The November 30-Day Challenge!

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  • Okasan

    3 years ago


    Sending out best wishes for those of you still juicing over the holidays. This group has gone silent, so I think many have decided to transition out until after the new year. Here's to healthy choices and making life long changes! Happy holidays!!

  • Shandolyn

    3 years ago

    I noticed that too, Sue and I started to panic that I would loose part of my support group but I think I have found some of them at Kate's Plant Based Group.

  • scott

    3 years ago


    Thought I'd better go for another weigh-in - I'm down 48lb (21.8kg) so far for 3mths effort, averages out around 1.8kg per week or nearly 4lb so not too bad going really I guess. I'm not too anal about what I eat just so long as it's healthy and good for the body for the most part (still have some rubbish here and there) which for me is a normal part of the whole process - too make it too rigid would really set me up for failure as it's too hard to be over the top strict long term so trying to find that nice balance is where I'm at with this journey and so far it seems to be working well, like Kate I will mix it up if need be to get to the final goal of having a normal body and a life where I can do anything I choose rather than the one I lead at the moment which is controlled by my super morbid obesity problem, I look forward to the day when I can walk into any shop and buy clothes I like and that actually fit how they are meant too!



    I see so many beautiful clothes that I'd like to wear yet I don't fit them and when I do they look absolutely horrible on me, eventually that will change with some time and effort.



    Anyway good luck everyone and Juice On!

  • kate.the.warrior

    3 years ago

    That all sounds fantastic, Scott. 48 pounds....WOW!

  • vontan

    3 years ago


    today is day 29, feel really good, still struggling with the slowed weight loss, only losing 3 lbs in the past week. Under normal circumstances I'd be estatic, but considering the exercising and juicing...not so much. But on a bright note I did lose 1.2% fat and gained .5% muscle in the past week, which was my goal, I know I would lose fat but didn't want to lose muscle. With tomorrow day 30 I will change things up a bit and have 3 juices as normal and one salad or veg soup for dinner. I want to continue with that for another 30 days since I believe that will help me stay on track longer. Then at that point slowly transition to two juices and lunch and dinner. That's my plan for now but plans can change. Right now food doesn't even seem all that appetizing to me, but I know that will change.

  • kate.the.warrior

    3 years ago


    Good morning everyone! I'm beginning Joel Fuhrman's 6-week challenge tomorrow (December 1) and will see what happens. I am planning on doing 3 sets of 6 back to back which will bring me up to my 3rd re-birthday (April 9). If the plan is not working, change the plan, but never the goal. I am cleaning my fridge this morning in preparation for the produce that will be going into it later today.



    Have a blessed Christmas season, try to be careful with your food choices.



    Love, Kate

  • Okasan

    3 years ago

    I am also doing Fuhrman. Let me know if you want to compare recipes. We had a few different things this Thanksgiving, some were definitely better than others.

    I hope all is well with you and your family.

    Sue

  • Laney

    3 years ago

    Sounds good Kate, I look forward to seeing your posts and encouragment in the December group!

  • JennieMcB

    3 years ago

    I like your enthusiasm...it is contagious. Here's to the new method! :)

  • Shandolyn

    3 years ago


    The end of November is here, so I weighed myself this morning and I am 25 pounds lighter. Yahoo! When I type that it sounds like the pounds just went 'poof' and disappeared. They didn't. I had to consciously work for every .2 of a pound I lost. This group has been great for the encouragement given. Also, I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who has supported me in every way possible. (My day begins with him bringing me hot water with lemon & ginger in a mug & green tea in a thermos, along with the newspaper!) Support has been key to me having success this month. So, I thank all of you and will now continue juicing into December. We are going away for Christmas so I am not sure when I will switch to a plantbased diet. Hopefully I will make it to a week before Christmas so that I can transition out slowly before Christmas Day.

  • kate.the.warrior

    3 years ago

    That's wonderful news, Shan :) I'm very happy for you.

  • Okasan

    3 years ago

    Way to go!! Awesome news!! And you are right, you earned this! Way to go Shan!

  • Laney

    3 years ago

    Congratulations for your amazing success! :)

  • scott

    3 years ago


    You are starting to sound like you are obsessed with the scales! Don't make this journey all about the numbers, make it about how good you are feeling and let the numbers be secondary, the weight will come of eventually if you keep on a healthy lifestyle anyway.

  • vontan

    3 years ago


    I am pretty po'd, for 3 days now I have not lost one ounce of weight. I don't even know how this is possible. I am working out 2 hours a day, wearing my HR monitor so I can accurately measure the calories burned. So I'm burning close to 3500 calories a day, which is equal to a pound. Minus juices is still in the 2000-2500 calorie deficit, so I should be losing a minimum of 1/2 lb a day and with the revved metabolism from exercising it should be even more. I know weight loss isn't my only goal but it's a big motivator for me. Tomorrow I will be taking my percentages of fat loss, muscle, and water, and if I don't see a decent gain and loss in that department I will have to question what I am doing. I put pea protein in one juice and supplement with BCAA's a few times a day. I might drop the protein powder or maybe use less. I have given other people advice to go off the plan for a few days and then go back on, so maybe I should take my own advice. Thinking of modifying to juicing and then one regular meal a day. I'll decide when I see the week's results tomorrow.

  • Okasan

    3 years ago

    Hi Vontan. You are going a great job. Try not to stress. Stress can cause your body to hold on to weight. A few points, HR monitors are great motivators to keep yourself moving, but most devices that estimate calorie burn estimate on the high side. Also, increases in exercise can result muscles retaining water. Your body is probably hold onto water. It will release it when it is ready. Patience is difficult when you are working so hard. You got this. Hang in there. I don't know how many days you have been juicing, but plateaus are a normal part of weight loss. Sometimes when you get to a weight that you maintained for a long period of time in the past, your body seems to remember that weight and tends to settle in there. Are you sitting at an old weight? Be consistent and you can break through. Your body is making the adjustments that it needs to move to down to the next level. Good luck to you!

    Sue

  • Dos_Centavos

    3 years ago

    Vontan,

    Pea Protein is actually already a pretty good source of your Branched Chain Amino Acids so taking additional BCAA's is not only redundant but does go a ways into explaining why you have stopped seeing the numbers on the scale change.

    Plain and simple, you are adding muscles to your frame and though they may not be as readily apparent, they are there and as you probably already know, Muscle weighs more than Fat and takes up a lot less space.

    Dropping the Protein would definitely go a ways to seeing more reduction in size while if you kept to the BCAAs alone, would help to ensure that you are preserving the muscles you already have as well as allowing yourself to maintain strength on your calorie reduced diet.

    With exception of Pea Protein being a source of income for the site, there isn't much reason they should be recommending it for weight loss, where as the BCAA's would seem to be a little more intuitive.

    About the only thing worse you could actually be doing is hyper loading on Creatine. Even on a juice only diet, it may cause you to see the numbers increase as Creatine will cause the body to add water to muscles and basically force you to carry more weight.

    To continue to see the numbers decline on your scale, drop both protein and the BCAA's and when you see the numbers start to drop again, add your BCAA's.

    Why?

    When you see people that have undergone drastic weight loss, you will also see that skin hangs off of them like a baggy sweater on a hanger. Keeping the muscles will be a lot less dramatic and as you are reducing, continue to improve your nutritional load, this can have enough impact on your body to improve the elasticity in your skin by helping to rebuild your collagen. Age and nutrient load are definitely factors as to how well your situation will be, but keeping on this same path would most likely be a lot more promising.

  • vontan

    3 years ago

    thanks for the comments, actually the numbers on the scale slowed when I started with the pea protein over a week ago. I only started the BCAA's a few days ago, and I'm not taking Creatine. I know better. I'm no stranger to juice fasts and exercising which is why I am expecting certain results. I've done quite a few 21 day ones where I lost 20 pounds, always. This is day 27 and I haven't even lost 20 yet. If I'd never done a juice fast before I'm sure I'd be happy with the numbers. I don't think it's causing me stress since I started this mainly for my health. All my health problems went away, all the meds gone, and I feel loads better with a whole lot more energy, and my clothes fit better. I'm overall happy, just think it should be moving along better considering the effort I'm putting into things. I really want to make it to at least 30 days. One last thing, one of the nutritionists mentioned in a post that this reboot is designed for a 1 lb a day weight loss.

  • scott

    3 years ago


    Went for a nice 5km walk yesterday, did a Gym workout today and some swimming thrown in for good measure, feeling pretty good after all that, might do a weigh-in this week or next see how I feel.

  • vontan

    3 years ago


    day 26, getting bored but feeling pretty good. Have plenty of energy to get my 2 hours of workouts in, that was my answer to the weight loss slow down. I'll see how it worked when I weigh myself Monday and see how much weight and fat I lost and if I gained any muscle. To me that is the only drawback of any type of long term fasting is you will lose muscle if you don't work out in some way.

  • scott

    3 years ago


    You'll be fine Kate, don't be scared of eating again, just eat the healthy version and you'll be sweet as, I'm really enjoying the new lifestyle, I'm not completely obsessed with it, I do eat some rubbish at times and I'm totally fine with it (making something that restrictive just doesn't work for me) but as I keep saying 99% of the time I'm doing the right thing so I'm not at all concerned about how my new way of eating/living is going, it's becoming more natural and the norm as each day goes on (Don't get me wrong I struggled at times whilst trying to find what works for me) but it's definitely getting easier as time goes by.



    I had something called Korn today (some fillet type thing) and I can honestly say it tastes like McDonalds Chicken Nuggets! LOL even the wife and kids love it too which is a real surprise to them and me, they call me the "Enemy" Jokingly as I've gone to a plant based diet whilst they stay with the meat etc, but they are slowly trying new plant based foods and have started coming for walks with me so I'm slowly but surely converting them to a more healthy lifestyle (I'm not trying to convert them at all but that's what's happening to some degree) which is great to see, I'm happy for them to do whatever they want whether that be plant based or meat based, that's their choice and theirs alone.



    I've been eating heaps of spuds, salads, veg, fruit, nuts etc you name it I've been munching my way through it and Youtube is a great place to find vegan type recipes and info etc, I like a lady who goes by the name of Cooking with Plants - she's got lots of good recipes and ideas when it comes to cooking the vegan lifestyle and there are many others too but she does a low or no fat/oil type cooking which is great (mind you I still use some oil but its like a teaspoon not a cup like the old days so my fat intake is very very low compared to years gone by and I only use it when I cook some chips in a pan, I tried doing chips without out oil but it just didn't work for me and as I said I tried making it work for me and using minimum oil works well for me, that's about the only time I do use oil now, most of my cooking is done in a non stick pan and I usually saute mushies and onions etc in water (after I've browned them up a bit first).



    Anyway Kate don't be too hard on yourself, just experiment a bit with food and definitely look at Youtube for inspiration and ideas on what to eat etc, you'll get the the swing of it over time and definitely don't beat yourself up if you do eat some animal products here and there, it's not easy just going cold turkey as most find out, its a step by step process and over time the dependence an animal products slowly but surely gets less and less to the point where its just a here and there thing and I think over time it will be a thing of the past, my desire for it has dropped off again in the last week or 2 so I'm almost there.



    Good luck with the new lifestyle.

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