Reboot Day One

rebootYesterday I started my juicing reboot. It was a lot harder than I imagined. Not eating solid food wasn’t hard at all for me. I can easily fast for a day or two. And the truth is I really don’t eat all that much. Left to my natural inclinations I start the day with lots of black coffee and look for food sometime in the mid to late afternoon, when I will have a big meal, and then many times nothing else, sometimes a smaller meal later in the evening around 9 pm. It is an unhealthy natural setting and one that easily creates obesity. I need to always be conscious and practice to maintain the habit of eating breakfast and at least two other meals in a day. So yeah, the not having food thing, not an issue.

My issue was that I couldn’t consume all the fluids I was supposed to in the run of the day. The schedule is a cup of hot water infused with fresh ginger and lemon before breakfast, make juice for breakfast which will be two servings so save one for later, have 500 ml of coconut water, make juice for lunch which will be two servings so save one for later, have your second half of breakfast juice for snack, have second half of lunch juice for dinner, make a juice for dessert, have an herbal tea, and go to bed … and somewhere in there you squeeze in four glasses of water. Yesterday I made juice twice and drank juice twice and today have three huge glasses of juice in the fridge left over. Continue reading “Reboot Day One”

Countdown to Plant Strong

noeats (Mobile)My boyfriend bought me the juicer I wanted for my birthday and yesterday it shipped from Amazon! The more I read (and since getting a Kindle, I am reading A LOT!) the more I think a juicer will be very helpful for my Plant Strong lifestyle.

I have detoxed before, specifically with what I call the Brown Rice detox, but I have never done a juice detox, and I am not a fan of drinking my food.

I like water, wine, coffee, tea, the occasional beer and speciality cocktail, and even rarer still a chocolate milkshake or iced coffee. I have never been big on the smoothie, never been crazy about juice … or even soup! Continue reading “Countdown to Plant Strong”

Tiny Dancers

girlsdanceYesterday was a very exciting day for my family. It was my youngest two nieces’ spring dance recital and I went to watch along with my sisters, mother, brother-in-law, and two oldest nieces.

I always find these performances emotional. I beam with pride and the tears flow as I watch our girls twirl and kick and point their toes with the best of them, like they’ve been doing it since they were four years old.

The truth is they haven’t been taking classes very long, two years at most I think, but they had been training themselves at home for a few years before that. And by training I mean these girls watched videos online and stretched relentlessly until they could contort their bodies into various positions. They taught themselves to do the splits, arabesque, plie, and much more. They competed against each other to be the first to reach a certain flexibility. When they started I thought it was likely a fad, that they’d be all in for a few months but then move on to something else. Not many kids have the focus and determination to work so hard on their own.  Continue reading “Tiny Dancers”

To Meat or Not to Meat

plantbaseddietThe other day I had a sulky day of depression where I literally just stayed on the couch all day eating cupcakes, french fries, wieners, canned peas & carrots, and microwaved popcorn smothered in Ketchup flavoured seasoning; drinking a ton of coffee, a couple of glasses of wine and one cup of hot chocolate with an ounce of brandy added for zip; and watching documentaries on Netflix.

I had once again let my boyfriend’s flighty attitude toward life get under my skin. After this many years together you might think I would be acclimated to it by now, I would expect it and never be surprised by anything, but you would be wrong. My recovery might be quicker when I’m blindsided, but I still get blindsided.

Anyway, I don’t want to write about why I had taken to the couch for the day because the more important thing is that while I was sulking and stuffing my face with crap, I wasn’t watching mindless sitcoms or cartoons, I was watching documentary films about things that matter, things that get me thinking, things that give me insight and energy and ideas. I watched 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, GMO OMG, Happy, and finally Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue. Continue reading “To Meat or Not to Meat”

Chick Sparking


Next week my sister and I have a plan to get back on track. We’re going to start walking after work and return to SparkPeople to start tracking our eating and exercise. Just in time for this lifestyle challenge, I received my first package from the Product Review Club at ChickAdvisor. And look what it is! That is five meal replacement bars and 20 energy capsules. This could be a nice boost to my first week. Things I normally would never purchase for myself in a million years, but now I get to try them out for free. And maybe if I like them, I will become a customer. All I have to do is review them on the website within two weeks. I am excited to do that! Continue reading “Chick Sparking”

#4: Wealth is Pouring into My Life

Not a great day. High calorie, no nutrients. I tried to go with the flow, but obviously I need to take charge & make a plan in these situations.
Not a great Saturday. High calorie, no nutrients. I tried to go with the flow, but obviously I need to take charge & make a plan in these situations.

I weighed in this morning and I am down 2 pounds! This puts me right on target for my goals. I am pretty happy with that, really didn’t know how it was going to shake down the first week given that I was challenged to find a good nutrition balance, not eating enough some days, totally gorging on empty calories others, and not incorporating any kind of fitness into the mix. So yeah, go Me! I am pleased!

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#1: I Am Wealthy

Day 1 Monday April 27, 2015, SparkPeople food tracking. Eating not enough is just as unproductive as overeating. Today I will do better.
Day 1 Monday April 27, 2015, SparkPeople food tracking. Eating not enough is just as unproductive as overeating. Today I will do better.

So yesterday I restarted my SparkPeople journey and also took a few minutes to reset my vibration. I wrote 20 positive affirmations, enlarged them so they filled an entire page and then printed three copies.

The first copy I taped to the ceiling right above my bed so it’s the first thing I will see every morning. The second copy I taped to the shelf in my bathroom so it is the thing I see when I go to the toilet. And the third copy I taped to the wall right above my computer screen at my desk, so I see it all day while I am working. I have been constantly repeating the affirmations to myself and out loud.  Continue reading “#1: I Am Wealthy”