Free for AllPosted by Rhiannon on 4 years ago
I am on day 14 (wahoo!) of what I have planned to be a 30 day juice-only fast. I did not join this community until I was already started and am just now deciding to document my experience. I love reading others' success stories and want to have mine laid out for anyone else who might benefit from reading about mine.
Introduction: My name is Rhiannon and I am days shy of my 36th birthday. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I remember being put on diets when I was just in the 4th grade (how I still cringe at the sight of a slim fast can!) and made to always feel less-than other girls because I was not as thin as them. My mom had serious eating issues (still does) and between environmental exposure and genetic lottery I have a lot of the same eating issues and a body that gets fat and hold on to fat easily. Not a good combination.
Here is a picture of my family from this past summer just before my youngest's second birthday. Following is one of me holding him at my absolute heaviest! 214 lbs. (so hard to admit those numbers so publicly!)
I have always been able to rein it in with diet and exercise when I was getting too fat, until I had children. For 5 years I went from thin to pregnant and obese to shedding half my baby weight to pregnant again and to shed most of the weight from the first two pregnancies to major back sliding and packing on the weight. I started to work out again and the day I was going to sign up to run a marathon (albeit a year off) I found out that the stomach flu I had was not a flu, but a baby* on the way!!!
Just before I got pregnant with my son, I saw Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and knew a reboot would be great for me! I have been a long time sufferer of IBS and migraine like headaches. But to lose the weight I had yo-yoed up and down with since my first pregnancy would be a dream come true! I had done a lot to lose it, but never could fully get it off and my metabolism seemed to be half the speed or strength it was before kids.
This summer (as I said earlier) I hit my LARGEST at 214. I have reasons for gaining it besides food and exercise (lack of) but I also have medical reasons, stemming from my last pregnancy.* I was determined to get it off and as fast as I could. So I cut calories down to 1,200. Nothing; no change on the scale. I scraped together enough money to join a gym and worked out for 60 minutes or more a day (mostly hard cardio) and saw NO change on the scale. In fact, for a while (after 8 weeks of effort) I sat at a gain of 2 lbs. Talk about discouraging!!! In fact, I have not been back since November. But I plan to go again next week.
Fast forward to late December last year (2014) and I just could not stop thinking about doing a reboot. I had the juicer (got it after my son was born when Costco had one on sale) and I had the desire and the ailments to heal and plenty of weight to shed. I just didn't have the money to juice -yet.
I prayed a lot about it. I kind of became obsessed with it. But our money was so tight, I couldn't begin to afford it! Seriously, how could I juice and not even have enough to feed my kids. One day I posted a comment on a facebook group giving advice how to stretch food money with a large family (a woman with 5 kids asked for tips to survive off $175 for a month). I shared how we had $50 to live off of from December 25 through January 10. I shared how I was feeding us, etc. A friend (also in the group) saw my post. And two days later (January 9, the day before we got paid next) a knock on the door and in she came with BOXES of food. I cried. Not only did we have food to eat (besides potatoes and pancakes and rice) but she got an EXCESSIVE amount of fruits and veggies. I never told anyone but my husband about my plans to juice fast. I took it as a sign from God to start my fast. I started on January 10 (the day after she came and did I mention she came with a pizza?! I totally had pizza my last eating day!!!).
The following posts I will make today will catch you up on how the first 13 days went and *the one just after this will be more about my pregnancy and why I need this juice fast to heal me and not just help me lose weight.
Thanks for reading and welcome to my journey! :D
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