Day 7 started with a few cold symptoms during the night. My throat felt dry, and my nose was plugged a little. I felt weak and tired, and didn’t sleep particularly well. But when I woke, it seemed to have broken. Lets hope so.
Last night, I was feeling a longing for food. I miss it a lot and look forward to eating again. The psychology of this process is strange. Thoughts of quitting reoccur. But another part of you knows you can do it, and you move on to something else to distract your mind. You use mental gymnastics to calculate how much longer you have to go, how good you feel now, and how good you will feel after the Lemonade Diet. You develop the strength to deny those cravings (a beer, some chocolate, something else) that are just means to make yourself feel better in the short term. It makes you feel powerful, yet at the same time, you may feel weak because you want to quit. It reminds me of training for hockey. All that running and lifting weights, the pain and repetition urging you to quit, yet you push through, realizing the desire has passed and you’ve settled in a groove. The feeling afterwards is exhilarating.
I am sitting here waiting for the flush to kick in while I write this. I can feel it rumbling below.
Photos – Front, Back, Side Relaxed, Side Flexed and Gut Pinch
Height in Inches
72.5 – Of course this is never going to change, but it comes into play in calculating my Body Mass Index and calculating Body Fat Index as well.
196 – Down 1.6 pounds from yesterday.
Body Fat Index
23.4 – Down from yesterday, but doesn’t explain that reading in the 17s, a few days ago.
Body Mass Index
26.2 – Only a small improvement.
6.6 – Nicely settled on the alkaline side of the Balance (Check that, It seems that 7.1 – 7.4 is a healthy state). I need to check this again after I flush and brush my teeth and tongue. The scale goes from 0 – 14, and 7 is balanced.
66 – Good resting heart rate.
Systolic Blood Pressure
123 – I was expecting higher because of my cold symptoms. This is more like it. A nice reading.
Diastolic Blood Pressure
72 – A nice improvement here too.
Average – Need a better reading. My blood pressure machine takes a simple reading.
Waist in Inches
35.4 – the same.
Belly in Inches
37 – Down a half inch. Doesn’t seem like much but you can really feel the difference.
Chest in Inches
41.7 – same.
Biceps in Inches
14.2 – Slightly lower.
Leg/Quad in Inches
23.2 – basically the same.
Gut Pinch in Inches
3.9 – Improving a litle every day.