Last year I spent a lot of time juicing to lose weight. Why... because it is what really works for me. (there are lots of medical reasons why) I did great too, that is until I had to practically move in and take care of my mother. She needed more help than I could get for her through social services/elder care. She was falling at least once a week and before she broke something and ended up in a nursing home, I stepped in.
That was a great move for her, but not so good for me on a physical level. There are loads of stress triggers that figure into this equation and I was overloaded with them. So much so that I found a Caregiver website where I can go and share my experiences with others, give advice, get advice and/or just vent my frustrations. This is awesome.
Mom is now in a nursing home and I have her pretty much settled in there... not without incidents that just sent me through more stress, but, I'm good! Now it is time really focus on ME!
I started doing QiGong exercise just to relieve the stress and OMG... it really does! It is time to get back to juicing. I have decided that this fall I am taking two weeks vacation and attending the Kushi Institute to learn Macrobiotics... that excites me so much. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time now, and it is going to happen!
Saturday I spent most of the day cleaning out more cabinets at Mom's. Boxes are piling up! Big yard sale coming! Sunday, I cleaned the entire fridge, then went shopping for everything I need to do my juice fast. I was going to use my extractor but the last time I did that the fast did not work as well as in using a regular juicer. This time and going forward I will use the juicer for my fasts, but the extractor for all the weeks in between. It does make some great green drinks with all the food fiber etc.
I am so looking forward to this because I gained back all the weight I lost, which was 60 pounds, and more! It really began to depress me and I did not have the strength to get past it. Fortunately, I am a praying woman and man did I ever begin to pray.
It is funny how God works in you to get you motivated. He began to remind me of all those little things, that are not really so little, which HE has done for me in the past and how He can and will continue to do so going forward. So I am actually excited about doing this. I have been monitoring all my food intake for several months now in SparkPeople except for the weekends because I don't have access to the internet staying at Mom's.
That is another point of happiness... I will be moving back to my own home in the next couple weeks. I totally can't wait. I completely moved out last Thanksgiving but was pretty much out of there since last July. Almost a year now and I just want to go home! Unforseen circumstances kept me from getting packed up and actually moving home, so I am feeling some sense of relief and excitement in getting back a portion of my life.
Juicing really does work for me and I have learned what to do in between my 10 day fasts to maintain that loss and keep it moving forward. As I progress in losing the weight, the fasts have tended to become shorter than 10 days and I am not really sure why because I eat very healthy food choices. Most of my choices are raw foods with about 20% cooked... including the protein. I choose to eat this way because it when I feel the best. I know there are a lot of raw foodists out there, but I just can't get there yet. Don't even know if I will every get there because I love my FRESH, OCEAN CAUGHT (NOT FARMED) FISH, FREE RANGE CHICKEN, AND GRASS FED BEEF. I choose lots of vegetarian protein sources and balance this out pretty well to where many weeks I may only eat two or three dinner meals with animal protein and the same with lunch.
I pray that God really keeps me focused on this and movng in the right direction. I need to do this for myself, I know I can do it, I believe in myself and I expect nothing but success! Lots of little successes along the way to create the big pay off! When I will be able to say...