Tuesday, May 27, 2014

10 Common Juicing Mistakes

I learned alot about juicing in this article, like not chewing my juice and not drinking my juice on an empty stomach.  You can read the full article here. 

Monday, May 26, 2014


I'm feeling pretty happy with my first week of "I know it's May but I'm ready to start my New Year's resolution now" program.  For the most part, I stayed off of coffee. I may have had one or two tall Americanos closer to  the end of the week. I curbed my caffeine cravings with green tea and managed to get through the week without a headache.  I did my morning juices the night before and then sort of "suffered" through the lunch hour with some fruit, cheese, bean salad....I find lunch time the toughest.  I made some great salads for our dinners and managed to get quite a bit of walking in, including 12 km (!!) on Saturday.  I was pretty worried about my ability to make it through the 12 km (which was shortened from 15 km by the organizers) but I did it. I felt very relieved. 

I weighed myself on Saturday and I'm down 3 lbs but I don't get excited by the number on the scale. When my "fat clothes" start feeling lose, then I'll start feeling excited.

This week I'm starting a more "focused" juice regime. Made a juice last night of grapefruit, oranges and mango which I downed this morning. I love fresh grapefruit juice. It's so refreshing.  I'm going to try to eat and drink ONLY fruits and vegetables for the next 5 days and then go full-on juice only for the 10 days following that. I'm up against a roadblock next weekend when I'll be spending the day at a lunch included "stamp camp". Instead of worrying about it, I think I'm just gonna give myself a pass that day and eat the food that is provided.

My short term goal is to keep walking, walking, walking and get my weight down a little bit so that I can get back to yoga.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 19, 2014

147 over 83

Not a horrible blood pressure reading but not great.  I didn't take my blood pressure medication today. No particular reason; just didn't.

I have been dealing with a bit of a stomach bug this weekend that I am definitely not going to get into here. Sometimes too much information is just too much information, even for a blog.

I wrote last week that my daughter and I were going to do a a juice cleanse together and we still are, but this week is the pre-juice cleanse, cleanse.  Today we started with a pretty filling juice of beets, oranges and carrots. I've eaten clean all day although I did have 1 black coffee this morning.

This week is all about cutting back; cutting back on coffee, sugar, processed foods, etc. This will (hopefully) make the leap to a full on week of juicing a little less dramatic.

I took a couple of photos (another thing I won't be sharing here at the moment), weighed myself and took my blood pressure.  All in the hope that I can make some significant changes.

  • I have pain. Constantly. Legs, feet, neck, back. My 5'3" frame is not meant to carry this much weight. I think I'm crushing myself. 
  • I don't sleep. At all. When I do manage to fall asleep, I wake up 3, 4, 5 times every night. I'm exhausted. 
  • If I have to run across the street to catch the streetcar, it takes me 2 stops to catch my breath.  
I know it's not possible, but I actually feel as though I have a little more energy today. No bread, no cookies, no fatty meat, no chocolate and I feel better.  It's 9:00 p.m. and I'm hungry. I don't want to eat so I'm sipping on some homemade, caffeine free ice tea.  

Wish me luck - I've got my walking clothes ready for tomorrow morning.

Oh yeah! I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. Very inspiring.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Juice Cleanse

I bought a Juicer, more than a year ago. I used it like crazy for the first couple of months and then, like every other obsession in my life (besides paper crafting, of course) it fell into that black hole of things that I love that take too much effort on my part and therefore, are forgotten.

Now, I have a daughter (16) who is becoming as conscience about her inner health as she is about her outer beauty and she has agreed to do a juice cleanse with me.  Yay!

I have read that a juice cleanse is not recommended for anyone under 18 and I definitely do not want her to lose any weight. But she has recently been complaining of being tired and occasionally a little nauseous. I would like her to experience, for a few days, the benefits of clean eating and learn to recognize the changes in how she feels. My hope is that it will extend after the actual "cleanse" is over and she will become more mindful of what she puts and doesn't put into her body and how the food she eats effect how she feels, sleeps and looks.  We badly need to start paying attention to the way we eat at my house and I think this is a good way to start. I will keep a close eye on her and probably add some extra juice and even the odd salad if she feels rough.

I expect my experience to be more along the lines of this.  I am fully prepared to be cranky and bitchy. Tired and achy (although I can barely fathom being more achy and tired than I already am).

Our plan is to follow the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead program. I already have my juicer as I said and I plan to watch the Fat, Sick and Nearly dead movie on Netflix this weekend.

Beginning on Monday, for 1 week, my daughter and I will do a "pre-cleanse" cleanse.  Cutting back on coffee, sugar, processed meat (her) and alcohol (me) and eating more salads (I found some delicious looking ones on the FS&ND blog), more beans, nuts and at least 1 fresh juice everyday.  I like the sounds of this recipe for the morning - it makes two servings:
3 beets
9 carrots
3 oranges

I plan to blog here about how it's going, how I feel (good and bad)  and I'll do my best to make the entries funny and entertaining but I expect that they will be mostly sad and filled with the "F" word.

See ya on Monday!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Let the Walking Begin!

I'm taking "baby steps", trying to walk a little further every day in preparation for 60 km (over 2 days) in September for The Weekend to End Women's Cancers.  Last week I started off strong but then, a late night on Wednesday night (late for me anyways, I didn't get in until after midnight) resulted in no walking for the rest of the week.

I like the summary provided by Map My Walk and that I can post automatically to Facebook  to show by "supporters" that I really am trying and working hard.

I'm off to a good start this week and if the weather cooperates, I figure I can get 4 or 5 workouts in. My pace is pretty slow, I'd like to be moving between 9 and 10 min/km by the time September rolls around.