165 very soon, I do not know if I will remain optimistic that IF will get me to my goals. You are suppose to lose very quickly in the beginning and I've spent the last week losing the same weekend weight gain as I always do on any diet. Oh . . . I've been sticking to my evening cardio and weight lifting and even added in some morning cardio before I eat since you supposedly can burn 20% more fat if you do light cardio in a fasted state. The hardest thing is the weekend is now here, and instead of seeing a pretty good loss that was suppose to fuel my motivation to not eat any differently and stick to a fasting schedule, there isn't much of a difference. But maybe I'll get lucky. Maybe I'll wake up and see 166 or something. Here's to not giving up.
  21. So my weightloss plan is: 16:8 or 18:6 (depending on my motivation on any day, and 12:12 or 14:10 if it's a really bad day or a treat day). My maintenance (I can do this for life) plan is: 5:2 with 5 days being a minimum of 12:12 and a goal of 14:10, and 2 days being 16:8 or 18:6. If I really can maintain my weight doing that, without counting calories and being able to eat fruit or cheese (i.e. not feel like I'm on a diet), I will be so ecstatically happy. I can't tell you how many times I've forgone going out with friends over the last year an half because I knew it would go over my calories or carbs and what do I have to show for it? I'm not even thin. It's not like I forgo these things to maintain a svelte figure. No, I forgo them so I can stay on my see saw. It's maddening. To know this is probably over, that I've found the problem, that I can go out with friends AND be thing . . . my optimism is through the roof right now. Really hoping this works. A girl at my church has been doing it since January and lost 42 pounds so far. I didn't think I could do it because of my MUST HAVE COFFEE first thing upon waking, but I'm allowed black coffee with 1 non-flavored creamer cup on a fast so I got myself a cinnamon coffee and it was quite enjoyable. Technically, drinking something with less than 50 calories will not break your fast, which is why you are allowed broth as well. The creamer cup is only 10, so I've had 2 coffees. I'm going to have some 10 calorie broth in a little bit. On this, my first fast day, I am aiming to hit 24 hours while my motivation and optimism is high . . just to prove to my brain that I can do it since the mind and not the body is usually want needs to be convinced. After this, if my brain complains and says, "you can't make it to 16 hours" I can remind it that I actually did 24 and it will survive, lol.
  22. So, my boy's birthday party was yesterday so I had pizza, cupcake, ice cream, and a few cookies, and one last coffee with creamer and then started my first fast. I finished that coffee yesterday at 6:10 pm. I then lifted weights and burned 836 calories on my bike (while watching TV) to help burn off some of the party food. It is now 12:36 pm. I made my first 18 hours. I didn't even feel hungry until about 11:50 am, so not until 17 hours and 40 minutes in. Not bad. Especially, if what I usually choose to do is the 16:8. Here's something exciting! Weigh-in day is Friday morning. I usually eat slightly more over the weekends (6 blocks of chocolate instead of 3 and slightly larger dinners). Every Monday morning (even if I don't drink!), the scale is up 3-4 pounds Monday morning. On Tuesday and Wednesday morning it goes down a bit more and by Thursday morning it is usually the previous Friday's weight again and then by the next day, Friday, I finally see if I've lost anything from the previous week (usually about .5-1 pound). This happens EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. Whether I eat only healthful food or whether I eat pizza and drink, it doesn't make a difference. My weight jumps up 3-4 pounds. After the party, I jumped on the scale and it said 173.2. I wasn't surprised considering salt/water bloating from eating junkfood. BUT, this morning -- after my first 16 hour fast -- it said 169.8. That means that the 3.4 pounds of weekend weight that usually takes me all of Mon-Thurs to drop is already gone! This is very motivating. Especially when they say you can lose .5-1 pound a day when you first start IF. I'm not making myself have a weight loss goal because if I've finally found something that gets me off the see saw, my body can take as long as it wants as long as its consistently moving in the right direction. But, of course, I would love to reach my original 2021 goal of hitting <159.9 by my birthday July 1. I have 23 days. .5 a day would be 11 lbs and I'm just hoping for 9. But we will see. Like I said, as long as I can tell I am off the see saw, I'm happy. If I can even be <162 by my birthday I will be ecstatic, because that is still 2 pounds a week -- something that is supposedly normal for weight loss dieting but that I've not seen in years. So that would be all the proof I need to know I've found what the problem was (constantly spiking insulin regardless of low calories).
  23. So, I've been AWOL from the boards but not from the challenge. It's just that realizing saying "yes" to something (including using my free time to log on to NFR or play on social media) means saying "no" to something else, and so I actually added cycling (during my free time) and jump right from that to writing projects in the evening without letting myself get distracted with the internet. But . . . as I discover the things that have dropped out of my daily routine, I try to add them back in earlier in the day. So, this is me, finally updating my schedule and logging in at 12 noon. 3 weeks of this challenge I did not cheat on my diet even once. Not even on the weekends. I cycled 500-1000 calories a day. And I lifted weights 6x a week. I even did yoga 3-4x a week. I lost the same .5-1 pound a week I usually do. Hubby and I went on a date at the end of that 3 weeks. I ordered what I wanted. And of course, in one weekend, the 2 pounds I lost came right back on. Just like they have every few weeks for the last year and a half. I have bounced between 162 and 172 at least 12 times since 2019 (and between 168 and 172 all of 2021). I am very happy to report that I think I FINALLY know what the problem is. I forget what sparked this, but last Thursday i found out about the 5:2 diet. I don't remember how. Since then I have binge-read 4 different books on intermittent fasting. The Obesity Code by Dr. Fung pointed out that EVERYTHING you ingest spikes insulin (even if it doesn't spike blood sugar). And that if you are constantly spiking insulin (and never allowing your insulin levels to get low) then you are constantly in fat-storing mode. Everything includes Splenda, Aspartame, Stevia, etc. I wake up in the morning (between 8:00-and I have my coffee with my sugar-free creamier and splenda drops. I have a protein shake a few hours later. I make the kids a healthy lunch (turkey, apple, cheese) and pop pieces of all 3 into my mouth as I cut them up for them. I eat dinner around 5. The kids go to bed between 8-9 at which time I make my snack of rice cakes and cream cheese. Then, from 9:00 to midnight, I eat 90% cocoa chocolate (about 3-6 blocks). I break each block into 4 pieces and space them out and eat all night long, so every few minutes I'm popping a piece in my mouth (12-24 pieces). I intentionally space it out so I feel I am snacking all night. Sometimes i am sucking on that last piece as I walk upstairs to bed as late as 2:00 am (though usually midnight). It takes 4 hours after you eat for insulin levels to drop. So at 4:00 am on most nights, my insulin is FINALLY low and within 4 hours, I am spiking it again with my morning coffee. According to Dr. Fung, it is not calories that we gain weight. It is consistent insulin spikes. The reason I am feeling so confident and so optimistic right now about finally achieving my goals is because I can ATTEST to that last part. My daily calorie range is about 1200-1500. That is the number "they" say to eat if you want to lose weight. Calories in / Calories out. For the 3 weeks of this challenge that I did so good for, I was cycling enough calories to ensure at least only 800. Meaning, if I ate 1200 calories, I burned off at least 400. I did this as a healthy version of a VLCD since everyone loses weight on a VLCD and I wanted to break through the 168-172 see saw I've been on all of 2021. And all I lost each week was .5-1 pound. But . . . if Dr. Fung is right, that is why I am not losing weight. Because even though I only eat 1200 calories that 1200 is spread out over 16 hours. My eating window is the opposite of the intermittent fasting window of fasting for 16 hours and only eating for 8. According to him, I could ditch all my sugar free chemical sweeteners, stop counting calories and eat 1500-1800+ healthy calories in an 8 hour window and lose weight faster and steadier and actually reach my goal. Because I have been struggling to lose and get off this see saw for sooooo long (constantly feeling so deprived that I treat ever few weeekends and put it back on), I am SUPER EXCITED to never diet ever again. If I can fast 2 days a week and that allows me to eat whatever I want without ever cheating or counting calories (as long as it's usually healthful food, which fortunately I like), then I feel like I could do this for life. So next challenge, I will not even have a weight loss goal. I will simply have a get used to IF lifestyle and see where it goes.
  24. Only 1 pound down. Very disappointing considering the calories in calories out math should have been 2+ pounds. I guess my very small treat on Mother's Day really slowed the loss. Not sure why. I had no dessert, just fajita's on a low carb wrap and thin crisps with dip. And I cycled off the extra calories. Feels unfair. But whatever. I'm still very focused, and am doing really well with being consistent with cycling and weight lifting and even yoga, which is a first for me.
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