THE FIRST WEIGH IN – I think my scale is broken!

I had to go on the scale three times and it was the same each time – an 11.2 pound weight loss in 4 days!  Not to mention 12 inches.  The thing I notice most?  My wrists are normal size again, instead of being all swollen like a fat lady.  And my ankles are ankles again – not kankles!  Ken Ludwig, from Go Cleanse is my coach and he is walking me through this step-by-step and explaining that it is not possible to lose 11 pounds of water, or else you would be dead.  It’s the toxins that have been storing themselves in my fat cells that have started moving out because of the enormous amount of water I’ve been drinking, not to mention the limited caloric intake.

So today I was back to 2 shakes and 1 meal – but the shake filled me up in the morning so I wasn’t rushing to eat.  Tonight I went to a happy hour event and had a few raw shrimp because I know I didn’t get in all my calories for lunch but just couldn’t eat any more.  Feeling great and looking great!  And people are noticing – even saying my skin looks great – which has a lot to do with releasing the toxins.

OK, I’m in for the long haul – 79 more pounds to go – next Friday I start on the 30 day race to maintenance.  That’s 5 days with two meals and two shakes and two days of cleanse – repeated 3 more times.  Cute clothes here I come!

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Do You Love What You Do?

Steve Jobs died today.  A brilliant man who died too young.  Unfortunately it’s an all too common story.  Many die with lots of regrets.  It doesn’t seem like Steve did and with that, there are lessons for all of us.

He didn’t start out being one of the richest men in the world who created things that have changed the way we live.  He was adopted and was a college drop-out; circumstances that some people use as excuses for a life not well lived.

He started Apple at the age of 20 in his parent’s garage.  Ten years later he had over 4,000 employees and a company worth $2 billion.  Then he got fired from the company he started.  It was a very devastating public failure for him.

Because he still loved what he did (that’s the key here folks), he started again with two new companies; NeXT Computers and Pixar Animation.  Then Apple bought NeXT and he was back at the company he started.  He says that would never have happened if he didn’t get fired.

Getting fired is the thing that puts most people in a panic.  And that is a normal initial reaction, but if you continue along that path, you set yourself up for failure.  If, however, you look at it as an opportunity to do something else, something even better, it will change your life.

Steve said “You’ve  got to find what you love.  Do what you believe is great work (which is whatever you love to do).  Keep looking and don’t settle.”

Many years ago he saw a quote that went something like this; “If you live each day as if it were your last, some day you will be right.”  That inspired him, and every day for the next 39 years he looked in the mirror and would say to himself “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today, and whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

He went on to say “remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool to help me make the big decisions of life.”  I think he lived a very good life.  Let’s all take a lesson from Steve.

Why Do I Need A Land Line?

I have moved around a lot lately.  This is the third place I’ve lived in  More