I keep telling myself I’m past the hardest part. The first two weeks are in the bag; my body is beginning to normalize to my diet. On top of that, I’m mentally used to avoiding carbs… sort of. Let me tell you, they are everywhere. Yesterday, several of us went to a business lunch. I was tempted by the delicious-looking potato soup and artisan bread. Yet I found for the first time in two weeks that I didn’t have to have them!
My total carb count is below 40 grams a day. The trick is to aim for zero carbs and allow the 40-carb-limit act as a buffer for any accidental carbs that slip in.
I’m not worried about my goal weight at this time, it’s too far away to worry about that. Keep in mind that old cliche football coach slogan: “We are taking it one game at a time.” Well, I am taking it one meal at a time. Before you know it, you look around and find you have strung several successful days together.
The goal is to celebrate discipline and not results. The results will come, but our weight fluctuates daily and obsessing over the scale will drive you crazy. This is poison to your will power, as well as your confidence. Let me say it again: celebrate discipline, not results.
You’re probably wondering what I have been eating to be successful.
- two fried eggs, over medium with six slices of bacon.
- chicken and steak fajita meat with sour cream, lettuce, and a bit of salsa
- four pieces of string cheese.
- 12 oven-ready meatballs (small), eight pieces of bacon.
- Breakfast, day two:
- two sausage patties and eggs from Whataburger (the biscuits removed).
- a few pieces of beef jerky.
- Hickory burger from Charleston’s with bun removed, a little coleslaw on top, broiled shrimp with cheese and garlic.
- three pieces of string cheese.
- stack of bacon, green beans.
I am a bachelor, so a lot of what I eat is quick and easy to prepare. However, recipes abound that are carb friendly. These can be found online. Also, my sister, Dr Mindy Cail, has an outstanding cookbook with low carb recipes she has accumulated over the years.
The trick to avoiding “protein burnout” is preparing a variety of recipes. By putting in the effort to plan and prepare food ahead of time, you can avoid giving in to junk-cravings simply out of convenience. Low carb snacking can really help as well.
It is an unfortunate truth that eating carbs, even at one meal, completely undoes the benefit of being careful over a period of a few days. It is not until you have been strict on the diet for several weeks that you can cheat a little. It’s best to hold tight for six weeks until your body fully adjusts to a lower carb intake. Then, by reintroducing carbs in small amounts, you can avoid plateauing.
That’s it from me for today. Stay strong friends, and journey on. We can do it!