My goal: to lose 8lbs in 6 days!
Method: Juice fasting/low-calorie diet + exercise
My goal for this diet is to get down to my â€˜normalâ€™ 130lbs by March 9th, which gives me only 6 days! But I think it can be done â€“ I have routinely lost 5-7lbs in 4-5 days in the past, and I know I can do it again (although itâ€™s been quite awhile since Iâ€™ve done this!). Juice and smoothie fasting offers guaranteed weight loss, but as I havenâ€™t done a juice fast for some time now, I am not relishing it (a bit apprehensive), so Iâ€™m going to allow myself to eat some food as well, to curb any hunger pangs as needed and to sustain my energy so I can continue to work and exercise all week without getting run down and sick. (plus, I find that I can lose more weight anyways when I take in more calories than just a juice fast, but with significant exercise each day) I was just sick recently from overworking myself and donâ€™t want to go there again!
Since my summer vacation last year, where I overly indulged in rich, delicious and abundant food for two hedonist weeks, and thus gained about 8lbs, I havenâ€™t really gone back down to what I consider to be my normal weight: 130lbs. Normally I allow myself to waver in between 130 and 135lbs (what I call my â€œsafeâ€ zone), and as soon as I hit 135, I start to diet to ensure that I donâ€™t surpass my safe zone. However, since last summer, I havenâ€™t cared too much about this, so Iâ€™ve been finding myself hovering in the 135-137 area for most of the time, and thus (unofficially) allowing my new â€œmaximum weightâ€ to be 137. But, as of this week, I gained 4lbs to reach a very undesirable 138lbs, and I think I let myself gain that weight since I was planning to go on this fast as of today (March 3), so I was allowing myself to indulge in food more than I normally would, knowing that I would be deprived pretty soon. Wasnâ€™t expecting to reach 138, however, so now I have an extra pound to go on top of what I was expecting to be at the start of this 6 day crash diet.
My goal for March 9th lies in the specific intention of wanting to feel comfortable in a dress that I plan to wear for a special event that night. The last (and only) time that I wore this dress, I was 129lbs, and it was actually loose on me. When I tried it on a few weeks ago, at 135lbs, it was a bit tight on me, so I chose 130 as a nice round number to reach that I know will, for sure, allow me to wear the dress and feel (and hopefully look) good in it. Plus, this is just the motivation I need to get back down to my â€œnormalâ€ 130 â€“ at least for now.
So, here we go….
Day 1: Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Starting weight: 138.6lbs
I started this day in the evening, after sleeping during the day after working a graveyard shift. Last night at work, I was planning to go for my usual 4am run, but this did NOT materialize at all, as I hit the wall of major sleep deprivation soon after I started my shift. My body felt completely dead, and I just gave into it and allowed myself to skip my workout (which I virtually never do!). But I did this with the compromise that I would go to my gym when I woke up in the evening to get my work out in then, and I did do that.
On an empty stomach, soon after getting up, I went to the gym and did the Adaptive Motion Trainer (a wonderful machine that burns significant calories even when youâ€™re tired) for 57 minutes and expended 506 calories. Then, because I had a bit more time, I did 3 sets of 12 of the Standing Calf Raise machine. I hadnâ€™t been to my gym for a really long time (as Iâ€™ve been consistently working out mostly at my workplaces instead lately), so it was good to get some calf raises done â€“ one of my favourite weight machines there! Then I went home and did my upper body weight lifting routine for shoulders with my dumbbells, while I watched tv for a half hour.
Wasnâ€™t feeling hungry at all during this time, but right before I left for work at midnight, I made a green smoothie to take to work with me, consisting of: a banana, 6 strawberries, a lot of kale and spinach, wheatgrass, protein powder, stevia, and water. This is a 322 calorie smoothie, but as of 6am, Iâ€™ve only consumed about half of it. It seems that when I woke up this evening, my brain had already shifted to â€œfastâ€ mode, which has effectively turned off my stomach from wanting food. (I love it when that happens!) This is typically what happens when I do a fast: invoking â€œmind over matterâ€, my brain tells my body not to want food, and so I donâ€™t want food (and donâ€™t miss it).
I did my usual 4am workout at work. No treadmill at this workplace, unfortunately (running is my preferred exercise), so I do the elliptical trainer there, which doesnâ€™t expend as many calories as Iâ€™m used to, but itâ€™s still an okay workout. I did 61 minutes at 423 calories, and barely broke a sweat! Oh well.
But because I usually do want food (when Iâ€™m not fasting, 99% of the time), I am never looking forward to spending a significant period of time without eating! Food is so good. I love making it, eating it, sharing it, reading about it and planning what Iâ€™m going to be making next. When I fast, though, another added benefit is that it saves me a lot of time and money. Barely any time needed to prepare my daily sustenance, and hardly any money spent for the weekâ€™s groceries. Plus, you know that you wonâ€™t be eating out, so money (and time) is saved there as well.
Todayâ€™s calorie intake: Smoothie (241) + Vega Pre-Workout Energizer drink (53) = 294 calories + B12 vitamin
Todayâ€™s calorie expenditure via exercise: 927+* calories
(*the â€˜+â€™ accounts for the calories burnt via weightlifting, which I do not know)