Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Weekly Weigh-In

Just a quick stop in to report my weigh-in for last Sunday. I'm sorry to say that I had yet another gain of 1 kg. Boo. Also, no colourful pie chart this week, as I just couldn't bring myself to make yet another one with a gain on it. I am weak, I know it.

I had a pretty good week, other than gaining. I stuck completely to Paleo (except for slip up on Sunday night) drank more water, and exercised a little. I even worked really hard on limiting any snacking or late night eating, in case that was causing my weight gains. Unfortunately, I still gained over the week.

I won't lie, seeing my weight go up from the previous week made me anxious. I took my measurements, to see if there were any changes there and saw a slight increase as well. I feel like I'm trying to do everything right to lose weight, and I've got so much to lose that realistically, my body shouldn't be resistant to losing. I started to even doubt if going Paleo was the right choice and if I should go back to diet shakes and low fat meals. I searched Paleo blogs, forums and any resource I could find for answers to why, after more than a month of eating Paleo, I had failed to lose any weight. I went into a bit of a tailspin.

Since actually weighing in on Sunday, I've had some time to let the crazy simmer down. I know that I still want to continue with Paleo, because I feel amazing and I can't just forget everything I've been learning. I still believe in it, even if I can't shake the concerned about my lack of weight loss. In an effort to continue and facilitate some weight loss, I've researched and decided on a couple of things to try before giving up.

Firstly, I'm going to go back to counting kilojoules, as although I might be eating lots of good foods, I still have to worry about overeating. After all, I still have disordered eating tendencies, including excessive mindless eating to stay mindful of, and counting kilojoules is the only thing I've found to help me overcome this in the past.

I'm also going to focus on maintaining a low carb intake. I'm starting out by limiting my carbs between the 30-50 gram ketosis range for a couple of days to a week, to hopefully kick start my body into fat burning/weight loss mode. After that, depending on how it works and how I feel, I will slowly increase my daily carbohydrate intake, to up to no more than 100 grams a day. From what I've read, somewhere below the 100 gram a day carb intake is the sweet spot for weight loss for most people.

I'm giving up the soft drink for good. This was the one area that I wasn't completely Paleo in. I was still having Pepsi Max, or some other form of diet soft drink, almost daily. Mentally, it was the hardest thing for me to give up, and I have no idea why. I've been soft drink free for only two days so far, and it's been ok. I still feel like it, but I've got myself a snazzy new drink bottle for water and am making sure there's no soft drink in the house. It's not nearly as horrible as I thought it would be!

Keep your fingers crossed for me this week. I really hope that putting in this extra effort will help. Whether I've been doing something wrong, or my body just needed time to adjust to the Paleo diet, I really hope I can get some weight loss happening soon. I am doing Paleo for my health first, but losing weight, at the size I am is going to be a fair component of that, and is something that I personally really want to see change.

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