Before I get to the weigh-in, which is what I know ya'll are dying to see, I wanted to expand a bit on Thursday's post.
The only reason I said that I wasn't sure I'd made the right decision is because I was still really craving grains when I got up. Sometimes I wonder if it's not better to just give in to a portion controlled amount of the item one is craving?
I can futher expound on that thought by saying that again all day Thursday I was having a very difficult time. I had to return an item to TJ Maxx and they had put out all the holiday candies. Some of these candies are items that are found only during this time of year. I usually buy a package or two, just to have around. But that day I was so distracted by the candy that I couldn't even browse the store and once again decided I just needed to leave. No, I didn't buy any - yet - because I honestly felt I might cave and eat some.
Thanks for your comments and support though - I especially love how Shelley reminded me that a buttery pretzel probably wouldn't be something I'd eat no matter what diet I was using. So true! Do you know how many times I've been to the dumb mall and may not even have noticed the smell. I also loved what Lori said when I referred to my Thanksgiving cheat day:
You are correct Lori and I'm hoping that my conscious decision is going to help me with conscious, controlled eating as well!
Now to answer a couple of your questions:
Debby asked: "Are you planning to try baking with the coconut and almond flours?" My answer right now is "I don't know." The challenge lasts for six weeks and after that I am planning on eating more of a low glycemic style which wouldn't require those items. Sometimes I think about buying some and experimenting and other times I think it's just easier to do without baked goods for now. That's why I'm wishy-washy!
Kelly asked: "Do you allow yourself splurge meals or days?" Right now, other than Thanksgiving, I have not planned any. I did splurge on Saturday night and have a glass of wine to toast Mr. Helen's new black belt. But honestly 1 glass of wine per night is Paleo-allowed. However, my personal opinion is that wine and alcohol stall metabolism so I've chosen not to imbibe. Additionally Rich Kreps tells us that in order to lose weight we need to eat 95% Paleo 5% non-Paleo at most. Assuming 21 meals per week, that means 1 meal per week that could be non-Paleo. More on this in a minute.
On to the weigh-in.
This photo shows my loss for the week.
The reason the scale shows 6 days instead of 7 is because it has a clock that starts when you install the battery. The days do not reset at midnight so if you weigh yourself at 9:00 am one week and at 8:45 the next, it will show 6 days instead of 7. Make sense? I've already suggested to the scale manufactureres that they figure out a way to change that so the scale runs from mindnight to 11:59 as that is how most people perceive a day.
This photo, which is the next screen that flashes shows my total days using the Zero Scale and my total weight loss in that time frame. As you can also see it shows the total days as 14, because this feature calculates differently. I would like to say that I LOVE this feature of the scale, Especially when I have a weigh in like this week's.
Sadly, I lost only .2 lbs. Very, very frustrating considering the massive grain carb cravings I had that I did not give in to. Nor did I overeat last week with my average caloric intake being 1423, including the day I ate the extra nuts. FRUSTRATING!! IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!!
I texted Shelley with an "I'm sick of this crap" attitude. As you know, not losing weight even when I've been picture perfect with my exercise and eating has been my issue for over 18 months.
Prior to the weigh in, I had been tossing around whether or not to eat a whole grain hamburger bun with the burgers that Mr. Helen chose as his victory meal for passing his third degree black belt testing. The minute I saw this .2 lb. loss, I decided right then and there I was going to eat it. But of course my brain also said "screw it" and I started thinking about how to not only have 1 non-Paleo meal but how to have a complete non-Paleo day. So I ended up having that 1 non-Paleo meal last week after all, even though that wasn't my original plan.
Bless Shelley's heart, she reminded me that even on The Biggest Loser, the second week weigh-ins are notoriously terrible. I don't know why, but that simple statement immediately cheered me up. It also kept me from just throwing in the towel altogether and sticking to a simple hamburger bun - 1 non-Paleo meal.
I am grateful that it still was a LOSS and Rich is going to work with me to see if there is anything I can tweak in my eating as he knows just how much I exercise. My goal now is to focus on other gains I am making and wait to see what happens over the next few weeks.
Now here's the exciting news: I am happy to tell you that I can now offer anyone who wishes to own the scale, a 15% discount on the Zero Scale. You're seeing it in action right here and if the idea of simply seeing your progress rather than your weight appeals to you, well, you need one of these, right? All you have to do is go here: Zero Excuses Scale, place your order, and on the left side of the page where it says PROMO CODE type in ZERO. It's that easy to get a 15% discount! Plus the scale is on sale right now and you get a free pedometer when you order. This offer is only good until December 23, 2011 so you'll need to act by then.
Maybe your perfect gift this year?