How I Lost Over 20 Pounds – Part 2

scalesAs I was running this morning I began to think I needed to do a followup on an earlier post that I wrote about losing over 20 pounds by initiating a lifestyle change. If you missed it you can read about it here.  We’ve all read about people that have tried experiments like this only to fail in the end.  It’s not hard to do when you look at diets verses something becoming a lifestyle.  Diets don’t work in my opinion.  Your mileage may vary.

So have I gained the 20 plus pounds back? No!  Am I still eating as strictly as I was originally? No! Do I still eat SOME bread? Very little!  Mostly in the form of pizza – surely that doesn’t count – right? Have I drank many cokes (they are all cokes in the south – Mt. Dew, Dr. Pepper, etc… all referred to as cokes as far as I’m concerned!) Answer? Some! Just don’t care or them like I once did.

So where do I stand with the Primal Blueprint lifestyle change? I’m a big fan. But as with anything else you need to get it dialed in for what works for you.  For instance, natural peanut butter would not be primal. But that is a great treat for me regularly when placed on an apple slice!  Yum! I now love just a small piece of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content as suggested in the Primal Blueprint, on a regular basis.

Do I periodically have a cheat day – a resounding yes to that!  One month I ate a Shoney’s hot fudge cake! Another month I ate a piece of Jim and Nick’s chocolate pie!

Then there are some days when my gym workouts and running require me to eat for energy and calories.  I try to still eat good calories but due to my level of exercise I can get away with a little more than others are able to and  still not gain weight.

Overall I feel great.  It did take a few weeks to get accustomed to a new way of eating. But it has been worth it and I would encourage everyone to give a lifestyle change a try.

As I write this I’m training for another big, over 31 mile, race and all I can think of is this: