The Leptin Reset: Week 5 Results, or Hmmm, This Is Different
My latest find! White Oak Pastures, offers beef, chicken, and lamb in their online store. Â The package says everything I’m looking for in high-quality food–grassfed, no antibiotics, not hormones. Â Turns out they’re from “back home.” Â For the past month or so, I’ve been driving all the way to the Destin Fresh Market, which in touristy summertime can leach an hour out of my time one-way, for grass-fed beef but today Fresh Market told me they don’t carry it any more. Â Facebook friends to the rescue! Â Within a couple of hours, I had two sources lined up.
Week 5 of the Leptin Reset was fairly uneventful except for some tummy troubles. Â I’m not sure if it was a particular vegetable I tried or what, but I’m watching it carefully. I’ve tried some different herbs lately so I’ll lay off those for the next week. Â And I’m certain I didn’t drink enough water last week with all the meetings I was in. Â I’m still having some pain, mainly in my right side but occasionally in my left. Â I’ve had a gallbladder attack (suspected) 15 months ago, and my scans were all clear afterward. Â No issues since. Â This is not the sharp pain I felt then, though sometimes in that area and sometimes much lower on my abdomen. Â Something’s unhappy in that area, so I’m looking to soothe it. [Post Week 5 note, for those of you who worry–this has since diminished and is almost gone as of today. Â I believe it was related to a particular vegetable dish I’ve since avoided.}
I also continue to struggle with timing my meals at work. Â One day, I didn’t get hungry until about 3:30, after a big ass breakfast of grilled salmon, which I like quite a bit. Â So I decided to take lunch at 4:00 but holy crap, just announce that I’m finally heading to lunch and watch people pop up with all sorts of things for me to sign for the next hour! Â I am, however, settling into a better routine when I eat three meals a day. Â My lunches may have only a small portion of protein and tons of lettuce or greens, and I’ll finish off a big plate Â while my lunch partners leave a lot still on the plate. Then I’m ready for a light supper by the time I leave work. Â Okay, it’s working, kinda.
My cycle is also horribly off. Â I’m not sure if the reset has anything to do with that, but sheesh, enough already! Â At least I’m certain I’m not preggers.
But amid the tummy troubles, I forgot to notice a few things that had quietly happened on the Leptin Reset a la Jack Kruse’s prescription.
1. My weight was stable, to the ounce.
2. My sleep continued to be good quality, waking at 5 hours for Nature’s Call (I drink lots of water and it always gets me up), then back to sleep easily and waking before the alarm. Â Oh, this is such a sweet change from the last several years of 4-5 hours of sleep a night and waking several times during those scant few hours. Â I’m falling asleep more readily, with the house much darker now in the evenings (following the lighting recommendations) and Â my bedroom dark til dawn. Â I still have that tendency to force myself to stay up and work on projects because I just don’t want to give up the night, but when I do get to bed, I am OUT!
3. My dry skin from the week before is not longer dry nor itchy/flaky. Â (This was a one-week fluke.)
4. Â My waistline and mid-section have remained at the same measurement.
5. Â My mood has remained very, very even all week, even with some things going on that would normally upset me. Â I did vent about them, but only for a few minutes and then moved on. Â Other potential upsets passed with an acknowledgment but no irrational insecurity or deep worry. Â In short, I felt very steady during Week 5.
6. And the biggie: Â absolutely no hunger this week except right before meal time and no cravings at all, not even late in the evening. Â I don’t remember ever in my life having a week without cravings. Â No sugar cravings, no carb cravings, no chocolate cravings, no salt cravings, nothing. Â Â This is by far the biggest change of the 5 weeks to date, with sleep being a nice second.
According to Jack’s prescription, this puts me just about where I need to be to begin my HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. Â I’d thought I might start at 5 weeks, but until my tummy troubles have subsided, I’ll delay a little longer and continue the walks instead of weights. Â I’m very aware of my body right now and don’t want to confuse soreness from HIIT with the pain in my side until I’m more certain of the cause. Â I’ll wait until at least the 6 Week mark to boost the exercise, and then I’ll consider adding in the cold treatments Â a little later.
Though I haven’t lost weight yet on the reset –not really my primary goal–I can already count the lack of cravings/hunger, lack of insomnia, and lack of moodybitchitis as major successes. Â No other diet, way of eating, or eating plan has ever achieved that for me.