Side lighting is the best thing in the world.
As most of you know, I went to an all inclusive resort for Thanksgiving. Like most people that visit this sort of establishment, I ate and drank a lot while there. You want to get your money's worth, right? The result was that I gained 4 pounds in only a few days. I did have a goal before I went to loose weight so that I would feel comfortable in a bathing suite. I will be honest; I did very little to get in the shape I wanted to be in. When I got back from Mexico, I had a renewed vigour in my fight against fattiness.
My cohort and I decided to take a page from Tamara Cohen and track our progress with photos. I took photos in a bathing suite in December and then again in January. This has definitely helped me track my progress. This morning, while I was getting ready for work I noticed how much better my stomach looks when I am lit from the side rather than when I am fully lit in the bathroom. I am a photographer, so I already knew about this trick but had not actually tried it on myself. Other people sure, but not myself. Now here is my issue.... I want to take all future photographs lit from the side. This will make me feel better but will not be an accurate portrayal of my progress. I do not know if I can convince myself to not do this. Probably not. So, be warned: My before and after photos (that will be posted here at the end of my 90 days) will not be lit in the same fashion... probably. I just figured I should be completely honest with you.
On another note: I think after you do Paleo for the first 30 days, it becomes much easier. It is less like a diet and more like conscious eating.