“If you always do what you’ve always done,
then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve known this quote for years and was under the impression that it came from the inspirational writer and speaker Zig Ziglar. I googled it to make sure. Nope. Apparently, Tony Robbins, Albert Einstein and Mark Twain also wrote it. Well, to whomever wrote this great quote – thank you. It just nudges me in the right direction when it comes to mind.
So what exactly am I doing here? What is the Green Smoothie Experiment III? And what in the world is a green smoothie?
The last question seems the easiest to explain. So, for those of you who don’t know what a green smoothie is – here goes. A smoothie with greens in it. Tada! All kinds of greens, actually. The idea behind the green smoothie is that while people may (but usually not) get in enough veggies in a day, green leafies are different. They are more nutrient dense. And yet, unless you are one of the very small minority that actual like eating green leafy vegetables plain, it takes a whole lot of doctoring up to make the greens worth eating, tastewise. And thus was born – the green smoothie. Honestly, when add in the fruit it really does mask the green taste, leaving you with a great snack or meal. High in water, high in nutrients, get in 4 or 5 fruit and veggie servings in one large serving… what more could you ask for?
What is the Green Smoothie Experiment III? I guess then I need to tell you about #1 and #2 experiments. A woman named Valerie chose to conduct an experiment to lose weight strictly by drinking green smoothies. She called it the Green Smoothie Experiment. She did lose weight – lots of it. As a matter of fact, Valerie lost 125 pounds in 6 months. That was the end of her experiment. She chose to take her blog down. Some speculate it was because she blogged every day and responded to every question and just wanted her life back. I don’t know. Though I do wish I could have read about her experience. And then there was Clent. He was 400 pounds when he chose to conduct Green Smoothie Experiment II. He didn’t only drink green smoothies, but he did go 100% raw and only eat smoothies and veggies. As far as I know he didn’t eat any nuts or have any oils or anything additional on his food. I personally don’t agree with that method. I believe that at the very least, people need healthy oils – our brains need good fats! That said, he did add 1/2 avocado to his smoothies each day. So at least that was some good fat. And did he lose? Big time. From January 2008 to January 2009, Clent lost 230 pounds. That’s pretty great, in my humble opinion. He also stated that there were MANY health benefits that he reaped including his liver shrinking back to normal size, his skin improving, not needing glasses anymore and his gray hair even went back to it’s original color! In my eyes, one of the greatest benefits he reaped was that his skin shrank back with the rest of his body and he has no loose skin and no need for skin reduction surgery. He attributes this to the green smoothies.
So why am I here? I started making green smoothies again for myself a couple weeks ago. Here and there. I decided to check out the benefits and read about weight loss because I thought I remembered people saying that it helped them lose. That was when I ran into Valerie’s story. Wow. Exciting. Then I ran out and got Victoria Boutenko’s book, “Green Smoothie Revolution”. It has a lot of invaluable information. I highly recommend it. Clent’s story, his version and his doctor’s version, are both in the book as well.
I started to think about this. I have been trying to lose weight for what seems like forever. I decided that I need to make food boring (a tip I picked up in the book “Never Say Diet” by Chantel Hobbs). If I made food boring and easy then eating would be more like stopping for fuel and less like a party in my mouth. Once I decided that I would have a green smoothie every morning for breakfast, the only question left was – what for lunch? After reading Valerie and Clent’s stories I decided that I would try having smoothies for both breakfast and lunch and then have a normal, sensible dinner. I just cannot see it feeling like a family dining experience if my family is eating beef roast and potatoes while I slurp a green smoothie from a quart sized canning jar. Mmmmmmm.
When I told my mom about this experiment she very seriously asked me, “So what are the parameters?” It made me really think about it. What makes my experiment any different? Valerie and Clent lost large amounts of weight very fast. And, while I am not afraid of losing fast (and yes, I am aware that some people think this is dangerous) I am happy losing steadily, but not necessarily fast. And so my parameters – to lose my excess weight in one year while having a green smoothie for breakfast, one for lunch and a normal dinner with my family.
Does this approach work? Well, today is Sunday – I started on Wednesday. I am already 6 pounds down. Yeah. I think I can make it work…