Free Week is over and, as ever, it was a wonderful mental and physical break.
I get all freaky leading up to Free Week and worry that I won’t be able to control myself and I’ll gain 15 pounds in 7 days, but that has never happened and it didn’t this time either.
In fact, I am really proud of the way I chose to eat during the past 8 days.
The whole point of Free Week is to spike your calories (to give your metabolism a jolt, lest it get too comfortable with business as usual), to take a mental break (no dietary restrictions, permission to indulge in foods that you may be craving, time off from counting and measuring and balancing) and to take a physical break (to alleviate any overtraining symptoms, to give your body a full week to recoup from any achy niggles, to get plenty of rest and recharge for the upcoming 4 months).
I accomplished all of this on my Free Week.
I feel awesome! I am ready to dive head-first into 2014 and create some incredible things, personally and professionally.
My Free Week eating was actually quite good. I had treats, for sure, but I also ate a lot of fruit, I had plenty of frozen meal replacement shakes with bananas and peanut butter, we had fish and chicken as our protein choices most nights, we only ate out once (Deb and I went to Joe’s Crab Shack for crab dip and we only ate about 1/3 of the appetizer before we were over it – now THAT, my friends, is a FIRST!!!).
So, Free Week lessons learned:
- I can take a week off from structured eating and exercise and not immediately revert to flab.
- Taking time off from exercise is important every once in a while and doing so does not mean all discipline flies out the window. I WILL start exercising again!
- I sleep so much better with some built in breaks.
- It is, in fact, possible to enjoy a free week without alcohol (who knew?).
- It is , in fact, impossible to eat your weight in Christmas cookies (Lord knows I gave it my best shot)
Today is January 2nd. My first day back to work, exercise, and structured eating.
After a Free Week, I do a 24-Day Challenge, which consists of a 10-Day cleanse and then 14 days of super clean eating and supplementation. It is a great way to clean out all the junk and get my engine humming along at maximum efficiency.
Of course, I had to hop on the scale this morning (EEK!!), and I was happy to see that Free Week did not wreak too much havoc.
Here are Day 1 stats:
Weight: 147.8 lbs.
Body Fat %: 23.2%
Body Water %: 52.5%
Muscle Mass: 107.8 lbs
Physique Rating: 6
BMR: 1496 calories
Metabolic Age: 23 (WOOT)
Bone Mass: 5.8
Visceral Fat: 4
I’ll post progress results on Day 11 and then again on Day 25.
Okay, let’s ROCK 2014!!!