Sunday, October 27, 2013

F(e)asting


Today starts my 10-day smoothie fast. This is an idea that I've tossed around in my head for quite a while, but never really SERIOUSLY considered since I knew it would be drastic.

I guess I'm finally ready for drastic.

My IG friend, CiCi, is a cancer survivor and is currently doing a 60 day juice fast to reboot her body and cleanse from the chemo (pretty much like in the movie, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead). I watch her post juice concoctions, and even have connected with others who love juicing for weight loss and as a way to detox. I've been REALLY curious. 

CiCi posted something the other day about juicing vs blending. Basically juicing is using an actual juicer and blending is blending the fruit in a blender. Blending includes the fiber and the pulp of the fruit that the juicer omits. After reading this info, I decided to blend... 

I want the nutritional benefits of the fruits and veggies. But I don't have a juicer, or the means to get one right now. And there's a part of me that agrees with the pro-smoothie camp who believes the fiber and pulp are good for you and should not be thrown away. I can always get a juicer in the future if this goes well.

I decided a week ago to step away from the scale... It just got to be too discouraging to feel like I was working hard and seeing no results. I feel bad some days because I have grown so dependent on those numbers. Standing on the scale was part of my morning routine! But now, my progress will be shown in other ways. Measuring tape, clothes... The only time I plan on stepping on the scale is the 1st day of each month.

So... I think it will be interesting to do this fast/cleanse without the scale as a motivator. It will truly be an exercise of self-control and willpower. I also want to be strengthened spiritually and plan to pray and reconnect with God during this time. The next 10 days has the potential to be really amazing.

So my plan is:
1. Green smoothies every 3-4 hours.
2. 1 gallon of water each day
3. No soda, coffee (green tea only)
4. Pray, pray, pray!

I have a list of things that I need to be in prayer for during this time. Lots of decisions to make and  issues that need to be handed over. If you are a believer, please pray for me, too!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October...


First things first... Weigh in. Scale reports a 1+ lb gain from last month. Boo! 

But pictures show a different story...




I see a little bit of progress... I think the weight training is definitely helping. No sugar is also helping. I lost almost 4 lbs this past week and I was really half-assing it for the first few days. But now it's getting better and I know it's what I need to keep losing. I really want October to be the month where I break this damned plateau!


Here's my plan. I also want to cut down on fast food and make sure I'm getting my water in. 

I'm home sick today... Migraines. I think it's the change of weather? Maybe sugar withdrawal. So I'm gonna get a quick nap before the kiddos get home!