Okay, so we finished it up – FINALLY! Here’s a video update but I wanted to give a little more information as well…info that isn’t in the video that I feel should be mentioned.
Tina: I lost 2 lbs during the first two weeks of The Plan but gained back both of those in week 3, along with 2 more pounds for a total of 2 lb gain over the three weeks. I did lose almost 3% body fat in the three weeks and a total of 5 inches, 3 in my waist, hips and chest alone. So it wasn’t a total flop. I have clear skin, little to no stomach issues and more energy than when I began so I consider that a success as well.
Bryun: Lost a total of 9 lbs in the entire 3 week period, about 1% body fat and all of the bloating he had in his stomach (we are talking at least 2 inches in the belly). He says that he definitely “feels” better…no more sluggish, sick feeling. He has more energy after doing it and just feels healthier overall. He went from being a caffeine addict of several cups each morning to only tea in the mornings. He has found that he can no longer have caffeine on an empty stomach at all. Bryun is certain that The Plan has made his body far more sensitive to certain foods, or at least, made that sensitivity known.
Will we continue it? Realistically, we will continue with SOME of it. We have both taken steps toward a way of life that is even more healthy. We aren’t overloading on the same foods and “crap” that we indulged in before. Bryun, specifically, has learned some easy meals to fix for those nights when I’m not home or able to fix dinner. He is making healthier decisions without any suggestions from me. That, alone, is HUGE for him. He has discovered some quick, tasty snacks that he wouldn’t otherwise have thought of (like 2 rye crackers with almond butter.)
There are some of the habits we will definitely continue with each and every day. I have continue drinking the lemon water first thing in the morning upon rising. I will however, for my own sanity, discontinue the habit of weighing in daily. I didn’t like it in the beginning and still don’t. I will continue to eat a variety of greens, vegetables and fresh fruits with every meal but perhaps not in the huge quantities we did on the plan. I will definitely be adding protein to my diet and go back to following a Paleo Style eating plan.
Also, as a note, looking back over my meal logs and macro-nutrient break-down during the plan, it is approximately a 30% carb/45% fat/25% protein breakdown. Almost all of the protein comes from vegetable proteins and ALL of the fat comes from healthy fats (seeds, nuts, olive oil). Most doctors would have a heart attack if you gave them those breakdowns without explanation but it goes to show the importance of fat in the diet when it comes from the right sources.