Juice Cleanse! Day 12-14!

Well this blog is certainly tardy… my apologies. The official ‘cleanse’ ended on Sunday… but I haven’t stopped! And it’s not that I’m trying to extend the cleanse, it’s that I’ve tapped into a greater understanding of how my body works… and I dig it.

Over the last week of my cleanse, my schedule began filling up with a lot of work and it hasn’t lightened up since. This forced me to adapt the 2nd round of the cleanse to a juice and food combo plan. So cruising into the last 3 days, I really didn’t change much, starting every day with a green juice and then eating clean all day. Since then and right up til now, I have been having 1-2 juices every day and have been following an eating plan consisting of mostly alkaline foods, heavily concentrated on veggies and plant-based protein sources, plus some clean carbs an hour after my morning workout.

We threw a big birthday party for my beautiful Mary on Sunday, which happened to be ‘Day 14’ of the plan. Well… it was a birthday party so we had to indulge just a little. It was also a nice reward for such good discipline over the past 2 weeks. Even in indulgence, the food was pretty clean as it was a vegan potluck party. I made my yummy homemade vegan pasta… which I should share in a recipe blog one day. (note to self)  We also couldn’t resist a homemade vegan cookie and some vegan bday cake. 😉  But the next morning, it was juice first thing and right back on schedule.

I can honestly say at this point that my body has changed more in the last couple weeks than it has in the last year. After eating an all vegan and organic diet for over a year, my body has been on a nice steady detox I have been feeling great. Doing this juice cleanse and further adapting my diet has been essential in reaching for the next step of my fitness and health goals. I have been working out daily as well and trying some new routines from P90X, Insanity, and Turbo Fire. My mornings have been starting with good workouts and my days have been great throughout. I’m in the groove in my daily schedule and I have more clarity of my goals. I guess some of the meditation during my cleanse helped my spirit while the juice helped my body. It’s also amazing how the right fitness plan can help make my life that much more organized and disciplined.

I love juicing and it’s been fun trying new combinations and making new and different drinks. I came up with some great juice recipes that I will share in blogs coming soon. As always, I will keep sharing my progress as well as the things I feel are working for me. If what I do inspires you, than that’s awesome. But always listen to your body and do what works best for you. The human body is pretty amazing. If you treat it right, it will start to speak to you and you will become more in tune with your own vibrations. The only result that will lead to is better health.

I’m absolutely blessed for everything in my life right now and I thank you for sharing my journey with me.

love
j

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” -Nido Qubein

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Happy 2013 and I’m back!

Hello friends. It’s been more than a few since I last blogged. First and foremost, my apologies for just kind of disappearing. I had been posting daily after every single workout throughout my P90X journey and beyond. After doing this for about 7 months, I honestly got a bit burned out. My workout routine was continuously changing as I was seeking the best combination of P90X, gym, and outdoor workouts. By the end I was finding my blogs to be forced and my inspiration to write them was certainly not the same. It’s not that I wanted to inspire any less or be any less accountable, but rather that if I was sharing, I wanted it to be true and worthy. And once I stopped blogging, it was that much harder to start back up. Then I hit a pretty big set-back. On October 31st, Mary and I headed up to Seattle for a week of visiting her family and on the first night there, I got really ill. I’m still not sure if it was a bug or food poisoning or what, but all I know is that I have never projectile vomited like that ever before in my life. I was pretty much down and out for the entire week that we were there and I was barely able to eat. When we got back, I had lost 6 lbs and my muscles were definitely deflated. I was very frustrated and immediately got back in the gym to try and put the size back on. Well… that proved to backfire. I was doing incline chest press with 75 lb dumbbells… a weight that I can normally do a good set of… but not this time. I was still too weak coming off my illness and in an attempt to lift the weights above my head, found I could not do it. My back overcompensated and lifted off the bench and that was it. Disc injury. 😦

It was barely the second week of November and I couldn’t do much more than lie on a yoga mat on the floor. I tried to still get work done on my laptop, but that was even difficult. I was basically disabled for the next 4 weeks. Sitting was too painful, so I could only drive a little bit. I hit pretty bad depression as I was not only stuck on the floor, but I was not able to earn money, work out, play drums… not really able to do much at all. Meanwhile, my muscles were disappearing on me as I could do no physical activity. On week 5 I got on the scale and I was down to 144 lbs. I can’t even remember the last time I weighed that little. My back was feeling a bit better and I decided it was time to get back into it, even though I should have probably waited longer. But I started slow and have been working my way up since.

In the past 3 weeks I have been doing a combination of P90X workouts and Turbo Fire cardio workouts. I’m not following any program exactly, but I am doing a good job of putting together a solid routine for now. It will be a while before I am back in the gym, so for now this is perfect. I know there is still an issue with my back that was there since before the injury and eventually I will have to look further into that. Unless of course my body heals itself… and that is always a possibility.

We are now in the possession of P90X 1 & 2, Turbo Fire, and Insanity. I am focused on mostly the traditional weightlifting routines of P90X and mixing in some Turbo Fire cardio workouts. I will soon expand more, but this is good for right now. I am in the process of setting my goals for the year and they are bigger and better than ever before. I’m excited to continue on this journey and to share it with you in hopes of inspiring you to be the best you can be. And that brings me to my next blog which you will see later today. Here’s a hint… juice cleanse!

Have a great day and I’ll be back soon!

“You can’t change your genetics, but you can change your attitude, your persistence, your environment, the people you listen to and hang around with, and the things you do. You can change, so if you want to, just get started.” -Craig Ballantyne

Workout Day 90!

Yes that is correct.  I just completed 90 out of 90 workouts in the P90X program!

P90X – Core Synergistics
Total Time = 63 Minutes

What a way to finish strong!  This workout kicks ass and I’m glad I adjusted my schedule so that I would end on a Core day.  I was sweating so much today that I needed a separate towel to keep wiping down the floor so I wouldn’t slip.  What does that tell you about a full body intense workout?!  I feel amazing right now.  And I feel a great sense of accomplishment as I stuck strong to this program.  With my crazy life and work schedule, it still only took me 102 days to complete the program.  And of those 12 extra days, I did about 4 other workouts such as nature hikes and a gym workout.  Therefore, in 102 days, I only actually took 8 days off to rest! And 2 of those days were due to slight injury.  How’s THAT for commitment?!

I have truly enjoyed this program.  It was more intense than the standard gym workouts I was used to and it was very convenient to do at home, saving me time and gas money.  I feel that I have made great gains in my stamina, flexibility, core strength, and overall body composition.  I have definitely leaned out and I am getting much closer to my overall physical appearance goals.  It was definitely an interesting challenge as I switched to an all-plant based diet the day I began this program.  So the adjustment to that along with the learning curve on how to eat and supplement properly has been an equal part of my growth and experience.  I feel that I truly understand my diet and my body much more now and I think this is only the beginning of where my health and body is heading.

I have also truly enjoyed blogging my daily workouts.  This is something that I have never done before.  I think it is great though.  It keeps me accountable to stay on track.  It also shows everyone out there that you need to stay committed and keep bringing it hard every day.  There is no easy way to fitness.  It is a good diet, a positive attitude, and a lot of continuous hard work.  I have chosen to make my health and fitness life public in hopes of inspiring others to live healthier and happier lives.  And just because I completed my first P90X program, it doesn’t mean that I will just stop blogging.  Oh no… you ain’t getting off THAT easy! lol.  I am going to continue posting daily.  I am going to share even more recipes and fitness tips and will keep passing on good information as I learn more myself.  And I am totally open to YOUR involvement.  Please send me your questions, comments, ideas, etc.  We are all in this together!

So what’s next for me?!  I honestly don’t know yet! haha.  I will be working out again tomorrow morning, that is for sure.  Will I go to the gym?  Will I start P90X all over again from the beginning?  Will I try P90X2 or Insanity?  Or maybe a mashup?  We’ll see.  But I am excited to continue on my journey.  I will definitely have to do the fit test again as well as some more photos so I can show you some of my results.

But before anything else, I need to get ready to play a gig tonight!  I am playing drums with the band DropDead L.A. at the Viper Room tonight.  If you’re in the L.A. area, come on down and hang.  We play at 10pm and we have a $5 guest list.  Just join our event page on facebook and add your name and guests to the wall BEFORE 5pm today! https://www.facebook.com/events/245823375513885/

Ok… long blog, but I had lots to share.  I need to go eat!  And get back to work and then get ready to rock.  Thank you for continuing to read my posts and stay tuned for lots more.  Have an amazing day my friends!  🙂