I’m now two weeks into my hiatus from starting the Paleo experiment. In that time I haven’t been eating like total crap, but I have my ups and downs. My lunches have consisted of a huge hoagie, cheesesteak or otherwise packed sandwich every other day. I’ve been snacking on pretzels and sweets. All of this is being washed down with lots of Coke Zero again. These aren’t the cravings that I speak of though. Instead what I’ve been craving is something far different.
I’ve been off all Virgin diet detoxes for a couple of weeks now. Did I take those two weeks to practice up on eating Paleo, as I will be for the next few months? No. Did I power through the Virgin diet to keep myself “pure” going into my tests before the Paleo diet? No. Did I decide to treat the two weeks as one grand “last meal” like some death row inmate rolling up to his execution? No. In hindsight however that is exactly what it felt like though.
If you made a list of the things I’m not going to be eating for the next several months to years then you probably would have a pretty good list of what I have been consuming the last two weeks. Processed foods were my friends, especially store bought cookies and sweets. Coke Zero made a tremendous comeback as well, even though I spent most of the end of last year avoiding it. I didn’t gorge like I did over the holidays in December. My calorie count per day is mostly in check, but I was definitely eating a lot of garbage.
That fact showed pretty starkly too in my weight. While throughout the past few weeks I have been eating slightly more than I’ve been burning, the level of weight increase on the scale has been far greater. While my weight increased by seven pounds I know for a fact, even if I account for vast errors in my accounting, that I didn’t consume 25,000 in excess calories. I did average 100-200 calories a day in excess, but that adds up to one to two pounds, not seven. A lot of that is coming from my recently discovered fact that my body composition does change rather dramatically when eating certain foods. I have yet to figure out why that is, but it’s pretty clear what the effect is.
Through the weekend I’m going to be starting to plan for the launch of the Paleo diet on April 1st. I’m hoping to find some delicious new recipes to try and share here. I’m also hoping I can quickly settle into an easy routine that allows me to plan for the eating style without it being overly repetitive, although I’m usually not one that needs a ton of variety to stay happy about it.
After spending a week of indulging myself at Disney World’s Food and Wine festival (will post about that later, unfortunately behind) I figured this week I’d get back to my healthy eating and exercise. Unfortunately a stressful and busy work schedule has conspired against that. Skipping the gory details I’ll leave it at that junk food of all sorts (candy bars, chips, cookies) have been in great supply. Lunches have been not that great either, today’s was some more pizza.
Between the two weeks of crap eating, hectic schedule and not exercising at all, my body has been really craving this junk food. What’s sad is how little willpower I have against the junk food at this point. Sure, I’ll have an extra slice of pizza, or a handful of chocolate covered almonds, or Reeses cups, or chips. What’s most interesting to me is how my appetite is never satiated. I’m not eating as much as I “could” but it’s still many hundreds of calories of nothing but junk food every day. Along with not being good for me, leading me to crave insane quantities of food and not feeling great I have a feeling it’s going to lead to my 20 mile long run being a complete disaster. Hopefully I’ll get some time to do some running tomorrow and/or Friday to get my body somewhat ready for the beating.