WWW – Wake, Wee and Weigh

Weign inReflecting on the week, the only thing I know that I can improve on is to drink more water!  I’ve never been much of a water drinker, but I am getting better.

So this morning I was awake bright and early.  Clearly I no longer need as much sleep as I once did.  I was actually looking forward to jumping on the scales this morning.  I was thinking to myself yesterday that I felt lighter.

And I was!  My loss for this week is 2.6kg ( 5.73lb) which gives me a total loss of 4.6kg (10.14lb).  Woop woop.

Reboot – Days 8-9

I made it beyond 7 days!!!  Actually now that I’m here, I don’t think of this as such a big deal.  Over this last week, while it has been a little hard at times, by no means have I felt like i have suffered or missed out on anything.  I have got past any cravings (mostly when I smell food) pretty quickly.  I am continuing my fast for as long as I can.  I am now aiming for 30 days, then when I get there, I’m hoping to re-set my goal for 60 days.

I have my routine down pat, am trying lots of different juice combinations and remain positive that this regime is for me.  One question I have asked, is after years and years of dieting and failing, why didn’t I come across this phenomenon earlier?  Much earlier!

Most of the juices I have made have been great, a couple have been downright disgusting.  I have heard a few people say that they made a juice they couldn’t stand, but chugged it down.  Not me!  I don’t want this to be an excuse for giving up.  I have had 2 batches of juice which admittedly I have poured down the sick.  While I know this is wasteful, I knew that if I wouldn’t drink it, nor would anyone else in my household.  There is no need to have to drink bad tasting juice, though, this just wasn’t bad juice, it was nasty tasting.  Instead I made up another combination that I knew I liked.

Saturday night was a hard one for me.  I had been rushing around all day and only had 3 juices for the day at the time my hubby came home with takeaway Japanese.  Sushi rolls mmmmmmmmm.  They were both great in that they went into another room to eat their meal.  I grabbed a juice and a big bottle of water and got over it.  I was actually hungry so fair’s fair, I was right to be craving something.

Other than that, since my juice fast began, I haven’t had the urge for any particular food at all.  I used to crave sugary things especially late at night while watching tv.  Not anymore.  I am continually amazed at how quickly my way of life has turned around for the better and now feels right.

Yesterday was an exciting day.  We went to a travel expo and booked our tickets for our trip to the US over Christmas.  Five weeks between Hawaii, LA, New York, a Caribbean Cruise and then to San Francisco.  My 40th is 10th January 2014 and we are cruising on 11th January.  Now I really do have an incentive to continue on this journey.

Sunday also saw another trip to stock up on fresh fruit and veg.  My shop last week was just right, so my shopping list was based on what I got then, with a few other items to add variety.  I was able to pick up some fresh mangos which were a treat, considering we are in Winter.  I have since been dreaming of an Orange and Mango Green Juice, so this will be on my menu once they’ve ripened a little more.

WWW tomorrow.  Stay tuned and Juice On!

Reboot Days 3-7

Days 3-7 meant that it was my working week.

Let me just say that this means I have had to be extremely organised.  This is why I choose to juice at night for the day ahead.  It’s become my nightly ritual.  That way in the morning I can grab my juices out of the fridge, pack in a small esky bag with an ice pack and off I go.

Having meals already done for my daughter alleviates me of not only thinking about what to have for dinner, but also not having to cook in the evening after I get home from work.  This would be one of my No. 1 recommendations.  If you can pre-cook even one or two meals for the week, it makes life so much easier.  I know, easier for me since I only have the 1 child also as hubby is fending for himself.  He has offered to cook a few dishes next Sunday so I don’t have to do it.  Love him.

I was a little hesitant about what my colleagues might have to say about my juice fast.  I had eased them in by taking at least 2 juices to work per day while I was on my 5 day prep.  I didn’t really want to enlighten them as to what I was doing and decided i would only let them know if they ask.  I’ve only really told one work mate exactly what I’m doing and she was pretty supportive.  I’m sure secretly she may think I’m nuts, but I know that this is the right decision for me.

I find the working days go by so quickly which is great.  I haven’t had any particular food cravings, nor have I faulted at all during my reboot so far.

I have definitely noticed some benefits since starting my juice fast.  I’m sleeping each night like a baby, I haven’t been hungry, I haven’t been craving sugar, my taste buds are working better – I can taste better.  I feel fantastic and feel like shouting it from the rooftops.

Juice On!

WWW – Wake, Wee and Weigh

Weign inSo the all important weekly task for a Monday morning was to wake, wee and weigh in for the week.

My total loss for this week was 2kg (4.4lb).  I am really happy with this result and it makes it all worth it.

As I did the 5 day reboot prep and only 2 days so far of my juice fast, I can’t wait till next Monday’s weigh in.  Watch this space.

Reboot – Day 2

After a reasonably late night, I was able to sleep in this Sunday morning.  I got up at around 8.30am after a great nights sleep and felt fantastic.  I started my morning with a cup of hot water with Lemon and Ginger.

Jars of Juicy Goodness

Jars of Juicy Goodness

After looking at what produce I had in the fridge, I decided to stick with the juices that I made yesterday.  I got started on my juices for today, but then decided to do a double batch to see me through tomorrow as well.  As I store my juices in jars, filled to the top and sealed tightly which I then refrigerate immediately , I know that the juices will still be alive and fresh tomorrow.  This took a little time to do, but the jars looked great stacked in the fridge ready to go.

As I was showering and getting ready for the day, it struck me as to how great I felt.  I can’t recall feeling like this in a long while.  I just feel better in myself, have a really clear mind and am happy.

I had practically used up all my supplies of fruit and veg, so next stop was to the fruit and veg market with my daughter.  We are lucky to have some fantastic farmers markets in Perth, and we also have a massive fruit and veg warehouse market, where they buy direct from the local growers (where they can).  I hadn’t been out to this market for some time and was amazed at not only the freshness, variety of produce, but in addition the prices were up to half price off compared to other places I’ve shopped at recently.  I was a very happy girl at the checkout considering the volume of produce that I had in my trolley.

When I got home I spent some time washing all the produce in my organic fruit and vegie wash, dried off and packed away into the fridge.  This is what you call a healthy looking fridge.

By late afternoon I got prepared and cooked 3 different meals for my daughter for the week.  This kept me busy for quite some time.  It was a challenge to take myself off auto pilot when it came to tasting the dishes as I was cooking them – in stepped my chief taste tester, my hubby.  I packed everything into take away containers, labeled and froze for her to have in the week.  I think to be honest I have probably got around 3 weeks worth of meals for her but she will mix it up with other fresh things either she or I will cook during the week.  I would much rather do one big cook up, thank cooking each night of the week.

I enjoyed my Pear/Blueberry Pie (juice) after dinner (mean green juice) and relaxed for a bit and watched tv before bed.

Reboot – Day 1

OK, so as not to confuse you, but I am starting again at day 1, as I’m now officially on my juice fast.  It was going to complicate things (mainly for me to keep track) if I was to start at Day 6.

I was awake early today.  I lay in bed until I could see the sun coming out as It was a cold and wet morning in Perth (we are in Winter here in Australia).  I got up and dressed around 7.00am and headed straight into the kitchen to juice.

JuicingI worked out which juices I was going to make for the day (Joe’s reboot recipes) which included:

Sunrise Juice – Beetroot, Carrot, Orange and Apple (x 2 serves)

Mean Green – Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, Ginger, Lemon (and a slice of Pineapple) (x 2 serves)

Apple/Pear/Blueberry Pie – Sweet Potato, Apple, Pear and Blueberries (x 1 serve – my dessert)

Having pre-washed all my fruit and vegies after purchase, before packing away, I find that it makes preparation prior to juicing fairly quick.  My juicer does require me to chop up the fruit and veg prior, but it isn’t too much of a bother.  I am finding it quite therapeutic juicing each day.  It makes up for the time that I am usually in the kitchen cooking everyday.

We had my nephew’s 2 year old Birthday Party to attend today.

Before we left I packed 2 jars of juice and water (with lemon) into a cooler bag, along with an ice brick to keep everything cold.

It was really tough to resist the food and drinks on offer at the party.  There were all the usual party favourites, cakes, lollies, hot savouries, birthday cake etc.  But I stood with a glass of water in hand while I caught up with family and friends, politely saying no as the platters of food came past.

We had a fairly long drive home and my husband and daughter decided they’d like to stop to get some takeaway Sushi Rolls on the way home, so of course I obliged.  Sushi is one of my favourite foods, but I resisted.  Thankfully I had one of my juices to tide me over.

I can’t say that I experienced particular hunger today, nothing that water didn’t take care of anyway.  It helped to keep myself hydrated during the day.  While it was tough coming up against those temptations, I can’t say that it was a particularly hard day.

I LOVED all my juices today.  I was so thankful to find that I was able to substitute Peaches for Pears and Blueberries.  Seeing all my Reboot friends in the Northern Hemisphere enjoying their peach pies got me rather envious.

So day 1 down and as I know that I can handle temptation, I want to keep going.

Day 5

My last day of preparation before the big day tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe that this week is going by so quickly.  I don’t recall having one food craving nor have I given into temptation when I have been fronted with food.  This has really astonished me.  I think I need to give myself some more credit on occasion.  I’m certainly stronger than I thought.

A real advantage has been that I haven’t really been hungry at all over the last 4 days and I think it has helped that I have kept hydrated.  I constantly sip on water with lemon slices throughout the day (I will need to stock up on more toilet rolls though as I am peeing a LOT). I don’t drink huge amounts of water at any one time, rather I take sips frequently.  I have never been a huge lover of water, but this has actually helped to curb hunger pains and keep the headaches at bay.  I’m making a conscious effort to drink more water.  Apart from the headaches which I experienced on days 1-3, my experience so far has been really positive and I know I can continue on this journey.

I am sleeping really well and am now waking to feel refreshed and haven’t found it a problem to continue as normal with my daily tasks.  I have been able to resist coffee which is one thing I was thinking would be really hard.  Though I only usually have one per day from the café below my office, it’s a morning ritual for me when I get to work and I always enjoy it.  I also resisted morning tea in the office which didn’t really bother me as I thought – thank goodness I wasn’t hungry at the time.  I don’t have any feeling of bloating, my mind seems to be clear, my energy levels are definitely increasing and I just feel better as a whole.

All in all I have had a fairly uneventful but enjoyable day.  My treat tonight was some oven baked sweet potato and cumin fries.  I wish I had discovered these tasty little healthy morsels way before now.  I have made them 3 times this week and all of us love them, including my little dog Oskar.

Tomorrow marks the first day of my juice fast.  As it’s Saturday, I plan on being up early to make my juices for the day.  Then I’m off to a 2 year old birthday party, with Juice and water in tow.

As far as my 5 day preparation goes, I give myself 5/5.