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The Lab Results are IN!

Friday, April 26, 2013



"I don't always look forward to getting my lab results back, but when I do, I feel like the most interesting girl in the world!"

I am doing a happy dance today, so please bear with me!!


I just finished my 21-day Ultimate Reset, a gentle cleanse program that is designed to help your body get rid of harmful toxins, give your system a rest...AND, teach you have to buy and prepare really healthy foods, based on the principles of clean eating.

I have been the ultimate "cooking school/home economics class" drop-out for my entire adult life, but NO MORE!!

I have learned to make delicious, simple, and healthy (even organic) meals. I have learned that I can drop caffeine, sugar, salt and white flour products cold turkey...all at once...and not even miss them! I don't have to feel hungry! I sleep better, feel better, look better...and best of all...check out the lab results!

Cholesterol (compared to my annual physical in April 2012) - DOWN 30 POINTS!!

Blood Pressure (compared to last year, and compared to last month, before the Reset) -

Then (on medicine) 138/95 Now (no medicine) 114/74

Risk Profile for Heart Disease: Before - Average Risk After - Below Average Risk

Risk Profile for Diabetes: Before - Average Risk After - Below Average Risk

Weight loss during 21-day Ultimate Reset = 11 lbs.

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Eat well!
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Sleep well!
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Lose weight!
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Feels great!
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FATHINSN 4/28/2013 10:57PM

    WooHoo, congrats for completing your cleanse plan! You have learned lots of what's harming your body, what you should eat to get a healthy body :D

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/28/2013 11:33AM

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KEKEIKO 4/28/2013 9:46AM

    That is fabulous! Congratulations on making healthy changes!
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REMEMBER2BME 4/27/2013 2:48PM

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Absolutely outstanding! Great job!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/27/2013 8:19AM

    Way to Go Susie !!! Feels good huh?

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MISSILENE 4/27/2013 7:03AM

    Great news. Hope to see you on our Lapband ruler chat soon. We miss you, your a such an inspiration. emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/27/2013 12:47AM

    Great job!

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KTOWNGIRL02 4/27/2013 12:46AM

    so cool Susie! Looking forward to starting my reset next week. I hope I get the same results.

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PURESTILLWATER 4/27/2013 12:29AM

    That is great

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BBAMMOM 4/26/2013 11:55PM

    Wow, those are amazing results!!

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MICHCLEARY 4/26/2013 9:41PM

    Great job! Best news of the day!

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SPEEDY143 4/26/2013 8:11PM

    emoticon no two ways about it... YOU are a winner emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 4/26/2013 7:41PM

    emoticon that's fantastic!!!!!!

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CHUBRUB3 4/26/2013 6:45PM

    That is fantastic Susie!
I will have to find out exactly what you did, so I can give it a go.
Awesome Job!
You inspire me my friend.
Hugs,
Angela


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DUSTYGIRL25 4/26/2013 5:30PM

    Wow! That is wonderful!! You are really a role model to follow! Thank you for sharing this very important info. I really need to clean up my act & join your healthy club!!
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MANLEYSANDY 4/26/2013 5:01PM

    Awesome job!!!

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From Fear to Triumph!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Here's my Disclaimer: I am a sucker for kid things....super slides, slip 'n slides, swingsets, kickballs, and primary colors!

So...when my niece and BFF MichCleary asked me to do the Foam Fest 5K and I saw pictures of slides and soap suds, and big colored bouncy balls hanging down, how could I say no?

I have to say, I think this may be the most fun, and the most rewarding event I've done so far on my journey toward a healthy and active life!

A few people know that I made a commitment to do P90X2 on January 1, for 90 days. I've started and 'failed to finish' many things in my life, exercise programs included. Can you relate? This time, I knew in my heart that it was REALLY important that I finish this 90 days...no matter what. I started out having gained over 20 lbs in the months leading up to Christmas. It had been one of my most discouraging periods over the past 4 years, as far as my health habits were concerned.

There was ALOT that I couldn't do in P90X2...but it didn't matter! I did what I could...and day by day, week by week, month by month, I learned I could do more. And I connected the dots...it is in the DOING OF THE THING that we grow. Even when we can't yet DO THE THING.

So, not only am I a starter...I am now a FINISHER! I start things that I can't do, or am afraid I can't do...and because I keep going, I grow and get better. And I finish. I don't stop because of my fears, but fears are still there. Fear is there for all of us, but we can't stop because we're afraid.

Like this...I was afraid to climb it, and afraid to fall...

But I climbed it anyway...the 1st obstacle. Then came this...and my fear was increased...

When you climb an 8-ft wall...it really is a long way down...it's scary, and I was scared of falling. What a gift to climb the wall anyway...jump down, and find friends there to cheer me on and "high five" the moment!

Conquering our fears is such a boost to our spirits! Since I first started my weight loss journey in 2009, I have lived alot with my fear of gaining all the weight back. I think in a lot of ways, I've always let fear get the best of me...I guess I'm so grateful for the impact of P90X in my life because it has helped me to beat back the fear, and to change the way I see myself. I don't believe I would have climbed these walls without doing P90X...I really don't. But I didn't just climb the walls, I did lots of other crazy stuff too, and had a blast doing it!

We crawled through mud... , slid merrily along on grown-up slip 'n slides, and for our big moment, we climbed this 3 story inflated super slide and dropped straight down!



And then, they gave us medals!!

So, if you're not sure you can 'do it,' whatever IT is...maybe you can't now, but start doing the thing anyway! Don't let fear hold you back...don't let your limits right now hold you back. If I can help you or encourage you, send me a note. Nothing is more fun or more rewarding than sharing someone else's journey, and helping a friend reach their goal!

  
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KEKEIKO 4/28/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon on receiving the metal! emoticon Looks like great fun! emoticon

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FATHINSN 4/26/2013 12:44AM

    Looks fun! That 3-story slide looks scary and fun, if it's me I'll probably scream all the way down, haha. Congrats for completing the race :D

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SUETINGE 4/24/2013 4:19PM

    Great job!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/23/2013 12:27PM

    so much fun. Glad you were able to complete this and with your BFF!

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PURESTILLWATER 4/22/2013 11:20PM

    Way cool, so much fun

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MANLEYSANDY 4/22/2013 11:49AM

    Great Blog....

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CHUBRUB3 4/22/2013 11:02AM

    So proud of you Susie!!
Awesome!!
You inspire me my friend.
Hugs,
Angela


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KAREN_NY 4/22/2013 10:04AM

    How Awesome is that?!!???!!!!!
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I love this too: " It is in the DOING OF THE THING that we grow. Even when we can't yet DO THE THING. " Save!


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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/22/2013 8:50AM

    Very inspiring blog! And that race looks like A LOT of fun! I hope it comes to Minnesota because I would sign up for it.

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STRONGDJ 4/22/2013 7:42AM

    Great blog!

Very inspiring.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/22/2013 6:02AM

    You rock!!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 4/22/2013 5:24AM

    Huge smile maker Susie! You've so got this . You CAN and you WILL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLAYNESGAMMY 4/22/2013 1:25AM

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WORDWOMAN7 4/21/2013 11:29PM

    Wow! Good for you! I'm impressed.

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MICHCLEARY 4/21/2013 11:21PM

    Nice blog! I haven't done one yet. I was proud of the fact that we tackled every obstacle and ended up even walking on water!

Thanks for doing all the crazy races with us, and for hosting all of us at the 5k lodge!

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Susie's 21-day Cleanse Adventure!

Friday, April 12, 2013

emoticon I started a 21-day cleanse program on April 1, and I've made it through 11 days. I have NEVER attempted anything like this in my life, so it really has been quite an adventure.

emoticon As a confessed food addict and compulsive overeater, the idea of giving up sugar, table salt, white flour, dairy, caffeine,all processed foods and all animal proteins at the same time was slightly overwhelming! Still, I really wanted to do this - for the health benefits, for sure...but also because I think I needed to prove to myself that I could do it!

Now that I've passed the half-way mark, I felt like it was a good time to share some of the lessons I've learned, and why I heartily recommend the program to anyone!!

emoticon 1. DOING IT WITH FRIENDS! Absolute best idea ever is to do something like this with at least 1 friend, and if you can, with a small group. Sharing experiences, struggles, feelings, and victories REALLY helps. There are aspects of doing a cleanse that are challenging, and I think it's vital that you have both the accountability and the friendship support to have the best outcome from a cleanse.

emoticon emoticon emoticon 2. FRUITS & VEGGIES...and LOTS of 'em!! emoticon Seriously, you think our 5 fruits & veggies goal on Spark is wonderful? Well, you would love this! I have eaten and really enjoyed all kinds of veggies that I had never been willing to even taste in the past. During week 1, you still have some animal protein, so breakfast was 2 scrambled eggs, steamed spinach and a piece of whole wheat toast. NEVER in my wildest dreams would I have thought I'd LOVE steamed spinach for breakfast! It is off the charts delicious with scrambled eggs!

emoticon 3. TIME...purchasing all new and fresh foods and spices than I've ever had in my kitchen took some time....sitting down to read and understand all the recipes took some time. Chopping up veggies, and sometimes fruit, has taken time. So, if you ever do a program like this, and even if you don't, but just decide to begin making FRESH food to eat, it will take some time.


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Yes, a million times, YES! I can thank Spark People and my friends here for helping me to really believe that I am WORTH the time. YOU are worth the time!

emoticon The #1 benefit for me...so far...I WAKE UP every morning feeling rested and ready to jump out of bed. This is nothing short of miraculous for me! I have been a chronic oversleeper/snooze button slug for YEARS! I have been waking up before my alarm goes off...like, my eyes just pop open, and I want to get up. I'm not sure how this is possible, but I've heard many other people that did this Cleanse report the same thing, so something about getting rid of the toxins and junk food and eating all fresh food is doing the trick.

emoticon emoticon I am learning that I can do this! I can buy fresh foods, prepare it, and love the taste of what I'm eating. I am satisfied - beyond satisfied.

I have had NO CRAVINGS for sugar, junk food, soda, coffee, meat, or anything else that isn't on the plan. Again, I have been flabbergasted by this! How is it possible?? I don't know, but I am grateful!

emoticon Weight loss -- yes, that is part of it. I have lost 7 pounds thru the first 11 days. More importantly, I have lost inches in my waist and hips. The most exciting 'scores' for me will be when I have my lab work done the week after I finish. It's time for my annual physical, and I will be comparing last year's numbers to what I see this time. I expect BIG changes for the good in my cholesterol and other numbers.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Emotional health -- I haven't felt so energetic in a long time -- I just feel GOOD!. Plus, I feel calm...even when I am physically hungry. I don't get that "cranky" feeling that came between meals...the craving for something to eat. I don't know how to explain it, but it is very different. And, like I said before, I feel so much more confident in myself, and what I'm capable of doing!

I'm doing the Cleanse with a group of friends, including my BFF MichCleary. You should jump over and read her Cleanse blogs if you haven't already seen them! We're both having a great experience with it!!

That's it I guess -- I just felt like I had to share, so thanks for taking time to read!! emoticon emoticon

  
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MICHCLEARY 4/13/2013 10:33PM

    You're doing a great job! What an experience for both of us!

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ERNOINACTION 4/12/2013 3:38PM

    Interesting stuff. Glad you're doing well. Thanks for sharing.

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CHUBRUB3 4/12/2013 1:44PM

    That is wonderful Susie!!WTG!!
You are so inspirational and motivational for me.
Hugs,
Angela


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FITNHEALTHYKAL 4/12/2013 5:56AM

    emoticon emoticon The ONLY thing that would kick my okole is coffee and I LIKE coffee. I'm not addicted to it but it tastes good and I enjoy it. Since I don't drink soda or anything else I do enjoy my coffee (black). I don't use any sweeteners artificial or otherwise. I LOVE freggies. That lifestyle is a great one. And when you give certain things up it becomes a lifestyle and you don't miss it (as much). Weigh to go Susie! So proud of you. Keep on keepin' on. From another professed foodie, I know this isn't easy but you make it sound easy! emoticon

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My 21-cleanse, report from day 4

Thursday, April 04, 2013

emoticon I started a 21-day cleanse program on April 1st.

Last year in August, a long time friend did this program, and she posted video blogs about her experience. I was really intrigued by the idea, but was intimidated by the idea. I had never done anything like this, and was worried that the supplements would taste awful, I would be hungry all the time, etc...etc.... I'm not the most adventurous person in the world. emoticon

I guess it tells you something that I first saw the program in August, and didn't do it until April of this year!

The food is absolutely delicious for the most part. The only item I haven't cared for too much was miso soup, but lots of people love miso soup. It's just not a personal favorite. Otherwise, the food is yummy, and the supplements are a piece of cake.

I have felt tired and somewhat lethargic, but they say that's fairly typical for a cleanse. My primary goals are weight loss and lowering my cholesterol level. I'm due for my annual check-up this month, so I'm going to have my fasting lab work done as soon as the cleanse is finished. I'll be able to compare last year's lab results and see the direct results with my Doctor.

I have learned that if you follow a 'clean eating' program, you can eat an ENORMOUS amount of food - ridiculous amounts of food! More than I can eat sometimes. We are cheating ourselves by eating so much processed food - it is not healthy for us, often makes us crave other things, and racks up crazy high calories.

I am learning how to prepare food that is delicious and satisfying, and for a girl that has never been a "cook", I am learning that it isn't really very hard to do. There are simple recipes. It's just a matter of knowing what ingredients to buy and have in your kitchen, and then how to put them together for a wonderful meal.

I hope I don't go back on this statement, but I really don't believe I'll go back to eating the other way. Frozen dinners (even the organic Amy's dinners that I l0ve) will never be as good as fresh food!

I will blog periodically about how the process is going, and at the end, I'll share my 'numbers' to see how the results turn out! emoticon emoticon

  
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CASE4GRACE 4/28/2013 11:09AM

    Susie - I would love to know more about this program, supplments aside - what does a typical day of "clean eating" look like? Are grain included in this eating program?

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PURESTILLWATER 4/5/2013 12:43AM

    Good job

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FATHINSN 4/4/2013 11:06PM

    I like this part:
"I am learning how to prepare food that is delicious and satisfying, and for a girl that has never been a "cook", I am learning that it isn't really very hard to do. There are simple recipes. It's just a matter of knowing what ingredients to buy and have in your kitchen, and then how to put them together for a wonderful meal. " However, my main problem with cooking is not really good at tasting which probably why I'm the worst cook LOL

Good luck for your 21-day Cleansing Program, I hope it works for you :D

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LESLIESENIOR 4/4/2013 9:20PM

    How exciting. I'm so glad you are sharing with us. Can't wait to hear the results. You are so right about clean eating and better choices. Such a hard lesson to learn.
Wishing you great success.
Hug.

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LITTLELENNA 4/4/2013 6:19PM

    Sounds like an adventure. Good luck to you.

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Crushing Grief

Saturday, March 30, 2013


I noticed a friend posted this morning on Facebook that today is the greatest "pause" in the story of Easter. It is true, I think, because we acknowledge today that Jesus has died. He is in the tomb, anointed with burial oils and wrapped in linen cloths.

And so we wait. In many Christian churches, this time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is marked by the observance of an 'Easter Vigil.' It seems to me that we are probably unable to grasp the depth of the grief experienced by those who followed Jesus during his earthly life. The 12 men who dropped everything to follow him from village to village, believing He was Messiah, the chosen one of God that the prophets had spoken of...even though they didn't fully comprehend what that meant. His mother, Mary, who had known from His birth that her son was unique and sent from God to save His people, and yet...for her, Jesus' death was experienced as the death of a firstborn son. A wrenching pain, a loss that all parents everywhere will tell you is their worst nightmare.

Grief touches all of us at different times in our lives. All grief is painful, but the grief of death is a different kind of agony. A loss so intense that it can cause our bodies to buckle under the weight of it; grief that takes your breath away; weeping so deep it brings with it waves of nausea and the loss of our most basic daily appetites.

Jesus grieved this way. Did you know that? He wept at the grave of His dearest friend. He wept not just for the loss of His friend, but for the pain He saw in the family members of the friend who died. Jesus knew loss - the kind of loss that we know today. He wept the kind of tears that make your stomach ache and your head throb.

He wept on the day that we know as 'Palm Sunday,' celebrated in the Christian church as the day of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the start of the Passover celebration. Why would Jesus weep on such a day? Do you know the story, and how it ends?

The night before Jesus was crucified, He wept bitterly. Did you know that part of His story? Jesus knew what was coming. He knew that it was unavoidable, and that it was necessary to fulfill His purpose for coming. And, He knew that in the end, all would be well. But still, He wept.

On the night before He died, Jesus went to a garden and asked His closest friends to come with Him to pray. This is what He said to them:

"My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

Jesus, Messiah, Son of God...able to heal the sick, restore sight to the blind, and yes...raise the dead. This Jesus, when in the hours before He knew His death was imminent, was crushed with grief to the point of death.

Grief can indeed be so heavy it feels like a weight that will crush you. It can take your breath away, and leave you feeling unable to even move. Jesus knows. He gets it. He has been in that very place.

If you are in the 'Saturday' of your own Easter weekend of life, please know that Jesus Himself will observe the vigil with you. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:18

Sunday is coming.

  
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SPEEDY143 3/30/2013 11:45PM

    So beautiful... indeed Sunday is coming emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 3/30/2013 9:59PM

    Very well written. Thank you for posting it.

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KAREN_NY 3/30/2013 8:58PM

    This is beautiful. I don't know if we share exactly the same theology, but that's ok - we don't need to. I just wanted to say that this was beautifully written, and I was moved by the last 4 paragraphs especially. Thank you. Happy Easter.

PS - Do you know, what is the sculpture pictured at the top of the blog? It's beautiful.

Comment edited on: 3/30/2013 8:59:06 PM

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SUETINGE 3/30/2013 6:07PM

    Beautiful!

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VICKI2705 3/30/2013 3:06PM

    Thank you for posting! He is risen!

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63KEEPONGOING 3/30/2013 2:28PM

  Amen, I thank you so much for what my heart truly knows.

This is a powerful testimony.

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