My Jeans Keep Falling Down

Today marks exactly 4 weeks since I decided to deprive myself of all the delicious parts of life.  Or so I thought…

When I wrote Seven Days on Paleo, I had actually gone 7 days without dairy, sugar, or grains of any kind.  I had not had one legume, either. Just so you know, the legume part was the easiest to give up, in case you are wondering.

So, now it has been 28 days.

No milk or sugar in my coffee.

No cupcake from the new cupcake shop.

Not one bite of ice cream.

Now, before you start to feel sorry and get compelled to come kidnap me and take me to a bakery… I did cheat.  A little. Well… let’s tally that:

Saturday, October 29th: My sister-in-law’s wedding dinner was too good to pass up.  I was pretty smart overall, choosing salad and salmon, but there was no way I was passing up the chocolate mousse cake with some sort of dreamy fruity whipped goodness  on the side.

Tuesday, November 8th: I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV as I watched awful news unfold, so Papa Johns it was!  I even had an entire Paleo meal waiting to be prepared and cooked, but NOPE. Comfort food.

Wednesday, November 9th: Turns out I needed another day of comfort as I ate a calzone in a haze.

Friday, November 9th: When your kids are away… they were at a friend’s house, so Jason and I ate at Five Guys. Oh, the humanity! It was so good, and yet hours later, I was so sick.

Tuesday, November 16th: I was invited to a ladies’ game night. I was good overall, but I do remember some pasta, a bit of cheese, and a deeee-lish-yus Oreo Cheesecake finishing off the night.

There was another night of Five Guys in there in that last week.  I just can’t remember the day.  I only remember the four of us with a big bag of fries and burgers, in the living room, sitting down to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Oh, and I had some delicious dumplings from our favorite local Chinese restaurant on one of those Saturdays.

It is hard to forget the moments I fell off the wagon in the past month.  They were a mix of convenience, with yummy goodness, and a sprinkle of guilt.

Why are you getting all these details?  Well, many reasons, really.

I want people who are apprehensive about Paleo to know… you can trip into some bready, sugary, milky goodness every once in a while.  You will be surprised at what your body will tell you, though.

As I’ve said about dieting before, I’ve tried it all, including Weight Watchers.  I’ve been a good girl at times, depriving myself of any of the above treats. I’ve worked out until exhaustion took over.

Nothing worked.

This time is so different, I almost hesitate talking about it.  I don’t want to annoy others with my excitement.  I also don’t want to see the eye-roll when they’ve heard what they believe is a “fad diet” trickle out of my mouth.

I actually love how I am eating right now.

My pants no longer fit.  I was walking down the hall the other day, in our house, and had to hike my jeans up for the umpteenth time.

My scale is showing me smaller numbers.  In the 4 weeks, I’ve lost 10.5 pounds (though I’m sure last night’s game night drove that number a bit lower last night.)  You’re not supposed to weigh yourself… but my jeans kept falling down… so….

The food I’m eating is delicious. When I sit down with a bowl of diced sweet potatoes covered with a fried egg, or a baked egg avocado, or a sweet smoothie, for breakfast, my taste buds dance.  The family seems to like the dinners I’m making, though I need to figure out that cauliflower pizza crust.  It was a definite miss.

So, why isn’t everyone doing it?  Please allow me to share some downsides so you don’t imagine me skipping through fields of Paleo friendly foods, singing, “Yippidy Doo Dah…”

  • Coffee is horrible now.
  • I have to plan out and prep everything, or I’m left with just eating an apple, and feeling hungry all day.
  • I have to go to the grocery store more often.
  • Sometimes I hear the bread calling me from the bread box.
  • Fast food is faster than cooking it myself. Though any of you who know me, know I love to cook.  I started a children’s cooking school….I better love cooking!
  • I miss Zaxby’s sweet tea so much I could cry.  To add to the cruelty, they actually built a new Zaxby’s closer to my home.

I get so discouraged when I read how easy it is for someone to lose weight.  “I lost 10 pounds and all I had to do was blink more!” ARGH.

Please know, this isn’t easy. However, I will be annoying and say, I really do feel so much better.  Well, today I feel like garbage because last night that Oreo cheesecake couldn’t get in my mouth fast enough.  I could have eaten 10 more.

However, my body is helping me out today by feeling like trash.  I could only muster one of my new smoothie concoctions so far today.

I will leave with this, for anyone wanting to try it.  This is easier than anything else I’ve tried. No counting, no tracking, just pick the correct foods and eat as much as you want. You also have an unlimited supply of resources to help.  So many recipes are on-line, and my library has at least 20 books of more recipes to try. I have checked out most and love the ideas.

My husband says I need to buy belts now. I disagree.  I think it’s time to start thinking about a smaller size, and new clothes.

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