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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

There's Juice Loose Aboot This Hoose

I'm back at work this week and can usually be found drinking apples or oranges that I juiced first thing in the morning.  It's all part of the New Me regime that I'm punishing myself with after asking for (and receiving) a juicer for Christmas.

I didn't really juice Christmas Dinner, by the way.  Just in case you were wondering...

Juicing hasn't been easy to get to grips with. Everything is frothy and is usually an unappetising shade of green, orange or grey.  It's like not only having to detox and cleanse but also to wean yourself off moving your jaw up and down. I need something to munch on.  Maybe I'll just talk more?  Won't my colleagues be impressed?

Some flavours work together and some taste like something you'd be given during a trial in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Nothing is properly sweet enough (I have three sugars in my tea) and I can't find "stevia" anywhere (a natural liquid (?) sweetener according to fellow juicers) but, to be fair, I've only asked in one supermarket and they looked at me like I'd grown two heads or suggested they cartwheel down the centre aisle.

Anyway, I had to use up the slowly rotting fruit and vegetables I bought with 'new juicer' enthusiasm between Christmas and New Year and made up my own recipe which apparently has to be served (or at least photographed) in a mason jar surrounded by lovely coloured food.  Feel free to try it out and let me know what you think...

1-2-3-4-TEN (I made up that name.  Impressed?)

orange juice in a mason jar

1 apple
2 sticks of celery 
3 carrots 
1/4 of a lemon  (EDIT:  peel the lemon! And if anyone knows how to easily peel a lemon please let me know in the comments)
TEN grapes

1.  Juice it all. 
2.  Drink it all.

And finally, I'm always prepared to share my discoveries and impart wisdom so here are some top tips:
  • One beetroot and two carrots yields approximately half a pint of juice which is really quite impressive. 
  • One beetroot and two carrots create a juice that looks like a blood transfusion.
  • It is wise to wash your beetroot before juicing it because, if you don't, you can still taste soil nine hours later each time you burp. 

Let me know your favourite juice recipes and top tips!  I'm determined to crack this!