Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Living Comfortably

As I said in my last post, I decided to take a few days away from my diet until I was over my illness. And, after a few days, I got over my illness. But, I didn't return to my l0w-carb diet. Hopefully, I'll be on track again soon.

The first year of doing low-carb, I stayed very focused and lost 85 pounds. For the last six months or so, I've been alternating on and off plan. I gained some weight back. And, I lost most of it, again. But, I find it increasingly hard to stick with a plan. Why? I think it's because I am comfortable with my size. When I was 85 pounds heavier, I had back and foot pains and would tire very quickly. Now, I feel pretty good. Without weight related health problems, I have a hard time staying loyal to my diet plan. I don't think that there is anything wrong with the way I have conducted myself over the last six months. I just have to be very careful not to slide too far down the slippery slope of gluttony that resulted in my gaining so much in the first place. The real goal was to feel better. And, I do feel much better. Yes, I'm still obese. But, I'm no longer morbidly obese! I'm at a point where my body is happy.

So... this week, I'm off plan. But, I don't plan on straying too far away. I'm not sure when I'll be back on track. While off plan, I continue reading about low-carb and will keep posting. Even off plan, I'm conscious of what I consume and continue to eat some of my favorite low-carb dishes. I will likely return to the full blown low-carb lifestyle when my weight pops up another ten pounds, or I start feeling fat, or when my wife decides to diet again.

I have also picked up a couple books on glacemic load diets. All low carb diets are low glacemic diets but not all low glacemic diets are necessarily low-carb. As far as I can tell, a low glacemic load diets (such as the popular nutrisystem) will prevent fat storage but might not result in rapid fat loss. I'm not one to jump into something until I have studied it thoroughly and come up with a plan. After I finish studying this subject, I may give it a whirl. If nothing else, it might be a good maintenance plan. Perhaps beginning in August?


JJ said...

Please be careful. I felt much like you. I was not horribly obese...I'm very large boned and can carry a lot of weight. But my joints ached, and I have a bad spine and arthritis. But I'm also a lot older than you.

Anyway...I went on the South Beach Diet, with a few modifications because of allergies and such. I managed to lose a total of 40 pounds, leveling out at 36 lost, and kept off for two years

I really felt much better and had more energy. The thing I noticed the most was that I lost the urge to take a nap in the afternoon. No carbs to digest.

To make a long story short, I had to have a cervical spine fusion, and a year later broke a hip. It took me well over two years to get back on my feet...and guess what, I gained 30 pounds. Talk about being ticked off. All that work gone.

I gained, I think because I wasn't doing the cooking. That, and inactivity. My husband pretty much took over food preparation, and we didn't have the same kinds of planned meals. I didn't really care, I was pretty miserable. But now...I'm back to aches and pains I had before I lost the weight.

Also, while you might feel good now, that weight is destroying your knees and lower back.

I know it's hard to diet all the time, and is a real drag on having a more carefree life. But I bet when you started, you knew that low-carbing was a lifestyle, and that if it worked for you, then it was probably best for you.

I'm getting ready to go on vacation and will not be watching carbs all that much, maybe a little. But when I get back, my husband and I are going back on a low-carb diet and staying there. Even if I have to teach him how to cook!

I think one of the things that is motivating me is how sluggish I feel...and just in general a blah feeling. The other is that both my husband and I got a clean bill of health "bloodwise" from the doctor this morning and I feel like we got a reprieve. Our cholesterol is great...I don't know why, but I'll take it.

PJ said...

Hi D!

I've gone on/off LC for 18 months now - I'm 20# lighter for all that (just imagine how much lighter I *could* be, lol). I'm sure I just gained and lost it repeatedly all this time.

I'm finally back on a concerted effort for the rest of this year. If I want to slide into sucking at it again in January fine but until the end of the year I want to make an effort.

I know EXACTLY what you mean about feeling better actually working against the dieting. I mean, I feel so much better than I did when I could barely walk, that's it's hard to find it as "driving an urgency" to lose weight as it felt when I couldn't function. I'm so happy to feel so much better than I did, that it creates a little bit of complacency. I think that is fading as I've gotten more used to being this size so it's not quite so novel and wonderful any more. I'm starting now to perceive more of the annoyance of THIS size which might be why I'm more inclined to be constructive now than I have been for awhile!

Carol Bardelli said...

I'm off plan right now too. But it's more an experiment spin off from my "Cheat To Lose" diet experiment. I had a colitis flare and took a break from low carb and weight training for about a month now(still getting some light aerobics in). I've gained roughly 2 pounds. But the bigger picture is, taking brief and reasonable breaks can actually be beneficial to our metabolisms, our mental outlook, and our progress may be faster when we start back on program. I'm basically cycling eveything these days, not just carbs. LOL.