BFC Servings Reminder

BFC Servings Reminder
15/6 = 15 grams sugar/6 carb servings
Carb serving (no more than 2 per meal)
5 grams - 20 grams = 1 serving
20 grams - 40 grams = 2 servings
Eat no more than 40 grams carbs and 5 grams sugar per meal!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 11

Well it's been a week since my first post.  As you will remember I was a little emotionally down because I had actually managed to gain 1 pound on the diet instead of losing.  The first thing that went through my mind was basically, "Oh forget it, I did all that this week and didn't lose anything, I should eat what I want and look for another diet".  But then I started my blog, got past the worst of the depression and decided to buckle down and see what happens giving it another week.  I really wanted to drop into the 180's.  Wednesdays are my weigh in day and although I'm tempted, I don't get on the scale any other time except Wednesday mornings as soon as I get up.   I got on this morning and the scale actually, really, stopped at 185lbs!  That was down six pounds from last week!  I think somehow this six pound loss is an accumulated loss of two weeks and my scale was flaky last week, but it doesn't matter.  The main thing is that because I stuck with the plan instead of giving in to my bit of depression it worked out.  I started the past week by again writing down everything I was eating, but to be honest I didn't do anything too different.  Although I had been keeping my carbs at below 120 for the day, I might have been eating more than 40 at a meal, which you shouldn't do.  I've tried to find lower carb, higher fiber breads to make my little pizzas and sandwiches for lunch.  Plus I used more pure stevia powder in my drinks instead of Truvia because then there was no additional carbs for my drinks.  I discovered that some heavy creams have 1 carb in them and some brands (Shenandoah) have none, so I will only by that brand now.  Slim Jims and plain rye crispbeads are my new go to snack if I'm hungry between meals.  This week I didn't let myself get too hungry and if I did I tried to make a decaff coffee in the middle of the day or a cup of tea with cream.  I hope I can do well again next week!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New to Blogging


I've been reading everyone's BFC blogs for a few weeks now and decided it might help me to start my own blog.  Confession:  Although I've read a lot of blogs I have never tried this myself until now.  I guess I'll start off by telling you a little bit about myself.  I have been married for 22 years and have four boys.  My oldest son is graduating college in a few weeks, the next is in his second year of college and the third is graduating high school in a few weeks.  My youngest son is a high school sophomore.  I think, like a lot of women, I have spent the last twenty years focused on my kids.  Although I have loved every minute of raising my boys I have to wonder where I went.  As I neared my fiftieth birthday this past March, I realized two things:
1.) My boys are becoming more involved in their own lives and don't need me like they used to.  While this is a good thing and what we actually want as a parent, it also leaves me with a bit of sadness and a bit of wondering - what should I do now?
2.) One of the things I decided I need to do now was to start thinking about me more.By thinking of me more I mean my health, my body and my future.

Somehow over the years I've managed to let myself go.  My weight has creeped up, exercising is almost nonexistent, and I even had dental issues that I'd put off. Although I don't think I have any major problems or ailments, I can't remember the last time I've been to the doctor for a well checkup.  The first thing I did right before my fiftieth birthday was to go to the dentist and got two root canals and two crowns put on.  I was so relieved to have this done, and have vowed go regularly from now on. Then I started thinking about my weight.  I had been on the Suzanne Somers diet about five or six years ago and had lost about 25lbs at that time.  As with a lot of people and a lot of diets I found that I couldn't eat like that forever.  Her plan is similar to the BFC and Atkins where you stay away from sugars and bad carbs, but on hers you basically can't eat carbs and fats at the same time - you have to keep them three hours apart.  This means no sandwich of any kind, no toast with fried eggs, no cheese and crackers etc.  Too hard to maintain.  The BFC looks similar but I like the fact that you can combine fats and carbs.  I also never considered fiber before and that also looks like a good thing to consider.  So anyway I started the diet on a Wednesday, April 6, 2011 to be exact, and therefore weigh myself every Wednesday morning.

Here is my journey so far:

April 6, 2011 I weighed 197lbs.
April 13, 2011 -196lbs
April 20, 2011 -193lbs
April 27, 2011 -190lbs 
May 4, 2011    -191lbs

So I was very happy to actually be losing weight even if it did seem to be coming off very slowly, and not the big losses I've read about in other blogs for the beginning weeks.   I figured I had probably messed up my metabolism over the years with the different techniques I've tried (Suzanne Somers, then trying my hand at gourmet cooking, then low calories)  This morning when I got on the scale I was so looking forward to seeing my weight out of the 190's but instead I saw that I had gained a lb.  I was disappointed and a little depressed to see that.  Instead of quitting I decided maybe if I started this blog maybe it would help me. In reviewing last week here are things I may have done wrong/different. 
1).Had some alcohol one day.  My husband and I had a couple vodka and Sobe's and it's the first alcohol I've had since starting. 
2.) I had also been writing down everything I was eating and this week I didn't do that. 
3.)I had a couple pieces of 85% chocolate every night this week while before I only had a few pieces the entire week.
4.) Drank a lot of ice tea & Stevia instead of just plain ice water. 
5.)Although I put clear Benefiber in my two cups of coffee each morning I stopped taking the additional Benefiber pills I was taking before because I ran out of them.
6.) I got hungry this week, so maybe I should eat more of the right stuff and not get hunger pains.

  That is all I can think of that was different.  Maybe if I become more accountable by writing things down I will figure out what I am doing right or wrong.  Any hints or suggestions by anyone that might be reading this are welcome.  Thanks!