Monday – Camping and cloud gazing……

The weekend was glorious with back to back sunshine. Camping was good fun and we came back feeling as though we had been away for longer than just a night – result. I spent the rest of sunday laying in the garden indulging in a spot of cloud gazing. Bliss.

Back to juicing today with some fruit as well and I think I will continue this way for the next week or so maybe two and see how it goes.

Weight this morning was 129lbs – total lost so far 8lbs

Todays juice/fruit has been:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, apple and grapefruit

Carrot, cucumber, apple, spinach and lime

1/2 pineapple

handful of strawberries

Exercise today has been:-

1 hour interval training with client

45 minute ashtanga yoga self practice (outside – whoo hoo…..)

I didn’t do very much exercise at the weekend, only a short yoga practice on saturday so hope to make up for it this week.

Thanks for reading………………….

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Monday – Juice feasting day 8

The weekend went well and the juice feast continues. Basically my juices seem to have fallen into a set pattern and I am having the same everyday with the odd variation here and there. I had more orange based ones on Sunday as we were out for much of the day and they travel better than the others and last for longer.

Exercise over the weekend was :- gardening on saturday – digging over a new flower bed so pretty strenuous!! and a bike ride and yoga on Sunday.

Weight this morning was 132lbs – total lost so far 5lbs

Juices today have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit, 6 sticks celery and 200g spinach)

Orange, apple and grapefruit (4 oranges, 1 pink grapefruit and 2 apples)

Carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach and lime (3 carrots, 3 apples, 100g spinach, 1/2 cucumber and 1 lime)

Pineapple, mango, kiwi and blueberry (1 pineapple, 1 mango, 2 kiwis handful blueberries)

Exercise today has been:-

Interval training with client x 1 hour

Full ashtanga yoga self practice x 90 mins

How I feel today:-

Really pleased to be on day 8 of a juice feast – something of a first for me. Also pleased that some of my ‘winter weight’ is finally coming off. Still have lots of energy and a lovely calm and mellow feeling.

Thanks for reading, happy juicing…………….

Tuesday – Juice Feast day 2

It always takes me a few days to get into the swing of juice feasting and this time around has been no different. Some people do all their juicing first thing and so then it is done for the day but this can be quite time consumming and as I tend to do my workouts first thing I find that I only have enough time to make two juices before I have to be out of the door. So, back home for lunch today and straight to the juicer to make another two juices to last me the rest of the day as I have another client later tonight.

I also fitted in a trip to the supermarket today to stock up on extra produce. I always get a few funny looks at the checkout as most of my shopping is fruit and veg on a normal day so when I am juicing then I really have a lot!! We also run our car on veggie oil in the warmer months of the year and our supermarket is doing a good deal on this at the moment too so today I had a trolley full of fruit and veg and about 10 x 3 litre bottles of veggie oil. No wonder the checkout girl looked at me strangely- maybe she thought I was going to deep fry everything…..

Todays juices have/will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Orange, grapefruit and apple

Pineapple and mango

Pineapple, pear and cucumber

Today’s exercise has been:-

1 hour interval training with client

1 hour ashtanga yoga – self practice

Thanks for reading and happy juicing……….

Monday – Fitness challenge wrap up and juice feasting……

Today is day 29 of my 30 day fitness challenge and whilst I haven’t blogged over the last week or so rest assured that I have been keeping up with my challenge and  exercising on a daily basis.

My exercise now falls into 3 categories:- yoga, running and interval training and whilst yoga still takes centre stage when it comes to my daily workouts I am keen to keep up with both the running and the interval training. I am being careful not to overdo the running as it can have a detrimental effect on the yoga – running tightens muscles; especially hamstrings, and with yoga you are looking for the opposite effect to be true. Luckily so far I haven’t seen any adverse reactions to my running – probably because I run so slowly – hehe – so for now I will keep it going as it is.

So, my 30 day fitness challenge has been very successful and I have a renewed appreciation for daily exercise. I will definately be keeping it all going.

Having kick started my exercise again it has made me look at other areas that can use a little overhaul. My diet is pretty good these days being about 95%raw with the odd piece of fish or raw cheese. Over my years of being raw I have tried many times to do a juice feast but have never lasted beyond 7 days. So, my next challenge (I am a girl who loves a challenge!!) I am planning a longer juice feast. Starting today I am going to try and juice feast until the beginning of June when we are going away for a few days. I will probably aim to feast until the 5th June which gives me 27 clear days. I have enlisted some help in the motivation stakes  in the form of my little sis who is going to be doing a modified juice feast alongside me. She will juice for breakfast and lunch and then have a salad for her tea. Hopefully we will be able to keep each other on track.

Exercise today will be:-

Ashtanga yoga full self practice – about 90 minutes

Juices today will be:-

Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach

Pineapple and pear

Apple,  spinach and cucumber

I will be aiming to get in about 4 1/2 litres of juice a day plus water and hot teas. It usually takes me a few days to get used to drinking that amount of liquids so I guess the first few days may be a little short of the 4 1/2 litres required.

Thanks for reading…………….

Wednesday – Day 17

It’s beginning to feel a bit like ground hog day with these fitness updates………so apologies for that. The truth is though that I am pretty much doing the same sort of exercises each day – treadmill, interval training and yoga and today has been no different.

The treadmill and interval training I had done and dusted by about 7am this morning and then I went out to do a yoga class. It is a full moon today and traditionally in Ashtanga yoga you wouldn’t practice on either a full or a new moon. So today’s class was more like a workshop and more stop/start but very productive nonetheless.

Food today has been:-

Green smoothie – oranges, grapefruit, celery, spinach and banana

Pineapple and mango juice x 2

Orange, grapefruit, cucumber and spinach juice

That’s all there is to report for today.

Thanks for reading………….

Monday – Day 1

Today is day 1 of my 30 day fitness challenge. Whoo hoo….am really excited about getting my booty into some serious shape that I am already thinking about extending it to 60 days. I may feel differently tomorrow though!!

I have an easy day work wise with some clients later in the day so it was a good day to begin. I managed to get my workouts in before midday and am sitting here eating my lunch as I write up today’s blog entry.

Exercise today has been:-

2 workout as follows

1. 20 minutes on treadmill – 5 minutes warmup at a fast walking pace and then I just did random run/walk intervals. I will be more structured with the intervals (i.e. speed and length) in a few days but today I just wanted to get back into running mode again.

Interval workout *– 30 secs work followed by 10 secs rest (took about 25 minutes)

  1. Squat and shouder press left arm
  2. Squat and shoulder press right arm
  3. Wide leg burpee
  4. One leg bridge lift – left leg
  5. One leg bridge lift – right leg
  6. Press ups
  7. One leg sit and lift – left leg
  8. One leg sit and lift – right leg
  9. Plank

Complete 3 sets

Stretches

2. Ashtanga yoga practice – to end of standing and some hip openers – 25 minutes

Food today has been:-

Handful of medjool dates after each workout

Green smoothie – oranges, grapefruit, celery, spinach and banana

2 raw chocolate cupcakes

1 large salad with lettuce, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, black olives and salmon

Mushroom and avocado pate in lettuce wraps with tomatoes and olives

1/2 pineapple and some kiwis

How I feel today:-

My legs felt like jelly after the interval training – lol, but it was a good feeling in a macabre kind of way. It was a different sort of ‘tiredness’ to how I feel after doing a 90 minute yoga workout and I could definately feel that I had worked my larger muscle groups (quads and hamstrings) in my legs in a more intense way. I’m looking forward to day 2!!

Thanks for reading……..

*I took the interval training from Zuzanna’s ‘Bodyrock TV’ site – http://www.bodyrock.tv