My 2015 New Years Resolution is to lose 20 pounds in 3 months (stretch goal was to lose 30 pounds!). Good news. I’m officially down 3 pounds. I now weigh 129 vs. the 132 that I started at. This is consistent on the scale so I feel o.k. posting it. So for the full month of January 2015, I lost about 12 ounces a week (or so).
I expected to lose 10 pounds in January. So I’m disappointed the fat is not melting off me like I’ve heard it has for others. A friend of mine was able to lose 9 pounds in her first month. And she still drank wine! She also doesn’t have a job and was able to do several hours of low-impact exercise a day. She is also a fabulous cook with lots of time to cook tasty and delicious meals. That’s how she did it – she had the time and budget to go balls-out on the diet and exercise.
A couple of things that effected my lack of weight loss –
- I wasn’t able to go completely grain free. I was very serious and did not eat any breads of any kind and any product I purchased did not include wheat products. However, I wasn’t able to make my own mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.. and we all know these things contain sugar, wheat, etc…
- I wasn’t able to exercise as much as I wanted. I am currently taking a belly dancing course – it is so much fun and it is a great workout! But its only once a week.
So, given my friends success and my lack of weight loss, I need to get more active. So I will commit to signing up for one more class – hot bikram yoga– that I purchased on Amazon Local. It’s great for the cold, wet, winter months. I will start taking the class on Tuesday nights starting mid-February. When weather permits I will get back into my 30 minute walks.
Back to the Paleo diet – I love it. Here is what its done for me in one month:
- It has resolved almost all of the stomach issues that I’ve had for the last 5 years. Yes, every now and again I get painful flare-ups, but it is not everyday, its maybe once a week. And because of this, I can tell what food upsets my stomach and stop eating it
- I’m regular again! Yes, that’s right, I am now able to go to the bathroom every day. Before I was so constipated I was taking 2 Dulcalax a night AND was still irregular. I had the 200 tabs pack on Amazon Subscription service. I no longer take any Dulcalax.
Losing this weight is super important to me. What I’ve realized is that i’ve tied my confidence to what I look like, and I don’t like the way I look. The weight is holding me back from asking for what is rightfully mine at work and in my personal life. So, for February, I will continue with the Paleo lifestyle and will make a concerted effort to exercise more. If you have any other advice and/or words of wisdoms from you would be GREAT.