July 25, 2011

A Pound a Gulp

This is not the norm for my blog.  The usual is crafting or loom knitting talk and tutorials. I’ve debated on how much to blog about personally.  Do I get a separate blog or do I put my personal self out there on this site?  Well today I will. I STARTED JUICING!

Yes.  I started to juice yesterday.  That is taking raw fruits and vegetables and turning them into juice.  The thought has always grossed me out.  I mean “gag me with a spoon!” Seriously I am doing this.  Why?!!  Kristen, Why?!

Many of you don’t know me in person but I am overweight. I don’t mean I am a little heavy or very heavy.  I am extremely heavy and hesitate to say it but I fall in that scary morbid O class word!!! Morbid Obesity.  I said it.  That term just sounds scary.  It should sound scary because it is.  If you looked at me in person today you would see a very tall (6′-1″) lady.  I stand so tall and am more of an hourglass proportionate type that you would not know I weigh 358 pounds.  I’m not sure what people think but I would guess it looks more like 250-275 maybe.  I’m not sure.  I’ll put it this way, when I was in high school and early college I plus size modeled and I think I weighed about 180. I probably looked like a size 12-14 but I’m so tall I wore 16-18. I’d love to get back down to that size.

Fast Forward.  I was inspired. I turned on my Netflix on my Handy Apple TV and picked a movie to work on my afghan is was loom knitting (on my Infinity II for you loomers). I had heard this documentary was a must see so I watched.  It is called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Watch the trailer.  Watch the movie.  The movie takes on a whole new feel later when he meets a truck driver who ends up losing over 200 lbs on this.  wow. So by the time the movie credits rolled I was out of my chair dancing to the theme song as the credits rolled! I had my husband watch it the next night and we paused the movie so many times because he got excited and started commenting.  Ha-Ha!  Then, it hit a spot with the truck driver said something that really made him think.  It hit home and he was hooked.

We started our juice journey yesterday Sunday July 24th, 2011. Our goal is 10 days.  It is supposed to be the hardest till day 4 or 5.  Today is Day 2 and I’ve already lost 4 pounds!  It is super hard and getting through a meal can be tedious.  I’m “chasing” the drink sometimes with water and it must be through a straw.  But I told my husband, “just think of it as every sip you take is a pound lost!”  That’s my motto now. A Pound a Gulp!

More on details later but I really wanted to share with you as I begin my journey.  I don’t know how far I’ll go but I know I must try. I need to do it for my kids and my husband but also for myself. I need encouragement and support.  Please feel free to encourage me or comment.

bye for now!

P.S. Please know that the plan I am going by for the moment is this one.  My apologies in advance but I’m not interested in what worked for you or someone else at this time. I have planned my meals already and invested in purchases.  Thanks for your support!

Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    Thanks for your support ladies! Beth I may try that! I’m not on Raveley much though but can do the vlogs.

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    Great going! Whatever you do it’s better than the way you were eating before! Keep us posted! I would love to connect with you on You Tube on this subject. There are groups of us losers making vlogs about our journeys. We all are on diets of our own choosing and we all try to support each other. We also have a group on Ravelry called “Losers” hosted by Neencrochet. You are welcome to join us. I’m 5’10 and people tell me “you don’t need to lose weight” I think, “Honey, you haven’t seen me without my clothes on!” I started at 220 I’m down to 202.5 lbs. I know you can do it! My goal is 175. My ideal weight would be 145. Hugs, Beth

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    well good i am proud of you and John!

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