So, how did all you PaleoHacks do over the holiday season?
Did you gain weight?
Did you lose weight?
Did you manage to maintain?
If so, how did you do it?
My personal goal was to simply maintain. Going into the holidays I was comfortably hovering around 200lbs. Two weeks before my vacation, I intentionally cut back on eating, upped my exercise, and dropped down to ~197.
During my time off, I continued to exercise, and, aside from a handful of indiscretions (1 XXL burrito, two days of drinking, three cookies eating, and 4 dark chocolate bars!!!) I stuck with my standard primalicious diet. This involved quite a bit of meat and vegetables, coffee with heavy cream, nuts/seeds, and a few pieces of fruit here and there.
I hopped on the scale today and saw that my weight was 199.8, so I feel good about having successfully balanced "holiday enjoyment" and "health". This is the first year that I have been able to do this easily and without struggle. At no point did I feel like I was "fighting" with cravings or resisting eating foods for the sake of "being good". I genuinely wasn't interested in eating junk other than a few bites for curiosity's sake.
I felt like I was more aware of how I was spending my time with my family (and even posted a little rant inspired by my smart phone wielding sibling) and wasn't distracted by food. That isn't to say that everything was roses and light, but it seemed to be a deeper, more honest experience, that wasn't obscured by a distended abdomen and a clouded brain.
Today did a 24 hr fast (from ~2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday) to simply give my gut a break, but tomorrow it's back to the regular routine.
Like Firestorm, I have to be cautious of obsessive behavior so I measure my waist and hips once per month and I'm now taking a monthly "mug shot" for comparison as well.
Since I allowed an "open eating season" I hoped to maintain but in fact I lost an inch off my waist and my face is ever-so-slightly leaner.
No need to dread the holidays next year!
Spent a week in a non-paleo household, not cooking for myself. Suffice to say, I didn't eat paleo; at all. My digestion took a hit, but after 3 days back, that's normalized. I ended the vacation up 10 pounds, but know much of that is carb weight and sodium weight, and have lost all but 3 of it so far. Those 3 will probably take a week or two more of normal paleo diet to shed. All in all, I felt like I enjoyed my vacation and time with family, and that's what matters most.
I maintained my weight through out the holidays. I treat Paleo as a lifestyle not a diet. So my eating habits didn't change due to the normal holiday feast that take place in Nov and Dec.
The holidays per se weren't too much of a problem for me, so I rather doubt that I gained while I was with family. However ... I have been having a bit of a problem being home, as I've been finding myself eating a lot of stuff before starting some sort of whole 30 or junk-free January. For me at least, this kind of kick-off to the year may be more trouble than it's worth.
I haven't hopped on the scale and don't intend to until I've been back on track for a week. I want to smooth out any scares that are water weight related.
I always end up slightly undereating over the holidays because I have less control over food choices; suffice to say, I probably lost a pound or two.
My salt intake also naturally plummets because I tend to salt the hell out of my own meals.
No change. Well, small change: I managed to go down about %1 in body fat, and up 1.5% in muscle mass, which might actually just be a roundoff error in my favor from the fat measuring scale, but time will tell.
That's because I kept to what I normally eat, +/- a paleo version of a pumpkin pie and some excess booze.
Last year, between September to January, I would up gaining about 27lbs between a Cruise, Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years, and an early VMWare class that had catered breakfasts, lunches, and cookies for snacks at 3pm.
I don't weigh or measure. I have a tendency to obsessive behavior, and feeling bad about myself if I perceive that I've 'failed' somehow, so I just try to trust my body and listen to what it's telling me... I tried to eat to appetite, not eat too much stuff that would set me off, and stay a little active. This morning, I put on my 'skinny pants' -- the pair of pants that immediately tell me whether I've been lax about my diet -- and they fit with enough extra room to pretzel myself in them to get my ZEDs on, so I think I did OK.
Maintained for me. I don't use a scale but looked the same and nothing fit weird. I kept to my workouts, was in my CF joint for a Christmas WOD - Hero DT and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on NYD.
Some married's adopted me for both the Eve and The Day. They are all very aware of how I eat and made sure that I could eat everything - they just adapted crispy veg and plantain chips instead of the bread and crackers, all other items were game on or I wasn't interested. Even the days leading up + Hannukah it was fine. Kept to workouts and good sleep, nothing nuts.
Same for NYE but I was home and had a mini-picnic with my pup. All my good food upped a few notches with a little hard cider. I walked to watch fireworks from the deck of another set of marrieds and they had a plate of prime rib and shrimp cocktail waiting. I think everyone finally gets it now.
It was easy, you know? I'm so used to eating this way now that it's all just another day for me. Just adapt if needed. Now - if there had been pie.. that's a whole 'nother story.
I maintained. I don't remember overeating at any particular meal. So many people I know were to busy to do the usual holiday baking, so it was relatively cookie-free, which is unusual. I did have have some foods with wheat, so I am recovering from that.
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