Day 5 and the last

Well due to this juice fasting draining my pockets I am going to have to switch back to food, and possibly juice once or twice. In the past 8 days Joe & I have spent $750 if not more on veggies and fruits. So, to keep our bank accounts happy Joe is going to juice more than twice a day, and I will cut down. Im not ready to quit juicing, but I dont want to spend a $1000 in 10 days just on food. Thats a $100 a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And come on lets not admit that many of us are willing spend $100 a day to feed ourselves.

But to finish out the day I juiced last night and made breakfast slurps to take to work today. We ran out of stock and had to go shop at the Farmers Market. Heres our cute little awesome family run farmers market.

Love this little place!
Love this little place!

I got some delicious veggies & fruits today from the market, and was thrilled with the selection. We finally got some kale, Yay! It was todays bill that put us over the edge, I ended up purchasing $150 on our meals.

Nothing like fresh produce to put a smile on my face.
Nothing like fresh produce to put a smile on my face.

On a happier not it was my neices 2nd birthday today! She is my little stinker, and has my heart and all my attention. I had time at work today to do some crafting, and since she loves Dora the Explorer like most toddlers I made her this cute little bag. I cant wait to see her expresion when she sees the bag. I also plan on making her an apron, and a qaspeq.

D-d-d-d-Dora
Her very first customized reversible purse

A girl is never too young to start collecting purses. 🙂

Now that I am resting, and my feet are kicked up its time to introduce a meal to this lean, mean, eating machine. I am down 11 pounds, feeling great. Thinking clearly. And energized I am ready to start eating right and healthy. That freezer full of salmon, moose, and caribou are calling my name. Hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Day 3

Its the morning of day 3 and I am feeling great! I woke up extra early today to make enough breakfast juice to last me through the morning and possibly the afternoon! The craves were horrible last night, I have to admit I cheated. It was horrible, I was craving chips of all things. I had one handfull of chips and it was horrible but delicious at the same time! That will be the only time I cheat, and I mean it. I didnt check the scale this morning but I will check it when I head home. Now for 12 hours of homework, and work!

I suffered a little. I only made enough breakfast for 3 jars but man, oh man I was hungry!!!

The beautiful vast tundra
The beautiful vast tundra

Day 6

Its day 6 and I have never been more excited! Our juicer has finally arrived! I have never been so excited to eat my breakfast, lunch & dinner! We have gone from one extreme to another. Yesterday we were at -60 degrees to 11 degrees and storming today!!! For the past 2 days of not juicing we have done our best to eat healthy from a hearty salad to eggplant parmesan. And dabbling in coffee 😀 We are back on the juice train tonight! Yippee!

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Christmas has arrived early in our household!

On tonights dinner menu kale, cucumber, apples, pears, orange, carrots, celery, red peppers, orange peppers, and cabbage. Feels so good to be juicing again! I am down 3 juices and 2 nalgene bottles of water and feel great!

Works like a charm!
Works like a charm!

I have to add that this machine works so smooth makes me excited to juice everyday! She doesnt shake! She doesnt attempt to spin in circles like a maniac! Shes perfect! I would definately recommend this product to friends & family! Day 6 back on the juice train, really day 1! Ready for another 10 days of juiceness!

On a happier note 15 credits is beginning to start kicking me in the behind, BUT I have discovered a new love for the TV show Mad Men! If you havent watched it, I would highly suggest it!

Day 3

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Our delicious breakfast!

Its the morning of day 3 and I feel great! Woke up feeling great at 9 am which is unusual for me because I love, love, love to sleep! On my week off I usually can sleep till 12, 1, 2 in the afternoon. So this juicing this working for my energy! Its a beautiful cold day! Started the morning off right with a breakfast juice that had apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and oranges. It was delicious! We found out yesterday the best way to add in the strawberries and bananas is to blend them into the juice.

Joe had to work at 6:30 am so I had to make enough for him so he can make it through the day! After breakfast it was time to stock up on my groceries. Unfortunately, there was no kale at the Meyers farm so I grabbed some other veggies. I figured I would try the AC and I scored with one small batch of kale which I was grateful for. I also scored on some half of apples & oranges. Heres what $45 worth of groceries look like here.

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$45 worth of veggies & fruits

So far so good! Its been a beautiful morning! I have been busy with loads of energy doing laundry, cleaning house, dishes, and preparing our vegetables. I was so proud of myself I had to take a picture of all my hard work!

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All my hard work paid off!

The veggies & fruit may not be as top notch as I hope but they do the job! I am off to continue my busy day of cleaning, and a long day at the gym enjoying our young Warrior basketball players. Heres to a beautiful day!

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Beauty, right in my backyard!

Day 3 was a success! Although due to the craziness of the juicer stopping on me twice tonight while I was juicing, and the uncontrollable shaking, we are stopping tomorrow until our juicer arrives in the mail. I am expecting our new juicer to be here either Monday or Tuesday so we can begin again then. I am sad to stop since I hae been going on strong for the past 3 days with juices but its too much to hold down the juicer with all my might so that it doesnt shake off the countertop. Tonight we watched an exciting game our Bethel Warrior boys defeated the Nome Nanooks! Good job Warriors, way to get away with a W!

Here was our last and final dinner for the evening until our new juicer arrives. We had kale, carrots, celery, beet, lemon, orange peppers, cucumbers, and apples it was delicious!

Final dinner till the juicer arrives!
Final dinner till the juicer arrives!

 

Day 2

Its the morning of day 2 and we are already seeing some amazing numbers. I lost 5 pounds, and Joe lost 11 pounds. Due to lack of energy levels we treated ourselves to a little sleeping in today which felt amazing. I am hoping that today will be a better day with the cravings. Our breakfast today consists of apples, oranges, pears, kale, and bananas. Joe is juicing it up right now as I type.

Day 2
Day 2

Day 2 was a success! It was a little tough, energy levels low but its great that we both have the day off. Due to waking up at 12:45 pm we made enough of the morning smoothie to hold us over till dinner. Its not so hard in the morning because the juices are delicious but when it comes to lunch and dinner its a little tough. We had to make a store run because we were running out of fruits and only spent about $100 at the grocery store. We came home with celery, kiwis, apples, pears, orange peppers, ginger, and bananas. So far $375 down the chute but the healthy changes are slowly paying off.

Dinner was not as tasty we added a little too much ginger and it overpowers the juice. Dinner consisted of cucumbers, carrots, kale, way too much ginger, beets, tomatoes, lemon, celery, and an apple. I dont think that ginger will be included in any of the juices from here on out.

Dinner

Basketball season is in full swing at the Warrior Dome and our girls & boys have been dominating on the court. Joe & I have been dominating all those tasty smells nachos, chili cheese dogs, popcorn, skittles, and much more!  I would have to say that overall day 2 was a success!

Day 1

I have always thought that blogging was a little silly but I am doing this for me so I can keep track and have my recipes written somewhere.

This is my crock pot, oven, stove, microwave for the next 10 days.
This is my crock pot, oven, stove, microwave for the next 10 days.

I thought the best way to track my progress of juicing, and Im not talking about steroids. I recently watched the crazy film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and the movie definately had a huge impact on me. I am ready to make some positive, and healthy changes this year and what better way then to start with juicing. I eased my way into slowly by juicing the past 2 days and boy I am glad that I did. I signed up to run the Portland Marathon in October which gives me something to look forward to. My hopes are that with this 10 day juice fast I will reboot my body and can begin my training. I want to make those small changes like drinking 8 glasses of water a day, exercising at least 5 times a week, or sitting up straight. All those small changes can make me a happier person down the road. To start with juicing is the best way to whip myself back into my high school, energized, young, fun, spirited person.

$175 worth of goodiness
$175 worth of goodiness

So here goes it. Joe Cross the man behind the juice craze suggests that fruits are best in the morning so I started my morning off with an apple, pear breakfast slurp. It was delicious and just like coffee cleans out my system very well :D. Then for the rest of the day it will only consist of vegetables with an apple, or another type of fruit. I decided for lunch to have the mean green juice. My loyal friend has been kind enough to lend out her juicer which by the way at times can be possessed by the pulp, and shake uncontrollably although it does the job. Although I know she is secretly thrilled she finally has someone to share her recipes with. Hey, what can I say I am in it for the long haul and want to start my year out healthy. The only difficult part about juicing here is the cost of vegetables and fruit. We are lucky to have a locally grown farm in town, and a hard working man Tim Meyers who works hard to ensure we get our organic fruit & vegetables. Joe & I scored big time with some delicious, organic fruit on Wednesday, I was afraid we were going to buy out what Tim had in store. Although he is a great family friend and hooked us up.

Yum!
Mean Green ingredients, minus the ginger.

So far, so good the juices have been tasty. My energy levels are a little low, but I am only day 1.  I am building my way into including more vegetables into our juicing but its hard since I am not a lover of veggies. I am also a coffee lover, and enjoy 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and surprisingly I have not been experiencing any headaches. Yay! This juice fast is going to change my life and Joe’s life for the better. And hey, I wouldnt be too upset if I lost a few pounds, had skin of a baby, and felt amazing.

My Lunch
My Lunch

I am 5′ 5″ and exactly 140 lbs. I have to say this is the heaviest I have been in my life, and I hope that this is the last time I will see that number on the scale. I hope, or shall I say that I know with this juicing it will transform me into the person that I want to be and that is healthy, fit, and 100% comfortable. So heres to 10 more long, hard, but worthwhile days. Wish me luck!