Stories of life in the suburbs with Husband and our daughter Squishy and son Button!

Friday, August 26, 2011

My First Reboot

I wanted to write a little about how I felt about each day of my first reboot. If you have no earthly clue what I'm talking about, check these posts for a little perspective...

Juice it Good
On My Own...

Day 1
I was still heavy into my prep week when I tried to do an all juice day. It went very well. I had a Purple Power juice with hidden carrots and kale that I sipped all day. I was feeling confident that I could do this Reboot. So today will mark Day 1.
Day 2
I woke up today feeling like crap. I had started to actually detox. It felt like the flu, aches and pains. Plus I was extremely tired. I didn't want to repeat this process in a week so I decided that yesterday was Day 1 and I had more juice and veggies for breakfast. I'm taking it slow, drinking a lot of water, and sleeping whenever I can.
Day 3
I felt fine this morning, made some strawberry beet ginger juice for breakfast. I've been really good about drinking hot tea right away in the morning with a big glass of water. I'm tired, I've been sleeping whenever Squishy sleeps. Water, water, water. I miss cheese. I bought a half wheel of Minnesota organic Camembert that I was saving to eat when I'm done the the Reboot, but now I have to hide it from myself in the fridge.
Day 4
I love fruits and vegetables. I love fruits and vegetables. I love fruits and vegetables. I love fruits and vegetables. Hard day today. I just want a chicken and black bean quesadilla. I want butter. When I was craving something sweet and crunchy, I grabbed a carrot. I ate three carrots. Today I learned carrots aren't chocolate.
Day 5 
Today was better. I watched the documentary that started all this again. I went to the website and read some encouraging messages from fellow Rebooters. I've been doing this for 5 days I'm not going to quit now. Let's push for a week and evaluate. I think at Day 7 I'll do a weigh in for some motivation to push through.
Day 6
First, I didn't sleep well last night. I have summer cold coming on which sucks. I really want a hot bowl of dumpling soup, bread, mashed potatoes. But I am getting used to the not having the simple comforts of cheese and carbs. I may be bitter. Maybe. But I'm almost to a whole week on the program! Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. I want cornbread.
Day 7
I have completed a whole week of this Reboot and honestly I didn't think I was going to make it this far. I'm crabby, no doubt about that. I'm also very tired. I'm really glad that it's almost over but with everything considered I don't think I'm going to make it the full 15 days. I also ate some black beans today because I just could not take the lack of protein. I think I'm going to end up using the black beans as an excuse to end early...we'll see what tomorrow brings.
Day 8
Today was my last day of Rebooting. All in all I lost some water weight, but nothing to write home about. I would keep this diet in mind if I ever run into the need of getting rid of water weight or just cleaning out my intestines. I would only follow the program for 3 to 5 days at that point.

Going in I had made some assumptions about what this was going to do to me. I have realized the following things:

  • Kale makes any juice brown but not undrinkable.
  • Organic carrots are really delicious solid or juiced.
  • Cherries are damn expensive, hard to pit, and mold easily.
  • Watermelon is worth it.
  • Cheese and bread are things I cannot live without.
  • Pair beets with ginger or it tastes like dirt.
  • I love going to the Farmer's Market.
  • I actually really enjoy starting and ending my day with a nice cup of Lemon Zinger tea.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Manifest Destiny: Baby-Style

Squishy is now in the "Move and Shaker" category. It's funny to think that we used to be able to just set her down anywhere and she'd just...stay there. For the first couple months she occupied a 1x2 foot space next to the coffee table.

Nowadays, even though I clean up all the baby things every night (almost), by the middle of the next day it looks like Hurricane Squishy has come through the apartment. I thought this place was my turf, I spent so much time, money, and effort to make it my home, and it no longer belongs to me. All 900 square feet are Squishy's domain. I do attempt to keep her in the living area or her room. However, this has been proving difficult the last few weeks since she has recently taken to stretching her legs and testing her boundaries.

When she gets the rare chances to sneak off to the master bedroom or bathroom on her own it's like going 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea!

"What's this?! New, uncharted baby territory? Mom, come quick! I've found more stuff! I shall name it: Squishyville."

She's really grasped that "can do" American spirit and her own tiny tiny version of Manifest Destiny. Let's just say the Baby Is Causing Mischief Alarm is constantly buzzing. She doesn't even mind that she can't actually fit into some of the places she's exploring (she's currently underneath a kitchen chair)...because she knows that her shrieks and gripes will make mommy come running to save her (she's stuck...brb).

The bathroom, bedroom, and laundry room doors are always closed unless someone is in there. In which case the door in question must remain open so Squishy can perfrom her duties as The Baby Inspector. If she knows you're in the bathroom and you God Forbid close the door for a little privacy, she will sit outside that door and wail until you open it and apologize for your agregious actions.

And with that, I'm afraid The Baby Inspector herself is about to seize the computer from me. More latlaksjdlkjdkh;adsjfghfkjadgiuwEF'qnmd,vsdlfkawriogrwgng.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Juice It Good

So I'm gonna try something for the next couple weeks. 

Apprehensive? Yeah, me too. 

After watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (I love you, Netflix Instant Queue!) I decided I wanted to try doing a Reboot

This plan will consume my life for 15 days (maybe more):
  • Fruits and vegetables only!
  • No beans, nuts, seeds, or dairy.
  • No animal product of any kind.
  • Juicing fruits and veggies to replace at least one meal a day.
  • Lots of water and herbal tea.
I've been doing okay with my healthy eating and working out. I have been looking for inspiration and motivation on the internet. Not that I don't think my friends and family would be supportive, I didn't want to tell my family or friends about my goals because I didn't want the added pressure. I think that if everyone knew I was trying to lose weight every time I ate in front of them I would be scrutinized for it.  I've been having productive conversations with my dad about healthy choices since he's been training for a hiking trip. He loves my kale chips.

Back to the Reboot. 

I will be doing a prep week to try different juice recipes. During that time I will also attempt to cut back on things that are healthy that I will ultimately have to give up for the duration of my Reboot: Cheese, beans, and nuts. 

What I'm expecting to get out of this:
  • A lot of hunger
  • Feeling gross in the first few days
  • Water weight loss
  • Healthier eating habits 
Hopefully when all this is over I'll be a bit slimmer, and I'll be more conscious about eating fruits and vegetables. It's like being thrown into total immersion to learn a language...You're bound to pick something up. 

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

On My Own, Pretending He's Beside Me

This is turning into more of a challenge than I thought it would be. I never expected Husband to follow me blindly with my weight loss goals or healthy eating habits. I can't train a man how to eat, he's been eating that way his whole life. I can't guilt him into eating vegetables, he won't go near them. So how do I avoid temptation in my own home? I can't. It's everywhere. I'm not asking Husband to change, he is who he is. But I no longer feel comfortable buying foods I think are unhealthy.

Husband brought with him to our marriage, among other things, the Pizza Night tradition. Along with his bad education about what foods are good or bad, his extreme picky-ness, a candy/chocolate addiction, lack of enthusiasm toward vegetables except mashed potatoes, and our opposite eating habits, I had my work cut out for me when I decided that it was time to get rid of some baby weight. 

Husband: "You look fine, you're not fat."
Me: "I'm not looking for your opinion, dear. This is how I feel. I'm doing this for me."

I'm not one to bash tradition, so I went along with the Pizza Night. I like pizza, and it's a night I don't have to cook. Well, Pizza Night (every Friday) has become my gateway drug to making bad choices all weekend. I have made the decision to not part take in Pizza Night anymore.

Husband won't give up Pizza Night, saying it's one of his rights after a long week. Even if I offer to make dinner, he still wants his pizza and giant cookie. He has shown support, in his way, toward me and my healthy choices, but he won't go so far as to give something up that he likes to support me.  

I also don't like Husband's candy addiction. I don't want to enable this behavior, so I told him that I won't be buying candy at the store any more. I told him that I don't care what he eats. If he "needs" candy everyday like he says he does, he is responsible for purchasing his own treats. It would be appropriate to categorize his reaction as a "Hissy Fit". His argument was the time he spent at the store buying candy was taking time away from being with his family.  

I love Husband, but let's face it: I'm pretty much doing this on my own. I've taken to the internet in search of different ideas for getting healthy. Stay tuned...