For those of you just tuning in:
Jake and I are currently doing a 30 Day Juice Fast in order to cleanse or “reboot” our diet and health. We watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (found on Netflix and Hulu) and started our fast the next day. There’s a tab at the top labeled “Juicing” that will pull up each post we’ve written about juicing since Day 1.
To add to the challenge, we are in the midst of a move. We’re sorting and packing and preparing for a move across the country from Kodiak, Alaska to Clearwater, Florida. Day 30 is the day we leave our island.
Week One I lost 12 pounds and Jake lost 10.6. I have a crazy addiction to sugar and carbs and this blog is where I’m sharing my story as I try to overcome a lifetime of poor eating habits and yo-yo dieting. It’s honest and probably not so pretty. I’d love to hear from you. Your comments and messages make it easier.
There is a reason you aren’t supposed to weigh in every day. Because if you are working really hard and the scale doesn’t budge, it can sabotage you. And if that were to happen 3 days in a row, you might just want to throw in the towel.
Not that that is happening to me… I’m just saying.
Who am I kidding?! IT IS HAPPENING TO ME and I’M PISSED!
I may have even cried this morning.
But I am still committed and I keep reminding myself this isn’t about the scale. Really it’s not. This is long term. I’m going to stop yo-yo-ing. I’m going to think longterm and not just about a silly thing like today’s numbers. At least I can try.
Jake’s body on the other hand is responding exactly how we expected. It’s just shedding the pounds. Each day he continues to have huge losses.
I’ve had several people ask about how he juices at work. He has a cooler with freezer packs and a 2 liter container that he carries to work. He’ll juice up a ton of juice and take it to work in that and then refill his cup as needed. He has all the energy he needs to work and then come home and pack and prepare for our move.
I’m off to get some more work done. The sun is shining and I’m going to take the kids out for a walk in a little bit. Yay for spring!! Maybe it will be warmer than 45* today! (I’m going to melt in Florida.)
Do you juice? I’d love to hear what your favorite concoctions are.
We’ve found that our staple foods are:
We’ve also added:
We added turnip greens this morning. They were terrible and made my throat burn. Thats what we get for adding stuff all willy nilly.
Enough talk of myself, my issues, and juicing. Have I mentioned that Jacob is graduating from high school the day after tomorrow? Holy smokes. Our life is just a whirlwind and I’m afraid his graduation is going to be a bit anti-climactic. And I’m so bummed about that! His graduation deserves all the accolades and congratulations as any other. More perhaps. He is far from a typical high school student. Even if you discount the fact that he just turned 16 in January, his maturity and education are far beyond what you would find from an average high school graduate.
I don’t think I can even describe how much effort he has put into his education over the last three years. He has such a passion for knowledge and educating himself. For the last three years he has studied 12-15 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, 10-11 months a year. He has definitely put in his time to get a full scholar phase. (We adhere to the principles taught in A Thomas Jefferson Education written by Oliver DeMille. We don’t focus on ages/grades, but on phases of learning that children go through. It’s been incredible to watch Jacob grow and develop through the phases.)
For the last three years Jacob has attended Williamsburg Academy. It’s an online accredited high school. He has live classes online with other students and a mentor. I’ve written about Williamsburg before, although not lately. But here is a link to some of those posts.
Although he didn’t swim competitively this year due to the high demands of his classes, he has been on the swim team every year before. He’s *this close* to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts. He owns his own lawn care business and earns his own way. How he manages to do it all are beyond me.
Jacob, I am so proud of you. I’m so excited about all that the future holds for you!
What an amazing day in Kodiak!! Clear blue skies, warm temperatures (57*), and all the excitement of spring in the air.
Tonight I made a sweet treat the whole family could enjoy. I blended a pineapple with a cup of coconut water and some ice. YUMM! Pineapple smoothie!! We didn’t juice the pineapple. The few times I’ve tried, it has gummed up the juicer. It still juiced it, but it was a pain. Tonight I just opted to blend it in the blender (after watching BFF Kim’s vlog that she has been doing all her blending in just a regular blender! Who knew?!) It was DELICIOUS and such a yummy treat to end such a gorgeous day.
Thank you for all your words of encouragement. I love Audrey’s comment in which she writes:
“In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale.” – Stephen Phillips
When Jake read what I wrote this morning about the weight just dropping off him, he got tears in his eyes and told me he wished he could trade places with me. Which in turn brought tears to my eyes. I’m happy for him and his success. I don’t begrudge it one bit. I just wish my body was reacting the same way.
Hopefully it’s just going through a hormonal change, or it’s a little confused about what I’m doing, or it’s a little annoyed I’m just feeding it fruits and vegetables. I can be stronger than my body. Isn’t that what this is all about? My spirit seeking dominion? Thanks for all the reminders.