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!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Sept. 15 - 23 weeks

I was just counting up the weeks I've been doing the BFC and realized I've been on this diet for 23 weeks now!  That is just about six months!  I am now at a definite 172lbs.  My scale goes back and forth a pound or two during my daily weigh ins, but this week it has been at 172lbs most days.   I really upped my fiber this past week and have eaten an average of about 35grams of fiber a day.  To go along with this I also drank at least a 1/2 gallon of water each day.  Thought I'd have a big loss this week, but instead I just solidified my 172lbs.  That is still great, but I wonder why I can't get those 2 to 3 lb losses/week everyone else got in the beginning.   Thought fiber was the key, but now I'm thinking it's not.  It could also be a hormonal thing.  I've read that in less us women have our hormones balanced it is harder to lose weight.  I'm one of those women that went through early menopause, when I was 48 actually.  It just runs early with the women in my family.  So maybe that has something to do with it.  I know I use to lose weight fairly easily when I was younger.  I've toyed with the idea of going to see a naturopathic doctor just to see what she/he says about my overall hormones and health, but still not sure I want to get into all that when I do feel fine.  Someone I know suggested it could be Thyroid related, but I think I would have some other issues besides slow weight loss if my thyroid was out of whack.    Oh well, I guess I'm just not going to have those dramatic 1-2 pound losses a week that other people have.  Overall I'm still losing and feeling healthier and that is what is important!

Like Pattie I also got the new Fast Track book and read through it the other night.  Jorge outlines a 14 day eating plan that he stresses you should follow EXACTLY to insure the big weight loss he says you can make in two weeks. But then he says you can swap lunches or dinners for others on the 14 day plan if you don't like the offering for the day.  I'm sure everyone would have to swap something at some point because we don't all like everything that Jorge likes, correct?  Then after we swap and don't lose a ton of weight would we then think, "Oh it's because I didn't follow the 14 day plan exactly".  In my opinion it's almost an out for him.   The 14 day plan is basically eating without grain carbs at all.  Plus you do not count your carbs or sugars at all for two weeks.  Fiber is gotten basically from green vegetables and nuts. He also wants your good gut bacteria to be optimum and even suggests drinking a cup or two of chicken broth in the evening (yuck!).   I might try doing a two week period of  totally proteins and vegetables at the end of September. Or maybe alternate one day Fast Track, one day regular BFC - I'm not sure.   I take probiotics but don't think I can do more than that to get my "gut" perfectly aligned.   The next few weeks I'll be out of town twice for a day or two and I think it would be too hard to stick to all proteins & veggies while your traveling.  Still mulling it over.

 On non-diet news, we had a severe thunderstorm last night here and I'm actually surprised that there are no trees lying in my yard after that lightening show!   I talked to my son that is living at college and he is doing ok. Thanks to everyone that asked about him!  He said his two roommates like to have a couple of shots around 9:00 in the evening and then they usually go out until 1 or 2 in the morning.  My son had to tell them to at least come in quietly and not turn on the overhead light at 2 in the morning so he could stay sleeping.  They seem to be doing better about that.  No news yet on him getting un-tripled.  I think things would be nicer for all if there were only two guys in a room.   This weekend we are picking him up and after a neighborhood party on Saturday we are going to go see my parents that live in West Virgina for the day on Sunday.  They live in a nice little area that has woods and a lake and my son said he was really looking forward to going somewhere peaceful like that for the day.  I'm not sure how peaceful it is since my parents bicker constantly, but I guess for the boys it will be nice since they spend most of their time there hiking and hanging outside.

So those are my thoughts for this Thursday morning!  I hope everyone is having a great week!


  1. Good review Beth. I like that idea of alternating between fast track and regular BFC. I always think we you keep your body slightly confused, it doesn't settle into a plateau pattern. No scientific research on that, just a feeling! LOL! Glad your son is doing okay. He is learning skills to deal with others different than himself. I think these triple rooms are ridiculous too. Two of my boys had that one year in college. Personllaly I think the rooms should be singles, even if they were tiny. That way at least the kids could get some rest! I had a private room in college and it was nice when I needed some quiet time. Sounds like your parents have a nice place. My parents bicker too. The kids think it's funny! Not all the time, but it's usually my mother correcting my father for something he says or does. Sadly, sometimes I do that to my own husband. I'll put that on the long list I have of things I need to work on!!! Take care and have a great day.

  2. Good to hear that you are feeling healthier, hang in there the weight loss will come. Glad to hear that your son is okay, have a wonderful day :)

  3. Hi Beth, yo know that thing on the cover where it says that you can lose 4-9lbs a week is B.S. I lost 7lb the first week and 5 the 2nd. Check out my weight loss tab on my blog. Then it came off slowly. Some weeks nothing or gained.
    I really don't like the idea of no grain carbs like in the Fast Track. I feel in order for this to work - we need to eat 1-2 grain carbs a day, so we son't be tempted to chew off our arm from being too hungry.
    Alternating might be a good idea.
    I am glad your home had no damage and that your son is OK.
    Have a great day :-)

  4. Beth, I was always disappointed when I just KNEW I was going to have a big loss and didnt. But pretty consistently if I help true to the plan, that loss materialized the next week. I would swear to you, my body was trying to trick me into quitting! ;-)

    I know that FT menu can be confusing, but you can substitute and you will lose weight. I never followed it exactly, just lowered my stevia intake and eliminated grains/legumes/beans and it worked. I also quit having Zevias and any other special canned/bottled drinks that were allowed on BFC. Im going to do a little FT challenge in early Oct if you want to join me!

  5. I think those dramatic losses only come when you start out when you haven't dieted at all. 35 grams of fiber is a good amount - I'd keep it up if I were you. Keep in mind that artificial fiber supplements aren't as effective as real food, either. Just hang in there!

  6. I wrote you a long reply and the darn computer shut off!! I am sure what I wrote before had a lot of wisdom in it! Kidding!
    I think Jorge is risking his name when he promises big weight loss quickly and it may not happen. Hopefully people don't expect the world. 14 days isn't that long to give it a good try I guess. I don't want to picture my life without ever having grains? I want to eat a little of everything.
    You have done great so far, it just seems like it takes forever to have that darn scale budge. I am hoping that your 172 will suddenly be 169:)
    My musical preference is Christian Contemporary. I really have never been in to music, even in my younger years. At least with the Christian music I can understand what they are saying or singing. Some of the gals in zumba mouth all the words to the songs and I am like "what?" I have no clue what they are saying!!!

  7. Hey Beth, I second what everyone says...just hang in there. I'm really at the beginning of my journey. The 1st 2 weeks I had dramatic weight loss, but now it's slow. But remember slow & steady wins the race.

  8. Beth, I totally agree with you (on the "exactly for 14 days" thing). I did NOT do it exactly, I just cut out the grains, legumes and anything with sugar alcohols and the FT worked great for me. I also agree about balancing your hormones... very true. I felt all during my loss to be very even tempered and not hormonal. I didnt even have weight increases during my cycle (which was weird).