5 Day Juice Challenge: Part 2

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So this week is part 2 of my Total Reboot!

Last week, I completed the 5 Day Juice Challenge and I lost a total of 5 pounds!!  Woot! Woot!  This week is 5 Days of Salads, fruit and veggies + juice once a day!!
This is my life right now:

Photo from jointhereboot.com

So basically, here it is laid out.  Saturday was my last day of the first 5 days of juice.  Then, I took Sunday off to eat light and try to make sure I didn’t cut all foods out of my diet. (I’m trying to avoid the post-reboot body shock many people have experienced from lack of meat, eggs, and dairy for so long.) Anyway, I had 2 eggs and some black beans and was full until about 9pm Sunday night.  Safe to say my stomach’s shrunk I guess!!  Then that night, I had a turkey sandwich that kept me full until well into Monday.

Monday, it was back to the reboot.  I made a Green Carrot juice and took a small salad (about 1.5 cups of greens and shredded carrots) and about 1.5 tablespoons of viniagrette.  This was plenty for the day and I was even able to go to boot camp and felt good!  No light-headed feelings and no weakness at all! (Well, except that I was still sore from last Thursday’s first day back – Wowza!!)

Today, I took carrots, grapes and pears but no juice in an effort to drink more water.  Well, I ate the pears and about a carrot and a half during the day and drank a lot more water – Mission Accomplished!!  I didn’t eat my grapes though, Jonah took care of those after school! 🙂

Sunset Blend!!

Tomorrow, I’m taking a small salad again and probably a Sunset Blend Juice.  So far, I am still losing weight, but not as quickly this week, so far.  We’ll see as we go along and hopefully I’ll have good news to report at the end of this 5-day stint of just clean eating!!

Good luck out there!

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5 Day Juice Challenge: Day 2

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So far, so good.  I actually am not hungry.  I do, however, really want to eat.  I find myself really wanting to eat a meal, but I just remind myself that I’m not really hungry and try to drink more water instead.

Last night, BamaBoy decided to make the kids bacon as part of their dinner.  Bacon, really…Confession: I gave in and had a few pieces.  Also, because I am hypoglycemic and was beginning to feel lethargic and off-kilter at the end of the day, I got worried and decided to eat a really tiny dinner of rice and black beans (about 3/4 cup).  I don’t really think it was necessary though and will try a salad or fruit next time.

Today though, was better!!  I tried 2 new recipes and they both turned out really yummy!!
The first was The Green Carrot from ZestyCook.com.  With spinach, cucumber, celery, carrots, and apple this is a nice, sweeter version of the typical green juice.  I ended up using extra spinach, carrots and the whole apple so it would make a little more.  Although I really like the Green Lemonade, this was a really nice alternative and I’ll make it again.

Look at all the green goodness!

The second juice for today was Strawberry Fields Forever from Fern’s Nutrition.  I bought strawberries the other day and searched “the Google” for “juice recipes with strawberries”.  This website came up and it sounded great and let me tell you, it is!!  This is a TASTY, sweet treat and I was actually disappointed when I was done!  Win!!  I will DEFINITELY be making this again!

Mmmmmm, fruity!!

After work, we had to run to the store and I was beginning to feel hungry so I grabbed a small Odwalla Superfoods juice to fill me up!  It did the trick and I wasn’t nearly as tempted by being in the grocery store!

For tomorrow, I going to back to the Green Lemonade and also trying another newbie, the Green Grape and Pear from Join the Reboot!  With green grapes, cucumber and pears, it’s sure to be  a favorite!! I changed it up a little, though because we didn’t have a lime and I didn’t want to use 2 cucumbers.  I used an extra pear instead and half a lemon to replace the lime.  Still light, delicious and fresh!

Light and green!!

Tomorrow will also be an interesting day because boot camp starts back up.  It will be Day 3 of the juice fast and my first intense workout in a while so it should shake things up quite a bit!  I plan to bring extra fruit just in case I am feeling bad and need to balance my sugars in the afternoon pre- or post-workout.

Overall, Day 2 DONE and still feeling good! HOLLA!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Zestyfoods.com, Fernsnutrition.com, jointhereboot.com or Odwalla.  I have never been compensated for their products or approached for advertising.  They do, however, have great support and recipes for juicing and if you are interested in juicing, you should definitely head on over to check them out!

5 Day Juice Challenge: Prep Day

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Recently, some very good friends of mine bought a juicer and decided to begin “juicing”.  She has since lost 30 pounds and looks AMAZING!  Well, I was sold!

Here’s a little background:

When I was 22 and 23, I could think about losing weight and kind of eat healthy, workout and lose weight like it was nothing.  After I had Jonah I was 24 and I lost 22 pounds in 2 months.  THEN, I had Lilly.  Just like that, those days were over pretty quick.

By the time Lilly was 1, I had gained about 15 pounds that had still not gone away.  I made a concerted effort to begin running, eating healthy, and going to boot camp at our school (SO lucky to have wonderful ladies to motivate me and make working out fun!)  Well, I initially lost 9 pounds over 10 months.  Then, I trained for a Half-Marathon and somehow managed to GAIN 6 pounds.  I went back to the doctor and changed birth control, thinking surely the hormones were an issue.  Nothing.  Actually less than nothing, I gained another 4 pounds.

My motivation this summer was zip.  Every time I tried to get back into working out I had just sort of lost the want.  In the first year and a half, I loved working out!  I felt great and I kept telling myself it would start to make a difference soon.  But the longer it didn’t make a difference, I lost the want, the drive, the fun.  So here we are and boot camp starts up again on Thursday.

In an effort to really make the most of this new school year and my new year of boot camp, I decided that the juicer might not be a bad idea.  I did some research, talked to my friend a LOT and decided that a Reboot might be exactly what I need.  So, tomorrow I start a 5-day juice fast.  5 days of fruit and vegetable juicing.

My current plan is to do a 5-day fast, 5-days clean, healthy eating, and another 5-day fast.  Past that, no set plan.  I know I can commit to 5 days at a time, so that’s where I’m starting.  No ridiculous promises, no crazy 30-day fast, just 5 days at a time to try to get myself back on track.  So, starting today, I’m going to document my journey.  Because maybe if I share it, maybe if I just say this sucks and I’m ready to not feel this way, MAYBE I’ll stick to it.  Maybe it won’t feel so hard.

Enter the WaringPRO Juice Extractor!  My  new toy!

I am in no way affiliated with the Waring Pro company, but so far I am loving my juicer. I wish I had a whole counter of them, but alas, the Waring Pro company has not yet felt inclined to make that happen.

Today, I prepped my juices for tomorrow.  I got the recipes from jointhereboot.com, a website and blog dedicated to teaching others about juicing, rebooting your body and the benefits of juicing. First, I cut up and sorted all the veggies needed for my two juices – the Sunset Blend and Green Lemonade.

Green Lemonade on the left, Sunset Blend on the right

Just as I got these done, though, BamaBoy decided he wanted to make homemade orange juice, so we did that first.

3 1/2 large naval oranges ready to go in.

The finished product – just oranges!!

On to the Sunset Blend Juice.  It’s not my recipe, so I won’t put it on here, but I can tell you it contains sweet potato, carrots, beets with greens, apples, red bell pepper, and orange. I used less beet than the recipe called for because I am not sure how much I like beets.  I was AMAZED at the color of this juice!  I get why it’s called Sunset now, it is a crazy shade of bright orange!!  Awesome!

Look at that!

I put it into my first bottle for tomorrow and had enough left over for a glass for the morning, less work for me!

Now on to the Green Lemonade.  This is pretty much the same as most of the Green Juice recipes you’ll find out there, but it has lemon.  So it has kale, spinach, apples, celery, cucumber and lemon.

What a healthy shade of green!! Woo Hoo!

Mean Green Juice – bottled and ready to cleanse!

Here goes nothing folks!!  5-days of juice.  Wish me luck guys, I’m going to need it!  This week juice, next week back to Paleo!