Weebles Wobble, but We Don’t Fall Down

That old commercial. “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down” used to tickle me. My toddlers played with them. I never imagined that I would become one. It is nearly as painful to admit verbally as it has been to experience physically that I started 2016 as a Weeble.

In 2015 I had a desk job.  It doesn’t matter if you are good at your work, if you love your co-workers, if you believe in the ‘product’ – sitting at a desk for the majority of your day and staring at a computer screen is NOT good for your health.  It does NOT help a person thrive physically.

So, although 2015 was actually a wonderful year in many ways, – lucrative, intellectually challenging, filled with friends, family and some travel – it was not a healthful year. Therefore, my husband and I decided that in 2016 we would make health a priority. Because after all, if you haven’t got your health….

We wanted to throw ourselves into a program, but we couldn’t! We have always loved sports, especially tennis, racquetball, and biking! Our bodies, however, were in protest mode!  My left knee totally vetoed the fast twisting motions required by tennis and racquetball!  My husband’s job required a lot of heavy lifting and repetitive motions, so by the end of a day his sore muscles and bruised ligaments screamed, “Enough already!”

So, in the beginning we just limped to the stop sign at the end of our street and back – 2/10 of a mile! We looked like Grandpa and Grandma Weeble. We rocked side to side, hanging onto each others arms. We barely made it back, crawled up the three stairs to our front door and went in to take a nap.

Each day we committed to going a little farther! Around day 4 we drove to a trail and walked 4 miles. It took about 4 hours! That’s a pretty slow pace when you consider some people have broken a 4 minute mile!  We drove home and it took nearly as long to get out of the car and crawl into the house. Yet, we challenged each other to continue. Sometimes there was a pain in my heel that would not go away until we were two miles into the walk!  Another time we walked the last two miles in the rain!

I am thrilled to tell you that WALKING WORKS! Simply walking. Just putting one foot in front of the other. Just moving forward! We are just 12 days into our commitment, but we already feel things changing.  We have not lost all the weight we need to lose. We have not been perfect on our raw-food-only eating plan. We have not done stretching exercises or yoga.(yet)  We even took one day off from our commitment to walk while we re-tiled our kitchen counter.

This morning, on our 3 mile neighborhood walk, we noticed that we aren’t wobbling as much!  We are walking a little more like humans. Instead of the side to side motion, we are standing straighter and moving forward, so our pace is a bit faster.  Pain has noticeably decreased.  The knee twinges less.  The heel stops pulling after only a half a mile.  My husband is 10 pounds lighter – me only 5. Yet, any improvement is significant improvement and we are encouraged!



Juice it up

This morning I juiced 3 grapefruit and some blueberries. Peeling the skins and running it through the Breville Juice Fountain makes it frothy and skims out the pulp. I like it a lot. Around 11, hubby came home and wanted to try a green juice, so we juiced 4 pieces of kale, 2 tomatos, 1 1/2 really large red peppers, two cucumbers and a handful of parsley. It was good, a little bland but drinkable. Around 2:30 I started feeling the lack of calories and whipped up some oranges and blueberries. These were about the last oranges on my tree, so I’m going to start hitting up my friends. The orange juice helped but didn’t last long. I have a bit of a headache and need to leave the kitchen so I’m not faced with the temptation every second. That’s what hammocks are for.


Easier than we make it!

Sometimes I make blogging harder than it is. I don’t get around to it because I think I don’t have anything significant to say. I stress over whether I have enough information, or whether my grammar is perfect, or my punctuation is without error. I can only get out of this perfectionist trap by repeating a quote I heard many years ago. It was “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly”! Okay, that drove me crazy too, when I first heard it because it seems at first glance, to clash with the idea of giving everything your best effort. Yet, when I really thought about it, I began to understand. If anything is really worth doing at all, than any attempt , even a less than perfect attempt, is worthwhile because it it still a step forward in an area worth pursuing. Another thing is that as people attempt things, they usually get better and better at them.
I also reminded myself, that this blog is not an attempt to win a prize or write the great American novel. It is simply about encouraging people. Some of my friends and relatives have asked me to share in a couple areas concerning what we eat and how we do our ministry. So, that is all I have to do here. Whew! Pressure off, big relief.
Do you put pressure on yourself that way – demand all sorts of things of yourself that no one put on the list except you? I do that all the time.
So, this morning I will simply tell you that I woke up refreshed and motivated (a gift – nothing I did). And, due to that perky feeling I was really ready to juice, so I did. I made orange and grape juice for breakfast. So, details – I peeled the orange part of the skin off the oranges, cut them in half and stuffed them through my Breville Juice Fountain. Then I put about a half a pound of grapes through simply because that is what I had in the frig. it came out frothy like an orange Julius in my old mall days. It tasted good and was sweet (like I like it) and it gave me enough energy to make it to noon.
Then I juiced 6 carrots, 2 stalks of kale, two mini cucumbers and 4 juicing apples for lunch.
I plan to juice again for supper. Ever since I did that juice fast two years ago, I have wanted to do another, but we kept traveling or having company or events that made juicing logistically difficult and socially challenging.
We realize that right now we have a window of opportunity and we should take it. We started on this Monday because we still have to work, so even if we end up curled into the fetal position and hating this juicing fast, we’ll have the weekend to lay in bed and get over the hump. Hopefully it won’t come to that because I would like to do some other things this weekend than suffer, but I’m willing to suffer through the detox to get to a better place. Usually the first few days you feel great, and then the reality of what you are doing sinks in to both mind and body and you can experience some discomfort. So, our window for discomfort is this weekend.
Our verse for inspiration is Isaiah 40:29. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Juice fasting is more successful when we admit we need help, God’s help and the help of supportive friends and family.


A Couple Smoothie Recipes

Today I mixed a bunch of kale leaves (take the green off the stems and don’t put the thick stems in your smoothie), a large handful of young spinach leaves, about a cup of coconut water,1/2 a pineapple and a frozen banana in the blender. (I used Matt’s Montel Williams blender. It’s pretty heavy duty, but I have made a similar smoothie in my regular Osterizer blender as well). Both my husband and I thought it tasted pretty good.

Yesterday I used our juicer. We have a Breville Juice Fountain. My favorite blend is about 5 carrots, 4 celery stalks, 4 whole long leaves of kale (stems and all), and 3-4 juicing apples. Usually we get about a quart of juice out of that. We can toss the pulp into our compost, or use it to mix with other ingredients and make a raw recipe that goes into the dehydrator. Usually we just compost it.


Must See Movies about Diet and Health on Netflix

These are some movies that have influenced us in our decision to try and eat primarily raw food. It seems there is evidence daily to support that decision, although there is also a constant barrage of dissension as well. The dissenters arguments, however, are based more on tradition, comfort, habits, and addictions rather than health. Everyone has to make up their own mind. We are simply in process. Sometimes we are really successful – and then we feel great and look better. Other days we succumb to old habits – and within an hour or so feel terrible. Watch these resources for yourself and let us know what you think. Before anyone makes a change in the way they live, they have to believe the change will be a beneficial one.
Available on Netflix as on 2/25/2013
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Food Matters
Food Fight
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
The Gerson Miracle
Ted Talks: Chew on This
Ted Talks: Defying Disease


Today Wasn’t Perfect

This note today is from Kevin Gianna from http://www.RenegadeHealth.com! I was reading his blog which I get by email and thought, “Wow, I can relate to this!”

Some of my friends and relatives have been inspired by Mel and Tom’s “wacky, eating raw thing”. Some of you have been with us personally and have seen that we have lost about 30 pounds and Tom’s skin psoriasis has almost disappeared.

So, we know that eating raw works! The problem is – it’s really different from the way our mothers fed us growing up and the way most of society eats right now. You will not see many raw food commercials during the super bowl!

So, even though we know the truth, we also struggle and our days can sometimes go like the scenario Kevin shares below.

After you pulled out the blender, you realized
you didn’t have enough bananas to make your
smoothie and the strawberries that had been in
the fridge had grown a coat of white mold

Instead, you had a cup coffee to wake you up.

You didn’t pack your salad and flax crackers
for work because you left early to avoid
traffic for your 8:30 AM meeting.

Instead, you ate some sushi and a little
tempura at a Japanese restaurant around to
corner from the office.

There was a birthday party for a co-worker in
the afternoon that you hadn’t mentally
prepared for. You were having the 3:00 blues
because you missed breakfast and had that
coffee in the morning.

Instead of having the willpower you usually
do, you figured a little sugar would pick you
up, so you had a piece of ice cream cake
(heaven knows what was in it — you were too
frightened to look at the label.)

Because of the birthday party, you had to stay
later to finish a report that was due the next

Instead of your usual almond and apple
afternoon snack, you had another cup of coffee.

When you got home, you were frazzled. Your
friend from out of town was coming over in 20
minutes. You wanted to make that vegan, quinoa
dish with the almonds and the vegetables from
the farmer’s market, but it was after 7:00 PM.

Instead, you ordered take out from the Thai
restaurant and ate it at 9:00 PM – two hours
after you experts say you shouldn’t eat.

Since your friend was in town, you didn’t
drink the 1/2 your body weight in water.

Instead, the catching up turned into a few
more glasses of wine than usual.

Now, your friend has left and it’s the end of
the day.

You find yourself lying in bed — with a slight
headache — feeling guilty. Nothing went as
planned. You blew it — your diet, your
willpower, your confidence in yourself.

Today wasn’t perfect.

But, lucky for you, tomorrow can be different.

You’re allowed as many reboots as you need —
until you get it right.