Happy Monday!

This is a really weird week for me, because it’s the last week before I start training for my new job. So it’s basically the last week where I’m going to have free time for a while. Even though it is going to be no fun to cut down my time with my girls and my current clients, it is going to be wonderful to have a full-time, set schedule. I haven’t had that in a really long time and fingers crossed I am happy with it in a few months and I buy my own place and finally have my own life. Say a little prayer, because if that doesn’t happen soon I may just lose my mind.

I seriously had one of the most un-productive weekends of my whole life, but it was super fun. On Thursday I went to preschool and kindergarten graduations for two of my little girls. My sister had her prom, which was unbelievable. Then I went to a country bar with two of my college roommates and had a super awkward night, but story of my life. Nothing new there.

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Friday I did absolutely nothing except get a facial and go out to dinner with my family for my mom’s birthday. Then I babysat for a while and after that went out and got wine with my best friend from high school.

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Saturday and Sunday I had huge plans to study for my NASM personal training exam and catch up on blog stuff so I’m not overwhelmed with it this week, but that certainly didn’t happen. Instead I went for a couple of long-ish runs, watched a lot of Daily Grace videos, watched Identity Thief, played candy crush and got really mad that I’ve been stuck on level 65 for forever and a day, and laid on the floor and laughed with my sister. What an over-achiever I am.

And now, since I figured this is supposed to be a health and fitness blog and I should probably talk about something along those lines, here is a random survey, because I’m not creative enough to come up with a topic on my own:

  1. Five fitness items I can’t live without: Can’t live without? That’s a little excessive now, isn’t it. I could definitely live without these things, but I do enjoy treadmills, my cute little lime green Target dumbbells, Champion spandex shorts, ponytail holders, and my iPod.
  2. Favorite pre-workout snack/meal: I really can’t eat anything before I exercise. I know that’s like “against the rules” and stuff, but I just don’t care. It makes me feel disgusting. I drink water and that’s about it.
  3. On my fitness bucket list: Even though it is absolutely insane, I would love to run a marathon one day. I would also love to go camping and go on like a legit hike in California or some other cool place. And learning how to scuba dive would be cool, too, but I don’t know if that counts.
  4. Must-have tech tools: I have this watch that I always wear that tracks steps and mileage and all that jazz. It’s about as simple as you can get, but it works for me. I also could never even do one squat if I didn’t have my iPod.
  5. Top exercise gear: Nike cross-trainers, ponytail holders, headbands, and VS sports bras. That’s it. I’m simple. Oh, but I really like the pants I got from Athleta in California, even though they were a million dollars and I will probably never buy anything from that store again.
  6. Motivational mantra: Haha, that is super cheesy. Sorry. Except one time I did pretend like Jillian Michaels was chasing me when I ran my first 5k and kept thinking I was going to just sit down and cry.
  7. Next big exercise goal: I really, really want to do the Tough Mudder in a couple of weeks. I need to decide like, now, though, because it is just getting more expensive by the day. And I also need to start training like crazy if I am really going to do it. The fact that I need to lay on my floor and feel like dying for a half hour after I run 6 miles probably isn’t the best sign.
  8. Favorite cardio exercise: Running. The end.
  9. Favorite strength move: I adore the Tone It Up girls routines. This one is one of my current favorites.

I am so excited for tonight, because I am actually going to be home to watch The Bachelorette and Mistresses on time, in bed, and with my wine. I seriously could not think of a better way to spend my evening.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

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?

Pressed Juicery Cleanse, Day 1

Well I am surprised and extremely happy to say that yesterday went quite smoothly! I woke up really, really excited to start, but had heard from numerous people that the juices typically don’t get delivered until mid-morning, so I started the day off with some yogi kombucha decaf green tea. Let’s be real. I would have much rather had a cup of coffee, but I was good somehow.

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My juices came about 9:45 a.m., which was perfect, because I was planning/hoping to start my first juice at 10 a.m. Typical blogger, I took a million pictures when they first got here and then realized I should probably go ahead and put them in the refrigerator, because they can spoil super easily. I lined them up all pretty in the fridge and everything.

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10:00 a.m.: My first juice was the Greens 2. This one is made with kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, and lemon. I absolutely loved this one. For the longest time I was terrified to try green juice, but now that I have I adore it. I am not a fan of super sweet things in drinks, and this one was tart, but not in a bad way. Really, really good. However, I have tried the Greens 3 previously in Los Angeles and loved it even more, so I was really looking forward to that one.

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Workout: 15 minutes yoga, 45 minutes light-ish Tone It Up strength/resistance training

12:00 p.m.: The next juice was Citrus 2. Also delicious and made with pineapple, apple, lemon, and mint. This is one that I could totally drink in like 3 seconds flat, but I didn’t because my mom came home and we decided to go on a walk. I really, really, really times a million hate the word refreshing, but that’s exactly what this juice was. I would like one of these every day with breakfast please.

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Workout: 1 hour walk with momma

2:00 p.m.: I was really nervous to have the Roots 3. I hate beets, and this one has beet, apple, lemon, and ginger. I have recently learned to tolerate ginger thanks to the hibachi houses with their orange ginger dressing on those yummy salads, but I was scared this was going to be like a beet and ginger root smashed together. However, it was quite good! Not my favorite, but it was damn tasty. It was a little bit spicy, or maybe I’m just weird for thinking that, but I wasn’t mad about that because I love spicy food.

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4:00 p.m.: Okay, so the Citrus 4 was not my favorite. It had cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut h2o, and aloe vera. I was really hoping this cleanse would come with the grapefruit mint juice, but it didn’t. Boo. I will just have to order some more or try it next time I go to California. It was okay, but you could really taste the cucumber in it. I love cucumber, but it just somehow didn’t seem to go with the rest of the ingredients. This one also seemed to be thicker than the 3 previous juices, which I’m sure is because of the coconut. It is definitely drinkable, but not one I would order on my own.

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6:00 p.m.: Finally time for the Greens 3! I was seriously so excited for this one. This one has all the same ingredients of the greens 2, plus ginger. It adds a little bit of a tang to the juice and makes it spicy and seem more like food than juice. Which is good because I was quite hungry by this point. The greens 3 is apparently one of their most popular juices, and I can totally see why! You really have to enjoy green juice to like this one, but if you do I would highly recommend it.

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8:00 p.m.: The last drink of the day was vanilla almond milk, containing almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, and filtered water. So yummy. It tasted like an almond milkshake, and I sure wasn’t mad about that at all. It was nice to have this as my last juice, because it was more filling than the others and I wasn’t starving before I went to bed which was nice.

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This cleanse also came with 3 bottles of chlorophyll water and 3 bottles of aloe vera water. The chlorophyll was to be drank throughout the day to keep you hydrated (even though I also had my usual 100 oz. of water) and the aloe vera to be had right before bed with some more hot tea. It also came with this cute little bag!

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I was truly amazed yesterday at the amount of self-control I had, especially when I had the opportunity to go out for Mexican food and margaritas, which I desperately wanted. I really was surprised at how I didn’t feel like eating my arm off though. Since I had my juices two hours apart and they took me about an hour each to finish, there was really only one hour increments throughout the day when I wasn’t consuming something. The juices tended to keep me full for about 45 minutes after finishing them, and then I would be starving for 15 minutes or so, but it was tolerable because I knew I would be having something soon. Of course I would have loved to just eat like normal, but somehow I managed to not. Score.

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Two more days of this….oh boy.

Let me know if you have any questions and I will answer them in tomorrow’s post!