Lemon Detox Wholefoods

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Again, I just wanted to share this experience here so that others who may be looking to do this can make an informed decision. I know that when I want to embark on something new, the internet is where I search for my answers.

So on Monday, I did one day of weaning.

From Tuesday I went on to the Wholefoods sachets from the people who make the Lemon detox. It’s a little like a shake that you can have with 250mls of water or juice. Well I thought, “it’s banana flavour, I am sure it’ll be nice!” Boy was I wrong!!! It tasted disgusting. It was recommended to add honey for taste, I did that but it did nothing to kill the terrible, I don’t know how to describe it, taste. But I am still so determined, I told myself that it’s just one of those things that’s gonna take me a while to get use to the taste.

For the next couple of days, I had it in freshly made juices and fruit smoothies, only 2 times a day..I couldn’t stand it anymore than that. It is just really not nice at all. Been allowing myself to have my freshly made pumpkin soup that I made on Monday, for dinners. 

Today, was the last straw…I bought a Boost Juice 2&5 juice and brought it home to put back in the blender with the wholefoods powder….that was the most disgusting of all…I am now completely put off. So tomorrow, I am back to the Lemon detox wean and for the weekend, until I can start the next fast, being Don Tolman’s Pulse fast. I get to eat at least! lol Hopefully it tastes a whole lot better.

I know these powder things aren’t any good….and most likely the worse thing for me. I didn’t want to have that Wholefoods shake so much today at lunch so bad that I took out one of the shakes that I had in the cupboard and had that instead. Most likely was a bad idea as my tummy did hurt after it. At one stage today, I was soooo tempted to eat. I was feeding my daughter her lunch – which was pasta that I had made the night before – it smelled so good, I almost gave in to it!!!! But then I reminded myself how far I have come. I am almost halfway through this thing – today is Day 12. I just need to keep persevering.

I have gone back to working out this week…did Zumba on Wednesday & Jillian on Thursday. Nothing today because i had some emotional things come up that I had to deal with. I am finding that my weight has stayed the same pretty much all week this week. I have booked in for a colony cleanse on Sunday. My first one which I am looking forward to as this is something I have been ummming and arrrgghing about for almost 2 years now…and finally taking the plunge. I will share my experience here after Sunday :)

My Lemon detox experience 2012

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I just wanted to share my 7 day Lemon Detox experience here, mainly because I feel like I need to write it down and also to let others make an informed decision, if they are looking at doing this themselves.

ImageMonday 16th of April – DAY 1 Starting @ 72kgs

As I mentioned in my previous posts, the weekend before I started this was an alcohol and food splurge – that I didn’t really plan but ended up that way. But I had already planned to do this from previously and knew that now was the time. I was in the right mindset to kickstart this program I have created for myself. So that day, I did nothing. My boys were still off school for one more day after the holidays, so we just sat around watching shows together. My energy levels were still fine. I prepared 2 litres of the drink and stored in the fridge. The one thing that I did decide to do differently this time around though(as this is the 3rd time  that I undertake this detox), is to have fresh fruit smoothies or freshly made juices in the mornings for breakfast. For that whole day, I didn’t feel hungry, until around the time that I had to make dinner for everyone. But I was strong. I pushed on. I have to say that when I am not eating the food that I prepare, it seems to taste and smell better. And because I know that I am not going to be able to appreciate the taste, as I am making it, I feel so much love energy going into preparing it for my family. It’s nice :)

This day I felt no symptoms of detoxing at all …except that I was tired and went to bed early.

ImageTuesday 17th of April – DAY 2

Today the tiredness and mood swings started to settle in. I didn’t feel like I wanted to do any form of exercise. I meditated and wrote in my journal for the morning. Started the morning with fresh fruit smoothie and a herbal tea to help with bowel movement. Drinking water and the Lemon drink for the remaining of the day. Today I felt extremely tired and hungry. Which I later figured out that it was because my time of the month was looming very closely. Picked a great time to do this I thought. Knowing how hungry and grumpy I get during this time. But, you know what? This was the right time to do it. I was determined to do it! My mind was already prepared for the process, no matter what I had to face. Now I just need to apply this determination in other areas of my life! Everytime I do this detox, it shows me how much strength, determination, discipline I have! I was able to stay up and watch a few shows on this night,not really needing to go to bed as early as the night before. I was able to get through doing some shopping for fruits & vegies as well as set us up with some pantry replacements from the supermarket.


Wednesday 18th of April – DAY 3 – Weigh in = 70kgsImage

This morning, I decided to weigh myself as I could feel that I am much lighter after 2 days of detoxing. And if anything, this also was motivation for me to keep going! Was very happy to see the result so far. So onwards I went with my day. Although I was tired, at the same time I had a lot of energy…if that makes any kind of sense at all! I decided that some exercise would be good today, nothing harsh, so decided to leave the house early with my little girl and take a leisurely stroll to pick up my boys from school. On the way, we stopped at the park so that Anjalia could have a play on the swing and the slide. It was her first experience, which she enjoyed immensely. Felt great after that but was extremely tired, but needed to keep soldiering on as I had to cook dinner for the troops! 

ImageThursday 19th of April – DAY 4 

Energy was still a little low today and did need to have a nap throughout the day. But I did have bouts of higher energies and was feeling good within myself. Again, took my daughter to the park, but drove this time as it was showering. Although there were signs of my time of the month arriving, it actually stopped altogether. But I gathered that it was because of changes that were happening inside my body with this detox that would have delayed it for sure.

ImageFriday 20th of April – DAY 5  – Weigh in = 69kgs (Woohoo, I am in the 60’s again)

Energy was higher today. Started the day with wanting to use my juicer/food processor for the first time. I had bought a lot of vegies & fruits from the market on Tuesday. I bought a massive celery, which I used some in a lentil soup I made throughout the week and then planned to juice the rest of it. So I juiced, celery, pineapple, oranges and apples with mint. Something that I discovered is that this mix was a bowel mover! And such a cleansing juice. I felt so amazingly cleansed after it. I made a lot and it took me the whole morning to finish! But I enjoyed it immensely. It was really just an experiment to see if I could do it…being the first time, think I overdid the quantity but nevertheless, I did it :) On this day, I began focusing on blogging here again. I was quite hungry throughout the day. Hungrier than I have been on this day in my past fasts. That night, I was sitting there watching TV and quickly had to rush to the toilet to tend to my time of the month. It was actually quite amazing. I could feel everything that was happening and knew exactly the right time to catch it in time. The most amazing discovery that I made is that leading up to that point, I had no pain, no headaches because of this coming …nothing(other than usual monthly mood swings – but I think it was a little less than usual – but if you ask my family they may not agree lol). Isn’t it interesting how that has showed me that by stuffing my face every time this time is here, that I am the one that creates the symptoms. I  am the one that interrupts the process which lets me know by giving me the PMS symptoms! I really find that fascinating. Perhaps fasting during the time of the month should be a regular thing!!! Would need to tap into this willpower that I have now for every month. Could I do that? that is the question!

ImageSaturday 21st of April – DAY 6

Energy was quite good today. Pretty normal. Got a few things done around the house without too much effort.Saturdays are boys’ sports day. My eldest has basketball locally whilst my youngest son has hockey, which can be a home or away game – thankfully today it was a home game. I was quite hungry today, so had to do other things to keep my mind occupied and not think about food. Fell asleep watching a movie with my boys on this night as I was very tired and so hungry..I just really wanted to forget about food! I know that this was to do with my hormones! I did have a headache throughout the night, but that was because I ended up waking up after my nap on the couch and staying up until 3am! Water was what got me by!

Sunday 22nd of April – DAY 7 – 68.5kgsImage

Last official day for Lemon Detox!

Woohoo!

Today we had a lunch planned with some friends in the city. I had already told my friend that I was on the detox and won’t be eating but able to have a freshly  made juice. She so nicely ensured that the place that we went to had that as an option. So this morning, I had the lemon drink for breakfast and had the juice @ lunch and another one for an afternoon snack as I didn’t bring the lemon drink with me to the city. By the time we got home, I was buggered! I ended up going to bed by 10pm and then woke up @ 5am! lol But I got through the 7 days! Oh and I forgot to say that I was able to fit in my skinny jeans that I had been wanting to fit in since last year. I knew that I would fit into it once I hit the 60’s as that is around the weight I was when I bought the jeans. It felt amazing to wear with no muffin top!!! Loved it and felt great!

Today, as I type this, I am weaning myself from the lemon detox. The process today is:

Start the day with a glass of the Lemon Detox drink and one orange. 
Mid morning: Fresh orange juice. 
Lunch: Fruit or vegetable juice. 
Tea: Fruit juice or a glass of the Lemon Detox drink. 
Supper: Fresh pureed vegetable soup (which I plan to make a pumpkin/sweet potato soup)

I woke up feeling bloated this morning so I  needed some assistance with some special herbal tea which I hope works for me soon :)

ImageThen tomorrow I am on to the next 5 day phase of this 30 day program – which is the wholefood nutrition in a drink, to be taken 3 times a day along with water :) 

WISH ME LUCK!!! I am still ultra determined and looking forward to the result that this will bring me, not only in weight and body change but the incredible energy that I am building inside and feeling like by being in control of my health, I can take on the world in everything else that I want to achieve. I love this feeling! :)

I am hungry for change!

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2012 so far for me has been one of many changes.

Some too fast and some not fast enough.

With some past habits and challenges still lingering around, that is obviously not going away anytime soon.

After my surgery, my main objective was to get myself back into an exercise routine, like I was before. I mostly achieved that and been happy with 4-5 times a week of mixing up cardio and weights, as well as daily yoga & meditation.

Although I was doing all this, I was still not eating right. I found myself slipping back into old eating habits and felt like something needed to change. Plus, I have my husband who had a health check up and discovered his susceptibility to cholesterol and high blood pressure. So this really was calling us to making some massive changes in our diet. One night I was unable to sleep and  passing the time reading blogs on WW community, came across this blog entry and link:

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I highly recommend it to anyone. I paid for it and I am glad that I did because although it may seem like a high price to pay for some information that you should know already, the thing is that we know it but unless we exchange some energy for the information, it ends up just staying by the wayside and ignored. So I decided to invest in this – I see it as investing in our health – just as I had been paying a monthly due to WW to guide me for 4 months of my journey.

This was the beginning of change for me, because I was hungry for change. I have been looking for something to grab me by the collar and get me on track – the right way! And this film did that for me. Partly!

A few days after seeing that film, I had already pre-booked for a free seminar to see Don Tolman – if you don’t know him, then here’s a link for you to start your research:

http://www.dontolmaninternational.com/

I had heard of him many years ago but was never able to make it to his seminars and you know what, that truly was a blessing, because back then, I was most likely not in the right frame of mind to take any action. It would’ve been another seminar notch on my belt and I would have been grateful for the information and moved on. But this time, I was searching, I was hungry for a change! And together with the Hungry for Change film and seeing Don, that change is happening in my life. I am feeling like I am finally equipped with the information that I need to take charge of my health and my family’s health. Making conscious choices. There is no hiding anymore. Once you know something, how can you ignore it? I feel that I wouldn’t be a good Mother if I did. So slowly, I am implementing the  changes I have learnt through Hungry and Don in our daily lives. I purchased the FDR books by Don and I tell you, I don’t know how I did without them! Seriously, it’s an investment in my health, our health. Something that I can control and my choice.

I am feeling very passionate about this at the moment and that is what has urged me to start blogging again after so long. I had thought about coming back here for a while, but really I had nothing to say. Nothing was happening to share. Nothing was changing. I was still searching. Searching for something to feed the change I was hungry for. And finally, I listened and here I am , embarking on this new found healthy journey. Really, it’s not new at all. It’s all common sense! In the end, it’s all about how it is presented and who you resonate with, to accept and understand the changes and the information.

One of the things that Don promotes is fasting, in the form of water, juice, wholesome foods, etc.I want to quote some information from one of his newsletters to share here with you:

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Turning internal toxicity into a river of life…

It’s virtually pointless to embark on any health and wellness program until you have flushed all the accumulated, impacted debris and poisonous residues from your digestive tract.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine did a study that found over 249 chemicals in the blood and urine of 9 random human volunteers. These people did not work with chemicals on the job or live near an industrial facility.  Of all the chemicals found:

  •   76 were known to cause cancer in humans or animals
  •   94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
  •   79 caused birth defects

The Center for Disease Control studies human toxin levels and has found measurable amounts of more than 100 toxic chemicals (man made “exo-toxins”) in blood and urine of the general public.

Toxins from the environment include:

  •     Food additives and preservatives
  •      Household cleaning products
  •     Personal care products
  •     Pesticides
  •     Home furnishings
  •      Clothing
  •     Hobbies: arts/crafts, model building, automotive
  •     Drinking water with chlorine/ fluoride (aluminum)

It’ s easy to see why interest in colon health continues to grow and why more and more healthcare professionals are looking into the benefits of colon cleansing for their patients… and themselves. 

A variety of health-related problems may be looming if you are unable to have at least one or two bowel movement per day.  Disease-causing viruses just love to thrive in these conditions and they can’t wait to use your colon as a way to invade your body.

You need to adopt a health regimen that starts with a routine cleansing of your colon every 3-4 months. This will give you optimal capacity to receive nutrients from the foods that different seasons have to offer. 

Toxins build up even when your digestive system is not working properly.  Imagine how many toxins will be produced when our bowels are constipated? If you move your bowels only once per day, approximately two extra meals worth of food will be sitting in your digestive system at any given time!

 That is part of the amazing information that you get from Don. I know that it’s not new information. I am not claiming that he’s the God of Health or anything. At the moment, he’s one that I have resonated with, in order to get me on the right track!

ImageSo many people, including myself, have a misconception of fasting. But there is something that I remember the most from Don’s seminar. Be mindful of who is giving you the information and what they could possibly stand to gain from what they are telling you. Marketing is everywhere. And yes, of course Don has his products that he’s promoting or marketing as well. But when you consider the information he’s sharing…what better way to make sure that the whole world gets to hear about it…you need to partly play the game in order to change the game!

So beginning  Monday(as I mentioned in my earlier post), I have begun my detox/fast for the next 30 days. This week, I am on the Lemon Detox for 7 days. I have fresh fruit smoothie or juice for breakfast and nothing else but water and the Lemon drink for the rest of the day. As I expected, it was painful to begin with because of the over indulging on the weekend. I am now at day 5, and finally feeling the toxins leaving my body!Image Especially after my carefully prepared fresh Celery, Apple, Orange & Pineapple juice this morning!!

Boy, that was some toxin release! HA HA HA. Feeling emotionally better and physically reaping the benefits of the main purpose I began this. Of course, there is the added bonus of the weight loss – which is so far (2.1kgs) in 5 days! I started @ 72kgs. But the best feeling, is what I am feeling inside. How cleansed I am. I do hope that this is motivation and inspiration enough to remind me to only bless my body with a healthy combination, instead of the over indulgence that I have fed it before. Exercise hasn’t been a big part this week as I have been listening to my body. Had a walk one of the days, but mostly, my main craving has been to meditate – which has been keeping me on track within my mind, body and spirit.

I think I have made this post long enough for now and time is slipping by – which tends to happen when you are enjoying what you’re blogging about…but it’s time for me to go and pay attention to my daughter who has just woken up. So stay tuned for more blogs about my detox and any changes that I am implementing in my lifestyle, diet, health that I will surely share here with you! 

Thanks for reading :)

Namaste.x

By Pas Dee Posted in Health

Back with a new health mindset….

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WOW, it has been a long time since I have posted here! And soooo sooo much has happened between now and the 25th of November 2011.

Going by my last post,  I never reached the goal that I wanted to by the time I went to Mauritius, but I was quite content with where I was nevertheless. I believe, from memory, I left Australia @ 72kgs and came back to Australia at around 73kgs 5 weeks later! That’s pretty dam good, if I may say so myself! Whilst I was in Mauritius, I woke up early everyday to workout for at least 20-30mins a day, followed by 10mins meditation down in my cousin’s basement gym. Although I mostly ate what I wanted too, the exercise helped to counteract that fact :)

By the end of our 4 weeks in Mauritius, I had enough of rice, noodles and bread! Ate so much of it, especially in the last week – where we were being invited to everyone’s house, left, right and centre! As much as we appreciated it all and of course it was all delicious. But by the time we returned, we were on a staple diet of nothing but meat/chicken/fish and vegies/salad.

Since being back from overseas, my primary focus was then shifted to having my aneurysm surgery. And because of pure laziness of not wanting to type about this all over again, here are links to my WW blog where I had shared about this in order from the beginning to making the decision to have surgery.

http://community.weightwatchers.com.au/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?threadID=1020810 

http://community.weightwatchers.com.au/Blogs/ViewPost.aspx?threadID=1020809 

http://community.weightwatchers.com.au/Blogs/UserBlog.aspx?blogid=1002789

So after surgery, it did of course take some time to recover. The doctor had given me at least a week to recover, but I gave myself 3-4 weeks to ensure that I was totally recovered before going back to any form of exercise. Although in the meantime, I did suffer from a couple of infections from the catheter, which required for me to be on more medication for at least 5 days. Now almost 10 weeks after surgery, I am happy to report that I am physically great! 

The only good thing about recovering from surgery was that it was a kind of forced detox from things that I indulge way too much in, which is alcohol, going out and food. With the infections that I got, I had to abstain from any foods that contained wheat or yeast – do you know how hard that is? For a person like me who has been so accustomed to eating things from a packet or box for most of my life. This has been a major life change and eye opener. Funny enough, it’s something that I had an infection whilst breastfeeding my daughter – so it wasn’t too foreign, but still a massive challenge!

The last time I had indulged in alcohol was on my birthday on the 29th of January – for almost two months, NOTHING :)  I was so proud of myself, until I was invited to a friend’s birthday about 4 weeks ago, and then started the cycle of alcohol and going out all over again! It’s so easy to fall into this again after doing it before for so long. Last weekend was the last time I went out with a friend, my sister and cousin to a local club and again over indulged in alcohol. So much so, that I was ill for the weekend and that was enough to put me off again for a long time.

Before the weekend, I had already psyched myself and planned on a detox/fast for 30 days. So if anything, that weekend pushed me to do it even more. I knew that it was going to hurt! That it wasn’t going to be pretty or easy. I was also in an emotional state after the weekend, so that with what I allowed in my body called for a major detox. Although the reason why I wanted to do this detox/fast is because it is something that I have been doing at least once or twice a year for the last 3 years and mainly to detox from all the medications that was pumped into my body after the surgery, as well as the aspirin that I had to take for 6 weeks after the surgery. I don’t feel right having all these in my body for so long – yeah, I know, I know – then I put alcohol in my body most weekends….which is a habit that I need to change as well, but I know that I need to do it slowly because depriving is not the answer. At the moment, the important thing is to rid my body of most of the toxins that has been purposely put into it in the last 10 weeks!

I will end this post here and start another with my motivation and inspiration for my new healthy path…..

Kicking butt into weeks 37-38

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me but definitely in the right direction! I will get straight into the stats to give you guys a clearer picture.

Week 37:  18th of November 2011 = 200gs exchanged

After exchanging 1.2kgs the week before, it seems like my body slowed down, plus I decided to do a lot more walking and some weights this week, which totally helped me too. When I stepped on the scale that morning, it kept telling me, 200g, then 300g, then 400g…this went on 9 times!!! So in the end, I decided to go with the lower end of the scale as I was feeling bloated throughout the week. I noticed that just before WI, I think I stress myself out a little and get all bloated just the day before sometimes…sometimes it reflects on the scale and sometimes it doesn’t! Strange….happen to anyone else?

Week 38:  25th of November 2011 = 800g exchanged

Considering that I had my family xmas party on the weekend, drank all Saturday and stayed up till 5am, ate whatever I wanted on the weekend – I am feeling pretty chuffed with the results – but this is not by chance! No! I actually had control of my mind for once(which is unusual during a hangover lol)..I didn’t choose bacon & eggs, I didn’t choose pizza for dinner, I didn’t choose TOO many fizzy drinks…I am not saying that I didn’t have a couple of fizzy drinks(non-diet too!!!), a few biscuits and amazingly tasty desserts but I did so very consciously(man, I wish I could do that ALL THE TIME!!!)…AS soon as Monday hit, I was back on my exercise and eating plan…hence the great result. Lots of walking, zumba & Jillian!!!

So…. Exchange to date =27kgs  – 27.5 BMI:) = 6 kgs to normal weight BMI

So let’s see how far I am from my goals so far:

My next 4 weekly goal(Before or by 25th of November) = 70kgs  & New BMI of 26.4

Well clearly I haven’t reached this and yes, maybe I was a little ambitious here but I am 3 kgs closer with 3 weeks to go until I leave for my trip! I will be pushing hard for this.

My goal by the 10th of December 2011 = 68kgs & New BMI of 25.6

I have decided to be happy to leave the country @ 70kgs. The plan is for me to keep active whilst overseas. I know that I will be eating lots of different foods as well as  drinking sometimes and I am prepared for that. So long as I ensure to work out everyday(which will totally be possible as I am staying with my cousin) and there will also be day trips with long walks! I will also have my sister on the trip and she will also be diligent with her exercise …so that will help heaps!!! I am planning to take a 16gb usb filled with my exercise dvds!!! Plus there is a week  before and after New year’s – where we will be staying ON THE BEACH(can’t wait for this) and my sister and I plan to jog every morning @ 6am :)

My long term goal is = 61kg exchange – total of 12kgs to exchange = BMI 23

I totally see this as something that I will reach with time – since it’s taken me 38 weeks to exchange 27kgs thus far – I am guessing that it may take me about another 12 – 15 weeks to get to this goal. I predict and visualise that I will return either at the same weight or having lost 1kg at the very very least!!!….that is my aim! Hopefully all the relaxation and family time will get in my system and help things to move along…lol

 

I went shopping on Thursday – the plan is that I needed a top for an engagement on Saturday night and a skirt or dress for next Friday night when I will go out dancing with a friend! I spent like 45mins in TEMT(love that shop): 2 singlet tops, 2 skirts, 1 dress, 1 lacey over top, 1 frilly top + 1 large pair of hoop earrings later = $68. What a bargain I thought…so many clothes for what I would sometimes spend on just 2-3 items and I got EIGHT(8) things!!! That’s amazing. Plus the best thing was that  I can now look past size LARGE(L) and go for medium!!! That felt awesome. I felt like the world is my oyster, like I had so many choices!!! I missed that feeling. Of course there is still so much work to do, but I am enjoying reaping  these rewards in the meantime :) TOTALLY!! Just need to remember to enjoy and keep moving – NO COMPLACENCY!!!  Plus I have been able to fit into a dress that I’ve had for years and years(and never gets old being a summer dress, as per pic here) and have also not been able to fit in for about 2 years :)

My sister and I have started the habit of waking up @ 6am this week to go for a walk/run together! Have done this on Thursday & Friday. We walk up the path through the park – which is about 1.2kms and then run back! Today we went a bit further…I haven’t run for a long time, except for bursts of it when I walk sometimes, but not for such a long distance. I surprised myself at how long I could keep going. IF it wasn’t for the fact that we were restricted by time,  felt like I could keep going!!! This is in training for the plan to jog when we are in Mauritius and also preparing ourselves early for the Kids Fun Run in March next year – where I plan to join her in the 5km run :) I am actually really looking forward to it!

Meanwhile, I am also participating in a 6km walk around the lake in Ballarat on Saturday with my husband and sorta sister in law. My brother is also participating, but he will be doing the 12kms run!!! I am quite looking forward to that one too – it will be so easy, it’s so done – I mean, this week I walked 6.67kms then another day of 8.24kms!!! Got this in the bag! Thursdays are usually my days of hard core exercise, I don’t plan for it to be, but it always ends up that way – did walk/run for 25mins with my sis in the morning, then 1 hour of Jillian core work and then 1 hr of zumba class that night! I was a little wrecked but I went to bed at a decent hour and was able to wake up this morning..barely!!!lol

Ok I have gone on and on here for long enough…I better get on to my Gratitude list for the last 2 weeks:

  • early morning walk/runs with my sis(very special sister time!)
  • Zumba with my new trainer
  • the amazing friends and support on WW community(glad I never really left!!)
  • going shopping and being able to buy size Medium in skirts and tops!
  • bargains
  • getting back on the wagon after a hard weekend
  • appreciating this statement more and more as I experience life: “Perception is projection!”
  • Jillian’s Ripped in 30…I love it, it works!!!
  • becoming an aunty again by May next year(my brother having his first bubba)
  • 19 days and counting to our trip!!!

PONDER ON THIS:

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

LIFE LESSON:

“You will always receive what you give – no matter what – it’s the universal law!”

 

Wardrobe help please….

Ok, I have decided to put the pics up on here, as the way the pics end up on WW profile does not give you guys a true picture at all, so here they are again, replaced option 4 ..since it wasn’t popular lol, with option 5, as requested by Laynah. lol – I think I am going with option 4 so far!!!!???

Option No.1
My size 12 skinny jeans(that fit me comfortably now!!!) with apricot single/top(just bought yesterday – Size Medium!!!) and high heel sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option No.2
Same top but with my size 12 white jeans with  high heel sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 


Option No.3

White jeans, purple singlet top(which looks blue in photos for some reason – and also size Medium) and netty overtop with boots or high heel sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Option No.4
White jeans, purple singlet top(which looks blue in photos for some reason – and also size Medium) and netty overtop with high heel sandals

 

Delay in goal shooting….

The last 3 weeks has been a bit of a roller coaster for me. SO much has been happening in my life socially. I had a goal in sight but it keeps happening for some reason that as soon as I get close to my goal..I CHOKE!! What is up with that???

Maybe choke is not the right word…I think I become complacent…happy with where I am, too busy celebrating and meanwhile forgetting that there is still more work to do!!!

Well let’s get into the weeks’ stats, for more explanation:

Week 34:  28th of October 2011 = STS

I was doing soooo well but then I hurt my back, which meant that I had to slow down on my exercise, that really slows my metabolism down….plus from the Friday onwards, it was busy with social events. Friday night ended up being a bigger night of drinking than I planned. Saturday was spent recovering…no more drinking, but I had a first communion with lots of food and cakes were devoured. Same thing on the Sunday, as I had a baby shower with so many yummy cakes again. Nope I didn’t resist…My mind was already in the zone  that I have stuffed it this weekend, might as well keep stuffing it!

Week 35:  4th of November 2011 = STS

I wanted to be out on the 31st of October @ 74kgs but I ended up staying the same for yet another week…which is miraculous, considering the weekend that I had…I made up for it by a lot of exercise and drinking  a lot of water!My food intake was still not back on track with again another weekend of food and cake for my son’s 9th birthday.

Week 36:  11th of November 2011 = 1.2kgs exchanged

By Monday last week, I had enough and thought, “That’s it! Had enough! Time to get back on track…..so went back on the shakes to get me back on track as well focusing my exercise on mostly cardio based workouts to shed all that fat intake from the previous weeks!!! So that obviously helped and it always seems to happen that I reach the goal that I was aiming for one week after the week that I shoot for!!! I am seeing this pattern emerging and I am not happy about it. It seems to coincide with my TOM lurking by…as before it is here I have a lot of will and determination…10 days before, I am pretty much done for,as with the last 2 weeks….

So…. Exchange to date =26kgs  – WOOOHOO…..I have finally knocked  the 25kgs out of the park and then some :)

So let’s see how far I am from my goals so far:

My 6 weekly goal(Before or by the 31st of October) = 74kgs & New BMI of  27.9 - I  am @ this weight and BMI as of Friday 11/11/2011

My next 4 weekly goal(Before or by 25th of November) = 70kgs  & New BMI of 26.4 – 4kgs closer as of today

My goal by the 10th of December 2011 = 68kgs & New BMI of 25.6(.6 away from being at the top of my healthy range) – 6kgs closer as of today

My long term goal is = 61kg exchange – total of 13 kgs to exchange = which would bring my total exchange to 39kgs

TOM has been a lot more successful this time around, despite the 2 bad weeks that I had(well I suppose it wasn’t really all that bad, at least I stayed the same and didn’t go up!!) I now officially have 30 days to lose 6kgs. I have a couple of plans in place and hope to be able to reach the goals by the nominated dates!!!

I am still travelling well with the clothes. Haven’t taken any pics since the last ones I put up here but plan to do it this week!!! All my clothes are definitely fitting me differently. I am still slowly getting rid of my bigger clothes…I am still finding myself wearing them every now and then just to feel good about the fact that they are now loose on me but I know that I need to get rid of them. I have been doing so one at a time, especially when I see how ridiculous I look in them now! It’s great though!

This week’s exercise plan is more cardio again (zumba, dancing, walking) but also incorporating some weights again.My main plan is to exercise my little heart out until the day that I leave to go to Mauritius. And even whilst there, I am bringing my dvds and usb sticks so that I can still do them….also plan on doing some running on the beach with my sis in the mornings when we go and stay in a holiday house! I am so excited and can’t wait.

I best sign this off with my usual gratitude list:

  • walks
  • zumba
  • Jillian Michaels
  • feeling good about myself more and more everyday
  • still having the WW community to fall back on when times are tough and especially for celebrations!!
  • getting more and more things done
  • being able to wear jeans and skirts again
  • change in my body shape
  • how far I have come in really such a short time – as with my 2 previous kids, it took me years to get to where I am now!
  • 30 days till we go on our first overseas family holiday!!!

 

“Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” — George S. Patton

Small positive decisions done consistently will lead to big positive life changes. The key is consistency!” YPG

 

I AM FEELING SKINNY….

YES, for the first time in a very long time, I am feeling skinny…whether or not I am looking like it, is another thing…hehe

So as per usual, I will start off with my stats for the last two weeks

Week 32:  14th of October 2011 = 200g exchange

Gotta say that I was disappointed that week but really I should’ve been grateful for that small exchange as I was fully in the TOM craziness and as challenging as it was, I got through it! With a lot of self talk and yes, still fell down at times, but  I picked myself back up! Yeah, I am pretty determined!!! If anything, this week was a motivation for the next week.

Week 33:  21st of October 2011 = 1.4kg exchange

OMG!!!

Am I surprised?

GAWD NO!!

I worked bloody hard for this! Especially yesterday, I did 35 mins intensive yoga with Jillian Michaels, then an hour walk with my sister in law by the beach then 1 hour of Zumba class. Intense! YES…but I loved it!!!

I can feel all the work that I have put in. It’s all reflecting in how I am carrying myself, how I am dressing, how I am feeling, how motivated I am ….etc…

And today(as seen in pic), I can officially fit in ONE of my size 12 skinny jeans…yeah, it is still a WEE bit tight but heading to the comfortable side …by next week(I hope to wear it to my cousin’s first communion), it will be perfect!!! I did say that by 75kgs it’ll fit…well, it is!!!

So…. Exchange to date =24.8kgs (200g to total exchange of 25kgs!!!) WOOOHOO..what an achievement!!!

So let’s see how far I am from my goals so far:

My 6 weekly goal(Before or by the 31st of October) = 74kgs & New BMI of  27.9 – I am 1.2kgs closer to this goal and I am looking to be there by next week!!!

My next 4 weekly goal(Before or by 25th of November) = 70kgs  & New BMI of 26.4 – 5.2kgs closer as of today

My goal by the 10th of December 2011 = 68kgs & New BMI of 25.6(.6 away from being at the top of my healthy range) 7.2kgs closer as of today

Now I have 54 days from today to reach these goals – which equates to about 7 weeks. I KNOW I CAN DO THIS. With this focus that I have right now and the motivation of seeing my clothes fit so much better more and more everyday…. I can actually feel my hip bones… And when I do the cobra pose in yoga, I can feel my pubic bone hard against the floor. Sounds weird to tell you this but it’s a bloody achievement. I can see my knee bone, my shoulder bone. My hubby told me the other day, you’re fading away, and I said…GREAT! Thank you! He also said that he can see that my face is getting smaller! I can see that too…

So my underwear photos are progressing well, don’t worry I won’t share those ones here.hehe…but I will share one that is not looking how I would like it to look like on me as yet but I was amazed that it fit me when I put it on this morning…I just randomly decided to put it on and I thought, WOW, in another 3-5kgs this will feel amazing on (and I can take it to Mauritius with me!! YAY!!) My size 12 white jeans..a good working progress I am thinking…something else to aim for.

I also tried on one of my other skinny jeans, also a size 12 but tighter fitting and seems to be smaller than the ones that I am fitting in…different label but both were from KMart I am quite sure. That has a long way to go…most likely by the time I am 70kgs, it’ll be perfect! At the moment, I have a big muffin top hanging but I am working on that everyday. So my two motivations at the moment are the white jeans and those skinny jeans. Oh an this green top that I am wearing in this pic, I have not been able to wear for almost 2 years and today, I liked the way that I looked in it. It’s longer than it shows in the pic here, I held it up to see the jeans more in the pic. I am willing to wear the top with black pants at this stage :)

I am so excited right now. So glad to be seeing so much progress. My exercise plans have been going great guns. After trialing out a new personal trainer near my area last week – tried out her Zumba class – I have committed to doing my workouts with her as well as my usual home workouts :) So far, all I can fit into my schedule are her Zumba classes and not so much the bootcamp ones but will definitely see what I can do as the weeks go along. So committed to 20 sessions – which equates to about 2 sessions a week which will last me up to and beyond my overseas trip! Looking also to do a Zumbathon that she’s running, who would like to come and do that with me????? Saturday 12th of November 9-11.30am…Also doing lots of workouts with Jillian…I LOVE THE PAIN THAT SHE PUTS ME THROUGH…COZ IT’S WORKING!! hehe

Food plan are also going well…about to go into a more intense one after this week, where I am actually looking to do a bit of a detox – this time around not only a physical one but also for spiritual reasons(been getting back into my other goals that I had on my vision board :) ) So that’d be for only 3 days and then I am looking to ease back into my normal routine.

Ok, I had better complete this post and post it up so that you can all read about my excitement here..hehe..so to close off, my gratitude list:

- my workout with Jillian

- finding new PT in my area(love her, she’s so full of energy)

- finding a connection with my vision board again

- listening to my intuition again

- connecting with my spirit and listening to guidance in other areas of my life as well as my physical aspects

- walks

- awesome weather we had been having in Melbourne(not today :(

- starting my gratitude journal again

- connecting with WW community and being inspired by my usual bloggers and friends :)

 

I could go and on and on and on and on here but best stop as I do have to go and feed my little one..till next time!!!

Leave you with a couple of AWESOME quotes from Jillian Michaels:

 

TRANSFORMATION is not a future event, it is a present activity! 

and

Get COMFORTABLE with being UNCOMFORTABLE!!!!

 

Onwards and downwards I go!!!!

 

It’s only been three  weeks since my last blog…I am improving!!! :)

Let’s start off with the stats:

Week 29:  23rd of September 2011 = STS

I predicted this from my last blog, as even though I was making sure to eat as healthy as possible – the dirty habits that I had picked up again(cakes & biscuits) were still around but I was slowly looking to replace them with alternatives. This whole week was dedicated to slowly changing things, getting my mindset right … most of all, picking up my exercise days again. Being the first week of the holidays as well, it was a slow process but one I knew I would win because I could feel my mojo coming back

Week 30:  30th of September 2011 = 800g exchange

On this week, I kinda followed a plan that my sister had – which was a 14day plan,  that had been working for her and so I decided to adopt some of the principles, as well as what I already knew. This week, I was ultra motivated and ready to tackle this thing…so I used this week as my planning week. I cooked up two recipes of soup(Lentil soup & Chicken soup) and froze them – made up 14 days worth. I have a food plan for every week for the next 10-11 weeks. The exercise was improving again…doing lots of walking with the kids as well as my regular dvds. I sat down and worked out a plan for the next 10-11 weeks on my calendar and I plan to stick to it like there’s no tomorrow this time around!

Week 31:  7th of October 2011 = 1.4kg exchange

OMG…How happy was I to see 76.8kgs on this morning’s scale!!! I worked hard for this and finally the scale was reflecting it :)

Not everyone would agree with this method, but I felt like I needed to give my body a boost and a cleanse. This is what has worked for me from the beginning of this journey. The two options were to do the lemon detox or a week of the Biggest Loser shakes & soups. I decided that I didn’t want to not eat altogether, so I went with the shakes option. I have a shake everyday for breakfast and I play it by ear as to whether or not I will have it for lunch or have soup instead. For example, on Thursday I went out to lunch with the family, and I had the shake instead of buying food out. On Friday, I had rice paper rolls with chicken & prawn instead of the shake for lunch because I had done 40mins circuit and 1hr walk and my body was demanding some kind of carb to sustain my energy levels. So as you can see, I am being smart about it and not being so  stringent that my body goes into a state of shock.

So…. Exchange to date =22.8kgs (2.2kgs to total exchange of 25kgs!!!)

Been a long time since I measured but changing that as of now..and only doing so every 4 weeks

Measurements: Arms -(1cm) ; Bust – Same /  Hips – Same ; Waist -(3cms)

Thights – (2.5cms)

So let’s see how far I am from my goals so far and set some new ones along the way:

To reach my new BMI of 29 by the 1st of October(78kgs) – YAY! I have met this goal :)

My 6 weekly goal(Before or by the 31st of October) = 74kgs & New BMI of  27.9 – 3 weeks in and I am 2.8kgs closer to this goal

My next 4 weekly goal(Before or by 25th of November) = 70kgs  & New BMI of 26.4

My goal by the 10th of December 2011 = 68kgs & New BMI of 25.6(.6 away from being at the top of my healthy range) (at the most!!! – my plan is for less but will be content to leave Australia with this)

I have taken my photo of me in my underwear the first week I said I would but yet to take another since then…well mostly because I felt no change, but now I do. I am also going to take a photo of me in the my size 12 skinny jeans that I look to fit in by 74kgs, I want to see the progress of this one :)

I also put on this jumper that I bought not long after I had my daughter…it was  a 16 but for the longest time, it was still a little fitting on me. A couple of days ago, I put it on…because I wanted to wear a warm jumper(needing to at times in this Melbourne bipolar weather lol) and I realised how loose it was on me. It no longer was fitting on my tummy or my butt!!! Felt sooo good.

Other than that, a few people in the last few weeks have told me how they’ve noticed that I have lost weight. And I was sure to thank them for noticing after all the hard work I have been putting into the whole process :) Such an amazing feeling to have it be noticed.

With my exercise plan, I have this now set up in 3 week sets instead of 6 because I found that I get bored very easily..so for the last 2 weeks and next week, been mainly working on my butt and thighs…everything else is in there too, but that’s been the main focus!

I am envisioning myself able to wear bathers whilst I am in Mauritius in December and be proud to show my body on the beach…and wear everything and anything that I want leading up to and when I am there :)

I don’t have much more time to write here, so I will sign off with my gratitude list and quote as usual:

  • Having my mojo back
  • Daylight savings
  • My kids loving to walk with their mum
  • Making the choice of walking to the shopping centre instead of taking the car
  • Family and WW community support
  • Breakthroughs of my new BMI and being well into the 70’s(finally!!)
  • Finally receiving my passport for our trip
  • Being able to pay for our trip to Mauritius(can’t wait!!!)
  • How far I have come in many of my goals this year and the future prospects!!
  • Being home and able to share in all my little girl’s milestones…sooo priceless!!!

‎”Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”

- Joseph Campbell

“Our job as humans is to hold on to the thoughts of what we want, make it absolutely clear in our minds what we want, and from that we start to invoke one of the greatest laws in the Universe, and that’s the law of attraction. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most.”

– John Assaraf

 

Long overdue update


It’s been so long since I wrote here, I thought I better update . Life has been so busy and the weather has been so amazing that I have been ensuring that my daughter and I are out of the house as much as possible!!! At the same time, my health exchange plans have been going on a downward spiral…let’s start with an update first:

Week 23 – 12th of August 2011 = 600g exchange

This is the week  that I finally reached my 20kg mark exchanged…and I mean FINALLY….it took me a while to get here but I finally did it. Was so happy with myself and my achievement. I went out and did some shopping for some new clothes – which I needed for my sister in law’s birthday the next week as well as needed to have some new tops to wear on jeans. This is the day that I bought my red dress on WW profile. It felt great to be able to buy clothes and feel good in them. This red dress was a size 14. I almost went for a 12, which would probably have been ok but I think my mentality is still in the 14’s at the moment. Plus I am more of a 14 at the bottom and a 12 on top.

Week 24 – 19th of August 2011 = 400g exchange

This week wthas another amazing milestone as I finally entered the 70’s. I said “Hello there,  it’s been a long time!!!” It felt great wearing my red dress on the night of my sister in law’s birthday. Had an amazing time and danced the night away!

Week 25 – 26th of August 2011 = 200g gain

What with a whole lot of sickness and stress going on in my life…this result wasn’t really a surprise and it was that time of the month! But the amazing plus was that I was still walking (left behind the hardcore stuff this week) and that seemed to help me more than I thought it would. The weather in Melbourne was improving this week, so more walks to and from the school were happening again. God, I LOVE SPRING!!!!

Week 26 – 2nd of September 2011 = 800g exchange

Now I am well and truly in the 70’s – I will be even more happy when I completely see the back of the 80’s! Every now and then my weight fluctuates(yes, I had been peeking more than I should have been in this week. I was sick this week and hardly did any exercise at all. When I did, I eased myself back into it with some yoga by Jillian Michaels and then back to walking in the beautiful sunshine as much as I can!!!

Week 27 – 28: 9th   –  16th of September 2011 = STS

Two weeks of STS…and probably heading to another one this week.
I have no one to blame….which I shouldn’t really be playing this game..but I know exactly why I am here. I have lost all my mojo and motivation to keep going. I reached the decade that I have been wanting to be in for months and now that I am there, and only on the edge of it…I seem to be celebrating there for way too long. Instead of moving along and aiming for my next goals.
I am not going to deny that I have been having fun along the way – I mean that is something that I vowed to do from the beginning and that is one goal that I have been living up to. Meanwhile, it maybe that I need to admit that this very goal is having a hand in sabotaging my other goals…my most important goals of exchanging another 19kgs.
I have been really happy with throughout all this STS is that I have been maintaining my exercise, even if not for 5 days a week, at the very least 3 times a week. If I am to put a positive spin on this, I certainly have mastered the art of maintaining my weight for almost 3 weeks. The best news is that as time is going by, I am seeing that hovering between the two decades less and less. That has been motivating me, but then I get in the mode of going out and drinking and then it takes me 2-3 days to get back into the swing of things and by the time I do, it’s WI day again..hence the STS.
Other than that, this week has been lead up to my TOM and this has been proving to be such a massive bullet in my journey. I know that the reason why it is all affecting me so much is because I stopped taking the tonic that I was having from the Naturopath – which I had been told that in order to keep my hormones under control I will most likely need to take this for the rest of my life, but in the meantime, it’s not cheap. Ok, that was the excuse that I was telling myself anyway, and then I realised that in the meantime I am making sure to find money to go out and to drink, and to buy clothes, etc….so I really need to get my priorities right!!!
So…. Exchange to date =21kgs exactly
I have not been measuring myself for all this time – no reason, just been forgetting to do it first thing in the morning.
I have been really happy with how my clothes have been fitting me. It was my daughter’s first birthday on Friday and we had her party on Saturday. I was able to wear the dress that I was wanting to fit into from the beginning of this journey – it’s a size 14 and yes it was a little big on me, but I was just happy to be able to wear it…as I love the dress. Unfortunately, that day – I don’t think I too any pics of me in it…strange for me lol…I think my sister may have taken some pics of me in it as I was holding my daughter at the table when cutting the cake. Anyway, I did feel fabulous in it! Even if I was 4kgs off the goal that I wanted to be at by here 1st birthday….
It’s like I know I am so close to meeting my next goal but I keep sabotaging it…I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I live in my head too much. Sometimes, my positive thinking takes over and I forget that the action needs to follow to SEE the result…not just FEEL the results!!!
Step 1 towards recovery:
I have been motivated by one of my friend’s health exchange blogs where she’s been taking pictures of herself every week in a bikini – so I am seriously considering making this my method also(don’t know about the bikini tho….lol) – not necessarily for the world to see, but for myself first and foremost and decide later whether or not I would like to share this.
Step 2 towards recovery:
Received Michelle Bridges Crunch time Lose weight fast and keep it off in the mail last week and now it’s time for me to apply it along with what I already know – mostly because I am aiming to get as toned as possible before the end of the year and I think that she can give me those results!

So my next goals are as follows:

To reach my new BMI of 29 by the 1st of October(78kgs)

My new 6 weekly goal = 74kgs

My goal by the 10th of December 2011 = 68kgs (one week before we leave to go on our BIG family overseas trip!!!)

I am not sure what else to write here now, mostly because my head is full of ideas at the moment that I feel I need to go and put into action asap…well at least before my daughter wakes up from her nap…and also because I think it’s best to go and pour my energy in the positive steps to recovery rather than wallowing on what I should have done to date. … what’s done is done, now it’s time for me to move on….so it’s time to close this blog off with my usual gratitude list:

  • The WW community – including status messages, blogs, challenges….even if I haven’t been as active as I’d like but it’s great to know that  I can always come back at any time and people are still so supportive even throughout my failures
  • Meditating(which I was really getting into when I started the Chopra meditation challenge and fallen off the wagon as I fell off the Health exchange wagon)
  • My old clothes fitting
  • My supportie family
  • Time with my daughter at home
  • Reading
  • Michelle Bridges 12WBT(this is because I had been considering doing her program, but realised that it wasn’t worth it, not only because of the price but also because I do have a system and community support right here on WW – but she helped me to realise this and allowing me to explore other avenues to help me get out of this slump I have found myself in)
  • Completing my studies(which now means that I have to take action and applying this to what I want to do)
  • My Mother in law, who looks after my daughter whilst I do shopping on Tuesday mornings at the market – ensuring that I get to buy the freshest fruits and vegies and motivates me to eat it

So to end, some inspirational quotes:

You can accomplish far more than you have, & you will ~ Og Mandino

The moment you start complaining you instantly stop the flow of positive energy into your life. ~ Jeanette Jenkins