Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Juicy juice makes me less than 100 percent

Hi all. So I know I keep apologizing for slacking. I really need to figure out a schedule of blogging and stick to it. Every Tuesday and Thursday, perhaps? I'll work on that.

Today is a good day. Why? Because I'm eating food. And food is good.

It turns out I'm a bit of a masochist. Sunday morning, I started the Arden's Garden two-day juice detox. Did I mention that Sunday I was at the Ronald? Yeah. See? Masochist.

I did this detox two other times--both years ago, when I was desperate to lose weight and hoping for something to kick-start me into being serious about it. This time, I did it less for the weight loss and more for the mental aspects of it.

Because I've been feeling a little out of control lately, I thought that doing the juice fast would remind me that I do, in fact, have self-control. Two days of juice and water only is a mental test I needed.

I brought my trusty gallon of juice to the Ronald and started drinking it Sunday morning. The juice is just distilled water with fresh grapefruit, lemons and oranges. There's no sweetness to that stuff. But it's not terrible. I went downstairs and someone was cooking bacon. I went back upstairs.

The first day wasn't bad. I was not tempted to eat any of the goodies at the House, though I did stay out of the kitchen for the most part. Sunday night, our meal donors brought way too much pizza. I had to put it all away, storing the slices in freezer bags. I stayed strong.

I slept super hard Sunday night and woke up with a monster headache Monday morning. I remember the first time I did this fast, at about 2 p.m. the second day, I got this total feeling of euphoria. I never wanted food again. I felt so good.

I didn't get that feeling this time. I had a perpetual headache and felt overall pretty tired. I woke up this morning feeling much better, though. Maybe because I knew I could eat real food. Plus, I did lose a few pounds, so that's something.

I'm hoping to take the effects of the detox and stretch them out for the next few weeks. I'm hoping this is the jump-start I so desperately need. As always, I'll keep you guys posted.


Mikey said...

Hey, did you ever watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? It's a juicing documentary you can find online. I should put a link on my site actually - great watch!

Something it brings up is that everyone trying the juice detox felt terrible for the first 2 days! haha - you must have found it hard. I think they were doing it for 2 weeks or so.. But the first 2 days were the hardest. No wonder you were punishing yourself!

Cool blog though, I'll check back soon :)

I'm posting on my own blog now. More for men though but I just reviewed a great new fat loss program

Erika said...

Hi Mikey,

I haven't watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, yet, but I've read about his story and looked into his website. One day I'd like to do a real juice detox. Must buy a juicer!

Thanks for your comment! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Erika,
First - I think that first person to comment is a marketer for this program, so take what he says with a grain of salt.
Second - A juice fast? That seems a little faddish for you. Or it seems like you are feeling a little desperate. Don't get me wrong, you are a huge inspiration to me and I have been reading your blog since the beginning. I'm amazed at what you have been able to accomplish. But maybe try to go back to the fundamentals you began with if you want to get back on track. Just a suggestion.

Erika said...

Thanks for your comment, Anonymous! And I definitely see where you're coming from. I can see it as faddish, for sure. I just know I needed more of a mental jumpstart more than anything. Unfortunately, lately, I'm having trouble getting back to those fundamentals. But you're absolutely right about that! Thanks for your comment, and thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I disagree with anonymous. there's nothing wrong with a juice fast to get you mentally and physically jumpstarted after a few setbacks and bumps in the weight loss road. and juicing is not a fad. its a wonderful way to rid your body of all the crap and toxins that build up over time from our at times unhealthy lifestyles. i dont think mikey was saying it was a permanent solution to weight loss. anyways just my 2 cents.
love ya :-)

Anonymous said...

Where have you been? Are you OK? Miss reading your updates.