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After a hearty Christmas dinner, it’s back to thinking about health and weight.  Improve the former.  Decrease the latter.  So, it’s back on the “juice / blend” diet for a while.
I started my last diet / fast back at the end of July and went 42 days.  I was at my lifetime maximum weight of 380lbs when I started and got down to 311lbs.  I was surprised how quickly the  weight has come back.  This morning I weighed in at 360lbs.  My previous max was in running shorts, barefoot and t-shirt.  This mornings weigh-in was with jeans, running shoes and a sweatshirt.  The prior max was with me standing on the scale in a precise location so I could try to standardize my weigh-ins.  At this time of year, it is too cold to try to do the same, so I will be wearing various clothes / shoes.  This means I can’t sweat a one or two pound gain or celebrate a one or two pound loss.  After all, it could just be a change of shoes.  What I have to concentrate on is not daily weighing, but 3 and 4 day trends.
My recent readings on weight maintenance have said the body seeks to find the old weight when you come off of a diet (plus a few extra).  This is what causes the “rebound” effect almost all dieters have of regaining everything you lost plus a couple.  I have been hovering around the 350lbs level for about four weeks now.  My goal is to start working back down to that level (with a 7 day juice fast) and then see how it goes from there.  That’s the same plan I had for my last fast (keep a short term goal clearly in sight) and it worked pretty well.  Anytime I do anything to try to change my body, (sleep, diet or exercise) I try to make sure I’m “listening” to my body.  Hopefully, by starting the diet at 30lbs lighter (actually 20lbs as of this morning), I have re-set my body weight at or near the 350lbs level, so when I come off I’ll only rebound to somewhere near there minus a few.
So: exercise more regularly at the gym, fast for a kick-start, eat healthier choices when I come off the fast.  It remains true that it is practically impossible to lose weight from just exercise.  Eating poorly (calorie dense) will always more than counter any benefit from exercise.  To lose weight, I have to eat better, sleep more regularly (and longer – minimum of 7hrs), and exercise.  So, here I go again…  Wish me luck!
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The start of Juice Fast II…  Day 1.
Morning weight:  319lbs.
I am now down “54/61”.  As in, 54lbs down from my fasting start weight: 373lbs, and 61lbs down from my highest weight ever (two days before I started Juice Fast I): 380lbs.  Today’s weight is a 4lbs increase from yesterday’s 315lbs.  My prediction after my “cheat” yesterday (gain 3lbs) was almost correct.
Today would have been the end of day 42 (6 weeks!) of my juice fast except for my cheat yesterday afternoon / evening.  When I got up, I decided to try to make it a hiccup and just start over.  The immediate goal remains the same:  day by day veggie juice fast with the current short term goal of 310lbs and a medium term goal of 299lbs.  At the moment, the plan is to stop the juice fast at 310lbs and diet to (and beyond) 299lbs.  The real goal remains to change my relationship with food and to get healthier by both a better diet (eating plan – NOT continuous dieting) and to vary my activities to be more active.   To modify the old weight loss axiom:  I need to “eat better and move more“.  If there is a silver lining to this “hiccup” it is there is no more need to count each day from the middle of the day.  I started “today” when I woke up.
I know a man called Michael Finnigan,
He grew whiskers on his chin-igan.
He shaved them off but they grew back in again.
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again.
So Day 1…  I begin again.  Day by day and / or 9lbs to go…
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