I’m done pouting and am back with some hippie juicing stuff

Do you love how I went all hulk rage on the internet creepers and then disappeared into the woods for like two weeks like a crazy mountain man? HAI. I’m back! I’ve shaken off the emo bugs and brought myself back to rainbow unicorn makeup vegan crafty land.

Before I go any further, I just want to thank each and every one of you who supported my angries in that last post. I get weird and quite psycho when I feel my privacy being threatened, but I didn’t feel one ounce of judgment from you guys. Is there anything better than a bunch of awesome ladies coming together in support of a mama bear’s rage? I think not. You’re my favorites.

Now onto the hippie stuff. The Cliffs Notes version of my health/weight loss journey (OMG STOP ME NOW I BELONG ON A VEGAN TREE HUGGER MESSAGE BOARD SOMEWHERE) is that I’ve been vegan for almost a year. That, along with regular exercise, has helped me lose nearly 50 pounds. I hit somewhat of a plateau at the end of 2011 and have hovered around the same weight since then, but am trying to get used to not focusing on that number. I want to focus on feeling comfortable in my body and happy in general, not necessarily on being 127lbs again.

I don’t have a ton of before/after photos because I basically will murder anyone who takes full body shots of me. They ALWAYS end up on Facebook and they’re ALWAYS THE MOST UNFLATTERING PHOTOS OF MY LIFE.  But here are a few anyway. Yipe. (I’m 5’5″, by the way. Don’t let the heels fool you!)

Still breastfeeding during this time, OBVIOUSLY. Boyoyoyoing!

I dropped some weight while nursing and then it just stopped around 170. Then I started eating vegan and sh** got real…

I injured my knee and couldn’t exercise for a while, so I stayed the same for several months. I recently started working out again (Zumba, Kettlebell and 30 Day Shred) and am starting to see some positive changes.

I have cheated MANY times and had some ups and downs, but still try to stay on course and plan on eating this way for the rest of my life. I love it, I really do. I’ve gone through several periods of raw-only eating, which was awesome, but is SO difficult to do for longer than a week or so. Plus, raw is just a ton of freaking work and no one else in my family eats that way. Laziness: 1, Morgan: 0

In an effort to bump up the health/crazy factor, I’ve been juicing at least once a day for the past month or so. There are so many benefits to doing this, my favorite being the ENERGY. I am a caffeine addict, no doubt about it, but when I replace my morning coffee with juice, I actually feel more energized, positive and ready to tackle anything crazy internet creepers throw my way! Karate kick! No, but really, I’ve enjoyed the heck out of this lifestyle. Which is whyyyy…

I’m doing a 10 day juice fast.

After watching food documentary after food documentary, most of them being informative but blah, I was told about Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Super cheesy photo aside, I highly recommend it to anyone, not just the veg-heads. The story is incredibly inspiring and got me pumped about juicing and all the health benefits. You’ll love it. Plus, there are some insane before and afters. I’m such a sucker for those, obviously, haha.

The main reason I’m telling the internet about this is so I stick with it. I’m not perfect and flake out on a lot of the ideas I have, so now I’m being held accountable by all my girls. So today is Day 1 and I’ve had one juice so far (4 carrots, 2 green apples and a small sweet potato) and am about to go make some scary green thing I’m dreading. I CAN’T HANDLE THE KALE.

Here’s to better health, smaller waistlines and not barfing up my green juice!

41 thoughts on “I’m done pouting and am back with some hippie juicing stuff

  1. i’ve been wanting to juice for so long — what kind of juicer did you get? where do you get your ideas? your pictures are so inspiring! go you!

  2. Wow, you look great! Not that you didn’t look great before you lost the weight, of course :)
    I lost all my baby weight after baby #2, but could never shake the tummy. Now that baby #3 is on the way, I’m despairing of ever seeing abs again. So….how in the world did you lose your baby tummy?!?

  3. Thank you for posting this, brave stuff to be putting out there. You look amazing and make me want to try to be “better.”

  4. judi: I use the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer! It’s awesome and…powerful. haha

    jess liv: Thank you, doll! I read a lot of health blogs, books and watch nerdy documentaries, ha!

    Hannah: Thank you! The stomach has been the hardest for me to lose too… you are definitely not alone. The more raw fruits and veggies you eat, the flatter your tummy will be. For me, cutting out the dairy made the biggest difference because it’s just so difficult to digest and always made me HUGELY bloated. You’d be surprised how flat your tummy is when everything has been moved out of there as well. Fiber, babeh! :)

    Stacey: I <3 you!

  5. this film was seriously awe inspiring. me and mine are working on moving towards a veg lifestyle and juicing is at the top of our list as we haven’t tried it yet. excited. good luck!

  6. Tilly: Thank you! and lol! I’m sorry! I’m glad someone understood the reference! ;)

    heather: Good luck to you too! You’re going to feel great!

  7. You look fantastic! Plus, you’ve made me super curious about a veggie/vegan lifestyle. Keep us updated!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I’m always interested in how people eat and work out for weight loss. I love seeing your weight loss pictures too! Go Morgan!

  9. Good luck!! I didn’t read all the comments so not sure if anybody else said this… but I HATE kale too. HATE. Stabby stab hate.

    So I juice LOTS of spinach, celery, rainbow chard and bok choy. Seems to get the job done. If I do kale its like one small leaf. Anymore and I can taste it and want to gag. But adding a lemon to kale juices super helps. If you like the taste of grass covered up with lemon.

    GOOD LUCK!! I start my juicing fast on Monday. I’m going to add raw fruits and veggies this time. I need something to chew when I do it. But hopefully I can stick to it. I lost 3 pounds in 3 days last time. But I always sent from nachos straight into juicing. I’ve been ovo-veggie for 3 months now, so I’m curious to see how my body reacts this time.

    Tweet your progress!!

  10. Wow, congrats! Thanks for sharing, I know it takes a lot of work!
    And, since you said you’ve watched a lot of food documentaries, have you seen Food Inc? I love that one!

  11. woo! so proud/jealous/envious/of you! you’re such an THINSPERATION (see what i did there? did you see that? did you see how i put thin instead of inspiration? do you get it? it was like a thin/pun joke. see that?) i need a juicer and a mormygosh in my house STAT.

  12. Good job girlie! Just curious, how tall are you? Just wondering so we could get a gist of height to weight ratio goin’ on?

  13. Amy: THANK YOU! That means a lot coming from you, friend. I’m always interested in your updates!

    Colleen: Knowing that you made it through is what’s helping me right now, seriously! I’ll have to try all those other greens.

    Gillian: Yes, that was a great one!

    lauren: As always, ohmorgosh, you’re hilarious and I love you!

    Jenn: I’m 5’5″. I forgot to mention that! Thanks for the reminder. :)

  14. This is so strange! Josh and I have been juicing off and on for about 6 months and currently are juicing breakfast instead of coffee–it REALLY does give us way more energy than caffeine! We just watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for the 2nd time last night with my parents and are about to start our 2nd 10 day juice fast. Its amazing. I’m learning more and more each day about the benefits, and we’ve cut meat down in our house to 2-3 times per week, and have no more cows milk in our house. Still working on cutting out dairy all together, taking it slow so we stick to it! We have a Breville juicer just like the documentary and love it. I wanted to 2nd whoever suggested juicing a lemon with the strong-tasting greens. It makes a world of difference. If I juice a lemon and an orange or some pineapple I can pretty much add any leafy greens I want and it tastes great! Kale is actually one of our faves. We do a lot of beet too, SO beneficial healthwise, hardly taste it, and it makes the lyucky” green juice a prettier color. ;)

  15. Wow u look amazing. I have a 4 mOnth and lost the baby weight….but my pouch is not going down. Any suggestions? Since I had Csection I heard it will take me longer.

  16. Wow… you are a huge inspiration, and one I hope I can at least try to emulate (laziness 100000000, me a big FAT 0)
    I’ve been overweight for… weight (haha) for it, EIGHT FREAKING YEARS!!! I gained a ton with my first and it just stayed, went from 135-140 to over 200, then after having her ended around 170.. and stayed there. I was actually the thinnest in the past 8yrs when I was in my 1st trimester with my 2nd daughter 2yrs ago, you know non-stop vomiting had me down to 158ish in the first trimester. I’m back at my 170ish and so sick of it. It’s my 10th wedding anniversary & 37th birthday next month and I’d love to start losing! I’d love any book, lifestyle “diet”, etc recommendations you want to offer, also juicer recommendations… I think I could handle drinking better :)

  17. I’m so happy for you!

    I loved that documentary and love that you’re vegan and love that you are healthy and happy. :)

    I somehow currently weigh less than I did in high school, but I’m not going to complain. ;) Good luck with the juicing! I’m intrigued, but I know myself and I am SO not a fasting/dieting person – so one juice a day would be more my style. (I’ve been to cheap to buy a juicer, though.) (Also, raw kale is gross. Unless it’s marinated in garlic and lemon. Yum.)

  18. Good luck with the juice feast! I did a 10 day fast with one raw meal and found that I couldn’t stand the color of the green juice! I ended up adding blackberries and lemon to every green juice and it really helped cover the color and taste! Good Luck!!!

  19. Can’t wait to see how the juicing thing works out. I’m due with my first baby in May and have somehow packed on about 45 lbs already (5’7, started out at 135) despite eating reasonably. I may have to invest in a juicer ASAP after baby to get myself back to my pre-pregnancy weight, because I’m already feeling kind of depressed about my weight gain at this point in my pregnancy.

  20. I’m a huge fan of your blog and I just have to tell you that I’m super inspired by this post! I already don’t eat red meat and I react to eggs so it wouldn’t be a huge change to cut out the dairy and poultry. I’m getting married in August and my dress fitting is the end of next month- I think I need to do a couple of these juice fasts between now and then and kind-of “re-set” everything.You’re amazing! Thanks for sharing this. (Also, I weigh between 135- 140 and you look WAY thinner than me! I’m 5’2″ though so I’m sure that’s part of it. I’m a bit oompa-loompa-ish in terms of body type!)

  21. Wow, it’s so impressive how you’ve changed you diet and managed to make it work for you. That’s awesome! I loved Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead… and I love juicing too! Lately I’ve been having more green smoothies than juice, just because it’s easier to clean the blender int he morning before work than the juicer… and laziness wins. Womp womp! You look fantastic – so healthy. You’re glowing! Keep it up!

  22. As I read this at 3:00 in the afternoon, I scarfed down a bowl of cereal. And now I’m going to bake a chocolate pie. (it’s for my honey! it’s our anniversary tomorrow! soooo…… totally ok, right?)
    But my currently 150 pounds, 5’1″, pregnant-with-my-fourth-child-and-feeling-like-I-should-eat-whatever-I-want-while-I-have-an-excuse self is TOTALLY bookmarking this post to come back to in about 4 months.
    because, seriously, all joking aside, you look AMAZING and I’m inspired by you!! (no matter what weight, you’re always gorgeous. just so you know. hot mama.) Here’s to getting thin and most importantly, healthy, after having the babies! :)

  23. Had to come back and post again, I just came home with a brand new Omega 350 juicer from BB&B (yeah for 20% off coupons) and a ton of fresh produce… you’re a huge inspiration and darn it I’m going to give this my best shot (or add vodka and call it a wash LOL) Here’s to health!

  24. Ah yay, you’re looking great, always were! I started juicing too and had all good intentions to do a 10 juice cleanse after watching the same documentary, very inspiring. Except on my very first day of juicing all I could think about was food and fell asleep twice! And then turned into an angry juice monster. I failed. And ate food and all was normal again. So I’m aiming for one juice only day a week… ahhh what’s your fav mix?

  25. ! My husband has been making me watch food documentaries & we just watched Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead last weekend! The results were amazing! You are going to feel so awesome by day 10!

  26. You look AMAZING. I have lost 12 pounds myself recently after having 2 kiddos, and I thought *I* was doing well!!

    So random- I want to know how you get your hair in the subtle waves in the next to last pic. Mine always fall out!

  27. I’m not sure if you’ve blogged about this before, but aside from the weight loss (you look AHMAZING, by the way), what are some of the other positives to veganism (is that a word?) For instance, have you noticed a change in your skin, hair, etc.?

  28. this is really, really encouraging. i had a baby 5 months ago and i’ve lost 33lbs and that’s after going to the gym 3 times a week and meeting with a personal trainer 2 of those times. Anyway, I still have about 30 more pounds to lose and it is just so nice to see someone who has done it, but is a real life person too. It is easy to think that the weight will NEVER come off. Thank you.

  29. Rebekkin: Thank you!! And yes, skin is clearer for sure. My hair is pretty strong and healthy as well. The most notable change for me though, being that I have a sensitivity to dairy, is that my stomach is SO much flatter now. I still get bloated if I eat salty stuff, but NOTHING like when I was eating the cheese.

  30. Thank you for this blog! It’s very inspiring and helped me feel better about my current situation. I gained 70 lbs with my first baby and it took 4 years to lose 60 of them. Then I got pregnant again and gained those 60 lbs back. So…now I have to lose those same 60-70 lbs again. Sigh.

    Seeing all that you’ve accomplished, so healthfully and quickly (especially compared to my 4 years) really is motivating. I don’t know that I want to go vegan (feta! eggs! butter!) but thank you for sharing your journey! :D

  31. This last march I realized I had put on way too much weight after three kids and one day woke up and decided enough was enough. Shortly after I had started dieting and exercising, I read this blog post and it really helped me keep going. Now its September and I am happy to report I have lost 40 lbs! Its a great feeling to realize how far I have come but I don’t have super greatr pictures to really show the progress. This made me revisit this awesome blog post and help remind me that work and commitment looks fabulous! ;) thank you!

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