This piece was originally published in October of 2011. This is when my transitional journey began. The post was originally titled Juicy Juicin It…How To Change Your Life In Just 40 Days (can you say, LAME title?!)
To say that the changes which have taken place in my life-since I completed the fast- have been miraculous; this would be an understatement. I have moved past insecurities, fear, lethargy and woken up to the fact that the lifestyle I was leading and the person I was, needed to end...die...be completely over.
Was the fast entirely responsible for the subsequent changes...no...of course not. But it was a catalyst which begat additional behaviors and formation of habits to take hold and create the lifestyle I currently enjoy and person I've become.
If you are at all interested in beginning a journey like this for yourself, this article will give you the low down from personal experience along with resources which will help you a bunch as you plan your transformation!
40 Day Juice, What You Can Expect. Ready for a New Life? Perhaps.
It all started a few months ago. I was in need of a change, a jolt to be more precise. I was tired all the time, had a bad attitude, a hard time focusing and felt flabby and yucky in general. I was browsing the web looking for various diets or food programs that offered dynamic results and by that I mean a clearing of the mind as well as the body. I was really looking for a cleansing of sorts. I felt it would be appropriate as we were going from summer to fall. I thought it was the perfect time for a tune up.
During my search I ran across a site offering insights on juicing or ingesting only juices of fruits and veggies for a period of time. The feedback from people who had gone through the process was truly amazing. There were claims of weight loss, major attitude adjustments, skin clearing, and people finding the zest for life they felt they had lost long ago.
Sounded good to me! I thought: let's give it a go. This was during an evening of due diligence. I decided to start the next day. A little rushed you might say...yes, well that's a part of my charm. If I get excited about something it's a little hard for me to wait. Plus if we wait rather than taking action, we can often talk ourselves out of it with excuses.
I decided to keep a journal during the process and on day one I wrote out my goals for this undertaking…
Nothing-big right? Just a complete overhaul of my life as I knew it. You notice I didn’t say, “Lose 45 pounds and have all my wildest dreams come true.” I was very clear on the desired outcome. I was also grounded in the understanding that real change is the result of many small actions over time. Sometimes when we don’t have clarity or understanding that quick fixes don’t work, we get frustrated with no immediate results. We then often give up.
For me, I wanted this undertaking to be a catalyst to bring clarity, focus, energy, joy and excitement back into my life. In order to achieve this I needed to strip away the results of years and years of abuse I’d inflicted on my poor body. Processed foods, alcohol, fast foods, and boxed non-foods had really taken a toll in the form of foggy headedness, flabby bodiedness, overall tiredness and a negative attitude.
On day two it was my youngest daughters 13th birthday. She really wanted me to eat some of her cake & goodies and was super put out by the timing of my latest folly. I told her it would better to have a fun happy mom…she reluctantly and with much guilt throwing, agreed.
While my intentions were to go all 40 days ingesting nothing but fruit & veggie juice, that isn’t the way things rolled out. It went something like this…
Day 1-10 juice, juice & nothing but the juice. Keeping active & busy during this phase was key. The days where I was just in front of the computer were hardest. For the most part I was full, energetic & in a great mood during this phase…oh ya and I lost 12.5 lbs. & 3.5 inches.
Days 11- 22 moved on the feast phase. I really beat myself up about this, then I realized that this was the reason for the unsuccessful attempts at cleansing I had made up until this point. I was starving all of a sudden. I really thought I couldn’t keep going, then I realized that if I incorporated a salad as one meal of the day I could satisfy my hunger, experience different tastes, chew and still stay on track to cleanse and renew myself. This worked pretty well, so much so that my mind started to tell me some whoppers.
Days 23-28 Since I was doing so well on the feast why not add animal protein & organic grains (via cereal)? This was the innocent (or not so innocent) message my mind so coyly interjected. If nothing else this undertaking has really taught me how maniacal my mind can be, constantly trying to tell me stories that will keep the status quo and discouraging actions that will bring improvement. I think my mind (or ego) is really afraid of change. So during this, shall we can it…stumble, fall, repeat, phase, I had headaches, felt tired and was in a terrible mood. Yuck. Back to the feast!
Day 29-40 Juice + salad = happy Kim. I have come full circle to embrace the lifestyle change. The regiment of this program offers no room for error, no “just one bite won’t hurt” or “ it’s organic it must be good for you right?’ Well not for me, not right now. Juice & salad provides clarity for me. That is what I asked for and that is what I get. Clarity and energy and weight loss and a new lease on life! I lost a total of 17.5 lbs. and gained more than I ever could have imagined!
If you think this may be something you would like to try, here is some info you may find helpful. Please feel free to ask any questions. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
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