Fully Juiced

Success! Yesterday was day 15 of my 15 day reboot, and I have to admit, I’m pretty happy to be done. Not that it wasn’t good, but I’m ready for a bowl of beans, or maybe a piece of fish. If you’re not familiar with the reboot, the idea comes from the movie – Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The website, www.jointhereboot.com, explained three different programs to get started. I went with the Reboot Entry Program.

Our entry plan is a 15 day journey to wellness. In this plan, you can juice and blend produce as well as eat raw and cooked vegetables and fruits in any order or combination that suits your life. This program is intended for those who are brand new to eating a plant-based diet, those who have recently completed a juice fast or those who would like to participate in a Reboot, but don’t want to exclusively juice, for 5 days. In this program you can juice with eating for the entire time.

The Juice –

I bought my juicer years ago at a yard sale for about 5 bucks. It worked fine, until Day 15 when I broke the handle. I juiced, in various amounts and concoctions – carrots, celery, kale, cucumbers, apples, oranges, pears, lime, ginger, plums, beets, grapes and spinach. Believe it or not, most of it was delicious. The green juice wasn’t my favorite, but it was better than I had expected. Carrots, apples, celery and pears make a yummy drink.

The Food –

I ate all of the above, plus asparagus, olives, artichoke hearts, broccoli, bananas, zucchini, squash, onions, okra, collards, mushrooms, white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Most of the time I ate it raw, but at least one meal would be cooked. Typically I’d juice for breakfast and lunch, then eat a big salad with a baked beet, or asparagus for dinner.

What I Didn’t Have –

Caffeine, Sugar, Bread, Meat, Beans, Nuts, Cheese, Dairy, Eggs or Liquor

Eating Out

I only ate out three times. I ordered a salad and a plain baked potato with a side of salsa at O’Charleys, and the veggie plate at West Cobb Diner. Houston’s was a problem, and I finally had to go with a Caesar salad.

Cheating –

I was really, REALLY good. On day 4, I ate nuts before I realized it was on the forbidden list, and on day 12 I ate black-eyed peas because I forgot! Other than that, I didn’t stray from the diet.

How I Felt-

Week one was HARD. My head throbbed, my face broke out, and I got knots in my muscles. Seriously. I decided on day 2 that if getting off caffeine was that hard, I never wanted to drink it again. By week two, my head had stopped hurting and I actually felt great. GREAT.

I didn’t really miss anything terribly. The hardest days were watching JD eat perfectly grilled salmon, and going to a party where hot wings were prevalent. My brother had a bbq just to torture me, but as long as I had veggies, I was fine. No hard-core cravings!

The Cost –

Kittens, produce ain’t cheap. But I didn’t just think about what I was eating, I thought about what I WASN’T.  A 3 pound bag of apples was 3.29 but a bag of Doritos is close to 4! And while pears may be 2.29 a pound, steak is a lot more. I didn’t go organic, shopping mainly at Costco and Walmart, and I went for the cheaper things like apples over oranges, and celery over pears.

Exercise –

I did my usual amount of exercise, which is to say very little. The first week I didn’t feel like doing any, but after that I walked a few times and did sit-ups as the mood struck me.

The Big Reveal –

So how much did I lose? After two weeks and one day of juicing and eating veggies and fruit ONLY, I lost a total of NINE  pounds. Considering I usually diet for a week and lose .2 pounds, this is EPIC.

Now What?-

Although I started this as a way to lose some weight, now that I have 15 days under my shrinking belt, I want to keep going! Not with the whole program, but I’d like to keep eating better. I’m planning on introducing fish, eggs and beans back in the diet soon, but caffeine is no longer my friend. Sugar – who needs it? Bread, I can take it or leave it. Liquor – okay, let’s not go crazy.

Weight Watchers Wednesday

You know, I think I’ll do something different this week. Instead of concentrating on weight lost, I’m going to focus on how many pounds until my goal weight. But before I do that – here’s a couple of things of note.

1. Yummy Treat

These giant latte bars are deLISH and only 1 point (old system)/ 2 points (new system). They’re also over $4.00 dollars a box, BUT Publix has them on sale, buy 1 get 1, until Thursday. So basically, go today.

2. The other day I was looking at my stats and noticed that another blogger linked to me because of Weight Watchers Wednesdays. She ALSO does WWW, along with other useful posts, unlike certain other people we could name. Interestingly enough, she’s from Marietta and we have a mutual friend on Facebook. Stalk, much? So you might know her, it’s a small world. If you’re interested in checking out HER Wednesday posts, go to Curious Georgi.

3. ZERO point Mexican Soup Recipe

  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup tomatillo, chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 14 ounces canned Mexican-style tomatoes, Mexican-style preferred
  • 1/2 medium poblano chile
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 roasted red peppers, packed in water
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile in adobo
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Put snap beans, garlic, zucchini, tomatillos, jalapeno, diced tomatoes, green chili pepper, onion, green pepper, cumin, oregano and vegetable broth into a large soup pot.
  • 2 Puree roasted peppers with chipotle in adobo sauce in a blender or food processor, and add to soup; stir to combine.
  • 3 Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, partly covered, for about 10 minutes.
  • 4 Stir in salt, lime juice and cilantro. Serve.
  • This looks like too much work for me to actually do, but if someone would like to make it for me, I’d eat it!

    Okay, so the scale. As of today, I’m 14 pounds from my goal weight. 14  pounds until I’m strutting my stuff in a tiny bikini. Why not, Kathy Griffin did it and she’s like, fifty!

    Looking good!

    Or I might just stick to shorts.

    So, how far are you from your goal weight?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    I went to tennis this weekend and the ladies were ALL doing Weight Watchers. It’s the the coolest thing ever for the +40 crowd. One of them recommended Apple Straws by Sensible Portions.

    Yumola! And only 3 points for THIRTY-EIGHT. I love it when I can eat 38 of something and call it a diet. Available at your local Wal-Mart.

    Last week, I didn’t really want to weigh-in because I’d eaten my normal fare of Girl Scout cookies and take-out. But somehow I managed to lose TWO pounds. I lost two pounds while eating Girl Scout cookies! Please remember this next year when the Moon is selling them again.

    This week has been a roller coaster – one day it’s a single, cheese from Wendy’s with my mom, the next day it’s baked fish and asparagus. There’s a reason there’s no fast-food franchises built around fish and asparagus.

    So here I go, up on the scale. And this week’s total weight loss – plus .5!

    Awesome. I know I’ve said this before, but really, THIS is the week. The cookies are gone, and I’ve got weekend guests to entertain. What could go wrong?

    And how did you do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    Are you ready for the weigh-in? I don’t know how I’ve done, but I feel like it should be a good week. There have been NO Girl Scout cookies in my life, NO Valentine’s candy, NO wine or alcohol. Okay that last one is sad and probably unnecessary. I’ve known a lot of drunks and not one of them was fat.

    The only issue I had this week was with a salad. MP wanted to eat at Zaxby’s so I ordered the Zensation Salad. A SALAD. 22 points worth of salad. 22 out of 29 and I had already used 5 for breakfast. Great, 27 points by noon. Dinner. Was. Awesome.

    Okay, so let’s get on the scale. I’ve lost a total of…………….ZERO pounds this week! I hate this diet. I’d now like to go back in time to yesterday when my husband brought me a handful of sour cream and onion chips but instead of moving them off my plate, I will EAT THEM.

    So take that Weight Watchers. Next week should be fun.

    And how did you do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    I used to hate Mondays. Now I have TWO days to dread. Why is dieting so hard? Why don’t bananas taste better? Why aren’t sour cream and onion potato chips 35 calories? Why am I sitting here writing this and craving a milkshake?

    Can I take a moment and change the subject? I’ve been watching The Biggest Loser and I’m really aggravated. One team, FEARFUL that they’d lose the weigh-in competition, gained weight on purpose so that they could send the parents  home instead of their children. Had they just LOST weight, they could have all stayed. I’m officially Team RED now. Obviously this makes no sense to any of you who don’t watch, but the point is, it’s always easier to tell OTHER people what they need to do regarding their diet. No, the point is, FEAR of what may happen, is stupid. I don’t know, is it Thursday yet?

    Shall I get on the scale? Oh wait, here’s ANOTHER distraction.

    I found this photo of me and my brother. It was probably taken about 15 years ago. What I LOVE about it, is that my brother looks like he’s actually hugging me. Typically, he’s more of a “courtesy” hugger. If he sees you coming at him, arms wide open, he’ll allow you to move in, then he’ll give you a quick pat on your back, just one, then you need to move along. I love how sweet we look. Oh, who am I kidding? I just love that we look young and thin! I want to be thin again! If only there was a way.

    Fine, here I am, on the scale. Total weight loss this week – half a pound. ARGGGH!

    Could someone PLEASE post your everyday menu for me? I can’t get my groove going. What do YOU eat for lunch and dinner? For breakfast, I’m having regret.

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    I have three words for you – Girl. Scout. Cookies.

    Like I needed anything else to derail me. My week was so busy that I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store. Stress + junk food = me standing at the refrigerator eating icing out of the jar. It’s what I HAD.

    I think the EIGHTIES dance sent me into a little bit of a funk. Hey, it was a good time, despite my hair. I was young, my parents paid all my expenses, love was in the air. Not that I was in love, but some of the most famous couples in the world met and married during that decade.

    Madonna and Fiasco

    Luke and Laura, proving a little thing like rape can’t stop true love,

    Prince William’s parents.

    What does this have to do with Weight Watchers Wednesday? Epic Failure.

    Grand total loss this week – ZERO. So, how did you do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    Okay people, the hour is upon us. Step right up and show us what you’ve got. Or what you’ve lost.

    I think I did okay considering. We had plans to eat at La Parilla, the best Mexican restaurant EVER, and I really wanted to enjoy it. While they offer a great salad, I’m sick to death of lettuce. Besides, I’m pretty sure what makes their salad good, avocado, bacon, cheese, is the same stuff that makes me fat. So I had a plan. First, the food BEFORE the restaurant:

    Breakfast – Latte and a banana 2 points. Snack – banana 0 points, Lunch – 8 boiled shrimp 1 point, Afternoon snack – weight watchers popcorn 1 point. Whew, I was headed to eat and had only used 4 points! This was looking good cause I’d done my homework. The Weight Watchers website said medium flour tortillas are 2 points and beans are 3. So I ordered 3 tortillas and a bowl of beans, hold the cheese. 9 points and yummy!  I might have looked like a goober eating my runny bean burritos, but a SKINNIER goober.

    The next hurdle to overcome was the Super Bowl. The menu consisted of brats, coleslaw, beans, macaroni and cheese, chips, and assorted appetizers. Not a lot of low calorie options. Luckily I found the part of the Weight Watchers website that said I get 49 extra points per week. Excellent! I could use 7 a day, or all 49 at once. I went for the “all at once” option.

    By the way, I found these on sale at Publix a few weeks ago. I was starving yesterday and pulled them out of the freezer. Turns out they are 1 point each! I think they’re pretty good, and 2 make a yummy snack.

    So, the big weigh-in. Here I am, standing in my latex shorts and sports bra. LOVELY. The scale says: minus 2 pounds! Yea, me. If I squint just right, it might even say 2 and a HALF pounds. Plus, I’ve had three people this week ask if I’m losing weight, two of which mentioned my baggy britches. Obviously the size of my behind has been a great concern.

    So, how’d you do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    It’s weigh-in time, who’s first? Hello? Is this thing on? I’m beginning to think I’m in this alone. Last week my mom said she was giving up. “I just started thinking, what’s wrong with being FAT?”

    Uh…have you ever SEEN a magazine? A movie? Dancing with the Stars? Being fat is WRONG, otherwise Hollywood would have told me.

    I was also told by a friend that she is following the plan perfectly and is NOT LOSING WEIGHT. I know her well enough to know she’s not hiding Snickers under her mattress, so we’re wondering if this new point system is effective. Is there ANYONE out there doing it and losing big?  I lost zero pounds, but it’s a minor miracle I didn’t gain weight this week – I ate at Chick-fil-a AND had pizza at the birthday party. At least I think I didn’t gain weight. I bought my scale years ago and a yard sale and it looks like something Fatty Arbuckle might have owned. It could be off a pound or seven. But I’m not giving up. Pound by pound, inch by inch, this butt has got to go.

    So the Super Bowl is this weekend. What to eat? I found a website called Skinny Taste that has some low point recipes. I thought about the Skinny Artichoke or the Skinny Layered Dip, but really, the chips that go with them would be my undoing. But I think the Buffalo Wings sound good.

    Lighter Buffalo Wings
    Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
    Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 2 chicken wings • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pts
    Calories: 204 • Fat: 5.4 g • Carbs: 2.3 g • Fiber: 0.6 g

    • 3 lbs (about 18) chicken wings
    • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Franks hot sauce
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 2 tbsp oregano
    • 4 tsp paprika
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • salt and fresh pepper
    • 2 celery stalks, sliced into strips
    • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into strips
    • low fat blue cheese dressing (extra pts)

    In a large bowl combine chicken, 2 tbsp hot sauce, vinegar, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder salt and pepper. Mix well and let marinate for 30 minutes.

    Place wings on a broiler rack and broil on low, about 8 inches from the flame for about 10-12 minutes on each side. (All ovens are different so be careful not to burn and make sure it is cooked before removing)

    While chicken cooks, heat the remaining hot sauce until warm. Toss the hot sauce with the chicken and arrange on a platter. Serve with celery and carrot strips and blue cheese dressing or dipping.

    It’s only 5 points for 2 wings. That’s not bad, right?  Whatever. It’s got to be better than the celery stick I had for dinner.

    So, how did YOU do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    All right people, get on the scale! I don’t care if you dropped out last week, fell off the wagon, ate your weight in birthday cake, whatever – if I’m doing this, you can do this too.

    A couple of years ago, when I started Weight Watchers the FIRST time, I did it because I had reached my all-time highest weight. Let’s say that number was 900. It was actually higher, but that’s a nice round number so we’ll go with it. Anyway, the number was so HIGH, I just had to start dieting. And after months of watching everything I ate, I lost weight. I was skinny all of about two months. Then I gained it all back, PLUS some. Look at me, breaking my previous weight record. Whoo Hoo.

    But now, with three weeks of dieting, I’ve lost 5 pounds – meaning I am now officially BACK to 900 where I started. Yea, me. If I continue at this pace, it might actually begin to show in another six months.

    This week, I tried Mantamy’s recipe – the pumpkin pudding which was YUMMY.   You can see her recipe in the comments from last Wednesday.

    I also found some great things this week. I love Everything Bagels, and these are just 3 points!

    I paired it with the Weight Watchers cream cheese for a yummy, 4 point breakfast.

    Never mind my breath. AND I actually got in some exercise. We bought MP the Just Dance Wii game –

    and it is FUN. How fun? Well, she’s been in bed for 2 hours and JD and I just finished our dance off . I’m not saying who won, but I WAS on a traveling Line Dance team in my youth.

    Interestingly enough, I weighed 900 pounds back then too, but it was mainly in my belt buckle.

    So, how did YOU do?

    Weight Watchers Wednesday

    Welcome folks! Come on in, the scale awaits. Before we get on with this, I would really like to give one of YOU the chance to weigh in first. No? Okay, but I warn you, I really rocked it this week.

    Drum-roll, please! I lost 2.5 pounds.

    Whatever. I more than doubled what I lost last week and I didn’t have any bad meals. It wasn’t so much WHAT I ate, but how MUCH I ate. My problem is that I see those 29 points as mandatory. Would it kill me to stop at 27 one day? Do I really have to rustle around in the fridge until I find a 2 point snack just because I CAN?

    My best day was when we remembered a huge box of shrimp in the freezer. 2 ounces of boiled shrimp are only 1 point, so I ate boiled shrimp all day. Whoo Hoo. I lost weight AND money.

    Sorry Coach Houser, I didn’t manage to do any exercising because A) I hate exercise and B) I always take it as a license to eat more. But I’m thinking I might actually get off my tail and shake it for a minute or two this week.

    I apologize to everyone for that visual.

    So how did YOU do? A friend of mine told me she got discouraged this week and gave up. DON’T! If you have a bad day, just move on! Today is a fresh start. DO IT FOR YOU! Sorry, I was watching Biggest Loser and that Jillian is intense!

    Anyway, this afternoon I had a craving for something sweet, so I made the oldest Weight Watchers recipe in history – the Pineapple Angel Food Cake.

    Easiest. Recipe. Ever.

    You get one box of Angel Food cake mix and a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapples.

    Mix well. Pour into a greased cake pan.

    Cook at 350 degrees until brown. This took me about 20 minutes.

    Serve with a dollop of fat-free Cool Whip. My dollop might be a tad big. It might be twice as big as my piece of cake, but “dollop” is vague anyway, so why sweat it?

    The point value per piece is 3. It’s really simple, but YUMMY. Seriously, JD has already eaten half of the pan. My friend Matt, who likes high-falutin baking recipes that take two days to make, LOVES this cake.

    Make cake, feed half to your husband, shake your tail. That’s my wisdom for the day. Feel free to leave yours in the comments.

    Stay Encouraged!