Italy Day 1

Maryann, Janice, Lynn, Ilene and I flew together from Phoenix to Charlotte where we picked up Sheri who originated in Detroit.  After an uneventful 8.5 hour flight we arrived in Rome and stayed at the Euro House overnight.  Jana and Lisa came in on earlier flights and stayed at the HIlton Garden with Sandy who arrived from her cruise.  Lynn and Lisa went into Rome for the day and the rest of us relaxed, went to lunch, relaxed and went to dinner.  We all met up the next morning with Luciano our driver picked us up for our 3 hour drive to Assisi in Umbria and our 4 night stay at Malvarina.

My Goal – Accomplished!

My goal was to lose enough weight by the Italy trip so I would feel comfortable traveling.  Mission accomplished!  So far I have lost 40 pounds.  I’m very proud of myself.  Now I’m off to take 8 Wild Boomer Women to Italy tomorrow and plan to eat pasta and gelato every day!  I know from previous experience in Italy that I will be walking so much I will not gain any weight.  Stay tuned for our daily adventures on the trip.  

Cleanse Part 2 – Day 2

It’s 9pm and I just got home from a meeting – there was food there but I just ignored it. I really have not been hungry for 2 days – kind of amazing for me – but I will say that I am so ready to eat food tomorrow. I’m just craving a piece of salmon and steamed broccoli for lunch – I’ll probably dream about it. I didn’t get quite as much water in today – because the morning was shot – woke up for a bit, went back to sleep and slept really hard – could have slept the whole day if the repair guy wasn’t coming over. So I didn’t really get it together till after noon – but I’m still pushing it and will be up for another couple of hours, so I’ll do my best.

I like the daily email I get from Go Cleanse and it includes a 15 or so minute audio which really addressed my temporary nausea and headache – but I was able to sleep it away. So, tomorrow morning the first thing after I pee is to weigh and measure myself again – now that I’ve been doing the cleanse for 4 days. Should be interesting.

Part 2 – Day 1 – Foodless, Mostly

Here it is 10pm and I’m feeling remarkably good.  I have energy too!  How is that possible?  I have had 4 glasses of water with 2 scoops of cleansing stuff, a total of 6 almonds (2 at a time with lots of water throughout the day) and ¼ apple – for energy – and it worked.  I have also consumed a gallon of water – you read that right – a gallon! 

 I made sure I had nothing much on the schedule today and tomorrow during this phase of the cleanse.  I did take a few naps but I also went out to an event from 6:30 – 9:30 and had no problem!  I know tomorrow will be just as smooth. 

CLEANSE – PART 1 – DAY 2

I wasn’t hungry when I woke up – I was still kinda sick to my stomach from all the damage I did over the weekend, and especially Sunday night – that old night before the diet – when I eat everything in site because I am never, ever again in life going to have access to that food – how crazy is that? Yet how many times in my life have I done the same thing? Well, this is all about breaking old patterns – or so I’m told by Ken, my coach. He’s good – very good – and tells me exactly how to do every day of the cleanse – if I didn’t have a call with him today I probably wouldn’t be going on to the real cleanse days tomorrow and Thursday – where there is no food – to speak of, unless you call 2 almonds every few hours, but only if I need them (are you serious) along with my cleanse drink, not to be confused with my chocolate shake that I don’t get to have on cleanse days.

But back to today. I waited too long to have my shake because I had a meeting – and by the time it was done I really needed it – then I took a nap because I was really tired. Woke up, did some errands, including going to the grocery store so I could get my supplies for the next two days – dry roasted almonds and organic applies. Mind you I can only have 1/4 of the apply and/or 2 almonds if I need them (seriously) oh and water. I’m supposed to drink a gallon of water a day – do you know how much a gallon of water is? A LOT!  And can we talk about going to the grocery store where there is lots and lots of  food and you can’t have any of it?  Not fun – but I’m told it’s better to go to the grocery store on shake days then it is on cleanse days, so I went today.

Ken told me 20% of the results happen tomorrow and 80% happen the second day – the real cleansing of the toxins “so don’t cheat” he tells me. Before he told me this I was already planning to cheat. Yes, you read that right – I was planning to cheat. And then I realized something. It’s just another way I have always sabotaged myself and set myself up for failure – only in this one thing in life – my weight – but it is the predominate force in my life, so I’m glad I had that realization so early into the process.

So, I’m going to do it – two days is a piece of cake – ok, I know I shouldn’t use that term – it’s a walk in the park, which, by the way, I just did. Not a walk in the park, but I did, for the very first time since I moved to this house in February, take my dogs for a walk around the block. Hard to believe, I know – I haven’t even been able to motivate myself to do that – but that’s in the past – and I’m only looking forward. Wish me luck. If I’m not dead, you’ll hear more from me tomorrow night.

The Cleanse, Part 1 – Day 1

When I put the word cleanse into Wikipedia I got to choose from either being clean or detoxification, so I chose the later. Here is what is says: “Detoxification is an alternative medicine approach that proponents claim rids the body of “toxins”, accumulated harmful substances that are alleged to exert undesirable effects on individual health. Body cleansing is not supported by science, with no medical benefits demonstrated, and is based on questionable or disproved scientific claims. The toxins are usually undefined, with no evidence (or inappropriately used testing) for toxic accumulation in the patient.”

That’s a lot of qualifiers and arguments used to describe something; claim, alleged to, not supported by science, no medical benefits demonstrated, based on questionable or disproved scientific claims, undefined, no evidence or inappropriately used testing. Oh, what do they know anyway, right? It was probably paid for by the fast food industry.

I like the first sentence “rids the body of “toxins”, accumulated harmful substances that are alleged to exert undesirable effects on individual health.” So I’m going with that. I know I have tons and tons of toxins in my body that are harmful and have exerted undesirable effects on my health – not the least of which is quite a bit of extra weight, fatigue and assorted other issues that I don’t care to share here.

With that in mind, I’m starting my first ever cleanse. I’m kinda surprised this is my first time since I’ve tried every diet known to man and woman – at least twice – but never a cleanse. Whenever my friends told me they were doing a cleanse, I thought it was drastic and crazy. But desperate times call for desperate measures, right? So, here I go – day one of nine – 2 days of shakes and one 400 – 600 calorie meal, then two days of no food, just shakes and other stuff they give you, then 4 days of shakes and one meal and finally, two more days of no food.

I chose the chocolate flavored shake because – well, I love chocolate. However, this mixes up very thick and isn’t that tasty. I thought of putting in a packet or two of sweetener, but then that would defeat the purpose of the cleanse, wouldn’t it?

Let’s see what happens and I’ll fill you in on the details of what kind of cleanse, why I choose that one and other assorted questions that I’m sure will keep you up at night. Tune in tomorrow …..

The Importance of Community

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in things I forget what is most important in my life. I deny myself the things that bring me joy because I don’t have time or I’m too lazy. The most recent reason is getting wrapped up in the business of Wild Boomer Women. It’s an instant community of girlfriends. You can walk in alone to any event we have and by the time you leave you have a room full of new girlfriends. That is very true. It’s where I’ve met some of my closest girlfriends, and I love that. Somehow, while building Wild Boomer Women as a business and in the process of creating community for others, I’ve lost my communities. I didn’t actually lose them. In fact they were still there waiting for me; I just haven’t participated in them.

This really occurred to me last night, when I went to my spiritual community. It had been so long since I had been there; I couldn’t actually remember when it was. Of course I was living in Sedona for a couple years and my community is in Phoenix, but I have been living back here since March. I didn’t even feel like participating in the High Holidays this year. I almost went, but when a friend backed out, I decided not to go. Last night was my father’s Yartzite, the anniversary of his leaving this world. For the past few years, I have been saying Kadash (the prayer you say to honor your loved one during Yartzite) on my own. Last night I decided to go to Temple. I had one girlfriend pick me up and another one meeting us there, so I wouldn’t be alone. What I didn’t remember is that everyone there is my community. I hadn’t been there in so long and they welcomed me, literally with open arms. So many people were so happy to see me (and I them). Then the service began and “my” Sharona was back (in addition to being a girlfriend, she’s my spiritual teacher who retired and now is back as Cantor Emerita). There’s nothing like hearing that sweet, beautiful voice to bring me back home to my spiritual community. There was lots of singing and clapping and even some dancing. The people in my spiritual community have so much joy during this time they just get up and start a dance line around the room, kinda like a Jewish conga line.

This morning I finally took my dogs Sterling & Paris out for a walk. Again, I have been so busy getting ready for the Women’s Expo that I get up in the morning, throw on some clothes, let the dogs out, put the coffee and my computer on, and there I sit for hours on end. Meanwhile, the poor puppies have to be satisfied with just greeting their friends from the yard. The dogs have their own community too. It brings Sterling so much joy to be able to go up to another dog and sniff. It brings Paris so much joy to get to run untethered in the park. Yet, I’ve been depriving them of their community.

I’ve stopped going to my exercise community. I know my trainer misses me. He keeps texting me to find out when I’m coming back. Yes, he gets paid when I go, but we do have fun together while I am grunting and groaning and calling him names, not to mention the physical and mental benefits I derive from it.

What communities have you been staying away from? Have you been too absorbed in work or something else that you don’t take the time to refresh yourself? It really does make me happier when I participate in my communities. I think it will work for you too.

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