Friday, January 06, 2012
Back from my travels, and today is my last day of my 2-week "vacation" from all juice. When I was on the road the week over Christmas, I drank 1 (purchased, Naked) juice a day and ate normally-- a little too normally with all the temptations , but better than it would have been. I put on a couple pounds that week, but I expected to -- some of it was real and some just bulk from moving back to food. After returning home I went to mostly juice supplemented with milk, yogurt, and 1 meal a day, and I lost what I had put on and a little more- I'm now down a pound from where I was 2 weeks ago. My "mostly juice" was still mostly bought juice, though-- I've been seriously cleaning & organizing & trying to do a ton of things to launch this year to make some progress at work, and I have gotten out of the habit of making fresh juice several times a day.
Now it's time to get fully back on track (though I think I am going to continue to allow myself to add a bit of lean protein-- but no grains/breads)- time to tackle that next 20 lbs. (40 to go altogether, but I'm breaking it mentally into 20 lb installments ). I have bought myself 3 pairs of jeans and a few really nice dresses on a great sale, none of which will fit for another 20 lbs, and I want to be wearing those by the end of February (well, one of the dresses might take 30 lbs, but I'll get there too).
My ankle still hurts a bit but is usable, so I'm hearing the Y calling (it's been calling all along, but I just haven't been listening-- let's see if I can make a really regular 4 days a week, even if it's 1/2 an hour). My cleaning project has already turned my spare "coatrack" back into a treadmill, so I will have no more excuses on days when I don't want to face a snowy car & roads.
Happy new year all! I hope all of you are off to a great start for the new year-- my goal for the year is to erode my all-or-nothing mindset and persistently practice taking small & consistent steps daily toward all my big goals-- each goal, one actual step per day towards achieving it.
Now time to persist at cleaning those closets & frig....
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Well, today is day 57 of my juice fast, modified for the last week to include a portion of protein per day. Slow weight loss continues; I sprained my ankle at the end of last week, and that messed up my plan to up the exercise to push my metabolism-- 2 more weeks off it, then I can get to real work.
I am traveling for the holidays, & when I thought about my family visit (at my sister's), I realized I can't juice there-- she's much too high-strung, and doesn't need someone in her kitchen doing their own thing while she's hosting. So I will break the fast for 7-10 days starting Friday afternoon, and try to keep it to mainly raw vegetables and lean protein, doing my best to avoid grains and the xmas goodies. Maybe it's a good thing to change things up for my body-- I plan to go back to juicing after the holiday, and it would be absolutely great to see the same kind of weight loss I had the first month. If it works, I'll do 30 days on, 2 weeks off, 30 days on again.
Plus I'm going to start up the exercise more regularly as soon as the ankle heals. I'm training for a 5K in April with a friend, and for an Appalachian trail 2-3 day trip in August (gotta get those climbing muscles working after years in the flatland).
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone! and when you pass the cookie plate on the table, remember that thin feels better than cookies EVER taste, and then grab those carrots! Yum!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Ok, this is officially Day 53 of my juice fast, though as of last night I decided to modify it a bit to add some lean protein each day, whether that is a glass of lowfat milk with protein powder or a portion of lean meat or fish. I decided to give this a try because my weight loss slowed to about a lb a week, which is VERY slow for a juice fast, and at the same time some bloodwork I did showed that I was developing thyroid resistance, which was probably why I wasn't losing weight. That means that I have to get all the goitrogenic foods out of my diet, since they impede thyroid and slow down your metabolism-- so, no cabbage, kale, spinach, radishes, bok choi, and such (also broccoli, but I wasn't juicing that). Since I'm allergic to chard, that leaves me without much for greens to juice, and leafy greens are the main source of protein during the fast. I've asked a nutritionist about this, but haven't heard back, so until I do, I am adding protein, even if that means dealing with eating a bit & throwing the fast off in that way.
That said, I am down 22 lbs overall since I started on Oct 26, and my cholesterol is under 200 now for the first time in my life since I first had it measured at 22 years old (it was 240 then even though I was thin-- I was told I had hereditary issues with processing cholesterol-- but that wasn't the whole story, obviously). My LDL dropped from 186 to 135, and triglycerides are down in a very healthy range. My BP was up before too, & has normalized, as has my blood sugar. Very pleased with that!
And I have gone down 2 sizes, and having fun shopping again (I used to HATE to try on clothes and look into that mirror), and today I bought 2 pairs of size 10 jeans for my January goal (the 12s I bought 2 weeks ago are already loosening, even with the very slow weightloss). The only downside is that I am spending much more money that I really should-- but I figure I get to make up a bit for years of not buying clothes because they all looked awful on me
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Today I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been so nice here, reading my blog, commenting, sending goodies , and in general being supportive. I'm a better starter than I am a finisher-- I get enthusiastic and jump into big goals and run out of steam. I also tend to go it alone way to much. And coming here and getting encouragement and reading how other people are doing as well really does make it so much easier and helps me keep going when things get tough. So here's to all my spark friends and team members and leaders and everyone else here who takes time to say a kind word & help us all keep going!
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