April 1, 2014

I have been away from this blog for a long time now.

And on the whole, I’ve been away from weight loss.  My weight got within a few pounds of my highest-ever weight last summer, and 2 years before that it was almost there too.  My “stable” weight for the past few years has been solidly in the 220s.

In 2012 I promised myself I’d keep trying, again and again if need be, with a goal to go 44 months of being consistently engaged in managing my weight, counting in 44 day increments.

I had several attempts, all falling short of 44 days.  The last of those was in July 2013, when I was still 44.  I failed that round at 40 days in, just 4 days shy of my initial target.

My birthday passed, I turned 45, but started again on September 16th 2013.

It’s now April 1st 2014 and I’m still going, closing in on 200 days consecutively being checked in on my weight. I’m still counting in 44-day increments, even though I’m now working on my 5th 44 days.  I can envision success in reaching 44 weeks, which I’ll do in July.

I’ve lost over 40 pounds.

I’m motivated, engaged, energetic, hopeful.

I’ve not done a lick of exercise, except some general walking around that is part and parcel of city living. My sleep has generally been poor the whole time, with two kids under three, I’m up at least once during the night every night.

I’ve been eating low carb, and keeping a cap on protein and calories as I do so.  As I’ve done for the past decade or more, I eat almost exclusively whole foods, and cook from scratch, so my eating could be fairly classified as “Primal”.

For several reasons I took the plunge and tried the Paleo AutoImmune Protocol (AIP) beginning March 1st – throwing dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades & several other things out of my already gluten-free, grain-free & legume-free diet.  It was a big shift, but it’s been easier than I expected.  I’ve loved having all the vegetables that are part of eating this way, and about 2-3 weeks in, I started feeling much more energetic and clear-headed than I had in a long time. I’ve followed the approach laid out by Sarah Ballantyne in her book & on her blog.

I’m not losing much weight though, on the AIP (to be fair, that’s not the goal of the AIP diet).  But I still have a lot of weight to lose, and I’m still very much motivated to persevere and achieve a healthy weight, so I started looking around for ways to take the nutritional density I think is really helpful in AIP and yet keep losing weight.

Then I started hearing about The Wahls Protocol.  Dr Terry Wahls has treated her multiple sclerosis with this diet, and she has a new book out detailing her approach. While I’m lucky not to have MS or other debilitating autoimmune disease, I do have a cancer history & obesity which in her view qualifies me for the most stringent phase of her diet.

So beginning today, I’m transitioning from the AutoImmune Protocol and to Wahls Paleo Plus.

My transition plan is basically to retain the restrictions of AIP until I’ve tested through the reintroductions of AIP.  In parallel, I’m adopting the structure laid out by Terry Wahls, which puts target consumption of different types of vegetables, berries, coconut oil, limits on protein, and instructions to add in other foods like seaweed.  There are recommendations to adopt intermittent fasting, and to avoid snacks.  Over time I plan to implement other steps as well, but the list of things to manage is already quite long, so April is about the AIP reintroductions and the basic structure of Wahls, and I’ll let scarier parts of Wahls, like organ meats, wait for later.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be back to blogging about this, but I do want to keep track of my experience someplace, and I’ve paid the rent here for a while…


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