I’m still following Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules. And I’m still loving it. I’ve mentioned before about the rules that I have struggled with, but I don’t think I’ve discussed the plan overall. I'll get to that. First, let me tell you why I am so impressed with this plan.
I don’t know why it works for me. I don’t know how it works. I just know that it does.
In the past 3 weeks, I’ve lost 10.2 pounds. I don’t know why. But following his plan, it happened. And I needed this plan.
Over the past 3.5 years, I’d lost a total of about 60 pounds. It was a crazy roller coaster. At times, I’d gained as much as 20 of that back that I had to lose again. But I had settled around 178. And I was stuck for 10 months. I’d lose and gain the same 5 pounds over and over and over. I felt like I was putting a lot of effort in and not going anywhere. I was running. Keeping within my calorie allowance most days. My weight just wasn’t going anywhere.
I needed a shake-up.
Keep in mind that I have been anti-diet. I’ve had some attitude in the past about diets. I eat pretty clean. I run like a crazy woman. I had decided that if I wasn’t losing weight, then my body was just happy where it was. It was the lot I had been dealt.
As much as I think that is a fine attitude to have, I’ve learned that I felt that way for a few different reasons.
- I just wasn’t ready to put in the work. I was content with the way I was eating. My food choices were healthy enough, but I wasn’t willing to give up my splurges. I wanted to still split a pint of ice cream with Nathan after a long run. I wanted the occasional martini or beer. I wanted frozen coffee drinks once a week or so. I felt that if I had the calories left over after eating a pretty balanced day, I could spend them on whatever I wanted.
- I was discouraged. I seriously thought I had found my body’s happy weight. I just kept repeating the behaviors that led to successful weight loss in the past. It was easier for me to be content with where my body was than to get frustrated and beat myself up because my efforts weren’t getting me anywhere. My behaviors and choices were consistent with the prior year, but the results had stopped. I had kinda given up hope that I really could get the rest of my weight off.
- I didn’t know what else to do. I was eating a very healthy diet 90% of the time. Any weight-loss plan that I came across seemed radical, illogical, or gimmick-y. And those three things create immediate rejection in my mind. I didn’t know how to find a way of eating that was different than what I was already doing that didn’t seem ridiculous.
Those reasons exactly are why I love Bob’s plan. There is nothing radical there. Nothing I haven’t heard before. Yes, a few of the rules don’t seem to make a lot of sense to me, but they aren’t illogical. I may not understand the “why,” but none of them really put me off. So much so, that I almost didn’t buy the book. Because there isn’t anything new. Because I know most of this already. And what I didn't already know didn't seem like it would really make that much of a difference.
But I bought it. And I realized that on their own, each rule seems manageable. I think the commitment and radical parts of this plan comes in when I decided to go all in. I think it becomes hard core and difficult when I put all of them into play at the same time.
(image lovingly lifted from Cassie's post yesterday)
It became radical when I really committed. It was huge for me to cut out carbs after lunch. Huge. I had no idea how often I relied on pasta or rice to round out a meal. I am eating berries and apples every day, no fail. I am cooking more vegetables on their own. I have given up the complicated recipes for the standard protein + veggie for dinner. I'm turning down (free) alcohol (twice). I'm not eating after dinner. I've cut sugar completely out of my diet, other than fruit. I'm snacking on boiled eggs and peanuts. Other than my coffee (which is really mostly milk), I'm 100%. And I even had trouble justifying keeping it. But it was non-negotiable. And I wasn't willing to not try this because I love my 1 1/3 cup of milk every morning.
This plan has given me exactly what I needed. I needed someone else to tell me what to eat because what I was choosing to eat wasn’t working anymore. I know how to maintain, but my body needed a shake-up to start losing again. I am the first to acknowledge that different things work for different people. That what works for me may not work for you. But I have enjoyed learning what works for me. It is like I just took off a pair of sunglasses I didn't even know I was wearing. I found something that works. It isn't easy all the time. Sometimes I am genuinely hungry in the evenings. But I know that I am in weight loss mode. It won't last forever. And I want to lose weight enough to do this for a while.
I'm not going to tell you to go out and buy this book. I'm not going to tell you that it will work for you. And I'm not telling you that it is easy. All I'm saying is that it is really working for me. And don't judge a book by the cliff notes summary on the back page.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to send them my way. But be warned that they may be answered here on the blog!