End of juice fast for the Daniel fast for me and Chalean Extreme results

Hi All,

This is the end of many’s day 1….like I said, I got excited and started on 1-1-11….I just wanted to write that : ) This is the end of my day 3. I feel good, I am looking forward to solid food tomorrow. This time I had a small grain at each meal, and did not give up caffeine so my suffering wasn’t so bad….and when it was….I just re-said my prayer list, read something inspirational like the Fasting book or the Bible, did some yoga, watched/listened to someone spiritual….Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, the Copelands….we have DVR and I have DVD’s. I also watched, “Super Charge Me” on Saturday, it’s about a woman who goes raw for 30 days, her experience and transformation…we don’t need to go all raw….unless you want to…..the vegan food will do wonders for you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…..the movie is motivating though for things you can expect to experience. Another really good movie to watch is “Food Matters”….these are all good tools to keep you on track.

Eric started today, he’s doing okay….he did give up coffee….he has never done that before…..and has to keep saying his prayers ;-). I’m not drinking coffee….I gave that up about a year and a half ago and can’t drink it any more….I recently tried the Teechino too and that was too strong…..I can’t believe that I totally lost my tolerance for something that was such a huge part of my existence. What I am doing though is probably no better….I have become addicted to Pepsi Max and have written about that in here before….I’ve gone up to a couple of months without it and feel down, tired, unmotivated….it’s scary…..the Pepsi Max makes me all right with the world….I’m also having tea that is healthy. This addiction is on my list of prayers. I did pray about this a lot before going on the fast and that’s the conclusion that I came to….I hope it’s not self-indulgent….we shall see.

Chalene Extreme update: I measured myself this morning….there hasn’t been a change since the first month….but I didn’t need to lose weight and I really just wanted to tighten up my abs and arms along with have more energy and a better winter mood….mission accomplished. I didn’t like the “lean phase” and went back to the “burn phase”. I’m just going to start another round of it….they don’t take too long and I can change my aerobic and yoga tapes.

Chalean Extreme Update

I finished phase 2…Push….Friday and am now on the lean phase.  My measurements are the same…I may have gained 3/4 of an inch on my hips…it’s hard to measure those spots….how hard did I pull it in last time : )?  It’s fun to suck in all the way and pull it tight : )  My weight is the same….but I did get to add a food!  I feel a sense of accomplishment by finishing it each week….and now 2 months….we are still putting our workouts on the refrigerator….Eric and me….Alexis got to busy with school, debate, church and friends and blew us off.  Today is Wednesday so I’ve done 3 days of the lean….my body hurts….but I don’t know if I like it….my favorite is the burn phase…..that was the first month.  I like to learn how to do a work out then just keep doing it.  One thing cool was that Eric just told me that he can’t finish the ab burner….I can do it, no problem : )  There’s something that my years of pilates did….I’m still amazed at how fast my abs went down in one month with this when they didn’t pull in with the 3 or more years of the Pilates….they were obviously stronger than I thought though : )

It’s time to get extreme baby!

Hey, how’ve you all been?  I’ve been busy with a new workout….Eric and Alexis are doing it with me too.  It’s called “CHAlene Extreme“.  It started because I kept hearing about “P90X“, a

woman at my church did it and looks amazing…I don’t know how much weight she lost…she wasn’t fat, but now she’s in great shape….and I saw it on line a few times too….it’s an hour though, 6 days a week….when I thought about it realistically…I knew that I wouldn’t want to stick with that for long, so I looked at “CHAlene Extreme“.  It’s 5 days a week….two of the days are about an hour and the other 3 are from 35-40 minutes….and it’s only a 90 day commitment.  We have now been doing it for 5 weeks and are very happy with the results.  I have not lost any weight….and I’m so glad that I measured myself because of that….my weight is already right for me, but I would have liked some more food : )  My main hope with this work out was to get nicer abs….even in skinny size 2’s and 4’s I seem to have an apple body…..my waist went from 30.5 to 29, the abs went from 36 to 33.25 and my hips went from 36 to 34.25…..hourglass….here I come : ) 

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I also wanted it to keep my mood up now that it’s fall and going into winter….and I do notice a difference with the work outs…..even when I don’t feel like doing them, the movements feel good and so do I within a few minutes….and definitely after I’m done!  The other thing that I wanted it for was more energy….and it has come through for me there too….I even did an extra one Saturday because I had so much and didn’t know what to do with it : )  Eric and Alexis like it too….it’s a fun family thing to do….we keep a chart on the refrigerator and write our initial in it when we’ve done it….dorky, I know, but we get such satisfaction out of putting our letter up and saying that we got extreme : )  There are very few products that we personally endorse on this site….VitaMix is one….and now this will be another.  We paid less than $150, (including shipping) for the entire set that all 3 of us get to use….and we can use it again….I probably will….I like to do the same thing over and over…..Eric is already thinking of the P90X….I think his testosterone got bumped up a few notches : )

I’ll start talking soon about the “Daniel Fast” again as well.  I want to start another one the first Monday in January….I like time to prepare….to think about what I want to release, what I want to gain….and to just start thinking in that direction so that God can take over more….I think that I’m pretty good about letting him lead the way….but sometimes there are blockages that I’m not aware of….I just like to give him the first of the year anyway….then the rest seems to go so much better.  I keep remembering the first one that I did.  I asked for help with my weight….and was taken to the right place on Feb 4 of that year….2005….I asked to do better in the job I was in….it ended up being that I really didn’t need to be where I was and was much happier and fulfilled by releasing it…..I asked for help with some personal issues that I was having that I had no idea what to do with….and got the help that I needed….it wasn’t what I thought it would be, but it was just right.  It always amazes me what God will do….and how He will do it….if I can just let go….now I look forward to it.  Will you think about a Daniel Fast with me….no animal products or processed foods for 21 days, prayers, goals and surrender….Daniel 1:8….you don’t have to be a Christian or Jewish to do it….it’s fun and powerful to be doing it with others : )

Update on Raw

I was just reading through some raw food websites and stories….I still love doing that : ) While reading through one story where they were just on an ultimate high, I noticed that it was at a 3 month mark, so I went back to read my blog at about the same time. That has been nice for me to be able to go back and remember my experiences as it were happening, I’ve never been one to keep a journal….but I think it’s a good idea….there’s so much to learn. Any way the similarities with the story I was reading and my own were about the releasing of the toxins….not just physical but emotional….my first thought was to go extreme to get the extreme results….for some reason I just love extreme. When I read my food for then though, I didn’t go all raw, I used yogurt and kefir for protein and I didn’t give up caffeine….but the results were still quite profound. You know what? They haven’t stopped either. Since that time I have also given up the sugar free gum….I was a pack-a-dayer ; ) The biggest reason was that it gave me TMJ and my bite splint was really bothering me…it hurt my teeth and I was worried that it was receding my gums…I wasn’t 100% sure that the TMJ was due to the gum because I needed the splint about 10 years ago when life was really stressful….it’s not like that any more….and yes, it was the gum. I have been without the splint for 4 to 6 months now and have not woke up with clenched or sore teeth : ) The other reason was that I was consuming large amounts of aspartame by chewing it.

I’ve been seeing quite a bit lately where raw foodists are adding back cooked vegetables and even cooked meats and that maybe it’s not the ultimate total way to live after all….at least long term….but there are arguments on both sides of that. I think that it shows how important it is to really pay attention to how things effect your own body….and to get blood work and check up’s done to see what’s going on before it becomes a problem.

I go back and forth with the caffeine….now I’m on….but am still getting nice releases and insights. I’m mostly vegetarian, but not all, I love yogurt…a lot….and I’ll go anywhere from 50 – 75% raw. Lately I’ve been eating a lot of cooked vegetables, especially squash, so that includes spray butter and salt….my weight is staying at the top range and I feel bloated….I’ve been right around 132-134…most weeks and have lost all of my extra’s….which is why I was looking into the raw food dramatic extreme again, for motivation….I feel so much better when I’m eating more live food and my weight is 128-130. I feel inspired, which is my main reason for blogging today. So many times in the past when I haven’t been “perfect” it has put me into a funk with a feeling of defeat and hopelessness that I’m just never going to be all right….well, who is? I do so much better when I’m striving for something a little better than where I’m at and enjoy the little successes. There are non-negotiables where I have to stay abstinent….but some things are just part of living….and “I’ve come a long way baby : )”

Speaking of extreme, I was looking into P90x, it’s a 90 day super intense exercise routine, 6 days a week, an hour a day. It sounded good….especially the results. I ended up getting “Chalean Extreme”, it’s 30 – 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. We did last week and have started on this one….it’s still tough…and I’m glad that I chose this one….I’ll let you know the results as we get them. My main focus is my abs, energy and mood. Alexis is doing it too….now Eric joined in as well : )