So much goes through your head when your on a journey like this, but the one thing that hasn’t crossed my mind not even for a split second is giving up, I am never going to stop juicing in some form.
For me this has been so easy to stick too, there is no guilt or ‘failing’ involved, even if I ate a whole fast food meal like McDonalds or KFC (which is impossible to do where I live cause we don’t have either of them here, not even a Hungry Jacks hahaha) I couldn’t make myself feel bad as long as I only had it once a month or so and keep to what Phillip and I set ourselves as a guage at the start of this journey that as long as 95% of our intake healthy, unprocessed foods, we can and will enjoy the treats and occasional ‘bad’ foods.
I think if you make anything ‘off limits’ you want it more (it’s like saying ‘don’t look down’ to someone while standing on a 34th floor balcony), so throughout this journey I can have anything I like BUT I am prouder that I choose to say I don’t want it, I have found when passing the local cafe/takeaway store (which is beside the supermarket so you pass it everytime you go shopping) with their big displays of fried chicken and spring rolls etc (foods I use to grab cause it is ready made no thought food), now my mind is automatically thinking ”I want to lose weight more than I want that pie or piece of chicken”. I weigh myself every morning I am seeing everyday that my CHOICE to eat better is paying off, .3kg today .7kg the day before, thats a whole kilogram (2.2 pound) in 2 days… I can’t feel bad for CHOOSING to say NO to bad foods when I am seeing the positive side of my choices every morning (my weigh ins and stats page is here)!
For me juicing is easy, I can see how it would be really hard for some people but being a person who didn’t eat enough I’d skip breakfast and have lunch at 2pm then have a HUGE dinner to make up for it, so adding juice has been great, it means my body is getting nutrients instead of nothing, and it is getting a constant supply of energy and goodness by having 4 juices spread out over the day, I have always been too good at ignoring hunger so the few times between juices where that hunger feeling crept in hasn’t been a problem for me as the juice really does fill you up, overall for me this juicing thing is a new lifestyle for me not just a diet and definately NOT just a fad I will get bored of!
My friend Catwoman who is also juicing and I have been texting back and forth and encouraging each other and that is also a MAJOR help, today we were discussing my potential loss by time my parents get back to town from their holiday in March (they are travelling Australia with their caravan and I haven’t told them what I am doing other than them knowing I need to lose weight for IVF) I have the potential to have 20kg (44pound) gone before they get back! WOW how awesome that would be to see their reaction!
The other thing Catwoman mentioned is she is already planning to succeed by thinking about what she will do when her juice only fast is over, myself (and I can see Phillip feeling the same) I will be going to 2-3 meals and 1-2 juices, I will take a few weeks to find my balance to maintain my new weight but I will ALWAYS choose home cooked from scratch over take away/dining out/pre prepared foods, I will always buy unprocessed foods and eat like we did in the first few weeks of this journey as it was/is a satisfying lifestyle to maintain.
Phillip seems to be back on track again after his weekend of eating only, he had 3 juices yesterday and snacks (tinned tuna and biscuits etc so not bad choices) and he rode his bike to work yesterday and today so am soooo proud of him I took some photos of ourselves front on, side on and back on just for our own personal reference so we can look back on how far we have come in the months ahead!
Kids head back to school next week and cheeky monkey is going for his first year of full time school (was kindy 2 1/2 days a week last year at same school) and I have 2 x 3 hour shifts at my work this year so looking forward to getting back to work, should pick up extra shifts as the weeks go by, looking forward to seeing if anyone notices my weightloss so far and the extra ‘me time’ to go to pool and exercise or walk or what ever suits me on the day.
So far today I have had apple, orange, pear and banana juice for breakfast, then just had a celery, silverbeet, zuchini, carrot and apple juice for an early lunch and have a mean green style juice made ready for mid afternoon so will only need to make a dinner juice tonight and prep tomorrows juices in advance.
Thanks to the people who have followed my ramblings and offered words of encouragement to me it really helps me