Bathing with the Gaithers, and other blessings…

Oh….stop it.  There wasn’t enough room IN the tub for all of us, so I just listened to them sing on my iPad, while I enjoyed my detox bath. (where is your mind, people?)

Yes, my morning was lovely.  I am so blessed.  I have a husband that works so very hard, so I don’t have to  (insert prayer request for him HERE)

So here is a little snippet of my perfect morning …..  It started around 6 ish, (why start earlier, hmm?)  I kissed my sweetie and shoo’ed him out the door,  grabbed my bible along with my notebook for some much needed quiet time.

I’m studying (for the 2nd time) Kelly Minter’s Lifeway study called, No Other God’s.  Have you seen it?  You can find it here and I HIGHLY recommend it!   I know that idol worship may seem like something from the Old Testament, but anything that takes a higher priority over God (read: job, hobby, Facebook, cell phone..eeek!) is considered an idol.  It is eye opening and you really should get this book.

So, back to the day.  I did my study for the day, had my prayer time and then decided it was time for a Juice!  I went in the garage to get Jack LaLanne…..ok, not the REAL Jack, but his fabulous juicer.  Easy to use and easy to clean!

Carrots, celery, apple and ginger……yummmmy.  Thankfully, when I get my produce home, I immediately grate, separate, chop and bag everything, and this makes it super easy to make a juice!

If I were really smart, I would place the apple, carrots, celery and piece of ginger into it’s own ziploc and label CARROT JUICE.  That’s what I would do if I were really smart……. (insert sound of crickets here)…………..maybe next time.

Once I had my sweet juice, I decided it would be a good time for my detox bath.  I grabbed my Epsom Salts, baking soda, grated ginger and The Gaithers, and headed for the bathroom.  I grew up with southern gospel music and enjoy it so much!  It’s right up there on the list of sweet tea and big hair!  It’s the perfect storm!!!

While the Gaithers were singing, I was relaxing and thanking God for my perfect morning.  He is so good and I am so very blessed!  What a great time and a privilege to thank Him for all my blessings!  This is my meditation!  I don’t need to ommmm…in a yoga class, I can speak directly to the creator of the universe!!  How powerful is that?

Never get so busy that you forget to spend time in His Word and in prayer.  You are denying yourself  the blessing of hearing His voice and feeling His presence.  He has provided everything you need for freedom of burdens, so  STOP.  LOOK. LISTEN.

And have the perfect beginning to a perfect day!!!

my challenge, day one…

What?  What did you say, you don’t think I can do this??  A challenge?  Oh, it’s on….it’s on like Donkey Kong.

So, here’s the dealio.  Michael Jodscheidt has a gym in Old Town Scottsdale (Jacked by Jodscheidt) and CHALLENGED me to do a SEVEN (that is siete, for my spanish speaking friends) DAY DETOX.

Pffffft……(that is me making a sound that is quite cocky, and also with my hand on my hip)

In retrospect, this is probably a sound I shouldn’t have made…..(although the gesture of my hand on my hip couldn’t be excused because as it turns out, my hip is just OUT THERE) and now I am on a SEVEN DAY DETOX.

HUY!!!  (According to Google Translate, that is spanish for YIKES!)  But I’m game for losing a large amount of tonage.  So I also agreed to let him give me a teeny tiny little workout to go along with the detox.

HUY!!! Ok, what part of teeny tiny did he not get? I thought I was going to die…..but was afraid I wouldn’t!!!!!!  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  I was swinging ropes, pushing weights, rowing and sniveling like a baby girl.

Doesn’t he realize that I have organs swinging around inside of me?  These legs are 52  42…..and my buns??? Shouldn’t we go easy on the buns?  OUCHIE!

What happened to the Jack Lalanne approach?   Jack did those cute little jumping jacks and sometimes touched his toes…..well, people….                                                        Jack is DEAD and Mike is JACKED!!   HUY!!!

Mike has a Victoria Secret workout for the younger women and I’m not entering for any body building competition, so I asked if I could be in a new category…..I’ve decided I want to be scary skinny  (joke, people)

So, I’ve decided to blog the next 6 days of living on power shakes and dirty Tang.  (I’ll explain later)  First we did a weigh in and NO!!  You don’t need to know the start weight because I be embarassed and would have to move to another state.  BUTT…..(pun intended) I will let you know how much fat falls off…..and it will fall off.

So, let’s start with the shakes…

This is the protein shake I’m using with water……I’m drinking this about 5 times a day.  It’s vanilla and pretty yummy.  no complaints.

This is the fruit and veggie supplement that I add to orange juice.  Notice the brand?  Hmm?  That’s Mikey’s.

I use one scoop and add it to some Reduced Sugar Orange Juice.  This is not a bad taste….but it does look like green mud…with Tang added.  Not too bad, if you like green mud….and it turns out that I do.

I’m supposed to add 1 Tablespoon of the flax oil, twice a day, but so far….I forgot.  HUY!!!  (by the way, I hope you aren’t pronouncing the “h”…just the “uy”)

Yep….looks like green mud to me!!

So, it’s time for another shake….and I’m getting a bit of a headache.  Can I do this?

Jimmy is on his way home from Tucson, and he asked me to call Morton’s Steakhouse and save our table…..he doesn’t know about the detox and I just couldn’t burst his bubble.  So, I will go….and I will drink my normal Perrier Water……

The workouts are hard, the trainers are good and the motivation is there.  It’s time…..I would encourage others (misery loves company) to train with me because no one would believe how hard it is unless they are doing it….I’m actually excited to be a part of the program….although once I think I saw him watching me and he tilted his head to one side, squinted his eyes and mumbled, “hmm…how are we going to get THAT off….”

This is going to be a really big challenge……….for both of us!