My 21 day cleanse officially ended on day 7! This may sound disappointing to some, but for me it was a huge accomplishment. I have tried to do cleanses or juicing fasts before, and always failed. I could not even last an entire day. This time I made it a whole week. It was not the banana creme pie that did me in, either. If you read the blog entry below this one you know what I am talking about. I never had a slice of that mouth watering banana creme pie, and I am just fine with that; thrilled actually. What did me in was a hamburger bun. Who would have guessed? My husband and I purchased an outdoor grill earlier that day. We had wanted a grill for a long time. We were so thrilled to finally get one. My husband decided we were going to grill traditional hamburgers on it that evening. We bought organic ground bison-delicious meat and full of omega 3’s. I forgot to plan ahead about how I would eat mine. By the time they were done and I was putting them together in the buns, I realized I was not supposed to have a bun- gluten. I just could not take it. I did not want to eat my charcoal grilled bison burger bunless. I gave in and ate in on the bun. Then, the next day I had one of my regular sprouted grain-gluten wheat- english muffins. I knew the cleanse was all over at this point and I let it go. But…. I sure learned a lot and have changed my eating habits. I am still eating less gluten and less sugar. I have had oatmeal with blueberries most mornings, and I even skipped my tea three times last week. It was no problem. I never craved or was tempted by the banana creme pie again, although I did have a slice of peach pie once last week, but I told myself I could, and it was okay. Overall, I am doing better with my eating habits, and not being addicted to anything. I am much more balanced with my eating now, thanks to the seven day cleanse. That was good for me.
On another note, I began my first day of training for a local race here in Albuquerque. We are blessed with the beautiful 10,000 foot Sandia Mountains. Every August there is a race up the mountain. I signed up for the lottery entry (it is such a popular race for people here and around the country that people get in by lottery, only 400 people can be on the mountain trail at one time) and got in. I am so excited. I did my first training run this morning. I began at the starting line and ran 2 miles up the paved road to the trail head, then one mile on the trail and back down again to my Jeep. Boy, was it a brutal first run. I used to run and train for this race in my late 20’s and early 30’s. Thinking back, I remember it to be a fun and doable race for me. Whole different story now, 6 years later. I was gasping for air in the 6,000 feet altitude, that gradually rises to 10,000 feet, and it was tough climbing the road and trail. I have a lot of training ahead of me. But I am looking forward to the challenge, and using Tony Horton’s P90X and Plus to help me reach my goal for this race. I know I can do it. I hope all of you are also setting goals for yourself, and putting in the work to reach them. The pay off is so great. So, happy workouts and healthy eating to all of you!