Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Week 4, Day 3

Calories eaten yesterday: 1456
Fat: 27g (17%)
Carbs: 137g (39%)
Protein: 115g (33%)

Weight this morning: 143.8
Calories burned in exercise today: 92

The scale is slowly creeping down, but it's depressing. This is ground I have covered before. I am so impatient to lose this weight and not only get back to where I was before I gained the 15 back, but to see that magic 137 on the scale. I came close to that weight, but carbing up for the glucose tolerance test was my undoing. (I gained 10 pounds in 5 days and it didn't come off.)

At any rate, I hope I can take some lessons from NutriSystem back to Atkins with me. Mostly I know I just eat too much. I know I can control my weight if I just eat less, even though that means being hungry all the time.

Dr. AtkinsWell, they are at it again on the Nutrisystem board. This time they are devoting a whole thread (free sign-up required) to bashing Atkins. [rolls eyes] There were a couple reasoned responses from the usual level-headed person, but most people just bashed it - the fat is unhealthy, they did it and lost and gained back more - yadda yadda. Good grief! And of course the latest study proving Atkins is better (how the thread started) is ignored. There is none so blind as those who will not see...

If the thread stays up, I assume I will soon be attacked. We'll see.

Ok, rant over.

Speaking of Atkins and low-fat, I've noticed an increase in my anxiety levels the past couple weeks. I wonder if the fat in Atkins wasn't helping with that and now without that I'm experiencing more. The Celexa is certainly covering most of it, but there is definitely more than I had before starting NutriSystem. I'm also noticing an increase in acne. I had three pimples when I started. They have not gone away and are trying to bring friends. I know for a fact that my acne is directly tied to sugar. Whether it's tied to all carbs in general or sugar only I don't know, but NS is higher in sugar (and much higher in carbs) than Atkins, even though I'm subbing some of the carbs for protein.

More NutriSystem food reviews:
New Orleans Style Rice with Chicken Breast lunch - Spicy. Smelled bad so I added a slice of fat-free cheese and a tablespoon of salsa. After that it tasted okay so I will reorder it. The linked photo is before the additions.

Peanut Butter Cookie dessert - A little dry and crumbly. Otherwise it tasted okay. I think I will order more puddings and fewer cookies than I was planning.

Vegetable Fajita dinner - Pretty tasty, but a bit messy and high in calories. It's 240 calories and you have to add your own tortilla. One large tortilla is 80 extra calories; two small ones are even more. I'll put just one on my reorder.

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Photo courtesy of Mr. Breakfast.


Sparky's Girl said...

Some people will never believe, even when the proof hits them years later while they are deteriorating in health due to "the great American diet recommendations."

I can't speak for you, but my skin clears up when I stay on my low-carb plan, and get's worse when I stray.

As for your moods, again I can tell you my experience. I've been on 4 different depression meds and finally gave up when they didn't help. Low-carbing has kept my moods stable and my anxiety level way down. So maybe there is a link there to the amount of fat and the emotions. It wouldn't surprise me in the least. Hope you are able to figure it out without too much anxiety.

Fat Victoria said...

Anti-depressants do help me a great deal, but I've noticed since starting on NS that I have more anxiety than usual. I do have a chemical problem in my brain, but proper nutrition (enough fat) seems to help.

So far I've been on Zoloft (worked well. but pooped out), Wellbutrin (didn't work well at all), and Celexa (works well and I'm still on it).

janisko said...

I've been following your progress, Victoria, and I have to give you a lot of credit. In spite of all the difficulties with your meds you have chosen to never give up.

You'll get there. It will take time, just like with Atkins, but maybe this temporary change will be good for you.