8 Week Low Carb Diet Update

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well. Sorry that I have been mostly AWOL. Work has been relentless the past couple of months and has no signs of letting up BUT I have been on plan every single day. This is going to be quite a lengthy post so grab a brew and a snack!

So it’s been 8 weeks exactly since I decided (on a whim) to go on a low carb diet. On the whole, I’m feeling fantastic! My insomnia has become less frequent and I’m getting a good 7-8 solid hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately my ability to wake up in the morning has yet to catch up – I would love to be a morning person! Maybe there’s time for me yet…

I had a dietician appointment at the beginning of the month. I left the appointment feeling very conflicted. On one note, the dietician was happy that after three appointments and 9 months, I had finally started to shift some weight. However, when she asked me what I had changed and I mentioned that I had gone low carb, she seemed particularly concerned, especially when I said I was aiming for around 80-90g a day. Even more so when she asked what my sources of carbs were and I replied mainly fruits and vegetables. According to her, they don’t count as having carbohydrates and I should have 30g per meal of starchier items such as bread, pasta, rice, etc as well as 10g carbs worth of fruit and 10g carbs worth of dairy. PER DAY.

I did mention that my bloods were really good and my blood pressure had gotten so much better that I could cut back on a tablet but she gave me a good telling off. I admit I felt really confused. I had done my research beforehand from various sources including the diabetes.co.uk website and the advice she was giving me conflicted all of this. On consulting the diabetes.co.uk forum, it turns out that a number of people have experienced the same thing. On talking to my family, I have decided to see how it goes as I am now and if I begin experiencing any bad side effects, I can always introduce more carbs into my diet. I am including one or two sources of starchier carbs in my diet a week – for example, a small portion of potatoes or a slice or two (depending on how I’ve eaten!) of the Weightwatchers malted bread as I LOVE avocado toast!

Despite the ups and downs of the dietician appointment, she did manage to get the nurse to fit me in for a HBA1C test and my result was really good! This time last year, I was at 98. I have managed to get it down to 43 – even the nurse congratulated me as she gave my result to me.

So, in 8 weeks, my total weight loss stands at 9.5kg or 1.5 stone. The last month I’ve lost 9lbs so around 2-2.5lbs a week which is at a nice safe rate according to the NHS. I had started a couple of DietBets last month to boost my motivation and as my final weigh ins are this week, I think I’ll be happy with a bit of extra pocket money too! I’ve also been regularly swimming three times a week and walking to work and back at least once a week. My feet no longer hurt walking 2-3 miles and being on my feet at work so it’s a massive bonus!

However, one thing I have not enjoyed one bit (and if it’s too TMI, don’t scroll down any more!) is that my periods have come back with a vengeance. I have had the implant in since 2009 (replaced every 3 years) and haven’t really had one since then. I’ve had spotting every now and then but that’s about it. The beginning of September started with one of the heaviest and crampiest periods I have ever had and turns out my cycle has decided to become regular straight away. Damn. I’m not sure if my implant has run out early (as it has around 6 months before my scheduled removal date the last two times) or if the weight loss has kick started my cycles. Either way, it’s the one thing that’s very much not welcome! My doctor said I have to see if they become really regular before they will consider changing the implant early as this time round it’s only two years in so I guess I’ll have to put up with it until then!

Well, that’s all I have to update you guys on for now – until next time.. x

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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

How I’m Feeling About Tomorrow’s Weigh In – 31.05.15

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve had pre-weigh in thoughts so figured I’d tell you how my week went.

As you know I’ve been counting this week and bizarrely enough, I’ve found it easier than Filling and Healthy. I’ve definitely opened my eyes to portion size this week, especially with my Saturday night meal where I more or less made enough for two meals (but it was worth it). I don’t necessarily think I’ve eaten very healthily – I’ve not gone over on my weekly points or anything but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share of treats! I have noticed that I tend to eat under my daily points in the beginning of the week and the closer and closer I get to weigh in, I just want to stuff my face. I’ve only had to venture into my weekly points about half way which is good I suppose but all of them were used in the last two or three days before weigh in.

Exercise wise – I’ve not broken any barriers but I definitely have been more active this week. I’ve walked home from work a few times and oh my, I tried to cycle to work on Saturday and nearly died. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that it was my first time on my bike since the Winter before last – pretty much a year and a half ago! Although I can walk the 2 odd miles with only a few aches, cycling nearly killed me. I think I cycled about halfway and walked with my bike the rest and walked home with my bike as I wasn’t sure if I would make it home otherwise! Definitely want to try and build myself up and try and use the bus/car less.

I am hoping for a loss this week. I’d like to say another 2lbs but I’m not sure if upping my exercise will mean I stay the same or gain. I couldn’t make weigh in last week as my group was cancelled due to the Bank Holiday, so I took a cheeky jump on the scales and scared myself back off! We shall see, we shall see…

Until next time.. x

Tuesday Thoughts & Wednesday Weigh In

Hi guys,

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. By the time I had finished college and came home I was absolutely shattered so didn’t get a chance to blog.

It’s weigh in day today and I’m feeling quite positive. My meal plan (as you will see) has been thrown out of the window a bit. I’m eating SW (more EE days as I’m craving carbs as it’s so ridiculously cold at the moment!) but just whatever is quick and to hand. I think despite the more frequent EE days, I have had a loss but we’ll see. I’m kind of really hoping for 3lbs as that means half of the weight I put on during Christmas and New Year is gone and I can get back on track.

In general I’ve been feeling better. The headaches and bloatedness have mostly gone. I’m still drinking around 3L of water and feeling a bit better for it. I think maybe in the upcoming week I will focus more on EE days as at the moment I’m just craving roast new potatoes and corn on the cob.

Oh, I did have dinner out with my sister on Monday night. She’s currently trying to move out of my parents’ house and getting all stressed out so we went out for pizza (*shakes head*) – next time I’m choosing the restaurant! The food was really good though and I tried to stay vaguely healthy by having a veggie pizza with a thin crust and lighter cheese though I’m not sure if that made too much of a difference.

I’ve also enjoyed walking quite a bit this week. My feet aren’t hurting too much and although I’m achey it doesn’t seem as bad as it was. I’m starting to speed up a bit too – I think I’ve managed to shave at least 5 minutes off my walk home so trying to stay positive with the little victories.

Weigh In Wednesday
 
So I’m very happy with weigh in this week. I weighed in at 15 stone 6lbs so a 3lb loss! Definitely feel like I’m back on track now 🙂 Here’s to a good week next week 👍

Until next time.. x

Detox Worries

Hi guys,

Fair warning: this isn’t the lightest of posts. You’re more than welcome to skip to another post if this topic isn’t your thing. As you know, since New Year I have been getting back on the wagon and beginning my healthy lifestyle again. I have to admit that this week’s been a little bit of a nightmare and wondered if anyone else was feeling this way?

I’ve been trying to get grips with my diet, I’ve been drinking around 3L of water a day and started walking home from work 4 times a week (around 2.2 miles/3.5km). I know my body is going to try and adjust to this whole new schedule but I feel like I’m ready to hibernate!

Physical State

Well, my body is well and truly achey. I have to take special care of my feet as I’m diabetic and they have not been happy bunnies. I thought I had a blister on the bottom of my foot arch but it looks like I’ve burnt myself with a frying pan. My sleeping pattern is a bit all over the place (but then again, it usually is) but I’m getting tired a lot more which isn’t good as I’m back at college now and doing extra hours.

The first few days after New Year I was getting migraine-like headaches which have now dissipated but it has made way for the most horrible breakout on my face 😦 I have exzema so the area round my mouth is quite sensitive and can get itchy when stressed but at the moment I am so blotchy, itchy and red I can’t help but feel self conscious.

Mental State

I feel very lethargic which isn’t good when I have classes straight after work! Also feeling quite low in confidence with all the blotchiness on my face. I’m used to having issues with my skin but this seems to be the worst it’s ever been. Hopefully it’s just the flushing out of toxins due to the amount of water I’m drinking rather than an actual breakout due to harmones or something.

Goals for this week

Well tonight is weigh in so hopefully I will get a loss. I’m not expecting a big one though as I really have upped my exercise and the increased water consumption might mean I retain quite a bit of water (as before I could go the whole day and just drink one cup if I forget). I’m really hoping it isn’t a gain anyway! I’m also hoping my body won’t give out so I can carry on with my walking. I’ve actually quite enjoyed it and it doesn’t feel like exercise when I’m going home and there’s no time pressure either.

So, until next time.. x