So on a whim I checked my weight this morning. 270, the 6.8 pounds lost in two days! I wonder what I weighed Monday? I really wish I knew now. Judging by the fact that my face has a little definition now, probably in the 280’s somewhere, maybe more.
I must confess that I am not completely doing a juice fast. Juice has become more of a meal replacement instead. I am drinking two juices and eating one plant based vegan meal a day. I just don’t have the will power yet to drink nothing but juice so this is my alliterative. It seems to be working!
I have created a plan to be able to run full on for two hours straight by December. The goal is to wake up every morning from then on and run for two hours. Why I need to do be doing this, I don’t know; I have been receiving these missions from God for awhile now and this is the latest of them. For the first week I will be walking an hour to get used to moving again. It does not really matter where I go, just as long as I turn around after thirty minutes. Then for the next two weeks I will be walking for 9 minutes and running for one for the full hour. Then for two weeks walking 8 minutes, running 2. Followed by two weeks of 7:3, 6:4, then at 5:5 I will move on to an hour and a half. Moving on to two weeks of 4:6, 3:7, 2:8. At 1:9 I will move forward to going for two hours until I am running full on without any walking. After I am used to this, I can work on speed. No doubt my running will look more like a slow jog at this point, lol! But if I stick to my plan I will be able to do this! And this is of course going every day, morning or evening based on my schedule and the weather. (On the rare occasion that it’s cooler, I can go anytime.)
SO here I go! Today’s walk will take me to the rivers. I want to see if they are still as high as they were yesterday.
Yesterday wasn’t so bad. I stayed at home, afraid that I would pull over at the nearest restaurant and eat everything I saw. Commercials were the worst though so I found myself with other things to do every time food come up on TV.
Today however is much harder. Today I am starving, or my brain thinks it is; and I suddenly can’t remember WHY I am doing this to myself??? All I can think about is a giant Burrito for Bullritos across the street! The thought that I should go eat one and re-start this fast tomorrow wont leave my brain. I need to run to the store, but I am terrified that if I do I will pull into the parking lot across the street on the way and grab that burrito… WHY?!?! Black beans, rice, guacamole, tomatoes, cilantro… I am SO HUNGRY!!!! F#@& the juice!!! Why can’t I restart tomorrow??? Bangs head up against wall.
I knew the first days would be the hardest but… God!
So the day has finally come for my long fast to begin. I have pain reliever ready for the headaches I know are coming from the soon to be Dr Pepper withdrawal symptoms. It’s good that I am on vacation for this, I have no patients at all when I am in caffeine withdrawal, and can get quite nasty to people who talk to me, look at me, glance at me, come within a twenty foot radius of me…
With the many ‘well wishes’, ‘good lucks’ and ‘you’re insane’ messages to help me begin I embark on the long, hard journey to loose weight, create endurance and become physically fit. No more yo-yo dieting, I am making life style changes that are healthy and will keep me going in the right direction. I am doing it for me, I am doing it under God’s orders, and it all begins with a fast.
As thunder rolls outside, I come to realize that I bought the wrong battery for my scale. So I run to my Wii Fit, those batteries are dead too… Great… I glance out my window, I can run to work and use the scale there… but it’s pouring down rain… sigh… perhaps I am not to know how much I weigh? Or more likely, how much I have to loose. Suffice to say, I know I am near 300 pounds. I will try and get to the store at some point today and weigh myself for a proper reading. Until then I will drink my Strawberry, Banana, Apple juice slowly to try to make it last longer… 🙂
I am also in need of that before picture…
Yesterday, was a long day. I had planned to eat all of my favorites for my ‘last meal’, but that didn’t really work out. The cafe I helped open, put so much of my blood, sweat and tears into, was closing. Somehow most of the crew that was there at the beginning was still there in the end. So together we took it apart, sold the last of our food and said goodbye. We finished the night by heading to the pub where we drank, remembered and toasted to new beginnings whatever those might be. So for me it was more then just the end of cheese, butter, oils and for a little while at least, food. It was the end of an era. The end of the days of working in the nice calm cafe when the deli became to overwhelming. Where will work now, when I need sanctuary from the inanity that is the deli? Yesterdays blog title would have been called: The End, because it was, in so many ways. But today is a new beginning, and it’s time to move forward.
So I was all set to go to the clinic to get my cholesterol run, but then I went to the bank. Faced with just enough money to pay my bills, I had to do some quick thinking. Then out of no where I had the answer. Give blood! I haven’t been able to do that in a while because I have been getting my vaccinations so that I can go to school. But I had procrastinated in getting the next one long enough that it was now safe to give blood! The only problem is that it can’t be a fasting test, being in order for them to take the amount of blood they need, means I would have to have a nice meal before hand. (And I did!) So off to the blood center I went, passed all the tests I have to pass in order to donate then got good news! My veins are deep, so it takes work for a needle to find a good vein. But my phlebotomist found a great one and told me that I could donate platelets next time! So she ran a platelet count and it was 360,000; which is a 100,000 over the required amount to donate. 🙂
From the blood center I made my way to the pharmacy where I received my second MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. The pharmacist wasn’t sure if she should give it to me since I could not prove if I had gotten it as a young child. If I had, then this would be my third dose; and your only supposed to get two in your life. But my paperwork required that I prove two doses, and if I did get it as a child I don’t know where, by who, when or even have the records for it. So she called the CDC, and they told her it would be alright but I might have a severe reaction. GREAAAAT. But my paper work is all signed off and now all I have left is my second Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination and a TB skin test.
So back on task. I should be getting my test results soon, and I will post them here. I need to put batteries in my scale and post my weight, then begin trying to figure out how I am going to take pictures, for the before shot. In the meantime I am cleaning! I’ll be back with the results soon!
After doing a lot of research, I have decided what life style changes I am going to make next and exactly how I am going to do them. I am very excited! My Mom K thinks that I am not happy, and this change will make me more unhappy. I can’t seem to get through to her that I AM happy and that this is just the next step in an exciting adventure.
So what is the big change that will start controversy among the people around me? As of July 9th I will start this big life style change by detoxing with a long Juice Fast. I start my vacation that day so for ten days I will not be surrounded by temptation . During this time I am going to be asking for new juicing recipes and ideas!
My next change will be going from Vegetarian back to Vegan, and not just a Vegan, a plant-based vegan! Now you might be thinking, isn’t a vegan diet plant based anyways? The answer is, now days? No. Not really. There are vegan foods that have so much chemicals that it’s not the same. Besides I want to loose weight here, that’s my first big goal with this, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle I will enjoy. This means I am cutting most oils out of my diet. All oils are pure fat. So I will be using alternatives in my recipes. But I have a while and a lot more research for this one, before it’s upon me.
So, back to the fasting. In preparation: First I need to eat or get rid of basically everything in my fridge and a lot form my pantry too. Buy what I am going to need for at least the first few days and be prepared not to have any plans for the first three days. Just before I start I will be getting a fasting cholesterol check, my weight checked and a before picture done.
So why am I waiting so long to do this when I could be ready in just a few days? Vacation. After my vacation requests had been denied, denied then denied again; finally one was approved. But it’s not until July 9th.
One last thing, I will be trying to keep you up to date with where I am in the fasting then the plant based life style change. I want to say I will update daily, but I know myself. So at least once a week, then. I will also keep you up to date with the prep work. The big clean out needs to happen anyways, but it might just be a nightmare. Which is why I haven’t done it yet. 🙂
I also want to post information that I learn while I am doing this. I’ll be trying a lot of new fruits and veggies, so why not share the experience!
Wow, didn’t know I had it in me. My dad was shocked when I came home for 4th of July and was sill a Vegetarian, he fully expected me to have given it up by now. In fact I don’t remember hearing one meat or veggie joke the entire trip, well at least not from him.
As time passes the easier it is to bypass the meat sections and head straight to the rest of the store. My problem now; after loosing 50 pounds, is getting off this weight loss plateau I entered upon becoming a vegetarian and start loosing again. All the people I know who became vegetarians gained lots of weight so when I decided to do this, I was very, very careful not to let that happen. I was successful in that aspect; I am still the same weight as I was when I started this journey.
It’s time to move forward. I have started a new exercise routine that I am going to stick to… even if I have to get up extra early to do it. This can’t be like all previous routines where I did it for awhile then one day did not feel like it and never did it again.
I need to incorporate a more vegetarian smart diet, that’s right Lauren, more vegetables! No, no…NO!!! AND dare I say it…less junk food… falls to the floor sobbing.
One step at a time I think. I’m afraid that if I try to do it all at once I may not make it…at all.
Eating Vegetarian with Faux Meat: Light Life Smart Deli® Turkey
My first look at the fake meat made me almost stick it back into the fridge. Wow, it looks about as bad as the thought of meat makes me feel. Eww! My first taste, a tiny sliver made me pause. It held the tiny bit of turkey taste, but did not taste bad. So with a heavy sigh and a long pause, I placed two slices on my sandwich, then added Jalapeño cheese, tomatoes, lite salad dressing and a little bit of mustard on whole wheat bread. The ending result was a very delicious sandwich! It had all my favorite flavors including the turkey.
On the side I had the HEB (Texas grocery store) Brand Rice and Auzuki Bean Chips, and a glass of milk. In my store you have to fight for these chips, they are so amazingly delicious. I have only bought Natural Salt so far as I’m addicted. The milk is also HEB brand, this special milk tastes better then any regular milk, and it’s packed with Omega-3s! BONOUS! Now for my bottle of water, before I go searching for a Dr. Pepper. Right now, I still can’t live without DP, or maybe people don’t want to live with me when I haven’t had a DP? <G>