Friday, December 28, 2007

Learning from our mistakes...

I haven't even left for France yet and have already gained back about 20 pounds. I know it's not just water weight because my paints are a little bit tighter. Of course, I have not been eating responsibly. There has been way too much candy this holiday season. It seems that the more carbs that I eat, the more that I crave. It's a vicious cycle that makes it difficult to keep my eating under control.

Next week, I leave for Paris. I will be there for 3 weeks after which I will come home for about a week and return for another 3 weeks. It is possible that I may have to be there 2 or 3 weeks a month until June. I can't afford to keep regaining weight and feel I need to soon shift back to a low carb lifestyle. I'm targeting February as the next start-up date.

I am sure many of you are asking why wait... besides self indulgence, I do have a reason that I feel is legit. Since I have never been outside of the Charles Chagall airport, I'm not sure what to expect from French restaurants. During my first trip, ordering will likely be guess work. I'm going to take the first 3 week stretch and enjoy sampling the local cuisine while also getting to understand the common ingredients and side dishes. By the time I return, I will have had time to learn food names and develop a strategy for low carb eating in France.

My wife and I have been discussing general diet strategies. We have decided to both return to the Protein Power Plan rather than carb cycling. However, we will allow 2 floating cheat days per month. This is what we did the first six months of so of our low-carb "diet" and it worked quite well for us. We hope to begin again sometime in February. So, during my home weeks from February forward, I will be experimenting in my own kitchen and begin posting recipes again. Perhaps even throwing in some low carb versions of French foods that I sample during my working abroad.

Another six months to a year from now, when we finally reach our ideal weights, we'll need a much better maintenance plan than quitting cold-turkey. This last month has proven that cod-turkey is dangerous. Since I find it difficult to cut back a little, I'm afraid that the typical maintenance plan won't work for me. I need to develop a maintenance plan that fits my craving patterns. I'm thinking about perhaps carb cycling for maintenance. The reason for this is that I have no problem going from high carb to very low carb. But I have a terrible time dealing with medium carb as it sets off my cravings.