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.
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!!!
Now let's get our bodies to reflect how awesome we all are!!!!
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.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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.
** My Fall into Fitness 2012: 90-Day Challenge goals are as follows:
9/24/12 to 12/24/12
1. To lose 30 lbs during the 13 weeks.
Track everyday! Stay aware. Dont go to sleep. Stay connected, reaffirm, LIVE! BE!
10/8/12 - 2 weeks in 2 lbs lost
11/15/12 - Still Same.
11/19/12 I am down 2lbs, 4 lbs total since 9/24/12. I have tracked everyday.
2. To reduce my BMI from 39.5 to 33.8
3. To reestablish a working out as an important daily ritual
Mini Goals: Focus on awareness and adding exercise, stretching in any free moment anywhere
10/8/12 I have been focusing on clearing out clutter and getting over cold. I am proud of the past two weeks even though I havent yet added exercise.
11/5/12 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!!!
4. To finish do 2 full yoga routines every day (increased flexibility)
Week of 9/24 do small yoga asanas throughout the day, morning, evening - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/1 yoga every morning and night nothing big or structured just do it - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/8 structured yoga one time a day, still doing something morning or evening - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/15 reassess
. NOT ACCOMPLISHED
10/8/12 2 weeks in no change ( still doing Sundays light yoga class)
11/5/12 No change, middle of October we stopped Sunday light yoga classes.
11/5/12 to 11/12/12 - do yoga 1x per day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
11/19/12 - Still haven't moved my butt.
5. To be able to run 30 mins at a time
Week of 9/24 run for 5 mins each day 1 x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
Week of 10/1 run for 5 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
Week of 10/8 run for 10 mins each day 1x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
Week of 10/15 run for 10 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
Week of 10/22 run for 15 mins each day 1x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
Week of 10/29 run for 15 mins each day 2x a day - DID NOT ACCOMPLISH
10/8/12 2 weeks in no change.
11/5/12 No change
11/19/12 - No Change -
6. To be able to spin for 30 mins at a time
Week of 9/24 spin for 5 mins each day 1 x a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/1 spin for 5 mins each day 2x a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
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 -
7. To reconnect with Breath, breathing (better endurance)
Week of 9/24 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/1 - 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/8 - 3 breathing meditations a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
11/5/12 to 11/12/12 - 1 Breathing Meditation & 1 Guided Deepak Chopra Meditation a day
11/19/12 - No change -
8. Almost complete QiGong - 100 day Plan
Follow Plan in book blog journey.
10/8/12 2 weeks in no change
11/5/12 no change
11/19/12 - no change
9. To be drinking about 64 fluid oz of water each day
Week of 9/24 1 bottle a day - ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/1 1 bottle a day - ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/8 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/15 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/22 8 glasses a day - NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Week of 10/29 8 glasses a day- NOT ACCOMPLISHED
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!!!
11/5/12 After that big success, I just fell off the band wagon.
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.
11/19/12 -- I haven't gotten to 8 glasses a day but I have been eating right, and drinking 99% water.
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
- Sit and release past
- Forgive the past
- Heal the past with meditation and reiki
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.
11/5/12 I feel like I am doing a lot of this. I saw a friend I havent 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.
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 -
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)
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.
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
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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