Day 20: Before and ‘so-far’ Pictures

Day 20!

Day 20!

So, excited to be at Day 20.  Only a 10-day countdown left and then we’ll see what happens to my blood sugar and weight once I start eating again.

I haven’t been very good about taking any pictures, but I thought I should do some today and see the contrast to Day 1.  I wish I had done some measurements when I started, but my pants are definitely looser.  Here you go:

Day 1 Juice Fast

Day 1 Juice Fast

Day 20 Juice Fast

Day 20 Juice Fast

And from the front:

Day 1 Juice Fast

Day 1 Juice Fast

Day 20 Juice Fast

Day 20 Juice Fast

 

 

 

 

Day 19: How Tired Am I While Juicing?

Day 19

Day 19

I have six kids, one of which is a nursing 18-month-old and we homeschool.  So, to separate extra tiredness caused by juicing from the general exhaustion that allows me to fall asleep in any given position within 5 minutes is a little tricky.  I do, however, have a handy dandy Fitbit I got last Christmas and it tracks my sleep for me.  I put it all together in a chart and it looks like I do sleep more during a juice fast . . . or at least I take more naps.

In the last 19 days of juicing, I have taken a nap on 10 of the days.  Score!! And I’ve slept as little as 6.3 hours a night and as much as a whoppin’ 10.4 hours, with a total average sleep, including naps, of 8.0 hours.  Wow!  It takes a juice fast to get me to sleep the recommended daily amount.  Who knew?

In general, though I would say I feel slightly more tired and a bit weaker while working out – enough to notice, but not enough to really impact me.  Pretty nice that I can go about my daily business without the juice fast knocking me flat on my back.

 

 

 

 

Day 18: Attack of the Potlucks

Day 18

Day 18

Ok, so when I decided to start this 30-day juice fast, I had no idea that it would be smack dab in the middle of the ‘Season of the Potlucks’.

To give you a little background, I come from a family of nine where things were a bit tight growing up.  Together with a mom who tried to make sure we ate healthy, treats and desserts were a rare and exciting occurrence.  They also necessitated a scale accurate to the nano-ounce, a scientific ruler, and six siblings all hovering and scrutinizing the one chosen to divide up the treats to make sure everything was fair.

Suffice it to say, at home we never got to eat all we wanted of dessert.  Thus, my undying love, from an early age of the Potluck.  Something about the idea that I can have as much as I want of a huge spread of food choices just makes me happy inside, and the dessert section, bordering on ecstatic.

So, I made it fine through the 4th of July BBQ and Potluck, only taking one piece of baklava home to put in the freezer for Day 31.  The church pancake breakfast wasn’t too hard . . . no dessert section. Then, yesterday we had our first annual block party and . . .  you guessed it, Potluck!  I resolutely ignored the macadamia nut cookies and brownie corner pieces and came home to sip on some more juice.  And now today, we’re having a going away party AND POTLUCK for a family from our church who is moving.  My little inner dessert hoarder is weeping.  I may have to snag another addition for my Day 31 freezer collection.  I’m thinking I need to clean out a shelf in the freezer . . .

 

 

 

 

Day 17: Falling off the Plateau!

Day 17

Day 17

It’s so fun to see 88 on my morning glucose test and the weight is dropping off again.  No more plateaus.  The main feeling to combat is that it is going to be forever until I get to eat again, so it helps to have shorter goals: making it halfway, making it to Day 20, etc.

I still have to work hard to find non-food rewards to treat myself.  I’m definitely a “food is a reward I look forward to”-type of eater, so not eating my favorite things and treats has pulled a lot of the pleasurable moments out of my daily life.  On the other hand, without the food to treat myself, it is encouraging me to find other pleasurable activities to fill that hole and hopefully I can continue to go to them instead of food so much once I start eating again.

I’m totally happy with where my weight and blood sugar are right now, so now it’s all about just making it to the end of Day 30.

(You can mouse over the following charts for details)

Day 16: I Have Arrived!

Day 16

Day 16

Woohoo!  I reached both my goals today: under 155 lbs and under 100 fasting blood sugar!  It makes it all worth it.

Also, based on this article by from Joe Cross, the guy from “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” who now teaches people how to use juice fasts for health, I added two scoops of protein powder to my fast before bed.  The three reasons are that my fast is longer than 15 days, I’m doing a new exercise routine and I am still breastfeeding.  The protein shake may also have been the tipping point for the low blood sugar this morning, because it’s often been mentioned that protein before bed can help lower morning glucose numbers.

And check out my new charts. Seeing the glucose and weight changes on a chart works better for me than a table. What do you think? Which do you like best?

Day 15: Halfway there!!!

Day 15!

Day 15!

Ahhh, I finally made it halfway!  It’s all downhill from here.  And the weight is dropping again, so I’m happy to see that.  Now, if the blood sugar would just take another 10 point drop . . .

In the spirit of self-improvement, I also agreed to do the Insanity 60-day challenge with my 16-year-old son this summer since we both want to get in better shape.  We started by doing the Fit Test at the beginning and that made us so sore we didn’t do another workout for 4 days – lol.  I started doing the regular daily workouts this week and am on my 4th workout today.  I’m actually handling it relatively well . . . except for my calves.  They are as sore as the first time I tried barefoot running and could barely walk for days afterwards.  There is so much jumping and landing in the cardio parts that I’m sore enough now to wince just walking down stairs.  Sheesh.  Hopefully it will get better soon.  I’m considering adding a scoop or two of vegan protein powder to my day to compensate for the extra muscle work I’m doing.  We’ll see.

I guess I’ll have to rename my juice fast to the “95-ish% fresh Juice with some roasted seaweed snacks, the occasional bowl of watermelon and a scoop of protein powder on workout days – Fast” 😀

My Juicing Stats:

Day Date Fasting BG Dec Lbs Dec
Day 15 7/14/2016 103 -37 155.2 -12.2
Day 14 7/13/2016 107 -33 155.6 -11.8
Day 13 7/12/2016 103 -37 155.6 -11.8
Day 12 7/11/2016 104 -36 155.8 -11.6
Day 11 7/10/2016 114 -26 157.0 -10.4
Day 10 7/9/2016 125 -15 157.4  -10
Day 9 7/8/2016 110 -30 158.2 -9.1
Day 8 7/7/2016 133 -7 158.8 -8.5
Day 7 7/6/2016 121 -18 159.2 -8.2
Day 6 7/5/2016 122 -18 159.8 -7.6
Day 5 7/4/2016 113 -27 161.2 -6.2
Day 4 7/3/2016 117 -23 161.8 -5.6
Day 3 7/2/2016 131 -9 163 -4.4
Day 2 7/1/2016 138 -2 164.6 -2.8
Day 1 6/30/2016 140 0 167.4 0
Day -1 6/29/2016 170 n/a 165.6 n/a
Day -2 6/28/2016 170 n/a 166.5 n/a
Day -3 6/27/2016 ? n/a 165.8 n/a
Day -4 6/26/2016 155 n/a 167.2 n/a

Day 14: Plateaus, Plateaus

Day 14

Day 14

Well, it looks like both my weight and blood sugar are stuck at plateaus.  This usually happens a few times during a fast, but I can’t wait to get under 100 glucose and in the lower 150s lbs., which will hopefully keep me under 160 once I start eating again.  I’m almost out of watermelon, so I’ll have to go back to 100% juice instead of having the occasional slice . . . . unless I buy myself another one. 🙂

My Juicing Stats:

Day Date Fasting BG Dec Lbs Dec
Day 14 7/13/2016 107 -33 155.6 -11.8
Day 13 7/12/2016 103 -37 155.6 -11.8
Day 12 7/11/2016 104 -36 155.8 -11.6
Day 11 7/10/2016 114 -26 157.0 -10.4
Day 10 7/9/2016 125 -15 157.4  -10
Day 9 7/8/2016 110 -30 158.2 -9.1
Day 8 7/7/2016 133 -7 158.8 -8.5
Day 7 7/6/2016 121 -18 159.2 -8.2
Day 6 7/5/2016 122 -18 159.8 -7.6
Day 5 7/4/2016 113 -27 161.2 -6.2
Day 4 7/3/2016 117 -23 161.8 -5.6
Day 3 7/2/2016 131 -9 163 -4.4
Day 2 7/1/2016 138 -2 164.6 -2.8
Day 1 6/30/2016 140 0 167.4 0
Day -1 6/29/2016 170 n/a 165.6 n/a
Day -2 6/28/2016 170 n/a 166.5 n/a
Day -3 6/27/2016 ? n/a 165.8 n/a
Day -4 6/26/2016 155 n/a 167.2 n/a
Day -5 6/25/2016 141 n/a ? n/a

Day 13: Watermelon is all juice

 

Day 13

Day 13

I decided that watermelon is 100% juice anyway, so why not eat it instead of juicing it.  I may have made that decision after I decided to eat some watermelon and honey rock melon yesterday.  🙂  And I enjoyed the mini-break.  Chewing was fun!  Though it looks like there is a bit more fiber than I thought as my weight only dropped slightly instead of the usual half of a pound, but it was worth it.  I may snack on a small bowl of watermelon more often as it makes the juice fast easier to handle.

I’m really excited to see my blood sugar still close to 100 without bouncing back up.  It makes me hopeful that I’ll drop under 100 sometime before I finish.  Yay!

Day 13!  I’m excited to be almost half way.  I’m thinking that once I get to Day 15, I’ll feel like I’m on the home stretch and the number of days left to fast will be less than how many I’ve completed.  Can’t wait.

After helping a friend get her house prepped to sale, she made homemade ginger snap cookies for our family.  I might have taken one home, but didn’t eat it!  I put it in a baggie in the freezer for Day 31.  I’m starting to quite the Day 31 collection.  I’m have to snap a photo one of these days.

My Juicing Stats:

Day Date Fasting BG Dec Lbs Dec
Day 13 7/12/2016 103 -37 155.6 -11.8
Day 12 7/11/2016 104 -36 155.8 -11.6
Day 11 7/10/2016 114 -26 157.0 -10.4
Day 10 7/9/2016 125 -15 157.4  -10
Day 9 7/8/2016 110 -30 158.2 -9.1
Day 8 7/7/2016 133 -7 158.8 -8.5
Day 7 7/6/2016 121 -18 159.2 -8.2
Day 6 7/5/2016 122 -18 159.8 -7.6
Day 5 7/4/2016 113 -27 161.2 -6.2
Day 4 7/3/2016 117 -23 161.8 -5.6
Day 3 7/2/2016 131 -9 163 -4.4
Day 2 7/1/2016 138 -2 164.6 -2.8
Day 1 6/30/2016 140 0 167.4 0
Day -1 6/29/2016 170 n/a 165.6 n/a
Day -2 6/28/2016 170 n/a 166.5 n/a
Day -3 6/27/2016 ? n/a 165.8 n/a
Day -4 6/26/2016 155 n/a 167.2 n/a
Day -5 6/25/2016 141 n/a ? n/a

Day 12: Is a Slurpee considered Juice?

Day 12

Day 12

If you didn’t know, today is Free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven, going from 11 am to 7 pm.  Ok, I know a frozen sugar dessert is the antithesis to fresh fruit and vegetable juice, but they do happen to both be liquids, right?

And today is the day of really close numbers:  Yay!!! I’m really close to the sub-100 glucose not-diabetic territory.  And I’m also almost under 155, which is where I need to get to be under 160 after the 5 lbs comes back once I start eating.  Sooo close – hopefully the trend continues!

Today I’m making a yummy creamy juice to help my bored palette:  Pineapple-sweet potato-orange:

1/2 pineapple

1 sweet potato

2-3 oranges

The sweet potato makes the juice a bit creamy and the whole thing tastes similar to a dreamsicle – yum!

My Juicing Stats:

Day Date Fasting BG Dec Lbs Dec
Day 12 7/11/2016 104 -36 155.8 -11.6
Day 11 7/10/2016 114 -26 157.0 -10.4
Day 10 7/9/2016 125 -15 157.4  -10
Day 9 7/8/2016 110 -30 158.2 -9.1
Day 8 7/7/2016 133 -7 158.8 -8.5
Day 7 7/6/2016 121 -18 159.2 -8.2
Day 6 7/5/2016 122 -18 159.8 -7.6
Day 5 7/4/2016 113 -27 161.2 -6.2
Day 4 7/3/2016 117 -23 161.8 -5.6
Day 3 7/2/2016 131 -9 163 -4.4
Day 2 7/1/2016 138 -2 164.6 -2.8
Day 1 6/30/2016 140 0 167.4 0
Day -1 6/29/2016 170 n/a 165.6 n/a
Day -2 6/28/2016 170 n/a 166.5 n/a
Day -3 6/27/2016 ? n/a 165.8 n/a
Day -4 6/26/2016 155 n/a 167.2 n/a
Day -5 6/25/2016 141 n/a ? n/a

Day 11: Same ol’, same ol’

Day 11

Day 11

Nothing much new – glad to see my morning glucose in the teens again and looks like I’m averaging a 1/2 lb. loss per day.

My Juicing Stats:

Day Date Fasting BG Dec Lbs Dec
Day 11 7/10/2016 114 -26 157.0 -10.4
Day 10 7/9/2016 125 -15 157.4  -10
Day 9 7/8/2016 110 -30 158.2 -9.1
Day 8 7/7/2016 133 -7 158.8 -8.5
Day 7 7/6/2016 121 -18 159.2 -8.2
Day 6 7/5/2016 122 -18 159.8 -7.6
Day 5 7/4/2016 113 -27 161.2 -6.2
Day 4 7/3/2016 117 -23 161.8 -5.6
Day 3 7/2/2016 131 -9 163 -4.4
Day 2 7/1/2016 138 -2 164.6 -2.8
Day 1 6/30/2016 140 0 167.4 0
Day -1 6/29/2016 170 n/a 165.6 n/a
Day -2 6/28/2016 170 n/a 166.5 n/a
Day -3 6/27/2016 ? n/a 165.8 n/a
Day -4 6/26/2016 155 n/a 167.2 n/a
Day -5 6/25/2016 141 n/a ? n/a
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