I’m through week two of the Bailor Challenge and this process has been entirely different than any other eating plan I’ve been on. Honestly, guys, I’m not being all that successful at sticking to the day-to-day rules, but I’m still shrinking. You know that phrase, “give someone an inch and they’ll take a mile”? That seems to be my problem with starches this past week.
I’ve averaged four servings of starches and sweets per day instead of the targeted two. The problem seems to be when I don’t eat eggs for breakfast. Also, erm, booze; I’ve been rather social the last week … I’ve seen a burlesque show with friends, went to a dinner party, and out to a restaurant with other friends. Each included at least one glass of wine; the burlesque show … well … I had a really good time.
All that said, I’m down another pound and another 1/2″ for a total of three pounds and 1 3/4″ lost in two weeks. I’ll take it. Honestly, I feel I owe you all an apology; I’m not really demonstrating what the diet can actually do. More like showing you that despite the fact I’m messing up, my metabolism seems to be speeding up a bit.
As far as eating protein, I get it in most days, seven servings of non-starchy veggies are no problem, fruit is pretty easy too. Mostly I’m just not quite staying under for starches and eating SANE for alcohol. From here on out, no messing up. I promise!
I’m completing the “eating fit” level described in “The Smarter Science of Slim” (affiliate link) and today start on the “how to become hot” level. Here are the new guidelines:
- 1 serving of starch or sweets
- 5 thirty-gram servings of protein (I’ll do 20-gram portions)
- 9 servings of non-starchy vegetables
- 4 servings of berries or citrus fruits
- 1/4 cup of milled flax seeds
The hardest thing on this list is going to be increasing the protein amount. I actually think eating less starch/sweet is going to be easier; I won’t be as tempted by an English muffin.
Here’s the trick to the veggies: make sure you have some with breakfast and the rest of the day is easy. A big salad or a veggie soup for lunch helps a lot and the berries are easy to get through a smoothie. I have a big pile of oranges sitting on my kitchen counter and I’ve been grabbing them as snacks and cooking a bit with pineapple too.
I now get one cheat day twice per month. That means one week of eating pristine, a cheat day, and then that will be it until the end of my six week journey. That’s going to be tough, and apparently I’ll have to look at my social schedule to time it properly (at least I’m learning, right?).
The whole point of eating SANE is not to lose weight quickly. Trust me, I know how to drop a pound a day if I have to, but that always leads to a rebound. The idea of eating this way is to gradually make changes to your metabolism, which will shift your set point down and your weight will float to the right, sexy-looking place.
The process takes five to six weeks, which is why I’m doing this over a six-week period. I should be in new metabolism territory by the end and the scale may or may not shift (Jonathan’s got a great post on that!), but the tape measure should be showing some nice results and those skinny jeans should be on my butt.
It’ll be interesting.
How are you doing on the Smarter Science of Slim diet? Are you seeing progress? Are you struggling with starches like me? Would love to hear from you.