Friday, May 3, 2013

Two Days of Juice Fasting Completed

Well I have to say not eating for two days was hard but totally doable. And of course I did have my juice from Arden's Garden. The label on the jugs recommend that you drink a gallon a day, no food, and as much distilled water that you want. This isn't the first time I've tried this particular diet. The last two times I've done it, I really killed myself trying to down a gallon of juice in one day, and I have to say: IT IS HARD! I've come to the conclusion that if you are a person under 200 pounds, drinking a gallon a day is unnecessary. I think that mixing a half gallon juice with 6-8 fluid oz of distilled water 8 times a day is plenty of juice and liquids to have a healthy fast. Would it be even worse for me to say that maybe the Arden's Garden brand markets the diet so that you feel like you must buy both gallons? And at 15.00$ a pop, that ain't cheap! Plus, people who are buying juice are sometimes naive about juice fasts and just go along with what's written on the jugs. 

So this time around, I decided to not kill myself and returned the second gallon. I still feel great and vibrant. I lost 5 pounds! Of course I know the weight will come back, but it will be easy to eat healthy. I would tell those people who haven't had much lessons in eating green to focus on your body, not your tastes. When (or if) you decide to have something... let's say, subpar in the healthy area after your fast, focus on that first bite. If you really listen to your taste buds, you'll find that it doesn't really taste that good. That's because your tastebuds rewire themselves. The longer you go without refined sugars and all that other bad stuff, the worse it tastes. Well for me, my first meal after juicing was a mixed greens salad with some lentil soup. Since you haven't fed your stomach anything for two days, eating light is key. I ordered book from amazon called "The 30 Minute Vegan". I plan to eat as healthy as I can for the month of May while I'm doing my running goal. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Arden's Garden Juice Fast

May's Running Goal: The Beginning 
I'm starting the month of May with a two day juice fast. I chose to do the Arden's Garden detox. If you don't mind Grapefruit juice, it's a great start to loosing weight. I'm not really trying to loose weight. I just want to feel lighter and healthier since I ate horribly last week. (Cookies, Cheezits, eating chicken fingers from work... and so on). Fasting for two days will make you loose weight, but it's not true pounds since as soon as you begin eating again you'll gain it back. It is however, perfect for rebooting your digestive system and your taste buds.
 The Arden's Garden juice features grapefruit which is one of the strongest detox fruits available. Have you ever taken medicine that says "Do not take with grapefruit"? It's because this citrus will cleanse your system so hard and fast it will push out your pills before they even get a chance to work! How cool IS that?! 
After fasting for two days, I'll feel light on my feet and ready to take on this 41 mile running challenge!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May Goals

 I'm thinking of starting some May Goals. I read in an article 'training for your first 10K' about trying to run 50 miles in one month. While that goal seems pretty lofty to me I decided to go back into my Runkeeper account and look at my best month. I found that in July of 2011 I ran 40 miles. So, in the month of May 2013 I plan to run 41 miles. In June I'd like to run a 10K. There. It's out there. Now I have to do it! I'll blog about the process throughout the month. You can also watch me on my Runkeeper account

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Day 11?
map of day 12

Last day of travel (besides flight home)

Watercolour sketch of the Grand Canyon painted AT The Grand Canyon :p

Ancient petroglphys from spanish carvers 

Bringing It Home

Here's some straggling pictures from my trip. 

Lemon tress growing in Kay's garden

More pictures of delicious food from Mexcio

Kay's beautiful house view in Rosarito, Mexico

More Mexican beach houses

A huge tree in Balboa Park in San Diego 

Lily pad pond in Balboa park - reminded me of Claud Monet's Lily pads

Last view of the beach on the last night.

Flying away from Utah's airport. I'll miss the mountains and the West in general. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grand Canyon

Before the Grand Canyon, we stopped to see the world's most preserved Meteorite Crater in the world. 

This crater was formed thousands of years ago. 

It was just a hole in the ground until it became privately owned and turned into a tourist attraction

The Meteorite turned the earth's crust inside out revealing years of perfectly preserved fossils.

After the crater, we left for the main event of the day: The Grand Canyon! 

It was a little hazy outside but still beautiful of course. 

The vastness is so hard to comprehend. Pictures just don't do it justice.
Everywhere along the rock you could see fossils of snails.
We even saw Elk!

 A panorama to show the epicness of the grand canyon

Our journey. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Mexico to Arizona

Today we met up with one of Wes's friends, Elizabeth, in the small town of Gallup, NM

This is a size reference. This is our attempt to take down a huge sopapita - a mixture of Native American and Mexican food. 

Elizabeth was such a great host. She droves us out to the Red Rock state park. We hiked a small way up to take pictures and soak in the view. It couldn't have been better weather. 

After we stopped by a historical hotel on Route 66 to look inside. Many famous people have stayed here over time. 

Lucille Ball stayed in this room!

I forgot to post these last night. We statyed at Katie and Alex's house for a night and drank some local beers. Great times!

We checked out the New Mexico version of Kroger. Here's an example of the chili culture out here. It's huge! 

Today's Journey. Tomorrow, the Grand Canyon!!

Yesterday: from Roswell to Albuquerque


Visited the UFO museum in Roswell of course! 

Ate some fantastic tacos at the Disco Taco on a Native American reservation 


Walked the White Sands desert 

Made an unexpected stop at some historical Petroglyphs. Super old rock etchings. This appealed to my art history back ground. 

Drove through the Valley of Fire: the result of one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Today was the long drive from Austin to Roswell, New Mexico

These horrible oil rigs are all over west Texas. They're slow moving pendulum like machines. They're kind of creepy. 

On another note we saw many wind turbines along the way. I don't think I've ever seen them before. 

West Texas is so picturesque. It's littered with old broke down buildings and cacti along the highway.

Moving into New Mexico I saw a sign for a state park. I had no idea it was going to be this beautiful. I'm glad we stopped. 

More Lagoons. 

Travel on!