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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wow! My last blog was Nov 2012! 2012! 2013 was a bad year. I was laid off in early January 2013. Without disposable income, I could no longer hide in money, things, hobbies, activities, all the things that mask my true feelings. 2013 was about dismantling, trying, losing, facing truths, grieving, and lots of emotional turmoil. My stepfather fell from the roof in September and has been out of work with no income and that has put a strain on everyone.

I was determined to make 2014 different!

January 1 to 9 - I started tracking food, recording my dreams in a dream journal, reading daily devotionals. I started reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

January 10 - I started drinking water, detox teas and primal foods. The first day I felt very nauseous, dizzy and weak. I just wanted to quit.

January 11 - Day two of the cleanse with water, detox teas and primal foods. Still pretty dizzy and nauseous.

January 12 - Day three of cleanse with water, detox teas and primal foods. I felt pretty good today and felt some energy coming back into me and not so weak. I feel I am bouncing back from white sugar and candy/snack withdrawal.

The first 12 days were pretty good. I have been working on a schedule and clear goals that I can complete, logging food. The rest of January I really need to be able to exercise regularly and be able to touch upon all my daily tasks.

  
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I am fabulous!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

You know most the time I feel like I go around in a sleep. We forget how awesome we are. We forget how much we have to give the world. We forget our truth and how beautiful our light is. We focus on the outward.

I was looking around at some of my achievements, some of my old journals, pages, and forums and I just thought, "I am fabulous"

I AM FABULOUS!!! emoticon

Now let's get our bodies to reflect how awesome we all are!!!! emoticon

  
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GOPINTOS 11/17/2012 9:38AM

    And you are!!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team

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JEWELMOTI 11/16/2012 1:30PM

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 11/16/2012 4:09AM

    Amen Sista.

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ROSEWCI 11/15/2012 7:28PM

    Yes, you are!!!

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MARTY728 11/15/2012 3:52PM

    You are FABULOUS! emoticon

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DIBANANA 11/15/2012 3:41PM

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AUSFAM 11/15/2012 3:35PM

    You are fabulous and thank you for writing this! emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/15/2012 3:30PM

    WOOHOO!

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RASIRE 11/15/2012 3:28PM

  Great attitude and reminder! You are fabulous! emoticon

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LUDGEUBOOHOO 11/15/2012 3:22PM

    You are Fabulous....God bless

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Mindful Eating & Hunger Pangs

Thursday, November 15, 2012

So after reading and watching some programs, I decided to really give the principles of Ayruveda a shot. One of the ideas presented was to eat with your hands, eat small portions of foods - whole organic foods locally grown and in align with your dosha needs, eat with no distractions, no speaking, just be mindful and chew chew chew each bite many times.

I knew I would feel fuller much quicker but I was actually surprised by how full I felt and how fast. It was really odd listening to my body, having it tell me how much to eat and when to stop.
Then I would feel hunger pangs but I know I just ate and my body said no more and I sat with the feeling and I realized that it is all emotional and emotional habit.

It was ...... amazing, cathartic, ... interesting to really see almost outside of myself that the hunger I was feeling wasn't hunger, it felt like hunger but it was muscle memory, it was emotional need, it was habit comfort. And denying to feed it, ... I am still processing and still learning, i am slowly adopting more principles, reading and trying them. Maybe we don't need X amount of calories a day. Maybe it is about herbs, oils, nutrition and feeding your body just enough, hydrating your body, and stretching, strengthening, and meditating, breathing...
I got a massive headache yesterday I think from not having sugar.
I have to remember to not go so strict so fast, and to ween myself off of this unhealthy lifestyle and into a lifestyle that is based on nutrition and the vibrant essence of life.

  
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JEWELMOTI 11/16/2012 1:32PM

    I have done this.
I have been successful.
Keep up the great work. emoticon

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MARTY728 11/15/2012 3:15PM

    Interesting! I had not heard of this before. Please keep us update with how it is going. emoticon emoticon

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My Struggle.. I mean Journey.. I mean Struggle. I mean Journey :-P

Thursday, November 15, 2012

UPDATED 11/19/12
My Fall into Fitness 2012: 90-Day Challenge - Ongoing Post

I want to keep a record of the actual journey, wins, losses... I will update as I progress. This will also keep my profile less cluttered.

emoticon ** My Fall into Fitness 2012: 90-Day Challenge goals are as follows: emoticon

9/24/12 to 12/24/12

emoticon 1. To lose 30 lbs during the 13 weeks. emoticon
Track everyday! Stay aware. Don’t go to sleep. Stay connected, reaffirm, LIVE! BE!

emoticon Status: emoticon

emoticon 10/8/12 - 2 weeks in – 2 lbs lost
emoticon 11/15/12 - Still Same.
emoticon 11/19/12 I am down 2lbs, 4 lbs total since 9/24/12. I have tracked everyday.

emoticon 2. To reduce my BMI from 39.5 to 33.8 emoticon

emoticon 3. To reestablish a working out as an important daily ritual emoticon
Mini Goals: Focus on awareness and adding exercise, stretching in any free moment anywhere

emoticon Status: emoticon
emoticon10/8/12 – I have been focusing on clearing out clutter and getting over cold. I am proud of the past two weeks even though I haven’t yet added exercise.
emoticon11/5/12 – I pulled out of a lot of extra activities and really tried to focus on myself and what losing weight means to me. I went to some workshops and classes and really tried to work on the reasons I eat the way I do, the urges, the cravings, and the emotional reasons behind them. I spent a lot of time de-cluttering and organizing my life and allowing myself to love myself. Finally I am feeling the urge to once again exercise, go to the gym, and be healthy. For such a long time inside I wanted to be healthy but I had no energy to care, I had no real desire, it was gone. But now I am once again feeling the need to be desired, to be healthy, and to do it. I am pleased at myself and my progress. Now I want to kick the last half of this challenge into high gear!!!

emoticon 4. To finish do 2 full yoga routines every day (increased flexibility) emoticon

Mini Goals:
Week of 9/24 – do small yoga asanas throughout the day, morning, evening - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/1 – yoga every morning and night – nothing big or structured just do it - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/8 – structured yoga one time a day, still doing something morning or evening - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/15 – reassess…. NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon

emoticon Status: emoticon
10/8/12 – 2 weeks in – no change ( still doing Sunday’s light yoga “class”) emoticon
11/5/12 – No change, middle of October we stopped Sunday light yoga classes. emoticon
11/5/12 to 11/12/12 - do yoga 1x per day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
11/19/12 - Still haven't moved my butt. emoticon

emoticon 5. To be able to run 30 mins at a time emoticon
Mini Goals:
Week of 9/24 – run for 5 mins each day 1 x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Week of 10/1 – run for 5 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Week of 10/8 – run for 10 mins each day 1x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Week of 10/15 – run for 10 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Week of 10/22 – run for 15 mins each day 1x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Week of 10/29 – run for 15 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH emoticon
Status
10/8/12 – 2 weeks in – no change. emoticon
11/5/12 – No change emoticon
11/19/12 - No Change - emoticon

emoticon 6. To be able to spin for 30 mins at a time emoticon
Mini Goals:
Week of 9/24 – spin for 5 mins each day 1 x a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/1 – spin for 5 mins each day 2x a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Freezing this goal and going to focus on running this week so I can clear a space for my bike and will reassess This goal on 10/15
11/19/12 - No change - emoticon

emoticon 7. To reconnect with Breath, breathing (better endurance) emoticon
Mini Goals:
Week of 9/24 – 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/1 - 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/8 - 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon

11/5/12 to 11/12/12 - 1 Breathing Meditation & 1 Guided Deepak Chopra Meditation a day emoticon
11/19/12 - No change - emoticon

emoticon 8. Almost complete QiGong - 100 day Plan emoticon
Follow Plan in book – blog journey.
Status:
10/8/12 – 2 weeks in – no change emoticon
11/5/12 – no change emoticon
11/19/12 - no change emoticon

emoticon 9. To be drinking about 64 fluid oz of water each day emoticon
Week of 9/24 – 1 bottle a day - ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/1 – 1 bottle a day - ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/8 – 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/15 – 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/22 – 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon
Week of 10/29 – 8 glasses a day- NOT ACCOMPLISHED emoticon

emoticon Status emoticon
emoticon 9/24 to 10/4 – BIG GOAL ACCOMPLISHED – Did 10 days of 64 fl. Oz; I never completed this before. Now I just need to complete consistency of this success!!!
emoticon 11/5/12 – After that big success, I just fell off the band wagon.
emoticon 11/15/12 - I haven't gotten 8 glasses of water in but I have only been drinking water - I feel this is a success and a step in the right direction.
emoticon 11/19/12 -- I haven't gotten to 8 glasses a day but I have been eating right, and drinking 99% water.

emoticon 10. To reconnect / connect with Spirit, feel free, purge and heal the past and after 90 days reassess where my life is going. – RETURN TO BALANCE emoticon
Mini Goals:
- Sit and release past
- confess
- Forgive the past
- Heal the past with meditation and reiki

emoticon Status: emoticon
emoticon 10/8/12 – Two weeks in; I have been working with the past, working on patterns, habits and clearing up the reasons I hold myself back.
emoticon 11/5/12 – I feel like I am doing a lot of this. I saw a friend I haven’t seen for a while and she said man, you really are doing great with releasing and keeping your energy clean and clear. I feel a lot of work has been done but now I have to build a foundation now that I broke down the past.
emoticon 11/5/12 to 11/12/12 :
Get my reading material cleared out, clean room
redo personal altar, get daily schedule together and study schedule, start program, reassess strategy
11/19/12 - I feel like I am moving along, cleaning, scheduling, trying - emoticon

emoticon 11. Incorporate more of a Ayruvedic Healing lifestyle: treatments, recipes. In 1/1/13, I want to see a specialist in this to really take on the life style. (added 11/9/12) emoticon

emoticon Status emoticon

11/11/12 - I have been trying to wake up early. I have been drinking my hot water and only water, occasionally an herbal tea no sugar. I am trying to focus on eating local, organic food. I am trying to eat with my hands and in silence. So far.. so good. I bought my first neti pot and am going to try that today. I bought a handful of books and this weekend I am going to TRY and come up with a more formalized plan. emoticon
11/19/12 - I have been studying, coming up with a plan and making a group to keep my interest, help me study and help others who want to learn emoticon

  
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IVYRAYNE 11/16/2012 3:41AM

    Wow! This is an amazing journey you are on! The title caught my attention too. Struggle is the right word. I prefer to take one day at a time rather than set myself goals, then I don't get discouraged when I don't make them. You have been working hard and your hard work is paying off! Well Done! emoticon

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ELSCO55 11/15/2012 5:23PM

    I agree. Keep up the good work.

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MINISANDY 11/15/2012 2:57PM

    Man, your title caught my attention. Ain't it the truth!!

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Personal Inspiration for wanting to cheat

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

* This started out as a comment, then a status, now a blog post I can refer to....*

*What is good for you, is bad for dis-ease. What is bad for you is good for dis-ease.*

So if you are sitting there thinking sugar or honey, french fries or apple, remember white refined sugar, cheetos, mcdonalds, it is all junk and feeds illness/dis-ease.

The word food is defined as " any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc. "

All junk food does is give your body the caloric intake needed so you don't collapse and the sugar/energy boost to keep you going.

Think about why and what you are giving your body, is it really nourishing? Is it really food? If not, why are you eating it? WHY? WHY?

Deal with the why, reaffirm the need to eat the good food.

Honor your body. Erica, choose what your body NEEDS to survive.

Don't throw sewage in your temple.

  
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DEVOTEEOFISET 9/27/2012 10:50AM

    Melinda :D Just removing other drinks and only drinking water, it is amazing how your body responds. And the more food I feed my body the less sugary substances my body craves.

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GOPINTOS 9/26/2012 8:35PM

    Very true. And when you feed your body sugary and/or carby junk, it still needs Real Food for some much needed vitamins & minerals. So you have the cravings from all the sugar and wanting more, and your body is begging for more food so it can find something of nutritonal value. If you feed it more crap, the cycle just never ends.

You are on the right track!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team



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BLUEKITTYJAN 9/26/2012 11:52AM

    Amen!

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NEWFLABULESS 9/25/2012 3:56PM

    Great blog - thanks for the encouragement. Can't hear those words enough - just need to learn to live by them!

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GDEDES147 9/25/2012 10:58AM

    very well said, love it... now i just need to live it as well.
thanks for your inspiration
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