Thursday, October 4, 2012

Reboot Days #8, 9 & 10

Well, I did it. I tried doing a juice fast (in addition to fresh fruits and veggies), and I didn't die. I survived 10 days without chocolate, cookies, and candy. While I gave in a little here and there, I stuck to the modified juice diet about 90%.

I lost almost 6 pounds in 10 days on the juice fast. Even more than that, I gained a sense of how much better my life can be by sticking to a healthier diet. I probably would've lost more weight had I stuck to just juice, but I simply couldn't commit to that, and I didn't want to set myself up for failure. So I stuck to juice, fresh fruits and veggies.

It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself in only 10 days. Here are some key insights I realized:
  •  You have no idea how much you're tempted on a daily basis until you cut processed food out of your diet completely.
  • I have a new found respect for those who refrain from eating certain things e.g. vegetarians, vegans, etc. It's very hard to do, and I will never judge again.
  • You quickly find out what your weaknesses are.
  • You also quickly find out what aspects of your life have the worst impact on your diet (if I'm being honest - for me, it was the workplace)
  • You realize how strong you are - believe me when I say that I did NOT think I would even last a day. Tom had a lot more confidence/belief in me than I had in myself, which brings me to my last point:
  • It's much much easier to do a diet/fast as a team. Since Tom and I did this together, it made it easier for me to refrain from indulging (for the most part). Having someone to cheer you on (and you helping cheer someone else on) holds you more accountable, and you really stop to ask yourself "Do I really NEED that cookie? Tom would be so disappointed..." Working as a team definitely helps.
I hope I've inspired you the past 10 days. It was by no means easy, but I'm excited to use this experience as a jumping-off point into healthier eating and an overall healthier lifestyle. I hope this was somewhat insightful, and that you gained something by reading it. Thanks to all of you who supported me through this - it really meant a lot :) And so, I leave this fasting experience with a someecard that I find hilarious: