Random shout outs included:
** I have before and after photos, I have graphs, some data, at the end of this post. If those things trigger you, please don't read past my photos. **
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I lost weight using Medifast (Paleo Police, I know you'll hate this... you'll get over it!),Getting off the SAD, sugar, and wheat did bring me to the clarity that I needed to start to stop binge eating. Also, I had not heard of Paleo in 2011. But when I knew more, I did more learning.
I maintained using my own Paleo-ish style, modified Auto Immune Protocol using 2012 as my transition year. I'm tough, not moderate with my food template. (Moderate eaters, I'm good without grains, I've got nothing for you, head back to your camp...) (via Jeff Probst - Survivor. OutWit, Outlast, Outplay )
I also used the book Refuse to Regain, by Barbara Berkeley, MD. Her blog link
My 2 cents: If you have 20 pounds or less to go before you maintain your weight, grab a copy of that book. Adapt it to what works for you.
I also have to manage my binge eating that has been with me since the age of 6. Food Addiction? Probably so. Abstaining works like a charm for me. I'm still standing. You don't have to like it or believe it, but to stay food sober, I have at least accept it . Check out the books The Hunger Fix, by Pamela Peeke, MD and Food Junkies Vera Tarman, MD- (Moderate eaters, your cure is my disease, carry on... , without me!)
I really, really don't miss my visceral fat. Amazing. I still sometimes don't recognize myself in the mirror. Working on that.
My best advice- build your own n=1. Your own self experiment.
What works: My food template I customized
- my weight management
- my sleep habits
- my post-auto immune disease
- my likely food addiction.
- my low inflammatory blood work
- my lower visceral fat (and you know I don't miss that)
- Not customizing weight maintenance, or prioritizing it.
- Ignoring the need to study weight maintenance and practice the skills
- Being afraid of facing the binge eating stuff.
- Not taking quick action when my blood work was going in the wrong direction
Lets get to statistics and graphs... let's geek out for a few moments...Oh, here's another blogger that uses graphs a lot- David from Keep It Up David , he just got to 5 years in to maintenance. Kudos to him! The 3-5 year range is statistically significant. However, as my bloggy friend Vickie pointed out in previous comments, many a blogger fell out around the 5 year mark. I can promise you I'm not headed out for some paleo desserts and baked goods to celebrate 3 years. LOL.And with David's stair racing, it seems he's going strong, too.
I'm gearing up for the next 6 months, then 12 months. Onward! Top priority. Always. I feel better, physically and mentally. I can be the person I was meant to be.
** Note** Lynda ,my NZ bloggy friend ,has already mentioned the doormat improvement from 2011 to 2015 in my before and after photos. Someone always points out the doormat, and Lynda's attention to detail from my front page earns her a kudos! Love that!
Random Cat photo for Katie:
Nobody misses my visceral fat, not even the cat(s) looking for hats. I hope Katie is still reading... she loves these photos ;) Now, here comes the data:
|Tortitude, two cats, no hats. Checking dresser quality|
Starting weight: 187.4
Starting date: 5/3/2011
Ending date for loss: 2/3/2012
Total weight loss: 70+ pounds
Percentage of total body weight lost: 37-38% or more
Weeks to lose the weight: 40 weeks
Years Maintaining: 3
Current weight: 113-119, right now out mid range 115-116 lbs
Menopause: yes, in 2012, first year of maintenance
Binge eating: in recovery