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Plateau

I’ve definitely noticed a plateau in my weight loss. I haven’t been super duper strict after my 30 days of detox finished. I maybe cheat 1 or 2 meals per week and my weight loss / digestion has pretty much stalled.

Intermittent fasting to the rescue?

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Keep at it

I posted a little while ago about being “stagnant” but I just wanted to report back that it gets better. Sometimes when you make a large change in diet, your body needs a little time to adjust. My adjustment period has included lots of constipation, but 3 1/2 weeks in it is finally starting to get regular again. 

My gut was just full of junk that needed to be cleared before it could start working again. Taking some “smooth move” tea has really helped move the process along.

My point here is that on your journey to better health, there will be some hurdles that will make you wonder whether you should keep going. Stay the course and stay true to what you started and it will eventually pay off.

The health benefits I have encountered so far are pretty awesome for only being ~4 weeks in. I’ll write a post soon about the benefits I’ve seen.

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Stagnant

I don’t get it. I’ve been eating really well (no grains, no sugar, no dairy for almost 3 weeks now and last week it seems like my weight loss has plateaued. Intuitively I feel like it’s something to do with my digestion, which is very inconsistent. I’ve been feeling “blocked” for the past few days. I’m going to drink some laxative tea and see if that helps move things along.

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Elimination

Warning: poop talk ahead

You can’t really have a blog about health without a little poop talk.

I’ve been drinking detox tea (which smells strikingly similar to Thieves oil) and eating right for a little over two weeks now. I must admit for the first week, my elimination was stagnant.. as in, almost nothing for days. It got a little better in the second week, but still not great.

I don’t know if it’s the detox tea, the large amount of cooked greens I’ve been eating, or a combination of everything, but I have relinquished a demon from my bowels over the past couple days. 6 times in less than 24 hours. I don’t even know how it was all in me!

“Out with the old, in with the new.”
-my intesines

That being said, I feel a lot lighter now. I also have a little more energy and I feel like these frequent bowel movements is my body saying “Out with the old, in with the new.”

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2 weeks down .. 1/2 way there

Last week was a little frustrating. I was faithful to the diet but looking at the scale really dampened my enthusiasm about my weight loss from the previous week.

I was feeling a little … backed up in my belly, so I took some magnesium citrate to empty out my gut. Boy, did it work but I don’t think it was a good idea. I felt super depleted afterwards and I somehow gained weight despite massive eliminations. It didn’t make any sense, but I just took note that it wasn’t the best idea.

I’ve been faithful since, and every morning I wake up and weigh myself only to find that my weight is staying around the same number. It was really getting to me until family members starting commenting on how my face looked more slender and that I looked more healthy overall. It was a much needed confidence boost to hear that, especially since the scale isn’t giving me anything to be excited about.

How I look and feel is much more relevant and meaningful when measuring progress.

As of today I’m down 9.8 pounds, I’ve only lost a 1/2 pound since this time last week, but I feel better. I have more energy, and people are telling me I look better. Because of this, I’m going to take what the scale says with a grain of salt. How I look and feel is much more relevant and meaningful when measuring progress.

Onward!

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Progress report after 7 days

TL;DR version

  • Lost 9.2 pounds
  • Not feeling deprived
  • Waking up feeling more rested

It’s pretty unbelievable how good I feel and how fast the pounds are dropping. When I started doing this 7 days ago, my weight was 265.8. Today I weighed myself the same way I do every morning and I weigh 256.6! That’s 9.2 pounds in 7 days. I know some people may think that’s not healthy, but I assure you I’m not doing anything unhealthy. I’m eating 3 times a day and snacking in between. The only difference is I’m not eating any grains, sugar, or dairy and I’m drinking considerably more water and teas (I highly recommend chamomile tea if you’re sick of just drinking water).

I’m not feeling deprived either, which is something that I thought would happen. I’m actually shocked at how full I’m getting on these foods. I’ll usually have 2 eggs for breakfast with some hot sauce before work (around 6:30am), then around 10:00am I have an apple with some almond butter (this is super filling!), then around 12:30 I eat a salad with spring mix, assorted nuts, onion, avocado, and some oil and vinegar. Then, if I’m still hungry in the afternoon, I’ll munch on some carrots and celery with hummus. I’ve found the hummus gives me some pretty radical gas, so I might cut that out in the future. For dinner I’ll have a bunch of roasted veggies with a small piece of chicken, or a large bowl of soup.

And that’s it! I think another large part of why I’ve been feeling so good is that I don’t eat a lot of food right before going to bed, like I used to. If I do get that before bed hunger, I’ll eat a handful of nuts. Or I’ll have a cup of tea. The hunger always passes. I think this is making my sleep much more productive because I’ve been waking up feeling much more rested.

A good takeaway from this is that you don’t always need to give in to your desires immediately. Most “hunger pangs” go away after 20 minutes if you drink a little water or tea. I’m not saying to starve yourself, but if you are a compulsive eater like me, this is good to know.

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Using mental tricks to stay focused on losing weight

I’m on day 4 of my “challenge” to become a healthier person. Doing quite well so far. I’ve already noticed considerable differences in how I feel.

  • Sugar cravings are almost completely gone
  • More energy throughout the day
  • I’ve been waking up easier
  • Face already looks visibly smaller

It’s amazing how fast our bodies recover when we just stop feeding it garbage and give it nourishment that allows it to heal. Just yesterday my wife commented on how my face already looked smaller. I think “less puffy” was the term she used actually. That is just from 3 days! Imagine what it’ll be like after 30, or 60, or even a year! It’s encouraging to see and feel the differences so quickly.

It hasn’t been all easy though, there are times when I want to cheat, or my sugar monster starts acting up. I use mental tricks that I learned from The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr to help me overcome my sugar and junk food addiction. At the end of the day, that’s really what it is: an addiction. Looking at it this way is important in trying to recover. It was important while I was quitting smoking, and it’s important while I’m trying to get healthier.

I think of my sugar and junk food cravings as being caused by a little monster (or gremlin, demon, spirit, whatever) inside you that acts like a spoiled little brat. When it wants some junk food, it’ll act up. So each passing day needs to be looked at as another nail in this monster’s coffin. Within each day, every time you eat you have a chance to either starve or feed your monster. I think of each time I eat as a means of killing this monster so he’ll stop acting up.

I do the same thing with water, but put a little twist on it. I used to drink obscene amounts of coffee or soda, now I drink as much water as I can. I imagine each drink of water as giving my body (which is over 50% water) what it needs to perform vital functions. The more water I give it, the more ammo it has to heal itself and detoxify itself.

“The new paradigm shift for future research should be ‘water, the solvent of the body, regulates all functions, including the activity of the solutes it dissolves and circulates.”

Dr. Geroge J. Georgiou, Ph. D., Clinical Nutritionist 
WORLDWIDEHEALTHCENTER.NET, Nov. 2002

It seems to be very beneficial to have your mind in the right spot while trying to lose weight (or perform any kind of life change, really). By thinking about it this way, I’m always looking forward. I’m always thinking about how the actions I take now are directly benefiting me now and in the future. It’s so much better than the brute force method, which a lot of people do. They go through their diets miserable and feeling deprived, so its no wonder they stop doing it!

Anyway, that’s my two cents on the issue. I’ll keep going and report back any other things I notice. 🙂

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