90 Day PBD Weekly Roundup No. 3
or "How I Am A Complete Failure, Please Kill Me Now. Please."
or "How I'm Bouncing Back From Failure"
Sorry For The Delay
The reason will become evident in a moment.
What I ate for the week of 03.21-03.27
I ate only potatoes (Russets and sweet potatoes) for the second week in a row. I was feeling pretty good too. I decided to add some low sodium hot sauce about halfway through the week and noticed that the weight that had been steadily falling off suddenly stopped. It seems even 350mg of sodium was enough for my body to retain water. All in all, I was doing damn good and then...
Then I Fucked Up
My entrance to the failure expressway started on Memorial Day. I should have been beginning the second phase of the "diet" by eating nutrient-dense veggie stews. However, since it was Memorial Day I decided to get some veggie dogs. (Note: How remembering fallen armed service members become equated with eating hot dogs and hamburgers is beyond me but...) I have honestly preferred veggie dogs to regular hot dogs for many moons so I would have been getting veggie dogs regardless of trying to eat a plant-based diet. I purchased some Lightlife Tofu Pups because they have the least ingredients (and I know what all of those ingredients are) and are only 50 calories a pop...er pup. I got some Ezekiel 4:9 bread to go with it. This all sounds healthy right? Well, I ate six of them. I still only wound up consuming about 1500 calories for the whole day but I was RAVENOUS. The veggie dogs triggered all sorts of nuclear-powered food cravings out of nowhere. I could have eaten six more!
Long story short, going from very bland food to hyper palliative food in such a short time set me up for failure. I ate six more tofu pups the next day with the biggest salad I have ever eaten before. I was still insanely hungry. By Wednesday my willpower was completely broken. I consumed fast food on a trip back up to my hometown and ate horribly the whole time I was there. The ninety day challenge was and is a #FAIL.
I had several factors working against me. The two greatest components to the failure were that I didn't really have a support system in place and I was making too many huge changes all at once. As far as the support system, please don't get me wrong. I appreciate the hell out of every single kind and encouraging word I got! I was making too many significant dietary changes all at once to not have some sort of daily hand-holding in place. Penn Jillette, Matt Donnely and other people doing the "Cray-Ray" diet were in contact with Ray Cronise almost daily. If not in contact with him they knew he was watching their blood pressure and weight readings regularly.
Although it is not their fault I also have people in my personal life who were not supportive at all. In fact a couple of them seemed to be actively working against me. Oddly enough they are the least healthy people I know too...
Where Do I Go From Here
I am almost done reading Valter Longo's The Longevity Diet*. I highly recommend it even though I have not finished it yet. (Note: I'm slightly skeptical of the "fasting-mimicking diet" he pushes in it- why not just do a water fast? Maybe a fasting-mimetic diet IS all it's cracked up to be but it is also damned expensive. I should point out that Longo receives no financial gain from the sale of the diet product though.) Between the longevity diet and some of Michael Greger's guidelines in How Not To Die* I have a good game plan for how to eat. I should be able to keep compliant with the longevity diet because it allows, nay prescribes, 2-3 servings of low-mercury seafood a week, 3 tablespoons of olive oil daily (something missing from all of the other plant-based diet books I'd read recently) and a daily ounce of nuts/seeds. I plan on eating an egg or two here or there. I will still avoid dairy and all other animal products.
All in all I lost 22.4 lbs in those three week which is A LOT! I've put some of it back on but I haven't gone completely off the rails as far as what I'm eating. Come Hell or high water, the fat will continue to come off.
That said, even though I am done with the ninety day challenge I still have a blood test coming up in August that needs to show some vastly improved numbers, a waistline that needs some shrinking and blood pressure that needs to come down quite a bit. I'd like my kidneys to keep functioning, my dick to keep working and, oh yeah, I don't want to stroke out. I might have failed on my challenge but I must still work towards improving my health. Quitting and going back to how I was eating before just isn't an option. I will post my (improved!) results from the blood tests and more biometrics in August.
I am completely open to suggestions about how to keep culpable for what I eat. If you'd like me to still do a weekly "wrap-up" post about what I'm eating let me know. Or do you think daily snaps of what I ate would be good (I can provide snaps info I you want)? If you have any ideas please let me know.
In the meantime I need to figure out some new thirty day challenges.
Peace + Pizza