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Posted by TeelaHerman.com on 4 years ago I'm Teela. I live in Texas and I am a wife and mother to three young sons. I am a total newbie but I've had my juicer for just over a week and I've really broken her in! She's AMAZING and I'm in LOVE with her! Heehee I've probably lost 4 lbs in the last week, and I've only replaced about 3 meals total and just added a BUNCH of fresh fruits and vegetables. I am going to do a 40 day fast starting on Feb 13th and I am PUMPED! I can't WAIT! Less than one week! I hope to meet a lot of new and amazing friends along my way. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions and I'd love any support anyone would like to offer.

This topic contains 13 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by The New Me 4 years ago.

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  • bharrell61

    4 years ago
    Hi Teela, Congratulations on making that choice. This will be a powerful journey to good health that you won't forget. I never want to dampen anyone's enthusiasm, but please be cautious not to set your goals too high on your first attempt. Those very goals can become a burden that will overwhelm you. By day 5 you will feel like day 40 is an eternity away and can get overwhelmed. Start with a 5 day goal and reevaluate. Bump it to 10 and reevaluate. I have reached day 37 that way after having to claw my way through the first week. I found that my initial exuberance was completely gone after 3 days. A whole new exuberance appeared at about day 10 though as the juice started kicking in. Best Wishes
  • The New Me

    4 years ago
    Hi Teela, I agree with Gozer. I too started out with the goal of 21 days..now 21 has turned into 65. There are many good rewarding days and they are some not so good days. The pluses do out weight the bland days and you will feel so much better for it on this reboot, just do it one juice meal at a time ;-) Cheers, [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wURj0Gu/] [img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wURj0Gu/weight.png[/img] [/url]
  • yukon_wn

    4 years ago
    Hello, Teela, has there been differences in what you have experienced from your 40th day - 65 day ? How long to you plan to go ? Are you adding anything to your juicing ? e.g. Vitamins, supplements, veggies, etc Thanks and you rock !
  • TeelaHerman.com

    4 years ago
    Thank you all for the replies. I sincerely appreciate all of the words of advice and support. I've watched the movie a couple times so I know how Joe deals with social situations but he was also on a documentary and traveling so I wanted to ask you, Gozer and islandcapricorn, do you find yourself being a little less social during your fasts? As in, do you tend to pass on social outings that happen at a restaurant more often than you would while not fasting? I like to go out with my girlfriends from time to time to just unwind. I've pretty much decided that I won't be doing that for the first 10 days and then after that, I will just have to see how I feel. Most of my girlfriends are also in a healthy living support group we've made online so even though I won't be physically going out, I will still be receiving their wonderful support. Gozer and islandcapricorn, what do you two find the hardest about the fasting? Socially, emotionally, whatever. Brian, this will be my first juice fast ever. I've never doing any sort of fasting for any extended period of time. My plan is to fast for at least 40 days, but as Gozer and islandcapricorn have pointed out, smaller and more attainable goals tend to work best. I went through one hell of a year in 2012, with my 33 year old husband nearly dying due to a complication during a surgery to remove what was thought to be very aggressive bone cancer. Thankfully it wasn't bone cancer and thankfully, after about 9 blood transfusions and nearly 2 weeks in ICU, they were able to stop the internal bleeding and he did not die.....but throughout all of that, I've become stronger in my faith. With lent coming up, the fact that I am at a desperate point in my life (health wise).....all signs pointed to this. First and foremost I am doing this to improve my health and to completely change my entire lifestyle. But also, I want to lean on my bible and do a lot of meditation during this 40 days and use lent not only as a way to become even stronger in my faith, but also to help me through. I am guessing that this will probably be one of the hardest things I've ever made the choice to do in my life....but I have no other choice. I was looking at gastric bypass a year ago. Since then I've lost 35 lbs on my own but that is not nearly enough. After watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, it all clicked. I don't need a super invasive surgery, I need to reboot my system and save my life. I don't need diets, I need to break my unhealthy food addiction. My dad died of a massive heart attack when he was 59. If I follow in his footsteps, that means I am currently just over halfway through my life. And I am NOT okay with that.
  • The New Me

    4 years ago
    Hi Teela For me, I found that the best way to avoid temptation is to stay out of its way. One can only be so strong, so I've passed up on all social events and all my buddies understand. I have tried so many diets and exercise programs over the years and have really never stuck with any if it until completion. This far into juicing I can honestly say that it's one of the easiest things I have ever done and I can honestly keep going for far many more days Thani plan to. I like your walk in faith, especially your trust in God and I am glad your husband pulled through the storm. I find that I am closer in my relationship with Him, although not perfect, and I cannot put my finger on it but, I think a juice fast is a good time for mediation and all sorts of cleaning up in ones self, breaking bad habits etc. In answer to your question, there are moments where one becomes emotionally, but if you think about it, emotions is what drives us to overear and to eat the wrong things. Those times I just grab for a sweeter juice, ie gala apples with a dash of cinnamon, or i try to get busy with something to distract me from my emotions and eventually that mood passes. The changes are huge, so just hang in there. Make it to day 5 and you will bag your 40 days quite easily;) One other thing, some people reward themselves with food, what I did was to reward myself once I met my mini goals. I have kept a little journal of my progress at certain points, ie day 10, day 21, etc and for each one I did something to make ME feel good for accomplishing those mini goals, ie got nails done, or hair, massage etc. it's something that made me look forward to reaching each point successfully. Keep us posted! Cheers, [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wBgWjAJ/] [img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wBgWjAJ/weight.png[/img] [/url]
  • TeelaHerman.com

    4 years ago
    Oh, and Brian, I currently have no plans to add anything to my diet but nothing is set in stone. My juice blends are typically 80% vegetable to 20% fruit juices. I do a LOT of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, celery and beets.
  • yukon_wn

    4 years ago
    Hello, islandcapricorn - I see that I directed my question incorrectly :-O Has there been differences in what you have experienced from your 40th day ? 65 day and h ow long to you plan to go ? I am so happy to hear that you decided against the invasive surgery. My sister-in-law had that done a long time ago and she still has ramifications from the surgery. Teela - There have been a couple of times that I have declined to go to a social gathering because it would be a huge food event. Other times, I just went and everyone eating food didn't phase me. To these, I just brought my own food of steamed veggies. Tomorrow, I have declined a Chinese New Year's party. The host is a fabulous home chef. I mean, all you want to do is eat and eat, sleep and then get up and eat more of his food. He would not understand me not eating his food - MAJOR insult to him. Also, this will not be one of the hardest things that you have ever done ! You have already told us one of the hardest things that you have already done. As you commence, and get to day 5, 6, etc - You will begin to realize the metamorphosis that is happening to you. Increased energy, motivation, confidence, peace, better health numbers ( lower BP, lower sugar, lower cholesterol ) and of course - Weight Loss ! Wishing you a great Reboot and looking forward to hearing your progress. Since, you are doing this during Lent and to make the analogy - At the end of 40 days, you will feel like you have risen from the dead !
  • The New Me

    4 years ago
    Hi Brian, I'm just now on day 46 and no difference has occurred over the past week. Weight loss has slowed but I still feel really good physically. My insomnia also seems to have been cured. The surgery was mentioned by Teela :-) Cheers [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wBgWjAJ/] [img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wBgWjAJ/weight.png[/img] [/url]
  • bharrell61

    4 years ago
    Teela, Yes I have avoided several social outings, especially in the early days. Even now I avoid putting myself into situations that involve testing my resolve. I just am careful about putting myself in a position to fail. That said, I have recently been able to attend a church pancake supper with my family and friends, and sit through a breakfast at Denny's with a friend while sipping on ice water. I was okay both times but will still avoid those situations. This fast isn't that long when you think about it and I can give up those engagements for that period. This is just too important to me. I think you are right on track with isolating somewhat for the first 10 days, but it sounds like you have supportive friends who care about you so after that you should enjoy their company. This isn't a prison sentence and you still need to live your life. Regarding the hardest part of fasting, the first 10 days would be it. In the beginning I was in agony because I didn't follow the advice on easing into the fast so my detox was bad and long. After that I suffered greatly whenever smelling food, and my sense of smell was severely heightened. Both of those issues passed. Now I am at the point where I absolutely HATE making the juice. I have an Omega 8004 juicer that works great but I have to cut everything up small. I spend about an hour to hour and 1/2 each evening preparing that night's juice and the next day's lunch. I am in hog heaven whenever my wife takes that chore off my plate. That is a silly complaint considering how great my life is now. I am so happy to hear that your husband was okay. I hate hearing how bad your year has been. It sounds like you are making a decision that will change your life. I have come to realize that it doesn't matter where I am right now, just which direction my momentum is currently taking me. Right now the momentum is heading towards a happy, fulfilling, and healthy life. You are moving in the same direction. Believe in yourself and you will be singing the praises of the fast before you know it.
  • TeelaHerman.com

    4 years ago
    It's amazing. I keep losing a little bit of weight here and there and I haven't even started the fasting yet! I've just been replacing at least one meal a day and all of my snacks with juice. Just 2 more days! Gozer, Island and Brian, thank you so very much for the encouraging words and support. I really appreciate it. I've found a few other ladies who also want to join in on lent so now I feel like I have a few partners. Yay! I got out this past weekend and was able to still lose a pound. I'm going out with one more of my girlfriends tomorrow night and then I'll wake up Wednesday morning ready to juice it up! How have each of you been feeling? I also was curious if you guys take any vitamins or supplements? Thanks again for all the words of encouragement. I sincerely appreciate it and I think it gives me the extra push to keep going.
  • The New Me

    4 years ago
    Neither do I. I feel absolutely fantastic too! [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wo6rvcV/] [img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wo6rvcV/weight.png[/img] [/url]
  • bharrell61

    4 years ago
    Teela, Be careful with that pre-fast weight loss, you don't want to open all of your presents before Christmas. Just kidding. Congratulations on doing this the right way. I was so much smarter than everyone else that I ignored the advice to start out like you have. I paid the price through the detox portion because of it. To answer your questions, I feel better than I can ever remember feeling, and no I do not take any supplements.

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