Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ten for Tuesday

#1. Don't compare yourself to anyone else.

#2. Be happy and confident with your choices. Own them.

#3. It's ok if her house is cleaner than yours. It's ok if she also has 2 kids under the age of 4. Yes, you only have two dogs. So? See #1.

#4. Allow yourself to have a little faith.

#5. Find your peace. It's ok to be happy and sad at the same time.

#6. Life is precious.

#7. See the blessings in your life. They are happening all around you.

#8. Don't judge, cricitize or put yourself down for feeling the way you do. Accept yourself, count your blessings, and move on.

#9. No matter what, no matter how hard it feels ... there is always something to be thankful for. Find it.

#10. Talk about it.

{all images from Pinterest}

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Water Detox

So, I meant to write this post on Monday when I started this detox, but this week has been cray-cray.

Anyway, on Monday I started the Jillian Michaels 7-day water detox. It's a recipe of 60 oz. of water, 1 TB pure cranberry juice, 2 TB lemon juice, and a bag of dandelion root tea per day.

I couldn't find pure dandelion root tea (don't have very good "health" stores around here) so I bought two different kinds of tea - the EveryDay Detox Blend has dandelion root in it, and the Super Slimming blend is a variety of herbs (pictures of ingredients below).

The first day, I only put one EveryDay Detox bag in, but the second day on I've been using one of each and I love it! It tastes sort of bitter at first, but you totally get used to it. It's easy to drink the whole thing in one day.

EveryDay Detox ingredients

Super Slimming ingredients 

I was expecting it to taste nasty, but it's actually not that bad! I bought myself a 20 oz. cute little class bottle at Ross that I take with me everywhere, and I drink 3 of them a day. I just keep it at my desk or take it with me to a meeting or lunch, and it's gone in no time.

So far, I've lost 2.6 pounds! Of course, I'm doing this in combination with a healthy diet and limiting my calories to 1200 per day, along with exercising every day. I'm alternating running 3 miles one day and doing a Jillian Michael's DVD the next. I will give myself one weekday off (probably Friday) and then do one long run over the weekend, between 5-8 miles.

So far, some co-workers have asked me about it and are doing it as well. We're having a weight-loss competition at work for the next 12 weeks, so I think I will do this every other week (supposed to give yourself a one week break). I will keep you posted on the results! :-)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

I must say, I was blown away by all the support and encouragement I received on my last post. Thank you guys! I always try to be true to myself and honest with my feeling, and I'm glad to know when I do that here, it is well-received. Thank you! :-)

Having today off when most of the rest of the world had to go back to work has been fabulous. I slept in a little bit. Got a head start on school which begins again tomorrow. Cleaned my house. Emptied a scary amount of things from my pantry with long-expired expiration dates. Went on a run. Prepared myself for tomorrow.

It isn't usually my style to make a big deal of a new year. I don't like suddenly changing my life and eating/exercise habits just because the calendar reads January. I think any day is the day to change if you are unhappy or off-course with something in your life. Regardless, this year I took the time to reflect on the previous year in light of what I have accomplished, instead of what I want to change in the upcoming year. There is always going to be something to change, to improve upon, to accomplish. But what if we focused on what we have to benefit from by doing those things?

You may have seen the commercial (I think it's for Kellogg Special K?) that shows people nervously stepping on a scale in Times Square, only for it to show positive affirmations such as joy, pizazz, confidence, etc. The mantra of the commercial is "What will you gain?", which is a total shift in thinking from the normal focus of what we have to lose.

I want to make that my mindset in 2012. By looking back at 2011, I realized just how much I've changed as a person... how much I really did gain. Confidence. Peace. Knowledge. Love. I can only imagine how much more I will gain in this new year. Regardless of if you want to lose weight, re-focus your attitude, do something amazing, or whatever your resolution is - you have so much to gain by making positive changes. Even through hardships, there is something to gain. I love that.

What do you have to gain this year?