Archive | July, 2012

Juice Fast #2–Day 13

30 Jul

I’m going to be quite honest….I can’t wait for this juice fast to be over.  I came so close to just eating something this morning after I got home from work.  Usually the urge subsides by the time I wake up, but today I still want to eat.  I’m sitting here enjoying my first juice of the day, but I’m so ready to be done with it.  I guess that’s pretty much how I felt at the end of the fast last time too.  How anyone can do 60+ days is beyond me.  Of course I’ve pretty much lose everything I want to/can lose.  If I kept seeing pounds flying off and felt better because of it then I’m sure that would be some good motivation to continue.

The scale didn’t budge for me today, still holding at 132.2.  If I end up not losing anything more than that I’ll be ok with it.  I am happy with my results and that’s all that matters!

Juice Fast #2–Day 12

29 Jul

I can see the finish line just ahead!  The closer I get the more I want to walk rather than sprint, lol.  Seems to me that mornings (my late nights) are the times when I want food the most. 

Talk about torture….there were pastries at work last night just staring at me for 14 hours.  Amazingly enough I resisted temptation and never touched them.  If I could eat with my eyes though they’d have been gone!

Lost .6lbs since yesterday and a grand total of 8lbs in the last 12 days.  That’s really amazing.  My body has changed so much in this short amount of time.  I kinda wish I had taken some measurements other than weight when I started.  The thing I notice most is my stomach (because that’s what I hate the most), but I’ve been told my face is looking thin too.  Of course my stomach and my face are the two areas I always notice weight in first, so I guess it makes sense that that’s where I’d lose it from first too.

As much as I’m happy with my results, I’m going to be really happy to eat again.  Last time I was able to maintain and even lose weight after the fast and I truly hope that’s the case this time too, but I am a little nervous.  I like my body so much more at this weight and I really don’t want to gain anything back.  No sense in worrying though, only time will tell.  I do know one thing, I won’t be ready for another fast until at least a year from now!

Juice Fast #2–Day 11

28 Jul

This round of juice fast is quickly coming to an end.  Amazingly I’m not feeling like I did the last time, where I want to eat so badly.  I was having a moment this morning where I REALLY wanted to eat, but it passed quickly enough.  I’m rarely ever hungry, but it’s those rare times when I feel like I just can’t get full when I crave food the most.

It was a very small loss today, down .2lbs, at 132.8!  I’m really excited to see 132 on the scale again.  I’m wearing a pair of work pants that have always been a little tight and today they are feeling loose and baggy.  That’s a nice feeling!

I’m going to tell you all right now that I’m already planning a cheat!  My last day of the juice fast is August 1st.  I’m going to Portland to buy my new MacBook Pro that day, and I am for sure having sushi for lunch!  Technically I should finish out the day on juice, but I can’t think of a better first meal than sushi.  I can’t wait already!

Juice Fast #2–Day 10

27 Jul

I can’t believe it’s already day 10!  2/3rds of the way done.  It’s amazing how ten days can seem so fast and so long all at the same time.

I had my first dream about food last night.  I must have been in high school because there were lockers everywhere and there was a food eating competition going on.  I decided to join the competition at the last minute.  The difference about this competition was that it wasn’t based on how much you ate exactly, but how much you could eat to increase your weight.  So the person that gained the most weight throughout the day would win.  After eating the biggest sub sandwich I’ve ever seen I weighed myself and was down four pounds rather than up.  It was really weird.  Needless to say I never found out who won because I woke up before the end of the dream, but I do know I ate some pretty delicious food in my dream!!!  I must have been craving subway.

I was so busy again yesterday.  I let myself get way too hungry, almost to the point of being sick.  Once I was home though I got back on track and still managed to drink all five juices!  It’s amazing the power of getting the right amount of calories for the day (not too high and not too low).  By reaching my goal of five juices (and roughly 1200-1500 calories) I lost 1.4lbs yesterday, versus when I only drank three juices the day before (900 calories if I’m lucky) and lost zero pounds.  Your body really will hold onto everything if you don’t give it enough fuel to run.  So, as of today I’m an even 133.0!  Getting so close to my goal I can’t even believe it.  I’m not sure if I’ll lose the last three pounds in the next five days.  If I do or I don’t I’m really happy with my success to date.

I did have a cheat moment yesterday.  No, it’s not what you’re thinking…nothing solid I swear!  But, I did meet with a friend for coffee and I had an amazing Americano at Insomnia Café in Cannon Beach.  No cream or sugar, just the coffee.  It was so stinkin good, especially since I had just been thinking how nice a cup of coffee would be.  At that point I was already hungry, and no caffeine in the last nine days, I was beyond jittery. 

Juice Fast #2–Day 9

26 Jul

For those of you who have actually seen me in person the last few weeks, I assure you my winking is not a sign that I have developed crushes on all of you!  I’ve had this super annoying eye twitch for a few weeks now (since before I started the juice fast).  I’ve had eye twitches before and I always thought that it was caused by eye strain, a sign that my vision was changing….or even stress.  I mentioned it to a coworker the other day and she told me that it can be a sign of vitamin deficiency.  I did some research online and found out that, sure enough, eye twitching can be caused by vitamin deficiencies, most commonly a B-12 deficiency. 

You can only get B-12 by having meat in your diet, so a deficiency in this area should really come as no surprise for me.  Even when I’m not on a juice fast I don’t really eat meat very often.  Mostly because I don’t like to cook raw meat myself, and then when I’m out at a restaurant I just usually see something meatless on the menu that looks good to me.  Finally, after three days of taking some vitamins (yes I know I should do this all the time), the twitch is almost completely gone!  Before it was more of an almost all the time thing and now it’s rarely ever happening.  I know I need to keep up with the vitamins, but the main reason I wasn’t taking them before was because they give me such an upset stomach.  I guess I just have to suck it up and do what I know is best for my health. 

I have my yearly check-up next month so I plan on asking for a full screening of all of my levels to make sure I’m not low on anything else.  Did you know that a vitamin D deficiency is a common link in those who get cancer?  I had a deficiency in that before and now I’m finally at a “recovery level” as of my last check-up.  That I do take a on a daily basis because cancer is no joke.  Also, vitamin D deficiencies can show up as problems sleeping (which I was having big time back then).  I think everyone who lives here on the dreary coast should be taking a vitamin D supplement, but of course check with your doctor!

I thought for sure I’d lose a lot between yesterday and today, but in fact I stayed exactly the same, 134.4.  The exciting news is that I managed to fit into my size 4 jeans yesterday!  I worked out for an hour on my treadmill, and walked a few miles on the Astoria Riverwalk so I was a little surprised.  Then again, I was so busy that I only drank three juices instead of my usual five.  I think I actually didn’t consume enough calories to actually lose anything (sounds backwards I know, but it’s true).  So today my goal is five juices!

Juice Fast #2–Day 8

25 Jul

Today is much better than yesterday.  I’m not wanting to eat everything and anything in site which is nice, not feeling so hungry either.  I did make a sort of cheat juice yesterday thinking it would help, and maybe it did.  It was mostly all fruit, but not as sweet as I wanted it to be because of the grapefruit. 

2 Grapefruit

2 Oranges

Kale & Spinach

Since yesterday wasn’t really supposed to be a weigh in day, I’m down 1.0lbs over two days, not bad at all.  At 134.4 as of today.

Fitter Graph

This is a screenshot from my phone, an app called Fitter.  I only use it to track my progress, but I also like that it shows me my BMI too.  A pretty useful app if you’re looking for those tools.

There is a fairly high potential for some cheating today, which has me more worried than excited.  I really don’t want to cheat, but I may find myself out to dinner tonight and it would just be weird to not eat.  So, if that’s the case I’m going to attempt to pick something fairly healthy from the menu.  I’m sure one meal out will be a little setback at this point, but just a little.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and actually thought you looked good?  I’m so excited!  I’m finally feeling good about how I look.  Belly pooch is almost all gone!

Juice Fast #2–Day 7

24 Jul

Today, and especially last night at work, I really want food!  I don’t even care what it is.  Still no cravings but everything and anything sounds and looks pretty good.  It didn’t seem to matter how much juice I drank last night I was still hungry.  I’m supposed to be past that point by now (especially since I didn’t have it at the beginning).  Kinda weird to be having willpower issues at the half-way point.  Sticking to it though.

Normally I wouldn’t weigh in today since I don’t actually sleep a full night, but I just took a little nap and stepped on the scale after I got up….same as yesterday 135.4, so that’s promising for some loss tomorrow after I sleep tonight.  Transitioning between nights and days, whether on a juice fast or not, is always difficult because I eat a lot more than usual, simply because I’m awake so many more hours than normal.

I’m also in a pretty crappy mood, but the juice fast doesn’t have much to do with that, although I’m sure it plays a small part.  If I weren’t fasting I’d most likely be searching my cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer for some comfort food. 

Juice Fast #2–Day 6

23 Jul

I’ve nearly made it through my first work week while fasting and it’s actually going great.  I’m hardly every hungry, and I realized after a coworker asked me last night, that I’m not even having cravings like I had before.  This doesn’t mean that I can’t wait for solid food though, because I am really looking forward to that!

Very small weight loss since yesterday.  Down 0.2lbs to 135.4.  I feel like these small loses are the real weight coming off so I’m not discouraged.  I’ll be able to try working out again now that my weekend is here.  Hopefully I’ll have more energy than the last time I tried.

Juice Fast #2–Day 5

22 Jul

I can’t believe I’m already 1/3rd of the way done with my juice fast.  It’s becoming much easier now.  In fact I’m rarely ever hungry which is nice. 

I finally got a ton of sleep since I don’t have to be to work until my regular time tonight.  My second long shift was easier than the first, and tonight is just a regular 10 hours!!!  Very excited about that.  I’d say the only bad thing with a lot of sleep is that I wake up not feeling too awesome because it’s been so long since I’ve had juice.  I was pretty light-headed and hot today.  Once I got outside and took the dogs for a walk I was feeling better, and now that I’m drinking some juice I feel like a million bucks again!

I bought a lot of interesting things to juice today, fennel, rutabaga, kale (which I haven’t been a big fan of juicing but I’m giving it another try), and something else I forget the name of, lol.  I have no idea how they’ll actually taste, but just like new foods, I love trying new things good or bad.  It’ll add some variety and that’s always good.  Oh, I also found some orange baby beets which I’m really excited about.  I don’t love juicing regular beets so I’m hoping these will be better.

Amazingly I’m down another full pound today, 135.6 on the scale!  Getting so close to my goal already.  I do expect the weight loss to slow down soon, but I still think I’m going to reach or come close to my final goal!

Juice Fast #2–Day 4

21 Jul

Wow!  I can’t believe I’m already on day four of no food.  Things are going pretty good so far.  I’m not having any real cravings for food which is good.  My coworker even ate sushi in front of me last night and I managed not to drool too hard, lol.  It did look amazing, but I know I can eat sushi when I’m done with my fast.  It’s weird, when I’m fasting I look at food (recipes) and talk about it so much more than I normally do, and I’m a food lover so that’s a lot!

I had a rough day yesterday, not really because of the fast, but it probably contributed to it some.  Of course there’s no caffeine allowed on a juice fast and I worked a 14 hour night last night, and am getting ready for another one now.  I didn’t get enough sleep today either so I’m feeling pretty tired.  My eyelids were so heavy last night, but I made it through without feeling too bad, mainly just a bad headache that set it towards the end of the night.  Honestly, that probably would have happened anyway simply because that’s a long time to sit and stare at a computer screen.

I’m having these weird hot flashes (no not those kind!), and a different coworker of mine said that’s what it feels like to detox.  So weird, I swear I didn’t experience any of this stuff the first go around.  Maybe I ate a lot healthier back then, but I don’t really think I’ve been eating super unhealthy since I got back from my vacation.  Other than that I’m feeling pretty good though, maybe a little spacey, but nothing new there, haha.

I did notice that one of my triggers for eating must be anger.  I left work pretty upset and on my short (five minute) drive home I caught myself thinking “What am I going to eat when I get home (to make myself feel better).”  No joke.  That’s crazy.  I don’t think I realized that before. Anyway, I was good, didn’t eat anything but did drink some juice before bed. 

I’m down another 1.2lbs, at 136.6 today, and a grand total loss of 3.6lbs so far.  I can see a HUGE difference in my stomach.  It’s looking so much flatter which makes me happy.  Also, I haven’t been at this weight since I left for vacation so I’m feeling pretty good about that.  I know in order to make the weight loss real I have to stick to the fast though.  If I were to quit now I’d gain it all right back.