I was pleased to see only a one pound gain after yesterday's carbing up. I've read of other people getting frustrated at losing the same pounds over and over on the carb down/carb up thing, but I'm still moving in a net-negative direction so I'm OK with the fluctuations. My excel spreadsheet that I track my weight in daily (which I started in March of 2007) really helps keep the numbers in perspective, too.
One of the best things this new way of eating has done for me is helped me kick the night eating habit. It's been 29 days of stopping my eating for the day with my last meal or planned snack, usually around 8 or 9 p.m. and sometimes as early as 6 or 7 p.m., depending on the day and the meal plan.
Of course the "21 days to form a habit" has come into play. My brain, my body, my way of life are now accustomed to not having to nosh on cookies & chips while watching TV. So my mind isn't filled with thoughts like "must eat chex mix NOW" like it used to be.
I also have changed my evening habits to help keep the night eating at bay, and those have stuck around too. I do chores most nights, at least for a little while, instead of just flopping down in the recliner to watch TV after the kids are asleep. When I want something to eat at 10 or 11 p.m. while I'm reading a book or watching TV or finishing a chore, I remind myself that breakfast is a mere 6 hours away and won't my Ezekial bread french toast taste so much better if I'm actually hungry? I used that self talk just last night. And I fall asleep in my bed instead of on the couch with the TV on, which keeps me out of the kitchen in the middle of the night (family room & kitchen are one big room at our house) and helps me be better rested, too.
It's not just the lower carbs/better carbs that is causing the weight loss. Night eating has been a demon of mine for years and years, and obviously not filling my body with food at 11 p.m. is a positive step for weight reduction.
It's also interesting to note that when you aren't eating junky carbs, you don't crave junky carbs. Yes, I still have cravings. I physically crave chocolate a couple times a month, and on carb up days I notice that I want more sugar after I've had some sugar. But on carb down and baseline days, I'm really balanced. When I notice I'm craving something, I look at the clock and realize, hey it's time for my protein snack. So I eat my planned for food, and I'm good.
Which brings me to another habit--planning. I have never been on a diet where I've had to plan so much for what I put in my mouth. Some people could see that as a disadvantage. Perhaps it is. But I would say that anything that has me eating real, whole foods, and not going to a fast food restaurant for a "healthy" salad, is a very good thing. I have a limited menu and eat the same things again and again, but it's OK right now. I like those things. And it makes the planning and preparing easier.
I've not been perfect the past 29 days on this plan. I've had a few slip ups, but I got right back on track and it wasn't even that hard to pick it up again.
Sunday begins week 5, which is the "accelerated fat loss" cycle. I can't wait to see what happens next.
If anyone is wondering, as Jenn mentioned in the comments of my last post, I will carb up for 2 days before I run the half marathon on October 12th. I want to lose weight, but I want to finish this run strong & healthy and I know my muscles need every drop of glycogen they can get.
And yes, I'm happy they passed the bail out package. Did I expect the market to rally today? Yes and no. I'm not at all surprised we are where we are right now, because things didn't get all better just because the President signed a new bill into law. But. At least the banks will likely stop failing and people will be able to get school loans and car loans and businesses will be able to make payroll. We aren't anywhere close to being out of the woods on this economic crisis, and it's going to be a rough couple 2 or 3 years, regardless. And if you have another opinion on the whole bail out thing--I'm probably not the best person to share it with. =)