Thursday, October 29, 2015

Day 2 and 3 Done!

Day 2 was pretty easy. I had plenty of juice and water and didn't feel abnormally hungry. That night, I did experience some cramping in my feet. It was weird, because I wasn't doing anything, just sitting on the couch, feet up, watching TV. All of a sudden, my left foot and ankle got a cramp. Ouch! I got it to stop by standing up and stretching it out. Later, in bed, my right foot and ankle did the same thing. I did some research and couldn't come up with anything concrete as a cause. I'm pretty sure I took in enough liquids as well. We'll see.

Day 3 was good too, no more cramps. Sometimes, I think Day 3 can be a tough one. Your mind starts playing with your resolve. After drinking only juice for a couple of days, you still aren't really used to that and you miss the act of eating the food. I've heard others say that they chew on ice when this happens. I didn't want to do that....too darned cold for me. I had a plan for the day, and I just stuck to it. I was kind of sleepy when I got home, but had my DDP Yoga workout I needed to do. Again, it was still difficult for me. I felt much better after I finished it and got busy in the kitchen.

Organization is key for me, as I've said before. So, last Sunday, I had gotten 3 days worth of breakfasts and lunches ready to be juice. That meant that Wed. night, I had to get ready for the rest of the week and make my dinner juice too. Having worked out before, gave me a boost of energy that helped me. One mistake I made was that I made my "Miss Scarlett" dinner juice too late in the evening. It was harder to fall asleep because of the energy that I get after I drink a juice. Lesson learned!

My "Miss Scarlett" was this:
2 medium tomatoes
1 small golden beet
1.5 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1 yellow pepper

For some reason, this juice made lots of foam. I just let it sit and kept stirring it, because I wanted all of it. It didn't make a BIG glass of juice, but it was enough for me. I like the way it tastes and that it's a simple one. Keeping things simple helps too. No one wants to drag 10 bags out of the fridge to make a juice at the end of the day. On to day 4!

Juice On!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Day One in the books

Yesterday went very well. I made one small mistake. I made too much juice for breakfast, but I drank it all anyway. I was full, to be sure. I made about 26 oz. of juice, with watermelon pieces, 1 apple and 2 carrots. It was kind of sweeter than I prefer, but very tasty.

When I did this before, I was often asked, "do you get hungry?" Naturally I get hungry. Everyone gets hungry! People are hungry before lunch, dinner, and in between, so getting hungry is to be expected. Now, what you do about that, especially if it's in the afternoon "snack time," is a different matter. What I do, is reach for the water. I keep a glass of ice water near me all the time. Another tip, is that I tend to think of my juices as meals. I get full, so why not?

Lunch was my version of Joe Cross' Mean Green Juice. Boy have I missed having that. It tasted so good. I hardly got sleepy at all in the afternoon. After a few more days, I won't get sleepy anymore during the day. Dinner was what I like to call VGR8. You can vary it in many ways, but since I'm just starting out, I kept it simple. I had 3 small-medium tomatoes, 2 stalks of celery, 2 carrots, 3 hands-full of spinach, a small hand-full of Italian parsley, and one smallish golden beet. I think that was it! There was plenty of juice and, though it wasn't very pretty, it tasted good. Here are some tips about this.
1. I get the spinach in a bag, already washed. It's just easier. To juice it, grab a handful and kind of ball it up, before stuffing it in the juicer.
2. Make sure to rinse off that parsley. Mine was sandy.
3. Peel the beet. If you don't, the juice might have an essence of dirt in the flavor.

Before I made my dinner juice, I did my DDP Yoga workout. I haven't done any of it in a very long time and I could tell. The workout I did is called "Energy" and it's the entry level one. Well, I could barely do it. It was pathetic. I did the best I could, remembering how I used to be able to breeze through it at one time. I will again. It still felt good to be working out again.

This is a brief description from diamonddallaspage.com of his yoga:
"DDP Yoga is not traditional yoga, it’s a hybrid workout that incorporates
some traditional yoga movements and adds dynamic resistance, active breathing techniques and power movements to make for a more challenging and results oriented workout."

It will help me  with losing weight, getting stronger and more flexible. I wish I'd known about it when I did my first fast, 4 years ago. Ah well, I'm looking forward, not back!!

Until next time......Juice on!!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A New Beginning

I'm excited!! I've been looking forward to the chance to reformat myself for quite awhile. The time has finally come. But....what happened? I was doing so well, I know! Let me tell you, briefly. What it boils down to, is that I wasn't strong enough to keep from getting derailed.

October 10, 2011....that's when I started my first juice fast. It lasted 60 days and I documented it every day (which helped immensely). I lost a good 40 pounds, was feeling Great, had found DDP Yoga (in early 2012) and was getting more fit everyday.

But, Dec. 31, 2011, at my request, my life totally changed. My daughter, her boyfriend, 2 cats, and a dog moved in with me. I thought it would be for a short while. It became almost 4 years. At first, they were supportive of me, but that faded. Things weren't as organized as I liked. They were in charge of cooking, and would often ask me what I wanted. I always said, "meat and vegetables." I got spaghetti, baked potatoes, sometimes salad, beans, more pasta, rice, pizza......it was all tasty and I was hungry, so I ate it. I became increasingly unhappy about the situation, but I'd brought it on myself and would again, to help my children. However, I wasn't strong enough. I stopped doing my yoga. I started having a cocktail or 3 after work, to make me feel better. Not a good thing to do! Not a good thing at all.

Things weren't all bad. I found a great new hobby, Geocaching. Google it, that's what I did. Through that, I started getting out and making friends. I attended geocaching events, many held at restaurants. From there, I also got into Dutch Oven cooking, even winning several awards in contests. It was all good fun and good food! I traveled to many places, seeing many wonderful sights, but I wasn't getting any thinner for it.

Now I find myself right back where I was 4 years ago. I don't want to go anywhere or see anyone, because I'm too FAT!! I cringe when someone wants to take a picture of me. My flexibility isn't good. I'm on blood pressure meds, and I hate taking medicine. Just leaning over to tie my shoes is a pain and a half. Everything I do is more difficult because I am not in shape and overweight. It's time to change all of it.

Last weekend, my daughter, BF, and pets, moved into their new home, that she bought. I'm very proud of her for the progress she made and being able to do that. I gave myself a week to get things organized. It's kind of funny to me, but I also began saying "Good-bye" to food, about 2 weeks ago. Call me crazy if you want. I had many of my favorites, including some fast food items. I cleared out my fridges.

Today was the "launch" day, if you will. It was the day that I spent getting prepared. You see, at least for me, the success of a juice fast, is being prepared and organized. I still had my shopping lists from way back when, so I went to Sprouts and Kroger to get all I needed. I spent about $75, but some of that was for my pets. I make their dog food and they eat better than I have been. Normally, I would spend about $50 a week on my juicing ingredients. That took me a couple of hours. Once home, I started getting things ready. I wanted 3 days of breakfast juices and lunches ready to go. I bought enough produce for a whole week. Preparing everything and putting the rest away, took maybe another 2 hours or so. It's important to me, to be able to get up in the morning and make my breakfast and lunch juices and clean up the juicer in about 10 minutes. I hate getting up, so that is why I do this. The dinner juices aren't such a big deal. I don't mind getting those ready as needed.

Here are some pics. The 2 big bowls are full of kale and turnip greens. Those leaves are full of sand or something. After I soak them, while I am taking care of the other produce, I rinse them off and put them into these great 2.5 gallon Hefty zip-top bags I found. It keeps them very fresh and crispy.

And here is my inside fridge with 3 days of breakfast and lunch. As you can see, there really isn't room for anything else, and the outside fridge is full of the rest, pretty much.
In conclusion, here are some of my top tips to get you started:
1. Buy limes or lemons with smooth skin. They are easier to peel.
2. Watch the documentary, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, free on Netflix.
3. Organize everything, making it as easy for yourself as possible. Trust me on this!

Tomorrow, I'll share my starting out recipe for "breakfast" and how the first day went. More on the DDP Yoga to come, as well.