Monday, March 16, 2015

On the juice...

So I woke up today and didn't know if it was a Sunday or Monday. It took me a bit to get my bearings. I realized it was Monday.

I got up at 8 am, a little later than normal and didn't have time to listen to my hypnosis right away. It was a morning of meetings until noon and then I decided to head out and get a juicer.

There is this really good deal at Sears, a juicer for $71 and it has a great rating. For the past 5 months I've worked on raising money for my new business and haven't been getting paid and I can tell you without a doubt it has made me appreciate money much more than it had prior. In the past I would have bought the machine for double the money.

Even thinking about registration fees for half Ironman's at $200 plus seems crazy. It was a beautiful day today and I saw a guy on a bike and thought I should go out for a ride, until I remember I broke my aero bars and it will cost me money to fix. Like I said I've become cheap, these past 5 months have traumatized me.

After I picked up the juicer I needed to get some fruit and vegetables. I have no idea how to juice or what you should juice with. I know for sure you need kale, spinach, carrots, apples and other than that I wasn't sure so I just picked up a bunch of stuff without even looking at the recipes beforehand.

When I got home I made a grape and apple juice drink. It was really tasty and really sweet. I was amazed how sweet it was. Almost too much. I haven't drank anything that sweet in a long while. As I was drinking it I was thinking this would be an excellent recovery drink or substitute for Gatorade on the bike.

Later today I watched another juicing documentary for inspiration and did googling of recipes that I should use.

I found one and had my first dinner. It had beets, apples, pineapple, carrots and spinach. It too was really sweet and it took me about an hour of sipping on it to finish it.

There is mixed feelings I have about juicing. I woke up this morning and did my regular Monday morning weigh in for weight watchers and was down another pound from last week. I then did body measurements and had some really good inch losses from when I measured myself in February. Weight Watchers is working and I'm enjoying the diet. It's just not peeling off the weight fast enough.

I want if off faster for two reason. The first is I have a bet and I need to be at 198 lb or less by the end of the month and I don't think the weight watchers diet will do it. The second reason is I'm just dying to get out of the 200 lb level. It's been over 6 months that I've been in the 200's and I'm ready to get back to the 190's to begin and then into the 180's.

There is all these people that do juicing and drop weight quick. I know it's a fad and unsustainable and I get that. My plan is to drop as much as quickly as possible and then get back to weight watchers. I can see myself on weight watchers for the rest of my life as a baseline.

I have this dream that I could drop 10 lbs in 10 days. I doubt it's going to happen but it would be a dream to be down to 193 lbs in 10 days.

About 2 hours after  I drank my dinner, around 9 pm I was starting to get some headaches. I was detoxing. They say it takes about 3 days until you detox and in that time you will feel sluggish and tired and irritable. I was hoping that it would be too severe since I've been following weight watchers.

As the night went on I was debating with myself if I was going to do any training tonight. I had the excuse in my back pocket that I've worked out 7 days straight and a recovery day is in order. On the other hand I was thinking that if I'm going to do a fast I may as well do it right and combine it with exercise.

Prior to dinner I did do my hypnosis and I think that helped on motivating me to do a training session. It was between weight training and the Insanity workout. Insanity workout won out. I find these workouts really had and really have to self talk myself to do them. I did enough self talk to get me off the couch and do it.

This session was a little easier than the last one I found. It's still tough. It's also amazing how good of a workout you can get with nothing but your body. No weights, no nothing. By the end of it I'm dripping wet.

I decided to GoPro this session. As I'm getting on this journey I'm figured doing some VLOGing would be fun. I also thought it would be cool for people to see what's involved.

After I did the session and reviewed the video it really hit me how much weight I gained over the last year. The camera doesn't lie, I looked huge in my mind. Mind you these say the camera adds 10 lbs but just my body shape and how much energy and power I had was on film and I could not deny that in no way did I look like a 12 time Ironman.

It basically looks like I'm starting over. It was an eye opener. I look like the farthest thing from an athlete. Until tonight looking at that video I didn't fully realize how far I slid.

But I'm undeterred. I know I can reverse this and that is my plan. Mentally I'm ready and super focused. It's just a matter of staying the course. I've done it in the past, I'm planning to do it again.

My only fear about juicing is that it will derail me mentally. Oh, and one other fear I have is that I will lose muscle.

So I've pulled an audible. I've decided to not go totally juicing only. I am going to do liquid diet but I'm going to supplement my juicing with whey protein after training sessions to help with muscle recovery. Will it effect my weight loss? I'm not sure. I also love bananas so I'm adding the banana's to my whey protein post workout drink. Oh...and I'm also not giving up coffee.

The day turned out well and post workout I feel pretty good. I don't feel hungry. I don't have headaches and if anything the only thing I miss is chewing on something. I think that's more based on habit than craving. I'm thinking that by just staying the course that feeling will go away. It is tough thinking that juice will do it and I'll be satisfied but who knows, time will tell.

Insanity - 40 minutes
203 lbs

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