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Wendy's Journey to Healthy

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Posted by WendyHurts on 2 years ago

Hey y'all!

I am a first timer in the juicing department, helping myself and my hubby with some pretty heavy health issues. I have struggled with Fibromyalgia for almost 18 years and I'm done with it. Hubby was recently diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and the thought of him being on one of those awful biologic medications scares the tar out of me. I've seen those commercials for humira and embrel, and the side effects sometimes seem worse than the disease. And the med they want him on isn't even approved for PPMS.

I have spent this last week on a transition away from unhealthy foods, because I have a tendency toward IBS-D and sometimes have a difficult time with raw veggies. It has been pretty uneventful, though the scale says I have gained a pound (which I can sort of understand, because I am packing more nutritious foods than I am used to into my daily routine.) Tomorrow is the "big day" starting a 30 day juice fast, with my doctor's blessing. Currently, aside from the Fibromyalgia, I am type 2 diabetic with hypertension and severe arthritis in my spine (my last MRI shows my spine to look like someone twice my age with degenerative disk disease, which is terrible since I'm still relatively young.)

I'm sure I'll have some questions as this gets swung into high gear, but I'm so looking forward to getting thinner, getting healthier and reducing pain, maybe for the first time in 18 years.

If it is to be, it is up to me!

Wendy

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  • WendyHurts

    2 years ago

    Day One - Well, today was the day! The first step on the journey to reclaiming some health, reducing pain, and dropping some weight. Overall, a pretty good day other than some "normal" pain from the Fibro. I should have expected it, because I cannot have a good day without a crash at the end... even after 17 years of this, I still haven't learned to pace myself. Something else I need to work on.

    Juicing went well today. I made two different juices this morning, a huge batch of Mean Green, which I sealed into quart jars using my Food Saver, and a carrot-apple-ginger-sweet potato juice, which we had for breakfast. I'm thinking that the Food Saver is my new best friend, since I have the attachments to seal both wide and regular jars. And I know that oxygen is the enemy of freshness... so I'm hoping that this will help extend the life of our juices. So tonight, I made a very yummy "bloody Mary" juice with some fresh tomatoes and peppers I think it's my favorite juice so far, so I will be going back to get more veggies for that tomorrow (pain permitting!)

    On Monday, we went to a little Amish market in town and got some great deals on local, fresh produce... kale bunches were 2 for $1! I'd been paying $2 a bunch at our closest grocery, which I now see as highway robbery. Tomatoes were gorgeous and only 99 cents a pound, and beautiful red, green and jalapeno peppers. Even the apples were gorgeous, even though they are not in season at the moment. Lots of beautiful oranges, too, and those are very much in season right now. These are the benefits of living in Florida. Strawberries are fresh and local, too, and I picked some of those up for sweeter juices, along with some grapes at 88 cents a pound. I have not seen grapes that cheap in years.

    I am feeling good (other than the pain, of course,) I'm happy, not terribly hungry but I am missing my munchies. I know this too shall pass. Even the cats behaved themselves today. That is, in itself, rather unusual. The kitten is curled up on my legs as I sit and type this. She seems to know when I'm hurting, and stays by my side.

    Looking forward to tomorrow! See you then :)

    Wendy

  • amie

    2 years ago

    So proud of you, Wendy, for starting on this journey! I wish you all the best. I am gearing up to do a 15 Reboot starting on Monday and I am really excited to be doing this just for me! Looking forward to hearing about your progress...

  • WendyHurts

    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!! I should be sleeping, but instead I'm waiting for pain meds to work ???? I checked my blood sugar before I came to bed, and it was a little on the low side, so I had that last bit of MG juice from this morning. I wish you all the best on your reboot! We've got this!!

  • amie

    2 years ago

    Thank you! Sorry you had pain...hope today is better for you! What area of Florida are you in? I live in Colorado now but grew up in FL????

  • WendyHurts

    2 years ago

    I'm in Bradenton. When I say that, most people look at me like I have three eyebrows and a squirrel sitting on my head, because they've never heard of it. In short, north of Sarasota and south of St. Pete. Today, it's too soon to tell, but either way I have to trudge off to the market to restock some kale and tomatoes. I hope you have a fantastic day!

  • amie

    2 years ago

    Too funny...I grew up in Venice, so I know just what you're talking about! Small world... Heading to FL for Spring Break in March to stay on Casey Key in Nokomis...I can't wait to be back on the beach and in some warmer weather. Hope you have a great day too!

  • WendyHurts

    2 years ago

    Day two - Today was a little harder, but nothing too challenging. The worst part was being hungry all day and not being at home, or near a juice bar. I had only made enough juice for breakfast, and I didn't have the foresight to think, "Hey, you're going to be hungry later on." We needed to go to the market and restock our veggie stores. Needless to say, our fridge now looks like a produce department at the local grocery, but we got it all at about half the price we would have done at the store. Kale bunches were still 2 for $1.00, which is AMAZING! Orange peppers were only $1.88 a pound, which is also insanely cheap. I ran into an unexpected challenge at the market. See, I'm from New England, and I grew up drinking white birch beer. It tastes a little like a mix between sarsaparilla and root beer, but it's clear. Since moving to Florida, I have not had it much, and I've never seen it in a store down here until today. They had it in a small (1 liter) bottle in the cooler right by the check out stands.... it took every ounce of willpower I had in my soul to not walk out of that store with a bottle of that stuff. But I did, and I'm proud of myself for resisting. It's going to make visiting that market awfully difficult from now on, though.

    When we got home, I was pooped out, and in a lot of pain. I didn't get to sit down for long after we got home because the kitties wanted dinner, and they wanted it two hours ago. Then it was juicing time, two batches of different juice, and truly by the time I was done cleaning up, I was almost in too much pain to drink it. I did save the pulp from the kale, tomatoes and peppers to make a veggie broth in my crock pot overnight. So tomorrow for WoW night, I'll have some warm broth to sip on, whereas I used to reach for handfuls of pretzels and onion dip. This will be my first Friday night on the fast, and I always have a snack or two to reach for, so I made sure I had something that will be on plan. In fact, I'm going out in a minute to throw some water in the crock and start it. It should smell good in here all night.

    Successes for today - resisting the birch beer. That was really hard, and if that had been a week ago, I probably wouldn't have resisted. We stayed on plan, even though it would have been easier to just grab a salad at Culver's on the way home.

    Things to improve - Better planning, so I don't go all day long without something to sip on. I don't like being so hungry, and as a diabetic, I need to be more mindful of intake needs to keep my sugar from bottoming out.

    I can't wait for tomorrow. TGIF!

    If it is to be, it is up to me!
    Wendy

  • WendyHurts

    2 years ago

    Day three - I'm getting to this way later than I wanted to, and the kitten will assure I keep it short. Nothing really eventful today. We stayed home, drank juice and homemade veggie broth (yummy!) and played World of Warcraft. Progress wise, I've lost 3.2 pounds of water weight. I'm still hungrier than I think I probably should be, but truthfully I probably need to get at least another two juices in a day. My days are short, since I don't work, so it's a little tough to get four in per day without swimming in it. Something I do need to improve, though. Blood glucose is looking good, too. I'm currently only taking metformin, and stopped whatever else it was I was taking. Before I came in to bed, it was 97, and I'm pleased with that. I think my doctor will be, too. I see him Thursday next week, so I have some time to improve things. My BP has also improved from 147/82 to 102/60-something this afternoon. I'll take that, too!

    Things I did well - I didn't feel munchy tonight while playing WoW. That was a first. The broth was a life saver in that regard, and I don't feel deprived.

    Things that need improvement - still not taking in enough juice. I still feel hungry, but I'm determined to stick with it.

    Have a blessed weekend, y'all!

    Wendy

  • Walch

    2 years ago

    Hi Wendy. I've been reading your progress over the last few days. I'm sorry you struggle with so much pain. You seem to be doing well on the reboot though.

    I'm starting my 30 day reboot on Monday. My husband will be gone for a month, so I thought that will be the perfect time for me to reboot. I did a 30-day reboot 3 years ago and it was great, but I haven't been able to recreate that in my attempts since then. With my husband gone, that frees up some time after work for me to focus on myself, so I'm taking advantage of the time. I'll miss him terribly, but at least something good will come of the time.

    Please continue to write about your journey. It is inspiring to read your journey on here.

    Walch

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