Got Juice?–Wrap Up–The Good and the not-so-Good

Figs Olives and Poms

In Deuteronomy 8:8, The Israelites are promised:

“a good land…, a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey.”

God was giving us a peek at healthy living.  Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians to exercise “self-control.”  And I feel that this applies to our overall lifestyle, including our daily diet, as well as to our behaviors.

And, I know you have been waiting for this post for two weeks and I apologize.  Life got in the way. So here’s my recap.  It’s a little long, so stay with me for just a little longer.

Better late than never, here is a wrap-up post about my 6 day juice fast/detox plan created for me by Tiffany Finney withPour Me Some Juice.  If you haven’t visited her blog or Facebook page, take a minute to take a look.  You will really learn a lot and get some great recipes.  And, if you are from the Jackson area, I highly recommend getting a vegetarian meal or two a week prepared by Tiffany and Amy – freshness and goodness.  Can you say yummy?  Check out Wholey Chow for the menu.  They will be teaching classes on Raw Food Prep in November at UT-Jackson.  Check it out.

Now to the detox wrap up.  First and foremost, at the end of the period I felt better and had more energy than I have had in 10 years!  And now that I have introduced “healthy” eating into my daily lifestyle, I continue to have energy and feel great.  I can also immediately tell the difference in how I feel when I “cheat” and eat foods that are good in taste, but not so good for your body. I feel sluggish, tired, too full- just a little miserable.  But, that will happen from time to time, because even though I am slowly changing my eating habits and daily diet, I will “backslide” and that’s OK.  As long as I don’t continue the slide as I have in the past.

I can tell a difference in my skin.  My face kinda glows (to me anyway) when I am eating and drinking healthy.  And, BTW, I don’t think I have mentioned how important it is to drink, drink, drink water.  I try to drink close to a gallon a day.  So good for your skin.water salad

After a couple of days, I wasn’t hungry at all and felt satisfied and without the urge to snack all the time.  The juice, smoothies, soups and salads were very filling.

I slept like a sweet baby.  As opposed to a newborn- they usually wake up all during the night and I often did that.  No, on detox I fell asleep quickly and slept sounding.  Didn’t wake at all during the night.  And felt absolutely great when my feet hit the floor in the morning.  I was tired when I went to bed because I was bustling around all day getting stuff done- because of all that energy.  Love it!  Got that craft room cleaned out (watch for a future post about a HUGE sale on my gently used products- Cheap).

My weight went down about 5 pounds during detox week.  Now, I had read that a lot of the weight loss during detox is water loss and that you will gain it back when you start eating normally again.  So wrong in my case, because, I did not start eating “normally” after the detox.  That was the whole point- changing my eating – changing my daily diet to include healthy foods. I did gain back 1 pound, but it is gone now.  Total weight loss since I started with Tiffany – 9.5 pounds.  My wardrobe just got bigger!  Now, I need to get moving to go along with the diet change to help get the pounds off.

All systems go!  I did drink a lot of liquid and ate very little food that needed to be digested.  Tiffany uses a powerful juicer that removes the fiber from the fruits and veggies, so digestion got week rest.  I was a little concerned that that would have an effective on my systems, but everything worked and worked well.  Here are photos of our juicers.JuicersMine on the left, Tif’s on the right.  Mine is about a thousand years old and I still love it.  It has been a staple on my countertop for a long, long time.  It takes a lot of work to make my juice- so glad to have Tiffany around to do it for me.  She is also the master encourager and kept all of us on track during the detox- and continues now that I am on a daily juice plan.  I just love her.

I did miss my coffee.  I was good and cut out coffee and had a cup of hot green tea each morning.  I was a little drowsy in the early evenings the first couple of nights.  But that went away.  However, I never acquired a taste for the hot tea.  I finally found a lemon and Stevia combination that was fairly tasty, but I am a Southern gal and we just don’t drink our tea hot!!

Thanks so much for hanging with me for this long email.  And for sticking with me during the detox.  I hope you stay tuned.  Next I will be posting about what I am doing now.  For instance, today my cupboard is pretty bare (grocery time), so for lunch I had lettuce wraps with homemade roasted red pepper hummus, a couple of medjool figs, some almonds and a few cranberry raisins- plus a few bites of avocado.  And it was tasty and filling – more importantly: I Feel Great!

‘Til next time……

Blessings,

Diane

Thy Word In Color

I hosted my first official workshop as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator this week and had five sweet and fun gals come to my home for a play date – Amy, Linda, Dianne, Judy and Colleen.  When I was working on the demo cards earlier in the week, I decided that a scripture card would always be one of the sample cards for all my workshops.  Whatever talent I may have comes from the master Creator and I want to praise Him in all that I do- and that includes teaching others.  I’ve used this verse from Psalms on other cards, but as I was “building” this card it immediately came to mind.  The sketch is also a near catty case.

I also used some of the awesome new In Colors.  I wasn’t sure that I was going to like them at first, but fell in love with them after this card.  I made a little easel to go on the back so that the card is free-standing when not in my Scripture box.  I also highlighted the daisies with a white gel pen.  When I finished I was worried that it may be too aggressive for virgin stampers- but I knew that these gals were already very creative and that they would enjoy a little challenge at the end of the evening.  And they did a terrific job on this card.

Bible Verse In ColorsBible Verse In Colors close up 

 

 This little easel was so easy to make.  The card is A2, front only.  I cut the cardstock 3.75 X 5 and scored the long end at 1”.  I measured 1.25’ from the top of the card and drew a line with a pencil from side to side.  Then folded on the score line and attached along the line (centered on the back) with sticky strip.  The same formula would work for any size card.

Bible Verse In Colors Easel 2 Bible Verse In Colors Easel 1

 

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Diane

Supplies:

Stamps:  SU! Upsy Daisy, Inspired by Nature

Paper:  Rich Razzelberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Rich Razzelberry, Melon Mambo

Embellishments:  Regal Rose ribbon, Antique Brass HPH

Tools:  Push pin, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen, Scallop Edge Punch, Computer generated sentiment, Ticket corner punch

 

Happy Easter Flower Pot – TLC215, BVC09

Look at this cute little flower pot card!  Today’s Technique Lovers Challenge included a tutorial by Stephanie Luman for this card sketch and I had so much fun “picking my bouquet” for my design.  I admit I worked on it all day and enjoyed building the pot to fit a standard A2 envelope.  Visit the SCS gallery and check out all the cute “pots.”  I’ve included a pic of the finished card and the insert.

TLC215 Happy Easter Flower Pot TLC215 Happy Easter Flower Pot- Insert

The sentiments are two of the Plain Jane singles from Verve Stamps.  They are only $3 each and give a super crisp clean image.  Love the Martha Stewart butterfly punch and all my bug die cut flowers.

This is the most important week in the life of a Christian – when eternal life was secured for all who believe, through the ultimate sacrifice by the Lamb of God.  I pray that you are rejoicing in this wonderful gift.

Blessings to you and your family this Holy week,

Diane

Supplies:  Stamps:  Verve Plain Jane Rejoice and Happy Easter; Paper: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, PTI White, Almost Amethyst, Pink Pirouette; Ink: PTI True Black; Accessories:  Cuttlebug diecuts and Embossing folders, MS Classic Butterfly Punch and Doily Lace punches, Flower Soft, Pink satin ribbon from Wal-Mart, Bitty pearls, Dimensionals.

 

 

I Thank My God – BVC09-March – SC219 –Blog Candy coming

Can you believe March is almost over?  You really wouldn’t know it here in West Tennessee.  The first of the month we were celebrating the biggest snow in 40 years, then just a few days later we were enjoying 75 degree weather and wearing sandals!  We had freezing rain and sleet yesterday and today it is brrrrrrrrrrrrrr cold.  But, our pear trees and forsythia are still blooming, along with the jonquils, the birds are singing, so Spring must be just around the corner.

I used this week’s SCS Sketch Challenge for my March Bible Verse card and this wonderful verse from Philippians:

SC219 BVC09  I Thank God Philippians 1-3 003

I’m getting close to 15,000 hits on my blog and appreciate so much all of you who take the time to visit and comment.  I am gathering up some goodies to give away to the faithful and will post a blog candy announcement soon.

Hope your week has been wonderful so far. 

Blessings,

Diane

I used my Crop-A-Dile for the first time and only ruined one eyelet before I got the hang of it!  Other supplies used:  Stamps: None; Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Basic Grey Periphery; Ink: None;  Accessories:  Computer generated sentiment, Old Olive GG ribbon, Silver eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Cuttlebug EF, Cutterpede Scallop edger, Dimensionals.

 

Back to Normal- Whatever that is!!! January Scrapbook Calendar

Well, I hope everyone is back to normal activities- whatever they may be!  We are empty nesters again…Scott and his doggie Emma are back in Atlanta and mother-in-law back with her daughter.  We’ve certainly enjoyed having these special folks with us the last couple of weeks, but it is nice to just sit back and chill for awhile.

Here is my first Calendar scrapbook page for 2009 and I hope I do better this year than last.  These fit in a nice page holder on the frig and go into a pretty scrapbook after the month is over.  I put the month’s photos and memorabilia in the scrapbook- it’s pretty cute.

january-2009

Supplies that I used:

Stamps:  Joshua 24:15 by Stampabilities and Boards and Beams by PTI; Paper:  Michael’s cardstock, PTI White, ProvoCraft Holiday Slab DP; Ink: Stazon Black, Various SU! Markers; Accessories:  Calendar is computer generated, Cutterpede scallop edge, Red Riding Hood Ribbon, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing plates, Scallop edge punch.

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Blessings,

Diane