I wanted to do one more post about what I actually ate while I was doing the Whole30. I know you've seen the pictures, but that doesn't tell the whole story.
Here's the thing. The Whole30 recommends not weighing yourself for the entire challenge, AND not weighing or measuring or otherwise tracking your food.
But old habits die hard, don't they?
At first I was just going to weigh myself each week, to get an idea of how things were going. So here's how the weekly weigh-ins played out:
- Week 1: -6.8 lbs
- Week 2: -0.4 lbs
- Week 3: -1.8 lbs
- Week 4: -1.8 lbs
- Day29/30: -0.2 lbs
So that seems mostly expected, right? Big loss the first week, small loss the second week while things even out, and then a more moderate average between 1-2 lbs a week.
But here's the funny thing. After I saw that I only lost 0.4 lbs the second week, I started to get a little antsy. Of course I did -- this is ME we're talking about.
I did a bunch of googling about 'paleo and weight loss' and found most people had the problem you'd expect -- they were eating too many calories. Obviously the calories in avocado, ghee, beef and whatnot tend to add up.
So I got a little concerned. And I decided to log my previous day's food into MyFitnessPal, just out of curiosity.
Guess how many calories I'd eaten? 1100.
So I plugged in a few more days. 1100. 1000. The day I hung out with Katie and biked 16 km in the scorching heat - I ate just over 900 calories.
HELLO NOT ENOUGH FOOD.
I went back and tracked all my food since the beginning. (Luckily blogging made that really easy!) In the first week I was eating a more normal amount of 16, 17, 1800 calories a day. Then it fell, right in line with when my weight loss stopped.
That day I ate 1800 calories -- and the scale dropped a whole pound overnight. I know day-to-day fluctuations can be unreliable, but I saw the same result consistently for the rest of the month.
The thing is -- and please no one throw anything at me -- it's really hard to eat that much now! My calories started slipping again towards the end. I'm just not hungry the way I once was, the food I do eat is more satisfying, and my meals are much smaller.
(Side note: Another thing that may not have been obvious from my photos: Most of my meals were eaten on dessert plates, or a plate that's somewhere in between a dessert plate and a dinner plate.)
So I started trying to eat more avocado again, more sweet potato, more fat. But it was hard -- in fact, many days I just ended up eating a tablespoon or so of coconut oil, just to get more calories. Sounds gross, but tastes okay.)
I think it'll be easier now that I'm eating dairy again, but I'm going to keep monitoring on MyFitnessPal. I don't want my calories to go too low OR too high.
For the most part, even while my calories were fluctuating, my ratios were pretty consistent. I was eating:
My carbs tended to stay between 50 and 70 grams, although sometimes they hit close to 100. (I blame banana soft-serve!!)
I feel almost embarrassed to admit how much fat I was eating. Even though I've read the It Starts With Food and I believe the arguments about why fat is actually good for us, and why our bodies are DESIGNED to burn fat and not carbs, but it still feels weird. Un-ladylike, almost.
I have a plan for what's next but it's hard to define. I guess it isn't really a 'plan', per se. The thing is, for me I think the two big things are sugar and flour. Those are the things I want to continue avoiding.
But I want to bring back:
- wine (but not beer)
- dark chocolate
- maybe legumes and peanuts -- we'll see
Those are the big things, actually. I also don't plan to be too fussy about small amounts of things -- for instance, today I bought a salad at the grocery store and had a packet of poppy seed dressing, which did have a small amount of sugar and other things in it.
A few people have asked if I plan to keep blogging as well -- of course! But this challenge made me realize I could NOT be a food blogger. OH MY GOD it is so boring taking pictures of the same plate of eggs every day!! I mean, really!
When I started this blog I intended to be able to talk about different subject -- not just weight loss, but food, our house, writing, and general life stuff. So you'll probably see a lot more of that. In fact, you'll notice the 'House Tour' tab at the top still says "Coming Soon". One of my plans for this coming week it to finally get that done!!
So I guess this brings us, finally, to the end of the Whole30 challenge. It's been fun! Thanks again for all your support -- and if you've read this far, well, you deserve a glass of wine by now!