Day 7: Feeling lighter

July 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

Height: 5’4″
Weight: 123.8 lb (started at 127.8)
Body Fat: 23% (started 23.4%)
Water: 55.5%

Week one of the Clean cleanse was a pretty good week all in all. Overall, I feel like I’m just a little lighter. I don’t know that I feel a major, drastic change at this point. I think part of it might be that I wasn’t really run down or stressed when I started. I was basically just doing some serious Summer eating and drinking. I think I’m also lucky I live in Boulder because it’s hard not to be even somewhat healthy here; you’re surrounded by healthy people. I imagine working 80 hour weeks in NYC or LA could make the cleanse a bit more difficult.

Weight loss: Overall I lost 4 lbs in a week. I’m pretty happy with that. I don’t know that I want to lose more weight at this point. The indicator I am interested in though is body fat %. I lost a little bit there as well due to how much exercise I was getting this week. I am right at 23% which falls in the fitness level. Not sure I will be making it in the athletes category, but I’ll take fitness!

Description Women Men
Essential fat 10–13% 2–5%
Athletes 14–20% 6–13%
Fitness 21–24% 14–17%
Average 25–31% 18–24%
Obese 32%+ 25%+

Exercise: Another benefit of the cleanse is that you’re not weighing your body down with digestion, so you actually feel lighter to go and get exercise. I was worried that I would be getting too hungry to exercise but after a couple of days I was really pretty full. I even stopped doing the snacks in the afternoon because I wasn’t hungry. I felt myself wanting to get out and burn off some energy instead of eating. This is a big deal for me. I rarely ever feel that way.  It is always more fun to want to do something than to feel obligated to do it. The cleanse has helped me get pretty close to my goal from a couple weeks ago of swimming a mile. I expect to hit it this week or next.

Social life: I still have the same amount of friends. No losses there. I do think the cleanse puts a damper on hanging out on the weekends, at least in the evenings. I ended up doing things during the day with people instead. It’s easy to just hit the default of going out to dinner and drinking some wine on the weekends. I think a good thing about the cleanse is it gets you to mix it up. Miniature golf & go-karts, camping, movies…there are lots of other things to do.

I do think you have to be smart about when you decide to do the cleanse. It can be hard to fit 21 consecutive days in anytime of year without missing out on some important occasion. In my case I didn’t calculate that our anniversary is falling in the 21 days. It’s 2 days before I finish. I’m going to cut the cleanse short that weekend and pick up more days the following week to compensate.

For people who really don’t like dieting because they can see their life stretch on into “can’t have this” or “can’t have that”, I think a cleanse is a really good thing. You know you only have to make it for 3 weeks. More than losing pounds or anything else, it gets you to just look at what you’re eating and why. To me, this is much more valuable than a diet. It gives you more of a choice that involves your total health rather than just trimming your waistline.

Ready for week 2…

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