Yesterday I shared my weekly weigh-in as well as what I ate and my exercise for the week. Today, I am looking at the bigger picture: where am I now? How is this working? I like to look at progress over a longer term to get a better feel for things. Here's a basic summary.
I started AIP in mid-July weighing 242 pounds.
Weekly losses: -2, -1, -2, -2, -1, -2, -3, -3
That totals 16 pounds gone in a month and a half:
I lost 6 pounds in July.
I lost TEN POUNDS in August and weigh 226 pounds.
Why the emphasis? Because I have been working on weight loss all this time and in the last two and a half years the most I was able to lose in one month is 3 pounds. In a month. And I was working harder than I am working now. I was also eating less than I am now... about 1200 calories a day on average. I have only counted calories on 3 random days in the past 6 weeks, out of curiosity (not restricting), and my counts were around 1400/day. I am pretty sure I eat more than that on hungry days. I am far less stressed than I used to be about eating. I eat what I want from the AIP template, whenever I want to, including plenty of healthy fats.
I attribute this turnaround to three things: 1) addressing my thyroid dysfunction. Without healthy thyroid function, it can be very hard to get the results you think you *should* get from your efforts. 2) not being confined to a chair most of the time due to debilitating plantar fasciitis. I am not sure people realize how bad this was, but yeah. It was disabling. My activity level is *normal* now. I still don't exercise as much as I should, but just being able to walk around and do stuff all day makes a huge difference. 3) starting the AIP diet, which is not magic or anything, but it does cut out a lot of foods that can give people trouble. Cutting out processed foods, grains, breads, baked stuff, fried stuff, most restaurant meals, eggs, dairy, etc really makes it easier to hold a lower calorie level and not be triggered to overeat.
I still worry I will flip out sometime and go eat a bunch of junk and not be able to get it back together for days or weeks. I hope that doesn't happen, but I have battled an eating disorder for many years and I don't think there is a "cure" for that. I guess I feel like it is in remission right now. But I know it is there, and it makes me nervous sometimes. One bad choice could lead me back down a really bad path. All I can do is keep plugging along and trying to make good-for-me choices and avoid triggering situations... although sometimes, just grocery shopping can be triggering. I'm working on ways to deal with this because I know that even if I get my diet and exercise and thyroid medication to a "perfect" (for me) place, the longstanding, underlying food issues could come out and throw me. I think I am starting to see it more as a disease... like drug addiction or alcoholism... and less as a character flaw or weakness.
Anyway, I am thankful things are going well *now* and I am doing the work to help myself continue on this healthy path. I appreciate your support.
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