#LCHF 20: Finally!

Continued from… LCHF #19: It’s been two year since my last confession…

I am not planning to document my entire journey the way I did below, but I wanted to share how I do the LCHF lifestyle. This might not be the way others do it, but this definitely works for me. I am watching my intake strictly during the week, and then on Saturdays I allow myself something nice. Even then, I am also making conscious choices. On Sundays I am not as strict as on week days, especially if we have a lunch or dinner date.

Week 3-2020

This week started out with my mood being very bad. I was down, there were tears, insecurities, doubt — all things that would make me eat something sweet only to feel better. I didn’t. My bad mood lasted two days, and when on Wednesday I had to hit the ground running because I had so much to do and so many places to be, I made sure to get my three meals in. Lunch was only a handful of cheese cubes, but at least I ate. Thursday was yet another good day, and I started wondering if by the weekend my body might be in ketosis because of all the perfect low carb days I have had.

However, on Friday, my down mood was back and when the ladies at work ordered snacks, I ordered something too. It didn’t mess with my micro-nutrients, but my calories for this day came out a bit high. I should really stop ordering those snacks and just keep to my own food! On Saturday we had lunch out with a friend, and even though on Saturdays I allow myself something nice, I asked the waiter to keep the fries, and give me some extra veggies, which they did. I did have some wine with my lunch, and also coffee. And in the evening I had some wine again. Sunday was a busy day, filled with chores and a photo shoot, and I even managed to get an wank in before dinner in the evening!

Day Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Mon 1021 35g 13% 74g 65% 55g 22%
Tue 1025 19g 7% 81g 71% 54g 22%
Wed 1117 19g 7% 86g 69% 70g 24%
Thu 1077 18g 7% 83g 69% 65g 24%
Fri 1418 27g 8% 109g 69% 84g 23%
Sat 1454 104g 46% 31g 31% 51g 23%
Sun 1044 21g 8% 76g 65% 72g 27%

Week 4-2020

This is what I looked like when I just started this journey again… in a couple of weeks I want to take similar images to compare.

Monday and Tuesday at work I found myself having a craving halfway through the morning, and on both days I ate a low-carb meaty snack. Something else I noticed is that on both days I had a terrible headache, despite drinking enough. I wondered if this was a sign that my body was finally kicking off sugar, which is what tends to happen when you are doing a low carb diet. I didn’t think about it too much, and where I again had a headache on Wednesday, it then disappeared and didn’t return. I worked a full day on Wednesday, and again on Thursday, and then on Friday had a spa day with my friend.

On Thursday evening I first went for a Brazilian, and when I came home, it took me almost an hour to eat 125 grams of fish. I felt a bit nauseous and had a strange feeling on my tummy. On Friday, at the spa, we started our day the same as we always do: with coffee and cake. We ordered cheesecake, something I LOVE, and once again it took me long to eat. The same happened with lunch, and when I came home for dinner, I told Master T that he shouldn’t bother, as my tummy wasn’t well. He had already prepared some chicken, which I ate and later in the evening I had some cottage cheese.

On Saturday my tummy seemed better. I had breakfast, a very small lunch and then we set off for a dinner date with friends. I avoided the potatoes, and only ate veal and tuna, which was delicious. During dinner I had a glass of wine, and back home another, but it took me almost three hours to empty my glass. My tummy was still not happy.

It was only on Sunday that I finally could eat properly again, even though I still had a strange feeling on my tummy.

Oh and, when I got on the scale on Saturday morning, it showed that I had lost 4 kilograms since I started this new regime, and I have lost 2cm around my waist!

Day Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Mon 1198 29g 10% 85g 64% 76g 26%
Tue 1313 27g 8% 107g 74% 57g 18%
Wed 1248 32g 10% 103g 74% 50g 16%
Thu 1013 27g 11% 61g 54% 88g 35%
Fri 1310 46g 9% 178g 77% 76g 14%
Sat 1601 57g 18% 79g 54% 92g 28%
Sun 955 28g 12% 62g 59% 70g 29%

Week 5-2020

Looking back on this week, it was a perfect one (food-wise, not mood-wise), from Monday to Friday. Every day my numbers were perfect, and on Friday evening I decided to give myself a treat, and had two glasses of wine. During the week there were moments when I felt a bit of hunger, but those were solved by eating three or four cubes of cheese, or a handful of nuts. Or sometimes only a cup of tea.

I still don’t drink enough water, but I think that has something to do with the weather outside. I tend to easily drink 1.5 to 2 liters water on a spring or summer’s day, but during autumn and winter not so much. At this moment, besides the 8-12 cups of rooibos tea I drink every day, I only drink about half a liter of water. I don’t worry about this too much, as I do drink more than enough.

I went on the scale on Thursday morning and was pleased to see that I have again lost some weight. From my previous experience on this diet, I know that eventually you don’t lose that much per week, but you gradually lose the weight, as long as you keep to the diet. It has taken a long time to gain all that weight, so one shouldn’t expect to lose all of it within weeks. You have to be in this for the long run. I was down 0.4kg from the previous weighing moment, and knew that I might be able to add another 0.2kg on Saturday, which is my official weighing day.

Saturday morning I went on the scale again. And again. And again, again, again. I must have gotten on it like ten times because I didn’t believe it. Then the scale showed ‘LO’ telling me it needed a new battery. I thought that was the reason for the number I had seen, but I was wrong, because when I got back on, it showed me the same number. I was down another 0.7kg bringing my total weight loss since I started this journey again to 5.1kg. And, around my waist I have now lost 3cm. It seems I am on the right path! Finally!

Day Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Mon 1098 23g 8% 77g 64% 77g 28%
Tue 1005 15g 6% 69g 62% 79g 32%
Wed 1000 22g 9% 73g 67% 59g 24%
Thu 1044 20g 8% 80g 71% 55g 21%
Fri 1490 30g 10% 91g 69% 63g 21%
Sat 1109 71g 32% 53g 53% 35g 15%
Sun 952 14g 7% 64g 72% 42g 21%

Questions

I haven’t recorded all the food I ate during these three weeks (above I mean; in my app I record everything) but if you want to know what I have eaten or just how to get started with this, please let me know. I am in no way an expert, but I can tell you more from my own experience.

To be continued… #LCHF 21: Two months in

© Rebel’s Notes

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5 thoughts on “#LCHF 20: Finally!

  1. It is always when we are faced with life problems or stuff that messes with our emotions that the way we eat – or want to eat -is tested. So well done to u – and I look forward to reading your journey xx

  2. This is so great, Marie!
    I have found that including exercise with your diet also helps the weight to come off a little more a week. Like walking, yoga or cardio, with a little strengthening, at the gym. Like Brigit says, we are all different in what works or us. Can’t wait to see your updated pics! xx

  3. I can manage ketosis pretty easily, but have found that I need more good carbs in my diet than my Husband does. We are all different, I suppose. Low carb is a healthier, happier way for us. And I lose weight the fewer carbs I take in. I’m down 5 in two weeks. My main problem is boredom with my food choices.

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