My 30 day challenge is over! I was more or less successful with it. I do feel a whole lot better (except for this cold). I can recap some of the benefits I am feeling so far:
-Acne has started to heal a bit
-Junk food cravings significantly reduced
-No longer needing a nap mid-day
-Heartburn ALMOST GONE!
-Caffeine cravings GONE
I have been keeping records of my exercises the past 30 days, so I know how well I did:
Strength training: At least 10 pound weight increase with all weights!
Least I was able to lift (Biceps): Start: 10 pounds/ Finish: 20 pounds
Most I was able to lift (legs) Start: 120 pounds / Finish: 160 pounds
One that surprised me the most: All of the weights with my arms....actually had a measureable increase! One I increased 25 pounds in 4 weeks!
Before following McDougall and doing this challenge I did not have the stamina to keep up a gym routine. The few times that I did, I did not see as much of an improvement as I do now. I am surprised by how much muscle I have now.
By the way! My exercise routine improved as a whole!
Start: I was able to alternate doing strength training one day with cardio the next, by the end I was able to do cardio with 1 round of strength training, and the next day do 2 rounds of strength training, which is awesome!
It has been so satisfying seeing the card I keep my gym records on fill up. I look forward to filling up the other side.
Health hurdles I jumped over during my 30 days:
Mood swings...have pretty much mellowed out
Dry skin...cleared up
Excessive appetite...stopped (and not through willpower! haha)
Stilll looking forward to:
Mild Colitis clearing up
Acne clearing up haha
One thing I learned! Vegetable boullion has oil in it! Oops
Lunch: Vegetable stock mashed potatoes
Dinner: Quinoa w/ chopped raw veggies! Yum!!!
All the tea I can drink
Next 30 days: I will stick to being 100% McDougall. No cheating this time. I realise I was pushing myself too hard with my last challenge by saying I would exercise every day, which was too much for my body to handle. I am still quite weak. I wil be happy if I exercise at least 4 days a week, but by how well I'm doing I'm sure I will get better at going every day soon! It will be a slow start though, since I will be recovering from this nasty cold!
Here comes my 30 day challenge 2.0!