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The end is nigh

This is what our fridge looks like these days:

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(we don’t subsist on Naked Juice or coconut water, but it’s there in case we accidentally sleep in or something)

It’s December 21 today, which means our fast ends in a mere 2.5 days. The last week or so has been rougher than the first week was. The fact that we’re in a holiday season and junk food is practically falling from the sky has REALLY made it difficult. I’ve been able to resist it, but walking past cookies, cupcakes, snack mixes and other assorted treats every single damn day starts wearing on you.

This past weekend I decided to make a few mixed drinks. We are WAY light weight, and, well, a couple drinks did us in. I’m forcing a limit upon myself over the holiday weekend so I don’t end up with a throbbing headache on Monday. We have to drive everywhere this weekend anyway, so it would be dumb to overdo it.

The juice fast is almost over. Now what? We’ve been strictly vegan in every sense of the word for a month. We can’t just start eating dairy and meat like we did before. We’re still going to be vegan for a bit longer. We’ll still be juicing at least 3 times a day for the first couple weeks, but our dinners will be vegan. Planning on reintroducing protein with our friends avocado, edamame, tofu, and tempeh. Once our bodies get used to having protein again, we can slowly reintroduce chicken and go onto the heavier meats from there. We’ve also planned to do 15 day juice fasts whenever we feel like we’re falling off the healthy eatin’ wagon. This fast has really changed our collective mindset about food. I can’t wait to eat more vegetables! I have so many ideas in my head that I’m excited to try out.

Things I’ve noticed about my weight loss:
I’m losing fat in weird places: fingers, knuckles, hands in general, wrists, ankles.

I’ve lost a lot of fat in my face. I’ve been wearing contacts for most of the month. I took a break from them today and my damn glasses are too big for my face now!

The one thing I’ve missed the most during this fast is coffee. I broke my coffee fast this morning and picked up a small soy latte. Holy cornholio, did I get amped up. The month without coffee was ALMOST worth it. ;)

10 days to go!

I am now 20 days into this juice fast. This has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, especially considering the time of year. Not only have I given up food completely, I’ve given up catered meetings and typical holiday treats/parties, CAFFEINE, and alcohol. I have to admit though, we cheated a little bit last Saturday. We booked a beer making class for Saturday a while back. What do you drink while you’re making beer? Why, beer of course! We had a few small samples. On the way back home we figured we’d stop for A pint. And stop for A pint we did. Had one pint of beer at our local brewpub and went on our way.

It may have been considered cheating, but it was day 15 of the fast and we figured we could use a small celebration. It didn’t derail us, and most importantly, we went and had one beer instead of sticking around, having lunch, and downing a few more pints. While we may do that frequently in the future, part of the fast is getting over mental hurdles and practicing better discipline.

I’m down 30 pounds. Not sure how much more I’ll lose before we break the fast at Christmas Eve dinner, but I have to admit I’m quite satisfied with the results of the fast. I’ve dropped some serious weight, learned I have way more willpower than I thought I did, and I think about food in a whole new way. In short, it’s worked on all fronts.

It’s going to be even harder to transition off and learn to eat properly without going overboard after having no food for a month. After suffering this much over the past month though, it would be such a waste to just go back to old eating habits. Hopefully the memories of suffering through a juice fast keeps me motivated. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t just diet, I need to revamp my lifestyle.

Today sucked

Today is the 13th day of the fast. I haven’t strayed from the fast at all. I’ve lost 24 pounds so far. Today my department had a meeting that I planned the catering for. I had to sit in the meeting while all of my coworkers munched on Weber Grill.

It wasn’t hard to resist, but, it sucked. And that’s my update. Heh.

Full Disclosure

It’s funny how the last post on my blog was from February of this year talking about my health and fitness goals. Yeah. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. Maybe I should put that crying baby in this post because I cry on the inside when I think about it. I’m sure all of you have noticed this fact through the horrific tagged pictures of me on Facebook (and I can hear you all clicking now, STOPPIT!).

Rather than post about what I was planning to do and then… not do it, I waited to post about my latest kick until I was actually DOING it. OK, maybe I thought about posting it but then I saw something shiny and forgot about the blog completely. Yeah, that’s more likely. Right now I’m 6 days into what’s probably the most drastic health/lifestyle/eating challenge I’ve ever embarked on. I’ve been a fatty for quite some time now, so I’ve embarked on many of these challenges over the years. Incremental change hasn’t worked for me. Stupid fad gimmick diets haven’t worked for me. I’m basically going balls to the wall on this one.

Some of you may have heard about a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I have some friends that juice for nutrition or have done juice fasts before, but didn’t really do much with the information I absorbed. I was stuck at home, sick, so I decided to watch the movie after hearing a couple of recommendations. The documentary really struck a chord with me because I could truly relate to Joe and his situation (at least about the weight, not about the making piles of money). My situation is my own creation. I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and I need to do something drastic to fix it and get onto a path of normalcy. I forced Vic to watch the movie. After a few discussions and some… persuasion, Vic agreed to do a juice fast with me. We bought a juicer and started doing juices in addition to our daily meals.

I just finished juice #4 on day 6 of the fast. I’ll be honest. The first few days sucked. They sucked BAD. The first two days my body was adjusting to the lack of solid food and fewer calories. The third day was my first day fasting at work. I would have been fine, except… During the fast, I can’t commune with my dear friend caffeine. I am still suffering without my dear friend. I’ve been drinking herbal tea like a madwoman but chamomile does NOT make a great substitute for a steaming cup o’ joe. Oh, and I’m not drinking any alcohol (which has helped me pack on the pounds quite a bit since I turned 21). Here I am on day 6. I’ve probably been insufferable every now and then as I’ve gotten used to it, but, I really feel pretty good! The juice fills me up and gives me plenty of energy.

We are shooting for December 24 as the end of our juice fast. Joe Cross’ site, Reboot Your Life, works mostly with people doing 15 day “reboot” vegan programs. We started on November 25, so our fast will be 30 days. Many people have fasted for much longer, so with some motivation and willpower, we should be able to make it through. I know I always promise to update. I would love to keep this blog updated but life tends to get in the way of that. If you’re interested in keeping up with my progress but don’t want to hit my blog every day (don’t blame you, heh), plug me into your RSS feeder.