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Relax and enjoy the ride, mate.

imagesYesterday, on my way home from work I jumped on express bus as it is much quicker to travel that way. I usually jump on the last stop in the city centre before the bus dashes without stopping towards the outskirts. As always, the bus driver makes the customary announcement that we are not stopping until the XY stop and who needs to get off before that should get of now and take corresponding regular bus. Run of the mill for most of us who travel this route, but there is always one person who doesn’t listen and consequently is very surprised when his/hers bus stop comes and goes and we are not stopping. The bus was packed! You couldn’t squeeze in more people even if you tried and we all were content with our small spots for next 30 odd minutes.

I was standing right at the front of the bus and surely, 10 minutes into the journey a guy is trying to squeeze through the crowd to go and talk to the driver. You can see all the knowing looks and knowing half smiles from the regulars! Few minutes later the guy is standing next to me and this exchange takes place.

Guy: Hi, sorry, you are not stopping?

Bus driver: No, this is express bus. I made the announcement earlier that we won’t be stopping until XY.

Guy: I was on the phone. Any chance I can just jump of anywhere?

(At this point everyone in the front part of the bus is listening intently, secretly chuckling at each other.)

Bus driver: Not really, everyone here just wants to quickly get to their destination. Otherwise they would have taken the regular bus. Are you in a hurry?

Guy: No, not really. I just wanted to jump off.

Bus driver: Then relax and enjoy the ride, mate!

The whole front of the bus roars with laughter! To be fair, the bus driver was clearly a  nice guy as he let the poor guy jump off near tube station 10 minutes later. But he clearly made few people’s’ day that evening.

On another note – news from my juicing world – days six and seven were pretty uneventful juicing wise and I was going back and forth between juices and smoothies (just needed a change). Interesting observation – I didn’t feel bloated at all before  the usual ‘time of the month’. So thumbs up for me. 

Today, day eight, I am doing smoothies for the day, so for breakfast and mid morning I blended 1/4 of a honey melon, 1 red grapefruit and 1/4 of a small watermelon. As these are very watery anyway the result is more like a juice with a pulp rather than a smoothie. Still it is very nice and surprisingly more on the sour side than the sweet one. It is really refreshing and I can imagine having this in the hight of summer with some ice cubes or just blitz the ice right with it 😉 And for the long summer nights, when you have some people over, it would be a nice cocktail with a shot of vodka in it.

And for lunch I have my classic ‘salad smoothie’ – 1 avocado, 1/2 red pepper, chunk of cucumber, two tomatoes and bunch of  spinach. I usually add some flat leaf parsley (cilantro) but I run out. I like to add a dash of salt and black pepper and it is like summer salad in a cup 😉 Really yummy and definitely  on my top favourites list.

Renny x

Very cautious pat on the back

bandaged-man1Second day done. Whoop whoop! And I am still on track 😉 If I wasn’t so battered, I would have made a victory bum wiggle 😀

I don’t know how about you, but I am not exactly a morning person. This means that my mornings are in a bit of a slow stroll and I properly wake up when I step out of the house to ‘dash’ for the bus. So I am usually on an auto pilot as each morning is the same – wake up – lights on – teeth – shower – make up – clothes – hair – shoes – handbag – keys – pit stop at fridge to take breakfast and lunch with me and I am out of the door. Not today! That would be just too simple to follow the fool-proof system carefully established over the years.

Last night I prepared all the juices for today and had the breakfast one in my big mug in a fridge ready to take in the morning. Everything went according to the plan – 6am wake up – lights on – teeth – shower and while showering I thought that it would be a good idea to grab the juice in the kitchen after the shower so it is not so cold to drink before I go. What a great idea! You would think that, wouldn’t you 🙂 Well, I think you should know that I have my room in a converted loft so I need to take stairs to get to the bathroom on the first floor and ultimately, kitchen is in the ground floor. Enough said. I usually go out of the bathroom, turn right take the stairs up and that’s it. This time, it was turn left and go down. This unfamiliar morning move coupled with me still half dreaming and paying no attention of what I was doing resulted in me misjudging how close the steps were and I less than elegantly slipped. As we are talking about a spiral staircase, there was luckily no way I would fall all the way down, but I managed to nicely ram the side of my left knee into the banister frame and as I caught my self with my right hand (applaud for swift instincts) I bashed my thumb a bit as well.

So the sequence was – thud – thud – one or two expletives – very slow and careful hobble down the rest of the stairs…  After few minutes of checking that nothing is broken and that I am still alive, I grabbed the juice and got on with my morning routine. Before I went to work, I also bandaged my hand as  it felt really tender and I didn’t want to strain it any further. After that, my day was pretty uneventful, which I am really grateful for.

On a positive note, my plan worked well! Juice in the morning (this time around 7am) and juice around 10am is a good combination for me. They both were same – just a mix of carrots, parsnips and two apples. Surprisingly very tasteful! For lunch (around 2pm) I had a smoothie made of radishes, bit of cucumber, half pepper, parsley and one avocado. I added a bit of salt, pepper and chilli. So it had quite a kick and I really enjoyed it. I felt bit hungry after 5pm but that just came and went. I must admit I am not even that much bothered about smelling and seeing my colleagues’ lunches. I committed to the juice and I just get on with it. The only think I noticed was that I had mild headache most of the afternoon. Nothing serious, just a small one hovering there so you know about her but never fully developing into normal headache.

I went slightly different way home and the first thought that crossed my mind was ‘Oh yes, I go through that bus stop, I can get fresh popcorn.’ And the next thought was just ‘Actually no, you are on the juice.’ And that was it, no regret, no sadness, nothing. I was then standing at the bus stop for good 10 mins waiting for the bus right next to the shop smelling the popcorn and surprisingly it did nothing to me. Once my mind decided that juice is the way to go, there was no need to question the decision. Quite liberating.

So I think I am doing pretty well so far and I am looking forward to tomorrow to try new juice combinations.

Stay strong and keep juicing.

Renny x

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