GM Diet/Cleanse

Day One: Just Fruit. Only Fruit. Seems easy, right? Don’t be fooled. I seriously underestimated the fruit thing. Result: Lost THREE pounds¬† on day one.

Day Two: Only Veggies. Much easier than fruit for me. Made roasted cauliflower for dinner with the magic soup. Had a baked potato with a tiny bit of butter for breakfast. Snacked on peas, carrots, broccoli. Not as great without Ranch, but more variety than fruit.  Result: One more Pound GONE!

Day Three: Fruit and Veggies day. No bananas. No Potatoes. A million glasses of water. Best day so far since we can have both fruit and veggies. Result: Another pound bites the dust!

Day Four: Bananas and Milk. Gag, right? Not so bad. I found I wasn’t really as hungry as I was the first few days and cravings were pretty much non-existent. We could also have the wonder soup in unlimited amounts. Result: Two more Pounds!

Day Five: Beef and Tomatoes. Who came up with this day? My husband had a HUGE smile on his face (that meat eater!!) this morning, while I’m thinking… I’m going to turn into a tomato! By now downing water is nothing. The first day I struggled to get my water (three of my water bottles) done, but yesterday I drank five, no problem. Result: .5 pounds

Day Six: After my weigh in this morning, I’m feeling pretty down about the rest of the days. I think it being the weekend and not a normal routine contributes to the trickiness of following the plan. Although today is vegetables and beef and soup. As long a I can skip the cupcake at the birthday party today, I should be good! Result: No weight loss. Sadness

Day Seven: Fruit, vegetables, beef and soup. Combining it all up for the last day! Result: Two pounds gone

End of Cleanse Result: 9.5 pounds weight loss!!!

Interesting to see what my body processes well (fruit and veggies) and what it doesn’t (meat, namely beef since that’s what we ate). My husband lost 13.5 pounds and his big weight loss days were the meat eating ones. I wonder if this is more about how our bodies process food types differently or if it’s due to our preference to food types (meaning we ate more consistently during the day and kept our metabolism going) or a combination of both.

Overall it was well worth the effort for the diet! I think we will do it again at the beginning of next month!


My Other Self

There’s a lot of role filling that goes on in life. I remember in school having to make a list of who you ‘are’: mom, wife, sister, aunt, teacher, maid, diaper changer expert, etc. It’s amazing how you can get swept up in those terms and forget to think of what ELSE you could be.

That’s what happened to me. I loved my life, had what I wanted/needed for the most part, but I had forgotten what it meant to dream. To think about what could enhance or improve mine and my family’s lives… experiences, special treats, retirement plans (yah… self-employment really impaired my retirement planning), and at some points to keep us full of the requirements (food, electricity, gas, etc).

Let me put you in my shoes May 2013…

My second baby was two months old. My husband left to go to work out of town when she was six weeks old. That leaves me nursing, teaching again (self-employed means a very short maternity time), taking care of a newborn and a toddler (he was two at the time). We had relocated my preschool into a new school we built on our property (next to our house). This was a rebuilding/recovery year. My school’s enrollment was 1/3 of what it generally was. The income was 1/3 of what we were accustomed to.

There I am at the grocery store with toddler in the cart and baby in the carseat in the cart. We are finally going up to visit my husband and then his sister. I’m buying groceries to take with us, along with diapers and pull ups, snacks for the road, etc. Picture me, standing in the fruit section, looking at the delicious apples.

Bright, shiny, honey crisp apples: $712 a pound;

Red ‘Delicious’ apples (which, btw, are not delicious): $free.

Okay actual prices were not that extreme, but it felt like that! There was no way I could splurge and buy the expensive (and my favorite) apples.

My latest promotion certificate came in the mail! We checked on the way home from snowmachining at the cabin!

My latest promotion certificate came in the mail! We checked on the way home from snowmachining at the cabin!

I paid for our groceries, got us all into the car, and proceeded to have a small meltdown. I called my mom babbling about apples and no money and realized I was going to have to do something to change that.

That weekend we were up visiting my sister in law and she was telling her friends all about her energy business. It was a kismet moment. I was so excited to find something I could do, in addition to my preschool, that not only would create long term residual income (Hello, retirement!!) as well as weekly income… plus all she does is help other people save money!

I started May 2013 and haven’t regretted a day. I refer to that trip up there as a gift and a blessing… something that changed the direction of our lives. If you’re reading this you definitely should check out my website and learn a little more about it!!