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"Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" -- To juice or not to juice?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So I watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" -- which you can see on instant Netflix or online at:

It looks interesting. I've been thinking about shocking my system... I just don't know if its a good idea. I'm a biochemist. I know its kind of stupid to just drink juice for 10 days, with limited protein, barely any fiber, just fruit and veggie juice. But still...

I think the movie serves as a long commercial for the Breville juicers. The cheapest one with a good review is $200 -- plus paying for fruits and veggies to juice for a week and a half ~$150-200 -- so I'd be looking at a $400 diet for a week. I think my budget would agree that probably right now, its not a good idea.

But still I'm trying to do some research and hear back from anyone on Spark that has done a juice fast. There's a few Spark Groups related to it -- so there are Sparkers out there that have tried it. I just don't know what to think about it.

So that's my "hmm" should I try it -- for the day.


In other news, I called the plastic surgeon to get a consultation for a brachioplasty (aka--goodbye chicken wing arms!). My mom's all worried about me having surgery (and she'd be the one driving my butt around that day and for the next few days) -- so I asked her to come down and go with me on the 23rd.

Its exciting. I'm devoting myself to religiously track my food intake. I've been working out, but then if I eat too much -- the scale is not budging. I've been good today--lots of fruits, air popped popcorn, and tuna. I'm trying to lean more towards 1400 calories if I can budge it--but its sooooo little! I honestly don't know how the people staying at 1200 can manage it. But I'm trying to learn the better choices.

Haha, instead of juicing I should just focus on actually eating the stuff I would juice -- right? I probably won't juice -- I'm supposed to avoid celery and dark green leafy vegetables to avoid kidney stones -- so I guess I should focus on actually eating the freggies.

By the way -- the plums I've gotten in the last week = SO GOOD! And black velvet apricots are my new addiction. Random blog... but its been that kind of a day!

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    I was inspired by F, S & Nearly Dead also and did run out and buy a Breville. This is way before signing on with Sparkpeople. I did a 7 day juice only and really enjoyed doing it. It was kind of awesome to give your body a rest from all that processing of solid foods. I never felt tired or hungry really and had a lot of energy.
On the down side. It was expensive to do the way I did it. I was doing all organic and a huge variety, following the exact food menu that he lays out on the website. It's a whole lot of vegetables.
I did lose 8 pounds in that week which I put back on in short order because I went right back to my old bad habits.
Overall I think it's a wonderful way to kickstart a change in one's life and I will do it again, maybe more for just 5 days, two or three times a year to give my body a cleanse and a rest.

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BIGMELITTLEME 7/21/2012 12:02PM

    I too watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and I loved the concept. It was too expensive for me as well. I found a juicer in my garage that must have been my parents' (I bought my parents' home when they passed). Anyway, I did an alternate concept. I have a blender and a bullet. I bought the Fusion Fruit Mixes and I bought some of the Smoothie juice mixes. I bought fruits like bananas and peeled them and broke them in half and froze them. I bought cherries, pitted them and put them in 3/4 cup portions in baggies and froze them and same with some kiwi, strawberries etc. That way they keep for a long time. Then I made myself a smoothie every morning rather than just the juice. I got the bulk/roughage and I felt full and I still got to benefit from the nutrients. I put also put baby spinach in mine (which I could NOT taste) for the iron. You couldn't do the spinach because of your dietary restriction. Then I ate salad for lunch and a regular 3oz meat, two veggies, and a carb for supper. I lost about 10 lbs doing that for about two weeks.

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SUSIEGKORN 7/20/2012 9:26AM

    I thought about trying freggies only for a day or so just to get the jump start I've been needing lately. I just don't think I can do it. I may have to look for the Eat t Live book others referenced in your comments though. Good luck to you on eating more freggies!

I can't wait to hear more about your brachioplasty. Hope it all goes well for you (and your mom:)

Have a good weekend!

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NESARIAN 7/18/2012 3:48PM

    Think, Think. Think, mumbled Pooh as he strolled along.

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/18/2012 11:23AM

    I could never do a "juice only" diet/fast. If I don't have variety I get really grouchy! Best of luck to you if you decide to try it though. Can't wait to hear how you do!

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CLHENDY1 7/18/2012 7:44AM

    I watched that too!! Really shocking how much change there was!!

I think you're decision is best. Just stick to eating the healthy foods and tracking them!!

Good luck at your consultation.

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RACHELRUNS26 7/18/2012 6:37AM

    An "eating" version of the juice fast would be something like Eat to Live (vegan plant-based diet). The author of that book, Dr. Fuhrman, is in that documentary - he was the one supervising Joe's juice fast.

I did a juice fast last year, lost about 8 lbs in 5 days (I can check my old blogs), it was HARD but I did feel better afterwards, though I had been eating very clean before that so the weight loss was not as dramatic as if I had gone from an unhealthy diet to the juice fast. I would not do a juice only fast again - would combine with raw foods to have one solid meal a day. You're right it is expensive - we got the juicer on sale with a coupon, but buying large quantities of produce is expensive. You use a lot to get your 4 or so juices a day. Now I just juice as a supplement - fresh juice tastes awesome and gives me a lot of energy.

If you want to see that type of dramatic results without the deprivation of a fast, you could try Eat to Live, but if you can't have dark leafy greens that would be difficult since eating large salads is a big component of the program.

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SKAHONEY4U 7/17/2012 6:42PM

    Well you already know my (scientific) opinion on the juicing. I don't know how people get by on 1200 either.

Brachioplasty.. I am pretty sure I am going to need one of those and some other skin removal surgeries eventually. It scares me so much! Does your insurance cover it? Are you considering others?

Never heard of black velvet apricots!

You might enjoy this facebook group:

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Let's do the math...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Okay here's my BodyMedia data and my nutritional data for the last week... and I was up 2# on the scale this morning... I was in a pissy mood all day! And I knew it which made it worse. Maybe I'm pre-PMSing, or you know, just having a BAD day...

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HARLOW10 7/17/2012 1:49AM

    I also woke up 2 pounds heavier than I was the night before. It did not make me a happy camper, until I realized that there was no way that I ate enough the day before to gain 1 pound much less 2, plus I had exercise in there. It has to be water weight. It's probably something like that with you too, which I know is super frustrating!

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SHRINKING_SARA 7/17/2012 12:20AM

    I did have a ton of sugar yesterday at a baby shower. Way more than normal. I guess I'm detoxing! Ugh.

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BLUEROSE73 7/17/2012 12:02AM

    when my weight loss stalls, I've found if I get back to the 6 meals a day - 3 meals + 3 snacks. It really helps.

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CRYMENIA 7/16/2012 11:30PM

    Maybe your eating is affecting your moods? For instance you might of had something high in sugar multiple days in a row but, today you didn't the withdrawal could be what is making you upset. Regardless of the numbers you have come a long way and should celebrate your accomplishments! Your doing amazing!

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SHRINKING_SARA 7/16/2012 11:19PM

    I think its boiling down to my eating...

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I will not be an emotional eater... I will not be an emotional eater... I will not be an emotional e

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I will not be an emotional eater... I will not be an emotional eater... I will not be an emotional eater...

Maybe if I keep saying it -- it will happen. I had to give up my cats this week. emoticon My allergies were just getting too bad. I've had these guys for six years since they were kittens, but sometime four years ago my stupid immune system reset. Apparently the area I'm living in is allergy central, and a lot of people who move here will develop allergies. I'm on three separate allergy medications and I've been doing allergy shots for over three years. But still -- I was going to try and keep them.

But then I had to realize that a) my parents refuse to let them into their house when I put my house on the market and b) I may be moving into a small apartment on the east coast after I graduate and I just can't have 4 pets (I also have 2 small dogs). So being an adult I found a new home for my boys. As of Tuesday night they are with two of my other friends who will be good owners for them. I'm just all upset that they're not at my house.

So Tuesday I was a mess. I was feeling anxious and guilty and guilty and guilty... and I didn't stop for McDonalds or go to the store for chocolate -- I just went home. And ATE. I ate a lot of "healthy" food. But instead of one portion -- I had five. My calories for that day were only 2400 so I didn't blow myself out of the water -- but then I did force myself on the treadmill to compensate for eating. I haven't eaten to the point of feeling sick in a long time. . . The treadmill time gave me time to think about it as I slowly walked off the gross feeling.

Yesterday I was better. I tried to recognize the depression funk I was in and not binge. I did okay yesterday. I got back to strength training which I've been avoiding -- and holy crap, my obliques are sore -- they forgot what it was like to be worked out! Today, every deep breath is like a deep muscle stretch--but in a good way. I know that what I did yesterday was helpful to my overall goal of being healthy.

And so today -- I will be strong. I will do some cardio. I will not be an emotional eater...

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CHEEKY1000 7/12/2012 9:45PM

    Oh this is terrible for you. The same thing happened to me. I'd had cats for years...then whammy! Suddenly I was allergic to them. I was very fortunate that my parents adored the cats and took them in. I too am an emotional eater and it's at its very worst when I feel out-of-control of any given situation. I "control" the food and then eat, like you, multiple portions. I don't need or want a quick fix to losing weight becaues I believe eating correctly and exercise are the keys, but holy moly! I really wish there was a quick fix to cure emotional eating. One that didn't rely on willpower alone.

Kudos to you for finding loving homes for your boys. You did what had to be done and that's not always easy.


P.S. LOVE your wallpaper!! Go figure.

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    Hugs to you! It's really hard to give up animals but good for you for stopping yourself and still getting up and exercising.

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DOBO61 7/12/2012 3:12PM

    Be kind to yourself and don't give in to that negativity! Maybe your mantra should be:

I will be a mindful eater...
I will be a mindful eater...
I will be a mindful eater...


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SHAREDJOURNEY1 7/12/2012 3:10PM

    The loss of a pet is always difficult. Sorry your heart is so sore at their loss in your life. You were good to them while they were in your care and you made sure they went to a good home when circumstances forced this change. Try to think of them as happy and thankful for all you did for them. They will adapt and you will always have your memories of them and you can eventually move on to acceptance.
As an emotional eater myself, I know how easy it is to turn to food. As you continue on the healthy lifestyle journey you become more aware of emotional eating. Your heart still wants to eat but your head starts thinking; Is it the food I want or the comfort of food? Why didn't food make me feel better this time? Slowly you put those thoughts together and then you can see that food really isn't the solution. Facing those difficult feelings is really the only thing that will soothe your heart.

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FIERCE_FABULOUS 7/12/2012 1:48PM

    its tough to have change force upon you because of your health. but at least your kitties are with friends and not strangers, so you can always visit them! =) the binge came and went, and you didn't let it bury your day, you got on the treadmill, you worked it out. you remained strong the next day, and it will only get better and better. you recognized why it happened, now its time to correct it and move on. so proud of you =)

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The slip and slide of weight gain

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I've been off my game lately. I felt great, I thought I'm looking better, I'm good.... it won't matter if I go out for lunch today... and then the next day... and then dinner the day after that... and then a weekend trip...

Oh wait. It does.

So now I'm up, I had a massive headache last night that prevented a good workout, and I felt crappy. My body is literally screaming at me to quit it and get back to the basics. So now I've got the guilt about screwing up my good streak with a few bad weeks, plus the anxiety that fat is magically going to reappear quickly on my body. Which it sort of has. I think now that I've lost this much, my body is fighting me to get back up to my old set point. Stupid biochemistry... You'd think that scientists could figure out weight loss, but we can't. Its too complex. I read a rather depressing article the other day -- after losing a massive amount of weight, your body literally uses calories differently. It assumes you've gone through a massive trauma, and even though physically you're so much healthier -- your metabolism is still freaking out about the change. The article was about how people who lose weight will ultimately gain it back, unless they're weird and super obsessive. Well guess what -- I want to be one of that 1-5% who keep it off forever. No more 200s!

I got on the scale this morning after just barely going over my calories for the day, and just barely working out (headache). And I was at first annoyed the scale hadn't moved. Didn't it know I put in the minimal amount of effort yesterday and expected a drastic result?!

It took me a second to realize, duh, you're the one with the issues here. My goal for this week is to track it all -- the good and the bad -- and be more mindful of my eating. I blew my calories on popcorners white cheddar snacks. Am I seriously going to get fat again by eating healthy food? The weight gain of this weekend was due to all of my poor food choices (3 days running) -- and guess what, I can't reverse that in 2 days. I hope to get it all figured out by the end of next week and be closer to my goal.

My motivation lately has been lacking. I felt too good. Well sorta. I had some emotional stuff with dating -- which instead of taking anxiety meds, I drank a bottle and a half of wine on the 4th and got plastered. Well that wasn't healthy and I learned about the hour and half I blacked out this past weekend = can you say embarrassing?

So back to being a teetotaler. It's calorically better for me not to drink and I know I can withstand the peer pressure to drink. I've done it for years -- I just need to remember that even though I may be going out -- I don't have to order food and I don't have to drink. I can be social without damaging my waistline.

I hit up Schnucks after work and stocked up on healthy stuff. 2# of strawberries, cherries, grapes, apples, salad mix, frozen pre-portioned fish, Jif PB to go tubs (on sale for a $1! So cheap), and my popcorners and skinny pop popcorn.

So far today I've been good. I seem to want to eat most of my calories in the morning/lunch -- then not have much left for dinner. I also workout at night, so I feel like i have to eat after burning 500 calories doing cardio... so I'm still figuring out what I'm doing...

I just wish I had a magic pill to make this all work... doesn't everyone? Instead I'm going to be one of those obsessive people focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. My body is basically in revolt right now over my 3 day binge. I'm still trying to get back to normal. No more caffeine, no more dairy, no more cheese especially, and no more excuses.

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BLUEROSE73 7/10/2012 4:27PM

    You can do this.

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TAMIPCHICAGO 7/10/2012 3:54PM

    Wouldn't a magic pill be nice? Or maybe just if our bodies would obey "logic." They don't always follow the prescribed rules that if you eat right and exercise you WILL lose weight. They do it when they danged well feel like it, and you have to accept it or go crazy. LOL We'll get there, and as long as we don't forget where we were before and why we wanted to lose it in the first place, we'll keep it off too!

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    Sorry to hear that you've been having a rough time. Maybe being super obsessive for a bit will be to your advantage. It'll get you back into the groove!

Good Luck!



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RACHELRUNS26 7/10/2012 3:39PM

    Don't give up!! Unfortunately, maintaining a healthy lifestyle (at least for me) is one of those things that I have to put effort into to maintain my results. I always thought it would be easy once I was skinny. I feel great yeah, but it's not necessarily easy.

When I slack off, it shows up pretty quickly. Now it's not some dramatic thing to have 1 day off, but if you let it go long enough, it can add up...I lost ALL of my last year's progress and gained back 25 lbs in like 3 or 4 months of old eating habits/no exercise. So I guess the moral of my story is that it's okay to take 1, 2, even 3 days off...don't kill yourself over it, but do get back out there and back on track (like you've done). Get back to the food and workouts that work and ditch the bad habits before they become lifestyle again. I speak from experience. :(

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PEPPDOGG 7/10/2012 3:28PM

    Just remember.....DON"T QUIT!! No matter how many "bad days" or "bad meals" you have, don't give up! Keep chuggin along! It's never going to be too late to start again! You can do this!! Make sure that you don't put so many "no more" statements on yourself that restrict yourself. What happens when you feel restricted?? YOU REBELL! So start with a couple of "no mores" and then when you feel like you have control of can add more! Good luck!

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So I don’t hate cameras anymore…

Monday, July 09, 2012

So I don’t hate cameras anymore… I don’t know when this switch occurred, but instead of the utter revulsion and hatred quickly followed by a scheme to get myself out of the picture – I just smile and pose and try to look cute.

I got preeeetty good at avoiding the camera. There are quite a few years of undocumented 250+ pound Sara. I was flipping back to pre-facebook days and there just are not photos of me. I have the requisite Christmas/Easter/family photos but none of me going out with friends.

This weekend I went on a Kansas City trip with friends to go shopping and go out. It didn’t go exactly as planned and I did not even bother with tracking. Normal, overeating, going with the flow and drinking too much Sara came out – I had RIBS(!), bread pudding, 4 fancy boozy unhealthy cocktails, and more… and guess what--I was up on the scale today. Right now I’ve been bouncing around the same weight up and down for the last two months. I’m almost at my goal weight. I’m not unhappy with my current weight. I still try to eat good and exercise 9 days out of 10 – but I just don’t have that same drive that I did when I was losing 5-10 pounds a month. Right now my body is in the “let’s adjust to this new weight” range. I don’t have the tenacity to lower my calories down too far either at the moment. I would say I run a deficit most days, but sometimes its only a few hundred calories, so its not adding up to a pound by the end of the week – but I know that before I get on the scale. I was a little annoyed by the reading this morning, but I know a weeks worth of good exercise and healthy eating should put me back down to where I was before.

One thing I do feel like I am making progress on is my mindset. Like I said – I’m not unhappy with my weight. I think that’s the first time I could ever say that. I’m still lumpy, bumpy, and not perfect – but I’m happy with myself. I took a bunch of pictures this weekend on our trip – I was going out of my way to get in pictures instead of the other way around. I even went out at night in a TIGHT dress – without spanxs! I had to suck in my gut – it wasn’t perfect – but I rocked the dress. People openly stared at me – and for once I wasn’t self conscious. True it made me suck in my tummy, throw my shoulders back, and smile – but I wasn’t worried about what they were thinking. This time I just assumed they were looking at my butt in the dress (I did mention it was TIGHT right?)

So yet another major milestone emotionally for me. First the swim suit… now a love for photography… maybe these little steps will end up with a new found dedication to get those last pesky little pounds off.

Oh and here’s the dress – it’s a green and white ikat print from H&M – so awesome – and only $17.95! (hence why I went to KC for shopping!)

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BECKY3126 7/9/2012 5:05PM

    Ummmmm....hello! You are rocking that dress! You look amazing!

Everyone needs a weekend of fun and too much food and drinks sometimes. Glad you had fun and you know that you will get back on track. And when you are ready, you can focus on losing your last few pesky pounds. For now though, you look smokin hot!

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