1/4/13 - 144#s - down 3#s in 4 weeks, even with a Christmas and NYE binge that brought a few pounds temporarily back. People tell me that they see the weight loss in my face and evenly reduced all over. My body fat is in the 26% range according to my scale (which actually seems to be fairly accurate, compared to most bio-metric impedance devices, when I look at photos and graphics of what 26% body fat looks like on an adult woman).
While the cast was on for a month I was unable to do ANYTHING, per orthoped.'s orders. No better time to kick low-carb/ketogenic diet into high gear!
I'm gradually reincorporating my running and cycling back in, all while continuing to eat very low carbs -- filling up on meats, cheeses, full-fat dairy, eggs, veggies, HUGE salads, nuts, and limited very high fiber tortillas for small wraps. I'm eating FAR more veggies and far less crap than before I started back on low-carb/ketogenic eating. Soon I will be re-adding higher glycemic items like tomatoes, beans, and berries. My goal is to see how far I can go on minimal carbohydrates -- staying below 50/day -- to convert fully over to a fat-adapted/fueled athlete, rather than a glycogen-adapted/fueled one. If it can work for the most recent winner of the Western States 100 (and millions of our ancestors who hunted by virtue of endurance and had no access to processed grains or high carbohydrate foods in many parts of the planet--and modern day Inuit, as well), then it can work for me. The only time I may have to make adjustments is during cyclocross season and for other endeavors requiring anaerobic efforts. But this should work very well for me to maintain and rebuild my base during the non-race season...ie when I traditionally have undone all the good work from the hard training/racing portions of the year.
The Phinney/Volek book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance has been a real eye-opener for me, as well. Dr. Peter Attia, MD's The Eating Academy's website is also a really great, VERY heavily scientific resource re: low-carb and endurance performance.