Boxing Day is the new New Year for me. I've fallen off the LCHF wagon in quite a spectacular way over the last couple of months, to the extent that my weight is back up to my starting level. Interestingly my waist measurement is not quite back to where it was, so I'm hopeful that at least some of the excess weight is water.
There are several reasons why I started eating too many carbohydrates again, but it has taught me four very important things:
1) I am clearly very insulin resistant. My body's response to eating carbohydrates again was almost frightening in the way I craved bread, pasta and potatoes almost instantly after eating that first bowl of pasta.
2) I am addicted to sugar, and in particular poor quality chocolate. Once I start eating milk chocolate I find it genuinely difficult to stop. Back when I was firmly following a LCHF diet earlier in the year, the occasional bit of 85% chocolate was fine, but it turns out that with milk chocolate I really can't stop at just one piece.
3) I am probably not someone who can have a 'cheat day'. I comprehensively fell off the wagon after I allowed myself to eat some sweets at Halloween - not even 2 months later and I have regained all the weight I had lost.
4) While I don't have coeliac disease, my gut's reaction to going back to gluten and sugar was 'interesting'. I'm really looking forward to not feeling bloated anymore in a few day's time...
So, back to LCHF it is. Starting today, rather than 1st January, so that it is very firmly not a New Year's Resolution. In addition to looking at all the websites I used before (such as Diet Doctor) I have also signed up to the Banting online course. I already have the Real Meal Revolution cook book, but I feel that the course will give me the kick start I need.
As the website does everything in kilos, my new starting weight is 89.2kg. This is a lot more than I should weigh, given that I am only 160cm tall. I do feel more confident than I ever did when re-starting WeightWatchers though, as I know already that I won't become irrationally hungry, and that I will enjoy all the food I eat. It does mean I have to be very organised with pack lunches for work, but I'm up for the challenge.
Starting on Boxing Day is a surprisingly good idea as it turns out - the fridge is full of leftover turkey, bacon, sausages and cheese, so the first few days should be easy.