Monthly Archives: November 2012

Net Carbs, or just Carbs?


From what I could quickly glean, the jury seems to be out still on the concept of Net Carbs.  Some people define Net Carbs = Carbs – (dietary fiber + Sugar alcohols).  For the sake of simplicity I consider Net Carbs = Carbs – dietary fiber.  I did a quick analysis of my Net Carb intake since the beginning of my program, and interestingly enough, the month I had the highest carb/net carb numbers (October) was the month I lost the least amount of weight.  By using I track my food and I’ve tried to stay under 50 carbs per day, and it seems the “sweet spot” for me is under 40 “Net Carbs”/under 50 “Carbs”.  I think this analysis will help me in the long run once I get to maintenance.

Because I love data and numbers….


95.5 total pounds lost since 5.30.12
June: 26.3
July: 16.8
August: 13
September: 15.8
October: 9.2
November: 14.4
49.5 – pounds to goal
184 – days on Ideal Protein
3.63 – average pounds lost weekly 5.30.12-11.30.12

Oh yeah. I’m winning.


95.1 – pounds lost since 5.30.12
49.9 – pounds to goal
183 – days on Ideal Protein
3.64 – average pounds lost weekly 5.30.12-11.29.12

Once I reach 105.0 pounds lost I will be at 199.9….the first time I’ve been under 200 pounds since college (and I believe it was actually my sophomore or junior year), which would put me in the 19-20 years old range (and I’m almost 39 now).  Hoping for 199.9 for Christmas (or New Year’s at the latest).  Wish me luck!

26 Weeks


Um, wow.  Tomorrow makes 26 weeks that I’ve been on Ideal Protein.  That is exactly a half of a year.  Cray-cray.

So I’ve been a little quiet, I realize this.  I’m heading to class in a moment, so I can’t post now.  I came through Thanksgiving with flying colors, but had to say goodbye to my furry, orange tabby on Saturday.

My newest toy is a Fitbit, and I’ve asked for the auto-stats to only push once a week instead of daily.  Sorry for the annoying posts about distance walked, etc….


The 90 pounds just floated away apparently



Today I hit the 90.3 weight loss mark, weighing in at 214.6.  I celebrated by pulling out some old recital/audition gowns I’ve had packed away for years.  My hair is a day unwashed, in a ponytail, and no makeup has crossed my face.  My mom took the pic, and it’s blurry.  But holy cow do I look fabulous, especially compared to just over a year ago.  I feel like I was a different person then, and it was only 5.5 months ago.

I bought J-Lo jeans from Kohl’s today.  Size 16.  Not 16W.  I walked right on by the women’s section… are clothes less expensive in the ladies section!

Have a great start to the Thanksgiving Week everyone!

Crabby is the new normal


Apparently I’m just going to be crabby until I’ve lost all the weight I want and can actually eat some carbs again. Unfortunately, it’s not getting easier, it’s getting harder…especially with the colder weather and holidays approaching. And no, I’m not going to take a break. I never want to have to do this again, so I just want to push through and get it over with.

Where have you been young lady?


OK, it’s been a crazy few weeks.

Mom, who has COPD, was in the hospital twice, and then I had a pet emergency.  Mom is back home and better than she’s been in weeks (and almost 100% at that), and Jake had a complete turnaround as well.  Suffice it to say it was simply crazy.

However, I’ve stuck to Ideal Protein and am more determined than ever to get to under 200 by the end of 2012.  Today I weighed 217.6, so it’s in my sights.  I’m going to zumba tonight, and am looking forward to my first “normal” week in weeks.

One miraculous thing I just realized…..I never have to shop in a “fat lady” store again.  No offense to Catherine’s, Avenue, Lane Bryant, or the Women’s section of many department stores….but I no longer am restricted to your wares.  Your wares are quite decent, for the most part (especially Catherine’s), but bargain shopping is almost non-existent.  And sometimes your wares are frumpy or just not my style.

As I’m perusing the interwebs because my mom asked me to tell her stores I want gift certificates to for Christmas I realized that even “cool stores” like Gap & Old Navy carry size 18, and I’m in size 14-16-18 depending on the brand, cut, style, etc….so this means I never have to shop in the fat lady store again.  And I plan on losing quite a bit more weight, so at some point clothes in the fat lady store won’t even fit anyway.  It’s looking like a solid size 10-12 is where I want to land, and there is nothing that small in those stores/sections.

I’m truly in shock.  I look in the mirror and I’m not horrified.  I don’t even know who I am half the time.  I woke up the other day excited to be such a smaller size….it was like a dream.  And all of this has happened so quickly…only 5 months.  What a miracle.