First Week Winning Streak

Week One

I have followed the 8 Greats for Less Weight for 7 days now. Here are the results so far and my thoughts on the week.

Stats- These are my average numbers for the week.

  • Protein- 82.9 g (25%)
  • Carbs-87.5 g (27%)
  • Fat-69g (48%)
  • Calories-1407 (for the record, but wasn’t counting)
  • Exercise- 5 days for a total of 115 minutes (not that much)
  • Weight Loss- 2lbs!

Highlights

I was NEVER hungry and waiting for my next unsatisfying meal like “diets” of the past.   I looked forward to eating because of the yummy and great tasting foods I had to choose from. I ate butter, steak, bacon, raw nuts, avocados, and cheese without feeling guilty. All the years I tried to follow low-fat diets, I felt so hungry and deprived and never got to eat these foods.

Confessions

I decided on a “Freebee Friday” which was whatever I wanted for lunch on Friday. I had Five Guys; hamburger and french fries with a club soda (780 calories according to the Lose It! app). Let’s just stop and let that soak in for a minute……. I admit it. I ate that. It was only one meal and only for lunch. According to some sources it helps with weight loss to have a carb meal. This may not have been what they had in mind.

What I did right

I followed the “8 greats.” I ate lots and lots of veggies that were cooked in good oils, mixed with bacon, garlic, some cheese; not boring veggies. I focused on choosing foods from the “Heal Your Liver” food list. I drank lots of water and green tea and focused on working out 4 times (actually worked out 5 times) and getting my sleep. Most important, I watched my carb intake and kept it between 50-100. As you see from the stats above I averaged around 87g. Much lower on most days, but the Friday lunch bumped me up.

What I learned

As I looked back on my food diary I discovered that the 2 days that I ate a high protein breakfast, I was full longer, ate lunch later, and ate less of it. I tend to suffer from indigestion and digestion issues in general. No problems this week.  I also experience some stiffness and a little pain in my feet and ankles in the morning. I had none of that this week. For more info on inflammation,  joint pain and the connection with wheat, check out the book Wheat Belly. I only had wheat once. Remember Five Guys? I feel guilty every time I write that, but I gotta keep it real. If I was that kid on ‘The Middle,” I would whisper it now real soft…….five guys.

Adjustments

  • The 1000 mg of vitamin C upset my stomach. I took it twice then stopped. Won’t be taking it next week.
  • I haven’t incorporated the milk thistle or apple cider vinegar yet. Will add these next week. I bought some unsweetened cranberry juice to add to my apple cider vinegar shot for added health benefits.
  • Going to find ways to shake Turmeric into my food. Not a spice I use, so need to be mindful of it for help with digestion and a healthy liver.

Next check in on May 13.

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About Comfort Cooking On Island Time

There are two things I can't resist; an old recipe handed down and passed around, and the beach. Growing up in the midwest I was introduced to true comfort food but always dreamed of a different landscape, and climate. Recently I acquired a 50 year old beach house. While stumbling after the great cooks of my past, I am focused on a future with cool waves and gently breezes......and watermelon rind pickles of course!
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One Response to First Week Winning Streak

  1. Shannon says:

    Way to go on week one! I love the honesty of the blog and always enjoy hearing about the new things you have tried, including the things that don’t work. Looking forward to reading more!

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