Friday, November 15, 2013

Game On - Day 1

So, if you missed my last post, I'm playing a four week diet/exercise competition where you play in teams and get points for basically being healthy.  You can read the rules HERE.

Here is my own quick overview + personal goals:

1.  I got a perfect score for my meals today (I'll post my dinner recipe at the bottom). 

2.  Perfect score for exercise.

3.  I know I'll get perfect sleep points because I always wake up at 5am and it's easy to be in bed before 10pm (for my 7+ hours total).

4.  Perfect water score (3 liters).

5.  Perfect score for my new habit, which I chose as flossing my teeth twice a day (I'm not good at keeping up with flossing).

6.  Alas, no score for getting rid of an old habit, which was biting my nails.  I sat down to tally my scores and put my damn nail right into my mouth.  SO close!

7.  Perfect communication score.

8.  No penalties.

I promise not to post things like this every single day for four weeks, I'm going to try and gear this more towards recipes, since there are way more meals (and WAY less to them) than I'm used to.

Since we get a "free" 100 calories to use as we wish once per day, I waited and used two small corn tortillas (50 cals each) for fish tacos.  Sound familiar?  I'm really still obsessed with these things, so I had to find a way to make it game-appropriate.

-2 corn tortillas (free 100 calories)
-PROTEIN: 1 palm-sized portion of Tilapia
-CARB: 1 fist-sized portion of rinsed black beans (portion cut in half)
-CARB: 1 fist-sized portion of brown rice (portion cut in half)
-FAT: Thumb-sized portion of natural green olives
-Mixed greens (lettuce is a freebie)

I baked the seasoned fish (light sprinkle of sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley flakes, garlic power, onion powder, and paprika) at 350 degrees for 20 mins.  I should have added a little water or something since I chose to have olives instead of using olive oil for my fats and it was a little dry on the edges.

I then wrapped my tortillas in a damp paper towel and warmed them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.  I had my portions pre-sorted, so I plated everything and scarfed them down!  They look bigger in the picture than they actually were, one of those fish pieces was about the size of two fingers put together.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Game On!

Has anybody heard of this "Game On!" diet?

My sister-in-law told me about it just last week, and before I knew it I was on a team of three against three!

We begin this Friday, and we are only going for four weeks (I think most people do eight).  I don't have the book yet, and I've had a hard time finding much information on it, so I figured I should blog about it and get more information out there for people to find!

Here is the overview, seems a bit overwhelming, right?  We aren't going through this website, we started our own private Facebook page for the team and we're just using it as a guide.  I printed out all of the pages and read it out loud with my SIL, reading it out loud and talking about it as we went REALLY helped to understand each section much better than trying to read it alone and getting frustrated.

I will keep everybody updated with recipes and challenges!  Stay tuned!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Old Farmer's Day

Apparently, October 12 is Old Farmer's Day!  How will you "celebrate"?  Farmer's market?  Shopping at local grocery stores?

I pick tomorrow to go grab some lemon cucumbers for my juice!

Monday, September 16, 2013


The nice thing about blogging? 

It's not my JOB!

I got started during my juice cleanse a few years ago, and every time I think about it I feel GUILTY.  Like, I should be posting stuff every day! 

But, alas... I cannot.

I can, however, embrace my 500+ followers and start thinking of FUN things to read about instead of peeking around the corner, seeing my blank laptop screen, and feeling sheepish that I don't blog often enough to deserve so many lovely readers.

So, remember back when I had a Holter monitor?  Well, that fun heart stuff happened again.  I am on day ten of a twenty-one day stint with a little computer logging all of my arrhythmias.  I juice.  I'm healthy.  My heart just likes to freak out for no reason whatsoever.  Fun.

Abrupt change of subject.

Since I've been juicing for so long, and thinking about experimenting with new recipes makes me feel exhausted, I will share with you my go-to, simple, cram-as-much-shit-as-you-can-into-one-recipe official Mean Green (copyright Joe Cross, me thinks) recipe and fruit juice recipe.  I make them about every two days, and I have the fruit juice for breakfast and the green juice throughout the rest of the day.  I use some vintage Tupperware pitchers and they seal just fine. :-)

Green Stuff:

-6 on-the-vine tomatoes (I like tomato flavor...)
-12 ounces of spinach (I buy a big 1 1/2lb bag and use half for my batch)
-1 cucumber
-4 celery stalks
-2 large carrots
-2 red apples

Fruit Stuff:

-1 crate of strawberries
-4 large carrots
-4 apples

Sooo, enjoy.  Love how the juice will make you feel. I promise to update more often!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Juicer Replacement Parts

So, if you have a Jack LaLanne juicer like I do, I highly recommend NOT ordering replacement parts direct from the website

I needed a new crescent tool (FYI, it is magnetic.  It will stick to the bottom of your baking sheet.  Always check the bottom of your baking sheet before putting it into your hot oven.) and bought one for $7.99 with free shipping (they've since raised the price to $9.99).
Not my disaster, but you get the point.
I got the part yesterday, and it was the wrong color to boot.  I ordered the part in APRIL.  After about a month of using a screwdriver to get my blade out for cleaning, I realized I should probably check on the delivery status.

Turns out it was backordered.  No call, no email, nothing.  The customer service guy (Bob, from India) could have cared less about my annoyance for their lack of communication.  So I took out my feelings on the Facebook page, and apparently LOTS of people have issues with their orders.

In conclusion, if you're in no rush for a replacement part, by all means please order through the website.  Otherwise, try eBay.  Same parts, same prices, faster shipping.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Let's Try This Again, Shall We?

I apologize for deleting yesterday's blog post.  I had a REALLY bad day, and I thought that purging my thoughts in writing would be beneficial and therapeutic, but for some reason I felt like I rushed it and immediately regretted posting it for all the world to see.  I don't know if I felt too vulnerable, or if maybe I just didn't explain things as thoughtfully as I could have. 

Who knows.  So let me try again, and I promise this will stay up as long as the Internet exists for those lovely readers who have gone through a miscarriage, are scared of going through a miscarriage and want to know more, or for those of you who have stumbled upon my blog from wanting more info on juicing (and in that case, please go HERE, since this post will be unrelated to juicing and health in any way...).

My husband and I found out we were pregnant on May 8th.  It is also my mother-in-law's birthday, and after taking a pregnancy test (kind of on a hunch) at about 6am, it was pretty hard to call and sing happy birthday to her without exploding! 

We went to her house a week later for a birthday party, and since she kind of has baby fever by nature, I knew that if I refused a glass of wine or whatever was being served that she would immediately become suspicious.  So I went to Trader Joes and bought a cheap $2 bottle of wine, poured it out, replaced it with alcohol-free wine and brought it over, apologizing for the crassness of bringing over an open bottle of wine. :-)

The picture above is our first sonogram picture where the little bean measured 6 1/2 weeks.  We also got to see the heartbeat. 

We told our family at my daughter's birthday party (May 18th).  I bought her THIS cute little shirt and it was the last present she opened.  She had no idea why everyone blew up after she opened her shirt, but it was the best announcement EVER.  So fun.

My amazing sister-in-law (a photographer) took this picture just before the announcement.  She told me that she looked through the pictures during the party and thought "Oh man, Kristen kind of looks pregnant, she's going to hate these pictures!".  Oh, the irony.  

Moving on to the tough stuff.

I'd had some light spotting, which I'd never had with Syd, and as I was experiencing the bleeding my blood HCG numbers were being monitored.  My last recorded numbers went from around 200-300 to 900ish in a week and a half.  Those numbers should double every 48 hours.  Mine obviously didn't double, and since nobody raised the red flag, I was able to brush it off.  Numbers going up were better than nothing, right?

I went on a trip with my parents to Santa Cruz when I was just about 9 weeks.  My sister lives there, my mom grew up there. so we had a family/friend packed few days planned.  On the last day, I noticed some bleeding that looked a bit thicker than normal.  I told my mom that I needed to go to a hospital, just to ease my mind, so she took Sydney, and my dad drove me down the green mile.

Speaking of irony, my mom suffered a miscarriage at the same hospital I went to, and she was also almost 9 weeks along.

The ultrasound tech was a lovely lady with a heavy accent (Russian?).  I adored the accent, but did not appreciate the blunt, short comments.  "So, you saw heartbeat at your last ultrasound?  So, how far along are you supposed to be?".  I only gave her short answers, because my gut already knew the outcome.  She then turned the God damned monitor towards me and said "See?  You see this looks like baby?  But we see no heartbeat, and no blood flow around the fetus.  Baby is only measuring at 6 weeks."

NO.  It did not look like a baby to me.  It looked like Cthulhu, or that Zoidberg from Futurama.

And there we have it, folks.  No more baby.  I called Weston and told him there was no heartbeat after calling him a few hours earlier and telling him I was just going in for a checkup.

I got home on Sunday and called my doctor on Monday.  I had already researched my options, and I just wanted it out.  Do you realize what a MINDFUCK it is having something inside of you that is not alive anymore?  I went in that day and scheduled a d&c the next day.

I'd read the pros and cons from both options.  I just wanted it out, for my own sanity, and my only concern was having something go wrong and having future fertility issues.  My concern with the natural option was waiting up to a MONTH for my body to dispel the fetus and possibly hemorrhage during the process, THEN have to go through with a d&c anyway if it didn't all come out.

So here I am.  I've been dealing with telling my 4-year-old that there is no more baby in my belly, and my family who pretty much disowned me for my first pregnancy and was SO excited for my planned pregnancy that HEY,  sorry folks, maybe next time.

I appreciate the comments I get from personal posts like this.  Funny how I feel more comfortable telling strangers about life changing circumstances rather than my close friends on Facebook and such.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Another Year...

... another cleanse, more awesome glasses.  Cheers to another year of keepin' it green, friends. :-)

If you are new to the juicing scene, you should start at the real Day #1.  Down the rabbit hole you go...