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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Juicing, Karaoke & Armor of God

Thanks for the comment, Julie... I need to keep up with my blog here!!  We are still juicing and loving it.  Brent says that the green juices REALLY help him feel better.  Since it is digested quickly, it becomes a great energy booster.  We did a de-tox for 10 days and now we have about 1 meal a day with 3-4 juices (one being a smoothie).  Works great.

Here is a picture of my counter and how it gets filled with fruits.  Veggies are mostly in the fridge.  I get a big bag of carrots and keep them in the garage.  We have fruits and veggies all over the place now! ;)


My favorite juices have carrots in them... but I'm getting to like so many of them!
In the morning, we usually start out with a green juice like this one.
I often add to recipes I find.  This one has:  1 cucumber, 1 fist-full of kale, one fist-full of spinach, 3 stalks of celery, 1 huge broccoli stem, 1 green apple & 1/2 peeled lemon.  Feels good first thing in the morning.

Here is a smoothie before and after I blended it
 I put baby kale on the bottom, with 2 or 3 bananas, some frozen pitted cherries, fresh blueberries, 2 t. of chia-seeds and some almond milk (I never measure but just pour it in - maybe 1 cup)
And Voila!!  Two yummy good size smoothies!!

Here is another favorite juice (there are so many)
Orange Pom Juice with pomegranate seeds, oranges, apples and carrots

So, this last week I did something COMPLETELY NEW:  
I went to a Karaoke place and totally sang my heart out with some friends.  My hubs was there to cheer me on.  I have NEVER done this and here I am a 45 year old mama... but I rocked "Ice Ice Baby", I knew all the words from all those years DJing.  In-fact, I knew the words to most of the songs that weren't the most current.  Someone posted a little video from our karaoke night and dang, I looked so dorky... stupid even!!  But hey, I so don't care.  I choose not to cringe but to laugh!  It was so much fun.  I'm glad I didn't let fear of how I look stop me from just having fun!  We were a bunch of older white women rocking the place.  The DJ even came up with us once and sang with us.  She told us that we were one of the funnest groups that have come.  Most people try to sing ballads and are all so serious.  We proved that you don't need alcohol to have a good time!!


I was also asked to teach a class to some of our church women last Saturday.  My theme was on arming ourselves and our families.  I had to teach the same class three times to over 100 women.  I was nervous because I wanted to have something meaningful to teach and impact these wonderful sisters, that would actually help them in their daily lives.  I focused on putting on the armor of God, and I had a real sword and pretty impressive homemade shield there.  And one of my students from my Sunday School class drew this picture for me.  I asked him to draw a women in armor with her children behind her - facing a mean intimidating dragon - and also showing angels above ready to help.  
Here is what he drew (it was like 14" by 16" in actual size)

Isn't that A-MAY-ZING!!!!????
This young man has such talent!!

I talked about how our enemy attacks us in our minds - trying to get us to doubt or think badly of ourselves and others, and I shared ways to combat that.  

It was powerful for me because that has been MY struggle and is STILL often my biggest struggle.  

Our biggest battles are in our MINDS 
and how we PERCEIVE things. 

It takes WORK and effort to see the best in ourselves and in others and in situations... especially in difficult or hurtful situations where it is easy to become discouraged or bitter or overwhelmed.  But we don't HAVE to give in to those thoughts or feelings.  We do have a choice!  

For me, it involves LOTS of PRAYER to help me overcome my dragons!  

Just these last two days have been so seriously hard for me, and I have been fighting a sore battle that only my hubs truly knows about.  The thoughts and solutions that I was thinking to rid myself of the sorrow and torture I felt - I shudder to think.  I'm so thankful for prayer!  I'm so thankful for gentle guidance from above.  My prayers aren't answered in the way that I want or ask for... but I KNOW there is something I MUST need to learn.  I've got to BELIEVE that there is a higher purpose to heartache and trials that what I can see.

So here is to a POSITIVE NEW YEAR.  
No matter how this year has started - it can BE our BEST YEAR YET.

DON'T GIVE UP!!!
LIFE IS GOOD!!!
YOU are WORTH IT!!!

xoxOXoXOO ~Margene

Saturday, January 4, 2014

One Week of Juicing and Smoothies Now

So today marks the end of a full week of juicing.  
We not only juiced, but we've added in smoothies too.  

For the basic smoothies we do:
* Banana
* Ice
* Other Fruit
* Veggie
* Almond Milk
* Agave (if needed for sweetening)

I usually add 3-4 bananas, and blueberries.  Yesterday I tried fresh pineapple with strawberries and bananas, that was a yummy tart (yet still sweet).  We've limited smoothies to 1 a day.  

And if we've felt a strong urge to munch, we've allowed ourselves a small amount of almonds or cashews.  

So for 1 week we've only been eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and some nuts!  
No processed foods.
Nothing else but fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts.    


Results so far:

* Brent has lost 12 pounds !
* I have lost 8 pounds !
* Our hunger level has gone down 
* My taste buds are being revived
I can taste subtleties and enjoy them
* More energy in general
* It's easier to feel positive
* Our kids are showing interest in eating better
* My daughter is making smoothies regularly now 

(mind you, she works at a fast food place and 
was always bringing home free shakes and eating them - so now they've been replaced!)

Here is some of what we've done this week:

ORANGE POM JUICE

 

I used these fruits and veggies: 
Seeds from 2 Pomegranates, 5 peeled oranges, 2 granny smith apples, and 2 carrots

 
Here it all is ready for the juicer.  It made three 16-20 oz. servings
Wow - it was so yummy!!  

SMOOTHIES!!

Here is one of the first smoothies we made with bananas and blueberries and almond milk


Brent made me this EPIC smoothie and is was SO good!!! 


(4 bananas, handful of blueberries, a few frozen pitted dark cherries, 1 big Kale leaf, some ice, some almond milk, and a tsp of Agave sweetener) - made 2 smoothies!


  

BROCCO-CARROT JUICE

I just made this juice this morning.  It has 1 big head of broccoli, 4 apples, and a bunch of carrots (8 maybe?)  Simple!  And it tasted great!  I was surprised at how it tasted, actually.  

Not everything I've made I've liked.  I made some juice that called for tomatoes and had garlic in it.  I put way too much garlic.  It wasn't so good.  Brent couldn't drink it.  But for the most part, we've enjoyed all the juices we've made, which I'm grateful for.

We'll I'm off to be productive today.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!
xoXoXOxo ~Margene