Cautiously Optimistic… Pomroy

scaleQuick blog post – and a shout out to Michelle for reminding me to post this!

A few weeks back, I posted that I was going to try the Haylie Pomroy Fast Metabolism Diet (that post is HERE).

So here’s what happened. The first week I didn’t lose any weight/body fat, but I started to feel a lot better. If you didn’t read that post, you eat different food in three Phases during a week (Monday & Tuesday, then Wednesday & Thursday, then Friday, Saturday & Sunday) to address metabolic issues.

By the 10th day though, things had really started to change. My energy was way better and my “stress handling capabilities” (meaning, not crying at the drop of a hat) were also way better. I also have rosacea, and my husband even noticed that the redness around my cheeks was about half what it usually is.

Then, of course, I went off the eating plan.

I didn’t go off because I was bored, or because I was stressed out, or because of any number of other things. I went off because my husband and I purchased a couple of condos out of state that had to be demolished and re-built, and so we went off to do that for a couple weeks.

I actually tried to stay on the eating plan while I was gone, but it’s so tough when you’re not home. Especially not only “not home” but not even close to home. You know how it is – we were working 8-10 hours a day on these condos, running to Home Depot, Lowe’s, back to Home Depot…(you get the idea), gutting, replacing electrical, blah blah blah. It’s not the ideal situation to not, say, have a cocktail and something soothing at the end of the day.

The interesting part, though, was that I actually did stay on the plan in a half-assed way, because it’s quite easy to do that. But the no coffee, no alcohol, no fat on 4 of the 7 days went out the window. Also it’s super hard to do things like make a green smoothie or purchase specific veggies when you’re not on your home turf.

This is just a quick blog post to say that I will be re-starting on Monday. If you’re reading this and looking for an eating plan – I’d really recommend it. As you probably have seen, I’ve worked my way through a number of eating plans in the past few years, but this is the one I’m the most optimistic about. Not only is it pretty easy to do, but I think it will be easy to stick with even after the 4 weeks are up. After that time, you can add back in the things that were disallowed if you want (e.g., soy, corn, dairy, alcohol), and/or go off the “phase eating” all together. But as I saw these past two weeks,  I actually think that staying on the eating regime even afterwards will not be that difficult.

So that’s my update – sorry, no photos, but I have about 10,000 emails to answer and I really just wanted to post a quick update, and also give ya’ll notice that if you’re looking for an eating plan, why not join me on Monday??? HERE is a link to the book in case you need it.


2 thoughts on “Cautiously Optimistic… Pomroy

  1. Hi Sandy! Been following your blog posts. I’ve researched the FMD a little and of course, reviews are all over the place. Most detractors say it’s very cumbersome and difficult to follow b/c of meal-prep. How challenging is the day-to-day plan? I don’t particularly like to cook, especially from long or complicated recipes. I’m all about some grilled chicken or pork and a salad. I don’t mind putting in some meal-prep time on Sunday for the upcoming week, but I don’t have time to do extensive lunches or dinners. Once I get out of school at 3:30 (I’m a guidance counselor) I head straight to the box for the WOD, then get home for showering and dinner around 7. I’m ready for bed by 9. :) I want to order the book from Amazon, but wanted to get your feedback before I made the investment. Like you, I’ve tried about everything: WW, Paleo, Primal, Atkins. I track with myfitnesspal religiously. It sounds like you really don’t count calories or track food with FMD and I like that. It will take me some adjustment, because I’m very OCD when it comes to knowing EXACTLY how many calories I eat and EXACTLY how many calories I burn during CrossFit, but if the FMD program works, I can wean myself off the obsessive tracking. Would love to get your input before I hit “purchase” on my Amazon account… :)

  2. Hey Kristen!
    It’s interesting what you said about the meal prep – because I’m working on a blog post RIGHT NOW about that. I’m with you, and I’m very OCD as well!!!!!! Here’s the quick 411: Meal prep is not that hard, you just have to eat the right thing on the right day. AND (if you’re OCD about your Crossfit like I am), you also have to LAY OFF some Crossfit things during the month (I’m going into this in the blog post I’m doing right now, almost done, swear!) So – again, very quickly, but Phase 1 breakfast (which is grain and fruit) could be steel-cut oats into a blender with water and cherries. Phase 1 snack is fruit (an orange). Phase 1 lunch is grain/protein/fruit/veggie – so that would be your grilled chicken and salad (NO DRESSING) with a side of oats and berries. Frankly, as my post mentioned when I first started, this was the hardest meal for me ‘cos it was WAY more food than I was eating, ESPECIALLY the grain part. If you do up a whole “loaf pan” of steel-cut oats and just bring a “slice” of that, it works for lunch. It’s just super odd. ;-) Phase 1 dinner is grain/protein/veggie so that’s your standard grilled pork and a salad or say greens, plus wild rice or quinoa. Again – make up a huge batch of quinoa on Sunday, portion it out during the week. Phase 2 is super paleo, it’s just veggies and protein – that’s easy frankly, cos it’s probably about what you do now. If you’re not a cook during the morning, boil up hard boiled eggs, eat the egg white and do a greens shake – done. You get the idea. Man, we really sound alike. The thing that’s been interesting to me – because my OCD wouldn’t let me NOT track on MFP – is that you’re eating a TON of food on Phases 1 and 2, but as there is no fat, the calorie count is actually fairly low. It’s bizarre since I ate pretty fat-centric (Bulletproof) and so my calories were VERY high. Now, we all know “calories aren’t important” and all that jazz but hell, I’m of the “age” where my brain doesn’t compute that. So again, I DID track, because that’s just me. I’ll be re-starting Monday – click “purchase” and join me! You can buy what you’re going to need when I finish up the (LONG) blog post I’m working on now.

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