Lucky Number Five

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 15, 2010


Up and at ‘em at 5:50am this morning despite not falling asleep until midnight last night! I had to drag my (cold) butt out of bed this morning.

You know you are getting up early when your cat squints at you with one eye and then puts his head back down to go to sleep!

I’ve had a lot on my mind this week as we are preparing my business year end tax information. It is a lot of responsibility! If there is one thing I miss about my old job is that I didn’t have to worry about any of the business side of things. A pay check arrived in my bank every two weeks and that was that.

I totally underestimated the amount of work owning your own business would be. I also am quite hard on myself, so even though the business has been doing well so far, I always think I should be doing more and more and more. I really need to work on being easier on myself and take things one week at a time.

I tried counting down from 300 last night and it didn’t work. I got bored, lol. I know the point is to get bored, but I have never been one to fall asleep while doing boring tasks. My mind wanders! I think tonight I am going to try the ‘Brain Dump’ as one reader called it- writing down all my thoughts onto paper before bed.


Not For The Faint Of Heart II


  • 1 field cucumber, peeled
  • 1/3 of beet, not peeled but ends trimmed
  • handful baby organic carrots
  • small piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, not peeled

Strange but true fact: I hate beets. I really do. But I discovered that I love them in fresh juice! I am craving them now! Weird, eh?

I have heard that pears go well with this combo, but I didn’t have one on hand so all veggie juice is what I got.

My juicer seems to be having a difficult time juicing beets (they don’t juice all the way). Does anyone have any tips for juicing beets?

My hands are currently stained red.


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Untitdwsled I loved reading about when and why you get up in the morning! :D If there is one thing that unites us all, is that we all have to drag our bums out of bed at some point, don’t we?

Congrats to Supersu!

She said: “I wake up between 4:00 and 5:00 am EVERY DAY! no alarm clock required….probably because I go to bed by 10:00 pm every nite..:)

i work in healthcare with shift starts that fluctuate from 6:30-9:30, (sometimes day to day!), so just figure that getting up early is the best way to beat the sleep-in paranoids!

love love love your blog. su :)

Wow, so inspired by your early mornings Su! Congrats! Please email me angela [at] with your address.

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MB January 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

I really hate beets, too. I wondered if I would like them in juice because I WANT to like it – it looks so pretty! I will give it a try!


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

I hate beets too, but I wonder if I would like the juice!!

Yeah, the hubby can work out for a week, and he is chiseled, and I work out for 8 weeks with barely more definition. Go figure!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

I joked that Eric had a six pack after 5 days! lol. Not fair at all.


Pure2Raw - Twins January 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

Love beet juice too! They are a pain to juice because that stain everything. I usually chop/slice them into strips to help the juicer out, instead of huge chucks. Sometimes that helps. Also, totally agree with you in the part of owning your own business is a lot more work especially with all the behind the scenes details, my accountant already sending me tax papers, not fun ;) Good luck with everything.


Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

My bf told me that he doesn’t need to do the WMM challenge, because he’s already awesome at doing planks because he does yoga and I don’t and that his six pack is just hiding under his real belly because it’s winter . . . a very creative excuse I’d say . . .

PS – would love to know who you go with for your blog redesign . . . I’ve been procrastinating and need to do the same


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

Love how the juice looks although unsure of the taste. I don’t have a juicer but usually love all “strange” flavors of juice. ;)


MarathonVal January 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thanks for helping me get the word out about Dress Down, Angela!

Also, try fennel in your juice… it makes it taste like licorice, which I usually don’t care for, but it tastes like a candy juice! :)


Jenny January 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

haha my cat gives me the weirdest looks for getting out of bed in the mornings, she’s like “why can’t you just lay here all day like me?”

Good luck with all of your tax and business duties, I have no doubt you will have it all under control!

Love the quote at the end of this post :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal January 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’m not a big red beet fan, but I love golden beets! I almost picked up some red beets at the store last night to juice…but they’re leaves looked way too wilted. Next time!
Try not to stress out with all the business stuff – this is your first time doing it! And you’re doing fabulously!!


Estela @ Weekly Bite January 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

Okay, I’m totally getting a juicer now!


megan January 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

ha, you just motivated me to “encourage” my husband to do a whittle my middle type thing with me. i’ll let you know how it goes


Jolene January 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love beets! But I have never had beet juice …

I am shocked that people can get up so early … even going to bed at 9:00 I couldn’t get up at 4 or even 5:30. I would be physically sick!! I wish I was able to get up earlier!


Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

i wish i could afford a good juicer…i’m not sure if i’d fall in love with the faint of heart drinks, but i would love to try!


Christie @ Honoring Health January 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

I have to cut the beets in half and in quarters if they are really big. I also juice them on high. Hope that helps!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

Awww…sorry the number counting down didn’t work! I’d actually like to try that brain dump thing myself…sounds like it could be therapeutic!

Your juice is lovely this morning!


Asta Sigrun January 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

Here is the best recipe EVER for green juice:)

A whole cucumber
2 celery silks
1 lime
handful of fresh mint – then add to taste
1 cup water (or to taste:)
piece of ginger

Juice it and glow. It utterly amazing:)

As I’ve not got a juicer I use my blender. Then I strain the juice and use the pulp to bake bread:) I freeze it if I’m not sure if I’m making it soon or not:)
When I say strain- I mean squeeze it untill there is NO juice left in that bad boy! I have a handy bad to do it, but you can do it through a towel, a drainer or even a CLEAN nylon sock:)

For those who are not quite there yet as its sometimes a bit strong- add a banana or mango og fruit and it will make it wee sweeter:)


Asta Sigrun January 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

Ps the recepie is from a woman here in Iceland called Solveg Eiriksdottir- she calls herself Raw Solla:)


Jil January 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

That juice looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a beet — hmm..perhaps something I should get around to. The do lend such a pretty color to anything (including your hands haha).


Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

The counting backwards from 300 in intervals of three doesn’t work for me either. I vote for the brain dump! Good luck getting everything situated with the business- you work incredibly hard!


Diana January 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

I would suggest the blog fairy! she is amazing! i have worked with her a few times and she is great!!


Laura Georgina January 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

I need to hit my reset button and try the early-waking thing again next week again. It worked well on Monday and Tuesday, but the rest of the week has been a major fail. It’s probably because I don’t HAVE to be up that early unless I run (and I was a bit injured this week so there was no need to be up past Monday). But next week I start some freelance work in the evenings and I have to get up if I want to get a run in. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!

I think I’d get up easier if I had a juicer, though :-)


Stina @ Girl Can January 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

I cannot stand beats. I try adding them to salad and other things to mask the flavor, but I can always taste them. UGH! The funny thing about that is as a toddler/ small child I used to love them. My mom tells me I would eat them all the time. To the point where my pee would start to be tinted (probably an overshare, I know). Maybe I just burned myself out on them when I was young.


skinnyrunner January 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

your beet juice is so pretty looking at least!


Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life January 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

I’ve never had a real beet…unless you count the canned stuff!


Carolyn January 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had a beet. Now I’m torn b/c you hate them and Jenna just posted a “I heart beets” post. ;)


Ameena January 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

I love beets but I’m not sure if I’d want to drink them…I prefer to chew on them!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I love raw beets, but I’ve never tried them juiced. I’ll have to test out your recipe!


Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) January 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

i have horrible insomnia and also tried counting down from 300 last night, but i just got realllly bored – I’m going to try the brain dump tonight, thanks!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

“You know you are getting up early when your cat squints at you with one eye and then puts his head back down to go to sleep!”

haha this made me giggle! My cats do the same thing when I have early mornings :)


Dalynn January 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

Whenever I have insomnia, I use a trick my husband taught me. I imagine there are lots of empty boxes sitting in my mind, and I start placing each thought into a box, placing a lid on it and stacking it into a corner. I move through until all of my thoughts have been put in boxes and most often this helps me get to sleep. It sounds weird, but it really works for me. And this is coming from someone who had horrible insomnia a few years ago!


Casey (@Spicy&Sweet) January 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

You know what? I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a beet. Huh.

Maybe I’ll buy a juicer and try my first beet ever!


Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

I love beets but hate how I manage to stain everything in my kitchen pink when I make them!


Kelly January 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Lol I try to count by 3s backwards from 300 last night too, it was just too much thinking for 2 in the morning!


Jocelyn January 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love beets! I used to shy away from this but this year I started adding them to my salads and I can’t get enough. I’ve never been brave enough to try them in a smoothie but I’ll have to add them next time. Thanks!!


sara January 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I was never very adventurous with my juicer. I was making green juice ALL the time but always added an apple and lime to sweeten things up. After seeing your post, I was inclined to try a savory one instead. I used cucumber, carrots, celery, a beet, lime, ginger, and half a clove of garlic … It was DELICIOUS!!!

And PS: I <3 your cat! When I get up in the morning, my dog crawls under the covers and puts his head UNDER the pillow so he can go back to sleep.


Jennifer January 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I just got some golden beets, at least you don’t have to worry about your hands being stained. They were delicious. Wish I had a juicer!! I’ll put that on my list.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

First, I love love love the quote at the end of your post. SO incredibly true.

And I also hate beets. I’ve even tried golden beets, which are supposed to be sweeter, but it’s a no go. To each their own right?

And I am seeing results from WMM2 already!!! Love it!


Astrid January 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I am seeing results from WMM2, but my boyfriend is definately seeing more! His core feels much harder and he is definately losing the tummy. He calls it “Pare my Spare” instead of “Whittle my Middle”. It has been awesome. I hate HATE the plank ups by the way.


Allison January 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Did you try counting down by 3’s from 300? that is supposed to be harder and stops you from thinking about anything else because your so focused.


Ashley January 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

You’ll love the beet and pear combo.

And yes I have the same problem with my Breville with beets. If I had a low setting it might juice them a little better, but alas I don’t.


Amanda January 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Men are so lucky in that respect! But I’ve already seen results as well so I am inspired!


Jenn Douglass January 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Men are so lucky with how quickly they change!!! I like to think that they have that benefit merely because it is the woman who can actually keep putting forth the necessary work to attain our goals. :) But that’s just me today. :)


Jenn @ Livefitwell January 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Forgot to say how much I love beet juice as well but can rarely to NEVER enjoy beets themselves!


Julie Boyer January 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Do you have a good bookkeeper? That has been a lifesaver for me, especially when it comes to taxes. She prepared everything for, I can view this year vs last on a quarterly (or even monthly) basis. And then we just hand it to the accountant for taxes. So worth the money because it saves me so much time and headache. Let me know if you need any good referrals, I have a few in the GTA.


Gab* January 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I love getting up early but sometimes it’s hard to make yourself! I never regret getting up early but I do regret sleeping in!

I don’t like canned beetroot, do you have that? Might be an Aussie thing, it’s in vinegar I think. But I love roasted beetroot.


Katie January 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Have you tried roasting beets? I love them that way. I posted a recipe for a roasted beet and kale dish here: It is SOOOO good!


Leah January 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I get up at 6:00 every morning (cant do any earlier than that) and my dog looks at me, and goes back to sleep. Makes it harder to get up when she gets to sleeping.

I LOVE beets – I make beet borscht all the time, and totally know what you mean about the red hands. I find that hand sanitizer pulls a lot of the color out, but getting it all is hard. I usually wash my hands about 40 times every time I cook with beets in an attempt to keep the staining to a minimum.


Angela January 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

the “brain dump” really does help! I have never had a beet! They kind of scare me and I’m really not sure what to do with them!


Meg's Gut January 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

The juice looks delicious and refreshing!


Sophie @ yumventures January 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Guys always lose weight faster than we do! My boyfriend does the same thing, and loses 5 lbs in one week of working out, when I don’t even lose one! Oh those male metabolisms…though I wouldn’t give up being a girl for anything :)


Isabel January 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Just something to try to get to sleep… go into your shivasna pose like you do at the end of a yoga practice and focus on the breathing and clearing the mind. I find this calms the mind and doesn’t let all the other “stuff” keep you up.
good luck:)


Kristi January 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Damn……one away from winning the chia seed give-away :)


Sara January 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I hate beets too, but I have never thought to try them in juice! I will have to give it a try to see!


Helena January 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hi Angela,

I love your blog, do you read all your comments? You sure seem to be able to squeeze a lot a things in your days :-).

I’m so curious, what is this about an ultrasound, are you pregnant? That would be wonderful.

Keep up your good work, I know there are so many out there appreciating what you do.


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

Beets rock. Unless you forget they can turn your pee red and you’re half out of it after waking up from a nap and…well, let’s just say cardiac arrest wasn’t too far off.

I freelance, so I have to keep track of a lot. If you are truly overwhelmed, however, maybe consider hiring someone to do it for you? Stever Robbins, a very successful entrepreneur who has an excellent productivity podcast, highly recommends delegating the tasks you hate and instead focus on doing the business stuff you like to do.


Isha January 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Oh, I love the “brain dump”. I don’t usually do it all at once, but I always, always have pens and some paper or post-it notes next to my bed, because I know if something comes to mind when I’m laying in bed (things to do, people to call, places to go, etc.) I’ll be afraid to forget it. Once I write it down, I can stop thinking about it. It’s a brilliant method. :-)


Rachel January 19, 2010 at 12:43 am

I use a Hurom Juicer almost daily. Whenever it doesn’t seem to be juicing something as thoroughly as it could be (aka the pulp comes out damper than I’d like) I just take the pulp and put it through a second or third time. The juicer extracts even more, ensuring that I get the maximum amount of juice, down to the last drop. Hope this helps with your beets!


Krysten January 20, 2010 at 2:11 am

Just wanted to tell you how inspiring you are to me! I have had a rough – roughhhhh past 3 months. But I’m getting back on the bandwagon again thankfully. I really want to thank you and your site for always being here though. I went to sleep last night, and before bed, read some things on here…. and woke up this morning and randomly felt a huge difference in how I felt.I feel like whatever mood you fall asleep in, you wake up in.And your site put me in a good mood last night. So I have good belief that you were the reason for my good start today.
Thank you!
I too have a blogspot if you ever have time and wanna check it out.
Its nothing like yours, but it’s coming along.
I really appreciate what you do. Keep it up! never give up :)


Kelsey January 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

This juice is so good! We bought a juicer for Christmas and this is the first combination I used to break it in. Very happy!


DORI EDEN October 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Try blanching the best before juicing, maybe for 1 min!


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