Juice for life, YOUR LIFE!
Weight at start of juicing Feb 28th 2014: 263.8
weight today: 234.5 and dropping!
To all whom I have lost due to the fact that they and I had no knowledge of how to change our lives for the better, I raise this glass to you. May I learn from the mistakes and live better for it.
You can change your life with two glasses of pure raw juice every day, just takes fifteen minutes to prepare, two drinks. They go into the fridge and bam! you're ready for an all out assault on all that threatens to take your life or some major part of it. Short blog today, short msg, but important point: Change your life and do it for life, YOUR LIFE!
It's easy to get all the salt and carbs you could want in a pinch. There are plenty of opportunities at every street corner, never mind your own cupboard. I face every one of those temptations too and it is a battle. I am happy to say that today, six weeks in my battle is a little less strenuous, thanks to a regular daily approach to fixing my health.
So how did I get started? The answer is that I got started over a long period of time. Months. Let me explain; I have known for years that i was massively overweight. I have seen what this kind of weight can do to a person in the stroke that one friend had that left him with only half of his body functions. Another who died and yet another whose speech is a mess for life. I also have kids whom I wish to see grow up and enjoy them and their children with. So theres the motivation. But even with all of that I still wouldn't get started with real change in my life.
I had to reach the bottom. feelings of things inside my body that were not right. Tiredness that was taking over me and rendering me to every couch and chair I could relax on. And the worst for me was the program after program that seems to hit us about how to loose weight. 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, 100 day programs…drink mixes from a can, meal packages prescribed by someone who has never even seen me, and worst of all was my doctor who is a good forty pounds over weight herself telling me how to loose weight.
I gave up.
Then I saw a program about juicing. The aim was not to loose weight but rather to simply get healthy again. Cleanse out all the garbage in my system and start from the basics. It made sense to me. It clicked, as they say. That same night I ordered my Breville stainless steel juicer (because stainless steel is easy to clean and that makes it all easier). Then wit the handbook that comes with the Breville Juicer, I was off to my local grocer to stock up on leafy greens, roots and seeds and that was the beginning.
The key, for me, was to go cold turkey, deal with my demons head on. I couldn't survive with a inch in method, it had to be all or nothing. And it wasn't about weight loss, it was from the beginning about getting healthy and seeing marked measurable changes that I could reliably count on as fact.
Within a week I began to see the pounds dropping off at a rate of approx a pound a day. That was pretty motivating all by itself but even mores was the energy and clarity I was enjoying, and still am.
The way to get started is to get started. Simply put. The running and exercise began after my third week, when I was sure the food aspect was taking hold and for real, then I could ramp up the process by getting active. That was by beginning walking a kilometre a day, then two and now I am into a full kilometre walk, then a full kilometre run at 145 beats per minute and the last kilometre cool down.
I have not felt so good in twenty years.
I never set out to tell anyone how to do this. It's not my goal. Everyone is different and everyone should consult a health professional before starting and during. I share because I hope someone is inspired to get started. To seek in their own body a real and marked
All you need to feel better
One medium reg with a toasted and buttered sesame seed bagel, with lettuce, tomato and cheddar. Sometimes a honey dip or a apple cruller. That was my drive thru routine. This little gas up was usually good till I got to work and started my painting. Then, about an hour in, besides feeling sleepy I would begin to feel those nagging hunger pains. You know the ones. The kind you are probably feeling right now as you read this blog. That would mean looking forward to the next break so I could run to that place that rhymes with Jimmies and get more caffien and another snack.
This daily routine is normal for most of the office workers I used to go with back in the day and I bet it's the norm for most people. Constantly tired, constantly hungry. I couldn't imagine any other way.
Then I started on my journey into a world I had only heard of but never took seriously. The world of leafy greens, red beets, celery, pineapple, apples, roots and seeds. In short, I discovered whole raw foods, full of the complete vitamins, stacked with energy and proteins. All you really need.
In that first week I was pretty depleted. No caffein, no bread, and sleepless nights. It was rough. I knew it would improve and it did. Once I got through the cold turkey stage I was already on the road to better feelings and more energetic days.
This sounds like a commercial, I know. I'm not selling anything, not offering you anything but a first hand account of what my experience has been and how I have reached a better way of feeling and living. It's been over a month now, I don't see any way back.The mere sight of coffee and bagels makes me ill now. I recall the feelings of constant hunger and listlessness.
It's enough to say all this but when you delve deeper into what is intentionally placed into breads and cereals, and perhaps coffee (perhaps?) it's no wonder the drive thru's have become line ups of addicts. Did I say that? Yes I sure did, because I was one. I went through the withdrawal. The cold turkey, I've been down that road and never want to return.
Here, in the picture above, is my day today. Surprised? Don't be, it's packed with energy and good taste. There is:
All going into my juicer behind and then into my Mason jars. There I shall mix some chia seeds, perhaps some hemp seeds and baby you got a licked up protein vitamin packed energy stuffed day all in two bottles!
I'm loving this journey.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.