Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mixing it up...

So I finished juicing on Monday and started back eating solids. By Tuesday night I was tired and low physical and mental energy. I actually missed my juicing, or at least the side effects of mental clarity, higher energy and rapid weight loss.

There is no greater feeling than stepping on a scale every morning and being down close to a pound a day.

Today I decided I was going to get back to juicing for most of the day and then have a regular meal for dinner.

So far so good. I had more energy than normal and I've become accustomed to fresh juice. It does taste much better. I even decided to try some beet juice again today. I wasn't going to let it beat me. Last time I had it I overdosed and next think you know I felt I was going to die and just felt like throwing up. Then I read that beet juice is very powerful and you should only have it in small doses.

Training wise I pumped Iron today. This time I didn't take my C4. I mentally can't. It makes me retain water and my mind is too fragile to see the scale go up right now. Even if it's just water weight.

Just from getting back onto solid foods my weight got up to 199.4 lbs today. It was also water retention from snacking on some popcorn last night and it's higher in salt.

I dug up an old picture of me, well of my legs when I was 173 lbs. I remember that day, I remember what I looked like and I felt like. It was about 7 years ago when I was 42 years old. I remember actually being surprised myself because I never had veins in my legs, or my arms for that matter and I was veining up all over. For some reason when you see veins like that it's hard not to be impressed, whether they are your own or others.

Mentally I've decided I'm going to get back into the low 170's. Prior to looking at stats last week I never thought it was possible. Then the stats showed me I was down to that weight and I remember those times and I felt great. Sometimes you just need to know it's possible. I keep telling myself I can't get down to my young 20's weight which was about 160 - 165 lbs, but maybe I can, or at least come close.

I'm also taking a realistic long term view of this journey. I have not anticipation that it will happen over night. The last time it happened, I went from 212 to 170 in 5 months. I don't see that as an issue. It would be nice to get down into the 180's as quickly as possible. Then those next 20 lbs I don't mind a 1 - 2 lbs per week weight loss on weight watchers.

The hypnosis is really helping. Many of the suggestions behind it refer to being able to manage stress and anxiety. The key triggers that cause one to emotionally over eat. It's very interesting that since listening to the tape, which I have done every day since March 1st (25 days), whenever an emotional situation arises and my mind wants to grab something to eat, I stop myself and consciously recognize that I'm going to emotionally eat and instead don't, or get something healthy or just pour myself a cup of coffee.

Tonight after a great dinner of a little chicken, some ham, small roasted potato's, sprinkled with gravy and a little salad, Alice and I went for a car drive. I love driving especially where we life. Within minutes you are into the Escarpment and it's all country roads and I think I've ridden every one of those roads on my bike and brings back good memories of lots thousands of miles of training.

Afterwards we stopped in at the local supermarket to pick up more fruits for juicing. I'm really interested to see how my juice by day and eat a healthy meal at night is going to work out. If I can lose about .4 lbs per day I'll be a happy camper.

Weights  - 45 min
199.4 lbs

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