Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day Two - Egg/Protein Fast

Here I go again trying something new! Eggs, eggs, all day long for 3-5 days with some good fat thrown in. Keeps me satisfied longer than I thought. I probably will not look at an egg after this! LOL

Heck, I will do anything to control my binging in the evenings. I don't go by the scale anymore. It is a nice surprise if it went down but I'm not going to stress over it. In fact, things are finally looking up for me on the home front. I finally was able to snag a part-time job to help pay some bills. Whatever the case maybe, I want this jump start plan to get me going in the right direction. It is obvious my body needed more protein and fat..yes, fat. Tomorrow, will be day 3 and most people at the low-carb friends thread have started added vegetable carbs in. I will see what happens on Thursday and decide if I want to continue til the end of the week.

I wanted to mention to everyone at the Fascinated with Kimmer threads at LCF to stop bickering and finger pointing. I haven't a clue as to what is going on and probably never will. It probably isn't any of my business since I'm a relative outsider. Yet, as an outsider I have a different perspective on the whole deal. It seems to distract us from what needs to be done. Please, ladies and gentlemen, lets be friends again. Where's the love? Come on now, kiss and make up! Now, let's get back to business!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

For Something Completely Different....and Yet...

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Struggling for self-assurance over hidden angst, you are highly adept and full of surprises.

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Anakin Skywalker is a character in the Star Wars universe. The Star Wars Databank profiles his life story.

Then I add this famous quote from my signature line:

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
-Kahlil Gibran-

Yep, that's me in a nutshell. I go to battle everyday.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Kimkins Experiment

When I have free time, I often look at the old Kimmer threads at Low-Carb friends. This gives me and anyone else an opportunity a glimpse at the psyche of "Kimmer" is about, the Kimkins plan, and the "glowing" testimonials that followed. Yes, people lost weight, yet, their stats don't quite match up to their losses, and most of them regained the weight or jumped the LCF ship and boarded the SS Kimkins or simply moved on. I know full well the Kimkins plan isn't a new concept. Stillman's and Atkins plans aren't new either. Basically, the KK plan is a bunch of recycled ideas thrown together and given a cutesy name that shows up in a popular housewife checkout line magazine called Women's World. I read the magazine. Even did the crossword puzzle in the back, too. Never even crossed my mind to join. I went on with life and forgot all about it.

I will let you in on a little secret. I tried the original KK plan for 5 days. I took a week off from the gym, boiled eggs, grilled a bunch of turkey burgers and chicken breasts, bought heads of lettuce, cans of tuna, (ugh!) chicken in a can, and some bags of frozen broccoli and spinach. I whipped out my Crate and Barrel digital food scale and portion controlled my meals. I was quite familiar with Stillman's QWL and the Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (in my humble opinion) is all about Intermittent Fasting and portion control. I was desperate for a way to not only control my binge-eating-disorder but to lose some weight in the process. The only differences are I took my supplements as I always did and not rely on a multi-vitamin only, did not consume soda, crystal light, or use artificial sweeteners of any kind. Water, green tea, and peppermint teas were my only beverages.

How did the week go? Hmm...I was able to control my binge eating issues by staying busy all day long at work and going to bed early. I was exhausted the first couple of days and irritated for some reason. I wanted to talk to no one and be left alone. I do not get along well with my co-worker. Maybe that was it. LOL Yeah, it more than likely was lack of caffeine!

I did not feel hunger after the third day. I had to force myself to eat lunch nor did I eat the hard boiled eggs for my snacks. Dinner was a dangerous time for me on the second day, but I talked myself out of eating anything other than dinner and went to bed. I missed going to the gym terribly. Yes, I stuck with the plan for an entire 5 days. Then the weekend came and it wasn't an extreme binge fest as I thought it would be. I had fruit, bread, and cheese. I think I even had a few slices of buffalo chicken pizza. Oh, and I went to Boston Market and had one of their 1/4 chicken meals, too. (Their corn bread is actually pretty good.) After carefully doing the math I barely made it over 1500 calories on both Saturday and Sunday when I averaged them out. The weekend evenings was when I consumed the food I mentioned above.

I did manage to lose some weight. About 5lbs., I guess. Perhaps it was water weight. My weight can fluctuate between 2 to 5lbs. on the same day! I went back to my normal eating patterns and went back to the gym. It felt good to get on the elliptical again! Here is the problem. Lately, I've had to deal with some stress and bouts of depression and I don't know if it is a residual of the experiment or what, but I do not have an appetite whatsoever. I am not starving myself. I eat the 3 weighed and measured meals I prepare. Healthy fats are included. I eat meat, fruit, vegetables, some grains, and a small portion of dairy.
I do have a doctor's appointment next month. I had to postpone it due to financial reasons. I hope my problems aren't due to thyroidal or candida. Sometimes I have horrible bloating episodes and tension headaches after lunch. The peppermint tea helps relieve it.

I'll keep you tuned in on what happens next.

Thanks for reading.