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Who gained, maintained, or lost weight this holiday?

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Created January 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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.

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on January 04, 2012
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I'm addressing my issues and being more honest with myself as of late. While I grimace at the wishy-washy "ED" classifications and support groups, I'm at least willing to acknowledge that my current line of thinking has left me rather unhappy and wanting, and isn't really sustainable in the long-term. Hey, man, I'm only human!

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:29 AM

....... thanks!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Thanks! Still quite a ways to go but I move MUCH better now! And those 2 pictures are only a month apart; the older ones are hidden where no one will ever find them. :-))

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Lol! Good call Tea Elf!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Grats, FED! Way to stay on track. I think you should change the order of your indiscretions, counting down from 4 choco bars to 1 xxl burrito, sung to the tune of "12 days of Christmas." ;)

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Nice! Great work Missi!

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:58 PM

plus one for plantain chips!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:51 PM

And what Gydle said -- you're lookin' good. Definitely see the leaning out there.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Aww! Hi Nance! <3

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:46 PM

-1 for being too smug

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:35 PM

I'm worried about you Matthius :(. You're 17, please try to indulge a bit more here and there. One day you're gonna die and I guarantee you're not gonna look back and regret that slice of pie, or a bit of ice cream. You can't go through the next 60 years of your life undereating when you don't have control of your food choices.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I understand your situation. I actually flew home with a cooler of grass-fed beef so I'd have something to eat for breakfast while my parents ate Cheerios. Trying to explain that everything she cooked contained gluten in some form just became horribly discouraging. But my motto for 2012 is don't let perfect get in the way of good. You had a setback, that doesn't negate all the good work you've done before. Start slowly eliminating the worst things as as you start feeling better you'll naturally want to keep going.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I think doing some advanced planning on your part, would help you. Find some Paleo recipes you want to try while you're home, and get your mom on board with that. Beef stews, soups, roasted meats and veggies...all easy to make together. Focus her attention on the delicious foods you can eat, instead of pointing out what you can't eat. Have patience- with her, and with yourself.

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

So nice to see a picture! You look great, Nance.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Glycogen is fun. I woke up and was like I should eat pizza more often, only a bit softer and so much bigger.

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Ditto. Living Paleo for me means not buying the usual holiday crap food.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Same here. I eat real, healthy food regardless of the time of year or holiday. This isn't a 'diet' to me, therefore there is no need to make excuses for 'cheating' during certain situations. I have no problem telling family or friends that I won't eat what they eat and if I must, I plan ahead for situations where a food confrontation might arise. It's not that hard.

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at 02:54 PM

I've read some of your other posts, and based on them, I just would really really like you to reconsider this whole water fasting business. You're young, you're extremely healthy, you need to take care of yourself, body and brain. Eat food.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:47 PM

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!

who-gained,-maintained,-or-lost-weight-this-holiday?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:51 PM

And what Gydle said -- you're lookin' good. Definitely see the leaning out there.

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

So nice to see a picture! You look great, Nance.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Aww! Hi Nance! <3

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Thanks! Still quite a ways to go but I move MUCH better now! And those 2 pictures are only a month apart; the older ones are hidden where no one will ever find them. :-))

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Gained 5 pounds of mostly muscle, nice Christmas present :)

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Glycogen is fun. I woke up and was like I should eat pizza more often, only a bit softer and so much bigger.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 03, 2012
at 01:38 PM

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.

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81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:07 PM

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.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Same here. I eat real, healthy food regardless of the time of year or holiday. This isn't a 'diet' to me, therefore there is no need to make excuses for 'cheating' during certain situations. I have no problem telling family or friends that I won't eat what they eat and if I must, I plan ahead for situations where a food confrontation might arise. It's not that hard.

Dc5144de5078c44a2b106ff25778fd3d

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Ditto. Living Paleo for me means not buying the usual holiday crap food.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I haven't weighed myself yet (tomorrow at work), so I don't know weight wise how I did. I know my eating wasn't the best. I gave myself the ok to make bad choices if I wanted too. It happened more than it should, but I was also aware of how it affected me. The bloating is back, and the over-all tiredness. Today I started a month-long sugar detox, so that should put me back on track. This was my first Christmas/New Year's following Paleo, so I can use this experience and be better prepared for future holidays.

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I maintained using minimal cheats, and some 16/8 fasting protocols.

When given into temptation, I ask myself, "Is it worth it? Is my enjoyment of this particular _ going to trump how crappy/ew/meh/guilty I will feel after?

Worked pretty well. But am craving sweets sometimes.

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I've been on a slippery slope since I baked cupcakes for my daughter's class the day before Halloween--it's been off and on Paleo for two straight months. As a result, I'm 4 to 5 pounds up (155/156 to 160). Started the Whole 30 yesterday to kick myself back into gear! (And, like Molly, I recruited some friends into the Whole 30! Woohoo!)

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B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I lost a couple of pounds, which was quite a surprise. We had rather a lot of wine at dinner for several nights in a row, and way more desserts than we usually eat. (Paleo desserts, though.) I thought for sure I'd gain weight, but no.

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I've gained two pounds just from adding a moderate amount of starch and fruit (pomegranate, potatoes, nothing crazy) and eating more fatty meats than I usually do. I feel horrible, fat, triggered, ready to do stupid things to kickstart the weight loss again.

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3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I had some grain in a sauce while out at friends. I felt not good after. Friends know that I am paleo; hence they cook plain foods (mostly) so that I can just eat what I am able to eat.

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:28 PM

I more or less broke even through the holidays, thanks to accommodating parents, time to hit the gym, and keeping my cheats to christmas day only. Now that I'm back in the swing of regular life, I'm doing a pretty tight Whole 30 and I already feel better 3 days in.

The weirdest thing that happened is that I took a long, steep, and fast hike with my dad, and and we took dense fruit and nut snacks with us as fuel. This was a compromise, he usually fuels his hike with junior mints (and he's a beast so I can't judge him). I made dried fruit and nut "bars" in the food processor instead. The hike was fine, but by dinner time that night I was ravenous, cranky, and totally out of sorts about my food choices (basically, my pre-paleo self). Next time I will trust my fat-adapted instincts and stick to jerky, pemmican, eggs!

The best thing about the holidays is that I've managed to capitalize on everyone's new year's resolution attitude to "recruit" some friends to do a Whole 30 with me. Its always nice to have friends in the fight ;)

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46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:20 PM

I lost! A first for me at this time of year. Down 4 pounds in the past week and a half. I had some chocolate but no grains/starches whatsoever.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Nice! Great work Missi!

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:29 AM

....... thanks!

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:20 PM

2011 was my first year going paleo, and I was very pleasantly surprised that even though I gained a few pounds during the holiday, I was able to shed the excess weight very quickly.

I think part of my success comes from repairing my liver and intestines as part of my transition to the paleo lifestyle. When I began the paleo diet, I completed a detox program and continued with a milk thistle supplement for a month to restart my system. It was the best thing I've ever done for my health because I was really sick and didn't know it. I've concluded a healthy digestive track is the key to weight loss.... and just being healthy in general!

Another trick I've used to shed 2-3 pounds in a day is fasting or being really strict about what I eat the next day. If I gorge horribly, I figure the best thing is to fast or eat totally clean afterwards.

Paleo is the only diet where I've been able to cheat on occasion and still loose weight, or at least keep it in line. My relationship with food is far improved and I don't loose control like I used to.

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:09 PM

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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on January 03, 2012
at 02:51 PM

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.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:58 PM

plus one for plantain chips!

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:35 PM

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.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:34 PM

I noticed a huge uptick in Paleo tweets bemoaning the holiday cheats. I was pretty surprised at how many went off the rails.

I'm no saint, but I'm lucky in that all my family and friends know that we won't eat something that's totally off-plan like pasta, pie, or chips. It also helps that I'm the main cook for a small family. We don't have herds of extended family bringing their dishes over to tempt us.

All meals and treats I planned were Primal. For example, xmas dinner was prime rib, buttered carrots, and creamed spinach. When going to someone else's social event, I made sure to bring a snack and a dessert-y item so that we wouldn't feel left out. I did have a little refined sugar but only 2 run-ins with a small amount of gluten, 1 intentional and 1 not.

Preparedness is key. Don't expect anyone else to take care of you. Even when I travel, I make sure to have a stash of food. I mean, give in as much as you're comfortable doing, there's no right or wrong here. But for me it comes down to two things: 1) I'm an ambassador of this lifestyle and how am I going to convince skeptics when I'm stuffing my face with Ho-Hos, and 2) I feel like shite the next day and I don't want to feel like that anymore. There's no croissant in the world worth that. I'm over it. I just don't really consider it "food" anymore.

So, to answer the question :) , I maintained. Actually lost two pounds, but it's within the range I consider normal for me. I felt like I got to indulge but I didn't go overboard.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I ate wheat and sugar and PUFA like a madwoman, gained five pounds, and am still dealing with the after effects -- my joints hurt, my stomach hurts, even my BONES hurt! Not to mention the crazy mood swings (whee!), foggy brain, and clumsiness, and how lovely the puffiness on my face is. Gorrrgeous. ;)

It's the first time I've really gone whole-hog (wait - whole hog would be Paleo), off-the-rails SAD since starting Paleo almost a year ago, and was it worth it? For the most part, No, and I absolutely won't do it like this next year.

My dad's homemade Strawberry Shortcake, though -- that I will do again next year. That was worth it. Mmmm.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I don't really know how I did it but I lost 1 single pound.

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Gained 5 lbs. and went off Paleo for for pretty much a month. :(

It is really hard to go back home during winter break from college. I went a week trying to stay Paleo, but every time my mom would make dinner I'd tell her I couldn't eat it. She'd get frustrated, ask why, I'd list all the ingredients I couldn't eat, and then she'd get worse. Even trying going with her to the grocery store to get what would be good. They didn't care what I ate and wanted me to stop worrying about it, so when you are surrounded by that 24/7, I just started not to care myself. I totally lost it. I just wish I could get back on. I still read Paleohacks, paleo books, and keep updated, but I'm so scared of failing again and I don't know where to start, so I'm not eating well. Blahhh.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I understand your situation. I actually flew home with a cooler of grass-fed beef so I'd have something to eat for breakfast while my parents ate Cheerios. Trying to explain that everything she cooked contained gluten in some form just became horribly discouraging. But my motto for 2012 is don't let perfect get in the way of good. You had a setback, that doesn't negate all the good work you've done before. Start slowly eliminating the worst things as as you start feeling better you'll naturally want to keep going.

0d0316bfd35ffab6fa000120b978f303

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I think doing some advanced planning on your part, would help you. Find some Paleo recipes you want to try while you're home, and get your mom on board with that. Beef stews, soups, roasted meats and veggies...all easy to make together. Focus her attention on the delicious foods you can eat, instead of pointing out what you can't eat. Have patience- with her, and with yourself.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Maintained, which was a bit of a surprise as my clothes feel tighter. Probably gained fat and lost muscle. Back to the gym.

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I'm up 3 pounds. I did eat more paleo-friendly carbs and wine than normal, but I think the gain mostly came after I got home and was sick with a nasty cold (First time since going paleo and all I can think of is air travel and lack of control over my environment). That plus getting unintentionally glutened over New Years seems to have bloated me up. But I had grass fed steak and eggs for breakfast and I'm planning on starting a complete immune/gut healing 30 day plan by the end of the week, so I figure it will be gone quickly.

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I maintained (much to my surprise). Some days were paleo cooking and baking, others were non paleo if I was at other peoples houses. I have been paleo since september and I think my metabolism has finally started to heal itself and function normally, hooray, which is the main reason I believe I didn't pack on the pounds. It's great once you realize your body has truly began the healing process.

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:44 PM

I ended up dropping about 3/4 pounds right before I left for home...but then came 3 days with the family of eating and drinking THEN I went to Atlanta to work the Chik-Fil-A bowl and Auburn so graciously gave us per diem to feed ourselves...Let me tell you, a week of eating out in Atlanta is expensive and very filling. I tried to eat as Paleo as possible (salads, steak, fish, greens, coffee with cream) but those holiday cocktails will get to you ;] I worked out almost every day(I took 2 days off I believe), light workouts because I was without a Crossfit box, and I am back to where I was before I lost those few pounds...Yesterday I started a 7 day fast consisting of water, tea, bone broth, a BCAA supplement for PWO, and a sip of apple cider vinegar here and there to kill any hunger cravings. I'd like to go 14 days to become fully ketoadapted, but Ill go a week first and see how I feel.

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:54 PM

I've read some of your other posts, and based on them, I just would really really like you to reconsider this whole water fasting business. You're young, you're extremely healthy, you need to take care of yourself, body and brain. Eat food.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 03, 2012
at 02:16 PM

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.

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Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on January 03, 2012
at 01:58 PM

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.

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:35 PM

I'm worried about you Matthius :(. You're 17, please try to indulge a bit more here and there. One day you're gonna die and I guarantee you're not gonna look back and regret that slice of pie, or a bit of ice cream. You can't go through the next 60 years of your life undereating when you don't have control of your food choices.

Cccb899526fb5908f64176e0a74ed2d9

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on January 04, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I'm addressing my issues and being more honest with myself as of late. While I grimace at the wishy-washy "ED" classifications and support groups, I'm at least willing to acknowledge that my current line of thinking has left me rather unhappy and wanting, and isn't really sustainable in the long-term. Hey, man, I'm only human!

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on January 03, 2012
at 01:33 PM

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.

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on January 04, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Even with 10 days of flu which kept me out of my holiday festivities I managed to gain about 3 lbs. I stayed mostly paleo (accept for half a small bag of Funyuns that jumped into my mouth when I was busy doing something else) but my carbs went up as I had planned hence the weight gain. I enjoyed a lot of dried fruits (Whole Foods had some awesome fig and walnut and almond and date cakes that were totally worth the splurge.) Had a couple of gluten free cookies and some not-as-dark-as-it-should-be chocolate to round things out. Oh and some soaked oats which was again so worth it. So I'm happy with how it went down. The pounds will be gone within a week I think now that I'm back on the straight and narrow. No regrets whatsoever.

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