If you’re familiar with Low-Carb diets, you already know about Induction.
If you don’t, you’re probably inclined to make a logic joke or one about electicity or cooking. When it comes to dieting, however, it actually means the two-week period where you do your best to keep your carb intake below 20 net carbs per day. That’s, like, practically *NOTHING*. You’re pretty much keeping yourself to bacon and eggs in the morning, salads with a *VERY* small list of acceptable dressings, and meats like pork chops, steak, and chicken.
That doesn’t seem that bad until you ask “wait, where’s the fruit?”
Well, you don’t get to have the fruit until induction is over.
And, so, yesterday I had 12 blackberries. They were *HUGE*. The size of your thumb. Each one popped as I bit into them.
They were sweet. Sweet like a first kiss. I haven’t enjoyed blackberries that much for a long, long time.
As for the diet itself, I’ve noticed a handful of small things. Co-workers ate at Arby’s today and I went along to be sociable and they made jokes about how rough it must be to watch them eat the bread or enjoy the milkshakes and I noticed how the desserts available did not look appetizing to me when, I’m pretty sure, a couple of weeks ago I would have wondered if the Arby’s Oreo Bites were any good.
I admit that the bread was tempting. But I had a belly full of meat from earlier so it was easy to sit with my friends while they ate.
When it comes to daydreaming about food, my daydreams have wandered from “soft-serve ice cream with chocolate sauce and nuts” to “greek yogurt with berries”. I haven’t stopped daydreaming about potatoes though. Ooooh, potatoes.
Maribou has mentioned that she’s noticed a small handful of personality accentuations since the diet started and I’m trying to keep those reigned in. But it’s difficult. It’s difficult. But I’ve noticed that my energy levels are back to something akin to normal when I go to the climbing gym. The first week had me run out of gas in less than an hour. Last night, by comparison, had me go pretty much the distance.
Anyway, this weekend shouldn’t be difficult what with how induction is finally behind me and I can go back to eating tomatoes and blackberries again. That will help with all of the errands that need running with the PetSmart and the Costco and the Trader Joe’s and the Laundry. Sweet, sweet laundry.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)