Jake and I were laughing last night That I should start skipping a day and see if anyone notices. Today would be Day 13, tomorrow Day 15… Maybe you had to be there, but I was on the floor laughing.
Thank you for allowing me to wallow in self-pity the last few days. I woke up this morning refreshed and ready to go. I have decided to not worry about the scale until I weigh in on Sunday morning. Hopefully I’ve purged the self defeating emotions and can move on… at least for a week. This reboot has been such a remarkable experience all around and I’m only on day 12. I encourage you to try it, even if you do it for a week or just a weekend.
One of the things that I’ve come to realize is that I TRULY have an “on” or “off” personality. I go through periods where I am so good and our family eats healthy and I have the best intentions. But then for one reason or another, I quit. I always have the best excuses, and that is when I go through binging on everything unhealthy and non nutritious.
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.
I found a really great article yesterday on juicing when I was looking for information on colon health and juicing. My bowels have always been sluggish (go figure considering my typical diet). The article reiterated the importance of paying attention to the colon while juicing. I’m guessing if you’re blending, you may not have the same issues?
Since the beginning of the fast, I’ve been worried about getting enough fiber to keep my bowels moving. Jake and I have used DrNatura’s Colonix cleanse several times before over the last couple years and I use the Colonix fiber fairly regularly. I went off it because I wasn’t sure how the juice would affect me. But a couple days ago I started the Colonix cleanse system. After reading the article from Dr. Foster, I’m glad I did.
You can find Dr. Foster’s article here.
The more I read and study about nutrition and health, the more I’m astounded that the typical American diet is so far off base from where it should be! That doesn’t mean that I don’t want Red Vines (right now!) or that I don’t want to indulge at Olive Garden, but I’m gaining a testimony of whole, raw, unprocessed foods.
As a Latter Day Saint, I believe in the instruction given to us on foods to eat and substances to avoid. We refer to it as The Word of Wisdom. Unfortunately, I’ve always focused primarily on what we are to avoid (alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee, etc) and less on the foods I should be consuming. We’re instructed to eat vegetables and fruits with thanksgiving, whole grains which are the staff of life, and to eat meat sparingly. Even more amazing to me is that this instruction was given to us 179 years ago in 1833. Such wise instruction and I’m only now embracing and truly understanding the full implication of it.
The clarity that I have (when I’m not wallowing) is amazing and I feel full of health and vigor. It helps that I’m wearing a pair of pants I could not previously fit into.
Miss B and I are going to lunch with our girlfriends today. I cannot wait to have some girl talk and catch up on the gossip. I’m going to miss lunches like this when we move. I have amazing friends. I will be bringing a green juice for myself and a fresh lunch for Miss B. I used to order her chicken strips and french fries, but this morning I was thinking that I really didn’t want to feed her that. (Who am I… and what happened to Amy?)
Great day today! Bring on Day #13. I’m ready.
I’m not sure why there is the delay between us talking and what you hear in the video. It’s totally annoying to me, but it’s too late to mess with it anymore.