August update #2…let the cleanse begin!

Good morning, all.

I have gathered all of my wits about me in the past few days and am getting organized and mentally/physically prepared to start my 30-day Isagenix cleanse.  I ended up needing a few more weeks in August to place my Isagenix order, have it shipped, take some vacation time on a beautiful West Coast island , and refocus myself before diving in.

Today is the last day of August, there is a very noticeable chill in the air rushing in through the open window in my office, and I can almost see autumn walking down the road towards us, ready to relieve summer of her duties and take his place in the changing of the seasonal guard.

With each new season I make a goal for health and personal growth, and the 30-day Isagenix cleanse will be a part of my goals for this season. As I mentioned in my August Update post, I feel that I have reached a plateau in weight loss, now hovering around 154-158 (give or take, depending on water weight and what I ate that day) for a while now. But more than that, I finally feel healthy enough emotionally and physically (that combination being an important one to master!) to take on a cleanse and face it with the right attitude  from start to finish – one that will contribute to me having very good results and staying grounded in the process.

For the most part, I do not promote dietary cleansing for longer than a few days because I think there is too great a margin for error in terms of depleting your body of necessary vitamins and minerals and losing muscle mass. People can make themselves even more unhealthy from doing a cleanse – especially an unsupervised cleanse based on a the lastest fad, and one that is done SOLELY with weight loss in mind.

Weight loss, in my opinion, is the byproduct of a healthy balanced lifestyle that includes an abundance of nourishing foods and energizing activities. There are no short cuts or quick fixes. It is a steady and sometimes lengthy process that involves a deep commitment to loving yourself at every step of the journey and making healthy choices from a LOVING and WHOLE place inside of you.

That is the place I am operating from at this point in my weight loss journey, and that is why I am comfortable trying a cleanse program at this point. I have been wanting to do a nutritional cleanse to detox my body and start to release some areas of stored fat I have held onto for a long time. The Isagenix cleansing program is a replenishing program as well as a detox, which is why I think it is so awesome! It doesn’t just detox you and leave you depleted, it gives your body all of the essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes it needs to function and have increased vitality at the very same time. That is fantastic and safe and a great program for someone in my position.

I will be starting the cleanse tomorrow, September 1, and it will run for 30 days. I will use this blog as a platform to track my progress and weight loss throughout. During this cleanse I’ll also be taking up hot yoga again as of mid-September, so that will be a great added benefit to me in terms of building my muscles up again and sweating out as much grossness as possible!

Yay autumn, I am going to be my healthiest ever, come Christmas 2012!

My goal is to lose 12 to 15 lb in the next 2 months. I am assuming most of that weight will come off during the 30-day cleanse, but after that when I am maintaining and back to incorporating a regular healthy diet, I am going to really focus on the exercise part of my health routine and begin toning and cardio again. Those beautiful trails around here are just begging for me to jog them! Wahoo!

Thanks, again, for reading and supporting me. I have been the tortoise when it comes to weight loss – slowly making progress to a desired end, learning to believe in myself and gain new confidence and strength in the process. I am gaining some speed at this point, but the approach is generally the same.

Never rush yourself. Some people get to the finish line before everybody else – true – but they get there without having learned anything about themselves and fall back into old habits. In a culture that equates being thin to being successful, I go against the grain. I believe that success, if we even want to call it that, comes the moment you fully accept yourself, allow love to penetrate your life, and feel grateful for everything you are and everything you have. Whatever happens above and beyond that, weight loss included, is just the icing on the proverbial cake of life…the proof, if you will, of the goodness you are calling into your own life and the lives of those around you.

So, bring on the cleanse, dump on the icing, and let’s go!

Ovr’N’Out!

Amber

August update!

Hello again! It’s been a few months now, during which time I have been focusing on getting re-ACTIVE-ated and emotionally healthier. And the good news – I’m down another 12 lbs! Yep. Lowest weight I’ve been since starting this blog…

And the magic number is – 154 lb!!!

There is no big secret to this, really. I have been hiking, walking, yoga-ing, eating healthy, thinking positive, practicing mindfullness, journaling, art-ing, and letting go of the that which no longer serves me. All of these behaviors lead to a healthier human being in anyone who practices them. There is no magic formula or pill – it’s just about getting real and getting right with yourself; accepting that deep universal source love into your life in every area. That’s my secret, anyway.

Having said that though, I am kind of excited about a cleanse I am going to be starting in mid-August, in which I will be supported and coached all the way through by a new friend and someone I would consider a well-balanced health guru (nutritionist and realist!).

Ever heard of Isagenix?  I personally didn’t know much about it until meeting Tammra. Usually when it comes to network marketing products, I am a bit skeptical. My skepticism doesn’t come from the belief that these products are a scam (they are very much legitimate and GREAT products most of the time!), but understanding that network marketing requires a great deal of effort and passion, that often I have not had the energy to invest. However, meeting people like Tammra and my one of my bestest friends in the whole world, Desiree with Stampin’ Up!, I have been wowed and amazed at the success these beautiful ladies have had through their hard work, openness, and integrity in their business dealings. Very impressed!

So, I am going to try Isagenix and do the 30-day cleanse. It is an amazing cleansing program in that it detoxifies the body (from toxins mostly stored in the fast cells) and at the same time it REPLENISHES the body with the right mineral and vitamin balance. It is a whole foods product, above organic grade, and the success people have using it is pretty mind blowing. The results speak for themselves, and that’s what I’m interested in!

I feel ready to do a cleanse having spent the last 2 years working on the emotional aspects of weight loss. I get that part now. I get that you need to love yourself, that you need to break away from dysfunctional learned behaviors and coping mechanisms, and that you need to get active and find your way back to being excited about life! Those are the most important first steps. Now I am at a plateau having achieved those milestones of knowledge, and I’m ready to take the next step and give myself a good physical kickstart!

Enter Isagenix! My blog over August will be focusing on the cleanse once it starts and keeping you in the loop about the way I am feeling and weight I am losing in the process. I think we are all going to be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for continuing to follow my blog!

Keep on keepin’ on!

Amber