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 : )

How’s your summer going?

It’s been called to my attention several times that I haven’t blogged in a while….I’ve thought of it….just haven’t done it…..but it’s nice to know that people care : ) I’ve stayed bout 80% raw all summer. I went a little crazy on Pepsi Max….I could easily drink a 2 liter bottle all by myself. At first it was fun, motivating, it definitely got me moving….and feeling good. Later though I found that I was having trouble sleeping, having anxiety and could get more aggressive than I intended….I read more about aspartame and found that the “excitotoxins” in it where what was giving me that “high” that “rush”, a euphoric feeling with a kick : ) In exchange for it though I was giving up brain cells…I thought that was a bit expensive….and the big kicker was that I was ravenously hungry 2 hours after I would eat….the entire process was having a hay day with my blood sugar. I haven’t had any since July 3rd…and am fine….of course it was hard at first, but it passed. My hunger level is back to normal, I drink green tea and have had a couple of regular diet pops and Yerba Mate’….I also take ginseng….it’s an adaptogen and helps the adrenal glands recover along with extra vitamin C and B vitamins. My digestive system isn’t working as well as it was before….but it’s on the mend.

A little while ago I watched “Food Inc.” It’s another show about the effect of food on us and the environment…..and we need as many of these documentaries as we can get….or until people get the message that we are what we eat….literally….and food can be our medicine or our poison. So many processed foods are loaded with MSG and other excitotoxins that actually make us crave more….it’s a drug. On the movie “Super Size Me” they even talked about eating at fast food restaurants as “using”. The question was, “how often do you “use” these foods as apposed to “eat” them. They also showed a family, on Food Inc., that was stuck in the cycle of eating off the dollar menu. The said that it was less expensive than to eat healthy. It showed them going into a produce section of a grocery store and seeing that broccoli was $1.29 I think….so that was over the $1.00….how sad!!!! They were feeding their children drugged up garbage and pop to save money and time….and that’s what many people believe right now….and they are really hooked on this new drug the excitotoxin. They could have purchased that head of broccoli, 1 lb of high quality ground beef, 1 box of organic whole durum wheat pasta, a jar of sugar free spaghetti sauce, a head of lettuce, a cucumber and tomato and a bottle of healthy salad dressing….that they wouldn’t have used all of….for about $15…and not on sale. Drinking anything more that 4 oz of liquid during a meal dilutes the digestive enzymes…so it would be better to leave the drink out anyway….or they could all split a lemon and squirt it in 4 oz of water to help with digestion too.

We have some family meals on the sight, but my goal….passion….is to get a lot more. The goal will be to feed approximately 4-5 people and be under $20….some right up there….some way less. There are so many planning tips to make it affordable and time efficient…..and isn’t taking care of our health and the health of our family’s worth investing time into anyway? I’m not pointing the finger at anyone. I was feeding my family cheap easy….and what we thought was good food too….but now I know better. Our food effects our energy, our moods, concentration, self-esteem, health, etc….everything to do with how we function and experience life. I want the best for my family….and my community…..and anyone who gets drawn to this site….we are a community….even if you’re on the other side of the world….and as sappy as this is going to sound….lets make the world a better place : ) If we can just make a difference within the circle that we touch….then the people effected do the same….just by the way they are living and the improvements that others see in their lives….and the next people effected do too….wow….what a difference that would make!

Lots of Love and Light to you!


Upcoming classes

We just posted the upcoming classes available in the fall.  The ones held last year were a lot of fun.  If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you!  Click here for more information or click on the “Classes” link on the website.


I’m feeling a little nervous…ok…a lot….when you’re a compulsive obsessive person…the middle road on this kind of thing is easy to get off of. Funny, I just said yesterday that I can wear white…I did tonight…with my new jeans…Alexis said it made me look big…and the jeans felt a little snug….my weight was fine on Thursday…but I’m still freaking out a bit. When I started “spring cleaning” a few weeks ago…I slowed down on my workouts…I figured that I was getting enough exercise with the cleaning…well now my stomach seems bigger….I wasn’t even thinking about any of this a few hours ago…now I’m obsessing…any way…I stopped doing Pilates quite a few months ago…and I’m going to start again in the morning…I’ll let you know how it goes….I’m going to measure my waist and abs in the morning too…then in a couple of weeks.

Eric just walked by and told me again that I looked really good…but I’m still going to do the Pilates and measurements. I ate at an all you can eat buffet…I like them because I can get enough vegetables with out paying a lot more….but now I’m looking back at it wondering if I ate too many beans…I think I did…I think I need to just go to bed and end this day and be normal again tomorrow. Good night Gracie : )