May 25, 2009

Okay, I have to admit the not losing weight thing is getting a bit frustrating.

I’m up one pound today after staying the same last week.  For the last few weeks in fact.

There are a few things that could be going on :

– Maybe the extra period weight is still hanging around (would be gone in a day or two at most…)

– Maybe the carbs that I’m eating is too high.  For most of the 4 day weekend it was probably around 50 grams a day by the time I count the sunflower seeds, pistachios, strawberries (which were very sweet) and the few cherries I ate from the tree.  I also had 3 bites of a zucchini casserole at some friends’ house before realizing it contained white rice.  A nice week at home in complete control of my diet would be helpful right now, but it isn’t coming for a while yet…

– Maybe I need to start counting calories in addition to carbs (thanks Eileen!).  Currently my calories are probably around 1800 per day and maybe that’s too high to lose.  There are several things I could do to cut back the calories pretty easily so I need to probably pay more attention to this.

– Maybe the whole carb-restricted thing just won’t work for me and I need to evolve it to something else.  It’s been almost 6 weeks now and I have not lost much weight, although I still think I lost some inches a few weeks back, and I’m pretty thrilled about the loss of hunger.  Still, if I’m not losing any weight while doing this, then the result is not congruent with the effort and I need to make a change.

I’m willing to start by carefully tracking all my food (instead of the numerous half days I’ve tracked recently) and try to get the carbs restricted to the levels of 20-30 for a week to see if it makes a difference.

I’m not discouraged, not even terribly frustrated, just kind of annoyed with the lack of progress.  I keep thinking I’m being pretty good, but am now starting to wonder if I’m doing as well on the carb restriction as I need to be.  Seems like a good first place to get serious before I make any big decisions.

I’ll keep a close count for the week and let you all know how it goes… Just thinking of my week makes me think I’m maybe nuts to try, but I’m even more sure I’d be nuts to throw in the towel.

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