Thursday, July 14, 2011

Things I learned while earning my #7daychip

I finally hit a tipping point. My weight had increased to an unacceptable level, and I finally faced the fact that I had a problem. My eating habits had deteriorated to the point that I felt that I had no self control whatsoever. If I wanted a Slurpee, I bought a Slurpee. If I wanted candy from the gas station, I bought candy from the gas station. Fries with my meal? Sure! After all, I'm a runner, I burn calories. Why not??

After reading "The 4 hour body" I decided that I was going to stare this problem in the face, and make some serious changes. I committed myself to one week without refined sugars, processed carbs and dairy. All I was going to eat was proteins, vegetables and "slow carbs" (legumes mostly).

The first few days were MURDER. I felt like I was constantly hungry, I felt like I was constantly craving sweets, and I had no energy to speak of. My mood was pretty miserable, and I felt the impact in my workouts. I thought about giving up a number of times, and walking the aisles at the supermarket seemed pretty intolerable. One day, while paying for gas at the gas station, I walked by a rack of candy, and really contemplated throwing in the towel. I was SO HUNGRY, and wanted a fix right then and there. I didn't think I was going to make it.

But I did.

After 7 days, things started to turn around for me. The cravings subsided, I started to have more energy, and I started to come to terms with my new reality. Certain foods were just off-limits to me. I decided not to say, "I'm never having ice cream again", I preferred to say, "I'm not having ice cream TODAY" as I pass the Mr. Softee truck that was screaming my name.

I developed a taste for unsweetened coffee.

I realized that I don't need refined carbs in order to feel "satisfied".

I learned that feeling anything less than "Full" does not equal feeling "Hungry".

I have also become much more in tune with my body. I started logging my intake on dailyburn.com, and when I felt like I was DYING yesterday afternoon, and some fruit and some nuts didn't fix the problem, I realized that I was dramatically short on my protein intake for the day. I fixed that by eating an early dinner with a large helping of lean red meat, which set me right for the remainder of the day.

Yes, I'm only 9 days into this journey, with 8 lbs lost, and plenty more to go. I'm not going to evangelize to the world about the benefits of what I've done. I'm also not going to publicly proclaim that I have transformed my life, and that this is the new me. All I'm going to say is that I'm in control of what I eat TODAY. I'll worry about tomorrow another time, and the day after that even later.

3 comments:

Neil Harris said...

Sounds cool. Maybe I'll try it if WW doesn't work out (I am giving myself 12 weeks on the program). I bought a piece of fried chicken the other night but didn't eat it. I knew I was changing when I opted not to buy a Receese's at the store and grab an apple instead. Total reality check.

Brother A said...

Good luck, bro. 8 pounds in 9 days seems like a lot. I don't know very much about this diet but I hope that you manage to keep it off.

I think that the idea of coffee without sugar is a good one and in the long run can impact my health. I usually drink black coffee (turkish) with sugar, but espresso without. If I like the taste of espresso without sugar, no reason to add sugar to most of the coffee that I drink.

430orbust said...

So awesome! Definitely a role model for me as I contemplate my similar situation. Good luck sticking with it...