Headed in the right direction

I’m down another 3.6 pounds this week, for a total loss of 12.8 pounds since Jan. 1.

That means the scale is FINALLY heading in the right direction. This is my happy face:

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Me at the start of Week 3 …

Because of a change in my work schedule, I only had one day off this weekend — but I worked hard to maximize my food prep time. I know planning ahead — even just minimally — is a key to success.

After a stop at the grocery store, I made a cheeseburger skillet for lunches. They had pre-cut summer squash noodles in the produce section at Fry’s, and those were the base. I added a pound of grass-fed ground beef. Once the pink cooked out, I stirred in a cup of sharp cheddar cheese. Topped with a dollop of sour cream and spicy brown mustard, it makes a pretty tasty — and filling — meal. Kind of like Hamburger Helper without the pasta.

I also cut up cucumber sticks to snack on and cut two turnips into french fry shapes for turnip fries. Furthermore, I finally shredded the starting-to-turn head of cauliflower for a batch of cauliflower rice. I made it in the hamburger pan — and added a bit of the bacon grease stored in my fridge — for extra flavor.

And I whipped up a batch of Low Carb Traveler’s biscuits … plain this time.

Low-Carb Biscuits | Low Carb Traveler

They look different, and not just because there are no pieces of sausage and green beans. Maybe because there were no mix-ins, I only got 6 biscuits instead of 8.

I haven’t tasted them yet, but I expect they’ll be just as delicious as last week’s batch. At least I hope so.

Have I mentioned how easy it is for me to stick to this way of eating? When I’m not doing it, I can’t bear the thought of giving up the pasta, bread and potatoes … but after a day or two, I don’t miss those things at all.

I’ve decided I fall into Gretchen Rubin’s category of “Abstainer.” I’m perfectly happy giving up said foods altogether … but if someone gives me permission to eat them “in moderation,” I go crazy. “Once in a while” becomes “all the damn time” in a blink.

As Rubin says:

I find it far easier to give something up altogether than to indulge moderately. When I admitted to myself that I was eating my favorite frozen yogurt treat very often–two and even three times a day–I gave it up cold turkey. That was far easier for me to do than to eat it twice a week. If I try to be moderate, I exhaust myself debating, “Today, tomorrow?” “Does this time ‘count’?” “Don’t I deserve this?” etc. If I never do something, it requires no self-control for me; if I do something sometimes, it requires enormous self-control.

She defines the two categories as follows:

You’re a moderator if you…
– find that occasional indulgence heightens your pleasure–and strengthens your resolve
– get panicky at the thought of “never” getting or doing something

You’re an abstainer if you…
– have trouble stopping something once you’ve started
– aren’t tempted by things that you’ve decided are off-limits

Sign me up as an abstainer, please. Those points describe me to a T. Now that I know that about myself, it makes sense that I do better on an Atkins-type diet than Weight Watchers. The whole thrust of WW is “eat what you want in moderation.” But on a low-carb diet, I can just ignore all the foods I can’t stop eating.

Works for me.

 

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2 responses to “Headed in the right direction

  1. I’m an abstainer too. Next puzzle, why do abstainers sometimes forget that they were abstaining? I know for me it is reason/purpose based. I was told I had celiac disease. I quit eating gluten. Five years later, a GI doc said I didn’t have celiac disease. I didn’t believe him, but doubt set in. So I ate Starbucks scones and a deep dish pizza. Horrible pain and suffering. I decided the gluten free was still best, but the damage was done and while I didn’t eat gluten on purpose, I quit worrying about cross contamination. I was not well, not miserable, but not well. Then a celiac doc read me the riot act last November about how everything said I had celiac disease except a biopsy 5 years into a proper diet. I started controlling for cross contamination again and health returned. But why, why was I so susceptible to doubt? Hmmmm… keep blogging. I appreciate your journey.

    • Thanks. I know what you mean — when I’m eating low-carb, I feel good and the choices are effortless. But when I’m not eating that way, I forget how much better I feel when I do.

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