We wake up with barely a hangover. Win! Refuel with a little morning java and enjoy our patio before getting ready for the day and more importantly, before our limo arrives.
We wake up with barely a hangover. Win! Refuel with a little morning java and enjoy our patio before getting ready for the day and more importantly, before our limo arrives.
We wake up, Katie & Scott land in San Fran, grab a rental car and pick us up. We’re together! Two couples! Success… so far. The rest of the morning involves us driving to the house in Glen Ellen for our wine weekend. A few hours on the road, catching up, Brett & Scott meeting for the first time… we’ve talked about that FOREVER, and it has finally happened!
I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get back on track… actually, I recant that statement – I absolutely can believe that. I’ve had a hell of a month, about 90% of February was FUBAR. But, you know what? Can’t keep me down. I’m back… and better than ever.
A week ago I decided to embark on a cleanse. I’ve heard a lot about this new brand called Suja. Dr. Oz swears by it. So, I wanted to give it a whirl. I didn’t chose to do this as a weight-loss trick, instead it was more of a cleansing of the system. Mind, body, soul. Getting back to a good, solid foundation both inside and out.
I chose the 5-day cleanse which consists of 6 different cold-pressed juices a day. You can purchase them on their website or Whole Foods carries them (then you avoid $105 in shipping charges AND can take advantage of a Whole Foods case discount for buying more than 12 bottles… you’ll need to snag 30 of them). I custom ordered them so I wouldn’t make a trip and risk them being out of a flavor. Ordering off the website would have cost $375, my total at Whole Foods was $242.73. A handful of you have asked, why don’t I juice my own fruits and vegetables? Because the amount of money I would spend on the ingredients, and the time it would take to juice and clean up my mess 6x a day would just about equal how much I spent on the cleanse. And Suja juice is the highest quality premium organic cold-pressed raw juice you can find. I don’t even know how to cold-press something, much less have the time to do it. So I splurged.
On the morning of the cleanse I was hesitant, a tad nervous, and secretly praying the juice tasted better than I imagined it would. The first drink is GLOW. It is considered “breakfast”, made up of green apple, cucumber, celery, collard greens, spinach, kale, and a pinch of spearmint. It wasn’t half bad! Not something I would drink everyday by choice… but I had high hopes for the rest of the flavors. The directions were to drink the bottles as you got hungry throughout the day. I didn’t find myself hungry until around 1pm on day 1. On days 2-5 I was hungry within 2 hours of drinking the first bottle. Bottle #2 is FUEL, considered the “mid-morning” drink, made up of carrot, apple, pineapple, orange, lemon and turmeric. This tasted exactly like the juice we make in the summer, very carroty and filling. The lunch bottle is called PURIFY and was my least favorite, it is made up of carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon and beet. With all those ingredients, I feel it tastes like a sour beet drink… the hardest to get down! Bottle #4 is called FIJI; made with apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, collard greens, lemon and ginger. This one tastes the most like a salad. Almost like someone created a bed of greens with some raw veggie toppings, threw it all in a blender and drank it. Not my favorite, this was the “mid-afternoon” bottle, and one that I was rarely hungry for. Next we have dinner with bottle #5. The GREEN SUPREME was a huge surprise on day #1. I was expecting something hearty and truly dinner-like… I don’t know why I was thinking it would be potato and green bean flavored? I was so happy when I read the ingredients and tasted this bottle for the first time. It is made of kale, green apple and lemon – it tastes like a tart apple cider… delicious! The final bottle of the day is VANILLA CLOUD. I was not expecting a cleanse to have something set aside to stand for dessert, but this was the perfect end to each of the five days of cleansing. This bottle is made with almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla bean, honey and filtered water. It tasted like a thick chai tea.
On some days, I was not hungry for many hours after drinking a bottle and felt somewhat off track. I would start drinking the lunch bottle a little before dinner-time… But day four and five I had it down like a science and my body was looking forward to each bottle. On day three, in my head I started planning a rendezvous with an avocado and some cherry tomatoes to take place around 2pm… I told myself I could eat it around 5. I made it to 4 and downed those raw veggies like it was my job. They’ve never tasted so good!
When I would leave the house in the morning, I carefully calculated how many hours I would be gone so as to bring enough juice to last me. When I get hungry, I need fuel, pronto. I guarded those bottles like it was my life. When I dropped one in the back hallway at work and half spilled out, I just about lost my shit. Because not only was that $4.50 wasted, but I was thisclose to eating my coworker due to hunger.
Some people said, “just have a bite- try this tasty cookie bar I made, one bite doesn’t really matter.” But, it does matter. It matters to me that I finish strong with something I started, and something I’m so passionate about. I spent a small fortune on this cleanse and wanted to do it right. Raw veggies were encouraged, but I limited them to truly take advantage of the cleansing process. So, I never had a bite, or a cookie bar.
The cleanse comes in 1, 3 or 5-day options, and I look forward to doing it again soon. I woke up each morning with a clearer perspective on everything. Life had meaning and felt so much more enhanced. I typically have a cup of coffee each morning but this cleanse omits any caffeine – so days one and two were greeted with a striking caffeine headache that lasted into the early afternoon. After those mornings, it was smooth sailing, and I’ve decided to not drink coffee each morning. Only on special occasion. I don’t want to be dependent on it… or risk getting a headache if I don’t drink any.
Some have asked, how much weight did I lose? I lost about 7.2 pounds. For the first time in awhile the first two letters on the scale started with 12_. If I were a celebrity and needed to fit into a $53,584 Gucci dress for an award show in 5 days – I would do a Suja Cleanse. You’re in tip-top shape in no time – and you have the Benjamins to pay for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I did have cravings, oh Lord, did I have cravings… the biggest food I looked forward to was a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and honey drizzled on top. Introducing real food into my diet on day 6 was like experiencing the true power of tastebuds all over again… I was impressed with the flavor of raw fruits and vegetables… so everything beyond that was 10x more flavorful and powerful in my exploration.
To conclude, I highly recommend Suja, not just for a weight-loss start but to cleanse your system and get back to the basics of true nutrition and detoxifying your system completely! Who wants to do it with me next time?
High five for health!
I really don’t know where I started thinking about this but I have an idea.
*of course, this idea would only be feasible if there weren’t gas stations on every block… maybe this is a hicktown, out-in-the-boondocks sort of homeless person opportunity.
Hello life! What a great week I’ve been having. This could possibly be the best week I’ve had in months. In fact, I think it is. The sun is shining, I have butterflies in my stomach, and you literally cannot wipe the smile off my face. My room is clean, my finances are in order, I’m running farther, faster, better. A few days ago, a handful of family members and I signed up for the Get Lucky 7K that falls on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s put on by Team Ortho and I have to say, so far they have got their sh*t together. The packet pickup was flawless. The sweatshirt zip-up is super comfy and well designed. The end-of-the-race medal looks awesome and there are free drinks at Kieran’s Pub afterwards. I’m contemplating doing the SeaWheeze Half Marathon again in August (Vancouver, BC) – but haven’t quite decided and registration isn’t open yet. I’m enjoying running for the sake of running. The health benefits, the leg muscles… signing up for too many races makes me nervous. Maybe I’m raced out? We’ll see. First race registered for the 2013 season, complete!
I finished Bad Things Happen (don’t recommend it!) and I have started reading The Council of Dads (holy crap it’s good!). I’m shooting to read at least a book a month – falling back into this favorite past time of losing myself in a story.
The self-help book that I have been reading on and off spoke to a funny concept. The author talks about finishing difficult tasks that she has procrastinated completing. A way to slow down and power thru them was to “put yourself in jail”. “I’m in jail”, she would tell herself, “I’m locked up with nowhere to go and nothing to do except the task in front of me. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, I have all the time I could possibly need.” It is a little mindset to put yourself in. I love it. I sometimes do the same trick. Time eventually catches up to me – but it works for a little while!
There is a challenge I’ve undertaken recently, I’ll blog about it soon once it gets underway. A chance to travel the world for… nothing. Well, almost nothing. There are systems and rewards tiers in place that have yet to be tapped! I’m educating myself as we speak – stay tuned. Maybe I can get you interested, too. Spending a week in the Bora Bora water-bungalows anyone?
All I know is living optimistically is the way to go. A deep breath, a sense of self-worth and confidence… knowing that if you keep your face always toward the sunshine, the shadows will fall behind you.
Added to wishlist.
I have an idea.
What if… at fast food restaurants. People had to calculate their BMI (body mass index). If they are overweight or obese, their food costs more money.
Often I think the cheap dollar value and convenience-factor encourage those that are out of shape, overweight, and morbidly obese, to continue down that path of destruction.
If their Big Mac Super Value Fries meal costs 4x as much money – say… $25 because they are pushing 300lbs. on their 5’7″ frame (and we aren’t talking muscle mass here), maybe it will encourage them to choose another form of sustenance.
Hi Mr. Customer, oh I see you are pushing 4 bills and cannot safely secure the seatbelt around your snack pack of a stomach… yeah, that 20 piece Chicken Nuggie meal is going to cost you $35. Cough it up!
What’s wrong with this solution? I think it’s genius!
After a particularly long day of work, more work, and promos. I passed the window of a mattress store. Inside were plush mattress. No coverings, sheets or duvets. Just naked mattresses. I had a temporary moment of “whoever can get me into this store with a sleep mask and one hour of silence is about to get home cooked meals for a year, and housekeeping!”
A late night tour of some random dude’s $4 million shoreline Lake Minnetonka home left me drooling and dreaming of a day when I’m truly financially free to have the McMansion home of my dreams. A wood-carved sink in the guest bathroom isn’t necessary for mine, though. All I really want people, is a beautiful home to entertain friends and family every weekend. I want enough bedrooms for four kids, and space for two dogs to run around. I want a few guest bedrooms so my best friends can safely get ‘high-school’ intoxicated off my new Pomegranate Sunrise cocktail. The Lamborghini and Bentley chilling in the garage were beautiful… but, not my style.
Less than ideal temperatures, oh around 102 and sticky hot, means some of us have to resort to being creative. Take this little dude, for example. He was pretending his body was a jet as he lay in front of the industrial fans.
Apparently TCBY now has frozen Greek yogurt. What?! Found a location that carried the Greek Honey Vanilla and I dashed. No… sprinted, to get some. Zero calories my friend, pair it with strawberries. You can thank me later.
I was on cat-sitting duty for much of the last week. Apparently cat poop stinks just as bad as every other animal in this kingdom. But their pee, that is the strongest, most acidic scent known to mankind. I had to suit up and prepare myself for battle on more than one occasion.
The world is mesmerized with the Olympic Games 2012. I enjoy everything about the Olympics. But what I truly, hands down, love to watch is gymnastics. When you were a gymnast at some point in your life (and I was), you can absolutely respect the skill and unbelievable risk-taking these gentleman and ladies are undertaking. Throughout the past couple days, I find myself clenching, holding onto the arm rests of chairs with a death grip, holding my breath, the whole nine yards. I’m impressed beyond all measures. And the gentleman… they are built like little tanks. Compact and insanely muscular (+ flexible!). Don’t mind me having a small crush on Sam Mikulak. Flip thru some of these Google images – yes, he is inked (score!). Yes, I would love to give him a Thai massage. I don’t even know Thai massage, but I’ll learn it if I have to. 🙂
Three of my favorite things about the last 48 hours are:
Apologies on the delay in keeping up with Pic Drops.
Life is happening – and there ain’t nothing you can do to stop it!
Continue on with your merry hump day!
From now on, I’m determined to leave tip money in the form of dollar bills folded into origami. It takes my $5 and makes it seem more like $10 with the thought I put into it. (jk!)
This is one of my close guy friends, he got away with this license pic at the DMV – what a great expression!
Always have been a lake girl, always will be. I keep a swimsuit in my car for late night dips, and usually wear one underneath my clothes at all times. You can never be unprepared during MN summers!
Sunsets are one of mother nature’s greatest gifts. She also whips up a mean storm now and again. Don’t get me wrong, I love downpours and green, ominous clouds, but perfectly painted backdrops are nice, too.
Little Oliver, or Robér (if you’re feeling native) loves these tiny tennis balls. He chases them until his tongue hangs out and he demands a timeout from the action.
A wheeler, a dealer, a coupon clipper. I use the FuelPerks from the grocery store and save at the pump. Here we are with $2.879 a gallon, I’ll take it.
Whenever the Apple website displays this page, we know something fun’s about to happen. Turns out there’s a beautiful new Retina Macbook Pro in town and she is SEXY!
We had guests from out of town for an evening of chaos and debauchery – I made naughty brownies. Some people call them slutty brownies, but that makes no sense whatsoever – so I’ve renamed them naughty brownies. It’s a layer of cookie dough, a layer of Oreo, a layer of brownie. Insane sugar high ensues.
It’s hot out there Minnesota, jump in a lake and cool off. We only have 15,405 to choose from!
I’m not getting married anytime soon, nor am I even remotely close to engaged. But, I’ve had slightly strong opinions on jewelry from square one. I’m a simple lady. I don’t prefer diamonds, baubles, dangling earrings, and such. I need functional pieces that work whether I’m running a half marathon, cooking a quiche, or jumping in a lake.
For some reason, I’ve never been impressed with diamonds and the whole engagement ring process that soon-to-be-wed couples go through. Putting that money to use in other ways is what I’m more interested in. A 16-day backpacking trip through Europe or a downpayment on a house. DailyWorth recommends putting that $5,000 towards 100 nights of paying a babysitter $50 so you can get some alone time out on the town. I would much rather have a modest, super simple, less-expensive ring (or a tattoo?…) in exchange for a handful of super memorable adventures.
For example, let’s go to the airport, take the next international flight out and spend a week wherever we end up. Complete spontaneity.
In my world, the price of a tiny mineral is not directly proportional to how much a guy loves his woman…
Just my thoughts,
Traffic. I cannot stand thee. That alone is one of the biggest reasons I want to work for myself, be my own boss, have my own business. I refuse to spend 1/2 my life driving to and from a job in a car.
The value of wine is still beyond my comprehension. I taste a $4 organic merlot from Trader Joe’s and it tastes just as good as a $65 bottle from Seven. Maybe my taste buds are not meant to critique vino. I just don’t get how some people can value these bottles in the hundreds of dollars… we are talking about fermented grapes, right? Maybe I’d be better off drinking Welch’s. I can confidently speak to the body, bouquets and undertones of that stuff all day.
Meet world’s craziest dog. He can go from in-a-coma-sleeping to throw-the-ball-throw-the-ball-I-won’t-leave-you-alone-until-you-throw-that-damn-ball in less than 2 seconds. World record holder right here!!
Perhaps I’ll find the man of my dreams amongst the contestants at this local competition. Five years from now, I can see my future cocktail parties, “Hey honey, show Scott and Katie that new yo-yo trick you’ve been working on.” #nerd
Sometimes I think coffee needs to be given up. Completely. I tend to get a headache without my daily cup, and I truly don’t want to be dependent on this to function. I’m whittling my way down to the bare minimum. I went from having a cup of coffee with soy milk and a splash of vanilla. To a cup of coffee with soymilk. To a cup of coffee on the rocks. Pretty soon I will not be able to stand drinking it straight, and forced to exile it. That will help me appreciate the beauty of an Icy Nuts from Bull Run on a random Sunday.
I love mail. Preferably handwritten letters and magazines. I try my hardest to send something in the mail versus email. Although, sometimes speed & efficiency does trump old-fashioned and meaningful. I don’t want snail mail to become obsolete. Please, oh, please, King USPS!
The other night I saw this on the ground and for some reason, immediately reminded of that scene when the snobby lady says, “there’s been a murder…”… go now and enjoy the comedy of Ace Venture When Nature Calls
My front seat speaks to the level of chaos in my life. Running shoes, Toms, and yellow sneaks for work… not enough time in the day to drive home and switch them out, may as well carry them all! Time is money – right?
On account of loving handmade and custom things, I made a small going away card for a close friend. I would rather make it than pay Hallmark $4 for a mediocre one. Plus, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? I used to be obsessed with Dinotopia. That’s right, screw Pogs. I would rather pretend I lived at a time when a peaceful prehistoric world is discovered.
Ending thoughts: life is good. God is good. Everyday.
Wishlist: Yes, men’s. S/M
Listening to: Best Disney song of all time.
Dreaming of: A new playmate for Oliver.