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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P90X – Round 2, Day 63!

BIG workout tonight!

P90X – Shoulders and Arms
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 81 Minutes

If you’ve been following along lately, you know that my schedule has been craaaazy!  Every day has been a new adventure and we’ve been busier than ever.  Trust me, I am not complaining!  But my workout schedule has been far from routine.  Hell, I’m just happy I’m still able to get em in.  And just to give you an idea as to how hard we’ve been going, this morning I literally passed out while meditating.  I was just having a nice quick morning meditation to clear my mind for the day and woke up an hour later in the fetal position. haha.  I guess I needed a little more sleep.  We went hard all day and so I finally got my workout in this evening.

On to shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs today.  I felt good going in.  I also felt strong.  I have outgrown my weights and stretch bands, especially doing biceps.  But I went for solid form and more reps and was still able to burn out hard.  After going to the gym the other day,  I am now desiring it more as I enjoyed lifting the heavier weights.  However, on a day like today, I would have never made it to the gym and it’s only because of my home workout that I got it in.  So… there is a balance there.  Well like I said, I felt strong and I pushed hard straight through til the end. Great overall workout today.

I’m gonna try to get as many workouts in between now and Friday as I can.  I have 3 meetings tomorrow in 3 different parts of town.  Then a photo shoot on Wed, and then we’re directing a music video on Thursday.  Oh, and it that wasn’t enough, my band Hollywood Roses is playing a big festival in Tijuana on Friday!  So I’m thinking by Sunday I may need a massage or something. lol.

I hope you’re all doing great out there and that your week is starting off well.  Keep working hard! 🙂

Sunset Stretch & Meditation

Shortly after I posted my workout blog, I decided to step out onto the roof to enjoy the sunset.  It was a beautiful site as you can see below.  Absorbing energy from the setting sun… I stretched & meditated to save the body & sooth the soul.  I needed that.  As I said earlier, I was very sore today and my muscles were tight.  Relaxing in the sun and feeding off it’s rays, I went pretty deep into some stretches and felt my body totally open up.  I wasn’t following any stretching program, rather just flowing with it and letting my body lead the way.  With the sunset shining so bright, it was almost trance-like.  It felt amazing and the bonus Vitamin D was nice as well.  I settled in to a pretty deep meditation…  appreciating life and enjoying clarity.  I am all set now for a productive evening and I feel very grounded and focused.  Wishing you all a beautiful night… and enjoy this site…

P90X – Round 2, Day 44!

That was very much needed!

P90X  –  X Stretch
Total Time = 63 Minutes

It’s day 2 of what will be a shortened ‘off-week’.  Yesterday’s Core Synergistics kicked my butt!  I was sore and stiff all day today.  I also had a lot of work to do and pretty much worked from the minute I got up until about an hour ago.  As I am picking and choosing the workouts of this week, I felt that a nice X Stretch was in order.  And boy was I right.  I went through it and my muscles opened up more and more with each minute.  My body relaxed deep into the stretches as I incorporated a more yoga style of breathing.  It felt damn good.  When I finished, I did a few more stretches and followed it with meditation and ohms.  I now feel flexible, relaxed, and centered.  Perfect.  🙂  Have a beautiful evening.

P90X – Round 2, Day 23!

Busy day and ended it the right way…

P90X – Yoga X
Total Time = 98 Minutes

I was up and at em at the crack of dawn today.  I went to the All Cities Professional Resources networking group this morning… at 7am.  It was a great meeting as I was promoting my merchant services business and met some great people today.  When I got home, it was right to work.  I did that up until about 4pm when I had to take a little break for a much needed nap.  After that… more work and then finally… time to workout.  Yoga X was on the clock today and I jumped on in.

To be honest, I really was not in the mood to do yoga today.  It is a hard and long workout and I was pretty spent.  But I started the DVD and went for it.  For about the first 10 minutes, I was having trouble concentrating as I was still being resistant to the practice.  But about 20 minutes in, I finally settled into my groove and was in the zone.  I worked through the entire workout and I was sweating hard.  My poses were strong and my flexibility was good.  I got to the end, did a quick meditation, and officially wrapped up my day.

I just finished cooking dinner… a delicious, all-plant based Italian sauce with lots of veggies to be served over basmati rice.  And there will be plenty of leftovers too.  🙂  Time to eat and relax.  I hope you all had a productive and happy day and I bid you a sweet goodnight.

But not without a little inspirational quote first…
“Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.” -Nadia Comaneci

P90X – Round 2, Day 21!

Ahhhhhhhhh… wrapped up a beautiful weekend with…

P90X  –  X Stretch
Total Time = 63 Minutes

This weekend was filled with work, seeing friends, and inspiration.  It was actually pretty amazing.  I wrapped it up with today’s workout… the X Stretch.  The perfect way to close it out.  However, I did it with some yoga influence.  I started by playing our Tibetan Singing Bowl, tuning into the vibration and sound and centering myself.  I then started the DVD, but turned the music off only leaving his voice on and played my own CD instead containing very yoga sounding instrumental music.  Throughout the stretch,  I incorporated more zen and meditation along with deeper breathing.  My flexibility was good… and getting better with each workout.  At the end I added a few stretches and then finished up with a nice meditation.

Having a little food now and then it’s off to bed to get ready for another big, busy week.  Before I go, a little inspiration…
I posted this quote this morning…

“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” -William James

Then my buddy and bandmate Kaspen shared the following video with me.  Man it is right in line with that simple quote.

This video gave me the chills. It is amazing & a must watch.  Anything is possible!
http://youtu.be/qX9FSZJu448