This is a documentation of my journey to become fit and healthy... when all I really want to do is sit around and read all day while consuming massive amounts of popcorn and Coke. I'm not the kind of motivated person who can easily change my life. I'm lazy and whiny and I'm probably going to kick and scream my way down the scale, but this is kind of my last desperate attempt to get myself down to a manageable weight. So here we go.
Starting weight June 2011: 195 lbs
Current weight; 185
Goal weight: 115
Plan: eat less, move more
Today is the day I take only orange juice all day to prepare for the fast. Tip= never ever ever attempt to drink orange juice after brushing your teeth. Possibly the nastiest thing I’ve ever tasted. Also, if you are going to start juicing, I highly recommend buying the best possible juicer you can afford. I paid $40 for mine and I consider it a waste. I put five oranges through it and I barely got a cup of juice. I’m planning to get a Breville as soon as I can afford it.
Weight-wise, the scale says I’m down five pounds. That seems like a lot to me, for just three days, but I’m not complaining. My headaches are gone but I do still have the back and thigh pain, so the caffeine withdrawals are still going on. Tomorrow I start the fast.
My main goal is to get rid of cravings and cleanse my body for the start of my new vegetarian/vegan diet. I already feel less inclined to want cokes or hamburgers, though D ate pizza last night and I could barely take my eyes off of it while I enjoyed my peach/apple/carrot juice concoction. Which was, by the way, delicious but Hello! Pizza! I figure I’ll make vegan pizza for my first meal after the ease out. Haha!
Anyway, things are going well other than the cramps, which I’m told will subside soon. I’ve been writing and cleaning house, trying to declutter before the holidays get here. I love fall so much! I’ll check back in tomorrow after I’ve had the lemonade drink.
Today is the second day of my ease in. Yesterday I only ate raw fruits and vegetables. I learned that I really hate celery, which is something that I already knew but I had hoped that my tastes had matured as I got older. After all, I used to hate peanut butter and now I love it. But celery is the enemy. It’s pretty much disgusting.
I ate, over the course of the day, two bananas, an apple, a salad with lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion, and carrots, and a peach. I felt a little hungry towards the end of the day but I went to bed early and that helped. I don’t think I got enough calories so today I’ll eat more but I’ll have to have it in the form in juice since the second day is liquid foods only. Tomorrow will be only orange juice cut with water and then on Thursday I’ll start the fast.
I think I’ll be ok doing this. I’ve got a headache from the caffeine withdrawals and I seem to be aching all over, specifically my legs and back, but that could be because of my period. I can tell you that after the one day of just raw foods I weighed this morning and was down a pound. So yay!
Anyway, I’m going to go make some green juice and I’ll check back in tomorrow. Sorry if this was a boring post; The headache is starting to get to me.
Okay, so I know I haven’t posted in a while and I’m sorry. A lot has happened and I’ve been in a not good place as far as my journey to good health. I’ve been eating a lot of junk and my weight has actually gone up from what I had lost last time I posted. In spite of all that, I do have some potentially exciting news. I’ve been doing a lot of research on different methods of going vegetarian, with plans to maybe go all the way to veganism, although I’m not sure about that part just yet. All I know is that the very thought of putting green and healthy things into my body makes me feel so much better. I’ve gotten to the point where I physically can’t eat meat; it makes me sick to just look at it. This is purely psychological. I think it’s just from all the research I’ve been doing but at the moment my body is telling me this is something it wants. I’ve spent far too much time listening to my taste buds and my emotions when it comes to food. It’s time to really learn to anticipate what my body needs and eat for fuel rather than fun.
With that said, I have decided to do a detox fast. I do have some experience with fasting but I think the longest fast I’ve ever done was about eight days. It’s not difficult for me to juice fast because the juice tastes so yummy but this fast I’m about to start will be different. You’ve probably heard of the master cleanse, which is what I’ll be doing. I’m going to be starting out with ten days, although I would really love to do the full forty but we’ll see how I feel after the first ten. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks preparing myself mentally. Fall is my favorite time of year and it always seems to fly by. I honestly think that if I can remove the distraction of food from my life I might possibly enjoy this season more than ever. I’m anticipating long walks and lots of contemplative time spent in nature. Honestly, I’m planning this as a spiritual thing as well as a health thing. I really need to connect with myself more and figure out where I want to go in life. Also, the master cleanse is supposed to be really good at cleansing not only your system, but your palette as well, knocking out all those bad habit cravings we develop over time. To me, that will be the most beneficial part.
So anyway, I’ve gathered everything I need and plan to start the actual detox on Monday. This weekend I’ll eat only raw fruits and veg, with Sunday being all liquid, like broths and juice. I had thought I might stay off the internet and tv while I do this, just to add a more zen like aura to the whole thing but since my job requires internet it wouldn’t be feasible for me. So I thought I would post daily journal entries here, just to keep an account of how it’s going and the affects it will have on me. I also hope it will keep me motivated. Thank you guys for your support and I hope my journey will inspire you guys to keep going as well!
Also, today is my birthday! :)
Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I’ve had some family issues, all health related, which has only strengthened my desire to get fit and lessen my chances of any of these things happening to me. It’s been a scary and disheartening month so far but I’m determined to make this change, not only for myself but to inspire my family to do the same thing. We’ve all seen firsthand exactly what bad eating habits result in. None of us want that for each other.
So, remember how I was moving more towards a plant based, clean eating lifestyle? I haven’t done so well in the past few days. I’ve eaten out a couple of times and had meat on both occasions. I don’t think meat is bad for you, necessarily, it’s just that I really want to detox and give my body a chance to repair itself. So, after the bad week I’ve had, I decided I was going to research exactly what I need to do to make that happen. What I discovered was juicing.
I’m not going to go into detail about this yet. I’m going to see how it goes and if this is something that will work and is easy to integrate into my lifestyle. I can tell you right now that it’s not something I look forward to for a couple of reasons, but on the other hand I really hope that the benefits are as great as promised. I mean, clearly I like to eat or I wouldn’t be in this mess, so not eating solid foods for any amount of time is going to be difficult. But a clearer mind, more energy, and weight loss are all something I desperately want, so I’m willing to see how it goes. I bought the ingredients for my first green juice today:
Celery, ginger, green apples, lemons, kale, and cucumber. I have a small juicer but if I keep this up I’m going to need a better one. I didn’t get much juice off the leafy greens. Also, I did not put that much ginger in. I just snapped off a little piece but I still think it was too much because the drink ended up being pretty spicy. Next time I’ll put two apples in and less ginger.
Strange day. I mini binged earlier and still feel the need for more but luckily there’s no food in the house and I live in a tiny town where everything closes at 9. Plus, it’s storming so I wouldn’t go anyway.
Who am I kidding. If something was open I’d be filling a cart with donuts and pizza while the lightning chased me. It was that kind of day. :(