I realized last night as I was trying to get to sleep that I hadn’t written my blog entry for the day – guess I’m out of practice after months of no entries!
My Tuesday, otherwise known as day 4 of the juice fast, was another success, although I did have some tummy growling in the afternoon. I think that was because I didn’t drink enough water during the day (it was a busy one at work). I don’t know how much longer I will be able to continue this fast – not because of hunger (I mostly don’t feel hungry at all), but because I’m going through a ridiculous amount of produce! I will weigh myself on Saturday (kinda nervous) and reevaluate.
I think it’s working, though. My face looks thinner and clothes are kind of starting to fit better. I know it’s going to take a lot more work to get back to where I was, especially since I haven’t been working out as much as I’d like (the gym in my apartment building has been out of commission since November, which makes it a lot easier to avoid exercise). The small improvements I’ve been seeing should continue. I think the key to keeping me motivated will be to start weighing myself again, though, since I can tell it will be awhile before I get back to a range that will allow me to wear all my smaller clothes again, and I need something to keep me going. I will follow through this time… I swear I will. I’m being so good this week.
I’m still at work, waiting for a report to run (I’ve been waiting for it all day and am mildly frustrated, but that’s neither here nor there), so I thought I’d blog about today’s juice fasting adventure. Although, lack of adventure is really more like it.
I’ve had a little more juice today than I did yesterday – finished up that carrot juice (there were other things in it, too, but it looked rather orange). Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like carrots? As in, they prompt a serious gag reflex. I’m convinced I’m allergic. No one believes me. Anyway, I finished up the carrot-like juice, which was a relief because, while it tasted fine, I was still disturbed by the fact that I was drinking carrot juice. The beet juice I made was pretty good, but the green lemonade was probably my favorite. Overall, I think I’ve had the most positive experiences with green juices.
I feel pretty normal, actually – I was expecting to feel hungrier during this little experiment. At work today, I didn’t feel as though I was wandering through my day in a fog, or forgetting words (this happens when I’m tired or hungry, usually). I feel strangely relaxed, though not overly energetic. I also really enjoy that I don’t feel bloated like I usually do after I eat. My waist is down almost an inch since Saturday. The way this is going, I think I can continue through at least the end of the week and be just fine.
The downside is that I’m quickly running out of fruits and veggies to juice! I think I’ll have to stop by the expensive downtown supermarket on my way home today, because it’s getting late and Pike Place will be closed by the time I leave. Meh, oh well. I only spent $30 at Uwajimaya this weekend. Produce is cheap, man.
Day 2. What should I say about day 2? I slept until 1:30 in the afternoon, which I would consider odd, except for the fact that I hadn’t gotten sufficient sleep on Saturday due to the fact that the construction crew decided 9 a.m. was the appropriate time to begin their insipid hammering on my deck. 9 a.m. would not have been very early, except that I got home shortly after 1 a.m. that very same morning.
I was out of coffee (I am not giving up coffee on this fast, in case you were wondering), so I had some tea and a glass of juice and hiked up to the Peet’s on Broadway to get more beans. Not surprisingly, the lack of food seems to be taking its toll on my energy levels, but I still made it up the hill in one piece. I actually think the exercise helped today. I haven’t felt hungry all day. I’ve had four 8-ounce glasses of varying kinds of juice today. I think. I pretty much just made it when I was hungry and didn’t keep track.
Another thing I’m doing with this fast: eating miso soup. I have it, and I think I read somewhere that vegetable broth was okay, so I’m really only varying that slightly. I find that I miss the routine of dinner and it makes for a nice warm savory treat. Plus, miso soup is good for you. I think. I remember hearing that somewhere.
I’m dreading work tomorrow, because I just know it will be another busy day and I don’t feel like I got a full weekend (especially after having to work on Saturday). I am, however, looking forward to my second Italian class on Wednesday. Did I mention I’m taking Italian? Not for any particular reason, just for fun and to keep me entertained. I love languages.
The fast continues tomorrow. I’ve already made my juices for the day. I think I’m going to try to continue it through the end of the week – if I do, I’m going to weigh myself on Saturday, and depending what the results are, I may continue for another week. We shall see.
After many months away from the blogosphere, I’m embarking on a new food adventure: juicing! My mother got me a beautiful Omega juicer for Christmas, and I’ve found that I really enjoy fresh veggie juice – and after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I’ve decided to attempt a juice fast of indeterminate duration. I bought Cherie Calbom’s Weekend Weight-Loss Diet not too terribly long ago, so I’m using that as kind of a guide. Kind of. The thing I’ve found about juicing is that you can juice almost anything as long as you put an apple in there – it still tastes good. Of course, I haven’t juiced everything. I’m sure my statement is not universally true. I just haven’t found anything to prove it false yet.
To get this out of the way: I’m not doing this because I think I’m heavy and desperately need to lose weight as quickly as possible. I’m doing this for my health. A juicing fast is really only slightly different than a raw vegan diet, except I think I actually get more micronutrients from juicing than just eating (nobody can eat that many vegetables). This is all part of my mission to take better care of myself – mind, body, and soul. I don’t know how long I’m going to do this. Maybe just the weekend, maybe ten days… who knows? I will listen to my body. If it tells me I need to do something different, I will.
Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a pretty picture of one of the many juices I made today: