Monday, January 23, 2012

Days 15 & 16 - Huge thank you for your comments

Days 15 & 16
Weight: 158lbs, 159 lbs (starting weight: 166 lbs)

I can't tell you how incredibly useful all your advice and comments are. When I started this blog, I thought it was just a way of having a public record of my weight loss progress, a way to be more disciplined about it by writing things down. I had no idea there would be all this wonderful advice, and great tips flowing in. It really makes it so much more doable. Thank you.

I really liked the comment that I shouldn't stress too much about breakfast (sometimes the more you worry about things, the harder they become), but I was getting a bit nervous about the speed of my weight loss, which seemed a bit too fast, given that I'm not hugely overweight to begin with. I had a slight fear of becoming anorexic (which I was, very briefly, as a teenager): just too skinny. Not that I'm there yet -- at all -- I suppose just this feeling that I was heading towards becoming thin too fast. I don't if that makes any sense. Anyway, I made sure I had breakfast.

Yesterday I had bacon, eggs and sausages for breakfast, carrot & leek soup, jamon serrano and caprese salad for lunch, and roast beef, green beans and salad for dinner.

Today I've had eggs, bacon, soup, almonds in the morning/lunch and plan to make cod baked with cream, prawns, and basil for dinner. In fact I'd better get to it now!


  1. Thank you for the interesting read and congratulations on your progress.

    I gained weight about six years ago while living abroad. Lost it all and then some when I came back to the U.S. by following Weston Price guidelines and have kept it all off since then.

    Word of warning about the lack of hunger - people tend to not believe that you are picking at your food because you're ACTUALLY not hungry, especially if they notice you losing weight. They might just say they admire your self-control, or they might accuse you of having some kind of eating disorder, which can be aggravating.

    It's very funny though because when other people who would like to lose weight themselves start admiring your slim physique, they tend not to believe anything you say about how easy you find it to lose weight just by restricting carbs. They either chalk it up to a high metabolism, self-control or just "luck" at being naturally skinny - even when you pull out your chubby "before pictures"!

  2. You're doing great. The weight will drop off quickly early. I hit a plateau for a few months, but noticed that I'm dropping again, now. Don't worry about it. Your body will level off at it's appropriate point.

    One thought on breakfast: protein shakes. Use some whey protein either in some water to give yourself an easy and early boost of protein or mixed with other ingredients such as yogurt.

  3. Hi Sophie, sorry to hear that things haven't been going so great.

    As others have mentioned, going hungerless for periods of time is not necessarily a bad thing. Around the same 2 week mark that you did, I rarely desired breakfast and sometimes didn't feel the need to eat lunch.

    One of the things to take out of this challenge should be to learn to listen to your body. After some time, you'll start realizing what certain foods react well with your body as well as knowing the true signs of hunger as opposed to boredom.

    Keep your chin up and hopefully things get better :)

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  5. I wouldn't worry about lack of hunger, and I wouldn't sweat it if I missed a meal due to it.

    I've been doing low carb since The Ides of March, 2011. I've noticed a lack of hunger as well, usually in the morning. So, following the edict found in many of the low-carb diet books, I decided I'd "eat when I am hungry". This usually means I go without breakfast on most days.

    I'm certainly not starving myself. I just try to pay attention and give myself fuel when I need it.

    As of this morning, I'm down 90lbs. Not through counting calories. Not through running laps. I just cut out the carbs...and eat eat when I am hungry.

  6. Hi Sophie!

    You know, you post your menus, but we never post ours! :) In a spirit of sharing, let me post you what I had yesterday:

    2 pastured eggs scrambled in 2 t. coconut oil
    2 oz. leftover grilled sirloin
    1/4 Gwen avocado
    2 cups Guatemalan estate coffee with 1/2 tablespoon cream each

    1 cup hibiscus tea

    4 oz. cold leg of lamb
    4 oz. snap peas in 1/2 tablespoon butter
    2 cups mixed lettuce salad with 1 tablespoon champagne vinaigrette

    1 cup chicken broth

    4-1/2 oz. pastured veal scallopini (lightly coated in coconut flour) in 2 tablespoons cream sauce and garnished with 1/2 oz. bottarga & lemon rind
    2 cups mixed lettuce salad with 1 tablespoon champagne vinaigrette
    1/2 cup pumpkin mousse garnished with parmesan
    1-1/2 oz. hard European cheese

    Keep up your own good work! Today I go to the personal trainer for my usual 12-min weekly workout. Hope your exercise is going well too.

  7. I am really enjoying your daily posts! I have also begun to not be so hungry in the mornings. I used to have to eat several waffles or slices of toast every day to feel full, and now I am quite fine with two eggs fried in a pat of butter. And I'm good until lunch. I don't think there's anything wrong with eating just when you are hungry, if fact, this has been something I have been striving to do for the longest time! It's kind of a relief to not have such a huge appetite anymore.