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a new low

September 4th, 2011 at 10:17 am

Last summer while doing the $25/week grocery challenge I lost 5 lbs. Then I had my kidney stone and ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks and lost 10 more lbs. After getting out of the hospital I had no energy and no appetite and lost another 5 lbs. Unfortunately after that it was the holiday season and instead of building on that loss I gained back everything I lost by April 1st.

Mid-April I started low-carb/primal/paleo way of eating. I weigh on Sunday and Wednesday and when I got on the scale this morning I saw the Whoosh! fairy had visited me and I had lost 2 lbs since Wednesday. This puts me 2 pounds under my low of last year, without the visit to the hospital to help out Smile

So even though I've lost over 20 lbs my mind wants to tell me only the last 2 count, since the first 19 lbs were re-lost lbs. Bad Head!!! You can't always control your thinking, but either way I'm now on my way to losing 'real' weight Smile

I finished reading the library book Tucker's Claim by Sarah McCarty. Romance - very good.

9 Responses to “a new low”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Are you following a specific book or diet and if so what is it called? It sounds interesting. I want to go on a diet once school starts and I know low carb works for me but I always like a specific plan to follow.

    Congrats on the weight loss.

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    YAY. Any weight loss is good weight loss! SO happy your plan is working out!!

  3. retire@50 Says:

    LuckyRobin - I started with The New Atkins for a new You by Eric C. Westman (Walmart has it for about $11). Then browsing the atkins forums I came accross blogs on paleo/primal living, which are very similar they allow a few more carbs and more fruit. They are also emphasize more whole foods. Not products like low-carb bars/shakes etc.

    Then I started reading about the Leptin Reset. Leptin is a hormone that controls your other hormones and your hunger. I've been following the rules for that since Aug 1. And I love the results from this way of eating. No hunger, no cravings, no thinking about food all day and what/when to eat next, great sleep. Just over all feel good. My skin looks better and I think my hair is growing in, it was getting very thin on top.

    Dr Jack Kruse has a blog about leptin and reseting it using primal eating. I'm following his rules here:

    and the blog about people who are following the reset here:

    I've read the book Mastering Leptin by Byron Richards which does a really good job of explaining how the hormone works.

    I also follow Mark's Daily Apple blog. The author wrote The Primal Blueprint, which I just finished yesterday.

    I would probably start with Atkins again - especially induction just to get over the carb cravings and then tweek to what you think works for you.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Congrats on the weight loss, whether is it "new" weight or the reloss stuff, any weight loss when you want it is a good thing!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thank you.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats!! Thanks for those links, too.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    WTG on the loss!

  8. SicilyYoder Says:

    Are you diabetic? My dad was, and he had a huge kidney stone.

  9. retire@50 Says:

    yes, I am diabetic, but low-carb does not cause kidney stones. There are multiple studies showing low-carb is fine unless you have actual kidney damage. It actually improves your kidney function since it helps you remove excess water that your kidney holds onto from inflammation from eating carbs, putting less pressure on your kidneys and lowering your blood pressure.

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