I ended week 4 yesterday, down 11 1/2 pounds. I've added in one piece of low-carb bread in the morning (4 grams carb) and 1/2 cup plain yogurt sweetened with Splenda, and tossed with a few chopped almonds and 1/4 cup raspberries and/or blueberries. I guess I'm just looking at the long haul, and know that I'm eating less, so the weight eventually HAS to come off. I haven't been to the gym since last Thursday. I had been so fatigued and sore, I just felt like I needed to shore up my body a little bit with these tiny bits of carbs and heal. I have lupus and fibromyalgia, and really have to listen to what my body tells me to avoid a major relapse. So, I'm not seeing great weight loss, but I am seeing some. If I get a month down the road and don't see any changes in weight OR tape measure, I'll have to reevaluate what I'm doing.
I think you're right, Tyra, that we really need to be slow about adding carbs back in. It was sort of a shock when I realized that moving to this phase really wasn't going to change what I eat all that much. I also have had to be careful to be sure that the carbs I'm eating replace something, instead of being added onto the top of everything else!
I'm back at work this week--expecting 150+ 7th and 8th graders on Thursday. I'm being gentle with myself with exercise, as I'm already fatigued, but have stayed true to the eating plan. I really wish that more people would provide carb-friendly alternatives at continental breakfasts (a bowl of pre-frozen fruit doesn't cut it), and maybe a snack other than 20 dozen gourmet cookies sitting around in the afternoon. Yikes! However, I'm responsible for what goes in my mouth, and I've been able to walk away. I go back to the cheating on my husband analogy--I won't even allow myself a little kiss or a quick grope with the wrong foods!
If this is the worst thing that happens all year, I think I can deal with it!