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It’s gonna move ya!

Did that title make you think of anything?

Today I make a partial juice/partial smoothie.  I have been trying to incorporate more fiber into my diet, and this certainly did that.  For better or worse.

 

What I did was juice some parsley, ginger, an jalapeno, and part of a Granny Smith apple.  I then took the screen off of my juicer and smothied up the rest of that apple, another apple (Also a Granny Smith, I just like their tartness.  I’m convinced the Red Delicious marks the birth of false advertisement.), a grapefruit, some frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries. I blended the whole thing up, and got what you see above.  It was rather thick, so I added some pineapple juice, thinking it would thin things a bit.  It didn’t.  The result was almost exactly what you see above.  Eh, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, so I called it quits and poured the stuff into my tummy.  The jalapeno really spiced things up, and it was still pretty parsley-ey, but not bad.  I like parsley juice anyway.

I finally made it to the library.  I am proud to say that I can almost take the stairs to the top without losing my breath, and I try not to think about what that says about my cardio skills.  I remember running the mile in middle school.  I would almost kill myself (or so it felt, of course), and be very proud with a time of fifteen minutes.  It wasn’t until much later that I realized that that’s about walking speed.  What a fat little kid I was.

I got some books and sat down next to a girl studying for her GRE.  I told her that was almost my name.  She appeared pretty unimpressed, but I imagine deep down she was yearning for more.  I noticed she was reviewing quadrilaterals, so I said “I notice you’re reviewing quadrilaterals.  I love quadrilaterals.  They’re unparallelogramed!”  Of course, that isn’t even true.  Sometimes quadrilaterals ARE parallelograms, everyone knows that.  STUPID!  Then it happened.  She had to go to the bathroom and she asked me to watch her stuff!  I was in.

Unfortunately I had to leave just when things were getting good with GRE Girl.  I had to be back home for my TRX class this evening.  Due to one thing or another, I hadn’t taken the class for two whole weeks.  I get out of shape fast.  Today we had a newcomer, so I’m hoping my teacher ran us into the ground on purpose, but man, it was brutal.  I definitely have to get to eating better, or at least more, because I can feel when I’m just out of energy.

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The Whole Shebang

Last night I had a dream that I got an interview.  I don’t usually remember my dreams unless they’re bad, and not really even then.  I just have more of an intense uneasy feeling.  So, this was a very welcomed change.  I felt a bit more upbeat today, but I still haven’t made it to the library.  I know this is just a scapegoat, but the light rail in August is a bit daunting.  Actually, the light rail itself isn’t intimidating, it’s more just the act of waiting for the light rail.

Due to misinformation, my teacher and I didn’t meet up to do TRX last night, which was a bit of a bummer, but what can you do?  I still had my after exercise Chipotle, so I was pretty happy.  To make up for it, she offered to give me a Pilates class today.  Pilates was interesting.  It focused more on how my body works with its muscles; rather than focusing on making my muscles bigger.  So it wasn’t “hard”, like I think when I think of what exercise is.  My instructor listed many benefits of Pilates, and several of them seemed to line up with specific problems I’ve had since my surgery, which was exciting.

Before my class, I made my juice.  I realize that having several pictures of slightly different colors of green in a cup is not going to excite many people for long.  So today, I tried to take extra pictures.

I went with the Green Star Twin GS-1000.  It is a masticating juicer, which basically means the vegetable matter is forced between two worm gears.  The matter is then turned to a pulp, which is forced past a screen, which causes the juice to ooze out.  From what I understand, masticating juicers have the slowest moving parts, and therefore minimize heating/oxidizing the juice.

 

Today’s juice was a downright sippable combination of fiery jalapenos, cucumbers that were each as cool as a cucumber, and salty celery.  The jalapenos I buy from Whole Foods are initially green and smooth.  As they age, they get wrinkly and slowly change to red.  They struck me as pretty.  Aren’t they pretty?

 

The resulting mulch is much less pretty.  Although this has had juice removed, it still is pretty wet, and I imagine it could go through the juicer again if I were so inclined, but I tried that with some carrot pulp once, and quickly saw it was more trouble than it was worth.  I have a few bushes outside I pour this stuff on, which really reduces waste.  It makes for some nice sized bushes; I’m thinking of growing an herb or two, especially considering that a basil plant costs about as much as a small sprig of basil at a grocery store.  Ooh, maybe some dandelions!  I hear they are great for detoxing.

 

Here she is, the celery/cucumber/jalapeno juice.  The taste reminded me of a spicy gazpacho, which makes a lot of sense, considering that celery/cucumber/jalapeno are common ingredients of gazpacho.  If I threw some tomatoes and some onion and some cilantro in there, bingo-bango!  Something to play with, I imagine, when it gets a bit cooler in my kitchen.

Tonight I’m going to some friends’ house to learn how to play Risk.  I’m excited to learn how to play Risk, because then I can play Risk.

 

Try just once.

Hmm, now I’m thinking that isn’t the best title, but now it’s a permalink, and I don’t really want to go through the trouble of changing it.  It’s from a Donovan song Codine.  Ok yeah.  After investigating it a bit, I realized it is definitely not a good name for this blog post.  I was kind of going for the next part of the lyric “And you’ll try it again.”  Of course, the ‘it’ in this sense is codine, and I promise I haven’t gotten into that.  I’m still not changing the title though, I guess we’ll just have to get used to it.

Since I haven’t juiced since Monday, I made TWO juices for today.  Well, the actual reason is I have a lot of produce that’s going to go bad in my fridge, and I’d like for that to not happen.

Today I made some bok choy and ginger juice.  The ginger juice is to take the edge off, because I’m pretty sure bok choy isn’t that great.  I was surprised though.  It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t that terrible tasting.  It smelled awful though.  Most things that smell bad taste bad, but I don’t know if it was all the ginger or what, but this didn’t even make me gag.

 

The second juice I’ve made so far today was good old kale juice.  Dino Kale.  If you are interested in learning more about Dino Kale, that link above will take you to an almost entirely worthless site that will most likely teach you nothing.

 

It was a significantly darker green than the bok choy juice, and since I felt cocky and didn’t cut it with anything, it was much harder to stomach, more bitter.  It turned my tongue green too, which is always neat when that happens.

I didn’t make it to the library today, I’ll set my sights on tomorrow and try again.  I do have my TRX class today though, which is exciting, I do enjoy doing that!  Then I get my post-workout Chipotle, oh boy!