Tomorrow is 7 weeks on mainly 811! We’ve been doing ok this last week only having a couple of cooked dinners. I always feel like I need a little extra something around 5pm and want some brown rice to go with salad but lately even something as simple as rice has made me feel a bit nauseous. Cravings for other cooked food have mainly gone and I think a few more weeks and the occasional feeling of needing some denser carbs at night will go away also. Mostly drinking green smoothies, juice and mangoes these days… I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of eating mangoes
Other little changes are I’ve lost a bit more weight. I’ve just started the weight training component of P90X2 so I’m hoping with the reintroduction of more weight bearing exercise I will gain some muscle. I feel like all those weeks of balance and core were good but that combined with extra cardio just makes skinny and no shape. I do have a little bit of fear of becoming too thin on 811 but I guess if it’s calories in-out you just need to eat more to keep the weight on. It does say in the book that you will look quite thin comparable to societies standards and his recommendation for body fat percentage is under weight on most conventional charts…I think he put women at a min of 13%. So I feel I’m at a decent weight range still and with some extra weight lifting hopefully build some lbs back.
Another odd thing I’ve found since starting 811 is my eye lashes and eye brows are growing like crazy! I’ve never had really fast growing brows and only need to maintain them every so often but lately they are needing tidying every other week. Eye lashes too are longer and thicker but I won’t complain about that one. Jon also noticed the same thing with his facial hair…he is like growing a beard every few days! lol Our 4yo is especially displeased and says “go shave buddy!”.
I’ve committed to running barefoot every second day even if it’s only a few miles. I just can’t help but over do it with either speed or distance. I should only be running around 15-20mins and slowly but as soon as I get out there I want to run for an hour and go faster and faster. I think I hurt a tendon a little bit a couple of weeks ago which seems to be ok now. I went for a run today on the trails in gorgeous high 70 temps, only 3 miles but the last mile home on the streets I was just flying along…got the whole mile under 9:00 pace and as fast as 8:40! such an awesome feeling but now I think I have a little blood blister under my big toe lol
Lately my days have been so jammed packed I often wake up and for a moment feel slightly overwhelmed of all the things I want to achieve in the day. I started listening to some Tony Robbins again and set up a morning ritual to help me mentally prepare for the day ahead. I asked myself a list of 5 questions as soon as I wake up and it has really helped me feel motivated to do my best…
1. What am I grateful for today?
2. What am I excited about today?
3. What are some things I can do to improve myself today?
4. What am I committed to in my life at the moment?
5. Visualise the kind of person I want to be.
In the past I’ve often made a big list of things I need to get done in the day but if you just write a list and forget why you are doing them it doesn’t feel very inspiring, it just feels like a whole lot of jobs! By taking the time to consider why you want to do something, the final outcome and feeling excited and grateful about everything you have, it really does set you up to enjoy the process.
And now I even managed to write a blog post! I can check that off my list <3