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!

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.

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