Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fruit Flush Day 1

After stepping on the scale this past weekend and seeing that despite really good eating and calorie counting, I have lost no weight, I decided to try Jay Robb’s Fruit Flush. A friend of mine bought me the book last year and I didn’t take it very seriously. In fact, I sold it on Amazon. But I’ve decided I need a jump start. Although I am measuring out and moderating carbs a la Schwarzbein and counting calories, there is still no movement on the scale. I promised myself in April that I would be back in the 130s or pretty dang close to it by my birthday, which is 3 weeks away. I’ve got to do something to get this going so with the help of some of my Low Carb Friends and these very helpful links from WBAL in Maryland, I started the Fruit Flush.

Day 1 was frankly a nightmare. You basically drink a 6 ounce protein shake made with water at 2 hour increments starting at 8 am and ending at 4 pm. I personally cannot stand protein shakes made with water so of course I had to modify. Yes, I cheated and used half milk and half water in my shakes. If there’s one thing I learned over the years, it’s that I have to be honest with myself about what I will and will not do or I will surely fail. I knew there was no way I would make it through the day mixing my very expensive protein powder with water. Even with the milk, it was still a struggle but much more tolerable. I spent the day drinking the shakes never really feeling satisfied but I must say I never got to a point where I felt extreme hunger. I also felt quite lethargic and irritable yesterday.

The plan calls for a big salad with 6 ounces lean meat and a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice for dinner around 6 pm. I am so not a salad person but I decided that I could do it for 3 days. By lunch, I knew that I needed to get some solid food in me so I prepared a small salad with one hard boiled egg and 1 tablespoon of vinaigrette. I am not a fan of vinaigrette, but it beats olive oil so that is what I went with. The salad is technically not allowed until dinner but I did it to avoid raiding the snack machine at work. I made it through the afternoon dreaming about the beef that I would have with my salad that evening. I usually come home and laze around for a while-checking email, watching Oprah, etc…before I start to workout. Not on day 1. I came straight home and prepared dinner. I was eating dinner at 5:30 instead of 7:30 because frankly, I was hungry and needed some real food in me to fuel my workout. Jay Robb does not recommend working out while doing the Fruit Flush but I really can’t abide by that. When I don’t exercise, it nags at me and I feel like a slacker. So, Fruit Flush or not, I am going to work out.

I know that I ate more beef than he calls for but I really did not care. Solid protein has never tasted so good. I also drank about 3 cups of tea because the lack of hot food throughout the day really bothered me. I was raised on hot home cooked meals. Hot meals are comforting to me. I had one of the cups of tea last night after dinner to avoid raiding the fridge. Caffeinated beverages are not allowed and since I only drink black tea or green tea, it was all caffeinated. I absolutely don’t have a problem with drinking the tea because it’s keeping me from giving up on this altogether.

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