Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 4: Sprinting to health

Wow!  Day 4 was a very successful day.  I'd like to take you through it.

I jumped out of bed today without hitting the snooze button.  After showering, I could actually take my time instead of rushing out the door to be to work on time.  I drank a big glass of water and looked out on the fabulous view from my house.  Ah!

When I got to work, I drank more water and took some whole food supplements (more on that in a later post).  After working for a bit, I trotted off to the kitchen to make myself a smoothie.  Once again, I had a smoothie with a water base, hemp seeds, flax seeds, Sun Warrior Protein powder, frozen berries, and maca.   I'll have to take a picture of it tomorrow, because it's the most beautiful lavender color and totally delicious.

Going back to work, I was very focused and energetic on the phone.  Around 9 am, I stopped to have a mango (which is one of the best mangoes I've ever had, and I've been to Costa Rica and Hawaii).  I also ate my last two rambutans.

For lunch, I made a huge salad that I had to share.  It had all the great fixings I bought earlier this week.  With a perfectly ripe avocado in it, my salad was delicious.  One of my thoughtful co-workers made some raw, superfood fudge, so I had to take a couple of pieces.  Although I'm giving up cacao during this challenge, I couldn't be rude. ;-)

After finishing work, I headed to the coast.  My friend and co-worker, Elyssa, met me there to get a workout.  We decided to do a short, but intense, workout.  Jogging down the beach for several minutes to warm up, we met the sea and the sun on this beautiful day.  After the warm up, we sprinted at full speed for a full 30 seconds (of course, Elyssa said I was counting too fast, so she took took over the counting).  After catching our breaths, we did it again and again for a total of 8 times.  Although this equates to only four minutes (20 minutes total with a couple minutes to catch your breath in between), the intensity puts the body into high fat-burning mode and builds muscle faster than steady, low intensity cardio.

This was my first time sprinting since probably grade school, so my body is going to feel it tomorrow.  I didn't think I was going to be able to make it through all eight intervals, but I did it.  I had to push myself on the last two, and my heart was really pounding, but it was a successful workout, and I felt great when we finished.  Of course, we jumped into the ocean after our workout.  The ocean was perfectly cool, although we had to fight off some huge pieces of kelp.  After a nice soak, Elyssa and I exfoliated our skin with the fine sand of Ocean Beach.

For dinner, I had another big salad with a raw snack bar (made from nuts, apricots and coconut).  I felt very satisfied and know I'll sleep well tonight.  Thanks for reading.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman


  1. Very motivating! I'm loving my daily salads, too, and getting more into juicing...again! I feel so much more energetic when i get good exercise, and healthy food. I'm getting on a broccoli kick along with my salads, and those are my new staples. I'm so glad you're feeling wonderful from this challenge. Doesn't sound like much of a "challenge", really! Love ya!

  2. Sounds awesome! I can't wait to hit the beach with our hot bods! :))

  3. Krista, it definitely does make a difference. Activity and diet are totally the key. Suzanne, I'm always up for the beach. They don't call me Mystic Merman for nothing!