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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

See Jane Juice and Fast

Whassup peeps! Happy Tuesday. Though weighing in is never fun, Robyn and I are fresh off the scale and back to share a little more of our weight loss journey. Here are this week's tales. 

Robyn: 

Sadly, I do not have much to report this week for our loyal Nicole and Robyn running readers.  I only managed to run once this past week – and it was tough.  I am planning to try to go today and tomorrow – but we will see if that happens.

I will give you all one update – I managed to find the long lost sports bra!  Of course, it was in my actual bra drawer where it belonged.....so I guess the housekeeper did not steal it.  That was one positive for the week. 













I also managed to lose .4 this week.  Of course, I didn’t eat for a full day in observance of Yom Kippur – but I will  take it!  As Nicole and I have discussed, I think years and years of immobility has caused my metabolism to slow down so much that losing weight has been extremely slow.  This week, I am focused on tracking all of the food I eat (I do weight watchers online) and avoiding situations which may lead me down a path I don’t want to go down (i.e., no after-work drinks for me).



 I will share one recipe I love that I did make this week: Weight Watchers Dijon Roasted New Potatoes – delish! 


Nicole: 

Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes…how do you measure a year in the life (while juicing)? You measure it in time spent in front of the damn juicer, that’s how. BECAUSE IT IS ALL YOU WILL BE DOING. FOR HOURS ON END.


OK. I am being dramatic but that’s really what last week felt like for me. Last time I checked in with you, I was starting a three day juice cleanse to flush my system of all the alcohol laced hot dog and onion ring revelry that I crammed in the week before.

I’ve did a detox before but was able to use my blender for most of it because the “drinks” had a smoothie like consistency and included bananas, avocados, coconut water (you know…things you have to blend). This time, juicing was quick but prep and clean up were a PAIN.  I’m talking almost two hours a night type of pain. Five juices (10 servings) with a full juicer cleaning in between each juice so the flavors wouldn’t mingle. I’m getting tired just remembering it.

Let me get to what you want to hear. Results!

Weight Loss:  6 pounds. Let me say this: I didn’t do this cleanse to lose weight. I realize that juicing—at least for the short period of time I did it (it was a 3-day cleanse) only leads to the loss of water weight. BUT I won’t lie. It was nice to see the scale drop that low given how hard I’ve been working.

Energy Level: I felt pretty good. My energy level was high enough to continue with Couch to 5K (though I realized later I was supposed to take it easy while juicing).

Flavor: Despite their appearance (the lunch juice was brown), they tasted pretty great. I loved the breakfast juice (apple, carrot, ginger) and the pre-dinner juice (sweet potato, carrot, bell pepper, beets, apples and oranges). The mid-morning, lunch and afternoon juices are more savory. I wouldn’t run to buy them off the shelf but they are highly tolerable. Dinner was the one solid meal of the day. I stuck to salads (tomato, avocado, cucumber), stuffed peppers, brown rice and roasted veggies (oodles of oven roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts). 

Cravings: The only thing I found myself craving was salt. I sprinkled it on my roasted asparagus and brussel sprouts to cure that. Didn't crave sweets at all. SHOCKING! 

Repeat: I don’t know if I will repeat the cleanse. First, it is super expensive. Costco made a fortune off of us last week. Second, I got what I needed and don’t plan on having a meat relapse. What the juicing did do for me was regulate my appetite and suppress my cravings for all things junk.  I feel like I can go back to eating a vegan diet 90% of the time with allowances for a little cheese and eggs on the weekends. I did have a post-cleanse diet breakdown (more on that below) while traveling but I’m back on track now.

Post Cleanse Breakdown: I went back to eating balanced meals for a very short period (breakfast and lunch) the day after the cleanse ended because we got on the road Friday afternoon to travel to a wedding.  Friday night’s dinner in the south? Curly fries from Arby’s at 10:00 PM. I know! I know!  Ash was craving Arby’s after his juicing experience so we stopped and, well, fries are all they have at that restaurant for moi.  Saturday, I was better balanced until the wedding where southern favorites were on the menu. I had mac and cheese but otherwise it was salad and roasted veggies.  That said, later, while hanging out with family, I had pizza and wine.  Again, I know but a girl’s gotta eat and when you’re at someone else’s mercy…and it’s late night in the suburbs of the south, there aren’t a million delivery options. I can hear you saying “excuses, excuses.” Hey, don’t be so judgy. My pizza fest didn’t totally derail my results…

NET WEIGHT LOSS: 4 pounds (as of today’s weigh in)!!

Last night, I made a healthy dinner (Southwestern Quinoa and roasted veggies). Ash made carrot-apple-celery- orange-beet juice to go with it. My poor baby is missing his sugary drinks.

Wanna know how the running is going? It’s going. I start the week 4 workouts tomorrow. Jelly legs and heavy breathing await. I am less short of breath than I was in the beginning of this but I am still struggling to keep my stamina up past the 2 minute mark. Normally, when asked about the workout, I just say it’s hard and I’m exhausted. This week, it’s still hard but I feel the tiniest bit better.

p/s I know there are tons of studies on how your body cleanses itself and how there is no need for juicing or the sugar spikes it can bring. I did what I needed to do for me. You do the same for you. 

1 comment:

Lucas Moore said...

Juices are very good for health. It is too much good if we drink juice daily in the redbreast.


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