Guest Blog Series: Summer's Journey, Chapter 2

New year, new me?

No.  Resolutions and reset are the theme of the new year, every year.  TV commercials glamorize a skinny waistline found simply by drinking shakes; a washboard stomach by enrolling at a new gym or finding happiness by joining a weight loss program.  I’ve done some of these things but I know, logically, what works is moving my body more often and choosing real food. 

Despite logic, the tidal wave of pressure to be skinny got the best of me this year.  I started a juice fast on January 1st thinking… knowing that drinking only juiced vegetables and fruits will cause weight loss.  But, is it healthy? 

More importantly, is it sustainable? 

I still opted to wake up that morning and begin with at least 10 days of juice only. 

Day 1: I was freezing cold, have a headache and my body ached. Which, I tell myself, are all “normal” feelings for fasting. 

Day 2: My body is fatigued, I slept horribly and am nauseous.  I choose to force myself through a run.  By the end of the day, I am vomiting.  Still, my broken thoughts try to appease my hunger by telling me it is just a part of the process. 

I wake up on Day 3 with clarity.  Juice fasting leads to weight loss, yes. 

Once I begin eating food again though, most of the weight returns.  In addition, the way I am treating my body is as if something is wrong.  Nothing is wrong with my body! 

I want it to change but how can I accomplish that lovingly?  How can I show myself compassion instead of painfully forcing it to comply? 

I am working with Crystal, the nutrition goddess from Experience Momentum and in every session we discuss my internal dialogue and self-talk.  I heard her voice in my head asking “are you being kind to yourself by juice fasting?”  I wasn’t, so I made the choice to stop.  I want a quick loss of weight so stopping the fast felt really scary. I took myself back to the grocery store and restocked our pantry and fridge of healthy foods.  I threw away candy gifted to me at Christmas because I know after a hard day at work, I choose candy.  I made a plan for meals that are fulfilling, healthy, include fresh and whole foods.  I bought a new lunch box for work because a cute bag makes it all better, right?

As I focus this year on achieving my goal of reaching a total of 100 pounds lost ( 6 pounds to go!) I am sure to have another moment of panic like I did on day one of 2019 but I know what to do.  I hope sharing my story and trusting the process will lead to my success.  In the course of these past four years of losing weight I have found some amazing recipes (and some… not!  Just ask Dean) .

The first recipe I went back to was homemade turkey burgers.  Yum!

Racing Weight Turkey Burgers

Book: Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald

 4 servings/20 minutes


4 white button mushrooms

1 medium zucchini

1/3 cup sweet onion, minced

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey breast

(cooking spray)

Per serving: 177 calories, 1 g fat, 3 g carbohydrates, 35 g protein

I like them with a bit of ketchup. Dean prefers BBQ sauce.  Enjoy!

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