Weighing In

I’m participating in a weight loss challenge over the next 8 weeks. I have mixed feelings about it, but need to get my butt in gear. Taking the before pictures was sobering to say the least. I’ll spare you the gory details. Last year, I lost 30 pounds and I have kept most of it off, but I feel myself creeping back up to somewhere I wouldn’t like to be. When I am feeling overly ambitious, I tell myself that I am going to lose 20 pounds in the next two months; in all practicality, I’d be pretty pleased with 15.

I thought a lot about if I wanted to follow a dietary plan for the next two months. I looked at paleo, 4 hour body, grain free, low carb, low fat, clean eating and then my head started spinning. I even looked at Dukan but stopped when it seemed that the first 10 days were literally only protein. I think I am going to take it easy on myself and start with the low hanging fruit, so to speak.I’m just going to start the first week or two, counting calories and cutting out junk food, candy, dessert and (most) alcohol. I’ve already been off soda (diet and regular) for a week, so that’s a start.

My thinking is that the first 10 pounds or so normally aren’t impossible to get off when you’ve been eating poorly and slacking on the exercise front. If I am wrong, I might look at some more significant dietary changes. If I am right, I’ll wait until i start to plateau a bit and then maybe try cutting out grains or dairy.

I don’t know.  I hesitate to even post this, but my hope is that it will keep me accountable. I thought about starting a super secret weight loss blog, but I couldn’t think of a good name and the idea of maintaining a separate online identity is exhausting. I’ll need that energy for working out. I started a weight loss pin board if anyone wants to follow along. Not sure what will be one there yet, but no thinspiration, that’s for sure.

Let's Get Physical!

*there is no way I could do strict paleo. If I gave up dairy, grains and beans AND most high sugar fruit, I would have almost nothing left to eat that I enjoy
**basically paleo with legumes, but no high sugar fruits at all, except for a cheat day where anything goes

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8 Responses to “Weighing In”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Bottom line: calories in vs calories out.

    By and large it doesn’t matter WHAT you eat, all that matters is that you expend more than you take it. Of course if you ate nothing but McDonalds your heart and arteries wouldn’t be too happy but the principal remains the same.

    If you eat 1000 calories of McDonalds/day and expend 2000 calories/day, you will lose weight.

    I’m no professional but my advice is to cut out processed foods – like that there Mickey D’s – and focus on portion control. But don’t starve yourself. You won’t lose weight that way either.

    I went back and forth commenting on this because – as we talked about on Twitter with the sugar thing – most people are grossly misinformed when it comes to food. And when it comes to weight loss, people are not interested in hearing the truth, they want an easy quick fix.

    No such thing.

    It comes down to eating less and moving more.

    Anyway I wish you much success! And I think you should pick up an Olivia Newton John-esque head band. For reals.

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    Rebecca Reply:

    Just to clarify because it sounds like I am saying YOU are grossly misinformed about food and that’s not what I meant…

    I don’t usually say anything ‘publicly’ about food and weight loss because my opinions don’t tend to be all that popular and people don’t like to be told to eat less and move more even when it’s not directed at them.

    I like you and I want you to succeed and I wanted to let you know I support you! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    It is calories in v calories out. I totally agree. And that is even more true when you start out fat. That said, 4 hour body is pretty convincing on the science of why dumping high calorie/low nutrient food sources like grain and dairy would help lose more weight faster. When I lost the other 30 pounds, all I did was watch calories and reduce junk food/alcohol. I did hit a wall where nothing I did would lose any more weight for about 3 weeks and that’s when I quit.

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    Rebecca Reply:

    I’ve never heard of this 4 hour body but I’d tend to agree that grains and dairy are somewhat ’empty calories.’ Then again it depends on which dairy and which grain you are choosing – some still have some pretty good benefits.

    I’m a believer in the 1/4 plate lean protein, 1/4 (or less) plate carby type food, 1/2 plate veggies. (Though I don’t always FOLLOW that…)

    Also I don’t believe in scales. They are evil and they can fuck you up something fierce. Inches are more accurate and composition is far more important to me than a number on a scale.

    I saw on Twitter that you got yourself a kettlebell! Right on!

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  2. Suzanne says:

    Yah for friends who talked me into this challenge too! I’m really excited about it, although maybe I shouldn’t start spending the winnings until AFTER I actually win.

    I’m still hoping paleo (fake paleo)(with lots of wine on the weekends) is a good change for me, but I suspect I’ll also end up having to track my food – there’s a good chance my portion control is OUT of control.

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  3. Sarah says:

    HOW DID I MISS THIS?

    I’m on day two of a twelve week challenge. Can I join the fun? Yeah, I just said fitness and nutrition challenges were fun – someone slap me.

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  5. Paleo Diet says:

    Solid. Thanks for posting, Paleo.

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