Monday, January 27, 2014

Juicing….it is for me?

I recently watched this movie: 

It's a documentary made by and starring Joe Cross, an Australian fellow who was overweight, and had an autoimmune skin condition that he was taking multiple medications for in order to try to keep it under control. He wasn't well and decided to make a change. He went on a juice fast for 60 days in order to detox, reboot, lose weight and try to get off the medication he was taking. It worked..amazingly so. His weight loss was astounding, by the end of the 60 days I believe he was at about 80lbs. He continued to eat well once he was done the fast and his total weight loss is about 100lbs. He also got completely off his medications and has had no flair ups. Seriously motivating stuff.

You can learn more about the movie here.

This is the movie trailer:

In my last blog post I mentioned how I was having trouble getting motivated to change up my eating habits and get more exercise, this movie was the push I needed. Right now I'm in the prep stage. I think if I went cold turkey into juicing the detox would be a lot tougher. Right now I'm trying to up my water intake along with adding in more fruits and veggies. One thing I've really noticed when I eat processed foods and too many carbs is that my face gets very red and bumpy, and if I'm really bad than I get those same bumps on my body too. Super attractive… Foundation becomes my best friend, and winter clothes are awesome. 
Other than being nervous about going completely off of eating and only drinking juice my only other real concern is food costs. You need a lot of fruits and veggies and I'm trying to maintain a pretty tight budget here. I have started really looking for more cost effective options and I'm lucky to have a farmers market just down the road. The other big cost of course is the juicer itself. Wal Mart has some good options which I've found in my online searches and I'll be checking them out in store this week.
This will be a big change and there is no doubt it is going to be difficult but I really feel like 2014 is my year and there is no better time to do it.

If you're interested in joining me and would like a little more information:
There are lots of great recipes and diet plans here.
And the YouTube channel is great, you can find it here.
I also recommend watching the movie, I watched it on Netflix but it's also online.

I would love to hear from you if you have any experience with juicing or if you would like to do this with me (the more the merrier!). 
Please leave a comment in the section below.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Looooong overdue post and some tunes

 I can't believe my last post was Oct 30th, 2013….that's two and a half months! I just wasn't feeling the blogging motivation through November and then was completely caught up in the holidays in December and January and the last couple of weeks I have been going crazy with lists and getting everything back in order. My house is slowly getting to where I want it to be. I've done the big things like completely going through everything in my walk in closet (that was a huge job), cleaning out my pantry (another big job) and about one million other things. I get a little high every time I cross something off my list…such a first born.
 I have two main lists going that don't include things like groceries etc….my monthly list that has things I want to get accomplished in the month of January for example, as well as a regular to do list. The monthly list has big things (steam clean carpets - done!, learn to use Photoshop Elements..etc..) and the regular list is really long and I have been attacking both with great relish. I'm feeling very good and very accomplished these days.
 I've been committed to making bread every Monday which is quite a bit of work but is just so much better than buying bread in the store, plus the house smells amazing. I've also been doing lots of other baking for Chris and the kids lunches…muffins, breads, cookies etc.. This is great for the lunches but the major downfall is then I eat it too. Not good for the waistline whatsoever. The holidays were rough, lots of eating and drinking and general merriment to the tune of a nine pound weight gain. Granted, I weighed myself after a big meal and just before bed so it was a "heavy" time and my next weigh in was down three pounds. Still…that's a six pound gain. That's a lot. I just can't seem to get myself on the weight loss train. Everything else I'm 100% motivated on but curbing the eating and serious cardio?? Not so much.  I'm hoping it will know…all on it's on…I'll just magically want to eat salad and run 5K every day…. yeah….I'll keep you posted on how that works out…
 So that's a little update on how I've been doing and feeling the last little while. I thought I'd share some of my current playlist with you as well, it's always easier to work on crossing those things off the old to do list with some good tunes playing in the background. Here's what I'm loving:

                                    Yin Yang by USS - probably my favourite at the moment.

Rude by Magic - so stuck in my head right now!

Timber by Pitbull (feat. Kesha) - this song just makes me want to dance

How I Feel by Flo Rida - Flo Rida can always be counted on for a good ear worm

Adore You by Miley Cyrus - This song slows it down a little and I love it.

Those are my tops favourites of the moment, hope you enjoy!

What are you trying to improve on in 2014? Any goals you're hoping to meet? Please share in the comments section below.