Once again... drum roll please... the final weigh in for week two of my purification diet shows another -7 pounds lost, for a grand total of -12 pounds in two weeks! I couldn't be more thrilled! AND I met my week 2 goal of working out 4 days this past week.
One worry I had was whether I am loosing so much weight so quickly because I am starving myself by eating just the fruit and veggies. So I tracked my calorie intake for several days on a great (free) iPhone app called MyFitnessPal. Overall, I am eating between 1200-1400 calories a day... so while I am eating low calorie, I am not eating too few calories to sustain myself.
This week, I need to think hard about how I am going to reintroduce foods once the purification is over. I do want to try to reintroduce slowly so as to not just gain back all this hard work I have put in. I also want to think about what my diet will look like overall. Do I want to follow this purification diet for 80% of the time, and then 20% of the time allow myself to eat food not allowed? Do I want to follow a "clean" diet most of the time, and then follow the purification diet for 1 week out of every month? Do I pick one "bad" day a week that I allow myself to have things like pizza and pasta?
I will have to think about it.
I do know, that I have to be careful about falling into the "all or nothing" mentality that is so familiar to me. The "Well, I already blew today so I might as well eat these cookies too". I think it is important to remember that I am human, and at times I might be somewhere and make the decision to go "off-plan" and that is ok. I just also have to remember that I do not always have to wait for tomorrow to get back on track.
I am excited to see where I will be at in another week. I can already tell that my energy level has improved and I feel much better about myself in general. The bad thing is that although this is great... I still have a lot of work, and a long way to go. But for now I will focus on the small things, and little victories along the way.
Week 3 goal: Follow plan, and work out 5 days this week. And remember... I got this!