Day 16: The Halfway Point

Halfway though, this committment to bore the living hell out of my regular visitors with my ill-informed drivel on the financial mess and a laundry list of what I’ve eaten for the day has been successful so far.

It’s the diet part that ain’t going so good.

To put a positive spin on it, today I weigh 207.2 – down 6.8 lbs from my starting weight of 214.

6 lbs ain’t much, but at the rate I was gaining, it’s good to see I stopped that trend, and I am lower than when I started.

A few awful days put me back, and I’ve come to understand that the notion of a ‘golden time’ – that first shot at Atkins where the weight comes off easy – is probably accurate. After 5+ years doing low carb, your body becomes acclimated to it, and you just can’t achieve the same rapid weight loss.

That’s not to say that Low carb doesn’t work – it does, it’s just harder the second time ’round.

Advice to first-timers who’ve lost weight at this: DON’T LET THE WEIGHT COME BACK!

There’s also a trapped-feeling to all this. It’s something I suppose everyone who diets, loses weight, and keeps it off for the long-term feels: you are trapped doing this forever.

Whatever diet you do, if it works – welcome to the rest of your life, sucker. That’s why low carb is a pretty attractive style of diet to go on. You don’t have to restrict quantities as much as other diets, and the food you can eat is actually quite diverse and healthy – and tasty – no sugar-free rice cakes here.

Imagine living on rice cakes the rest of your life…pathetic.

Of course, you do have to give up some pretty yummy stuff – you’ll find no good baguette, and science will never recreate a genuine New York bagel in a low carb version.

Oh well. To the folks that can eat that sort of stuff and still keep thin: to hell with you!

Ok…where was I? My foodies for yesterday:

Breakfast was an Atkins bar.

Guzzled down the 50oz. water. 

Around noon I finished off the beef stroganoff. That kept me until I got home.

7:30pm was a 1/2 pint of mock potato salad, and some kilebasa slices, a burger on lettuce with low carb ketchup, and a few chicken wings – washed down with a lot of 4C drink mix.

No cheats, though I was again surrounded by pasta, mac & cheese, and fresh baked cookies and cupcakes.

I’d like to think I can get under 200 by the end of this – it’s not too ambitious of a goal, but when you’re in it for the long haul, you gotta pin your hopes on a series of small victories – the big ones don’t come along all that often.

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2 thoughts on “Day 16: The Halfway Point

  1. At the moment I am not missing carbs at all. I am quite happy on paleo. So I could do this for the rest of my life. But I do worry that it is easy to say this at the beginning!!!!
    As for the election drama. Your not the only ones we (New Zealand) have our elections in two weeks and its not looking good for who I want to get in.

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