Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reboot Days 6 &7

Well, we made it through the weekend! It wasn't easy - especially since we went to a Beer Bust fundraiser for a friend's hockey league in Minneapolis - but we did really well. We came home after and may have had a little too much veggies & dip to drown our non-bar-food-eating sorrows, but we still managed to stay on track. I've been sticking to my raspberry, blueberry, carrot and orange juice in the afternoons and nasty veggie ones at night. The end is in sight!

Weight: 146.2


Friday, September 28, 2012

Reboot Days #4 & 5

Knocking out two days with this post - nothing really new to report. I'm halfway done now which is really exciting, and I'm looking forward to eating normal (healthy) meals next week. I honestly didn't think I would make it this far, and I'm happy that I've been able to stay on track with a few small indulgences here and there. This morning I weighed in at 147 pounds - so I've lost about 5 pounds. I still really haven't found a veggie juice that I can drink without plugging my nose, but it's fine - all that matters is that I'm drinking them!

With all of the temptations that I've encountered over the past few days, one thing that's helped me stay motivated is my fitness Pinterest board. Now you obviously need to be careful on Pinterest, because it's extremely easy to get sucked in to looking at food, but it can also be a great source of inspiration. Here's a great quote that I love:


So here's to 5 more days - wahoo! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Reboot Day #3

Well, this is going to be a short post. Today was better than yesterday. Then again, I didn't have the temptation of Chipotle either. Surprisingly, the hardest part of the day is at night when I get home from work. I don't know what it is - maybe it's the fact that at work I'm at my desk all day and don't have food with me, and then when I get home I hear the Blue Bunny Moose Tracks ice cream calling me from inside the freezer...

What I do know is that I'm 1/3 of the way done, and I'm excited! I didn't think I would make it this long, so I'm very proud of myself. I'm starting to realize how crappy I've been eating, and all of the temptations I succumb to everyday. You don't realize how tempted you are by something until you can't have it.

Anyways, today I had 3 juices, lots of water, some grapes at lunch and a couple pieces of cauliflower with veggie dip (I'm telling you that veggie dip gets me through the day!).

I weighed myself today and I'm 147.8 so that's about 4 pounds I've lost since starting the fast. But that's not the only reason why I'm doing this - I also noticed that I had a little more energy than normal today.

So whoo hoo! Day 3! Here's to 7 more :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Reboot Day #2

This morning I woke up feeling pretty good. I had a very "I can totally do this!" attitude, and was ready to take on the world. Tom and I made a new juice this morning with beets and radishes, and no surprise, I hated it. It literally tasted like I was drinking dirt. I'm quickly realizing that I enjoy the fruit juices more, but unfortunately I can't fast on those alone. Sometimes I really wish I didn't have such stupid taste-buds...

Here's the beet juice recipe:
  • 3 beets
  • 13 radishes
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 4 cups of parsley
  • 1 jalapeno 
We didn't have the parsley or jalapeno


Here's photos of the more delicious fruit juice with raspberries, blueberries, oranges, and this time I added carrots:

Reboot Journal Day #2 
  • Weight: 148.8 
I'm not going to do the hour-by-hour thing today, because overall, today really sucked. I still felt kind of hazy, and to top it off we had Chipotle for staff lunch. It is extremely difficult to sit with a glass of water, juice, and some fruit while 15 others are enjoying Chipotle deliciousness. I made it through the staff meeting, but ended up sneaking 2 chips later in the afternoon which I thought was impressive because I managed to stop at only 2. I also had an apple around 3 p.m. because my tummy was rumbling.

I don't know what happened after that. We got home, and I was not feeling the whole "juice fast" thing - it was kind of like a light bulb clicking on all of a sudden. We went and got more produce, came home, and I decided that I would rather go to bed at 6:30 p.m. than drink a juice. I woke up just a 1/2 hour ago and was starving, but knew if I had a juice it was NOT going to stay down. So I had a piece of toast. I know my body's limitations, and it was either eat something of substance or feel horrible in the morning. So I ate toast. I'm going back on the juice fast thing tomorrow, but I'll tell you something - it feels like we've been on this a week and not just 2 days...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reboot Day #1

I've decided (along with my boyfriend Tom) to do a juice fast. I'm shooting for 10 days, and Tom is going for 15. Why am I doing this? I'm not happy with my health. I'm not only doing this for the weight loss, but also to feel better about myself and my health. We put so much crap into our bodies, and I think it's high time to give mine a break.

We were inspired by the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" which is about this Australian guy (Joe) who comes to the U.S. and goes on a juice fast for 60 days. Joe is 100 pounds overweight, suffers from an autoimmune disease which requires him to take a ton of steroids, and he's sick of it. The documentary chronicles his mission to regain his health and heal himself from the inside out. By the end of it, he's over 100 pounds lighter, and is completely off the steroids. Interesting concept, but scary to someone like me who doesn't eat ANY fruits/veggies. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little scared to do this - especially after tasting the "juice..."

Here. We. Go.

Tom and I went and bought a juicer Sunday night, and enough produce to get us through a few days of juices (which ends up being A LOT of food!). Here's the recipe we used - makes 2 servings -
  • 1 bunch of kale (usually 6-8 leaves)
  • 2 green apples (we ended up using Fuji apples)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ginger root (thumb size)
I'm going to be completely honest with you - I HATED this juice. It's flat out nasty, and the first one Tom made had way too much ginger in it so it also had a pleasant burning sensation as it went down your throat. I was able to choke that one down (barely), and am looking forward to trying other recipes.

Here are some tips on how to drink a juice you're not particularly fond of:
  • Don't look directly at it. It's best to focus on something else while drinking.
  • Tell yourself you're drinking apple juice (or any other juice you like). Repeat. A LOT.
  • Have a glass of water close by to chase the juice. If you're like me, you'll have to refill your water glass 3 times...
  • Plug your nose when drinking. **Note: people may laugh at you, but hey - whose the one soaking up glorious nutrients? That's right - YOU! :)

Reboot Journal Day #1 - Monday, September 24 weight: 151.6

7:30 - Tom made us absolutely delicious (please note the sarcasm) juices for breakfast and lunch. Again, I had to chase mine with water (and plug my nose), but it was better than last night's burning throat sensation. Even though he used 1/2 the amount of celery and threw in a bunch of fruit i.e. strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc. I could still taste the celery. Gross.

8:30 - I'm excited to start this thing, and think that I can really do it - hooray for being healthy! That is, until I get to work to find out someone brought in homemade oatmeal cookies. Of course this would happen on the day I decide to swear off solid food for 10 days. Stay focused Michelle - keep your eyes on the goal!

10:00 - Feeling a little tired - like I'm in a fog, and it feels like I'm running to the bathroom every 30 mins. which isn't surprising considering how much liquid I'm drinking.

11:15 - I. AM. HUNGRY. It's a sad day being hungry and realizing you have green goop for lunch...

1:00 - Finally decide I'm hungry enough to tackle the green goop

3:30 - Starting to get hunger pangs...

4:30 - So hungry my arm is starting to look delicious...

5:15 - We get home from work and I immediately make a bee-line to the fridge and pull out some cauliflower pieces and veggie dip. But (gasp!) the guy in the documentary didn't eat solid food for 60 days! Well, I am NOT that guy. Tom and I have decided that we'll stick to the juices as much as we can, and use solid fruits/veggies to stave off hunger if we need to. 

5:30 - Cub Foods run for more fruits/veggies. I'm determined to find a juice that I can actually enjoy.

6:30 - We come home and I make a DELICIOUS juice - hooray!

Berry Bonanza
  • 1 container blueberries
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 2 oranges
So there is hope for me yet! I'll post photos of the Berry juice tomorrow. Cheers! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pin to Present - Cake Batter Popcorn

Today's "Pin to Present" post is cake batter popcorn. Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds and it's super easy to make! I apologize for the photos...I really want to get a DLSR camera to better capture the deliciousness of the recipes I make. Maybe I'll get one for Christmas? **Hint hint Tom! ;)

Recipe and photo from TastyKitchen.com
Anywhoodles, back to the recipe. All you need is 5 ingredients - that's right, only 5! Plus, it takes just 5 minutes to make! So if you find yourself in a pinch to make something for a get-together/potluck, this recipe is great because it consists of basic pantry staples: yellow cake mix, popcorn seeds, white chocolate chips, vegetable shortening and sprinkles (optional).

Here's a breakdown of the recipe:
  • 1-½ cup melted white chocolate or almond bark
  • ¼ cups vegetable shortening
  • 1-1 ½ cup yellow or white cake mix
  • 6 cups popcorn (popped)
  • ¼ cups sprinkles
First, melt the white chocolate/almond bark in the microwave. I put it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds until it is fully melted. Then, stir in the vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate. I didn't have to put it back in the microwave to completely melt it but you can if you have to.



Next, add the cake mix to the almond bark/chocolate. The recipe calls for 1 – 1 ½ cups cake mix, but I would err on the lesser side - it makes the chocolate mixture super thick which in turn makes it more difficult to mix in the popcorn.

Pour the chocolate coating onto the popcorn and use your hands to toss everything together—it's waaaay easier than using a spoon, but watch out, it gets pretty messy! If you don’t get every single white chocolate cake batter clump perfectly mixed in with the popcorn, don't fret - it'll harden anyway and work out just fine.

Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheets to cool/harden. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of sprinkles.
Wait until fully hardened (if you can) and enjoy!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vintage Kitchen Tools

Since we finally have a place to decorate, we decided to hit up Stillwater this past weekend and do some antiquing. I've always been a fan of vintage kitchen tools, so I was really excited to collect some and spruce up our kitchen. This is a great and (fairly) inexpensive way to add character to your walls - plus, it's always fun giving life to old gadgets! I ended up buying an ice cream scoop, meat tenderizer, egg beater, sifter, and strainer.


Our kitchen is more of a walk-through, with no real dining space. However, we have a small section of wall (about a foot wide ) that juts out right where the living room/kitchen come together. It's the only space available to put a kitchen table (besides the living room), and is where I decided to hang the tools. I basically just eyeballed where I wanted to hang each item, but placed the bigger tools (sifter/egg beater) at opposite ends for balance.

I used the standard nail and hammer technique for the sifter and strainer, and used hemp cord to hang the ice cream scoop, meat tenderizer and egg beater.

Simply loop the hemp through the tool you want to hang and tie a knot. This will make it easier to then hang onto a nail.

Check out our new kitchen table!!!! :)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Goodwill

The best thing about Goodwill - used books! :)


Happy Saturday!