Now I know.
The Blogger Stats showed that about 850 page-views were initiated yesterday, with 400 people looking at yesterday's blog. You all left about 80 comments. So, how many really viewed it? I guess I don't really care at this point. I doubt that 400 people really read that blog, but there were enough comments to make me feel really good about starting this blog last month.
I recognized a bunch of your names from around the web, that was cool. I've even had long conversations with many of you in the past. It really has started feeling to me like one big family.
And for the record...I love lurkers! I'm one, too. Nothing wrong with that, but it was really, really amazing to me to see so many die-hard lurkers de-cloak for a minute to say 'hi.'
I know what it's like to be unhealthy and searching around for 'magic bullets.' I guess what I found is that there is no magic, just information. Everyone is different and responds differently. Some people really are broken and hormones play a big part of why we look and feel the way we do. And sometimes we just have to accept we might not look exactly like we dream about.
That said, however, I'm a big believer in the healing properties of the food we eat. No amount of kale is going to make you grow 4 inches taller, we are kind of stuck with our genetics. But the right food choices can go a long, long way towards making our 80-120 years on this planet much more bearable.
I think one of the big problems is that we just don't know how to eat. We go from diet to diet hoping for big changes and end up wrecking something else in the process. Then another guru pops up offering easy solutions only to end up in disappointment. Trust me, I've been there!
I think the best thing is to just slowly change your eating to get away from the Standard Western Diets filled with wheat, vegetable oils, and refined sugars and simply eat the way our ancestors did. Lots and lots of good resources for this style of eating: Mark's Daily Apple, Westin A. Price Foundation, and the whole list of paleo blogs and websites off to the right here. I learn new things every day, you should, too. Read all you can and incorporate the ideas that make the most sense.
I like that 'paleo' is slowly coming around to be more in line with WAPF as more and more people realize that potatoes, nuts, and other starchy carb sources are not as evil as they were first portrayed. I do think there is a place for low carb dieting, even the very low carb type and ketogenic varieties, but I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all approach to any of this. Even resistant starch has its limitations.
So, I guess in closing today, I'd just like to say thanks for the vote of confidence and I'll keep going. Just put me on your list of blogs to read and hopefully some of what I say helps you out.
I'll make sure you get your money's worth!
Oh, and here's what I'm eating this week:
|12 Pounds of Potatoes|
Day 4: ...dropped another pound. Fat is melting away while I watch. This is amazing. Been eating a potato every hour or two. How is it my weight is dropping, yet I've been eating?
Normally I wait until lunch then weigh myself to get the lowest weight for the day. Today it isn't working like that. Weight is still dropping! Hurray!
This has put a spring in my step. For the last day or two I've felt like skipping around. Haven't felt this good in years.