the intention behind this phase 2 challenge of ours
this is Day 4 of the 2nd part of our green juice fast. We decided to continue to eat simply for 11 more days because that would make a 21 day challenge altogether. It’s said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I’m wanting to write out the intention so I can read it if I need to. Yesterday was a difficult day for me but in a very different way than the green juice fast was.
What was difficult? Well for starters, it was the first day of my monthly cycle and I was craving chocolate and fat - anything fat. I had a small piece of the lemon blondies I wrote about the other day. I found that I had a big desire just to eat and eat and eat. I had to finally go upstairs at 10:30 just to avoid being near the kitchen. I haven’t felt such a strong desire to do that. Even on the green juice fast, I was hungry but there wasn’t this strong pull to get up and start stuffing my face like there was last night. Hey, maybe the full moon was turning me into a wolf in the kitchen! *arrrr-oooooooooo*
The other thing that was difficult was that my challenge partner left. Matt and Sam went on a father/son weekend and maybe my demons came out stronger because I felt like I could cheat and no one would know it or something. I know that he’s not able to do this challenge because he doesn’t have easy access to juice/smoothie/raw food but maybe he too wanted to have a break. He had grilled veggies and fries last night. They called to check in and went on a walk to walk off their dinners. Anyway, it helps me to have these kinds of challenges forefront in my mind and with my challenge partners around for support AND to keep me accountable. I’ll be honest, my craving-munchies-demons came out strong after I heard what he ate for dinner.
When I went upstairs to avoid the kitchen, I thought it would be good to write out the intention for this part of the challenge so that I can hold that steady. It worked so well with the juice fast part. So here we go:
- I’m doing this to create a habit of eating WAY less sweets and less fats. To eat more simply and to eat less.
- I’m doing this to continue on with the ease of inflammation that burdens a lot of my body.
- I’m doing this to get down to a healthy weight - it is very tiring to always be in the overweight category. I’d like to get to and maintain a healthy weight for my height and bone structure.
- I’m doing this to get my boat pointed in the direction of being more athletic. Phase 3 is going to incorporate a more structured exercise program. Eating will probably change again but I want good habits and awareness here so I can move onward and upward.
OK, that feels good and centering. I’m glad I did that.
Here’s the juices/smoothies that I had yesterday:
morning juice was interesting but tasty (this was the “I’m running out of everything so I’m just using what I have juice”): 4-5 leaves of kale, 1/2 lb local mesclun mix, 1 red bell pepper, 1 carrot, a little bit of fennel, 5 small apples from the tree.
my dinner was a big bed of red leaf lettuce and some kelp noodle heaven on top. (I kept the carrots and cabbage off but instead had a boat load of red onion slices on it and that was amazingly delicious!) Later on I had a piece of the lemon blondies as I wrote above. I drank some water and then went to bed early.