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!

And So It Begins

The day has come! Today is the day I begin my 30-Day Juicing Reboot. Needless to say, I am pumped. I spent the last two weeks researching, trying different juices, and all around preparing for this day and it is officially here. I woke up this morning and for my very first juice I spun out an apple, orange, grapefruit juice to kick off my fast.
First Juice

Of course it was tasty, glad you asked. Although, I warn you, watch out for those grapefruit. LOTS of juice and they sure can be sour sometimes.

Lets talk about goals. The obvious health related goal is going to be weight loss but there is no way of actually setting a goal with something like juicing. It is a “take what you get” sort of approach. So, I guess it will be just a see where I end up after 30 days. For those wondering, and I am sure that is next to everyone, I currently weigh 315 pounds at the beginning of my Juice Fast. A moment of honesty here, I know exactly how I got to be this heavy. It is simple. I flat out didn’t care about what I was putting into my body. There were times I almost treated it like a game. “Sure I can eat that massive plate of Mexican food!” or “Watch this! I am going to blow you away with how much I can eat!” I am done with that. Even though I had nothing to prove, I sure did a good job of proving it. I can flat out eat.

Next, how am I going to go about juicing? It is as simple as having 5 to 6 fresh juice drinks every day. General recommendation is starting with fruits in the morning and then working my way into veggies throughout the day. Specifically into leafy greens such as spinach and kale.

My additional goal goes along with any new diet regiment, exercise. I am committing to walking, jogging, or running 3 miles a day. In my mind, that sounds like a piece of cake. (NO ANDREW! Not cake! You can’t have that!) Okay, in my mind, that sounds like a piece of carrot. See, in high school I was a student athlete. It took a lot of work but I had no problem running a few miles, especially my Senior year. I played soccer and basketball. As a leader of the team as a Senior, I worked my tail off to be the best I could be as both an inspiration to my team as well as myself. It is time for me to focus that same passion in my life today. Not just for me but for my wife and two daughters. I will additionally be doing other simple exercises with my 3 miles, basic calisthenics, etc.

Here is the summary…

Start and Goals

Sharing this picture alone is a driving force for me to change. I can’t make this sort of thing public and not do everything I possibly can to change it. I am committed to change. I am committed to health. I am committed to juicing! JUICE ON!

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