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My Fitness Challenge

โ€œDo not settle for less than exactly what you want. Your heartโ€™s desires are there for a reason. Chase them. Pursue them relentlessly. Do not lose sight of your goals. They are your very reason for being.โ€
โ€” Franki Durbin

During one of last months Good Stuff Fridays, I mentioned that I was at the start of a new fitness project using Tracy Anderson’s 90 Day Metamorphosis. Well, I’m just over 4 weeks in now and so far the poster above has it right. I’m seeing subtle changes but it’s probably not enough for anyone else to take notice (yet!).

This whole journey has been really interesting. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been incredibly interested in health and fitness. I even remember “working out” to Mickey Mouse (Mousercise!) as a kid, not because weight was even on my radar, just because I was a little health junkie and thought it was fun! When I got into high school I started filling out and exercise went from “fun” to something I did obsessively because I wanted so badly to lose weight. I had countless exercise dvd’s, a gym membership and an intense running schedule that was aiming for half-marathon training status. If you’re familiar with the term “exercise bulimic”, that was me. I could hardly keep my appetite under control and bingeing was a near-daily thing. Fast forward to my early twenties when I found a way of eating that saved my life: No more crazy food cravings, no more feeling sad all the time AND I slowly lost weight without any intense exercise whatsoever. It’s not like I haven’t moved in the last few years but yoga and rebounding (on whatever schedule I’ve felt like) have been a piece of cake compared to the way I used to torture myself. So why did I jump back on the crazy fitness bandwagon? Well…this is embarrassing to admit but…I kinda just want to look good in a swimsuit. There, I said it. I’ve gone through a lot of mind shifts, learning to love my body no matter what and eating well to be happy, not just to look good. When I realized I could lose weight without pushing myself at the gym, I got a sort of “Well screw that!” attitude. Why would I put myself through that if I didn’t have to?? This time around feels completely different. I love my body. I do. I’m not doing this to punish myself anymore so it actually feels good (ok, Tracy is kicking my butt but I don’t feel resentful about it)! It feels like I have a choice which is so much more fun than feeling like I “have to” to feel good about myself. I already feel good about myself, I’m just pushing the envelope a little bit further. Feeling stronger every week is incredibly empowering and seeing slight changes in the mirror doesn’t hurt either. Living a detox lifestyle has taken me about as far as it’s going to in terms of how my clothes fit (I’ve been at a stand still for a couple of years) and while I wear a size 2, the extra weight I carry likes to sit on my belly area and face making it look like much more than it is. I’ve struggled with this. Can I be a feminist and still work hard to look good in a bikini? Should I be doing more important things with my life and time? Can I eat well (not restrict or diet) to look good as well as feel good? It doesn’t sound as noble but I’m getting over it. I know that society puts pressure on us to look a certain way and I’ve tried to pretend that it doesn’t affect me, that I’m free-spirited and mature enough to not care about those sorts of things. Ultimately, a month into this, I feel really proud of myself. I love knowing that I’m disciplined enough to commit to this and it’s helping me feel empowered in other areas of my life as well. That’s all I’ll say for today, I look forward to sharing more as I progress!

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The Before, The After, and The Books That Changed My Life

For as long as I can remember, health and nutrition has been a fascination of mine. As a kid I would imagine those cans of spinach were giving me all the strength they gave Popeye, I munched on carrots like Bugs Bunny with a hearty “What’s up Doc?”, and I joyfully chewed my gummy bear multi vitamin with my oatmeal. My upbringing was entirely vegetarian and Mousercise was my exercise video of choice ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was always pretty small but as a teenager I started filling out like most girls my age. I steadily gained weight throughout high school and while I was probably never considered overweight, I carried more than I was comfortable with. I became more than just interested in health but absolutely obsessed with dieting. I constantly read books, trying the latest diet or “cleanse” an worked out intensely. Outside of not being able to lose the weight I wanted I also struggled with migraines and spurts of depression and bulimia.

After high school I gained even more weight and continued searching for something that would make me look and feel the way I wanted to. I discovered a raw food diet through David Wolfe’s Eating for Beauty. I spent the next couple of years attempting to go “all raw” and succeeding for several months at a time. Despite eating nothing but raw foods I was still not getting the glorious benefits I was hearing touted (perfect skin! weight loss! clear mind! great moods!).

In 2007 I picked up Natalia Rose’s The Raw Food Detox Diet and was introduced to a completely new idea that would change everything…Here is what I learned:

Waste = Weight

Essentially, we’ve all spent a lifetime taking in an abundance of foods that were never meant for the human body and are thereby never fully eliminated. Whatever is left behind builds up in our body over the years and eventually becomes our excess weight, foggy headedness, colds and flus, bad skin, you name it. It may sound overly simplistic or even ridiculous and if I hadn’t experienced it for myself I may not believe it either.

It took me a couple of years to actually start implementing this new way of living (that is, removing the waste buildup or detoxifying) and in the meantime I tried in vain to go raw again and again. Even just playing with the dietary part of the program wasn’t getting me anywhere. I was consuming tons of sugary raw food items and fruits as well as heavy nuts and oils, gaining even more weight despite how hard I was trying.

Three years ago I finally got it right. Natalia put out a new book, Detox 4 Women which was written for people needing a more yeast conscious approach (my current diet was very yeast feeding with all the density and sweets I was taking in). I fully embraced juicing, food combining, a vegetable-centric diet…and colon cleansing. All of that waste had to get out somehow and my body wasn’t doing it on it’s own! I know it seems extreme but I have never, with all of my years of experimenting, found anything as powerful as a highly alkaline, highly water containing diet coupled with colonics. I went from continuously hitting walls, feeling puffy, bloated, heavy, tired, depressed, and achy (especially working on an airplane) to losing nearly 30 pounds, and feeling so much more light, happy, and present in my body. The fun part is, it continues to get better. I’m always tweaking things in my diet, listening to my body, and keeping up with removing the waste that juicing and raw fruits and vegetables awaken. It’s not always easy, I often feel like an oddball, my disordered eating tendencies still act up, and my weight fluctuates slightly. At this point though, I’ve set a high enough bar for how I like to feel most of the time and find it easy enough to get back to that even if I “fall off the wagon”.

It’s become my passion to share what detoxifying the body has done for me and finally getting to take Natalia’s Advanced Detox Training has brought me one step close to being able to work with other people to make a shift in their life experience as well.

Below are some “before and afters”, in the “before” shots on the left I often wore glasses, trying to hide my puffy face and dark under eye circles. These days I can comfortably go without makeup and my wardrobe has doubled now that I can wear Britney’s clothes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Juice Fast Day 2 and My Can’t-Live-Without Detox Treats

Day two was very smooth! I ended up running more errands than anticipated before getting juicing groceries so I did end up quite hungry at one point but other than that it’s all going very well.

Today’s juicy goodness:

32 oz basil/garlic/lemon/celery/carrot juice
24 oz Tazo Passion herbal tea
8 oz parsley cilantro juice and young coconut water (with a probiotic)
30 oz Casey’s Mexicana Green Juice
32 oz Gena’s Nourishing Vegetable Broth
34 oz romaine/carrot juice with vanilla stevia and cinnamon

I also thought I’d share my favorite ways of assisting my body in the detox process. As previously mentioned, I’ve attempted fasts before without employing anything of this sort and either failed to finish the fast due to uncomfortable symptoms or didn’t end up with any noticeable benefits at all. It doesn’t do any good to hydrate all the old stuff in your body if it doesn’t leave, and my body seems to appreciate all the assistance it can get.

My can’t-live-without detox treats:

1. Booty cleansing (colonics and enemas)

2. Castor oil packs

3. Indian Healing Clay (my absolute favorite facial mask, I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar)

4. Inversions (I have a cheap board that works just fine).

5. Rebounding (this! and this! and this!)

6. Yoga (stretching, twisting, and deep breathing are very helpful and feel wonderful, I got a stack of new yoga dvd’s from my library this week!).

and a few things I love but haven’t indulged in this go round…

6. Massage

7. Hot epsom salts baths (I’m freshly tattooed so no baths for me right now…pictures when it’s finished :))

8. Infrared sauna (I used to have this one and it lasted about a year, not bad for the price and I loved it).

Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?

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