Check-In: Week 5

Jax High Carb

Food

Still enjoying my freedom with carbs simply because they’re so yummy and easy to access.  They’re coming with a cost to me though so if this wasn’t a project I was committed to then I’d be making some serious changes.  My husband, on the other hand, is carb-tolerant and has enjoyed having me eating ‘his’ food with him.

Feeling

Being carb-intolerant I’m am feeling increasingly ‘bad’ on this diet.  I’m experiencing a lack of vital energy and the weight I’m putting on is playing on my mind. I’m toying with the idea of putting in a “between the lines” page where I diarise my mental/emotional reaction to the weight gain – I may voice what so many women out there think and feel inside.

Diagnosis

Weight and fat percentage are both up. I received the following comment from Amanda based our last check-in which also noted the ‘fattening up': “I read in your blog that you and your twin thought that you were looking fatter but that the scales were not showing it.  What I have found is that the low fat high carb diet redistributes your fat putting it under your chin and around your middle.  I am now only about four kilos less than I was on the low fat diet now but now that I am eating high fat I look completely different as I have my jawline back and my waist back.  It is not only about the weight on the scale but where it sits! ”  We’re doing blood tests on Tues so keep an eye out for our results towards the end of the week.

Diary

It’s Grace’s 4th birthday party on Wed so I’ll be surrounded by ‘naughty carb’ heaven and will spend the next 2 days baking and shopping for it.  I’m going to chat to Rael (our dietician) about whether or not Jeanne and I may have one slice of her birthday cake to celebrate with her!

Jeanne High Fat/Protein

Food

This week has been easy food wise – there have been no surprises where I have found myself at the mercy of a carb-only event.  I did make a point of taking some low carb snacks with me on set: biltong (which is a lot like beef jerky), nuts, tomato juice, celery & cream cheese  – and of course cream for coffee!  It worked really well as when the cookies, toasted sandwiches and soft drinks were passed around the set, I had my own low carb goodies at hand.  The breakfasts and lunches are easy as they always do salads, meat, veg and the typical eggs & bacon that I’ve found with film catering on every set I’ve worked on.

Feeling

I’m feeling great.  Nothing new to report other than I’m feeling slim, trim and going strong.  The Bodytec session are very definitely paying off as there are things happening to muscles that I haven’t seen before in 5 years of gym training :)  As with every other week, I am a little surprised that I am not perkier when I wake up, but that may not be a ‘condition’ of this way of eating so I’m not too bothered by it.

Diagnosis

This past week it looks like I’ve dropped a little in the body fat and weight department  – but all in all it seems to be stabilizing at the level it’s at.

Diary

This week I shot the first two days of the film and it went well.  I’m often cast as the sweet girl next door or the lovely wife – this time I get to have fun as a more comedic, out-there character and paint with a whole lot more colour!  I’ve been pretty busy over the past few weeks, so apart from looking forward to our usual Bodytec session and weigh in (and blood test…aaarg!) – I am hoping to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in a while and focus on some of my other work.  Speaking of work, I am excited to announce that SAGA (South African Guild of Actors) is taking it’s place on the world stage as a member of FIA alongside SAG/AFTRA, Equity and other actors guilds from around the planet.  Since our fellow board member arrived back from the international conference at the end of last week we have a lot of new and exciting work to do!

One Comment

  1. I’m not surprised to hear about fat distribution being diet related. I think a lot of that has to do with stored glucose in the body. So a person looks a bit “softer” simply because they have more stored glucose. When I first switched to low carb I dropped about 4 lbs the first week and looked super cut. Even though I do not think I lost an ounce of fat.

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