Juicing & Running

I’m pretty psyched I have been able to JUICE this past FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  The mornings are pretty wild, so I’m not sure I will have the time to juice during the weekdays, but if there is a will there is a way.

This past Saturday and Sunday we juiced the following:

beets, kale, lemon, apple, carrot, celery and cucumber

The juice was beautiful, red, full of flavor, and so wonderfully healthy for our bods.  My little guy drank about half a glass of the below, and my husband and I drank the rest.  The whole process takes time, and there are no shortcuts one can take – but it is worth it.  First, you have to clean, and chop up all of the veggies/fruits.  Then you juice it – which at times is laborious, because vegetables such as kale do not juice as easily as an apple.  Yet, it’s possible, and I stick apples and kale together, and the use the big carrot to help it juice further.

Once the juice is out – we drink it up!  We want to make sure every nutrient is ingested.

Then, I open up the juicer, and clean it up.  There are 4 parts of the juicer that come apart that need cleaned up.  The cleanup is extensive and the pulp often builds up in my sink, which then needs cleaned.

One of the reasons I want to become financially independent as fast as possible, is because I want to have time to juice, each and every single day!!!  I don’t want to have to rush off to an office job, when in fact, I need to care for my health, first and foremost.

The juice was lovely, and I’m so happy we were able to juice three times.  I hope I can juice MORE days of the week, then not juice.

I also was able to go running the last four days.  I ran full miles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I was able to run a consecutive 2 miles this morning.  With a consecutive mile I ran on the 1st and 2nd also in this month, my total mileage is at 8 miles.  This is poor and not a good showing, but a good start.  I’m psyched to get back into every single day running.  If I can run 2 miles each and every morning, I would be very happy!  Hopefully my body, and my sleep work with me, to be able to get this accomplished.

Working up to 3 miles per day, would be awesome as well.

 

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Kombucha-Curry-Broccoli-Turkey Mix & another morning run!

Yesterday, my lunch was pretty fabulous!  This past weekend I cooked ground turkey – and to that, I added this lovely curry powder.  It’s so lovely and delicious.  Anything and everything that has to do with India cuisine, I love – so this was just the best.  To my curry turkey mix, I added a chopped up green salad I made yesterday morning (Romaine lettuce, organic spinach leaves, and broccoli!)  The HOT turkey, quickly steamed the broccoli, and it was both warm/soft and crunchy.  To all of this I added a bit of Alid’s Organic Tahiti salad dressing.

All went down nicely, with my Kombucha.  I love Kombucha so much. My vision of retirement, is picking up two daily – on my bike!  One for me and one for my hubby.

Even though I’m extra sore, I was psyched to get up at 5am, and get to the gym this morning.  I ended up running for 20 minutes.  It was easier this morning than the previous three mornings, and with this I’m happy.  I ended up quickly cleaning off the treadmill and finding a quite spot in the back of the gym where I stretched, and where I laid on the floor and did three sets of 20 arm/leg raises, to strengthen my lower back.

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After having two kids, and still carrying both around at times, my lower back hurts.  It’s not permanent or chronic, it’s just painful at times. And so, I know that one way to combat the pain/lower back stress is activity, and it’s important to straighten the back muscles, just as we would our abs.

Gym Everyday, 3 days down…

Saturday (7am), Sunday (7am) and this Monday (5am) morning, I went to the gym as soon as it opened!  I ran for 20 minutes & 2 miles (+) each morning, and I felt FABULOUS as soon as I was done.

Working out/running specifically for me, makes me feel so good, so fast.  From April 2009 until April 2010, I ran each and every day, no less than 2 miles per day.  I ran for 365 days & then some.  I ran into my 12th week of my first pregnancy.  In the past 6 years I have done some running, but nothing that I would call consistent, or every day or dedicated or focused.  It’s been haphazard.  If the time was right, if everything felt right, if I had all of the time possible, and if I was in the mood – I would run, but other than perfect circumstances – it was a no go.  The stars would have to ALIGHT perfectly, for this to happen.

(Oh, I did train and complete a  sprint triathlon last Sept, so I did put in a lot of miles from July-Sept of last year, but nothing past that).

And so, here we are today, Day 3 into my 365 days of running challenge.  365 days seems so scary, and unrealistic, that I don’t even want to via written word, challenge myself to 365 Days of Running.  I have two little children, and these little people are unpredictable.  But so far, so good. I’m three days in, and this morning, driving home from the gym at 530am, I felt SO GOOD.  Like so strong, and feeling just right.  After I got off the treadmill, I did the row/pull for 3 sets of 20, and that felt awesome too!

I have also been eating well as well.  I decided to eat breakfast at 9am, snack at 11am, lunch at 1pm, snack at 3pm, and then dinner around 6-7pm, and not eat past then.  I have read that intermittent fasting is so good for our bodies, so if I can give my digestive system a “break” from 7pm – 9am, that is exactly 14 hours of digestive rest!  I also have to force myself to snack when it’s time to snack.  Often I skip the snack (when trying to eat great), and then I get too hungry, and overeat.  I have been going back and forth so often with healthy and non-health eating, that I really want to make this now a lifestyle, and stick with it forever.

I don’t think forever is too scary of a word.  What is scary is the pain, suffering, illness and mental angst that comes with consistently overeating, eating sugar, and not taking care of one’s body.  Cheers to another try – and cheers to daily focus on both running & Whole30/Whole30ish eating!

 

 

 

2 Mile Run @ Gym!

Just got back from the GYM, where I ran for the first 10 minutes, walked 1, ran 1, & so on, for a total of 20 minutes & 2 miles.

I’m super psyched to get back to the gym.  My husband goes at lunch every day, and he walked into my office at 12:07pm, and said:  You ready?  And I had no choice but to head out!  I packed my bag before leaving for work, and had everything I needed to get this workout completed.

We got to the gym, I changed quickly into a pair of yoga pants and a running top, and hopped on the treadmill.  Then after my workout, I got back into the locker room, found my shampoo & conditioner and towel, and took a quick shower.  I forgot my brush so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and ended up getting dressed, and finishing up!  There was no one int he locker room, which is nice, privacy is always nice!

It feels so good to feel fit, and I feel exercise is such a life motivator, and a life boost for each and every day.  Plus, I really need to remember that daily exercise is so good for the body, mind, heart and most importantly our health.  It’s easy to say we’re busy, and we don’t have time, and we don’t want to – and all of that is true too – but we have to fit it in.  I wish the gym was a TAD bit closer to my office (like walking distance would be nice) but I can’t be picky at this point, and I have to make it work.

I would like to run daily, every single day, for at least 20 minutes.  It’s an amount of time that is not too long, and not too short.  At 20 minutes, I could run quick and get 2.5 miles in – eventually.  And I could always run longer, if needed/wanted.  Ideally, as I mentioned before, I would like to run each and every day, do some type of YOGA, and then also some weight training.  If I stay focused on these three goals, I’ll incorporate them in my daily life more and more consistently.

I would also like to eventually do some regular racing.  I’m not interested in doing another triathlon, but a 10K or a 5 miler here and there would be nice.  At this point, I’m not fit enough to sign up with ease, but that’s the goal:  to be able to run one anytime I want to.  My kids are growing up and getting older, and I know they will be active fit children.  Nothing would make me happier than to race with my babies!! There are so many awesome local races – and why not make racing a family event?  What better way to connect with the community, and to stay fit & focused on health?

 

First Day of Running, Yoga, and WT.

I woke up this morning, and before even taking a moment to THINK about what I needed to do, I got dressed, found my iPod, told my hubby I was going for a run, and OUT THE DOOR I went!  I was super dehydrated, and in no running shape, but we have to start somewhere!

I ended up doing a 2 mile run/walk (80% running), and I was happy to have started!  It was hot, and I felt so frumpy out there on the streets, but I got it done!  I came home 24 minutes later, and my lil gal was up hanging out with her daddy.  My son was still sleeping, and the house was in order.  I’m not sure what I think will happen in the 20-25 minutes I am gone, but sometimes I think the worst, like I can’t leave for even a hot minute!  This is not the case and I need to remember this often.

I ended up stretching/doing some yoga stretches on the rug, and it felt SO GOOD to be active first thing in the morning.  Morning time is my most favorite time to work out.  I get to start off the morning with endorphins flying high, and in a positive mental & physical mood.

Then at work, I ended up using my 15lbs dumbbells and doing shoulder presses.  3 sets of 20 reps – throughout the day.  During a mini break after lunch, I also ended up getting down on my Yoga mat, and stretching, and stretching some more.  My legs are a bit sour, as is my upper body.  I’m probably most sore from inactivity, versus the most recent activity.

My goal is to run each day, at least 20-30 minutes, and to start off my morning with exercise & activity. And then to YOGA STRETCHING throughout the day, and then to do at least one weight training exercise (using dumbbells, or squats or lunges).  I know once I get into it – it’s going to be easy to maintain this habit.  The hardest part is the getting started.  But once I get running, I’m golden.  I need to stay motivated, and stay UBER MOTIVATED to keep going.  I’m going to set my alarm tomorrow morning for 5am, so I can get into an earlier wake up routine, and thus feel less rushed in the AM.  Also, what else is there to do first thing in the AM, except work out!?!

I’m proud of myself for getting this little piece of fire started within me.  Now it’s time to keep it burning.