Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weigh In: Another Week on AIP

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.


Amy said...

Yay!!! Cheering for you! I knew all that effort you were putting in should have been paying off all along. So glad things are taking a turn for the better for you. I can tell your fire and energy have returned and you are ready for this challenge. So glad you never gave up!

Vicky said...

Very happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Weight loss is a funny thing, isn't it? I blew my knees believing if I just tried that bit harder, walked that bit farther, did just that little bit more that I would get the results that I felt my efforts deserved. Yeah, I lost some weight, AND I lost my knees. SOOOO not worth it! The weight came back, my knees, well, that's another story. For me, my salvation (as it were, I'm an atheist after all) has been aquafit-- my weight has stabilized (great place to start, yes?) and MY KNEES are so much better--- not like before I wrecked them but much improved. GERD forced me to make some dietary changes and I think that hasn't hurt either. Message? This is working for you. My thing is working for me. Others will have other things that work for them. If you feel good and your life is improving KEEP DOING IT! If it hurts, STOP (my knees talking here). Rah rah rah, keep going, eat them veg, love that protein! Oh and liver is better if soaked in water (or milk if your diet allows), drained, and then fried in butter/bacon grease and onions. Salt and pepper to taste. If you don't like it that way, why not make some pate? (Beef, not pork liver, pork liver isn't as nice).


Lyn said...

Thanks all! Barb I really love your message and am so glad you found what works! I love swimming, so painless and fun. I might try your way of making liver. I did make a pate... I just can't get into it. I bet if someone else had made it for me it would be easier to eat, but handling and cutting up raw bloody organs just was a bad start for me I guess. I am still trying, and might mix some into hamburger and see if I can take it that way.

Betsey C. said...

Ugh, I don't like liver either. And I am not a picky eater at all, in fact I think liver is the only food I have ever tasted that I don't like. Congrats on the weight loss, Lyn!

Honib1 said...

Good to see you are doing well..I am starting back to what works for me.. I had gained 10 pounds back by being in the mind set of oh hey I am on WW and I can eat whatever I want.. for me I am sugar sensitive or sugar addicted lol.. if I limit the carbs(sugars) I do so much better.. I am doing a meal supplement program similar to medifast.. its what works for me since I am limited in the exercise department. I hope this new protocol gets you to the best health of your life... I will be checking in periodically to see how you are doing and garner some of your positive motivation.. best of luck !

Honib1 said...

Lyn thank you so much for your response on my blog... I am hoping this will help me reign things in... you have always been one of my go to bloggers for that extra dose of inspiration because you get the struggle and understand the battle.. :-)

Anonymous said...

When I get a whole chicken, I render some of the excess fat and quickly sauté the chicken liver. (It's yummy on a Ritz, but good plain, too.)


Sean Anderson said...

I love your enthusiasm. It's truly contagious! I relate very well with how you feel about now--how you believe again--how you can see what you couldn't before... It's powerful. You're amazing. Thank you.