It was another busy, enjoyable summer week for me and another week of 100% compliance on the Autoimmune Protocol. Yesterday I went to the farmer's market, which has become a vital part of my life since my eating now revolves around produce (and meat). I buy about 80% of my intake from farmer's markets and then supplement with non-local foods from the grocery store (avocados, bananas, coconut products, olives and olive oil, fermented vegetables, some meats).
This week I ate:
grass fed beef, pastured pork sausage and bacon, prosciutto, pork sirloin roast, and chicken
peaches, bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, apples, plantains, blueberries, grapes, and strawberries
spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots, butternut squash, cauliflower, mushrooms, pumpkin, cucumbers, Romaine lettuce, avocado, and white sweet potatoes
fermented vegetables and sauerkraut, kombucha, olives, plantain chips, coconut flakes, olive oil, coconut oil
black tea with coconut milk and honey
That's it! That's all I ate this week. In the past it would have been a *lot* more foods like various grains, processed foods, cheeses and other dairy, complicated recipes, etc. But eating on AIP is simplicity: meats, fruits, vegetables, fats, and ferments. I also bought, cooked, and tried grass fed beef liver this week. I had never eaten liver before, but organ meats are a nutritious, healing food on AIP so I decided to try it. I'll just say, it was not a terribly pleasant experience, I froze most of it to try again later, and am eating about a tablespoon of the liver each day, trying to get used to it and get some benefits out of it.
Exercise this week was better than last week but still lacking:
Biked 3 days (30 min, 15 min, 25 min)
Walked (for exercise) 3 times (1 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles)
Went swimming twice (30 min, 25 min)
Strength trained once (35 min)
The good news is that this was spread out over the week and I did some form of exercise (or two) every day. I know that strength training once a week isn't going to get any results, so I will focus on getting to the gym to strength train at least twice a week from now on. I also think it would be good for me to bike at least 5 days a week and swim 3 days a week. So that's what I will work on.
This week I am down another pound to 234. I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but I am actually thrilled to see the scale consistently going down and not up. To put it in perspective, the most weight I have lost in a month since February 2012... two and a half YEARS ago... is 3 pounds. Three pounds in a month, and that was rare (only twice in those 2 1/2 years did I lose 3 pounds in a month.) In the past year, the most I have lost is one pound in a month. Talk about frustrating. But now?
One pound this week.
Two pounds last week.
One pound the week before that... and the week before that.
I was not paying much attention to my weight (except that it was going down) when I went gluten free and started synthroid, but I did weigh on July 1: 242 pounds.
I lost SIX pounds in July. Six! Not counting calories, not starting AIP or exercising much until halfway through the month. SIX pounds. That is amazing to me. And every week in July and so far in August I have lost at least a pound. I'm not sure I can convey what this means to me. But it gives me hope. It sparks something in me I thought had died. Even though I kept trying and working at it and never gave up, something in me felt so much like a failure and so desperate to get the weight off when it just was NOT coming off for so, so long. Now it is happening and it is amazing to me because I feel like I am getting way better results than I "deserve" for the effort I am putting in, when before, I felt like I was *not* getting results that I "deserved" for the work I was putting into it. I feel I am working *less hard* at weight loss now and getting better results. Why? Maybe AIP, but more likely the improved thyroid function on medication.
I do think as the weight comes off I will have to work harder, but I am up for it now! Now that I believe in myself again, and believe that the weight really WILL come off if I put in the effort, I am far more motivated to put that effort in. The frustration I felt before, of putting in all that effort and getting nothing in return, is gone. I feel empowered and encouraged. I feel normal. I am happy.
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