The Carbs are Gone but the Pounds Have Yet to Disappear

I have been living the low carb lifestyle for at least five days now. Despite this extensive commitment that I have displayed, I have yet to lose dozens of pounds. I am further confused because Oprah hasn’t contacted me to discuss my inspirational life shift. I’m an intelligent woman so clearly I recognize that she’s probably just waiting for Deepak’s schedule to open up so they can conference call me. Nevertheless that still doesn’t explain the nonresponse from my body. It seems scientifically logical to expect that my fluff would disappear and my physique would reflect an instant bikini bod. I have made this change for days and days so clearly it can forgive and forget the decades upon decades of crappy eating in return.

There is one other slight detail that I haven’t verified at this point. I have yet to check my weight. I’m too nervous to take that obvious step because I know that I will be bummed if my weight is the same. Even worse, if my weight has gone up, I will be extremely disheartened and will probably retaliate (against my own health???) and go back to nutritional garbage. When I get to the point where I can take that dramatic photo of me standing gleefully in one pants leg while holding my waistband out to Louisiana, I think that I will then be comfortable checking the scales.

Did I mention that I also removed caffeine from my daily everything as well? YES. I have removed carbs, sugar, AND my long-term beloved – caffeine. I recently noticed that I was experiencing consistent energy crashes after the short-term wake-up I was getting from the caffeine. It was that “trying desperately to keep from falling asleep on your desk at school” kind of exhaustion except that it was happening at work. And home. And while I was driving. And all within an hour of consuming caffeine.

So in an act of desperation and analytical curiosity, I removed caffeine, too. As a reward for these changes, I have been working through some lovely caffeine cold turkey headaches. I also went throuht a few days of my feeling like my allergies were in overdrive. The only time that I have ever experienced this was when I was going to have a medical procedure amd was forced to take a two-week hiatus from an over the counter antihistamine that I had been instructed to take daily (for years). I would have never believed that you could experience withdrawal from an antihistamine, but I absolutely did. My reaction was so severe that I will never allow anyone in my family to use an antihistamine on a daily basis ever again. Please note that I am not a doctor nor am I implying that you should ever ignore your physician’s recommendations. I am sayosa that it’s worthwhile to take a closer look at how your long-term medications might impact the natural processes within your body.

However my latest reactions haven’t been in response to pharmaceutical changes. I only made some food intake modifications and caffeine restrictions. Again this is unnerving to me.

What was I consuming previously that would send my body into histamine overload? I suspect that the answer is a simple one. I have been putting crap into my body for decades and the crap most of us are eating grows progressively crappier with every year that passes. And worst of all, my body didn’t know what to do without the crud.

Thankfully, it appears that I have finally moved past the histamine flare ups and the caffeine headaches, and my energy level has skyrocketed (relatively speaking). In addition I don’t seem to be having the blood sugar crashes that have consistently forced me out of bed in the middle of every single night for years to get a snack. Literally years. In less than a week of diet changes, that problem has suddenly stopped making its standard 2 or 3am appearance.

Joking aside, I do miss feeling like I can eat the same foods I see everyone around me eating including most notably my own family. Even then, I genuinely feel very positive about the changes I’ve made so far. I feel better overall. While I doubt that I’ve lost several pounds to date, I am hopeful that this will occur if I can continue making choices that my body seems thrilled to accept. Fingers and toes crossed.

I would love to tell you more, but I need to take care of a few things while I still have time. Oprah and Deepak will surely be calling at any moment, and you know how much they love to gab on and on. Oh well. In the meantime, take care and best wishes for your health, too.

Love and light always. Jo

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bone&silver
    May 23, 2018 @ 20:05:51

    Well done. It takes approx 4-6 weeks for your body to make changes to its fat storage, so you need to keep walking and eating well. Don’t judge yourself by the scales, as muscle is heavier than fat, so your weight WILL go up if you are burning fat and working out: judge yourself by a tight pair of trousers or skirt, which should feel more comfortable as you progress… So keep going! Mark a month from today in your diary, cos that’s how long it takes at least (because I don’t count those crash diets to ‘lose weight fast’, they’re terrible!) Best of luck, G 🙂

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    • Jo Price
      May 23, 2018 @ 20:34:17

      I really appreciate your taking time to write all of that. Those are such good reminders for me and I need to keep putting them in my brain regularly. I’m not have carb panic so I’m hopeful that I will actually make it to a month and then some. Given that I’m less than a week in, I would normally laugh at that last comment of mine, but I do feel so much better this time. It borders on weird! 😉

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  2. José María López
    May 23, 2018 @ 20:31:09

    I think of any allergy as a response from our body to reject something it does not like. So when you take away something your body loves so much its reaction is: What the hell is wrong with you? Do you hate me? Don´t be mean to me!! I want it back!! So, it is also kind of an allergic reaction.
    We are allergic to changes. Like when you had your medical procedure, not only you had to quit your antihistamine but also you had to slow down your life for few days and stop doing things you were used to doing. Surely your body did not like that change and it used many ways to let you know.

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    • Jo Price
      May 23, 2018 @ 20:36:27

      It’s funny how our body will give us a clear sign when we finally give it a chance to speak up. I’m thankful that mine is shouting so loudly because it makes it much harder for me to ignore. It also annoys me when I look in my fridge and pantry because they are loaded with garbage nobody should be eating. Oh well. Little by little. 🙂

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  3. juliehcares
    May 23, 2018 @ 21:34:29

    Hey Jo. I’m loving the keto life! I gave up caffeine and then found Zevia soda so I have caffeine again. I gained a pound my first week but I’ve been dripping ever since. It will come!

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    • Jo Price
      May 23, 2018 @ 21:37:21

      I need to keep a big list of these tips. I am filling up my phone with screenshots of wonderful ideas people keep giving me. I’m good with losing the caffeine though. I’ve never heard of anyone else feeling sleepy after caffeine, but I never seem to follow the standards for anything! 😉 I’m still going to check out the caffeine free versions of that soda. I just want other flavors sometimes and soda water with lime juice is good but def not the same.

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  4. kaylaannauthor
    May 23, 2018 @ 21:37:57

    I love the satirical aspects of this post! As someone who was forced into a “lifestyle diet” for health reasons, it sucked seeing everyone eat things I couldn’t. But your body will get used to it and it will thank you for your efforts.

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  5. José María López
    May 24, 2018 @ 01:53:26

    “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” Good luck.

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  6. I tripped over a stone.
    May 24, 2018 @ 02:26:37

    Yeah, I’m waiting on Oprah to call too! I wish you well my friend. You got guts lady!

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  7. LA
    May 24, 2018 @ 06:27:32

    You can try the lemon, cayenne, maple syrup thing….heard it’s wonderful for the mood…

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  8. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    May 25, 2018 @ 07:08:03

    Oh, I soooo know how you feel. I put on an extra 15-20 pounds this winter that I can’t shake. I have cut out caffeine and diet sodas (for the most part), but I’m still over-eating healthy foods. Good food is so delicious I eat too much of it. I don’t need cake and cookies to gain weight. These days, if I eat too many avocados or plates of chicken salad (yes, with some delicious mayo), I’ll gain weight, or certainly won’t loose it. I feel stuck.

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    • Jo Price
      May 25, 2018 @ 07:32:14

      I have been struggling with this for years, too, and have been frustrated with the same feeling. No matter what I was eating, my weight would either stick around the same place or go up. And to make it worse, I’ve just been dragging constantly. This time seems to.be different. It sounds goofy to say this, but I’m nervous that this positive momentum won’t keep going, but I’m also hopeful that it will.

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      • overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
        May 25, 2018 @ 07:35:34

        Maybe try to focus on how you’re feeling instead of whatever the scale will say when you decide to get on it? I know that sounds so cliche, but maybe there’s some truth to it?

      • Jo Price
        May 25, 2018 @ 07:50:12

        No it’s very very true. I wish that numbers didn’t mean anything in my mind because they really aren’t the end all be all. It’s a funny thing to rate yourself and your beauty based on what a device says.

  9. Inside The Rainbow
    May 27, 2018 @ 02:40:34

    I crave carbs. That is all. *weeps* X

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