Friday, May 31, 2013

Atkins Induction - Day Five Review with a Twister

View at breakfast from the Hyatt at Poipu on Kauai.
Still catching up at work from my vacation to Hawaii last week (where I drank entirely too much coconut rum).

Yesterday's light breakfast was entirely too little food for the value.  So this morning I cooked a quick microwave breakfast before heading to work.

 I was out of those microwave steamer bags that I like to use, so I had to settle for a bowl.  I whisked two eggs and tore up 2 pieces of Schwan's thick sliced bacon to drop into it.  Cooking for 1 minute I got an egg and bacon patty.  I spread 1/2 ounce of cream cheese in the middle since that was the only cheese I had.  I folded it over and ate it like a sandwich.  It wasn't the most appetizing meal, but it was better than an ostrich stick.  Dashing out without a packed lunch I was a little concerned about what I would do since I didn't want the expense of eating out again.

What I ate:

2 cups of coffee with cream and Torani s.f. hazelnut syrup
2 scrambled eggs
2 slices thick bacon

Prepackaged Cobb salad from the convenience store (was actually good)
- Lettuce
-1 oz Turkey
-1/2 ounce shredded cheddar
-1 T chopped egg white
-1 T bacon
-2 T blue cheese dressing

Dinner turned out to be a real problem for me today.  At 1:00 pm the National Weather Service predictions of severe weather in Oklahoma City had me so concerned that I sent everyone home to finish their day with V.O. (virtual office).  I didn't want everyone on the road after work with an ever increasing chance of tornadic weather.  Incidentally, when the storm did arrive later that day, the roads were jammed with people trying to get out of the city.

The storm spun up out of nowhere exactly as the meteorologists predicted.  We watched the development on tv in the hours leading up to the storm where 14 people died in Oklahoma.

I had planned to cook steak, but the weather was developing too quickly.  I had a total of 6 people at our small place since my son also came to get away from his apartment in NW OKC.

I microwaved some Schwan's Chicken Strips and cut them up to pass around to everyone since no one was interested in sitting down at the dinner table.  At some point we received notice that the tornado was heading into downtown along I-40 so we all headed to the storm shelter in the garage.  I grabbed emergency water, a loaf of bread, and a jar of peanut butter (none of which was induction friendly) in case the worst happened and we were trapped in there.

My husband was the last one in the shelter.  He waited outside watching the funnel pass to the south of the Devon tower.  (He didn't take any pictures!)  When the wind became too violent he jumped in the shelter and closed the door.

Six people and a 70 lb. black lab packed into a small shelter!  It was stuffy, but I was glad we had a place to go.  We got the "all clear" call from my daughter who lives up in Edmond saying that the tornado had moved along the river past downtown.

I finally served dinner at 8:30.

What I ate for dinner ended up being 1 whole chicken strip, 4 tostidos chips, 2 oz beef filet, 3 oz scotch.

I'm concerned about blowing induction, but given the circumstances I think I can cope.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Atkins Induction Day Three Review

My third day of being officially in "knowledgeable" (have read Dr. Atkins book) induction.

I stayed at the ranch on Tuesday evening, so my morning started off with more chores than when I stay in town.

2 cups of coffee w/ 3 T cream and 2 splenda total
1 oz beef jerky ( I was supposed to grab something out but just ate the last of the jerky in my desk)

Double beef patties with Jack cheese, mushrooms
Onion rings with the crusts peeled off!  (my hubby wanted to split o.r. so I obliged)
Diet soda
Double beef patty at Pops in Arcadia Oklahoma YUMMM!
Shared onion rings with hubby and just ate the onions.

Chocolate decaf tea
4 radishes
1 oz braunshweiger
1/2 c whey protein ice cream

3 oz turkey burger

2 T cream over ice
1 T s.f. chocolate torani syrup (this was yummy to sip, tasted like ice cream)

I weighed myself at the end of the day and have lost 3 lbs since Sunday.  I know that 2 lbs was water since my legs and feet were swollen from flying back from Hawaii.  There was a lot to drink on that trip and very little of it was water!

Folks on a low calorie and low fat diet would have failed miserably with this menu.  Good thing I don't believe in that.  It is so easy to stay in this plan.  I'm never hungry or thinking about my next meal.

Atkins Induction Day Four Review

My fourth day of induction and I'm afraid of trying my ketosis strips.  I see the weight coming off, but I don't want to be disappointed.

The day started with boot camp and a super quick get ready.  My oldest daughter is in town staying with us because of the threat of more tornadoes.  We don't have a shelter out at the ranch where she is living for the summer so she's staying with us in our small place in town.  For some crazy reason, this condo has the smallest hot water capacity I have ever experienced.

This morning's activity means that breakfast is less than I had planned.  I had hoped to make a low carb, crustless quiche.  Instead I will have to opt for an ostrich stick.

What I ate this day:

Ostrich stick (2 carbs uggg)
2 cups of coffeee with cream and torani s.f. hazelnut sweetener

My lunch at smash burger
(should have grabbed a "before" picture)
Chicken Smashburger (took bun off)
Side salad with ranch

4 oz Broiled Blue Hake (bought from Schwans)
1 c. Broccoli
Chocolate protein cake

beef stick out of the vending machine
diet pepsi (I know this isn't really allowed)

This was a really long day since I had to take my daughter to swim practice and an open house for the summer program she is attending.  Fortunately my sweet seventeen year old had dinner waiting when I got home at 7:30.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Atkins Day Two Review

Yesterday was a busy day at work, so I didn't have a lot of time deal with cooking.  I'm glad I planned ahead by boiling eggs for the tuna salad.

2 cups of coffee with 3 T cream and 2 packs splenda (total)
2 boiled eggs
Ostrich stick

3 oz. Grilled fajita beef
1 T guacamole
2 T sour cream
1/4 c shredded iceberg lettuce

Grilled chicken
Spinach salad with red bell pepper strips, apple cider vinegar, olive oil
1/2 ounce cheddar cheese

Sparkling water
Beef jerky

This is my second day without happy hour.  It's not that I miss the alcohol, I just miss the habit of winding down my day.  Looking on the bright side, I continue to get a lot done after work.  Today, we got home and worked on the garden.  Then I hopped up on the tractor and mowed our field for an hour.

I'm sleeping better too, but I don't think I'm drinking enough water still. Today I only managed 4 glasses.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Atkins Induction Day One Review

Yesterday was the first day of my Induction Phase after having read Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution.

I'm still dealing with the fact that my vacation cost me 8 lbs.  I don't know how 8 lbs happens in 12 days when I stayed away from bread.  I'm sure I really do know how it happened, but it's time to move on.  I hadn't read the book, and I wasn't 100% on board like I am today.

Sticking with the plan on day one was pretty easy because I had planned the menu ahead, although I will admit my coffee is not decaffeinated.  I will have to see if that makes much impact. For now I really don't want the headache that going cold turkey off caffeine gives me.

2 cups of coffee with 3 T cream and 2 packs of splenda (total)
2 eggs over easy cooked in 1 T olive oil
3 strips thick bacon

Salmon burger
2 large romaine lettuce leaves
1/2 avocado
1 T olive oil

Kale chips cooked in 1 tsp olive oil
Chocolate (decaf) tea
3 oz diet cranberry (the kind with splenda in it) mixed with 9 oz sparkling water

6 oz Chopped Steak
Jicama Slaw
Protein Cake

Total Water = 6 glasses (short of the 8)

I didn't complete a workout.  I spent the time doing housework and laundry instead.  By skipping happy hour I had more energy and worked later into the evening.

I didn't get enough sleep because we stayed up to watch the mermaid special on the Discovery channel.  I'm up at 4 am writing this post and getting ready for boot camp.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Hour Puts a Damper on My Low-Carbing

When I was in my early thirties, I had had my fourth child and within 18 months felt like I was pregnant again.  I felt slightly sick to my stomach and had no energy.  A handful of home pregnancy tests and a trip to my doctor left me very confused.  I was not pregnant.  So why did I feel so bad?

I discussed my situation with a friend of mine from church.  She told me she had been feeling the same way and instead of a doctor, she had consulted a nutritionist.  She said the nutritionist suspected Candidiasis (which is for my purposes a yeast infection).  I was familiar with the type of yeast infections most women experience, but my friend explained more severe cases actually affect your whole body.

Diets high in simple carbohydrates can increase the effect.  Listening to my friend, I consulted the leading books on the subject at the health food store and took their assessments.  It appeared that I too was suffering from Candidiasis.  

Now to skeptics who might think we were just influenced by an over eager nutritionist, keep in mind that I am also a skeptic who likes to take a good look at things (especially if I'm going to shell out $20 for a book and even more for supplements!) 

The recommendation for my blood type was a detox and an extreme diet to eliminate sugar which would "starve out" the yeast.  It sounded logical and harmless.  If it happened to work then I would celebrate.

Not only did it work, I dropped 10 lbs in 1 week on the diet.  As I began to feel better, I gradually introduced fruit and rice back into my diet.  I completely changed the way I had been eating.  Bread and potato chips were the enemy.

Within 2 years, I had lost 40 lbs.  I felt great and wore a size 2!  I was never hungry.  I loved low carb eating.  I kept my weight down for 4 years.

Then my life changed in a big way.  I had another baby, I started a new career, and I was remarried.  My life became much more stressful.

I was introduced to the benefits of red wine.

Over the next decade, red wine (and eventually other types of spirits) became an evening habit for a few reasons.  A drink at the end of the day says that the hard day's work is at an end.  If you were harboring any tension in your neck then it would slip away with a glass.  A couple of glasses became my habit.

To my dismay, my new habit invited an old one.  I now consider red wine (at least for me) a gateway drug.  That is, my ability to stay away from carbohydrates goes away with every ounce of wine.

So here I am with all 40 lbs back on.  I am much older and have been low carbing for the last year.  I am only down 10 lbs after a lot of work and working out.

After a little internet searching I found Sheila Pike-Pereyra's site (AKA I was intrigued by her low carb desserts made with chocolate protein powder.

Sheila has built quite a community of support for low-carbers. There are recipes, cookbooks, and ways you can get help from Sheila herself if you are struggling with a low carb lifestyle.

My biggest take away from the site was this: she will not answer questions until you've read the book, "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution."  She talks about how that book encouraged her lifestyle change.

Clearly, I had to read the book.

Wow.    I consider myself an educated person.  I was familiar with Dr. Atkins research being based on diabetics and the affects of insulin. But this is what I get for reading the cliff notes version of his book in the past.

It wasn't until yesterday morning when I read that your body uses alcohol as energy.  That is why I have been stalling out.

I have been caught in that horrible world between a calorie is a calorie is a calorie and "low carbing". 

In my mind, alcohol isn't sugar so I thought I could get away with a drink of scotch while I am being serious about weight loss.  It isn't true.

The whole premise of this approach to weight loss is that we want to force the body to pull energy from our fat stores.  When I drink a glass of scotch or wine even in the moderate way I have been, I am giving my body a much easier way of gaining energy.

I had been thinking of it as only 100 calories that I could afford since I worked out so hard at bootcamp that morning.

I'm not saying that I won't have another glass, but it certainly won't be before this spare tire has been spent.