Saturday, December 10, 2011

The quest ends...........the Results Show!!

As I was making my juice last night, the thought crossed my mind, "I won't have to do this anymore." Followed by, "unless I want to." Have to? Really? Did a health judge sentence me to 60 days of juice only, as the penalty for letting myself get in such bad shape? Too bad that can't really happen. I sentenced myself, chose to make this change, and I am very glad I did.

I'm sure that some people and even my own family think I am crazy. That's really nothing new. A fast is kind of radical. I did my homework and checked out the best ways to make sure that I was getting all the nutrition I needed. I think I did well. Now the one thing I don't believe I have ever mentioned is checking with your doctor. If you have any medical conditions, I think it's a good idea to do so, especially diabetes. Controlling the sugar intake would take more effort and you want to be safe. It would be nice to have cholesterol numbers from before and after if you had high cholesterol. I didn't check with my doc because I don't have one. Just because I didn't, doesn't mean that you shouldn't. I am not a good example on that.

Someone asked me how my last day was going? It went like all the other days. Make juice, drink juice and water. The fact that it was the last day didn't change anything. There was no parade, no confetti, just me and the Mean Green, trying to keep warm. I did mention it a few times and people were very supportive. Oh, one guy brought in 2 dozen doughnuts fresh out of the oven. There were my favorite blueberry ones too. I am not sure that they even put real blueberries in them. The whole batch was very aromatic. However, they did not smell that good to me anymore. I took a good whiff of them....nothing. My mouth didn't water, and I had no desire to have any. I don't eat sweets that much, but I would have had at least one, maybe a second if they stayed around long enough. I did do 35 minutes on the treadmill to end my workday.

OK, OK, enough chatter, here is what you really want to know.

Numbers. Unfortunately, I did not take many measurements when I started. I wish now that I had. I didn't realize I would basically shrink all over. I thought my BFB (big fat belly) would go away and that would be it,
 pretty much. I will tell you what I know.

Starting weight..195, seriously,... ending weight..155...Total loss.....40 lbs.
Starting BMI........30.5, that is classified as obese, just barely, but still
Ending BMI..........24.3, in the normal range..woo-hoo!
Starting Waist ..............48-49, ending waist.............40....still have to work on that size even though I lost 8-9 inches!

That's all I have on that, sorry, but they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I made a nice collage, but they just aren't big enough to see, so one by one will have to do.

Want to see my before and after pictures? ................................Sure you do!!!

No touch ups and I don't wear hardly any makeup. (probably should) I only cropped and re-sized them. I am pretty happy with the results so far. I didn't realize how much I had changed until I looked at these. I am almost back to myself, beginning to look and feel like "me" again. That was what I set out to do. 

Yeah, it's been totally worth it. Don't ya think?

Thank-you all. More tomorrow.................



  1. Told you told you told you! I can see a huge difference, and I'm so proud of you. You look great, and will only keep on getting better.

  2. Freaking FANTASTIC! You hit the nail on the head with "I've shrunk all over" but where I see it most is in your face. Most of your before pictures look haggard whereas the after pictures show a vibrant person ready to go out and get what you want. I think I could do better describing it but that's what I see. Congratulations on your 60 days of success and keep us informed on how the transition to solid food goes for you.

    Thanks a ton for the spreadsheet, I'm putting it to use. I thought I was going to start my fast on Monday but I think I need one more week to make sure I have enough variety and ensure I'm getting all of the nutrients I need. I'm a numbers person and want to be methodical about this (as you were). I'll be blogging about my attempt as well and will post here in case you want to follow.

    Also, your Christmas cactus is AMAZING! I've never had one with so many blooms. What's your secret?

  3. Thank-you so much everyone!! I feel more vibrant! It must show.
    No real secret to the cactus, I do have good luck with them, but this one was like that when I got it. It came straight out of a box at the store. I love it!
    Jason, I do want to read your blog, so be sure and share. Also, good to wait until you are very ready. Mind set is more than half the battle and for me, that was having a plan. Best of luck!
    I ate a pear. Seemed like work!

  4. Great Job! I am getting ready to start either tomorrow or Monday. I would love a copy of your spreadsheet if your offer is still good to share it.

  5. Ditto....vibrant is the word. Congratulations!! Sure you did....

  6. Amazing job. Congratulations. You look amazing.

  7. Congrats! I'd love to see your spreadsheet too if the offer to share is still open...I'm enjoying reading your blog! :)