Today’s the day! I am facing up to the fact that I am registered, along with my hubby and my sister, for the 2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon 10K, my FIRST RACE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL!!!
AND I HATE RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!
What was I thinking????!!!!
It was after Christmas, I was feeling bloated, full of candy canes, old, and like I needed to achieve something…so, I logged on to the Disney website and next thing you know….WHAM! There you go. 10K. Not 5K. Not “Fun Run”….but, 10K…for my first race ever since high school. Please alert the people with the white jackets… tell them I am here waiting on them. But, what’s done is done. Time to face the music, or hit the pavement, and get moving! It is THE END OF JUNE after all!!! (HOLY COW!!!)
We just got back a few days ago from an extended 14-day road trip that had us traveling to Washington DC, Hilton Head Island, Franklin, & Memphis. I ate a lot, sat in a car a lot, and got poisoned by some crazy jellyfish larvae that released their ugly little pneumatocysts all over my torso. Needless to say, I’m feeling a little bloated again, and sluggish and tired, (and yes, still old), SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO …… I’ve decided to kick off my kick-off with a 14-day cleanse diet. Care to join me?
I’ve done this before, with much success, several years ago. I use a product made by ReNew Life called “Total Body Cleanse,” a gentle 14-day system that is designed to support natural body cleansing and detoxification. (I am not endorsing or advertising or promoting this product. They are giving me nothing, not even the time of day. I have simply used it before with success, and am using it again this time. On my own dime.) It is vegetarian and soy-free, and it is made of 100% organic herbs and fiber. I use it in addition to following a well-rounded diet and exercise program. If you want more information about the product, you can find it here: http://www.renewlife.com/total-body-cleanse.html
For the eating plan portion, I simply cut out a few things for the duration of the program, including the following:
- Sugar & sugar substitutes
- Dairy products
- Red meat
- Fried food
- Carbonated beverages
- Major carbs – like white potatoes, white rice, corn, white bread, processed crackers, etc…
Essentially, this means that I eat box tops and the paper off of canned food. And lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and organic/free-range chicken, eggs, and fish. I also include gluten-free grains from time-to-time, which are much easier to find in the stores these days than they were several years ago when I first did this cleanse. In addition, I will continue to drink my daily protein drink, to which I confess an addiction: Nectar Lemon Tea, by Syntrax, and tons of water.
I try to keep it very simple, meaning I don’t make my own bread, etc… If I can’t buy it already mixed up and ready, I just don’t have time for it right now. However, if YOU have any great recipes that are fairly simple and healthful, I would love for you to share them with me! I enjoy cooking, and hope to make more time for it, now that I’m home more.
Today I did take some time to mix up a healthful bean dip recipe, from my mother (the best cook in the world, trained by the best cook in heaven – my Mamaw), that I love. It is a great source of protein and fiber. I made enough to last about five days, and will use it to supplement my meals (sometimes AS a meal), and for snacks this week. It’s very tasty and usually a hit at parties and beach picnics, as well, especially when served with tortilla chips! However, I don’t eat the chips during the cleanse.
Here’s the recipe:
Black Bean Dip Recipe
1 1/2 cup shoepeg corn (canned or frozen)*
1 1/2 cup (15 oz) can Black Beans
3/4 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 large jalepenos, chopped
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste
You may want to start out with just one jalepeno, making sure you remove all of the seeds and membranes (wear gloves!!!) first. If you still desire some heat, add the second jalepeno. I’m one of those “dash of this, dash of that” cooks, so I don’t follow this recipe to a “T”… I make my own adjustments to get it just the way I like it, and I suggest you do the same.
*During the cleanse, I left out the shoepeg corn, which I love…but it is adds a few more carbs than I would like to have on this cleanse. It would have made the picture prettier, too, though.
For exercise, I keep it fairly simple. We work out at the local YMCA on occasion, and my goal is to stick to the elliptical, treadmills, and bikes, doing a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio, about 3 times a week. I will add to this as I train for the 10K and actually start running (ugh! Did I mention that I HATE RUNNING???!!!). I’m also a big believer in weight training, and I prefer to use free weights whenever possible. I’ll write more about this in a future post. I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of weight training, and have realized how much I have missed it! (my forty-something year old muscles have REALLY missed it)
By the way, did I mention that I ABHOR RUNNING???!!! Just making sure you know.
Now, I want to share something with you… there is a KEY to all of this for me, something that helps get me through it all on a daily basis, and something that truly changes me for the better, from the inside out, and that’s prayer and devotion time with the Lord. I try to start my days by reading the Bible, journaling, and praying – every day. Yes, sometimes I miss it in the mornings, because I’m not a morning person AT ALL, and if we have to be somewhere before noon, there’s a good chance that my devotions are taking place later in the day. However, this part of my “regimen” is essential. I find it does me absolutely no good to work on my body if I’m not also working on my heart, mind, and spirit.
This program is by no means a “fast,” but if you’ve ever looked into fasting, for spiritual reasons, then you know that the reason Christians fast is so that they will grow closer to God, realize their dependence upon and need for Him, and strengthen their relationship with Him. If one is fasting, then whenever they feel hunger pangs, they are reminded to pray and turn to the Lord for their needs, not earthly food. Sometimes, this is done when one is praying for a specific need, and sometimes it is done simply out of desire to walk closer with God.
Even though, as I said, I am not fasting, I find that there are many times throughout the day when I have a great desire to eat or drink something that is not “on my plan.” I have purposed to use these cravings (because I am not experiencing hunger pangs – that is not the purpose of my cleanse) as reminders to stop and pray, listen, read the Word, journal my thoughts, or just simply be still in the Lord’s presence. This adds so much more meaning and purpose to this entire process! Not only am I “cleansing my body”, but I am also allowing the Holy Spirit to cleanse my heart, mind, and soul…and to RENEW them, replacing my old ways, thoughts, temptations, desires with new ones – with the Lord’s desires for me.
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 35:26);
“Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
So anyway, that’s what I’m up to the next couple of weeks! I’d love for you to join me, or just check in and offer some encouragement, ideas, support, and most especially…prayers!!! Or, if you just want to laugh and make fun of me while you’re eating strawberry shortcake, remember, paybacks are …..
Love & Blessings,