So, this past week has been a really interesting one.
1) I decided to eat CLEAN (i.e. no processed foods)
2) I decided to reduce carbs (see more below on why I believe carbs are the devil)
3) I noticed something really weird about my dishwasher
4) The scale moved
For those that are on this journey to lose weight and have been for awhile, you probably (hopefully) realize by now that not all calories are created equally. Our bodies are going to respond better to a snack of fresh sliced cucumbers that equals 100 calories vs baked processed chips that equal 100 calories. It's reality. It's important to get your fruits and veggies in. Last Sunday was groceries day, and with that I decided it was time to just cut the junk from my life...yeah, I knew I was staying within my calorie limit most days but I seemed to be stuck on a major plateau. And even more unfortunate, I was still desperately trying to lose the last of the 10 lbs I put on when I went to London for 2 weeks in May and get back to my "pre-London" weight.
Carbs Are The Devil
Now, I decided to also in conjunction with not eating processed foods that I should cut out carbs. Why? Three main reasons:
1) This article - Pasta, Not Bacon, Makes You Fat
2) Bob Harper's new skinny rules recommend no carbs after lunch
3) Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC's "The Revolution" said during one show that she has a no carb during the week days rule for her family (so basically limiting carb splurges to just the weekends)
Since these two professionals working in different but connected fields came to the same limited carb conclusion, I decided so must I. There is something sneaky going on with those carbs!!! I haven't really decided yet whose rule I will follow (or a hybrid of the two), but I did decide one thing for sure - as part of my journey and lifestyle transition I needed to incorporate a "carbs in moderation" rule. To prepare for this, I decided I should try a week with very limited carb intake, just so I could get used to what my go-to foods should be. I'll be serious when I say I have NEVER seen my fridge so green! I think I have 3 different kinds of lettuce in there, plus green peppers, cucumbers, avocado, celery, zucchini... and you know what? Despite occasionally having major sugar cravings (what can I say I have a sweet tooth), this week was significantly easier than I was expecting it to be. And now that I know how to eat WITHOUT carbs, I will slowly over the next few weeks start to bring them back in. But probably never to the point I was at before. To be honest, I don't know how many carbs I was consuming before because it just wasn't something I thought about or paid any attention to.
So, this is perhaps the strangest observation of all. I almost never do dishes by hand, I have enough dishes that I can continually load the dishwasher til it's full or something does run out, run it, empty it, repeat. Historically there were always two limiting factors - bowls and spoons. Not this week. When I was unloading the dishwasher yesterday something struck me - there is ONE bowl in the dishwasher and NO spoons. In fact, it's all forks and plates. To me, this past life of bowls and spoons equals sugary carb-loaded cereals and the evening snack of just a bit of ice cream (because if it's low cal it's ok, right?)...but I transitioned into meals of scrambled eggs, tuna sandwiches, grilled chicken breasts, stuffed peppers, salads, fresh sauteed veggies, hell I even made a "stir fry" and used some canned french cut green beans that took the place of noodles...and it was delicious! All on plates with forks. Maybe there's no correlation at all, but it's definitely something that caught my eye, and something I'll be on the lookout for in the future.
And the SCALE
I'm pleased to announce that finally this week I hit pre-London weight again. I'm done with those 10lbs forever now. I look forward to never seeing those numbers on the scale ever again :-) And best of all, I feel like even despite being in recovery stages from mono and not being as active as I used to be, I can still focus on my health, I can still lose weight, and I still feel like I'm on target to hit my goal THIS YEAR.