and suddenly: ALL THE ENERGY

I don’t know what my deal was today but I was hyperactive. Actually, I woke up this morning with a horrific headache due, I think, to the mold running rampant in the atmosphere. I slept with my windows open and I imagine that didn’t help at all.  But, I don’t know. I decided to take a nice walk down to Wal-greens. It’s a mile and a half away through the neighborhood and since it felt so lovely outside and all I figured it’d be worth it to get the paper. It was lovely, really, but my headache did not improve. In fact, it got much worse and I resorted to some aleve and a cold compress when I got home.

But once it subsided I was all energy. This is a 180 from yesterday where I didn’t even break 4000 steps. Capture2 But today…over 20k! It’s not my best (that’s 24k) but pretty close.

Whatevs, juice has that effect.

Speaking of juice!  Today I concocted what might be my ugliest juice yet! But it was mighty tasty! Capture3The berry beetaful! (oh puns!) I have the feeling it would be very pretty if not for the kale that really throws off the whole bright warm color pallet. But it tastes lovely and is nice and thick thanks to the strawberries. Love it!

I’m not sure how long I’ll stay juicy or if I’ll add in a dinner and juice breakfast and lunch. It’s important to remember than juice can be a meal. Seriously, I’ve made juices that are 700 calories and wonderful but if you think that’s a snack you’re nuts! Or a marathon runner (one day!).  We’ll see! It’s time to drop the strict rules and just kind of roll with what I want.

Want juice? Juice!

Want a salad? Chomp!

Want to cook up something delicious? Get sizzling!

One thing is for sure, I love this freaking energy!

Now on to stats, my measurements haven’t actually changed all that much since my last measurement update but they’re posted 🙂 My body fat has gone down though and my blood pressure is currently pretty awesome.

yay!

What hasn’t yet improved, and I hope does, is my allergies. Most of my allergies are skin related. I have very sensitive skin and it can be problem skin too. I’m going to be switching some products soon so we’ll see if there’s improvement there. For years I’ve used the following:

Mane n Tail shampoo

Aussie or Herbal Essence conditioner

Neutrogena Grapefruit Bodywash

St Ives Apricot scrub

And that’s it. I’ve always been really spotty with my lotions and such but I tend to use Aveeno sunscreen because…sun allergy. In the world of makeup I use neutrogena mineral powder and various eyeliners but my pigments are all Rogue Republic! (which you should like on Facebook!   for a freebie!)

Now, I’ve been looking at the things I use and realizing that they might be part of the problem. Of all of the things I currently use, I know only Rogue Republic to be 100% good for my skin.

It’s time I be better about what I use on the biggest organ of my body every day. I’m very very very very very tired of having hives and rashes and being generally uncomfortable in my own skin. If you’ve ever seen me have an allergic skin reaction you know just how miserable it is. So it’s time I invest in my skin as well as my food. It’s all a part of health and wellness.

Agreed?

JC140_XlI’ve started with Jason’s Tea Time anti-aging moisturizer. Because the other day I looked in the mirror and saw wrinkles. Well, fine lines. I’m 26, I don’t want lines! We’ll see how it goes, but I must be diligent about it. I mean, if you don’t use it you can’t expect it to work, can you?

If nothing else, I know that I will have FABULOUS pigments from Rogue Republic!

Have I mentioned how much I love them yet?

I think I might have.

Maybe. Hard to say.

I love them almost as much as I love Rox Chox! Okay, actually just as much!

Check them both out!

 

The juicy details- Day one

Oh puns!

Today has been my first day of fasting and my first day using my new juicer.

Here’s what I’ve had so far

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The mean green: kale, cucumber, celery, apples, ginger, and a bit of lemon and ginger

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Clementine’s party: guava, golden beets, 1/4 pineapple, carrots, green grapes, bell pepper, pear, clementines, strawberries and a dash of lemon

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Green Zest: Broc, spinach, kale, parsley, garlic, onion, jalapeno, bell peppers, tomato, lime

In addition I’ve also had my synergy green chia, a cup of detox yogi tea and water 🙂

So far so good! Don’t worry, my posts won’t always be like this. I’ll be experimenting and will definitely share the recipes that are the best but much of this phase of things will be pretty simple and straight forward.

So how am I feeling?

I’ve actually only had two bouts of hunger. Right before lunch and right before dinner. I consider this a good thing, to be expected. 

I keep telling myself to not worry about calories. Clementine’s Party up there is quite delicious but it’s also 700 calories if you were to eat all of those fruits and veg alone. I’m telling myself a couple of things 1) CALORIES DON’T MATTER RIGHT NOW and 2) I’m likely not getting all those cals because what is left behind in my juicer’s bin is a substantial amount of calories. So RELAX i say!

Along with that, the zesty green made a LOT of juice, enough to be two servings at least and it’s less than 400 calories for it. Because it is spicy I’m drinking it slower too.

This first day, I hope, is the hardest. I’m going back to work tomorrow and the difficulty there will be having a juice for lunch. I’ll be armed with nanogreens and kombucha so hopefully that and making a double mean green batch in the morning will work. That will also mean I’ll have temptations around me. Here at home my biggest temptation is just to eat the fruit I’ve got around which is not nearly as big of a deal as it will be to be confronted with cupcakes or bagels or cookies etc.

Still, I’m motivated and feeling great so far!

I’m honestly now mostly looking forward to the seven days being over so I don’t have to clean the juicer so often. This will be a good reset though, it really really will.