So, how am I doing?
Day 1: 193.2 lbs.
Day 22: 186.2 lbs.
Poundage difference: 7.0 lbs!
Yesterday's weight was even lower -- 185.8 lbs, which it's probably been more than two years since I've seen that number on the scale -- but I only count Mondays in my weigh-ins.
I'm still enjoying this new way of eating, but I am looking forward to not being so strict. I miss cheese. I miss sushi. I'd like to have a glass of milk. But I do like a lot of things about this paleo lifestyle:
- The weight loss.
- More than the weight loss, overall I feel and look leaner.
- More bacon.
- Feeling satisfied more quickly.
- Having that feeling of satisfaction last longer.
- Not counting calories. That one should probably top the list with weight loss and a leaner look.
- Did I mention there's bacon?
- After the first seven days, very manageable cravings that I can placate with, say, fruit. Or bacon.
- Things like shrimp and scallops and avocados on a regular basis. All of which go great with bacon.
- A burger (with cheese and bacon!) and fries.
- Coldstone Creamery (the real peanut butter in with chocolate ice cream and bits of peanut butter cups).
- A Cinnabon cinnamon roll.
On the subject of cinnamon rolls (with or without bacon, your choice), I was watching TV this weekend and one of the characters got this gigantic tray of cinnamon rolls. That kicked my cinnamon roll/chocolate glazed donut craving into high gear. Luckily I had that awesome number on the scale before I went to the grocery store or I might have succumbed to just one donut. That's when Cinnabon got added to my "I wanna" list. In retrospect, I don't think I've ever had a real Cinnabon cinnamon roll. But I figure if you're going to have something, it should be the best of that particular something. Like eating crappy or mediocre grocery store sushi when you're desperate for sushi. Afterwards, you're still craving sushi because you just had crap and you had a bunch of calories without getting rid of your craving.
I encourage folks to check into paleo, maybe give it a try just for 30 days. Don't focus on what you won't be having. Instead, focus on what you will be having: all the meat, seafood, fruits, and veggies you can eat. And it's tough to overeat on something like carrot sticks or even steak. Or even bacon. (I've tried.) Other than a new way of thinking about meals, this -- particularly the weight loss -- has been fairly effortless. By which I mean I've exercised exactly once in the past 21 days. I'm kind of afraid to at this point; I don't want to jinx things. Eventually I will. Exercise, that is, not jinx things.
Here's to having a wonderful week -- with lots of BACON!