Low Carb Weight Loss – Week Five

by MARIA on April 19, 2012

I suppose it was inevitable at some point, but I had a bad week.

I celebrated Greek Orthodox Easter this past weekend and it was great and I didn’t cheat the entire day. And then I went home with leftovers and chocolate, and somehow some of that chocolate got in my belly. And maybe some spanakopita.

I blame the Easter bunny.

So I’ve spent the last few days being really mad at myself about the whole thing. And when I get mad at myself, I get defeatist and then I get all “Oh what’s the point, I can’t possibly lose all this weight”. And then I get all negative and hide in the closet with the lady porn until my mood brightens.

On the bright side, it’s been 25 Days since I’ve had a Diet Coke or any coffee. Although, I’ve been dreaming of a latte lately – might have to consider a decaf version at some point. Life without lattes? Is that worth living?

I’m not giving up – I’m back at it and hoping that next week will have a great weight loss. Hopefully.

So here’s where I’m at with the numbers:

Week Five:

Weight LOST this week: 0 (boo)

Weight Lost to date: 15.5

Weight left to Lose: 84.5

First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription) – DONE April 5/12 (ordered subscription to Vanity Fair)

Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)

Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)

Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)

Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)

Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)

Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)

Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)

Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)

Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)


How was your week??

  • See Week One Here (I explain the jars of gems here)
  • See Week Two Here
  • See Week Three Here
  • See Week Four Here
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1 Managed Chaos April 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

Bad weeks are inevitable…we all have them. Heck, even the contestants on the Biggest Loser have zero weeks…and they have Bob & Dolvett ;)

I’m curious as to why you’ve cut out coffee. Is it because of the cream/sweeteners you migh have added in or the caffeine itself? I’m struggling with my own weight loss issues and any extra thing I can add in might give me the boost I need.


2 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

Thanks so much for your comment. I cut out coffee because for me coffee was a daily trip to Starbucks for a quad latte and it always included some kind of pastry. It was a bad habit that I needed a break from. It was also affecting my sleep and I wasn’t drinking any water. I told myself that if I could cut the Diet Coke and lattes and drink water instead it would give me a nice boost to start my weight loss. My goal is that Diet Coke will be permanently gone, while the lattes are going to become decaf and smaller and not as frequent.


3 nicole April 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

So glad you’re staying positive. Everyone has bad weeks, even when they’re doing everything right the scale just doesn’t show it. At least you didn’t gain weight! Keep it up Maria–so proud of you!


4 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

Thanks Nicole.


5 Christy April 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Please don’t beat yourself up over not losing any weight this week! The fact that you survived the holiday weekend without gaining is amazing! While we are on this journey to our healthier smaller people, we should be eating like we will for the rest of our lives. And holidays are always going to happen, over indulgences are always going to happen, and we just have to find a way to enjoy the weekend and get back to routine when it’s over. Which you have done successfully! So congratulations :-)


6 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Thanks Christy!!


7 Shawna April 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

but you didn’t GAIN any weight. I call that a successful week!


8 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

You’re right. It’s just with SO MUCH weight to lose, every week counts and in my head I see this as a lost week. But it’s better than a gain – anything is better than that.


9 Lindsey April 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

Dont give up
cos you have friends
Dont give up
You’re not beaten yet
Dont give up
I know you can make it good


10 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

Ha. You’re cute Lindsay. Thanks for that.


11 Chantal April 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hey you didn’t lose, but you didn’t gain either! And more importantly you didn’t lose your resolve! And that rocks.


12 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thanks Chantal.


13 Amy @ Muddy Boots April 19, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hey Maria, not losing is definitely better than gaining! Imagine what the scale would say if you’d shown NO resolve?

Sometimes we just need a bit of a re-focus… Are you familiar with primal/paleo diets? Have you ever been to Mark’s Daily Apple? It’s a primal lifestyle blog/site. He’s the guy who wrote The Primal Blueprint. He’s got loads of info and some neat recipes on his site. It might be a good way to get re-excited about your goals and the low-carb life. Not like you need one other place online to visit, I know! ;) I have one of his cookbooks though and it has some great ideas.

P.S. He still drinks coffee and wine!


14 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’ll check it out – thanks Amy!


15 Elaine April 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

At least you didn’t gain any! That is great, Maria! I had a hard time at Easter too, so I totally get it. And no, life should not be without your favorite things. Everything in moderation as they say.

Can’t wait to hug your thinner self in August!! ;) MWAH!


16 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks Elaine!! Can’t wait to see you too!!


17 Jen Banks April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The big thing is that you are back on track. Next week will be epic!!


18 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

THanks Jen – let’s hope so.


19 Nicole Boyhouse April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

We all have bad weeks from time to time and I would say that Easter is a good excuse to have a bad week. You didn’t gain any – I would call that a win! That’s so great that you’ve lost 15 pounds in only five weeks – you’re doing fabulous!


20 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

THanks so much Nicole.


21 Sarah April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

You are doing AWESOME! I am always discouraged by slowing weight loss but it is inevitable. Stay steady:)


22 MARIA April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm



23 Amber @ Backwards Life April 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

I’ve been a bad bad teammate! I need to get some of my fitness posts up (though the weightloss is stalled because I keep eating crap, GRRRR self control issues).
You’re doing awesome and I’m so so proud. Cannot wait to squeeze you at BlogHer!


24 MARIA April 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks Amber!


25 Allison Rouble April 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Well I am one week one, I finally got my rear in gear and decided to do something about it the “Baby Weight” if I can still call it that, my twins are turning 2 next weekend! I wrote a post on my blog about my plan and my goals. Warning I stole all my ideas from other people who seem to be making the weight loss thing work!


26 Karen Sugarpants April 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

WOW! I just caught up with you – this is amazing!! I’d love to know more about the Hungry for Change movie.


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