Friday, August 19, 2011

Patterns coming to Etsy or my website

I'd really like to start selling some patterns online.  My problem is my business is super new.  I haven't checked on selling digital materials and really need a fellow Texan online crafter's help on the rules.  Anyone out there know what to do? Also I'd love to find out if I should sell them on my Etsy site or Ravelry or even my own site.  I'm not quote sure.  Fellow crafters that read my blog: Could you please chime in for some help...or supportive encouragement if you;d like to see me sell some patterns.  Selling the patterns would be nice bacsue it would help me buy supplies and equipment I need to make the FREE videos that I already do.  Thank you so much fellow crafters and knitters!  Happy Crafting! -Kristen

A Pound a Gulp Day 27

Well I'm getting better at getting back to 3 drinks a day.  Sometimes in the evening I'm having a small dinner but I keep slipping.  Boy am I ready for our schedules to get back to less birthdays and tempting cake & cookouts!  We have one more cookout/birthday tomorrow to attend and then our youngest child's official 1st birthday party.

I was low on groceries so we had a very late night shopping trip and then I juiced into the wee hours getting the next two days of juices ready.  Here is the yummy recipe I made, it yeilds about 2 - 16oz cups worth, I doubled this and also made a more breakfasty one:

 Sunset Twist:
1 large sweet potato
3 large carrots
1 red bell pepper cored
2 golden delicious apples
1 peeled orange

*all organic except the orange

I'm glad I made them last night because I really don't feel like preparing anything right now.  Its was 105 on my way home in Texas. I think I need a big bowl of ice cream...oh about a bowl of fresh cherries?!  Yum, now that is a better choice!  Take care and Happy Juicing! -Kristen

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Pound a Gulp: Juicing slacker Day 23 Update

Hi everyone!  I have been such a slacker on the blogging and on the juicing, too.  Since I last wrote we have had two birthday girls and their double party.  We also had another friend's birthday party this past weekend.  This coming Friday is my son's birthday and we have a party on Saturday to attend and then his on Sunday.  It is quite a whirlwind and then our oldest starts Kindergarten a week from today.  whew!  It is no excuse but only to say that this chocoholic woman CAVED!! ha-ha!  Hey well I've got to pick myself back up and start where I am.  Here is my video log.  I also show off the juicer I ended up with.  I bought a Breville Juice Fountain 900 watts.  The first one I got actually stopped working after 2 juices.  The store switched it out for a new one.  Apparently it is a known problem.  However I haven't had any trouble with my new juicer.  And now for the video!  Thanks and Happy Juicing!! -Kristen


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Pound a Gulp: Day 11 still going!

It's day 11 & still going strong! I weighed myself this morning and I've lost a total of 17.5 lbs. So 10 days was 17.5 pounds, wow! I've decided to continue.  I haven't bought my juicer yet because I'm still deciding which one but it will need to be very soon.  Straining food is tiring & it shouldn't take this long to make a meal that is just a drink.

It's just a short post for the day folks but I'll catch you up in a few days.  It really does get easier and easier.  I've got more energy now, I feel "normal" again and my perspective on food is changing.  Last night I had major cravings for pizza or ice cream or even just for some string cheese.  Instead when I opened the fridge I saw my organic cherries waiting sweetly for me to spot them.  I grabbed a handful and some coconut water.  It really hit the spot.  My brain still lingered a bit of wanting dairy but my body actually helped me out this time.  Sometimes you have to have a mind over your own mind!  Sounds funny but TRUE!  Hmm. Could this be that will power thing I've heard of before?

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Pound a Gulp: Day 9 Weekend Recap & Favorite Recipes

So far I've lost 16 pounds! So last you heard from me I was going to start straining and see what happened Saturday as far as weight loss.  Well I have to say that I was discouraged Saturday (Day 7).  I got on the scale and GAINED a 1/2 pound.  I was discouraged and my sister encouraged me to keep going.  I was doing great and it will balance out very soon.

Saturday I went to the grocery store and got more produce. Taking along my juice recipes that I got on I bought things for about 4 recipes and some of my own.  I had to get milk, bread & cereal for the kids but produce filled my cart, granted it was small being that the cart was one shaped like a car since my kiddo was "driving" it.  The young check out girl asked, "What's with all the produce?!"  I was a little shocked at first but then I chuckled at myself.  I'm not a big produce buyer normally but I thought...don't people buy produce normally?  Ha-ha! Probably not as much as I just did. Using the opportunity I told her I was juicing raw fruits and veggies and has lost 12 lbs since last Sunday.  She was shocked of course ask asked me more and wanted to know if it was a detox.  I explained it is a detox in the beginning and also used for weight-loss and getting healthy. Many keep juicing one meal a day, like breakfast to stay healthy.  I have a couple of friends that they do that and now forgo health insurance since they never have to see a doctor!  The film (Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) I explained, shows you mostly what I'm doing an she said she'll watch and try it too for detox!  This girl looked great to me.  She was probably 21 or 22 and looked slim.  Size doesn't equate healthy though.  You can be a skinny chain-smoker, drinker & eat terrible things but have such a metabolism that you can't tell what is happening to your body on the inside.   My size was my warning but what about those other people that find themselves diagnosed with something terrible and they didn't "see" the signs?  This is about my health overall.  Yes I would like to look & feel good about myself but I want to be there for my husband and kids! I did want to say before the store trip we went to a fundraising event around lunch time for baby Avery.  I did cheat with a pinch of a cookie and a few fresh fruits. All in all I did really well with the crazy temptations all around me.

Sunday I woke up and weighed.  15 pounds lost so far! Wooo-hooo!!!  Thanks sis for encouraging me!  I gulped my new favorite morning drink and headed to church. (The recipe will be posted at the end). I also had found the day before something called Green Machine from Naked Juice.  They had a bunch of other Naked juice blends of fruit but this one had vegetables, too.  Knowing we were going to venture out after I packed us both that juice in a thermal bag. We ended up at my parents for a very healthy lunch and I ended up actually eating some solid food.  I had about a 2"x2" square of roast chicken and 3 small broccoli florets.  I still had my Naked Juice but it was really super sweet so I went ahead and some something.  My oldest decided she wanted to make a pie with my mom for her grandfather.  We ended up taking to her great grandfather's house and I caved again.  I had 2 bites of very delicious lemon meringue pie!! I did stop myself but for dinner I ended up eating about a dozen strawberries and water. I'm not sure if I'll regret it but my portions were incredibly small.  I was shocked at the will power I had shown.  I could have just caved and eaten way more.  Even with the healthy items it was shocking I didn't eat more. Before bed I made two more juices.  Straining was a real pain and I'm MUST get a real juicer soon.  I was so tired from the ordeal I went to be at 8pm.  That is not like me as I stay up till midnight most night...or later!

Monday (Day 9): I lost one more pound!  I drank my juice for the morning and packed my lunch juice.  I LOVE this new recipe!  I can actually say this one is tasty. I'm feeling pretty good and, if I can get a juicer soon, I think I can take this to 15 days.  This weekend is both of my daughters double birthday pool party and I'm not sure what I'll do quite yet.  I really want to partake and enjoy in the food or at least the cake.  I do know that I can bring a cooler so I have no excuse.  Give me your vote below...I truly would like to stay on the juice but I'm thinking a tiny piece of cake would be okay or even a veggie pizza.  The pizza may be overboard...

Thanks for tuning in! -Kristen

Here are my favorite recipes for those who have asked.  I'll post more as I discover them.

Kristen's Cantaloupe
1/2 cantaloupe
1 peeled cucumber
a fist of spinach
Add 1 1/2C of water (ice optional) if blending.  You cannot taste the spinach at all! (I substituted with Honeydew and it was okay but I like the taste of the Cantaloupe better)

Lunch or Dinner: (has a bit of sweet to it. This is 1 beet less than the RebootYourLife recipe)
Sunset Blend Juice
1 large sweet potato (I peeled mine)
1 medium carrot (I used a large juicing size)
1 Red Bell Pepper (cored)
1 Beet
2 Golden Delicious Apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 Orange (peeled; optional but I used it)
Add 1 - 1 1/2Cup of water if blending and strain

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