Monday, April 25, 2011

Carb-free... Day 1

I did it. I survived. My first day EVER with no carbs. I existed on eggs, cheese and tuna. I meant to have a salad, but forgot to order one for lunch at school. I didn't eat a lot, but I ate often to ward off hunger. I drank 100+ oz of water (for the first time in weeks). No caffeine, either. Right now, I have to admit I am kinda hungry. But I am just going to go to bed. I am afraid of what will happen if I venture into the kitchen.

I made a grocery run today and bought lettuce, tuna, cheese, and ranch dressing. I also bought some of those flavor sticks you add to water because it makes it easier for me to drink water when I have them at school. I have plenty of boiled eggs, so I feel like I have set myself up for a successful day tomorrow, too.

Did I mention that I have NEVER made a full day being no carb? Did I mention my teaching assistant brought in FIVE bags of Easter candy that she got on clearance today? Talk about temptation...

I did a lot of research this weekend, and the "plan" I am following is basically the Phase 1 plan of Atkins. I can't go over 20 grams of carbs daily for two weeks. After two weeks, I will re-evaluate. But I definitely know that I need to be done with sugar forever. Hopefully, one day I will be able to handle whole grains and fruit. But for now, I must detox.

Mentally, this is one of the hardest things I've done in quite a while. And I am not fooling myself. Tomorrow will most likely be worse.


  1. Good luck! I'm thinking about doing low carb to kick start my weight loss... fingers crossed it goes well. :-)

  2. Great job with your plan! I don't think I can go one day without carbs! I do lower my intake though when the scale is being stubborn.

  3. I like that you're challenging yourself though! Always leads to good things.

  4. I have always wanted to do this but have been so scared and intimidated. I look forward to following your progress.

  5. Have you tried South beach? I have done that in the past (not this time round because although it worked for me I couldn't sustain it and find that it works best for me to be able to have everything but in moderation).

  6. I am in the exact same stage as you, I feel so addicted to carbs & sugar that the only way I feel like I can get through is to start with Phase 1 of the Atkins or South Beach just to cut cravings. I know it'll be hard but I just completed 46 days no Soft Drinks so I'm hoping the motivation that I did that will be enough to hold me over. Good Luck! :)

  7. Today is my day 1 of South Beach! It's hard but it's worth it -- I've done this a few times :( -- being free of hunger and cravings is better than the food itself.

  8. Good luck!!
    I am in my second week of Induction and I am so glad I stuck with it.
    Go to YouTube and put in Atkins diet –there are some great videos there.
    There is a guy named bowolf –who really helped me keep on track.
    Also I don’t know if you have the book but the New Atkins for you recommends that you drink bouillon during this stage –as the salt helps you not get the flu like symptoms some people get- that has helped me.
    I agree sugar is my weakness –always takes me backwards and I literally cannot stop once I start.
    Take care.

  9. Hollie...just a question. Are you maybe punishing yourself for something?

    I am a low- sugar person myself and have been since 2002, so I understand the mechanics of a very low carb plan; but you wrote that you are hungry. You know it's okay to eat to hunger on lower carb plans, right?

  10. I did Adkins for a while and was very successful. I felt really good after a couple of weeks, but I will tell you that it is tough going sometimes getting to that point. Can't wait to hear how you are doing. I really is worth it to stick it out!

  11. Kudos to you, Hollie, for trying something drastic and new. I can't imagine being completely carb-free for a day- somehow some always sneaks in! So proud of you, and can't wait to hear how it goes!


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