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Fruit Cleanse and Health Update

Today is day 24 of the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program at Blackbird Studio.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am participating in this program. This week, program participants are  doing a fruit cleanse. This cleanse means eating nothing but fruit for a minimum of three days and a maximum of five days. No caffeine, no alcohol, no meat, no dairy, no veggies, no sugar, no fun . I’m definitely looking forward to this and I’m not too worried about giving up some foods for a few days. I’ve mostly given up meat already and I use soy milk and almond milk rather than dairy milk. I think  the most difficult part will be having enough fruit available so that I don’t get really hungry and break the fast with something I shouldn’t be eating.

Both, Ariana and I,  have started the fast today.  I ate an orange for breakfast and for lunch I had a handful of olives and a bowl of guacamole made by Ariana. The guacamole was made of avocados, lime juice, a little salt, chunks of tomato, and olives.  It was delicious! I’m eating two clementines while writing this post.

I’ve been watching what I’m eating and doing a ton of yoga.  It is really paying off now. I’m down to 226.8 lbs which means I’ve lost a total of 12 lbs since, 10/14/12. I expect that I’ll be under 220 lbs when I complete the fruit cleanse.

The best news I’ve had in a long time came when I tested my blood pressure this morning. I was 159/99. This is Stage 1 Hypertension and still needs to come down a lot. The good news is that four months ago when I started this blog I was at Stage 3 Hypertension Crisis. Sweet!!

I guess that’s it for now. A pretty straightforward blog post with plenty of good news.

Progress and Revolution

It has been way too long since I’ve posted. There will now be regular updates as I’ve also returned to regular exercise and  better eating habits. The return to a regular Hot Power Yoga practice has really helped me focus on what is important to me.

I feel GREAT!! This morning I weighed in a 229.8 pounds. I’ve broken the 230 lb mark and there is no looking back, unless of course you’re looking at the time lapse photos on this webpage. I’m surprised that I’ve not lost more weight because my physical appearance had changed and my clothes have become much more loose then they were a month ago.  In the past, this has meant that I’m due for a quick loss of five pounds. Typically, weight loss comes in spurts for me. First, my clothes will become more loose, I’ll see the weight loss in my appearance, I’ll feel it in how I move my body, and there will be little change in weight. Second, I’ll see about five pound come off the scale over about a week.  Then it starts over again. I’m looking forward to it and I’m also looking forward to 40 Days to Personal Revolution.

I’ve signed up for Blackbird Studio’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution, based upon Barron Baptiste’s program of the same name and taught by Baptiste instructors. Here’s how Blackbird describes the program:

40 Days to Personal Revolution developed by Baron Baptiste is a program designed for transformation and personal growth. The program supports a daily practice of meditation, yoga (one day off a week), and internal awareness. Reward yourself with a strong toned healthy body, personal growth and a greater sense of personal insight. Meet your goals this time because you have the support of others. You commit to practice 6 times a week, meditate, focus on your diet, read the book, journal and attend some group meetings.

I realize this is a shameless plug for Blackbird Studio. I do it because I believe in what they do 100%. If you’re looking for some change in your life I highly recommend that you join this program with me. The more the merrier and I’d love to give and receive support with you. The program starts tomorrow and there is an introductory meeting tonight at 7:30pm.


I survived the holidays!

The holidays are over and I’ve managed to do only a little bit of damage. On the 15th of December I had lost a total of 10.6 lbs so I was down to 228.2 lbs.  Through my birthday, December 17, Christmas and NYE I gained just 3.6 lbs. I must have eaten 10 lbs of cheese, 8 lbs of chocolate, and 100 Swedish meatballs. The weight gain really could have been much worse. I am now at 231.8 lbs.

I am back on track with both my diet and my exercising. I’m back to eating a lot of fruit and staying away from take-out. I’ve also starting going on long power walks again. I’ve had to walk rather than run because I wrecked my knee in the mosh pit at a Bone Jar/Ire Clad show last year. Moshing is a lot of fun but at 42 years old it takes a lot longer to recover. The knee feels strong enough to run today for the first time in probably seven months. I’ll probably just run a half mile and see how the knee feels tomorrow.

I participated in a great hot power yoga class Monday night at Blackbird Studio. I hadn’t been there in a while so it was nice to get sweaty again and flush out some of those holiday-related toxins, like Swedish meatballs.

A special thanks to Cassie Jenis for calling me out and getting me to start blogging again. :-)

Anybody starting new fitness plans this month? What is your goal? What is your plan?

My Weight Loss Plan

First and most importantly, no more chocolate chip cookies! I love the chocolate chip cookies at Dolce Delight, if  you must try them soon. I, however, may not eat them again for many weeks.

The simple plan consists of three concepts:

  1. Exercising more
  2. Eating healthier food
  3. Eating less

I plan to exercise six days per week and have one rest day per week. I will be practicing Hot Power Yoga three times per week at Blackbird Studio. I will do two workouts at home per week using one of three Budokon DVDs. One day per week I will go for a five mile walk followed by weightlifting at home. One day per week I will have a rest day. I am recovering from a knee injury and I don’t think that I should run yet. I may attempt running again in a few weeks.

Eating healthier will consist of removing all chocolate chips cookies, as I stated above, and I have already added more fruit to my diet to replace late night cravings. I will also have an orange or a apple mid-day to keep me from wanting those evil, yet delicious, chocolate chip cookies. I’ve also replace morning trips to diners with a raw food shake mix that I’ve created using several different shake mixes. I’ll discuss the shake more in a future post. I stopped drinking coffee and now drink teas. I’ve also stopped drinking dairy milk and replaced it with almond milk. I still eat cheese and butter but in limited amounts. I eat meat or eggs about once per week and have been doing that for a year now. It didn’t cut back on meat to lose weight. I cut back mostly because it makes me healthier. There were also ethical, environmental, and socio-economic reasons for cutting back.

To reduce the amount of food I eat I will have a glass of water before eating and I will eat one normal-sized portion an wait ten minutes to see if I’m still hungry before getting a second portion. If I want a second portion I will have some fruit rather than more the main course. When dinning out I will avoid appetizers and opt for just an entree.

I am certain that this will be exactly what I need to lose fifty pounds. Now that I have a plan it is time to take action. I hope that you will come along with me on my journey and I hope that some of you may be inspired to start your own journeys to better health. If you do become inspired, please talk to me about your experiences by commenting on this blog, commenting on my Facebook page, sending me an email or sharing with friends.