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Monitoring my carbs

2 Feb

Well, been a funny week. I’ve got a heavy cold so not felt like doing much. I’ve been working at home when I could be bothered. In between times I’ve been playing with my new toy, a smartphone. I’ve got an app on that means I can easily count up how many carbs I’m actually eating.

The upshot of this is that I really feel that I should be losing weight on the number of calories I’m eating, as it’s at a reasonable level, even if the carb level isn’t perfect. The carb level isn’t that bad and I’m looking at ways to reduce it a bit.

Being off colour hasn’t helped and I’ve had a bit of a run of transgressions…but that won’t happen any more as the dark chocolate has run out. Not eaten masses at once, but at least I’m keeping track of it. Also I’ve had more PV days than I would like, but vegetables aren’t a bad transgression I don’t feel.

I don’t get colds very often. Probably less than one per year. I started Dukan at the beginning of November and since then have had two. Is this because of the lack of fruit and vegetables in my diet? I can take vitamin supplements, but what about antioxidants?  Blueberries are on super 6 at Aldi this week so maybe I should indulge!

I’ve not really got the hang of blogging yet, so bear with me.

 

Hoping for a loss tomorrow. Aren’t we all?

 

Net Carbs

31 Jan

Following Charlotte’s suggestion I did some research on Net Carbs. On the website

http://ifitandhealthy.com/how-to-calculate-net-carbs-and-what-they-are/ I found the below. This will take my carb count a bit as the oatbran is normally quite a big bit of my carb day. Especially when I have a difficult day and succomb to a second galette!

“Calculate the net, or effective, carbohydrate content of a food, subtract the number of grams of fiber from the number of grams of carbohydrate. For example, 1 cup of blackberries has 14 grams of carbs, but almost 8 grams of it comes from fiber. Total Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbohydrate or in our example, 14 grams – 8 grams = 6 grams of net carbs.”

I can’t just follow something, I want to know How and Why!

Introducing…

31 Jan

So Charlotte tells me that the blog is working OK. So here goes.

I started to follow the Dukan plan at the beginning of November. I’ve a couple of friends who had been following with some success and that encouraged me to have a go myself. Quite an adjustment to make. I was a reasonably healthy eater, lots of fruit and veg, pulses, some meat and fish, but overweight.

I wouldn’t describe myself as a yo yo dieter really.  I know it’s no good for you, so once I decide that it’s time for remedial action I’m good about it.  When I try and lose weight I’m a bit all or nothing, I find it’s the only way to do well. Lots of people can’t deal with that kind of determination, but now I’m old enough to deal with it. I did WW in 1986, did WW again after son was born (he’s 18 now) and even worked for them for a while. I still struggled to keep the weight off.

Over the years it came back on and more. I had a couple of shots at one of the medications  (Reductil) which was OK.  I have Seasonal Affective Disorder quite badly, but learning to cope. When on medication for this in the winter I couldn’t take the drug, so that was no good. All I wanted in the winter was stodge in any case, the couple of goes I had were short spells in the summer.

What a turn around this last year has seen! I was diagnosed with gallstones about this time last year. Tried to cut the fat back. Had the GB out in May. Told when I asked that I could eat normally now. I seemed to have a constant low level of irritation/discomfort until I started Dukan. It went almost immediately and only returned when I was on self-destruct over Christmas.

I stuck to the programme like glue from beginning of November till my birthday just before Christmas with the exception of staying with friends in Germany for a couple of days when I was on damage limitation!  By Christmas I had lost about 6kg. I put on a bit at Christmas and have now gone down to approx 8kg off.

I’m a bit funny about logging the weight every day as ups and downs.  As long as I’m sticking to the plan, I regard my weight as being the lowest morning weigh in. The reason for this is that it seems to go up and down a lot during the week. So I disregard these ‘discrepancies’ as I find them de-motivating.

I enjoy reading blogs for various things, mostly sewing/craft related. The odd Dukan one. (Hi Charlotte!)

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30 Jan

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