I woke up at 2am this morning… determined, and wide awake. 😛
I decided to do a little experiment.
First, I’m going back to a 3IMAX low carb way of eating for the next full week.
It’s a means of eating super simple, with no more than 3 foods or ingredients per plate/meal.
Not only is this the best way to cure cravings, but it’s also an awesome stall-buster. Many of us experienced a breakthrough in stalls, and great weight loss during the two weeks we did this together! You can see my 3IMAX journals here for details.
THIS STARTS TODAY! Feel free to join me. 🙂 Whether you did the 3IMAX challenge with us recently and want to do it again, or if you want to give it a try for the first time – I would love for you to join in! You can follow along here to see my “3 food meals” through the entire week.
The countdown is on: 17 days until my next trip!
I have two full weeks (17 days) until I head to Vancouver for a week. I’ll be in the White Rock Beach area most of that time (August 25-28) if you want to get together for a low carb meal.
While I don’t have any weight loss goals for this trip specifically, it IS a set amount of time (two full weeks) that I know I’ll be home and can commit to a very specific way of eating – along with other challenges and commitments (more on that in a sec).
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve really been struggling lately. It’s more a mindset issue than anything, but I’ve had enough – that sh*t stops NOW.
You know how it goes… you know full well what your goals are, that you want to be your healthiest/happiest self. But you make an allowance. Or two. Or you skip your workout. And before you know it you’re half-@ssing it and just sort of coasting.
It’s a slippery slope, those “allowances”. It’s easy to rationalize certain things, like in my case: the Atkins Bars. They’re low carb, after all! But for me personally they are a “crutch food” and lead me right into bad eating habits.
I’ve gained 6.6 pounds since we did the 2-week 3IMAX Challenge. How the hell did THAT happen?! you ask… Well, it was easy. 😐 I gain weight easily (like crazy actually), which is why I have to eat super low carb just to maintain – much less lose weight slowly. That’s because I’m closer to my goal weight, older, and post-hysterectomy.
Update (lol): I am only up FIVE pounds, not 6.6 🙂 I weighed at 2am (when I woke up super early) and got a totally inaccurate weigh. *whew* haha. You should only weigh first thing in the morning right after you pee, as your weight fluctuates a lot through the day. And if you didn’t finish sleeping (like me), your weight won’t be accurate either. lol. So I’m up 5 pounds -only. (That number – 6.6 – kinda freaked me out! 😛 ha)
People with more weight to lose will lose weight more quickly. People who are making a bigger change in their diet will lose weight more quickly too – like those that have to give up soda or sweet tea, or are just now giving up bread and potatoes for example.
I’ve been eating “low carb” (by normal standards, even on my worst days) for about 4 1/2 years. So even when I go “super low carb” I’m still not making as drastic a food or lifestyle change as others might be that are just starting out.
Anyway, the few pounds I gained recently was the result of a few off-plan foods here and there, over-eating on low carb foods (especially bars!), etc. A slippery slope indeed. Especially for someone like me that gains weight just thinking about it. 😛
My Personal 2-Week Challenge
I’m so sick of losing the same damn 10 pounds over and over again. I truly am. When people ask me how much weight I’ve lost, I always wonder if I get to count those – the 10 pounds multiplied by the number of times I’ve lost them. LOL. *sigh* I’m over it, and the self-sabotage that causes it. DONE.
For the next week, now through August 16th (9 days), I’ll eat by the 3IMAX rule.
The following week, August 17th-23rd (for 7 days) I am going to eat “zero carb” – or as close to that as I can possibly get. Yes, that second week will be mostly meat & eggs, but I’ll still stay within my usual macro ratios.
I’m also challenging myself to exercise every single day for the next 17 days.
Whether I do a full cardio workout, or a short workout of just a few minutes, I’m challenging myself to do something… every single day for 17 straight days.
I plan to mix it up, just to keep it fun, and I’ll include my workout notes in my Food Journals here over the next 17 days.
It’s time to get serious.
It’s time to stop coasting, and letting things slide here and there.
It’s time to FINALLY reach my goals.
Here’s what I had for breakfast this morning – 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese, and 2 (very small) strawberries. 5 net carbs:
Want to join me? I hope you do! It’s a lot more fun to do these mini-challenges together. Figure out your own personal challenge, if you want to do something different than I outlined for myself, and share your plans in a comment here. I will update, you can comment, and we can work together as “low carb accountability partners” toward our goals. 🙂
Lynn Terry, aka @LowCarbTraveler