As you can tell from yesterday's blog, last night was ROUGH! Really the first time during this process that I contemplated quitting. I attribute that 100% to spending 2 hours looking at food on Pinterest, reading menus of restaurants at Disney, and planning out all my cheat meals from now till the wedding. Mentally I started breaking. When I got home I made myself a vegetable broth, thanks to a suggestion from my friend Sibylle. She's never done a juice fast, but has done liquid-only fasts where the main meal is veggie broth. I think I was craving something warm, cooked, and home made. Well, I am happy to say, the veggie broth did it. Water, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, peppercorns, grey sea salt, a pinch of red pepper flakes, dried herbs and some extra virgin olive oil tasted like heaven. It tasted like FOOOOD! And I woke up this morning full, satisfied, and ready for another juice.
I spent this morning going through a yoga sequence I created with a group of fellow students at a prior teacher training weekend. Tomorrow morning I will teach this sequence to my former roller derby team, the Charlotte Speed Demons . I'm very excited for the opportunity to lead my first "real" class with a group of like-minded athletes and friendly faces. It will be a challenging class, but I know my girls are up to the task. Although I did get a chance to "practice teach" this same sequence to Melanie & Darby last weekend, I'm still a bit nervous and have spent the entire evening typing out the lesson plans, complete with notes & cues, the majority of which I will in all likelihood not read tomorrow morning! I've built a pretty kick-ass play list of songs, and I'm excited to get a good night's sleep (with a night-cap of veggie broth) and tackle tomorrow. After the yoga class I'm participating in the strength & conditioning class here at GGBJJ, then sitting at the desk for open mat, and we're hosting a student's 9th birthday party here tomorrow as well. Then straight off to our good friend Tater's house warming, ending the evening with the All-Heavyweight UFC card, which I am PUMPED about!
I'd like to share a new juice recipe I have tweaked a few times over this week and finally like. It's got a good mix of fruits and veggies, and is a great juice for this time of year because all of the beta-carotene gives the skin a healthy warm glow. Kind of like a fake tan but without the bottle & chemicals!
1 small sweet potato (scrub the skin well!)
1 red bell pepper
1 beet (peel it!)
2 golden delicious apples
1 orange (not peeled)
Don't be like me and forget to wash the sweet potato and peel the beet. Your juice will taste like straight dirt. When prepared correctly, his is a beautiful mid-day juice that I've really come to enjoy! It reminds me of fruit punch.
OK, enough stalling. Here are my progress pictures. Weight at 154.6. Link to the "before pictures"