Last week, I was flipping channels when the new season of "Jersey Shore" came on MTV. I am fully aware of the show's stigma and yet-like passing a car accident on a busy highway-I admit that I cannot look away. In the first few minutes of the episode, the show's most notorious female cast member, Snooki, was talking about her new boyfriend. She described him as a hot "gorilla juicehead". Ugh. I remembered that last season, the girls often described the biggest, muscle-iest guys at "juiceheads" because they obviously indulged in performance enhancing drugs. And they found this to be attractive. What the heck is wrong with people these days?
Last week, I myself became a juicehead. But I'm not planning to move to the shore anytime soon. No, my version of juicing involves taking a ton of veggies and jamming them into an innovative machine which extracts the juice and leaves behind any seeds, pulp, and rinds. The famous Jack LaLanne has been selling these juicing machines seemingly since the dawn of time, and swears by the effectiveness of juicing for health. And the customers in our market keep us busing making juices for them daily. After talking with both my holistic health counselor friend and my chiropractor friend last week, I was convinced that juicing may just be the key to finally meeting my goals...losing weight, and feeling healthy.
I started immediately with a daily juicing regime. I have two in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Generally, my juices consist of the following:
Handful of romaine lettuce. Handful of spinach. Handful of parsley or several kale leaves. Half of a green apple. 1-2 cucumbers. Half of a lemon. Several celery stalks. 2 inches of fresh ginger root. And sometimes I'll throw in a pinch of wheat grass or a shot of flax oil at the end. And it actually tastes pretty darn good!
In addition to my three green juices, I drink lots of water, eat a little snack during the day, and try to have a light dinner. At first, I was absolutely ravenous by dinnertime, so I overindulged with the meal. But as the week progressed, I became noticeably less hungry and had much more energy. A few of my customers even complimented me on my glowing skin, something that the health counselor told me I would notice. Stepping on the scale this morning, I also discovered that I am back down almost five pounds (of the nearly eight that I gained when I had my meltdown and gave up). I even indulged in a few slices of pizza and a couple drinks last night to celebrate Billy's third place win in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament that took place yesterday. Perhaps I am able to balance some fun and enjoying food with the work it takes to reach my goals. Perhaps.
The one and only bummer of the week was finding out from the chiropractor that I may have a bulging disc in my back. As you may know, I've been working out with a trainer for the past couple of years. Sandy is really big on weight training mixed with cardio bursts (interval training). I agree that this type of workout has definitely helped me to tone up, but I've often wondered if the heavy weights are a bit too much for me to handle. My suspicions may have been confirmed by the chiro last week. Joe told me that I've been putting to much strain on my neck, shoulders, and upper back with the amount of weight I use and the type of exercises I do. It's a hard pill to swallow, because I do trust that Sandy wouldn't lead me in the wrong direction. But maybe I just need to trust my instincts a bit more. When Joe told me to lay off the weights for a while, I felt somewhat panicked...like, "Well what am I going to do now?" I've been so used to the same type of exercise that going back to the basics seems really weird. But I decided to heed the doc's advice and try out some running. Big deal for me...I do NOT run. But I took it slow and actually ran (ok more like a lopping jog) almost two miles with very few stops. Yesterday I took my mom's lab and we ran the entire way without stopping.
I am so proud of myself. I did something I never thought I could do, and I plan to continue. Feeling like a superhero now, I look forward to the week ahead. Who knows where my running shoes will take me.
Published On: August 11, 2010