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Detox and Dry brushing

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ok as we all know, the skin is our largest organ. Did you also know it is our biggest EXCRETORY organ as well? That's right. When we sweat, our skin gets rid of impurities that get washed away when we take our showers/baths. See when we lose weight, all those toxins and crud that we ingested, get stored in...our...fat! Which is getting burnt off, releasing....stored toxins. See what I'm getting at? One sure fire way to get rid of all that crud, is to do an internal cleanse (Go look up a naturopath, I'm not gonna get into it because it involves poop, and lots of it! lol)
and another, which compliments the internal cleanse, is dry body brushing.

It sweeps away dead skin cells and other impurities off your skin so it can function properly. It also helps circulate the lymphatic system, the sewage system of your body so to speak, so it can more effectively cleanse your body of stored toxins to be released through..well you know lol.

Another benefit of dry body brushing is, it helps tone and firm the skin. If you are planning on losing a bunch of weight, then you'll probably be stuck with some loose skin. Dry brushing helps prevent that by exfoliating dead skin and stimulating newer cell growth, keeping it taught with fresh collagen and elastin (And moisturizing after a shower with a skin firming lotion helps tremendously as well)

Of course this all sounds like airy-Fairy hippy stuff, but hey, what do ya gotta lose? At least your skin will be softer! Here's a link to follow on the benefits of dry body brushing and how to do it properly

and for you people who are visual learners: Here's a youtube video for ya.

PS: It's reportedly a way to get rid of cellulite too!

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BUG11329 10/24/2009 3:50PM

    I use a loofah sponge all the time when I shower on my body...sometimes dry. I know this is gonna sound crazy but I also use the very fine side of a pumice stone...even on my face. When I do my face I just go over it lightly...just as good as doing the at home dermabrasion.

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The first day of this detox thing

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Well Started the detox thing, just feeling kinda sleepy right now. Met my nutrition goals two days in a row! GO ME!!!!!!

And I happen to be WAY Over my fitness goals, and really that isn't a bad thing. Gonna be taking the night off of yoga tonight so I can listen to Dark Matter with Dave Navarro and Todd Newman. Or I could do it before I dunno lol.


The most awesome way to sleep

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ever since my husband has been away on this course, I have had a very difficult time sleeping. We all know that real poor sleep leads to poor weight loss efforts. I finally figured out the magic bullet that is not pharmaceutical. Do a light Hatha yoga routine right before bed and I'm out like a light in no time! Not only do you burn calories (roughly 160 according to the sparkpeople tracker thingie) you get so relaxed that you just pass out. I'm so glad a friend of mine reccomended it and gave me a routine to follow. I'll post it in my blog tomorrow because I really don't wanna go upstairs and wake my son up just yet.


Body Image changes and you

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ok, first Spark blog, guess I'll try to make this count. I'll be blunt, I used to be a stripper. My body size and shape used to be what I literally based my monetary worth on. Then...I had kids. Two beautiful children. I kinda joked to myself that those kids sucked the beauty out of me while in utero because they're so gorgeous, and me, not so much anymore. Well, there are things I have to live with, such as saggy breasts, stretch marks, and a skin apron. Those are the marks of motherhood. I realized I DONT have to live with the excess weight. It's pretty much the only thing in my control that I can do something about. I can get skin firming lotions to firm the saggy skin, but it'll never be as firm and as smooth over my abdominals as it was before I had children. My breasts will never be as perky, and will keep sagging lower as I get older, I can do what I can to minimize that, but not much I can do to fix either of those issues short of plastic surgery, so I gotta live with em. The extra weight on the other hand, I'm able to do something about. I can get off my butt and do what I can to work out. Right now it's just about an hour or two a day on Wii fit and some yoga before bed. Husband is away and I can't find childcare for my son while I hit the gym. (Gym has no childcare) Something is better than nothing anyway. So, what I have been doing to accept my motherly body is trying to find pictures of other women like me, and re-training my brain that *I* am normal. Hollywood actresses and rock singers are NOT normal when it comes to their bodies.

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MIRDREAMS 10/19/2009 1:33PM

    Controlling what we can control and accepting what we can't, definitely a key to happiness. Congratulations on taking control of what you can.

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GMACAMI 10/19/2009 1:17PM

    Congratulations on your first blog. Keep up the good work. The more you put into you program (blogging, huddling, tracking food and exercise minutes, posting on your team pages, earning spark points) the more you will get out of your program- besides weight loss, you will get emotional support, friends who understand exactly what you are going through, accountability, focus, dependability...and the list goes on...


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