“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Havelock Ellis

Work has continued to be pretty stressful since my last blog. So much so that I have given serious thought to completely revamping how I run things and possibly transition to a preschool setting so I can can run on my kids’ school schedule and actually have time off with my kids whenever they have off from school. But I just love having babies here so much, it would be so hard for me to give them up! I am still leaving this option open and am continuing to work out details because it would definitely be in the best interest of my family…and myself.

But enough of that — ON TO THE DIET! The nutraceutical company I joined at the beginning of January has their own month-long cleanse program that had me very intrigued from the beginning, I have nothing to loose but more weight, so I decided to give it a go! I started the program yesterday and in some ways it is similar to the 10-day shred that I have done a few times, but for the most part it is very different than most others I’ve seen. This one has you cut out very specific fruits that are high on the glycemic index to reduce acidity even faster to return your body to an alkaline state. It also has you eliminate red meat and pork for the month — this is something I have never done before and I’m very curious to see how it affects my weight loss over the next month. I felt great yesterday, I still almost grabbed a pizza roll off the tray as I walked by, not necessarily because I wanted it, but more out of bad habit!

Another aspect I’m very curious about is seeing how putting a serious effort into being as alkaline and balanced as I can be will affect my horrid Kansas seasonal allergies. My personal peak season is late April on into May, a little later that most Kansans, and I have no idea what flares up my allergies other than that it blooms in late spring/early summer, but GOOD GOD it is the most miserable 1-2 months! Most days I can barely take two steps out the front door before feeling like I want to scratch my face off. I have heard endless testimonials from people using these products who have addressed their allergy issues with great success, I would really like to be one of those people since my allergy meds work less and less with each year.

Back to the weight loss, though…two months until Belize and come hell or high water I WILL be buying new clothes and a new swim suit in a different size before I go! I will also have one last waxing the day before I leave. 😁 My friends and I have planned our excursions and I want to be able to hike through the ruins with ease.

So overall, the last week has been extremely stressful work-wise, but the weight loss is back on track and my motivation has returned. The treadmill and weights are getting daily use. ALSO, on Saturday night, I saw LIVE IN CONCERT Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Young MC!!! They are all currently on the I Love the 90s tour…it was like I was in high school all over again! All three of my girls came with me and had a blast dancing and singing all night. I think a great song to sum up this post is one from the concert that speaks to the journey I am on right now…I’m taking Coolio’s “Fantastic Voyage”. And yes, I saw him do it live!!!

~~ Amie

Author: lifedeathdieting

My story is the same as most women, all was fine with my health, weight and body -- until I had kids. My metabolism is nearly non-existent, it seems I have to put in 10X more effort as anyone else to loose even 1 pound (yet, I can gain weight almost instantly if I allow myself even a single cheat day), I'm embarrassed to say how many different diets I've tried and bombed, and most days the motivation simply isn't there. I have even met much resistance with people in my life, dieting and loosing weight is such a common topic, I think it is often minimized just because so many people talk about it everyday. Friends and family always brush it off like its something I can do if I just stop whining about it and just do it -- but I can't, I've learned over the last 17 years that it is far more complicated than "just doing it." Exercising is difficult with all the loose skin and fat that sags on my abdomen...but I need to exercise to get all that fat off...but many exercises I can't do because the fat and skin are in the way...it's a loose-loose at the moment. But there is a new dawn on the weight loss horizon, I have finally begin to drop some weight, and I am slowly figuring out where my buggaboos are hiding within my mind and my diet. I am sharing this journey to chronicle the successes and failures on my return to health.

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