12 lbs. That’s the weight gain from five days of eating anything I wanted and drinking alcoholic beverages every night. Now, mind you, I was also walking A LOT: between 7 and 10 miles a day. That is a lot of walking, and yet, I gained a lot of weight. Let’s break it down.
Most of this weight gain is water weight due to alcohol and sugar intake. I’m guessing that between 7 and 9 lbs of it will be gone within a week. The last 3-5 lbs will take an additional week to lose. I know this from past experience on my trip to Spain where I gained roughly the same amount over 10 days.
How did I gain so much so quickly? Well, I usually try to mitigate weight gain by making the healthiest choices I can. This time, I decided on an experiment: eat what I would normally eat before I went Paleo. The result is pretty much what I expected; gross weight gain.
I’m not happy with the amount of weight I gained. I was rather cranky this morning when I weighed myself because my weight gain exceeded what I was expecting even at the outside. However, as I thought about it on my drive in to work, I’ve been here before. I’ve gained weight after a holiday of fun, and I know what it takes to get rid of it. I know how long it takes, how to eat, and how to exercise. These are all known quantities to me, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m back in my comfortable 160’s.
Until then, I’m on my strict Paleo diet. And by strict, I mean STRICT. I will not eat snacks, even Paleo ones. I will limit my serving sizes to what I should be eating, not what I want to be eating (I still struggle with increasing portion sizes).
Paying the piper sucks. I hate it every time. But I have to keep reminding myself that this is okay; I’m able to lose the weight by just eating right. I’ve done it time and time again, and I will do it again this time. It was a good reminder of how great some of those foods taste, but in the end, no matter how delicious the food was, it just wasn’t worth how I feel now. I know Sherry would say different, but no matter how good all that stuff tasted (and yes, the pizza, hot dogs, and bread were AMAZING), I hate how I feel now. I can’t wait to get back to my happy weight, and to get back to how much better I feel when I eat good food.