Day 3: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Weight: 133.8lbs â€“ loss of 1.8lbs!
Wow, I feel noticeably weaker today. I actually got a half-decent sleep today (more than my usual 4 hours), although I think I was awake for most of the afternoon in bed, while I was trying to sleep. I was in bed for less than 7 hours, so not totally ideal, and I didnâ€™t lose the 2lbs that I had predicted, but 1.8 is close enough! If I continue at this rate, I will reach my goal before Saturdayâ€™s deadline. (but I imagine I wonâ€™t be able to keep this up)
I had to get up earlier than originally planned as I made a (very quick) appointment with a massage therapist to work on my pulled shoulder muscle. He said it was strained and that I should refrain from the weight lifting for at least 2 days. Good idea, since it was really hurting yesterday, and I canâ€™t imagine doing the same weight lifting routine today, as I normally would. Iâ€™m lacking in energy anyways, from the juice fasting, so I should probably lay off the weight lifting until after this weekend.
After the appointment, I had a meeting, and during that meeting, I started to get a headache â€“ the typical â€œjuice fast headacheâ€ that comes near the beginning of your fast, which is a sign of your body detoxing, so itâ€™s to be expected. Of course, I should have expected this, but I wasnâ€™t really thinking about it â€“ or the fact that I would probably be really weak this week while only consuming liquids. In fact, I wasnâ€™t really planning to go full on juice (smoothie) fast, but that is pretty much what it has turned out to be, just by default of the fact that I havenâ€™t really been hungry!
I can feel that my stomach is very empty, physically, but I donâ€™t feel that I need food, so keeping to the liquids has been fine. I made my green smoothie before the meeting (same concoction as yesterday) and took it with me. As of 7am, I still have a little bit left, and that is virtually all Iâ€™ve consumed today (plus a lot of water, as usual).
Anyways, around 8pm, at my meeting, I was really suffering from the headache, and thus not looking forward to having to go to work at midnight with such pain in my head, so I tried to call in sick, and get my shift covered for tonight. Because it was so late by the time I did this (8:24pm), I told my co-worker that if no one accepted the shift, that I would still go into work. As soon as I got home, around 9:30pm, she called me to let me know that she couldnâ€™t get the shift filled, so I went to bed then to rest my head, and took a Tylenol, hoping it would go away. (and it did!) Iâ€™ve also taken 2 echinacea tablets today, as I can sense the very beginning subtle signs of my body wanting to get sick.
I had neglected to regard the advice of my juice fasting book (Steve Meyerowitzâ€™s â€œJuice Fasting and Detoxification: Use the Healing Power of Fresh Juice to Feel Young and Look Greatâ€), which instructs that one should really take it easy when embarking upon a fast â€“ that is, he advises that you rest a lot, maybe go for a walk as daily exercise, and just not put much strain on the body in general. And here I am, working graveyards, and doing my daily cardio â€“ not really conducive to maintaining a calorie-deprived body, but Iâ€™m okay with it so far.
As for the cardio, I did the elliptical for 60 minutes again tonight, and yes, did find my body to be working harder than even the previous night, even though I was doing the same low impact work out. Iâ€™m not sure how my work out is going to pan out for tomorrow, especially as I am working in the daytime tomorrow with an early day and actually â€œdoing stuffâ€, so I imagine Iâ€™ll be winded by the time I have a chance to exercise, in the late afternoon.
For todayâ€™s weight loss, Iâ€™ll be happy with another 1.8lbs, though wouldnâ€™t be surprised if itâ€™s in the 2lb range, since I consumed less calories today than yesterday (no need for apple rings today! Although I did eat 1 cucumber slice, but I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s even worth counting)
Todayâ€™s calorie intake:Â Smoothie (301) + 1 cucumber slice (2) + Vega Pre-Workout Energizer drink (35) = 338 calories + 2 Echinacea tablets + B12 vitamin
Todayâ€™s calorie expenditure via exercise: 403 calories