After 2 weeks (is this really day 15?) I'm pretty sure that I'm going to stick with this for a while, until I either stop getting results or decide to do a "weird science diet" where I live off of centipede extract or some such. Whichever comes first.
Soooooo, I started out around 300lbs. According to my completely untrustworthy scale as of this morning I'm at 280. I do not believe this for a second, and think that maybe that scale is lying to me, however, my pants are looser, so I'm willing to believe that I've lost maybe around 10lbs. (15lbs. maaaaaybe... but not 20lbs.) I mean 20lbs of water weight just doesn't compute, but as long as the fat is coming off I don't give a damn. My body comp./body fat has to be very high I'm 5'6 (Most of it is torso, very short arms, and legs.) Above 30% almost assuredly.
My end point goal is 175lbs at single digit body fat 8-9% but I'll be happy just to get the body fat down. I'm 35 years old also. This is a long term goal, I want to look good, and feel great, that's the real goal the weight body fat number is just a subjective yard stick.
10 years ago I did the raw vegan thing for 5 years, and freaked out completely going right back to eating complete garbage and my weight ballooned up to it's current porportions. My metabolism is probably a mess, but I wouldn't know numbers for blood, insulin, or such. I haven't been to see a doctor in quite a long time, and should probably go.
I had been trying to implement a Lower carb/Higher protein style diet, multiple meals a day/every 2-3 hours, etc. for about 2 years, and failing miserably. That style of eating left me hungry, binging, and defeated. (And fatter, and fatter.) So reading through more, and more low carb/primal blogs I found my way here, and decided to give it a try.
So for the last two weeks I've cut out all starches, sugars, flours, extraneous carbs, and such. My only slip up was half of a scandinavian potato cake my roommate brought home from a restaurant, and left out for me last week. I felt tired, and cranky the next day, but that could have been a lack of sleep that night, or anything else. Still won't experiment with that kind of thing for a long while yet.
I'm easing into this. Not shooting for ketosis yet, tracking carbs, or calories. I've been sedentary far too long, I'm working at getting lots, and lots, and lots more "slow movement" first, fortunately I live in NYC so walking is a natural, I also love kung fu, and taiji so I've got that going on for me as well. Next up, and soon it'll be lifting, and sprints. I really liked doing Tabata protocol with light weights too. But I'm aware that I've got limitations from being so lazy for so long, so I'm, going slow with that at first.
I am loving the complete lack of a sense of deprivation with PB. Okay, so last night I wasnted some "rhode island style" calamari, which is friend calamari with pickled hot peppers, and then a bit later I was eyeing some dr.browns black cherry, but these are weak emotional/mental cravings, not insanely strong driving obsessional urges that I was experiencing on raw vegan, and CW lower carb/fitness style diets.
After years of hearing about eating every few hours, protein, protein, protein I was a little leary at first about IF. During my first week I was tracking calories, and kind of surprised to see that I was only getting around 1100-1500 calories a day, and hadn't accounted for all of the refined carbs I had cut out. That was kind of shocking. I upped my fat intake a bit, and dropped the calorie counting. I also have half embraced IF. I'm eating when I'm hungry now. If i'm not hungry for several hours, I'm not eating. No more breakfast obsession. (MOST IMPROTANT MEAL OF THE BLAH BLAH...) ALthough I often wake up hungry. (But sometimes I don't.) I used to fast for weeks at a time when raw, which I don't think helped anything.
I wrote about a potential hang up I've got in another thread. I'm pretty sure that I have gallstones. This is what prompted me to go vegan in the first place, I've read the stuff posted about high carb diets causing the gallstones, and higher fat intake as merely exposing them. Whatever the case I think I probably have them, and need to figure out a way to deal with them effectively. The other day I had some extremely fatty pork (roasted so that the skin was crispy, and then layers of fat, and meat... mmmmm.) Which made me slightly ill/nauseous, a familiar feeling that I associate with (and feel originating from) my gallbladder. Granted that was WAY more fat than I'm used to eating at once. So I'm chilling out with that until I figure out how to handle it.
I'm eating a bit of dairy at them moment, full fat greek yogurt (most often made into a spiced yogurt soup Raita) some butter, and a bit of grass fed cheeses from my farmer's market. I may cut that out eventually for a time to see how I feel.
I try not to eat eggs every day, or more than once a day, but they're pretty commmon. I buy alot of chicken, and fish, and then about halfway through the week get tired of it, and demand red meat. Coconut oil, chicken fat, duck fat, butter, olive oil. I should probably start back on with the fish oil caps too.
I eat about 2-3 small handfuls of almonds a day as a snack to stave off hunger either while I'm out, and don't want to stop at a restaurant, or mostly at work.
As I said I'm not shooting for ketosis yet, I have frozen blue berries, and like one or two frozen strawberries at a time as a snack/treat. Lots of broccoli (my CW penance food) lots of salads. Although I'm no longer afraid of eating meat, and fat without them at this point. Come spring when there are fresh berries at the farmer's market I'm going eat them like it's going out of style. My favorite is black rasberries. I don't give a damn if it's "not necessary" I like it. Sex, and Heavy Metal aren't "necessary" for most people, but I ain't quittin' those things either dammit. (And I'm going to eat a watermelon this summer too, if cucumbers, and watermelon make me fat, so be it.)
I take a galaxy of chinese herbs, and other herbal supplements. Schizandra berries FTW!
uh... that's all I can think of for now. More to come.
Today's food so far has been-
S:Handful of almonds.
L:Jamacian Jerk Chicken salad.
S:Oolong tea, Gyokuro tea, small small handful of pecans, and another small handful of walnuts.
D: Will be, but hasn't been yet Steak salad at chipotle with guacamole.