I am excited to finally test eggs as the new breakfast addition today! We had the option to test eggs as an approved protein early on(day 6 or 10) but we haven’t. I’m confused because I feel there are so many things left to test and we are already in the last week. I guess that means there will be a lot of homework left in phase 3. This makes sense. The first 20 days are just to show us the way and we have to do the rest. Anne says it’s not a diet, it’s a way of life! I’m also starting a list of friendly foods.
Yesterday is an interesting day because:
- It’s a Saturday so we get up late, eat late, and finish breakfast close to lunch time
- My meals are so close to each other that I spend the whole day feeling full
- My water intake is completely off again because we start the day so late
- I am so full at the end of the day that I don’t even finish my dinner
- I still make room for red wine and chocolate. I am human!
Weight gain after a rest day
Given yesterday’s circumstances, I see a slight uptick in weight after yesterday’s no-test rest day. Now, I do weigh myself after peeing a second time and then I’m back to yesterday’s weight. I think my body is coming close to the set point (Lyn-Genet’s term in the book). For me, around 115 is my equilibrium weight and I’m at 116.6. 115 is where my body is very comfortable and my clothes fit great. Still, I’m at an overall weight loss of four pounds. Per the book, as you draw closer to that set point, your weight loss rate will start to decrease.
Deep thoughts about weight gain and loss
This section is not for the squeamish. Skip to Sleep if you don’t want these nitty gritty details. I’ve been thinking a lot about how this weight gain works. Your body can’t produce extra weight normally (I know there are medical reactions and exceptions). So in any given day, my body can processes food and liquids at a certain rate over time. I dispose of that intake three ways: energy for living or resting, #1, #2, and a few miscellaneous things that I’ll deem negligible (spit, snot, etc.).
Net weight gain is caused when I bring in food that is reactive (causes an inflammatory response) that my body can’t digest as readily and/or bring in too much food (either reactive or non-reactive) that my body can’t process in the time.
I lose weight if I eat food that my body can digest more easily (friendly non-reactive foods) and/or not a whole lot of calories. The not enough calories can backfire if my body thinks I’m in starvation mode and holds onto fat in defense.
From last night to this morning, I track how my weight changes with #1 and #2. If this is too much TMI, move along! This is your second warning! Sure enough, I know this sounds SO obvious, but weight can only go down as long as you’re not bringing anything in. Did I really need to make a chart to prove that to myself? I think it helped remind me that not only does quantity matter but the foods (reactive/non-reactive) matter so that my body can digest them at a better more efficient rate. Light bulb!
This chart spans last night after dinner, before bed, and then the next morning before breakfast.
|8:00 PM||119||before bed, before #1|
|9:00 PM||117.8||-1.2||-1.2||after #1|
|5:30 AM||117||-0.8||-2||waking up, before #1|
|5:30 AM||116.6||-0.4||-2.4||after #1|
|9:30 AM||116.4||-0.2||-2.6||before #2|
|9:30 AM||115.8||-0.6||-3.2||after #2|
I find myself sleeping slightly more than before which is great. I’m also skipping the morning gym trips which allows me more time. The book says that your body needs time and energy to repair. I didn’t suffer from many if any detox signs during those first three days of the cleanse. Not that my diet is all that clean but it wasn’t terrible. I figure I will give my body all the time and energy it needs to repair.
Joe has been feeling tired and sleeping even more. This weekend, he sleeps upwards of ten hours a night. He also eats more artificial sweeteners and chemicals like protein powders so maybe he is finally detoxing those out of his system.
In terms of exercise, over the past 13 days, I’ve really been cutting back since I started the plan. We played tennis two times, weight training once, yoga, and barre (Joe’s first time). This past week, I also walked 1.62 miles and up 4 flights of stairs with my colleague during lunch. I usually exercise almost daily during the week so I’ve cut back to about half of my normal activity.
|Day||Date||Weight AM||Change||Total Loss|
- Two egg omelet with carrots, parmesan, kale, and spinach
- Starbucks tea – Comfort – caffeine free herbal (first Starbucks drink since starting the plan!)
- Winter vegetables on spinach with goat cheese
- Rye cracker with homemade hummus
- Carrots with almond butter
- Seared pork with butter
- Sauteed zucchini and broccoli with spicy coco sauce
- We are supposed to have leftover winter vegetables but Joe cooks extra zucchini and broccoli so we just have that instead.
Now that we are on the last week of the plan, we are starting to figure out the pattern (took us long enough) and are braver about mixing and matching.
Joe makes us omelets. He usually eats eggs every.single.day so this is a welcomed treat!
How much money have I saved in two weeks of no Starbucks?? Well, I only have one tea every Sunday so I guess that’s about $4 saved.
Turns out I scoop too much homemade hummus. It’s simple, I put the rest back in a snack container. No need to overeat and I feel full! When I see this meal in the book, I tell Joe, this lunch looks slim but it is really filling! I guess that’s what happens when there is a good balance of fats and proteins.
It’s like I’m back in kindergarten eating snacks everyday. The sad part is I usually want a snack everyday and before the plan, I would eat candy or whatever was leftover in the fridge. This plan snack is so much better!
I ask Joe to sear my pork in butter. We already have pieces precooked. He also butterflies it so I get more surface area with butter. Butter is fat but healthy fat and makes me feel full!
Not pictured is the usual red wine (extra 1/2 glass tonight – it is the weekend after all) and ginger crystallized dark chocolate. Joe is very strict about the <65% cacao. I am not but this particular chocolate hits the mark right at 65%.