Day 30

It’s day 30 of my all-juice fast!!!!  I honestly cannot believe I made it this long!!  Well, I guess I can.  I was about to throw in the towel around day 14 I think?  But I decided that I was just doing it, no matter what.  I have a big problem.  Too many times I will make a goal or declaration that I am going to do something, or more likely, stop doing something.  I last a few days, weeks, a month, and then I just give up or give in.  I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually commit to something and get this – follow through!!  In many ways this thing has been easy.  It has been really hard at the same time.  I think it has been so easy for the most part since I decided I was just going to do it.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  I kept picturing myself at the end of 30 days, knowing I had completed and how proud of myself I would be!!  Whether or not you think the juice fast is totally stupid or a great idea, there is something in that – that I said I would do it and just didn’t give up.  And if you think a juice fast is small potatoes, well just try one :lol:

Anyway, the hard work doesn’t stop now.  I’m actually not even phasing out juices for a while, and I will probably keep them in the daily or weekly rotation.  I am definitely working my way back to eating in a way that I want to sustain long term, but I also want to keep juicing.  I will probably have a juice most mornings.  For the week to come I’m adding smoothies with my juices.  I’ll still be having half my intake be just juice.  As far as the smoothies, they will be green, have almond milk and protein powder and fruit – wonderful, whole fruit.  I hope they will be as filling as I think they will be, and I know they will taste awesome.  Anything different at this point will be awesome!!

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and the final day for the weigh-in on the juice fast.  I’m pretty happy with the results.  Stay tuned!

Day 27 – It’s catching

It was just a matter of time.  Since before I started juicing, K was sick.  M followed suit soon after and they’ve both been sick to varying degrees for the last 2-3 weeks.  I couldn’t figure out why I felt so tired and didn’t want to do anything yesterday, but my suspicions have been confirmed.  I am sick!  I didn’t really think it would be possible with the amount of vitamins I’ve been getting!  I consider myself lucky though that it took me this long to catch it.  I just hope that I will have some kind of an edge that will help me not feel as crappy as they did or for as long :lol:

Also, K has decided to try his own juice fast!  He is going to start Monday and try it for a week, maybe longer.  It will be interesting to see how it goes with both of us juicing, and I imagine the grocery bill will be quite high for a couple of weeks.

As for me, my plan is to finish out the full juice fast and then add smoothies for a week.  I hope that this will help me to not regain any weight I’ve already lost.  I’ll be adding protein powder to the smoothies and I hope this will be enough to get me feeling ready to start running again the following week!

Also tried some different juices today.  K made one with sweet potato, apples, and orange which was interesting but pretty good too.  I was craving savory, so I made one with chard, green onion, red cabbage, red pepper, broccoli, and celery.  I poured that into the blender and added a pint of home canned tomatoes and did the whole juice setting.  It turned out just how I wanted it to and I will enjoy it a little later on today.  I may even heat it up a little and have it like soup :-0

Only 3 1/2 days left!!

Juicing Day 22

Yes, day 22!!  It feels like I have been living on just juice for months now, when it has really only been 3 weeks :lol:  I am counting down the days until this fast is over, crossing each one off of my calendar as I go.  I will still be doing liquids only the week after the fast, but I am going to add smoothies that have protein powder and almond milk, and it is going to be wonderful!

Anyway!!  I thought I would share some more specifics about my experience.  I have been living on the same juices since day 1, save a little variety in my morning fruit only juice.  In the mornings I usually have cantaloupe or pineapple, grapefruit, orange, apple, pear, and berries.  Not all in one juice, I usually do a mix of 3-4 fruits.  The best one I’ve had so far was pineapple, cantaloup, strawberries, and basil.  So delicious!!  I drink about a pint of fruit juice as my first juice, anywhere from 9 am to 11 am.  I get busy at work and sometimes forget to drink my juice until later on and my stomach starts to feel too empty.

Around 1 or 2 pm I’ll drink my next juice, which is usually a quart of carrot, cabbage, celery, apple, bell pepper, and sometimes spinach or another green.  I split this one up into two drinks, so I’m nursing it for a couple of hours most of the time.

After work and school I have been trying to get a walk in on the treadmill, and after that I will have a glass of naked smoothie with some liquefied frozen baby greens.  It works!  I like having the easy option and the smoothie is really good.

Around 5 pm I start thinking about having my ‘dinner’ juice.  This is the full on green one.  It is about 8 big handfuls of prepared greens – I rotate every few days using kale, chard, and spinach – cucumber, celery, green apple, and some carrot.  This is also a quart and it usually takes me until 6:30 or 7:00 to finish it off.  I find that the green juice before bed interferes less with my sleep.

I have strayed a little from this general outline, sometimes having tomato juice, and I’ve even added a cup of hot chicken stock a few times.  It was delicious and nice to have something warm in my belly!!  I also have some kind of herbal tea in the morning with honey and Sleepytime tea without honey almost every night. M is quite enjoying the Sleepytime tea too :)

Other random stuff about juicing:

Most people will say to make green juices the majority of your juice.  I am just trying to put as many veggies in my juice as I can, and carrots count as veggies to me.  It has been working great for me!  I tried to do loads of green juices on my last fast and I think that may have contributed to why I felt so crappy.

I always add lemon or lime to my veggie juices, lately I’ve been using 1/2 of each in each juice.  It adds to the taste and kind of rounds it out.  I think it may make the greens a little less bitter too.

I drink as much or as little juice as I want each day.  Most days I stick with the above, but there are some days I need another pint of Naked.  I think the recommendation on the low end of intake would be 64 ounces – I am getting around 96 every day.  This keeps me going through the whole day and I am able to do my work at 7-11 easily.  It can be a hard job some days and it keeps me active!

My sleep is crazy good right now.  I can just turn off the tv (bad at night I know!) and pretty much go to sleep within a few minutes.  Most of the time I fall asleep trying to finish a show and miss half of it!  I hardly wake up in the middle of the night anymore, and getting up at 5:30 has been a breeze, even when I don’t sleep until 10:00 pm.

I have given up coffee completely!  I will probably go back to it as soon as I can :lol:  I just love the taste, and I only drank 1 cup most days, sometimes 2.

I would not recommend exercising while juice fasting.  I have been able to do 45 -60 minute walks most days for the last week and a half.  Otherwise I didn’t have time and I think I would have been too burned out.  I tried to run on my last fast, and that was a disaster.  I say just let it go and let your body relax.  It has been great for me!  BUT, I cannot wait until I start running again :D

Here’s a snapshot of what my mornings look like, when I am making all of my juice for the day.  The whole process from chopping to cleaning takes me about 45 minutes which is not too bad at all!  I usually take at least 45 minutes to make dinner every day, so juicing is a time saver ;)

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And today’s juice.

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This week has been great as far as weight-loss goes.  I’m excited to share it on Wednesday!

 

Food Budget Week 8

We did lots of shopping this week.  We had 6 different trips to the grocery store!!  I guess I have been trying to have  a little bit less in the fridge, so of course more trips were needed.  Our budget is $125 and we spent $202.40 – yikes!!  That is $77.40 over budget.  To be fair I did find a receipt that should have gone on last week’s budget total, the bill totaling $30.32.  So last week’s should have been $177.12, and this week would have been $172.08.  Either way we overspent, both times :lol:

What did we buy?

PRODUCE

  • Apples $6.70
  • Bananas $2.90
  • Bell peppers $8.98
  • Strawberries $3.00
  • Broccoli $1.59
  • Cabbage $6.29
  • Cantaloupe $3.94
  • Carrots $4.99
  • Celery $10.78
  • Chard $5.97
  • Cucumber $2.68
  • Garlic $1.18
  • Grapefruit $4.92
  • Green onions $.78
  • Kale $6.87
  • Lemons $1.98
  • Lettuce $2.49
  • Limes $2.00
  • Mangoes $2.50
  • Onions $3.12
  • Oranges $5.29
  • Pears $2.84
  • Pineapple $3.49
  • Spinach $3.99
  • Tomatoes $2.37
  • Zucchini $.89

OTHER

  • Hot dogs $4.99
  • Chicken sausages $3.99
  • Turkey burgers $2.99
  • Organic sugar $11.49
  • Naked smoothie $5.99
  • Olive oil $12.39
  • Pepitas $6.99
  • Coriander seed $4.79
  • Amy’s canned soups $20.00 – I guess I was thinking of after the fast :lol:
  • Canned diced tomatoes $5.99
  • Canned tomato paste $5.99
  • Canned tomato sauce $6.99
  • Pita bread $1.69
  • Tamales from the co-op $5.63

I will say that we have not been throwing ANYTHING away, save  a few leftovers that didn’t get eaten and the pulp from my juice ;).  We aren’t throwing away any produce at all, which has always been an issue for us, sometimes a big one but sometimes small.  I guess we did kind of stock up on some things, so I’m hoping this coming week I can tighten up a little and not spend so much.  I have been really trying to make my juices greener so I have been using more greens.  The juicing experiment has been good, but I will be glad to be done and spending less money!  I still have a few more weeks to go of juice heavy meals though, so I don’t see the spending going down by much for another month.  Still, not bad considering all of the produce I’ve been needing!

Wednesday Weigh-in

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

Last week – 146.2

This week – 143.2

3 pounds lost

I’m down 10.6 pounds since the beginning of February, and 11.2 pounds since January 1st!

You might be thinking ‘she is only drinking juice and only down 3 pounds in a week?!’  Well I am overweight, but not that overweight.  I only have about 8 pounds to lose to get to a ‘normal’ BMI.  My goal weight for now is 125, so I have less than 20 pounds to go.  (The last time I was 125, my baby was 2!  7 years ago.)  3 pounds in a week is double the amount I would normally lose at this point!!  And 10 pounds in less than a month is amazing.  Now I fully expect anywhere from 2-5 pounds to come right back on, though I hope it is closer to 2 ;)  So I hope that this rate of loss continues and that I will be able to get another 6 pounds gone in the two remaining weeks on my fast.  Did you hear that?!  I am on day 17!!

Also, in case anyone was wondering about muscle loss.  It isn’t an exact science, for sure, but I use a Tanita scale that shows body fat along with weight.  It seems like it is pretty consistent, and before the fast I started with a lean body mass of 96.8 pounds.  Today it is 94.6.  So 2 pounds of muscle loss.  I’m not really worried about it too much at this point.  And since we’re talking body fat, I started this month at 37%, and it is down to 34%.  Not bad!

Anywho, on to another week :)

Sucking it up

Okay, I know I’ve been whining about my fast and how shitty it has become over the last few days.  I’ve had a change of heart?  Back to my original thinking.  It isn’t about weight or health or any of that.  It is the fact that I need to finish what I started.  I am tired of making declarations and saying I’m doing this or that from now on, and then never following through.  I need to do this to show myself that I CAN follow through!  I can and I will.  So I’m starting day 15 which was going to be SO exciting because it is the halfway point, and now I will think of it as all downhill from here.  I have reached the hump!

I was getting upset because the weight hasn’t come off like I wanted it to, but when I started I thought that I may lose 15 pounds, since I don’t have tons to lose.  (It feels like a ton to me :lol:)  So of course I wouldn’t be losing a pound every day.  And now it has leveled off to just over a pound every 2-3 days!  I am pretty much on track to lose 15 pounds during this 30 days.  I’m also experiencing a lot of discomfort in the areas I was hoping to have some healing happen, like my back and knee.  I’ve been walking every day and keeping busy at work, but it isn’t helping.  So it feels like everything I wanted to happen isn’t happening so why bother?  Maybe I just need to give it more time, like oh, I don’t know, 15 days?!

So that’s it, no more whining.  I am just going to suck it up, whatever it is that I’m feeling that’s negative, and follow through with my goal, my commitment.  If I have come this far I can surely finish it out.

Okay, now I will shut up for a while now about this whole thing ;)

Day 14

Ugh.  I am just feeling so over this fast today!  Over it.  My stomach doesn’t feel good, I’m starting to feel the extreme emptiness and not liking it I guess.  The honeymoon is over! :lol:  I know I wrote yesterday that I was determined to make it the 30 days, but man, I just don’t give a shit today.  I drank more juice, a bunch more water, but it doesn’t seem to help.  I have been keeping busy doing lots of stuff around the house, trying not to think about how grumpy I am but it isn’t working!!!

I want to give up, but I don’t want to at the same time.  If I give up will it be the same when I am tempted to go out to eat, or have a six pack of beer?!  Do I just need to suck it up and get over it and keep going??  Day 30 just seems SO far away right now, which is dumb because I am almost halfway there.  Sigh.  I just don’t know what to do.  It is my challenge and if I quit early then who cares really?  I’m not where I wanted to be, but I’m thinking my goals were unrealistic to begin with anyway.  I might feel like a loser for quitting but I’m sure I would get over that :lol:

I guess I will keep going, at least, I won’t quit tomorrow.  Maybe I just need it to be a regular working day so that I won’t really be thinking about how much I think this sucks right now.  I can’t believe the complete turnaround I am feeling.  I was feeling so great and looking forward to all of these good changes.  Now I do not care at all!!!  Blargh.  Okay, rant over.  Time to find some mindless crap on tv or something and just veg out.  Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

 

Juicy Day 13

Well today was rough.  I think it was because I didn’t drink much juice yesterday and then this morning I waited too long before I made any juice.  I was very crabby and just not feeling well.  I have been toying with the idea of trying once again to run the Portland Marathon this year, since I was thwarted by injury last year.  I’ve pretty much decided to go for it.  I decided on the Novice Supreme training plan by Hal Higdon, and figured that I would need to start training on March 13th.  This is cutting it really close with my fast, so I was contemplating quitting the fast or modifying it in some way.  It was giving me major anxiety!  But, I’ve decided that things will be fine, since the training starts out pretty easy.  I will finish the fast as planned and then get back to eating as soon as possible.  I will take a week to ease into it with lots of smoothies, and then start adding things back in like salads, soups, and beans.

I’m excited!!  I am nervous too, since my knee still isn’t quite normal, but I don’t think it will ever be again. I hope that with less weight on me this time around, my body will be able to handle it better.  I keep thinking about it and I can’t just give up on my marathon dream!  I have to try again.  And Portland seems right as a kind of redemption.

So yeah, still going, not strong or anything but still going :lol:  I am determined to make it through these 30 days, 17 left!  I am really going to try to drink more juice and water tomorrow and from now on.  I think that will help me to not run out of gas and stay in a happy mood :)

Juicing day 12

Well I’m starting day 12 today.  Just wanted to give a little update since my rant yesterday :lol:  The scale did move down a pound (and 1 body fat%) today so that helped to give me my motivation back!  I drank less juice and put less fruit in my juices, tried to drink more water, stayed busy most of the day, and got an afternoon walk in on the treadmill.  I’m thinking that my body just needed a little time to adjust to the quick loss before it was ready to start moving again.  I hope that my downward trend will continue!

I did realize though that I need to think of the whole thing as more of just the goal.  My goal is to lose weight, but in order for me to keep up the motivation I need to just see my goal as the 30 days, and whatever happens to me during that time is just what happens.  I was pretty annoyed yesterday but I didn’t really think of quitting.  I am going to follow through with the 30 days, but do I really want to do it hating every juice I drink and regretting my decision?!  That wouldn’t be enjoyable at all.  So, in other words, I’m going to suck it up and quit being a baby!

3 more days until the halfway point!!  I guess that is pretty good motivation too.

Juice Fast Day 11

It is the beginning of day 11.  I thought I’d be soooo excited to have 10 days under my belt!  I am, somewhat.  But the scale is not playing nice.  Yesterday I was only down .2, and today there is no change except the body fat went down by half a percent.  I should be grateful for any movement, but I really didn’t think it would just stop, you know?  Maybe it will start going back down again tomorrow, who knows.  I can’t help but feel a little frustrated, even though I have lost over 7 pounds already since I started this thing.  But, I am bound to put some of those back on, maybe even 5 of them!  So yeah, am I doing all of this for nothing?  I am not doing it all for the weight, but that is a big reason I am doing it.  I even started walking again in the evenings the past 3 days.  Maybe that has something to do with it?

Trying to find something positive, my skin is feeling and looking a lot better, I think.  My knee is feeling better, I think, and my back definitely doesn’t hurt as much as it did a week ago – but that may have happened anyway even if I wasn’t doing the juice fast.  I am feeling more confident that I will be able to choose to eat and be healthier once this is all said and done.  And I am definitely feeling more in control of myself.  So those things are all good.

So today I am going to drink less juice, and try to do other things to keep my mind off of my frustration.  I’ll get my shaggy hair cut, come home and make some dinner for K and M, and then do some knitting.  Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow :)