Michael C. McGreevy

Jul 072013
 

Current Weight : 308 pounds

Yeah, so I’ve dropped 7.4 pounds since Friday. I can’t say I’m upset by that, although I’m perfectly aware of the fact that if I went back to eating the way I was before we started juicing it would come right back on and bring a few friends.

Not a lot of updates yesterday because, well…it pretty much sucked. Energy levels were pretty low for most of the day, even though we did manage to perk up enough at one point to go for a walk to the grocery store. Unfortunately, that pretty much killed us for the rest of the day. Had some gastric issues yesterday as well that I will spare you the details of. Last night while we were watching TV together we were both pretty much miserable and hating life.

Today, though? Feeling pretty great so far. We were out of the house within an hour after getting out of bed to run to Home Depot for a composting bin, and then it was off to the produce stand for more supplies. Energy levels are pretty good so far, too. Lisa has decided to start experimenting with different juices that she is making up on the fly, and she’s had some great success so far. All things considered, I’d say it’s been a positive experience so far.

Now we just have to decide where we’re going to go from here. Are we going to continue juicing? Are we going to try and eat vegan? The answer to both seems to be yes at this point.

More updates as the day goes on if they occur to me.

01:36 PM

So I finished running the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for all of the juices I drank yesterday, and the end result was 47 Points PLUS. At my current weight I’m supposed to consume 64 Points PLUS a day, so I was pretty well below my target. I wouldn’t, however, call it a “starvation” diet at all. At least, not from a caloric standpoint.

09:50 PM

Watching yet another documentary called Chow Down about the American diet, and it’s helping us get through this a bit easier.

05:15 PM

Juice #3 – Un-beet able

  • 2 beeta
  • 1 apple
  • 3 cups leafy greens
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small piece of ginger

Ok, I will be honest. This one was pretty nasty. Lisa couldn’t even finish hers.

I had to run to the store earlier to get cat litter, and that was rough. Noticed the food everywhere.

03:17 PM

So. Much. Pee.

02:12 PM

Juice # 2 – Green Lemonade

  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • 3 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon

Decent. I’ve noticed that the Kale has a very distinctive smell and taste, but I’m getting used to it.

The “crawling in my skin” feelings are continuing. I don’t feel bad, but I definitely don’t feel great. I’m feeling rather spacey, to be honest. I got a work phone call earlier and it really took everything I had to stay focused and give the caller the correct answer. I kind of wish that I wasn’t going through caffeine withdrawal at the same time as I’m trying this, because it’s hard to tell whether what I’m feeling is because I really just want a cup of coffee.

01:10 PM

I’ve decided that I’m actually going to calculate and track the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for the juices that I’m drinking on the fast, so that I can address the whole “you’re just starving yourself/calorie deprivation” concerns.

11:49 AM

It’s interesting to see how judgmental people get when they find out you’re juicing.

10:41 AM

Having my mid-morning coconut water. It’s…not bad? I can’t say it’s a flavor that I’d actively seek, but it’s not horrible. We got the Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, mainly because the internet said it was the only brand that didn’t taste like ass.

10:28 AM

Feeling slightly…surreal? I attribute it mostly to not drinking coffee. Head is kinda light, and my skin is crawling a bit. It’s funny, but when I initially lost weight I gave up caffeine almost entirely. I treated myself to one cup of coffee a day. I wonder if I should return to that? I do have some seriously fancy coffee making stuff. Maybe I should make it a daily treat/ceremony to make one cup instead of just making an entire pot?

09:26 AM

Juice #1

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon

We actually tried this one earlier in the week, and we both really liked it. That’s why we decided it should be the first juice of our weekend. Figured we might as well start off with a bang, ya know?

Jul 062013
 

Current Weight : 313.4

So I’m down just under two pounds in one day. Not bad, but certainly not anything dramatic, and I’m completely OK with that. I mean, the whole point here isn’t dramatic weight loss (not that I’m going to complain if it happens). Pretty much felt like crap when I woke up this morning. Kind of like I had a hangover. The beet juice yesterday was a bit of a road block, and it kind of set me off my game for the rest of the day. I was really NOT looking forward to having a juice this morning, but once I actually had it I felt considerably better about the whole thing.

I may have to run to the store today to get some herbal tea, but the plan for now is really to just continue sequestering ourselves in the house as we adjust to this. Unfortunately, some of our favorite shows are food related.

01:36 PM

So I finished running the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for all of the juices I drank yesterday, and the end result was 47 Points PLUS. At my current weight I’m supposed to consume 64 Points PLUS a day, so I was pretty well below my target. I wouldn’t, however, call it a “starvation” diet at all. At least, not from a caloric standpoint.

09:50 PM

Watching yet another documentary called Chow Down about the American diet, and it’s helping us get through this a bit easier.

05:15 PM

Juice #3 – Un-beet able

  • 2 beeta
  • 1 apple
  • 3 cups leafy greens
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small piece of ginger

Ok, I will be honest. This one was pretty nasty. Lisa couldn’t even finish hers.

I had to run to the store earlier to get cat litter, and that was rough. Noticed the food everywhere.

03:17 PM

So. Much. Pee.

02:12 PM

Juice # 2 – Green Lemonade

  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • 3 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon

Decent. I’ve noticed that the Kale has a very distinctive smell and taste, but I’m getting used to it.

The “crawling in my skin” feelings are continuing. I don’t feel bad, but I definitely don’t feel great. I’m feeling rather spacey, to be honest. I got a work phone call earlier and it really took everything I had to stay focused and give the caller the correct answer. I kind of wish that I wasn’t going through caffeine withdrawal at the same time as I’m trying this, because it’s hard to tell whether what I’m feeling is because I really just want a cup of coffee.

01:10 PM

I’ve decided that I’m actually going to calculate and track the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for the juices that I’m drinking on the fast, so that I can address the whole “you’re just starving yourself/calorie deprivation” concerns.

11:49 AM

It’s interesting to see how judgmental people get when they find out you’re juicing.

10:41 AM

Having my mid-morning coconut water. It’s…not bad? I can’t say it’s a flavor that I’d actively seek, but it’s not horrible. We got the Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, mainly because the internet said it was the only brand that didn’t taste like ass.

10:28 AM

Feeling slightly…surreal? I attribute it mostly to not drinking coffee. Head is kinda light, and my skin is crawling a bit. It’s funny, but when I initially lost weight I gave up caffeine almost entirely. I treated myself to one cup of coffee a day. I wonder if I should return to that? I do have some seriously fancy coffee making stuff. Maybe I should make it a daily treat/ceremony to make one cup instead of just making an entire pot?

09:26 AM

Juice #1

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon

We actually tried this one earlier in the week, and we both really liked it. That’s why we decided it should be the first juice of our weekend. Figured we might as well start off with a bang, ya know?

Jul 052013
 

Starting weight : 315.2

It’s odd how weird it feels not to be doing our normal routines this morning. I laid in bed for about 20 minutes thinking “I should go make coffee. No, wait. I’m not having any coffee today.” That part is really kind of freaking me out a bit, because oh do I love the coffee. I also drink a lot of it. Will be interesting to see what kind of side effects I have from suddenly going cold turkey. What I’m drinking instead, though, is some how water with lemon. Mmmm! Tasty!

Actually, it’s not really that bad. At least it’s hot. That’s kinda tricking my brain a little, I guess.

01:36 PM

So I finished running the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for all of the juices I drank yesterday, and the end result was 47 Points PLUS. At my current weight I’m supposed to consume 64 Points PLUS a day, so I was pretty well below my target. I wouldn’t, however, call it a “starvation” diet at all. At least, not from a caloric standpoint.

09:50 PM

Watching yet another documentary called Chow Down about the American diet, and it’s helping us get through this a bit easier.

05:15 PM

Juice #3 – Un-beet able

  • 2 beeta
  • 1 apple
  • 3 cups leafy greens
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small piece of ginger

Ok, I will be honest. This one was pretty nasty. Lisa couldn’t even finish hers.

I had to run to the store earlier to get cat litter, and that was rough. Noticed the food everywhere.

03:17 PM

So. Much. Pee.

02:12 PM

Juice # 2 – Green Lemonade

  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • 3 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon

Decent. I’ve noticed that the Kale has a very distinctive smell and taste, but I’m getting used to it.

The “crawling in my skin” feelings are continuing. I don’t feel bad, but I definitely don’t feel great. I’m feeling rather spacey, to be honest. I got a work phone call earlier and it really took everything I had to stay focused and give the caller the correct answer. I kind of wish that I wasn’t going through caffeine withdrawal at the same time as I’m trying this, because it’s hard to tell whether what I’m feeling is because I really just want a cup of coffee.

01:10 PM

I’ve decided that I’m actually going to calculate and track the Weight Watchers Points PLUS for the juices that I’m drinking on the fast, so that I can address the whole “you’re just starving yourself/calorie deprivation” concerns.

11:49 AM

It’s interesting to see how judgmental people get when they find out you’re juicing.

10:41 AM

Having my mid-morning coconut water. It’s…not bad? I can’t say it’s a flavor that I’d actively seek, but it’s not horrible. We got the Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, mainly because the internet said it was the only brand that didn’t taste like ass.

10:28 AM

Feeling slightly…surreal? I attribute it mostly to not drinking coffee. Head is kinda light, and my skin is crawling a bit. It’s funny, but when I initially lost weight I gave up caffeine almost entirely. I treated myself to one cup of coffee a day. I wonder if I should return to that? I do have some seriously fancy coffee making stuff. Maybe I should make it a daily treat/ceremony to make one cup instead of just making an entire pot?

09:26 AM

Juice #1

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon

We actually tried this one earlier in the week, and we both really liked it. That’s why we decided it should be the first juice of our weekend. Figured we might as well start off with a bang, ya know?

Jul 042013
 
Image courtesy of Paul Downey via flickr

Image courtesy of Paul Downey via flickr

I’ve Seen Better Days Than This One
I’ve Seen Better Nights Than This One
Tension Is Rebuilding
Something’s Got To Give
Something’s Got To Give

– The Beastie Boys, “Something’s Got To Give”, Check Your Head

In the interest of avoiding repetition, I’m going to do my best to avoid spending much time on the “I’m going to really focus on putting content here” part of this blog post. The small handful of you that are still following this blog have heard it before, and it isn’t worth my time or yours to spend time on empty promises. We all know it’s going to come down to time, interest, and motivation. If I post, I post. Same goes for Rafe and Tessa.

Sure, that sounds kinda negative and defeatist, but it’s not. It’s just reality. We’re busy, we have active lives, and ShrinkGeek is a labor of love for us.

Obligatory apology/disclaimer done. Moving on.

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Oct 032012
 

Promises of updates. Renewals. Refocusing.

Yeah, we have it all here at ShrinkGeek.

So the blog has been inactive for over a year now, and the “dream” of making this into some kind of viable business model has pretty much gone the way of the dodo. So have, for me, many of my healthy habits. This is not to say I have completely trashed my body, but in the last year or so I’ve put on well over 50 pounds, I’ve stopped running, and most of my healthy eating habits have gone right out the window.

So what happened?

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