Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Challenge

How long can one not post to a blog but still remain relevant?

Hello, my name is Lynette, and I have not posted to this blog in (checks back) 10 months. Wow.

What is new in that time? I got a promotion at work (yay!) went on my first cruise ever (yay2) and am finishing up yet another semester teaching my night class (yay3). I also pulled off my own surprise birthday party Taco Night (surprise to me - I thought we were just having friends over). Life is always good.

In all, I think this year has been amazing. I have seen so many new things, had new experiences - I love Snuba and snorkeling (who knew?).

On the juice-fast front - I have not juice fasted since last time. :( Yet I am holding to my after-fast weight :). BooYah.  A short juice cleanse is in the planning.

On to the good stuff. I decided to get into this whole fitness-tracker thing. I have gotten lazy (totally have not been to yoga in a longer than I'd like to admit). So I bought this Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress band and am tracking my activity level, heart rate, sleep paterns, steps, calories burned...habits both good and bad.

The irony is that I was afforded this purchase thanks to giftcards from my Taco-Night partygoers. I got it last Thursday and have been wearing it since. I think I kinda am obsessed.

I synced it like 10 times the first day to log and chart the activities I was doing (lots of not much), and my sleep (many REM breaks it seems). It is cool, but I have to see how it really is useful for me.

As far as the challenge, I have it set now for a few habits. I want to get 2000 steps in before noon, go for a short walk in the evening, and make sure I move every hour (I work at a desk in a cubical farm). It is also giving me points for wearing it 20 hours a day (it was 12, but I want to make sure I am wearing it as much as I can). So far, so good.

I recognize now that I have the very visable data, that I have taken a walk every morning. I have walked to the pharmacy instead of getting in the car. I have gone for a walk around the block before bed to get in the added points. I have met all my short-term goals thus far. I have seen that I sleep like crap if I eat too close to bedtime.  I see that one drink sends me into deep sleep 10 minutes after I get in bed, but that is the only deep sleep I get all night (an hour).

I'm going to think about this process in writing again here. Getting active is my next level. The Hubs has been going to yoga 5 days a week for the past few months and is looking all svelt. Time for me to kick it up a notch too.

What do you do to get more activity in your life?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

So how am I doing 3 years later?

Well, some recent comments on old posts led me to believe an update is needed.  I'm alive and very well.

svelte, or at least approaching it for me

That's me, last October. I'm around near what I was after my fast... Well, maybe like 7 lbs less. From my heaviest I'm down a total of 65lbs. I am a lot happier today than I was 3 years back. 

This summer has been super. We started off with our Memorial Day BBQ with 75 of our nearest and dearest. I made a drunk rainbow baby* Jell-O shot cake, 

*no actual babies were harmed in this process.

And he was delish! He may have taken a few hours to make, but with 3 cups of whipped cream vodka inside, he'll about knock you on the rear.  I only had one bit, but my other guests (and one sneaky dog) enjoyed him immensely. 

I'm planning a fall cruise and hoping to drop another 20 or 30 lbs before October, so expect some juicing days posted soon. Much love, Lynette 

A few days ago, in the car, on the way to a b'day party

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2.23 - Life and everything around it

So, it's been a few days. I have had trouble sticking to pure juice days of late. I was doing okay until this past weekend when I hung out with some friends and made burgers and chicken on the grill.  I had half a burger and there went Sunday (I was home all day and was too lazy to juice more than breakfast!).

So what has these 60 days become for me? It certainly is not the strict fast I did last time, far from the days of juice and water. I am still juicing 2x a day and having a meal. I guess that is better than doing nothing. I am angry with myself for not sticking to it 100%, but have learned to forgive myself because anger is a worthless emotion, especially self-anger.

On the brighter, juicier side, I give you Spinach Red Swiss Chard Apple Romaine:

Ick, I know. The blood-red layer is cool, but the green looks all swampy.  It tastes heavily vegetable.

When you shake it, it blends again into a dark green muck. It is not a bad flavor, but it is something very green. You can almost taste the nutrients and all those great vitamins.

I forgot to take a pic of the breakfast juice that day: Carrot Ginger Pineapple + Nutmeg and Cinnamon. I tried to take the flavors of a carrot cake and make a juice. It was good (in my opinion) though my sister hated the nutmeg and cinnamon.  I think it added interest and spice to something sweet. I want to experiment more with taking my spice cabinet to the juicer.

I also made another bloody-looking juice for dinner yesterday that had my class looking at me strangely: Beet Spinach Carrot Apple

It was thick and brown-red, and to tell the truth, I felt like a vampire drinking it as it was so deeply red-brown. I was afraid I'd smile and have it all over my teeth! I guess it didn't help that I was listening to a contemporary para-romance in the car on the way to class. Molly Harper's Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, Book 1) series, I'm on Nice Girls Don't Live Forever (Jane Jameson, Book 3), keeps me entertained when I am juicing because the heroine, a funny new vampire, does not eat solid food and laments the smell of food and taste of it too.  It is funny if you like that sort of fiction and I have listened to them all on audiobook maybe 3 times now, and it is still funny. I have a huge fan-girl crush on Ms Harper's wit and like to imagine we'd hit it off in real life.

I digress... I leave you with this graphic about spices for your body:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

2.16 - Success and not so much

I haven't blogged in several days, due to the trip and my catch-up Monday (seriously email and teaching overload). The bright sunshine outside and more than mild weather is part of a happiness cocktail, and I'm drinking deep today.

To fill in the success (and not) of the weekend - I juiced eery morning (YAY) and ate mostly veggies and fish (YAY) but there was instances of ice cream and buffalo wings.  I also may have had a beer or 10 over 4 days. Caught up in Ocean City beauty and eating out, I made some choices and they were delicious if not ideal.  Living is not easy sometimes.

Yesterday and today I am back on the juice. I ran out the door yesterday with a liquid-salad concoction ala my sister (thanks) and an almond milk + Green Vibrance powder (freeze-dried and powdered greens). Mint shake it was not, but it was filling.

Other than this, I left my teaching job hungry as heck. I came home and ate a whole bowl of edamame. Totally not part of my juice day, but there you have it. I get home after 8pm on Monday and Wednesday, so it was not ideal to break the juice. Today, however, I am a woman on a mission.

I started the day with the always pretty pineapple strawberry juice, and have another liquid salad on deck for this evening.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2.10 - Doin' the (honey)Dew

Day 10! Last day of juice before the break. So far I am down 9 lbs. I know a lot of this is water weight and lack-o-stuff in my digestive tract, so I expect to go up over the weekend at least 2 lbs. If I add fish, I may be up 4 lbs.  Who's counting that when I feel good? (secret? It's me.)

Today my iPhone could not capture the color of this juice - pure straight Honeydew melon.  I tried different lights, nothing was quite right. Here it is:

Now isn't that a cool-looking drink?  I know there are different schools of thought about juicing melons, and for this one I fall into the juice it alone camp. It does something to my digestion, let's leave it at that.  It also has a nice mild flavor that would be hidden by another juice. 

I added some young coconut water because I was making 3 pints for my sister and Hubs, but one melon (without the rind because it was not ideal) made almost 3 pints. The coconut water is only to fill the pints to the brim and keep the air out to prevent oxidation.

I wanted to share the below image of what the juice looked like in person. I lit it up because it really looks like this in person and tastes like this as well. It occurred to me, suddenly, that Mountain Dew looks like this and then is it supposed to be honeydew flavor soda? In my limited experience "doin' the Dew" - I think not.  In fact, I would much rather drink this liquid neon green madness than the bottle poison marketed to us. Let us forever more do this (honey)dew!