Blender Bender

beet-root-bspTo boost my immunity during this week of little sleep and lots of fun / travel, I am adding lots of veggies into my diet. Last night I tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – I juiced a beet.

I grew up in a family that ate beet borscht, but despite the fun, hot pink color (and despite my more recent love for the book Jitterbug Perfume) the soup never appealed to me. My mom served it warm with some big bone in it on some occasions, and cold with sour cream on others. There’s also a spinach based borscht called shav (sp?). Those Polish and Russian Jews must have been desperate for food in the cold 900 years ago!

Before juicing the beet I did some Googling, because I did not know if I should leave the greens on or cut them off. I found a note that told me to ALWAYS mix beet juice with other juices because straight beet juice can cause temporary paralysis of the vocal chords. Not that Brian would mind if I couldn’t talk for a few hours…

It also said I could use the root and / or greens. So I juiced 1 beet with most of the greens, 2 carrots, and added apple juice and cinnamon.

I learned that I like beet juice, but not beet green juice. The leaves were a little to grassy/dirt tasting for me. I’ll leave them out next time and save them for roasting.

But what about all that great stuff that shot out the back of the juicer? Do you use it for soup or stew? Are the nutrients now gone? I wasn’t sure so I threw it in the composter this time, and will read some more about that.

This morning I tried something else I’ve read a lot about online — adding kale to a green monster smoothie. I’ve used spinach many times, but I have never eaten kale. I learned 2 things from my kale / vanilla yogurt / raspberry smoothie:

  1. I do NOT like kale
  2. Never put a knife in a smoothie maker while it is on

I tried to shove the kale leaves down and thought the knife was far enough from the smoothie maker blades, but when a hunk of plastic shot out the side of the blender into my abdomen I knew I was wrong.

Luckily what I thought was blood was only raspberry juice, and I’m hoping I can just order a part replacement from my smoothie maker company to make up for my idiocy.

But the kale sucked. Much stronger leaf taste than spinach and much more rubbery. I finished making the smoothie in my mini food chopper, and even tried adding extra yogurt and some honey, but I was still eating spoonfuls of kale smoothie the way Survivor contestants eat at a food challenge. Gulp down the back of the throat real quickly. I decided I’d eat till I felt like I had enough and would spill the rest down the sink, despite the fact that I HATE wasting food.

I’m not even sure I’ll try the kale cooked.

Meanwhile I have a crazy headache and I don’t know if it is because I tried new food or because I didn’t get enough sleep last night. I’m going to try lots of water today to see if that helps.

Workouts: Monday AM Yoga at home for 30 mins was all I had time for, so Monday night I went to the gym for Pilates mat class. The only other time I went there was a sub, and I liked the sub much better. This teacher kind of spoke like a woman leading 4 year old girls through a fairy princess party. Maybe my headache is from not getting a good sweat in yesterday due to meek workouts. But tonight is karate and I’m learning penon 2 – which I learned might be spelled pyung ahn 2. But I’ll use transliteration because I don’t know any Asian languages except for how to count to 4 in Japanese. And whatever was used by Styx in Mr. Roboto.

2010 goal update: 2920 crunches, 72 minutes of plank remaining.

What do YOU do with the stuff that comes out of the back of your juicer?


Julyathon #hundredpushups comes to a close

Today is the last day of the Julyathon! I hope you all kept up with your pushups! Here is my final trial at 100 push ups in a 3-part video series. Don’t worry, they’re short and sweet!

Part 2 of 3:

And finally – how did it turn out??? Watch part 3:

Now that my arms are firmed up, I think these videos have proven to me I need to firm up my eyeballs! If you can recommend an all natural under-eye cream, leave a comment! 😉


#100Pushups Challenge Day 3

Now that Juneathon is over, I am perfectly content to do zero exercise on Sundays. But since Brian, Alice and I were all home this evening, we all busted out our pushups. Alice did week 1, day 2. Brian and I both did week 3, day 3. My max set was the 21 it had to be, but Brian did 30. He asked, “If I do 100, can I just quit the Julyathon?”
Alice and I agreed that, yes, he could quit the whole thing if he would drop and give us 100 at any time during the month.
But he hasn’t yet 🙂

Sorry to hear about the WDW Monorail crash and death. Sad and scary.

Alice’s new favorite TV show is Dance Your @$$ off. I am quite surprised they are allowed to call a show that! I guess that’s cable…

Tonight was a fun dinner of grilled chicken breasts a la Brian, spinach salad for me and no one else, watermelon for me and Alice, and Annie’s Mac & Cheese for all. Now we are enjoying The Simpsons, and then Brian is going to teach us to make homemade energy bars. Quality time to the third power!


#100pushups day 2

Last night was karate class. It was the last night we were working with sticks for a few months. My partner was a girl about 9 years old, but tall for her age – about the size of an 11 year old (if that means anything to you moms). She was giggly but trying hard, so it lightened the mood while we both learned more of the basics.

Alice only had a 2 mile run because of her 5k tonight, so she asked to come along. First class is free, and she really wanted to try sticks, so this was her only opportunity for a while – by the time we do sticks again she’ll be in Cross Country season and won’t be interested in extra work outs at night. So she came along and enjoyed it but said it wasn’t much of a workout for her. The first 1/2 hour of stretching reminded her how unflexible she is. I keep saying regular Yoga would help with that. (Here’s a photo we took of her a couple days ago)


This morning I went to the gym. Friday means core conditioning class, so I came 1/2 hour before class and warmed up on the treadmill, did about 10 mins on the stairmaster, then moved on to the pushup challenge. It was TOUGH today. My schedule was 14…19..14…14…max (19+).

The first 14 were a breeze. Then I did a set of squats. The 19 I felt but got through OK. I did a 2nd set of squats. The next 14 were tough. Then I did a bit of stretching. The next 14 I actualy had to break into 7 and 7 with a rest in between. Not sure how that “counts”. Then I went to do my final 19 and only got 10 in. Then I went to ab class – which always kicks my @$$, in a good way.  Then I usually leave the gym but I knew I had 9 pushups hanging out there so I forced myself to the floor for 9 more. But I only managed 7. Makes me wonder if I should step backwards a week. But I might as well see how day 3 goes. Maybe do week 3 again until I can do it well? Not sure… But I can tell already my arms are going to rock in a month. I feel it in my biceps the most, so I may do one set of triceps on off-days. And I think I should do some lats too.

I hope you remember your day 2 – RunDMT and I are working on some PRIZES!!

Today my family naps at 3pm and then I’ll be cheering Alice on here after a homemade stir fry dinner: