MFTAGGFREEZE's SparkPeople Blog MFTAGGFREEZE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Juice Fast Day 20 (and 19) I don't know why I didn't blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, day 19 was great. I intentionally drank 5 juices yesterday and I felt really good. I think I will do it today as well. <BR> <BR> Day 20 is on and poppin'. I drank a (get this) broccoli, tomato, onion, celery, cuccumber, juice with one clove of garlic. I didn't do garlic at all last fast so everytime I use it, it kinda suprises me. Not to worry though; it fit right in with this drink. <BR> <BR> I've got the second part of that... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:06:40 EST Juice Fast Day 18 Well here it is day 18 and all is well. <BR> <BR> Last night I had some interesting things happen. <BR> <BR> A cousin of mine is opening a restaurant and has commandeered the services of my two oldest as employees. Last night he did a little training with them, and offered some samples to family and friends in attendance. <BR> <BR> The name of the joint is Wally's Wings and Burgers. So there were lots of wings and burgers. Garlic, Parmesan, hot wings, bar-b-q, honey mustard, lemon pep... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 08:49:32 EST Juice Fast Days 16 and 17 I was attempting to do this everyday, but life got in the way. <BR> <BR> Anyway....... feeling good and energized. I am making sure to drink at least 2 green juices a day if not more, and I am making an attempt to make them as green as possible. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to my first juice that I ever made that didn't quite meet the mark...... initially. <BR> <BR> I put a lot of kale.................. and that's saying something cause I always put a pretty good amount.................. in ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 17:35:31 EST Juice Fast Day 15 (and 14) Wow was I busy yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was off work and running all day. In order to get in my correct amount of juices, I drank a double portion of my personal green monster that morning, and later on that afternoon I had a double beet, carrot, apple. Later that night I had an orange, tomato, carrot. <BR> <BR> Today I was supposed to work, but my wife had several photo shoots to do ($$$), and being that we are presently sharing a vehicle, I called in for a day off to work. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:12:02 EST Juice Fast Day 13 Day 13 was interesting. <BR> <BR> I got home from work last night and got such a burst of energy that I stayed up really late. <BR> I was looking through Sparkrecipes and stuff and I found a great quiche recipe that I just had to make for the wife and kids. <BR> <BR> So, there I was at 3:30am making quiche...... they loved it. <BR> <BR> After a short nap, I woke up and visited the farmers market and got some fresh produce. <BR> <BR> When the kids got home, some of them got a basketball g... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:37:29 EST Juice Fast Day 12 Alrighty.... It's Friday..... or that's what we refer to as the days that we work out around here. <BR> (shift works a biscuit) <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is going really well. I got home last night and went directly to bed. Only, I didn't go directly to sleep. I stayed up and watched a few Dr. Mercola (I think that's spelled correctly) videos and took a good look at some stuff I have been skipping in my gmail account. All in all I went to sleep about 1am. <BR> <BR> Dr. Mercola is the be... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 16:40:22 EST Juice Fast Day 11 OK, if you're squemish, or eating, stop reading NOW! <BR> <BR> I knew this day was coming from my last extended fast. It's a part of the process and it's something that is going to be encountered if you juice fast for an extended length. <BR> <BR> Granted........ I have only had fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the last 10 days. <BR> <BR> With that being said, last night and what I have lived of today, have been spent doing some serious evacuating of my bowels....... and they were ob... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:06:06 EST Juice Fast Day 10 Great Day. <BR> <BR> I got off a 6am... got home and went directly to bed. I woke up at 3pm......... I must have needed that rest. <BR> <BR> Since I am working 12 hours today, and I felt a little fatigued this morning, I made sure that I could get in 5 juices today. Great idea because it turns out the work load was heavy today. <BR> I had to use a lot of brain power...LOL. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hope all is well in Sparkville and continues that way. <BR> <BR> On to day 11 <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 02:24:27 EST Juice Fast Day 9 Late blog today. Work schedule took a little bit of a twist on me. <BR> <BR> Everything going fairly well today. I made a grapefruit, orange, lemon juice this morning that really got me going. I usually make enough mean green (green monster) juice for two servings when I am going to work. Since I had to go in a little later, I consumed on of them. <BR> I am working 6am to 6pm tonite so I brought the other greenie and a tomato, carrot, apple juice. I am finding out that I really like th... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 01:25:45 EST Juice Fast Day 8 Well, I guess I am doing pretty good documenting this one. <BR> <BR> Today has been good.... I would say great, but they can't all be can they? <BR> <BR> Anyway, lemon water and a grapefruit, cherry, peach juice this morning. Got me two greenies for work (2-10) and then I'll juice me something interesting when I get home. <BR> <BR> My groceries are running low so I have to shop as well. <BR> <BR> Oh........... I decided to rotate my greens, and I juiced collards instead of kale this mo... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:53:21 EST Juice Fast Day 7 Well it's been a week since I got started and I must say I am feeling pretty good. <BR> <BR> No detox symptoms today, so I am thinking I am done with them for a while. I had some detoxing early on in my last fast but none after that. I have heard some say that is what occurs on 30 days, but when you go beyond 30 it brings on a new round of detox. Nothing severe, just your body doing even more cleaning. I am looking foward to that. <BR> <BR> I know some probably want to know how much wei... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:03:50 EST Juice Fast Day 6 Not a bad day. Slight detox symptoms..... kinda cloudy headed. I comes and goes, but nothing major. <BR> <BR> I went to bed way later than I should have last night, but I just wasn't sleepy. (might be the last juice I had about 11PM.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I decided to go for 4 green juices today. The first was cabbage, tomato, carrot and apple (not all that green, but I put in a bunch of cabbage.) The next two are kale, cucumber, celery, ginger and green apple. Both are for work (2-10) to... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:00 EST Juice Fast Day 5 This will show up as the 27th of September but it details the events of the 26th. <BR> <BR> Rounding out day 5, things are getting to be a routine. <BR> <BR> I was off work for the last two days and those are the days that I really have to stay focused. <BR> With work I am usually scheduled and ordered, but day off...... whew! <BR> <BR> I did get in 4 good juices today, (no time to name them all), and I feel great. I did just have a huge tomato, celery, jalapeño pepper, red apple a moment... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:28:31 EST Juice Fast Day 4 So here's the skinny on today..... <BR> <BR> Got off work at 6AM. Got in the bed about 7:30. <BR> <BR> I woke up around 2pm or so and had a lemon water.... heavy on the lemon this morning. <BR> <BR> Got in a cabbage, cucumber, green apple juice. <BR> <BR> Went to work in the yard..... again. <BR> <BR> Got in a kale, red apple, green apple and ginger drink. <BR> <BR> Went to see my youngest boy play football, on the way there I enjoyed a green tea. <BR> <BR> Got in a honey dew, cucum... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:30:43 EST Juice Fast Day 3 Got off work this morning and had a delicious honeydew, peach, orange juice. I initially made it for my wife, but she already had coffee going so I drank it down myself before bed. I have been forgetting to mention my morning drink off graveyard shift. <BR> <BR> OK.... a little detox, and when I say a little, by the stories I hear from others, they'd probably say suck it up.... man. <BR> <BR> I woke up this afternoon (still on graveyard shift) with leg cramps. Now get this.... I have nev... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:34:20 EST Juice Fast Day 2 So, I got off work this morning and immediately went to getting a few things done around the house that I should have done yesterday. <BR> <BR> Staying up later that I thought I would, I figured I should juice something so I had an apple, beet, carrot juice to tide me over until I got to go to bed. <BR> <BR> Dropped three of my kids off at my father's house, and hit the hay...... hard. <BR> <BR> No serious detox symptoms yet except maybe a little cloudy headed, oh and the mouth film..... (... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:06:42 EST Juice Fast Day 1... I am going for 60 days this time. <BR> <BR> I was intending to start tommorrow, but I was juicing this morning and I decided to get going. <BR> No time like the present you know. <BR> <BR> So I got in a lemon water and ABC juice (Apple, Beets, Carrots) this morning. Brought two green monsters for work and a pineapple, peach, honey dew melon, to be drank at work as well. (Working 16 hours today.) <BR> <BR> So when I get off in the morning, I will probably be in detox mode..... hopefully ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:12:10 EST OK, so I wanted the sparkpoints..... I haven't blogged in a while and it appears that my last blog was of day 5 of a juice fast that was interupted by my work schedule. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot to say. I wanted a few extra sparkpoints and so..... here it is. <BR> <BR> I do have news however. I am planning another juice fast. This time 60 days and I am preparing for this to happen soon. <BR> <BR> So, hope all is well with everyone in Sparkville, and remains that way. <BR> <BR> Be well everyone. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:25:53 EST Juice Fast Day 5 Great day today. <BR> <BR> Worked 4 hours (6-10). The morning was great. Got in my juices and a mini workout. <BR> <BR> I try to get in at least 4 juices a day, but today I don't think I will get but 3. <BR> I have done this before with no issues; it's just what I feel like. <BR> <BR> No big news.... no detox symptoms..... I think they are gone for now. <BR> I know I often mention mental clarity in my blogs when juicing, but I swear it seems like my thinking improves so much. I already ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:22:55 EST Juice Fast Days 3 and 4! Another pretty good day for day 3. I usually get in 4 or 5 drinks a day and try to make two of them green. Day three brought on the detoxing that causes the little film that coats your mouth. Nothing a good brushing with baking soda and a little salt can't handle. <BR> <BR> I started Power90 exercise program about a year ago and found that I liked it. Even though I didn't finish the entire 90 days one part of the program was really interesting to me..... Power Yoga. So interesting in ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:43:15 EST Back at it again (Days 1 and 2) Yesterday wasn't bad at all. I started with my lemon water and had a beet, carrot, apple breakfast drink. I am working the evening shift so I brought 2 green monsters and 1 watermelon, cantelope, orange juice and took all three out during my shift. <BR> <BR> Today I am feeling a few detox symptoms. I have a slight headache and feel a little "woozy." <BR> (for those interested..... a little foggy...... not drunk or anything.) <BR> Other than that, I am ok and looking foward to the next 13 ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:49:33 EST Three days was all she wrote I had intentions of keeping my juice fast going for 14 days, but after the 3rd day I had activities with family that involved eating, and I gave in. <BR> <BR> I'm not disappointed at all. I'll just have to start another one at another time. <BR> <BR> I am still getting in a green smoothie each morning and working out more frequently. <BR> <BR> I feel good. <BR> <BR> Hoping to stay that way. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 08:39:40 EST Juice Fast Day 3 I feel pretty good. <BR> <BR> Got in a grapefruit, lemon, orange juice after my morning lemon water. <BR> <BR> Got a good workout in. Made two green monsters for work. <BR> Before I left I had a beet, pear, grape- juice. It was outstanding. <BR> <BR> Looking foward to day 4... and I am off tommorrow. <BR> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:24:25 EST Juice Fast Day 2 It's day 2 and all is well. <BR> <BR> My stomach is making some very weird sounds.... well, I say my stomach, it's really my abdomen. It doesn't hurt at all, but I remember from my first fast that it is to be expected. <BR> <BR> This morning I had a watermelon-cucumber-ginger breakfast drink, after my lemon water. <BR> <BR> I got out to the track this morning and jogged/walked for about 30 minutes. Upon returning home I got in another of the watermelon juices and juiced two green monster... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:34:42 EST Juice Fast Day 1 It's day one of a shared three day juice fast with the Juice Feasters team. <BR> <BR> I am starting with water and lemon juice. After that I had a grapefruit, grape, green pear juice. <BR> <BR> I made two green monsters for work, and a grapefruit, honeydew melon, strawberry juice for when I get home at 10. <BR> <BR> I got a workout in today, very quick, but intense. I don't know if after carrying out the fast past 3 days will allow for any serious strength training....(might not have t... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:13:36 EST Remembrance of a Loved One Howdy all! <BR> <BR> I am back blogging after a tragedy struck my family this last week. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, my wife lost her Grandmother. It was a total shock, as a week before she was up and about, driving to the store and taking care of herself as well as her husband. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. She had noticed that she was loosing quite a bit of weight and went to the Dr. to see what was wrong. After a biopsy, they gave her the results. She ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 03:38:39 EST Back in the Land of the Sparkers Howdy all! <BR> <BR> I have successfully completed a 7 day/13 hour per day work week. (Well actually I completed it Sunday, but it took a few days to recover.) <BR> <BR> I did miss Sparking and my Sparkfriends as well. <BR> <BR> I did well last week as far as my eating went. I did eat more meat than I usually do but I was a little fatigued by the end of the week and getting up early became more and more out of the question. <BR> <BR> I did get a chance to work with an employee that is... Tue, 15 May 2012 17:29:11 EST Thursday Already? Long work hours today. I am getting prepared for the annual shutdown at this site, when I will be working 7 consecutive 12 hour days. <BR> <BR> But I am ready. <BR> <BR> I am feeling good and my energy level is up... thanks to the green smoothies. <BR> <BR> Last year this event had me on the ropes. I was tired and grumpy the entire week. <BR> <BR> This year, I know things will be different. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood........ well at least from my perspective it ... Thu, 3 May 2012 23:02:49 EST Epiphany.... Yes, I know, I know, well at least I knew, I knew. <BR> <BR> I know the effects of bad things in our body. The toxins, by products, and so on. I know they will add pounds and inches and take time off our time here. <BR> <BR> What I am really starting to feel and see in full are the effects on our minds and behavior. After a 30 day juice fast I noticed many changes in the way I felt physically. The biggest change however would have to have been mentally. <BR> <BR> I am not eating pro... Thu, 3 May 2012 01:20:40 EST Good Sunday <img src="">I have officially made plans to plant a spring garden. It is a little late but I think I can get it done withing the next few days. <BR> <BR> I had a good workout today before work. So good I decided to share a pic. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:00:10 EST Not much of a blog.... I am having a pretty good day as I return to work on the 2-10 shift. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing fine and all journeys are prosperous and fullfilling. <BR> <BR> I have nothing else to talk about. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:38:49 EST Friday.... sorta!!! It's Monday night, the end of seven straight graveyard shifts for this old fella. <BR> <BR> I don't feel bad at all, as a matter of fact since I have been drinking the green smoothies, I haven't been getting sleepy at all. I have also been getting off work and going straight to bed..... that helps a lot. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my workout routine is going well. I am doing High Intensity Strength Training mixed in with some High Intensity Cardio. I am actually starting to see a body transformat... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:29:57 EST This Green Smoothie thing..... I was definitely interested in green smoothies. I was coming off of a juice fast and I wanted a sustainable raw source of sustanance. I have found it in the green smoothie. <BR> <BR> I tried them and liked them. I heard of the benefits from the members of the Green Smoothie Lovers team. I joined the team even before I started drinking them. <BR> <BR> I have got to say, I had no idea the profound impact they would have on my daily life. I really don't want to go a day without one.... ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 00:01:34 EST Attention grabber!!! No, I didn't do a juice fast for attention. But man am I getting some. <BR> <BR> It's mainly because of the weight loss. Everyone wants to know how I did it. I instantly tell them that I went about cleaning up my body. I have even gotten compliments about how clear my skin has gotten and that I look like I did in high school.... WOW! <BR> <BR> I do realize that they mean well (the high school remarks) but I know that they are comparing the way I look now to the way I've looked for the... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 00:28:43 EST Yes it's graveyard shift again.... You know, you'd think you would get used to the graveyard shift eventually, but you never do. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am staying pretty focused on my journey toward even more healthy living. I am consuming mass green smoothies, doing High Intensity Strength training and cardio, and I am feeling fairly well about my overall health. <BR> <BR> I am planning on weighing in tomorrow as I have not for some weeks now. I don't really feel a need for verification from the scales, I just wanna know whe... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 06:06:54 EST It's the most wonderful time of the week.... Yes it's Friday. <BR> <BR> I am about and hour and a half away from this place for three days and the clock has started running backwards I think. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend. <BR> <BR> I will be doing (and enjoying) yard work, fishing, and just hanging out with the family. I even got me some good vegetarian recipes for grilling just in case they propmpt me to fire up the grill. <BR> <BR> Be good everyone...... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:32:43 EST It's Friday Eve.... Yes its that time of the week where everyone is festive and the season of WEEKEND is in the air. <BR> <BR> I am maintaining, I guess. I am not eating anything bad for me, I am drinking my green smoothies almost daily, but due to being so busy, I am not working out on the schedule that I would like to be. <BR> For instance, I had a good workout Sunday evening. I was supposed to get in another workout yesterday, however, life........ well you know the rest of the story..... house renovations... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:41:48 EST Back to the Grind Again.... Well, it's back to work for me. Day shift, Sunday, these two just don't go together. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I juiced several radishes, 5 carrots, and 3 oranges today and added that juice to my already blended spinach. I threw in some frozen strawberries and that combo made for a very good smoothie....... Day officially started. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had or for that matter is still having a great weekend. <BR> <BR> See ya tomorrow. <BR> <BR> For those who have read the Hunger Games Books, ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:38:53 EST Gooooood Morning! I am half way through my morning green smoothie and I am flying high. <BR> <BR> I got in a kale, cucumber, banana, and fresh juiced orange juice this morning..... oh and some frozen strawberries that I cut and bagged myself (they were on sale.) <BR> <BR> I have got work to do today and I believe that I am off to a very good start. <BR> <BR> Oh Yeah, I read the Hunger Games trilogy with my son last year and to my suprise the movie about the first book is out in theatres today. <BR> Sounds... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:47:04 EST It's Friday... well for me it is. I am sure I have mentioned many times that I work shift work. <BR> <BR> I know I know, don't beat a dead horse..... OK. <BR> <BR> Well, I work out (as in my last day at work, not exercise) today at 10PM and because of a little swapping I won't have to come back until Sunday morning. WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> I can finally catch up on my workouts. I am still sore from earlier this week and I really missed out on working out to relieve some of that. But I will make it up tomorrow. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:08:07 EST Uh..OH.... Fast Food. It was Subway, and it was a 12" veggie delight and a veggie delight salad. Just enough to get me through this 12 hour shift. I woke up late so I had no other "healthier" alternative. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did have time for a "green" smoothie. It contained beets, cucumbers, apples and turnip greens and it had me about to bounce off the walls immediately after drinking it. WOW. <BR> <BR> That got my belated start time in gear. <BR> <BR> Life happens again: Tomorrow I am supposed to work... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:20:05 EST When is Vacation Time? I don't feel bad or anything, but I still feel like I need a vacation. <BR> <BR> I am managing my workouts very well and my eating as well, I just want to not come to work. <BR> I think this may be a common problem amongst working individuals....LOL <BR> <BR> Speaking of working out, I got in a good one today before work. <BR> <BR> I am trying High Intensity Training. The process is to do all my strength training exercises with proper form, with a 4 count on the down movement and 2 second... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:33:46 EST Another Day Another Dollar I got off work last night at 10pm. I immediately got to fixing my meals for today being that I had to return to work at 6am. <BR> <BR> No bigee, I swapped shifts to get an extra day off earlier this week so it's payback time. <BR> <BR> I am still ridining high on energy, and focused in on mainly plant based nutrition. As a matter of fact, I have cut my meat consumption down to about 3-6 ounces per day on most days. This from a former chilli cheese fries junkie. And I have just about eli... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:28:45 EST Guess Who's Been Working Out. Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I swapped shifts with a coworker of mine this past Monday, so I had three consecutive days off. <BR> <BR> I started out with my workout routine. I have decided that strength training will play a major roll in my routine and I started out Monday with a weight workout. I hit it again today. <BR> <BR> WOW AM I SORE! <BR> <BR> But it's the good kind o f sore.... you know the kind that makes you realize that you are working out again..... and you know it's gonna be g... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:00:46 EST Start of a new week I will be starting a workout regimin of some sort today. I haven't decided if I want to go back to the Power90 that I have made two attempts at or if I want to go to the gym or what. <BR> <BR> Whatever I decide, I feel like I will be able to stick to it. <BR> <BR> I have been eating more of the red beans and rice that I made while I was juice fasting as a primary meal... about a cup per sitting, along with a salad with about half a Tb. of salad dressing. I am snacking on fresh fruit. ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 03:21:19 EST Transitioning.... Day 2 of transitioning off juice fast. <BR> <BR> I am doing good. I didn't think that the transition was going to be too difficult. <BR> There are times when I come to myself after thinking "Man, I gotta juice." Just because it has become habit. <BR> <BR> I got off this morning and had some green tea. After surfing the web for a short stint, I laid down to bed. Upon awakening, I started into a little pc repair and some clients of my wife's came over to pick portraits. <BR> <BR> Among t... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 05:01:57 EST First Day back on solids.... kinda weird? I am back on solid food. <BR> <BR> Yes, yes, I am breaking the fast in a sensible way. I did not do the prunes. Can't handle the prunes. <BR> <BR> Even before I went on the fast I was what you might call a "regular" person. I have never had issues with eliminating what I had eaten, and don't ever recall having to take a laxative, stool softener or the like. Prunes would have sent my already "regular" body into overdrive. I know this from experience. <BR> <BR> Hence, I looked at al... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:15:56 EST Juice Fast Day 30 It is day 30 of 30. <BR> <BR> I got really busy again today, but I made sure not to go without the juice like I did yesterday. <BR> (That kinda sounded like a steroid add... LOL) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got in my big fruit juice after waking for the graveyard shift, and brought two green monsters with me for work. In the morning, I will juice some other kind of green juice and start preparing to take on solids again. <BR> <BR> It'll be a few days of smoothies and light raw fruits and veggies.... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 03:23:20 EST Juice Fast Day 29 Almost at the end, and it seems like I am loosing a good friend.... LOL. <BR> <BR> After sleeping this morning off graveyard shift, I got up, went out to my oldest son's school for conferences, helped my wife with a photo shoot and before I knew it, it was 5PM, and I hadn't had anything but water all day. Whoa! <BR> <BR> I immediately got a big grapefruit, orange, ginger, yellow honeydew melon, and cantaloupe juice in, and I mean a big one. It was marvelous. <BR> <BR> Juiced beets, car... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 00:18:09 EST Juice Fast Days 27-28 Great couple of days these last two have been. <BR> <BR> For the first time since my fast began, I have been doing some really physical work. My two sons and I worked really hard to get my back yard cleaned up and spiffy. I told them both that right now they see a messed up back yard but I see potential. They both got a kick out of that and insisted on calling me "Papa Potential" all day. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I really pushed myself physically. Not to the point of pure exhaustion, but when... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 00:35:32 EST