Monday, January 28, 2013

Pushing my limits and learning to juice

Anyone who knows me can tell you I am afraid of heights.  So, why would I go rock climbing?  I have been trying to push myself.  I want to try new things and get myself out there.  I want to get moving and really try to be more active.  Some friends and I went rock climbing and it was so much fun.  Even though my whole body was shaking, I was sweating, and I was uncomfortable the entire time...I kept trying. 

Along with being active I've also been trying to eat healthier.  I've been juicing in an effort to get more veggies into my diet.  I have done the 3 day cleanse and I've followed the reboot but more recently I've been replacing breakfast with a juice.  Below are some recipes that I've tried.  Here's what I've learned along the way. 
My energy level was good.
Most juices tasted better than I thought they would.
Some, I have to be honest, were disgusting!
It's easier to do than I planned
I had to try different combinations to see what I liked so it is a bit of an experiment and you learn as you go.
***Remember to peel all citrus fruit.  I also peeled my beets.
This one was 3 carrots, 2 oranges and 1 beet.   I also added ginger root to this one and I really liked this a lot.  It made a little more than this cup.

This contained 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 cucumber, 2 handfuls of spinach.  I liked this one too.  I found adding cucumber to the juices makes them taste lighter and more least for me.  But the first was still my favorite of the bunch.
This one is 2 grapefruits, 2 carrots and ginger root.  This one was a FAIL!  It was supposed to be a refreshing wake up breakfast kind of drink.  Well, not so much.  I drank it because I am not a waster but I did not like it, at all.  It left me with a sour taste long after I finished.  I usually love grapefruit but it was too much in this juice.  I'm not sure why the picture is so small but like I said...It was NOT good.
So if you're not in the mood for juicing There's always smoothies.  This is my effort to add more fruits.  I also found that my kids will drink some of these too.  They are not inot the juices as much.  This one was half a banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 tablespoon ground flax seed.
Since this is about pushing my limits the thing that I have done that impressed me the most so far was Warrior Dash  This is an awesome obstacle course mud run that raises money for St Jude's.  I felt so proud of myself at the finish line right after I jumped over the fire.  That's right, I said fire :)  I'm already signed up for the 2013 race.
So now I'm wondering what will my next adventure be?  Any ideas?


Michelle Santoro said...

I saw your rock climbing picture on Instagram...I'm super impressed! Andrew doesn't like heights either, mist run in the family :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh you my dear are kicking butt!! Rock climbing and a mud run! I'm so impressed and which I could be motivated to do those!

Everyone I know is doing runs like 5ks.