I began reading my Atkin’s book last night focusing on induction. My main goal was to see if I could find any reasons, any problems I may be creating for myself. I found a few.
Problem 1: Estimating carbs in my head and not getting a true count to go by through my days. (yes, I need to actually write it down!)
2. Not measuring – just guessing the amounts of 1/2 and 1/2, salad dressing, or veggies I am eating.
3) I don’t have Splenda packets, I have bulk Splenda. A real money saver, but I have no idea how much I am getting. I have started measuring one small literal teaspoon for my coffee instead of the little kitchen canister ‘scoop’.
4) Is a standard tablespoon measurement truly an ounce for two? Or is the ml count of 30, i.e., one ounce, more accurate?
My clothes do fit better, but I know now that some of that is the result of water loss. That’s ok, I like the unbloated feeling, but I wonder if I am sabotaging myself. I am at the end of my first two weeks, and I haven’t seen stellar results, but I have seen results.
Upon examining my morning routine , I see that I have already racked up seven g of carbs just with half and half and splenda, and my morning bar. Believe me when I tell you it is difficult for me, especially on my days off, to stop at 2 cups of coffee. All the rest has to come from veggies. I hate veggies in the morning unless I am having an omelet. The idea of an omelet every morning is not a happy thought for me. I like to alternate between omelet, eggs and bacon, or a shake or a bar. The only problem with that, I have discovered by reading, is that now, I am technically confined to salads and pure meat for the rest of the day. I don’t even think I have room for ranch dressing now. That’s fine, I will use balsamic and olive oil. It has become very clear that the morning coffee is killing my plan! Ok, I will have five cups of salad greens for 2 net g of carb., easy. That still leaves 11 grams for incidental carbs (why did my salmon patties have 2 g of carb each, with a zero sugar gram count? Probably a cornstarch based coagulant to hold the ‘patty’ together) So , I can do this, but my eyes have been opened to the fact that probably on most days, I have been consuming closer to 25-26 grams as opposed to 20. 25 is not induction, it’s OWL. Sigh. My coffee…I will have to take it black for the 2nd cup! Aha! A plan!
Alright, I am going to stay on induction another week at least, having a plan to yet again tweak my routines. Also, I need to add a bit more activity. I work in retail, on my feet all day, running about, and it feels like a day long workout. However, my body is used to that workout, and it is not enough of a challenge. I have the Wii Zumba 2 , and that’s pretty fun. I will have to make it more of a priority to do this. I have a bad habit of not organizing my day with healthy routines like “Every other day I WILL do my Zumba at 10:00 and nothing will stop me!” Real life does stop us. I will just be kind to myself while still being disciplined.
Here we go, one more week. Remember, my aim is 125 lbs. I started at 140. After 2 weeks on induction, I am at 136-137.
Successes: Clothes fit better- much better. Tummy shrinking. Bloat gone. Carb craving eliminated. Eating much more vegetable matter. Feeling more energetic. Feeling a bit more sexy. Yes, I said it!
Not so Successful: Not counting carbs, but estimating. Eating too much ‘free’ carb, or frankenfoods per-vegetable- ratio. The coffee habit. Not measuring portions- no idea if I am eating the equivalent of one Splenda packet or 4 when I use spoons, not packets. Chewing a lot of sugar-free nicotine gum with no idea if there are any carbs in it!! I have to research that right away.
Wish me luck, guys. Thanks for all the feedback and support and great reading you’ve been giving me.