This is the first weekend since June when I haven't had a gain on a Monday.
Today is day 5 of the crack diet, and it wasn't an easy weekend, to be sure. On Saturday night, I smelled a chocolate cookie that my husband had for dessert--smelling was the closest I could get to tasting (yes, he thought I was nuts)--and inhaled it so deeply I swear I must have consumed at least 25 calories just from the aroma.
And yesterday I had some frozen cool whip free, which is not on the fat loss cracking plan, but it was better than sharing some of the chocolate ice cream my daughter and DH had after lunch.
Other than the cool whip, I stuck to my plan. And I stopped eating yesterday at 6 p.m. I've not been very hungry, but I've also not had much energy to do extra stuff, like, you know, run. I didn't get to go on Friday like I'd planned, and Saturday & Sunday were exceedingly lazy.
Thursday I get to quick counting carbs and get to have a carbohydrate other than a vegetable. Same goes for Friday. Saturday I get to eat a whopping two carb foods before 3 p.m. This is a pretty strict plan--the carb selections are limited to low glycemic choices--and I keep reviewing the plan weeks for what's ahead, salivating over the Carb Up days. Any carb at this point will be a welcome carb.
My first CH day isn't for almost 6 weeks. CH=cheat day, when I can eat whatever I want (although the author of the diet book says "don't stuff"--ha!). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can maintain this thing long enough to "earn" that cheat day.
Results on the scale and in my clothes will hopefully be enough to keep me on the straight and narrow.
One thing that is noteworthy in her book. She talks a lot about how the body expends energy, and how it burns fat. Basically, the last thing the body wants to do is burn fat. So you have to teach it to (which is the point of the first low carb week & subsequent low carb days alternated throughout the 8 week diet). Here's how she explains it: "Think of how you do your weekly shopping, but think of the grocery store as the fat store. Just as you don't go to the grocery store every day, your body doesn't go grab fat that way. Your body wants to hold onto fat, so it won't tap into it daily." That idea really helps me deal better with daily scale readings.