To finish off the rest of Day 1…
I must admit, I was quite taken aback by how much I struggled to finish the first day of the GM Cleanse. Shortly after finishing my first post, I began to truly feel the physical effects (besides hunger) of only filling my belly with fruit, miracle soup, one cup of black coffee, and water.
First, it was the filling of fatigue. I had no idea one could feel so tired after only a few short hours of not maintaing their original eating habits. My usual breakfast turned from eggs and two large cups of hazelnut flavored coffee to two small oranges and one cup of plain coffee, my lunchtime turkey sandwich to cantaloupe and miracle soup (which is mostly cabbage and onions), and my dinner, some form of meat, veggie, and (delicious) carb (i.e. pasta, rice, bread) to HALF a watermelon and miracle soup. Besides never feeling full or satisfied, I had begun to feel sluggish.
My day continued to grow more stressful when my headache started…and continues too. Not long after the fatigue, my headache reared it’s ugly head and began knocking it’s away around my brain. At first, I figured the headache was a random passerby that occasionally comes for a visit, but when I noticed it wasn’t going away after a few hours, I made the correlation. Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck with this pounding since yesterday, however, I am finally beginning to feel relief. FINALLY!
Now onto Day 2…
Waking up yesterday morning was a little harder than I’m used to. The night had left me tossing and turning, despite my fatigue from the day, and my headache was letting me know it was still alive and well. Besides my mind being awake, my body still felt tired, like I was beginning to catch a cold. However, I pulled myself together and made my way to the weight scale just outside my bedroom door…I nearly feel over when the scale read 122lbs. To tell you the truth, I’m still a little shocked that I had actually shed FIVE pounds in a day. Its clear through this example, the first thing you seriously lose is water weight, otherwise, I’d be a little worried. So, with the new found information of my very evident weight loss, I had a little extra pep in my step. I figured, since I was really seeing results, the diet would be a breeze from there on out…boy, was I wrong.
On the morning of the second day, you are supposed to start your day off with one large baked potato (holy crap, it tasted like heaven) and a TABLESPOON, I repeat, TABLESPOON of butter. I never once cherished every bite of a potato in my life; it was rather mind-blowing. Since potatoes are full of starch (and my stomach had shrunken from the day before), I was able to feel “full” for the rest of my morning. It wasn’t until about 1 or 2pm that I began to feel hungry again, however, even though I was craving something sweet I was only allowed to indulge in veggies. And as spoiled as this sounds, if I’m in the mood for something sweet, and my only options are salty…its really hard for me to eat the salty option. So, I waited for as long as humanly possible before my hunger got the best of me and I gave. Lunch consisted of one large cucumber and carrot, as well as, my one cup of coffee.
Overall, I ended my day with more carrots, more miracle soup (which I am now going to start calling, slop), and asparagus. It was actually another hard day to get through, even though I saw the results of my efforts on the scale that morning. Being told what it eat isn’t as fun as I thought it would be.
Until tomorrow, when I talk (or possibly rant) about Day 3.
**Side Note: I had no idea how truly blessed I was that I’m able to pick-and-choose what I’m able to eat based on my hunger or mood. There are so many people, around the world, that eat what they have because they have only it, not because it’s what they feel like eating. I’m thankful for this experience.**