June 30, 2016

Weight: 250 BMI: 32.1

Total Weight Loss: 53 pounds

Goal met 🙂  Reached my 250 pounds!!

Well, I know you’ve all been waiting with great anticipation for this lol. As you can see, my face, shoulders, arms etc. have all lost mass / weight as well as some of my belly. I have still at least another 25 pounds (+/-) to lose there, but this will have to come off slower, as today I am ending my 60 day juice reboot (61 days actually).

Simply hover your mouse over the image, left and right to see the BEFORE and AFTER.

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June 26, 2016

Weight: 251 BMI: 32.23

Total Weight Loss: 52 pounds

Oh man…1 more pound to go to meet my goal!

I just want to recap what I think is probably the most important thing I learned in this journey. Previously I had the bad habit of eating something for breakfast (usually toast) and then sitting down to work. I would then work all day, having only 2 cups of coffee in the morning. I wouldn’t drink any water during the day and around 3 or 4 pm I’d start feeling hungry. I’d force myself to hold off until supper time, by which time I’d be famished and wolf down a huge meal – quickly.

I always thought that to satiate my hunger, I would need to fill up with bulk. I mean when you feel hungry and it means your stomach is empty, and needs to be re-filled. Right?

nutrition and juice rebootWhat this reboot has taught me is that what makes hunger go away is not the amount of food we eat, but rather the amount of nutrients we receive. There are times when I feel hungry even now, but when I drink a 500 ml mason jar of my mean green juice, my hunger sensation goes away. And this is mostly water….heavily fortified with all kinds of nutrients though. All of these nutrients trigger the brain in such a way as to say, “I am no longer hungry”!

I also drink at least 2 liters of water very day, on top of my 1 1/2 +/- liters of juice per day.  Water is so important and in fact, a recent study has shown that most North Americans are dehydrated and don’t even know it!

The problem with so many of the “junk” foods and “processed” foods is that they are very poor in nutrients so to get what our bodies need, we need to load up. Eating nutrient enriched foods means we need to eat less.

Junk foods juice reboot

Bottom line for me when I return to solid foods. Eat more often (i’m thinking every two hours or so) and less amounts each time.  As long as I receive the nutrients my body needs, I won’t feel hungry.

My original intent was to reach 250 pounds (I started at 303) after a 60 day reboot. I have ONE pound to go, and still 4 days left until the end of the month. So, now I am trying to decide…do I start to transition out of my juice reboot once I hit the 250 pound mark, or do I keep going until the end of the month?  If I go to the end of the month, that will actually be on Thursday and it will be 61 days (31 in May and 30 in June). If I go the 60 days, I will be ending on June 29th, which is this coming Wednesday.  See what I’m doing here?  I’m rationalizing coming off my reboot a day early lol.

Whatever I decide, I know I am very happy with the results and that I have met my goal. I admit that I am a bit nervous about returning to food and possibly returning to old, bad habits.  My resolve remains strong though and I have a great many resources to fall back on for information and support.


June 24, 2016

Weight: 253 BMI: 32.48

Total Weight Loss: 50 pounds

kale - juice rebootStill stuck at 253 pounds. 6 days left. 3 pounds to go. Can I do it?  of course I can !

On a different note, a few weeks ago I bought some kale seeds. I watched them poke their heads through in the seed trays within a week. Yesterday, I planted then=m in pots outsider (I live in a condo, so on my balcony). They look healthy – all we need now is some sunshine!  I didn’t know this, but apparently in the west part of Canada (Vancouver Island) we can grow kale and spinach almost all year round!  I’m so looking forward to having my own produce.  I’m 63 years old and this is my first vegetable garden 🙂

I’ll post more pictures throughout the summer so you too can watch my kale grow!  Pretty exciting huh?

June 23, 2016

Weight: 253 BMI: 32.48

Total Weight Loss: 50 pounds

juice reboot transitionStalled again for another day.  I’m getting excited as the end date is getting closer and closer 🙂  A week from today is my last day – July 1st is my first day of transitioning. So, this weekend I will be preparing my menu plan for the first week. I’m planning to make a batch of juices as I still want to do one or two juices a day. I plan to introduce a basic soup my first day, maybe with a few berries.  Day two maybe introduce a nice salad.

Once I have a few days under my belt (no pun intended), I want to slowly add some nuts and grains.

June 22, 2016

Weight: 253 BMI: 32.48

Total Weight Loss: 50 pounds

50 pounds weight loss juice rebootWhoo hoo!  I just lost 50 pounds 🙂 Only 3 more pounds to go (in the next 8 days) to reach my goal of weighing 250 pounds 🙂

I must admit that there were times I felt like giving up. When I first started, the first few days to a week were tough as I felt hungry quite often. One thing that helped me through this was the knowledge that we, in North America, have the “CHOICE” to eat more or eat less. Many millions of people in the word do not have that choice. Many go hungry everyday. It makes my “suffering” a little less of an issue.

Then there were the times where I would plateau and even gain a pound back. Even though I knew this was common and probably would happen, it was discouraging to see the weight go up and not down.


June 21, 2016

Weight: 255 BMI: 32.74

Total Weight Loss: 48 pounds

Could this be it?  Am I finally coming out of my latest plateau? Lost 2 more pounds since yesterday.  Only 5 more to go to reach my goal of 250 pounds – a loss of 53 pounds 🙂  I am now down 48 pounds!

paprikaI found this really cool app for my iPhone and my iPad. It’s called “Paprika Recipe Management“.  It’s worth checking out (No, I don’t make any money promoting this lol).

Some really nice features:

  1. It allows you to save recipes to your app. Even when you are on other websites (using their built-in browser). For example, you can search for a recipe on the reboot website, once it finds it you can save it to your app
  2. Once you have saved a recipe, or entered your own manually, you can generate a shopping list. Since I have this on both my iPad and iPhone, I enter my recipes on the iPad and when I go shopping I take my iPhone and have the shopping list handy (sorted by aisle).
  3. Once you have some recipes saved, you can also add them to a built-in meal planner / calendar.
  4. Oh yeah…when a recipe within the app shows a time (for example: simmer for 45 minutes), you simply click on the time and the Apple timer pops up!

Pretty cool app.