Week 3 - Summer Low Carb Bootcamp - When the Going Gets Unexpectedly Tough

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BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Sun 12-May-13 22:49:27

I'm starting this thread a little earlier than usual, as I have to be at work at dawn's crack tomorrow grin

Come and confess all on the Spreadsheet of Fabulousness

So from tomorrow, you can move on to Bootcamp Light, if you want. (Rules on the tabs on the spreadsheet). That means that you can introduce fruits (berries only) and nuts (in small quantities), as well as alcohol (albeit in moderation!)

You don't have to, if you don't want to. You could continue to do Bootcamp if it's suiting you - or do Bootcamp during the week and Bootcamp Light at the weekend. Whatever suits you.

Whatever you decide *here is something really important that you need to know about weeks 3 and 4 (and possibly 5)*:

It is very common for weight loss to stop at this point in the diet. You may even find that you gain a pound or two. DON'T PANIC! It is entirely normal. Your body is switching from carb-burning to fat-burning, and is re-adjusting to your new WOE. You have jettisoned a lot of water weight, and have emptied your glycogen stores. You will also have lost some fat. Now, your body is working on just burning fat.

PLEASE DON'T PANIC AND START TO TRY AND CHANGE ANYTHING. THIS IS ENTIRELY NORMAL AND HAS BEEN REPORTED BY MANY LOW CARBERS BEFORE YOU. STICK WITH THE KNITTING, AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED BY SEEING THE SCALES MOVE AGAIN IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO

Good luck for next week. As ever, post any questions on the questions thread, and keep us all updated as to what you're doing/eating.

SummerBook Mon 13-May-13 08:20:52

Ah, just saw your post WillieWaggledagger. Column K it is, and need to do my basic maths right this week...

timidviper Mon 13-May-13 08:46:38

Well I am on holiday soon so have to be good from now on. I weigh on a Saturday am and was 1lb down then I let myself down on Saturday night, good job I'm not weighing today as I now look 2lb up from Fri!

Well done everyone! Just place marking for later.
I'll weigh myself when I get to the gym - don't have scales at home.
I'm having a creamy coffee and a protein shake with peanut butter and soy milk for brekky (I know, I know biwi but my PT told me to use them!)

Delighted to be down 1lb this week (this is week 41 for me), especially after going out for a glorious Sunday lunch yesterday at my favourite restaurant, where I had a planned deviation from the WOE! Only had the one meal all day though, so I guess it didn't do too much damage smile

maidofmuss Mon 13-May-13 09:11:28

Down to 172lbs when I weighed myself this morning, so 8lbs off over 2 weeks, so very, very pleased – only 1/1/2 stone to go... ALSO, praise the lord, just had a massive crap (forgive my candor but my god, what a relief). Makes me think of that Peter Kay joke about dieters being pleased about 1/2-1llb weight loss and saying "a pound? a pound? I can shit a pound"

Did have a couple of exceedingly large G&Ts on Saturday night and a glass of wine with Sunday dinner, too (and industrial sized portions of creamy celeriac mash/spinach with my roast chicken), so haven't felt deprived. Going to carry on with Bootcamp as far as poss this week. Inspired by BIWI's post about fluid retention masking fat loss...

Today:
B black coffee then celeriac fritters with crispy bacon lardons
L leftover chicken with salad bits, full-fat mayo
D one-dish sausage bake (someone's suggestion last thread) with lots of veg

rubybricks Mon 13-May-13 09:29:20

morning all!

another 3 lb off this week, so 10 in total <shakes head in amazement>.
am going to stick with bootcamp as far as possible this week and try and extend my cooking repertoire a bit - also to cut down on dairy as i also feel i eat a disproportionate amount (find it preferable to chicken skin!)

that said, am having total yoghurt this morning and not enjoying it much - would prefer the usual fried eggs!

getorf fizzy water is lovely! i buy a couple of big bottles for the house and small ones to take out with me and find it SO much easier than drinking plain old water. (though i seem to remember reading somewhere that it gives you cellulite? aaagh! can't win!! i too have a bikini holiday in the next couple of months - and you're already at my goal weight envy)

good luck to everyone for the week ahead, and big thanks to BIWI and Willie for keeping us all on track thanks

anchovies Mon 13-May-13 10:00:39

2lb off this week so pretty pleased with that, especially because it hasn't felt like I am on a diet in the slightest!

Plan for this week is stay on bootcamp (I know I can't be trusted with nuts and have given up alcohol for 6 weeks and feel happy without it) Also plan to reduce dairy (have been having 0% carb yoghurt for breakfast most mornings) and also snacks which I am pretty sure are just out of habit/boredom rather than hunger. I am still having 2/3 coffees a day with semi skimmed milk, going to buy full fat this week.

Well done everyone on another week!

MsRinky Mon 13-May-13 10:01:48

2lbs off for me, would have been more but had a surprise dinner at the Hand and Flowers yesterday. On the basis that it certainly isn't the kind of food where I know what it tastes like and can have any time I made the most of it. It was heavenly.

But as my first two weeks have not been wildly successful, I am committed to two weeks of hardcore Bootcamp from today.

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Mon 13-May-13 10:16:34

CalicoRose - drinking lemonade and hot chocolate are probably the worst things you could choose on this WOE as they are both full of sugar.

Although artificial sweeteners aren't great, a diet lemonade would have been a much better choice.

There is no alternative to hot chocolate at Starbucks I'm afraid, so you will just have to stick to water or avoid Starbucks.

MsRinky - envy grin

EwanHoozami Iran Mon 13-May-13 10:18:32

Well done chaps.

B - Lidl yog
L - Egg salad
D - Chipolte beef slow cooker stew <shivers>

I'm a long-termer pretty much maintaining goal weight so I've taken myself off the spreadsheet.

Is it just me that gets tremendously gassy from drinking fizzy water?

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Mon 13-May-13 10:19:27

Oh, and nonsense about fizzy water/cellulite ...

caramelwaffle Mon 13-May-13 10:23:34

I was doing rather well then....(insert boring excuses including two meals out inc. alcohol)...not so well: 1lb down.

Good morning everyone. Have a nice day.

starfished Mon 13-May-13 10:24:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CrabbyBigbottom Mon 13-May-13 10:25:06

6lb loss in my first 6 days (started Tuesday) so I'm very happy with that, especially as I ate loads of carbs and drank bacchanalian amounts of booze on Saturday night at friends' for dinner. Had two glasses of red last night as well. I'm going to carry on with bootcamp but have wine in moderation at weekends. I might stop weighing myself every day, as I do feel discouraged if I haven't lost any - was a bit pouty when I hadn't lost any since yesterday, despite knowing how naughty I've been over the weekend, which is absurd. hmm

So, I'd like to be 10st 5lb (I'm 5' 8"), which is 26lbs to go.

I love this WOE, my only concern is the cost, really. I'm eating smaller quantities though, as I'm not so hungry, so I hope that balances it out a bit. Also as I get used to this WOE I guess I'll be able to refine the shopping list a bit.

twinklestar2 Mon 13-May-13 10:25:24

Calico - how about a black coffee with cream?

I've lost half a pound, can someone update the spreadsheet fr me pretty please? My phone won't let me angry

PennyHofstadter Mon 13-May-13 10:59:14

Hello, haven't posted much at all the last week or so, unfortunately real life has taken over. I've STS this week although I'm not overly concerned as I lost 10lb in the first week. I'm feeling rotten at the moment and am off sick from work due to a terrible head cold. I must be feeling rough because I never take time off work when I'm ill... I had an operation a few years ago and was back at work after two days! Being ill does mean I'm having stuff like cough mixture, throat lozenges and honey and lemon none of which are suitable for LCing but I don't know what else to do?!

BIWI Cote D'Ivoire Mon 13-May-13 11:03:22

Straightforward paracetamol or ibuprofen, Penny. And I believe that Strepsils make a sugar-free version.

sammisatt Mon 13-May-13 11:24:25

I've actually put on a pound!!! Not happy but I think it's down to the fact I've just come on. I always put on a good 3/4 pounds at the TOTM but it's still quite disheartening.

There's no way I'm going to be sylphlike by my fortieth birthday in 12 days time. Sigh.

Still. I'm still four pounds down from when I started 2 weeks ago so that's brilliant. I reckon I might get a loss once my periods finished.

caramelwaffle Mon 13-May-13 11:26:57

Well what happened there?

Used the bathroom - ahem - and jumped back on the scales: down another 1lb and a half (same figure 6 times)

I'm grabbing that lower figure with both hands.

caramelwaffle Mon 13-May-13 11:32:43

4lb is good sammi. Well done, and hope you have something nice planned for your birthday.

sammisatt Mon 13-May-13 11:44:02

Thank you Caramel. I'm actually planning lots of eating hence the pre empting!

sammisatt Mon 13-May-13 11:44:42

What scales have you got Caramel? Sometimes they have a life of their own. Definitely go with the lower weight!

caramelwaffle Mon 13-May-13 11:51:30

Weightwatchers digital.

I'm determined not to yo-yo again. Have a great party/meal.

prettybird Mon 13-May-13 11:54:15

11 stone dead this morning. Had to adjust my start weight last week to take into account the fact that we had bought new more reliable scales grin

Even though I have been more Boot Camp Lite than Boot Camp (a few nuts and glasses of wine did pass my lips along with some chocolate chip cookies ) I've still managed to lose 3 lb smile

I really really want to break into the "10 stone somethings" - but in a funny sort of way I'm glad that my weight stabilised after losing over 2 stone on the January Boot Camp. Now I just need to continue the downward trajectory and lose that final stone smile

.....then I can go and spend my £250 in John Lewis vouchers: £150 won from Mumsnet at Christmas nd another £100 from my dad as a Christmas present. smile

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