It’s time for an update on the whole juice cleanse thing. You can read about why we decided to do a juice cleanse here, how the first week went here, and how we changed it all up the second week here.
Week Three was supposed to be the week that I added some moderate exercise back in. I was excited to implement this change as I have always enjoyed exercising. I like the surge of endorphins that comes after a good cardio workout. Also, I hoped that exercise would help kick the weight loss back up into turbo mode. We planned to continue the juicing throughout the morning and afternoon as we had the previous week. Monday morning, I searched frantically for appropriate workout clothing and decided to start off the week with a Wii Fit workout. The batteries in the Wii Fit board were dead; I spent another fifteen minutes hunting down fresh batteries and replacing the old ones in the board. Where was the Wii Fit disc? I couldn’t find it anywhere – this could be perhaps to my not-so-awesome organizational skills – and was about to give up on the whole idea when I discovered the Gold’s Gym for Wii disc. Oh yeah, I dimly remembered. This is pretty fast-paced and involves a lot of boxing. I put the disc in and got to work.
Yeah, so maybe working out was not as fun as I remembered. My muscles cried out after months of not being used. Still, I persevered through the first set of roundhouses and uppercuts. After all, my children were watching me. All of them. And they were screeching with excitement, saying such encouraging things as, “Why don’t you go faster, Momma?” and “I don’t think you’re doing it like the lady on the tv!” Halfway through the second set, as I bobbed and ducked punches, I felt a sudden, oh-this-is-not-good pain shoot through my lower back. I grimaced and fell to my knees. “What’s wrong, Momma?” Gabi asked, genuinely concerned. “Is the exercise too hard for you?” I reassured her that I was fine, when indeed I was not. I struggled to my feet, and like the stubborn idiot I am, I somehow finished the rest of the workout. Including reverse crunches. I know!
I turned off the disc and tried to walk to the kitchen to refill my water bottle. At every step, jarring pain in my lower back took my breath away. I couldn’t stand up straight and could barely move without intense pain. I texted my husband of my plight, and thankfully he was able to leave work early and come home. He has a history of back pain and knew what to do. He set me up in our bedroom with a strange assortment of pillows shoved under my knees and a icy cold pack on my back. It was me, my Ipad, and my woefully boring-looking bedroom for the next day and a half. Chris took care of the kids while working from home while I muttered things like “It figures. As soon as I start something good like exercising, something comes in to screw it up.”
I wish I could say that I was really good with the juicing and eating during this time. Nope, not really. I did have some juice but mostly I snacked on little things all day. They were mostly good things – veggies, fruits, whole-grain chips, etc. – but a bowl or two of ice cream may have sneaked in there. And when I finally convinced Chris he could go back to work (who seriously could get any work done at home with four unusually energetic children racing around?!), I knew that it would be a few more days before I could attempt to exercise again. So much for beginning exercise that week!
The next week, I was determined to try again. This time, I set my alarm clock for 6:00 am in preparation to go for a good brisk walk in the morning. Without kids. That part is important, obviously, because kids always throw wrenches into your plans for having a great, unobserved workout. Monday morning, I was up with the birds and walking around my new neighborhood, which I discovered has NO sidewalks. None. It’s also apparently very busy early in the morning; so I spent that walk mostly dodging oncoming cars and pretending I didn’t care when passing vehicles splashed up muddy water on me. I researched and found out that there was a little nature trail at the library not far from me. That trail became my go-to path for the next two days. Life was awesome. Then I was reminded that I live in the land of liquid sunshine for the rest of the week. It poured down cold rain for five days straight. I don’t mind walking in rain – it’s kind of a requirement around here – but this was the stuff that made me wish for windshield wipers on my glasses and about six more layers of warm clothes.
Chris came through by running to Game Stop and purchasing EA Sports Active for the Wii. I spent the remainder of the week trying out this new (to me anyway) game instead of freezing on my walks outside. I liked that it was customizable, that the workouts changed daily, and that it hurt. And I must have been doing all right, since the scales at the end of the fourth week indicated that I was down another three pounds.
This coming week, barring all ridiculous injuries or intense rain scenarios, I plan on doing my walks in the early morning and then doing the EA Sports Active later in the day. Because I am upping my exercise time, I don’t think it’s wise to just have juice throughout the morning in afternoon. I’m going to continue to start off my days with green juice and then have one more veggie juice later in the day. In between, I plan on eating some good protein (think oatmeal with peanut butter) and some healthy fats as well. (like avocados) I guess with these changes, I should probably not refer to it as a juice cleanse anymore.
Oh and I have one more goal this week. I need to get more sleep! I am a terrible night owl, and it is affecting me getting up early to go walking. My plan is to be in bed by 10:30 or 11:00 pm at the latest. This will require great fortitude and strength of will. It will also require me to finish this post, now! I need to go to bed.