Pressed Juicery Cleanse, Days 2 & 3

Well. Juice cleanses are hard. I know I’ve said this before, but anyone who does one of these and says they feel amazing and heavenly and want to dance with the flowers is absolutely insane. That’s not true. You are hungry and want to eat the couch. But I will say that I don’t feel bloated at all and haven’t since before I started the cleanse. I feel like that was something that taught me to really appreciate food and think about what I am putting in my body. It taught me an insane amount of willpower and that I can basically handle anything now. I have control over my body, which is good to know. Anyway, here’s what I thought of days 2 and 3.

Day 2:

Um, day two sucked to say the least. I was babysitting all day, so I needed to have a ton of energy to keep up with 3 little kids, and I just didn’t. I drank my juices at the same times as day one, but was tempted by little snacks and treats all day long. I didn’t feel light-headed or weak, I just felt freaking exhausted. Luckily they wanted to take a rest and watch a movie in the afternoon! That night I had plans to hang out with a couple of girlfriends, and it was so difficult to not go out for drinks or even have a glass of wine at home. I had to send myself home at 10 p.m. just so I could go to bed and avoid the temptation. No cheating though! Between babysitting and hanging out with friends, I came home and read some reviews on others who had done the same cleanse, hoping for some motivation. Everyone said day 2 was hell and day 3 was wonderful, so I was hoping for the best.

Day 3:

Um, I slept for 11 hours the previous night. Apparently I really was tired! Since I woke up so late, I didn’t start drinking my juices until 11 a.m., so they were a little closer to each other than the previous 2 days when I basically stuck to one every 2 hours, starting at 10 a.m. On this day it was a little bit tougher for me to get the juices down, since the whole thing was just getting old for me. I managed to do it though! I did let a couple of my friends try the last vanilla almond drink, and everyone said the same thing as me: that it tasted exactly like melted vanilla ice cream. So I certainly was not mad about that. My goodness though, you don’t notice food like you do when you’re on a juice cleanse. I was at an outdoor mall with a friend and walked past a pretzel place and felt like I could just eat all the pretzels, when in real life I don’t even like them at all. So I recommend if you do a juice cleanse, just lock yourself in your room and don’t even attempt to do anything, because food is everywhere. Just kidding. Don’t do that. But maybe.

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Overall, I am glad I did this cleanse. Would I do it again? No, probably not. But it’s nice to say I had the experience and know what it’s all about. If you’re interested, I would absolutely recommend that you do one and that you go through Pressed Juicery, because they are great. A little more pricey ($200 for a 3-day cleanse), but well worth it. They send you an e-mail on your last day encouraging you and giving you a meal plan for the next 3 days to ease your body off the cleanse, which I certainly did not follow. In fact, I went to a fundraiser yesterday and had these delicious things, plus coffee for breakfast :x

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Starbucks Blonde roast coffee in my Keurig & a protein bar

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Bisquik pancake with a million strawberries

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Champagne punch x2

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Berry, walnut, & spinach salad, fruit salad, & a breadstick + cinnamon raison bread w/ salted butter

Plus going out to dinner for Italian. BUT I AM NOT EVEN MAD. It was all good food, and I was so damn excited to eat something that wasn’t just fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t help myself. I wasn’t doing the cleanse to lose weight or anything (although I did lose 4 pounds) and I have an understanding of nutrition, so it’s fine. I think. Plus I really wanted to go for a run yesterday morning and knew I needed fuel if I wanted to do that. I kept it easy and ran about 3 miles and then came home to do yoga for 20 minutes, and it kicked my butt. I guess that’s what taking 3 days off of running will do to you.

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Other than the cleanse, the rest of my weekend was great. I took lots of cheesy pictures with my juice.

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Saw The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, which were both phenomenal.

Planned a California trip with a couple of my girlfriends in August.

Was amazed at how many empty juice bottles I have.

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Braided my hair, instead of putting it in a ponytail like usual, and actually put some real clothes on, too.

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And hung out with my grandpa.

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I am really surprised at how quickly the cleanse went, but I think that is because I kept myself really busy and occupied to try to keep my mind off of what I was doing. There were times when I forgot I was cleansing and then remembered and got really sad. I can truly say that I appreciate food now! That was kind of my goal, so score. Like I said, I am glad I did it, but definitely will not be doing one again for a while. You need a hell of a lot of discipline, which stresses me out! I missed my intense workouts, too. But Pressed Juicery is fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone Smile

What was the best part of your weekend?

Top 5

Yesterday was spent road-tripping up north with my best friend Audrey! Um, I like her. That is all. We got settled into my grandma’s, hung out with her for the afternoon, and then got our nails done all together! Aren’t we just adorable. Get ready for some shenanigans to happen over the next few days on here….

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I have seen a couple people do a “Top 5” kinda thing lately, so why not do it, too?

Top 5 TV Shows

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • The Walking Dead
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Pretty Little Liars

Top 5 Movies

  • Pretty Woman
  • Bridesmaids
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Taken
  • Elf

Top 5 Celebrities

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jillian Michaels
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Jennifer Aniston

Top 5 Books

  • Unbearable Lightness, by Portia de Rossi
  • Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
  • Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

Top 5 Foods

  • yogurt with fruit and granola

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  • quinoa arugula salad from CPK

  • mojitos (I hope this counts as food)
  • cabernet (I also hope this counts as food too)
  • Newman’s peanut butter cups

Top 5 Places

  • Manhattan Beach, CA

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  • Cayman Islands

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  • Florence, Italy

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  • Saugatuck, MI

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  • Los Angeles, CA

Top 5 Memories

  • hugging Ellen DeGeneres

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  • driving home after taking my last class ever at college
  • my first kiss with Luke at a football game when I was 16

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  • going on a family vacation to the Jersey shore

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  • wine tasting in Italy

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Top 5 Websites

  • toneitup.com
  • youtube.com/jennamarbles
  • twitter.com
  • facebook.com
  • gmail.com

Top 5 Apps

  • Perfect Fit
  • Candy Crush
  • Pic Stitch
  • Awesome Note
  • Instagram

Now that you know a bunch of useless facts about my life and all my favorite things at this exact moment in time that will probably change in 5 minutes, tell me 5 of your favorite things!

My Ideal Day of Food + Giveaway Winner

I want to congratulate Nicole at Fruit N’ Fitness for winning the Natural Vitality giveaway! Nicole, shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] so we can get you hooked up with your gift card Smile

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Today I want to do something a little bit out of the ordinary. I don’t want to talk about my favorite foods that I would indulge in every day if I had the chance. I don’t want to talk about what I feel like I “should” eat to lose weight or whatever,  blah blah blah. Today I want to tell you my perfect day of food for me to feel my best. These are foods I eat on a regular basis, and if I were working from home, you can bet this is what every single day would look like.

Breakfast, 9:00 am:

  • Starbucks “Blonde” roast coffee (black)

  • Chobani pear yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and Michigan locally grown granola

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  • Vitamins (L-Carnitine, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and sometimes a few gummy vitamins if I’m feeling frisky)

Lunch, 1:00 pm:

  • Whole-wheat flax wrap with roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, and tabbouleh with tomato and cucumber

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  • Parmesan garlic pop-chips

Snack, 4:00 pm:

  • Honeycrisp apple with almond butter

Dinner, 6:30 pm:

  • Steamed, seasoned broccoli

  • Garden veggie burger on a bagel thin with lettuce and ketchup
  • Fruit salad

Dessert, 8:00 pm:

  • Cabernet

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  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cup

You better believe that when I move out on my own this is going to be just about what you see day after day, so get used to it friends. My schedule is just so all over the place that I don’t have the ability to meal-plan like some of you can and do. I need some consistency back in my life; everything runs smoother when I don’t need to check my calendar 3+ times a day just to see where I need to go next!

I also just wanted to share this quote really quickly from Strala Yoga, which my love Tara Stiles is the owner of:

“Part of liking yourself is acting to change the things that aren’t good for you & believing that you can. Change your mind to change your life.”

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Do you work better on a schedule or just by going with the flow?

Ramblings Like Crazy

I know I just did a post like this, but my mind is all over the place tonight with things I want to write about. So I think I’ll write about them all. Excuse the random-ness. That’s exactly how my life is right now.

  • It’s my last day house-sitting. Boo. I have to stop pretending like I’m rich now and go back to reality. This week has taught me a couple of things. I learned how difficult it is to take care of a house, especially a big one. I learned how your heart jumps every time a dog barks after dark. I learned how much I love silence, but I learned how lonely I get and how much I really appreciate the company of my family. I get to house-sit again in a couple of weeks, and now that I’ve got the swing of things it should be a little easier to get used to.
  • I love wine. I had this crazy thought that I wasn’t going to drink at all during the month of April. HA. It’s April 3rd and that resolution is long broken. Honestly, why do I make these ridiculous promises to myself that I know I won’t follow through with? And, to make things even better, a lady bought me a bottle of wine at the store last night! I was in the worst mood there and was standing in the aisle staring at the bottles of Cabernet, even though I buy the same type every time, and she goes, “Rough day?” And I told her yes. She ended up being in line behind me at the checkout and told the cashier to just put it on her bill. I love her.
  • I also really love reading blogs. Last week I deleted a bunch of blogs that I was consistently reading, because they weren’t benefitting me in a positive way. I am now left with significantly fewer blogs, but I am actually able to read every word now and really pay attention to what I am reading, instead of rushing through them. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas lately, from Melissa’s organization challenge to Heather’s rest week, to some great recipes and workouts and just general life advice. So thank you ladies!
  • I can already tell that BeachBody is going to be a great company to work with/for, even though I haven’t really gotten started yet. I’ve been super busy yet and haven’t had the opportunity to put as much time as I would like into my business, but that will all be changing this weekend when I start to develop my own challenge group (and I really hope that some of you will decide to join me!). I’ve been doing a lot of training over this past week and now have a solid understanding of what I should/can be doing daily. I’m ready to get this going and learn to make an income from home.
  • The combination of TurboFire and yoga routines I’ve been doing is just about as perfect as perfect can be. I get my sweat on big time in the morning with Chalene Johnson and then wind down later in the day with Tara Stiles. Goodness, I wish I had unlimited hours in the day to get everything done. I hate feeling rushed during exercise, and that’s all I’ve been feeling lately. I’m trying to just breathe though it and tell myself that I have all the time in the world, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t.

  • I’ve been staying up really late lately. And by late, I mean midnight. Midnight may seem like nothing for some of you guys, but it’s basically the middle of the night for me since I wake up around 5:30 every day. I just feel like I have so many things to get done on the computer and need to get them done before I go to bed or I won’t be able to sleep. Then I feel like I need to get up earlier than I need to so I don’t have to rush through my workouts, but I end up messing around on my iPad in the morning and being late anyway. Lose, lose.

  • I feel like everything is frustrating me lately. I have no patience and no motivation to hide my irritation. I’ve been trying really hard to just take a deep breath and move on, but that’s not always possible. I’m hoping that I’m able to get over this soon, but it’s really bad right now. My to-do lists aren’t helping with my stress like they usually do; I feel like more things are being added than I can handle and take care of. Especially since I have a different week next week (LA vacation), I’m freaking out about getting everything done in time! Since I have so much frustration and stress, I tend to take it out on my loved ones, which really isn’t fair. It feels good to just say that and get it out, but I hope these feelings go away soon!

  • I’m freaking out about going to Ellen next week. Our flight lands at 10:15am at LAX and we need to be in Burbank for the taping at 2:00pm. We have plenty of time to get there, since we’re renting our own car and it’s 20 miles away from the airport/hotel, but I’m still worried. What if there’s a flight delay? What if our car isn’t ready? What if the traffic is crazy? Keep me in your thoughts next Wednesday that I don’t lose my mind and that I’m not drunk by 7 a.m.

  • I’m starting to think that too many vegetables upset my stomach. I’ve been feeling really bloated and gross lately and can really only account it to the amount of veggies I’ve been consuming in the past few weeks. I love them, but I’m pretty sure that’s what is making me feel like crap. Any suggestions on good things to eat for lunch/dinner with less vegetables and no meat since I’m a vegetarian? Ugh, this is getting complicated.

  • Shopping makes me a lot happier than I previously thought. I went to the mall yesterday and simply buying a couple of new outfits put the biggest, goofy smile on my face. I hate spending money, but I love having new things. Honestly, I think online shopping is the best. Who doesn’t love getting mail?!

I think that’s enough randomness for one night. You can (hopefully) look forward to a normal post tomorrow. I’ll be back at home, back to my regular schedule, and working on my time management skills to lead a less stressful life.

Give me your random fact today!

Learning About Myself

Alright, I have a lot to say so bear with me tonight. This is something I’ve wanted to write about for a while now, but never really knew how to say it. Want to know what changed my mind? Watching Dance Moms. I kid you not. I was watching the new episode last night when Abby said, “I can’t handle it. I’m a control freak.” I thought in my head, “Hmm, you and me both Abby Lee Miller.” Obviously in different ways, but control is one of the scariest things to lose (in my opinion at least). When you’re so used to things a certain way for an extended period of time and then everything changes when you blink, things become a little bit tough. I’ll give you a little bit of background information so you know where I’m coming from.

  • Getting all “A’s” throughout school. Control.
  • Competing in dance until the end of high school. Control.
  • Working since the age of 15. Control.
  • Participating in every possible activity I could at college. Control.
  • Developing intense workout schedules for myself and freaking out if I can’t stick to them. Control.
  • Getting into counting calories. Control.
  • Making intense to-do lists of every little thing every single day of my life. Control.
  • Having a really tough time spending money. Control.

These are all things I’ve experienced in the past. Now that I’m graduated completely from school and trying to figure out my life, I’ve lost control on a lot of these issues. I don’t have classes to get “A’s” in. I’m too old for dance. I still work, but that’s expected of someone my age now. I can’t seem to follow my workout schedules because of health issues and extra work coming up. I’m so stressed that my food choices suck. I’m learning that I have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on things now. I still make the to-do lists, but it’s a headache to follow them. And that’s just a couple of things that I’ve lost control over! I’m starting to realize that a lot of my issues I’m having currently with unhappiness, stress, etc. have to do with my lack of control. I’ve been focusing so much on developing a health and fitness career for myself that I’ve forgotten to take care of myself. I can tell you what to do to lose weight, tone up, or just be healthier, but I can’t seem to follow my own advice since I “don’t have time.” That’s bullshit! I’m making excuses for myself, and I’m just starting to realize that.

Why do I continuously do the things that I know will hurt myself, both in the short and long term? It makes no sense to me, and maybe it never will, but all I do know is that I need to do something to change it or I’m going to continue down this terrible path for the rest of my life. As I’ve said on here before, I absolutely suck at making commitments and goals. So I’m going to list some lifestyle changes that I think I would really benefit from.

  • Learning to breathe. I tend to make decisions on a whim that I later regret. This can be something as small as eating a cookie or as large as committing to an event I realize I’m just not into after saying yes. If I could just literally close my eyes for 3 seconds and take a deep breath and think about if I really want what I’m about to do, I would be able to avoid a lot of bad choices.
  • Scheduling my workouts like appointments. I am the queen of excuses. I’ve fallen into this pattern of always making an excuse for myself about why I shouldn’t exercise. Lately it’s been that I think I have something more important to do on the computer, whether it’s blog related or work related. Like, really? Those things can wait. I need to take care of myself.

  • Remembering that I don’t have to do everything on my own. I have had these previous misconceptions that everything has to be done my way and exactly how it “should be.” I’ve recently been trying to let Luke do things for me (us), but it’s been really tough. I know he’s fully capable, but I’m just not used to it yet. Sorry babe.
  • Saying no. Chalene Johnson says a good response is, “Thank you so much for thinking of me. I’ll check my schedule and get back with you.” I fully agree with that statement. Perfect. Now if only I could remember it when the opportunity arises.

Above all, I think it’s most important for me to remember that I do not have to control everything. It’s okay for me to let some things go, but I really do need to get some control back over certain areas of my life. It’s not okay to let myself eat junk food all the time just because it’s “easy.” It’s not okay to spend all my time on the computer doing work that doesn’t really need to be done. I need to learn how to spend my time wisely and how to do things that are beneficial and are helping me towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.

I’m not one of those bloggers that has a life-changing statement that will totally turn your perspective on your own attitude. Sorry. All I can do is share what you what I’ve currently been struggling with and hope that it’s something you can relate to if you’re dealing with something similar. A lot of my friends and family think I have it all put together. No, you are wrong. I do not. I am a mess. We all are in one way or another! We just have to remember that we all have our own battles and if the world just learns to be a little bit nicer place, we can help each other through them and live happily ever after <3

My Favorite Foods

How is everyone doing on this lovely Thursday morning? I am totally obsessed with the fact that there’s only 2 days until the weekend and that March is starting tomorrow. February wasn’t the best month for me, but I’m determined to turn it around in March and make it rock. I have a lot of fun stuff going on in March:

  • new families to babysit for
  • a 5th birthday party for a sweetheart I babysit
  • tons of personal training sessions already scheduled
  • running a St. Patty’s Day 5K
  • house sitting for a lady I workout with
  • not too many weekend plans yet, so lots of time to relax (fingers crossed!)

I also got a call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday letting me know that our show taping has been moved up a day. WOO! One day less to wait. So for anyone that cares, the episode I’ll be in the audience for is going to be airing on April 11th. No worries, I’m sure I’ll remind you a million and one times before then anyway.

This is going to drive me nuts. Yesterday on someone’s blog they did a WIAW, but a “What I WOULD Eat Wednesday.” I cannot remember for the life of me who’s blog it was! So if this was you, please let me know so I can give you proper credit. Anyway, they wrote about what foods they would eat if they knew nothing about nutrition, calories, protein, added sugars, etc. I thought this was a super fun idea, so here’s what I would eat if I had no knowledge or care for taking care of my body. Here are the foods that I would totally be indulging in on a regular basis.

  • Costco chocolate chunk muffins

  • Olive Garden white chocolate raspberry cheesecake

  • Margaritas x 1,000

  • Tostitos scoops, guacamole, and salsa x 1,000,000

  • Vegetable lo mein

  • Peach rings

  • Ben & Jerry’s cinnamon buns ice cream

  • Caesar salad

  • Trix cereal (but the kind with the fruit shapes, not those boring circles they use now)

  • Fruit salad

There’s probably more, but that’s what first came to mind. Are you kidding me? Apparently I would be 3,000 pounds if I didn’t care about health and fitness!

Since we’re already on the food topic, can I please just share with you my breakfast from yesterday? I had a bit of an unusual schedule yesterday, so Luke and I had time to sit down to a real breakfast together for the first time in probably like, ever. I got my Perfect Fit Protein packets in the mail a few days ago and decided to try out the protein pancake.

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The recipe is super simple:

  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tbs. almond milk
  • 1 packet perfect fit protein
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

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YUM. I topped mine with some cookie butter, the other half of my banana, and a sprinkle of Back to Nature granola with dark chocolate chunks. It’s rare for me to not finish my food, but I still had a couple bites left. It was SO filling.

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Black coffee and a mimosa (or 3) may or may not have been enjoyed on the side as well.

I also got an awesome workout in yesterday. I didn’t quite follow along with the Wednesday schedule for the 5 Day Warm-Up, since I was feeling like mixing it up.

  • 2 Tone It Up ab routines, 3x through each (took me about 45 minutes)
  • 15 minutes stretching

Since I completed an hour of cardio at the gym yesterday, I wasn’t feeling any more additional treadmill work today. I’ll hit it today!

Here’s the schedule for today (wow, this post is getting bullet-point crazy!):

  • leg/butt circuits at the gym + jazzercise class
  • training 2 clients
  • doctors appointment (boo……)
  • afternoon off to do some seriously needed work on the computer!

Not sure what the plans are for tonight, but hopefully spending some time with my little sister, since she was absolutely devastated she didn’t have a snow day yesterday. Poor kid.

What’s a food you would eat if you had no knowledge of nutrition?