Week 4 vs. Week 16 (Pictured Above)
It has been a few weeks since my last update.
I am still going strong on this new lifestyle change of mine. I am still very much committed to the “Slow Carb” lifestyle.
In this update, I am going to talk about some pitfalls I have had. Things I am doing differently and my overall progress.
First off I wanted to say that I have a new support group. I joined a program called Prevent.
I am in this program free of charge as it was offered to me by the company I work for. It is a support group + a class about health & nutrition all rolled into one nice easy to do program.
You are given an online health coach who is there to help you with your weight loss goals. This has been an invaluable tool for me as I have asked my coach many questions on what I could do to substitute certain things to eat or even for exercise.
In this program, I have to weight myself every day. The weight is automatically transmitted to the Prevent website and my weight is tracked on a statistics/progress website. It is a 16-week program and each week you learn something new about nutrition and how and what to eat. It also explains how certain foods benefit your body.
Also, each week you are given activities you should be doing to help you achieve your weight loss goals. I think in week 5 we were given pedometers and they wanted us to try and commit to moving 7500 steps each day. Later on, we were given an elastic band for exercising. They wanted us to try and commit to using that for exercise a few times a week.
It has been very informative for me and I have learned a bunch of good information about eating healthy and nutrition in general.
What is next for me?
I am hoping to start making videos (YouTube) about my weight loss journey so other people like myself have something they can look at and realize they too can obtain these results.
Alright here is what you are probably waiting for. Real number updates.
Last I left you at Week 4 I weighed in at 226.3 lbs.
3/5/16 – Weight: 218.5 lbs.
Waist (OBB): 46
Week 14 (I forgot to do WK12)
4/16/16 – Weight: 208.2 lbs.
Waist (OBB): 45
4/30/16 – Weight: 204.5
Waist (OBB): 43.75
If you remember I started at 239 lbs.
So as of 4/30/16 I have lost a total of 34.5 lbs.
I believe this is very good progress and I am very happy with my results so far.
As far as recommending this lifestyle change to someone. I would very much recommend it.
Here is a screenshot from Prevent of my daily weigh-ins (Taken 4/29/15).
You will see with my cheat days I gain between 5-7 lbs. each weekend and I always end up losing all of it plus more by the end of the next week.
I ran into some issues during Easter. My family bought me candy and typically I keep all my junk food in a grocery bag in the corner. Out of sight, out of mind. Except I did not do that with this candy. It was looking at me every morning. I ended up going through a couple weeks eating candy. It did hinder my progress, but not as badly as I thought it would.
I also found that not eating enough food actually will hinder your progress as well. I found I made the best progress when I ate 4+ times a day of lean protein and veggies.
Changes I have made:
So over the last couple of week (2 or 3) a lot of stuff has been coming down on me at work. Lots of changes, lots of stress, none of it really any good. I would like to vent about it, but it would not be super professional of me to do so, so I will leave it at that.
With that being said my eating practices and habits have changed a bit.
I have not been eating 30g of protein in the morning within 30 minutes of waking up. In fact, I have not been eating anything until about 3 hours after I wake. I have not had any negative effects from this yet. I am not sure how long I will keep this up, but it will likely be for a while or until I find a new job.
I would have to say anyone who has issues eating breakfast and getting that 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking. I feel like you might not have to worry about this. At least I would say give it a try for a couple weeks and see what happens.
I have read that people get to a certain weight and then struggle with losing and at that point the breakfast becomes a crucial part of the SCD lifestyle.
Here we have just a couple selfies I took the one with the shaven face this week. I ended up getting rid of the beard for a job interview which I don’t think panned out for me. So I am very sad that I got rid of it for nothing.
So as much as I didn’t want to take photos without my shirt on I decided that it probably was something I should just bite the bullet and do since I am writing about my weight loss journey. You very well cannot talk about your losses and now have pictures or evidence to actually back it up.
These were taken just a few hours before I uploaded this blog. Week 16 shots. Hopefully, my next photos will be less blurry. I blame it on not wearing my glasses and not setting my camera focus up properly.
As far as food goes I am pretty much eating solely chicken now. I will do steak every now and then, but I found chicken gives me the best results and right now I am looking for the best/fastest losses.
I started using Sriracha and Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce on my chicken and other food.
The spicy sauces add flavor to a boring meal plus it is awesome that spicy stuff has fat burning properties. So it is like killing two birds with one stone. I also removed beans from my diet and replaced it with sweet potatoes.
I have been baking the sweet potatoes in the microwave. I then cut them open and sprinkle cinnamon on them. Cinnamon also has fat burning properties as well which is just awesome.
Cheat days are pretty typical. I just eat whatever. I have not had pizza in a while sadly. Actually as I am writing this I am considering baking a pizza. (Update: I ended up spending $22 at Taco Bell and ate up a ton of dem carbs!)
Below are some photos of my daily meals and some of my cheat day foods.
As you can see my diet now mostly consists of chicken. I enjoy sweet potatoes almost daily as well.
Some of the photos are chicken chili. Chicken lettuce wraps w/ bacon or pepperoni. I highly recommend chicken and bacon lettuce wraps lol!
Double Doozies pictured first. It is simply your fav. cookie with vanilla whipped frosting in the middle. So damn good.
The second photo is my Big Boy dinner a few weeks ago. Buffalo Chicken Strips, Chili Cheese Fries, Mozzarella Cheese Sticks.
Brownies in the next photo and then the final photo was my cheat meal last week where I made pasta alfredo and ate a brownie.
Well, thanks everyone for reading the blog!
Questions or Comments feel free to leave them.
Keep on losing!