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Monday, October 17, 2011

October Fast Track Challenge: Week 2

Week 2 of the Fast Track and I am down 1 pound. My scales were all over the place this week, and I honestly didn't think I would have a loss this week. I weighed everyday, and most of the week I was up 1-1.5. But weigh in day is what counts and I just kept on. That is a total of 4.5 for my two weeks, with about 6 more pounds to go. I have also added back a short run (3-4 miles) twice a week and am trying to figure out how to tone my upper thighs and arms.

I am not eating anything fancy, it is SUPER simple. I notice I'm eating less and am less hungry. I am eating my meals on small dessert plates, instead of my regular big plates. And making a real effort to eat more greens, even when I don't want to.
Breakfast: Coffee with cream and coconut oil first thing. About an hour later I have a Pumpkin Muffin with the icing.
Lunch: Sausage or another protein, sliced cucumber or spinach salad, Cottage Cheese with chia seeds sprinkled on top. Often the protein is leftovers from the previous nights dinner
Snack: I usually have my dark chocolate in the late afternoon, when the kids are home from school and driving me nuts. If not I have a cheese stick, sliced salami and/or celery.
Dinner: Fried egg, meat, green veggie (brocolli, zucchini, spinach) or riced cauliflower
Snack: Pot of tea, sometimes with cream or a stevia packet. Chocolate if I haven't had it yet.

Are you still with me? If not, that's okay too. You have to do what works for you and the Fast Track can seem pretty extreme. I would encourage you to finish out the month though. Pushing through the hard parts of something is where you really learn and grow. But like I've mentioned before, this is my 3rd time to try the Fast Track in 18 months. And it works for me, so I'm not going to argue with that. My own Mom quit, said she was having trouble combining it with her Weight Watchers program. So go back to regular BFC if you need to, and live with this new knowledge. Maybe the next time you hit a plateau you can try it again, or at the very least apply this new knowledge about grains to your menu. We are all on our on journey! So let me know where you are, your success and struggles. I know it is not easy, but I also know you can do it!

If you cheat with Fast Track, it is going to show on the scale. It is very much like Atkins in that respect. You cannot "kind of" do it. You need to do it with gusto! :) Knowing I cannot have a single chip, not a nibble, is actually, strangely freeing for me. I feel completely released from the power those freaking chips have over me. Sound silly? Well, 2 years ago I'd eat a whole bag of chips in the hour I had alone and then hide the bag deep in the trash can. I also made brownies for my boys this weekend, and I didn't have a crumb! That is a HUGE HUGE thing for me. They were a binge food for me and I hate it when my problems with food get in the way of a little fun for them. The Hubby is (still) out of town and nobody would have known if I'd had some... but I didn't. I'm proud of that.

One confession, or at least it feels like a confession. I am still using Benefiber. I stopped taking it for about a year, around the time I first did FT. But I'm happier when my bowels are moving, it's that simple. Without it I am completely constipated on the Fast Track. I do about 1/3 of the recommended dose in my morning coffee and it keeps me semi-regular. If I ate MORE greens this wouldn't be necessary and I'm working on that.

18 comments:

  1. Amber, I agree with you - when you aren't going to eat any 'chips' that takes away their power! I love that feeling, and that's what keeps me doing the Fast Track, every time! The only time I added grains back the last time was because I have food in the house I didn't want to waste that other people weren't going to eat. Stupid, huh? Great job on the brownies and the chips and the 1ish pounds gone!! yeah! Oh, and I'm still with you.

    BTW, I feel more regular when I eat avocado or mushrooms in the morning with my eggs than I ever did before.

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  2. You are doing great! I know it's hard to pass up that good stuff we used to eat all the time before. And you have kids at home so I know that makes it ruff. I agree that if you are going to do the BFC or FT you need to do it 100% and not just ish.
    Have a great day :-)

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  3. Amber, I find that I really want to cheat, but nothing sounds good enough to break my weight loss. I am not losing pounds but I'm into clothes that I haven't been into for a year. I don't understand the weight thing, but think if I cut back on red wine at night, I might do better.

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  4. Nancinator - I meant to mention, dont drink much. But I have had one night each week where I attended a get together with party food and wine. I had two glasses of white those nights, and stuck to the cheese & veggie trays. Cut back, or switch to white. If I remember right, the FT book says white wine.

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  5. I am a binge eater too, so thank you for being honest about that. It feels like a really shameful thing at times. Thank you.

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  6. Amber I couldn't do without the Benefiber either on FT! It was so much easier to get all my fiber in with the Uncle Sam's cereal!

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  7. Hubby and I are still doing the FT, we didn't lose any this week becasue we cheated Thurs with Italian for MIL's bday dinner...but we feel good and our weekly pics show progress. Hubby has lost his man boobs and his belly :) :) I don't think he will ft all of Oct but I am going to. Sometimes when I need a little extra fiber I take my chia seed fiber.

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  8. Still hovering at a 1 - 1.5 lb total loss going into week two. Haven't cheated, nary a grain in sight. Reduced Stevia intake, eating the veg in good amounts. I too am taking Benefiber. Haven't overdone the chocolate and I haven't had any alcohol. Kind of at a loss why this isn't working like it does for others. My only guess is maybe salt intake? I was premenstrual last week. So I am trying to cut out the salt this week and see how it goes. Only giving this two weeks but will incorporate a lot of this into my regular BFC after: less grains (except my morning toast or Uncle Sam - really miss this the most) and more veggies.

    The only upside is that my clothes feel looser.

    Kim

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  9. Kim - that is super frustrating! Sounds like you are doing everything right. How do you have to lose (sorry if you've told me before)? I say just keep it up for the month!

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  10. I still have 37lbs I'd like to lose. I am 42, and 5'4". I started out at 213 and have been stuck in this 170's plateau for quite some time, so it's not like I have my last 5 lbs to lose or something. Frustrating is right!

    Kim

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  11. Way to go, Amber. I'm working my way to pure FT and feeling a little woozy, but I'll get there. I OD'd on chips in Mexico, and I can honestly say I can no longer stand the sight of them. I hope that feeling never goes away. :)

    You're going to be down 10 in no time!

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  12. Hi Amber,
    I was wondering if you have read "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis? Very similar to BFC and FT but with more science/explanation. I am reading it right now...
    I would love to know your thoughts on this book.

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  13. Hey Amber,
    I bought a copy of FT @ Costco Saturday and started FT yesterday. I have to admit this is the hardest time of year to do this but I did it 2 years ago with BFC, so I can do it again. I really hope to be able to drop the 14lbs. in 14 days...that would be AWESOME but if not, I'll keep plugging along. I cannot thank you enough for posting the recipes with coconut flour. I too LOVE coconut and look forward to baking these tasty treats soon. I just bought a mini-cupcake pan and the silicone liners.
    I have a hard time eating first thing in the morning so today I ate breakfast for lunch at around 130--2 fried eggs, bacon and a slice of cheese with herbal iced tea. Then for dinner I ate ground pork seasoned with taco spices on top of sauteed spinach with shredded cheese, a few grape tomatoes and guacamole. I've eaten 2 meals today and no snacks and I feel good. I do need to incorporate veggies into the breakfast for lunch....onion (a little) and mushrooms in an omelet and if I have the time, some asparagus. Ok, sorry I've gone on too long, just excited to be doing this with you too and I REALLY look forward to your recipes especially with the holidays approaching. Happy "releasing"!

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  14. Heather - If you lose 14lbs in 14 days Id be amazed. Commit for a month and I bet you will get a real headstart on your weight loss though.

    Canuck - Wheat Belly is a great book from what I can tell. Its not available at my library yet, but its on my list! Their blog is a great resource for info on grain-free living.

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  15. I just have to say, WAY TO GO to everyone!! Committment is certainly key, and it sounds like everyone is working it! Keep it up, ya'll, and you'll reach those goals. :)

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  16. I'm still with you!

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  17. Amber, I am gonna give those pumpkin muffins a try and I am gonna have to give the whole FT another try. My skin did so much better without the wheat and my doctor thinks it could be helpful too. I just run out of ideas to mix it up a bit. I have to say thanks for all your great ideas and recipes it really is helpful.

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  18. Amber, I am about to start adding coconut oil to my diet and I was wondering how much do you put in your coffee?

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