Day 3 Review: Juice Master 3 day detox

Waking up today, after completing Day 3 of the Juice Master detox last night, I can honestly say I feel really good. I’ve lost 5 lbs in total over the 3 days and feel a lot less bloated. My skin is soft and feels a lot less dry than usual. I’d actually go as far as saying it’s glowing.

I was very sceptical as by Day 2 I was ready to give up ( see blog Day 2 in the Juicing House….) I was so incredibly hungry and decided to make a small, plain omelette to help curb the hunger pangs. Not feeling so ravenous on Day 3, I was able to stick to the plan rigidly and felt full and upbeat all day.

It wasn’t a quiet day  either! Activity wise I ran a steady 5K in the morning, then did a further 2K with my school Cross Country group, before spending the afternoon with a lively year 4 class. After school I shot some hoops at the basketball court in the park with my son and later went to an hour’s aqua jogging session, which was pretty intense. (Incredibly fun too!)

My energy levels really surprised me. I’m not drinking caffeine anymore and was surprised that some of the juices gave me that peppy feeling I get with a coffee. The Ginger based juice especially really seemed to give me a lift.

I definitely feel 3 days is a good amount of time to detox and give any health plan a bit of a kick. Since finishing the juices, I’ve  stocked the fridge with salmon, chicken and salads so I can continue on a ‘clean’ eating diet and try to steer clear of processed foods.

I think the motto of this juicing story is ‘perseverance’. Keep going if you are finding it tough. Thanks Juice Master for a really easy to follow, delicious juicing plan. I will definitely do it again in the future when I’m feeling a bit sluggish or in preparation for a big event or holiday.

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Pic Credit: Envato.com

Thumbs up from me 🙂

 

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Day 2 in the Juicing House…

Imagine the title was said in a North East accent and you’d get the picture – a little Big Brotherish!

Well day 2 on the Juice Master detox has been really, bloody, hard. I’ve felt dizzy and nauseous. I spoke to my husband who said; “For the love of God eat something. I think this detox is for people sitting around on a spa weekend not raising three kids, running and working as a TA, where you are running around more kids.”

juiceA typical day on the plan…

Good point maybe? I am really active and spend very little time sat down. The plan said it might make you feel tired and suggested relaxation. Perhaps my timing was off.

However, I’ve not given up and thrown in the towel. Not quite. I bought some additional ‘cold pressed’ nature bars from the Nakd range, (which were mostly just date and cashews squished together), and had one at lunchtime before starting work.

The afternoon was busy and I was running around children a lot, so started to feel a bit dizzy again by the time I got home. I then had my H20 Detox as per plan and let it settle. However, because of a busy day and generally feeling pretty hungry I just slumped with zero energy.

After talking to myself and realising that it’s not failing to recognise your body NEEDS more fuel, I decided to make a plain omelette and have a ripe avocado with it. I feel so much better!

I still have a juice to go for dinner and another back up Nakd bar if I feel the need. However, I had underestimated how many calories I need to get through my busy days plus run as well.

It may well be the ‘Celebrity Go-to’, Juice Plan, and I am sure it helps to keep people ‘red carpet’ ready. However, in the real world where I am literally on my feet all the time, it’s not sustainable for me. Maybe if I was lying in a spa resort doing Sweet FA for a few days I’d be ok and my tummy would be less clenched with hunger pangs.

I’ll continue with Day 3 as per plan, but add in a salmon salad for lunch to keep me going at school. As long as its whole, fresh foods and no junk, that’s not really cheating, right?

It’s been a good kick-start to a health campaign and has made me think more about what I eat and drink. I’ll definitely be knocking caffeine on the head for a bit as it’s nice not to rely on it for a quick pick me up.

Verdict: An excellent programme and very tasty, but possibly something to do on a lazy holiday or weekend in.

Juicing Journey – Day 1 (Review of Juice Master Delivered)

If you are just catching up, I’m doing a 3 day detox – aiming to feel full of beans and not so sluggish as I have been lately (see yesterday’s blog for the intro My juicing journey – pre-detox

The key to success today has been keeping myself busy and not thinking about FOOD. That’s whole food by the way, as I’m currently living on the Jason Vale 3 Day Detox juice programme.

I woke this morning and had a fresh lemon juice in hot water – which apparently aids digestions and helps to get the detox going. I held out for brekkie until about 8am, when I poured myself a ‘Detox Special’ – a refreshing blend of fruits and vegetables. I thought it was pretty tasty and  the kids were keen to take a sip (thumbs up all around).

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Get ready for the Detox Special…

I didn’t experience any hunger in the morning, (although my stomach stirred as I caught a whiff of bacon sizzling on the grills at my son’s  football match). However, I side-stepped the grease and felt quite virtuous sipping water.

At lunchtime all the family tucked into hot cheesy toasties – so I took myself off for a 5 mile run and felt energy levels were as normal. As a reward after, I tucked into half of the day’s SOS bar (a sticky date-based natural juice bar), which definitely filled a corner of my now hungry tum. The lunch juice was the same ‘Detox Special’ as before – I sipped it slowly as recommended, hoping that my stomach would soon tell my brain that I was feeling full.

This afternoon I’ve kept busy and largely hunger free. Being a hot, sunny day, half the neighbours seem to be firing up their BBQs and the air is filled with that delicious summery, chargrilled smell, which has been a little tempting. I just keep thinking of the end result – feeling cleansed and energised. If I’ve felt hungry I’ve nibbled on a little more of the SOS bar.

By 5pm I was ready for another juice, so enjoyed the H20 Detox  – which was a lot more watery than the previous two, but still very tasty, if a little lemony. By now my sons were ready for dinner and I must admit it was hard cooking for the family knowing I would not be tucking in too. Still, needs must and its only for a few days.

I’ve discovered I’m more of a snacker than I thought I was. A few times I’ve caught myself opening the fridge out of habit to get some fruit. I would also probably have a glass of wine on a Sunday evening too with my meal, but today I’ll settle for Twinings Herbal teas!

Right time for dinner…Beyond Detox Juice and the rest of the SOS bar. Here’s to ticking off Day 1. Cheers.

Signing off now – How about Juicy Lucy for my new moniker? I keep thinking of those 80s ice lollies.

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Ooh Juicy Lucy – remember them? Pic credit: doyouremember.co.uk

NB: All juices were purchased at www.juicemasterdelivered.com

 

 

 

My juicing journey – pre-detox

A bit like my neglected blog (just been too busy with a new job), my bod is also feeling a little neglected lately. I like to think I’m pretty healthy –  I run regularly, drink alcohol on weekends only and eat a pretty balanced diet. However, recently I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish and have been thinking of doing something different to give my energy levels a boost.

A friend mentioned Jason Vale Juice Master Juice Plans. He’s juicer to the celebs; Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon and Katie Price have all added their testimonials to the website. You can choose different length plans depending on how long you want to detox for. As I’m new to juicing I thought I’d try the shortest plan – 3 days.  All the juices are delivered to your door frozen so there is no faff and keeps things very simple. No shopping, no juicing and no excuse not to stick with it! Plus, as I don’t own a juicer and didn’t want to go to the expense if I didn’t like it, I thought it was sensible to start out on the Delivered option.

Ordering was really easy and I was able to organise delivery for a time I knew I would be in. Essential, to ensure the juices could be kept frozen ready for when I needed to start the plan. Plus, I received an introductory discount of £10 as it was my first order. Result.

What’s in the box? My order contained 13 juices to have over the 3 day period all clearly labelled, 3 SOS juice bars, a free juicing DVD, recipe book and copy of Juiced! Magazine. The juices are a mixture of flavours and there are 4 to have on days 1-2 and 5 for day 3. You also have an SOS bar to eat when you are really hungry (hoping I’m not going to feel too starving).

I’m really excited to start the programme tomorrow. The first 4 juices for day one are now defrosting in the fridge and the others stored in the freezer.

I’m planning to keep running during the detox and do an online home workout too. The hardest part so far has been giving up caffeine in the run up to the plan. Juice Master, Jason Vale, suggests that you prepare for your detox by eating healthy foods and ditching caffeine. I’ve not had caffeine for 3 days now and have experienced horrible headaches as a result. I do rely too heavily on caffeine to perk me up through the day, so I’m looking forward to seeing what results will be like after the detox.

I’ll  be blogging each day from tomorrow to let you all know how I’m getting on, plus just to keep a record of my juicing journey.

Comment below with any questions if you are thinking of doing the plan too  – or any tips if you’ve done the juice plan before!

Thanks – happy juicing!

 

 

When your running Mojo goes missing in action

Layout 1Dude, Where’s my Mojo?

The fear of any runner is that of the missing Mojo. Put bluntly, it’s when you seriously can’t be arsed to get your runners on and get out there to pound the pavements. The errant Mojo is even more worrying when it decides to up and leave, slap bang in the middle of Marathon training.

That was me, at the start of this month, three quarters of the way into a training plan for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. So close to quitting, I had to really dig deep to get those miles in and slowly the Mojo returned…

I thought I’d share a few tips in case your running Mojo has decided to hibernate along with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s…

Mojo Motivator 1: Ditch the plan (well temporarily at least).

If you have been slave to a training plan for a forth coming event and are simply not feeling it anymore, then have a little plan break.

If the plan says hills, but you don’t fancy running hill sprints? Then don’t do it. Take yourself off for a gentle run with no gadgets – just run for running’s sake. Try a new route and take the pressure off yourself by not timing your pace or distance. You’ll feel free and less stressed about your running performance.

windsor2Run with friends. Take Selfies!

Mojo Motivator 2: Safety in numbers.

Over the summer holidays it was really hard to co-ordinate diaries with friends to be able to buddy up for a run. This left me feeling really down as motivating myself four times a week to run solo felt like a massive chore. Forward wind a few weeks, the kids now back in school, I was able to pick up again with running friends so we could motivate each other and push ourselves much harder than we had been doing on solo runs.

Luckily I work from home, so I am able to be flexible with my running times, but if not, perhaps start a social lunchtime running group or after work session with colleagues. Or get online – Twitter is a great place to chat to other like-minded runners. Try #UKRUNCHAT – a brilliant support group for runners of all abilities. Follow me on Twitter @mumonrunz

FullSizeRenderRunners are like magpies – we like a bit of bling. Ooh shiny!

Mojo Motivator 3: Race.

On my training plan for Amsterdam, there was a huge absence of ‘racing’ factored in, as my running leader feels strongly that this can compromise performance at the main event. The theory being that you can over-work yourself and not give yourself enough time to rest between interim races (and even Park Runs – free times 5k events) and therefore you will not be as fresh at the event you are ultimately training for, (plus youalso risk injuries from over racing). I get the logic, but it’s not really that much fun to deny yourself a Park Run or little bit of mid-training ‘bling’.

I found not doing Park Run and running events as often really anti-social, plus I also believe it made me feel much more mojo-less about my running. Training over the summer in hot temperatures had me doubting my fitness levels (as my pace seemed much slower), so I decided to enter the Maidenhead Half Marathon at the start of September and it really gave me a boost. It was the first event I had done for a few months and I loved it.

On the day it wasn’t a PB for me, but I was really happy with 2:08 as I felt that my pace was really consistent throughout the 13.1 miles – and there was even enough left in the tank for a sprint finish. Most importantly I got that buzz again – plus the desire to run and challenge myself returned. Seeing others out there on the course who were slower, faster, older and younger really motivated me and I felt part of the running community that I had been missing through my solo efforts.

So if your training has taken a blip, pop along to Park Run or enter an event and get that feel good factor again. Just don’t over-do it and remember to focus on the fun-factor and the ultimate ‘goal’ event you entered in the first place, and not attempt to PB at every event.

Mojo Motivator 4: Buy new kit.

Ok so this is a bit of a daft one. There is actually no scientific reason why buying new kit increases Mojo-powers. But it works for me! New, shiny running tops and trainers seem to scream ‘take me for a run now’ as soon as I leave the shop. I’m always itching to try it out and give new running togs an outing. Call it a novelty, but a new piece of kit always has me planning a training route!

 Amsterdam-Marathon-2010-005_0.jpgThis will be a sight for sore eyes – and legs! The FINISH LINE!!!

Mojo Motivator 5: Remember why you are doing this.

You might be a seasoned runner after a PB or a novice running for a charity – we all have our own reasons for embarking on a training plan. Just remember we will all have days when we want to give up and throw our trainers in the wheelie bin! However, these are the days to look back on how far you have come as a runner and give yourself a high-five for the effort you have already put in. Fortunately, my running Mojo reappeared in the nick of time and I have been able to put in some solid training before the marathon taper period (which I am just starting).

Who knows what will happen out in Amsterdam. I might not get the PB I want, but I will be really proud of myself for getting as far as I have this time around. I’ll be proud of all the early mornings I have dragged myself out of bed on weekends for gruesome 20 milers, all the glasses of wine I have turned down and the aches and pains I have endured in the name of running. I really underestimated the difference of marathon training over the Summer compared to Winter training and have felt it much more of a slog.

I keep saying this is my last full marathon, (it’s my third in total, but second this year), but who knows…. Hopefully my Mojo is here to stay!

Happy running.

 

Windsor HM River Trail – the good, the bad and the thirsty.

This blog could go two ways. I could adopt my ‘bad cop’ review hat and give the event a bit of a hard time for the now well documented problems people encountered on the day, (just look up the event on Runners World reviews), or I could focus on the positives. Since I’ve just come back from a blissful 40-minute swim in a very empty public pool, (empty of people, not of water I might add), I’m inclined to don my ‘good cop’ hat and focus on the positives.

So here goes…

Windsor Half Marathon River Trail was simply beautiful in terms of scenery. The course was a flat route, starting from Alexandra Gardens, Windsor,  with views of Windsor Castle, then meandered along the Thames public footpath, through Bray – before looping back over the other side of the river to finish at the park. We passed what we dubbed the ‘Billionaire’s Row’ of waterfront homes, the stunning ‘Waterside Inn’ (the Roux Brothers’ Michelin Star restaurant), Danesfield House Hotel (the setting of George and Amal Clooney’s UK wedding celebrations) and many locks, barges and day cruiser boats. Not to mention being able to glimpse the Olympic Eton Dorney Rowing lake through the bushes! (Which I have in fact run around 4 or so times in a previous Half Marathon).

For a change, I was not worried about my time or breaking any PBs. I have got a bit hung up lately on breaking a sub-2 which makes Half Marathons a bit stressful for me (current PB is 2:02). Instead, my role on the day was really one of moral support – to get a friend through her first Half Marathon in her goal time of around 2 hrs 30 minutes. Due to events beyond our control, (lots of queues and issues with bag dropping), we actually started the run really late – at about 9.10am. This actually worked to our advantage as there were no crowds of runners on the tow paths from the mass start and we felt almost ‘on our own’ – a very different experience to many of the running events I have entered before. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity around us and relaxed in the sunshine, keeping to a steady pace.

windsor2Having fun before the ‘dog attack ;)’

Five miles in, we had a little bit of a glitch. As I was running along, I felt what I thought were paws on my back and the yelp of what I believed to be a large dog. I shrieked, turned around and saw that it was not actually an errant hound, but my friend falling to the ground behind me, having tripped on a branch! It is very funny now that we look back on it, but my friend was pretty cut up and bleeding and we couldn’t see any first aiders nearby, so we pressed on and managed to wash the cuts up as best we could.

We carried on up the river and were delighted to see our support crew – a friend and his two daughters who ran alongside us with a Go Pro in their fairy dresses! It was very cute to see and gave us a lift (as we were flagging a bit with dehydration – ok here comes the negative…) The event had run out of water at the 8 KM water stop. As it was a hot day we were really disappointed –  we’d decided not to carry our own water as runners had been promised regular water stops along the route. We were given a High 5 gel though by a very apologetic Marshal, which at least was something, but our mouths were as dry as the Sahara!

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Thirsty much? (pic credit: animalpics1.com)

However, the lovely residents of Windsor had obviously heard that there was a shortage of water along the route and a kind man came to our rescue and offered us a few cups of water which was perfect and couldn’t have come at a better time. By now, we were over half way and feeling strong and ready to go again. After a quick calculation on my Garmin, I was able to tell my friend that we were well head of her target time. This had her so excited, she started talking about running a marathon next time (since revoked).

As the miles ticked by, my friend was starting to drop pace a bit as her earlier fall was causing her hip to play up a bit. I kept up with my motivational chat and promised her glasses of red wine, chocolates or bubble baths at the finish if she just carried on a bit longer. If I could have mustered up George Clooney to meet her I would have done! Finally, I was able to announce that we only had a Park Run to go (5K) which lifted her a bit and meant that the end was in sight.

At nearly 13 miles I told her to dig deep and just think of the word FINISH: “We’re so close now, think of that medal,” I said. As we turned the corner, we saw the finish line and I grabbed her hand and pulled her the last few metres!  We’d done it: 2 hrs and 22 minutes and 15 seconds. We’d taken 8 minutes off her target time and I’d had one of my best half marathon experiences – just chatting, being relaxed and just having a good time.

windsor1My friend, Petra, (left) and me (right)

I might have a go at it next year again for myself to see what ‘my’ time would be – however despite the great day we had, I am not sure I’d enter again. I think the organisers have some way to go to improve the race experience for everyone. It’s potentially a great event and I think it could be fantastic – certainly one of the prettiest courses in this area. But as I am in a positive mood, maybe I’ll give them a second chance to put right a few of the  issues (and I’d  make sure I wore a Camelbak next time).

Race in a nutshell: Flat, pretty, friendly participants, all abilities welcome. Decent bling.

The good: Route, medal, parking in local school, chip timed – with instant time print out at the finish.

The bad: Late start, baggage drop queue (and £5 payment), long toilet queues, inadequate amount of water for the number of runners, no goody bag. Lack of first aid on the route.

 

For fun on the doorstep, think local.

Race report: Prestwood 10K 

 

Local races often get over looked. They can be smaller, with less impressive bling than some of the big ticket events – and with less participants, there is always the worry that you could come last, (well for me anyway – I still worry about being dead last!)

For the past 13 years Prestwood village (in the Chilterns) has been host to the Chiltern MS Society Prestwood 10K which brings together a community of club runners, beginners and most recently, children’s races. The route is pretty easy – taking in country lanes and residential roads with a couple of inclines in the first half. It’s a route tried and tested by me as I often use it in training. Over the past seven years since we moved here, I’ve probably done the event a handful of times and always enjoy seeing local friends and neighbours along the route and cheering outside their houses. This year I also met up with new running friends Steve and Pete from UKRUNCHAT who live locally too!

Yesterday, I joined the start line with a bit of a sore head!  Not the best plan. We’d had friends up for the weekend, so the inevitable BBQ and sunshine drinks ensued. For morale support (and to stop me from wimping out) my friend Chaz decided to run with me, (I think he was suffering too and wasn’t in the mood to try a PB). I set out to run it under an hour and be back in time to see my son race with the 10 year olds. It was quite tempting half way to just pop home – since we passed my house!

It was great having my own personal pacer – as if I naturally slowed down, Chaz was always there to remind me to pick my knees up or ‘man up’! As I was feeling under-par, I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself at all. So with a bit of encouragement from Chaz (who barely broke a sweat), we got home in 58:39 (official Gun time). Quite possibly a ‘course recor for me – as I seem to remember previous attempts at this 10K just scraping in under an hour with a few seconds to spare. However, yesterday was not about the PB or the medal, I was just pleased to be participating in something so local, as well as encourage familiar faces and congratulating friends.

Local races need the support just as much as larger races. Often there is a running club or local charity organising the event, making it more pressing to raise funds or improve facilities. It’s a great way of making new friends too, or find running buddies.

A village or town event also sets a great example to children to watch their mums, dads, aunties or teachers running in a local event. Three years ago, the organisers of the Prestwood 10K decided to introduce children’s races for age five and upwards, which were popular yesterday with many local school children taking part – although perhaps not as many as there could have been.

Two of my sons ran – one only aged three, but insisting he wanted to ‘run like Mummy’ – and made us very proud wearing their race bibs and collecting their fun run medals at the end.  I hope that I have passed on the attitude of ‘it’s good to try’ through my own running journey. I’ll never be an amazing runner, but that’s not the point of it. Having a go and enjoying yourself is just as important, if not more so, than winning. It’s all about just getting out there and having a go whether it takes 30 odd minutes to do a 10K or 2 hours – having something so motivating on the doorstep is a great opportunity to try running events. And yes, you may come last. In all my worry I never have – and even if you do – who actually cares!? They always get the biggest cheer anyway 🙂

Have a look on Runners World for your local events – you might meet new people and discover new running routes! Or if you know of any good smaller events please comment below.

Happy Running!