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Paleo Week 1: Imperfect Execution and Thrilling Loss

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I ate corn (mixed vegetables) a few times this week. I had a couple of meals that were definitely not Paleo and that served as an interesting contrast. I learned tonight that I am probably eating too much fruit which is problematic. Fruit is usually my snack and is an easy grab for those unexpected times when a meal must be postponed...

I am not exercising.

But what are this week's results?
I lost 4 pounds - the most I have ever lost in less than 7 days. (more than I usually lose in a month!)
I felt full / satisfied most of the time. What a novelty!
I cannot drink coffee sans sweetener.
I felt more energetic throughout the day.
I slept better.
Some days I forgot to take my over-the-counter allergy meds and did not miss them.
After the few (2-3) meals that were not on plan, I felt bloated and sluggish, a confirmation that I am
finally on the right path.
This last fact has given me what I need to stick with it (I hope I did not just jinx myself!)
Because I felt sluggish etc., that made it easier to turn away from the bagels at work, the fried rice and doughnuts BF brought home.
Food has become fun again!

I work my 2nd job on Saturdays and, because I have a long lunch hour and have no way to refrigerate anything, I allow a lunch out. I went to Subway and had a double chicken chopped salad to which I had them add two scoops of avocado (I probably could have stopped at one, but this is part of the education), red wine vinegar and olive oil as the dressing. No cheese! What?! No cheese? In truth, I have not missed it that much and that amazes me.

I do miss beans. I do miss peanuts. But I am learning to value every single one of the 5 almonds I have at a time (not every day).

I even looked in the mirror a couple of days ago and was thrilled to see that I could confirm the weight loss I felt. It shows in my face. You read that right. I looked in the mirror for more than a fleeting moment.

Soon I can donate my PXL slacks. I will never need them again!
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    1800 days ago
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    That is awesome to lose that much! If this diet does one thing for you -turn you away from the junk, then its a roaring success and I am so happy for you that it feels good for you!
    I do hate to see exercise missing in action. While I have proven you can maintain and even lose weight while not exercising (because of the year of three surgeries), I sorely missed it. That feeling of high, feel good, the strengthening, not being out of breath when going up stairs, etc., etc. can't be beat. It also does good for your body system wide. Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, decreases risk of getting diabetes, eart disease. Basically, if you don't use it, you lose it. Our bodies love to be in motion. I never feel better than when I am moving!
    Something to ponder!
    Keep up the great work!!
    1800 days ago
    Sounds like you have found your formula! emoticon
    1800 days ago
    pay attention to what ou eat rather than follow the latest fad diet.
    1800 days ago
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