Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 1

Day 1 down only a whole lot more to go! So I have determined that the prospect of no food to eat makes me want to eat that much more. And also while beets are not terrible, they are not exactly awesome, but what is awesome is I ate my first beet (well drank it).

Here is my setup this juicer pretty much takes one entire counter when I get started and it is a little slow BUT the juice is really good. Troy poured over all the information he could find to narrow down to the Omega it is a masticating juicer which means instead of a blade chopping everything, it crushes and mashes the juice out of the fruits & veggies.

So I am starting out with a fruitier juice in the morning and then slowly working up to more veggies. This one is my breakfast jucie!

2 cups red cabbage
1 cup spinach
2 carrots
2 granny smith apples
2 pears (Asian pears taste the best)
1/2 lemon
1/2 lime
big ol' hunk of ginger

It wasn't very pretty today, usually it is a lovely magenta I think I add to much spinach.

 I also have found that I am going to have to build up to all veggie! Troy made one today that was not good, not good at all. I also found an awesome and half fix for my savory taste buds, veggie broth, I made some for "dinner", it was good!

We watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead with the kids this morning. I wanted them to understand why I was drinking juice for 30+ days so I figured that was the best way. We talked about it afterwards and tomorrow I will have some kind of nutrition lapbook for them to work on. I am also going to have them create a healthy meal menu for the rest of the week which will include juice!

Come back tomorrow because I heard Day 2 is the freaking worst and I will start tracking my weight loss.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


I am starting a juice fast. I was going to just do it and not talk about it, because if I fail no one will know, but after a massive migraine the other day I realized that talking through pain, helps me. Not that I think a juice fast will be physically painful (I hope), just really physically hard and maybe a little place to talk about it with who ever is interested in listening will lighten my emotional load.

So why am I doing this, yeah I figured that would be important to share. I watched that movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (it is streaming on Netflix right now so if you can, watch it). Troy insisted I watch it and I reluctantly agreed that is the short story of why. Here is the long, it scared me and listening to all the people he talks to who said they couldn't do it for one excuse or another, I just didn't want to be one of those overweight people that made excuses for my bad eating habits. I have serious issues with food I eat and eat I don't even think about it, it caught up with me. Diets don't work because I always want the crap food and I don't like the healthy stuff. You see this juice fast is like a reset for my body, cleansing it of all the bad stuff and only allowing good stuff, cleansing my palate in hopes that it will desire and enjoy fruits and veggies. I also need to loss all this weight that is holding me down, making it hard to be the momma I want to be and I am not being the best role model for my kids. There are a lot of health problems in my near future if I don't change, I have to change everything about food in my life. I don't know how long the fast will last, I am committed to at least 30 days but I really desire a 60 day fast. I hope to break my addiction and unhealthy attachment to food, and I hope to completely remove processed food from my life!

So I started mid-week last week with juicing, I am down to one meal and up 48oz of juice per day, tomorrow I will increase to all juice and no meals! I actually feel really confident now that I have done it for a few days, I can already feel my energy skyrocketing and I really am not hungry at all! I am going to attempt a 80/20 vegetable/fruit ratio in my juices which isn't easy but my tastes are already getting accustomed to all the healthy food! I think the only struggle I will face throughout the process is the desire to chew, it is almost like an annoying twitch or restless legs. I have found a few ways to hopefully overcome that but I will talk more about it as I start dealing with it.

Come back and see what happens when you drink juice for 30+ days, and if you think about it will you pray for me, especially when you are eating pizza or tacos! Come back tomorrow for Day 1 recap! I hope to blog everyday, this should be fun, right~! Now I am off to chew my last meal, which I will regret tomorrow!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The things I learn in our homeschool

I always thought that God was doing this for my kids, I am sure He is but I am also certain He did it for me too. I recently told someone who straddled the fence for homeschooling that I was the worst person God could have chosen to homeschool her children. I have no patients, a bad temper, poor time management skills, terrible with routine and consistency, I....could....go....onnnnnnn!

But what I am learning right now is far more important than what my children are learning. I mean they are learning but God is teaching me. You see I struggle with my motherly role have since the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. I am not that lovey dovey motherly person, I mean when their babies it is easy but as they grow I have to make myself cuddle and adore and love like I did when they were little and easy to love, with some mom's it seems effortless but for me I have to make the effort. I think partly because I am a grudge holder and when my kids are straight up bad or talk back or cause a scene in public I hold a grudge and loving them isn't easy, I do, it just isn't easy and it takes time for me to work past the grudge and want to show my love again and with 4 kids I tend to stay in a state of grudgeness all the time. I think God is teaching me to love the way He does through this experience, remember this is not exactly effortless with my children, so you can imagine the love I fail to show others (most humans in particular). But I am getting to see something very unique in them, how they learn in, from and about the world around them. In teaching Trenton to read I have began to sense when he is trying and struggling or when he is not in the mood to even try, or he is tired or getting down on himself or when he is confident. Before it came across as he is being difficult and doesn't want to learn how to read or he is just rushing through his lessons, but now I can read the subtle things he does and I can pin point the issue know when to push, discipline, comfort or encourage. I am getting to know my children and the little unique and special person that each of them is. I have always seen the uniqueness in them but I always tend to look at them and their behaviors (good or bad) and see how they are alike as opposed to how they are different unless it is to say how "none of our other children act like that". I have struggled these two years to understand their style of learning I think because it doesn't fit into one box they are unique in every way. I sometimes can't help but thank God over and over and over again for allowing me this opportunity I think how no teacher would ever see all those unique and special things about my children and in a class room with 19 other kids would have never known how they truly learn. I also thank God for allowing me to learn those very things because when I remember all those special and unique things, I can't help but love them.......effortlessly. And if my children are these special and unique little creatures created and loved by God, then every other person I encounter is too.

I still have bad days and moments, I still have no patients, a bad temper, poor time management skills, terrible with routine and consistency, and I....could....go....onnnnnnn! But I am also learning that God gives me strength in my weakness, that He is using this opportunity to refine me, that everyday I feel Him working out something in my life I have never managed on my own and in Him I am developing patients, and I am to temper, I am able to manage my time and my day with a little more routine and consistency. I struggle deeply with it but God is Awesome and on the days when I wake up with nothing to give, His strength is palpable. Imagine what God could teach us all if we chose the path less traveled, the difficult over the simple, or when we choose God instead of ourselves.