Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yoga, Meditation, and a little Redecorating

Happy Wednesday to all!!  I hope everyone had a Happy Hump Day today!

Today was my day off.  It started out nice and relaxing.  I had a nail appointment midmorning and a work meeting at 2pm (nice, right in the middle of my day off!!).  Otherwise I didn't have any other plans then to enjoy the day. 

On my way home from my nail appt one of my friends was sitting outside at our local Starbucks and saw me drive by.  She texted me and wanted to know if I wanted to meet her for "coffee".  So, I turned around and hung out with her for a couple of hours.  And, by the way, I did not have my latte but instead had an Unsweetened Black Iced Tea.....and it was perfect for sitting out in the hot sun!!! lol

Then it was off to my work meeting, which started out late due to people wandering in LATE!!  Two of my co-workers didn't even show up until the meeting was almost over!!!  So incredibly rude and annoying!!  I don't even know why I'm surprised because most of my co-workers are late for work!!!! 

Anywho, after the meeting it was time to head on home.  I've been wanting to start redecorating my house for a while now.  I kind of started on my 2nd bedroom a while back but I was working so much I didn't get as far as I wanted.  And, honestly, I've been antsy to start back up.

I decided to start on my main bathroom today.  I was originally going to completely re-do it, as in color, but decided I really do like the bright bathroom I now have (oranges, pinks, and off-whites).  So, instead, I pulled everything out that wasn't bolted down, completely cleaned the room from ceiling to floor, and only put back the clean shower curtain, rug and towels, and the bare necessities needed.  I am in a minimalistic mood right now!  It looks so much better...and feels soooo much bigger.  Phew, one room done, too many more to go! lol

Figured that was enough for today so I decided to finish reading the book I was reading: "Quiet Mind", which is about different meditation practices.  Then I meditated for about a half hour, which is a long time for me.....usually I do it for about 10 minutes.  I felt so refreshed when I was done. 

Meditation is something I have tried to integrate into my life for about 10 years.  I always said I didn't have time.....but the reality was that I didn't make the time!  But that just meant I wasn't ready.  Well, it's 10 years later and I am more than ready to make this a part of my daily life.

After meditating, I figured that since I hadn't exercised in a few days, due to my foot/ankle injury, I would do my yoga dvd.  My body has felt really tight and I knew that I really really needed to exercise.  So glad I did because I feel so much better.  Don't know why I always put all of these good-things-for-me off??  I am ALWAYS happier when I work out and exercise.  It's amazing I don't just do it?!

As for the cleanse, it isn't anything like I thought it was going to be!!  All I know is that I have slept better the last couple of nights then I have for a very long time!  I wake right up in the morning and don't feel drained and exhausted.  And, I don't feel tired and worn out throughout the day.  As for the other issues. 

I'm wondering if this is because it is a "First Cleanse" for first timers and it's meant to be gentle and that other cleanses will not be as pleasant (for lack of a better term).  I guess I will find out at some point when I try one of those other cleanses......

Right now I'm watching Rocco's Dinner Party, after watching Big Brother and SYTYCD.  Then it's off to bed since I work in the morning. 

Good night and.....until next time

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First Day of the Cleanse

Good Afternoon!!

No, I did not get a chance to blog yesterday about my first day of the cleanse.  I really don't know what I expected but I guess I thought something would "happen"??!!  It was basically an uneventful day except that I was hungry late last night.  Usually when that happens I just have a glass of chocolate milk but last night I just kept drinking water.  Not really the same thing now, is it??!!

I ate 3 times: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  No snacking...which I just realized is something I do regularly! I think that's what you would call "mindless" eating?!  I ate what was authorized and felt full but not stuffed.  That's a good thing, right?! 

I actually didn't miss my Starbucks latte like I thought I would....but I really craved something sugary like a cookie or pastry.   I just kept drinking my water. 

Actually I think I drank about 10-11 cups of water yesterday.....and was still thirsty!!  Guess I don't drink enough water.  And maybe I wasn't having hunger pangs but water pangs??  They say that usually when you feel those "pangs" they aren't for food but for water.  I'm starting to believe.

Unfortunately, that's all for now.  I didn't exercise yesterday at all, just did housework and then relaxed and read in my backyard.  I was asleep before 11pm last night which is a bit unusual for my day off.  I woke up again around 1am and then slept til 8am. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Tuesday!!  Until next time.....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

My First Cleanse

Hello Blogger friends!!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend?! 

As usual I worked the entire weekend and we were fairly busy.  I was supposed to play softball today after work, but due to a continuing injury I opted out.  My right arch is swollen and I can't really bend my foot.  I know what the problem is....I need new orthiotic inserts in my work shoes for my arches.  Unfortunately I waited too long to get them and allowed the arch to get inflamed.  Not too bright, I know......I don't think I'll be doing THAT again!!  I should be back to normal for my game next Sunday.

As for everything else, I've been feeling really blah lately:  no energy, having trouble sleeping, not organized, overall kinda scattered.  Today I was actually a little bit of a Negative Nelly at work.  Usually I'm upbeat and happy at work....always with a smile on my face.  Well, that was definitely NOT me today! Although I was able to slap the smile on my face while taking care of my customers.

Anyway, I knew things were not good when a few of my co-workers asked me what was wrong because I didn't seem to be myself this morning.  I was in a funk and just couldn't shake it off for anything!! While discussing it with a co-worker she said that I should do a cleanse. 

Uh, what???!!  She asked me if I'd ever done a cleanse before.  I have never done one but have thought about it several times.  Honestly, I've been afraid to do it.  She said I would not only be cleaning out the inside of my body and ridding it of all the toxins built up....but that I would feel much better afterward. 

Hey......I hate feeling the way I do so at this point I will try anything!!!  I asked her to go over it with me.  She said I could do it one of 2 ways. 

The first way would be to drink water with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and 100% pure maple syrup.  But that's ALL I can have.  I asked her for how long?  She said for however long I could do it for up to 10 days. 

Really??  I told her I didn't think that would work for me.  A few years ago when I worked in an office everyone was doing the Cabbage Soup Diet.  I decided to go along with the rest of the girls and do it too.  I didn't even last the first day!!  What happened was that I was eating whatever it was that I was supposed to be eating that first day (cabbage soup....YUCK!).  However, on my commute home (about an hour) I started getting sick.  I was sweating and shaking.  My blood sugar dropped!!!!  Anyway, I could barely drive and had to stop off at the closest McDonalds for french fries.  I was so weak I couldn't even chew them.....I just sucked on the fries until I felt okay to finish driving!!  I've never done one of those extreme diets since!!!

My second choice for a cleanse would be from a box using pills.  My co-worker said that I could go to the nutrition store, or Nugget (a local upscale grocery store that has a good health/organic dept), to get a "major cleanse".  I asked her what it was called.  She couldn't remember but to just ask someone at the shop.  I ended up at Nugget and looked over all of the different cleanses they had.  Wow....I didn't know there were sooooo many!!!!

After reading several of them.....I decided to try one called First Cleanse by ReNew Life.  It states that it's good for anyone who is cleansing for the first time.  It's a 2 week program.  I will be starting it tomorrow (my day off). 

I read the directions and I can eat real food during this program.  I can eat organic fruits and vegetables, fish, free-range or organic chicken or turkey, eggs, "well-cooked" grains: millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff and brown rice, pasta made with any of the previous mentioned grains, essential fatty acids: flax oil, fish oil, boraga oil, butter, raw almonds and seeds and raw almond butter.  Most of these are things I already eat regularly so basically I'm just cutting out the "bad" stuff I consume.  But......I will have to give up my beloved Starbucks.

I plan to blog about my 2 week cleansing journey.  However, I do promise NOT to get graphic with certain aspects of it.  My co-worker described some of what would happen.  I think you will get the idea without me explaining every.single.little.thing, right??!!  So, there will be no TMI.

Has anyone else ever done a cleanse??  It would help me to hear others' experiences as well as any thoughts on the subject.

Well, that's all for now.  Until next time!!