Maybe it was the extreme indulgence of Fourth of July Weekend, but this morning I woke up ready to dive right back into my healthy habits. After refreshing myself on some research I had done, looking into my own past experiences, and loosely defining the Plant-Based Experiment, I started creating a more concrete plan.
I had already determined that my initial commitment would be to 10 days. My diet would revolve around fresh fruits and vegetables, with added grains and fats to provide me with essential nutrients. Lots of water, and no dairy. But how would this all play out?
I knew that the first day would be the hardest. So my plan of attack was to keep it simple, and thoroughly defined. Instead of opening up all available foods to myself in all quantities, I decided to plan four meals of only raw fruits and vegetables. This would keep me from eating more energy than my body requires, and also prevent me from overeating grains and fat to compensate for the other foods I might be craving.
DAY ONE MEAL PLAN
- Breakfast (8:00 am) – Two Oranges
- Lunch (12 noon) - 20 fresh figs (16 oz.)
- Snack (4:00 pm) – 1/2 baby watermelon (about 3 cups cubed, or 3 hearty slices)
- Dinner (8:00 pm) – 5 oz. kale, 1 avocado, 1 mango, 1 orange
- Evening Snack (9:00 pm) – 1/2 baby watermelon
- Beverages: 48 oz. water throughout the day, green/black tea, and coffee limited to one cup, black
DAY ONE JOURNAL
Not surprisingly, I felt pretty good throughout the morning and afternoon. I am incredibly motivated to continue with healthful eating. I think about how beneficial this is to my health, how good I felt when I was more committed to healthful eating, and how good I will feel again on a daily basis if I continue to eat this way. And when that isn’t enough… I think about how great I will look on the beach in a few weeks.
4pm was kind of a rough time, but isn’t it always? Nearing the end of the day.. trying to talk myself into a workout.. preparing a caffeine fix before the withdrawals start…but I made it. I had planned to get in a little cardio, but I just wasn’t feeling it and figured I could use a day off with such dramatic changes to my diet.
By the time dinner came I was pretty hungry, and I was very pleased with the meal I prepared. Kale Salad with Mango and Avocado. I just put 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a mango, and 1/2 an orange into a blender for the dressing, then chopped the other half of each fruit, tossed with Kale then coated with dressing. Yum!
Day 1 = SUCCESS! I feel great :)
In addition to sharing my daily journal, I also want to be able to talk about my progress in relation to my goals. So I’ll start by sharing my current status on each. I shared a little in the first post, but here are the details:
1. Get back on my schedule of healthy habits. Recently, my meals and workout schedules haven’t felt very regular or in sync. I want to get back to some sort of rhythm and consistency in my schedule. Instead of feeling well fueled and energized from what I’m eating, sometimes I feel weighted down by it.
2. Strengthen my discipline. For a while, saying “no” or pushing myself to go to the gym was so easy. I didn’t feel like I was depriving myself either. Even when I was tempted to skip a workout or eat something decadent, I immediately placed a higher value on how I would feel after making the right decision. I am so undisciplined right now that I can’t enjoy choosing the less healthy option anymore, because I allow myself to make it far too often.
3. Feel better, with fewer ups and downs in my energy levels. Sometimes I just crash, or feel sluggish, while others I am loaded with energy. Since allowing so much more junk into my diet, I sometimes get headaches and fatigued at points throughout the day or week.
4. Support growth in my fitness. I’ve actually been able to do this, even with the way I have been eating and working out. I ran a 52-minute 10k this past weekend (a PR according to Strava), and I’m doing single-leg squats, 135-pound deadlifts (4 sets of 6), and I met my pull-up goal! So how much better would I be if I focused on improving my behaviors? I think a lot.
5. Get back to the lower end of my normal weight range. I tipped the scale at 129.2 this morning, which is the higher end of my weight range.. probably from the weekend of BBQ, s’mores, ice cream, nachos, and pancakes (…so many pancakes). I’m comfortable at about 124-129 pounds, and usually fluctuate in that zone. But I’m getting awfully close to the high end. Time to pay attention again. I knew it wouldn’t last forever!