Originally Posted by sarahinparis
SW : 196.6
GW : 186.6
I was really tempted to put a goal of 185 but I won't - I'm trying to be more gentle with my expectations for myself and 10 pounds is already going to be really challenging. I'm not usually a huge fan of time-based weight goals, but I was happy with the extra effort the goal gave me during the last week of the Valentine's challenge (of course I was already pretty close - what I hate is when someone sets a goal of say 15 pounds, loses 13, and then says they "failed" instead of celebrating the marvelous accomplishment of those 13 pounds).
My major commitments :
- weigh in daily (I already do this)
- keep a daily food log (I've seriously resisted this and it is hard for me to commit to, but frankly I think it's what I will need to do to move through this weight decade that has stalled me for years in the past)
- I'm also *thinking* about going dairy-free until Easter (except butter, and except on our vacation) - I'll decide this part after our vacation
I plan to update on this thread on Mondays (my "official" weekly weigh in day)
I had a great vacation, enjoyed the sun, warmth, family and relaxation (no cooking! no dishes!). Was super happy with my diet, stayed low carb the whole time (4 sips mojito and 1 bite of key lime pie) although ate way more food and more carbs (berries, greek yogurt) than usual.
I successfully journaled my food every single day, but skipped 2 weigh ins (one by accident and one the day of our return on purpose because by the time I was at my scale I'd had 3 bottles of water...)
196.8 Feb 15 (leave on vacation)
198.2 Feb 16 (travel scale 196.2)
196.4 Feb 17 (travel scale 194.4)
197.4 Feb 18 (travel scale 195.4)
DNW Feb 19
197.4 Feb 20 (travel scale 195.4)
198.4 Feb 21 (travel scale 196.4)
197.8 Feb 22 (travel scale 195.8)
198.6 Feb 23 (travel scale 196.6)
196.4 Feb 24 (travel scale 194.4)
199.4 Feb 25 (travel scale 197.4)
198.8 Feb 26 (travel scale 196.8)
DNW Feb 27 (return from vacation)
198.6 Feb 28
196.6 Mar 1
195.0 Mar 2
194.6 Mar 3 (40 pounds!)
And in the end I decided to do something even more radical than go dairy-free - I'm doing the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for the month of March.
It's EXTREME - no grains, no sugars, no sweeteners, no legumes (already doing all of that so that's no problem)
but ALSO - no eggs, no nuts, no dairy, no nightshade vegetables or spices, no seeds or seed-based spices, no seed oils, no coffee, no cacao, no alcohol, no green beans
It's that second list that is hard, some things harder than others. Thank god tea is allowed, but I'm still missing coffee. I'm also staying pretty low carb so the fruit that most AIP people enjoy I'm restricting (but having more than I was having before - berries mainly).
I'd been toying with the idea of doing an elimination diet (which is what this is) for a while but couldn't wrap my head around it (hence my hesitation above about dropping dairy for a while). But I'm worried my infant daughter has a skin condition I've suffered with most of my life, and apparently this kind of a diet can help. So obviously before I'd try anything like that on her I'd need to try it on me. And this diet is such a huge undertaking you basically have to eat everything at home and I can do that in March (no travel) but after March it gets really tricky with visitors and travel and basically I'm not sure I could do it again until September - and now worried about my daughter that's too long to wait. So, I'm jumping in.
The good news is that foods are so restricted that there is not much fun factor, and any cheat at all undermines all the hard work, which makes them very unlikely. It is requiring a lot of mental energy, reading several books, looking for recipes so that I don't lose my mind eating the same thing every day (all day on March 1 I just ate one food over and over - can't do that for 30 days!) and cooking too, so everything is prepared and ready - I don't think on this diet you can make it work if you're not prepared.