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It Wasn’t My Intention, But I Did Lose A Little Weight With The Potato Challenge

It’s hard to eat potatoes and GBOMBS foods (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds) and not lose weight. I basically avoided foods like nut butters and avocados for the month of June. It was a good learning experience and I do like to challenge myself. However, I did miss my breakfast of oatmeal and especially the almond butter.

The weight I lost was due to keeping my same level of activity and not increasing my calories. I am happy to be back at my normal routine. I’m still highly active but I do require a lot of calories. That’s why I love bing plant based. I can eat a lot, asI always had a big appetite, and not have to worry about gaining weight.

I feel so awesome, probably the healthiest I’ve ever felt. I am preparing for a half marathon in the fall, even though it might not happen. I am strength training again and gaining the muscle that I lost.

I finally decided to step on the scale at the gym as I do not own my own scale. I noticed my pants were not fitting the same. Sure enough, it was like 5-7 pounds. At my height of 6‘3’ tall, this is right in the range of where I need to be. I still wouldn’t mind a few more pounds though as I gain muscle.

I did another comparison photo as I realized the before photo I often share is now from 10 years ago. I learned a lot since then. I cannot imagine feeling the way I felt in that before picture. I was tired, had no energy and poor self esteem. I also had hypertension and most likely pre-diabetic and didn’t even know it.

I guess that’s why I push myself so hard; I don’t ever want to be that unhealthy again. I am planning other challenges. as I said in a previous post, I would love to do a fruitarian diet for a week. I would also love to try a raw foods diet again too. I remember how awesome I felt doing raw foods.

But no matter how you eat, plant based works. It doesn’t matter if it’s raw or cooked foods, a certain kind of food, like potatoes, whatever. There is enough protein and nutrients. They key is to eat enough variety everyday.

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