I know, but it’s been a busy couple days. You’ll understand more in a minute…< So Day 14 has finally dawned and I wanted to go back and keep you posted on what's been happening over the last week of my Release (Detox) Phase of the Ultimate Reset. Three days this past week, I have been up before the crack of dawn...exactly 2 a.m. actually. By 8 a.m. I'm worthless. Usually, if I get up, I'm able to get my body moving enough to have some energy but working on the computer (aka writing) is nearly impossible. But while camping on Days 8-10, I was able to sleep longer (definately not better though!) This morning I was able to sleep in until 4 a.m. which was actually okay and I'm not quite as tired, feeling my energy kick in right away.
Day 10 saw me feeling “itchy” all over. I just assumed it was from camping. Not that I was dirty (although I was) but even after my bath. I just assumed it was dry skin (remember I mentioned that a couple days ago and have been using a Cocoa Oil?) And my allergies have been horrible (that could have something to do with EVERYONE’s allergies being bad due to hot weather after lots of rain here and tons of wind). Either way, didn’t think too much of either one until Day 12 when they were still bad. Day 13 I ended up breaking out with a horrible rash and hives from my elbow to my armpit on both of my inner arms.
A friend (and fellow Coach Doris Flaiz) mentioned to soak my feet in water with boiled ginger root. Sounded like an excuse for a mini-pedi but I decided to try it. It was fantastic. Not only did it get the rash to calm down, it almost disappeared! Not sure what your feet have to do with a rash on your arms but, whatever. After the glorious foot soak, I rubbed some oatmeal (I soaked it in hot water while I was soaking my feet) on my inner arms, allowing the watery mixture to dry. Ahhhhhh, relief! But it only lasted until we began packing the truck. Carrying items out rubbed on my arms causing the rash to flare up (at least the hives didnt come back.) An epsom salt bath only made it worse, now it burned as well as itching. A little oatmeal later and, eventually by night’s end, it was burning like crazy and I gave up and put some Nerium face cream on it. Not only did it not hurt like everything else had at first, but the burning was instantly gone and the redness disappeared allowing me to sleep. The rash is still there, under the skin, but I’ll use the night cream again this morning and take it with me camping (which I do anyway!)
Food…oh my, this has been a week of challenges. Don’t get me wrong, I love most of the recipes on this meal plan but the beets…just couldn’t do them twice. I will definately be substituting those out for lunch today. The Coconut Collared Greens more than made up for the beets though. The problem with them was I just kept thinking, “These would be soooooo good with a little bacon!” (Thought I was supposed to lose my cravings??? LOL) Fruit for breakfast each day is something I could get used to, however. I am finding I like the lighter breakfast fare. This morning I am really craving my Tropical Shakeology so I might just “cheat” a little (it’s not really a cheat, it’s allowed) and have that. Didn’t really care for the Hearty Miso Veg Soup either. Maybe because I put soooooo many vegetables in it. It was more vegetables than broth so it sort of detracted from the “soup” aspect, I guess. But the Kabocha Tahini Squash…YUMMMMMM!!!! I don’t care if I sound like a Red Robin commercial. It was so good, and the soup made from it was pretty yummy too! But soup and salad for lunch are actually pretty simple now and I enjoy it. a href=”http://getfitwithtina.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMAG0958.jpg”>
Changes? Well, I’m a lot more purposeful about what I’m eating. Last night I had to deliver some popcorn from a fundraiser we had done for the boys’ football team. Here I am in a closed up car, after 2 weeks of modified vegan eating, feeling deprived, with Kettle Corn (my fav), Caramel (a close second), Chocolate, Cheese and Cinnamon popcorn. I LOVE popcorn! But I deliberately didn’t buy any because I didn’t want the temptation and I knew I couldn’t eat someone else’s right? Then I get home to find Bryun on the couch with my 4 yr old nephew eating…you guessed it, POPCORN! Then Jack wanted me to show him how the dogs can catch it. Now MY hands are in the buttery, salty bliss. I can smell it…and then closed up the bag, washed my hands and didn’t have a bite. It was ok, I could have it when I want but I don’t WANT to right now. I’m achieving a goal – to get back to a healthy weight/state – and don’t see the need to derail it, even temporarily, with something like popcorn, or the fro-yo my neice offered me yesterday, or the chocolate I was staring at in the store aisle as I did my camping shopping, or the smore’s whlie we are camping. I feel empowered, like I’m the one in charge again instead of the food being in charge of me.
I’ve also come to the realization that while I thought I was eating clean, and I was, I wasn’t getting enough vegetables because I just didn’t really know what to do with them. It was always just heating it up, put a little butter or salt on them and be done. This has given me so many varieties of ways to fix veggies. Plus, tons of new ways to fix them, make them healthy and delicious.
I know that I’ll be glad to have this over with. I’m missing meat, coffee (which I will still drink my 1 cup/day), chocolate. I’ve found myself daydreaming about a great turkey sandwich on whole wheat with avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes…ummmmm. See, not unhealthy but not what I need right now. And the way I know I’m on the right track is that my weight, for the first time in three years, is dropping like a ROCK! My hair and nails are thick and growing faster than I can take care of them. While I have a few detox-type side effects (like the rash or the irritability that unleashes at any given moment on unsuspecting bystanders LOL), my hormones seem to be balancing out. All with nothing more than a few supplements and good food.
I’ll give you the updated measurements tomorrow (weight lost, inches lost…maybe pictures) but as of this morning, I’m at -12 lbs in 13 days. I feel better, have more energy (even getting up at 2 a.m.) and my clothes are getting loose. I’m almost down a pants size!
Here’s the Day 12 video (I’ll put Day 13 up later):