As in last week's Workout Wednesday post, I am linking up to A Family of Shorts' Journey from muffin top to skinny jeans.
The topic this week: What's working for you? Well, at this point, I'm going to say: not a lot. I have been pretty strict (at least 90% compliance) with the Cornerstone meal replacement program and working my butt of (kinda literally). But, for whatever reason, the scale is not budging. Not one bit. I started at 180 pounds. This morning I got on the scale and it was 180.4 pounds. Not only that, I rechecked my body fat percentage on Monday morning. I started at 35.1% body fat. This last Monday it measured at 35.4%. It increased?! It didn't go up a lot, but it went up nonetheless. *sigh*
At this point I'm pretty frustrated. I've been doing the 30-Day Shred 6 days a week. I've been watching what I eat - no processed foods, no fast foods, etc. All this and everything is gradually going up. So. This is the new revised plan. Much like Ms Amanda from A Family of Shorts, I am going to adopt a new lifestyle. The docs I work with constantly push a low insulin modification diet. The hubs calls it Dr Kaufman's diet (he tells ALL of his new patients this is the way you should be eating). Dr Kaufman calls it the Cave Man diet. Here's the basics of it:
- Eat smaller, almost snack-type, meals throughout the day (you really shouldn't allow yourself to get really hungry), with 1/3 of it being protein and the rest (2/3) being fruits and/or vegetables.
- With each meal, eat lean protein (chicken, fish, turkey, etc), raw fruits and vegetables.
- No refined carbs (basically, nothing white): sugar, flour, cookies, cakes, candies, pies, crackers, pretzels, potatoes, corn, pasta, cereal, chips or sodas (even diet sodas).
- If you eat rice, it should be wild rice, not white or brown.
- Dairy is ok as long as it's not "low fat" - this includes milk. There have been studies that show that 2% milk has been linked to certain cancers. Whole milk, though higher in fat, has more nutrients your body needs.
On a higher note...I checked my measurements on Sunday (chest, biceps, waist, hips, thighs and calves) - I've lost anywhere between a 1/4 and a 1/2 inch on each of the areas measured. This is kind of encouraging, but it's just not enough for me. I am on L2, D5 (or is it 6?) of the 30-Day Shred. It is taking me everything I have to get my butt doing this exercise in the evening. I really don't like to exercise, but I'm making myself do it because I know it'll be worth it in the long run.
Here's my question of the day: If you're on a weight loss journey, what is working for you? And if you've been on a weight loss journey, what worked for you?
And don't forget!! You only have a couple more days to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!
Listening to: Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden (meh!)