This week feels like the first week that I’m getting back to the joy of exercising. After months of quarantining and no gym except for at home workouts my metabolism has declined.
Not only that, but I have also put on ten unwanted pounds. To get rid of my quarantine weight I’ve been back in the gym consistently for two weeks and I’m feeling great. My strength and stamina is increasing but my belly is not decreasing.
This is the first time since having my youngest 16 years ago that it’s been a challenge to reduce belly fat. To recondition my body and shed pounds I started adding in cardio twice a week and started eating low calorie high fiber foods to reduce bloating. I’m also adding more hydrating fruits to my shopping list.
Hydrating fruits help curb my sugar craving and make me feel full in between meals. Watermelon, oranges and grapes are my favorite options especially when I can transform them into juice. So instead of grabbing a soda which I started drinking way to much of during quarantine, I’ll grab whatever juice I’ve made.
I started my new habit with a large juicy watermelon. I knew we wouldn’t eat it all before letting it go bad so I cut half into chunks and juiced the remaining half.
There are two general ways to make watermelon juice. You can make it either with a blender or juicer. I prefer the juicer because it makes a thinner juice with less watermelon pulp. If you don’t mind the pulp you can use a blender. If you do prefer less pulp but don’t have a juicer just blend and then strain the juice through a fine strainer or cheesecloth.
I usually store mine in an airtight glass bottle in the fridge for 3-5 days. The juice and pulp does separate when stored so I give the bottle a shake before pouring.