Jeans: Part 2

Jeans0502013Back in February, I told you that I was hoping to be able to wear some of my smaller jeans soon. Well, I’ve been able to wear them for a few weeks now, so, I pulled out another pair I haven’t worn in a while.

I bought this pair at the same time as the other one (same brand) and they are technically the same size… but not the same fit. The ones I can wear now have a bit more room in the backside and the waist is slightly higher. The roomier ones were my comfortable jeans when I hit goal with WW back in 2010. I didn’t wear the smaller ones very often because they were tighter, but I could wear them. I tried that pair on today and I can get them all the way up (I have hips so this is a big deal), I just can’t button them yet (close though).

After these, I have my really expensive pair, which I haven’t even looked at… and my smaller slacks, shorts…etc. I’m just thankful I can still wear my most of my workout clothes!

I haven’t thought about stepping on the scale (until just now), but why should I when I’m shrinking back into clothes of the past?

There are days when I grow impatient with the process. I would love to drop sizes much more quickly. However, I have never felt this good while shrinking. I think I’ll just stick with this journey and see where it takes me. The Lord is teaching me so much, the most important is to rely on Him for the results.

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365 Raw: Day 100 with “TKD”

brown beltYes, it is day 100!!! I’m quite shocked to have made it this far on raw fruits and veggies. It seems rather appropriate that I would reach 100 days on the day that I test to move into the “advanced belt” stage of my tae kwon do journey.

At this point, our belt certificates become a lot more ornate and are from Korea. More is also expected of us. Two of my kids are already on Brown Sr (I’m brown), and in three months (when they are scheduled to test for red) they’ll likely get to place their black belts on the wall in anticipation of “the big one”. During last night’s test, the husband said I looked a lot lighter on my feet. I felt a lot lighter too. I also didn’t get winded. Sure, I was breathing heavier (especially during sparring), but that would subside as soon as we stopped moving. Oh and it was really warm in there, but I didn’t overheat. It was like my body’s natural cooling system actually worked. This is a great thing, especially when wearing the uniform (with a t-shirt under) AND a hogu (chest protection). You can get pretty toasty with all of that on.

Since I’m now 100 days in, I don’t think I’m going to post what I eat each day for a bit. It’s basically the same thing every day, which is rather boring to re-post. If I eat something out of the ordinary, I’ll probably talk about that, but food really isn’t a focus of my day anymore. I get hungry, I eat fruit or veg. It’s really quite simple. I’m also not going to re-post my original symptom list any longer so if you want to see that, you can go to posts prior to 100 days.

Today’s Bible Reading: Judges 21, Ruth 1-4, 1 Samuel 1

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365 Raw: Day 99 with “Calm”

One of the biggest changes since eating raw has been how calm I am most of the time. This doesn’t mean that I never get emotional, I do, but it seems to take a lot more to rile me. I know this isn’t entirely diet related, but it certainly helps not to have toxins pumping through my body throwing things off. It’s interesting to me that along with the calm, comes a stronger awareness of when God is speaking to my heart. It’s as though much of the “white noise” has been turned off in my head.

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What I read: Judges 17-20

What I ate:

  • 6 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 17 oz strawberries, 34 ml wheatgrass juice, 8 oranges juiced, a couple of Kale chips, 1 pickle, apple juice

What I did: co-op all morning

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 99:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Days 91-97 with “Travel”

Yes, I probably could have found a moment to write over these past few days, but I was enjoying time with family out of town and decided that was more important than some blog posts on raw food. Staying raw while in Texas wasn’t too difficult. There were times when I wanted to feel “normal” and blend in, but that wouldn’t accomplish my goal of being raw for 365 days. The most challenging part was all the hours I spent at the airport and eventually on a plane last night. There were issues with the first plane so it was delayed, but my flight was so late that much of the terminal I was in was closed or closing. I had taken 1 banana in my backpack and I was able to buy a bottle of water while I waited. That was it, until the plane was finally airborne and I decided to request an apple juice to sustain me until the drive home about five and a half hours later (the Husband brought me some food in the van). I thought one banana would be plenty because I didn’t eat anything on the flight to Texas. Arriving home in the wee hours of the morning wasn’t much fun.

I did have a good time while in Texas though. I figure if I can stay raw surrounded by funnel cakes, corn dogs, and other such “fair” food, then I could probably eat raw anywhere. My family was very supportive, so that was helpful. My mom and I carted fruit pretty much every where we went. While she isn’t raw, or even vegan, she did eat raw much of the time I was there.

Well, I’m back to my regularly scheduled programming, but I won’t return to normal 365 raw posts until tomorrow. I will hit 100 days this week, which is pretty exciting. In the meantime, I’m going to attempt to get some rest and prepare for another trip to the dentist to finish this root canal on Friday… eeekkk!

If you’re wondering about The Journey for April, I’ll have to post that tomorrow too.

365 Raw: Day 87 with “Castaway”

Yesterday’s crying on the floor of my bathroom wishing for death wasn’t a good place to be. Last night was rough. We have multiple pair of figure skates in this house, so you know something is seriously wrong when you start thinking Chuck Nolton’s (Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway) solution to tooth pain begins to sound reasonable.

castaway-5toothMy dentist was out of the office today so the Husband got me an appointment at an emergency dental clinic. Ugh. After some x-rays and “tooth tapping”, I needed a root canal. I really didn’t want to do the root canal, but I was so sick of being in pain.  Not long after the drilling began, the doctor noticed a fracture in my tooth. I’ve suspected my tooth was cracked for a long time, but the other two dentists I’ve mentioned it to blew it off. She said that more than likely the fracture is what’s been causing me the most pain all these years (about six years) and now it’s badly infected. Lots of dollars, Novocaine (it wears off on me super quick), and drilling later, I’m home without part of my tooth (she removed it to see how deep the fracture went) and some antibiotics. I am not excited about taking antibiotics, but by the time I got to the dentist I had a fever and chills. We’re not finished with this whole process, but I’m hoping that the pain part is over. I think I was ready to resort to whatever it took to make the pain stop… yes, even by enlisting the help of my daughter’s figure skates. On the plus side, at least I haven’t started talking to volleyballs yet 😉

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What I read: Joshua 9-15

What I ate:

  • 5 bananas, 4 oz Kale, 4 oz spinach, 34ml wheat grass juice, 17 oz strawberries, 13 oranges juiced, 6 oz apple juice, 6 oz coconut water

What I did: spent a good part of the day at the dentist’s office

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 87:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 84 with “Pull”

dog-pulling-leashI’m noticing that the pull of cooked food is less and less as the days pass by. I remember watching a YouTube video of Michael Arnstein, that made me think if I could just make it to 90 days then perhaps the “pull” would lessen. A few short days from that mark, I would say it is absolutely true. The standard American fare is so addicting, it’s no wonder that people keep going back to poor eating habits. The only way to break addictive behavior is to stop feeding that addiction. I think the other draw to SAD food is that we are nutritionally starved in general. Because our bodies believe we are starving, we crave calorie dense foods all the more. And so the cycle continues.

For the most part, I don’t really care what others are eating around me anymore. Eating is no longer the “event” it used to be for me. It’s also no longer one of the things I use to “drown” my sorrows, emotions, or stress. Even television is losing it’s luster. Yes, I watch, but I can get up and leave in the middle of a show, not caring one bit how it ends. I’ve been in much prayer about my television consumption over the years, and I really believe there was a strong link between my former diet and TV.

I was so discouraged a few days ago because I felt like my size had stalled these last couple of weeks. The Husband told me that I needed to trust the process. This led me to think about the positive things that are changing. The diminished pull of SAD foods was one of those things that encouraged me in that moment. I’m not doing this to lose weight, although I hope that will be a positive side effect. I am hopeful that healing will continue to come to my mind, body, and spirit through this journey.

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What I read: Psalm 91; Joshua 1-4

What I ate:

  • 5 oranges, 5 bananas, kale chips, 16 oz fresh OJ, sweet potato “chips”, pickles, AJ

What I did: walked around a mall

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 84:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 83 with “Cues”

listenI feel like I’ve been forcing myself to eat some days. It is quite difficult to find the fine line between calorie restriction and calorie forcing. After watching a couple of videos by Megan Elizabeth yesterday and reading an article by Don Bennett, I really feel I need to just “let it be”. I don’t think I’m gaining weight, but it does seem like the weight loss has stopped (or has ridiculously slowed). I keep reading that people who eat this way should drop weight rather quickly, although I know it is different for everyone. Initially I thought that I should take the advice given on 30BaD and up my calories again (which I did by adding to my morning smoothie). I’ve actually felt heavier the last few days. After doing some more research, and listening to other successful raw foodists, I think it is flawed to make a blanketed statement that all women should be eating 2,500+ calories every day, regardless of activity level. I also think it is flawed to eat for a calorie deficit every day. So, where is the happy medium? We need to eat what our body requires, nothing more, nothing less. I believe I should be listening more closely to what my body is saying instead of worrying that I’m restricting or forcing. I’m not in the beginning stages of raw where you have to make yourself eat a higher volume of food just to get in enough calories, so I should be able to listen to my body’s cues… at least I hope so. I’m considering tracking calories for one week just to see if staying within Dr. Bennett’s calorie recommendations will make a difference (he also recommends 80/10/10). Additionally, I’m considering not “drinking” my food for the next week. It is so easy to push in more food in liquid form. Of course, the temptation to weigh is enormous. I’m going to discuss the possibility of a “blind” weigh in with God and the Husband. Basically, all I want to know is if changing things up this way makes a difference… but I don’t want to step on the scale if it is going to hinder the journey I’m on.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 25-34

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries, 34ml of wheat grass juice)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – 1 banana, pickles
  • PM Snack – Apple juice

What I did: 1 hour TKD class

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 83:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth