Thailand Tuesday, Week 9

I’m so excited I can’t even say Hi first. This week…

I lost 5.2 pounds

Um, YEAH! That’s MAJOR. That’s probably the most weight I’ve ever lost in my life. (Slight hyperbole). But in a week? Definitely up there with the most weight I’ve ever lost in a week. There were some major things that contributed to this major loss, like –

I miss you everyday, Leo!

1) Grief. I was a sad sap from Tuesday through Friday and had to force myself to eat. So, a lot of this is probably water weight, but my calories were greatly reduced.

2) I’m low-carbing it up. Before everyone gets their pitch forks and battering rams ready, I’m not going low-carb for life or even an extended amount of time. I just wanted to see what would happen if I cut out all “junk carbs” in my life like crackers, sugar, certain breads, etc. Evidently this made a major difference. I’ve been eating way more protein which is hard for me because I’m not a big meat eater, but I can feel it because I’m not nearly as snacky or hungry during the day. I’m also focusing more on “good fats” like avocado and olive oil.

So – Wow! I’m a lot closer to my Thailand Tuesday goal today than I thought I would be. Next week’s weigh in will be interesting, because there is a possibility of regain since probably a fair amount of this was just drastic calorie reduction from my lack of eating. (Interesting factoid: A couple of years ago, any extreme emotion I felt – joy, sadness, grief, anger – would lead me to eat. I knew I was changing emotionally when I found those extreme emotions would take away my hunger. Such a big change for me, but one I’d rather have. A bag of chips does not soothe a complicated life, at least not for the long term.)

But – We’ve been feeling better and looking forward to eventually giving a great home to another cat in need, just like we did for Leo. We’re not rushing it and there will certainly never be a replacement, but pets can only bring joy in our family.

How are you doing today? What’s affecting your day? I hope you’re having a great one.


10 thoughts on “Thailand Tuesday, Week 9

  1. Go, girl! And I think every body is different, and some respond to no/low carbs better than most – and there is nothing wrong with that! I am one of them….I can’t lose weight unless I cut out junky carbs and eat the good ones in moderation. What I DON’T do is fill up my plate with fake low carb snacks/food, splenda or overload on cream cheese. Well, I don’t do any of that now but that’s when I am trying to lose/maintain, so I’ll start again after baby.

  2. Hello fellow Alyssa! Congrats on the big loss! :) I know exactly what you mean about cutting certain food and then expecting to gain the weight back when you start eating sweets and stuff again. You’re using the MyFitnessPal app, right? When you update your weight in the app, it will update your calorie allowance :). Super awesome and helpful (for me anyway)

  3. that’s amazing :) go, Alyssa! And I agree- pets are irreplaceable but I think it’s great that you’ll eventually rescue another kitty. <3

  4. Congrats on the awesome loss!!!!! I am sure de-junk-carb-ing is what really pushed you to the loss. I think most people eat too many carbs in general when you really sit down and think about it!!! Chat me tomorrow so we can talk about what meals you’ve been eating, I’m inspired!!!!!

  5. i’ve been blog absent recently, but… OMG!!!!! celebrate your success! that is awesome! and dont just assume you are going to gain some of it back! you will have sometimes a dramatic weight loss just focus on keeping it off :) I am so happy for you!

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