Monday, November 21, 2011

Zero Excuses But Lots of Frustration

This is a long post cram packed with information and not a lot of photos.
Don't say you weren't warned!

Before I get to the weigh-in, which is what I know ya'll are dying to see, I wanted to expand a bit on Thursday's post.

The only reason I said that I wasn't sure I'd made the right decision is because I was still really craving grains when I got up.  Sometimes I wonder if it's not better to just give in to a portion controlled amount of the item one is craving?

I can futher expound on that thought by saying that again all day Thursday I was having a very difficult time.  I had to return an item to TJ Maxx and they had put out all the holiday candies. Some of these candies are items that are found only during this time of year.  I usually buy a package or two, just to have around.  But that day I was so distracted by the candy that I couldn't even browse the store and once again decided I just needed to leave.  No, I didn't buy any - yet - because I honestly felt I might cave and eat some.

Thanks for your comments and support though - I especially love how Shelley reminded me that a buttery pretzel probably wouldn't be something I'd eat no matter what diet I was using.  So true!  Do you know how many times I've been to the dumb mall and may not even have noticed the smell.  I also loved what Lori said when I referred to my Thanksgiving cheat day:

And I would not call it a cheat day. I don't like that term. You are making a conscious and informed decision to eat off of your prescribed plan. You aren't being deceptive about it.

You are correct Lori and I'm hoping that my conscious decision is going to help me with conscious, controlled eating as well!

Now to answer a couple of your questions:

Debby asked: "Are you planning to try baking with the coconut and almond flours?"  My answer right now is "I don't know."  The challenge lasts for six weeks and after that I am planning on eating more of a low glycemic style which wouldn't require those items.  Sometimes I think about buying some and experimenting and other times I think it's just easier to do without baked goods for now.  That's why I'm wishy-washy!

Kelly asked: "Do you allow yourself splurge meals or days?" Right now, other than Thanksgiving, I have not planned any.  I did splurge on Saturday night and have a glass of wine to toast Mr. Helen's new black belt.  But honestly 1 glass of wine per night is Paleo-allowed.  However, my personal opinion is that wine and alcohol stall metabolism so I've chosen not to imbibe. Additionally Rich Kreps tells us that in order to lose weight we need to eat 95% Paleo 5% non-Paleo at most.  Assuming 21 meals per week, that means 1 meal per week that could be non-Paleo. More on this in a minute.

On to the weigh-in.

This photo shows my loss for the week.

The reason the scale shows 6 days instead of 7 is because it has a clock that starts when you install the battery.  The days do not reset at midnight so if you weigh yourself at 9:00 am one week and at 8:45 the next, it will show 6 days instead of 7.  Make sense?  I've already suggested to the scale manufactureres that they figure out a way to change that so the scale runs from mindnight to 11:59 as that is how most people perceive a day.

This photo, which is the next screen that flashes shows my total days using the Zero Scale and my total weight loss in that time frame. As you can also see it shows the total days as 14, because this feature calculates differently.  I would like to say that I LOVE this feature of the scale,  Especially when I have a weigh in like this week's.

Sadly, I lost only .2 lbs.  Very, very frustrating considering the massive grain carb cravings I had that I did not give in to.  Nor did I overeat last week with my average caloric intake being 1423, including the day I ate the extra nuts.  FRUSTRATING!!   IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!!

I texted Shelley with an "I'm sick of this crap" attitude.  As you know, not losing weight even when I've been picture perfect with my exercise and eating has been my issue for over 18 months.

Prior to the weigh in, I had been tossing around whether or not to eat a whole grain hamburger bun with the burgers that Mr. Helen chose as his victory meal for passing his third degree black belt testing.  The minute I saw this .2 lb. loss, I decided right then and there I was going to eat it.  But of course my brain also said "screw it" and I started thinking about how to not only have 1 non-Paleo meal but how to have a complete non-Paleo day.   So I ended up having that 1 non-Paleo meal last week after all, even though that wasn't my original plan.

Bless Shelley's heart, she reminded me that even on The Biggest Loser, the second week weigh-ins are notoriously terrible. I don't know why, but that simple statement immediately cheered me up.  It also kept me from just throwing in the towel altogether and sticking to a simple hamburger bun - 1 non-Paleo meal.

I am grateful that it still was a LOSS and Rich is going to work with me to see if there is anything I can tweak in my eating as he knows just how much I exercise.  My goal now is to focus on other gains I am making and wait to see what happens over the next few weeks.

Now here's the exciting news:  I am happy to tell you that I can now offer anyone who wishes to own the scale, a 15% discount on the Zero Scale.  You're seeing it in action right here and if the idea of simply seeing your progress rather than your weight appeals to you, well, you need one of these, right?  All you have to do is go here: Zero Excuses Scale, place your order, and on the left side of the page where it says PROMO CODE type in ZERO.  It's that easy to get a 15% discount!  Plus the scale is on sale right now and you get a free pedometer when you order. This offer is only good until December 23, 2011 so you'll need to act by then.

Maybe your perfect gift this year?

The Zero Scale was given to me for taking part in the Zero Excuses Challenge.  All opinions on the scale are my own.


  1. Helen you should be proud of yourself: you had a very rough week but you survived. Your weight loss was less than expected but you didn't give up. Despite what you might think of yourself: you're doing great.

    And if I was a very rich girl I'd buy a plane ticket for you today so you could visit Shelley. You guys need to see each other irl. You've become such good friends. Love that.

  2. Helen, I applaud your efforts to be so diligent with this challenge! I completely fell off the wagon last week. You are inspiring, and even before I read Shelley's remark about the 2nd weeks weigh in is never as good as the first weeks, I was going to say the same thing.

    Just make each day the best you can be and look forward to Thanksgiving! Hugs!

  3. I'm glad I was able to pull you off the edge - I know that "F-it" feeling about diets OH SO WELL. I'm so proud of the effort that you're putting into this challenge, and if effort counted, you'd have lost a hell of a lot more.

    Also, I wish Fran was rich.

  4. Good for you for sticking with it! And yes when you look at your two week loss, that is still a great loss, one I would love to see myself right now.

  5. I think you're amazing for staunchly walking away from the candy in TJM, and for essentially moving through the cravings rather than giving in. That takes remarkable grittiness and determination. You are so strong.

  6. So in 2 weeks you have lost a total of 3.8 pounds? That sounds pretty fantastic to me!

    Congrats to Mr. Helen as well!

  7. I'm glad I am not you and chose to have my stomach surgically altered so I can't eat anything. ;-) That, Shelley...what a KIA.

  8. Now lookie here, blogger.
    I posted a comment here and blogger ate it.
    That's twice now.
    So don't eat this one, blogger.
    Or Helen might not know that I said "YAYAYAY!"

  9. I never have good weight loss two weeks in a row. It is always one good loss followed by nothing or a very small loss.

    Weight loss is kind of like investing in the stock market - you have to be in it for the long haul - expect gains, losses and plateaus.

    It is what happens over the long term and how it all averages out in the end that is a true measure of your success.

    Of course if you give up too soon you will never know what that outcome might have been.

    I'm glad you have decided to hang in there with this Helen. Remember that it isn't all just about weight loss (although that is rewarding) it's also about being healthier and what your blood work says at the end of this too.

  10. Hi Helen. I feel your pain, but applaud you (standing ovation actually) for sticking to this challenge!!! I echo Lori's comment, 3.8 lbs in two weeks sounds great, Biz's comment saying you are inspiring, and Shelley's comment about Fran being rich!! Take care!!! Hugs!

  11. I'm with Tami, I never have two good losses in a row either. Look at the whole 6-week arc overall -- I am betting by the end you will have lost a nice amount of weight. It's getting to there that's the frustrating part, though. Hang tough!