The juice fast is back! I was inspired by Tinesha Matthews to begin juicing a few months back when she started initiating juice fasts. Check out her blog….it is awesome…..
My reasoning for wanting to juice stemmed from the things I was starting to learn about processed foods and how it affects your body. I wanted to stay clear of foods containing artificial ingredients and chemicals so I was seeking alternative ways to ingest natural foods. I have always been a really picky eater so I knew I would have to find creative ways to get more fruits and veggies into my system. One thing, I already loved juice….always have. I just wasn’t in tuned enough to realize I could make my own juice using natural ingredients up until now. So when Tinesha started the juice fasts, I was down for the cause. I figured it would be a great learning experience and was looking forward to the support that would be given by other experienced juicers. To date, I have been through two 7-day juice fasts and I totally love the experience! For 7-days, I don’t get to chew any solids; I can only consume juices and smoothies….all natural. Amazingly, I don’t feel hungry consuming only fluids during that 7-day period. I will admit during my first juice fast, it was a little rough. For the first few days, I was feeling starved and I had headaches. Through the support of other juicers, I learned that is a part of the process. Your body (and mind) is going through “withdrawals” yearning for the crap you usually ingest. It needed time to adjust to foods it was not accustomed to digesting. This thing is just as much mental as it is physical. Once my body and mind reconciled with the fact that it was not going to get the usual burger-n-fries deal, I started to feel better. I then noticed I was more energetic and my skin was clearing.
The next juice fast is June 13-20th. This will be my 3rd fast. If you want to join me, you can only drink juices or smoothies for the entire 7 days. Preferably freshly made juices and smoothies. Most pre-packaged options have added sugar. No chewing. Your body will start to detox during the first 3 days. You may feel hungry, irritable and even have a headache. It will pass. You will experience weight loss during the fast. If you workout, you can continue to do so and you will be fine.
"I’m no expert; I just enjoy doing it and have gotten lots of support from some awesome people. Do it for you….no one else. It builds self discipline as well. Don’t think about what you’ll be missing; think about what you’ll be gaining. Enjoy the process." -Tinesha Matthews
My son Amauri (right) and his best friend after graduation. I can officially say I have a middle schooler. Congrats to all of the graduates across the nation and a HUGE shoutout to all of the HOT parents out there guiding the future.
Did you know that there is a “technique” to running? I didn’t. My entire life I wanted to be a “runner”. I’m competitive. I wanted to race people. I wanted to be fast.
I never really pursued it. It was always so frustrating for me. Nothing ever went right. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sprained my ankle when running, or the HEEL pain. I found out in 2011 I had plantar fasciitis in both of my heels.
In 2012 I started training with one of my friends to do a race. For me it was pure agony. I didn’t know what to blame it on? My height? Was I too chubby? I pushed through the race and completed it (with lots of walking) but I remember how bad my heels and shins hurt.
This year I started doing a workout called crossfit. Crossfit is a lot of weightlifting and squats, but they incorporate running to many of the exercises. None of the distances we run are very long. The most I’ve seen them do at my box is 1 mile, but usually it’s 400 or 200 meters.
So starts the biggest mountain I’ve had since I began exercising in my late teens I’m talking about shin splints. I can run through the pain in my heels, but shin splints are a whole new kind of pain. I remember hearing the term and thinking it was just an excuse for lazy people that didn’t want to move.
It literally feels like someone took a hammer and beat the front of my legs with it. So many of my crossfit workouts have ended up with frustrated tears, angry because I can’t complete something that I am so determined to do.
This past Sunday I went to our box(a crossfit gym if you don’t know) and one of the trainers was having a running clinic. She showed us how we were supposed to run. I was doing everything wrong. I thought that you were supposed to strike from the heel and roll forward but I was wrong. When running, You are supposed to strike from the ball of the foot and roll forward towards the toes. You also are not supposed to kick back .This is something I do that I can’t really tell that Im doing.It’s more of a pulling up motion with your legs.
I struggled through this “clinic” with horrible pain in my shins, but happy that I now have something to work with. I have vowed to take a few weeks off from running to let my legs heal, then I am gonna start back and work on my form. With a vengeance.
If you google “proper running technique” you can find a lot of tips to help you with your form.
Things that make me HOT: C25K Free 5K Trainer
So, I have been seeing friends and people I follow on social media posting results from an app that helps you run. As I continue on my fitness journey, I am always interested in new ways to workout. Admittedly, running is not my strong suit at all but I would like to learn how to become a better runner. Seeing people, just like me, using this app was enough to induce me to try.
C25K is said to be the easiest program to change beginners to 5K distance runners in 8 weeks. The program allows users to slowly build strength and endurance by alternating between walking and running only 3 days a week. After 8 weeks, you should be fitter and stronger as well as a better runner. You can listen to your favorite music while using the app. There are alerts that will not interupt your music or workout.
I used it for the first time and I must say it made running very easy for me….the non-runner. I could run using these methods for 30 minutes, multiple times a week, no problem. I enjoyed being able to listen to my music and recieving the alerts on when to walk versus jog as well as when to cool down. It didn’t feel like 30 minutes of running at all. I also love that this program supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Pictured is my completion of Day 1 as well as the workout for Day 2.
See you in 8 weeks!
This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.