The Game Plan: Act II, Part II (Weigh-in)

So you may have noticed that despite my entirely too verbose explanation of my weight gain, and my resolution to get back on the wagon weight-loss-wise, there hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about it on here since. Well, I am very happy to be able to say that it is NOT because I am (yet again) failing to live up to my word. I am still dead-set on getting my body (and my life!) back on track, and am very much working on it. Snaps for Gretchen!

It’s just that I don’t want to simply keep going through the same motions as I have been. It’s boring. And continually blogging about the exact same things is boring too. So I’m taking this opportunity (Act II, as it were) to not JUST post my weigh-ins and what I’m eating and what I’m doing, but also to really try and look at the reasons that I gained weight back in the first place. That’s not to say that I won’t also be doing quite a bit of the former, since that’s like, you know, what I do, but you get what I’m trying to say. And in that vein, since I kind of forgot that yesterday was Wednesday, let’s go ahead and pretend that it still is (except… not really… because, well, duh.)

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 206.1 lbs
This Weigh-in: 203.8 lbs
Difference: -2.4 lbs

Hey, it’s a start! 2 pounds in 2 weeks. Sounds like a slow-and-steady start to me. And that’s with traveling to HLS and everything. I’ll take it!

So! The last time I talked about my weight loss game plan, it was identifying that I needed to get back into a breakfast habit. And not just slammin’ down a bowl of Peanut Butter Puffins (delicious though they may be), but a real, GOOD breakfast. In fact, I already touched on how my breakfasts were super carb-heavy and did not include the satiating and long-lasting proteins and fats that I really need to keep my hunger at bay. Well, Part II of the game plan is in a similar vein: reevaluating my carb intake.

First off, let me go ahead and remind you all that I am most definitively NOT of a low-carb/no-carb philosophy. Heeeeells no! Carbs make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands are healthy(er) people. Plus, no matter what Dr. Atkins may have said, carbs are not bad for you. Refined, super processed, simple carbs certainly aren’t good for you in mass quantity, but unrefined, whole grains really are good stuff! That said, the saying “too much of a good thing” is particularly apt when it comes to carbs. After all…


… they’re kind of my favorite. Heh.

And I eat a lot of them. But the fact of the matter is, I’m just not active enough to burn up all the carbohydrates that I consume. A diet that was carb-heavy was fine when I was training for races and whatnot, but when my activity level lapses and I’m still eating the same amount of carbohydrates (even though my calories are still within a weight-loss range), where is all that glucose and whatnot going to go? Straight into my already more-than-ample fat stores.

So! My girl Cassie recently has been posting about trying to limit her post-lunchtime carbs (she read Bob Harper’s “The Skinny Rules” and one of his tenets is “No carbs after lunch.”). Now, while I’m not sure I really plan on adhering to such a strict rule (since hard-n-fast rules don’t really work for me anyway), it has been food for thought (pun totally intended). I want to be able to say I’m fueling my body properly, which means maintaining a good BALANCE and RATIO of carbs, fat, AND protein.

I prefer my carbs in the form of pie, please.

I will never live a life that doesn’t include french fries, but I also know that french fries + bread + rice + cereal + pasta does not exactly equal the balanced diet I’m striving for. Plus, this initiative will hopefully drive me back to being a little more creative in the kitchen, to help me figure out ways to build meals that don’t base themselves around those aforementioned carb types. In fact, just yesterday, Cassie posted a pasta-less lasagna recipe that looks kind of ridiculously amazing.

So, there you have it! 2 pounds down, and quite a lot more to go. But hopefully by the time they’re gone I’ll have figured out how to really make it stick.


  1. I feel the exact same way about carbs. I love carbs, but my body hates them. That being said, I could never live a carb-less life. When I’m focused and on track I try to limit my carbs to the morning and it does seem to help.

  2. Hey Gretchen! If I dont’ eat carbs during the day, I get VERY cranky. I feel like I love carbs too much, and they ARE an integral part of our diet and shouldn’t be skipped! I do think my body holds onto them easier, but life is too short not to enjoy all in moderation. Awesome post! I’m cheering you along every step of the way!

    • I agree! I did Atkins for like, 3 months back when I was in high school, and while I did lose some weight, I was MISERABLE. Cutting out carbs cold-turkey actually made me feel sick. Plus, I gained back all the weight (and then some) once I started eating “normally” again. So I think my goal now is more like, monitoring, regulating, and just being aware of all the carbs I consume. Because you know I’m still GOING to be consuming them, just maybe not in the same way? 🙂

  3. I need carbs throughout the day but I do amp up my cardio trying to burn through those glucose reserves. I skip starchy carbs for dinner since I like to end the night light.

    Good luck with everything! I need a bit of accountability in my life right now too 🙂

  4. I hate, hate, hate to say that I’m “low-carb” because that evokes this image of sugar-free candies and hamburgers without buns for every meal, but the truth is, balancing my carb intake has GREATLY helped with my weight loss (12 pounds down!) and I feel…awesome. I feel just amazing. Before, my daily calories were consistently 60% from carbs and then 20% each from fat and protein, now I’m a lot more like 30% from carbs, 30% from fat and 40% from protein, which is (obviously) a lot more balanced.

    I thought I’d hate not having carbs at dinner, but the truth is, I satisfy my mental, emotional and physical needs for carbs at breakfast and lunch. It’s been totally fine. If I’m really craving carbs for dinner, I find I can just tell myself, “Oh, you can have pizza for lunch tomorrow.” and I’m totally fine with it.

    Also, side note, Bob’s rules are written pretty terribly. He says “No carbs after lunch” but he doesn’t really mean “0 grams of carbs”. He means, “only high-quality carbs with lots of fiber.” One of my pet peeves of the book is that they are written like hard rules, but they actually are really flexible and open if you read the follow-up info.

    • I remember you mentioning specifically that you think balancing out your carbs is what is helping most with your weight loss, and that really stuck with me. I want to be able to find a similar balance!

      And that’s great clarification about The Skinny Rules. I guess I should probably actually read the book at some point if I’m going to keep talking about it, eh? Hahahaha. 🙂

  5. Ahhh carbs and dairy…both fit into my calories and both really slow down my losing if I eat too much. The nutrition plan I’m a fan of follows similar rules to Bob’s. Always room for a break away from the rule though! Good luck!!!

  6. That is terrific! I have had the same struggle, I was 8 pounds from my pre-preg weight then I gained 15 lbs during the football/holiday season. I’ve been ‘trying’ (aka thinking about and then not following through) to lose weight since January, but I have just now buckled down and been more serious– working out nearly every day and (sadly) cutting out my evening glass(es) of wine. Down 1.5 this week!

    You are a great inspiration and I appreciate your willingness to share your struggles. It is encouraging to those of us going through the very same thing. Thank you!

  7. Awesome. 2 pounds is a lot of weight!

  8. I have been thinking about this for myself lately too. Many years ago I lost a bunch of weight by eating less carbs and less flours. Now, I pretty much don’t care and I gained back half the weight.

  9. I did the south beach diet and it was actually really awesome.. The first 2 weeks were hell though.. no carbs at all.. bleh.. but it was only 2 weeks… then you could bring in whole grains and whole wheat.. so not too too bad… I plan on trying to get back on that train after I have this little baby 🙂

  10. great job on the 2 lbs!!! actually 2.4 which is closer to 2 1/2… which is technically pretty close to 3. so yeah, 3 lbs it is. 🙂

    keep up the good work!

  11. Good weigh in! I have the same relationship with carbs and they just seem so much more appealing after work than a bowl full of vegetables. I think that’s what’s really forced me to get creative in the kitchen. As long as there’s enough flavor, I don’t care if my noodles are made of pasta or zucchini.

  12. Oh carbohydrates, how they make me happy. When I’m craving carbs I like to eat plain rice cakes which are incredibly low in carbohydrates.

    I tried atkins once and I was getting so annoyed with counting carbs in vegetables like spinach. You’re never going to convince me that extra carbs in spinach is worse for me than red meat.

  13. And congrats on the weight loss!

  14. Catherinesays:

    2.4 lb…. YEAH GIRL!!!

  15. Good job Gretchen! I’ve been watching what I eat/ trying to lose weight too. Love reading your updates & knowing that you’re kind of going through the same things 🙂

  16. Awesome job!

    I have been so intrigued by Bob Harper’s “Skinny Rules” but I don’t believe in that kind of diet mentality. However, I agree that it’s important that there is a mindfulness. I always try to balance breakfast and include a good source of protein (i.e. not nut butter). Even if it’s incorporating egg whites into oatmeal, it’s something.

  17. Anniesays:

    I’ve been focusing on ‘whole carbs’ these past few weeks. Less pasta and rice, more bananas. I think one of the dangers of carbs is that is so easy to mindlessly eat two servings of crackers because you are bored. It’s a lot less easy to get up and two servings of cottage cheese and fruit simply because you are bored. 🙂

  18. Omgoodness. Carbs. I don’t think I’ve met a carb I didn’t like.

    I managed to lose 30 lb. and make my goal weight by eating carbs. Now, I’ve decided I want to lose an additional 10, and those carbs? Totally getting in my way. So I’ve decided to limit them. For instance, last night instead of my usual curry veggies on top of a mound of rice, or a bowl of couscous, I created a curry “wedge salad”. Not my favorite thing, but I didn’t consume the carbs AND I tried something new.

    I had a tuna salad “Sandwich” earlier this week too. Instead of bread, I used romaine lettuce leaves. I ate slower and felt fuller, too, so that was a bonus that I will happily make again.

    You learn as you go… through mistakes. I ate an entire box of Kellogg’s Townhouse Crackers because THEY WERE SO FREAKING TASTY. So now I don’t buy those. In fact, I can’t keep ANY crackers in the house. Except oyster crackers. Nixed them from my life and I’m ok with it.

    With bread, it’s a little different. I told myself that if I make/bake any carb, I can eat some of it. So now we don’t buy bread/bakery items. And I can have em when I bake em. Win/win really (truth: I still buy tortillas because they aren’t worth the time/effort for me!).

    Looking forward to reading more posts like this! I’m down 2 lb. this week, too. And needing 8 more. *deep breath*

  19. I would die without carbs. Like, literally. My carb sources are (almost) entirely whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy, so I guess it’s all healthy, but I still know people who even limit them. I will just never subscribe to the thought group who says meat/protein is best/healthiest.

  20. Hi Gretchen,

    You inspire me, so I wanted to tell you. I’m chronicling my own journey here, but I’m only just starting. Well technically I started in January, but I fell off that wagon HARD. But it’s time to get back on, and reading about you is helping me to do so.

    So thank you.

    • Thank you so much, Mandi! It means a lot to me that you feel inspired by my journey — you look like you’re already off to a great start! 🙂

    Simple carbs- yes, they’re not good. Limit them- or don’t eat them. But complex carbs? You need them to live!! I’ve been reading about this ALL day in my PFT manual. Carbs are what provide us energy so that we can live! (Along with water and fat.)
    This post made me want to eat French fries.
    Miss you, lover!

  22. Love that you quoted Legally Blonde!! I love that, and is definitely my take on endorphins! I feel like I am right there with you having fallen off the wagon and taken a long hard look at myself, my diet, my exercise regime and my approach to food. Keep it up Gretchen, you’re doing great! Might have to have a look at The Skinny Rules. Have you been back to Crossfit? I want to try one in London!

  23. BTW I loved your Legally Blonde reference! I feel like I say that line all the time! 🙂

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