I made it through another fast. It’s hard for me to contemplate the fact that out of the last 10 days, 3 of them have been without any food. That’s a completely new experience for me. And to be honest, it kind of puts into a super-small perspective what people going without food is like. It’s exhausting and depressing. There’s a huge difference, however, in knowing that I’ll be able to eat the next day vice a homeless person who may have no idea when (or if) their next meal is coming. That’s a sad thought.
I got to thinking, after talking to a friend today, about Isagenix. Yes, it’s lowering my sugar, and yes it seems to be doing well, thus far, but I wonder if I could achieve the same kind of results with a whey protein shake, or another less costly option. At around $350–at the discounted rate–on a 30 day diet, we’re talking a total spent of near $11.67 per day. If you figure that accounts for two meals a day, that’s about $5.83 per meal. After (just now) doing some research, Isagenix is regarded as good, but not great. It’s got 11 grams of sugar per serving, which I thought was high, and reviews say that’s a bit much. It’s also one of the more expensive options. I will likely look elsewhere once my 30 days is over, should I continue on shakes-for-meal replacements, but will absolutely leave the door open to come back. There are just a ton of options out there for far less money and less sugar–my biggest concern.
Speaking of sugar, I’ve done fairly well today. Given that it was a fasting day, I guess I can’t be *too* stoked, but I was at 162 this morning and 140 about 20 minutes ago when I tested myself. I’ll note that I had to take a two-hour power nap when I got home because I was completely wiped, but I feel pretty good. Oh, another thing…and this is probably bad; I only had maybe 40 oz of water today, on top of the 16 oz of the cleanse drink. I just wasn’t thirsty. I’m not even super hungry right now, though if you threw 10 soft tacos my way from Taco Bell, I’d have a tough time turning them down–but I would. I made the commitment for the 30 days and I’m going to honor that. It may be a little difficult next Saturday as we celebrate my daughter’s second birthday. It’ll be at a Chuck E Cheese (obviously). I’m not a big fan of their pizza, as I find it way too buttery, but I’ll be hard-pressed to get a shake in there while everyone’s eating. And that stuff does NOT mix well by hand. That night, I’ll be at a friend’s house playing D&D, as well. That sounds like it’s gonna be a Chipotle or something else night.
Well, I’m a third of the way done with this thing (Isagenix, not the weight loss), and I’m satisfied with the results–I think they’re fine–but the whole sugar content thing is weighing on my mind. I’ll have to do some comparisons to other shakes to prep myself for February and see if it’s worth continuing a meal replacement diet or if I should instead just go with low calorie options. Maybe if I limit myself to 250 calories per meal (the shakes are 240), I could enjoy some scrambled eggs again, or a salad. Decisions…