Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 22 of the Juice Fast

My totals after three weeks are:

Down 10 pounds

Down 17.25 inches

Although I’m disappointed that the scale showed no loss on Sunday morning, I must confess that I ate two dinners last weekend, which explains the stall in weight loss (likely water weight from the salt in the dinners).
I am thrilled, however, to still be losing inches!

Stay tuned for next week’s report! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Day 15 of the Juice Fast

My juicing results remain positive.  The totals after two weeks are:

Down 10 pounds

Down 14.5 inches

On the positive side, I still feel great.  My energy is increasing.  I find myself walking faster, limping less, and not feeling nearly as stiff when I wake in the mornings.
On the negative side, although I’m not experiencing actual hunger, I am constantly tempted to eat solid food, especially when I smell it cooking.  Also, having my body in calorie burning mode makes me cold to the point of shaking at times.  I find it almost impossible to type accurately when my hands are trembling with cold.  I will admit that last night I was so cold that I thawed, microwaved and consumed 12 ounces of homemade turkey soup.  Even though it was mostly broth, it gave me a sense of eating solids that I don’t get with the straight juice.  And it had the added benefit of warming me up for the first time all day.
I also let my water consumption levels drop toward the end of the week, which definitely slowed my weight loss.
This week, my intentions are to drink more water, and if I get cold, to drink hot water with the juice of a lemon and a little stevia to ward off the chill.  I will also attempt to add half an hour of exercise to my morning ablations before I head off to work.

Stay tuned for next week’s report! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Day 8 of the Juice Fast...

The Breville Juicer continues to churn out my liquid repasts.  So far my experience with juicing has been positive.  I’m drinking half a gallon of juice each day.  After one week, I have no actual hunger.  Here are last week’s numbers.  As of this morning when I woke up, I‘ve lost 6.5 pounds and 8.5 inches.
More importantly, I feel better.  I’m not bloated, and my joints are definitely less painful.  My skin feels smooth and hydrated.  I read that juicing reduces inflammation in the body due to lack of toxin intake countered by massive micronutrient intake.  I can’t yet say that this is the case, but if the improvements continue, I have to say I would tend to believe that theory.

Stay tuned for next week’s report! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Day One of the Juice Fast...

I’m not quite sure how this will go.  The Breville Juicer I bought seems to be quite the beast.  I am amazed at the amount of pulp left behind after the juicing process.  Today is my real learning experience with the machine.  So far, I like it.  I made a little over half a gallon of juice and refrigerated it in 16 and 20-ounce containers.  This will be my daily allotment.
I divided up produce into plastic bags (so many carrots, cukes, sweet potatoes, fresh ginger, apples, lemons, etc.), so I can grab a bag each morning without having to think about what I’m doing.  I’m definitely using a pound of kale each day, and adding spinach, other veggies and fruits.

I started the morning by weighing in, and measuring the parts:  neck, upper arm, chest, waist, hips, thigh and calf.  I will weigh daily while doing this, and I will measure all parts once each week.  Fortunately, I don’t have to go through this while giving up pop and caffeine at the same time.  I’m happy to announce I haven’t had a Diet Dew (my drink of choice 24/7) since Thanksgiving 2013, so no additional withdrawal symptoms will be put upon me now.  

I will let you know how it goes, possibly with a weekly update of pounds and inches lost.