Monday, October 29, 2012

After The Retreat

I stepped on the scales this morning and was quite pleased to see the same number from before the retreat. Let me tell you how I did it (humor me :). It was actually really easy.

Disclaimer: I do NOT recommend doing this. I used a few science based diet 'tricks' to keep my weight down at a time I knew I wasn't likely to eat right. The tricks I used are in bold font.

Thursday:

I ate a light breakfast, and had egg scramble for lunch (no carbs). Before leaving for the retreat I made a protein shake with milk, chocolate whey protein, spinach and coconut oil to fill me up before facing the bazillion desserts at the retreat.

For supper, I did not limit myself at all. I ate my bacon cornbread with coconut oil on it. I ate delicious cheesy foods (and some not so yummy foods too). I ate 2 (or more) of the Knock You Naked Brownies I took; they were SO delicious! I tried a few other desserts too and drank sweet tea.

Friday:

We baked frozen biscuits and I made sausage gravy with lots of butter.  I ate the egg scramble from the breakfast burritos, smothered with gravy. Someone made a cream cheese danish and I ate 3 servings of them, making myself sick. I ended up taking a heavy dose of vitamin C (1500 mg), drinking 32 oz of water and taking papaya enzymes to get rid of the headache and nausea before being able to go on with my day.

We ate at Olive Garden that evening. I put coconut oil on my breadstick and ate a couple of bowls of salad. I still finished off my Lasagna Rollatini and had another breadstick with my meal. I couldn't resist the pretty pink raspberry lemonade and since the water tasted nasty, it gave me a good excuse to go ahead an order one. So yummy!

I felt awful again after eating all that food at Olive Garden so I picked up some fresh, cut up pineapple to help my digestion and took more enzymes. I felt better by the time I got back to the house we stayed in so I tried a small bite of a peanut butter cup dessert that looked so good. It WAS good so I alternated the dessert and coffee with pineapple because the dessert hurt my stomach. Finally I couldn't take anymore so I quit eating it. lol  I did finish off the pineapple though which made me feel a lot better.

Saturday:

We had Blueberry Breakfast Bars for breakfast as well as leftover biscuits and gravy and the cream cheese danish. I ate a couple of the blueberry bars, half a biscuit and gravy and the danish before eating some fruit. That helped fill me up and made me feel better too.

After leaving the retreat, I knew I had a lot of make up work to do so I started with lunch. I got a piece of grilled chicken from McDonald's. I wasn't super hungry so that filled me up.

For supper I went on a date with my hubby since we were still without our kids and ate a delicious BLT salad (a Caesar salad with bacon and flakes of Parmesan cheese), a juicy ribeye steak, grilled veggies with butter, and a small piece of bread with butter (limited carbs).

Later for dessert, we went to Applebee's where I ordered a Maple Butter Pecan Blondie topped with ice cream, pecans and a rich maple butter sauce. I could do that since it had been over 3 hours since my low carb meal at the steakhouse.

Sunday:

Breakfast the next morning was 2 eggs over easy, 2 sausage patties and coffee with milk and sweetener (limited carbs).

Lunch was a piece of grilled chicken (no carbs) from a fast food joint. 2 hours later I ate 2/3 of the small chicken sandwich that my daughter didn't eat.

Supper was snacking; I had chips and salsa/sour cream, half a donut and cookie dough ice cream.

How hard was that?

Does that sound like a difficult way to lose weight? Does my menu sound deprived? I am excited to realize that after eating so much junk food and desserts that I made myself sick, I can still manage my weight! Just by using a few tricks I was able to eat as much as I wanted.

My tips for times of great eats:

Fill up on protein
Eat as much fruits and veggies as possible to fill you up
Throw in as many low carb meals as you can to balance out the junk meals
Use healthy oil on everything you can to feel more full

I would like to add this very important note:

I am craving sugar right now so you might notice that my menu has lots of desserts in it and not just from the retreat. I have been doing a little research on sugar cravings and apparently my adrenals being depleted by stress is a major factor. However, there are other factors as well that I will be covering in a post soon. Eating this much sugar is not healthy and I would highly recommend that you not eat this way. However, the tips I shared above will help you manage the amount of sugar you eat when faced with situations like these.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Retreat

Today is the first day of our annual retreat. It's a weekend where a group of ladies get together in a fancy rented house to relax, shop, laugh and... EAT! Wouldn't it be a dream if I could say that we all bring very healthy foods that fill us up and cause us to lose weight and detoxify while we're there? Yeah... it's not like that at all. We bring the best tasting, most fattening, sugar laden, delicious foods that are available for munching on the entire weekend. Yum!

My only hope is to lean toward the high protein foods first each meal, bring a dropper of coconut oil to put on all my foods to fill me up and hope for a meal that I can eat low carb once or twice. I know that will cut down on the amount of food I eat at least.

I'll let you know how it goes...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Weigh In Tuesday

Excuses, excuses. Blah, blah, blah...

I gained .8 lbs this week. For the most part I did pretty good, but I kid you not, I ate attrociously some days this week. :(

Friday night John wanted to splurge but we had a sick girl and couldn't get out so he ordered a special from Domino's pizza that included 2 pizzas with garlic butter sauce, garlic bread with marinara, hot wings, Dr Pepper and cinnamon sticks with icing. I did not hold back I'm ashamed to admit.

John took me for breakfast Saturday morning and I ate what I wanted - eggs, 3 sausage links, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, coffee with cream and sugar and a couple of bites of John's pancakes.

I had a caramel eating spree Sunday....


The good news is, the worst part of our stress is behind us. Sure there are little stressors here and there that I still feel unable to deal with but I see a great future ahead of us and weight loss coming up!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Losing Again

I weighed in today because I am desperate ready to start losing weight again. The last 3 weeks of my life have been so bizarre that even I hardly believe it. The stress has been incredible and the urge to eat has been at an all time high. I haven't wanted to control my eating through all of this because with life being so difficult to handle, food was the one pleasure that was consistently there.

That being said, with as much stress eating as I have done, I have been surprised that I have only gained 6 lbs. I believe it is because of the amount of fat I eat. I am not afraid of fat. I know fat is healthy (the natural fats - not man made fat). I know it is satiating. Fat is brain food. The benefits of eating fats are many. The dangers of not eating enough fat are incredible! Read this: 6 Risks of Eating a Low-Fat Diet
... and this: 5 Signs That You Don't Have Enough Fat in Your Diet
 

Most resources will tell you to avoid saturated fat (animal fats). I don't know if you believe in God or not, but I believe God made animals with delicious fat and even if you don't believe in God you have to admit that animal fats are naturally occurring. There are plenty of resources to be found proving that saturated fats are good for you but I do believe that because of hormones and such, our factory produced animals have far more fat than they should, causing me to believe we should still be careful not to eat too much meat fat. However, I use butter freely.
For more info, check out:
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig (also authors of Eat Fat, Lose Fat)
Or a highly entertaining and interesting documentary called Fathead where he disproves the lipid hypothesis and proves you CAN lose weight eating only fast food for a month.

I have stopped drinking sodas almost completely. I did not consciously choose to stop drinking sodas but the information I have read about high fructose corn syrup and aspartame* causes me to cringe when I look at sodas. I can barely drink them myself and usually only out of habit if at all, but I feel like a really bad parent when I let my kids drink them.
*That documetary is available online for free now: Sweet Misery

Not having a support system (as well as stress eating) has been a really big downfall for me. I think that's one of the reasons Weight Watchers is effective; you have someone besides yourself to answer to. I still don't have a support system but I'm not going back to Weight Watchers. My pride may be involved a little but I don't like their new 2012 system and I don't want to spend the money.

I weighed in at 180.6 today and have decided to start out with cleansing especially after eating so badly yesterday.