Today was great! This morning I woke up early and made Cream of Wheat, one of my favorites. I sweetened it a little with some honey a beekeeper-friend gave me as a gift. I diced up some delicious peaches on top, then sprinkled it all with some yummy cinnamon. Then…then…
Then I called the kids in and fed them their breakfast while I drank my Mean Green.
The point is, I really didn’t have a problem being around, and preparing food…even healthy food that I wouldn’t have a problem eating. I really feel the mental clarity starting to join hands with the willpower and keep me on track. This juice fast has been really eye opening to a lot of things. I feel my willpower against food taking control growing. I also have a hightened sense of how food works in our culture. Of course, the weight-loss and health benefits are great too. The only adverse affect, which was to be expected, is a small canker sore under my tongue. I keep gargling Listerine, and know it will go away.
Things were pretty normal today. I spent most of it at a quiet desk in my 6th grade classroom writing almost 21 pages for the university class I’m taking. I was able to push on and on and on without burning my mentals out. I feel simply better.
On my way home, I stopped off at CVS and checked my blood pressure. It’s never been terribly high, but about a month ago it was creeping up well into the Borderline category. Today, it was 109/69. Highly respectable, if you ask me. So happy I even took a picture of it. Thought it would make a nice change from pictures of celery and stuff.
This afternoon, Wifey and I loaded the kids up and went to the gym. That’s when it really ramped up. My Couch to 5K app that I’ve been following really kicked my booty tonight. I typically do the program every other day with sometimes a weekend in between. Today was Week 3, Day 1 and more than that, it was the day that I transferred much longer bouts of running. Tonight’s pattern was 4 minutes of warm-up then 90 sec. walking to 90 sec jogging then 3 min of walking and 3 min of jogging, rinse and repeat then a 4 minute cool-down. I tell you, those last 20 seconds of running during the 3 minute segments was trying. BUT I DID IT. I actually am really beginning to enjoy running again (which is one of my big goals). I use to run 7 miles a day, and it was truly addicting. I am working toward that again.
After my run, Wifey and I did a Yoga class. Now, two years ago, while I was a stay at home dad, I did Yoga every day M-F for a long time…most of a year. I LOVED doing it. It gives you such mental clarity, as well as a good stretch and work-out. It’s amazing how hard one can strength train doing Yoga if you work-it.
After our hour class I felt like a cloud drifting over an ocean of dew on a breeze of rose scented cotton-candy. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but I felt freakin’ relaxed and terrific. Better than I’ve felt in a very long time.
To top my day off, I decided to take a luxurious bath. I know, baths are ‘girly’, but SUCK IT MACHISMO! I went out to the garden and picked a huge bunch of mint and rosemary. I added the peels of a lemon and a lime, about 2 TBS of Olive Oil and put it in the blender with about 2 cups of water. I poured it all in my paint strainer bag which left me with a pitcher of minty/lemony/rosemery’ water and a “tea bag”. I added it all to a really hot bath with about 2 cups of Epsom Salt and soaked until it was just about cold. WOW. What a treat. It smelled really refreshing, and all those things carry wonderful botanical oils. The Epsom Salt draws impurities out of the skin among other things. The olive oil gave me a sleek sheen, which after toweling off left me with a soft, moist complexion. I highly…I say…I say…Highly recommend it.
Now, I’m catching up on my Bob the Builder while Wee One toddles around. Then, I’m off to bed. I’m sure to sleep well tonight.