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  • IwonaOriginal

    2 years ago

    I’m Iwona from Indiana. I am 41 years old. I have been heavy my entire life and after my son was born (Now 13) I bloomed up even more. My highest weight was about 2 years ago when I reached a staggering 360 lbs. I have water fasted on and off since I was a teen so the idea of juice fasting was familiar and very appealing. When I first watched FSaND the concept appealed to me so much that I watched it over and over until it was flow. I wrote down the name of every person in the movie with the key person being Dr. Fuhrman.

    Audible became a fantastic delivery system to learn about nutrition. I listened to dozens of books on nutrition. The first book I got was Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman and I listened to it over and over, awed by this information about fruit and vegetables and nutrition. I knew then that I needed to start eating plant-based immediately and decided that meat was going to be off my plate ASAP.

    So I started eating veggies first before anything else I ate at every single meal. I slowly started substituting animal products for plant-based items and learned about all the wonderful substitutions for animal products I loved. I never deprived myself though and if something looked good I would order it, cook it or just eat it. Next time I would ask myself, was it as satisfying as I thought it would be? Would it have been so bad to have eaten something else instead? The answer eventually became no.

    Needless to say I am now vegan as of Sept 2015 and will continue to be so going forward. I lost 50 pounds during my transition. Eventually my son decided that he too did not want to eat meat but be a vegetarian.

    It wasn't long before I checked labels and learned hidden names for animal or milk derived ingredients. But slowly, and with time, I started buying unhealthy vegan foods. I would buy potato chips, vegan pizza crusts, frozen potato fries and not eating near the fruits and vegetables that I was at the start. I mostly kept my weight the same, not gaining, but certainly not losing. I started feeling blah.

    Busy season for our firm starts in November and carries through to the end of March. One of the most stressful times of our year. Working long hours, not exercising, not eating plants, I started to get sick. I developed infections in my ears, in my sinuses, I felt awful all the time. By the second week in January 2017 I was so sick I couldn't move to get out of bed. My partner, CJ, took me to Urgent care. I could barely walk. I had a sinus infection, an ear infection, and a kidney infection and to top it all of I had the flu. And to top THAT all off, and this is the proverbial icing on the cake, I was diagnosed with diabetes. My blood sugar was at a staggering 309 and the main reason why I was getting so many infections. Blood sugar is 87 today.

    3 antibiotic rounds and 2 weeks later I was allowed to return to work. Thinking back on the severe chills, temps in the 103s, the pain, the heavy headaches and nausea I had I am surprised that I survived.

    As time went by and February happened I started to think about my situation. Everyone was worried and I realized I needed to do something drastic or I would die.

    A few years ago I had done a juice fast or two and it did good things. So I re-watched the documentary FSaND and it motivated me. I knew I would need a partner, someone to describe my feelings and experiences with. So about 8 days prior to the last day of February I asked my mother (who lives in Oregon) if she would be interested in doing a 40 day juice fast with me. To my great excitement she said YES and committed to a 40 day fast.

    As I write this I am on my 24th day and I have lost 27 pounds. My mother has lost 22 pounds and is no longer using the hand rails on the stairs in her house. Her knees had been hurting her so much lately that she didn't know what to do. Now, no pain.

    I never told my mom about the Diabetes and I do not plan on mentioning it anytime soon. My plan is to save my life with this 100 day juice fast and once it is over I plan on living a healthy, vegan lifestyle with fruits and vegetables being the basis for my nutrition.

    I got a Fitbit Blaze and I signed up for a gym membership with a girlfriend of mine. So now that all that has been said, let me dive right into the questions that I was asked to answer before posting here. :) and YES if you would like to be my friend on the fitbit App I would LOVE to be yours.

    1. What is your juicing plan?

    My plan is very similar to Joe’s in his movie. My main juice is the Mean Green with the substitution of 1 apple for 1 cucumber. It is too sweet otherwise. Sometimes I make other juices with beets, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and even bitter melon and green peppers. I have found some great recipes out there. Today I have nothing but watermelon juice. I needed a treat ;)

    In the evening I make juice for the next day. I bought a 64 ounce, stainless steel container with a screw-on lid and several smaller, 20 and 32 ounce bottles. I keep my juice in the fridge overnight. The next morning I take a 32 ounce bottle full of water, an empty 32 ounce bottle (Lately this has been a 20 ounce bottle) and my 64 ounce bottle into a cooler bag. At work I pour juice into the empty bottle and store the 64 ounce container in the fridge. Then I give myself a goal. I will finish two 32 ounce bottles of water before 1pm each day and I will drink at least one full 32 ounce bottle of juice before I go home at 4:30pm. If I need more juice I have more sitting in the fridge.

    This has worked for me for the most part and I meet my daily water and juice intake goals MOST days. Some days I am not thirsty for as much juice and just drink more water. There have been days where a 64 ounce container lasts me 2 full days. I usually drink 96 ounces of water per day.

    Yes, I pee a LOT :)

    2. What do you normally do for exercise?


    3. Do you have any special activities planned in the next 100 days?

    With being as heavy as I am it is difficult for me to walk. My knees for one thing, my lower back for another. I was born with scoliosis, which is an extreme bend in the spine so my back starts to hurt a lot if I walk for too long. And it doesn’t help that most of my weight is in my lower belly and pulls my back forward when I move.

    With the purchase of this Fitbit and the gym membership my plan is to walk as many steps as I can and build my fitness up. Treadmill and elliptical here I come. I also have started to walk in place as I watch FSaND and am getting further and further into the movie as days go by.

    My ultimate goal would be to jog a 5k by the time I am done with my 100 day juice fast. I was inspired by a gentleman on YouTube who video-blogged his entire 100 day journey and it was so inspirational that by the end of my own Day 7 I decided that my planned 40 day juice fast would be a 100 day juice fast. If he can do it then so the hell can I ;) My mom has re-committed to 45 days now. She says she may go longer but for now it is 45.

    4. How many pounds, if any, do you want to lose?

    So this is a difficult question. I know that during the fast I will be losing weight. So far I have lost 27 pounds and so I think I should be able to lose a good 100 pounds. That’s an additional 73 pounds in the next 75 days. I think that it is not only likely but probable. I am hoping that by walking and moving and getting fit it will be closer to 110 pounds. Overall I will be happy with whatever I lose knowing that I made a HUGE commitment and stuck through to the end.

    5. Upcoming special events you are working extra had for?

    The best possible answer to this is YES... the rest of my life.

    I have never had much luck with losing weight for an upcoming event. Always something happened and the reason for doing it seemed less than sufficient to continue on. With this undergoing I am not working for one specific thing in my life but for the entire thing. I just want to be healthy and happy and not sick.

    6. Best Self Affirmation or Tip

    I think it is important to always look at the big picture. How many years have we struggled to get healthy and to lose weight and to just feel better? We can't just DIET forever. We have to make a permanent change of lifestyle.

    With this in mind I came up with a statement:

    "This is a short amount of time to feel uncomfortable in a life filled with constant comforts. I will not be so petty as to break something that lasts only a few days of my very long life, and that will cause nothing but benefit to me throughout its duration, just to experience a moment of yet another comfort.

    Sometimes we must live through self-imposed struggle in order to appreciate the very thing we are working towards. Without struggle it would be too easy and the reward would not be as great, or as appreciated."--Iwona K.

    I look forward to meeting everyone on this thread. I hope we can achieve success together.

  • MissMellieMels

    3 years ago

    Hi everyone! I just joined the group. I'd like to try to juice for 100 days - but I was looking for some advice on EXTENDED Reboots, in particularly - HOW to get enough PROTEIN (I've read that some Rebooters have suffered hair loss as a result of extended Reboots). I've done a few 30-day Reboots, but unfortunately, I've always reverted back to my old eating habits. So frustrating! So, to get back on track, my plan is to start with JUST (5) days of juicing and work my way from there, taking things day by day. I'm ready to make LASTING changes!

    Is anyone still here - active in this group?

    TODAY is my Day #1 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

    Thank you!

  • Maro2Bear

    4 years ago

    Greetings all, I'm still around. Took a break from daily journaling for a bit since we had a lot of indoor and outside activities going on. But, the diet/juicing continues as does the daily exercise routine. Ive been on an extended business trip and had to substitute protein shakes and spinach salad (lots of spinach) but don't fear, the weight keeps melting off. I'll give you all a readout soon on my return to the U S - but I think I'm at my goal weight!

    Are we drinking extra water daily and hydrated!

    I started this quest January 12/13 or so and going strong. No bread, pasta, meat, cheese, dairy or alcohol since then. Feeling great, have lost a ton of weight. Stand by for updates.

    Juice on!

  • Amame215

    4 years ago

    So my mom just called me at work to say that she invited my uncle over for Sunday dinner (I live with my mom since I separated from my husband 2 yrs ago, figured she needed the rent money) and asked me what would I like to eat. I said I'm juicing so have whatever you want. She replies how about ham and rice and beans you can eat the ham. I laughed and said no I'm juicing that means I'm only consuming veggies and fruit... I still don't think she gets what I'm doing.

  • Sarper7

    5 years ago

    And done after 31 days! :) My husband and I had a long talk yesterday. He really wants me to practice eating right. I've lost a total of 55 pounds since February. He is concerned that when I go back to food I will fall back into my old habits (which were the WORST). He is incredibly smart & insightful so I am going to do what he is asking. Last night I had a bowl of brocolli & 1/2 a sweet potato. I've been craving sweet potato for a while now. I feel really really good and was down another pound this morning. He has asked that I just begin eating what I've been juicing & that was my plan when I stopped juicing anyway. So, for the next 60 days I'm practicing eating healthy. I plan to do another juice fast when he thinks it's appropriate. I'm hoping that will be around 60 days. It's been great journaling in here. I am so thankful to my friend Terry for telling me about FSND & to Joe for sharing. I wish you all the best.

  • Sarper7

    5 years ago

    Day 29 - Thanks for the message about protein. I am planning on going for at least 60 days before adding any protein. I am trying to get as much green juice in as I can and so far, my hair looks the same. I'm still at 25 pounds down. I've been exercising a lot. Nearly twice a day. I do a workout at the gym and then ride bikes or swim when I get home. I don't know if that counts as two. It feels more like living life. :)

    Maro - Where are you on the 100 days? How is it going? What have you found to be the best part of juicing for that long?

    Grace & peace!

  • Maro2Bear

    5 years ago

    It's h y d r a t i o n Tuesday. Everyone reminder to stay hydrated set your computer to remind u on the hour to drink your water. Get extra juices in, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

  • Sarper7

    5 years ago

    Day 26 - Feeling great! I did find that my scale was off. My actual loss as of today is 25 pounds. I still feel so good and healthy. Since I'm going to be going for 100 days I ordered some of Joe's protein mix because I really do not want to lose my hair. I am lovin' life, fittin' into old clothes. God is good.

  • Maro2Bear

    5 years ago

    Great, just remember that your kale, spinach and other green veggies have plenty of protein. You can always add in chia seeds and ground flax as well to increase protein.

  • Sarper7

    5 years ago

    Hello Maro2Bear - Thank you for the welcome. :) Is it just you & me?

    Day 23 - A friend at work said, 'Stop. I saw you yesterday and didn't even recognize you. You look amazing!" Three other friends have now watched the FSND and are beginning juice fasts this weekend. It's been a great week and if the scale is right, I've lost 31 pounds. I think it may be off, though. I'm going to retry tomorrow. I was expecting to be down 24 or 25, not 30. Whether it's correct or not I don't really care. My plan is not to stop until I hit my goal or my body says, can do, and we begin our vegan eating journey. Excitement is not the word for how I feel. I am ecstatic! I have never thought I could actually reach my goal weight and now I feel it is not just a dream but something that is right around the bend.

    I just praise God for this movie and the life He is showing me is possible due to all the healthy wonderful food He has made.

  • Maro2Bear

    5 years ago

    Sarper7 welcome welcome WELCOME! Good to have you on board this marathon.

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