Low Carb – One Month Update

Hi guys,

Hope you are all well! I’m sorry for going AWOL once again. Work has been majorly short staffed so I have been working without a day off since mid-August. It has been hard but I was so determined to stick to my diet change that I decided to prioritise my food prep/planning/shopping over time to blog (I’m sorry!).

Today, you find me off work due to a massive stinking head cold. I feel absolutely horrible with a fever, sore throat and endless runny nose. It started on Monday and I’ve already gone through a box of Kleenex. The dizziness has at least worn off, so it’s something.

So, as I’ve been so used to working non stop and my days being chockablock, I am totally restless so this is clearly the ideal time to give you guys an update. It’s officially been just over a month since I’ve been low carbing – yay! I’ve managed to stick to it which for me is amazing. By updating my instagram (profile: yzzy.bella) every day, it has really helped me keep on track.

I have been updating my weight on Instagram every two weeks but I did a cheeky weigh in this morning as I knew I wanted to update on here. So officially one month and four days (five official weeks) I have lost 1st 0.5lb (or 6.6kg).

My weigh ins were as follows from 16th August 2017:
Start Weight: 96.4kg or 15st 2lb
Week 2: 92.7kg or 14st 8lb (-3.7kg/-8lb)
Week 4: 91kg or 14st 4.5lb (-1.7kg/-3.5lb)
Week 5: 89.8kg or 14st 2lb (-1.2kg/-2.5lb)

I’m so happy! Also I’m so freaking close to my lowest ever weight in the past 6 years. I have been using MyFitnessPal on and off since 2011 when I weighed 102.1kg (16st 1.5lb), which wasn’t my highest of 104.75kg (16st 7lb) during my second year of university which was just before my first weigh in on MFP. My lowest ever weight since using MFP was 89.4kg (14st 1lb) on 27th September 2014. It’s been almost three years so I think I would like to match that by the end of the month and be the lightest I’ve been in 6 years. How crazy would that be?

In other news, I have been exercising regularly since the start of August. I’ve been doing hourly swims with my youngest sister three times a week, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Wanting to do yoga at home is next on my list and then perhaps restarting at the gym. We will see! I have big plans haha.

One thing I have found particularly hard (which I mentioned in my last post) is consuming fats. Everything I’ve read, what the NHS have promoted, are about low fat diets. I’m so used to looking for low fat foods. Yet, by consuming more fat, I’m less hungry, my moods are more even and I’m actually managing to stay within my calorie limit. It’s crazy! Obviously, this is working for me and I have struggled on higher carb diets in the past few years but everyone is different, don’t forget.

My macros at the moment: I have tweaked them slightly. I have averaged 68g of carbs daily for the past month so I have lowered my carb and protein targets slightly and raised my fats. Daily target: protein – 110g (28%), fat – 90g (52%), carbs – 80g (20%).

Health update wise, my blood sugars have been really good. The past month I have averaged 5.2mmol/L. My blood pressure has been a bit low so that my doctor has actually stopped one of my tablets. I was a bit worried when she stopped the indapamide as it’s a water tablet and I thought it might possibly have an effect on my weight loss so far but I’ve still managed to lose so I’m OK. I’ve been getting a few more normal results but still on the lower end so I think I’ll review with the doctor when I see her in a couple of weeks.

Overall, if it wasn’t for this horrible cold, I’ve been feeling really good about life and myself. I can’t wait to get over this cold and see where this journey takes me now that I’ve found what is working really well for me.

Until next time.. x

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Diet Change

Hi guys,

I have to apologise for me leaving you guys again. After my second job finished, I’ve been trying to put as many hours as I can at my first job so I have a bit of money coming in! Next week I’m working 8 days in a row >.<

But anyhow, I wanted to update you on how I’m doing. The past month has been quite stressful with worrying about money and family. I’d fallen off the wagon a bit and generally feeling quite crappy and sorry for myself. The thing is, I wasn’t bothered enough to do anything about it. Then, I just happened to want to go to Costco as I hadn’t been in over a year/two years and I saw a diabetes cookbook. Don’t ask me what drew me to it, especially as it focussed on the story of the author’s type 1 diabetic child (I’m type 2), but it really resonated with me.

I decided I was going to go low carb. I’m on day 3 so far and I’m feeling generally OK. Yesterday was the “new diet blues” where you’re constantly ravenous despite eating (I blame my body craving sugar) but I’m already seeing results which is nice. My blood pressure is down a bit, my blood sugars have fallen slightly and I’ve lost a kilo (though I did put 3 on in a month and I know that weight fluctuates daily but it’s just nice to see the scales go down!).

One thing that has confused me though, is what macros to actually use. I know I wanted to go low carb, but not enough to go into ketosis (I struggled really badly on the Cambridge Weight Plan which focussed on staying in this) so I knew I wanted to start on about 90g carbs. The hardest part after was trying to figure how much protein and fat to eat. A lot of advice leads to having higher fat consumption, which I have really struggled to get my head around. I’ve used a couple of macro calculators and some were telling me to eat 100g of fat! Personally, I would prefer to focus more on protein but there are warnings not to go too high or you won’t lose weight. What’s a girl to do?

So I’m going to experiment. I’m using MyFitnessPal to log my foods and macros (username is YzzyBella if you want to be friends). My current macros are: protein 30% (115g), fat 47% (82g) and carbs 23% (90g) with my calorie goal at 1558. It might be all wrong, any dietician looking at it might think I’m crazy but I’m going to see how I go for the next week and adjust if necessary. Obviously if my blood sugars, weight and blood pressure are rising, then it’s not working for my body and I’m going to have to look again at my macro distribution. Luckily I’ve got the equipment to monitor it daily so also if it falls too rapidly, I know to visit my doctor and look at my medication too. I have to admit that I haven’t done an insane amount of research on macros and this diet. I previously have dabbled low carb before about 4 years ago and I think it worked well for me but then I went to start Slimming World and forgot all about it. If you have any advice, please leave me a comment as knowledge is key, right?

Until next time.. x

Health Update – October 2016

Hi guys,

Sorry for the standstill in posts. I’ve been working my butt off (unfortunately at work rather than at the gym) and barely had a minute to myself.

Today I thought I’d give an update on my health situation, especially as I am due a hospital appointment early next month. My weight has been pretty steady the past two months, despite the eating of junk/restaurant food when I’ve been working 12-14 hour shifts so I’m guessing being on my feet for most of that time has put it on an even keel. The diabetes nurse I saw in August said my weight has dropped since I last saw her about 15 months ago – I think I was about 15st 8lb and now I’m around 15st.

My blood pressure is good but unfortunately due to the aforementioned bad eating, my blood sugars have gone up despite the good news everywhere else. So she has upped my Metformin to two tablets twice a day and after speaking to a specialist at the hospital, she has also prescribed my gliclazide tablets. Unfortunately this and a blood glucose monitor was prescribed to me over the phone so then I had to wait for another appointment to actually show me how to use it and the side effects as I have to ensure that my bloods don’t fall below 5 or I’m not able to drive.

So, I have been trying to remember to take them. On days where I work my second job, I find this a lot harder as I’m forever running about and next thing I know it’s bedtime so trying not to be patchy so when I go for my appointment next month, they don’t try and prescribe me more medication as they don’t see an improvement because I’ve been too busy to make sure I’m caring for myself. Yes, I know it takes a few minutes but I suck at it for some reason.

Hopefully it won’t be too much bad news when I go and see the specialist at the hospital. I’m going to try and kick start my healthy eating (starting with trying to stick to 3 meals a day rather than 1 humungous meal just before bed) and drinking lots of water. Two basic goals I’ve really been struggling with but it needs to be done. The amount of tablets I take is actually quite worrying and forgetting to take them isn’t going to help decrease the amount so it’s back on the wagon for me.

On another note, any handy tips for someone who doesn’t have time to food prep anymore? I work between 70-90 hours a week at the minute and barely have time for laundry, never mind a nice lie in. Any hints would be much appreciated!

Until next time.. x

Back to the Blogging World

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I last posted – hope you’re all well and well on the way in your weight loss journey.

Quite a few things have been happening in my life at the moment. As my last post mentioned, me and OH broke up and I have since helped a family friend start up a company so it’s been quite hectic on the life front. I’m also back in therapy as OH is leaving the country early December and there’s still stuff that needs to be resolved on that front.

So, the reason I’ve made an appearance is that I decided that I don’t want to end 2015 at the same weight I began so I am kicking myself back into gear. As you may know when I last posted I was on WeightWatchers and kind of getting there when I felt like it. Due to my schedule over the next few months, I decided to give the Cambridge Weight Plan a try after watching Elaine Jones on YouTube.

I know the plan can seem quite controversial and I will explain the plan in a little more depth once I’ve finished my first week. The reason I chose it was because I’ve had many days where I’m working 9-midnight and not had time to prep meaning I’m just eating whatever is around me (in other words – junk!) so I’m hoping that because most of the meal replacements are just there and waiting, I’m less likely to throw my hard work away because I’m tired.

I met up with my Cambridge consultant today and she is really lovely. She went through all the plan with me and she seemed to have every single product in stock so win win. Had one and a half products so far today consisting of the mushroom soup (so-so) and half the malt toffee chewy bar which is OK. I think I just need to get used to the products. I’m on step 2 so along with 3 products a day I’ll also have a meal consisting of protein and green veg which will pacify my need to chew!

I will update with further information in the next few days but I’ll have a few days settling in and see how I am πŸ™‚

Until next time.. x