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Despite my general disapproval of relying on the scale... I've been getting on the scale. Sigh. My weight seems to be holding precisely steady.

Now, on week days I eat like a monk (almost literally, since I've developed an interest in cookbooks by head chefs at Buddhist monasteries lately). Weekends, however, are a lot harder. I've had a couple pasta-oriented indiscretions in the last 6 weeks, but I'd hate to think that they were enough to bring my weight loss to a total halt.

I'm comforting myself with the fact that I have always put on muscle mass freakishly quickly. My arms already feel a bit harder, and my jeans are fitting better. So maybe muscle weight accounts for the number on the scale.

Whatever. I'm striving to eat well, and keep moving. What else can one do? In the final analysis, that's all there is.

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moonlit_page
Aug. 25th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
if pasta is an indiscretion and you're doing low carb, then yes, anything over your allotted 20-30 daily carbs will pull you out of ketosis for 3-4 days. you will not lose, and will gain, if you are doing a low carb diet. inevitably, you will eat pasta again sometime in your life. so understand, a diet that excises pasta is not a diet whose results will last. if you are not doing a low carb diet but are just watching your flour intake, an increase in exercise at which your heart rate goes higher than 160 for half an hour or more should counteract that.
love, roo
fenriss
Aug. 25th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hiya, Roo! Hope you're well.

Nope, I'm not on a diet that does the tightly restricted carbs or ketosis thing. My H and I have been doing the South Beach diet, but that doesn't have you count carbs. Most recently, we are just sort of loosely following that diet's principles, and are trying to avoid sugar, white flour and saturated fats. It's just that I blew it and had manicotti last Sunday. Whoops :)

I figure, as long as I try to stick mostly with my green veggies, beans, tofu and low fat dairy regimen, and try to keep even those foods pretty moderate, I ought to be OK. Plus the personal trainer, who regularly kicks my ass super hard!
moonlit_page
Aug. 25th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've read both; it really truly is the same diet, even though South Beach swears up and down that it's different from Atkins, compare menus and carb intake, it's the same. But you're absolutely right -- transfats, white sugar and flour, those are the devil. Don't beat yourself up over manicotti, however. You're eating healthy, and if you're exercising, it's slow going, but it's the best way! You are awesome! You inspire me!
_blackjack_
Aug. 25th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think one should ever consider eating something as "blowing it". Hell, even my rather extreme diet is entirely voluntary and prone to ammendment if there is curry involved. There is nothing "wrong" with eating anything that isn't outright poisonous. And even that's OK once in a while *hic*. It isn't a MORAL issue. Even eating an utterly unhealthful diet isn't "wrong", even if it's ill-advised.

Don't sweat the details. It's the long-term running averages that count. If you're not eating a big tray of manicotti every day, it's not an issue.

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