Today has been hard. I officially weigh 139 pounds and it’s the first time I feel an intense dip in energy. That’s not to say I don’t feel good. I actually feel great. I’m also cognitively as sharp as ever. Though, as someone who takes pride in his inexhaustible energy, it was a blow to only make it five blocks on my morning walk.
Having lost 43 pounds, in the last 7 weeks, on a 300 calorie liquid diet of lemonade and V8 juice, the body is finally telling me to slow down and conserve energy. I’m totally fine spending more time on the couch right now because…
We are officially five days away from our last shooting block on CANDiLAND.
A lot of you are probably wondering how the heck I’m doing it. To be quite honest, it’s been very hard. Losing the weight is the easy part. Once you begin restricting your calories the body naturally sheds the weight. It’s the mental aspect that’s excruciating. You don’t realize how large a part food is to your schedule, conversation, and identity until you stop eating.
Don’t worry; I’m taking a plethora of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and lots of water as well. And I’ve been taking note of all the #weightloss #weightgain #cleaneating #healthy (the list could go on!) advice that experts have to offer for when I start eating again.
During this time, I’ve taken a lot of comfort listening to Matthew McConaughey and Michael Fassbender’s weight loss experiences. Both reached a weight of 135lbs for their respective films Dallas Buyers Club and Hunger which I will match for CANDiLAND. There are countless interviews on their experiences and everything they relate is exactly what I’m going through. I feel like a brother to them now in a funny way. And I completely agree with their accounts of fasting being very spiritual. It is.
The experience has been extremely informative for Peter’s state of mind but has also been an invaluable learning experience for myself personally. I will write more on that later, but for now here are a couple great links to interviews on the subject with Mr. McConaughey ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEY59GltVjw) and Mr. Fassbender (http://www.tribute.ca/interviews/michael-fassbender-hunger/star/33695/)