I had a Class on the Bon Voyage Kit, a special travel package offered by Young Living. Our Spring Break begins this weekend! And what could be more Perfect than being able to travel with small (TSA approved 3 oz or less) sized containers of your favorite Oily Products!
These are the goodies that come in the Bon Voyage Kit.
I had tried most of them before getting this myself.
But I fell in love with the Genesis hand and body lotion, it's so mild but so moisturizing.
The first time I traveled with it, was to Walt Disney World, and I put it on under my socks before traipsing all over the Park. By the end of the day, my feet were so soft! I couldn't believe it.
Plus, I loved having Lavender shampoo and conditioner on the road or after a swim, it was so much nicer than that cruddy stuff hotels give you. Perfect for all road trips!
Crystal was our big winner today!
She won the Kit we used to talk about!
She loves the lip balm best, but also liked the smell and feel of the Genesis lotion.
My eldest is taking the ISTEP, a standardized test for his class.
Normally, he doesn't get too stressed out about this, but he is on the Spectrum, and sometimes he surprises me. This morning as he took off for school, he asked me to make him a rollon.
Clarity is an Amazing blend for the brain, it has Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, Cardamom, Coriander, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, and Palmarosa. It's a great blend, and we all love it for focus. I blend Vetiver into it too. Vetiver is a strong sap, so it must be warmed before using, or it won't drop. I've pulled the drop reducer, and it still wouldn't budge. Well, I got smart this time, I put it down my bra to warm it while I took my littlest to Preschool. It worked swimmingly, but instead of warming for 10 minutes, I got distracted, and forgot about it for 3 1/2 hours. Ha Ha! Squirrel!
Meanwhile, it dripped out just fine, being body temperature. And I was able to find some Star Wars duct tape around the house. So I put a slab on it. The picture I cut, just happened to have Yoda on it. Yoda is always a big hit.
For Wisdom like Yoda:
30 drops Clarity
10 drops Vetiver
Fill the rest of the way with V6, which is absorbed quickly and doesn't leave stains.
I had scheduled an Into to Essential Oils Class this morning, but the 1 person who replied couldn't make it. That happens sometimes, lately often to me. But I am not giving up. I still have experienced amazing things from these Oils, and I feel Called to Share them. I still held my class anyway. Here is my Intro to Essential Oils class, it was a Good Opportunity for me to Practice without interruption. I enjoy interacting with people the most about my job, it makes it easy to hear about someone's issues and be able to share stories to help. Maybe there is something for you all to learn here too.
If you would like to Order something or join my Team, feel free to contact me or go HERE.
It is done. This was my last Balance Complete shake. My breakfast this morning was Balance Complete and almond milk, and I just had such a hard time getting it down. It's just started to go so slowly, and I wished I was done. It's almost like I didn't want to do it anymore. The only snacks I had today were Tea at Starbucks. Lunch was better because I took the liberties of spiking my shake with Ningxia, Almond Milk, spinach and a banana. They made it taste better. I mean, really, isn't everything better with a banana?
This was the Last.
This was my dinner smoothie. I was happy to end it on a good night, Balance Complete with Ningxia Red, almond milk, spinach and a banana. I'm glad it's done. I had a friend tell me, she did this Cleanse some time ago.
I hadn't lost any weight this morning. I wonder if my body got mad because I forgot to eat (drink) dinner last night. I hope it's not Starvation mode. Though Eric and I were talking about it over breakfast, he's lost 4 pounds. I lost 3, if you don't consider how bloated I was from the weekend weight, otherwise, I'll consider it 5. Somewhere in there, I guess. I hope the weight stays off.
I'm worried if I'm going to bloat and blow up again when I start eating real food tomorrow.
I feel more clearheaded. I see my anklebones, which had been disappearing for years.
According to the paperwork, this cleanse should be done 4 times a year. I don't think I could do that. But I could see doing it again sometime. It'll be a while though, I currently can't do anymore Balance Complete. If I do get a wild hair and try to drink a shake tomorrow, it will be Pure Protein Chocolate! I don't think I want to move into a new diet/lifestyle, like the Whole 30 or something.
Frankly, I'd be happy if I could just stop craving deep fried meat, or sugar glutens with dairy. My body is no longer craving cookies every two hours, which basically was my goal. I feel better about that. Instead of craving sugar to the point I feel like I've got the shakes, I just want Everything. I have been successful at watching others eat around me, and not join them. I'm Still craving pickles, I'm telling you, pickles will be Lunch tomorrow! I think I broke my coffee craving. That's good, because I was drinking a lot of coffee flavored sugar milk. Tomorrow, I might venture into adding honey to my tea. It's been getting a little boring. I want to go slowly, gently, so I can be wise. I don't know. We're supposed to have a Birthday dinner with my Dad tomorrow, not sure how Wise I can be.
I am Thankful I can drink Herbal Teas on this Cleanse. Tonight, I forgot to drink my dinner, because I got carried away drinking Tea. I hope that doesn't interfere with my weight loss, that my body doesn't think I'm in Starvation Mode or anything. I don't think I've told you all about my weight adventures on this Cleanse yet. I couldn't believe when I got on the scale this morning, I saw I'd lost another pound! I haven't posted my start weight, because I had a weight balloon sort of weekend. I was 245 on Friday, then ATE well all weekend, really well, and so my starting weight on Monday morning was 247. By Tuesday, that bloat was Gone and I was back to 245, but felt awful most of the day. I really enjoy that one of the side effects for me of this cleanse is that I don't bloat. Is it the sugar, the gluten, or the dairy, that have been making me bloat? I don't know. I just know I have anklebones, even though I cleaned the kitchen and entertained today. My ankles have been swelling spontaneously since I goofed up my ankle last year. It felt good to not have that happen. I usually just oil up, rest up, and move on. Meanwhile, Today, I was down to 242. Can you believe it?! I would have been happy with this whole week deal just to be past 245, it's one of those pounds that I just have trouble getting around. I balloon back up there, and get stuck at it again. Has that ever happened to you? I guess it does often to me, because I'm a yo yo dieter. I do well for a while, but I just love food, specifically sugar and bread too much.
Meanwhile, I was so stoked about today, I rewarded myself by putting out raw almonds in my new/old Town and Country divided dish Pyrex that Eric picked up for me, for when my friends came over for Bible Study today. I made them Costco quiche cups, and one friend brought a Cara Cara Orange that I sampled, since an Orange was on my List. They are pretty yummy, have a bit of bite, like a grapefruit. I could've eaten more of that, but chose not to. I ate almonds. I just kept snacking all morning on them. They hit the spot. Trader Joe's Raw Almonds Rock!
I drank 3/4 of a pot of Cinnamon Orange Herbal Tea from a Twinings party that I attended this weekend during our Bible Study. Good Stuff. And with the almonds, Oy! it was great. Next thing I knew it was noon. I drank my smoothie, and didn't gag. I kicked up my lunch smoothie today with almond milk, Ningxia Red, a handful of spinach and a banana. Bananas weren't on the List. But I caved. They make the smoothies so much tastier. It tasted great, and provided me just enough variety.
For an after nap snack, I had some celery and raw almond butter. That was great. I actually didn't find myself getting Hungry today. Probably because I kept snacking on the nuts all morning. I just have some small residual cravings. This evening, a few Oily friends and I got together to shoot the breeze at Starbucks. I got so distracted by being with my Oily friends I completely forgot to drink my smoothie. I didn't realize until 10 that I hadn't really had dinner. Doh! I had a Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea. It was warm and good, and the company even better. "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." We may have to make these get-togethers a monthly thing! I sat there in the Starbucks, smelling the coffee, and not drinking any. I sat by a rack of chocolate treats, and made myself look away. The biggest booboo I made was when I made the mistake of opening the freezer, and seeing the pizza, bagels, waffles, as well as the quiche cups I was making my friends. That was tempting.
I love carbs.
But I didn't cave.
I am beginning to worry about once the Cleanse is done. I wonder if I'm going to Binge, and it worries me, that all the good work that has been done, will be undone. My bowels seem a bit more normal today, and I don't want to lose that either. I love having lost some weight. I enjoy not having to eat cookies every two hours because the sugar addiction was so strong with me. When Jake and I curled up to nap today, I briefly toyed with the idea of Not Napping (gasp!) because I didn't really Need the Nap, I just wanted to rest my spine and snuggle with a sweetboy. I did do that. So far so good. I'm a little nervous about this weekend, because on one hand I want to eat All The Things. On the other hand, I'm loving the Results of this thing, and kind of wondering how long I can work this? I don't know. So far, so good.
I was so Thankful this morning to wake up with the Monsterbitchin' headache gone. Well, not entirely gone, but definitely much less than yesterday. My weight dropped a couple pounds, and I feel less bloaty. There's the one pound that is hard to get past. I've been hovering +/- 3 pounds about it for a while, but couldn't get past it. Today, I passed it by! Progress!
But I'm still hungry. I want to eat all of the things. I had to go to Trader Joe's. There are a few suggested snacks on the List, and I thought I'd pick some up. I got celery, raw almonds, raw almond butter, and almond milk. All this week, I've been drinking the Balance Complete with water. Ugh. By today, it's starting to grate on my nerves, and taste like swill. I needed to mix it up.
And I didn't even wait until I got home before breaking into the almonds. Sam took one, and I took a handful, and they were the Best Almonds I'd ever had in my life. A little boring on the outside, but the inside was sweet. Sam said they were almost like pistachios. But with no salt. Yeah, that's the idea. Not much salt. r
I snacked today. I am feeling better. My bowels are working, a little lose, but working. The monsterbitchin' headache was almost gone, but I'm Hungry. I want to eat everything. I didn't measure my water intake today, because we were on the road and busy. But I did have to refill all my cups a couple times. The hardest was dinner tonight. Coming home to the boys having a great dinner, while I drink my shake was just... ugh. I'm tired of watching the kids eat good stuff, like the Spanish Flank Steak Eric grilled up for them tonight. I'm having the leftovers Saturday, I call dibs.
I did show extreme willpower today. I took Sam through the Arby's Drive Thru, on our way to see Miss Lisa, and he got roast beast, and my car smelled so good. I got nothing. I drank more water. Go Me.
We went to Trader Joe's and I fumbled a bit. They had the sample guy, and one of their samples was a miso soup. I remembered seeing that as a thing for Friday, miso soup, so I took a Sample. I thought Sam would help me. Nope. I took a sip. It was the most amazing miso soup I'd ever had. It was bliss. Best Broth ever. Well, maybe not ever. That broth after my c-section was pretty awesome. Still, this was really good. I totally bought a box of it.
When Eric got home, I broke out the celery and almond butter. He didn't want to try, but the kids did. They didn't like it as much as regular peanut butter, but I did. I thought it worked fine for me. I wonder what else I can do with raw almond butter. I may have to play around with it.
Those were my only flubs. Not too shabby. Still craving pickles, but not going to have them. I've made it this far, I can keep it up. But I'm developing my weekend list. I don't want to go whole hog on eating all the sugar, so pickles and flank steak top this weekend's wish list.
Oh, and I bought unsweetened vanilla almond milk at TJs. I added it to the dregs of my lunch shake when we got home. It wasn't bad. In the shakes, with the Balance Complete, I can say it's better than adding water. It's creamier, and gives some bulk to it. The water was tasting like complete swill.
But I'm feeling better, not as bloaty. I still have back pain. So it doesn't solve all my problems. But my mind is beginning to clear. I think I'm breaking the sugar addiction. Except that I just want to eat all the things. That doesn't mean I will. I mean, I passed up an Arby's Andes Mint Milkshake. Eric passed on free muffins, and a free lunch of chicken alfredo. We have Willpower!