Starting weight: 164.4
Ending weight: 154 ish
I don't feel like the pictures did a very good job at showing much of a difference, maybe that's why people take those types of pictures with less clothes. Oh well! The other number that I'd like to share, but don't have available, is the cost. We borrowed the juicer, which saved us $300.00. We borrowed the high-end Breville and it was certainly key in our being able to complete this little adventure. The trips to the store were every 2-3 days at probably $40-$60.00/ trip. That's after the initial trip where we bought all organic and spent $120.00. Why would I say that? To let you know that this isn't something we want to go back on. We wouldn't mind doing a 3 day fast in the future for a reboot, but we don't want to put ourselves in this way again. We want this to be the starting point, not the end only to have to come back and do it again. We will juice every morning, the children as well, and perhaps we'll juice another meal at random points, maybe the weekend. I think the greatest advantage of completing this is just that: completing it. I said no to Mom's homemade cookies today (although she did break off a piece and put it in my mouth...yum) and just plain do not want to overeat. I've got most of our meals for the week planned, including snacks. I'm finding my way in this, and hope that I'm on the way to a healthy body that can serve the Lord for a long time. If you are considering this I would say that you should find an awesome juicer and a buddy. Like most things, this will be easier with someone who knows what you are doing and wants you to succeed. I had my husband and my best friend. (Note, my husband is my best friend, but also my best friend Kelli is juicing) I also think you need a goal. Not a weight loss goal, per se, but a finish goal. Decide (ahead of time) how long you are going to juice and what you are going to do next. Knowing when you finish and what you have to look forward to are key in being able to press on. Then, do it. Make your mind up ahead of time and just juice it! Below are a few pictures, some pertaining to juice, and others to what I was doing while juicing!
Caroline was not cleaning the bathroom, but her sister was! I love that my children are old enough to help with these tasks, and they are pretty good at it!
For math this year we are switching gears. Time Life put out some math books that we are using and this was a game we made up based on one of the "lessons" from the book. It's a rendition of ski ball only the bags are marked $.25, $.50, $.75, and $1.00 so they had to keep score with money rather than points. This is for my girls, Anson uses Saxon.
Here's Jules hoping for $1.00 because I said I might give them the amount they scored. At the sound of this, Anson wanted to play rather than watch!
This is my Ella. She's in 1st grade! When I see my house in pictures I get overwhelmed. There is stuff EVERYWHERE! She's in the kitchen/laundry room. :)
This was a cool and rainy day, so I said yes to hot chocolate and marshmallows. Remember...I'm sipping on juice while they are sipping on hot chocolate!
I caught this sweet picture. My Caroline LOVES books. I think most 2 year olds do, but mine especially. :)
After Julia scored over $7.00 I told them they could keep $2.00 of their earnings. Only putting myself out $6.00...which is bad math on my part! They all bought altoids with their "earnings" mostly because they love the tins they come in. The large tins are perfect for Legos.
Alright, back to the fast. This is lunch today. My other girls wanted to stay with my Mom for another round of church, so it was a smaller celebration.
This is the Acorn, Apple, Carrot soup and a simple spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts and a balsamic vinegar dressing. I'll eat the soup a few times this week for lunch.
This was dessert. It TOTALLY handled my sweet tooth. Everyone agreed. These are simple and most people have everything you need right in your pantry. All I needed to purchase was the coconut oil, which was on my list anyway. Alright, below are my befores and afters. I put the skirt on, but didn't want to change my shirt, can you tell a difference? It's OK if you can't. I can see a small difference here, but a bigger difference in how I feel and how my clothes feel on me. Also, I should have shut some doors...good grief! I'm such an amateur a this whole picture blog thing. So, now you know what's lurking behind all the doors.
YAY for Team Wessner! We started and finished and will continue this healthy habit daily. Here are a few things that I will take away:
1. It isn't impossible to say, "No."
2. There will always be a chance to eat, for instance at the shower, I'll get to eat that food some other time. I didn't HAVE to eat it then.
3. I should not eat until I'm sitting at the table. No snacking while making meals.
4. My husband is the BEST!
5. The Lord may come get me whenever He wants, but I want to be able to say that I tried my best to take care of the things He gave me. My body and my family being the biggest things.
6. Trying something new feels good. Learning how to do something helps me remember what it's like and be kinder to my children as they learn.
7. Fasting is extremely beneficial and needs to be exercised more often in my Spiritual life.
I'm sure there are more things, but I'll leave you with that for now. Thank you so much for checking in. Blogging this experience helped me to stay focused and in a way it was a source of accountability. I didn't want to post the "I just couldn't do it" story. Because, I could...and I did. Now, tomorrow, I'll try again. My motivation will be to depend on Jesus, not food to make me content and to serve the Lord no matter what I do. So, I'll keep you posted! Have a wonderful week!