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  • Exhausted- what happened to my energy?!

    I don't know if this is the Low Carb flu or what...

    I was feeling great: started the Blueprint at the beginning of March, but went completely off the rails over Easter- lots of travel, family stress, and packing up the house took their toll. I have been getting back on track, and lost the pounds I had re-gained during my lapse fairly easily.

    Still- I haven't been getting the weight or inch loss others have been getting. Part of that is that I wasn't cleared to be active (I messed up my back moving boxes.) I thought that maybe I should cut my carbs a little- maybe that would do the trick. So I have been shooting for around 50 a day, and avoiding fruit. I eat around 1800 calories a day- 60-70% fat, the rest is pretty much protein and my 50 g. carbs. I have quite a bit of weight I would like to lose- at least 50 lbs.

    The chiropractor finally cleared me for light exercise last Thursday- I did some walking pretty much every day. But the past three days- I haven't done anything- I have been exhausted. This contrasts pretty heavily with how I felt when I initially started- like I could fly if I wanted to. The past three days, I estimate that I have, between a good night's sleep and the involuntary naps I take whenever I sit down, slept at least 12 hours a day. Nothing is getting done, and my husband is starting to worry, because this is really out of character for me.

    Anyone else experience this? I am thinking I might need to up my carbs...or should I just wait and see/power through it?
    Last edited by Lady Grok; 04-28-2010, 04:38 PM.
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  • #2
    Funny - my first reaction was to decrease the carbs...

    Post your diet on a typical day.

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    • #3
      This worked out to: 1,840 cal, 54 carbs, 142 g fat 99 g. protein. Things are a little thrown off here due to the "bacon incident" at lunchtime! Otherwise, it's pretty representative of what I am eating.

      Breakfast:
      Egg, large- Omega 3, 2 serving
      Smoked Salmon (lox), 3 oz
      Sushi Nori, Raw Untoasted
      Cream Cheese, 30 grams
      Artichokes, fresh, 1 artichoke

      Lunch: (I went a little overboard with the bacon!)
      Bacon, 1 unit, cooked (yield from 1 lb raw meat) 732
      Black Olives, 13 jumbo

      Dinner:
      Italian Sausage, pork, 0.5 link, 4/lb
      Swiss Chard, 1 cup, chopped
      Bacon grease, 1 tsp

      Snack:
      Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt, 1 cup
      Ultimate Chia Life Chia Seed, 1 serving
      With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

      http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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      • #4
        I'm with Suki; upping carbs might give you a bit of a short-term boost but they will definitely drag your energy down long-term, not to mention skew your hormones towards weight gain and muscle loss.

        I've noticed my body goes in cycles. I'll be at the top of my game for a few days, then about average for a while, and then I'll slump for a couple of days. As much as we wish otherwise, our bodies can't always get stronger, leaner, and more energetic day after day.

        Another thing that might help your energy levels, perhaps counter-intuitively, is intermittent fasting. If you're having three meals a day every day plus snacks, the mere act of constant digestion could be wearing you down. If you haven't already, try loading up a bit on one meal and then skipping the next meal or two. I almost always feel massively energized when I'm 12-24 hours into a fast.

        In any case, three days of slump isn't a cause for panic -- although I know it often feels that way when you're expecting progress. When I have a string of off days I start getting paranoid that I'm going to get all weak and fat like I was four months ago, even though that never happens, thank goodness.

        EDIT: I have to say your diet looks great, although some people report problems with even small amounts of dairy once they go primal.

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        • #5
          Hahaha! The bacon incident! Love. That is a lot of bacon! I would say that your diet looks fine and if you've been at it for a few weeks and you're not seeing results - you should change something. Despite what a lot of people say, sometimes you need to create a caloric deficit to see results. That doesn't seem like enough food for the calories, IMHO, and it's possible that you're underestimating even that. Is that 50 g total carbs or net? I never thought about asking that question but it seems some people use net carbs. Either way, I'd start by reducing carbs - maybe to 30 g.

          If you've only been at it for a week or two or three... give yourself some time - many people take a while to get acclimated. And I believe that cutting your carbs will expedite that process.

          How old are you?

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          • #6
            And I'm with Timothy: intermittent fasting por vida!

            Maybe just start by skipping breakfast a day or two a week. That really, really kicked my weight loss into gear. And now I IF daily.

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            • #7
              Well, it sounds like I should keep at it! Thanks guys. I have been a little off-kilter about it, especially since my pull-up bar arrived today, so it is time to start stepping up the exercise.

              I have been experimenting with IF- especially in the mornings, and I do like the fact that I don't feel beholden to immediately eat when I wake up. Most of my IF over the last few days has been involuntary- yesterday I ate a snack when I got home, then slept through lunch AND dinner (and ate two hamburger patties when I woke up at 11 PM!) I do feel perkier today, so maybe it is just a cyclical thing.

              Tim: I am making an effort to cut back on the dairy, I usually have the Greek Yogurt once or twice a week. I just couldn't face losing fruit and dairy all in one go!

              Suki- Oh! I am 35...and that's total carbs .

              And yes, it was a total pound of bacon (and it was delicious!) Looking back on it, that was probably a pretty salt-heavy day! I'll try to guesstimate a little better- I have been calculating with the Sparkpeople log, and they tend to support CW, and I think my fat-eating ways freak them out!
              Last edited by Lady Grok; 04-28-2010, 05:02 PM. Reason: adding age (gulp)
              With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

              http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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              • #8
                Fitday for the win. I far prefer it to sp.

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                • #9
                  What is your exercise routine?

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                  • #10
                    I don't know zip, but just to throw in an idea: looks to me like a lot of sodium here. How's your potassium?

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                    • #11
                      Hey Vick- Up to recently, not too much. I have a fairly active job (herding small children). It's mainly moderate exercise- I was under a "no heavy lifting/exercise" edict from my doctor and chiropractor until last week. I tend to walk a lot, whenever I get the chance. I do wear a GoWearFit which dates back to the days I was trying to follow CW- it says I burn around 2800 calories a day. That's without the trip to the gym, which would typically (depending on what I was doing) bump my calories burned up to 3500, give or take. I know, I know it's not about calories, but that at least sort of gives me a "benchmark" to explain all this craziness!

                      I am more worried about the energy dip than the weight not moving- I've been on diets since I was 12, and this definitely feels different in a positive way. I have been dithering a lot, not wanting to fall into my usual "chronic cardio, 45 minutes on the elliptical" way of thinking. I know Mark has a fitness plan coming out, which I am anxiously awaiting. In the meantime, I just got my pull-up bar from Amazon.com today, and was gearing up to try some SimpleFit- even if it means I just have to hang there until I have the upper body strength to do one lone pull-up! I am also interested in trying Shovelglove, just to mix thing up. My husband reports that there is an 8lb. sledge in the shed which I am welcome to use. He keeps threatening to paint the handle in girly colors for me. I am thinking that once I up the exercise, my body will finally get with it. I build muscle fast, and am looking forward to seeing results.

                      Helen: What's potassium? Actually, I looked into it, and am probably (albeit, accidentally) getting enough- through my multi-vitamin, tomatoes, greens, and the yogurt. Unless Google is a Big Fat Liar... I know, once I posted this, I was struck by the sodium levels. I do drink a lot of water, and have low blood pressure, much to the consternation of my doctor who just wants to label me "hopeless fatty" and stick me in a high cholesterol/blood sugar/fatty liver box. (I know, I am looking for a new doc!) I should probably get a better representative menu- the 1 lb. of bacon is a bit of a one-off, mainly because I know that if it is cooked, I will somehow rationalize eating it. I can post another sample menu if you guys want- I just grabbed the first one that appeared.
                      With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                      http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Helen in Oz View Post
                        I don't know zip, but just to throw in an idea: looks to me like a lot of sodium here. How's your potassium?
                        I think its sodium too. How much salt is on the bacon. I had a binge on cheap bacon and consumed way more salt than I usually do since the bacon was salted.
                        A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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                        • #13
                          The bacon (as bacon goes) isn't too bad- Nieman Ranch Applewood smoked uncured. It was about 60% of the RDA for sodium that day.

                          Here's another sample meal from the same timeframe:

                          Breakfast: IF

                          Lunch: Primal Beef Curry
                          Ground beef, 8 oz
                          Onions, raw, 0.1 cup, chopped
                          Tomato products, Hunts Diced Tomatoes
                          Cauliflower, cooked, 0.5 cup (1" pieces)

                          Dinner:

                          Pork Chops (pork loin), roasted, 0.5 piece, cooked
                          Cauliflower, cooked, 0.5 cup (1" pieces)
                          Butter, salted, 1 tbsp 102
                          Onions, raw, 3 slice, large (1/4" thick)
                          Asparagus, fresh, 1 cup

                          Snack:
                          Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 fl oz (In tea)
                          chocolate-covered cacao nibs - kopali organics - 1/2 package, 28 gram(s)

                          CALORIES CARBS FAT PROTEIN
                          Totals: 1,411 44 104 79
                          With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                          http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Primal Diva View Post
                            The bacon (as bacon goes) isn't too bad- Nieman Ranch Applewood smoked uncured. It was about 60% of the RDA for sodium that day.
                            Forget the RDA. What matters is how much you consume regularly and then how much you consumed on that given day.

                            Processed food, junk food etc is loaded with salt. So if you've gone primal you are eating a lot less salt than you used to regularly. And your body adapts. And then binging on a food high salt could mean you're retaining water.

                            EDIT: Also, the RDA for salt is probably too high anyway.
                            A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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                            • #15
                              Well- the good news is, after three days of virtual narcolepsy, I feel great today! Lots of energy, nice and alert. Maybe my body was just dealing with some kind of stressor, (I just read a notice at work- strep is going around. GAH!) Maybe it was a "rebuilding phase". In any case, I appreciate all the good advice.
                              With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                              http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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