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Monday, April 01, 2013

So why do I keep trying to change it???? So, August 1st of 2012 I had let myself get up to 156 lbs. By December 1st, I lost 27 lbs putting me at a fit, happy, healthy 129 lbs. feeling AMAZING!

December is when I started to experiment with PALEO since that is what the CrossFit community passionately endorses. Well suffice it to say I have come to the conclusion PALEO is NOT for me. On paper it is awesome and it really should work. That way of eating just does not click with me. And I have realized that as great as something looks on paper, you have to want to follow it. I have given myself 4 months to try to adapt to it and I just don't care for it. As much as I SHOULD be, I am not a big veggie eater. I also do not have the time to pour over new PALEO recipes and spend the time in the kitchen preparing lunch and dinner every single day.

So I decided, starting yesterday, I am going back to the way of eating that initially lost my big chunk of weight in 2009 and also what took off the 27 lbs last fall. Basically it is eating breads (or starch) with breakfast, morning snack, and lunch. And then dinner is lean meat and fruit and/or veggies. And of course my banana shake (half a banana and a cup of almond milk). Tracking everything to keep myself in check.

I ate this way yesterday and I loved it! It was like falling back into a relaxing, comfortable place.... I was happy and totally satisfied and did not even crave anything else. I realized (again) that in order for me to be successful and lose weight I have to eat foods I like in a way I like. If a plan like PALEO doesn't work for me, then I shouldn't do it "just because".

So I am excited. I am only up to 137.8 lbs... about 10 lbs up from my lightest. I lost 3 lbs overnight when I went from eating like a pig for a week to one day of healthy eating. I think one of the wisest things I did was get rid of my size 10/12, L clothes. Up here at 137.8 my 6/8's and S/M's are getting snug and I do not have a fallback wardrobe any more. It is def. a kick in the pants to get my act back together. The thought of having to buy a new pair of size 10's makes me ill....

I just pray I can get through this month without letting stress get to me. I have my MRI for my supposed pinched nerve in my neck next Monday. Nervous and stressed about that! Also, the following Monday (Apr 15th) is my appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to consult about my carpal tunnel. I had assumed that since the neurologist said I needed it and referred me to an orthopedic surgeon that it was a done deal and I would just go and schedule the surgery. Well, I am finding out that is not the case. The doc I am seeing supposedly (based on talking with others who have seen this doc) only does surgery as a last resort.... Which I understand, but am worried that they may not view me as having tried all alternatives. I mean, I only saw an occupational therapist twice before she told me she felt mine was bad enough for a referral. Also, I have not tried cortisone shots. The neurologist did not recommend them. UGH!!!!! I am just in so much pain, my nights are especially miserable, and the thought of having to deal with this for much longer worries me.

It will all work out I am sure. Happy April, friends!!!!
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    I am SO with you... everyone's body is different... and therefore responds to different ways of eating.. how BLESSED you are to have found what works for you.. me? I reluctantly said I'd try Paleo for a month and it has literally changes my ilfe. Isn't it weird? A friend of mine found her way to 70lbs lost on Weight Watchers.. another simply counted calories but ate whatever she wanted.. All I know is this, everyone must find their own way... and congrats for finding yours!
    1754 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I hope the appt with the neurologist works for you.

    I do not think there is any one "right" way to eat - only the right way to eat for you. And that continually evolves, too.
    1754 days ago
    Good luck with your doctor appointments- it is horrible to be in pain like that. Sort of tough to have to convince a doctor to operate on you. You have been through a lot and you do have a referral.
    It's good to find what works for you too. My original diet works for me too, It was cereal, eggs or protein smoothie for breakfast. Soup, salad, or sandwich for lunch. Meat, salad and /or 2 veggies- non starch for supper. Two or three small snacks as needed too. I tried Paleo and it was hard for me too. My whole life is a workout. Life on the farm LOL I did a lot better when I started following the Paleo diet for Athletes (carbs after a workout) and even better when I did Primal (added dairy and chocolate). I definitely can live with that ;-) The 80/20 rule is a lifesaver too. I am usually more like 95/5, but it is wiggle room- you don't have to be perfect.
    Keep on doing your best for you. Be nice to your body, it's the only house you have to live in. Really!
    Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing! You have a lot on your plate right now- take care.
    1755 days ago
    Some surgeons are kind of like that, but can you get a second opinion? Sounds like you've already tried the other options...

    I hear ya on paleo... I did lots of research (and downloaded tons of free kindle books on paleo). But I just can't do it long term... I like carbs, oatmeal, yogurts, etc.... Stuff that isn't "paleo." I find that I do better counting calories, cutting back on junk food, and trying to focus on healthier choices.
    1755 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I agree that we have to eat what we like if we are going to maintain for life. Good for you to decide and then do the right thing for you.
    Good luck with your MRI and with your carpel tunnel. It is tough when you have pain, nothing seems to feel good until the pain has gone away.
    Hope you get everything worked out and I hope you feel better soon.
    1755 days ago
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?!? I'm glad you found what really works for you.
    1755 days ago
    Im glad you decided to do what was best for you.
    1755 days ago
    You are doing AMAZING! It was worth a shot. Way to not let other tell you what works for you. Each person is different. Keep it up!
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  • LRB444
    Ouch! I hope your pinched nerve gets better quick. That is awful pain.

    Best of luck on your new plan. You are right...not every plan works for every BODY.
    1755 days ago
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