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A lot has happened since last I wrote- for one- I’m getting a divorce and for the other- I’ve unintentionally lost 20 lbs in the last 13 months. I’m more concerned about the latter. Not one to sit around and wait for the world to make a decision for me, I’ve taken my health into my own hands by going back to the gym, consulting with my former trainer and practicing the art of extreme self-care.

Life only hits if your letting it happen to you versus living it by your own terms. 

It all started when I looked in the  mirror this past week and realized that my two lady parts were ..ehem..missing (I’m talking about boobs). At first, I just chocked it up to breastfeeding for years on end (no, I’m not one of those moms that breastfeeds my kid when they can walk up to me and say- where’s your boob mom while their sharp teeth twinkle in the sunlight), but since I do have 3 kids – I had my fair share of being a meal. I then noticed my stomach- and the skin looked kind of defeated– like those people who lose too much weight too fast and their skin doesn’t have time to acclimate to the change. 

The great thing about being a Health Counselor is that when your health is going downhill – if you’re a self-aware person and you’re doing your job right- you’ll catch it before it’s too late.

I decided to hit the gym and consult with my old trainer- Nosa. Nosa suggested a physical assessment b/c they had my records from 2012 when I used him to lose the pregnancy weight.

He took one look at me and said, girl- you have to eat. Your stomach looks that way because you’ve lost too much weight so your body is holding on to what little fat you have and not distributing it in the right places (like my missing boobs). The good news is that my physical strength has increased since last year, the bad news is that my BMI is officially on the starvation range. In public health terms- a BMI less than 18.5% is called wasting. I’m officially wasted, but not in that fun drunk way– nope, it’s in that – WOMAN- eat a big juicy steak with blue cheese on it because you look like you’re living under famine like conditions.

After the physical assessment, we talked about the goal. I looked at my flabby skin on my stomach and said- “I want to work on this, is there hope?” Nosa replied- “yeah, if you decide to eat more and we’ll work on free weights with you. We’re not going to do cardio except for warm ups and you have to eat at least 5 times a day- 3 big meals- 2 little ones – and every 2 to 3 hours if you can remember. Mai- force yourself to eat. I know this is the last thing on your mind, but you have to eat – carbs will do you good right now- the complex kind of course.”

So- as I’ve documented many journeys- cleanses- boot camp- boredom- birthing– this is my path back to extreme self-care. My health is my life and my work so in the art of practicing what I preach- I’m going to write candidly about this (is there any other way) –so that I’m held accountable and that those 9 lbs in muscles will happen. I’ll feel so good when I have a chest that doesn’t look like a 10 year old boy. 😉 Joking aside, I can see why women get boob jobs now- but – my take on a boob job is it’s a personal decision, but I don’t like knives and I don’t like operations and I don’t like foreign objects inside me that I have to change out every 5 years. Opening up my body cavity for vanity is too high a price for me to personally pay. However, I’ve had plenty of gal pals who’ve opted for an amazing rack and their boobs really do look great – but after enduring 3 C-sections, I’ve made a vow to myself to stay clear of opening up my body cavity if I can help it.

Also, if some loser guy wants me to have a boob job, I’ll kindly ask him to get a penile enlargement. No? I didn’t think so.

Okay- for DAY 1 of my cleanse, I wrote on FB the following:

I’m going back to extreme self-care with my lifestyle – defined as loading up on greens, heading back to the gym and surrounding myself with my positive and inspirational buds. Oh- and working on much needed sleep. My bed and I have a passionate love affair – I have to renew my evening commitment of early to bed! My breakfast today – organic egg, farm fresh cabbage, garlic and mushrooms and lots of water to drink.

DAY 2 (today):

Breakfast – green smoothie comprised of blueberries, a cup of spinach, a banana, blueberries and whole yogurt with a splash of juice and a 2 tablespoons of almond butter. 

Big glass of water

2 boiled eggs.

Snack: Water and Organic Fig Bar

Lunch: 

Huge plate of steamed broccoli with butter. Big plate of grapes. Shredded Chicken Salad with sunflower seeds, shredded cheese, red onion, lettuce from my CSA and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

Snack- cheese stick and clementine.

That’s what I’ve got so far. I plan to do a guided meditation tonight, continue with my gratitude journal where I write 3 things I’m grateful for that happened today and go to sleep early (before 11 PM). Your body does the most healing between 11 PM and 2 AM.

Did you know sleep also helps cleanse detoxifies your brain? 

Here’s the article:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267611.php

As for other areas in my life- I’m getting situated in the role of Single Sassy Mom (SSM). Sure, is it ideal to have a mommy and daddy in one household- yes- but is it less ideal if they want to rip each other’s heads off- yes. So, I’ve just joined the 50% of Americans that ran screaming. In the process, I’ve met some really cool new people and have discovered who I was before the wedding ring.

What I’ve discovered is– there is a lot of fun to be had ….but first- eat, sleep and drink my water. 

My favorite T-shirt that I own says the following: “Living Life Begins with Me”.

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