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Despite a multitude of temptations, I’ve made it through another day.  (Does anyone else begin to salivate at the smell of freshly microwaved popcorn in their work environment?)  Today’s morning weight was 332 lbs.  That’s down about 10 lbs from Sunday (the day before I started the blending fast).  That sounds good for just four days of juicing, until you remember a full belly is about 5 to 7 lbs and excess water retention is another 2 or 3 lbs.  So, 10 lbs is about right for four days of no chewing.  More good news:  I’ve also lost an inch on my waist – as judged by my belt.
The hardest part so far has been a severe kidney pain flair up Tuesday at work.  It was so painful I had to leave work mid-day and come home.  I drank lots of extra water (with lemon concentrate) and stayed off on Wednesday.  I was back at work today, but I feel pretty bruised inside on my right side.  Sometimes kidney stones are like a light switch and as soon as it moves from where it’s hurting you, you are suddenly pain free.  Other times, it’s like today, where it aches.  Still, that is much better than excruciating pain.
For whatever reason, this batch of “juice” isn’t nearly as acidic as some of the batches I’ve made in the past.  Sometimes, I almost get the feeling the juice is burning the lining of my mouth.  Then I have to wash it down more frequently with plain water (which I always keep handy).  It works, but it means having to “go” even more frequently.
I’ve not been hungry so far, but I have gone through the caffeine withdrawal headache phase.  The problem is when I do come off the fast I know I’ll be right back on the java.  I’m afraid it’s one of my last personal allowances and I’ll give up chocolate and salt before I give up my hot coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Well, the weekend is fast approaching and so a young man’s fancy turns to “Widow-maker” pizzas and BBQ ribs…  Just kidding.  4 down and 26 to go…  After that, who knows.  My better half is already planning the mostly meatless remainder of my life.  Keep me in your prayers.
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2014 Great Service
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
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We sometimes forget the importance of what motivates people, and it’s relationships.  You just have to care about people, and that’s something anyone can do.
   —  Dr. Monica Peek
As quoted by Mandy Oaklander
In her article: “The Diet Prescription
Time Magazine, 25 January 2016
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On This Day In:
2015 My Slow Education
2014 Great Service
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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Today is the end of day 2 of my blending fast.  Basically, I run a bunch of (mostly) vegetables through a juicer, then I take a blender to the roughage and add juice, beans, some walnuts and a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds.  The vegies were: 2 bunches of kale, 2 bunches of spinach, 2 bunches of celery, 1 red onion, a half-pound of frozen broccoli, 1 avocado and 2 large (18 inch) cucumbers.  The juices were: pineapple, apple, Naked Green Machine, Bolthouse Carrot juice and about 4 fluid ounces of lemon concentrate.  Most times, I’ll through in bananas, tomatoes and some frozen mixed fruit, but I didn’t in this batch.   I make seven 64 FL OZ bottles of blend, which tends to last me from four to six days depending on what else I mix in during the week.  Sometimes it’s just 4 oz. of lemon concentrate in 60 oz. of water.  Sometimes I’ll mix in a bottle of cranberry or one of the other “Naked” juices.
When I did my first juice fast a couple of years ago, I lasted about 10 days on “just” juice.  Then I got tired of feeling like I was wasting all the perfectly good roughage.  I also found by including the roughage I didn’t have to worry about enemas or hemorrhoids.
My longest blend fast was 21 days, which I’ve done twice.  I’ve also done a hand full of less than a week.  I’m not good at coping with more than one “big” thing at a time, so if my heart (AFib) or kidneys (stones) flare up, I pretty much drop the fast and just try to feel better.  Of course, this results in a weight yo-yoing, but it is what it is.  My goal this time is 30 days.  As this is only day 2, it feels like a long ways off, but in the grand scheme of things it’s only ’til the end of April.  So, we’ll see…
Sunday night (before I started), I weighed in at 342lbs.  My waist is 50 inches.  I am compulsive so I will weigh myself everyday.  I know I’m not supposed to, but like I said, I don’t like to fight on more than one front at the same time, so for now I’ll blend and I’ll worry about my obsessive behavior later.  I’m walking 30 – 45 minutes each day and after about a week, I plan to start adding in a bit more vigorous exercise.  (But again, one thing at a time.)
Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers (or positive thoughts).
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Today I completed day 21 of my “mostly” blending fast.  This week was tough and I “cheated” the last few days – 5 tsp of chicken curry salad on Wednesday; 1 tlbsp of  coleslaw on Thursday; and then about 1/2 cup of coleslaw on Friday; 4 wedges of garlic bread yesterday and then about 2 cups of rice with spaghetti sauce today.  So, starting tomorrow it’s back to trying harder…
I started this on 3 Jan, with snug fitting 50w pants.  They are now quite loose and my belt has dropped three notches comfortable and 1 more a bit too uncomfortable to wear all day.  This is as measured at my natural belt waist.  About two inches above that at the “love handles” level, the three notches are still comfortable, but the 4th is not comfortable.  Any way, an inch a week is not too shabby.
Because I’ve been “blending” and not juicing, my stomach has taken well to eating solid food (so far anyway).  I guess I’ll find out more tomorrow…
So, what have I learned?  Well, back in July, when I started this “commitment” to loosing weight, I lost 35lbs over 21 days.  This time, (again due to faulty scales) my best estimate is that I’ve “only” lost 20lbs in 21 days.  This means I need to learn patience and to not beat myself up as I gain a few pounds back.  I have to remember what Timothy Ferriss said in “The 4-Hour Body“, take small breaks and plan them into your diet so you’re not “failing”, it’s just part of the process.
The second thing I’ve learned is I have to stay away from TV in general and sports broadcasts in particular.  Even when I’m not hungry, being constantly bombarded by food and eating commercials is psychologically tiring.  It makes me want to eat even when I’m not hungry.  Even sitting and constantly sipping on my blend doesn’t make the cravings go away.  So, I’m going to have to minimize “commercial” TV for awhile – at least until I get somewhere closer to my goals.   Good thing there won’t be anything too interesting after the Super Bowl until March Madness.  That gives me a full month and more.
I’m feeling much better and my next step is to begin exercising as part of the process.  At the moment, the “only” exercise I’ve been getting is walking my dog for about 40-45 minutes each day.  The next step will be some light weights and some easy aerobics.  Building a bit of muscle and stamina will help me mentally and that will (hopefully) help me stay motivated.
Well, that’s my story – and I’m sticking to it…
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Today is day fifteen of my juice/blending fast.  I started on Sunday, 3 January 2016.  I’m not sure how long I’ll go or how long I can go.  I’m thinking I’m going to end up on kind of a “4-hour body” kind of thing where I “schedule” a break and use that as the “target” when I really start obsessing on food, then push into another session immediately after the one day break.
My best guess is that I’m down between 15 and 20 pounds.  My last fast was back in July 2015 and lasted 21 days and I dropped about 34-35 pounds.  Between August and December, I slowly put most of it back on.  I went from 363 to 329 “officially”.  That is, I started at 367lbs, but that was with clothes on.  Also, I didn’t have a scale at home, so that was an “at work weight”.  By the time I got a scale (at home), I was at the 363lbs in my shorts.  The 329lbs was also a “shorts” weight.
I started this round at 347lbs (shorts), so I still had 15lbs (not counting ounces) off of my July max.  Today’s weigh-in was 326lbs (shorts).  So, right around 20lbs (again, not counting ounces) off.
Yesterday was a REAL hard day because I had family over to watch the NFL playoffs and they all had food and there are just a ton of food commercials on during sports broadcasts.  Anyway, I managed to tough it out but it took three bottles of juice to do it.  I normally drink two 64 ounce bottles of juice/blend each day and another 64 ounces of water.  (And, yes, I’m constantly going to the bathroom.)
One of the big “issues” for me is the problematic use of the (our) scale and weighing-in.  My wife thought she’d be helping by buying a Weight Watchers digital scale so I could get BMI, % of fat and % of water as well as weight.  It turns out the scale is VERY unreliable.  If I move the scale, my weight varies by as much as 8lbs.  If I vary conditions by adding or removing clothing, the scale can vary up or down by as much as 4-5 pounds and frequently in the “wrong” direction.  Add clothes and I lose weight.  Remove clothes and I gain weight.  What’s worse is this is a “known” issue with these scales.  Of course, you have to read the reviews for the product before you buy it to know it’s not very accurate.  The batteries recently died.  I’m hoping new batteries will fix this issue, but I’m not holding my breath.  Anyway, live and learn…
So, I’m “cheating”.  I move the scale.  I lean forwards and back.  And then I use whatever is the lowest weight.  (That makes sense doesn’t it…  LOL)
The bottom line is I am getting smaller and I am feeling better.  I’ll try to keep everyone updated on how long I go and how much I lose.  Stay tuned…
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Yesterday, I started jogging again.  Today was day two.  As of yesterday, I am a “runner” again…  Like most things / types of activity, you can only “be” it if you “do” it.  In this case, in my case, running – or more precisely very slow jogging – which I call “slogging”.  (Not very original, I know.)  I am not timing myself yet.  I am counting the laps (around the schoolyard across the street from where I live) with my little “clicker” and my “Fitbit” says it’s about 5 miles.  I reckon it’s closer to 3 miles, but whatever, I’m back in my shoes and beatin’ feet!
I started one of my hundreds of diets back in July and lost 35 pounds by the end of August.  As of today, I am still down 20 of those.   And so the beat goes on…  I joined the “YMCA” back in September, but injured my left knee pretending to play basketball.  And by “pretend”, I mean literally pretending: I was playing by myself, missed a shot and was challenging for a rebound under the basket.  When I landed, my knee gave out (quite painfully) and I had to limp to the locker room to get my stuff and go home.  My knee cap swoll-up the size of a grapefruit and I couldn’t extend my leg straight for about a week.  The pain has mostly (now) gone but I’m still not able to push off of that leg the way I used to.  But I have been walking 40 to 60 minutes each day and I’ve now been able to begin jogging – slow but steady.
So, I am a runner again.  One day at a time.  One step at a time.  And today is day two.
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Anybody who has browsed around my blog or read my posts over the years is probably aware I’ve been struggling with weight issues for years (decades).  I am – “health wise” – clinically morbidly obese.  A little while back, I weighed in at 363 lbs and my waist is a size 50″.  Over the last forty years I’ve lost weight and gained it back (plus some) numerous times (including three strict fruit juice and vegetable broth fasts of 30 days).  In the great “yo-yoing” of dieting for life, I’ve been steadily going up and up in weight and down and down in overall health.  I currently have low cholesterol (statin based) but high triglycerides, irregular / non-persistent AFib, and I am taking blood-thinner to prevent strokes.
My mother is currently 88 years old and in very good health – no drugs at all, and still reasonably mobile for her age.  I believe if I am able to get better control of my weight, it will go a long way in getting me to a similar age.  I am currently 60 years old and am planning (hoping) to retire when I am 62- 1/2 years old.  That’s a little over 24 months away! (Yea!!)
Anyway, my wife is constantly worried about my weight and I’ve decided I’ll try to kill two birds with one stone and give her a birthday present.  I’m going to lose 30 pounds by her birthday at the end of October.  That’s right around 1.5 pounds per week, which I believe is very do-able.  So, that’s my goal.  At the moment, that’s my short term goal.  Of course my medium term goal is to keep the weight off until I retire and, hopefully, to use this as a jump-start to go beyond that to really get down to a “manageable” weight.  I don’t really know what that weight is just now, because it’s soooo far away and I really just want to make a start and then see how I get on.
Two weeks ago, I started on a combination juicing / blending diet.  I am currently completing day 14 of no solid foods and I’ve lost between 14-16 pounds.  Recognizing that the human stomach normally carries around 5 to 7 pounds of digesting food, that means I’ve lost about 7 to 10 pounds so far and 3 to 4 inches from my waist.
I am currently walking between 30 and 45 minutes per day and I “plan” to start doing a bit more exercise, but for now, it’s just the walking.  I’m currently drinking two bottles of “juice” (64 oz. each) and one bottle of water (64 oz) each day.  I’ve only had two “bad” days, so far – where I wanted to just drop the program and go gorge myself, so I think that’s pretty good.  Anytime I get hungry, I drink about 8 oz of juice.  I have three types of “juice”.  The first is actual “juiced” vegetables and fruit.  The second type is the pulp fiber from the juicing and some bottled fruit juice and water.  The third is just straight-up bottled smoothie juice from the store.
My “juice” blend is mainly kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, lemons, onions and an apple or two.  My “pulp” blend is the fiber from the juice plus pineapple juice, apple juice, cherry juice and cranberry juice.  I also throw in whole bananas since they don’t juice well at all.  I also try to add one can of beans (usually kidney beans) to the blend.  This gives me some salt and some protein.  Finally, once a week, I add a bottle of regular “V8”.  This is to change the flavor and (again) to give me a little salt.  The “smoothie” juice is usually the “Naked” brand of juices from Safeway (my local supermarket).  I usually have the “Green Machine”, Mango, “Very Berry” and Strawberry/Banana.  None of the juices or smoothies have added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  Of course, they all contain their own natural sugar content (about 1200 calories per bottle).
One observation about including the “V8”.  I’ve only done it once during these two weeks because I found the blend with it increased my water retention.  This tells me, there’s “probably” too much salt in the bottle –  for me, at this time.  I don’t use the “low sodium” version, because it frankly tastes foul.  But that’s just me…
As I said earlier, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll keep the juicing going.  For the time being, I’m dropping weight and not hungry so the only “problem” is I miss chewing and I miss the company of mealtime.  I don’t have the will-power to sit in the kitchen while the family eats, so I take my juice to my room and jump on the computer.  Obviously, this is not a sustainable lifestyle, but it seems to be working for my short-term goal.
Medium term, when I do stop the juicing, I’ll be starting back eating slowly and work to change my carnivore habits.  Ultimately, keeping the weight off will mean a sustained exercise program and more “healthy and raw” fruit and vegetables in my future.
Wish me luck and keep me in your thoughts and prayers!
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