Friday, April 20, 2012

Still tinkering...

Hey guys!  Just thought I'd check in.  The water weight that was causing me to play some head games took a hike, and for that I am incredibly thankful!  I just had to remind myself to stay the course.  These are not short term changes I'm making. 
Yesterday I was feeling a little overwhelmed and like my brain has become a dumping ground for too much "diet" information.  There is so much out there, so many different theories, methods and guidelines and I have been a voracious pursuer of information.  The result is that I have too much buzzing around in my head and telling me "But so-in-so says/thinks this is right."  The truth of the matter, only can determine what works for me. DUH! 
While I know I've been on the right track, I got a bit too focused on increasing fat and lowering carbs.   I had been shooting for less than 25g of carbs a day and it hit me yesterday that maybe I need to soften my stance a bit since I wasn't making progress.  Shooting for approx 50-60g a day is still "low carb" and I think more in line with my personal sweet spot. It also allows me more room to eat healthy vegetables and fruits. We'll see, only time will tell.  I'm still confining my carbs to things like non-starchy vegetables and the occasional piece of fruit because it seems the minute I eat more processed or starchy carbohydrates, the cravings come roaring back.  That is a cycle I want to avoid at all costs!
So that's where I am today.  It might change tomorrow (okay not really, since I like to test things out for at least a week or two), but the tinkering continues. 
On another note, the weight training has been going well and I've made some considerable strength gains.  I am now capable of 3(sometimes 4) consecutive pullups and 6 full military pushups (chest touching the ground before coming up).  Some nice muscle tone is forming too.  I tried on my  size 4 "goal jeans" this morning and I'm happy to report that I'm really close to rocking them.  I could probably get away with them now, but I would feel more comfortable if there was a bit more room.  I have a feeling though that if I wore them for an hour and they stretched out a bit, like jeans tend to do, they would be just fine (which is kinda crazy).  It's hard to be too excited about the size though since clothing sizes vary soo hugely from brand to brand, but I still think I'll do a victory dance the day they slide on with ease.☺
Well, that's all for now. Have a  great weekend!!


REBYRYAN said...

Yay on the progress! Way to go!

Lucy said...

So so true on the size of clothing. I found some 12's that I can't even get up my leg! Then i'll find 10's that fit absolute perfect. BUT - i don't kid myself, I KNOW I'm not anywhere near a 10...soon :)

You know, the same exact thing was happening with me (w/the carbs). I was letting what "they" said and "she" said and "he" said screw with my mind. I have a meter (blood sugar meter) for gawds sake - I (I,& I & I !!!!) KNOW what MY body can handle.

I've also found if I keep the carbs too low, I crave MORE!!! This is total opposite of what mainstream low carbers will say. Anyhoo- I'm tinkering too :)

I think we're both on the right path ... for our own selves! :)