I am sorry to say I gained almost five pounds this week. I am truly upset about that.
It seems that carb cycling only worked for a short time, at least in my case. I ate way too much in the way of carbs this week, and went over my 30 points almost every day.
I believe that the flux of carbs caused my IBS to flare. I had alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea this week; something that happened on a regular basis before I went on Weight Watchers. I found that when I ate too many gluten free cakes and cookies, I felt bloated, and often had an upset stomach. I believe I did get sick from eating dairy last week at my dinner out (the chef lied about it). I also believe I need to up my liquid intake. I am eating more in the way of fiber (fruit and veggies), and that can cause constipation. I have a really sensitive tummy as it is. Eating more fiber can really set it off, if I am not careful.
No one but me is responsible for this weight gain. I also have to confess that I got a bit lax with weighing and measuring this past week, and I also dipped into the dairy free ice cream a time or two. Lesson learned. I am tossing out the ice cream. If it’s not here, I can’t eat it!
Even though I am discouraged, I know I need to get right back on the horse. I think part of it is water weight, but most of it is not.
Weight Watchers gives you a -3, +7 daily points leeway. In my case, my daily points are set at 30. So I can go anywhere between 27 and 37, and still be in my target range. I have been leaning this week more towards 37. This next week, I need to lean more towards 27. But I have to watch that I don’t restrict myself too much or I won’t lose any weight. It’s sort of like walking a balance beam. At least that’s how I equate it. A tightrope would not be the right analogy. At least not for me.
With a road trip looming in two weeks, I feel like I will lose this 5 pounds, only to gain it right back on the trip. I will have to be more careful than I planned to be so that I don’t start to yo-yo, which can be really bad.
No one said this would be easy. Weight loss is a journey, not a race. I have to keep telling myself that. Knowing what I did wrong this week, and correcting my mistakes, should result in my losing these pounds. At least that’s what I hope will happen.
Stay tuned for an update next week.