At this point it might be easier to keep track of this lifestyle by months instead of weeks. I had a birthday, and the idea I think that most of us have when it comes to birthdays is that if there's a single day of the year that you are forgiven for eating whatever you want, it's on this day. I took that to heart as I prepared to eat cake, and food that's on my list of 'never consume'. The result… on that day of celebration I was able to celebrate feeling less alive than normal, feeling weighted down by poor eating behaviors, and the heart burn that eating super healthy never causes.
All of this led me to think that perhaps I shouldn't give myself a day of reckless abandon, that feeling alive and awesome is for all the time, not just most of the time. Other than that it's been an awesome week:
- At the gym I've been able to increase the speed and distance of my run, and still have an extremely productive workout afterwards and energy to keep on going.
- In the mirror every muscle group is becoming more defined, I don't have to suck in to feel like I'm fit.
- My jeans (I hate wearing jeans) are more loose now than they were even when I bought them.
- My belt is about three holes tighter and that's a more sure measurement than the scale.
- I have lost no muscle mass, in fact I've gained muscle mass through being able to work out harder and longer.
Have you thought about at least adding more vegetables to your daily routine? If drinking two raw veggie / fruit shakes a day in place of regular meals is too much, I challenge you to try replacing just your regular breakfast with a blended shake of fresh fruits and veggies and see if that's not perhaps a better way to start your day and then tell me how that feels, or your experiences with it!
I have learned that if you do this, and you're not feeling extreme amounts of energy, simply add more fruits to your shakes. Currently I'm using about two bananas per shake, at least one citrus, and an apple, along with berries and a small variety of veggies.