“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” Thomas Carlyle

Soooooo…the 7 day detox that a large group of us tested out ended last night and I did my final weigh-in this morning right when I woke up — I LOST A TOTAL OF 12 lbs IN 7 DAYS! And before anyone starts their belly achin’ and finger shakin’, we all ate every day, we were never deprived, and I diligently logged every day on My Fitness Pal and my vitamin/mineral intake was through the roof. Sure, I felt hungry the first couple days. I’m fat, of course I’m going to feel hungry in a detox.

The doctor who designed the detox followed us and checked in with us online every day to hear all of our cheers and jeers and make any tweaks needed to the program. There are a small handful of us who have decided to continue now that our bodies are in full ketosis and firing at optimal performance mode, so here on day 8 and I am beginning the cycle all over again and am going to stick with it a full 28 days leading up to my Belize trip!

I feel good, guys, real good. It’s not often I can say that. I want to get up and exercise, I want to get outside, I am not afraid to succeed. My mood is serene, my mind is clear, I can focus. Today, I forced all the kids outside the right as the last one arrived at 8:15am and we didn’t come in until I needed to make them lunch at 11:00am.

Another huge, HUGE thing I want to touch on is my spring allergies. I never had allergies until my mid to late 20s, I was told pregnancy can often trigger them later in life so that’s probably what happened with me since I’d had the first 3 babies with 4 1/2 years. My allergies hit hard late April and continue through May, it’s bad. Within seconds of stepping outside the itching in my eyes, nose, throat, and even the skin in my face, is so out of control I feel like I’m going insane. BUT NOT THIS YEAR. I haven’t sneezed once, haven’t rubbed an eye, haven’t contemplated ways to scratch the inside of my throat. My body is balanced and functioning how it was intended. Suck it, pollens! You’re not getting me this year!

Plans continue for the preschool next year! I’m also going to bust my butt getting my chops back in shape and find some orchestras to play with within driving distance. I really feel lost without a group to play with, not to mention it’s embarrassing to have degrees in music performance and not be performing. Lots and lots of work continuing in myself, lots more support with the weight loss at the moment, and feeling more peace than I’ve felt in a long time.

Tonight, I’ll leave you with some music from the classical part of my world. One of my favorite symphonies is Camille Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 in c minor, the “Organ Symphony.” When I hear the poco adagio section, I melt…Every. Single. Time. You all may know the most recognizable part, the maestoso section at the end, from the movie ‘Babe,’ but you gotta close your eyes, lay back, and give that slow section in the middle a listen tonight. G’ night, all.

~~ 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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