happy 2012. It’s hard to believe that it is a whole new year.
Some of you know ( not from the blog, but from knowing me elsewhere) that in June I attended an all day workshop on participating in a 21 plus day cleanse, where I slowly ( safely) eliminated food group from my diet * untiI was down to raw food only then slowly added certain foods back.
I began this on father’s day. I remember this because my daughter left the next day for a 10- day missionary trip to the Appalachian mountains to work with under-privileiged children with her then best friends.
I felt safe starting this when I did.. she would be gone, which really left me just feeding the boys during this time ( and quite frankly,the meat & potatoes that the were wanting didn’t appeal to me at all) so it was rather easy for me to do this without much temptation. Not to mention that I had a veggie garden that had wonderful, healthy greens that were always available.
I has set my mind that this was going to be a succes. Or at the very least, I would not have succeeded, but I would have at least tried.
It turned out to be the single best thing that I had ever done for myself. I learned SO much about my willpower. I felt great. I looked healthy , I shed pounds.
The end of 2011was a strange time in my life. Without getting into too many details, things in my life spiralled. Not in an ‘oh my life is over’ kind of thing, but a constant feeling of not being able to control what was going on around me. This feeling had taken it’s toll on me. I felt as though mercury is in retrograde 24/7
I found some inner peace within yoga, something that has had an impact on my entire year. I began teacher training that will have me certified to be a yoga instructor as well as other certifications. Through this training my eyes have been opened up to how all in this world is connected. Many many things have happened that have had me step back in awe. Things that I never would have noticed prior to my training.
I have learned so much this past year. About myself and the world around me.
I have kept this training a secret from some. I realized in the middle of the night that the energy I have been putting into shielding people in my life from certain things not worth it.
I was just plain silly.
My ramblings may seem to be all over the board here, quite literally. If you thing I’m all over the board here, you should see what is going on inside my head.
I have decided to begin the cleanse again. It feels like right time. The beginning of this new year has me filled with excitement and hope for a wonderful things to come.
It will most certainly be more difficult. Not only is it the dead of winter here in New England ( not the best for fresh produce) but I have to make dinner for 4 each night as well.
* in October we had a wonderful young lady from Hong Kong, Tian, come to live with us for the year*
It will be difficult to cook for them while I am trying to eliminate food in my own diet, but I feel that it is the right thing to do and so my mind has been made up.
What will I post here? a few different things. I will share some of what I will be eating .. but also what I am cooking *healthily* for the rest of my family.
One of the things that we have done is to get a cookbook with authentic Chinese recipes & occasionally making mini- feasts. I will share some of these.
so there you have it. In a very abreviated way, what has been going on in my world.
and for now..
thats’s all she wrote
* I do not like the word ‘diet’. The mere word to me sets one up for failure. When I use the word ‘diet’ it will always be in a term regarding which foods we eat.. for example.. ” my diet consists of”
peace out 🙂