September 12, 2012
Woke up at 6:30a.m. I was feeling really good. I was ready to start working out again and looking forward to it. I wrote my blog and did laundry during the early morning.
I ate a small amount of cantaloupe, but wasn’t that hungry yet since I hadn’t been exercising for a few days.
I went to Doug’s lecture on body sculpting. It was a repeat, since I’d already heard it before, but I still enjoyed hearing it again.
At 10a.m. I was excited for the work out class to start. We did an obstacle course and I really enjoyed that. I especially enjoyed doing pull-ups and core work. We then went outside and did some stretching and more core work, as well as some bouncing on the rebounder. My favorite part was working on upper body strength and working with the weights. I really really want to get my upper body stronger. It was also such a good work out for my almost healed rotator cuff. I want to get some of those little weights when I get home.
I ate some celery and a few dates.
When class was over Doug was doing games on the trampolines. That was super intense and Doug was pushing us hard. I was practically crawling off the trampoline by the end of it. It felt sooo good to work my body. I just love that feeling! After being sick and fasting for a day, I feel even stronger and cleaner now than I did before. I like that!
Peach, lettuce smoothie and I drank about 4 large glasses, I also munched on a whole bunch of yummy celery.
After lunch I called a couple of people that were wanting some coaching on changing their lives and striving to take the path to health.
A bunch of people were going on a walk up the mountain and I wanted to come along. The walk was really good. I was in the back talking with a man named Paul and we were sharing our stories of finding this lifestyle and we both feel so blessed to have found this way of living. I could have gone down so many roads and tried so many ways of eating, but instead I found the one that has healed my body, mind and spirit in more ways than I could have imagined. Yay!
It was getting cold up the mountain. Paul and I decided to turn back early, we were joined by a boy named Ricky. He is 12 and is here with his mom. It was just incredible talking with him. I want him to talk to my daughter! For being so young, he is very wise. He was talking about food and how he feels the difference in how it affects his body. He was saying that when he eats foods that are not fresh fruits and vegetables then he instantly feels less energy and like he cannot think as clearly. So young and already listening to his body! I was very impressed by him.
On the walk back I was getting really hungry. Luckily we came across some blackberries and feasted on those for a while. Then coming into the retreat there are a bunch of plum trees with yummy ripe plums and we ate some of those. I also had a few dates when we got back to the retreat.
It was 2 hours before dinner and my body was telling me to rest. So I did. I sat in the sun for a while. Then I took a super hot shower (it felt so good). Then I lied in my room and rested until it was time for dinner.
Fresh squeezed oj blended with nectarines. One of my favorites! There was more served at dinner but I wanted to keep it simple so I stuck with the juice. I drank a lot…about 5 large glasses full.
During dinner I had a great conversation with a woman that is studying to me a medical doctor. She shared her story of dealing with mental illness and being medicated for it most of her life. Like myself she found that through eating a pure diet she has no more depression and mental issues. She got off all her medications and feels amazing eating this way. I was really happy to be able to talk to someone else who has gone through a lot of what I have. I hope we are able to stay in touch and it’s really exciting to me that she is going to be a doctor promoting health and nutrition instead of the typical drug prescribing doctor.
After dinner I went to bed and read for about an hour. I went to sleep around 9:30p.m.