To recap, last fortnight, I replaced breakfast with a green juice every morning (green juice ingredients: 2 green apples, 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, 1 lemon or lime, 1 whole bunch celery, 1 whole cucumber, 1 whole cos lettuce).
This fortnight was a little more challenging, as I was confronted by how often I automatically grab for food, regardless of my actual level of physical hunger! I was surprised by how habitually I reached for food when bored, procrastinating, thinking and, of course, whenever I’m having a bad day. YIKES! Towards the end of the fortnight though, I had acclimated to the changes, and my automatic reflex to reach for food had started to settle somewhat.
At first, I felt a little change-fatigued this fortnight, I had just gotten used to planning my grocery shopping to include the multitude of juicing ingredients, (and my daily schedule used to juicing and cleaning up!), and now I had to remember to add the snacks and allow time for making my espressos ready for the day too. It all sounds rather petty, but we are creatures of habit, and change is hard to embed (which is precisely why I’m doing it incrementally!).
A couple of days ago I found myself standing at the fridge door, eyes scanning the fridge for the object of my need, deep in the grips of an overwhelming late-night craving (an altogether all-to-familiar feeling, right?)… for celery. Say what now?! CELERY! HAD to have it. Desperately yearned for it’s crunchy goodness. Let me assure you, this has never, EVER happened to me before. In. My. LIFETIME. So, even though I’m not seeing any weight-loss results yet, SOMETHING must be changing – and that has to be a very good thing.
Cutting back on my coffee intake was harder than I had expected. I have always joked about being ‘addicted’ to coffee, (I’ve been drinking it since I was nine!), but given the frequency and intensity of my headaches/cravings, I am now in no doubt about just how hooked I really am!
My meal choices and portion sizes were a bite hit-and-miss! On a few occasions, especially early in the fortnight, I was clearly compensating for not having access to my junky sugar-laden snacks.
The trick to changing habits permanently is to getting the balance right. We must make enough of a change that results are noticeable and build momentum, but not so much change that it’s too exhausting to maintain…(and, therefore, all-too-easy to give up in frustration!)
It’s not all bad though – I’m starting to feel really great! My skin is glowing, my focus and concentration is improving, my moods have stablised – and I’m starting to crave healthy foods!
Small changes, over time. Every week a little bit closer…
Here’s my progress this fortnight:
# WEEKS 3 and 4
In building upon my progress in weeks 1 and 2, this fortnight, I:
- Replaced junk snacks with protein (boiled eggs, raw almonds) or fruit and kept additional juice on hand (trying out new recipes in addition to my daily ‘green juice’)
- Cut out alcohol during the week (but still had it on weekends). Actually, the first week, I had drinks on Thurs, then skipped drinking on the weekend altogether.
- Reduced coffee to a maximum of 2 per day (+unlimited herbal tea)
- Still ate whatever I wanted for lunch and dinner (in whatever quantities I wanted!)
- Sleep quality: Very good. I awoke feeling refreshed almost every morning (the one exception correlating to a very bad day and an evening of alcoholic over-indulgence!) It’s AMAZING how great it feels to feel this rejuvenated! I’m still waking up occasionally during the night, but it’s nowhere near as often, and the quality of my sleep is MUCH better.
- Energy level: Marked improvement in my energy levels this fortnight.
- Mood: My moods have stablised significantly. Even though my life is quite challenging right now, I’m starting to feel more ‘on top of things’. I’m also starting to slowly work my way through an ugly backlog of tasks that built up while I was severely depressed (doing my taxes, organising my home office, updating my voting enrollment details, registering as an organ donor). I’m still getting loads of comments from people about how well I look and how happy I seem!
- Physical ailments: A few coffee-withdrawal-induced headaches (they dissipated as soon as I had coffee!), increased urination (consistent with increased hydration!) and itchy skin. Apparently the itchy skin is a sign of detoxing, so I’m hoping it clears up quickly!
- Weight loss: NIL
[See also: Weeks 1 and 2]
[See also: Weeks 5 and 6]