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Lady Wynwood #7 early release Kickstarter

I worked on my first Kickstarter and it got approved! It’s for the Special Edition Hardcover of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and the release of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 7: Spinster. I contacted my graphic designer about the Special Edition Hardcover of vol. 1: Archer—it’s going to be SO beautiful! The Kickstarter focuses on the Special Edition Hardcover, but it’ll also include vol. 7: Spinster so that it’ll sort of be like a launch day for vol. 7, too. A third special thing that’ll be in the Kickstarter is Special Edition Paperbacks of all the books in the series. They won’t be available in stores, just in the Kickstarter (and later, from my website, and also in my Patreon book box tiers if I decide to do them). The Kickstarter is not live yet, but you can follow it to be alerted when it has launched. (You may need to create a free Kickstarter account.) Follow Camy’s Kickstarter

Day 4 of going low carb - not hungry

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.14.2010

I’m amazed at how NOT HUNGRY I was today. I really had to force myself to eat today. I was hungry at dinner, but I ate a lot less than I expected to. I also chose not to eat a second corn tortilla even though I had planned my carb count to be able to have two. Instead, I ate only one.

WEIRD. I am turning into someone I do not know.

Then again, I was not given the option of eating tortilla chips as opposed to a low fat corn tortilla. I also was not offered potato chips or French fries or a bowl of fettuccine alfredo, so who knows if I would have still been this strange state of “not hungry” if given the opportunity to have a piece of French bread smothered in brie.

I’m also a bit concerned because I’m seriously under my calorie range today again. This never happens to me in my normal life. The thing is, I’m totally full. I don’t even want to think about eating more. If a pizza showed up in front of me, I’d have maybe one bite and then put it down. Seriously. (Did I mention I’m turning into someone I don’t know?) I have to do better about eating more often tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll intake enough calories.

Going low carb is HARD but it is not the seventh level of hell like I thought it would be. The first two days were torture, and I still think about carbs all the time, and last night I dreamed about potato chips, but I am also not clawing at the walls like I thought I would, nor have I threatened to kill Captain Caffeine (yet). He came close last night because he had this sudden craving for garlic bread (I mean, seriously??? Garlic bread???) and so he bought some on his way home from work! He escaped death by a mere thread, and that’s only because he never took the bread out of the package or the Safeway bag, just put it in the fridge. I never saw it or smelled it in all its buttery, garlicky, gluten-laden glory.

I forgot to mention that on this diet, I have to count the carb grams in my dairy, complex carbs (no refined carbs at all), fruit, and starchy vegetables, but I don’t have to count the carbs in non-starchy vegetables, so I’ve been eating a lot of veggies. I’m not as low carb as the Atkins diet because I’m allowed as much veggie carb as I want.

That’s really been my saving grace. I’m allowed tomatoes and cauliflower (oh my gosh, roasted—delish!) and bell peppers and all of my favorite stuff. I have a new favorite food, too—sauteed onions! And I’m not talking about a quick fry in the pan, I’m talking about onions that have been cooked over medium heat in olive oil for at least ten minutes until they’re golden brown and blackened on the edges. They’re fantastic!

What was also strange today was that despite my not being very hungry all day, I had a lot of energy. I got a lot of housework done today.

I also measured myself and for the first time in a year, my butt is half an inch smaller. Yay! Less of me! I’m not sure if it’s because of the low carb thing or if it’s simply because I’m just off my period and lost a ton of water weight.

I spoke too soon about the lack of detox headaches—I have one now, even though I ate the types of veggies I’m supposed to in order to keep my liver happy. Or I could be having a sinus headache from my allergies. Hmm.

Comments

Gina Conroy said…
Yeah for you! Sauteed onions have been my saving grace except I can't use olive oil (I'm doing another round) and you know it still tastes delicious!

I think weight loss will be a benefit to going low carb! I know carbs and sugar are the main things that make me gain or not lose. Keep up the good work and maybe you won't recognize yourself!

And btw, I found a tea shop that sells loose tea. I think I'm becoming a tea lover. Think I'll have a cup now!
Camy Tang said…
Gina, I'm like you, I'm a carb/sugar fiend. I think that my carb love caused insulin resistance in my body, which fed/was fed by my premenopause. Sheesh! I'm hoping going low carb will help remove that insulin resistance. Since I'm running, I can't keep up the low carb for longer than a month because otherwise it'll start causing problems with my exercise, so I hope my insulin resistance GOES AWAY FOREVER! by the end of the month. I think that in conjunction with the supplements I'm taking, it will.

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