So I got busy… I don’t mean too busy to diet, but just too busy to post… So here is my double post! I also can’t find my end of October picture, so I’ll just post one – the differences between Oct. to Dec. didn’t really show in the pictures as much, but they changed a ton in my clothes and on the scale!
This was the pic I took on my birthday – I’m still very happy with my results from The Carb Nite Diet. I’m a little nervous because the guide tells you this should be a “six month at a time” diet. They want you to take a break after 6 months, but technically that would mean taking a “break” (at least one month) during the Christmas, and I didn’t get fat because of my awesome willpower. If I break at Christmas, I fear I’ll gain and gain big… I want to follow the guide, but really there are little tweaks one has to do for any diet – books are great and plans are great, but they all assume that every day is exactly the same. I have to be careful about giving myself “allowances” because again, my fat didn’t happen by accident. I essentially “allowed” myself whatever I wanted – I tend to do this a lot in life. I know I’m not good with making choices without a plan – I could try and FORCE myself to just “make better choices,” but without a plan, I already know I won’t. Some people may say, “Well, that’s just weak-willed.” Fine! I’m weak willed… And as long as I know that, and plan accordingly, I can be strongly weak willed. Am I making any sense?
Take my financial situation – I don’t want to talk about how much I make, or exactly how much debt we are working on paying off – but for years I was very careful with credit cards. I had a few cards with a massive limit and one card with no limit. They gave me points, and/or cash back. We put everything on these cards, but only as much as we could pay off at the end of the month. That way, just paying bills I earned rewards! YAY! This worked well for quite some time. Then we started to get in a few pinches due to some changes in life – but we didn’t change our spending habits. Yes, the cards were great for us while we were living in the days of milk and honey, but having that much credit under my name when things were not so good caused a problem that we are still fighting to get out from under (but getting close to being paid off! Maybe a year to go…).
The point is – I have some willpower, but I have to have a plan. I’ve cut up all the credit cards, and designed a budget to allow us to pay our bills and pay off our debt. Initially we kept the cards assuring ourselves that we could pay everything off and still be careful – but we just spun our wheels for almost 2 years. I need a budget to keep finances under control. I have to have an eating plan to keep my weight under control… I should never be left to my own devices…
Anyway… So while I’m trying to follow the plan as closely as possible, I’ve made some “lifestyle” allowances. Once in July I had back to back carb nites. Since my birthday and Thanksgiving fall so close together, I didn’t put the required 5 days between carb nites. However, I’m pretty proud of the fact that in 6 months, these are the only two “allowances” I’ve really made for myself!
That all being said, I still don’t know what I’m going to do after November – Kiefer has another plan called “Carb-Backloading” but I am having trouble telling if this is something designed for me or not.
|10/01/2012||275.4(After Carb Nite)|
|10/08/2012||278.9(After Carb Nite)|
|10/15/2012||276.4(After Carb Nite)|
|10/22/2012||274.8(After Carb Nite)|
Total Loss for the month 5.4 lbs. Total Loss 50 lbs.
For November – here is where I’m at – I know what I’m doing for December, but I wonder what I’ll do after that…
|11/01/2012||274.0(After Carb Nite)|
|11/09/2012||271.4(After Carb Nite)|
|11/17/2012||270.0(After Carb Nite)|
|11/23/2012||267.4(After Carb Nite)|
|11/25/2012||262.6(Happy Birthday To Me!)|
|11/26/2012||269.2(After Carb Nite)|
Total Loss for the month 6 lbs – Total Overall Weight Loss 56 lbs.
Still going strong!