Carry On, Carry On

I have been struggling over where to go next, I want to continue being healthy but also am afraid that my fear and obsession of not gaining the weight back or going back to unhealthy ways now that the Feast is over may become an overwhelming obsession in itself, possibly an unhealthy one at that. Ive slipped into this pattern where I look at everything I am going to eat and start deciding whether it is guilt-free or guilt-full. Thoughts like “Am I eating too many fruits and not enough veggies?” “Will this carb in the morning ruin all the work I did?” “How many calories does this meal have, how many calories should I be allowing myself to eat now, how many calories are too much and am I at that point?” “If I skip just one day of working out am I going to loose my grip and slip back to old habits?” I want to avoid becoming a monster about my health and instead become a person who is comfortable living a naturally balanced life.

Since I finished my 60 days I have noticed a few things that make me want to jump right back into it full time- the primary of those being my allergies. While I was juicing all the time, all day, I literally had NO allergy symptoms. Since then my allergy symptoms have come back slowly and seemingly with a vengeance! At this point its definitely not as bad as it was last allergy season but knowing what The Other Side feels like, I am incredibly motivated to juice, juice, juice. But, I want to be mindful of what my body needs long-term. The protein-deficient and fiber-less qualities of the feast were ok for the detox period but are not the greatest for my body over an extended period of time. I AM looking into and trying various naturalistic approaches to cutting the power that my allergies have over my body. So far though, no help. The other thing is that I’ve gone back to having cramps and cravings during 1 week of the month. During my feast I did not experience any of that, which was amazing, but now going BACK to those things is kind of worse. 

Among other reasons, I have decided to do the following. (and I need YOUR HELP to keep me to this plan, Please!)

Season 2 is here my friends, Premiering Next Friday, July 20th. And here is the premise….

Every weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, I will juice for all three meals. Same old rules as before- majority veg with some fruit, and keeping up with the water as I have been.

During the week, Monday-Thursday I will be doing what I have been doing- Focusing on Vegetable and Fruit-based meals with minimal good fats and proteins like 0% Fat Greek Yogurt with my fruit and unsalted nuts like almonds and peanuts. The occasional bowl of corn or rice cereal(in great moderation) with soy milk and a english muffin and egg sandwich once a week (for breakfast) for healthy carbs. 

I am challenging myself to HikeUp my efforts in maintaining a healthy life by hiking in the mornings on Fridays while my no-work-Fridays still exist. Even if its as simple as hiking the loop at Discovery Park, when I don’t have time to get out of Seattle city limits for a REAL hike, I see great benefit and relaxation in this challenge. (If you are free on a Friday morning and would like to join me in my hike, LET ME KNOW! Im not fast and I huff and puff all the way up but its fun to have a partner!)

So here are my official goals for Season 2 (No specified length of time at this point):

-Remain “Monster-Free” about my body and health but keeping that spirit of always striving to be the best, healthiest me that I can be.

-Juice on weekends, off during the week.

-Maintain my water goals and exercise goals from before.

-HikeitUp! Hike Fridays until I get a real job, at which point I’ll switch to Saturday mornings.

-Encourage others to be mindful of their health through my honesty and transparency shown here in my blog. 

So folks, set your TiVo for Friday July 20 for the premier of Season 2 of The Juice Feast!! Its gonna be a good one!

 

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R-E-S-U-L-T-S!! And They Say A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

I’ve taken some time to think over my 60 day experience and how happy I am that I went through with it. It’s finally time for the results episode, and I am decided to be brave and offer up my before and after photos. I do this with the hope that you will see how I’m moving in the direction of progress, and not look at the before photos and say “Yikes!” the way I do.

But first, the benefits! This is simply a list of things I notice as being improved from before my 60Day to now….

-No More Allergies!!! (I’ve felt it a bit yesterday and today, but its nothing like it used to be. I am thinking if I increase to two juices a day most days of the week it will go back to totally reversed)

-Sleep more soundly, more restful and rejuvenating sleep

-More energy overall

-Easier time breathing, slower to get out of breath

-Skin feels softer, smoother, and generally less breakouts

-Stronger, more muscles!

-See better without glasses than with them now!

-Hair and nails are stronger and more healthy

-Better attitude, almost no more dramatic emotion swings like before, and lots less crying all the time. I’m just a crier (for everything happy or sad) but that has cooled down quite a bit.

-Increased enthusiasm about life in general

-HUGE appreciation for and desire to eat more (and a wider variety of) fruits and veggies. LOVE blueberries, avacado, eggplant and am comfortable with fennel, beets, spinach, and lots of leafy greens- none of which I would even touch before.

-Confidence is crazy boosted

-No more back/body pain

-Heightened awareness of health-related topics. All that research and study has taught be a lot. Im no longer totally oblivious to the stats of what I’m eating and feeding my body

-No sickness or colds- I used to get one about every two or three months, nothing at this point!

-Most of my clothes no longer fit! I’m on the smallest option hole on my belt and even then things are loose

 

As for the numbers, which totally shocked me (keeping in mind it was only 2 months!)

Measurements:

Bust: Beginning 37 1/2″     End 36 1/2″      Total Loss- 1″

Chest: Beginning 35″           End 32 1/8″      Total Loss- 2 7/8″

Waist: Beginning 32 1/2″      End 29 5/8″        Total Loss- 2 5/8″

Hips: Beginning 44″            End 40 1/2″         Total Loss- 3 4/8″

Thighs: Beginning 28″        End 24 1/4″        Total Loss- 3 6/8″

Upper Arm: Beginning 13 1/2″   End 12″       Total Loss- 1 4/8″

Above Knee: Beginning 19 1/2″    End 17 3/4″     Total Loss- 1 6/8″

Calf: Beginning 16 3/4″           End 15                 Total Loss- 1 6/8″

TOTAL LOSS OVERALL: 18 3/4″ !!!!

Beginning Weight 164 ——— End Weight 141

TOTAL LOSS OVERALL: 23 Pounds !!!!

And here it is, the photots (as some of you asked for)

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It’s hard for me to look at even the after photos and not continue to nitpick, but looking at the next to each other makes me focus on the before pictures realizing I didn’t quite realize it was that bad.

Overall I am super excited about this journey. The support and encouragement I have received from a whole host of people has been incredible and I don’t know that doing it on my own, solely relying on my own self-control, would have seen me through to the end, to these results. I FEEL SO MUCH HEALTHIER! That means.. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! I will just say it- I’m SO proud of myself, and of corse thankful for all of you for following along and encouraging every step of the way.

 

Like I said, stay tuned for more breaking news. I am praying over a decision right now and when I feel in the next few days that my decision is made I will put it out there for you all to hear. But I’ll leave you with this teaser….. (I know I’m super cheesy, but I’m sticking with the television show thing) There are rumors of a possible Season 2 coming to WordPress soon!

Sixty60Sixty60Sixty

Heck yes, Today is DAY 60!

Today was pretty much a day like all the others.

*****BREAKING NEWS TO COME******  Watch out, in the next few days I will be posting results, possibly before&afters, and a recap of the benefits I’ve seen. ALSO, There is more big news coming to My 60 Day Feast soon.

 

Todays Menu:

-Breakfast: Berries-galore.. blueberries and raspberries

-Lunch: sautéed Veggies (I will NEVER get tired of this!) Red and green peppers, grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, onion, garlic, and spinach

Dinner: fat-free popcorn to celebrate! and an orange

 

Goals:

-I met my nightly sleep goal

-I drank my daily water consumption goal

-I was in the gym for 2 hours today so I’ve got 3 of 4 workouts in for the week

-I did not juice today

 

I feel so great and cannot wait to continue feeling this way. I feel great about how I look right now and am highly motivated to keep it up. Let me tell you- there is one unbelievably large smile on this ladies face when I think about the difference between me 2 months ago and me now.

Like I said, Dont change that channel just because THIS program is over, more great things are up next, so stay tuned!

 

58

Day 58 of 60 today, makes me nervous and super excited at the same time. The truth is that I am well aware that people can have amazing success for a time, then once the big push is over they end up slipping back, or dissolving back, to old habits and therefore the old health. I am aware that likely the hardest work is still to come, over the next few years as I work hard to continue these new better choices and turn them into ingrained habits.

Menu:
-Breakfast: blueberries, half breakfast sandwich
-Lunch: mixed fruit, small piece soy jerky
-Dinner(shared with my bff Rach): spinach/kale/broccoli/celery/apple juice

Goals:
– I didn’t work out today
– I nearly lapped my water consumption (meaning drank twice my daily goal)
– I juiced
– I surpassed my nightly sleep goal last night

So that’s day 58. Wooo!

My love affair with blueberries

Its late, I’m just getting back from a 2+ hour post-work-workout in the gym and I’ve got kind of a big day tomorrow, So its gonna be short and sweet 🙂

 

My menu for the day:

-Breakfast: blueberries

-Lunch: chopped veggies and blueberries

-Dinner: Spinach-Celery juice, small handful of nuts, hot tea

True to the title I am realizing I am in the middle of an infatuation/love affair with blueberries. 2 months ago I would never have thought I would be saying this but I think blueberries are now my favorite food! I have been eating an entire Costco container of blueberries (I think its like 3 pounds or something) EACH WEEK. That and spinach, my new total staples.

 

Goals:

-I met my nightly sleep goal last night

-I definitely drank my daily consumption of water today

-I juiced

-I was in the gym for over 2 hours tonight working hard on cardio and weight lifting, meaning I met my weekly exercise goal today

 

Someone at work stopped me today and said “Youve got a glow about you that set in over the last few weeks, what is your secret and how do I get that?!” Feels selfishly great to have other people acknowledge that they see a change in my health for the better. Many people have commented on the slimming down that almost everyone says they see in my face, but this one was specifically different because she said nothing about my size, just that I looked healthy. What an unexpected pat on the back that shows me I am truly experiencing the sensation of reaching a goal after putting in a lot of hard work to get there. For a moment, allow me to be super selfish and say YAY ME!!

Have a wonderful Friday!

FiftyFour

Tuesday, fifty-four. That is today.

I weighed myself this morning and am now at a total of 22 pounds down, following the Body Mass Index calculator that number means I am now officially out of the overweight/unhealthy category and into the “normal” range! Yay! I’m really proud to have reached that, especially since I had plateaued for a few weeks and was working really hard to break that. Beginning to reflect on this journey I am just so excited to see the difference from start to finish.

The only sad thing right now is that I have an island growing on my chin. Seriously, I can feel the tectonic plates shifting under the surface as this mountainous island forms on my face and it HURTS! I am guessing it has to do with the addition of natural fats (the nuts) in the last few days, as well as my forgetting to take my medications for a few nights in a row. Just hoping it clears QUICKLY… and I’m definitely taking advantage of the old toothpaste trick! Anyway, moving on..

 

Todays menu:

Breakfast: Blueberries, Raspberries

Lunch: Blueberries, Banana

Snack: handful of almonds

Dinner: Spinach-Celery-Broccoli juice

After work snack: another handful of nuts

 

Goals:

-Got plenty of sleep, surpassing my goal

-Drank my water for the day

-Did a Taebo workout (it is TOUGH, seriously was streaming sweat after it was done), meaning Im one workout from my weekly goal

-And I juiced!

Things are good and I’m headed to bed now.

 

Thanks again for continuing to follow me in this life-changing journey, the support and encouragement (and now celebration of the nearing completion/results) are absolutely priceless. I feel incredibly blessed!

PS- SHOUT OUT to all my friends who just graduated- way to persevere through 4 years of challenges  and may you never forget all of the memories made and lessons learned outside the classroom during that time as well.

 

The Finale

Day 53, that means this officially begins the final week of my 60 Day Feast! One week from today I will be taking my “After Photos” and if I can swallow my pride I will post the before and afters. I will also recap all of the wonderful benefits and positive changes I have seen in my health.

As for now I am continuing to move along just the same.

Here was my day today, food wise…

Breakfast: Blueberry juice! Yum

Lunch: Baked carrots, spinach juice

Snack: Raspberries and blueberries

Dinner: Apple-Spinach-Broccoli-Celery Juice, handful of almonds

Goals….

-I spend 2 hours in the gym today, so I’m halfway to my weekly exercise goal

-Met my water consumption goal for the day

-I got 9 hours of sleep last night so that surpassed my nightly sleep goal

-I juiced today!

 

For this last week I want to finish strong, with plenty of exercise, extra sleep and as much juicing as I can each day. Bring it on Day 54!