Day 9: Never Fear!

NEVER FEAR, I have returned. To my blog at least. I have had a few comments concerned about me since I haven’t posted in awhile but trust me, it is not for a lack of caring. I have recently become unemployed and I have been searching for a job. Regardless, I am back to update all you fine readers on how I am doing.

Day NINE? Seriously? After tomorrow, I will already be a third of the way through this journey! That is incredible. Juicing is going well, my friends. I have two juices a day and my wonderful wife has been preparing some EXTREMELY healthy meals. Just like Joe has taught us, more than 50% veggies and 25% meats. I know that doesn’t make 100% but that is because we haven’t had anything other than veggies and a little bit of chicken for every meal. So, in reality, it is more like 75% veggies and 25% meat. They have tasted great too!

Exercise is not going as well as I would like. It has been SUPER cold here in Kansas the past 5 days so getting out to walk or jog… well just thinking of it makes my nose turn cold. I know weather is one of the worst excuses for not exercising but that is the way it is. I want to, that is for sure but it is just too stinkin’ cold.

What I Have Had For Juice

I am about to introduce you to a drink that I have been absolutely addicted to since I discovered it. I want to have this for every single juice, it is that good. It is more of a smoothie which is part of why I like it so much. It is filling and delicious. Alright, enough of my rambling, I better tell you what it is.

The Green Banana

1 Bunch Spinach OR Kale
1 Apple OR Orange
1 Pear
JUICE THOSE INGREDIENTS
In a Blender, crush 1 cup of ice and then blend juice and 1 whole banana.

There you have it folks, the most delicious thing I have made in the past 5 days. The leafy greens make it all green but the banana is so strong, all you can taste is banana. There are so many nutrients in this drink it will knock your socks off. Give it a whirl. Big thanks to my friend Kerry who, with his wife, made up this awesome drink. It makes me think of this classic commercial…

So there you have it folks, I am doing well and still juicing and eating extremely healthy. This has been a fun ride so far and it will continue! Juice on!

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Day 5: Uh Oh!

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Yep! You really do see what you see. I am waving the white flag of surrender. Yesterday was a difficult day for me. I wasn’t able to do all the exercise I wanted to because it was so wet and rainy outside, juicing just didn’t sound good, and I so badly wanted something to eat. I simply didn’t feel like myself even though my body felt good. I gave in…but not totally. I have decided to put in one (sensible) meal a day along with 2 or 3 juices.

I know what you are thinking and trust me, it took A LOT of battling to come to this point but 30 days was just too big of a hurdle for me. In hindsight, I should have started with 7 days and see if I could go longer. That is neither here nor there though and I am pressing on with this new plan.

Naturally, since I am slightly changing my eating plan, I will be slightly be changing how I do this blog. I am going to surely finish the thirty days solely on this eating/juicing plan so you will still see “Day 6, Day 7, etc.”. Also, in addition to the juice recipes that I have each day, I will be sharing some healthy meal options with you. Anywhere from the all natural options to fish, chicken, and the always scary *sound effect please* beef options.

So please, I hope you don’t hate me. I just broke down yesterday and needed to eat something. (If you are still wondering what I ate, it was a Lean Cuisine meal, so it wasn’t THAT bad…) I figure this is a better fit for me. Along with exercise, I will still see incredible results. Regardless, it is a far cry from the: two sausage biscuits for breakfast, leftover Chinese for lunch, and boxed TV dinner for supper that I was having. That isn’t even mentioning the 10:3o pm snacking where a bag of chips could suddenly disappear. I am happy with this new plan and I hope you are happy with it as well and I hope you continue to follow along.

What I Had For Juice Yesterday

Well this will be a short list. The only juice that I had yesterday was a single pomegranate. It was delicious by the way. I in addition to the “Lean Cuisine” that I ate, around lunch time, I had a salad that a friend shared. Take a look!

AAAA Salad

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Arugula, Avocado, Asparagus, Almond – This has a citrus dressing and the asparagus can be eaten cooked or raw. Any greens will do but if you want to stick to the “A” theme and like a zesty punch go with Arugula. For the dressing, I simply juiced one orange and mixed it with a little olive oil. Alakazam! There you have it folks! A delicious, HEALTHY meal. It really is very tasty. Thank you to my friend Kathryn for the recipe and great picture! Hope everyone has a great day, JUICE ON!

Day 3: Water, Water Give Me Water

Day number three is here and I have a confession to make: I FEEL GREAT!!!

I am not hungry, I don’t feel the need to munch on anything, I feel alert. This is fantastic! Day Two is a big hurdle to get over and as long as you can focus and be determined to make it. Juice Fasting isn’t about making it to Day 30 or Day 10 or whatever your target is. Your goal in Juice Fasting is getting through each moment as if it were your last. After all, that is what we are juicing for, right? More moments! Just make it through today or even the next hour or even the next minute and you will have success.

Naturally, simply making it to Day 3 doesn’t make me an expert by any means. There are plenty of things that I still need to work out. Most importantly, I need to drink much, much, much more water. Drinking water is not something I do naturally. If I am thirsty, I typically grab myself a Diet Coke. How terrible is that? When I drink waters is usually shortly after I wake up and once before bed, not nearly enough. I am going to change that though. I will have eight 16-ounce glasses a day. (I will pretend they are pints of beer.)

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I know that it sounds like a lot of water but water is (obviously) great for you. We all need it every day and on top of that it eliminates toxins as well as reduces hunger. I am sure my hunger will return so I will be ready with more water in my body.

How Is The Exercise Going? Well, I have so far done everything that I have committed to, that being 3-miles every day. I have done that each of the past two days and I will certainly be doing it from here on out. However, I feel the need to do so much more. I know I said I would be adding basic calisthenics to my 3-miles but I don’t think that is enough. Any suggestions there would be greatly helpful. Feel free to comment below with exercise suggestions.

Here is what I had for juice yesterday…

JUICE 1 – Apple, Orange, Pear
JUICE 2 – Apple, Apricot, Carrot, Celery, Blackberry, Ginger
JUICE 3 – Mean Green
JUICE 4 – Mean Green
JUICE 5 – Carrot, Beet, Celery, Orange, Apple

Last but not least I have to say something more important than anything else I have said in today’s entry… THANK YOU! All my readers so far have been overwhelmingly supportive of what I am doing and I can’t thank you enough. This isn’t easy but to hear things in comments like “I’m pulling for you” or “You can do it” makes it that much easier. Even just knowing that people are reading this helps tremendously. Watching the views go up throughout the day gets my heart going. So, I am sure I will say it again but thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support! JUICE ON!!!