Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Well, I've mostly made it through day 3 of my juice feast, and I have to say, it's been an interesting one.
I woke up this morning feeling alright. I started my TaeBo workout, and I found that I just didn't have the energy I normally did. I drank a little juice to get me going, but I never really felt my 'power boosters' kicking in. Around 11am I was terribly sluggish, and had to take a nap. I woke up an hour or so later feeling like I had taken a sleeping pill. I had deviated from my usual fruit smoothie in favor of a grape/watermelon/lemon/apple cider blend (I'm allergic to apples, hence the substitution). I normally have a blended drink with all the fiber in tact, plus nonfat yogurt and protein powder added in the mornings. I'm not sure if that's what I was missing, since I normally don't drink juice before I workout --only water.
I had a cucumber/apple cider/celery juice for lunch, and that seemed to get me going. I've been feeling pretty well thus far.
A side effect of this whole juicing thing seems to be that I haven't 'moved' anything restroom-wise since I started. It was concerning me quite a bit until I researched it, and found out that many people have the same issue in the early days of juicing. Hopefully the problem will correct itself in the next couple of days. I'm down 2 lbs. in two days, but the weight loss really isn't my concern right now. Retraining my tastebuds to desire more fresh fruits and vegetables, and working on my longterm health are the priorities.
My energy's pretty good now, and I'm looking forward to adding ginger to my juices on day four.
Here's to happy juicing!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Well, I decided to keep a log of my experiences during my 30 day juicing journey. I recently watched a film called, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" that was very eye-opening for me. In it, a man named Joe Cross goes on a trip through the United States while drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices only for 60 days. He was able to shed 80 lbs. and rid himself of a chronic skin condition in the process.
I have been incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet for the last few weeks, and exercising daily. When I saw the film, I thought it would be interesting to give the juicing thing a try mainly to see how it would affect my chronic allergies. I'm allergic to so many fruits (ironically enough), and environmental things. I know I'm not meant to live like this. Then, of course, there's the weight issue. I have already lost 5 lbs., and have no doubt that if I continue on my current exercise and eating regimen that I will lose weight consistently and safely. There are definitely better ways of losing weight than going on a juice fast (or feast, as it as often referred to), so my main goals with it are to address my chronic allergies, and retrain my tastebuds to desire more fresh fruits and vegetables.
I've observed from viewing hundreds of weight loss videos on YouTube, (and posting a few of my own a few years ago), and reading weight loss stories here on SparkPeople and other places, that the majority of people who lose large amounts of weight tend to regain it. I've heard figures as high as 99%. What can I do to be in the 1% of people that do not regain the weight once it's lost? I have to desire the foods that are healthful for me. That doesn't mean I won't ever have another burger or piece of pizza -- it just means, hopefully, that it will feel strange to me to go a day without getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. That's the place I want to get to.
At some point, maintaining a healthy weight should move from being a struggle to being something we do with relative ease -- because that's the way we were meant to function. So, in short, I'm doing something pretty radical in order to be completely normal.
I want health. I want a slim body. I want confidence. I'm willing to set aside some time in my life to achieve those things in the long term. Heck, if I had had the forsight to do this 10 years ago, would I be dealing with these issues now? Probaby not.
So, yesterday I began what I thought would be a 3-day per week juice fast, but I decided to go full-throttle and just dedicate the next month to juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I'll be keeping track of my progress here as often as I'm able -- which may be everyday, but may not be.
So far, I feel pretty good. I have one juice called a 'mean green' (if you see the film, you'll understand), and one that my husband and I call our 'nice drink' that contains mostly fruit. I'm also experimenting with various other juices. Today we're juicing watermelon. He'll be juicing 3 days a week as planned, while I'll go the full 30 days on juice only.
Yesterday we only drank 3 small cups, and called it a day. Today, I've had 4 6 oz. cups so far, and I'll probably do 2 more before the day is out. A fruit smoothie with protien in the mornings, and vegetable and watermelon juices the rest of the day. Pretty simple. I'll mix it up as time goes on. I'm experiencing a lot more hunger than I did yesterday.
Okay, I'll be checking in frequently until the 15th of June. Here's to happy juicing!
Monday, May 14, 2012
I'm realizing this whole thing is a journey of greater magnitude than I thought. I've watched so many stories of weight loss on YouTube, here on SparkPeople and other places, and they all have one thing in common -- Everyone struggles to keep the weight off. EVERYONE. Juicers, Weight Watchers, fitness enthusiests, WLS patients, Biggest Losers -- EVERYONE.
So, what to do? Give up? Resign ourselves to being overweight the rest of our lives? No, sir. This is not the way I was meant to live. I can only go back to what has worked for me in the past. It's not the programs that have failed me. I am human, and I have fallen again and again. What's the answer to falling? Getting back up and moving forward.
So, over the next 6 months, I'll be implementing a 'Best-Of' weight loss strategy, of sorts. Rather than beating myself up, and not putting forth the effort because I've stumbled in the past, I'll take all the pieces from the broken promises I've made to myself, and begin assembling something worthwhile.
I'm calling it "Operation Juggernaut". It has to do with training every piece of heavy artilery on this cancerous tumor called obesity, and firing at it full-throttle until it is obliterated. Is that imagery violent enough for you? I'm channeling that fighting spirit that has never left me, and I'm aiming my sights at Private Enemy #1 in my life.
I'll be doing a combination of all the things that have worked for me in the past, including:
1. Visiting SparkPeople daily. Posting on the message boards, tracking my food intake, communicating with other members, reading success stories, and utilizing all the tools that are available to us.
2. Staying active with the YouTube Weight Loss Community. Watching videos of others who are losing, and gaining inspiration from them.
3. Doing TaeBo (or other workouts) everyday for the next 6 months. 3-4 times a week thereafter.
4. Listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss Podcast 5x per week.
5. Stop eating after 6
6. Sticking to a low fat diet 5 days per week (less than 30 grams of fat daily)
7. Counting my calorie intake. Logging my meals here on Sparkpeople. Sticking to 1500 calories or less.
8. Going to Weight Watcher's meetings every week. Weighing in consistently.
Will that about do it? I think so. I have made a committment to myself to prioritize my weight loss, and I intend to honor it. Daily exercise is the staple of that plan. I don't know if it's possible to manage weight loss in the long term without exercise. I've come to terms with that.
So, I've found the strength to begin again. I'll be seeking ongoing strength here on Sparkpeople, and I hope you can find strength in following my journey.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I'm not going to say much today. Just that I'm working on getting my groove back. I never stopped working on losing. I've just been trying to do it without depending on calorie counting and Sparking consistently. I guess I'm not quite up to that yet. So, I'm admitting I still need the help of this site and my fellow Sparkers. It's not easy, but I'm getting back up in the saddle. I'm going to work on re-losing the 5 lbs. I've gained, and then setting new goals. I'm looking forward to progress.... Thanks for checking on me!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Well, I've had some very slow progress here recently, but in the last week or so, my progress has picked up tremendously. So, I thought I would jot down a few notes on what I'm doing differently right now just in case I need a jump start in the future. Here's the game plan:
1. I'm waiting until I'm truly hungry in the mornings to eat.
I know the going wisdom is to never skip breakfast, and I normally try to have something, just out of habit or obligation, but I've noticed that if I wait until 9 or 9:30 when my appetite gets really revved up, I find it easier to control cravings throughout the day. Strange.
2. I'm mixing up my eating "end time".
I normally stop eating pretty early in the day -- no later than 4. I've trained myself to do this over the past year, because I find that my cravings really increase between 4 and 10 pm. I think my body's gotten used to it, so I decided to mix it up a bit and eat a little something later in the evening. It seems to be working.
3. I stopped drinking diet sodas.
They hadn't been adversely affecting me until the last couple of weeks, but I decided to cut them out for now, and just stick to diet green tea and water. I think it's really made a difference.
4. I'm learning to be more sensitive to the signal that my body has had enough to eat.
I've made a habit of pushing past that "politely full" feeling for years, and eating until I reach the "buzzed" feeling. It's the same thing that drug addicts and alcoholics go for. You're looking for a fix, and you know when you've gotten it. I try to remind myself to eat as though I'm eating food that I don't find delicious. I ask myself, "If it were dry broccoli and salmon, when would you stop eating?" That comes at about 65% full. I think I'm accustomed to eating to about 80% full.
5. I've stopped putting timeframes on my weight loss.
This is about the 50th time I've had to learn this lesson. Putting expectations on how quickly I should be losing is a form of self-sabotage for me. I do so much better when I just take the weight loss as it comes. I know how much I could lose, but the amount of weight I actually lose depends on a lot of factors. This is a growing, learning time for me. That is priority number one -- even above weight loss. If I don't retain what I'm learning, I'll have to learn it all over again, so I'm working on accepting that the process will take as long as it should. There's no point in being impatient with it. Being able to maintain your progress is so much more important than losing the weight quickly.
Okay, self. You hear that? These are the things we meditate on when we're feeling frustrated. Hopefully they'll help someone else too!
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