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For anyone who has struggled with losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight I know you will relate to this.

In the last week (that time of the month) I have gained 4lbs.  Yes some of that is water weight but some of that is

shovel as much food in as possible-itis.  chipmunk_stuffing_his_face_sticker-rb0450d92cbaa4fdbae2f5f1e4c9c8c7c_v9wf3_8byvr_324

 

I find myself using “that time of the month” as an excuse to eat whatever I want.  I have read that you do burn more calories and therefore are hungrier during this time and then of course we all know that those darling hormones are no help in making healthier choices.  The trick that I know but did put in place for this week is PLANNING AHEAD!  I always try to make sure that my pantry and refrigerator are stocked with healthy food and snacks.  Due to a crazy busy schedule lately and my love of fall comfort foods this did not happen this month.  I am using this as a lesson to push myself to be better prepared and to make the time to take care of me.  It is important to maintain a regular healthy intake of food.  For me it seems that once I am off the track it is no holds barred.  One splurge on cupcakes will result in 4-5 days of not eating well.  I don’t know if this is a psychological thing or if it a physical thing.  Does the once cupcake lead to a “well I am off the wagon may as well splurge” attitude or once you put that sugar in your body does your body just crave more?  The little tiny bit of research I have done shows that it is probably just a mix of the two.

What I do know is that I AM MORE POWERFUL than both of these.  I need to tell myself, “Self, you got this and yes you did have that cupcake but that does not mean you are a bad person.  You are just as smart and gorgeous as you were pre-cupcake.   You are in this for the long haul and you need to keep this body of yours healthy so it will last a long long time.”  Because really that is what its all about.

Is it nice to be able to sport a super spiffy cute outfit? Of course.

Does it feel good to see a low number on the scale?…. Well yeah duh!!

Is it great to slip on a size smaller jeans?  OH YEAH IT IS!!

However really this whole eating thing is about getting as many years out of this body you were given and spending those years healthy.  But what good is a long healthy life if you spend the whole time giving yourself negative self talk and deprivation.  The real key is finding balance between all of these factors.

Eat right

Now, off I go to the grocery store to arm myself for a healthy week full of good choices!

 

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When I started out this blog I was doing Ideal Protein.  Which is a High Protein, Low Cab, Low Sugar, Low Calorie Diet.  It is a toughie!!  I mean a real toughie.  It is similar to the Adkins Plan where in you are forcing your body into Ketosis and keeping it there.  This means NO CHEATING!  Or you have just ruined about 3 days of fat burning.  

This diet worked GREAT!  I did not have to exercise.  It took the weight off quickly.  And I did not have to think too hard about what I was going to eat.  They provided 3 meals a day and I got to pick 8oz of protein and 4 cups of veggies a day.  When I started this diet I weighed the MOST I have ever weighed (including pregnancy) and I had little motivation to get me going.  A friend of mine was doing amazingly on IP so I decided to give it a whirl. They have a FREE workshop you can attend that gives you a feel for what the diet is about and how it works.  It is a bit pricey but for what I needed it for it worked great.

http://www.abetterweighusa.com/index.html

I still go there every week to weigh in and get advice from the coaches and I still buy some of their food because there are some that I enjoy and are a healthy alternative to other foods.  But, I decided to stop the diet for two reasons.

1.  I will be going back to school to take a class soon.  Seems like a silly reason right?  Yeah well not really because this diet left me feeling foggy headed.  There were times when I just could not think straight.  This is actually pretty common symptoms of this particular diet.

2. The second reason is that I went on vacation to Michigan and while we were there I decided I was going to take a break from the diet.  While on this break I realized I had SOOOOO much more energy and endurance with carbohydrates in my body.  We went on several hikes and I felt like a million bucks.  I would have some good days after a hike on IP but for the most part a 4 mile hike would wipe me out for the day.

I have slowly been adding carbs back into my diet… but now I am at a place where I don’t know what to eat???  

Where do I stop?  

How many carbs are too many carbs?  

Am I taking in too much protein?

I hear that low calorie diets are not the best for you?

I hear that you will for sure lose weight if you stay under 1200 calories?

The scary part is that ALLL of the arguments for all of these theories make perfect sense.  This makes it harder to figure out what is right and what is wrong?  Is it as simple as eat less and be more active?  Or should I be paying more attention to what actually goes into my yapper?  

I don’t want to spend weeks doing a diet plan that is not going to help me lose weight or worse cause me harm.   So its back to the good old internet to look for answers.

I was wondering what have you done that you find works best for you?