My family is gone. It’s me and Texas. The dog. Not the state, silly.
They went to visit family and attend the celebration of life for Toby’s late Grandma Betty. At one point we owned guinea pigs and I named them after her two ex-husbands, Gil and Ori. Probably not an appropriate time to mention that.
I’ve been busy with my new found liberation.
- Picked up the house.
- Rug doctored.
- Upholstery attachment’ified the couch.
- Laundry. Sock basket nearly empty. Victory!
- Almost finished listening to a book.
- Made a flyer.
- Went to work and actually worked. I finished paperwork!
- Re-organized, categorized, and listed four seasons of our family’s “Psych Pineapple Hunt of 2014”
- Took a bath with mineral salts.
- Made some more garbanzo bean breadish cakelike stuff.
- Played some mad candy crush.
- Baked some of the cutest little mini-cookies I’ve ever seen in my life.
I have yet to finish a few things:
- Washing the windows.
- Fixing a shelf.
- Fixing Q’s dress form.
- Repainting the interior doors.
- Planning more details to the shop’s spring open house.
- Homeskool lesson plans for the next two weeks.
- Dinner with mom and sister.
- Garden beds.
- Getting rid of kids winter clothes and old toys.
I’m burning daylight. I have roughly 2.5 days to get my stuff done. Prolly not going to happen, but I dream big.
Toby has commented that he has noticed a change in me since doing my diet. He’s not sure what it is. Energy or spunk or what. I’ve noticed a change in me, too, but I can’t put a finger on it. Or a thumb. A warty thumb.
The diet and Bible study I’m working on both started within days of each other. I think it’s God using both things to help me. I’ve really detached myself from the shop. More so than my staff would probably like, but the stress is going to ruin me. My threshold is already so low, just because of my health. The excessive stress turns me into someone I don’t like and someone I don’t want to be for 50 more years. I’ve decided I need to figure out how to deal with said stress or proceed with trying to sell the shop. For now, I really want to rebuild my health and give my body the best chance to heal. Being able to rest when I need to rest. Not having to force myself to follow a schedule I can’t be expected to follow right now. There are have been lot of tears over the last several weeks. Good tears.
People have asked how my body has responded to this diet. I, honestly, am not sure how to answer that. I still feel pretty worn out. At this point, I’m doing A LOT and keeping busy. But, I’m exhausted. I take frequent breaks. I try not to nap so I’ll sleep better at night, but when that heavy fog of fatigue lays on you thick and you’re too tired to talk… you get to take a nap then. =)
I have noticed obvious improvements in my digestive tract. My husband and I have, in the past, done a colon cleansing program. I found it YEARS ago online. We have tried to do it every few years since then, but I haven’t been able to do it as frequently as Toby because of my pregnancies. We love this product, Colonix. It will freak you out, it is that good. I started my diet March 2, 2014 with these Acai detox pills. We did ten days of the Acai WITH ten days of no sugar, dairy, caffeine, or gluten. We also did a lot of juicing and ate primarily vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains like brown rice. I started taking a multi-vitamin, 1,000mg Vitamin C, and an omega-3 oil supplement at this time. In addition, I have drunk (drank? drunken?) more water in the past three weeks than I have in the whole year.
After the first super strict 10 days, we switched from the Acai detox pills to the Colonix. The Colonix is a 30-day program. It can be more, but I’m just doing 30. Following that, I will go back to the Acai pills as continual maintenance. Toby and I both feel that the “prep” we did in the ten days before starting the colon cleanse made a big difference.
Here I am 21 days into this diet. I am shifting the diet to avoid saturated fats, yeast, sugar, gluten, and dairy. I have also added a few more supplements to my daily cocktail: I am taking a high-potency probiotic, a high dose of Vitamin D3, and a liquid Vitamin B-complex. I have tried to maintain a regular sleep schedule. I am also committed to building my spiritual foundation in Christ. I think all of these things, all of these little changes, are adding up.
I regret that I can’t say, “This diet has changed my life! Do it!” I don’t feel that, yet. But, I’m willing to give it time. I’m willing. I want to keep eating this way. That should say something, because it is not glamorous, or easy, or always tasty. I don’t have a big testimony yet, but I do have a super tiny one.
It’s a wart. Was a wart. This is the grossest blog post I’ve ever written on: colon cleansing and warts. No, not venereal warts. The regular kind. I’ve had one on my thumb. For probably a year. I’ve treated it with stuff, but found ignoring it worked best for me. I’m so gross, huh? Don’t judge me. Please. Every once in awhile, I’d hit it or if it got pushed it would hurt. But, we mostly just did our own things, me in my world and thumb wart in hers. I noticed last week, thumb wart is almost gone. So… in one year my body can’t conquer this little virus. But, in two weeks + of clean eating, detoxing, and supplementing it goes away on it’s own. This is a miracle. I’m so thankful for it. This tells me that my immune system is kicking in. And, even though it may take more time before my body beats up the rest of the bad stuff, I think it’s working. I’ll take what I can get!