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  • Sunny_Bunny_Sunny_Bunny_ Member Posts: 7,141 Member Member Posts: 7,141 Member
    So, I've decided to log nothing and I actually started a little over a week ago.
    Oddly enough, I think I'm eating less and not because I'm worried about it. It's forced me to pay attention to hunger cues, which I thought I was doing pretty well, even more than usual and I feel like I'm eating a bit less. Not sure of course since I'm not weighing anything...
    But my average weight, which had been up over a pound consistently for over a month has come back down half a pound. So, I think I'm good!
    I never minded logging, but I like not doing it even more! :wink:
  • redimockredimock Member Posts: 258 Member Member Posts: 258 Member
    I'm in! To avoid all the calorie hiding stuff, I am just keeping a carb tally on a piece of paper. My carb goal is <20 g net.

  • DorkothyParkerDorkothyParker Member Posts: 618 Member Member Posts: 618 Member
    Starting: 120.4
    End of month goal: 116ish
    <20 Net carbs

    I keep looking at my calories. This is hard.

    Also, I don't listen to my body when I eat nuts and overeat. I will ban nuts once I finish the bag. Yes, I'm finishing the bag. Don't judge me!
  • baconslavebaconslave Member Posts: 6,407 Member Member Posts: 6,407 Member
    Starting: 120.4
    End of month goal: 116ish
    <20 Net carbs

    I keep looking at my calories. This is hard.

    Also, I don't listen to my body when I eat nuts and overeat. I will ban nuts once I finish the bag. Yes, I'm finishing the bag. Don't judge me!

    Baconslave don't judge.
    I have the same problem with nuts.
  • Sunny_Bunny_Sunny_Bunny_ Member Posts: 7,141 Member Member Posts: 7,141 Member
    I have that problem with nuts too! I don't even buy them anymore because I have to make such an effort to control portions.
  • redimockredimock Member Posts: 258 Member Member Posts: 258 Member
    Same problem here! They are banned for this month for me too :smiley:
  • macchiattomacchiatto Member Posts: 2,888 Member Member Posts: 2,888 Member
    My SW as of this morning was 132. Aiming to stay in my maintenance range, ~129-133.
    I think my goal really is just to stay in maintenance range, and to get in at least 2/3 of the Wahls Paleo Plus recommended veggies/fruits per day (at least 3-4 cups). I may or may not track carbs and/or aim to stay in ketosis; I'll see how I feel and adjust as needed.
    edited April 2016
  • FIT_GoatFIT_Goat Member Posts: 4,220 Member Member Posts: 4,220 Member
    Technically, I am doing this too. I will be tracking for the rest of the burger challenge, but not restricting. This is how I always eat.

    You know, this month isn't even fair for me. These are both my normal plans.
  • lisawinning4losinglisawinning4losing Member Posts: 732 Member Member Posts: 732 Member
    My goal is <30 carbs a day, which is what I did today, or I might have gone 2 or 3 carbs over if you're not counting net carbs.

    Also, here's a list of foods that are low in carbs but high in potassium:

    https://paleomagonline.com/3-shocking-carb-paleo-potassium-sources/
    http://www.foodworldnews.com/articles/5941/20140909/potassium-high-foods-low-carbohydrates-top-5.htm
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/268978-low-carb-high-potassium-foods/
    (note: according to other sources, a medium sized kiwi is only 10 carbs)

    And a list of high potassium recipes, some of which are low carb or can easily be adjusted to be low carb. :)

    http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/heart-healthy/heart-healthy-high-potassium-recipes/
  • SamandaIndiaSamandaIndia Member Posts: 1,577 Member Member Posts: 1,577 Member
    baconslave wrote: »
    Starting: 120.4
    End of month goal: 116ish
    <20 Net carbs

    I keep looking at my calories. This is hard.

    Also, I don't listen to my body when I eat nuts and overeat. I will ban nuts once I finish the bag. Yes, I'm finishing the bag. Don't judge me!

    Baconslave don't judge.
    I have the same problem with nuts.

    Full support here! I dodge nuts, same reason. My helpful DH just gave me a bag full for my flight. Knowing it was something that I could eat. I shared half the cashews with him and put rest in glad snap lock bag for flight. Portion control! 100g bad but 250g inhaled would be worse. Only using them if the food (which looks low carb in pre select menu options) is not low carb or is sweet. DH was thoughtful enough to upgrade me to premium economy n select the seat with most leg room n the food with least carb. Love him.

    Flight just pushed back n hit air bridge with wing. Maintenance technical specialists checking damage. This could be a long night, aside from the 11hr plus flight to Malaysia we've been over an hour on the ground here in The Netherlands so far.
    edited April 2016
  • caromcarom Member Posts: 188 Member Member Posts: 188 Member
    @sunny_ bunny_. I want to be able to do what you are doing! I am starting today, I will be logging for my first few days for carb count only then I'm off logging until Friday weigh in. Nervous but excited about it. Good luck everyone
  • Sunny_Bunny_Sunny_Bunny_ Member Posts: 7,141 Member Member Posts: 7,141 Member
    carom wrote: »
    @sunny_ bunny_. I want to be able to do what you are doing! I am starting today, I will be logging for my first few days for carb count only then I'm off logging until Friday weigh in. Nervous but excited about it. Good luck everyone

    Best of luck to you! I have definitely been a hard core calorie counter and food weigher since I started almost a year ago. I've had to really work at my thought process when it comes to the scale and its value to me and fully trust the process. I think I've made a lot of progress with that and this is my natural next step.
    I know that learning to eat when hungry and stilling when satisfied is a very important part of my lifelong health process and I'm going to listen to my body.
    I hope it helps you to make that switch too! :smile:
  • Deena_BeanDeena_Bean Member Posts: 906 Member Member Posts: 906 Member
    I don't even think I have the confidence to do this yet. Probably a good reason to try. The scale has been a beast for me lately and I'm afraid if I'm not very careful it will just spiral out of control. Plus, I think it may cause me some anxiety. Maybe in a few months I'll feel better about it...baby steps. This month I'll just try to pay close attention to hunger cues instead of eating on a prescribed schedule. :)
  • FIT_GoatFIT_Goat Member Posts: 4,220 Member Member Posts: 4,220 Member
    It can be very, very hard to give up absolute control on intake when you've had a lifetime of failing every time you did that. It can be very liberating though.
  • Deena_BeanDeena_Bean Member Posts: 906 Member Member Posts: 906 Member
    FIT_Goat wrote: »
    It can be very, very hard to give up absolute control on intake when you've had a lifetime of failing every time you did that. It can be very liberating though.

    I could definitely see that, I think when I do it successfully I'll be wildly happy about it. I am not a big fan of logging, but again, it seems like if I don't I regress. I blame my lack of conscious eating coupled with some girl issues (PCOS) for my finicky fluctuations. I'm doing well right now - only about 15 pounds from goal. Im terrified to jeopardize it lol.
  • caromcarom Member Posts: 188 Member Member Posts: 188 Member
    Okay, I am still logging, mostly to watch my carbs but I think I will ONLY log my carbs from now as I am still looking at the total calories for the day. The hardest thing is being mindful of when I am actually hungry or am I just bored? I really want to learn this and be really comfortable with it so this is a great challenge for me :)
  • KarlaYPKarlaYP Member Posts: 4,442 Member Member Posts: 4,442 Member
    I haven't logged my food, daily, since July. When it got to where I wasn't learning from it anymore, I stopped. I've managed to continue losing (hallelujah!) without doing it! I always thought I couldn't lose successfully without logging, and I was wrong! This activity will give you more power over food too! Good luck to all who are undertaking this challenge! I'm routing for all of you!!
  • luvmakeup80luvmakeup80 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    This will be my 1st challenge and I'm all in!
  • caromcarom Member Posts: 188 Member Member Posts: 188 Member
    thanks @Karlottap. I want to have that power over food. Today will be my first day not logging at all. I am very nervous about it but excited also. I have found so far that I am eating a lot more fats to keep my snacking down. I am feeling better, more energy and better nights sleeping.
  • macchiattomacchiatto Member Posts: 2,888 Member Member Posts: 2,888 Member
    Somehow I'm already up 3 lbs since 3/31. :/ I think I might need to at least log carbs. Based on other factors, my weight should have stabilized or gone down a tad. Not feeling very confident about this so far. I think it might just be the timing for me, with already being in a stage of experimenting with gradually increasing calories and carbs to maintenance level.
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