RIKITT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RIKITT RIKITT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Last day of the juice fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396367 Well, I made it through 11 days and 11 pounds lost in the process. I'm still 30 pounds away from my goal, but every little bit is a step in the right direction. I'm moving on to an intermittent fasting routine while following a low carb diet. I had a lot of success with low carb when I was younger-losing 50 pounds over three months, however I've never been able to duplicate the results because I have a much different routine now. Before I worked in a sterile facility where I wasn't able to le... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:38:44 EST Juice fasting day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395256 Yesterday was the big day at the doctor, but unfortunately, he didn't have any news on my biopsy yet. I have to wait until next week to find out. My bf and I took a trip across on the ferry to the mainland and spent the day together. We had anticipated seeking out a juice bar, but in the end we settled for making a large grapefruit, orange juice when we got home. <BR> <BR> My thoughts are rattled by the possibility of having cancer, but my family has been dismissive of my fears. It seems so... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:35:22 EST Juice Fasting Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392107 Apologies for not blogging over the weekend-I was very busy, and I find once you hit the 5 day mark there isn't much to say on the topic of juice fasting. I have one more week to go-although I had forgotten that I had purchased tickets months ago to the food and wine festival which is taking place this weekend, so I will probably end my fast a little early in order to take part. <BR> <BR> Today is two weeks since my surgery, and the swelling has much improved. I am off to the doctor this mo... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:57:42 EST Juice fasting day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389027 Once again I found day 5 a challenge. My brain was working double time yesterday trying to get me craving everything I saw on tv as I nurses my headache. I started the day with a nice orange ginger lemon sparkling juice. I needed something extra for the migraine-usually I load up on carbs which helps shorten the length-but juice had to do. For lunch I juiced a couple carrots, tomatoes, celery, onion, garlic and spinach and then warned the juice in a pot with some fresh basil and turmeric. It ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:07:18 EST Juicing fast day four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388427 So I woke up with a migraine this morning, which is why I'm only writing my blog now. Yesterday I got good news, the sale of my cabin is going through and I can start looking for a new home. This is a big step for Simon and me, since we have both owned houses before but not together. Currently I have been renting the cabin out and we are renting a townhouse downtown. I love the location here, but the rent is pricey. We have been looking at a couple heritage homes on a couple acres near the oc... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:37:58 EST Juice fast day three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386990 I'm a little bit amazed by how much better I feel from day to day. After having suffered with debilitating thyroid issues for three years while doctors tried and failed to figure out what was wrong with me, I had come to distrust that I would get better. It's been such a long time since I didn't feel bad from the moment I woke up until I slept. I was fearful of getting my hopes up that this time I would actually feel better, after all the failed treatments before. <BR> <BR> That being said... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:20:12 EST Back at juicing :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385773 So after a hiatus where I had my thyroid surgery and recovered, I'm back at the juice fast. I decided to do it for two weeks, because after that my sister will be home from school and I will be going camping for a week. <BR> <BR> I had a regain of 8 pounds since the end of my last juice fast, which wasn't too bad considering 5 is the water weight, and that I was completely immobile and off synthroid for over a month. I have already lost 5 pounds, so now I only have 3 to lose to get back to ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:44:06 EST :( off the fast until June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339383 Sorry I have been away for a while, I was in the hospital on non-juice related heart arythmia. I've been told not to continue the fasting however, so that the doctors can check it all out. I'm back home today but I'm tired and bummed. Eating fruit and veggies again, but my stomach doesn't like it too much. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping after my recovery from surgery I will be able to do another fast, and get back to running. For now I'm in bed and not supposed to "over-do-it". Whatever that means. ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:35:59 EST Juice fast day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336269 Pizza pizza pizza pizza... I got a stack of flyers in the mailbox yesterday, and three of them were coupons for pizza. when ive done low carb in the past, pizza has always been my undoing, and because it takes three days to get back into ketosis, i isually fall off the diet wagon afterward. Yesterday, I have to admit that although the pizza looked great, I couldn't see myself eating it. I imagine it would be way too salty and greasy. For some reason this seems in appealing to me now. Then ag... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:49:57 EST Juice Fast Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335319 Woohoo! 2 weeks in, and I feel like I've hit my stride. I lost the 0.4 that I gained yesterday, plus 0.2, which is a loss and I'll take it. I felt very rough yesterday, and couldn't get out of the house. Hopefully today I will be able to take the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> I don't think about the fasting anymore-it's just become a routine of making my juice like I would any meal. I'm not hungry, and my cravings are much less frequent, and for strange things. Yesterday I was craving banana br... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:00:21 EST Juice fast day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334183 Yesterday was a tough one-not because of cravings or anything, but because I had another thyroid storm. This time I was having some bad symptoms, bad enough that I went to the doctor. I spent the day curled in a ball in bed taking beta blockers and trying to stay calm (I get terrible anxiety and paranoia during these episodes. I got the test results this morning, and the doctor has taken me completely off my synthroid dose. If I continue having these spells before my surgery, I may have to go... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:19:37 EST Juice fast day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332888 Yesterday I was a busy lady. I had planned on running a few quick errands in the morning and then making it home for a breakfast juice, but my plans changed and I didn't end up getting home until 2pm. So I skipped the breakfast juice and had a large carrot, ginger, apple, spinach instead. I then took the dog for a walk at the beach. It was a nice time to go, late afternoon when people were still at work, but most of the dog walkers had since come and gone. I worry about my dog being a bit und... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:38:10 EST Juice fast day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331645 I lost another pound yesterday bringing the total to 14. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day juice-wise but I was suffering from a thyroid storm. I feel better today which surprises me, because they used to last between 2-3 days. It was bad weather also, so I really had a sedentary day, so the pound is a pleasant surprise. <BR> <BR> As I inch closer to the two week mark, the days seem to pass more quickly. I've come to realize that my bad eating habits seem to center around boredom. On wee... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:18:58 EST Juice fast day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330662 Wow double digit days for me now. Yesterday was really easy, I just woke up feeling really energized and fantastic overall. We decided to do a 4km hike, which was quite steep for the majority of the route. I was winded, but it felt good to push myself-something I haven't done for over a year. I have a fear about doing this since part of my illness has been heart palpitations and chest pain, which makes me afraid to get my heart going. <BR> <BR> This started to become a real problem for me t... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:10:32 EST Juice fast day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329609 Yesterday was a breeze, I feel like I've turned a corner and the strain of restricting myself is lessened. I reminds me of when you're running and you have to push through that first bout of fatigue, and then you get into the zone where it's all about the rhythm and your breathing. <BR> <BR> I only lost 0.4 today, but a loss is a loss. I didn't exercise or really get off my butt at all so I'm not unhappy about that. Today we're going for a long walk at the beach with the dog, then some yard... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:51:22 EST Juice Fast Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328683 So I didn't do an entry for yesterday because I was out celebrating. Yesterday I finished my second novel-well the first draft, I now need to get into editing zzz. It was sad because when I started writing in November, I had imagined I would celebrate with a bottle of something fizzy and a night on the town. I hadn't thought that I would finish during a juice fast! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend insisted I still mark the occasion, and so I was bad-we went to listen to some music and I had a glass of... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:08:25 EST Juice fast day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327084 Today I contemplated building a time machine to speed up time... Hehehe <BR> <BR> Things got better later in the day when I lost myself in my writing and got back into my usual routine. I've opted to drink 3 juices a day instead of 4-5 smaller ones, because I'm bored of the taste of them. I spent some time calculating the calories and was surprised at how many calories and carbs there are in the fruit juices-45 per serving of green juice compared to 350 for mixed fruit and vegetable. Plus 8... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:08:18 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325727 Phew today was hard! I was up early this morning to get ready, and had a lovely grapefruit citrus juice at 7am. I did took the ferry to Vancouver, diligently packing juice for the day. We got so caught up in our errands that I didn't get a chance to drink until 2pm. By then I was pretty grumpy, and tired. All I wanted to go on the ferry back was sleep. <BR> <BR> I've found I am drinking less juice than before-and I have less appetite. I'm going to keep up the minimum 64 oz though, because ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:48:42 EST Juice Fast Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324643 Well the day is coming to a close and I am finishing up my fourth day juicing. I can tell that I'm going to grow tired of the juices, as there are only so many combinations and flavored that you can get with green vegetables, apples and tomatoes. I have found that I'm not hungry, and the juice is unappetizing so I basically am drinking them down quickly just to fill up. I guess a lot of getting through it is changing the idea of eating-where I once used to eat because I enjoyed the cooking, p... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:11:56 EST Day-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323233 I feel so great today. I woke up early, but felt refreshed. I was a bit slow this morning, but around noon, I suddenly had a burst of energy. I did a thorough spring cleaning of my entire house; something which I wouldn't have been able to do a week ago. I ran up and down the stairs without any difficulty, and got up and down to get things under the bed and sofa without getting lightheaded. <BR> <BR> In the evening I took my puppy Dudley down to the beach for an hour walk. It was so nice to... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:24:26 EST Day one full day fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322033 Today was a great day! It was really fun going through my juice recipe list and trying a few new juices. Tomorrow I will get to try more :) I really like beets, but I have decided that too much beet in a juice, kinda tastes like dirt... Hahaha. Sadly, it's still not the worst thing I've ever tried. I had felt fine today, listened to my body and drank some juice when I got hungry (about every 2-3 hours). <BR> <BR> I had planned on taking the dog to the beach, since its his very favorite place... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:01:15 EST 30 Day Juice Fast Start Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321191 Soooo... What's that saying about the best laid plans??? Today didn't really go the way I'd hoped. I have been on a waiting list to have surgery since Christmas, and now that I'm making plans and setting goals, I've been given a date. June 3rd. Scary. <BR> <BR> Today I spent the morning running all over town trying to find peaches... I realize its not peach season, but one of the juices I remember really liking had peaches. No luck anywhere. I did get my juicer set up, and had a my first ju... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:44:25 EST Tomorrow the 30 Day fast begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319973 I've been really excited today about beginning this new phase in my life. I have spent the week incorporating more vegetables, fruits and less proteins in my diet. I live fairly low carb anyway, so that wasn't really an issue for me. I don't drink caffeine, so I'm not worried about that, but I have been browsing the supermarket for a variety of herbal teas to try. I've also committed to getting out of the house everyday. I work from home, and after battling anxiety issues for the past si... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:57:52 EST Starting a 30 juice fast on Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317404 This is my first blog on this website, and it's been a while since I have blogged about anything else. I'm really excited about starting my weightloss journey this Friday. Im a very honest person, and I will give you my truthful and unprettied-up opinion about how I'm progressing. I would love any feedback and support, as I know I will need it as things get going. <BR> <BR> My dad was a health nut my whole life, and he did a lot of juicing while I was growing up, because he grew everything ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:37:46 EST