Cutting the Carbs

Dieting is NOT fun. And the least fun of the NOT fun diets, is the low-carb diet. It’s also been the one that’s worked the best for me recently. When Jason and I first turned to low-carb, we dropped weight FAST. I lost just over 40 pounds in a school year.

The thing about low-carb dieting though, is that you really do need to make it a long-term life change. It’s near impossible to be successful if you “cheat” on a low-carb diet. That weight will creep right back up if you don’t follow-up the low-carb strategy with something else.

When we first started, we were really good–and we went back and forth from low-carb (doing a 2-3 month stint) to a low-fat diet (for about a month) to change things up and kick-start our metabolisms when we felt the weight loss was tapering.

This past year, with the stresses of selling our house and a new living arrangement, we focused less on dieting and more on figuring out the best way to get back on track financially.

But we’ve again committed to each other that we will work toward healthier lives.

We eat a lot of eggs, meat, and dark green veggies.

A lot of the recipes we’ve been able to use has come from low-carb groups on Facebook, as well as tons of resources on Pinterest.

This week, we had these tasties…I liken them to French toast without the toast. I even found a sugar-free syrup that paired well with them.

Low-Carb Pancakes

My favorite discovery, however, has been fried green-beans, because we can’t eat french fries (or any potatoes at all), but we can have green-beans. We can have fried food, so long as it’s not breaded. Fry these up for about 15 or so minutes in 350-degree oil, lightly salted… AMAZING! Jason is making these tonight!

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And for a sweet treat; I highly recommend this: Diet root beer float. For a better low-carb option, I use heavy whipping cream rather than half and half. I’ve also found that the vanilla extract doesn’t really add to the flavor, so I haven’t added it recently. So good!

Squeezing In…

So, as most of you who know me… know… I have been struggling with my weight for years… decades even. And while the numbers on the scale fluctuate weekly, in my mind I am constantly battling myself.

Living in a foreign country, albeit a very healthy-eating one, and working (read, sitting on my butt) for 9ish hours a day has not helped me drop the weight. I have, actually, packed them on… culture shock (both Korean culture and work culture) has resulted in my desperate need to conserve the clothes I have.

When you’re over weight in a country where you don’t speak or read the language, in a country where the average size of women is about a 4, it’s common sense to write home, ask for staples like big-girl clothes from the the big-girl stores. But, when you only have one pair of jeans (because you’re an idiot and only asked for one pair) it’s a bit difficult not to wear the heck out of them… gaping holes be damned, I’m wearing my jeans!

A few months back, I decided that gaping holes in my jeans was not so great, so I ordered three pairs of jeans from L.L. Bean. While the hip measurements were a tad bigger than the hip measurement of my holy jeans, the waist was a tad smaller. This, due to the fack that Torrid is targeting 20-30 somethings, and the Bean leans toward the older crowd.

When I got my three pairs, even with their smaller waists (I figures that the Torrid jeans were a bit bigger than I needed in that area, so the smaller dimensions would actually be JUST right) I was excited. Until I tried them on… or rather, until I tried to try them on. So I had three pairs of jeans that if I tried REALLY hard, I could get them buckled… but I would not be able to undo them for the whole day. And I would lose a little bit of feeling in my lower extremities. And I would have a little bit of a hard time breathing. Sooo, they were folded up nicely and placed in my armoire and left alone.

Fast forward. Jason proposed to me on February 12 atop the Seoul Tower. Damnit, I need to lose weight for my wedding!

That being said, I still find it difficult to find my motivation. I’m more interested in counting down our time in Seoul, planning our move, watching Dr. Who. But in the back of my mind… it’s there. Tamara (Tammy-as I tend to refer to my nickname) you need to get serious. And I sporadically get serious.

I’m not condoning this sort of dieting. I have every intention of rejoining my belovedDefined Fitness when I get home and hiking the foot hills which are conveniently located a mere 1-2 miles from my front door. I will eat better. For now, I’m lazy and lose my focus.

BUT

Today I squeezed into a pair of my Bean pants. And it doesn’t hurt to breath. I can buckle them like a normal person (ie not writhing on the bed until they button up). I feel good. Good enough to work harder. Good enough to think that while I may be chubby (even a chubby bride), I can get healthier.