Clear Change Program Detox: Day 8 You’re Almost There

I’m proud of myself for…

being self-disciplined enough to make it this far in this program. It hasn’t been an easy process, and I sure wouldn’t have done it just for fun, but I’m proud that I’m doing it, and I’m proud that I’ve stuck to it all these days in a row. 

Today is the day to add in other fruits and vegetables and white rice (although I’m allergic to rice, so I didn’t eat any).  For some reason, yesterday I thought I was going to be able to eat other meats today (not just fish), so I bought chicken wings.  Much to my chagrin, I realized protein sources today are limited to fish and legumes, but I had already started cooking the wings for dinner (one of my son’s favorite meals).  I did have two wings because I just couldn’t resist. I hope that doesn’t mess things up too badly.


I’ve lost four pounds this week, and I can tell I’ve lost some belly fat.  I bet some of that was wine and cheese weight.  My digestion is definitely better than it was when I started the detox.  My skin is not clear yet, but I’m hoping it will get clearer in the next few days as this process ends.  It’s been a stressful couple of weeks, so I am not exactly feeling my best, but feeling better than when I started for sure.  The proof will be in the numbers next time I get my liver enzymes tested.

In the email they sent today for support, they suggested many ways of “keeping clean” after the detox ends.  The one I’m kind of bad about is using plastics.  They said never microwave with plastic, and I definitely do that. That’s a tough one to avoid for me because I am a teacher, and I take my lunch to school every day. If I bring something that needs to be heated up,  I don’t have dishes at school to use.  I already try to avoid bottled water, but sometime I do drink it depending on the circumstances.  These are areas I am going to address when I finish the detox.

“Avoid using pesticides/herbicides in your home and garden.

Consider organic whenever possible—especially with meat, dairy, and the following fruits and veggies: peaches, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, cantaloupe, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, grapes, and cucumbers.

Drink at least 6-8 glasses of purified water each day.

Reduce your exposure to plastics. Buy juices and water in glass containers when possible. Do not microwave in plastic containers, and minimize washing plastic containers in the dishwasher under high heat. Limit use of plastic food wraps.

Eat fewer canned foods and more frozen or fresh foods.

Use natural or organic toiletry items, such as shampoo, soap, and fragrances.”

This is what I ate today: 

Breakfast:  one cup of coffee with agave nectar and half and half, smoothie with mango, coconut milk, spinach, ultra clear renew, GI boost, and probiomax.

Lunch:  leftover baked cod with peas, coconut oil, and sea salt

Snack:  ultra clear renew drink, two chicken wings

Dinner:  more leftover backed cod with peas and carrots

Snack:  ultra clear renew drink, GI boost, and probiomax

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

 

Clear Change Program: day 5 Just Do It

Today I’m struggling with…

It was another bear of a day. I feel like I’m being tested. So many challenges going on in my life. Serious issues going on at work and so many demands in my personal life. Today I’m struggling with not having a glass of wine to wind down and help me manage stress. I almost was weak and bought some when I stopped at the store after work, but I didn’t. I was strong. The program guide says days 5-7 are the hardest days. I don’t really want to ruin the detox by having a weak moment. So instead my son and I got a bottle of sparkling apple juice, and he thought it was fun to drink it out of champagne glasses.

The restrictions these three days are really tough. I can basically eat fish, beans, vegetables, and apples, and pears. But the good news is this program isn’t about weight loss, so I can eat as much as I want as long as I only eat the approved foods.

Breakfast: ultraclear renew drink, GI boost, and probiomax

Lunch: leftover cauliflower stir fry with black beans

Snack: ultraclear renew drink

Dinner: Baked salmon with garlic, lemon, olive oil, sea salt and garlic, avocado, and peas.

Snack: apple and ultra clear renew drink, GI boost, and probiomax.

I was supposed to have four ultra clear renew drinks but I only had three. My morning just completely got away from me.


I had one cup of coffee and drank a bunch of water. I’m completely failing in the ‘getting plenty of rest’ category. There are just too many things to do and not enough time. My daughter’s having surgery tomorrow, so I had to have things ready for me to miss work. Hopefully I can rest more this weekend!

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

Clear Change Program Detox: Day 4 Stay Hydrated 

Today I’m feeling…

I’m feeling busy and stressed and having a hard time keeping up with everything. Four days into the detox, I’m adjusting to the restrictions and trying to make sure I get all the shakes and supplements in. It’s not that easy especially because of how crazy this week has been for me.

Breakfast: smoothie with frozen cherries, chia seeds, ultra clear renew, GI replenish, and probiomax.

Snack: pear

Lunch: leftover cod with romaine and avocado

Snack: ultra clear renew drink

Dinner: baked mahi mahi with lemon, olive oil, sea salt and pepper, avocado & romaine salad, and cauliflower stir fried with onions and garlic. GI replenish and  probiomaxz

Drank zero coffee today and also didn’t have any wine again. Trying to drink lots of water to assist the detox process.

I’m reading the literature and laughing about the fact it says to kind of take it easy during these ten days. I’m doing nothing of the sort, in fact I’m completely exhausted from going to work early and then working late and I have to get up early again tomorrow. All this cooking with vegetables and fresh fish takes a lot of planning and prep. I didn’t eat dinner until 8:00 tonight. Not ideal, but at least I got the nutrients.

I lost both my yoga mats recently too, so I can’t even unwind by doing yoga at home! Ugh.

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

Clear Change Program Detox Day 1 Ready.Set.Go.

I started this program because…

Today is the first day of a ten day detox program I am going to follow.  Below is a picture of the kit I bought from my chiropractor.  I chose to start this program because I recently had some lab tests done, and apparently my liver enzymes are a bit elevated.  I’ve been taking Naproxen since July for pain, so my doctor (a rheumatologist I saw because of chronic back pain) told me to stop taking it and to reduce alcohol.  After discussing it with my chiropractor, he suggested I do the full detox which involves ten days with no alcohol, a restricted diet, and nutritional supplements to support the metabolic detoxification process in the liver and rebuilding the probiotics in the gut.

X-rays showed that I have degenerative (wear and tear) arthritis throughout my spine, and apparently the neck and back muscles spasm in response to try to stabilize the joints.  My chiropractor said that liver and intestinal inflammation can also cause pain, so I’m hoping a natural detox will be a step in the right direction in the fight against chronic pain as well as lowering my liver enzymes in my blood.

I’m excited, and I’m also nervous. I want to increase my overall health, but it’s going to be a challenge for me to follow all the guidelines.  Blogging about my daily experiences is a great way for me to process everything and to share my experiences with my friends and family.

I’ve read over all the materials, and I’m prepared for the restricted diet.  I already have a restricted diet due to food allergies, so it’s not far off from how I normally eat.  But I can only eat meats on days 1-2 and 9-10.  Days 3-8 I’m allowed either fish or legumes for protein. That will be different for me.  I’m also supposed to avoid shellfish, which I love!  Days 3-8, fruits are also restricted to just apples, pears, lemon, lime, and avocados.  Days 5-7, vegetables are restricted to cruciferous vegetables, raw greens, onions, leeks, garlic, and scallions.  I don’t eat any grains at all, so I won’t be consuming them even on the days they are allowed (they allow rice and gluten free grains except corn on days 1-2 and 9-10).  I already don’t eat much dairy (just half and half in my coffee, cheese, and greek yogurt), so it won’t be too hard for me to avoid that. Although, I am worried about eliminating coffee altogether. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do that, but I will at least reduce it.  All of the other foods on the “avoid” list are already not part of my diet (processed meats, processed oils, refined sugars, peanuts/peanut butter, dairy products, eggs, non-water drinks, etc.

Today, I ate pretty regularly and only took the ProBiomax plus DF supplement.

Breakfast: One cup of coffee with half and half and agave, smoothie with pineapple, spinach, chia seeds, and coconut milk

Snack: Kombucha drink (no sugar)

Lunch: Organic turkey with homemade gravy (garbanzo bean flour), cranberry sauce with agave nectar, kale salad with cucumbers and garbanzo beans

Snack: raw almonds with golden raisins

Dinner:  Turkey soup with yellow squash, mushrooms, carrots, rosemary, thyme, scallions, garlic

No wine, yay me! Instead, I had some healthy cucumber and ginger infused water with basil and mint in a wine glass just for the fun of holding the glass.  Honestly, it didn’t really matter about the glass, and I did just fine without any wine.  I also tried to drink a lot of water as recommended (64 oz. per day is the recommendation).

I’m hoping not only to lower my liver enzymes but also for improved sleep, digestion, clearer skin, and more energy.  Wish me luck!

For more information on the detox program, check out their website by clicking here.

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

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#handstand365 days 228-365: what I learned from doing 365 handstands 

I completed my handstand challenge after a little over two years since when I started.  I was supposed to do one handstand per day, but I didn’t. Instead, I kept doing handstands until I reached 365 of them.  It was hard. Consistency is hard. Challenging yourself is hard.  I’ve posted twice before about what I’ve learned along the way.  Since then, I’ve learned a few new things:

  1.  Hard work pays off.
  2. Get your mind centered and your body loose before you do handstands.
  3. Start from downward dog. Breath and stretch.  Then push forwards so your shoulders are on top of your wrists. Get on your tiptoes.  Inhale. Exhale and kick up.
  4. Stretching the legs out first into the splits helps me find my balance.  The hips have to fall in line with the shoulders and hips to get that balance.
  5. Once the legs and body are in balance, draw the legs together while sucking in the core and zipping the legs together.  Keep breathing.
  6. A lot of the balance relies on the palms of the hands.
  7. Cartwheel out of the handstand when needed.
  8. Try donkey kicking up into the handstand with both feet together and knees bent.  Again, get the shoulders and hips in line with the knees.
  9. What you demand of yourself, you can accomplish.
  10. Practice makes practice.  Keep practicing.

While I was doing the challenge, Logan Garments, a clothing company from the UK found me on Instagram and offered me a chance for sponsorship.   I contacted them and joined their “Team Talent” and have been posting content in an effort to become sponsored.

Since I finished the challenge, I’ve continued to practice yoga handstands with the goal of increased “air time” and further variations of the pose.  I would love to reach the point where I can control myself upside down and do fun variations with my legs.

It’s been an amazing journey, and I highly encourage you to try yoga handstands and other advanced yoga poses.  All you have to lose is your insecurities and phobias.  What you have to gain is increased fitness and self esteem.  Why not push yourself to become better than you are now?

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the pics. Peace out!


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21Day Yoga Girl Challenge Day 14: Clean Out! #yogagirlchallenge

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Today’s challenge was to clean out! This is a picture of some of the rooms from my house. Every two weeks I have help. Thank god because without them, I’m not sure if the deep cleaning would ever get done. I have a hard enough time keeping up with all the surface cleaning like laundry, dishes, and trash. I love it when all the beds are made with clean sheets, the floors and bathrooms clean, and things in their places! It doesn’t last very long, but I enjoy it fully while it does.

Having a clean house brings me a sense of calm and peace. I started learning about feng shui and have applied some of the principals in my home. I’m no expert or anything, but I’ve decluttered and done several little things like using the color red, natural elements, and light, making the entry inviting with flowers and chimes and sweeping it frequently, hanging crystals, and situating my furniture so there is the best flow of energy (chi). When the home is clean and clear the mind can be too.

http://fengshui.about.com/od/thebasics/qt/fengshuibasics.htm to read about some basics for getting started with feng shui in the home.

http://www.astralaspects.biz/shop/horoscopes/feng-shui.html to read more about specific details about how to apply feng shui principals to the different areas of your home (using a compass and map of the home).

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Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

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21 Day Yoga Girl Challenge Day 11 Random Act of Kindness #yogagirlchallenge

Today was the Day of the Rag Doll in Sweden, where people gather in Stockholm to scream symbolically for the kids who are sexually abused and don’t have a voice to scream themselves. In the U.S. one in ten kids has been sexually abused.

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Thank god I don’t know what it’s like to be sexually abused. I sure would scream. That’s horrible and crazy!

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

21 Day Yoga Girl Challenge Day 7: Thank You #yogagirlchallenge

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Rachel challenged us to express gratitude to the world around us, to the people in our lives, and to ourselves.

I try to be grateful every day. I really appreciate every thing and every one in my life.

Today I am super grateful for many things starting with another day of life on this beautiful earth. I feel my best when I’m connected with nature, whether it’s at the beach or my normal life in Texas. One of my favorite parts about living in Texas is seeing the incredible sunsets. The landscape is flat, so the sky is a large canvass every night. I love to look up and notice the sky both during the day and at night. It reminds me how small I am in the big picture.

I’m thankful that my kids are healthy and happy. They’re each in different stages of life (9, 14, and 21), and I cherish every moment with them. When I’m not with them, I am thankful knowing they are in good hands and are enjoying themselves. I want them to be happy above all else. They are on vacation with their dad this week, so I am missing them, but I am happy to see their smiling faces in the pictures. I’m thankful they are having those experiences.

I’m grateful that my life offers opportunities to rest and relax without judgement or guilt. I understand that listening to my body is important and that rest and sleep are just as important as regular exercise. It was healing to slow down and take a nap this afternoon. When I woke up, I felt like I had just given myself a gift.

My heart is full of gratitude for love in my life. Small surprises like colorful flowers on the doorstep make me smile and feel loved. Sharing a strong friendship and deep connection with another person is special, and I’m thankful for all the joy and peace that love brings.

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Keeping up with the other days as much as I can (except for getting up early). I’ve been meditating, doing yoga, drinking lemon water, and walking my dogs so far.

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!

21 Day Yoga Girl Challenge Day 6: Start a New Routine #yogagirlchallenge

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Today, I started my day drinking hot lemon water. I crave coffee first thing, but I made it a priority today to have hot lemon water first. Apparently, it’s healthier to have it on an empty stomach after a night of sleep. I can see that. It’s science. If it works, I will try it. And then I will have coffee haha!

Then, I took my doggies for a walk. Marley is a Boston Terrier (almost 7 years old), and Daisy is a Chihuaua/Hound mix (just turned 1, our rescue puppy). We walk the circle around the neighborhood and take in all the sights and sounds. I love walking my dogs. Sometimes I get lazy because I can open my back door and let them out. So I figure they can run around and take care of business.

I do think it’s better all around if we walk every day. I will try to start this as a new routine. Hot lemon water and a walk with the dogs. Let’s do this!

Thanks for reading this entry Peace out!!

21 Day Yoga Girl challenge Day 4: Random Act of Kindness #yogagirlchallenge

For my random act of kindness, I raised another $100 for Cassidy Taber’s educational fund. Cassidy’s mom, Suzanne Shelton, and I grew up together going to both middle and high schools together. Tragically and unexpectedly, she died the night the Cassidy graduated from high school (she was put on life support for a few days and passed away June 26, 2014, but Suzanne as we knew her was gone). This picture was taken earlier that day.

After Suzanne died, I set up an educational fund on http://www.gofundme.com to help with all the costs that lie ahead in Cassidy’s adult life. In just over one month, people have donated almost $11,000, and the fund it still growing!  I know Cassidy would rather have her mom, but I wanted to do something to help her and to let her know that many people care and want to do something positive.  Cassidy starts at Longwood College in Virginia this fall, and her fund will remain open.

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I am super grateful I got to see Suzanne in January 2014 and in November 2013 when I was home in Virginia visiting. We had drinks and food and lots of laughter. She was really happy with her life at that time. She told me about her daughter, Cassidy, and that she was a senior in high school. Things were going well in her life. She was a proud mom and an excellent friend. I am smiling in her memory.
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Since I saw “Random Acts of Kindness” on the challenge three times, I’ve had it on my mind and have been looking for little ways to reach out to people. So far, I gave a homeless and hungry man some food, and I also took the time to encourage and high-five a guy next to me in yoga class the other day. He was a big, strong guy with tattoos all over. He looked like the kind of guy who could push a big truck around with no problem. But he had a little trouble doing yoga. It was the second time I’ve been next to him in class, and I’ve seen him struggling and resting in child pose when things get hard. I gave him a high-five and said good job today, way to work hard, keep at it! He looked at me with surprise like are you talking to me? He was a little hesitant and not very talkative, but he did high-five me. I hope he felt good knowing his efforts show. Yoga is hard, but the great thing about it is that you can start from wherever you are and modify it however you need to. It heals and transforms lives, so I think it’s great when I see people who are new to it and working hard at it.

Thanks for reading this entry. Peace out!