It is now over a month since the end of my 30 day juice fast, and I am delighted with the results. I’ve lost a further 2.6 kg (5.7 pounds), and according the BMI, my weight is now in the normal range at 24.9. Best of all, I’m continuing to enjoy high energy levels, and it has made it possible for me to take on a new commitments such as my challenge to speak fluent Thai within six months. I’m so impressed with the results of my juice fasts that I intend to do them for 2/3 days every week for the foreseeable future.
I’m feeling a little apprehensive now that I’ve reached the end of my 30 day juice fast. My weight is close to where I want it to be, and I’ve far more energy than I did last month – I feel wonderful, look better, and I’m getting more work done, but I’ve been here before. I know how easy it would be for me to undo my progress, and I’m determined to prevent this from happening this time.
I wouldn’t care so much about being overweight if it wasn’t for how much it negatively impacts my energy levels and mental focus. It means I get less done, and my motivation for work and hobbies declines significantly. I’ve been trying to gain control of my weight for the last five years, and it is beginning to remind me a little too much of my battle with alcohol addiction. I don’t have any problem losing the weight (I’m up and down between 86kg / 190 pounds and 75kg/165 pounds like a yo-yo) but it is keeping it off that is the problem.
My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to give up meat and dairy products. I’m going to try being a vegan for one year. I’ll monitor how this change in diet impacts my physical and mental health. If I still feel it is a good idea at the end of the 12-months, I’ll continue with it.
I’ve just completed 10-weeks of 5:2 intermittent fasting – this means I managed to skip food for twenty days out of the last seventy. I attempted the same challenge last year but gave up after seven weeks, so it felt important to go all the way this time.