Another fresh start


This is not a blog-award-post, but I am going to tell you two things about myself.

First, I love sugar. Especially when it’s in cake.

Second, I hate exercise. I’m more of a sofa lying, cookie eating type of gal.

I struggled for a long time feeling tired and unfocused. I also had headaches and a persistently runny nose. Fed up with feeling bad all the time, I begrudgingly decided to cut back my sugar intake. I also gave up dairy, and was determined to exercise a bit more than just walking my dogs everyday. I joined a gym.

Everyone says (and I read), the more one exercises, the more one likes it – Not true. (for me)

Everyone also says (and I read), the more one exercises, the better one feels – This is true.

I also found it easier to stick to my diet when exercising. I didn’t want all the work I was doing to be in vain. I spent half an hour on the treadmill and went to a forty-five minute spinning class three to four times a week. Luckily I had friends who also joined, otherwise I may have given up (I’m very easy on myself).

I also bought a juicer and started making my own juice every morning. This gave me energy to keep up at the gym and get my ‘five a day’. I tricked my son, who doesn’t like any fruits or vegetables into drinking it as well and we had a remarkably healthy winter.

Then summer came – School ended and we started traveling. I had no time for the gym, and who passes on desert while vacationing? Not me, thats for sure.

Once I was off track, I started using that as an excuse to stay there. For example; I’ve already had one piece of cake, so why not have another.

Now here I am, back to square one…

Thats why as much as I love summer (and I had a good one) I’m ready for it to end, get back to the gym and get my sweet tooth under control. For some reason, I can only make fresh starts after summer and Christmas.

So here goes…

A list of what I put into my juicer every morning (it may vary from time to time):

3 apples

1 pepper (any color)

A small piece of ginger

Half a cucumber

1 celery stick

1 orange

Half a lemon

A couple of radishes

A couple of carrots

A piece of pinapple

A handful of Kale


About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on August 10, 2012, in Stories in general and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Are you my twin? 🙂 I could have written this post too..and it’s always good to start over. I get caught in the same loop and every time I get to where I have great momentum, I wonder how I could ever lose it, and then something comes along and I do. I guess the important part is that we do start over each time, right!? I love that recipe for the juice – it looks fantastic!

  2. Maggie, I am so pleased that you gave us a recipe here because when I was reading FAH I was really interested to find out what you use. My Mum bought a juicer about ten years ago and I think we used it twice. This looks like a really interesting concotion – so does that serve as your breakfast? It looks beautiful. 🙂

    I am a total sugar fiend – so, so bad! It’s just as well we’re both tea drinkers, at least that’s partly good! 🙂 You are dead right about the exercising. I think that you need to find something that is fun for you or which you want to compete with yourself at… it’s hard going, eh?

    Good luck and keep us posted with new recipes/tips, please. 🙂

  3. How would you describe the taste of that concoction?

  4. My goodness Maggie. You are going to be the healthiest woman alive with that juice. I don’t have a juicer but I eat all these good things with an occasional piece of chocolate CAKE!

  5. Jeannette Wynne

    I’m another twin! It’s a daily choice:)

  6. Throw in a little vodka and I’ll join you on your health kick.

  7. itsallaboutpurple

    you are such a skinny minnie, one good wind would blow you away!!! oohhhh and beautiful too!!

  8. ROBIN’s idea is fab! lol! I have not yet done juice…but make lots of yummy smoothies. I have shared my sugar thing on my blog….and funny you would post this the week hubby is off from work. OMG at the sugar I have eaten as we travel! But next week….I shall do better….please check me on this!!!! 🙂

  9. Juice is a good idea but I’m afraid I’ll tire of it too easily. Smoothies are more my style. I’ll do soups too.

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