Exhausted

Spent the day out in the garden finishing up planting my two new square foot garden beds. I then threw out new pine straw around my other garden areas for mulch. That killed my back! After cleaning the house most of the day yesterday (plus gardening) and working out in the garden today, I am thoroughly exhausted. Even though I was doing a lot of physical work this weekend I still feel bad that I didn’t get even one workout in. I meant to run yesterday but my stomach started hurting and today the same thing happened. I think my problem is that I have only been taking juices and water during the day and I don’t eat because I am so busy. Then when I do eat I am starving and it is like a shock to my system. :o)

While taking a break (AKA giving up and collapsing on the bed) I started flipping through the channels on TV and came across an infomercial for P90X. I have seen it before and I have heard the trainers at the gym talk about doing it themselves so I started thinking…maybe this is what I need to get me motivated to working out again. I love the gym and the classes like Step, Zumba and Yoga but I’m not getting much in the way of muscle toning and THAT is the only thing that is going to get me off this plateau with my weight and firm up the flab I have drooping everywhere from having lost 65lbs in a year. Another inspiration for doing P90X is Philip McClusky from www.LovingRaw.com. He has lost over 400lbs and used P90X to help firm up the loose skin he had left over.

So…I checked out eBay, then Amazon and finally Craigslist and found a whole set of the CD’s with bands, pull up bar and weights. I SPRUNG on it. It wasn’t in the budget but I really want to do this. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be one of those “bought with good intentions but it never worked out for me” things. We shall see…I will let you know how it goes. Only 4 weeks till my 1 year mark weight in. Biting nails…heart pounding…starting to perspire a bit :o)

April 10th

Celery, Cucumber, Green Apple & Ginger Juice

Cantaloupe Coconut Chiller

Tostidos Scoops w/ a bowl of Rotel tomatoes, corn, black beans, green olives, jalapenos and sliced avocado

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Stress Binging!

Wednesday, April 6th started off great. I weighed in at 149 which meant I lost 5lbs since I last weighed in on March 27th. I was very emotional today and stressed out. I decided to go to dinner with my DH while the boys were in church so we could talk and the restaurant we went to didn’t have anything Vegan never mind Raw. So I ended up with a Vegetarian dish.

Blueberry Green Tea

Honey Mango, Banana, Pineapple, Spinach, Vitamin C packet, Bee Pollen

Guacamole w/Blue Corn chips

Spinach Quesadilla w/guacamole salad and chips w/salsa

Magarita

Thursday, April 7th was another busy day with taking the boys to dental appointments.

Blueberry Green Tea

Green to Gold Smoothie

1 Grapefruit

Kale Waldorf Salad

Buckwheat Cocoa Granola w/ Hemp Milk

Pistachios

Friday, April 8th was our turns for dental appointments. DH was off today to take the boys on a Father and Sons camp out. I was eagerly anticipating some quiet time and once they left I made a huge cooked dinner, popped a bottle of wine and watched a Chic Flick!

Milk Thistle tea with honey

Liver Tonic smoothie

1 Grapefruit

Greek Salad

Spelt spaghetti with 1 zucchini and tofu crumbles in tomato sauce with Veggie mozzarella cheese and Gluten-Free bread sticks

Red Wine (an entire bottle!)

Peanut M&Ms ( a couple handfuls)

Saturday, April 9th Surprisingly I was up early working in the garden and cleaning the entire house from top to bottom. I even had time to soak up some sun. For some reason my upper abdominal area is cramping. Trying to see if eating solid food will help since all I have had to eat today are smoothies.

Coconut Cantaloupe Chiller

Pineapple, Pear, Parsley, Banana, Cucumber, MSM and Chai

Veggie burgers w/ mozzarella, sprouts and tomato w/ corn chips and corn on the cob.

Wine cooler ;-p

Tuesday – Juice Fast #2

5 April 2011

Blueberry Green Tea

Carrot/Orange/Sweet Potato/Ginger/Pineapple

Carrot/Red Pepper/Orange/Jalepeno

Celery/Cabbage/Cucumber/Broccoli Stalk

Bedtime Herbal Tea

Had first my colonic this afternoon. It wasn’t anything spectacular. I guess I had my expectations raised from reading about other people’s experiences through articles and YouTube videos. Because my diet is so good, I am pretty regular (going 3-5 times a day is actually regular) and I don’t eat foods that have to spend a long time in my digestive track before they are processed (like red meat). So everything went smoooothly :p’ The infrared sauna is a whole other story. About the first 10 minutes in I thought it was nothing more than an overpriced sauna. Once I broke a sweat though it was like someone turned a faucet on and I started pouring out water from every pour on my body. After the treatment was over I toweled off and got dressed but all I wanted to do was take a nap. I felt so relaxed! There is a regular sauna at the gym I will be going to tomorrow. I think I may check it out again to compare but I’m telling you the infrared was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before…well, except for a steam room but this was DRY heat!

Sunday and Monday

Sunday 4/3 was a lazy day though I did manage a short dog walk.

1 grapefruit

homemade guacamole with blue corn chips (nearly chopped off my finger carving the avocado!)

a huge broccoli salad w/ cashew dressing that was so rich and yummy!

raw chocolate granola w/ hemp milk

Monday 4/4 was busy with home schooling the kids and house work then I did 1 hour of Step Aerobics and 1 hr of Yoga to boot!

Blueberry Green tea w/ honey

Banana, Pineapple and Honey Mango w/ Spinach and Bee Pollen Smoothie

Large bowl of Energy Soup w/ Blue Corn Chips

1 grapefruit

About a cup of pistachios

Tomorrow I am having my first Infrared Sauna detox and Colonic! I think I will juice fast again to help the “flow” of toxins be released. I will blog about my experience afterward. I’m off to the hot tub to soak my sore muscles.

2 April 2011

Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea

2 Red Grapefruits Juiced

Strawberry, Banana, Acai, Spinach smoothie

Energy Soup: 1 romaine leaf, 1 handful spinach, 1/2 zucchini, 1 apple, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 cup sprouts, 1/2 hemp milk, 1 clove garlic, 1 T kelp, 1tsp cayenne pepper, 1tsp Himalayan pink crystal salt

Blue Corn Chips

Pistachios

A while back I downloaded a free sample menu from The Raw Divas Sisterhood. It just happens to be for April so I thought I would give it a try. It has a plan for recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinners for four weeks. The first week starts on a Monday so that is when I plan to start. I went to the grocery store to pick up all the produce I will need for the week. I took my two boys with me and they helped me get the items by doing a scavenger hunt. I printed up a list with pictures of each item and there job was to find the items and get the correct amount. They needed help this first time but the more they do it the more they will know where to go and what to get. Sure makes shopping more bearable with kids 🙂

Juice Fast Friday

1 April 2011

Okay so I totally screwed up my diet and had a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake for dinner…April Fools! 😮 Just typing that made me feel like throwing up! I simply can not imagine myself ever eating that way again!

I decided to kick-start my 30-Day Raw Food Challenge with a juice fast. This is what I consumed today:

Blueberry Green Tea

Carrot/Beet/Apple/Ginger

Celery/Cabbage/Cucumber/Broccoli Stalk

Carrot/Red Pepper/Oranges/ Jalepeno

Carrot/Orange/Purple Sweet Potato/Ginger/Pineapple

Kombucha Tea

It was a really busy day today. It was so nice out that I did take a break with the boys to the park after they finished school and got to lay in the sun for a bit. I went to Zumba class tonight and one of the girls commented that she could hardly recognize me because I am getting so thin! Unfortunately I did not take the compliment well and went on about having actually gained weight and how I need to workout more. Why is it so dad-gum hard for me to take a compliment? After I thought about it for a bit it really did motivate me to want to do the best I can with my healthy eating habits to get to my goal weight…or even just maintain where I am at and be happy with what I have accomplished. I hope I can sleep tonight. I think all that sugar from the juices has my body ready to GO, GO, GO! A lot of the “diet” gurus suggest take at least one day off per week to give your digestive system a break and fast, whether it be juice or water or smoothies. Since I will be having my first colonic next week, I wanted to get my detox going quickly so I thought a fast was in order. Who knows, maybe I will do one every Friday.

No Foolin Around Come April!

With my 1 year anniversary of becoming a vegetarian quickly approaching (May 7th) I’ve decided to end the year the way it began and that is with a 100% Raw Vegan Detox Diet for 30-Days. I’ve been eating WAY too much cooked food and have noticed that stress has caused some binge eating…and wine imbibing! I’ve also let 10lbs creep back on since I broke my wrist last month and wasn’t able to properly prepare food so I lived on Amy’s frozen meals mostly. I will try to blog my progress here everyday (if I can keep up with it and my busy schedule).

Here are my beginning stats: Weight 155lbs Measurements: 38″ Bust 31″ Waist 38″ Hips (She’s a brick…hOUse!)  and I am a size 8/10. When I began almost a year ago I weighed about 215 and wore a size 18. I started with a raw vegan diet then slowly started adding cooked vegan meals. In my journal I see that I had lost 13lbs in the first 2 weeks. It took me only  6 months to get down to 155 and I have been bouncing between 145-155 ever since November. I’d like to reach my goal of 135lbs next year. At my 1 year anniversary I will post before and after photos.

If you would like to join me in the 30-day raw food challenge you can find recipes at www.goneraw.com.

Cynical

The week before Valentine’s Day I was feeling kind of down in the dumps. Lost, angry, depressed…? Not sure which. I think it was more like numb. I did rent the movie “I Hate Valentine’s Day” and spent that evening watching it with my DH. I’m not big on fake holidays that are marketing schemes to make more money for Chinese crap goods and make single people feel worthless. Anyway, this numb feeling had me crying in the car on the way home from the gym. It didn’t help that before I went to the gym I fell (attempting to ride my son’s Rip Stick…don’t ask) and then backed over and destroyed my other son’s new bike he got just one month before on his birthday. At about 2am that morning I was in so much pain in my hand from the fall that I ended up in the ER. I found out I had broken my “anatomical snuff box” in a scapoid fracture – because my hand was spread out when I fell and it looked like I would be in a cast for about 12weeks! Immediately after the ER trip and lots of pain medication later…I came down with a bad head and chest cold. Needless to say I spent two weeks in bed feeling like crap! I was NOT looking forward to our upcoming vacation already but this was going to make matters worse. Well, luckily I made an appointment to have my wrist looked at before the trip and amazingly the fracture had healed. Yep! Four doctors and technicians scratched their head at that one. They even made me take a CT scan just to make sure. I think it was my amazing diet that helped heal me so quickly. At least I got to go on vacation with out a cast on but I still had to deal with two kids on a 9 hour drive across the state of Florida and back. It didn’t help that I was unable to sleep the night before our trip with too much on my mind and I never sleep well in hotels. I was completely emotionally and physically drained when we returned and getting the boys back into doing school has been like pulling teeth. After that roller coaster ride, here I am once again looking around thinking about my life feeling absolutely numb. Words that come to mind are paralyzed, hopeless, agitated, defeated…but most of all…cynical. I feel like I have lost my passion, my zest for life. I have zero motivation to DO anything. Just making it through my day homeschooling and taking care of the house completely zaps any energy I have to do anything anyway. Since I have missed working out the passed few weeks, I am hoping that some of my energy will return. I have approximately 7 weeks to my 1 year anniversary of becoming a vegan and I would like to be able to lose a few my LBS before then so I know I have to increase my workouts in order to do that. On vacation it was very hard to not have dairy or gluten. I didn’t want to starve so I did eat some of those things but it sure showed up on the scale when I got home :o). I remember when I was younger how I had this naive optimism and thought I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. What happened to that girl? I feel like life has beaten it out of me. I’m just so dad gum tired and overwhelmed. I’m looking at my vision board saying things in my head like, “That’ll never happen” and “What were you thinking?” I need something to jolt me out of these BLAHS! To be continued…

Carpe Diem!

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller

 

I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe everything happens for a reason and is orchestrated by God. I believe He uses those “coincidences” to speak to us. For example…last week I was thinking about what kind of funny movies my mother-in-law might enjoy watching while she is home recovering from Chemo. I came across the movie “The Bucket List” with Jack Nickelson and Morgan Freeman. I loved the movie and it would be fitting since they are both diagnosed with cancer and decide to live out their remaining time doing all the things they always wanted to do. Then I began to wonder about my “Bucket List.” What are some things I want to accomplish before I die? I posted this on my Facebook page to see if anyone else thought about such things and what was on their list. This got some people motivated to make their own list.

Coincidentally, I received an email titled, “How to Create Your Bucket List.” I about fell out of my chair when I read that. But it gets better! I then received and email devotional based on Ephrsians 5:16 which says we should be making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Hmmm, okay God are your trying to tell me something. Then I go to church on Sunday and the sermon is based on Psalm 90:1-12 “teach me to number my days” and the importance of making the most of the time we have here on earth. Okay, weird, but it gets even better. In Sunday School class we are doing a study from Andy Stanley and this message happens to be on…wait for it…yep, you guessed it…making the most of out TIME and realizing that our time on earth is limited and should be spent on things that matter most.

When I get asked the question, “If the doctor gives you (fill in a short amount of time here) to live, what would you do?” my first inclination is to respond, “Run up my credit cards having the best time of my life and partying till I die!” My more mature (buzz kill) side of me thinks about this question deeper and responds much differently. You see, Andy Stanley painted told us a story to illustrate how little time we have on earth. At age 40, a man bought a bunch of marbles and put them into a jar. The number of marbles were a visual representation of how many Saturdays he thought he had left if he were to live to be an old man. I think it was 1300. Every Saturday he would take a marble out and toss it in the trash. Once time is spent, it can not be regained. This made him take more seriously the time he had to spend and he spent it more wisely. This message made me rethink my Bucket List. We do not have the luxury of knowing how many more Saturdays we have left. We may not even have one more! We just don’t know…but God knows!

A few days ago I saw a poster on the Internet that said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” What kind of experience are you having? I know I could be having a much better experience if I had money 😛 But we all know that having money does not make ones life experience better. I think the Dali Lama said it best, “All people just want to be happy.” He even wrote a book called “The Art of Happiness.’ So, what makes you happy?  Fear steals our joy!  Isn’t it time we all start to live like we were dying? How many Saturdays do you have left? Don’t be afraid to go out and Capre Diem before your time is up. Find the Joy in your life today 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNWg5DlWVa8

 

Adventures in Juicing

I’ve decided to go back to my “roots” (pun intended) when it comes to eating a more vegetable based diet. Yep, even though I am still a Vegan I find myself being lured to the dark side and can easily become a “junk food” Vegan. Not junk like you think junk…just too many organic corn chips, pistachios, glasses of wine and cooked foods. In fact, I started my Vegan journey by eating what is called a “High Raw” diet which included a lot of fresh  salads and juices. I then succumbed to the delicious recipes I found over at the Fat Free Vegan Blog and then I was back to eating more cooked than raw…especially since it is Winter and I craved warming food like chili and soup. I usually have a Green Smoothie for my breakfast which knocks the raw and greens out for the day but I wasn’t having as many salads. I still like my soups but I have tried to change my diet to be about 60-80% raw by having a green smoothie, a large salad and a soup daily with maybe a green juice thrown in for good measure.

I’m back on my juice kick mostly because when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer before Christmas we bought her a juicer and I spent a lot of time trying to convince her to use it by explaining why it would be so beneficial to her healing. I thought….hmm…I’d better start taking my own advice and power up my juicer more often. I love to juice but hate to clean the little bugger :o) I have also just started reading Kris Carr’s new diet book called, “Crazy, Sexy, Diet.” Kris (also short for Kristin…kinda like me, but I am a TEN!) is one awesome Veggie Chick! If you have never seen her documentary about her cancer journey from TLC it is a MUST SEE! She pops, sparkles and glows electric 🙂

So…that brings me to my juice adventure for the day. I have a lot of juicing recipes but sometimes I like to play Mad Scientist and try my own concoctions. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes, like today, it’s…ummm…downright gross! I had 1/2 a honey dew melon in the fridge (that never tasted right to me to begin with but I thought it would make a lot of juice), then I added 2 broccoli stalks (because what else was I going to do with them), and then I tossed in 1/2 cucumber, 3 kiwis and some spiralina powder. It was nasty tasting but I drank it anyway because when you put that much produce into juice your invested and no matter how it tastes it’s still good for ya! Oh well, back to the drawing board.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on healing cancer naturally (have been for years actually but my research is on steroids now that someone I love has it!). I love to learn about the healing properties of food. It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that our Creator has supplied everything we need on this planet to live a healthy life and every day scientists are discovering how these foods nourish and heal our bodies. I love to tell others about the joy I have found in eating a more natural diet. I’ve been thinking about becoming “certified” as some sort of holistic practitioner or nutritional consultant. For now, I will just spread the Gospel of Health where ever I go to whomever will listen.

Make Juice Not War (as Kris Carr wold say)

🙂

 

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