Reboot Day Two

juicerI am not going to lie, yesterday was very hard. I drank three glasses of juice, which was one more than the day before, still not the four that were in the plan from the book. I didn’t make any fresh juice at all, I had three glasses in the fridge from Day One. And this was a good thing because I don’t think I could have done it. I didn’t have the strength or energy. And the thought of drinking a juice made me gag. I dreaded it all day. Each time it was time to drink I just remembered what Joe said, if I had to plug my nose and gulp it down like medicine, just get it into you … so I did.

I found it difficult to concentrate. I had memory lapses throughout the day. I was so tired I didn’t accomplish very much. I was hyper emotional and suffered a huge ugly cry when one of the characters on my favourite tv show was killed off (normally I might shed a few silent tears, or just get a lump in my throat). I urinated a lot but to my surprise defecated like normal. At one point I could barely hold my end of the telephone conversation with a colleague. During the late afternoon/ early evening a terrible headache came on and stayed until I finally fell asleep. I napped a few times throughout the day and went to bed pretty early. I woke up every few hours to pee. Continue reading “Reboot Day Two”

Countdown to Plant Strong

noeats (Mobile)My boyfriend bought me the juicer I wanted for my birthday and yesterday it shipped from Amazon! The more I read (and since getting a Kindle, I am reading A LOT!) the more I think a juicer will be very helpful for my Plant Strong lifestyle.

I have detoxed before, specifically with what I call the Brown Rice detox, but I have never done a juice detox, and I am not a fan of drinking my food.

I like water, wine, coffee, tea, the occasional beer and speciality cocktail, and even rarer still a chocolate milkshake or iced coffee. I have never been big on the smoothie, never been crazy about juice … or even soup! Continue reading “Countdown to Plant Strong”

Tiny Dancers

girlsdanceYesterday was a very exciting day for my family. It was my youngest two nieces’ spring dance recital and I went to watch along with my sisters, mother, brother-in-law, and two oldest nieces.

I always find these performances emotional. I beam with pride and the tears flow as I watch our girls twirl and kick and point their toes with the best of them, like they’ve been doing it since they were four years old.

The truth is they haven’t been taking classes very long, two years at most I think, but they had been training themselves at home for a few years before that. And by training I mean these girls watched videos online and stretched relentlessly until they could contort their bodies into various positions. They taught themselves to do the splits, arabesque, plie, and much more. They competed against each other to be the first to reach a certain flexibility. When they started I thought it was likely a fad, that they’d be all in for a few months but then move on to something else. Not many kids have the focus and determination to work so hard on their own.  Continue reading “Tiny Dancers”

To Meat or Not to Meat

plantbaseddietThe other day I had a sulky day of depression where I literally just stayed on the couch all day eating cupcakes, french fries, wieners, canned peas & carrots, and microwaved popcorn smothered in Ketchup flavoured seasoning; drinking a ton of coffee, a couple of glasses of wine and one cup of hot chocolate with an ounce of brandy added for zip; and watching documentaries on Netflix.

I had once again let my boyfriend’s flighty attitude toward life get under my skin. After this many years together you might think I would be acclimated to it by now, I would expect it and never be surprised by anything, but you would be wrong. My recovery might be quicker when I’m blindsided, but I still get blindsided.

Anyway, I don’t want to write about why I had taken to the couch for the day because the more important thing is that while I was sulking and stuffing my face with crap, I wasn’t watching mindless sitcoms or cartoons, I was watching documentary films about things that matter, things that get me thinking, things that give me insight and energy and ideas. I watched 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, GMO OMG, Happy, and finally Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue. Continue reading “To Meat or Not to Meat”

Hallelujah


Yes, I may have lingered in bed until 10:30 this morning but then I got up and threw in a load of laundry. Today I feel better. Today I will do all the things I wanted to do all week but was too weak and sick to accomplish. Today I will go outside and go shopping for food and stuff. Today I will clean up this damn pig sty. Today I will cook a decent meal.

Hallelujah!!!

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Chick Sparking

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Next week my sister and I have a plan to get back on track. We’re going to start walking after work and return to SparkPeople to start tracking our eating and exercise. Just in time for this lifestyle challenge, I received my first package from the Product Review Club at ChickAdvisor. And look what it is! That is five meal replacement bars and 20 energy capsules. This could be a nice boost to my first week. Things I normally would never purchase for myself in a million years, but now I get to try them out for free. And maybe if I like them, I will become a customer. All I have to do is review them on the website within two weeks. I am excited to do that! Continue reading “Chick Sparking”

Miramichi, Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors

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The Mighty Miramichi, the view from here yesterday.

A lot of people don’t know this, but back in the day I did a gig with what was the early incarnation of the Miramichi River Tourism Association (MRTA). It was an administrative type position, acting as the Liaison for the Village of Blackville.

It was kind of a new thing for me. I had done a lot of admin jobs of course, and I had unconsciously worked in the tourism industry for a few years as both an owner/ operator of a club and then as a waitress at a local restaurant, but I had no formal education in tourism administration, event planning, or even marketing. I didn’t know the industry buzz words or the partnering organizations and government departments responsible for overseeing and help fund it. At the time it was kind of exciting to bring my skill set of writing, editing, and creative out of the box type thinking into what felt to me like a kind of strict institutionalized industry.  Continue reading “Miramichi, Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors”