3/17/12

1st week: Journey to Better Health

Here's a little update about my first week:

I am now 3 pounds lighter! Yay me!!! 12 more pounds to go....and more inches/extra body fat needs to exit as well.  I've only had one headache.  I would say that it was a migraine, but I think it was brought on by two things - my neck was hurting from some exercises that I had done (my neck's out of shape too, I guess - lol).  I also did alot of housecleaning the day before, so I feel like the smell of all that bleach contributed to the problem. 

I've been doing Leslie Sansone's 4 mile workout for a month or so now. 
and I've added Jillian Michael's 6-pack workout for my main problem area


It occurred to me today that I need to take body measurements as well.  The scale does not always "tell the real tale" because muscle adds to body weight.  So I will take my measurements later today and keep up with those changes as well.  I wonder if I should actually tell y'all my weight and measurements - ha ha!!
I will have to think about it....but it would give the whole picture, wouldn't it? 

Here's some tidbits on some of the new foods I've introduced into my diet:
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WA) 
This whole grain is a healthy option to those sensitive to wheat.  I found a recipe using it to make muffins, so I'll be trying it soon to give me another option for breakfast.  You can also eat it like oatmeal.  I tried that too.

This is what it looks like when cooked:

and after adding a little cinnamon/sugar mixture and Silk:
It tastes ok, but I felt like I was eating seeds :(

I also picked up a box of Rice Krispies that are gluten-free
I only eat cereal in spurts, so splurging for this GF cereal is no big deal.

This past week, I have pretty much lived off tuna and GF crackers, salads, GF breakfast bars, nuts, almond milk, sweet potatoes, corn shell tacos, lots of fruit, chicken and rice, eggplant, grilled lean meat, and LOTS of water.  Scott and I went grocery shopping last night and purchased some other options for snacks as well:

In the way of medicine, I've got 7 more days of the first part of the total body cleanse before I start the other for 6 more weeks.  Let me tell you a little more about this process:

My morning formula consists of 2 pills that are designed to detoxify naturally.  These organic herbs are known to support the liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, and blood.

The fiber formula is taken twice a day with 3 pills each time.  It is a critical component of colon cleansing made of organic oat bran, flax seed, and acacia fiber.

The evening formula promotes needed elimination from the colon with soothing herbs.  There are 2 pills taken at this time.  All together, that's 10 pills just for the body cleanse, but this is not something I will always have to do.

I received my final few meds in the mail the other day, so I've started them as well.  I have natural medicine to take when I get a migraine.  I'm not wanting to get one, but I'm eager to see how it works.  The pills are placed under the tongue.  I am also on inflammation drops for the inflammation in my body.  I take 10 drops under my tongue 3 times per day.  It tastes a little like alcohol, but the taste disappears quickly.


Water Violet
Have you ever heard of Bach flowers?  No?  Well, I hadn't either.  These original flower essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach.  I'll have to pull that information back up and recap it for you sometime soon.  But basically,  different flower essences are good for different things.  I have Water Violet and Clematis which are both for relief of naturally occurring nervous tension.  I have been under so much stress at work the past couple of years along with being back in school  for that same amount of time.  Needless to say, I'm stressed out...and my body has been greatly affected by that. 

There are natural occurring stresses in life that we can't avoid, but that doesn't mean that we always handle the stress appropriately.  Our bodies can only handle so much without repercussions.  I feel like mine is fighting back with all it's got.  I've got to get my immune system back up to avoid unnecessary illness and physical problems.  Yeah, I know....easier said than done.  That's why I feel it's also important to take a day each week to rest.  I choose to use the Sabbath as my day of rest.  Other than attending church or family functions, I pretty much stay at home and relax...even take an afternoon nap :)  I made this decision a long time ago and I honestly feel that it is what's kept me "up and runnin'" this whole time.  I'm more committed than ever to getting healthy again - both physically and spiritually.  I'm so thankful to God that He hears my plea for help and He will give me the strength and determination I need to do this.  After all, our body is His temple and we should treat it with the utmost respect.
   

 (To read my first post in this new series, go here.)

(I have not been asked to promote natural therapies or this particular doctor.  I am strictly recording this information about my journey to better health as documentation of the benefits to me)

1 comment:

Patty Sumner said...

I enjoyed this post and all the info. I am so convicted lately about getting into better shape. I need to do a cleanse and detox program too. Congrats on the 3 pds and the exercise. Blessings!