Just wondering how you are doing after 21 days since you last posted? Hope you are doing well. I am going to do another 30 days soon---I finished 60 days about a month ago.
Day Thirty-One: 25.8 pounds lost
This is a pretty good day, I'm at 280.1. 280 has been a target weight of mine throughout this reboot, because from here I only need to lose a pound a week to be under 260 for my big, physically intense hunting trip this fall.
The problem is, I don't know if I have the strength, skills, and tools to pull off a highly plant based diet from here. My wife does the cooking for a family of nine, so I can't very well use the kitchen before supper when she's scrambling. She's not very interested in changing what the family eats, either. I might be able to convince her to cook some rice for me most nights, or I could do that in my home office on my hot plate. Then I could make a salad, or eat veggies if she makes them, and maybe slice up a little of whatever meat is being used, and eat it with my rice.
This doesn't feel like a recipe for success. Maybe the blood work I'm having done will show that I have numbers that need to come down (triglycerides, cholesterol, etc) and she'll be more willing to help me. But unfortunately, I didn't get lab work until a month into this reboot, when my numbers will be way healthier than they were when I started.
Day Thirty: 24.9 pounds lost
Busy weekend! My girls had their dance recital, which is a weekend-long debacle when you factor in dress rehearsals and their grandma coming over to practice makeup and hair :) Still, we loaded all the bikes in my pickup for the first time, and had a family bike ride on one of the many great trails Lincoln has to offer. I even towed the younger ones in a bike trailer for about 40 minutes. If you don't ride bikes, you might not know that your groin will get incredibly sore after the first couple rides, so I took it easy. But I'm looking forward to more!
I also signed up for a 5K, and went to a lab this morning to have lab work done. I want to see my health by the numbers, and compare in a month or so. I wish I had done this at the beginning!
Awesome job, C.S.! Keep up the great work!
Day Twenty-Eight: 23.5 pounds lost
I started my weight loss journey a couple weeks before my reboot, when I weighed in at 315 on my birthday, April 29th. As of a couple days ago, I've officially lost 10% of my body weight, and the difference is amazing!
Yesterday I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone. I've already been doing some walking and jogging, so I think I'll be able to start out at week 5 of 9. The app made a good suggestion - sign up for a 5K so you're working toward something real. I'm going to do that today.
Congrats C.S. Is the Couch to 5K free? Sounds very interesting, so will definitely look into it today.
Day Twenty-Seven: 22.7 pounds lost
Well, I'm up a tenth of a pound since yesterday, but I'm not too worried. I got over 14,000 steps in, most of them push mowing part of my acreage, so they were hard-earned steps :) I didn't fumble with my juicing at all, either. I did all the right things, and I'm confident my ongoing weight loss will reflect that. The important thing is how much better I feel, and how my clothes are fitting. Juice on!
Day Twenty-Six: 22.8 pounds lost
Sorry for the downer post last night, but I didn't feel great. And I think it's important to document the lows as well as the highs. Today's a fresh start. I'm committed to juice only today.
I had assumed that I would stop at 30 days, but now I'm not so sure. I feel better than I have in years, I weigh less than I have in years, so why not keep going? I guess we'll see. As I've said before, I never committed to anything beyond "today", and that stands. But I'm amazed at how far I've made it already!
Day Twenty-Five: 22 pounds lost
Just a quick update before bed, because I neglected to post all day. I juiced all day yesterday and today - no cheating since Sunday night. Yesterday was pretty bad, though.
Last night, I learned that my wife is not as "on board" with my juicing as she had seemed to be. She started out not crazy about it, but seemed to warm at least to the level of "indifferent".
If you're a vegan or opposed to hunting, I apologize in advance, but this is my story. I go deer hunting every year, and since I usually end up with a single deer, venison is a very rare treat that we pepper throughout the year, to make the meat last. We have venison steak maybe 4-6 times a year, tops.
But yesterday, knowing I was still on my reboot, my wife cooked the last of the venison steaks from last fall. I had to choose whether to break my juice fast, or give up the rarest treat I get all year. I was floored. When I asked why, she acted as though she was shocked I would mind. She threw it back in my face - "since you're not having it, your kids can't have it either??" We could have all had it, just a few weeks later. There's no shortage of other food in the house.
Later that night, after being absolutely furious, I decided to forgive her, and I told her so. I also told her that I was hurt by what she did, not just mad. Instead of making things better, she told me repeatedly that she "would not apologize for feeding her kids". This is not a woman I caught stealing a loaf of bread. This is someone who could have made just about anything, and specifically chose to make something that would either pain me to miss out on, or force me to break my juice fast. And I believe that was her goal.
I feel very frustrated. She can be passive-aggressive when I make an effort to get in shape. I believe it's because she has low self-esteem with her own physical appearance, and the bigger the gap between us, the worse about herself she feels. It goes back to her mom forcing her to diet, and her longest boyfriend before our marriage demanding that she keep a certain figure.
Well, I guess this wasn't quick after all, but I'm glad I posted it. My hope is that I succeed in this reboot, and help others know that they can do the same even without the support of their loved ones, if they really commit. Obviously, family support is tremendously important, but sometimes you have to find support elsewhere.
Hi C.S., I can so relate to your situation with your wife. I have very little support around me (other than on this site of course) I never understood why it is that people try to sabotage those of us who are trying to change ourselves for the better. You are absolutely right that we can still have success without the support of our loved ones. You have the support of so many people here on this site :) The book I am reading goes into this kind of situation a bit. (I'll post some pages from it on my wall if you want to check it out) Although dealing with your spouse is very difficult. Kudos to you C.S. for sticking to it.
Day Twenty-Four: 20.9 pounds lost
I did it! After a bad weekend of eating solids on both Saturday and Sunday, I was able to do really well on Monday. I got an hour walk/jog in over lunch, then played kickball with the family that evening. I'm officially at 285 pounds, I was 315 on my birthday (April 29), and 305.9 when I started juicing. This has been great.
Day Twenty-Three: 20.2 pounds lost
Once again, I cheated on my juicing, but didn't pay the price at the scale the next morning. Yesterday, we had homemade, authentic mexican tacos (complete with fried corn tortillas) for dinner. I resisted the first time we had this meal during my reboot, but weakened from the previous day's fumbles, I gave in and had two.
The good news here is that the LEAST I would ever eat before was six. And honestly, they didn't hold the power over me they once did. Eating them wasn't as deeply satisfying as it used to be, and I think my taste buds have changed enough that I didn't feel strongly compelled to eat more than the initial two I put on my plate. It was very easy not to eat more.
Later that night, all the leftovers were still on the table, except the meat which had already been thrown out. If the meat was still on the table, I think I would have caved again.
On the plus side, my wife has really come around, and we're able to openly talk about fitness, weight loss, and even my juicing directly. She even offers to pick up veggies at the store now, it's great. And last night, we went on a nice walk. Lincoln, Nebraska has an amazing network of trails across the entire city - all the creeks and railroad tracks have trails alongside them. We walked on one of those trails for about 40 minutes, just us and the baby in a stroller (who loved it, too).
We have seven kids, so it was really nice to have the time to ourselves. She mentioned last week that me not eating makes it hard to spend time together, because we usually "date" by either going out to eat, or getting takeout to eat together after the younger ones go to bed. I'm glad we're finding very healthy ways to spend time together, so I think this reboot will be great for our relationship, as well!
I am really glad that your wife has come around, and learned new ways to support you. It is an amazing feeling, and helps give you that boost to keep going when it feels like the world is against you. The one thing I learned that might help you with couple dates is to take food out of your dates completely. Put food in a place were it is only nourishing you, instead of seeing food as a reward. For dates I will go to a juice bar if I really need social interaction with food, but I do my best to do dates around new activities like painting or a fitness class, Or going to a park a writing down questions to get to know the other person better. Relationships change people change so this is a great way to get to know the other no matter how long you have known each other. Ever time you go off the reboot track drink a juice. Drink a juice after so you are activly changing that behavior when you are craving a taco or pizza. Another thing to think about is your mind set. Instead of telling yourself that I can't have those tacos. Tell yourself I can have those tacos but I choose a healthier juice. Once you tell yourself no you are going to want. So tell your self yes I can, but I choose this option. If you are craving dinner step away for 5-10min and ask yourself what do I really want what will satisfy my need. Dig deeper when you crave food.
Thanks Sacha, great advice! Especially about drinking a juice right after. I had actually sat down with two juices, which I drank first. I was behind for the day, and catching up. But maybe that was part of the problem - I sat down extra hungry because I was behind on juicing, and even while I drank my juice, I was staring at the tacos, and smelling them.
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