Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Juicy Life--Day 35 of My 40 Day Juice Feast

When my ex-husband Pete was 12, he lived on a compound in Saudi Arabia. His dad was a research librarian working on a project for the U.S. government there. And being a Muslim country, their "weekend" days were Friday and Saturday, instead of Saturday and Sunday. The phrase "TGIF" (Thank God It's Friday) was really popular then, but of course it didn't apply, since the day to get excited about was Thursday instead. So Pete (who was quite the ornery scamp, like any typical 12-yr old boy) came up with the following: Sure Happy It's Thursday! And he would say that acronym around his school and the worst part--it caught on with all his classmates, who were also all ex-pats from from different countries, but hardly any of them had English as a first language. Naughty, hilarious Pete! With everything that has transpired in my marriage and the many years since then of still trying to get along, I love this story, because I try to focus on what I DO like about him, focus on the positive and try to keep my attitude right.

So today I'm Sure Happy It's Thursday! Because this is the last Thursday of my juice feast! Then I will have a last Friday, a last Saturday, etc. Next Tuesday is my "last Tuesday!" Anyway, I have always liked Thursdays because of their close proximity to the weekend. I prefer to think of them as "Friday Eve."

What Day I'm On: 35 out of 40, 87.5% of the way

How's It Going: Now that I am almost done, I feel like I have finally gotten it down. I know what I like in my juice, and what I don't (cantaloupe and onion, any one?) I know that if I leave out the celery, I feel weird, and if I add too much it's a struggle to choke the juice down. I don't feel too great (at all) if I drink straight fruit juice. My body definitely craves the green stuff. I have found that making the juice the night before works best for me, even if it is not optimal. (what is less optimal is having no juice to drink because you ran out of time in the morning to make it!) I have figured out that this store has the best price on organic cucumbers, but that one beats them on kale and romaine. I finally am consistently having those energy surges that people talk about, where you feel like you could exercise forever. I am going faster and farther on the treadmill and every time feels like I am "in the zone" and is just an incredible experience. I am so proud of myself! At 400+ pounds when I started, my speed on the treadmill was 1.8 mph. My back hurt so much that I would fight to do 12 minutes, and then I would have to sit down for several minutes and rest my back, and then I could go back and do more. Now, I do 40 minutes, no problem, and I go 3 mph, which is still not great, but it feels like I am booking compared to where I've been. I am going to continue upping the speed slowly (it has taken me more than a year to get this far!) but I know one day, I'll be clipping right along!

Detox: I have a boil, again, and it is being stubborn and not wanting to go away. This tells me I may need to do more colon cleansing. I haven't done too much of that, because there has not been a need. I think I'll try it and see if it helps.

Every morning, I wake up and my nose runs for a while and I have a sneezing fit and then I feel better, and no other problems the rest of the day.

I have muscle aches really bad at night, but I think that is because I am just so much more active and I've not taken any pain killers for more than 35 days. I am learning that pain means "stop what you are doing" not "take a pill and keep doing it!"

Hope you are having a wonderful day. I love you all and I thank you for all of your support on my journey. Your comments mean the world to me!

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