Monday, January 16, 2012

P.O.P. World Series Update and Happy M.L.K. Day!

A rare Monday post...

For those of you following the Pounds Off Playoff World Series (humor me!), today marks the beginning of "Natural Foods" and the end of "Calorie Counting." Every month, I'll do half a month of each plan, with the plan with the most weight loss for the month winning the "game."

From January 1 through January 15, I lost 3.5 pounds on Calorie Counting. I tried to eat 700 fewer calories than I would for my maintenance weight, 500 to lose weight and 200 as insurance against miscounting. Mostly, it was easy to follow and I didn't feel deprived. Now, I shift gears to Natural Foods, which is all about minimizing processed food and maximizing whole foods. We'll see how it goes!

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The picture on my World Series badge is of Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series. It's amazing to me that we wouldn't have that memory if Jackie Robinson hadn't joined the Dodgers just seven years earlier, April 15, 1947. In fact, at the time of the '54 World Series, four major league teams still hadn't integrated! The New York Yankees, playing just blocks away from Mays' New York Giants, didn't have a black ballplayer until signing Elston Howard in 1955. It was two more years until the Philadelphia Phillies integrated (and would you the player was named John Kennedy?), then the Detroit Tigers in 1958 and finally, racially challenged Boston became the last team to integrate in 1959. A little history lesson, and a reminder to all of us not to be the Red Sox!

Let's work for a just world for all our fellow human beings. Happy M.L.K. Day.

9 comments:

Ewa said...

This is a very interesting experiment. I am a firm believer that it is not all about calories (I kind of subscribe to Gary Taube's ideas of how our bodies process foods http://www.amazon.com/Good-Calories-Bad-Challenging-Conventional/dp/1400040787
In my 'natural food' diet I consider pasta and bread processed foods. Do you?

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Yes, in general I do consider pasta and bread processed foods. But it depends how hard core I am being about it. I will occasionally have bread that I consider to be "minimally processed", the kind with big chunks of stuff in it. But most wheat bread, no, it's processed, even if it says "whole grain".

Superwoman Spirit said...

I am interested to see the difference between calorie counting and natural food. I think you will lose more and if nothing else feel really good :)
3.5 pounds in 2 weeks is not bad at all!

Michele said...

I may have forgot, but what are you doing to exercise? Is that part of your plan?

Jessica said...

I know I have said it before, but I just love your play off system. I was just explaining it to my husband. Congrats on your loss during the first two weeks.

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

In response to Michele, I'm starting to train for the Big Climb again (1311 stairs). But we're not officially registered yet, so I haven't blogged about it.

Joy said...

Wow - great weight loss! Keep it up and stay focused!!

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

Great job on your loss. Looking forward to see how you do. Just remember even good food can have a lot of calories.

How about those games this weekend? Can NOT believe Green Bay lost. Can't wait for this week.

Christina said...

What a great start to 2012!

I tried eating just natural foods after I had Ramsey, and I didn't lose any weight because I ate so much of everything. Will you be keeping a close eye on your portions on the natural foods plan?