Isagenix – Day 29

Day29

I finally ran! Today on the way home, I got a kick of energy, probably from having caffeine in the form of a bang energy drink. I bought these yesterday when I was at the Nutrition Corner. There are zero calories and it’s got creatine in it. It was a lightly carbonated black cherry vanilla drink that was super welcome after having primarily water for most all my drinks this month. I have a pina colada and something else I can’t quite remember right now. They’re kinda pricey at about $2.75 per drink (16 oz), but if all of them are that good, I’ll go for them. Those might be an every other day thing.

I had my shake for breakfast this morning. I still wasn’t super hungry this morning, though. I think I have one or two more servings of vanilla. I tend to drink or eat the stuff I don’t like first. I’m a save-the-best-for-last kind of person. Skittles, Starburst,etc., I’ll always try my best to eat the flavors I like most last. But when it comes to the strawberry Isagenix, you probably know how I feel about that by now. I gave that to my friend at work who has sole guardianship of it until gone. I have maybe 2 or 3 servings of my chocolate Isagenix at work, so I figure that’ll be enough to last me through the rest of the week, or close to it. At home, I still have a half canister. So I guess I’m not completely, officially done with it tomorrow, but it’ll be consumed in due time. I guess if I’m being honest, I haven’t followed Isagenix perfectly, but I also wasn’t hungry most of the time when I didn’t have it. Like today. I finished my vanilla shake, sipped on that energy drink, and next thing I knew, it was already 12:45. I still wasn’t all that hungry, and I had all this energy so I wanted to use it; thus I ran.

I probably should have noted that I ran about .84 miles, give or take, and I had my dog with me, who is pretty obese. You wouldn’t think so, as she’s really active, but she needs to get some cardio just as much as me. I did the first half-mile without stopping. Then I wanted to slow it down a bit, not so much for me, but for her. Last thing I’d want is for her little heart to blow out. She runs in the yard all the time, but this was different; sustained running was new to her. That’s going to be about the norm, I think, because I want to bring the dogs with me, one at a time, whenever I’m out there getting cardio. It’s good for them and they really enjoy it. Too bad the girls are too small or I’d take them with me, but if they’re holding the leash, they’re gonna be parallel with the earth the first sign of something interesting crosses the dogs’ path.

My blood sugar was 176 this morning, but I figured that was fair because of the rice. I wasn’t necessarily happy about it, but it is what it is. I took it again about 20 minutes ago and I have a new low: 104! I even had a footlong ham sub, and an additional 6″ ham sub, light mayo on one, a little honey mustard on the other, and the same veggies I typically get (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, and onions). That was about 900 calories, maybe a smidge over, but when you factor that (according to my app) I burned 190 calories on my run, my dinner was about on par with what intake I wanted. Worth it.

One more day to go. I don’t thinks will change all that drastically, because I want to finish out my shakes, but I’m not going to be so hard on myself; if I want to eat something, I will. I’ll just watch my calories and at least try to make what I eat something healthy.

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Isagenix – Day 28

Day28

I think I found the place where I’ll be looking to get my nutritional information from. GNC was closed at 10 am this morning when I had gone out to look for some meal replacement things, so I stopped by this place close to the house just to see what they had. Dude in there (Sean) was super helpful and gave me a free sample and shaker of this blueberry crumble powder stuff and it’s awesome! There’s only 2 g of sugar, which I’m happy about, and it tastes really good–sweet, even. I also got, on his recommendation, the peanut butter oatmeal cookie. If you’re interested, it’s called MRP. There are twenty servings (2 scoops each). It was $40, so the cost is insanely cheaper. It’s also really comparable to a lot of the stuff in Isagenix (better in some, less in others). I don’t know about the amino acids, but who knows what each one of those does, anyway? I care about this: is it cost effective, does it work as a meal replacement, and is there low sugar? Yes, to all. Anyway, we’re at 27 g protein and 245 calories. I’m gonna ride with this for February. This is a fun review, too: MassiveJoes.com.

I didn’t have a shake today. I really (*REALLY*) wanted some of the McDonald’s that I’d gone out to get for my wife and kids. A sausage and egg McGriddle sounded wonderful this morning, as did a coffee. But I’ll get to that at another time. My breakfast was that sample (was only one scoop and I drank the rest of the bottled water) and was fine. Later in the morning, I had a couple mini bagels with peanut butter, then was full until dinner. I had more brown rice and chili for dinner and now I’m way full. It was probably closer to 900 calories for dinner so I fully expect to not lose any weight for tomorrow, but by the time I ate, I was pretty damn hungry. Shakes will be in order for morning and afternoon, tomorrow.

I got into Fast & Furious 6 today. These movies are just okay to me. They’re not great. There were a couple cool scenes in the movie, but the plot and the twists could be seen a mile away. Now I can also see why Tokyo Drift is the true 7th movie, because the Han dude went to Tokyo after an event from this movie happened. Probably don’t need to censor myself here, but I’ll respect those that haven’t seen it and not spoil anything. It makes sense now, though, and I’m a little more interested in it. The stinger at the end of the movie, too, was pretty interesting, which is the main reason I’m interested now. I’ve also spoiled myself with a lot of the characters so I kinda have an idea what’s gonna happen, but I tend to do that when I can’t wait. Meh.

Two more days to go for Isagenix. I’m looking forward to the pictures because I think there’s gonna be some good results. I don’t think I’ll be sharing those, but I’ll report on what I think. I purposely haven’t looked at the before pictures yet because I wanted to wait. My biggest regret is messing my shoulder up almost halfway through and not being able to work on my chest as much as I wanted. I guess my other one would be not doing cardio like I wanted to. I’ll get to it, though. I’ve got a ton more energy, compared to 12 lbs ago, though I still do get way exhausted, but I think that’s mostly due to my sleep patterns, which are nothing short of awful. Speaking of, it’s already 10 til midnight. Gotta do my blood sugar and crash. Night!

Isagenix – Day 27

Day27

Today, my daughter went to a birthday party at Sky Zone in Manassas, VA. It’s a trampoline park (with a waiver and everything!). We were in a private section for an hour and I bought my wife and myself the hour of jumping time, too, because I’d be damned if I wasn’t going to get in on some trampoline fun. I had a blast jumping to and fro, going around chasing my daughter, bouncing with my other daughter, playing ‘popcorn’ (where one of them lies in the middle of the sectioned-off trampoline and you try to ‘pop’ them by bouncing them up. That is supremely easy to do when they weigh between 20 and 35 lbs and I’m 224. I then started to attempt back flips. I did one, landed feet first, but lost balance and went forward into the side of the arena. I tried another and had the same result. I was winded so I took a seat on the edge and my wife pointed at my pants and asked if I ripped them. I hadn’t even noticed. It was ripped from (as you can see in the picture) the left side of the zipper all the way down the inside portion of the thigh, about a foot long tear. Luckily I wasn’t wearing any fancy-lad underwear. I had to pull my shirt down as far as I could, go to the locker, grab the keys and head over to Dick’s Sporting Goods to purchase a $47 pair of shorts–because I HAD to land those flips. End result, I landed the hell out of those flips! It’s a REALLY good cardio exercise, which my friend had warned me, and I was beat. I strained something in my neck and back, too, but I’ll be alright within a couple days. I laid on my inversion table and that helped slightly.

So today was weird because my stomach hurt all day. I don’t know if it was the shake or the Isaflush pills, but something messed me up by the time I’d gotten home. It might have been the cardio, itself, as I am ALWAYS ill my first couple times back at the gym or doing anything overly strenuous. Sparing the gory details, I’m feeling better now, but for about 4 hours of the day, I wasn’t feeling so great.

I didn’t get into any TV today, which is good. I got a little nap after the trampoline place because again I wasn’t feeling great. By the time dinner came around (Longhorn; steak and chicken and broccoli and mashed potatoes and unsweet tea), I still felt bad, but was fine by the time it was all through. Went to GNC and this other nutrition place to check out meal replacement shake stuff, but they were all closed. Will look tomorrow. That’s about the gist of my day. Sugar was high this morning (178) for some reason. Tonight (2 minutes ago) it was 113, so it seems to have regulated itself. Three more days!

Isagenix – Day 26

Day26

I didn’t know that was Gal Gadot in the movie. She looks way different than from what I’d seen in the trailers for Wonder Woman–I still haven’t seen that movie, either. That was an alright movie, and it wasn’t even because of The Rock. I’m through half of the series now and there’s still that infernal Tokyo Drift which I really am dreading. Going through these, I’m wondering about which series I want to see next. Similar to Fast and Furious, I’ve only seen the first Transformers movie. Maybe that’s where I’ll go next.

Today was a shakes-for-breakfast-and-lunch day. Dinner was Firehouse Subs and even though I *really* wanted an orange vanilla Hi-C, I stuck to my bottle of Dasani. Tomorrow we’ve got a birthday party to go to, but it’s at a trampoline place. Can’t imagine there’s gonna be much I’d want from there, anyway. I might do some lunch tomorrow though and have shakes on either side of it.

Blood sugar wasn’t terrible; it was 135. It’s crazy that it’s still beyond the ‘normal’ range, though. When I did the 10-day detox, cutting sugar out completely, I think the lowest I got was 108, maybe? And I don’t even know if I took my meds every day, and if I did, it was only the 750 mg vice the 2000 mg I’m on now. So I guess that goes to show you how much more damage I’d done to myself in those last six months. I can’t say I wasn’t warned, repeatedly, though. All my fault. I accept that.

Tomorrow, while we’re out, I’ll hit that CVS I was talking about looking at. I’ll probably look for and find a shake to account for maybe one meal a day starting Tuesday or Wednesday next week. It’ll probably be lunch that I replace. I’m really looking forward to coffee. I’m curious if it’ll be an instant jolt, given that I’ve had no caffeine in a month. Hoping so; some of the mornings at work are pretty rough! Not much longer to go!

Isagenix – Day 25

Day25

Today was a relatively good day! I had my shakes, as prescribed, and some Qdoba (much to a co-worker’s friend’s disapproval. I didn’t get to watch Fast and Furious 5 because my daughters wanted to take a small nap, and who am I to say no to them? They’re so cute and tired and ohmygodIlovetosleep!

We woke up and I bribed them with cheap toys from the dollar store so that they would allow me to get my Qdoba (and I got them Noodles and Company because they like macaroni and cheese with the meatballs–I’m not going to lie, I wanted that, too). We played for a bit and then my mother-in-law came over and watched them for a bit while I did some character creation for my Thursday D&D game. It’s a new game. Found out one of the guys is actually up in Gaithersburg, MD. Small world.

My blood sugar was 119. Color me surprised, again. I always think that after having Qdoba, or anything with rice for that matter (brown rice, if you must know), that it would raise my sugar, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It appears as if I can metabolize that stuff just fine. My wife got some chicken alfredo (again, thanks to my mother-in-law), but I didn’t touch it, despite the fact that it sounds delicious. Olive Garden may be the McDonald’s of Italian dining, but damn it if it isn’t tasty. A hell of a lot better than Carrabba’s, which I’ve had three times and hated each time. I think it’s something with their sauce–it’s gross, to me. Olive Garden would rank further down the line compared to Maggiano’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. But you can’t beat the price. And talking about all this Italian food makes me want a Tour of Italy. Yum.

Not too much went on today. I’ve got five days remaining on this diet and I gotta decide what’s next. Maybe this weekend I’ll go check out a GNC and see what kind of protein powder shakes they’ve got. I don’t know that I’d buy from them directly vice looking at comparison prices with Amazon, but it beats going through the tons of products online–information overload. Definitely going to look to see if they have some drinks along the lines of what I was talking about above, as well, to get away from the stale shake-shake-dinner routine. Also throwing in food will help, but still gonna try to limit myself to 600 calories total for breakfast and lunch. And…coffee! Soon! We’ll see how that goes.

Isagenix – Day 24

Day24

Well, I got to about 4 pm before I couldn’t take it and had a peanut butter sandwich. I was supposed to be on my fast day, but I got hungry, to the point where I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep because of it. So I had that, slept a couple hours, took my bloodsugar: 190. Yipes! I had a dinner consisting of a little bit of mac and cheese after talking myself out of ramen, spaghetti, more peanut butter, a ham sandwich, and brown rice with chili. I didn’t want to get heart burn; I just wanted something in my stomach and I didn’t want to drink anything. At only 220 calories, I could have done worse. Maybe going for a third fasting day out of eight days wasn’t a great idea. Props to the people that can fast for weeks. That is not fun.

Today was kind of a blah day. I’m being tasked with a project I really don’t want to do because the person before put so much bad work into it, I literally don’t know where to begin. I guess it’ll be a good challenge, but my concern is that I’m jumping around way too quickly from language to language without getting a firm grasp on anything. I’ve gone from Access to Python to Excel to Perl to xQuery to VBA to Regular Expressions; it’s impossible to comprehend any of that when I don’t have a good feel for a particular discipline. But that’s life, I guess. I’ll do the best I can and push forward.

I just got done with Fast and Furious 4, but it was the third one I have watched in as many days. As I stated, I’m going to watch them in the chronological order, though I still *really* don’t want to watch Tokyo Drift. I’m still having a tough time figuring out what people saw in these movies. I mean, they’re alright, but they’re not great. The character development is severely lacking and the stories, plot twists, and story arcs can be seen from a mile away. I’m nearly half-way through the series though, so I’m going to keep at it. I never intended for this to be an every day thing, but it’s a good way to unwind, I guess, when you can’t figure out what you want to watch. And it’s not so violent as other things I could be watching, which is good when the kids are awake. Tomorrow may be difficult to watch something, however, because I’ve got D&D planned for later in the evening. So…nap or another Fast and Furious? Hmm.

I got a two-hour nap when I’d gotten home. I knew I needed it about 10 miles away from the house because I started to get that feeling like you’re having an out of body experience. I knew I was in my car, but it didn’t feel like I was driving. I was just going through the motions. Then I was home and couldn’t go to sleep without having something in my stomach, so I had that peanut butter sandwich, which helped a lot! Oh, and my wife’s Gravity blanket *finally* arrived. It was supposed to have been guaranteed delivered by mid-October, but they kept changing the date. It’s heavy af but it’s pretty cool. Will be interested to hear how my wife’s sleep went by tomorrow morning. Now, if only I could get the Coolest Cooler I’d ordered back in like 2014. Smh. Terrible business. It’s always a gamble with Kickstarter, though.

Isagenix – Day 23

Day23

I finally got some breakfast, but for dinner. I made myself a nice four-egg omelette with a hamsteak and a quarter cup or so of some hash browns. All told, we’re looking at probably 720-750 calories. I kinda wish I had some bread to go with it, at the time, to make myself a good sandwich out of all that, but it proved unnecessary. I’m full. I think tomorrow I’m going to do another fast. I’m not 100% on it yet, but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

I’m in the home stretch of this thing; one more week to go with the commitment to Isagenix. I did both my shakes today; a vanilla one for breakfast and chocolate for lunch. I’m giving away the strawberry shake, I’ve decided. It’s just no bueno. I haven’t given a bunch of thought as to what I’m going to do next. I’m certainly not going back to 2500+ calories a day, but I’m not going to limit myself to just shakes, either. I’ll do shakes sometimes, and maybe salads on some days. I’d love to have a coffee again, I miss that. I haven’t had anything but ONE caloric drink this entire time; a 10 calorie Snapple last week when I’d gone to PotBelly. It was a diet Arnold Palmer and it was alright. Certainly not the best, but I’d rather drink that 24 times to equal the calories in a strawberry Isagenix shake.

My blood sugar was stable last night to this morning; both readings were 130. Tonight, it was a little higher: 143. That may be because I might have forgotten to take my second dose of Metformin. I couldn’t remember whether or not I took it, so I thought better to skip it than over-medicate. But after that meal, for how full I feel, I can live with 143 for now. It’s steadily improving; my averages are going down and that’s the biggest thing.

I watched 2 Fast 2 Furious, today. Paul Walker…could he act back then? Did anyone think so? He’s so bad in this. I seem to remember liking him a lot more in Running Scared, which if you haven’t seen that, do so–it’s awesome! I’m going to continue with the Fast and Furious franchise to catch up on all I’ve missed out on. I’m probably going to do Tokyo Drift in the chronological order of the series (which should be 6th). That’s the one I could care less about. Ugh. But maybe it’ll surprise me.

Isagenix – Day 22

Day22

So I had the day off today, kinda. More like I was directed to take the day off because the Republicans and the Democrats can’t figure out how to compromise. Some great job our ‘negotiator’ of a president did, throwing in his two cents. Someone, remind me what his suggestion was again? To quote that cretin: “Sad.”

I used the day to clean out more of my garage and push some of the stuff we have in boxes to the shed. I also threw away a bunch of stuff, to include all my Army stuff. I just had no more use for it. It’s the old pattern, the lid was off (a HUGE wolf spider was dead in there), and it wasn’t ever going to be worn again. I supposed I might have felt differently if I’d have spent time in Afghanistan or Iraq or something, but the furthest I’d been was South Korea, and I got out just before my old company got deployed. I was lucky.

My youngest daughter’s birthday was today, so it was good to be here with her. She turned two. We had Sweet Frog (190 calories; I was counting, still!). I skipped lunch because I was out there in the garage and moving stuff to the shed (so I might have burned 200-300 calories as well over the course of the 3 or so hours I was out there. It was a really nice day, too. I also didn’t use my holiday leave for MLK day last week, so it was a wash, all in all, for me. We’re still not out of the woods yet, as the “President’ still has to sign off on everything–only for us to likely be in the same predicament three weeks from now. Sigh.

The whole of Congress needs to be washed. There need to be laws in place stating that everyone’s checking and savings balances are open and available for public view, every cent going in or out. And if someone is caught doing anything purposely to better their own circumstance/situation, they need to be summarily…well, I’ll let you fill in the blanks on that. Let’s just say that I think there is far too much representation for themselves then for the actual public interest. I don’t have all the answers, myself, and would never claim to, but I know a lot of people (not even including myself) are getting screwed over, daily, be it from health care, or taxes, or benefits not being paid because there’s all this red tape to cut through. How many Canadians are upset with their government? Just curious. I know England’s got its problems, but Norway seems happy. Switzerland isn’t in the news for negative press all that much. What are they doing right that we’re not, in as much respect to the people. Fix it, Congress.

Back to the topic at hand: I was down 11.5 lbs this morning. My blood sugar was 103 and when I took it 20 minutes ago, it was 130. I had a strawberry shake (which may have been my last one; I seriously detest that stuff), no lunch (repeating myself), a nice 8 oz steak, a sweet potato, some peppers, some mini-potatoes, and 8 oz of Sweet Frog (orange-vanilla twist, and strawberry). It was a pretty good day, considering a lot of it shouldn’t have happened (see above, re: Shutdown), but outside that complaint, I had a much better day today than yesterday. So that’s a win.

Isagenix – Days 20 & 21

Day21

I’ll try and make today’s blog relatively brief. I ate a bunch yesterday. I no breakfast. I had two slices of pepperoni pizza at Chuck E. Cheese for my daughter’s birthday, which I do not like at all. It made me feel sick so I’d taken a nap when I got home. Then I went to a friend’s house to play Dungeons & Dragons (which may have been as good as the food, if not more so). I had Potbelly (a Wreck with bacon and a PB&J). I had cookies, and chips, and Starburst. I probably had 3500-4000 calories. It was nuts. I ate like an animal yesterday and I felt bad for a bit, not health-wise, but in regards to my diet. I immediately decided when I got home (at 4 am) that I was going to fast for day 21.

And that’s what I did, today. I fasted all day. I had zero calories, and to be honest, I didn’t drink nearly enough water, by a long shot. I wasn’t thirsty. To be honest, today I was more pissed than anything. What started out as a pretty good day got ruined quickly when I told my daughter to stop walking on the couch because she could fall and hurt herself. She then proceeded to tell me that she wants a new daddy. Maybe a bit of oversharing, but I don’t care–that shit hurt. Some might say to have thicker skin, but that’s not happening. I won’t put up with that or just accept it. I put her in the corner for a few minutes and (regrettably) spent the rest of the day pissed off upstairs. Was that the right way to handle it? Nope, but on top of being hungry and pissed, I didn’t have much patience for the world, today. Add on to all of that the government shutdown. Everything’s chaos. There needs to be a reset button for days like this.

My blood sugar was 228 last night, 228 this morning (surprised it didn’t rise higher, honestly), and 10 minutes ago, it was 103. That’s the all-time low so far. I’m shocked that it dropped 125 points, but I guess that makes sense given my zero intake of calories. I think that getting home at 4 am and sleeping til 8:30, staying up til 10, and sleeping again til 1:30 was the motivator in getting me through the day. I’ve been tired all day and I could fall asleep right now. That’s why I wanted to get this post up now because I think I’m gonna get some shuteye in just a couple minutes. I guess I’ll find out whether or not I’m going in to work whenever I wake up.

Isagenix – Day 19

authentic mexican barbacoa, carnitas and chicken tacos

Day 19. I’ve only got 11 days left. It’s kind of surreal. When I did the Dukan diet a couple (or three?) years ago, I think I got to about two weeks, if that, before I started back to a Weight Watchers diet that transgressed into calorie counting which devolved into I’ll-go-ahead-and-eat-everything.  This time I’m not setting such lofty goals for me. Each time I’d started, my goal out the bat was strictly weight. I wanted to lose it and it had to be fast. That is just never good because the weight finds a way to come back. It really is about a completely alternative lifestyle when it comes to eating. I’m finding that you really can still have what you want–just to a degree.

I’ve always been an overeater. It was bad. I got meat sweats on my 34th birthday at Texas Roadhouse when a good friend of mine bought my steak for me, which was 32 oz. I had that, a baked potato, a bunch of appetizers, the bread that came at the table, broccoli, cokes, etc. It was out of control. I’ve always been one to clean my plate, too, which was another problem. The only thing I can’t deal with is when there’s fat on the meat; that’s for the dogs. But otherwise, I’ve always been the type to try and eat everything I’m given then and leftovers be damned. Fast forward to today.

I had my vanilla shake this morning at probably 8 am or so. I didn’t put enough ice in it, either, so it was more of a thick drink than a shake. It wasn’t terrible. I think I’ve actually grown a little accustomed to the vanilla flavor over the past few days. The strawberry might be my least favorite, now. Anyway, I got super busy at work and wasn’t all that hungry anyway, so I skipped lunch. I know that’s a no-no and I should have made the time, but I was working to the bell. I couldn’t stay over; timesheets were due today. So I decided I’ll put those calories I missed at lunch towards dinner. Tonight we had street tacos from a place called Zandra’s Taqueria in downtown Manassas, VA. I had three tacos and about a half cup of spanish rice, all with water, of course. If I figured everything correctly, they’re about 300-400 calories per taco, and the rice was another 150-200. My overall intake, then, I guess to be roughly 1100 calories. This is where the clearing my plate thing came into play. My wife had about a half a taco left–and they were good, too!–and normally, I’d eat the rest of that. But I couldn’t I was, and still am, full. Normally, three tacos and the rice would have been just a start, but it was probably too much. I could have been fine without the rice or one of the tacos, maybe. The only concern I really have about them is just that they may have affected my measurements.

Speaking of, I’m down another 3.75″, including an inch east from my abdomen and waist, which is awesome. I had to cut another notch in my belt. I’m honestly hoping I’ll be able to lose enough by summer that I’m forced to work overtime to buy some new clothes. Anyway, that’s it. Time to sit back and see what happens in the next hour with this Senate vote regarding a(nother) potential government shut-down. Get it together, people!