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The Juice Diet – Wrap Up

The Juice Diet – Wrap Up

This 30 day challenge wrapped up early and since tomorrow is G’s last day of kindergarten and we’re leaving for Orlando in three days I think I’ll just get this written now.

I truly juiced – only juice and water – for five days and for nine days I had some raw veggies for a meal or two plus juice.  By the end of that time I’d lost 9.5 pounds.  I felt good.  Amazingly good.

Food had (has) too much leverage in my life.  I was a glutton with no self control.  By giving my body a break and allowing it to detox and heal I felt good.  And it wasn’t just physical, mentally knowing that I was putting my health first made all the difference.  That part has stuck even though I am eating again.  The detox itself wasn’t too bad for me.  I had a headache and got lightheaded that first day, but that first week the only big difference was that I needed a nap every day.  And by the second week I couldn’t take a nap even when I tried. I was alert and it was great.

It’s amazing how little food I actually need.  I’ve been eating food again for over a week but I’ve still managed to keep 7 pounds off.  Generally, I’ve been eating one meal of fruit or a juice and one small meal and one regular meal.  I’d like to clean it up a little more, but am giving myself a little slack this week as I plan a major vacation for the family.  I’ve spent almost 4 hours this week trying to coordinate what G can eat at Disney (not much).

So, why did I stop early if it was so great?  It was Mother’s Day and I took my mom to the Chocolate Bar.  No other reason really, except that we deserved it.  I do plan on doing a 3-5 day juice detox once a month.  Honestly, I’m actually looking forward to it – how crazy is that?!

Okay, let’s break it down.  The good stuff – you’ll feel better fairly quickly, you’ll lose weight, you’ll be able to give things up by going cold turkey (I’m off Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper for reals and wine is no longer in the house), you will fell better (it’s worth saying twice).  The bad stuff – loss of energy that first week, resenting people who eat (especially if you were cooking it for them), extra time in the bathroom the first few days, not being able to go out to a restaurant socially.

This was an excellent challenge and although I only made it 13 days I consider it a success. If I can do it, anyone can!  Before you do it make sure to watch  the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Day 1

Day 4

Day 11

Golf Challenge

Golf Challenge

Alright I’m now halfway through my month of golf training.  I’ll start by saying that golf is a very frustrating game.  It seems like it should be easy.   I mean come on, the ball doesn’t even move.  What it does do is sit there and mock you.  Golf is also compelling and addictive because it makes you think you might be on the verge of making a breakthrough.  I’ve had this feeling several times over the past couple weeks.  I start hitting balls at the driving range and then a few actually look like real golf shots and I think to myself, okay I’ve got this thing figured out, except when I try to do it again the ball goes anywhere but where I’m aiming.  And that’s why this game can drive people to insanity.  In tennis, if you have a good forehand, you can pretty much make a good shot most of the time.  In golf, it can look great on one shot and then on the very next shot seem like I’ve never swung a club in the my life.  Maybe it’s just a matter of more practice, we’ll see.

So far, I’ve spent nearly half of my practice time chipping and putting.  I think I’ve made the biggest improvement in these areas.  For golf players, I settled on this newer putting grip called the claw, which is where you only hold the putter normally with your left hand but then only barely hold it with your right hand.  I highly recommend this grip.  It felt weird at first, but I started to see improvement rather quickly.  I also decided to take a few lessons in person.  That’s helped too, but there are so many different methods for holding and hitting a golf ball, I think it’s best just to find a method that feels right for you and not try to copy a PGA tour pro’s swing. Well that’s it for now, time to practice.

Juice Diet – Day 10, no problem

Juice Diet – Day 10, no problem

Okay, it’s been a few days since I checked in and I want you to know that I feel fabulous.  For the first 7 days I drank juices and ate fruits or vegetables once or twice a day.  My favorite was mashing up an avocado, dicing a tomato and some onion and eating the guacamole with carrots.   I think that week of actual food helped the transition to straight juice successful.

Monday morning I started with juice only, so I’m on day 3, but I am so surprised at how good I feel!  Really!  I thought I’d be sick and napping in bed (last week I had to take a nap a day I had so little energy) but I’ve tried to snooze during the day this week and haven’t been able to fall asleep.  I actually have MORE energy than when I eat food.  It’s weird.  And I’m not even that hungry.  Sure, at a few points during the day my stomach will rumble, but nothing serious.  Physically, this challenge has been exactly what I’ve needed and I’ve lost 8 pounds.

Let’s talk about what I’m learning about myself and my relationship with food.  I love food and eat during emotional stressful times, this is not news, but this challenge has brought into focus that I don’t need it.  I won’t say that after 10 days of fruit and veggie juices that I don’t crave pizza or a good buffalo chicken sandwich, but that’s just an emotional craving, something to make me feel better.  Is my unhealthy relationship with food changed forever?  Of course not, but the fact that my body feels great and my mind feels good because I know I’m doing something good for my health, should be something that sticks.

The hardest things at this point are the smells and watching people eat.  I fixed bacon this morning for Gage and just the smell made me want to scarf the whole thing down.  I think that if you are the cook of the family it does add and extra layer to the challenge.  It’s hard to smell and touch something yummy and then put it on a plate so you can watch someone else eat it.  Yesterday, I cooked baked potatoes and even a boring potato with no salt or butter stirred up a wanting for food, any food.

That’s enough babbling for now.  Here are a few pics…Obviously, drinking the juices in a big wine glass makes them taste better.

juice1 juice2 juice3

 

Juice Diet-Day 4

Juice Diet-Day 4

So, I’m on day 4 of my “juice diet”.  When I was reading Joe’s reboot diet he recommended at least 2 juices a day, 16 oz. each, for the first five days.  I’ve done that.  I have eaten vegetables or fruit twice a day too.  I’ve had a cup of herbal tea once a day and the rest?  Water.  I’m probably not drinking enough.

I made a nice beet juice that first day and then again the second day and the smell alone almost made me sick.  I’m having a problem with the juices! Since I’m mainly eating veggies twice a day (peas, squash, carrots) I don’t mind if my juices are on the sweeter side, as long as they still have at least one vegetable.

I hesitate to call this a juice diet since I am eating a small amount of vegetables and fruits, but according to the parameters in the book I’m legit 🙂  Plus, if I still only do 2 juices a day and only eating fruits and vegetables until the 27th  I will consider this a win.  My body needs this detox.

The good stuff – I’ve lost 4 pounds.  Yay 🙂  I haven’t had a headache since day 1.  I mostly don’t even feel hungry (although when I made the guys bacon on Tuesday that was pretty tough).  Considering the crap that I was putting in my body before I know I’m doing something good for my health.

The bad stuff – I’ve needed extra sleep.  I have less energy.  I did get lightheaded that first day, but not since.  I do not want to make another juice 🙁  I’m sick of making them already. This week has been a slow while Gage has been at school, so I’ve been able to nap.

My yummy juice from yesterday morning…

IMG_0362Apple, 2 pears, a few carrots.

Next time I’ll show you my cool juicer!

Golf Challenge

Golf Challenge

I’ve always thought that golf would be a great sport to try when I got old.   Now that I’m over 40, I guess that time has come.  I have played before, maybe 20 times in the last 20 years, so this is going to take some work just to get to hacker status.   When we started doing these 30 day challenges last year, I had golf near the top of my list and thought May would be the perfect month.  So much for that logic.  I just checked and the forecast is for low 50s and rain for basically the first half of May.  You know what they say about best laid plans, but I will not be deterred.

My plan is to play an 18 hole round of golf at the beginning, practice for 30 days, and then play the same course again.  For practice, I’ve only got enough time for 45 minutes to an hour a day.  That means a lot of range work and chipping/putting at the range as well.  I’m undecided whether I should take a lesson or not although I’ll be consuming all the golf tips I can find on YouTube.  

I played my opening round  over the weekend and actually did better than I expected.  I got lucky on a few shots.  My best shot of the day came on a steep hill where I couldn’t even see the green.  After I hit the shot I was wondering if I would even be able to find the ball.  Once I came over the hill I saw the green and a ball about 6 feet from the pin.   I missed the birdie putt but it was my only par of the day.  It might be an advantage for me not to know where the green is.   I shot a 107.

Juice Diet

Juice Diet

So, after a successful and relatively easy April challenge I’ve decided to kick it up a notch this time around.  I started a juice diet today, being inspired by the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (it’s on Netflix).  Essentially, I’ll be eating only fruits and vegetables this month, with most of that coming from juicing.  All juices, all day until one meal of veggies and fruit only.  Today, as a transition day I did two meals (carrot sticks and a banana for breakfast and sweet corn on the cob and green beans for dinner) and two 16 oz. juices.  This was my favorite…

IMG_0355[1]This is about half.  It’s only one beet, one orange and one apple.  It was delicious!  You can make it without the fuzz on top too.  I might have pretended it was a very earthy wine 🙂

My mom and went to West Side Market today and I came back with this…

IMG_0353[1]I do need to pick up a few more things tomorrow.

I will keep this short and write more about it tomorrow when it’s earlier and I feel better.  I admit that I don’t feel so well right now.  I’ve had a headache since this afternoon and have felt yucky all over since dinner, even a little light-headed. All things that can expected for the first few days.  Joe does allow a cup of herbal tea before bed so I’m getting ready to make that and head to bed.

This is going to be a hard challenge, and to be honest if I can make it 15 days (what Joe recommends for newbies) I’d be happy, but I really want to make it until the 27th when Disney World will be calling my name.  It’s no coincidence that I chose this one on a shortened month!