I Was 'Stalling' and Here Is Why...
This isn't a question but I figured it might help someone out there so I am going to share honestly about why I was having such a difficult time seeing results. I assure you that this has been a very humbling experience for me and the whole body hacking concept has me COMPLETELY and utterly hooked. I am a workout junkie, a bit of a data whore and generally enjoy a challenge.
I bought the 4hr Body book at the end of March while I was in the midst of a self-imposed 30 day NO 'WHITE' FOOD challenge. The challenge that I took on was simply no refined sugar (brown, honey, syrups either), no bread or bread products with one treat meal on Friday evenings. You can imagine that after reading the book I was SUPER PUMPED because I was already used to something similar...yeah, 'similar'
I started (I use this term loosely here) on April 1st or thereabouts and used that first week to use up my honeydew melon, gluten free, sugar free applesauce cake and plain yogurt. At the end of week one small wonder, I saw 0 results. Oh but why not, you ask? Lol. I mean I was drinking the cold water, taking AGG PAGG blarg, eating a metric shit tonne of beans and icing my neck...WHY NO RESULTS? Ummm, my guess is that I was not even doing it half assed but kind of more like quarter assed if that is even a thing.
So, I have compiled a list of all of the sneaky little things I was doing until I finally saw the light and became willing to actually commit to doing what I was told Heh I have always had trouble with authority figures lol. You may look at this list and say to yourself, 'Well no shit you weren't seeing results I mean ...duh.' but the thing is is that I truly felt that I was being a good little 4hr Body Peep and it was only when I got really honest with myself that things started to change. All of the stuff I was doing was accompanied with a phrase like' Oh well, a little won't hurt.' Well, if you add those up they do hurt your progress...they hurt mine anyway.
I am sure that a lot of the stuff I did was not a big deal if I was only doing one of them say maybe once or twice a week BUT I was stealthily cutting corners all over the place and completely ripping myself off. I had a justification for every one of them and I will not bore you with those but...well, anyway here goes!
My Initial Stumbles:
-Whey sweetened with Sucralose. Was making green smoothies with it every morning. I hatttte having breakfast but had always used this as an easy way to throw down some metabolism revving calories.
-Put a 1/2 teaspoon of either BBQ sauce, Hoisin or Oyster sauce on pretty much everything.
-As confessed exercise junkie I was doing 45-60 mins of cardio 6-7 days per week, Body Weight/Plyometric HITT Training 5-6 days per week and regular old fashioned isolation strength training 3 days per week.
-*cough* Maltitol *cough* I was in TOTAL denial about this one lol. I was using products that had Maltitol in them thinking that I was somehow exempt from the rules. WRONG.
-Almond Butter and Peanut Butter. Oh man, I have SUCH a huge addiction to the stuff and was consuming a rather lot of it. I still laugh to myself when I think of Tim's description in the book about a tbsp NOT being the entire jar balanced on the spoon. Yeah.
-Once I 'fessed up about the sauce issue I started salting the crap out of my vegetables. Not a terrible thing at all but definitely causes water retention which is not usually super hot.
-Nuts. I was consuming large quantities of nuts. Trigger food, domino food call it what you want but whatever you call it spells 'Trouble' for this kid...not as bad as the Almond Butter though.
-I know, I know that calories are not the thing here but my portions were a little out of hand and I was consuming between 1800-2000 calories a day which I definitely needed for all the training I was doing.
Heh I KNOW, RIGHT?!?! Duh. Lol.
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Tons of help! I just stalled and it was a bit of a duh moment for me too
It's amazing what a bit of success will do...
After losing 9kg in my first 4 weeks I decided that I could eat cheese and coke zero was ok. I managed to slowly introduce it. One every few days, then one a day, then 3 a day.... same with cheese. Then I stopped tracking all together. I felt like an athlete must feel after a game. I won, all me, I rule... so I acted like an asshole and went around being an asshole, metaphorically. I had lost weight and therefore assumed I could do what I wanted and still lose weight, because I was just so good. I readjusted and I am on my way back down again. I work in video games and film and I deal with a lot of tech issues. I look at people dumbfounded sometimes when they run into trouble and I think "C'mon it's so obvious..." I will now stop doing that.
You've just made me take a really deep breath and think about all the 'little things' that I have no justification (except in my head) for adding. The little sprinkle of brown sugar in my coffee - telling myself that if I don't use the whole single packet - I'm only adding a 'taste'. (And you thought you were having a 'DOH' moment!)
Having 'just the smallest piece' of my husband's chocolate bar.
Opening a packet of nuts and eating the whole bag as I only had a small lunch!
I've realised what a fool I'm being to myself....thank you for being honest.
And great to hear you had a trip to Europe. Did you get to London? I work for American Airlines at Heathrow Airport.
What a great, helpful post. Sometimes we get so narrow-focused on things that we're doing that we never zoom out to get the broad-focus overview on our methodology as a whole. Performing these self audits is so important and can really make all the difference in the world. I think you just did a service to the whole forum. Very educational and I had to laugh at the description of the "metric shit tonne of beans".
Great post, really takes to heart the idea that if you aren't seeing results make some changes and see what happens.
I am going over my data and looking for any trends, because I have been a bit naughty with the diet coke, some days having way more than my allowed can a day.
I have also been eating nuts every now and then, but am having only a 50 or 100 gram bag. If I have any problems later on I guess I should look at this too.
So awesome of you to not only get honest with yourself but to share your insights from it. I'm sure all of us have those moments when we think we're getting away with something only to have it come back and bite us in the ass! I really appreciate all the information on this post and can see myself coming back to it later when I get close to goal. You're an inspiration to me. I, too, am a tall girl. (5'9") I was where you are now when I graduated high school 20+ *ahem, cough cough* years ago. My goal was 160 lbs-VERBALLY, but in my heart of hearts I really would like to get back to my high school weight of 145 lbs. We'll see how far this ride takes me. I'm new to this and so glad I found this awesome community with SOOO much information, support, and yes even the occassional kick in the butt we all need from time to time. You rock!
congratulations on all your hard work and honesty as well.
So do you think stevia will stall one as well? i have this stevia in a liquid dropper and have been using to make "lemon"aid and also in my coffee. Is stevia as bad as malitol kind of sweetners as far as stalling?
thanks for the scoop. What is your goal? if you are there already are you staying with this way of eating? Did you find a whey shake without sugar?
Thanks i have similar work outs and am just on day 6 of SCD to too early to tell. I am having issues without almond butter and sweets. Just wondering if you have a shake that would work.
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