My spin class instructor who encouraged me to do the 10 day shred with her told me of the 30 day post-shred plan: no gluten, no dairy, continue the protein shake and detox tonics, 2 caffeine drinks allowed, 1 glass of wine allowed.
It's not the plan I envisioned, and I'll do a modified version. I will continue to avoid gluten unless it's part of something healthier. I'll limit dairy. I'll continue the protein shakes and detox tonics, and when I run out of ingredients for those, I'll assess. I'll monitor the wine, and certainly on week nights, have none or just one.
Last night, I took my first sip of wine after 11 days of wine fasting. I was expecting it to be swoon worthy. It was not. And after a glass, I had a headache. Interesting. I had expected the wine to go straight to my head, but not in a headachy way.
This morning, I drank my first cup of coffee black. And then I tried a modification of my usual coffee drink; instead of using 1 cup of coffee, I used 1/4 cup, plus a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa. It was O.K., but not significantly better than black coffee. And now, I've made a pot of tea, which I'm liking better than either cup of coffee.
This morning I also measured the ingredients in my protein shake: 600--that's 2 scoops of soy protein powder, 2 C. raspberries, flax seeds, and 1/2 c. oats. When I return to my usual breakfast of raspberries, yogurt, flax seeds, oats, and pecans, I'll need to measure those too. I suspect I've been eating a lot more calories at breakfast than I thought.
One of the ways I was successful in losing 22 pounds back in 2011 was using MyFitness Pal, and yesterday, I went back to the site. I plan to keep using it, while also keeping a Post Shred journal offline. I had forgotten that at the end of each day, it gives you this motivation, "If every day was like this day, you would weigh x by this date."
Let me end by showing an inspiration in a different medium. Last night, as darkness came on quickly, I did this sketch: