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, 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.

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