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Crafty Goes Low Carb


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Greetings all! I have mostly been lurking in the shadows, but I 'm ready to come back from hiatus!

 

So for a long time now I've acknowledged I have a very unhealthy relationship with caffeine, sugar, and carbs (as does a large percentage of Americans) and I have finally collected enough underpants to properly meet the challenge of getting my eating sorted. Chronic migraines, back and knee pain, and just generally feeling tired and sluggish 24/7 have got to stop!

 

In my research I have watched numerous documentaries on health, and researched more on the net. After much debate I feel like carbs (and also sugar) are the #1 enemy  for me. I have spent the past few weeks simply logging everything I eat and keeping track of how many grams of carbs I've been eating. And wow! I was averaging 250g of carbs a day. Not good!! I have an addiction to cookies, breads, pasta - basically everything I shouldn't be eating. So this is gonna be a super tough challenge for me. 

 

Time to transform my eating habits to feel better and get in shape! In my research I found that "Liberal low carb" is between 50-100g of carbs daily.

So my first goal will be to simply eat under 100g of carbs daily.  I've been slowly tweaking my diet for about 2 weeks and (despite one very back day, have gotten my average down to 130g, so I'm headed in the right direction!!! 

AUGUST CARBS SUGAR
  <100 <35
August 1, 2018 127 42
August 2, 2018 100 24
August 3, 2018 145 58
August 4, 2018 274 53
August 5, 2018 93 30
August 6, 2018 133 58
August 7, 2018 65 3
August 8, 2018 99 9
August 9, 2018 55 21
August 10, 2018 82 19
August 11, 2018 202 80
August 12, 2018 84 24
August 13, 2018 73 8
August 14, 2018 100 32
August 15, 2018 185 56
August 16, 2018 284 132
August 17, 2018 97 11
August 18, 2018 81 17
August 19, 2018 91 27
August 20, 2018 80 14
August 21, 2018    
August 22, 2018    
August 23, 2018    
August 24, 2018    
August 25, 2018    
August 26, 2018    
August 27, 2018    
August 28, 2018    
August 29, 2018    
August 30, 2018    
August 31, 2018    
Month AVERAGE 123 36
Week 1 148 41
Week 2 103 31
Week 3 130 40
Week 4    
Week 5    
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I'm so excited to be changing my eating habits. This past week I had 2 days that  went over the 100g carbs. One of these days was celebrating my sons birthday, so I'm not too worried. Its a vast improvement from where it was! 

 

AUGUST CARBS SUGAR
  <100 <35
August 1, 2018 127 42
August 2, 2018 100 24
August 3, 2018 145 58
August 4, 2018 274 53
August 5, 2018 93 30
August 6, 2018 133 58
August 7, 2018 65 3
August 8, 2018 99 9
August 9, 2018 55 21
August 10, 2018 82 19
August 11, 2018 202 80
August 12, 2018 84 24
August 13, 2018 73 8

 

So what have I learned from this past week? 

 

 Regular soda is really bad. So. Much. Sugar! Even things that I thought wouldn't be "too bad" took a massive chunk out of my daily's. I'm glad I'm slowly reducing the numbers. I think if  went all out I would give in to stuff and then get angry and give up entirely. This way at least I can have 1 something every day or so that I want. Swapping out my hardcore addictions for lesser evils. Rockstar < dt soda < coffee/tea/water. I had been drinking rockstars 2 a day. Now I have had 3 since the start of the month. I'd say that an improvement. And I don't have a splitting migraine that makes me wish to claw my own eyes out! My basic idea is that if I would normally grab for a rockstar, I need to grab a dt soda instead, if i'd normally grab for a dt soda, I need to pick coffee/tea/water. 

 

My parents house (who I visit every day) is always filled with cookies, muffins and sweets. Since the 1st I have been good about only grabbing 1 cookie for the whole day. I had been eating 4 or 6 cookies at a time and going back like 4 times for more. So all in all I've been making sustainable baby steps. Hopefully by the end of August I will be able to manage the goals well and even reduce for the next month.

 

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Looks like your off to a great start doing lots of small changes!  Definitely making progress keeping the chart green. I'm with you on preferring diet soda or coffee/tea/water.  I've grown really accustomed to drinking water all the time, and it's super helpful not drinking calories.  Good job avoiding the temptation to go back for more than one cookie/sweet too.  Having ready access to that type of stuff is something that would really throw off my game, as I'm better at just keeping away from stuff like that than resisting it when it's around.

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On 8/14/2018 at 12:31 PM, alices said:

I LOVE YOUR CHARTS. I'm a big fan of metrics. I need to start doing some charts. I'm so proud of you!

Lol! Me too!! It really helps me see how I do on a regular basis. 

 

On 8/14/2018 at 10:50 AM, MaD MaLKaV said:

Looks like your off to a great start doing lots of small changes!  Definitely making progress keeping the chart green. I'm with you on preferring diet soda or coffee/tea/water.  I've grown really accustomed to drinking water all the time, and it's super helpful not drinking calories.  Good job avoiding the temptation to go back for more than one cookie/sweet too.  Having ready access to that type of stuff is something that would really throw off my game, as I'm better at just keeping away from stuff like that than resisting it when it's around.

I'm finding the small changes are manageable to tweak as needed. The chart and logging every single things helps alot.

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August 13, 2018 73 8
August 14, 2018 100 32
August 15, 2018 185 56
August 16, 2018 284 132
August 17, 2018 97 11
August 18, 2018 81 17
August 19, 2018 91 27

 

Alright! So 5 out of 7 good days. The average carb was 130g and sugar was 40g this week. Two days I did a poor job of it, with cookies and a mocha coffee as the main culprit. Lesson learned, I suppose. I am noticing a strong correlation though that if my carbs are within the limit, my sugar will also be, and visa versa. I have happily swapped my beer which I love so dearly to a small glass or red wine when the mood hits me. Huge difference there in carbs! 
 

This week I worked several extra graveyard (7pm-7am) shifts - great for my wallet, but not so much for my ability to rest and care for myself. In order to stay awake those shifts I did revert back into the bad habit of drinking rockstars (with only 3 hours of sleep though, I make no apology). Tonight I did put my foot down though and overcame the urge to grab another one. Dt Dr Pepper instead and then coffee the rest of the night.  I need to start walking in the mornings. Perhaps with my toddler after I drop my older kid off at pre-k. 

 

One thing that is a bit frustrating is that despite cleaning up my eating ALOT, I have remained the SAME EXACT weight for 3 weeks. I am stuck and it's getting me frustrated. I thought I'd see even at least a pound a week or something. This week I will try to stay within the macros to the "T" and see if that makes a difference. Wish me luck!

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