Saturday, June 30, 2018

ACV One Week Challenge: The Results Are IN!

6:04 a.m Mind you, there is only a little progress as it would be hard/unhealthy for a dramatic change in only a week, but I think I'm very pleased with the results. So much so, that I plan on going in a second week!

Both pictures were taken in the morning. The second after drinking acv (Apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and lemon water) and a little regular water. Empty stomach.

Take a look:

Above is my calendar marking this lifestyle change progress so far. As you can see, (or not due to poor handwriting) I did fine the first couple weeks this month, then started letting myself eat processed chicken with 1-2 meals a day.

On one of these days I had eggs mixed with herb spices and seeds. It did have a little butter though, to stop from sticking too much to the pan.

I avoided late night eating.

No dairy.

No bread products/pasta (outside of breading from the processed chicken, anyway)

I eat three square meals, mostly. I didn't find myself snacking much.

No candy, 'sweetened' tea, soda, or sugared beverages, even watered down. I did chew a couple pieces of minty gum on some days though while working out.

I started going to be early and waking up at a decent hour (until very recently, more on that later.)

I didn't start 'moderate' amounts of exercise until the last half of this challenge i.e. the past few days which only involved biking a few miles back and forth into town. And as you heard, one of these days I walked it, too.

I drank, every morning this week, apple cider vinegar mixed with lemon and cayenne (with garlic powder on day one) and green tea, often on an empty stomach.

I eat fruit for breakfast, (bananas, grapes, and/or citrus) usually following drinking the above.

I have a quarter to half plate of, daily, (and sometimes with two meals): lima beans, kidney beans, other frozen square veggies, chia seeds, flax seeds, and celery seeds mixed with herb seasonings. Usually with a side of fruit or letting myself eat some processed meat. :P

I did NOT weigh or measure myself. In fact, I hope to avoid it for a long while throughout this lifestyle change, because I find, at least in my case, it can be a small catalyst as part of my giving up or obsessing too much about my weight. Lord knows I'm bad enough about that as it is.

Now there were some ups and downs to mention these past days regarding my health.

My body was doing great, up until the past few days after I started incorporating my bicycling into my process.

  • My bladder is back to being erratic. :/
  • Even if I try to go to bed at a decent hour, I find it hard to sleep, thus only managing going to sleep later. This is also in LARGE LARGE part to the above bullet point. Though, I still manage to avoid late night eating/drinking. No, I did not drink my acv or green tea before bed.
  •  Last night and this morning I had nightmares. In the literal sense.
  • My right mid-foot feels like there is something stuck inside it when I walk. Though painless. I googled, and my best guess is I strained something from constant exercise in poor footwear. Grandpa warned me not to go biking in sandals, so I fall back on my only pair of running shoes, which I've yet to upgrade. >.> So yeah, I'm a contributor to this problem.
Yesterday I did some biking around town. (about two miles from my house.) I got my fruit from a fruit stand, and caught in the rain on the way. The rain was very welcome, as it kept me from getting too sweaty and overheated after this exercise (there are a LOT of small inclines on the way there and back.)

I wound up inside a thrift shop (waiting out the rain) and perusing a trivia book I persuaded myself not to buy, on account that it would just sit on my shelf going unread for years after. I saved two bucks, there.

I searched the dollar stores (We have Dollar General and Dollar Tree) for boiled peanuts. Neither were available. So I bought already-made ones at Circle K.

I came home, and before I could eat, I found myself having sudden heartburn. I took two antacids, ate my peanuts (normal and spicy) and the heartburn persisted for a while after. I napped, and that seemed to make it go away after long enough.

Hmm...come to think of it, maybe that's the kicker. Sleep wise. I've been taking naps after exercise this week, so that WOULD have an effect on my trying to sleep at night. I still can't explain my frequent bladder issues coming back with a vengeance all of a sudden, even though they stopped for a while before this, and I only drink this stuff in the morning. (I know one night I drank ACV before bed and regretted it, Egads.)

This is kinda different from my other entries as this stays on one topic, so I'll cut it off here. If someone finds it, God Willing, it'll be a help to them if they want to try this, too.

By the way, this is the video that started it all, if you want a little help with your challenge. ;) God Bless, Jesus loves, lives, and saves. God speed. And all that Christian stuff I post after my other posts. Bye now!

All Glory, Praise, Thanks and all things be to almighty God on the highest forever and ever in Jesus name, amen. God is able to do above all we ask or think!

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