The April challenge to clean up my diet a little? Apparently going well.

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I somehow lost 3.5 pounds pretty quickly with very little effort. I’ve been counting calories via myfitnesspal (mostly after the fact), but I haven’t really intentionally done much.

SO – January’s paleo challenge (heavy food restriction) = expected loss of holiday weight + some head drama + lots of planning/thought/effort. Eating what I want within limits (which I guess would mostly qualify as intuitive eating) = no head drama + fat loss + zero effort.

I know this stuff. I know what my body needs to be healthy. Someday I’ll fully rely on myself and quit trying to drag in outside influences. It’s fun to experiment, but this that I’m doing now? Realistic for the long-haul.

I’m really starting to feel like the health/body awareness is the big pay-off here – not the 110+ pound weight loss. I listen to people talk about diets and ways to lose weight and what the “healthiest” way to eat might be and I wish I could transport them to this place I am now. I still go back and forth and struggle with some things (and likely always will), but I have so much peace now that I know what food/exercise works for me. I have an actual opinion OF MY OWN – based on the science of KNOWING MY BODY.

The days of listening to “experts” who haven’t walked in my shoes are just over.

Anyway – as I’ve probably repeatedly said – I’ve tested and experimented enough to know that I feel great and am at my best when I eat unprocessed/real food, full fat dairy, fruit of all kinds, white potatoes, lean meat, minimal sugar (preferably in ice cream or chocolate covered fruit/nut form) and lots of green stuff.

The pictures are horrible, but I took some the day I hit 159.5 (for only the second time in the 150’s that I can ever remember).

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I have a crappy picture of my face, too. I’m at the stage where I’m quietly planning to chop all of my hair off because it gets on my nerves – but still know better.

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I haven’t been eating anything overly interesting, so I don’t have many pictures.

Typical lunch:

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Typical snack:

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Typical dinner (salmon + curry stuff on rice courtesy of Jon):

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Life is incredibly busy lately. I’m still going to Body Flow regularly and I’m (very much) looking forward to the running thing starting up again next week and life is just … moving on.

(I took this last night when I got home from Body Flow and was complaining about my inability to do a pose and Jon was all “like this?” I don’t think he’s ever been to a Body Flow or yoga class in his life.)

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We’re enjoying the new house and the new yard and are slowly making changes and getting things the way we want them.

We have no idea what’s been planted over the past 92 years and will what will emerge. Lots of surprises are popping up.

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Henry turned SEVEN last week.

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He can’t see a dang thing, but the appointment to talk about the surgery is later this week.

He has always been super interested in playing with toys, but he can’t see them now – so it’s a little heartbreaking when we throw something and he just runs around (sometimes INTO furniture) completely oblivious – but he seems to be his happy self.

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