So I am no professional photographer, but I managed to get some awesome shots of My Chemical Romance (and Neon Trees!) at the Showbox! Check it out!
Amber Pacific stopped by the studio to chat with Izzie and Danielle! Check out the photos of the interview and performance!
THE AUDITION took the stage before This Providence at Saturday's Private Performance. Check out the photos!
Phew! Here I am, three weeks into the Whole Life Challenge, and I am SO glad I decided to do it! Pounds that have been stubborn for YEARS are finally coming off, my jeans are all saggy now, and I have completely changed the way I look at food.
A month ago, if we had gone to lunch together, I would have gone for whatever sounded good; a cheeseburger, pasta, whatever has cheese on it... and of course a Diet Coke. But three weeks into this challenge I have noticed that what I pick to eat has drastically changed. I ask for no sauce at restaurants and ask to see ingredients lists, my default meal is chicken and veggies, I check the labels on absolutely everything, and I am really starting to look at food as fuel. Its a huge turn around for me, and I love it!
This week we bought a juicer after being inspired by “Hungry For Change” and Joe Cross’ documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Now my husband is totally on board with eating better food for us (YAY!). We have so much produce in our fridge that we had to go out and buy baskets to reorganize it... its crazy... crazy awesome! I can completely see a change in just the last few days of getting even more veggies in my system via home-made veggie juice. My skin is getting clearer, and I feel less hungry all the time, I am in a better mood. Its all good things. Only 35 days left of this challenge... I can’t wait to see how well I’ve done after the 55 days of changing my nutrition!
(Note for WLC peeps: The rules are a tad confusing on juicing, but the rules video explains that juicing to remove pulp is not allowed, however veggie juicing is A-OK. So, if you want to add fruits to your juice, you can put the pulp back into your juice blend after you’re done (what I do), or blend your fruits in a blender and add it to your veggie juice blend, which is not as delish in my opinion. Some juicers have the option to leave the pulp in as well. Just be cautious of the rules - you don’t want to be making just sugary juice!)
Last night’s juice recipe - see photo - was a head of broccoli, a big handful of spinach, 4 big romaine lettuce leaves, 1/2 pineapple, 1 fuji apple, and 1 orange. SUPER YUM and super good for you, to boot! The more veggie heavy juices are pretty tough to drink (celery is not a friend to my tastebuds... yet), so I am starting with a half and half type of deal - half fruit and half veggie, less fruit if I can handle the taste. I know eventually I’ll be able to drink almost 100% veggie juice and really get those nutrients in my system! I totally understand now why people do veggie juice shots - they are TOUGH! And a little shot could be a bunch of leaves of Kale. Maybe I should start doing that in the morning for breakfast!
(So... why juice? Well, I would never be able to eat a whole head of broccoli, a bunch of spinach, 4 leaves of romaine, half a pineapple, an apple, and an orange in one sitting. BUT, when juiced, it makes a small pitcher of juice, perfect for a meal supplement. I’ll be able to get way more into my system without constantly eating all day.)
Soon, I’ll be ramping up my running to really get into full gear for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. When I complete that race (which I WILL), it will be the farthest I’ve ever run... probably ever. Nervous doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling about it.
That being said... what tips do YOU have for getting in shape for a half marathon? Should I just get out there and run? Don’t get me wrong, I am SUPER excited, but I am also nervous! I feel like my gait is all wrong and I look clumsy running. Perhaps a gait test is in my near future.
What do YOU do to get ready for a race?