Day 21 – Its Not The End

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3wks of NO SOLID FOOD!

OMG, I made it! Wooootwooot! I am so excited that I stuck to this. I am so excited that I can fit in my size 2’s again! I am just feeling motivated, energetic, clear and happy. I’ve been pretty zen since I came to terms with a few things during this process. Not to be confused with numb, just accepting and “over” it. Giving up whatever does not serve me well; feelings, food and circumstances. I feel lighter. literally. I was hoping to lose a few more lbs but as I continue my detox into the next 8days as I transition to solid food again I’m certain a few more will get plucked off. I can’t just jump right back on the free feed band wagon…I’m certain it would turn into a scarf and barf and who wants that?!? yuck. So for the next week I will slowly introduce my body to a variety of healthy raw foods, and then meat. So excited, it will be like Christmas everyday! I bet a salad will never have tasted sooooo good!

 

So here are the before and afters and all the deets…btw, I personally feel I have a few more weeks to go before I see the results I really want, but that will come with exercise and more good nutrition! I lost 15lbs total! I lost 2″ off my hips and 2″ waist and 2″ off my thighs!

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Day 19/20 – Believe You Can

inspirational-sports-quotes-for-girls-hd-o-inspirational-quote-facebookjpg-wallpaperI had quite an uneventful weekend. I worked. I detoxed. I counted the minutes to the last day knowing that it would creeeeeep on. And it did. I sat around being lazy enjoying the stormy weather and just took it all in. I know there was so much more I could have done in my free time but since I’ve been on this diet it seems all I can focus on is eating, drinking, sleeping and blogging. I still can’t believe I ever committed to this challenge but I’m sure glad I did. I’ve been able to proudly tell people where I’m at physically, emotionally and spiritually. All of which I have a heightened sense of perspective now.

You can do this too by the way, if you believe it, if you want it…you can do whatever you want!

Day 16 – Open Wide

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Restoration Colonics

So yesterday I enjoyed another Wednesday off of work. I normally work on this day even though my store is actually closed. But I’ve felt like I really needed time to myself to just unwind. I had a couple things planned in the garden and around the house but those things never happened, except I did start some seeds in the house. Can’t wait to get the garden planted and raging this year. Now that I’m juicing, more than ever, I want fresh homegrown greenies!

The other thing I needed to do was take a drive down the hill to visit Sprouts grocery store, replenish my powder packs and get some more juicing ingredients a n d I had an appointment for my 1st colonic. Like ever. Sounded like something I would really benefit from during my detox and quite frankly the thought of having several pounds of poo stuck in my body was more frightening than the thought of having a stranger probe my behind.

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Chi Machine

I went to a place called Restoration Colonics of Escondido. Someone referred me to this particular ladies office and I showed up, not really knowing exactly what to expect but having visions of very descript things. lol. A very cute cheerful gal named Tatyana came out and greeted me. She had me lay on a bed with a chi machine at my feet and left me for a few minutes. *The Chi Machine enables the human body to gently move from side to side in a figure of eight (the same way a goldfish swims), maximizing the body’s natural absorption of oxygen, using all the movement orbits of the human anatomy. (I’ll post more on this later…its an excellent tool for moving lymph and aiding in bowel movements.)

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Where the magic happens

Once that was done I changed into a short hospital top and velcro shorts that I put on backwards. Then I waited in the “the room” admiring all the chakra healing lights, aroma therapy and calming sounds. Everything was set up in such a wonderful non medicinal way. I didn’t feel like I was in a doctors office or a hospital…it was pleasant and soothing. Then the fun began. I climbed up on the table and she assisted me while placing the probe doomahicky in the right spot (like who could mistake that place???) Then as she begins to explain the sensations, the process etc she starts turning knobs and adjusting water levels and massaging my belly. Right away she told me how much resistance there was in my abdomen and after about 15 mins of “filling me up” and “emptying my bowels” she tells me nothing is coming out. Um what? Apparently I was very impacted. even though I didn’t feel like I have suffered from any kind of constipation.

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PooTV

So I needed to get another “fillup” and then take my sorry butt to the bathroom and try to push out the obstruction. I start making scowly faces because isn’t that her job? To get it out?!?!?!? After 2-3 times of disconnecting that damn probey thing and reinserting it…she finally feels like we got enough blockage to proceed. Thank God. Then the real work begins, she pushed probed and massaged until wave after wave finally released. She informed me very casually that a person can eliminate 3-9 bowel movements during a colonic. wOw thats a lot of doody. I watched the “PooTV”  to see everything being eliminated. It just floated on thru the clear tube. Very strange indeed. Thank goodness there was nothing stranger than beet juice and old fecal matter, cause I’ve heard of people seeing worms passing thru during their colonic. I probably would have passed out! an hour and a half later we were finally done.

If you’ve never had this procedure done, I can say this for sure – it is different for everyone. I must say it was unlike anything I have ever endured before. It was not painful, yet it was uncomfortable at times. It was not embarrassing at all and very clean. There was no smell or funky stuff going on. Tatyana was super nice, very informative and pleasant to talk to. I did suffer thru some post colonic diarrhea for pretty much the rest of the day/evening and I was tired, sore and ready to get some sleep. I think I had some air trapped in my gut because I never really got comfortable until much later when I was laying in bed.

If you live in San Diego area and are considering colonic hydrotherapy, Restoration Colonics is def a great place to do it. Tell Tatyana that you heard about it here. Oh by the way, I weighed myself at the office right before and right after —> I lost 2LBS during the process!  BONUS!

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Day 15 – You’re Invited…

th (7)Yesterday was yet another uneventful day…I felt great, my skin is aglow and yet I’m still having cravings. I still can’t wait to actually eat some “real” food. I had such a wonderful day connecting with people and then today…crash and burn. I’m in a dark place. I feel anxious and wishing I could have something to munch on. My body is trying to trick me…I know its a ploy. I’m hoping that I can scoot out of work for a few minutes and get a Kombucha, at least that will make me feel like I have a treat but not a cheat.

I only have 6 days left and I’m not going to cave. I had some weird dark and twisty dream last night that set my mood for this morning and no matter how hard I tried to come out of it, it’s hovering…and the hits just keep on coming. Couple other things sent me over the edge all in a matter of an hour. Nothing catastrophic just annoying and out of my control. I know I can’t let it ruin my day. I will snap out of it, but for now I’ma have me a pity party. Then I’ll come to and feel super fab again…just wait and see.

 

Day 12/13 – Weekend Woes

th (4)While everyone else is posting TGIF’s and hurray for the weekend posts, getting dolled up for weddings and bbq’s…I’m sitting here. Alone. Working. On a detox diet. With nothing other than juice, soup and water in sight for another week or more…

The weather in So. Cal has been beautiful, sunny and mildy warm all week and the weekend was darn near perfect to be outside doing something. Anything. Working in the yard. Or the garden. Or just relaxing on the porch with a margarita and some bbq ribs and corn on the bob…but nooooooooo, I decided that I should just stop eating solid food for 3wks and beyond. All for the sake of being healthy and thin…I’m beginning to think all that is overrated. Lol.

It’s been torture all week, driving up and down Main Street, taking in the smells of the local BBQ joint. Driving thru quiet neighborhoods and picking up that familiar grill, wood, meat smell has made me straight up looney. If I were to sit next to someones bbq grill right now I bet it would make me high because among other things, I’m fairly certain this detox has heightened my sense of smell. If I can just get thru one more week…I will then only have one more week to get thru the food transition and then and only then can I partake in big fat bbq something!

Day 11 – Keep Calm

keep-calm-cause-i-m-detoxingI got nothing for you today. Nothing clever, funny or artsy fartsy. I’m so busy at my shop that I haven’t had much time to plot out my next blog post. I guess that’s a great problem to have eh? I’m also a little hungry cause I skipped my protein smoothie this morning…but I have extra tea. Yay me. Seriously though, the hunger pangs are few and far between.

The crisis healing did not hit me the same way it has hit other people. Of course I still have 10 days to go so anything is possible…and we know how much I love to jinx myself! I have def had some serious retrospect but not an all out meltdown. breakdown or temper tantrum of any kind. Lucky you. I have been feeling very zen, calm and relaxed.

I’m now 10lbs down and counting…I feel great and I’m still looking forward to having some food to chew on again but plan to extend the detox supplements into my normal daily routine for upkeep. I also ordered some fun kitchen tools to make food more healthy and interesting! Can’t wait…

Day 9 – dónde está el baño

frequenturinationI took yesterday off and enjoyed a quiet morning sitting on the porch, sipping hot tea and relaxing. Got a little grocery shopping done and even put in a few minutes of treasure hunting. I must say that I feel fantastic but I hate being a slave to the bathroom.

Every time I leave the house I have a plan…I need to know exactly where I’m going and know there’s a bathroom close by. Pee pee runs are still about every 15-30mins and I literally go before I leave the house and am doing the pee pee dance by the time I arrive at my destination, any destination, even if its only 5mins away! Lol. I am so thankful that I’m not up and down all night though…for the most part.

Because my body has been purging so diligently I have def felt a loss. But the good kind. My clothes fit better, my head is clearer, overall I just feel fabulous. I was so thrilled to see the scale when I got up yesterday, it was just under 135! What?!?!? I was at 145 when I started this adventure just 10 days ago! Holy cow. So exciting. I can hardly wait to see the scale at day 21!!!! Excuse me. I’ll be right back. I have to go to the bathroom…………

 

Mystery Ceramic Boxes…

I found these on a treasure hunt and I have no idea what they are. I was drawn to the shape, the color and then when I realized they were actually boxes…I was SOLD! They appear to be unmarked although one has a felt bottom. They are both exquisite and colorful and pretty and funky retro in all the right ways! I love them, but they will be for sale once I can identify them so if you know that are or have an idea…do tell! I love to skip to the last chapter sometimes.

Today’s Score…

Just when I think I’ve hit a wall; financially, emotionally or all of the above…something throws itself in front of me to distract me, make me happy, remind me of how much I’m blessed or annoy me more. Hopefully not the latter. Lol. For the past week, I have been faithfully scooting in to the store a little bit early each day to so I can get more stuff done. Cleaning, tagging, photographing, working on the blog, posting posting posting. Today however I decided that was a ridiculous idea and I would not sit idly by and watch anyone walk past my store with an awesome thrift store find…there’s a large store just a few doors down the street and lots of people are there everyday at opening to grab some loot for cheap! I never wanted to be one of “those” people that lurk at the front door of a business waiting for the lock to turn so I could rush in and frantically grab stuff that I want…however, things change and circumstances sometimes put us in that never say never mode.

So I hiked down the street ( half a block) with the attitude that I would probably only find a couple little chachkies and then go back to open the store without having put too much of a dent in my pocketbook. After all, I am trying to save money for a beautiful big lighted & locking wall case (or 3) to put all my lovelies in. After staring blankly into the void inside for a few minutes everyone came to attention to greet their new best friend, the lady with the keys! As a few other ladies stepped in ahead of me I had already decided that I would look at the furniture section first today. It seems that I am always just missing the coolest pieces by a few seconds or minutes cause my favoritest place in the store is the jewelry, or maybe the housewares…shoot I love it all. Why can’t I be in three places at once?!? So as we came thru the door leading to the furniture area, just the two of us…I saw it.

My Preciousssssss

It was tall, it was oak, it was glass, it had doors and I it was small enough that I wouldn’t need any help getting to my store…but someone else had their hand on the tag. My inner voice yelled NOOOOOOOOOOOO, that should be mine, I’m poor, I need that and I can afford it cause it was only $19.99!!!!! I know this lady, she works at the other antique store across the street from me…she also buys and sells stuff…I heard her pause and say something under her breath and then it happened – – – – she passed on it. Walked away. I stopped dead in my tracks and grabbed the ticket off the glass before I could even inspect it to make sure I really wanted it. I’m pretty sure I almost ran her over trying to get around her to whisk it off the case. Heck it could have been missing every shelf and had broken glass all the way around and I still would have been excited. I knew I wanted it and it should be my precioussssss. muhahahahaha. The little voice in my head starting squealing with delight as one of the employees came over to tell me how it was a very expensive custom made piece worth about $1000 (not sure about that) but um yah, it was dropped off by the guy that made it.

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Handmade Oak Display Case

I felt like the winner of a grand prize, there were people walking by commenting on how lucky I was, how gorgeous it was, and oh my what a great price. I white fisted the tag all the way inside the store hoping that no one else would try to buy it out from under me…that was my precious and I didn’t care if I had to “walk” it all the way down the street I was taking it with me today! After quickly perusing the rest of the store for any little things I “needed” to buy I paid for my big score and sighed some relief. The staff at the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet are outstanding…I was fortunate enough to have the help of one of the guys in the back. He put it up on a 4 wheel dolly and took it down the block for me inside my store. Now I could be the envy of someone else watching as I toted my super duper special purchase in front of their store! Oh and the bonus? It matches my two existing oak display cases PERFECT.

To you, it may not look that grand. It may not look like such a fantabulous treasure. It may look ordinary and eh, it’s ok…but to me its a priceless gem that I NEEDED thrown in front of me right at that very moment. Woohoo me! Next stop….fill er up!

 

Epic Estate Sale or Epic Fail? Part #2

Once I arrived at what I just knew would be the mother of all estate sales, I quickly realized by the sheer number of cars and people that this would be a daunting task…I had to dodge people and cars and mud holes all the way down the dirt road for nearly a mile on foot to the front gate. I felt like I had arrived at an amusement park because of the lines and the tables and the “security” posts. I only arrived 30 minutes late and I couldn’t believe how much stuff people had at the checkout line. I heard them call out numbers like #967, etc. I was thinking holy smokes, was that how much they spent or was that what # they were serving on checkout?!? I also saw LOTS of people walking away empty handed. Where they just lookie loos? Where the prices too high? What’s the deal? I heard one lady say there was still some stuff left…uh, I hope so! This thing just started for petes sake. Lol. This is supposed to be the mother load, the honey hole, a pickers Disneyland! There better be some stuff left. Red Flag #3.

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My only score – Vtg unmarked McCoy painted bean pot

They were making people wait at the gate to go in because of the limited amount of space but luckily I only had to wait a few minutes. I was getting all tingly and excited, I couldn’t wait to grab a basket and do some damage with my paltry allowance. As I entered I saw not one basket (they advertised there would be some upon entering), I didn’t even see anyone holding anything the resembled a shopping basket. One of the ladies “working” there told me they ran out about 5 people into the sale. Hmm. Ok… And let me just say, pictures do wonders for glamorizing and over inflating events, things and places. When I strolled thru the gate and realized that this little wood shack/shed was the first “town” bldg, I was already disappointed. Red Flag #4. It was more like a wood shed with a roof that someone slapped a sign on and threw some stuff in. Boo. Incidentally someone had already bought an ENTIRE building in the little “town”…contents included…so no one got to look at or buy anything from that one. Double Boo.

There were so many people inside each little bldg that you had to peer under and around them to see if you even wanted to get stuck inside to snag some loot. Everyone had to look at every little thing, which is OK, but couldn’t they look a little faster? I had treasure to find! Again I remind you that I was only 30 mins in after the gate was opened yet I couldn’t see any of the things I had swooned over in the photos…nary a one. The prices were at full retail and some beyond that, in my opinion. I was even surprised that none of the faces in the crowd looked familiar, I expected to see so many people I knew here. I did eventually run into two of my very dear friends Damon & Tara Jorde…and thank goodness because they had to help me out of this madhouse!

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My assortment of overpriced advertisement items

The entire event was such a massive let down. I guess in order to get anything at all you had to be the 1st one thru the gate, which from what I heard wasn’t much better. Some poor guy arrived at 4:30AM to be the first one into the sale (gate opened at 9AM) and even he didn’t get what he wanted…apparently whatever it was ( I think an old cigar indian), was pictured on the estate sale website but no one said it was NFS (not for sale) until he arrived. So even that guy missed out. In the end, even after all the Red Flags, I spent too much on a few items that I liked rather than items I could resell for any profit, except for a fabulous vintage bean pot. Why? Because I HAD to buy something for all my trouble, after all it was my first day off in 3 damn weeks…I wanted something to show for my efforts! I got to cut in line with my awesome friends (thanks guys) and did I mention I didn’t bring any cash for my bounty – rookie move #2 – that’s a huge one (again, thanks guys)!!! Perhaps if I hadn’t felt so rushed the whole time, ushered in and out of each space so quickly so as to not get stepped on or elbowed one more time…perhaps then I could have actually enjoyed part of the experience and then I wouldn’t have buyers remorse on my overpriced stash…just sayin.

p.s. on another note, any antique dealer or reseller worth their weight in gold knows that you NEVER ever put any kind of tape or label that isn’t residue free on something that can affect the finish of a vintage or antique item…everything I purchased and everything at the sale was ticketed with blue painters tape with prices written on it. NEWSFLASH…just because this tape doesn’t pull wall paint off doesn’t mean it won’t stick to stuff like painted signs and paper. . .not a wise choice. Luckily I am cautious when removing price “tags” but even still I pulled the original surface from a few pieces…