Juice fast day 9 – not so fine. I woke this morning feeling groggy with a mild headache. What gives? I didn’t feel so hot late last night, and whatever was bothering me must have followed me into this morning. It wasn’t anything big, but now that I’m used to waking up feeling like a million bucks, being groggy with a headache really stinks. Randy blames it on a forgoing the pizza reaction – whatever Randy. Like I’m some kind of pizza monster… He did say, though, that maybe something icky finally broke its way loose and was making me feel bad. Hmmm…?
Amy’s Juice Fast – Day 9
Morning check in:
- Body Fat – 14.9%
- Weight – 121.5 lbs - Lean 103.4 lbs – Fat 18.10 lbs
- BMI – 19.8
- Headaches – small one upon waking
- Sleep – Slept off and on through the night thanks to the baby
- Energy – low and groggy in the morning, feeling great again by lunch time
- Joint pain – Still no back pain or muscle aches
- Stamina – Pretty good considering feeling “off” in the morning
- Motivation – Questioning my motivation again, trying hard to stick it out until tomorrow night
- Hunger – It’s getting more manageable, tolerable until dinner time, then almost tolerable
I was more than a little hungry this morning too. Downing a few juices and getting busy helped. I needed to forget about the juice fast (only today and tomorrow left). We had a bunch of over ripe bananas, so I decided to experiment on different muffin and quick bread mixes. I made 2 batches of banana breads and 1 batch of muffins – anything to keep busy. Yes, even baking. Needless to say, I will soon be posting a really good, according to Randy, healthy whole wheat banana nut muffin with blueberries. I made a banana nut, blueberry, and strawberry bread, also according to Randy, very good – but in need of a little something. That one I will work on for later.
The baking helped me out a lot, but once I was done, I was instantly grumpy. I know there are only two days to go on this juice fast, but they are beginning to seem like the longest of days. I went straight to the garage to work out and blow off steam. My work out went well, but eventually the heat got to me. Working out in our garage at noon was more like working out in a hot oven = yuck. I came in heated, but my mood cooled off, so I consider the work out effective. It’s much easier to stick to my juice fast feeling positive.
Speaking of working out, I am still so amazed that I have NO muscle soreness, stiffness, back pinching, etc… It is unbelievable. I’ve always had to rely on yoga to loosen tight muscles and prevent/relieve any pinching in my back. Those of you who have a previous injury and continue to exercise know what I’m talking about – how careful you have to be, constantly strengthening and stretching. Like I said a couple days ago, I worked out hard coming off a 2 week break and experienced no muscle soreness or pain even 2 days later. For me, this is awesome. I will still practice yoga, but I’m never going to quit drinking the fresh vegetable juices for this reason alone!
Even after this afternoon’s cookin hot work out, again here I’m sitting feeling pretty darn good – no pain, pinching, or even fatigue for that matter. I mentioned this to Randy, and he agreed that he had the same results when exercising on his juice fast. I wonder if I have to be drinking large amounts of juice like I am now to have such a benefit, or if having a couple glasses a day with a more plant based diet be enough. I guess only time will answer that question. Maybe, I will have to post a month from now to list what benefits remain. I think I will do that…
Dinner wasn’t so bad tonight. I did not make Randy cook. I did, however, make a big chicken taco salad for dinner – the last thing on the planet I’m craving – lol! That made dinner a whole lot more tolerable. Now, I just have to make it through the rest of tonight and then tomorrow…
I wish I could say like Randy that I didn’t want my juice fast to end, but… Yeah, I want it to end, lol… There are obvious benefits I’ve gained from it. That is for sure, and I’m very thankful for. But if I was asked if I would do it again, under similar circumstances, I’d say no thanks.
A little scary juicy,
P.S. You can find the rest of the entries here… Amy’s Juice Fast Journal
P.P.S Amy started a post with some of our favorite concoctions if you’re interested… Juice Fast Recipes
P.P.P.S If you have questions about choosing produce and proper storage check out our Farmer’s Market guide. I’m going to be updating it as I go along