Atkins: One Week

Today I begin my second week of Atkins. This last week has been some good, some bad. Lots bad. Lots good. Oh well, you judge.

On Friday before I went on Atkins I weighed 159. That had been my weight for a week or two. Then, since I knew I was going on Atkins, I spent the weekend eating junk. I gained 5 pounds. I didn't eat that much, though, so I know it was water weight.

Within two days on Atkins I had lost the water weight and was back at 159. Two days later I was at 156. Then the next day I was at 154.6. The day after 156. So I lost three pounds of actual fat. That's good. It's amazing compared to the other things I have tried. I also lost an inch since the Friday before I started. An inch means it is probably fat and not muscle.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that I have been sick, exhausted, nauseous, weak, dizzy. I think it started on the third day. It goes up and down. Had a horrific headache for about a day. Friday I woke up in a cold sweat, nauseous, weak. Then I was okay, not great, but okay. Then Sunday I was having stomach cramps, dizziness, weak. The question is whether I have been sick (a possibility) or if I am reacting to Atkins or if I am allergic to bacon. (See last blog.)

Also, I am having trouble getting the number of calories I am supposed to eat in. I've gone anywhere from 1100, dangerously low for sustained weight loss, to yesterday's 1720. I need to stay a lot closer to yesterday's numbers.

Then there's the carbs. The first four days I ate less than 10 grams of carbohydrates a day. Since then I have eaten between 10 and 18g. You are supposed to eat no more than 20 grams.

I am going to stick with it for a while longer. I am tired of being between 159 and 161 on weight, even though I wear a size 10 at that. I want to get to a healthier weight.

I am hoping I either have a bug or I will get over this soon.