Juice Cleanse! Day 9!

Still going strong… but had to adapt a little more. I had a few green juices today, but I was gone for too long to not eat. I also got a headache at one point, so I knew my body needed food today. I had 2 salads as well as a few clean snacks in addition to my juices. And I’m truly feeling great now. Tomorrow is going to be an even busier day as I will be gone from 10am until 11:30pm. So I’m going to have to plan several juices as well as several meals. I will keep in the same theme of the salads and what not, so I’m still definitely cleansing, it has just been adapted on this second round. No workout today… I took a rest day. Tomorrow I’m gonna try to get one in early and I also have band practice for 2 hours at the end of the day. So… I will still get some physical activity. And that’s pretty much the story for day 9. Not the most exciting report but all is well and there lot’s more to come. Have a great night!

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

Juice Cleanse! Day 8!

It’s late and I have an early start tomorrow, so I need to keep this short. Today we started the second round of juicing and it was tough. My body was hungry all day regardless of how much juice I drank. I did manage to workout this morning. I went with the P90X Cardio X routine… a nice 45 minute workout and that was about as much as I could do. I feel good, but have also realized that I will need to slightly adjust this part of the cleanse. While I do plan on consuming mostly raw green juices for the next 3 days, I also must supplement with some clean food. About 30 minutes after my workout I ate a cup of organic blackberries. An hour later I had another juice.  Tonight we had a nice clean salad as an evening meal. I will continue like this for 3 more days and then it’s back to eating and juicing. I will say, I have gained an entire new respect for my digestive system and I am so much more aware of how it works, what it likes and dislikes, etc. I plan to continue juicing daily even after this cleanse and I expect my body to continue to improve with each day.

Nite nite and here’s a little inspiration for ya…

Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can! and I will!

Juice Cleanse! Day 7!

This is actually yesterday’s blog, just coming a little late. I spent several hours editing video last night and then was just too tired to even try to put something together. Today is already slammed, but I wanted to share a little something.

Yesterday was the last food day before returning to another 4 days of pure juicing. As with all of the food days, we began with a juice. Here’s what it looked like before…

Juice 1-13

And after…

Juice cup1-13

This recipe included: Chard, Cucumber, Celery, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley, Lemon, Lime, Ginger

I ate very well yesterday. Lots of veggies and proteins, salad, protein shakes, greens, almond butter, alkaline water with chia seeds, etc. With these 3 food days, I also did 3 days of weight workouts. Yesterday’s was P90X Chest, Shoulders, Triceps and I did my own Abs routine.

Today began Day 8… juice day. These next 4 days are going to be a bit of a challenge as my entire week is filled up with meetings, auditions, and a lot of work away from the home office. Being that I will be gone for long stretches at a time, I will probably have to eat a little… just some veggies and stuff, but something to keep me from totally crashing at work or totally bombing an audition. lol.

We are half way done and this has been an amazing experience thus far. In the first 7 days, I actually lost 6 lbs… not that I wanted to lose weight, but obviously it is to be expected. I will gain a little back naturally after the next round of food days, but the best part is that I will now have a perfect and toxic-free foundation to begin building healthy, lean muscle.

Until later… have a fantastic day! And chew on this…

Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can! and I will!

P90X – Round 2, Day 82… plus 2 more workouts!

Haven’t been on much in the last few days… time to catch up.

P90X – Cardio X
Total Time = 49 Minutes

Just finished this.  Needed an easy cardio workout today to just keep it going.  I’ve been on the go lately as well as hitting the gym, so this was exactly what I needed today.  Cardio X was on par as usual.

Yesterday… Mary and I hit the beach and rented some bikes down in Venice.  We rode up and down the coast for nearly 2 hours.  It wasn’t a strenuous workout as we were just on some beach cruisers.  But it was still a workout, complete with sun and fresh air.  A very enjoyable way to exercise.  After that, we walked back to our car which happened to be parked in front of Gold’s Gym Venice… a.k.a. The Mecca!  I couldn’t leave without joining the meat heads and pushing some weight.  I did shoulders and triceps for about 45 minutes.  I was going heavy too.  It felt good to hit the heavy weight as that has been more of my goal lately.  Great workout.

And… on Thursday, I worked on the new show “The New Normal”. It will be episode 2 where I am playing a go go dancer.  They had me in nothing but a little pair of CK undies. lol.  I shook my ass and had a blast.  When we wrapped, I was in Hollywood and had some energy, so I busted over to Gold’s Gym Hollywood to hit some legs.  I did about 30-40 minutes straight through as it was already pretty late.  I went heavy… I mean I went heavier than I ever have with legs.  I need to build my leg muscles up the most and the only way that is going to happen is if I really start challenging them.  Again, another great workout.

As you can see from my last few blogs, my trend has been moving more towards heavier weight workouts at the gym lately.  I am just a few days shy of wrapping up my second round of P90X and I need to keep adapting and growing.  All in all… I’m feeling great.  And now on to a productive evening of video editing.  Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!

P90X – Round 2, Day 77!

In a strange twist of the day, I got this workout in after all.

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

We started the morning with a headshot client here at the studio.  And then I was getting ready to head to set as I was going to be in the show “The New Normal” today.  At the last second, production called and had to cancel the shoot and reschedule for next week.  Bad news… no shoot.  Good news… I still get paid and still get to shoot!  Plus I got to take care of things today as well as get in a much needed nap.

When it cooled down a bit, I kicked into gear and locked into the Shoulders and Arms workout.  Today I tried something new.  I started with the warmup and stretch but then skipped ahead and actually did Ab Ripper X first.  This proved to be a pretty cool thing.  Since I wasn’t totally spent from an hour of lifting, I had more in the tank to power through the ab workout and was able to hit em harder.  The other great thing was that after I finished the weight workout, I was done!  What a relief! haha.  It was nice being able to just finish up at that point.  Especially today as I really dug in and pushed myself on all of the shoulders, biceps, and triceps moves.  I am trying to increase the weight and my bands are starting to fail me, but I found a way to increase the intensity with them today.  But since I am switching in gym workouts, I will find more time to lift heavier throughout.

We had to split right after the workout to hit Trader Joes and Whole Foods before they closed.  We needed to stock up on healthy eats.  And I’m gonna go make a mad salad now with all kinds of good stuff in it.  Hope y’all had a great day and are staying cool out there.

P90X – Round 2, Day 73!

Back from another big show weekend out of town… and back at it!

P90X – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 77 Minutes

It was a great weekend down in Palm Springs.  We played to a huge and crazy crowd out in the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.  It was a HOT one down there.  We sound checked in 110 degree temps out in the sun… that was brutal. lol.

Showtime was hot and a bit humid for that part of the world.  We had to dig in for over 90 minutes straight of intense playing.  I gotta say, my stamina is good.  I felt solid throughout… I was even called upon to do an impromptu drum solo.  We rocked the house and by the end I was sweating from head to toe.  And it was all worth it!

We got back to L.A. yesterday and I actually had to do work until about 3am editing a reel for an actor client.  Back to work this morning as well and finally took a break a bit ago and got back to the weights.  It was a little hard getting into it at first as I am a bit run down from the weekend.  But I kept pushing and dug in.  I worked it hard until I could barely move my arms and then powered through Ab Ripper X.  Right now I am feeling it.  And it feels good.  🙂  No time to rest though… gotta throw in laundry and get back to editing the music video that I have been working on for the last week.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well and I wish you a beautiful week ahead!

P90X – Round 2, Day 71!

Feelin’ good today!

P90X – Cardio X
Total Time = 49 Minutes

Yesterday’s gym workout was awesome.  I am enjoying the beautiful soreness in my biceps and shoulders as we speak.  In following along with the program, today should have been yoga day.  I admit… I have not done yoga in a while.  I do love yoga, but I got a little burned on the P90X yoga class.  I need more variety in doing yoga and I prefer a class setting better where I can have an instructor and also share the positive energy with others.  Not to say I will not do P90X yoga again, but on days like today, I just don’t want to take 98 minutes away from my day and would rather just burn calories and get back to work.  So today I took an early afternoon break and did Cardio X… which btw, starts with yoga, so I still got some yoga in.  😉

I actually had a great cardio workout today.  Cardio X is not an overly intense workout, but I went harder on each move today.  I just upped the intensity and man, I was sweating like a beast.  A perfect workout for today.  And now I am back to work… plus we have a shoot this evening.  Have a great day!

Another GYM day!

I got to visit with an old friend and his new fiancee today in Hollywood.  I therefore planned ahead and brought my gym clothes.  Off to Hollywood Gold’s Gym again!

Approx. 80 mins

Once again it was great to be back at the gym today.  This was my 2nd gym workout in the last week.  I still feel that combining gym workouts with P90X is the perfect combo for me.  I felt great doing heavier weights today.  I was pulling heavy shrugs and curls among other exercises.  I kept up good intensity throughout and went pretty extreme.  Today would have been shoulders and arms with the P90 program, so I pretty much stayed on track.  Although I did not do triceps, I do plan to add them in along with my leg and back workout in 2 days.

I am expecting some wicked soreness tomorrow… and I’m ok with that.  🙂

Wishing you a beautiful night.

P90X – Round 2, Day 65!

I’m back!

P90X – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
Total Time = 61 Minutes

Did you miss me?!  I haven’t been on here since like Wednesday of last week.  Sorry for going MIA.  Last Thursday we directed a music video to the tune of a 12+ hour day.  And then Friday morning I was off to Tijuana for the weekend.  My band Hollywood Roses headlined the Tijuana Beer Fest on Friday night.  It was amazing.  We played in front of 8,000 people… all going crazy.  We were then treated to an all night party on the town and invited to spend an additional night there as their guests.  So… it was a looong weekend… but A LOT of fun.  Not too much sleep… way too much beer… and quite difficult to find healthy, plant-based foods.  haha.  But I pulled through and we made it back alive yesterday after an 8 hour drive back with border crossing and traffic.  I was wrecked this morning.  I had to sleep in a little and let my body rest.  I spent most of the day catching up with stuff and getting back on track.  I finally pulled it together a little bit ago to get a workout in.

Coming back in, it was right to Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps… one of the hardest workouts in the program.  I powered through this workout quite well, pushing myself hard on every exercise.  After finishing strong, I was so spent that I decided to pass on abs today.  My tank was empty and I still have much to do tonight.  But, I will be able to lock into my workout routine again for the next 2 weeks… that is until we travel down to Palm Springs at the end of the month to play the Fantasy Springs Casino Rock Yard!  That promises to be another fun and crazy weekend and a big crowd.  Looking forward to it.  In the meantime, it’s nice to be back and to get back on track.  I hope you all are doing well and I wish you a beautiful week ahead.

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! 🙂