With all the juice talk in the house, Val, who has never done a cleanse, but likes fresh green and fruit juices caught a Montel Williams infomercial about a juicer. It looked pretty awesome and like something we'd use at home a lot. Considering how often we shop at Whole Foods and Pressed Juicery, the investment seemed well worth it to be able to juice at home. After researching online reviews, I read repeatedly that the best blenders/juicers on the market are Vitamix and Blendtec. They are expensive so I was thinking of my approach to talk Val into buying one of these babies.
Later that afternoon, Val and the boys came home from Costco and look what they brought in!!
The boys were SO excited to tell me they watched the lady at Costco for an hour make several different recipes in the blender which included Tortilla Soup and Popeye Ice Cream (yes, it's with spinach!). They told me about all the different ways we could use it, how easy and practical it was and that they couldn't wait to start juicing and making smoothies! They also said that papa (that's what they call Val) would let them eat ice cream for breakfast! (One of the recipes uses low fat yogurt and veggies that end up being tasteless and unseen so that there is a lot of nutritional value.)
I'm super excited about our new purchase. I also hope (after reading some of your comments) that this doesn't discourage anyone who isn't able to afford a blender. Losing weight isn't about the products and services we have. It's about making life long commitments to making good decisions and improving our health. I feel blessed that we're able to afford some luxuries that make life a little easier, but please know that they aren't necessary. I LOVE that so many of you reading this blog are answering each others questions and offering suggestions that will help each of you on your journey. And just as a reminder, this little blog of mine isn't a step-by-step follow-along program. I'm simply blogging about what I'm doing and what works for me, but that doesn't mean its the right path for you. I do know that because we are all in this together, your answers and encouragement to one another are vitally important, so keep them coming!
Remember, you have a choice with every decision you make. Make a good choice today, even with the small ones. The accumulation of small decisions carries us farther than one decision ever will. (pg. 82 of Reshaping It All). That's how we create new habits!
As the book of Titus teaches us, be eager to do what is good. :)