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19 July 2005 @ 05:12 pm
Hey girls!  
Thought I'd join as well, because I really need some support. I have been out of shape in the last 8 months - study, moving, but most of all laziness. I am 32, 5'9, current weight is 181 lb. I have been doing juice fasting for 4 years now having acquired my 30-days programme from the Fasting Centre in the US. It seems the only diet that works for me, at least it gives me that necessary kick to get back in shape. Anywho, I started my 30 days' programme yesterday and my goal is 165 lb by 17 August. About my excercise - until now I did wind-surfing, water skiing, power walking (but not regularly) and salsa dancing once a week. From this week I plan to make my power walking more regular and to add to all of the above excercises with dumbbells/latina dancing/tai-bo in the morning, tennis once a week and cycling. Uph! Hope to become a regular member of this community as well. Good luck to all of you.
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Becky: ABSolutely!betterbodybecca on July 24th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm not sure it's healthfully possible to drop that much weight in one month! I went from 180 lbs. to 160 in a YEAR. I took it at my own pace being in school and working full-time, but I've managed to keep it off for good. I hit a plateau, but I recently started the Body-for-Life program and broke it and lost 3 more lbs.

I've seen enough evidence that strict diets, the fruit diet, the juice diet, the Atkins diet...all work temporarily but it's not a way for eating for life. Now I eat what I want but I balance it with smart carbs and proteins with correct portions sizes. I also try to eat 5x a day to keep my body from getting hungry. Once a week, I have a rest day to keep me sane. I workout in the morning first thing, before I eat, in order to tap into my stored fat rather than burning off the breakfast I just ate.

Your exercise regime sounds like a lot of fun! I wish you luck, but if you don't see the results or if you have re-gained that weight in the past from your juice diet, it's probably a good indicator that it's a DIET and works temporarily rather than learning essential ways to eat healthy for life...
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Beckybetterbodybecca on July 25th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks for your message
Oh, I see. It seems your energy is still up which is good. But is it fasting for a whole month? I guess I'm not used to the idea of fasting for that long. I've done a 2-3 day type thing to detox my system as well...
Зефир в шоколадеveryfairytale on July 26th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know, if is quite unusual. I am a bit more used to the idea as I am from Russia and it has been quite popular part of healthy life style over there for years. But I must admit that when I tried it first time I was so surprised that I wasn't loosing my energy. Although if you think about it logically, juices are quite high in calories - so once you followed correct procedures to enter the fast then there should be no problem. If you are interested you may have a look at the site of the Juice Fasting International where I got my program from - www.fasting.com. They explain it better on their site. Water fasting is quite different, it takes more preparation and I imagine, would not allow one to excercise hard due to the lack of energy. I have also done short periods of water fast - 1-2 days at a time. Have been thinking of making it regular - have 1 day a week a water fasting - but never got around to it. Well, it is not over yet, I may still do it one day.
Зефир в шоколадеveryfairytale on July 25th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
thank you for your message
Well, I would not force anyone to do the same as me. Juice fasting is designed for detoxication rather than a weight loss which is just a side effect (highly welcomed in my case). I would not dream to rely only on juice fasting to keep my weight off. As I said before, it just gives me a kick to get back to healthy lifestyle. If I do it 2-3 times a year I manage to eat healthily in-between the fasting sessions. In the last 8 months I, unfortunately, let myself go and did a lot of unhealthy eating (in terms of size rather than quality) with not much exercise to shake these excess calories off.
Now to report - so far I am doing fine, apart from fasting last week I did my Salsa class on Monday, went for a very brisk walk (4 miles in an hour) on Tuesday, played 2 hours of tennis on Wednesday, walked again on Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday didn't do much exercise - just a bit of walking. Weight loss 5lbs.