Stopped oil a month ago, did the rice and fruit hypertension/kidney diet Seth referenced in his paper on AS "The Rice Diet" associated with Duke (it was in the dollar bin at Borders)...lost five pounds right away (one week). Have kept up with occasional superlow sodium days (fruits, veggies, and whole grains), usually do one or two meals a day of whole, unmodified, less flavor-enhanced foods. These foods are giving me the same AS as the oil was...today, at my lowest since college - 152, and my taste buds are more easily thrilled!
June 17 2 lbs down in a couple of days after 3 week plateau thankyous to Spacehoppa's emails and Ethesis' blog about not losing for reassurance during the weeks of no loss...a week ago I started taking my 2T every 36 hours...am one day, pm the next, none the third, am the fourth, and so on...had done this accidentally and had no change in AS. Also, feel less stuffed to the throat this way. Main change lately, is giving myself permission to not eat at all until I feel like it. I desire flavor but not substance, and have taking to sipping very dilute crystal light tea. I usually feel hungry at about 2:30 in the afternoon, when I have a snack, and then eat dinner at 7 with the kids, or dinner in the afternoon, and a snack when the kids eat. A snack is often literally a bite! I try to focus on veggies and fruits, which I'm often filled too quickly to get a substantial amount of. Two slices of pizza stuffs me (used to be four). (Remember, I could eat a ton before, and stayed at 180 for 8 years without variation or effort - proof of the setpoint theory.) I've done a 5 min. weight routine once/week, and a 20 minute jog once/week for two weeks now. I feel light enough and strong enough that I'll likely return to running (building my quads through weights in the meantime. I'm down a full size with these last couple of pounds, last few weeks...a lot more loss than the scale shows. I feel no signs of low blood sugar/fatigue, but like I'm easily feeding off my fat all day - very cool. Today, 158.2
May 24 I'm back to just oil and a bit of water... an hour after dinner works best. I'm eating well, with plenty of (small) treats and having basically a piece of fruit for brkfst, a small lunch (often unfinished), dinner (again, smaller) and often nothing in the evenings (I'm sleepy earlier, and don't feel compelled to snack, stay up snacking/watching tv). I weigh the least I have in nine years! Today, 160.0!
May 17, 2007 Wow, I cannot get over how much better I feel. My whole life I felt compelled to eat much more than others do, and now that's over. It's like getting a free ticket to that life where food is an accessory, not the main focus. I've told about a dozen people about the concept, and will continue to spread the word. Great thanks to Seth for pursuing his hunch --this is the biggest help my body has ever had. I can't wait to find out what it's like to be fit again, with no monkey on my back! I'm tossing back 2-3T of ELOO (now with a dash of sugar and a gulp of water) an hour or two after dinner. Tonight, an hour after the oil, my snack of a smallish bowl of cottage cheese and a few chunks of cantaloupe made my stomach feel llike a full dinner (chicken, sweet potato, salad, veggies, milk, dessert) used to. What a feeling! No more finishing off the sweets after the kids are in bed...I can't wait to see if I've lost any weight. May 18 - 161.6 lbs.
May 15, 2007 Thanks for your interest, Magpie! I was a chubby active child with a finally successful lower gi diet (successful because I started taking walks to avoid eating after school) at age 13. I was a healthy weight, and a swimmer/runner/biker throughout my teen and young adult years. After an illness that caused me to be on pain meds (and therefore uninterested in food) I lost 10 pounds in my mid-20's. Once I felt better, I gained 30! I stayed at that weight after the birth of my first child, but went up 20 more after my second (to 180). Last spring (7 years later) I decided that South Beach would do the trick. I did Phase 1 for two weeks, lost 8, and then went back to my normal low gi healthy eating (plus a lot of indulgences). I continued to lose (another 12) without trying. I tried to go back on SB (the hard core phase) this spring, but decided it was a pain. My own normal eating mirrors SB Phase 3. I've found in these two days on SLD that I don't have to eat every 3-5 hours! What a relief! In the past few years, I was waking up hungry every day, and rushing home from work to prepare healthy food (because I was ravenous). I wouldn't have qualified as a compulsive eater, but I felt desperately hungry as a meal approached. I feel really relaxed now, and hope this feeling of ease about eating/getting hungry continues!
May 13, 2007 Starting tonight with the ELOO...I know from extensive experience this last yr manipulating my body's response to food that this should work. I'm at 163.6 and will update.