The Metabolism Plan – Day 4

Temperature: 97.7

Optimal BBT: 97 to 97.3

Functional BBT: 96.5 to 97.3

Above 97.3: Likely to exhibit more hyperthyroid symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, and racing heart.

Below 96.5: Likely to exhibit hypothyroid symptoms, such as lethargy, depression, constipation, and weight gain.

Weight: -1.3 lbs

Sleep: 8 hours

Water: 3.5 L

Test Food: Goat Cheese

OMG I woke up this morning like a kid on Christmas day; giddy, excited and almost hyper. Why? Today I get to have COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before coffee I began the day with my regular routine, which is taking my temperature and weighing myself. It turns out my second test, which was chick, passed with flying colours! I was down 1.3 lbs!

After I was finished getting ready I made my way to the kitchen to become acquainted with an old friend. My Nespresso.

I selected two Vivalto Lungo pods for my Nespresso machine, a fruity variety the website describes as ‘a complex yet balanced marriage between South American Arabicas cultivated at high altitude, among which “Cerrado” from Brazil and an East African Arabica. Vivalto Lungo combines roasted and subtle floral notes. Split roasting of the beans enhances the character of each origin.’ I put the first pod in my Nespresso machine and watched as the dark, aromatic liquid filled my cup with a delicious crema crowing the top. If you are thinking this reads like coffee erotica, you would be right. After three days without coffee I greeted my old friend with open arms.

Having my coffee on the way to work as I usually do went along way to curb my feeling of scarcity. By the time I got to work I was hungry but not psychologically famished as I have been the past couple of days.

I had my breakfast of flax granola, blueberries and coconut milk at 7:45, 800 mL of water at 8:30 and my snack of sunflower seeds and craisins by 9:30. By the time lunch rolled around at noon I had downed my first 1.6 L of water for the day.

Lunch. Oh mama let me tell you about lunch. For the past few days I have been eating plants and seeds, with the exception of chicken last night, so my palette was rejoicing at the goat cheese that accompanied my left over roasted veggies and sunflower seeds on a bed of baby romaine. OMG. Sweet Baby Jesus (the Christmas Jesus, all six pounds; cute and cuddly in his manger) let this cheese pass the weight test tomorrow!

After lunch I finished consuming the remaining 1.6 L of water and found myself hangry and headachy by 3:00 pm. I think I might need to transition my snack to the afternoon to curb this actual hunger I have been feeling and see if it makes a difference.

By the time dinner rolled around I was STAHVING!

On the menu tonight? 3 oz of chicken with lemon, garlic and rosemary; steamed broccoli with zucchini, green onions, scallions, lemon and dill; and baby romaine with carrots and avocado. I literally cannot wait. I am fantasizing about it now as it cooks in the oven.

I am roasting a whole chicken again as it makes life SO much easier during the week. Even if chicken is not on the menu for me, I can use it for the kid’s lunches or quick and easy dinners for them.

I realized today that this journey, although focused on reducing inflammation and excess weight, is really about patience. In every prior circumstance where I have tried to change my eating habits either for weight loss or overall improved health, I have expected results immediately. I am a classic future pacer and have always had difficulty living in the moment or being present. Along with other experiences I am having at the moment this one is also driving me towards the greater goal of living – actually living…right now.

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