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Motivation Monday || My Personal Juicing Challenge

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope.

Remember my Considering a Juice Fast blog post in January?


And I continued to just consider it…until now.

This weekend I watched a must see movie recommended by a friend, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you’ve ever even remotely considered a juice fast or partial fast watch this movie. If you’ve ever considered adding juicing into your diet watch this movie. If you’ve ever thought you needed to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet watch this movie. I pretty much think EVERYONE should watch this movie.

Can you tell this is something I feel strongly about 🙂

Are you just a little bit curious? Watch the trailer.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Official Trailer from Team Reboot on Vimeo.

What did you think?

It’s time for me to stop just considering it. It’s time to stop planning. Stop putting it off until it’s the perfect time. Like Nike says,  just do it.

And yes, I have a plan. For one week I’m going to juice one meal a day (probably lunch) on the days that I’m not running and strength training. That will be 4 days of replacing one meal a day with a juice. Week 2 I will see how I feel particularly with my energy level and either continue the same plan or increase the number of days.  My pseudo target date to continue the one meal a day is until after my second half marathon in March. From there? Who knows?

My goals:

  • incorporate juicing into my diet in a way that supports running and P90X2
  • ultimately I would like to be able to stop taking medication for hypothyroidism!!!
“The one thing I’m finding remarkable about people is they say, ‘oh, I couldn’t do that.’ Why aren’t they even giving it a try? I just don’t understand that. You know, if you get into a ten-day juice fast and then you quit at day seven, well good on you for trying! Not, ‘oh, you’re a failure’ – good on you for trying.” Joe Cross
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  1. i have to admit, i was a little nervous when i read the title of your blog at first- so glad to know you are juicing just one meal a day. There was a GREAT article in women’s health about how bad doing a week long juice cleanse is for you (but ONLY doing that and no real food) I might blog about it next week. What you’re doing sounds great and I hope it helps you!

    1. Hi Lisa and thanks. First and foremost I won’t do anything that will compromise my workouts or runs. So for now it’s the benefits of some juicing along with food that requires chewing 🙂

      I’d love to see the article. What issue? I get WH but don’t remember reading it. Maybe that’s because I’m a few months behind on reading my mags.

  2. I look forward to hearing more about this! Good luck with it!

  3. ohhh! i am definitely interesting in reading how this goes for you! and that movie sounds very intriguing. one i will need to check out for sure! good luck with your juice commitment!

  4. I too have seen that documentary! Very awesome and inspiring. I think a juice diet is great for someone who needs to loose weight and I get the great health benefits. For me personally who is fit and I train hard and lift heavy on a regular basis I would start to loose weight and muscle mass if I were incorporate juice only meal replacements. I personally prefer using my Vitamix instead of a juicer because you get the benefit of all the pulp which contains the fiber. I make different green smoothies once a day which contains lots of fruits and veggies in addition to my other healthy meals.

    1. Hi Cassidy. I workout 7 days/week currently with P90X2 and run 4 days/week with plans to run 12 half marathons and an ultra relay this year. For obvious reasons my biggest concern and hesitation was the lack of protein and muscle loss and having enough energy to sustain what I’m asking my body to do.

      I’m determined to find a way to incorporate juicing into my daily menu. I eat a healthy diet and I’m not trying to lose weight but for the health benefits. Maybe juicing won’t be a meal replacement but in addition to. I’m not sure at this point but I needed to find a place to start.

      Thanks for your comments.

      1. sounds like you could use the extra calories and incorporate it as an addition to your already balanced diet. Well good luck on your journey you have some great goals

  5. Jen Kinkade says:

    I would love to know more about juicing!!
    Love the idea and concept…just would like suggestions on affordable juicers and recipes.

    1. Hi Jen. I’m still learning. I blogged Juicing 101 this morning if you want to check it out. There’s so much great info out there. Almost too much 🙂

      I have this juicer and have been happy with it. Easy to use, works well and the must have easy clean up.

      There are so many to choose from so I started low-mid range price to start. Let me know if you have any specific questions. I love chatting about this stuff 🙂

  6. Wow, truly inspirational. I’ve dabbled with juicing here and there, but have never consistently applied it to my daily routine. I definitely going to watch the movie, and look for more ways to incorporate juicing. What struck me as particularly thought provoking in the trailer was the quote “the best way to change the world is to change yourself….” It all starts by leading yourself, then by example to family, friends, and acquaintances.

    Thanks for pointing this out today.

  7. I am in the process of doing the same thing. I woke up one morning a few weeks ago and was like “I need vegetable juice!”. I have watched F,S,& N D twice now and I recommend everyone struggling with health issues to watch it. Good luck!

    1. Hi Jess. Are you doing a full fast, partial or meal replacement? I would love any tips or recipes you have to share 🙂

  8. Wow, i know a couple of people who are on thyroid medication for life. Is this something that can heal thyroid issues? I have a juicer and need to start using it more. Healthy for me and my family.

    1. I’ve read numerous accounts of people doing the juice fast and totally going off of medication for a number of different illnesses or significantly reducing the does. That is a big part of what the movie is about. So it just has me wondering if it would make a difference with hypothyroidism.

      Yes. Very healthy 🙂

  9. I’ll have to check out that movie! I am interested in a juice fast, but I would need a juicer first. My mom has one and I have had some juice she has made before. I wouldn’t be able to do it all day every day like he does but I would be able to replace some meals with juice (like you are planning to do).

    1. Hi Jamie. I’d like to try a full fast but for now a meal replacement seems to be working. Let me know what you think if you try it 🙂

  10. I love juicing. I actually try to drink it with meals 2x a day. Post workout – I have started using it as the base for my smoothies instead of water. Yesterday after my 10 mile run I had – celery, apple, ginger mixed with a scoop of protien powder and frozen berries. 🙂 The perfect recovery drink for me….which based on the timing yesterday actually turned into my lunch. This week I have plans to use beets, spinach, kale, carrots, apples, celery, ginger and cutie oranges in my juices.

    1. Thank Jen. I would love any tips or recipes you’re willing to share.

      I’ve started freezing extra juice in ice trays for smoothies. Works perfectly and it’s a great way to use fruit and vegs that would otherwise go bad. I wrote down your fruit and veg with protein powder to try. Thanks!

  11. This movie has been on my list of ones to see! I can see it has inspired you!! I look forward to seeing how you make it fit with working out as much as you do.

    1. Hi Nancy. Do you think it was too much? I have a tendency to go overboard when I’m excited about something LOL

      All of my thinking, planning and whatever just seemed to come together when I watched the movie.

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