I measured myself first thing this morning (I have no bathroom scales) and at first didn’t think I had lost anything; quite the reverse! Then I put my glasses on and tried again.
Seems I’ve lost a teeny bit. Half an inch off my hips, a whole inch from under my bust and a tiny bit off my bust too. Could possibly very soon wear my new size 40C bra which I bought in anticipation of reducing. The one I am wearing (42C) is no longer tight nor leaving deep dark red gashes when I take it off. Even so, I feel I have again hit a plateau. All dieters do. What to do though?
I am dreading next Thursday when I go for my six-monthly weigh-in. There is still time to get something off before then. Have decided to cut down on milk and sugar in tea and coffee and cut the amount I drink to a maximum of five cups a day. No more cream on my berry fruit either; just fruit.
I’m going to eat three meals a day and have far fewer snacks. I’ve also cut alcohol for the last two weeks and am sticking with that. Don’t miss it so pointless wasting calories on it. I’d rather eat my calories! (I know Paleo isn’t about counting calories but with alcohol, it very much is since alcohol is empty calories. Calories is all it is!)
Even if the scales next week reveal that I haven’t lost much, or indeed anything, or even – the horror the horror – gained I do think my blood sugar is now far more stable. It must be or I wouldn’t be able to go to bed after an early evening meal and not get that dizzy feeling I used to on previous diets. I’m not hungry all the time as I was on low-fat/high carb diets. Which is why they don’t work and are impossible to sustain.
I do feel a heck of a lot better than I did six months ago. And I’m told I look a lot healthier too. I just wish it would show on the scales/tape measure. It’s as if I am fighting my body all the way. It’s fighting to hold onto every tiny ounce of fat and I’m fighting to shed as much of it as I can but slowly and safely. Slow I don’t mind. I DO mind never!
Sticking with it
But I’m going to stick with it if only to see out this experiment. I want to clock up the full 12 months and then assess where I am. Next Thursday is only the halfway point. If I’ve lost 20 pounds in six months, that’ll be fine. If I’ve gone down a bra as well as a dress size, that too is fine. It’s coming off. Slowly but it’s coming off. And a slow loss is much more likely to be a sustained one.
This diet is more than a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. Like a vegetarian giving up meat, I’ve given up grain. Well, as far as I am able to. I haven’t entirely given up sugar and I know I should to do Paleo properly. But this is my personal adaptation of Paleo. It’s what I can live with long term. Some people couldn’t face going without alcohol for weeks even months on end. That’s not a problem for me. But going without a splash of milk and a few sprinkles of sugar in my beverages is.
We all have our red lines and those are mine. But bread I don’t miss. Ditto pasta, rice, potatoes, crisps, cake, biscuits, sweets and chocolate. I’ll have the occasional piece of chocolate – very high cocoa solids – and steal the odd cheese and onion crisp from my partner. But the rest I’m very happy to live without.
What works for you
I believe we all have to find what works for us. Not just what diet but what aspects of what diet. I can’t face tea or coffee black and unsweetened because for me they are so much more than just a hot drink. They’re the cup of comfort. They sustain me psychologically as well as physically.
Did you know that in Britain during the Second World War then Prime Minister Winston Churchill thought tea was so important for morale that he said “Tea is more important than ammunition” and directed that servicemen should always have as many cups as they wanted and that it would be issued without restriction. The Ministry of Food recognised tea had a tremendous psychological benefit giving a much-needed boost to the war effort.
Time for tea
So for me, there will always be time for tea in this diet. Tea the way we Brits love it best: sweetened and served with fat! I’ve tried high protein regimes before, Scarsdale in particular but also a spot of Atkins. Couldn’t stick to them because they insist on unsweetened black tea and coffee.
What’s the point of embarking on a regime you know at the outset you’ll really struggle with? I have trained myself to have a lot less sugar in my diet and I don’t miss it. Quite the contrary. I now find I have a highly sensitised reaction to something I find overly sweet. You can train yourself out of a sweet tooth. But a dash of sugar in tea and coffee, I can’t do without. So I drink far fewer cups than I used – mugs in fact – but have half the amount. It works for me. Find what works for you and above all else, stick with it. If you fall off the wagon, as I have many times, don’t waste time beating yourself up about it. Just get back on it!
Thanks for reading this.