It's nearing the end of my Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse. It's been quite a trip. I caved and had a small cup of black coffee. My head was pounding and even with the 800 mg of Ibuprofen I've been taking, it wasn't going away. Once the coffee was in my system the headache went away along with my crankiness. The good news is that this has proven that weening off the Joe won't be too difficult. My enjoyment of that hot beverage each morning is something to be missed. Therefore, decaf will be purchased for future consumption.
As of the start of day three, I had lost FIVE pounds. Drinking water has replaced the Diet Cokes. Bloating is reduced, as well. While this might fall under the TMI category, I'm going to tell you anyway. It's PMS time and where I'd normally feel aggravated and ill tempered, I'm feeling more controlled and happy. My stress level is way down on the chart. So, I got that goin' for me -- which is nice.
I'll tell you something that's truly important about this endeavor and it's not the weight loss. It's the fact that I know I can manage without filling my gullet until I'm about to burst. By the same token, food is something to be enjoyed, no doubt, but its primary function is to help the body function. This isn't ground breaking news. That same sentiment has been expressed throughout the centuries. Jack Lalane said it to my mother's generation and yet we are still an obese population. Food is still something I enjoy and making it delicious doesn't have to be fat and calorie filled. It's amazing how creatively one can utilize veggies in cooking. DUH! Yeah, go on and thump me on the forehead.
I'd be a big FAT liar to say I'll never eat fried chicken, enchiladas or BBQ pork sandwiches again. But due to the minimalist eating I've done these last few days, I know that moderation is possible. Gone are the concerns I'll keel over from starvation, migraines or any of the other symptoms I thought would render me useless if I didn't get plenty of food and FAST!
I love this Shakeology meal replacement. Today at lunch I sat down with my green berry drink, a bottled water and apple slices (it was too busy for me to have the apple as a snack mid-morning.). Even with the aroma of french fries and whatever else someone had for lunch before I went in the break room, I didn't feel deprived. Those things are what got me in this fat-ass state of body.
So, there it is. Tomorrow I'll step up on the scale and will report to you the final tally on weight loss in the three days. Here's to a healthier attitude towards food and myself.