Confessions of a Fat Girl 132: Fat Prison

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I woke up this morning with a sick feeling in my stomach. Not literally, but more psychologically. I couldn’t believe how I had allowed myself fall off the wagon last night, and not even because of my own wahala. Yes, Chidera’s problems are mine indirectly, but mbok! Eating cake on top of another person matter?! Haba! Ihunna, you sef!

Seeking inspiration, I went online and almost immediately found what I was looking for;

“Because you are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.”

Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

That quote really hit home. The choices I made were very conscious. Choosing to gorge on cake to supposedly make me feel better was the poorest of choices I could have made at that time. And it got me thinking.

What is the source of inspiration to keep on eating healthfully, to keep juicing every single day, to keep to my workout schedule even when exercise is the last thing that I want to be doing? In one word, freedom. The extra 30 kilos I was carrying before slowed me down, put strain on my ankles, knees and lower back, and overeating unhealthy food left me constantly tired, sometimes bitchy and often times, depressed. I wanted to feel energetic, light and limber, but fat was a prison that kept me from living the life I wanted.

Once I committed to taking back my health, I started to feel a freedom that is really hard to describe. It’s one of the best feelings that I have ever experienced and I don’t ever want it end. I love the feeling of being free from the control of emotional overeating, free from the pull of junk food, free from the fat prison. I have never been keen on the phrase “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels,” but I know for a fact that freedom feels and tastes incomparably better than the huge plate of cake I gorged on yesterday!

Well, lessons learnt.

I wanted to feel better, so I decided to do some juicing, There are only a few things that I’m completely evangelical about, and juicing is one of them. I can’t express emphatically enough how much juicing has helped change my health. In fact, it’s the foundation on which I’ve built a new healthier life. I cook with lots of vegetables and I eat plenty of fresh fruit every day, but it’s my juicer that ensures that I get all the the nutrients and enzymes I need every day.

Contrary to popular belief, making freshly pressed vegetable and fruit juice is pretty easy, and quite tasty. All it takes is a bit of planning and a few good recipes. I always try to maximize health benefits as well as flavor. My basic recipe has carrots, celery, apples, ginger, lemons, fresh turmeric root and spinach (ugwu). When I’m feeling frisky, I rotate other things like pineapples, kale, and blueberries when I can find them.

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For a week’s worth of juice for two people (approximately 4 cups), I make sure I stock up on the following whenever possible:

  • 2kg carrots
  • 1kg of apples
  • 7 lemons
  • a pound of fresh ginger
  • a pound of fresh turmeric root
  • a pound of pre-washed ugwu
  • 2 pineapples
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 bunch of bananas

I have found I can even add things like sweet potato, broccoli, bell peppers, garlic, tomatoes, grapes, mangoes (when they are in season)…the possibilities are endless. Juicing is great way to use up any vegetables or fruits that may not have gotten, so nothing goes to waste.

I make sure to wash all the produce for the week in a sink full of hot water, taking special care with those that are very gritty. I let the water drain and then rinse well. All the produce gets divided into zip top bags, and put in the fridge. I cut the ginger into equal sized pieces but use the beet greens the first day, so they don’t wilt. The pre-washed ugwu doesn’t need to be washed or divided, I just leave it in the container and take what I need at the moment. The whole process takes less than 20 minutes, which is time well spent to have everything ready during the week.

Each day, I take out the bag of produce and greens, run it all through the juicer, stir it up, pour and drink. Then I wash the juicer which really only takes a couple of minutes. When cleaning the strainer basket, it is important to hold it upside down under the running water while rubbing it with the scrubby side of the sponge. This is the secret to fast cleaning. If you do it the other way around, you just end up pushing the little bits of pulp deeper into the mesh.

Getting a juicer was the best decision I ever made. And as I sit here, drinking my carrot, pineapple and ginger juice, I have started forgiving myself for yesterday’s lapse in judgement.

Besides, Chidera needs me healthy enough to fight this battle with her…

 

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Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister
  75. Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup
  76. Confessions of a Fat Girl 76: Nna Men!
  77. Confessions of a Fat Girl 77: Comfort Food…Healthy Food
  78. Confessions of a Fat Girl 78: Miracle Working God
  79. Confessions of a Fat Girl 79: Lumps, Bumps and Jiggles
  80. Confessions of a Fat Girl 80: Oyibo Boyfriend
  81. Confessions of a Fat Girl 81: Wedding Gowns 
  82. Confessions of a Fat Girl 82: My New Friend
  83. Confessions of a Fat Girl 83: Emotional vs Physical Hunger
  84. Confessions of a Fat Girl 84: Look like an Mgbeke
  85. Confessions of a Fat Girl 85: Food Cravings
  86. Confessions of a Fat Girl 86: Who am I?
  87. Confessions of a Fat Girl 87: Separation, Counselling…Divorce
  88. Confessions of a Fat Girl 88: A Man’s World
  89. Confessions of a Fat Girl 89: Envy, Weight and Love!
  90. Confessions of a Fat Girl 90: Regret
  91. Confessions of a Fat Girl 91: Time to move on
  92. Confessions of a Fat Girl 92: Have some fruit!
  93. Confessions of a Fat Girl 93: Family Easter
  94. Confessions of a Fat Girl 94: Sister Reunion
  95. Confessions of a Fat Girl 95: Perfect Fit; Perfect Surprise
  96. Confessions of a Fat Girl 96: The Love Story
  97. Confessions of a Fat Girl 97: Caught in the middle
  98. Confessions of a Fat Girl 98: Kisses…and Blood
  99. Confessions of a Fat Girl 99: Past…or Present Tense
  100. Confessions of a Fat Girl 100: Jewel
  101. Confessions of a Fat Girl 101: “Ill find you…and I’ll kill you”
  102. Confessions of a Fat Girl 102: Homecoming
  103. Confessions of a Fat Girl 103: Fever Pitch
  104. Confessions of a Fat Girl 104: Whodunit?
  105. Confessions of a Fat Girl 105: The Hypocrite
  106. Confessions of a Fat Girl 106: Message from Mom
  107. Confessions of a Fat Girl 107: Accountability & Responsibility
  108. Confessions of a Fat Girl 108: It’s for the best
  109. Confessions of a Fat Girl 109: Port Harcourt
  110. Confessions of a Fat Girl 110: While you were away
  111. Confessions of a Fat Girl 111: Planning…and a little bit of Salmon
  112. Confessions of a Fat Girl 112: Putting yourself first
  113. Confessions of a Fat Girl 113: Fruit Crumble
  114. Confessions of a Fat Girl 114: Resting Heart Rate
  115. Confessions of a Fat Girl 115: Shishi, he no get
  116. Confessions of a Fat Girl 116: The truth hurts
  117. Confessions of a Fat Girl 117: Veggie Burger
  118. Confessions of a Fat Girl 118: Weight Watchers Porn
  119. Confessions of a Fat Girl 119: The Worst That Can Happen
  120. Confessions of a Fat Girl 120: Baby Dady
  121. Confessions of a Fat Girl 121: Not a Player
  122. Confessions of a Fat Girl 122: Fat versus Fit Brain
  123. Confessions of a Fat Girl 123: Aunty Caroline
  124. Confessions of a Fat Girl 124: Delete his number
  125. Confessions of a Fat Girl 125: Meal Planning
  126. Confessions of a Fat Girl 126: Food Shopping
  127. Confessions of a Fat Girl 127: The Baby Bump
  128. Confessions of a Fat Girl 128: Cavorting, Prevention & Spunk
  129. Confessions of a Fat Girl 129: The secret is out
  130. Confessions of a Fat Girl 130: Postpone the inevitable
  131. Confessions of a Fat Girl 131: Queen of Wishful Thinking

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3 COMMENTS

    • LOL @barbara come on this is @ihunna weight loss diary….Chidera is hot gyst i agree, i kinda skimmed through but will come back to copy out the juice recipes…..:haha:

  1. Lol! Barbara! Amebo antenna loaded. I was just thinking how fat diary turned to juicy gist loading diary.

    Ihunna – thanks for giving us insight and sharing your family with us. Mine is not any better only that I am not able to articulate our shenanigans so fluidly with great humour on paper. My family drama na die!

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