Saturday, May 27, 2006

Losing Weight the Low Carb Way #4

YAY! 135 pounds!
I don't believe I've ever had such a difficult time losing so little weight. But here I am, at 135 pounds - halfway to my goal of 128. Can I? Should I? Celebrate? Not in the eat-what-you-want-for-a-day manner that you might expect. Nooooo. We're leaving on a jet plane tomorrow. I do know when I'll be back again and, at most, it will be carrying the same poundage I'm carrying now and not one ounce more - and if there really is a weight-loss goddess with kindness in her heart, when I return I will have lost even a few more (ounces, pounds, I'm not picky.) No, I'm going to celebrate by getting a new pedicure, manicure and massage, during which I will be brought cups of steaming, aromatic green tea followed by a chilled glass of dry white wine with a large, lusciously red strawberry floating in it.
Beginning at 142 lbs
I started on this weight-loss journey by deciding to cook recipes from George Stella's book, "Eating Stella Style: Low Carb Recipes for Healthy Living". And I did, and I lost a few pounds but then got stuck until I realized that I needed to lower my consumption of fat. George loves his fat, and if that works for him I say, "You go!" Sadly, it does not work for me.

Then I decided that I had to leave George and his book for a while so I could tackle this thing on my own, promising George that I would be back, baby!

Then at 139
So how am I doing this?
V e r y
s l o w l y
b y
e a t i n g
l o w e r
c a r b,
l o w e r
g l y c e m i c,
l o w f a t
f o o d s,
s o m e t i m e s
f o r g e t t i n g,
t h e n
g i v i n g
b i g
s i g h
a n d
b e g i n n i n g
a g a i n.

It's the forgetting part that's the deal killer. These are hard-won pounds, people. Let's hear a standing ovation for all those people trying to lose weight, having set-backs, but somehow in the end persevering and MAKING IT.

I haven't made it yet, but half-way there is some incentive, huh?

Here are a few links so you can review my journey thus far while I'm gone:

Losing Weight the Low Carb Way #1
Losing Weight the Low Carb Way #2
Losing Weight the Low Carb Way #3
Low Carb Sides
Blackened Chicken Breasts

See you in two svelt weeks, dahlings.


Kalyn said...

Have a good trip and don't get discouraged. I think the closer you get to your ideal weight the harder it is to lose.

Janice said...

Chris: So glad you realized too much fat is too much! Stella's recipes are devine, but he's a man, and men metabolize fat more efficiently (the bastards!)

For us women: low-carb, low-cal, low-fat and lots of exercise and water, water, water.

Case in point: Jim just lost 13 lbs. in two weeks by merely cutting out starch and sugar (a new Splenda recruit!) and doing abdominal crunches. I'd hate him if he weren't so cute.

On the other hand, it took me 6 months of above "women's diet" to lose 30 lbs., plus I have to run at least 5 days per week in order to keep it off.

Life ain't fair.

christine said...

Kaylyn, thanks for the words of support. I think you're right, the last 10 (or less) pounds are the hardest to lose.
And Janice, my dear niece, thank you too. Tell the Bear it's a good thing he's so cute or I'd be right there with you. Maybe his weight loss is a case of beginner's luck? Prob'ly not.
I must admit that I did not lose even one ounce on our trip. Truth be told, I gained 3 pounds but it's coming off now that I'm home. Why didn't anyone tell me that most food in the southern states is breaded and fried?