Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm back from the dead

Hi All~
Sorry I've been MIA for a loooong time. Well, no beating around the bush..It was a looong, haaard winter, then the day after my children got out of school (end of May) we took off to the country of Panama for 6 weeks. Once we returned it was C.O., then sisters came from Minnesota for a week, then Convention, then school started back! Whew.. So here I am catching my breath from our whirlwind of a summer. Anyway...

I am currently juicing, am on day 8, and am feeling great. Before juicing (and upon return from Panama), I started working out at a Chiropractic office here by my house. I go 2-3 times a week and after just 3-4 weeks I could see soo much definition in my body. Then I decided to look into the routine we were doing and found that the chiro is implementing moves from P90X and Insanity. So I got the videos of Insanity (that's mainly what we are doing) and have started the 2 month/60 day program. It IS Insane!! (if you know what it is, you KNOW what I'm talking about:) Anyway, I am 14 days into the specific Insanity program, and my body is changing sooo much. I highly recommend this workout if you don't have a bad back or knees, etc..

Now about being vegan and working out.. One day while I was at Whole Foods in July, as I had just been curious about being Vegan and working out so rigorously..I stumbled upon the book THRIVE by Brandon Frazier who is a vegan triathlete. Now I'm not looking to be a marathon runner or a triathlete, I just wanted some direction on what to be conscious of to stay nourished and super healthy while working out. Meaning, I didn't want to be sabotaging my progress by not eating the right things after working out and such. (have you seen at your local 'Whole Foods' grocer -or such- the products/powders by the brand name 'Vega'? that's Brandon's line..) Anyhow, I won't go there, but his book Thrive is PERFECT for vegan gym junkies or couch potatoes, and everything in between to have a well balanced, nutritious, delicious, fun Thriving diet!

Moving on. So naturally I can't leave well enough alone, so I decided that I wanted to juice AND workout. As of yet I haven't come across a book that merges the two perfectly, so here is what I came up with to do.. 2 green juices a day, 1 sweet juice, 1 recovery drink (after working out), and 1 "raw meal" (it's a type of powdered drink by Garden of Life) drink a day (an hour and a half after working out, and all these juices are pint size). Wonderfully enough I have had sustained energy, my detox wasn't anything like what it's been each time of juicing before, and my stamina in ALL things has greatly increased. I can't say enough about how well I feel physically and mentally. All I can say is, wish I would have done it sooner!!

About juicing.. Like I mentioned before, I am on day 8 and my original goal was 10 days, now I'm thinking 21 days (ending Sept. 4th). If I can continue sustained juicing and intensely working out for 13 more days, then that's what I will do. I will keep you posted. I have been enjoying as my green juice, 1 cuke, 1 heart of romaine, 3-4 celery stalks, 1 lemon, and 1 apple. I like the mix, it's just right! For my sweet I've changed it up a few times (got a recipe from my mother-in-law, ex, who after watching "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" with her husband, they bought a Breville Ikon and embarked on a juice fast/feast, they are on day 12 of 30, will talk about this more in a different post another time), but a juice she recommends is a 1/2 inch to inch of ginger (peeled) with 2 golden delicious apples over ice. She says it tastes like sherbet, I don't know, it just tastes plain good to me:). Also I may do plain cantaloupe or watermelon juice (don't forget to drink watermelon juice within a few hours of juicing it or it WILL be nasty!). Too, I like 2 handfuls of organic grapes with one apple, that's always a winner! So is orange and grapefruit, but I've yet to have that as it's not on-sale here now and watermelon and cantaloupe is sooo abundant right now, here.

Well I don't mean to go on forever.. I hope this email has helped someone in someway. I will write more later tonight or tomorrow. I'm going to soak up a few minutes in the sun while I do some studying, then workout.. Yay!!

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