Some more questions and answers

I received this message on Facebook from a friend that contained a lot of great questions.  I was going to answer him in Messenger, but I felt that these questions were really good, and that perhaps it might be a good idea to post them on the blog as well.

(1) how soon did you notice weight loss?

Well, I noticed in the first month that I lost about 15 lbs, but I didn’t really feel like I lost weight until I hit 30 lbs gone. Even then, I was still a big guy. I think when I hit 70 lbs gone, that’s when I looked in the mirror and actually saw a different face than what I was used to. It felt like an overnight change (after five months!).

(2) I’ve seen/heard of people that lose a lot have baggy/excess skin. Has this happened to you (or were you not heavy enough to have this problem)?

I was heavy enough, and I am experiencing some of this, but it’s not as bad as some people I’ve seen. I have a bit of a roll under where my stomach was, but I’m using St. Ives Collagen and Elastin cream and it seems to be helping the skin to shrink as I lose weight.

(3) Suppose you go and donate blood and need to load up on juice/cookies after. What then? Those items sound like a no-no.

That’s correct; no-go for me. In that case, I would prepare a water bottle and perhaps some “Fasirozot,” or Hungarian meat balls to take with me. I could also take a few cooked pieces of bacon in a bag. Fruit isn’t bad, but I try to avoid sugar as much as possible, even in fruit.

(4) Since you are looking for a “real job”, what would you do if part of the job interview process included having lunch somewhere. Would you be “trapped”?.

Fortunately, eating Paleo leaves me with plenty of options almost regardless of where I wat. For the main course, I can have steak, pork, chicken, brisket, ribs, fish, shrimp, chicken wings, etc. For sides, I can have butternut squash, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, sweet potato, spinach, salad, etc. Most restaurants have some sort of basic meat dish (mostly steaks) with some grilled vegetables (mostly zucchini, onions, and red/green peppers). I always skip appetizers and desserts.

(5) While briefly looking at Whole30, it said no processed meats. But then on an “acceptable” food list it showed ‘deli meats’. So, is it okay or not okay? I’m confused!

I can see how this would be confusing. The main thing is to look for deli meats that have no added sugar. It’s surprising how many deli meats will have added sugar of some sort.

I think my biggest hang-up about weight loss (and perhaps other challenges in my life) is the fact that I expect too much too soon. I think part of the problem is also that most stories are success stories w/o hearing a lot about the struggle and so when I struggle I feel like “why can others do this and not me? what’s wrong with me”?

I am, like most people, like you in that we want to see results quickly. For me, I began seeing weight loss on the scale within a day or two of starting my Whole30. Now, Whole30 daily weigh-ins on a Whole30 is technically against the rules, but I weighed myself daily, so I was able to keep a good log. It helped keep me going since I started seeing results so quickly. With that said, you’re right; there is a lot written about how easy something was or how great the results are, but not so much about the struggles. My wife has been doing a great job of writing about that aspect of it on her blog, and I recommend you take a look at it. As for me, I posted a while back about some of the emotions I’ve felt throughout this journey of mine, and not all of it is rose colored.

February was the hardest for me in terms of losing weight. I’ve been averaging almost 12 lbs lost a month until February where that number dropped to 7 lbs. For three weeks, my weight was hovering at 217 lbs, and it was aggravating. Psychologically, it was hard doing everything right and not seeing results. Of course, I did lose about an inch off my waist in that time, and the lack of weight loss is what eventually pushed me into riding my bike to help me kick-start my metabolism. It worked; I’m back to losing weight almost daily again and my 30 day average is up to almost 9 lbs.

Thanks for the questions.

Current weight status: 212.5 lbs
Total lost since September 1: 77.4 lbs
Total lost since August 2013: 96.1 lbs
BMI: 33.3% (Starting BMI: 45.4%)
BF: 26.4% (Starting BF 47.4%)

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