For Day 20, I have some observations to share with you about my vegan challenge and my floor bow.
Observation #1: The Detox
I understood that when I embarked on the vegan challenge I would be likely to experience some sort of a detox as my body cleaned itself up and out from all the animal products I had consumed over the years. And, well, I recently just climbed out of a big detox hole.
It started last week when I noticed I was gaining weight. Over the course of 2-3 days I gained almost five pounds, and it made no sense. I wasn’t eating in large quantities. I really didn’t think my diet was structured in such a way to warrant this. Plus, let’s face it, gaining five pounds that fast isn’t normal. I felt like a bloated cow.
On Monday I was about to crack. I was still bloated, I felt awful, and I could not understand what was going on. And then Tuesday came and uh…well…let’s just say a lot of stuff left my body. A LOT.
You might think things were just backed up a bit, but that wasn’t true at all. My digestive system seemed to be functioning totally normal during this whole process (note: I’m working hard to communicate the experience without getting gross about it).
Wednesday followed a similar process. Except add to it that I had broke out all over the bottom of my face and down one side of my neck.
This morning all the weight was gone. The zits are clearing up.
I had a bad class this morning though. My balance was all off, and I felt like I was going to puke most of the time, but I think I’m out the other end of it now. Crazy stuff.
Observation #2: Things I Don’t Buy
I had to go to the grocery store today. I went to Whole Foods first. Don’t do that on Valentine’s Day. It is a nut-house. I bought a couple of necessities and then back tracked the heck out of there to a typical grocery store. I zoomed down the asiles with my cart buying mostly beans, vegetables, and some vegetable broth to make soup again this week. I realized how many items I no longer stop to look at. There are so many items in the grocery store that don’t even make it on my radar. Mostly I think, “How will eating this serve me?” Truth is, most of the food found in a typical American grocery store will not serve me well. So on I go.
Observation #3: Floor Bow
Ok – so when I took class on Tuesday I thought I had a pretty good floor bow. It felt like I was kicking up higher than usual. Although class today stunk, my floor bow felt comprable to what I did on Tuesday. So after class I had another competitor take pictures of it.
For starter’s let’s look at my competition floor bow taken at the beginning of November 2012:
That is not the best bow. I already know that. But I could only focus on so much for my first competition. Bow got zero attention.
Here’s my bow today:
For all the stinking work I’ve done, I cannot tell much of a difference. I think my thighs might be off the floor a bit more. Maybe. I don’t know. The picture made me kind of sad. It didn’t match what I had going on in my head.