I didn’t drop off the fasting 🙂 I’m still on, and so is Lino (Lee). We just had an issue with the website over the past few days and couldn’t make an update so for now we’re going to update days 7-10 in one post.
As those 4 days went by, I personally felt lighter inside and I can definitely sense that I’m thinning out. This is a nice feeling that I haven’t experienced for a while. Hunger aside, I’m really starting to like juicing. The juice has loads of “clean energy” whereby every cup I drink gives me an awesome boost that lasts for hours, as opposed to boosts one gets from coffee or refined sugars.
To be completely truthful though, it was been difficult for me to not have solids during the day. Those days 6 to 10 are supposed to be purely juicing. However it wasn’t easy for me to fully curb my hunger. So when things got bad, I would eat a few grapes here, or an apple there but not much at all. And I limited myself to purely veggie/fruit based with 85-95% of my daily intake being juice.
Sunday Night Temptations
Sarah and I went to Boston on Sunday to attend a friend’s wedding. He got married to a girl of Pakistani origins, hence, we were anticipating a beautiful ethnic feast. With that in mind, I started preparing myself mentally that I won’t be messing up despite the fact that I love Biryiani so much.
I put a strategy in place: I would allow myself only salad with no dressing, and if they are serving a vegetarian soup I could have some too. And right before we left home, I filled my stomach as much as possible with Juices and carried a fresh ginger tea cup along the way.
And Lo and behold, it sure was a feast! Some of the items I could remember on the serving table were Chicken Sikh Kababs, Lamb Korma, Some other Korma/Curry dish, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Biryiani, a couple of vegetarian dishes, salad, Daal, Naan…etc They had the stuff I loved most – or so it felt.
It’s amazing how our minds work when faced with temptations. We slowly start making excuses for ourselves to try to justify a slip..
“Come on it’s a wedding, you can’t NOT eat in a wedding…”
“Come on… one day won’t hurt, afterall I can hide it and not talk about it on the blog…”
“I promise I won’t eat much, afterall that Biryiani looks very healthy and may be inline with my diet…”
“My friend will be offended if I don’t eat…”
I felt very tempted.
However, because I had prepared myself mentally in advance and visualized the scenario, the situation was rather manageable… I went to the serving table, filled my plate with cucumber salad, no dressing, and advanced slowly through the line while watching everyone else pile up food on their plates as if there is no tomorrow. My mind was exagerating things at that moment. The food looked better than anything I’ve seen. It smelled better. And it seemed that everyone was carrying so much of it on their plates even though they were just regular servings. When I reached the end of the table, I lit up: they had a vegetarian lentils soup! wohooo!! And soup I ate that night! It felt so good just to have a hot food, even if it was just soup. It tasted so delicious and it was perfectly spiced and had no visible oils.
I must confess that I ate A LOT of cucumber salad and soup. However, to me this was a victory since I was able to resist the “good stuff.”
Day 7-10 Summary
On the morning of day 7, I weighed 226.2 lbs. That is a 3 lbs drop from the prior day: dude, am I melting? On the following days 8-10 however, I was swinging around 227 lbs steady. I believe this is due to having a higher intake of fruit-based juices than veggie based. I was almost 50-50 on those days.
I did feel a bit weaker on day 8 where my leg muscles felt sore and tired. It probably was the lack of protein in my diet since I had focused more on fruit intakes. Some of the veggies I juice have a good amount of protein in them, but not as much the fruits. However on day 10 things got better.
Lee’s Day 7-10 Summary
Weight Measured in Morning of day 8: 230lbs
Foods Consumed: 6 cups of juice, plenty of water. One tea(my morning tea).
Allergies/Medical Condition: High BP
Day 7 I felt very good today, I am struggling a bit trying to keep true to just juicing. During the week I do most of the cooking for the family and today was hard not to try the rice I cooked for the kids. I grew up on rice and beans, the smell of all the spices coming together, the childhood memory’s of mom cooking for us and the flavors melting in mu mouth I was not able to resist.
Day 8 I felt good, I tried to recover from yesterday, got into the gym and feeling very good, tonight I will hit the TreadClimber for 45min. I need to get under 230Lbs before Monday, I want to reach the 215 or even 210Lbs at day 15. I will be going on Holiday to Europe on the 19th and I know I will not be able to stay on-track while on Holiday.