Keeping it under 100.

Hey it’s me, Ben here! (Christina’s stubborn, surly male counterpart). I just wanted to post a little about my experience in GAPS this time- so here it is!

100 is an interesting number. 100 represents the whole- of which a percentile is made. Giving 100% means giving your best efforts. 100 years is a ripe old age. 100 dollars is our biggest denomination of currency. 100 means a century in cricket and in ages. 100 years of a group of people doing something gives the veneer of respectability and experience within the realm of a family business. 100 (or thereabouts) is also how much I weigh, and I am 168 centimetres tall (or thereabouts). I was 110 kilograms when I started the GAPS diet 37 days ago.

The reason I bring up 100 is because my weight is a tangible way of measuring what my health is doing. The scales are still some indicator of progress, whereas other measures are sometimes inadequate, because they differ with the day, or the mood I’m currently in. But there is also some anecdotal evidence that other things are changing for me- I just can’t really honestly say what ‘percentage’ of improvement there is:

  • Walking: Before doing the GAPS diet, It hurt my feet just to walk to the supermarket and back. (The supermarket is a 10 minute walk away from my house). I don’t struggle in the same way as I did before- even after being on the diet for a couple of weeks.
  • The TEMPTATION factor: Before starting the diet, I denied myself nothing, and I was hungry for all manner of treats. I also continually wanted iced coffee. However since we started the diet I can go to the supermarket without really lusting after the treats. I just don’t care anymore, and I don’t crave the way I used to.
  • Energy levels: This is the hardest to measure, because I have a low energy threshold to start with, but I would say that my energy levels have increased a reasonable amount. I’m still tired, but I certainly don’t sleep during the day with as regularly. I’m also considering taking up sprinting in a more regular way before winter makes itself felt- which I never would have done previous to this.
  • My appearance: I don’t look like a movie star, so I generally avoid the mirror for a good reason. I find after losing this 10 kilograms (or thereabouts) I look a little more respectable, which is a start. My theory is respectable leads to slightly appealing, which will eventually lead to outrageously good looking.
  • Clothes that fit: I successfully got into a pair of formal pants without the embarrassment of having to suck my gut in- You have to take the little victories when you can!

The key things I am hoping will change, even if it takes a bit longer, are my mood and my sleeping patterns. I’m still a grumpy troll sometimes, and I’m hoping that having a more consistent diet will put me on a more even keel emotionally.

So to summarise, measuring in numbers is always more reliable, but there are still some reasons for me to continue on, and take heart about my progress- and as for numbers, 100 is the “weight speed limit” for me, and I’m gradually moving towards 90!

Wish me luck!