Fall Back Into Healthy

Getting married to Clyde was one of the best things that’s happened in my life. He makes life awesome and loves me. I feel very comfortable being married to him and vice versa. That’s the great part about my life. The not-so-great part was that my previous job was a super stressful environment to work in. I was stressed out, unhappy at work and it showed…on my waistline and hips.

My BMI isn’t to the point where I’m obese but I know I’ve put on over 20 pounds since my wedding last December. I wish I could say it’s mostly muscle mass….but I can’t. In fact, I’ve LOST muscle and gained fat tissue in its place. Needless to say, I’m sad.

This is what I feel like in my head when I step on the scale.

But one thing about me is that I’m determined! I’m also a Registered Nurse for the ICU (a stressful job that undoubtably added to my fat gain) so I am better in making judgements for my self regarding my nutrition, consequences of my choices and so on. My job now is much less stressful and I’m happier. That means I stress-eat less. I’m currently 4 pounds lighter than I was at my heaviest and that’s after I started my new job.

I’m going in the right direction!!

I’ve decided to try something called the Slow Carb Diet. Here’s what it’s about in a nutshell :

The Rules of The Slow Carb Diet (thanks to this site for the condensed rules!)

  • Avoid White Carbohydrates: No rice, potatoes, flour, fried foods, breading, etc. The only exception is within 1.5 hours of training.
  • Avoid Fruit, Sugar, Dairy and Alcohol: No cheese, fruit, sugar of any type, beer, etc. Tim has found that the diet still works if you drink 1-2 glasses of red wine each night. He also allows a limited amount of artificial sweeteners (1 Diet Coke, some sugar free jello for desert).
  • Eat a Protein Rich Meal Within 30 Minutes of Waking Up: Meal frequency isn’t important. Tim likes to eat 4 times per day. He does stress the importance of having a protein rich meal as soon as you wake up.
  • Eat as Much of These Foods as You Like: Eggs, Chicken, Grass Fed Beef, Pork, Lentils, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Spinach, Asparagus, Peas, Mixed Vegetables.
  • Eat Whatever You Like One Day Per Week:Whatever sounds good…go for it on your “cheat day”. Everything is allowed on this day, but once the day is over you are back to your diet.

The hardest part will be giving up milk, milk products and whole grains for me. You know what this kind of reminds me of? South Beach Diet…with the exception of the Allowed Cheat Day, the stance against complex carbs and dairy products.

I don’t want to go crazy eating processed sugars and/or foods during my cheat day. I’m going to try the Slow Carb Diet for a few weeks and see how I do. To keep me accountable, I’m going to post pictures of what I’m eating as well as what my physical activity was for the day.

I’m not as focused on my overall weight as I am about my measurements. Specifically, I’m focused on my bust, waist and hips because my legs are always skinny and my arms are acceptable.

I can do this. I have to do this. I don’t expect to get my 21 year old body back (5 foot 7 inches, size 2-4) but I DO expect to have less fat tissue and more muscle mass.

One Response to “Fall Back Into Healthy”
  1. lisa says:

    I bought his Four-hour body diet book on Amazon 2 years ago and it helped me lose 6 permanent pounds without exercising. I loved it because I would never really feel hungry on this diet. But I stopped this diet after awhile because of 2 important factors: I love fruits way too much and I loved being “regular” more than not. (tmi but I always felt blocked up and uncomfortable). It’s different for each body type but I hope you have more success than I did. 🙂

    I’m currently on the complete opposite diet. I’m eating all carbs with lots of tea, fruits, veggies, boca patties and fortified cereals. I went vegetarian in February and it has helped me with my regularity. 😛

    Good luck, Bonnie! 🙂

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