If you've been following my weight loss issues over the past year, you know it's been a bit of a struggle. Weight Watchers was not my thing. I liked the meetings (good to stay focused) but the actual program was having no impact. I don't drink soda. We rarely do fast food. I already exercise. There really wasn't a lot of "new" stuff to add to create a change for my body to adjust to. I was getting bitchy every time someone made the assumption that I must be cheating. NO I WAS NOT. Every morsel was accounted for. I never went over my points. It just didn't work for me.
Then Crossfit which was awesome, but as I said when I joined, I wasn't doing it to lose weight, I was doing it to get in shape.
I have to say Crossfit was a great experience. While I am not going right now due to scheduling conflicts, I learned that I was capable of much more than I was doing. I can actually, albeit pathetically, run. Every day it gets easier. I can also lift considerably more weight than I realized. Those 60 lbs leg adductor/abductors reps I used to do-- I can do them at 170 lbs. I even eked out a few at 190 lbs. This guy annoyed me at the gym because he was chatting with a friend instead of using the pulley-chest press. I did 10 reps at his weight, thank you very much. Wimp. Mama Bean brought it.
HOWEVER, I am well aware that I need to clearly do something about my diet. I know that I can not exercise the weight off. It doesn't work that way. It helps, but it's the food.
I've been reading up a lot on Paleo/Primal eating. Anyone that I know who does it, swears by it. And they look healthy, too. I cut out beans, don't eat much pasta (never really have) and tried to make small adjustments.
Then I stumbled onto a book called "It Starts with Food"- it's a 30 day detox program that basically reintroduces food into a Paleo diet.
No grains. No sugar. No alcohol. No beans. No caffeine. No dairy.
For 30 days.
It's to reset my insulin.
Somewhere in the book it said that I might experience withdrawal effects. If I did, it's because this is what the issue is. And if they are strong, that's an even bigger reason to stick with it- because my body is fighting it.
HOLY CRAP I FEEL LIKE SHIT.
I almost threw up yesterday. I fell asleep at 9:30 pm. Dead asleep. My head is killing me. I never get headaches.
However, I'm actually kinda excited. After 15 years of dieting, I think I may have stumbled onto what the actual problem has been!
I made myself workout yesterday and about halfway through I felt a little better.
Now you might be asking "What did you cut out to have such a reaction so quickly?"
- Shredded wheat or yogurt for breakfast
- One cup of coffee (yep, ONE)
- Popcorn as a snack
- Cheese on my salad
- Late night chocolate binge (I usually have chocolate chips with some nuts)
Nothing awful. Nothing unhealthy- no donuts, no ice cream (that's a weekend thing), no cakes, no bread (not a big fan), no tacos- nothing crazy. Yes, I do eat those things, but not normally during the time period that I've been on this.
Last night we had sole crusted with almond flour and pecans, a side of cauliflower "rice" and brussel sprouts. Not exactly prison food.
Of course, there is the chance that I have the flu, but honestly, the cravings are making me nuts right now. I'm glad the book warned me about it.
So this was the problem. My insulin levels. It all makes sense now.
I am going to stick with this. I hear by Day 10 I'll be radiant and glowing. Food will taste better. Right now I want to kick a puppy.
Apparently, once I get over the hump, the regular weight loss strategies will work better. A clean slate.
And yes, this is healthy. I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Lean protein. It's not a bacon/steak/fried egg diet. It's a plant based diet with protein for balance. Not exactly bad stuff.
I think I miss cheese the most. Sweet, wonderful cheese. Oh well.
I will keep you all posted on how this turns out... I am not giving up!
But, if you see that I am getting irritated- RUN.