Sunday, March 20, 2011

Writing Itch

I've been noticing lately, that I have had the itch to begin blogging again. Maybe it's something about this time of year. I am a very cyclic person, so it makes absolute sense. My wonderful hubby pointed this out a few months ago when he began to see the pattern of my urge to start a new business or project about October of every year (not small project, BIG time-consuming projects). I resisted the urge this year in order to break what might be a bad habit and intend to have complete awareness come October of this year.

I looked back at my previous posts and noticed that I start blogging back up in the spring and in the fall. Maybe because Homeschool is coming to an end and then again just beginning. Maybe it is the change in season. I really don't know, but I'm hoping this is a good cycle and I'm jumping back in. I'm not going to have the goal of blogging everyday which is completely unrealistic, just when I seem to have some thought or something that seems worth writing about. And if I seem to dissappear, I'll see when the season changes again....ha!

Monday, June 7, 2010

30 Day Challenge FINALE!

Thank you to all of you faithful followers! I am sooooo late on posting the results. Thinking I needed to have a picture has held me up, so I decided to go ahead and post without.

Anyway, I completed the 30 day challenge on Tuesday night with a weight loss total of 13 pounds. I was thrilled with that number and although the first 8 came off real quick, I had to fight for the the last 5.

WARNING: TMI ahead.....

About 7 days before the challenge ended, I began adding some really great yogurt to my smoothies. By really great I mean yogurt with some really good bacteria that isn't found in all yogurt and organic besides. 3 days after I began the yogurt....I had a breakthrough in the bowel area if you know what I mean. No, I don't mean constant diarrhea. I just mean big, healthy, nice and soft stools. And several each day. Over the course of the last days, I dropped the remaining 5 lbs. Sooooo....I chalk it up to some much needed bacteria being put back into my digestive system. Grossed out yet?

If you read my initial 30 day challenge entry, you may remember the 3 major "Why I am doing this Challenge." For those just joining, they are for the following:

1. Physical Health
2. Emotional Health
3. Spiritual Health

So as a summation of the 30 day challenge, I will address how this challenge has affected each of these areas.

1. Physical: The obvious weightloss. And I do have a lot more energy without those sluggish downtimes after meals I used to get when I would eat a lot of carbs and animal protein. My complexion is doing well (although the monthly flair-up has not yet been eliminated). I still have swollen sore joints in my hands although I did have a few days where I didn't. I've been sleeping well at night. I haven't gotten that dizzy, anemic feeling all month.

2. Emotionally: Like I have mentioned in blogs past, I don't feel as addicted to food as I did prior to this challenge. I'm not constantly searching for the next sugar fix or planning my day to make sure I have sugar available at all costs. The down side is seeing the sugar addiction in my children and so many Americans, but will continue to introduce better choices where and when I can control this aspect. (More on Emotional to follow below)

3. Spiritually: The 30 day challenge, at times, has reminded me of past periods of fasting I have done for spiritual reasons. Although this wasn't the purpose of this challenge, I found myself relying on God with every hunger pain and craving. Sometimes I gave in, and sometimes I relied on the strength He gave me to get through. I had originally said the spiritual reason I wanted to change my eating habits is so I would be able to fast on a regular basis without major health problems each time. It just so happens that a man in our community became very sick the last week of this challenge and the day after the challenge ended I was compeled to fast for the day for this situation. I was able to drink only water until 6pm that night when I broke the fast. I didn't lose energy, or have dizziness, or headache. Praise be to God.

As I mentioned in a few blogs back, I was contemplating starting a round of HCG. I decided to take the day of fasting and then begin the HCG the next day. If you are familiar with HCG, you have 2 full days of gorging on anything and everything you want with an emphasis on lots of fat. I know, I don't like the sound of it either...but when I did HCG before, I didn't gorge as much as I should and ended up starving the entire time and not really completing the protocol to the end. Soooo....let's just say I went to bed with a stomache the 2nd night of gorging. I basically ate everything in those 2 days that I had wanted to eat in 30. I wasn't even hungry for it and had to force myself to eat a lot of it (I have a friend to vouge for this...she was there). This is when I noticed the EMOTIONAL effects of the crappy food. I had a Burger, Cheeseballs, and a Hot Fudge shake from the local Valley Drive-In dripping with grease. An hour later, I was so incredibly grouchy I couldn't even talk myself into a good mood. This happened while my friend and I were cleaning the church (we do this the same day every week). The mood brought back to mind all of the other cleaning days I had the same feeling and realized I hadn't had that funky mood for several weeks. Soooo....I attribute it to the SAD (Standard American Diet) I was consuming previous to this 30 day challenge.

Where do I go from here?

Well, for the next 30 days I will be taking HCG drops and sticking to the 500 calorie per day diet. After that I plan to continue as much RAW food as possible. I have ordered the book "80/10/10 Diet" by Dr. Graham and plan to read and psych myself up again. Thank you everyone for joining me in the journey and for your encouraging words along the way.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day Twenty-Six thru Twenty-Eight PRPV

I am so close to completing 30 days!!!! Today is actually Day 29, which makes tomorrow Day 30!!!!!

I have stayed pretty true to the challenge, some ups and downs the last three days, but making it. I'm having hard time recalling all the details of the last 3 days, but will try to remember best I can.

Friday, Day 26:
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Salad with Avocado, Raw Cheesecake
Snack: Don't remember
Supper: Applebee's Sante Fe Chicken Salad (balked on the organic chicken and forgot to order without cheese or sour cream...could have not eaten the sour cream..but it was there...I had to!!!)

Saturday, Day 27:
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Salad with Strawberries and Avocado
Snack: Raisins and Banana
Supper: Club Casmo Salad Bar (Mary---if you're reading this, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use real lettuce in your salads....that head lettuce is killin' me here)
Snack: Naked Juice

Sunday, Day 28:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie, Mocha (One of my besties' husband made it and delivered to me in my Sunday School class, so I HAD to drink it right??)
Lunch: Back to Club Casmo SAlad Bar (lettuce and watermelon...and a pickle)
Dinner: Taco Del Mar, Vegan Mondito Burrito, Chips and Salsa, and 1.5 crispy beef tacos. (Yes, I was starving from the nasty lunch)
Snack: Raw Brownie

Detox Symptoms: My back and feet are back to normal. More on detox symptoms on final day.

Obstacles: Well, my mother-in-law is here visiting which explains all the eating out. Two meals in a row with head lettuce is seriously killing me!!! Also, my back teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat cold fruit.

Joys: Just feeling good....feeling really good. Clothes are looser, AND the scale finally tipped in my favor this morning. :)

Coming UP: I am going to start HCG drops Wednesday and looking into the Vegan Protocol. I am super excited to take the next step in this journey. ALSO, we have a new little girl in the house and I'm reading about feeding her a raw diet as well. She is a year and half Maltese/Toy Poodle named Bella!!! Feeding her a raw diet ALSO involves learning how to debone a whole chicken which I am super excited about. Found the YouTube just need to buy a super sharp knife! This Project Junky will not be without a project for awhile again!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Day Twenty-Three thru Twenty-Five PRPV

So, I've gotten a little behind on the blogging, but still plugging away at the 30 day Challenge.

Tuesday was Day 23 and a good lesson about eating at Monterrey. For lunch I had a bean burrito and forgot to say, "no cheese, please." I felt so sluggish and yuck all afternoon. Not to mention the beans did a number on me. But it was worth meeting a friend for lunch and rekindling our friendship. I should have had a raw meal for supper, but we were having company and I made spaghetti and I didn't want to make them uncomfortable by not eating what I cooked. And I must mention that I made Raw Cheesecake for Bible Study group and I indulged in a sliver.

Wednesday was Day 24 and basically a repeat of Monday, Day 22. I painted on my dad's crew again so did a lot of physical labor aka sweating out toxins, ate a salad at Casmo's, some fruit for snacks, lots and lots of water...think I hit a gallon. For supper, I made Pasta Primavera. And still working on the Cheesecake.

Thursday, Day 25. Smoothie for breakfast. Celery with PB. Salad with Avocado, Tomato, and Dressing at the park with friends. Snacked on SUN CHIPs and Kettle CHIPS. Pear. More Sun Chips (I probably had 15 chips over the course of the day). Apple with PB and Honey. Today was a VERY HARD day. I just did not feel full, my body felt worn down, fruit did not taste good, and I just craved salty, crunchy food. For supper I had a guest for supper and taught her how to make Tilapia. I also made mashed potatoes (to score points with my Babe) and green beans. Small little piece of cheesecake.

5 DAYS LEFT!!!! Then I am hoping to score some HCG drops for a 30 day run and then back to PRPV. That's my plan for today anyway.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day Twenty-Two PRPV

Yesterday (Day 21) came together pretty good for me. I worked with my dad on a house painting job, so I burned some major calories in the hot sun and ate me some watermelon!

Breakfast: Smoothie
Snack: Cashews, Watermelon
Lunch: Chef Salad at Casmo's (no cheese, no ham)
Snack: Watermelon
Supper: Chicken Soft Tacos/Salad
Snack: Raw Brownie

Water: A Gallon at least

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day Twenty-One PRPV

Anyone miss me? I'm getting just a little behind with the busy week of getting the church ready and all. I did fall off the wagon so to speak yesterday. But unlike other times, I got right back on and didn't let it send me backward. At the Celebration Lunch after church I RESISTED the Broasted Chicken and Cheezy Potatoes, ate my salad some green beans and pickles (no, not all raw), and treated myself to a piece of...........


Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream.

I KNOW, RIGHT????????

I did suffer enough to keep from going back for awhile. Dizziness, Tired, and some major cramping that led me quickly to find a bathroom. Sorry to disappoint all of you faithful readers.

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: See Above.
Snack: None.
Supper: Spinach with some home-raised chicken, and dressing
Snack: Left over Smoothie and a clementine

Detox Symptoms: uh...wouldn't call it detox...more like, toxin symptoms with the above mentioned sugar overload.

Obstacles: Convinced myself I deserved it....and really, I don't regret it all that much.

Joys: I wanted to quickly go back to eating healthy instead of diving further into a sugar binge.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day Twenty PRPV

The eating is getting easier. It helps that I've been running around trying to get the new church ready and barely time to stop and eat. I guess it's good that I have to get a meal cooked for my hubby to eat when he gets home or I probably wouldn't stop to do that either.

Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Same salad as yesterday, orange slices
Snack: A few peanuts and raisings, and 4 or 5 M&M's. (Trail mix at a Baby Shower...I picked out the M&M's, but as they sat there I gave in...Thank you Bood for taking the rest off my hands....And Hey, I did resist the 5 different desserts sitting there calling my name), and a clementine and some leftover smoothie.
Supper: Stir-Fry Veggies over Brown Rice

Somewhere in there I had a couple cups of coffee and a raw brownie (as I passed the fridge from one job to another).
Water - 72oz

Detox Symptoms: Feet still hurt a little.

Obstacles: None....I thought I did well today.

Joys: Blah.