Monday, March 23, 2015

First day back on solids...

Monday morning my official weigh in day for Weight Watchers. The verdict? 197.6 lbs, or 5.2 lb weight loss in 1 week. I'll take it.

Now the big test is seeing if I can maintain the losses after getting off the juicing diet or will I balloon back up because all I lost was water and muscle? Or was it really fat lost?

Of course I want it to be fat loss and I think it is. I can see physically my body is looking different, my face is getting thinner and during the juice fast I supplemented with whey protein and did heavy weight training.

My plan this morning was to start with softer foods. For breakfast I had Quaker Oats and a banana and for lunch it was a baked potato, cottage cheese and beef barley soup. For dinner it was a small piece of steak and corn, a bag of popcorn for dessert and a plain yogurt and frozen blueberries for a latter night snack.

Listening to my hypnosis this morning was cool. I kind of drifted off. So I'm not sure if I got the full benefit or I feel asleep. Kind of going out is what you think hypnosis is all about. I did like it because it didn't feel like I was working for it. It was a beautiful drift away and then comeback.

It must have worked. I felt motivated to train. I had a skype conference calls I needed to sit in on and listen to with minimal input and it's the perfect environment to get on my bike and ride, which I did for 1 hour and 20 minutes. The other motivation was I didn't want to run outside, it was - 17 C today. Not your typical spring type weather.

Today was one of those days that flew by. The hardest part was getting used to eating solid foods and I'm not really sure I liked it. I kind of got used to and liking the juicing.

I almost forgot, first thing this morning I headed to the lab to get some blood work done. This was before I ate anything. Some of the blood work was of the fasting kind. I had been given the note to get blood work from my doctor in July of 2013. Almost two years ago and I hadn't yet gone. I figured now after a week long juicing cleanse would be the perfect time to go. If anything shows up as a problem, it probably really is a problem.

This morning I also had my measurements done. No huge changes from last week, other than my waist went down about 1/4 of an inch. I'll take it.

At 4 pm I had a meeting downtown Toronto to meet up with Jeff Swystun a friend from high school that is a branding expert, you can check out his website here. Myself and Mark, my co-founder, met with him to discuss where we are with the app and get his input. Jeff has a lot of experience and was the Chief Marketing Officer at Interbrand Worldwide out of New York and also at DDB. It was well worth it and it got us aligned on what we need to do next.

On the app side I am super pumped about where it is headed. There is some features that we had not originally thought of and with our early adopter group, who are major couponers, they all had similar comments and what they told us was gold. There is a problem to be solved and it's easy to understand yet complex to execute on, but we are confident we will. It's like a rubics cube, you know it can be done it's just figuring out how to do it.

This development is super exciting and we are doing everything right. We are taking all the right validation steps and the past 4 weeks has been very gratifying to see how it is all coming together by working in an open fashion with those are most likely to be our early adapters. I can't say it enough on how confident I feel.

I did have a little bit of not so great news tonight. Nothing major, but just a distraction of sorts. It was really my test. My normal reaction would be to eat. I was very conscious of this this time around and instead I changed my mental attitude, realized it was nothing major that will unravel itself shortly and to stay the course and not sabotage my efforts. I figured I've worked to hard to let it all go and mentally the past few weeks has been awesome and I want to keep up that feeling of awesomeness.

On the noticeable weight loss scale, Mark hadn't seen me in about 10 days and the first thing he said when he saw me was I lost weight. I mentioned that I'm about 16 lbs away from where I want to be. He said, "if you do that you will look completely different" and I said, "yes, that's true" and he's right and it's only been the last 14 - 18 months that I've looked the way I do now, it was the prior 5 - 6 years that I looked on the outside how I feel on the inside.

One last comment. I was tired tonight and it wasn't from a busy day. It was from eating solids I'm certain. When I juiced for the week I had lots of energy and did not fall asleep on the couch. Tonight I came oh so close to falling asleep on the couch and couldn't wait to get to bed. I was exhausted. The only change was in diet. It's amazing how much diet will effect your energy levels.

Bike - 1:40
197.6 lbs

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