My Advocare Health and Wellness Challenge – Day 2
A Day of Surprises
Day 2 is now coming to a close, and right now I feel really good. I must say that getting out of bed this morning was a bit of a chore, although I’m not sure if that was because of the cold creeping beyond my covers, or a bit of leftover laziness from two weeks off from work. Regardless, after three trips down snooze lane I finally stumbled out of my slumber into a cool glass of orange Spark.
That is a very good thing. Kind of like OJ with a kick, but without all the sugar.
Don’t get me wrong, I do miss that hot cup ‘o joe first thing out of bed, but Spark is doing well and is far better for me I’m sure. I did start the day with a mild headache. I’m going to assume it was due to giving sugar the boot, but to my surprise it didn’t last till lunch, for which I was thankful. Two other things surprised me a bit today:
- I wasn’t hungry today. Not at all. I figured after a day of this my body would really begin to fight back with hunger pains. Not so. And what I like about this program is, if I do get hungry, I am encouraged to eat. Its what I eat when I’m hungry that is important.
- I didn’t experience any ‘jittery’ feelings. My past experience with these kinds of programs is that you often feel a bit jittery, either from the change in eating habits or some of the supplements you take to aid the cleansing process. So far no jitters. Very cool.
I did manage to take in my regular cycling class this morning.
If my legs could cry, the folks at 24 Hour Fitness would have heard them wail. Let’s just chalk that up to the two-week layoff, and hope I can get out of bed tomorrow.
Weighing In (Of a Different Sort)
I’ll end today with a couple of reflections. First of all, measures matter. This is true for all areas of life, but especially so when it comes to health and fitness. There are a lot of sayings that go along with this: “You measure what matters.” or “What gets measured gets improved.” I’m sure you could add several of your own. But after posting my starting ‘stats’ yesterday, I pulled out some measurements from the past. Before looking at the numbers, I believed that I was starting out in better shape than at prior times. Oh no, not so. No matter how I felt about what shape I was in, the numbers didn’t lie. Not even a little white lie. That reality check gave me a little extra motivation to stay on target long after the 24 days are up. If you want a realistic view of where you are and how you’re doing, take a measurement. That goes for health, work, relationships, finances, and much more. Forget how you feel, measure it. And if you want to improve, continue measuring over time.
By the way, I went to the gym a little early to try and get my body fat measured. All the trainers were booked up with their NYR clients (New Year’s Resolutions). I’ll try again tomorrow. After comparing measurements, I’m afraid at what this number might be. I’m going to guess somewhere between 24 and 28%. Ugh.
Secondly, I have been reminded of the similarities between the mind/body battle over abstaining from foods and the flesh/spirit struggles I face each day. I’ll spare you the sermon, but let me share that in the past when I’ve taken on the discipline of fasting (which hasn’t been very often), the struggle I’ve experienced in denying my belly has always had a strong correlation with the struggle of denying the desires of my fleshly nature. I experience the same sort of mind games, temptations, and justifications with each. Eating what I want and when I want it feels so natural. It seems good. Furthermore, the negative impact on my body isn’t seen right away, perhaps not for months or even years. And if I don’t take a hard look, I may not see it at all. In fact, some of the effects can only be measured by a ‘specialist’. They are internal and can’t be ‘seen’. Now consider the spiritual application of this. Not a big leap, is it? Something to think about.
One more thing I’ve found is the more disciplined I am with one, the easier it is to be disciplined with the other. So I will try and master the desires of both my belly and my flesh this year. I would encourage you to do the same.