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I so wish this week had been better!

Friday, May 28, 2021

The last two weeks have been disastrous for my diet. I ate way too much last weekend and gain 3.50 lbs. this week, the most I've gained in a long time and I am now at 189.0 lbs. far too close to 190 for my liking. I have a SP friend who's been doing Slimfast and been successful, so I decided to try that this week and boy did thing go bad. I ended up being starving every night and eating late night meals every night because I was just so hungry! On top of that, I haven't been sleeping well so late night eating is more appealing.

Today was my last day to the the shakes I decided. It just didn't go well. At 3 pm I was working at my home office desk and I was ravenous. Those stupid little shakes do nothing! So I went and got a snack and called it a day. I felt better once I had eaten something, partly because when I calculated my calories I realized I had barely eating 500 calories for the day before my snack.

So the dumb shakes are going in the pantry until I figure out what to do with them. It's an experiment that just didn't work. Going from a 1500 to a 1200 calorie diet drastically is not a good plan.

So what the heck is my plan now, I'm sitting here thinking? Well, I will focus on No S again and not have RED days again next week (I had four, count 'em, FOUR, RED days this week). I will focus on using my portion control USDA My Plate as I just can't cram that much dinner on it. I think I will make smoothies this weekend for lunches next week as those are lower in calories, but far more filling, than the Slimfast shakes. I'm also going to start measuring and weighing food more so that my calorie count is more accurate. Ugh! We'll see how that goes.

Oh yes, I am kinda doing IF, though not intentionally and not super rigorously. The plan is to not eat before 9 am or after 9 pm. I think the after 9 pm is far more important. I know lots of people rave about it and do super long fasts but I am on medication that requires food both AM and PM and so I can't really do anything longer. I have tried in the past with bad results of trying to get my meds in and eat and being super stressed about timing. So none of that, just focused on not eating too late at night. I am typically not up before 8 am so 9 am is almost always the perfect breakfast time.

If anyone has any other brilliant ideas I will take it. No keto though. Nope. I am vegan for religious reasons much of the year and it is too hard to be keto and eat lenten.
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    I have tried liquid diets too. You are right. They left me way too hungry. I try to eat lots of fiber (veggies, fruits and beans) and also stay in the calorie range set by SparkPeople. Some days are better than others. I hear your frustration. The plan you have set for yourself is a good plan. emoticon
    59 days ago
    I tried liquid diets and I would suck down the drink and then want real food. I have done best with diets like Volumetrics and South Beach.
    59 days ago
    You can do this! Cutting calories too much isn't always a good thing... Personally, I could never do the shake thing...certainly not slimfast. yuck.

    I know sometimes when I am down in the quicksand of a swamp and not making any progress or I feel like I'm being sucked back to what I was...... I just need to take a step back and remember this is journey. Bumps are expected... ... to look at the progress I have made, the positive changes that I have made, etc.... the things that are going well... then come up with a plan even if it is just a couple of baby steps. You did have 3 non-red days. emoticon emoticon

    I know that IF seems to be all the rage.. It's not for me for various reasons. I just try to to take a more balanced approach by limiting processed foods most 90 / 10% processed if I can if not 80 / 20.. I do some limiting of carbs...but I am not doing keto. i am not vegan but I have vegetarian leanings.. limiting the amount of meat especially red meat. ...and using other plant based protein sources. I meal prep what I can in advance. I prep most of my veggies for salads...so I can just toss together. If I have an easy on ramp... I am more successful...

    It's all easier said then done. i know I have been in the midst of that quicksand and struggling as of late..but I made it a point this week to celebrate the things that I did do.

    I don't know if you have seen a nutritionist, but they may be able to offer some input... While I haven't seen one in a long time, they have always been helpful.

    You can do this! I know you can. Keep working on it. You will get there!

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    60 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2021 8:04:43 AM
    Don't give up! You will find what works for YOU. I stuck with the IF throughout all last challenge (and maybe longer) but my sneaky other self started increasing calories during the eating times, so in the end, I was consuming as many calories as before. The evenings are always my bane.

    My best advice which I need to reinstate for me too: Make one healthy choice at a time.

    60 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2021 7:25:05 AM
  • JUDITH316
    So sorry that is so frustrating, my heart goes out to you... emoticon
    60 days ago
    Sometimes I think I'll try something that I see another person being successful with, and then I realize that these things just don't work over the long run. I think the No S and IF will work until you decide what's next.
    Have a good weekend.
    60 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    I understand, you can do this!
    60 days ago
  • PTREAT115
    So frustrating, I know. You can do this.
    60 days ago
    I totally Understand and feel you!!
    60 days ago
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