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Isogenix: Day 4
By day four, you'd think I'd be in a routine. Nope. I get up and try to get Alex off to school. I'm lucky to have a glass of water and a mixture of "Ionix Supreme" (one of these days, I'll have to figure out what all this stuff is).
When I come back, I make my morning "IsaLean Shake". I opted for chocolate this morning and added some peanut butter. I take my morning "Ageless Essentials Daily Pack" vitamins and head upstairs to work on web design. During the course of the morning, I drank a cup of coffee and at a "Scooby Snack". My headache persists, despite adding (reduced amounts) of coffee back into my routine.
It must be the hunger. Dunno.
Lunch consists of a vanilla "IsaLean Shake" and I can't think of what to put in, so I put in half of an apple. I guess I didn't blend it very well, because it ends up kinda chunky. I don't care. It kinda adds texture to the shake! So I drink/eat my lunch and head back upstairs to work on the computer.
Hunger has become my constant friend. It follows me wherever I go. In the office, it sits in the chair next to me. It follows me outside when I let out our chickens, collect the eggs or haul out the garbage. It's with me when I go to bed. I feel the need to give my hunger a name. After 30 days, who knows, me and my hunger may be having conversations with one another!
Oddly, I'm getting used to the hunger. It's not as bad as one might think it would be. I've never really experienced prolonged hunger before. Oh sure, the normal ... "I'm starving!" feelings you get before eating a meal, but never days-long, low-grade hunger. It's not that bad. It's kinda like hopping into a cold swimming pool. It shocks you at first, then you get used to it.
One thing I've noticed about hunger is that I now look forward to and appreciate my dinners much more! Tonight I baked butterflied chicken breasts, stuffed with a slice of ham and cheddar cheese, topped with a bit of Cajun seasoning. As a side we had brown rice and oven-roasted carrots. Boy, was it good! I ate it slowly, savoring each bite. I didn't want it to end! (Normally, I wolf down my supper like a hound dog ... then wonder what's for dessert, before dinner even hits my stomach!)
When you only get to eat one meal a day, it becomes a special event and you want it to last.
Another new sensation, leaving the table hungry. Never really done that before. Sure, I've left the table thinking, "Gee, I could eat more." But that's not the same as thinking, "Gee, I'm hungry."
Alex, my eight-year-old daughter, is intrigued by my diet. She tried a shake. "I wish I could have one for breakfast," she said. This morning, when I was making my "IsaLean Shake", she was pulling together her lunch for school. One of the things she added was a pre-packaged container of yogurt. I looked at her and said, "Hmm, I'll have to try a shake with some yogurt in it!" She thought that sounded like a pretty yummy idea.
After dinner, Rachel buggered off to work (she's a nurse and was working a 12-hour night shift), so it was just Alex and I at home. Alex and I were going to play a game, but Alex had her school lunch to put together and I had a bit of work on the computer. As I was typing away, I heard her bound up the stairs. She entered the office and said, "I know you're hungry dad and I was thinking of you." She handed me a tiny container of yogurt. What a sweetheart, eh?
Did I eat the yogurt? Damn straight! I enjoyed it too!
Afterwards, I went downstairs to the living room, where I sat quietly for 5 minutes, before playing with Alex. I took my blood pressure. It was 137/79. Not perfect, but within range. (I'm taking blood pressure medication and have for the past 2-3 years. It was super high when it was first diagnosed - at a Live Fire Training Exercise in Comox, B.C. - like SUPER high: 210/110. The firefighter doing the monitoring shook his machine a couple of times, thinking it was broken). One of my goals is to see if can't get this under control with diet and exercise, so I'm curious to see how Isagenix does with this.)
My hunger (and my low-grade headache) followed me to bed. (Not a problem, since Rachel was at work, there was room for the three of me).