2 weeks ago: How can I NOT be losing weight?!? No, back up: how can I be GAINING weight?!?! I don't understand, I'm doing everything right: eating whole foods, avoiding wheat (I'm gluten-intolerant, but don't worry I'm getting plenty of "healthy" grains like rice cakes and my daily tub of oatmeal), and eating plenty of veggies...well, some veggies... and tons (literally) of fruit! This doesn't make sense!

Maybe if I look at what I eat each day....

Breakfast. 9am: Oatmeal! ALL THE OATMEAL, because I wake up starving. A huge bowl of oat-y goodness, with a whole 2 spoonfuls of fat-free greek-yogurt on top (for the protein), and a cup and a half of blueberries mixed in. It was going to be a handful, but I ate half waiting for the oatmeal to cook (it was a terribly long 2 minutes) so I might as well add the rest.

3 hours later: So. Unbelievably. Hungry. I hate everything. Stupid sun. Stupid people. Food. Must find food. NO! I'm going stay strong! Oh my god I'm dying. I'm going to starve to death. Wait! Fruit's healthy, I'll just have some fruit. Yum, that grapefruit was good. Oh look, an apple. Well, it was a small apple... that second apple was small too, so really it was just like one big apple. So a grapefuit and a big apple. That's barely a snack...I better add a plum.

Lunch. 3pm: Okay, I'll have my delicious Orgain Meal Replacement shake--which is quite healthy, all organic, with 16 grams of protein (and 32g of carbs, but why count those?). But I sort of want something to chew...well, another plum or two can't hurt.

4pm: Still hungry though. I haven't had many grains today, that must be it; I'll make myself 2 hummus-slathered rice cakes. Now I feel full and virtuous.

5pm: Go to the gym. Jog for 45 minutes, feeling like I'm going to die for the last, well, 43 minutes. Leave exhausted and starving.

Dinner, 7pm: 7pm is a totally reasonable time for dinner, which is great because if I don't eat soon I am going to cut a b*tch. I've been good today, so I'll reward myself with a small piece of salmon (done on my George Foreman Grill, no pesky fats!) and roasted asparagus with one teaspoon of Olive Oil. Look at my roommate, munching away on her ravioli-- I'm so much healthier than her. In fact, I'm so healthy I can have some of those cherries I bought today. I'll just have a few handfuls.

7:25: Where did the cherries go?! Did..did I finish them? That was 3 pounds of cherries. Well, it's fruit, so it can't be too bad for me.

10pm Stop. Being. Hungry. Stop it body! You're an idiot, and I hate you. Fine, I'll have another Orgain Shake--oh yes, delicious chocolate goodness, come to Mommy. Okay, I better go to sleep before I get hungry again.

Wake and repeat.

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So that was me before I started following PB. Totally convinced that I was super-healthy because I ate 90% organic and avoided HFC, wheat, and red-meat. Was I healthier than people who eat SAD? Maybe. Was I 5'6" and a 142 pounds, with more than my share of belly fat? Definitely. Did I have the muscle-tone of a coma patient? No--the coma patient probably out-buffed me.

Following PB has blown my mind. I'm keeping my (mostly veggie) carbs under 80, getting between 75 and 100g of protein, and I'm not starving anymore. I can go 1/2 a day before I'm hungry! That's 3x as long as before, and when I do get hungry I don't get "I will punch you in the face if I don't get a fruit-cup RIGHT THE F NOW" hungry. I'm pretty happy about that, but the people around me are ecstatic. I've lost 4lbs and 2.5 inches of my waist. I get to eat good food all the time! Flounder in white-wine butter sauce, lamb with blackberry reduction, apple slices and almond butter, scrambled eggs and bacon. Bacon! Bacon is a food that I can eat now; do you understand how crazily wonderful that sentence is to type? Of course you do, fellow PBers.

If I feel this amazing 2 weeks in, I can't wait to see 2 months...and 2 years...and so on

By the way, I DID have fruit this morning: 1 small handful of blackberries, with my ham & mushroom omelette & side of bacon. Then I put the rest of the carton away, easily.[/U]