Monday, January 06, 2014
Inspired by Joe Cross & his documentary film Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, I recently completed the three days of juicing. A juicer came in our stocking this year, wink wink, and so I got started with it.
My experience was deep, and this is a superficial listing of thoughts on it all:
1. Crankiness and brain fog to be expected for first day or two
2. I stared at inanimate objects thinking about food, a lot, for minutes at a time.
3. I was living more in my mind and less in my stomach.
4. I wondered if this is why God asks us to fast.
5. I spent less time chewing and more time thinking.
6. I was not as easily angered overall, meaning that I was more peaceful, because I was subdued with hunger!
7. I journaled everyday, several times.
8. I tried lots of recipes, and only came near to vomiting once with a drink labeled for anti-stress, using tomato, parsley, onion, red pepper, lemon, etc.. If you count trying not to blow chunks as a stress reliever, that would fit.
9. I felt great by day 3, and even did a Biggest Loser DVD workout.
10. I would totally do it again.
Gained clarity, a refreshed palate for greens and fruits, a mini-detox of body & spirit. It was spectacular (and that doesn't mean easy, okay. Often what's worth having is worth working for.)
Support from my husband made this a success.
Blessings to you in 2014 and Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Upstairs & Downstairs.
I guess all those burned calories add up, right?
Even if I cannot make it to the gym, or outside for a walk, little things mean a lot!
How do you get your body-movement in at wintertime?
For some of us, I realize, it's easier to get a proper workout in, and for the rest of us, imagination & creativity with a sprinkle of playtime with the kids gets the job done.
Boy, I'd really like to go to a yoga class right about now....
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ahhh. That time of year when our instincts say to slow down.
Sometimes slowing ourselves down takes more work than just going going going! Right?
Putting it in low gear for me looks like this:
~Acceptance of who I am right now, even as the desire to be well & strong continues.
~More visiting with friends and their kids.
~Inviting movement into my day through taking the kids to the Y, going outside in the snow, walking, exercise videos from SP and others like Jillian or Winsor Pilates.
~Sleeping in, restorative rest is my favorite! Even if that means kids jumping in my bed at ungodly hours of the wee morning.
~DId I mention rest?
Lack of sleep is a serious epidemic in a nation where we deny ourselves the vital rest needed for our bodies to heal and function optimally. So turn off those electronics at 9pm, and get to bed by 10pm. Your body needs to sleep!
PS: what does it look like for YOU to put it in "low gear"?
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Today I ate cake.
And had a piece of fudge.
Aaaand 2 donuts.
The donuts were for breakfast, and then I snacked on them later.
They were not gluten-free. My stomach now hates me. To be fair, I did not buy them or seek them out. To be fair, it was my dear hubby who carried out the crime, but I did nothing to stop him and so therefore I really was an accomplice, as I believe I said, "go ahead" when he suggested running for them. So....I'm guilty as charged.
The fudge and cake was during the timeframe of a family Christmas get-together.
I also tried to fill up on good stuff prior to. Like before the donuts I did drink a green smoothie.
And before the fudge and cake I did have meat, veggies, applesauce and water.
My monthly cycle may have a good deal to do with this, and the holiday season potluck-happiness. And I made the choice to indulge.
Tomorrow is a new day.
PS: I still had a fantastic day. I played in snow. I laughed with my husband and kids. We made a snowman and had a snowball fight. I talked with a friend on the phone. I went to a family Christmas party and had a nice time. My food mistakes do not define me. I want to stay healthy in mind, body & spirit. So today's setbacks are only temporary.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
What makes my Thanksgiving successful are the following things:
1. Feeling grateful for my family. Last night I discovered my old Sony mini-cassette recorder in my sock drawer. Curious, I lay down in bed and began to listen to a random tape I put my hands on. "Today is August 6, 2003.....I'm praying for my future husband, that he loves the Lord and that he's patient...."
Here we are 10 years later, and I have HIM! And I am so thankful he does love the Lord and is patient with me. Praise the Lord.
2. Unexpected friends were made at a family gathering, some extended family that I've never met and also some that I've never had a great conversation with, until today.
3. Warm house, good food.
4. I'm not pregnant or nursing this year! :) The first year since 2006!
5. I ate in moderation, stayed with whole foods, and didn't eat any wheat! :)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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