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As the title indicates, I am on day 23. As most others in this forum I got the bug from watching the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead documentary. A sixty day challenge sounded great while watching the program but has been an entirely different thing to actually perform. I chose to set no goal but take it day by day which was an enormous challenge by itself.
These forums have seldom been helpful, but occasionally I read something from someone that encourages me and I push through one more day. There are so MANY "Join Me For 60 Days" threads chock full of individuals who enthusiastically sign up, myself included. Then I don't hear from those folks again. I want to post at least once something that might help someone else out.
I was not am am not doing this for weight loss. I desperately need it, but I am Fat, Sick, and Completely Exhausted with another New Year's diet resolution that always fails eventually. This isn't a diet, it is a Reboot. I have to change WHAT I eat and increase my health. Over the last few years I have suffered from anxiety and depression which I controlled with medication while it worked. I have been drug free for over a year and sinking steadily back into the muck.
I was about to go to the Doc and get back on the meds in December. I have a great job, great wife, great kids, parents still alive, etc but found no satisfaction in any of those blessings. I have long read that diet and exercise could change all of that, but how do you make that kind of a shift? I did not want to move, much less exercise and who am I kidding about "eating healthy" overnight? The Reboot seemed like a good solution to help me turn that corner.
Long story short, after one week of misery followed by a second week of lethargy, I am now feeling better than I can ever remember. That is not even slightly an exaggeration. January is Hell month for me and my brutal Mountain Cedar allergies. When I started this program I was already full of mucus with the worst yet to come. This year is one of the worst on record with my coworkers dropping like flies. Wait for it.... I am crystal clear! I avoid ever being outdoors in January which is a bummer because that is the time to rake up those leaves in Texas. I am outside everyday over the last week, because I am walking constantly. I have energy out the proverbial wazoo. I have never ever ever slept as well as I do now. Insomnia is gone and I am having to guess that maybe my sleep apnea is not an issue since I am waking up feeling incredibly rested.
There are other benefits but those are the biggies. And yes I am down 28lbs, but I won't allow myself to get caught up in that. I already have my meal plan drawn out for the for two weeks when I come off of this, but now I am now fantasizing about when I get to eat anymore. I am afraid that this might end when I start eating again and I want to dwell in the state I am in forever. Don't think I'm not missing the food, but the peace and contentment outweigh it now. Everyone around me has commented on how easy going I am now, which is an enormous change from the high strung guy they knew. I just don't get angry about anything anymore, even in traffic.
I hope that lengthy blather helps someone out there. Especially those of you who feel alone in this. Each day gets brighter.