Hmmmm. That was ok, I had a great time and wasn’t too worried about it. I’d just jump back on the low-carb thing and blast off the 5 pounds and maybe a little more (is this pattern starting to sound familiar?).
Only it didn’t work that way. It took me a full month of low-carb, no fruit, only green veggies to lose that 5 pounds. I was tired, frustrated and confused. But hey, I was back down to the place I wanted to be and I was definitely changing my body shape with the kettlebell training I was doing. If I had looked more closely at those numbers I would have realized that I probably would have lost 5 pounds in a month no matter what I was eating if I simply added some fruits and veggies and cut back on some fat in my diet.
I spent the next two years on again, off again low carb, high-protein diets. While my weight fluctuated within a 15-pound range, you know as well as I do the high end of the range is not fun…add to that the guilt of fitness and nutrition being my chosen career and I felt like I didn’t know anything.
But there was an even bigger issue. This issue is what I consider the “dark side” of my experimenting…I was becoming someone I had worked my entire life to avoid. I was becoming a yo-yo dieter. I would be “on it,” going low carb, “training” for something for a few weeks or months, then I’d “go off the wagon,” gain the few pounds I’d lost back, get back on it, fall back off it. When and how did this happen?
For those of you who are my clients, you may be wondering when did all of this happen?
As this was an experiment, I didn’t share with you what I was doing. Truth be told, I only shared what I was doing with my staff because my moods were, well, let’s just say interesting.
I still believe (and do even more strongly now) that the best way to eat is to focus on whole foods and always get more fruits and veggies. That’s what we focus on here at AlaskaFit and what we help you to get to. Nothing crazy, just plain old food. Experimenting with my own health is one thing. Experimenting with yours is not something I do.
As 2017 dawned, I decided it might be time to get back to my more vegetarian-leaning roots. I didn’t know there was a surprise in store for me when I started pondering this change.
Part 3 tomorrow.