Day 10, Nearly Up and Running

So here’s a little “Inside Baseball” for you…I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do this blog until two days before the New Year.  I was afraid that by putting myself out there like this, I would risk a more public failure.  Which is kind of funny because I failed spectacularly on national television last summer and I’ve never really cared about making a fool of myself.

But this, this is different.  This is more personal.  This is deeper.  This is far more meaningful for me.  This is about bettering myself, and that’s about as raw and exposed as you can be.  So I thought about whether or not I wanted to follow through with it and ultimately decided that it would help push me and motivate me to be that better person.  Without great risk there can be no great reward.

Why am I explaining all of this?  I’m telling you why I didn’t have the groundwork laid to do this properly.  I’ve been attempting to work on a Twitter account and Facebook page this entire time, as well as flesh out the pages and widgets and menus and design – yada yada yada -of this blog.  Today, we’re nearly there.  This weekend I plan to release my Facebook creation into the wild as well as publicly kick my Twitter account out the door and tell it to get to work.  Ooooh, exciting!

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Today was the first day off of the Detox.  I actually felt a little guilty eating a real breakfast this morning.  The wife and I laughed about it, and we both commented on how that brief three days opened our eyes to a lot of crap we normally ingest.  We’re generally healthy eaters, I do a LOT of home cooking (my other blog: CatharticCuisine), support a local CSA and choose organic when financially-feasible.  Nonetheless, even being “healthy”, we’re not truly healthy.  Yes, it’s a sliding scale, but you don’t know how much you don’t know until you know what you don’t know, you know?

So, before I even had a cup of coffee this morning, I had another cleansing drink: homemade lemonade with fresh squeezed ginger.  Essentially, you drink 12 oz of water with a half lemon squeezed into it, then grate a 1/2-inch cube of ginger and squeeze the gratings to get the juice into your cup.  (Aside: I had no idea you could squeeze ginger and get juice, but it’s true!).  It’s tart to wake you up, the ginger is a powerful detoxifier that can kick start  your system, and if you like lemonade, it tastes great.   I’d like to do this every morning that I can, if nothing else.

One of these every morning. Easy and delicious.

Morning Go Juice

Ingredients:
12 oz water
1/2 squeezed lemon juice
1/2-inch cube ginger root, grated and juice squeezed into cup

Directions:
Drink.

The big news of the day is that I can place a start date on another of my Skills Goals:  becoming proficient with my handgun.  We bought our handgun today, and after the 48 hour waiting period, I will have it on Friday.  I’m going to talk more about this, specifically gun safety and how we will be diligent with the firearm in a house with children (who will never know we have one), but I’ll save that for a later date.  Rest assured, this was not a decision we made rashly.  It’s been something that the wife and I have mulled over for months.   I grew up around guns, learned to respect them at an early age, and intend to instill the same respect for a weapon in my children.

Other Goal Updates: Ran 2 miles yesterday on the treadmill, along with the standard quick workout of 50 pushups and 4:00 of wall sits.  Got in some light weights today.   Still working on Captivating.  

As always:   This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.

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Detox, Day Done

Done with the Detox.  I’m very glad I did it.  Not only do I think it was a good thing to do, I feel much better in just three short days.  I know that modern medicine will tell you that a detox has little to no “conclusive” proof that it works, but I can feel a difference already.  I’m more alert, feel lighter, and definitely not feeling run-down around 4PM like I normally do.

So I can cross another goal off my list, and realize that I will probably add it to the list for 2014.  I’ll probably do this again, periodically.  Lord knows I’ve become more conscious about what I eat as I have grown older.

Have you ever tried a Detox?   If so, what did you do, for how long, and do you think it made a difference?  I’d love to hear some feedback below.

Other Goal Updates: None other to report fulfilled.  Worked out and read today.  Going to go get a mile in on the treadmill, and hope I don’t bump my head.

As always:   This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.

Detox, Day Two

Day two of the Detox Diet.  AKA, “Yes, I’m over halfway done!”

I make it sound worse than it is.  It’s really not that bad.  Aside from the grassy-flavored breakfast drink the meals are fairly satisfying and flavored.  Not at all what I expected, which was cardboard, bark and algae.

Really, who doesn’t want to gulp down spirulina shakes every morning? (Courtesy eatdrinkbetter.com)

I have noticed several changes already:

  1. I was more alert this morning, despite not drinking coffee and getting only 5ish hours of sleep.  I attribute this to the ginger-lemon drink and lack of crappy toxins floating in my system.
  2. My gut feels incredible.  I’ve never been a terrible eater and I’ve always been in pretty good shape, but I had no idea how much ick I carried around in my intestines.
  3. I have had a slight case of the chills.  Because the foods we’re eating are not high-energy drinks, I’ve struggled to stay warm in this cold Wisconsin winter weather.

All-in-all, I’d recommend this detox to anyone looking to do a short cleanse that doesn’t require starving yourself.  And I would recommend it during the summer.

Aside from that, other goal updates include:  I knocked out about 50 pages of Captivating today in between surgeries, bringing me closer to two books finished.  And a good friend loaned me his copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People, so that will be next.

I’m keeping the workouts minimal during these three days of detox because of the lack of energy, I don’t want to wear myself out.  So tonight will see only 50 pushups and 4:00 of wall sits, again.

Finally, tomorrow I’m starting my first of 52 people who need to know they matter.

Thanks for checking in.

As always: This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.

Detox, Day One

Wow, I’ve never tasted such delicious cucumbers as I did today.

Aaaannnnnddddd that’s a line I NEVER thought I would say.  But I just did.  And it was true.  I started a three-day detoxification diet today with my wife.  It’s been a desire of mine for several years, but one I never got around to putting much effort into actually trying.

Hungry For Change

Thankfully, my wife had a similar goal this year, so we decided to do it together.  In case you’re interested, this is the specific detox diet we’re currently on: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/3-day-detox-plan

Honestly, the worst part is the breakfast drink…it tastes exactly like drinking sushi nori seaweed, and I happen to like sushi.   All-in-all, it’s not been a bad first day.  At the risk of TMI, the only real change I’ve noticed so far is a change in my “bathroom schedule”.

I did pare back a little on the workouts and running today and for the next two days, mostly because my diet is strict and I won’t have much for excess energy to burn.  I clocked in at a mile today at a slower-than-normal pace of 6mph, and relegated my workout to just 50 pushups and 4:00 of wall sits.

In other goal-related news, a very good friend of mine agreed last night to run a sprint triathalon with me, as well as join in the quest to summit a 14’er this year.  It seems my little project here has already inspired at least one person to make a stretch in 2013 and knock out a life goal or two.

Really, that’s all this is.  This is my journal.  I hope it inspires you.  Make 2013 your year.