juicing – all done!

My last post was a bit depressing – considering it was about depression, I’d say I nailed it?  There is more on this topic I want to discuss but a lot has happened between then and now so I will jump back into it soon.

I finished the 28 day juice cleanse the Saturday before I left for vacation/WA.  My original plan was to finish a week before I left but it took a few days to get it up and running so I was nervous about being done on Saturday and taking off on Monday.

so yes, this thought did cross my mind… it’s VACATION after all…

Let’s get right to it… the 28 day juice cleanse was a very interesting experience.  It’s a roller coaster of a time which I simply didn’t expect.  I will say, I will never do a 28 day cleanse again.  Definitely a shorter one – as I know it did my body good, but 28 days was simply too long for my body.  Office mate really thrived on this and in fact has started another 28 day rotation.  It’s important to recognize what works for your body.

I lost 11lbs.  I think I would have lost more but I didn’t have a whole lot of energy to work out.  I should’ve just gone for walks but in my brain it seemed that either I would run or I would sit on my couch.  I don’t always see the middle ground.  Speaking of running, I do not recommend doing a juice cleanse during marathon training.  This was a poor timing decision on my part.  I really did not have the energy to do any distance and I didn’t see that it was related to lack of foods rather lack of fitness on my part so I felt discouraged.

I know all of the fruits and veggies were a mega boost to my system.  I noticed benefits to fueling my body with said nutrients.  In fact, now that I’m two weeks out and haven’t been juicing at all, I can feel my NEED to merge aspects of the juice lifestyle with a food lifestyle.  Does this make sense?  It’s hard to explain but I just don’t eat enough fruits and veggies as part of my regular diet.  It’s a major hole and I’m never quite sure how to fix this.

So, I’m bringing some juicing back!  I’ve picked my favorite and will have one of these a day for the next few days to see if I can feel a difference.  I know part of my lethargic feeling is the whole vacation eating – I mean seriously, how am I supposed to deny yummy burgers at a family BBQ?  Or your dad’s wedding cake? Your grandma’s lemon cake?!  Nope, not going to happen.  I had a mini freak out the Saturday of the wedding as I could feel the bloat and my niece talked me down with encouraging words.  She is a gem.

I’ll have the juice for lunch.  I recently read an article on Active.com with regards to dieting and running.  It recommended NOT dieting when training for a race and I couldn’t agree more.  However, it also talked about eating less processed foods and keeping it balanced.  This is my focus.

Ron captures my feelings on the juice cleanse!

Overall, I’m glad I finished the cleanse.  I didn’t believe I could stick with it and I proved to myself I could accomplish hard things that were out of my element.  The last two days of the cleanse were a bit dicey since I had to eat one or two meals for work-related events but such is life.  I didn’t expect feeling so emotional during this process!  It was also kind of isolating.  So much of our lives revolves around food!  And the silly part I hated was going to the grocery store so much.  For me personally, I had a lot of headaches – I mean, one practically everyday.  This is the primary reason I won’t do this length of a cleanse again.  BUT I readjusted my portion sizes!  I readjusted my sugar cravings and sugar intake!  Can you see how back and forth I feel about this experience?!

I’ll refer to this again in future posts I’m sure and I would be happy to answer any questions.  I’m really proud of myself!

fitness glory? nope but challenge mondays are back

Sickness invaded my household!  I know I am not the only one and these posts are being written all over the internets.  Mine has been a bit different – a headache everyday since last Sunday and then stomach issues all weekend.  No fun.

The headaches run in the family and we all try to pinpoint what causes them so we can avoid those things like the plague!  I narrowed it down to the following:

-Vast amounts of delicious WA Pacific Northwest Coffee… oh how I love thee!

possibly the one pic in this post!
possibly the one pic in this post!

-Sleeping like garbage all last week and still being on west coast time as opposed to jumping on board with all the eastern standard time folk

-An obnoxious contact!  Oh man, one eye has been giving me grief for about two weeks.  Finally, like any truly intelligent person, I switched them out.

-Boycotting water… I’m so rebellious I didn’t even realize I was doing this!

In all actuality, it was simply one giant headache that started last Sunday and never really went away.  Typically, I would really start to feel it in the evenings.  Then it reached peak performance (really, well done on that, headache!) on Saturday afternoon.  One vicodin and later a headache pill, I was finally feeling better.  Sunday, I had some faint pains passing through but I pretended to know how to do Biofeedback and got it under control.  So yay!  No more headache!

The flu symptoms might be attributed to the fact that I may have undercooked my winner-winner-chicken-dinner on Friday night.  Oops.

During the height of my desperation on Saturday I sent a tweet asking for any home headache remedies.  One of the responses I got was avoiding MSG.  Now, I knew MSG is to be avoided but I didn’t know it triggered migraines.  I started doing some “research” (read half of a bunch of articles on the internet) and this stuff is bad news!  I found a site, foodfacts.com and I recommend it if you want to delve further into your food ingredients.

HOWEVER!  And please heed my warning… If you are not interested in knowing very detailed, very specifically what ingredients are made of, then don’t dig into this site!  I’m not sure I will be eating gelatin any time soon (and it’s in some of my yogurt – weird).  But it was helpful for me since MSG can now be included under “natural flavors” (total bogus) and other strange names/categories.  It would be tough for me to cut all MSG out of my diet – it is that pervasive, but I can attempt to cut down.

Foodfacts.com does require you to register in order to look at ingredients, which I found annoying but I made my profile private and will only use it to look at ingredients in food.  The website also gives grades to each food and sometimes I didn’t agree with it so make sure to look at why it got the grade it did.  They have the “good” and “bad” about each product and I did find this helpful.

*Challenge Monday!  Yay!  This has been on hiatus considering the holiday and my general laziness.  But this is what I have on the docket for the week:

*12 circle crunches – on each side

*15 burpees

*15 pushups

*15 supermans (scroll down and there is a good description of this move)

repeat x3 (x2 whatever you can do!)

What is a circle crunch?  Well, a few weeks ago, I was laying in bed thinking of some moves for these challenges and the circle crunch was born.  Sit on the floor,  bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor.  Lean back so you are contracting your stomach muscles.  Then move in a circular motion.  I thought I was brilliant!  Then I saw it in Shape magazine a few days later.  DAMN!  I missed my chance at fitness glory…  I spent some time looking for the link on Shape but they haven’t posted it yet.  So I found a different link above if my instructions are a bit murky.  Have fun!