Recently I wrote a post about going “light carb“. I wanted to do another update post updating you guys.
A little while ago, we had some friends over for lunch who were in the middle of doing Whole 30. We made steak salad and grilled veggies for lunch. I’ve read a little bit about the diet as it was going around the blog world. Lots of people seemed to like it. Some people lost weight on it. A lot of people said it was a struggle, too much prep-work, and not something they could do long term. Our friends said that they felt less bloated while on the diet.
But Whole 30 just does not appeal to me. I cannot cut out dairy. If you are a long-time reader, you may remember that I did an experiment a few years ago–going gluten and dairy-free. After a month of doing it, my conclusion was that I could go gluten-free/low carb fairly easily but I couldn’t go dairy-free. Especially since I didn’t get a big pay-off for it!
Here are a few posts about it:
Yes, I understand that Whole 30 is only for 30 days but…I tried that with the other experiment. It just didn’t appeal to me. Maybe had I seen some big results I could get behind doing it for a month.
So I’m eating carbs still in fruit and veggies. I’ve ditched bananas because they are too high in carbs and sugar.
The second week on the light carb diet I weighed in and was down 2 more pounds, for a total of 4 lost. I had to admit, it was a good jolt of happiness and encouragement! I know that that’s probably bloat/water weight and I should get too excited yet, but it definitely helped me stay motivated to keep trying.
Over the weekend Michael’s dad came to visit for Michael’s birthday so Friday night I had my “cheat meal.” Michael picked up pizza and I had two slices.
The three of us split a Bourbon Ball from Papa Haydn’s for Michael’s birthday:
So not great on the carb/calorie front for Friday night but Saturday morning I turned it around. We went out for breakfast and I got scrambled eggs, two sausage patties and instead of potatoes or hashbrowns I got fruit and instead of bread or biscuits, they gave me some extra fruit. I really wanted that biscuit! But I stayed strong.
After the gym I had lunch (some low-carb Indian food) and cottage cheese. Dinner was a salad with a cheeseburger (and no bun). It was a pretty good day for limiting my carbs.
On Sunday I had eggs and side of strawberries for breakfast, went swimming, and then had a salad topped with flank steak for lunch.
Today I weighed in and saw that I was down another .6 pounds! So slowly but surely I’m starting to see some movement in the right direction.
I really hope I don’t yo-yo like I have done for the last year. If I can lose 2 more pounds I will know for sure that this diet is working. I just need to get past that yo-yo threshold I’ve been struggling against since having Logan!
I also had a non-scale victory–a shirt that I wear fairly often (a large size) was super loose on me this weekend! Yay!
So far, so good! Keep up the good work. I agree with your thoughts on the Whole 30 diet. Do you find it hard to get back to a restricted diet after your “cheat meal”?
So when I was originally losing weight 10+ years ago, I did not do “cheat meals” or “cheat days.” While I eliminated certain trigger foods from my diet, I still ate “bad” foods but everything in moderation. It helped me stay on track with my diet and not feel restricted.
After losing the weight and maintaining it for so many years, I got comfortable eating whatever I wanted in moderation, as long as I was staying loosely in my calorie range. It worked for a long time.
Having a cheat day or a cheat meal can be a slippery slope–especially early on in the diet. When I ate the pizza Friday night (an old trigger food) I definitely had the desire to eat more. But I think two things helped me. 1) Getting right back on the diet the next day and not letting myself slip and 2) having seen progress the last two weeks I felt motivated to try harder to resist!
Carrie @ Season It Already!
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Thank you Carrie! 😀
Nice job! That bourbon ball thing looks amazing.
I’m like you, the idea of Whole 30 is nice, but no way in hell am I giving up dairy LOL.
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Nope nope nope! 😉