Tuesday, January 01, 2013
All over Spark, Facebook and any social media around, stores, shopping malls, and even the good ol' calendar...Januray 1st is always .
Of course, I am withut exception. I had began my juicing excursion and getting to the "easy" part when hubby took his Christmas leave. Now, mind you I am NOT blaming him. I am responsible for my own actions. I blame me. I didn't have to eat at four different restaurants in four days because all my kids were doing their thing and we were "empty nesters" for the week. But, I did. Man, am I paying for it today. Not only did I see a significant increase in weight (right back up to where I started on this journey) but the left kidney has been flaring up the last two days in a not so gentle reminder of how I am neglecting myself.
my daughter (the youngest one who runs with me and eggs me on) went out and bought me 3 naked juices for Chirstmas. LOL What a support system :o(
I was going to start my challenge this morning. However last night we ended up in the ER again for my husband's back. I am begining to think this is his way of making a grand exit from a party. We spent nearly six hours there and arrived home by the time most people were getting up via cab. I went to bed and slept til noon when I went and picked up my girls from their party. I made my morning zinger juice (my favorite...the one with kale, apples, carrots and ginger) During the day though I came across the realization that once again there was really no food in the house! LOL so, I ended up having a chowder bowl with the family and will begin my real day one on day 2.
Oh by the way.......Seahawks in the playoffs Saturday!!
Normally, today would be a day of reflections and goals. I decided I will do that tomorrow. Between the ER and the Old Sac shooting (I'm thanking God and all the spirits around me that my brother had decided NOT to go see those fireworks) I am just exhausted.
You know the best thing about January ? Getting back to normalcy.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Yesterday was an absolute whirlwind of activities. The high school winter concert was wonderful and as I had volunteered myself for the middle school pre-concert potluck I had a lot to do. I sent out reminders to everyone to bring food and we held a bake sale.
One mother brought chocolate covered red vines to the high school bake sale which I thought was an excellent idea, so I made a bunch. They turned out really cute. Do you know how messy your hands get melting and dipping in chocolate gets? Enough to finger lick, which I did. Whoops.
I didn't really juice but a meal yesterday....a lot due to time, mostly tummy rumbles. I made:
handful of baby carrots
I think that was it. But I did stay on the water all day and I didn't (other than the occasional finger cleaning) cheat at all!! Actually I'll tell ya why
Remember, everyone is different but for me it goes like this:
Day 1: Ravenous!
I think my body or mind knew what was happening and I was simply ravenous
Day 2 & 3 Foggy & jittery
Although I haven't experienced the real headaches I have read about I was kind of in a fog (imagine sinus fog) and I had this weird sense of adrenaline rush. You know that flight or fight reaction? Yeah that one. It was WEIRD. On day 2 I went to tinkle when my bathroom door opened. I freaked myself out so bad that I got up and ran to my couch. It turned out the heater had shut off, but that initial reaction was there. Then Day 3 I was sitting at a stop light and a car pulled out in front of me. Although nothing scary had happened that "fight or flight" panic reaction went all through my body like no other. weird. I can only attribute it to the juicing because it's not a feeling I've ever gotten before and thoroughly try to avoid.
Day 4: rumbly
I'm pretty sure it's because while doing this juice fast I still get up in the morning to make my cups of coffee. Well, on day 4 it caught up with me.....with a vengeance. This is the largest contributor of why I did not make more than one meal yesterday. Everything I drank rumbled and tumbled.
This morning is better but I put my coffee down to one cup instead of my usual three. Much better difference. I know I will have to give up my coffee altogether for this project, but if I have to tell my mind that just now, it won't happen. So I let my "body" do the talking.
I am still not experiencing any hunger pangs or cravings as I did on day one so that is a bonus. Actually, I really feel as this week starts on he downward trend that the rest of this journey will probably be uneventful.
The only thing I can say is my left kidney does feel better already...even with the tummy events. I've been drinking a TON of water and my weight is now back to my ticker. I realize this is all probably "water weight" but I know from here on out it will just be progress.
As for the bake sale. I'm proud to say that the potluck and bake sale for the middle school was a success. We sold about $100 worth in an hour and someone donated $80. It really didn't take a lot of will power to refrain from eating because my hands and mind were busy.
Today is payday and I think my computer (hopefully) should be done so I can post some pictures and really get back on Spark. I've been using hubby's computer pretty much to blog only and maybe check on my Friend Feed.
Today I'm also going grocery shopping so I'll be sure to go to my Spark friend's site and get some more recipes.
Next challenge for the upcoming weeks will be to incorporate exercise in.
If I can keep this up....my dress might actually leave my daughter's closet and come to momma!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I know, three blogs in three days! Unheard of I tell ya....It's all good. I'm just bored out of my mind since starting winter break. LOL
Yesterday proved to be much better and today thus far is really awesome. I guess day one is just like my pancakes. I always screw up the first pancake, have to throw it away and the rest turn out beautifully. I do that with test, schoolwork, just about anything I begin. That first one is always a "huh, that didn't work" and try again.
Yesterday's recipes I know I said would be the same but I was out of stuff so it went like this:
2 apples (red)
1 large handful baby spinach
1 large carrot
That was it. I was out of ginger and pay day is Friday.....
Lunch was REALLY different
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 large handful of spinach
2 bunches of red grapes
1 large handful of blackberries
1 red bell pepper
OMgosh that was so yummy!!!
As I also mentioned before I'm trying to more "go with the flow" of things and come dinner time, well a I didn't feel like juicing and b I wasn't hungry. I know I know...totally bad for me nutrition wise but we had a lot going on. I did however, sneak a circus peanut candy thing....
or five.....I blame hubby. LOL
Why am I telling you this? I mean, I could never tell you and you'd never know the wiser. Well, honestly because you should know everything about this so that IF you are ever adventurous and say "hey, let's give this a whirl" you won't feel too bad about a bite here either. LOL
BUT....I didn't feel ravenous at dinner. The smells weren't as intensified and my tummy actually felt pretty good. I feel pretty good. I know I'm due for a headache here soon, but I get those every morning so...
I'll let you know tomorrow what I have today but I intend on it being pretty consistent and today I think I'll actually go the whole day without actually chewing on something. LOL
In other news:
Today I will be baking lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting for a bake sale at the school. I also have to deliver pulled pork for a teacher appreciation day. My middle one has her band concert tonight and my youngest tomorrow and I'm in charge of tomorrow's potluck dinner thing. Oh that reminds me, I have to send out reminder emails. Thanks for the reminder!
I'm trying to figure out how to put up bookshelves on a coffered ceiling. I would have my hubby do it but I know he's going to look at me like I'm nuts and I know it will look really cute. So I need to get it up there THEN show him how cute it is. LOL
I guess I better get to baking then. I have to have the pulled pork to the school here in a couple of hours so I don't have much time. My youngest' friend gave us a bag of lemons from her tree is why I'm making all the cupcakes and frosting for the bake sale....maybe I'll have enough left over for a lemon merainge pie...never made one of those before.
ahhhh...the things to do while juice fasting: bake! LOL
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
What does that even MEAN? LOL
I have fasted before on water for many a days and so I used that in comparison with juicing. With water, believe it or not, I was never hungry.
Day one went, well.....it came and went. I was doing great. I LOVE the breakfast juicing but having trouble finding an acceptable "dinner" recipe. I think I'm just going to have to learn to go with the flow of things.
See, I'm a pretty regimented person when it comes to stuff like this. I think that's why I can start things then "bam" something messed up and it's over. A piece of tile missing from Scrabble game? Throw it away...you know, that type of mentality. I'm working on it.
Yesterday I posted the breakfast and lunch. Both of which are highly recommended. I looked up a recipe under Juicefastingrecipe.com and picked out a dinner one.
Day 1 dinner:
1 yellow squash
1 sweet potato
1 bunch of spinach
Now, as I'm reading the recipes I notice they always have "apple" or "carrot" there IS a reason for this. Apparently these two items work GREAT as a base flavor. Mild. So, I appreciate that.
I was a dorkus in this recipe and accidentally picked up a regular potato like thing and not a sweet one. So not only was it not orange, but the juice tasted like....dirt and starch. I was a trooper and drank it though. Hey, I'm not wasting! So tip of the day. Make sure you get the right potato and wash it well.
The difference between water fasting and juice fasting thus far are enormous. I actually FEEL different with the juice. I'm not talking like "hallelujah" type thing but a) I'm hungrier. I think this is because the nutrition is going in and there's nothing "solid" with it, so the body is saying "hey, yo! What the deuce man?!"
b) If you are not careful your mouth can get a little sore. I'm not sure why that is but It's almost like when I have too much sodium. Kind weird.
c) the smells are sooooo intensified. I cooked dinner yesterday. Now mind you. I was doing okay all day yesterday...all day. I cooked up hubby a steak stuffed with spinach and butter and put it over rice. The smell of the butter just keep lingering even when I took the dog outside. I felt like this:
But I trooped on......until......dishes.
Everyone had been told to eat and there was a medallion left and some rice. I pounced on it like there was no tomorrow. **envisions woman hiding in closet with a box of Hostess** um, yeah, that was me...I didn't eat it...I inhaled it.
Then I told hubby "that tasted funny"
to which he replied
"you tasted that?"
But, I won't quit. Today marks day 2.
and Breakfast and lunch will be the same. Not because I'm loving the breakfast lunch combo but also because it's what I have in the fridge until pay day.
the only difference is on the breakfast one I'm already out of kale so I use spinach (baby spinach) Still taste good, but not AS good as the kale. I'm really liking the kale taste. Never had it before yesterday.
Tonight for dinner I think I will try the garden salad mix. It goes like this
3 stalks of celery
1/2 bag of salad (really)
2 carrots (of course)
1 pepper (I'm using red I think)
I wonder If I should juice feta with that?
well, enough about that.
I need to find something productive to do. I'm out of school and my brain is already fogging up with lack of activity. I think I'm going to bake some today, maybe go for a nice LOOONG walk somewhere. I know I have to take the kids to cheer and dance and all that tonight but the days just seem to drag. What ever did I do before school??
Speaking of my grades were like this:
Forensic Anthropology (fave class) B
Cultural Anthropology - B
Nutrition - B
Public Speaking - C (uh yup, really)
third times a charm right?
Monday, December 17, 2012
My computer caught a cold so it's in the shop getting fixed.
What a rough year for everyone. I'm still so sad over the Newtown incident and find myself crying everytime I see it on the news. I just with people would quit using it as ammunition for their beliefs and just come together to mourn. Just once let their be full on grief. I know if it were my baby, I wouldn't care about gun laws or which religion is worthy to put in schools. I would just want to know you were there to grieve with me in this insanity. Anyhow...that's just my one measly opinion in the midst of a billion I'm sure.
Today marks for my juicing project. If I begin today (which I did) sixty days will put me at February 15th which is my dating anniversary with the hubster. I know, I'm such a romantic fudd. It'll be 27 years we'll have tolerated each other and what better way to celebrate than with a new (hopefully) normal BMI healthy body?
I know, this leads many of you to the "why"? Listen, I'm not going to preach this if you don't hurt my feelings. But, in a nutshell it's more then just losing the weight. Something as you all know I have been working on for over three years now. And mind you ten pounds a year is pretty nice, slow but nice, there is more to this.
First: It's good for my kidneys. I have very poor kidneys and the number one thing that is horrendous on them is protein. I'm supposed to have less protein than say oh, anyone else. On my last surgery it was about 30% functioning and I can always tell when it has trouble. For example, when one eats a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese and ends up on the floor writing in pain less then 24 hours later, it' a sure sign I've done a baaaaad thing to my body. So first thing first. I'm hoping to give these bad girls a break and just let them process nutrition and not protein. I will be supplementing my body with B12 as that comes purely from animal products and is necessary for functioning my brain. I kind of need my brain almost as much as I need my kidneys although sometimes, I wonder by how much....
I'm shooting for sixty days but here's the deal. One we all know my track record on finishing anything, but I'm going to give it a valiant effort. Two, I'm wondering what to do about Christmas or date night. I'm wondering if I take "a break" on these two days or just forge through it. I don't know and I suppose I will cross that bridge when I get there. I'm also told this is supposed to be really good on the skin....good...Not only did I get my grandma's lack of boobies, I've got her saggy skin too...already!! blek.
I'll try to get some pictures on as soon as I get my computer back. I'm hoping for it tonight or tomorrow...but we'll see.
Today's juice recipes were pretty good though.
morning: Breakfast Zinger
handful of kale
2 large carrots
Lunch: Orange Burst
1 yellow bell pepper (I diatom's an orange one)
3 clementines, peeled
YUM!! and a pretty orange color
I don't like beets so I'm looking up "dinner juice fast" recipes on Google. I'll see what I come up with. I do know the big thing is fruits in morning and more veggies at night.
well, that's all I have today. Going to go pick up my girls early from school. Trying to get rid of the new puppy smell from the carpets before guest come this week....I just may have to hire someone. I know my nose is extra sensitive, but UGH...I don't like it.
Hubby has his surgery date. I don't know if I mentioned that before. Actually, it's the day before Valentines day. Going to be a fun week there too. LOL
Oh, congrats to the Steelers for winning this past weekend...but did you see the Hawks win another kick butt game? I want everyone to come together on the 23rd when they play the 49ers and root those Hawks...are we clear? Got it? I want to hear all of you cuz Lordie you'll all probably hear me....
and a special shout out to my friend Bonnie (needsincentive) who just got engaged over the weekend to her long time guy. I hope he treats her well and makes her happy. Because everyone deserves happiness.
Now, if she'd just get her arse back on Spark before I light a fire under her butt....
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