Vision Board

I started my vision board years ago and it has been lying dormant in my parents house unfinished and not looked at for a long time. When I started making this board I was really in a weird place in my life. I had just gotten out of a long-ish term relationship, I was unhappy in my current job and I was just realizing that health and fitness had or was going to have a huge part in my life but wasn’t exactly sure how to fit it in.

vision board

As I was packing up my old bedroom this past weekend, my mom asked if I was going to keep it. I first noticed that I had never fully finished (and said I should) and secondly I noticed I had already realized a bunch of my visions.

This made me take a second to think back on the last few years and how much I have accomplished.

Ran my first half marathon

half marathon

This has been something I have been wanting to do for years. What I really needed to accomplish this goal, but didn’t know until recently…a friend. I needed my running buddy and bestie to be there by my side and that she was. It was an amazing experience and I had a blast training and running with one of my best friends.

Spontaneity and exploration

Spontaneity and exploration

Now, I doubt I will ever say that I have fully completely being spontaneous or that I have fully explored all that I want to explore but I did book a trip to Iceland on a whim and travel by myself. It was one of the most amazing trips of my life and I cannot wait to go back one day (hopefully with SL).

Iceland Trip Recaps:

MBA Program

MBA Schedule

When I sat with my advisor (who later turned out to be one of my favorite professors) to make my schedule I though Spring 2014 would never come. But low and behold it did, two and half long, hard years later I am officially a grad school graduate.

I haven’t fully completed everyone of my vision board but it is a fun reminder to push for the things in life that will make your life most worth living. I am going to finish my vision board and keep it someone a bit more prominent so it is always reminding me to strive for more.


Considering a Cleanse

Now that I am in a weird point between training for events I am considering doing a cleanse. A juice cleanse that is. I’m not looking to go all out and pull a Joe Cross and drink only juice for like EVER (while traveling across the country). I am thinking maybe 3 days or maybe only one day. Committing to a cleanse is just as scary to me as signing up for a half marathon but it’s something I’ve wanted to try and summer might be a good time to do it.

I would never consider doing a cleanse while training because I know my body and I know it needs more than just juice when I’m swimming, biking and running like crazy. Who knows, my body might need more than just juice even in a “down” time. We will see!

I’ve done some research on different cleanses that seem to work with my tastes and my activity level. Here is one that I am considering –

Suja Classic Fresh Start

This cleanse has 1, 3 and 5 day options. I would opt for the 1 or 3 days option because 5 days without food sounds pretty unbearable. This cleanse includes 6 juices and the website gives you a schedule on when to consume each juice.

Suja Cleanse Schedule

(Source: Suja website)

All of these juices sound delicious but I think I would love the Purify because I have been LOVING juices with beet in them lately. This three-day cleanse costs $162 + shipping which brings it to over $250. Yikes! This isn’t out of the ordinary for cleanse (so I’ve found).


(Source: Suja website)

This is one that really excites me for a few reasons one being the fact that I’ve seen Suja on multiple blogs I read/follow and that I’ve seen their products at Whole Foods. I feel like I trust the company because of it. Weird…maybe, but that’s just how I feel.

I also liked that the Suja website talks about what to do pre and post cleanse. They recommend eliminating coffee, alcohol, dairy, red meat, sugar and white flour products a few days before the cleanse. I probably wouldn’t have thought of this without reading it but its important. I tried a different cleanse a couple years ago and it didn’t go too well. I am thinking it was because I didn’t properly prepare pre-cleanse.

Post-cleanse, Suja recommends slowly easing back into your normal routine by introducing gentle foods first. Think smoothies, soups, salads and light proteins like beans and steamed fish. This would be fairly easy for me as I eat these foods on the reg.

So far so good Suja. You are in the running for my first real juice cleanse. I will look at a few more options in the coming days.