The scale moved favorably. So I am happy about that. But I can see from my weight loss chart, I have some fine tuning to do.
I can see the peaks and stalls and hopefully I can go back and see what I did that seemed to encourage more weight loss. Hopefully it is FAT loss.
This past month though, after the rises and falls, I have lost just shy of 5 pounds. That still puts me exactly on track for my ultimate goal, however before I was always ahead of schedule and normally lost around 8 pounds per month. (I know not to weigh so much, but I have joined 3 challenges with 3 different weigh in days, so I can see just how all over the place it has been)
So what has changed? Well I started eating more Primal, and the scale hasnt been moving as much, but I think I have formed my conclusions about that.
- I feel better
- I have more energy
- I am sleeping better
- I am no longer constantly thinking about food and what I should eat next
- I am no longer eating every couple of hours
- These 5 pounds have been effortless and painless.
So I might not be losing quite as fast as before, but before, I was constantly hungry. I went to bed every night hungry. I woke up during the night hungry. I woke up hungry. I thought about food 24/7. I still think about health and nutrition and my journey 24/7 but it is not the same as thinking about what to eat 24/7 and preparing something to eat every 2 hours and all I can think about while fixing that and eating that is what can I fix to eat next, and when can I eat next and trying to stay on (under) calorie.
I find that now, I dont have to think about calories at all, and I am always in a deficit. I have more energy now, so maybe I need to focus on my ST. That slowed down when I first started the shift but now I feel up to about anything.
I find that I am just not as hungry as before. I am doing better on less, and this definitely is a lifestyle I can live with. It has basically taken me back to my roots, the way we were raised to eat. Mostly all from the garden, or meat we raised or hunted or fished ourselves. Before life and fast food and too tired or too busy to cook anything.
So this morning, I am analyzing. I could go back to what was working while dropping 8 pounds a month, where I was cranky at times, I was ALWAYS hungry, always trying to figure out what to eat, and working out more also. My days evolved around eating and working out, and not much else. If I went somewhere, I had to worry about packing my snack, or getting back home for a workout/snack.
Or I can continue down this other path that fits me and my lifestyle. It is painless to implement. I have more energy to get things done around my home which has been great exercise. I am finding I only need to eat about 2 - 3 times a day, rather than the 6 - 9 times that I was before.
I had to eat more to fuel my exercise. And when you think about it, why eat more just so you can exercise more? I know there is a balancing act between losing fat and losing muscle mass. But it just doesnt make sense to me to exercise and then need to eat more because of it. So I need to fine tune my exercise program.
So it really is about finding what works best for you. I do wish at times it was a one size fits all. Many days I just wish someone would bring me a plate of food and say, here eat this. I got to the point where I just didnt want to think about it anymore. It was too consuming and just drained all my time and energy.
So, 5 pounds a month is 60 pounds a year. I think if I focus and concentrate and fine tune some more, I can increase that and be even more efficient. So I just need to do some fine tuning & stay the course