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Setback OH NO!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

And on the evening of the 8th day, I failed. Okay, failure is too strong a word. I don't like that, it doesn't really apply, because I have NOT failed. Let's say I had a setback. Everyone can recover from a setback, but failure is pretty complete. And I am not done, nor will I let this setback get me down. What was my setback? I gave into temptation/boredom and had 2 cupcakes and 2 oatmeal cookies, 2 oz of string cheese, and about 20 whole wheat crackers. Why that stuff was even in the house I don't know, but because I was so bored, I just wanted to eat. Today I am back on my juice fast and I guess I am starting back on day 1, instead of day 9.

I am going to try and experiment with the different juicers I have. I have a very old Oster, which I've been using, a Magic Bullet, and a Vitamix. I think I would like to add some of the mulch from the veggies & fruits back into my drinks. That will give me more of a full feeling. I will try just with the fruits first, purify them in the Vitamix or Magic Bullet, then add that liquid to my juice. I think that added fiber (whole food) will help. I know it has beneficial properties. Will keep you posted!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/21/2012 6:10PM

    I think when my kitchen is done I will start juicing again. It is just so hard to do with no counter tops or cutting board. In the mean time I don't have to clean the kitchen mess!


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ANGEL27551 2/9/2012 2:51PM

    Good for you for getting back on track. My grandmother always used to say "you can always give out, but you can never give up" and what your doing is exactly that, your're not giving up, and I applaud you for that. emoticon

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DAISY443 2/9/2012 2:36PM

    Let's start calling them learning experiences instead of failures! That changes the entire mind set! Good for you for getting right back on track. Please, make sure you are getting adequate nutrition while on the liquid diet.

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NATIVE_ONE 2/9/2012 7:46AM

    Your are right - it isn't failure. And setbacks happen to all of us...your snacking was tiny compared to mine the other night, I mindlessly ate 900 calories in marshmallows!

Good luck with your juicing. Something I could never do since I like to chew! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/8/2012 7:36PM

    Isn't it nice knowing we are not perfect and so shouldn't expect to be and that new beginnings are unlimited and can start any time? Hang in there. -- Lou

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CALI_POPPY 2/8/2012 6:14PM

    I've come to the conclusion that failure is just a crossroads...if you try again, it indicates you are certain you know what you want. If you give up, walk the other way, it just means you really didn't want it after all. So failure is a good thing, it just has other definitions that give it a bad rap. Failure is actually a good thing...

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Day 8

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Day 8 of the 10 day juice fast and the water bottle is my best friend. I used to drink a lot of water, but I always added a diet powder flavoring. Thus, flooding my body with chemical sweeteners & other manufactured toxins at the pace of 120 oz. a day. Just water & organic homemade juice for the last 8 days. I am still hungry, but I drink my water and juice. Since I am so close to day 10, I wonder if I will keep it up and try for a longer fast. The guy in the video, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, fasted for 60 days on just juice nd water. I don't think I'll go that long, cause I love to eat. I miss the full feeling from having food in my stomach. My son says its because we have a satiation center in our brains linked to our stomach to notify us when we are full, so we don't overeat into oblivion.

I feel better, more energy, waking up earlier. The only exercise I am getting is running to the bathroom every 20 minutes.

Not going to weigh back in until the morning of the 10th day.

Experimenting with different veggies in my juice, so I am not following the program's plan to the letter. I am just juicing organic fruits and veggies: spinach, kale, radish & the greens, beets & the greens, carrots & the greens, cucumbers, celery, chard, ginger, garlic, turnips, oranges, apples (variety), lemons, pineapple, grapes, & blueberry. Whatever is in season, and mostly organic. Most of my juice has been all of the above, but I learned quickly garlic should not be in a juice. Beginning to cut back on the radish, they add a peppery tone. But still doesn't taste bad.

Since I am putting in so many fruit & veggies, I haven't weighed out each portion, cause when you're juicing you just chop and add by eyeball. Makes this difficult to log it in my nutrition tracker, but I am definitely getting more than my quota of fruits, veggies, and water. As far as how many calories I'm taking in, can't tell you. I typically drink 3-4 12 oz. glasses a day of the above listed ingredients, minus the garlic. Plus another 100+ oz. of just plain water.

I haven't had the elimination, to put it delicately, that is expected in a juice fast of this length. The last meal I ate was at a claim jumpers on Feb 2nd, the tri tip, mashed potatoes, grilled veggies, and french onion soup. Not much of it has passed through my system. Hmm. Sorry, but I am being honest on what this is doing to me.

The headaches I had the first 3 days are gone. The blah listless feeling from day 3-6 is gone, and I am waking up early everyday. Whereas, I was getting 12-16 hours sleep a day. Remember I just went through two major surgeries in the last 3 months and haven't even begun my physical therapy/rehab yet. I have energy. I feel emotionally better too. I can FEEL it making a difference in my body, knowing I'm only putting in vitamin packed whole raw fruits and veggies all day, cleansing/detoxing my system.

I feel great. I occasionally crave meat. I mainly crave snack food. I used to crave chocolate, but right now it doesn't even appeal to me. I am a Chocoholic, so that is a real big deal with me. I am also a boredom eater. Not much I can do right now while healing. So boredom city here I come. This is also why I am online more than before. I have time!

I have started reading again, beading is still too painful, can't sit and bead. Whereas, I can fluff my pillows and leg lifts, and have my water, music, book in bed with my cat and 1 dog on the bed with me, and the other dog taking guard laying by the bedroom door, and read. Beading you have to sit at a table and chair, have everything spread out and it hurts after a while. Though I have had some designs in my head I should put down on paper before I forget them. I'll be beading soon enough. I can knit, but I haven't in quite a while. Might start it up again.

Check out and you'll learn more about why I felt this program was good for me. It may be the type of plan you can do, and it does work.
Good luck and keep me posted if you do try it.

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DAISY443 2/8/2012 6:44AM

    Very interesting! When I read your previous blog, I was concerned about nutrition, but it looks like you have it under control. I'm not sure I could do this for 10 days, but I am seriously considering trying it for a day or two to try to jumpstart some weight loss. Very little exercise lately has seriously hurt my weight!
Keep on telling us how this is going.
PS The elimination is probably from lack of fiber and will correct (or over correct) when you get back to food.

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Has anyone seen this video on netflix? I watched it last week, on day 5 of my juice fast, & have lost a total of 9.5 lbs. Thats pretty amazing since I can't exercise at all. It DOES take a long time to recover from a 5 disc cervical fusion. Has anyone else tried the juice fast?

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ANGELA12372 2/7/2012 5:00PM

    WOW, would love to have more information on this!!!

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FRAN0426 2/7/2012 3:53PM

    I haven't tried the juice fast, but see several sparkers using it. Congrats on the 9.5 pound weight lose.

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JOSJONCHRIS 2/7/2012 12:38PM

    can you give more info about it
thank you

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MAGA99 2/7/2012 11:53AM

    I've been considering doing it but I've been researching

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DAISY443 2/7/2012 10:35AM

    Tell us more!

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MICHELLE311106 2/7/2012 9:50AM

    No but I would love to hear more about it.

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Video Zumba - Slow is my Motto

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Well in my current post surgery situation, I don't like it (zumba). Only because I am as coordinated as a hippo on rollerblades! But just like everything else, it'll take time to get "into the swing" of it. It looks fun. I love workouts geared to dance/choreography. What better way to workout than make it fun. Now if I only didn't have 2 left feet! I am looking forward to at least turning it on and trying something everyday. That includes my Wii fit too. I haven't done that in over 146 days as it promptly reminded me last night. emoticon

But right now is right now. Forget about today being a new day, seize the moment. I have been in bed all day and want to move. I've logged my food for the day and collecting points checking here and there. Great article on getting back on track when a trigger hits. So a couple more minutes getting motivated by perusing SP and then I am going to fire up the Wii.

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IUHRYTR 12/15/2011 5:56AM

    One positive step at a time reinforces motivation. emoticon -- Lou

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DAISY443 12/9/2011 3:10PM

    You are way braver than I am! I didn't get up enough nerve to try Zumba and right now I'm not allowed to do any exercising except some upper body strength! Try not to overdo and let us know how it's going!

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FRAN0426 12/8/2011 10:19PM

    Please take it slow and don't overdo. Zumba is fun and I think I have two left feet when I Zumba too. You know, it does get easier and I need to get back doing more of the Zumba, now that my knee is doing better.

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LECATES 12/8/2011 6:08AM

    Be careful not to overdo----but I need to get mine back out and relearn those moves and actually do a song on there---thanks for the idea to try it slow but at least try. Glad you are feeling like you want to move now. Good sign.

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NUTTMEGG9 12/7/2011 11:16PM

    Hi Michelle,

I know how you feel...after not exercising for who knows how long, I started the Wii Just Dance. Let me tell you that I am so uncoordinated that I only did the arms motion for the first three weeks!! I just recently started with the footwork, and it's not pretty!! But we will get better!!

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So this is Post Surgery?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Okay, so I'm not going to give up on SP no sir. Won't exactly pick up where I left off, cause that didn't work. Just take some time to reread/reimplement some basic SP goals and guides and get back into this.

Post surgery update:
Pain level 6-8; deep ache in my neck tells me there's rain in the forecast. Low back is also flared up.
Energy level 1-2; pain meds keep me sleepy all day.
Stress level 1-2; Not much to stress about, it is what it is.
Exercise level 0-1; Need to try some very low impact exercises, maybe stretching, walking, etc.

Not much I can do at this point. 4 disc anterior cervical fusion is pretty major and they aren't even done yet. I go back in with next 6 weeks and have the posterior side done. No PT for me yet, so don't know what to do to stay in shape. See my doc on the 13th for update on next surgery date & post surgery follow-up.

Keeping a healthy watch on my diet. Trying to incorporate more fruits/veggies, whole grains and less fat into my meals. Made a pot of oatmeal for my breakfasts this week. After my surgery I stayed with my sister & mother, they had oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I miss it. I miss them too. But they'll have another chance to take care of me again soon. Back to oatmeal, I made a pot of it and went out and bought some coconut oil and coconut milk to add to it, just like I had at my mom's place. Learning more about the benefits of coconut oil in the diet (in moderation).

So I watch Netflix & my shows online. Not reading much right now, probably should start a book, to help with the boredom. Found out that is a MAJOR trigger for me. I just can't sit around all day without snacking all day. I'm sorry, but it's just impossible for me to do that right now. However, I did go to farmer's market and picked up some fresh organic apples and oranges. So I try to reach for those instead of search my cupboards for something sweet. Thing is, is I don't buy sweets too often. So if I want something, I'd have to make it from scratch, and I have the stuff to do that. How's that for a boredom dilema? Can't or shouldn't bake or cook, cause it's just going to be me eating it. Hmmm I need an overhaul. Okay I guess I'm done for now.

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IUHRYTR 12/15/2011 5:54AM

    Boredom is a killer, not just for our eating but also for our mental and emotional health. Sometimes when I am bored and thinking i am hungry when I'm not, I'll go to bed, read a while then take a nap. When asleep, we don't eat. Works for me. Wishing you the strength to overcome, one day and one pound at a time. -- Lou

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