I have been living off junk food for a week. Since my last clean sprint was more like a slush (a term developers use when you should have a software “freeze” meaning you are locked in for a set period of time, but you kind of do whatever, turning your freeze into a slush) I was never truly on or truly off the bandwagon. Since this next sprint is coming up in conjunction with a competition at my gym I decided to go all in and get every single junky meal out of the way this week so that I’m good and ready.
I’ve eaten about 70% of my meals out. I’ve subsided on only oreos and hot dogs and diet coke. I’ve ordered fries with that. And I’ve put on 5 pounds.
The weight is it’s own indicator—although the 5 pounds don’t worry me one bit, they will drop right off. They are made of some fat, some water retention (from all the extra sodium) and probably some processed foods that my body hasn’t quit processed yet. However, the real eye opener about what it means to live off junk food (aka a Typical American Diet) is everything else.
Besides the 5 pounds: I’m irritable, I have some heightened anxiety, I don’t sleep well, I feel bloated all the time, my clothes fit more snugly, all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch TV, my stomach always kind of feels icky, my bathroom routine is totally messed up, my athletic performance is a joke, I can’t seem to focus and get anything done and overall I’m far less happy and I kind of hate everyone and everything.
Here’s the thing though — I used to always eat like this and without understanding it I used to always feel like this. Guys! This isn’t normal! This is the processed food talking! We don’t have to feel this way!
I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things tomorrow (you know, after one last Chipotle and I polish off the last Oreos). And so, we go onward. This is what’s next:
- Get all my baseline measurements recorded. (Measurement list ›)
- Plan all my meals, 3 days at a time.
- Planning means I avoid sugar, processed food, alcohol and severely limit grains/gluten, red meat and diary (you know, basically live off leans, greens, and RDLS).
- Track all my meals, using LoseIt.
- Plan one cheat meal a week.
- Weigh in twice a week.
- Go to the gym 4 times a week.
- Plan a reward for the end of the sprint—we’re taking a quick weekend vacation.
Want to join me and make your own goals?
My plan is my own and I’ll share updates and support along the way, but what you choose to do for the next six weeks is totally up to you. Remember that the next 6 weeks will pass no matter if you make a change or not—you have the opportunity to make a change that will leave you lighter, healthier and happier.
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