Loss Has Resumed

Slowly, but it has resumed. Considering that I do not consider myself on a diet, any loss at all is great. This morning I was down another half pound, which I am pleased with. Here are the changes I made this week:

  1. Spiked my insulin one day last week. That’s right – I purposely went out and ate bread with dinner, and had ice cream after. I don’t know if this is a scientifically proven method, but I sure enjoyed it.
  2. I stopped fasting. I had a suspicion that the fasts were too hard on my body, so I gave them up and focused solely on eating only 3 meals a day no snacks, and avoiding sugar, refined carbs, and sweeteners.

And that’s it. I know my body pretty well after all these years, and I had a strong suspicion that the fasts weren’t doing what I wanted anymore, and I was right. So this week I am going to keep on trucking just like this.

This way of eating has been a revelation to me. Even more, I’ve managed a transition I never though possible. Not only can I go without snacks between meals, I don’t feel any discomfort doing it. Conventional diet wisdom tells you to eat every 2-3 hours, and I’ve been doing that for almost 15 years now. But it had become a real burden – I didn’t go anywhere without packing snacks, and if I went too long without eating I started to feel light-headed and weak, similar to how I imagine a low-blood-sugar crash feels.

Now that I have accustomed my body to whole foods and longer periods between meals (and yeah, those first few weeks WERE hard, I will freely admit it) I can go as long as I need or want to between meals without crashing, getting a headache, or feeling overly hungry. I am no longer a servant to my body’s constant desires.

As an example, last week I was invited to speak at a large gathering for work. I was on the schedule for 11:30am, however since it was a long list of speakers I figured they would be running late. I ate breakfast that morning around 7am, and when I showed up at 11 to prepare for my speech it was clear that I would not be speaking at 11:30, they were already 3 speakers behind. They had also opted to work through lunch to get all the content in before they lost the room later in the afternoon. I was able to hang around and wait until my turn, do my presentation, and take a barrage of questions without any issues. I don’t think I got to lunch until 2:30 or 3pm that day – and I was fine! Previously I would have had to sneak out while I was waiting to eat a snack just to keep from crashing – maybe more than once, but now that my body has transitioned to this new program I had no problems going 7-8 hours between meals!

It feels amazing, it feels like a new lease on life – I feel free! I don’t have to lug around snacks everywhere I go! I don’t have to constantly plan to eat, I can not eat if it’s not convenient and be fine! I finally have control over my body again, after years and years of being in service to its whims and desires.

Also I cook with butter and olive oil, I eat all the full-fat dairy I want, nuts are a regular snack, I eat avocados like I’m not scared of them anymore, and I don’t count calories. I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. I feel like a normal person and for me that is a BIG DEAL. So even if I hadn’t seen any kind of loss this week, I’m going to stick with this program. For me it’s a revelation, and it’s how I want to live.


6 Responses to “Loss Has Resumed”

  1. beanolc Says:

    This sounds so encouraging! Mainly I’m happy you’ve found a groove and feel that it’s working. Thanks for doing the fasting experiment for me (just kidding!). I never really embraced the idea and all I needed was one “nope, didn’t work” and I’m good. I don’t care if 99 people tell me it does, I just needed one out. 🙂

    I’m also working on the snacking. Right now I’m trying to keep them fruits or veggies only — easy during the workday since I pack my own food, but damn hard when I get home and have a gap before dinner. But last night I did it and didn’t die, so I’m going to keep going.

    • Laina Says:

      I mean, it’s not like I never plan to fast again – I plan to eat everything in sight at a friend’s wedding on May 13th, so I’m already preliminarily planning to fast on May 14th. 😀 But as a regular, every-other-day thing as laid out in the book I think that my body doesn’t like it.

  2. Caron Says:

    I also find this very encouraging. I have the book from the library and plan to read it soon.

    I’ve been in maintenance for many years like you, and have changed my foods quite a bit in the past few years. While I used to eat a LOT of reduced fat items, I no longer purchase those. I use full fat cheese and real butter and olive oil and find that the taste is so much better than before. It was discouraging to find that a lot of times when they removed some of the fat, they replaced it with sugar.

    Ever onward. 🙂

  3. Coach Hami Says:

    What’s this diet called?

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