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    For breakfast I'm currently either not eating anything for I just have a piece of apple and a banana. Then I normally eat 2-3 hours later, when I'm at work. It's been working out good so far, but I do still get the carb/sugar withdrawl headaches in the morning. Hopefully, they will stop sometime next week.

    Thankfully, the headaches are nowhere near as bad as they were when I completely stopped drinking soda and eating candy in May. Back then I could hardly concentrate at work, because of crazy headaches, shaking hands and small muscle cramps all over my body. Fortunately that stage is over. Now the sugar cravings are more of a mental thing.
    You are having cravings because you are not getting enough protein. I upped my protein at breakfast and have no cravings all day long. Add a egg and some meat.

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    Seriously seriously. Don't eat fruit only in the morning. Eat two eggs topped with a little whatever - salsa, cheese if you are doing that. No carby breakfasts for newbies.
    You won't feel that hypoglycemic stuff at all in a few days.
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    So, here's an update after the first week of my "reset". So far I'm down ~3lbs (~235lbs now) and 0.5cm around my waist, which I think is decent progress.

    Staying sugar free has been surprisingly easy. I think it's mostly because I was so busy last week that I didn't have time to notice cravings Also, I managed to go to the gym three times, which helped on the motivation.

    I did indulge in a few of treats over the weekend, namely a couple of waffles and a some chocolate pudding, but I also did 4 hours of hiking that day, so I'm not too worried about it.
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    Argh! After a week of dicipline, I caved in and went on a mini-binge last night. Cheese burger, fries, ice cream, chocolate and a danish, and this morning I had chocolate milk for breakfast. Not good...

    The problem was, after a busy week I suddenly had no plans for the night yesterday and thus no reason (or rather, motivation) to stick to my normal routine. When I came home from work, I had a headache and didn't feel like cooking, so I ended up at a nearby burger joint. A few hours after dinner, the sugar cravings got the better of me and I went out again to the store. And, as we all know, shopping during cravings is not a good idea...

    What's interesting is that I've had burger (w/bun) many times before without it triggering cravings, but I normally don't eat fries, so I think maybe the fries is what triggered it. Also, it's quite common that when I have already "ruined" my day by eating bad, I rationalize that I might as well go all the way and get whatever else I'm craving, which is not a good path to take.

    Anyway, I'm hoping to get back on track today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tfarny View Post
    Seriously seriously. Don't eat fruit only in the morning. Eat two eggs topped with a little whatever - salsa, cheese if you are doing that. No carby breakfasts for newbies.
    My breakfast is usually a big cheeseburger, 2-3 bunless burgers (actually "karbonade", but I'm not sure what that's called in English--it's basically the same thing only we don't call it a burger) or 2-3 grilled chicken thighs, occasionally with some salad. The 1-2 pieces of fruit I eat before going to work I don't really consider breakfast, it's more of a snack to start the day. I normally eat breakfast 2-3 hours after that. I never have problems with cravings during the day, only at night/evening, after dinner.

    Quote Originally Posted by tfarny View Post
    You won't feel that hypoglycemic stuff at all in a few days.
    So I've been told. But even after going a week without (added) sugar, I still get headaches.

    Do you think eating fruit in the morning (and occasionally before workouts) could be giving me cravings in the evenings and headaches in the mornings?
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    2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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    Save your carbs (fruit) for later in the day if you can. I love fruit, so I have it right after my lunch or right after my dinner so that the protein and fat I've eaten slow down the insulin spike caused by the fruit. No cravings that way, and I'm full so I don't need to snack between meals.

    The headaches are probably 'carb flu' and should disappear. Take a pill in the meantime.
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    Yeah, I'm taking Paracetamol for the headaches, which helps, but only for a short time. I don't like taking pills all the time, so I'm hoping it will go away within a couple of weeks.
    Norak's Primal Journal:
    2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
    2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
    2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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    Well, as it turns out, last week didn't go too well at all. After giving in to cravings on Tuesday, the rest of the week I also ate quite crappy. Too many cravings and too little self control.

    Because of this, I'll be having a weekly cheat day instead. That way I can eat crap once in a while without feeling bad about it afterwards. So, starting today, I will not eat any sweets or sugary stuff until the weekend.

    I also think maybe I have to start eating more (healthy) carbs after workouts. The highest risk for slipping up diet-wise seems to be right after dinner following a workout, which is when the cravings are the strongest. I think maybe one of the reasons I caved in last week was because I had been going too many days low-carb while still working out pretty hard.

    Anyway, my workouts last week were much better than my eating. Here are some highlights:

    Bench press (dumbbells): 1x8 x 36kg, 1x8 x 38kg, 2x8 x 40kg
    Squats: ..., 1x6 x 70kg, 1x6 x 75kg
    Deadlifts: ..., 1x8 x 80kg, 1x6 x 90kg
    Dips: 1x6 x 5kg, 1x6 x 10kg, 1x6 x 15kg, 1x6 x 20kg
    Chin-ups: 4x4, 1x5
    Pull-ups: 1x3, 1x4, 2x3, 1x2, 1x1

    Sets in bold are new personal bests. Some I've done heavier before (I think 100kg in deadlifts and 90kg in squats), but that's years ago. All the others are all-time bests (as far as I can remember, anyway)!

    Clearly, the strength-goals I set in the first post needs to be adjusted, but I'm still not sure what the new ones should be.
    Norak's Primal Journal:
    2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
    2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
    2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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    Had a good workout today:

    Squats: 1x8 x 50kg, 1x8 x 60kg, 1x8 x 75kg, 1x6 80kg
    Calf raises (incline machine): 1x8 x 80kg, 1x8 x 100kg, 2x8 x 120kg
    Bench press: 1x12 x 40kg, 1x8 x 60kg, 2x8 x 80kg, 1x8 x 60kg
    Chin-ups: 1x7, 1x6, 1x5, 1x4, 3x2, 1x1

    New personal bests in squats, calf raises (not really all that important) and chin-ups.
    Norak's Primal Journal:
    2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
    2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
    2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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    Luckily, my sugar feast last week didn't cause too much damage. Today I weighed in at ~236lbs and my waist is down to ~36.5".
    Norak's Primal Journal:
    2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
    2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
    2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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