Juicedaytuesday the beginning….
“I have a dream.” Martin Luther king may have coined the phrase but we all have them and you can help make mine come true – That dream is for a happier, healthier, juiced up planet
Introducing me (It’s heavy going but please read – it might change your life).
My name is Martin but my family & friends call me ‘Mart’ I am 58 years of age and for the majority of my life have been fat. From a 12 year old twelve stone child, with a 38 inch waist who hid from playground bullies who would form a ‘Circle of Hate’ and chant “Fat. Fat. Fat.” , up until less than a year ago when I weighed 19 stone 12 ½ lbs I have had problems with food control. Secret binges being the norm.
Then in 2010 I was medically retired from my job as a postman, the wear & tear of life and over 20 years in the job carrying excess weight had taken its toll. Whoopee! Early retirement at the age of 55 surely it’s what we all want? Slowly the weight piled on and depression set in. I became a recluse within my own family. My medication consisted of 19 tablets a day (570 a month) and was meant to defer my depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (emphysema) insomnia, and a forecast from my GP that I had a 33 per cent chance of a heart attack within the next 10 years. Surely with a wife, 3 daughters, and three granddaughters who I loved with all my heart that would be enough to spur me into action and to turn my life around– no, how could it I didn’t know how.
A part of me wanted to, the part maybe that had lost over 5 stone on several occasions in my life, the part maybe that became Suffolk’s only male Slimming World consultant back in 1989 or the part that had reached goal with WeightWatchers having lost over 5 stone in 1985, but the most part of me couldn’t be arsed and was drowning in self-pity. Of course all of this wasn’t obvious from the outside we fat people don’t carry signs saying such things – we laugh & joke about it, except I wasn’t laughing any more.
Enough! This story (this true story) needs light where there was dark, laughter where there was tears, and hope where there was none and more than anything it needed a fairytale ending and for me that all came in the shape of a book and a film. Don’t believe it? I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t if it hadn’t happened to me.
The fairy tale ending…
‘Slim4life Escape from the Food Trap’ by Jason Vale’ (now updated and renamed Slim for Life Escape from the Diet Trap).
I read the book for the first time 5 years ago, why wouldn’t I I’d read/tried about every ‘fad’diet there was on the market with no ‘long term’ success. Back then the weight started to fall off and once again miracle of miracles I was cured. So much so a short review of the book by me features in the new edition. But it wasn’t long before my ‘oomph’ broke and the book was thrown in a drawer to languish for 4 years whilst the weight piled back on. My mistake I now know. I had read it but I hadn’t ‘READ’ it. I’d read it in a day and whereas I’d taken in enough to go at it with a good deal of success I had skipped over parts that had subliminal messages that were there for a reason. So fast forward and we get to the retired and medically sick Mart, who for some unknown reason, opens that same drawer and is gifted with another chance at life. I won’t go into detail about the book here but I do believe re-reading it was the pivotal moment in my life’s turnaround and I make no excuse for providing a link – I will say I get no financial reward for doing so – just the joy that for many I have recommended the book to it has changed their life for the better.
The book provided the know-how and the mind-tools needed, I then researched ‘juicing’ through the power of the World Wide Web and found my motivation…
‘Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead’ by Joe Cross
Joe Cross is an Australian, who like me was overweight and popping pills for an assortment of different illnesses. He chose to travel across American with a film crew in tow drinking nothing but juice made from fresh fruit & vegetables for a period of sixty days. Along the way he speaks to people about their thoughts on what he is doing. The results are fascinating and an inspiration So much so that it led to my own 60 day juice-fest, minus film crew and trip to America.
My life today
Today is August 17th 2013 it is my 58th birthday. I no longer weigh 19 stone 12 ½ nor have a 46 inch waist. I weigh 12 stone 10 lbs. having lost 100.5 lbs. I am a comfortable size 36 inch waist and my medication consists of exactly zero tablets. I sleep well at nights and all my symptoms are gone and my GP is amazed! I am however waiting to go in for operations on both my hips (possibly a result of carrying all that weight around for nearly a lifetime). The weight lost however has enabled me to go for walks with my grandchildren & my two dogs. Whereas before my daughter used to take the dogs for their one walk a day they now get two. I am a nicer person – asks my wife, I am no longer that ‘grumpy granddad’- ask my grandchildren. I wake up saying ‘Today is going to be a great day.” and make it so. Juicing did this for me.
My Birthday Gift to myself…
is this website I brought the domain name www.juicedaytuesday.com truly believing that juicing can make this world we live in a healthier, happier place. The site will go live today with just these words but over the coming months I hope to grow it into a juice-fest of knowledge that will have beginners, novices, & experienced juicers all wanting to visit – until the next time ‘happy juicing’.
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