Rookie

  • Location: 60074
  • About: I live in Chicago and am a father of four. I work in the tech industry and enjoy spending time with my kids and my friends. I play guitar and sing.
  • Why I've Joined Reboot with Joe: I am a father to my four favorite people in the entire world and I want to be healthy and active when I am older so that I can be as much a help to them as my parents were to me. I am overweight, have high blood pressure, a family history of heart attacks, and I need to get healthy! I do not want to die in my 60s or even my 70s...I want to live to see as much of life as I can.
  • Favorite Juice? Carrot-Apple-Ginger
  • Food temptation? Subway sub sandwiches, pizza

Wall Posts

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    The journey continues! I'm up to a pound of fruit and a pound of veggies a day and I'm ready to increase my palate by adding three new fruits and three new veggies each week. I have to take my blood pressure tonight because this morning and yesterday I was light-headed, having been doing this for a month, I wonder if the blood pressure medicine is too much for me right now. I'll check with my doctor about reducing it if the blood pressure is lower. SO glad to be calling a doctor about something good like that!

    Good luck and happy juicing!

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    While I may not be doing a reboot, I am continuing to eat healthy and lose weight! The 15 day reboot I did started 31 days ago, so I have been on my new mission to health for over 30 days now and I am very happy with the results. The reboot reset my taste-buds and I lost 12 pounds during that time as well as lowered my blood pressure a bit. Since the reboot, I have been using Dr. Fuhrman's book "Eat For Health" to get into a nutritarian diet-style and it has been great! I don't have to count calories or worry about what I'm eating because it's not a diet, it's a way of eating. I know, that may sound like the same, but it's not.

    So over the last two weeks I have lost an additional 12 pounds and am now down to 241, having started at 265 so that's 24 pounds in 30 days...not too shabby! And I feel GREAT! I had a men's retreat this weekend with my church and a lot of guys commented on how healthy I looked and even my eyes were brighter. It was very encouraging. I even got to share with some of them about the reboot and being a nutritarian. Good stuff!

    The best part about the weekend was that I brought with me some fruits, berries, nuts and seeds, kale, onion, and mini-peppers and was able to avoid eating garbage like donuts and pastries, not to mention too much of the meat that was served. I got to enjoy my salads, healthy foods, got to eat some of the delicious meat that was prepared, and even had some baked potato.

    For me now it comes down to prioritizing what I eat. As a nutritarian my focus is on eating foods that are very high in nutrients per calorie and that's it. It's not that I can't eat steak, it's that it is not the main focus of my eating any more. For instance, at dinner on Saturday we had steak and baked potato with salad. So I took some salad on a plate, added three leaves of kale (cut up), chopped onion I had brought and chopped that morning, some cut-up strawberries, and a handful of blackberries. I didn't need dressing because the berries added sweetness and juice that served as a dressing in my mouth so I didn't feel tempted to use the fatty dressings that were on hand. I was able to explain to a friend who had asked me about the nutritarian diet-style that I was definitely going to eat the salad, I was hoping to eat the steak, and I might eat the potato. It all depended on how satisfied I felt. One of the first exercises "Eat For Health" has is to chew food until it is liquefied before swallowing, which ensures maximum nutrient absorption and also slows down meals so I don't overeat. As I ate my salad I took bites of the steak and potato as well, but more the steak than the potato with sour cream on it. At the end of the meal I had eaten the salad, the steak, and about half the baked potato (which was a small one, about a half the size my friends there were eating lol). I had a delicious and healthy meal, I didn't overeat, and I felt very satisfied at the end of it. That's what I enjoy about becoming a nutritarian: it's not about what I can't have, it's about what I want to have. Do I want good tasting food that gives me good things or do I want good tasting food that may give me not-so-good or even bad things? I choose the good taste and good results.

    Sorry for the long post, but I haven't been on in a few days and the weekend success was a real encouragement to me.

    Good luck and happy juicing!

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    So while I am done with my reboot, I am not done with my journey to a healthier me.

    For the last week I have been using Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat for Health" book to become a Nutritarian, which focuses on eating a high-nutrient diet from primarily vegetables and fruits, but also some animal products. So far I am into the first couple of exercises: 1. Eat 1/2 pound of berries with breakfast (not in place of it) and 1/2 pound of raw or lightly cooked vegetables at dinner (this means a salad and a lot of cut-up raw vegetables) and, 2. Chew my food thoroughly until it is liquefied before swallowing so I get the maximum nutrients out of them.

    I have cut out almost all processed foods during the week (still having a rough time resisting pizza but I'm getting there!) and I do my best to eat some beans and nuts every day.

    I had initially gained 5 pounds after the reboot, even with being in the hospital (that happened at my last reboot, too, I gained about 7 pounds right after) and now I have lost all of that so I am down to 249...it's nice to be under 250!

    I'm going to keep it up today and then get up again tomorrow and do it all over again!

    Good luck and happy juicing!

  • iamFIT

    2 years ago

    Rookie,

    I have completed 21 days.thanks .i remember, i wanted to give up after 4 ,5 days, when i received your message in the post about you going for 72 days.i was wondering ,well 21, is just small number compared to 72, and i would be able to pull through. i had all those withdrawals etc, but pulled through.I AM IN THE FLOW NOW, .but have not lost any substantial weight.my body went through a lot of changes.,i can feel light, though not the weigh scale tells a different story.i was able to sustain the arth pain, without meds.as mentioned before, i am due for the doc visist(I HATE IT) in mid june,and for the impendening tests, that was the motivaing factor.have not yet reached the ideal BMI,atleast, want to get into that, range of not over weight.and for getting into the ideal weight of BMI, i , sort of still have time, or giving myself the time, till dec atleast. you motivated me to walk, but then i have stopped walking now, have to start again, if not for an hour, atleast few minutes every morning. i really need to do the exercising thing going.may be tomorrow:).so a special thanks to you. RECOVER WELL.i have removed my post of starting 21 days, , sort of completed and want to post in groups, since i see, how the groups motivation has helped me.I just cannot afford to fall ill .and have to be independent .

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    That's great! Congratulations on 21 days! That's awesome!

    The scale was not very friendly to me from days 14 to days 23 or so in my first reboot but after day 23 or so I started losing weight and after the 75 days I had lost 75 pounds. However, I am also a man and men have an easier time losing weight on the scale than women who are on a similar reboot, so don't beat yourself up too much.

    Weight is one part of our recovery, and it may be that your body is focusing more on healing and storing nutrients than getting rid of fat. By continuing, your body will re-align and the weight should start dropping.

    Keep it up, you can do this one day at a time!

  • iamFIT

    2 years ago

    Rookie , be patient with yourself when recovering from surgery.hope you are doing well.

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    Another day of healing for me. I'm a bit concerned that when I get out of here I will fall back into bad habits of eating what is convenient because moving around is still pretty difficult and I don't relish the thought of making dinner for myself and my son.

    I have been reading Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat for Health and it seems like a plan I can do. Eating 1/2 pound of berries with breakfast and 1/2 pound of raw vegetables before dinner each day is something I know I can do, so I will start with that. I'm glad I did another reboot, even if only for 15 days, because my taste buds are re-aligned and my body is not addicted to junk food. I suppose if there was a place to stop the reboot and eat healthy, a hospital is one of the best places! There is junk food available, but I can make healthy choices in ordering my meals so that I have only been eating good food.

    I will also do my best to stay connected to this community. Thank you to those who are my friends here, I value your kind words, encouragement, and your own stories of how you are doing, whether it is good or not-so-good. When you share, it helps me to grow. As a mentor of mine says, "When we share a hurt it cuts it in half and when we share a joy it doubles it."

    Good luck and happy juicing!

  • iamFIT

    2 years ago

    Rookie, hope you are doing well,sometimes, even i plan on what to eat , when this is over, but i realise it will undo all the effort.my impending hospital visit and tests are the motivating factor for me.i just cannot afford to fall sick ,so have to make better choices.i might slowly include fruits, salads as solids first.made a firm resolve no more take aways ,or ordering for me, cook, with whatever is available.going for 21 days, hope i make it. today is 17 , just 4 more.get well soon, .But be kind to yourself when one decides that, then my doc said, I would not self destruct by eating the wrong foods .

  • iamFIT

    2 years ago

    well, you can choose, soups , and juices, which are anyway available in most of hospitals.and you can as well contact the nutritionist in the hospital and ask for a diet chart, for your present condition.when i was unwell, i was told to eat only cooked food, no raw, cause might be prone to infections, so people's health conditions are different. now i am free to eat what i want, so am on this, and basically HAVE to improve my immunity. this juicing helps in deep healing rather a stop gap meds i was taking. just hoping this time i get a much lesser dose.junk food addiction is something even i am batteling.

  • Rookie

    2 years ago

    So my reboot came to a screeching halt on day 15, which was this past Saturday. I woke up fine, but after first juice I had a pain in my side that wouldn't go away and only got worse as the day wore on and I drank more juice. Ends up my gallbladder had had enough of me and wanted out! So now I am without a gallbladder, but that's alright (or so the doctor tells me! hehe).

    Just one of life's interesting moments for me! I got 15 days under my belt at least and I did end up losing 13 pounds and I know that in spite of the surgery my body is healthier than when I started. I've been eating healthy (kind of hard not to do in a hospital!) and once I get out of this bed I'll start walking again. I'll be incorporating juices in my diet from here-on out as well. For now I'm just concentrating on healing from the holes they poked in me and looking forward to sleeping in my own bed soon.

    Sometimes life happens and gets in the way of my plans and goals, so this is a good opportunity for me to learn some patience and practice some flexibility. Good luck to you all and happy juicing!

    - See more at: http://community.rebootwithjoe.com/discussions/topic/starting-a-60-day-reboot-94969?p=3#sthash.Oa7VQbIu.dpuf

  • Rookie

    3 years ago

    Day 12! I had a spot of trouble last night when I went to introduce hemp powder and olive oil to an evening juice. I didn't realize that the hemp powder was supposed to be refrigerated so I put some in vegetable broth and it did not agree with me at all. (I'm just glad it was number 2 and not vomiting.) Note to self: Read the instructions! It just reminded me how loosey-goosey I've been with what I put in my body for most of my life and that needs to change.

    Today's menu is Red, White, Blue and Green Juice, Joe's Mean Green Juice (one of my favorites!), and Peach Pie Delight Juice. I don't really care for watermelon so the RWBG Juice is something I only slightly enjoy, but I know it's good for me. :-)

    The hunger is still gone, but last night I had such a craving for something to eat! It was all I could do to resist. I ended up drinking juice, going for a walk, and doing something productive and I made it through. Looking forward to starting jogging in a few days!

  • Rookie

    3 years ago

    Day 11 and going strong! The hunger is gone, I only have cravings. Last time it took over two weeks for hunger to be gone so I am glad it's faster this time around! I still struggle with the beet juices, and even though I water them down I still get intestinal gurgles pretty bad and a bit of loose stool. I've reduced the number of beets in the juice as well and that seems to help.

    My energy levels are good, and I'm sleeping well. So far so good! I'll start strength workouts in a few days and jogging next week. Good luck and happy juicing everyone!

  • Rookie

    3 years ago

    Day 8 almost done! The last couple days been struggling with a bit of diarrhea and a lot of gurgles in my intestines. I didn't have this much gurgling! :-) Other than that I'm doing well. I'm down 8 pounds and going strong. Spending the weekend with my kids, and looking forward to a healthier me in a couple months!

Discussions

  • Intro & Questions

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Rookie on 2015-09-23 13:04:29

    Number of Replies: 0

    Just started my first reboot. My goal is 30 days and have my blood work and blood pressure back to normal levels.

  • Day 16...what's with the powder?

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Enough_Already on 2015-10-09 15:34:10

    Number of Replies: 14

    Questions about plant-based protein powder

  • Day 29, thinking of extending to 60

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Rookie on 2015-10-09 13:38:55

    Number of Replies: 0

    I'm almost done with 30 day, wondering what 60 would be like

  • Another 60-day Reboot

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Rookie on 2016-05-24 20:02:46

    Number of Replies: 33

    Starting my second reboot in a year, at least a 60-day this time. Want to lose 70 pounds this time.

  • Post-surgery

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Rookie on 2016-05-31 15:11:21

    Number of Replies: 3

    Just had surgery to remove my gallbladder (cholecystectomy) and want to know how to enhance healing

  • Reboot for Health Journal

    Started by Rookie, Last reply by Rookie on 2018-02-22 10:24:43

    Number of Replies: 4

    On my second reboot, figure this would be a good place to post. First reboot was 75 days and lost 80 pounds, that was in 2015.

Groups

  • Saying GOODBYE to 100lbs or more!!!

    Members: 2293

    Latest activity: 05/16/2019 03:14 PM

    This group is inspired by all the amazing people I have met in this community who, like me, have or had 100 lbs or more to lose when starting this journey with our wonderful Joe Cross:) There are special challenges in this world for those of us who are "morbidly obese" and there are some incredibly inspirational people around here conquering those challenges every day. Come be inspired and inspiring!

  • JUICING CHALLENGE FOR BEGINNERS! JOIN ME!

    Members: 1186

    Latest activity: 05/17/2019 08:33 PM

    JOIN ME!!! I have a challenge for us... Let's do this for 30 days!! If you fall off just get back up!! But see... We WON'T fall off! Let's prove to ourselves that we are capable of doing this. LET'S BE A TEAM! Let's start living a healthier lifestyle. You even being on this site is already a start. I need some motivation and I can motivate you as well. Let's help eachother out. Let's stop trying and start doing. It may be hard but it isn't impossible. WE can work together and push eachother. On our days when we feel like giving up, let's speak up and seek some words of encouragement. I'm starting today but even if you see this post late, STILL join. I will push you and help you reach your goals. If you're not joining, I would appreciate any advice or any words to motivate or inspire me. I'm on day one and I'm fighting! I'll be posting my recipes and experience day by day until WE reach 30 days. If you stop after 30 days, don't go back to old habits! EAT HEALTHIER and excersice. Do it for your own good. Love yourself enough to make this change. Question for you... Do you want to be happier? Do you want to feel more energy? Live longer? Be able to do things you were never able to? THEN START TODAY AND SEE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. I know you want to look into the mirror and see a difference for once. Trust yourself and give this your all. Change begins with YOU. Remember that hard work pays off and great things require hard work. Btw, a BIG thanks to Joe! You helped me start TODAY and stop making excuses.

  • Happy juicing 2019 :)

    Members: 254

    Latest activity: 05/22/2019 08:25 AM

    Lovely, supportive and encouraging group for everyone who is starting with reboot and needs a place to get motivation, advice and juicing company.:) Feel free to join! Lots of friendly chat and support only. I would appreciate no food talk. :) Happy juicing! Trust the journey!

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