Cornisha

  • Favorite Juice? Carrot Juice
  • Food temptation? Mexican Food, Italian Food, pastas, and white rice

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  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Today is day 15!! Not only have I been juice fasting for two weeks and one day, I have already completed one and a half, 10 day juice fasts.

    I have missed updating my experiences over the past several days but with the obstacles I have had, it was much needed. On day 10, I had a sudden spell of severe dizziness come on. At this point, because I had been feeling pretty well in the days prior, I assumed that this feeling was due to me studying and completing several assignments for a lengthy period of time that day without breaking. I thought I just needed to get some sleep and then I would feel much better. My husband agreed. My husband also said he could tell I was losing weight now undoubtedly. With this in mind, on day 11, I fed into my scale addiction's commands and weighed myself before my weigh-in day only to find that my scale had quit working. I just took it as a "that's what you get" mock at me for giving in.

    On day 11, I still continued to feel really dizzy too despite that I had a lot of sleep the night prior. I just continued to drink a lot of water and I drank a little more juice and also incorporated some organic, green Jasmine tea. I had planned to soak some almonds all night on day 10 so that I could soften them enough to juice them on day 11. This was going to be my treat for having made it a full 10 days which I consider having completed one of nine consecutive 10 day juice fasts. But, because I didn't feel well that night and just needed to get to sleep, I went to sleep instead of preparing to celebrate.

    On the night of day 11 is when I decided that it would be a good night to soak the almonds to juice them to then have almond milk for day 12 not only to celebrate making it 10 days, but also in hopes that maybe consuming it for a source of protein might also help me feel better since I had found that sleep was not the issue. But when day 12 came, I felt even worse. I tried to keep pushing forward anyways. Since I will be doubling-up on classes next week, I was trying to work really hard to get as many assignments done ahead of time for the classes I am already registered in. My son also had practice for T-Ball and school-related functions I needed to dabble in. Feeling dizzy made it difficult to get through the day but I managed. The almond milk was good, but it didn't make me feel better. I had slight dizziness on the morning of day 13, but by noon, the dizziness was so bad I felt that I would pass out anytime. My husband encouraged me to eat something but I had no appetite and I told myself I was not going to give up. He told me I should go to the hospital but I didn't want to. I decided instead that I would juice even more hoping that those nutrients would make me feel better.

    On that day, my son and I also went to my aunt's house to help with my younger cousin who had just had surgery and that's when the dizziness got so bad I had trouble standing. My aunt and several other people around me were trying to get me in the car to get me to the E.R. but I gave them all a hard time. Since my aunt's sister is a nurse, she took her stethoscope and listened to my heart rate. She said my heart sounded fine. My aunt who has a diabetes kit, pricked my finger to take my blood sugar. We discovered that my blood sugar was 50. My aunt's sister also hooked me up to a blood pressure machine and found that my blood pressure was low. When they tried to get me to eat some grapes and to have some spaghetti, you can imagine how much I was reprimanded when I refused. I did however, get three mango flavored cold-pressed organic, Fuji juices and some organic veggie broth from Wal-Mart which has a high sodium content and drank them both. I was surprised my blood pressure was low because I have hypertension. Anyways, yesterday (which was day 14), I was ready to celebrate but was inhibited by some of the texts and calls I had received criticizing me for not being under my doctor's supervison. It did upset me to an extent. Although I was a little upset that I perceived a few of the people were not being supportive of my strive to become healthier, I couldn't deny that there was rationality behind a few points. One of them was the fact that I should be under a doctor's supervison. So, I contacted my doctor and have setup an appointment. Today, I incorporated more fruits and have also consumed more organic, veggie broth. And since doing so, I have not been dizzy at all. I'm hoping that my doctor will see this as a viable solution for combating the low blood sugar and low blood pressure and will permit me to continue. I'm not sure I will quit even if he doesn't recommend it.

    Well, regardless of the obstacles I have faced, I'm more than elated that I have been able to juice steadfastly for more than 2 weeks now! This is really something that I never ever imagined I was capable of committing to especially because obstacles sometimes make it easy for me to give up. But I'm eager to get healthy and (hopefully) get rid of my ailments.

    In the meanwhile, I am also hoping to get a new scale very soon so that I can continue to weigh myself. I may weigh myself before Thursday to makeup for my weigh-in if I get a new scale before then. Until then, this isn't over until the fat lady sings! Happy juicing to all!

  • Soose

    1 year ago

    Cornisha, rough weather but you got thru it. Figured it out! And didn't cave in with inappropriate stuff. A good reminder on us to watch out blood sugar if we start feeling badly. Thank you. (I was feeling badly yesterday, struggling with a cold or maybe flu type virus and now I am wondering what my blood sugar was at the time? I ended up drinking some soup broth and then eating a salad - allowed on my personal reboot -- and felt immediately better. )

    Glad you're taking care of yourself both with family (some of whom just are not in possession of all the facts!) Would it help to offer a showing of the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead? Or some of the other movies?)

    [ Edit -- didn't remember that your aunt with MS had just watched the movie; maybe my suggestion is redundant.]

    I know there was a time in my life (decades ago) when I would have had a similar reaction to a family member or friend's low blood sugar, questioning and fearing extreme dieting or anorexia tendencies. Vegetarian much less Vegan seemed extreme. Above all, I know I would have questioned any fasting of any type. Seen it as an attempt at a quick fix solution, bound to cause a rebound after. (And truthfully, I am remembering some of those all liquid processed shake type fads back decades ago, not nutritionally sound. No comparison at ALL to modern day juicing fasts. )

    So much more is known about nutrition since then. The research and the "meta studies" accumulating have really changed the game -- but society and much of the med profession has not caught up with it.

    It's taken me a LONG time to shrug off the many types of misinformation about healthy eating I was indoctrinated in, and absorbed from our culture. I've had friends who were ahead of the curve in learning these things, and I would have thought they were misguided. Even when I did learn more, it took time to gradually make the changes.

    Again, not all friends and family members are in possession of all the facts. And if it so happens that the doctor you consult is not either... try to find the support you need to do this healthy one way or the other. (I have seen that there's a section in the Reboot With Joe book for how to talk to your doctor and other med professionals. Maybe that would be worth a read before going to the doctor? I haven't read that section yet.)

    Best wishes for a healthy reboot!

    [ Have you joined some of the more active groups here? Don't know if I've seen you on the ones I have joined, maybe I've just seen your wall. ]

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    I stepped out with a girlfriend last night. We had such a good time that I forgot to update that I had made it through day 9. That old saying that time sure flys when you are having fun came to life for me yesterday. My friend said she could tell I have lost weight. I'm still 300 (+) pounds so I didn't expect many people to notice. But that's THREE people who have said this throughout this week. Makes me wonder if I have lost anymore. I'm pumped to see the scale this Thursday!

    Yesterday, an aunt of mine who I previously told about Fat, Sick, and, Nearly Dead watched it, was inspired, and started juicing herself! She even sent me pictures of her first cup and said she loved it. She has Multiple Sclerosis and I believe this powerful juice can at least help her function optimally. I just hope her doctor recommends it for her. But either way, it's a great way for us to get the nutrition we need.

    Well, Day 9 was another good day. Day 10 has been mellow so far, but that's because I have homework to get done. But at the finish of the day, I will have reached a new milestone by completing one of nine mini, 10 day fasts! And with that note, I will proceed to get off here and get my work done. Happy Juicing!!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    I'm through with day 8!

    If there is anything I have learned in this short amount of time, it's that this is a day-by-day journey. It's much better for me to just look forward to making it through each day instead of contemplating making it 90 days.

    Physically, I am surprised that I have as much energy as I do. I thought that by the second week I would be ready to faint but I actually feel energized all day. In fact, I went to the gym for the first time since I have been juicing and did a mile on the treadmill. I also did some muscle training. I didn't want to exercise the first week as I anticipated feeling too sluggish and weak. But exercising felt pretty good.

    In addition to feeling good physically, I also feel like I'm mentally sharp which is completely contrary to how I normally feel. My husband said he can tell that I have lost weight which is good because I think it's typically hard for people you see everyday to notice. Yesterday was the last time I weighed myself and I hadn't lost any weight from the day before. My husband advised me to weigh myself weekly instead of everyday. Although this will be hard for me because I love seeing the number go down on the scale, I know this is a feasible idea because this journey is more about regaining health than it is losing weight. Plus, I think being a scale-addict is bad. So, I didn't weigh myself today. I decided to make my weigh-in days on Thursdays of each week.

    Anyways, I know I still have some time to go but everyday I'm getting closer! And I cannot weight to see how this powerful juice has changed me when I make it to day 90!

    Well, it's off to sleep for me. Happy juicing!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    I have officially been juicing for over a week!!! Yestersay was Day 7 and it was a great day! I juiced watermelon juice only for one 27 oz serving and it was another sweet treat I had this week. With school lighting a flame under me, I had a pretty busy day. I got home and although I was so excited to have made it another day, I was beat. I went to sleep.

    Today, Day 8, is halfway through. I just can't believe I am into my second week of juicing. Who knew? Now to finish out the day! And in just two days, I will be able to say, "Now to finish out one mini juice fast." Whoot, whoot! Happy juicing!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Day 6 was a much better day than yesterday. Compared to yesterday, it was a breeze. I am very ready to greet Day 7. After today, I will have officially been juicing for one whole week. Almost done with one 10 day fast...then 8 more to go.

    I lost another pound today. I'm down to 309! Whoot, whoot! Now my weight loss is slowing down now that the water weight has probably finished coming off and I'm okay with that.

    Let's go day 7, let's go!

  • Soose

    1 year ago

    Whoo hoo, Cornisha! Your commitment to this is inspiring me! Go For It!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Awww, thanks Soose! Before now, I've always thought I couldn't do it so I am really surprised I have made it this far. So, thanks for your encouragement! It amplifies the experience and it means a whole lot to me!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Are you or have you been on a juice fast, Soose? This is my first juice fast and I definitely have some questions that would probably be better suited for someone who has already had the experience of juicing for any amount of time.

  • Soose

    1 year ago

    Cornisha, I've juiced for a good many years off and on. But I am probably not the best person here to answer long-juice-fast questions. In the past, I've been on a water-only fast under med supervision. (I have decided after that that juice fasting is a better way to go, healthier in most cases.) Other than that, my juice fasts have all been under a week. This time, I meant to transition to a full juice fast and still might -- but for now, I'm doing a modified reboot -- juice with a cruciferous salad once/day, and if needed a bit of my vegan veg. soup broth. Seems to be working for me so I've stayed here rather than go juice only. But I still might go back to juice only.

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    That's awesome, Soose! Doing any reboot, be it a few days, a week, extended, modified, or strictly juicing is great. I see me incorporating juice in my daily diet well after fasting. Where you are now (juicing with a salad once a day and having veggie soup broth) is where I intend to be for the first few days after fasting.

    And thanks greatly for the encouragement! If and when you go on your juice fast, I really hope you attain every personal goal you set for yourself. I know if you did water fast, you can definitely do this! Happy juicing to you!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    It has been a tough day. A little friend came to visit this morning that put me in so much pain that I lost my appetite. I'm sure most women know who this little friend is for it becomes a friend (or rather a foe for those of us who abhor the unpleasant symptoms) of almost every pubescent girl at some point. I didn't want to drink water, juice, or put anything in my mouth for that matter. I was surprised that this furious friend of mine was not pacified after I have drank juice for several days as I have done research that has revealed that juicing can treat a host of endocrine related problems including Polyocystic Ovarian Syndrome that I have been diagnosed with. I found myself being irritated at the slightest disturbances anytime I was trying to not focus on the pain. With the pain intact, I had planned to water binge for the day but could barely stomach water.

    Then later, after awakening from a nap, I became so hungry that I liken myself to a wild beast who was ready to ferociously devour anything that was edible (lol). My husband was a great support by juicing me about 16oz of green goodness which did pacify the hunger straightaway. Later, I juiced some more and drank more water to ensure that the hunger would not return. So, no doubt today I learned that it is important to drink a sufficient amount of juice and water even if I do not feel well in order to keep hunger at bay.

    Although today I was a bit mentally unsettled, I made it through day 5. I also lost another 2 pounds! I'm now 310 pounds! With 18 pounds down in 5 days, I really shouldn't complain or remain too unhinged about my unwanted friend's visitation.

    Anyways, happy juicing! Now onto day 6...

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    The carrot juice that I had today for making it the entire past three days was delicious and worth the wait. In reverence of Easter, my family and I had a lot of fun celebrating by dying eggs together, decorating the dyed eggs, and playing with the toys that were in the Easter basket I crafted for my son. My husband and I enjoyed watching our son look for eggs in the mini Easter Egg Hunt we orchestrated inside because it not only got really cold outside, but it also started snowing. The snow and cold weather also interfered with our plans to take pictures of our son dressed up in his Easter suit with his Easter basket at the park. But we still had a good time nonetheless.

    I cooked a very big dinner today and once more, I did not eat with my family. It was really hard to cook without being able to taste as I cooked as I do this often to make sure the food tastes good. I earnestly thought about allowing myself to eat to celebrate the holiday with my family. But fortunately for me, when I went to take my aunt a plate of food to her job, she immediately complimented me and mentioned that she could tell I have lost weight. Boy oh boy, did this fuel motivation in me for me to not give in. I was so excited that she could tell already that I got home and juiced a large 27 oz of green goodness instead of sitting down at the table with my family as I had previously considered. In my mind, I was waging against those thoughts that had tempted me by inwardly shouting back, "Hell no, we won't go!" (lol). And because I didn't pick up a plate, I knew I had won the mental battle. And I drank my juice proudly!

    Not only did I feel good mentally, I also felt good physically. I slept better and longer last night and I didn't have the achy feeling in my legs as I did the night before. I was hungry when I arose this morning but it subsided after drinking the carrot juice and two bottles of water. And I was also headache-free all day! Now, I can't forget to mention that I lost 2 more pounds today! That's 16 pounds in 4 days! Even though I'm happy with the weightloss, I'm even happier with the fact that I have been able to stay committed for 4 days. I'm totally convinced that I can complete another day and I'm claiming another victory in day 5! Keep juicing everyone!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Happy Easter!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    I have officially made it THREE whole days with juice and water only. I'm really shocked at myself because some part of me just didn't think I was capable of making it even three days. Not only has toxic foods been a place of comfort for me, it is has also been like seams that adjoin my family and I. I'm sure I'm not the only person who finds delight and joy in sitting among the people you love while enjoying tasty foods. So, tonight when I made homemade buffalo chicken tenders and french fries (which is not only comfort food, but also a meal that my family and I enjoy eating together), I found myself being enticed by the pleasant aroma of well-seasoned chicken. Being a stay-at-home mother obliges me to be the primary cook (and I do mean of 99% of the meals) in our home, so I don't have anyway around coming in contact with the food. But, what helped me overcome this temptation was reflecting back on Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead when Joe Cross voluntarily went into restaurants to interview or talk to people about juicing. I thought about how he sat right in front people eating all of the toxic foods he himself had loved and savored just weeks before he started his fast. That encouraged me to resist the temptation and helped me succeed yet another day.

    Now physically, this has been the hardest day for me. I was restless because my legs ached terribly throughout the night. I only slept three hours total. When I got up at 6:25a.m., I noticed that I was not dragging and my eyes did not feel as heavy and gritty as they normally do (which is ironic considering how little sleep I had). When I got in the shower, I felt very clean even before washing. I juiced afterwards. I just felt really good! But around the midday, I got a terrible headache that lasted until late in the evening. I also felt like a rush of exhaustion had suddenly bombarded my mind and body around the same time the headache came on. But despite this, I am glad that I made it another day!

    Tomorrow is the day I celebrate making it the first three days by treating myself to my favorite juice which is carrot juice! I didn't lose anymore weight today but I'm still happy with what I have lost thus far. So, onto day FOUR for me! Happy juicing!!

  • Cornisha

    1 year ago

    Today was another victory! I have now officially been juicing for 2 days! I'm so stoked that I made it! I now only have 88 days to go until I reach my ultimate goal!

    I've decided that for the sake of making my long-term goal seem more attainable, I want to break that 90 day goal into 9 mini goals. So, instead of looking at it as if I have 88 days left, I'm focusing on making it to day 11 where I will have completed 10 days. And then I will just look forward to completing another 10 days...and so on until I have completed nine 10 day juice fasts consecutively. I think this is a viable solution for combating discouragement when looking at the long haul.

    Today I did experience a bit of hunger at the end of the day before I drank my final 24 oz of juice and my last 3 bottles of water. But the hunger was so slight and it vanished completely after drinking the first 12 oz of my last 24 oz of juice. I also think I'm experiencing a bit of what is informally called "the healing crisis" (formally called herxheimer reaction). Last night I had some hot flashes and I woke up with a very light headache. I noticed my nose started running and my ears and eyes were also draining. I also have had dull aches in my joints and muscles which differs from the pain that I feel everyday from fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. But hey, I was even glad for these symptoms because I know that is a physical response to the juice working and detoxing or healing my body!

    And finally, I saved the best for last. In just 2 days, I have come down from 328 pounds to 314 pounds!!! I cannot believe that I have lost 14 pounds in just 2 days! Now, I know not to expect this kind weight loss every week, but this sure does a lot for motivating me to stick with it! Happy juicing everyone and I wish the same or greater success for all my fellow juicers! On to day 3 for me!

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