Thursday, April 14, 2011

What to Expect

The 7 Day Peaking (Shedding the Water Weight) Diet is really a type of Detox Diet.  You can find similar plans in other books like South Beach (Phase 1) or the Paleo Diet...however this one is different because of the amounts of water you have to drink and the lack of sodium you can take very little fats except for what's found in nuts and avocado (no cooking with oils).  This is very much a limited diet, and should only be done as recommended.  Let me tell you what to expect on this plan.

  • You will feel lethargic, due to the lack of caffeine and sugars that you are no longer ingesting.  Don't worry, you will get over that feeling, but it takes time for your body to adapt.  You just have to be patient...I usually adapt after 2 weeks of lean eating with no carbs, caffeine or sugar.

  • You may feel achy both in the body and the head.  Again, don't're body is resetting itself to healthy levels and getting rid of the residual junk floating around in your system...thus the detox part.  It's not the most comfortable of things, but necessary to clean up your insides.  Drinking water to flush the system will help and so will sweating it out at the gym.

  • You may feel dizzy...that can be due to several factors:  a.) Need of hydration to help flush the toxins from the system, so definitely drink the 100 oz of water recommended.  b.) Your blood sugar is trying to balance out...give it time...again I know it usually takes my body about 2 weeks.  c.) Are you eating enough and often?  Try to stick to the recommended foods and certain amount of meals...I eat 4-5 snack/meals a day...sometime 6 based on how many hours I'm up and functioning...I sometimes work 18 hour days.  and/or d.) Sinus pressure in the head, related to the body's detox mode...again hydration will help with this.  I have also found that deep cleansing breaths help...the bod needs oxygen.

  • Cravings...yeah, you always want what you can't have.  It's a mind game...the long term rewards are sooo much better than the momentary lapse.  Just think of what you have and can attain by being diligent in your efforts.  And if you do slip up, get right back on, DO NOT make an entire binge day out of one little calorie.  You're body is going to want caffeine and's addicted...but you're stronger and smarter than really is mind over suck it up, and do it!
That's pretty much all I can think of at the moment...probably has something to do with the lack of sugar in my

I do know and recognize that when I do eat clean and lean with no sugars or empty carbs in the bod, I function so much better.  My joints stop hurting, my clothes fit better, and I feel good all over (once I get past the initial phase.)

Feel free to hit me up with any questions you may have.

Good luck and have a great day,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Water Shedding

4.5 lbs. down in two days!  Yep, we have water weight kids...and we're happily getting rid of that empty poundage.  Did you know that every 1 pound of weight you carry = 4 pounds of impact on your joints?  My plan is to lose as much water weight in 7 days as I can to saves my joints some serious issues.  10 lbs. of water weight gone = 40 lbs. of impact I can really hit my hardcore work-outs with a little more "ease" least joint-wise.

The "Making the Cut" plan is not for the faint of heart or fitness challenged.  You have to pass Jillian's fitness test in the book before you can even start the program.  I've had this book for over a year now, and have just now gotten to level of fitness where I believe I can do the whole 30 days.

I've tried so many different diet and exercise programs in my lifetime.  Read hundreds of books on the subject that I should receive an honorary doctorate from Fitness U.  And the one thing I've learned from all of it is this:  Clean healthy eating, some moderate treats, and constantly changing up your activities (shock the body) is the way to see continuous results.  However, your mental mindset is the number one key to unlocking it all.  Not only do you need to push through and persevere, but you also need to reaffirm your dedication to the project rather often.  For me, it takes a new book or fitness regiment to keep me going.  I need to read or re-read certain books to reset the brain and get me into the groove again.  This time it's Jillian's "Making the Cut"...a book that I'm finally ready for in my life.  I'm at the point where I have my last 20 lbs. to lose to reach my goal weight and I'm so excited that I can already see the victory.  I see myself in bikini, running on the beach, swimming in the waves, soaking in the sun (with serious sunblock of course).  I see myself taking a tropical vacation and happily showing off my new hot bod.  I see myself on stage in my gorgeous, barely there costumes strutting my stuff confidently.  I see the best me I can be...and I see the way to continuing that lean, healthy body for the rest of my life.  I know how to's just the final goal that's always alluded me.  But no more, the time is at hand, and I will achieve my heart's desire to be fit and healthy!  It's been a long road, but I'm finally on the last leg of this goal's journey, with new goals to be set and achieved.  I can't wait to see what I can accomplish.  What new fitness levels and heights I can reach.  There's so much capability when it comes to the human body and I want to understand how far I can take it.  Can you tell I'm excited here people?

Alright, onward and upward.

Have a great and productive day.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Water & Cutting

3 lbs. in one day???  Yep, thanks to that lovely thing known as water weight.  I'm currently on a regimen that helps rid the bod of excess water weight.  Why you ask?  Besides the obvious benefits of getting rid of excess bloat, I'm preparing for a serious fitness & nutrition plan.  This week is all about getting rid of my water weight so that when I get to my new hardcore fitness/nutrition plan, I can see the real results.

Water-Weight-Be-Gone Diet (7 days only):

Lean Green Steamed or Raw Veggies only
Lean Protein (Chicken or Turkey Breast)
Raw Nuts & Nut Butters (no sodium)
Low to NO Sodium (keep it under 500 mg a day)
Absolutely NO Table Salt
Egg Whites
Drink 100 oz of Water per day (distilled preferred)
Decaf Coffees & Teas (very little dairy allowed)
NO Sugar
No Flours
No Starches or Carbs
No Oils

Then once we've achieved our 7 day water/detox, it on to doing Jillian Michaels "Making the Cut".  I'm so excited, this is serious fitness for the serious person.  I plan on hitting it hard and reaping the rewards and results.  I'm on my way to the bikini bod that I want for the season...and not just beach season, but performance season!

Onward and upwards my friends.