What you need to know is that sometimes when I start shaving my legs I think, "I don't really want to do this today, why did I start? Now I have to finish." So, that only takes a few minutes, imagine 10 days drinking every single meal and the water in between!!! This has probably been one of the most challenging 9 days for me...mentally! It wasn't physically hard. The juices are good, and they fill you up and you have energy and lose weight...easy right? Yes, but every single time you walk into the kitchen there is NO NIBBLING! Not a date, or a walnut, or an apple or a cracker. It's totally mental. That's the game I've never been willing to strengthen, my mental game.
I am so very thankful that my husband did this with me, I don't know how far I would have gotten. Mike and I made a decision that we wouldn't kiss until we said, "I do." That meant, no kissing. We held hands and hugged...and that was it. It was a long 6 month engagement! :) I decided a few times that kissing probably wouldn't be a bad idea. We were engaged after all. We WOULD be married, right? Mike said, "No." I grew to love that over the 6 months. There was an element of safety in his no because I felt like I could trust him. I felt like if he wouldn't kiss me, his betrothed, he wouldn't kiss another during the course of our life together. He said it and he meant it. He also said we'll go 10 days. So, we have. Tomorrow we will actually be breaking our fast a little early. A full 10 days would be Monday morning. A few days ago I was trying to think of how I wanted to continue juicing and how I wanted to stop. I'm a little "over it." Mike and I decided that the entire family would get juice in the morning before their breakfast. Our juice will be our breakfast, but the children will have food in addition to juice. Already we've seen improvement in the way they feel. So, back to breaking the fast. I wanted to eat before I juiced again and if I was juicing Monday morning than I wouldn't be eating first. Also, I wanted to break the fast with a nice meal. So, I decided that Sunday lunch would be a great time. This way Mike and I can enjoy the meal together and wake fresh Monday ready to enjoy a juice. I have already made lunch. I must confess that I did try a spoon of it and it is DELICIOUS! We will be enjoying Acorn, Carrot, Apple Soup with gluten free crackers and "reese cups" for dessert. I am so excited! I will need to work on the meals for the rest of the week, although I did pick up one of my favorite lunches at Costco. The microwavable quinoa and brown rice. I add a few things to jazz it up, but it will be something that I can easily do and easily enjoy. I will say that if you are interested in doing something like this, the Reboot website is REALLY helpful. There are recipes and meal plans that can help you move past the reboot and into a healthier lifestyle. So, that's the plan for tomorrow and I'm thrilled!
I will say that two days this week were really rough, in the morning, until we realized what we did wrong. We had a beet juice both days and both days it made Mike and I especially, feel pretty rotten and I got a good bit of reading done in the restroom. We juiced an entire beet. I have juiced the beet and had no trouble and juiced the leaves and had no trouble, but the shoots make us sick. My children drank it, most of them. They were not bothered by it, other than the wretched taste, but they had less than we did. Julia cried and after chugging mine and wanting to gag I told her to stop. I couldn't drink much juice the rest of the day I was so afraid it would taste horrible again. I drank my snack for lunch because watermelon and blueberries sounded better than the green juice. We made it though the day alright, but whew...it was something else!
I found that I like the green juices with lemon, so in the future I'll keep those on hand. I love the peach pie, as you all know, and will serve that as dessert in the future. We'll crush ice and enjoy it! I certainly have noticed an increase in energy. I'm just not as slow, especially during the lull parts of the day, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Which is why I want to keep this up. It's strange that it feels doable. I think after doing it for 10 days, 5 times/day, once a day seems like cake! I look forward to trying new things and incorporating them into our everyday. I am going to try some beet chips and work on snacks and desserts, those are the areas that really trip me up. I can plan a healthy meal, but I top it off with Moose Tracks!!!! I'm really hoping for the best with these chocolate peanut butter cups. Also, this seems doable because I can buy this food at the grocery store. It's not crazy stuff. It's fresh. Maybe I'll figure out how to eat seasonally, but for now I'm going to get past lunch.
That's another thing I would like to work on. Sunday lunch. One of the things I learned from Marannook is that the Sabbath is that...a Sabbath. Every other day is leading up to it. We prepare every single day for our day off. I was irritated last week because I wasn't prepared and I really want to improve in that area. I want to do this like I like it! :) What I mean is, when I'm in the kitchen I want to be there with great joy. This is my life. This is my calling. Feeding these people that God has given to me. Being prepared so that I'm not strung out. I want to be a better woman. I want to be the woman that God made me to be. I look forward to the process. I know that it won't be finished until I get to Heaven, so I want to press on and enjoy this ride. Even if it means that I'm the only one in the kitchen. I do say I want peace and quiet right? Perhaps I should thank the Lord for that sweet gift to prepare my heart for Sunday. Now, I am off to read and rest my head...I've got a big day tomorrow!
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