Monday, January 28, 2013

Light

I had some fun in November trying to write dark, forbidding posts.  Those posts were certainly my thoughts but not really real.  It is weird when you post a message that might sound like you need help and yet no one every hears it.  So many people cry out for help but their voice are never heard. 


Last week I tried something new.  For 5 days I did not eat any solid food.  It was kind of a reboot of my system.   My wife selflessly bought,washed and juiced pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits to make nutrition rich juice drinks for us.   Boy did these look pretty much like sewage but remarkably they were easily drinkable.   Each drink contained between 250 and 300 calories.  They contained some mix of many ingredients like spinach, kale, carrots, celery, ginger, apples, oranges, avocado, swiss chard, grapes, sweet potato, blackberries, blueberries, red and green bellpepper and more I can't remember. 

Normally I think I have about 2500 calories.  I probably have a couple hundred too many every day.  Last week my calories were drastically reduced.  these are slightly inflated numbers based on the ingredients used for the juice.  I did not deduct calories for the fiber that was not in the juice.

Day 1 - 680 calories
Day 2 - 870 calories
Day 3 - 825 calories
Day 4 - 1800 calories (extra juice and a beer)
Day 5 - 1330 calories (sipped a shot of tequila)

On day 6 I had a bagle with an egg, slice of cheese and hash browns for 960 calories.  then I went on a 12 mile hike!

Time : 5:48:17
Distance : 12.6 miles
Elevation gain: 3440 feet
Starting Elevation: 650 feet
Peak Elevation: 2999 feet
Average Speed 2.2 MPH

Not only did I survive (the the chagrin of my hiking friends), I didn't feel particularly tired or feeling the calorie deficit.

Over the 5 days, I lost 9.5 lbs.   Over the next 3 days, I gained three. 

Why did I do it? Just because.  why not.  can't hurt.  
What did I learn? I can not be hungry for 5 days drinking juice.  I should not be hungry eating normally.  I can eat less and should eat less.  I sure do like me a bacon cheese burger.  I will skip the salty fries though.




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