Woke up this morning and realized NO MORE POLITICAL COMMERCIALS! Yippee!
I toke note of the fact that the sun is rising and I am still breathing air that’s not mine, so apparently God is still on His Throne, still in control, still King of kings and Lord of lords, and no matter how you felt about the result of election you can rest assured of that.
Now let’s talk about something completely unrelated.
I am reading this book
and its changing my
life body. And I don’t just mean I am losing weight (though I am) but I am also sleeping soundly, having tons more energy, and even thinking more clearly. Oh, and the cravings? They are gone.
Once upon a time not all that long ago, I was a real health nut. I would tell people I didn’t like chocolate because then it took the option of eating it right off of the table. My friend Tiff loves Kentucky Fried Chicken and I would endlessly tease her about her fast food diet…and I could because I hadn’t eaten at a fast food place in years. When I went grocery shopping, I only shopped the produce section. We bought everything else (grains and nuts) in bulk and fish and meat from local places. I hadn’t bought something processed or microwavable since college (and even then, I didn’t do that much). If everyone ordered an appetizer to share, I ordered a salad (sans dressing). In college, I started every day at the gym, when I traveled with Beth we started most days with a run or a series of lunges and pilates moves (which she hated at the time- now she shows me up!), and when I moved to Seattle I found that walking my dogs several miles up and down the hills was quite a good daily work out.
Now, don’t hear me saying I was thin. Cause I never have been. I don’t have that metabolism or build. The only time in my life I was ever ‘thin’ was a year in High School that I quit eating and started exercising 5-6 hours a day…and that, my friends, was a problem. And honestly? I didn’t look good. And I didn’t feel good because I was always exhausted.
When I got pregnant, I was determined to stay active…which thankfully I was able to do up until the 6 month mark, when I was put on partial (and then full) bed rest. Thank goodness I wasn’t forced to stay in my house the whole time or I might’ve gained 70lbs (or worse!) instead of the nearly 50 I had packed up. Sad thought? I had only gained 26lbs before bed rest… yep! And that is in large part thanks to my furry friends who drug me up and down the massive and steep hills of our West Seattle neighborhood.
I let everyone (read: books, parents, and even my midwife) scare me into eating in ways that have never worked for me. I have never been able to handle animal products… meat is hard for me to digest and even looking at milk products makes me fat. (anyone with me here?) But even though I know spinach has more usable calcium than pasteurized milk, I got scared and I started eating the Standard American Diet. What started out as fear about my baby’s development quickly turned me into an unhealthy eater. I wasn’t just eating cheese because he needed calcium or red meat because he needed protein, I was eating cheddar and hamburgers because my body had started to crave them.
I hadn’t eaten a hamburger (esp. one from a restaurant) since I was a kid! I think the week before Co was born, I had 3.
My disgust for processed foods and “food” made by teenagers at the local nasty fast food joint was gone. I started shopping mostly outside of the produce section. I started ordering appetizers.
And not only am I a lot heavier than I have ever been, I have been sleeping like crap, dealing with depression and fatigue, having a pretty unhappy digestive system, and looking in the mirror at skin and hair that have aged. I used to get carded seeing an R-rated movie, now I’d be scared to step into that booth on the TLC show “Ten Years Younger”- you know what I am talking about?
Appearances certainly aren’t everything and being obsessed with weight or skin isn’t becoming a real woman, but neither is feeling like crap!
Mom and I decided to commit to the ideas outlined in the above book for a month to see if all the things I had heard about it were true.
Its been all of 3 days and I cannot tell you how AMAZING we both feel. No kidding, I am falling asleep easily, sleeping well, and waking up not tired. I feel happier, more clear, and energized. My skin and hair and eyes look brighter (not just to me either). I have lost weight and my digestive system is no longer a thorn in my side (or elsewhere 🙂 ) And, best of all, I am craving spinach. Yes, spinach. I haven’t wanted a Cheezit cracker or a taco or chicken strips at all. Haven’t even thought about them.
Don’t be scared cause the book is built on green juices, either. You probably think you can’t drink juiced spinach and endive and romaine, huh? We’ve learned something amazing. I can drink 16 oz of green juice just by throwing a lemon into the juicer! The lemon (or lime) totally cuts the green taste and leaves you with a wonderful lemonade flavored drink that is working hard to refresh your body! Its like magic *grin*
So if you’ve been struggling with weight/cravings/unhappy body syndrome like me, you might think of giving this book’s principles a chance!