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From the category archives:


… the detox

by Ali on January 23, 2012

as part of bootcamp we get a 4-week nutrition plan. The first 3 days are a detox.

It’s day one and I want to eat my hand.


Green smoothie (spinach, pineapple, blueberries)

Snack … water

Lunch … 2 cups of veggies sliced and a cup of fruit

Snack … water

Dinner … 2 cups of mixed greens and a cup of veggies, 1 tbs dressing

… more water

I was okay until dinner then I turned evil.  I ate my salad and was more hungry than when I started!

I think I’ll go to bed at 8 in case I act on the thoughts in my head.  Plus I have so much to look forward to tomorrow … same as today minus the fruit 🙂


… the green monster

by Ali on January 1, 2012

I’ve seen and read about them all over the blogesphere.  The green monster smoothie (here’s a whole lot of info).  The star ingredient of the drink is spinach or kale.  Yes.  I or you are not still drunk from last night.  Apparently, when mixed with other delicious ingredients you can’t taste the green veggies.  I’ve been intrigued by them for a while, a bit like changing a tire.  I think I should know how to do it, it would be useful, good for me, but nope, it never happens.

Then the new trainer suggested them, and backed it up with science.  I am a sucker for scientific proof, or just an argument with a few impressive science words through in.  It’s something to do with restoring your body’s natural ph balance

Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance.  … from here

After a week of shortbread, chocolate, appetizers for meals, booze and potatoes being the main vegetable, I decided to try one.

spinach, blueberries and a little ginger

first thing I noticed was my green monster is a little off colour.  It’s more of an olive green hue, which frankly, is more my colour anyway.

Result … delicious.  

I’m shocked.  It was refreshing and with a double shot of rum and a little umbrella I would be having a party!



… bootcamp

by Ali on December 30, 2011

I am the reason for Groupons success and profits.  I’ll pretty much buy anything, even if I don’t need it or really know what it is.  It’s 86% off, that means I am only paying 14%.

Last month a Groupon came into my inbox.  10 bootcamp sessions for $30.  DEAL!  It’s close to my house, and just what I need to start my surf holiday get my ass into shape plan I’d been putting off for months.

I purchased, thinking I would go once a week for 10 weeks.  Then the email came from the bootcamp, schedule your initial consultation and fitness evaluation.  Hmmmm.  Normally I put off fitness evaluations until I have had time to get in shape :).

At the initial consultation/talk we were guided through how the program worked, what our goals were, etc.  After 30 minutes I discovered bootcamp was 3 times a week, not my once a week I had planned.  Logic being, you won’t see results from 1/week and you won’t work as hard on your own.

It’s like he knew me could see right through me!

There were a variety of times to choose from, I picked Tue/Wed/Thru at 6am … yes … 6am.  Not because I like getting up at 5:15am (okay 5:40 and I rush like hell), but by 6pm I have a million reasons not to go.

The first session – after the warm up, 18 squats then 3 sprints (20m each), 16 squats/sprints, 14 … see where this is going!

I better end up with legs like look like Carries!

I have had one on one personal training sessions, small group sessions but never have I had a trainer like this.  Ever.  There is no faking it, or stalling while re-adjusting your bra strap/shoe/make up/ weights/contact lens… I am the master of all of these.

No this is unlike anything I have ever done before.

After the first day, I couldn’t eat for 5 hours I felt so sick.  Day two, no nausea just pain.  Day three, it hurt to blink.

At the end of the first week, I signed up for 10 weeks.  The pain and torture is strangely addictive!

I’ll post some of the workouts on here in case you want to inflect some torture on yourself.