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Was I eating the wrong foods for my* weight loss all along?

(* I say "my weight loss" because everyone's system is a special snowflake.)

Special snowflake
Got on the scale yesterday and I was down another pound, making a little over 3 in less than 2 weeks. I'm really happy with that.

I was all about the Greek yogurt and whey protein and organic soy creamer and cheesesticks and organic honey and low-carb tortillas and ...

I haven't had any of those things in nearly two weeks. 

Do I miss them? 

I would be lying if I said I didn't want to sink my face into a bowl of 2% plain Fage drizzled with honey and walnuts RIGHT THIS MINUTE. 

But I'm using the mantra "not right now," which I learned 11 years ago from a weight-loss blogger. (HERE'S the post; I'm so glad things live forever on the Internet.)

I used to say this from time to time but I never really-really-REALLY set my mind to it, until now.

I always just assumed that one day all those healthy foods would finally "work" for me and I'd lose weight just like everyone else. 

But I'm not just like everyone else.

Apparently, I lose weight better by setting certain foods aside for a little while, resetting my metabolism and healing my cravings.

Oh, yeah, the cravings -- they are gone. I used to graze all night long on whatever was in the fridge or pantry. I'm not doing that anymore and the difference between now and all the times I thought I had my nighttime eating under control is that the angry polar bear has disappeared. She doesn't go into the kitchen and roar in hunger anymore. (Let's revisit this post from late 2012, shall we?) Back then I was pretending the polar bear wasn't around. I was trying to ignore it but these past couple weeks I can't find it at all. It's just not there.

I had to revise the 14-day plan a teeny bit because I discovered (rediscovered, really) that glucomannan and I don't get along. I kept getting stomach pains and couldn't figure out why it felt like I had ingested cement (get the drift?). Then I looked at the ingredient list and saw the glucomannan. I've tried using it a couple times before and both times it had me doubled over and feeling sick. So I found another plant-based, no-sugar-added protein powder and subbed that in for the PaleoCleanse Plus packets. The powder I found is Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein, which I bought in chocolate. No beany taste, no added sugar, no grit! That's all I ask for in a plant-based protein. It also has 17 grams of protein and only 100 calories. Score!

Believe me, I love me some whey protein but if plant protein is one of the magic bullets I'll switch it out for as long as it takes. 

It has taken me a long, long time to grow up and make the tough choices to get the scale to move because I thought I didn't have to do that. But a Facebook friend posted this photo earlier this week and it struck a nerve with her and a lot of our friends:

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