As a part of my New Year’s resolution to not only lose weight, but to also lead a healthy lifestyle, I’ll be doing a 30-day juicing reboot. This is phase one of my journey back to health and my pre-baby body. For 30 days I’ll be juicing nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables in efforts to cleanse and reprogram my body. For the next 30-days my life will be an open book. Get a recap of week 3.
Today is day 30 of my 30-day juicing reboot. I am so happy to have made it this far. Technically, I should be breaking my reboot tomorrow, but I've decided to go a bit longer. We'll talk more about that a bit later. Let's get to the recap of my experience days 19-29.
To be honest, it has all a bit of a blur. Its seems like all of the days are just going by so quickly. That's exactly what I was going for. Focusing on the each day makes the time go by much slower. Last night someone asked me what day I was on and I didn't even know.
The last week of juicing had its ups and downs. There would be times when I would be really upbeat and happy and others when I was totally over it. Of course, the times that I was over it were times when I cooked something for the family that looked yummy or when my husband would bring home some delicious-smelling takeout. Those were the times that my willpower really had to kick in. I'm so used to eating certain meals (we alway order from the great Thai joint and from a Greek restaurant) with my husband. It was definitely an adjustment for him to eat some of my favorite meals and not be able to share it with him. At one point I remembered feeling really sad. It wasn't that I was not eating that made me sad per se, it was more so that we weren't having it together. It was our weekend ritual.
This reboot as really shown me a lot about myself. I learned that a lot of my life revolves around food. Whenever I want to get out and have fun the plans always include food. That's not necessarily a bad thing. However, this reboot has made me desire other recreational activities. I don't want to always equate a good time with food. I want to be more active outside of going to the gym. I want walks or runs with friends to also be considered fun, you know?
I've also realized that I have to find new restaurants to fit my new lifestyle. I'm trying to get away from calorie-dense comfort food and find eateries that are not only delicious but also good for me.
Body Fat Be Gone
I am not sure how much I weigh, but I've lost a lot of fat. Many of the clothes I used to wear are hanging off of me. I look a mess. I've been walking around looking like a runaway slave. It's been bad. This weekend I tried on a pair of pants that were a size 8 and I can almost fit them. I can get up them, but I cannot zip them. I tried those same pant on a couple months ago and I could barely get them past my thighs. So, that's some real progress. Because I've lost so much fat, I am in need of more clothes, but since I am still losing I don't want to buy clothes that will be too small for me in a few weeks. I think I am going to hit up a thrift store to grab a couple of pieces to hold me over.
Why Am I Continuing The Reboot?
I know many people are wondering why I have decided to continue my reboot. It's been a challenge, but I don't feel like I'm done detoxing just yet. Just in case you are wondering, you can juice up to 93 days. I won't be going that long, but I am going to add another ten days or so. I've decided to go green for the last leg of the reboot to truly take advantage of the health benefits. So, I'll only be juicing green veggies and no fruits with the exception of lemons to help with the taste.
My Final Thoughts
I am much stronger than I thought. I didn't think I had enough willpower to make it this far. I have surprised myself and that makes me feel amazing. I really feel like I am developing the discipline and self-control I need for a lifestyle change. I feel empowered. I feel more confident. I feel like the old me that I thought I lost after getting married and having kids is coming back. I can't even tell you how awesome that feels. The reboot is not only detoxing and transforming my body, but its transforming my mind and my confidence.
Briana McCarthy is a digital journalist, lifestyle, beauty and culture writer, blogger, vlogger, speaker, social media strategist, and an advocate for special needs children. Check out her lifestyle and beauty blog www.themanesource.com, her health and weight loss site http://www.lisforloser.com, and follow her on Twitter @themanesource.