No way. No how.
I wasn't going to share this portion of my journey. I mean, who in their RIGHT mind actually posts crappy pictures of themselves on-line? Right?! Except I was curious.
I'll get to that in a minute...
I swung by for a visit with my 96 year-old grandpa the other day. I was curious. I mean, 96 is up there, you know? Now, think about it. My gramps was born in 1917. He isn't the face of youth, currently, but he's likely older than you. I asked him what he ate as a kid, growing up...how often his mom made baked goods. This was his answer:
"I ate a lot of vegetables and fruit. We ate potatoes, too. We had meat a few times a week, not at every meal. We ate a lot of fish and chicken, mostly. Eggs. We had cake or cookies maybe once a month or maybe twice...for a birthday or something. We ate fruit for dessert. You know what the problem is with everyone today? They're eating too many damned processed foods, it's making everyone sick and obese. No one needs to eat as much food as we seem to think we need in America."
I didn't even ask my grandpa "What the problem was..." I just was curious what it was that he ate as a kid. My grandpa doesn't even know what the Internet is. He has a cell phone he rarely uses and watches a TV at his retirement home in between naps, but it's not like he's done 10-15 years of research like I've done, either in books or on-line, to know we've both come to the same conclusion...
...so, yes, that means I could have just asked my grandpa this forever ago and saved myself a lot of work. But, I'm grateful to do the research and also to have it confirmed through wisdom which comes from history and time.
So, as I said, I was curious. With the holidays I ate my fair share of treats, albeit gluten free and mostly egg free, but I ate bites here and there of my major food allergens, along with a little wine over the season which I had been off of for 3 months.
And I was feeling more and more crummy. In the mornings I felt as if I'd been hit by a truck. My knuckles were getting stuck in an arthritic position upon wakening. My sleep sucked. My joints were achy. My eyes were puffy and my skin saggy and grayish. I had major sinus drainage, gas, bloating, and had gained, easily, 10 lbs, which I could tell by only being able to wear one pair of jeans by the end of break...the not-so-skinny jeans.
Knowing me, I had to do something radical. So, last Wednesday after conscious indulgence of chocolate and wine and even a regular gluten-y, egg, and buttery cookie, I declared to myself I was going to start a fast Thursday morning...and I wanted to take a picture of myself each morning specifically to see if my face would brighten just from eating healthier food.
My protocol is a combo of things I've done over the years and read here and there, but the premise was to start out on water and cran-water with arabinogalactan from Biosanes while taking my supplements (fish oil, pro-biotics, women's multi) for the first 6 days (I set that because from last Thursday to tomorrow, my birthday, is 6 days) and then I'd add vegetables for a time.
Well, how it's gone so far is day 1 was all liquids, day 2 I had a lettuce salad with roasted veggies at dinner (Jason's belated work Christmas party). Day 3 I had liquids, including a "Virgin Mary" consisting of V8 and Garden of Life Greens with a shot of Tabasco. Day 4, a lettuce salad with roasted veggies and salsa for lunch and kale and broccoli for dinner. Day 5 (today), clear liquids. Tomorrow will be day 6 and I'll have a meal with my family of lettuce and more roasted veggies at dinner, but I'll document that when it happens.
Then, for the rest of January I am going to eat veggies, one piece of fruit a day, and will eventually add in fish one week, chicken the next, and beef/bison/buffalo the final week. Maybe. I might just stick with veggies all month. Because I feel so clean already.
My doctor is on board with all of this (saw him today) and recommended a non-genetically modified soy protein if I am not going to eat meat the rest of the month, ONLY because I am also currently on week 4 of a 15-week lifting program called, "Lift Like a Girl." I've got some pipes. Don't mess ;)
So, starting tomorrow, I'll get you up to date, but, oh my gosh, let's just say, who the hell needs a picture of some other girls ripped abs or tight thighs to motivate when all I had to do was scare the hell out of myself by taking a first-thing-in-the-morning self-portrait?! Actually, that was the cherry on top...the way I was FEELING was more of my motivation! I took the pictures to see if how I felt matched how I actually looked in the mirror.
Yep. It did.
But, seriously! I'm not interested in looking at a picture of some other girl's great arms as inspiration...I'm more interested in taking charge of my own health, being a good steward of this temple God has called "me", and seeing my own healthy arms in the mirror one day. Looking at a magazine with retouched pictures of women with rad bodies doesn't inspire me, instead it makes me want to eat more chocolate.
Looking at myself in these pictures has had the OPPOSITE effect!
So, without further ado, holy crap, holy crap, holy crap...*the following are untouched first-thing-in-the-morning pictures. Brace your friggin' self!
|Day 1- holy shit...Thursday, 1/3, Happy Friggin' New Year, Adrienne! Point taken.|
|After one day of liquids and one seriously tough mother Zumba workout with the Amazing Ashleigh at HotFitness in Castle Rock, CO|
|Day 2 - okay...so I don't look like I was hit by a truck, right?! Well, maybe a small one. One day. ONE, people.|
|Day 3 - feeling good, less sinus drainage, but joints still stuck in morning, and yes, I wore the same pajama shirt...|
|Day 4 - Em in background with her new short haircut, looking a little puffy, likely from salt in salsa and roasted veggies, but feeling good, minus achy muscles from lifting like a girl. Okay, yeah, I need to throw that shirt in the wash...|
If ANYONE is interested in doing a Daniel Fast (which, by the way, ROCKS, when doing along with reading and studying the actual book of Daniel!!!) or just cleaning up and breaking free from food addiction (*reading THIS right now...) and want to join me here or share your experience, let me know :) I always like team sports!
I don't know how to add a "Linky" but maybe someone who does could tell me...???
See you tomorrow, bright and early! Ugh.