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Sunday, January 20, 2013

What's that cleanse stuff you're doing?

I've been posting about my 11 day toxin cleanse and many of you asked me questions in the comments and direct messages so here it is.

I use Isagenix products.  I wrote several posts from my first cleanse you can catch upon here:

Here's the cleanse schedule.

Pre-Cleanse Days (2)

Isagenix Protein Shake for breakfast
lean protein and green veggies for lunch
Isagenix Protein Shake for dinner
So much water you'll pee your pants if you're not careful ( I did.  Once.)
And a couple of supplements.

You're not hungry on cleanse days.  You're realizing how many habits you have that include opening your mouth and stuffing something in it.  Rarely because you're hungry.  The pre-cleanse days are important to get your body ready for what's coming the next 2 days.

Cleanse Days - (2)

4 times a day you drink an Isagenix cleanse drink - It's kinda fruity tasting.  I don't mind the taste of it at all.
You drink tons of water throughout the day.  You must.
A few times a day you get a couple of almonds and some Isagenix "snacks" which I fondly refer to as freeze dried brownies. I suck on them to make them last longer.

If you follow the schedule you won't really be hungry.  You have to follow the water schedule and the timing in order to not be hungry.  If you really think you're starving (you aren't) you can slice up an organic apple or some celery.

The cleanse drinks have the equivalant of a 1500 calorie meal.

Shake - Meal - Shake Days - (5)
Same schedule as Pre-Cleanse days above

I LOVE the shakes.  I've done other systems before and had to choke down the shakes and pills and stuff.  I like the taste of these.  I drink one every single morning.  My 15 year old son likes the shakes and drinks them too.  There's a testimony for you.

Two more Cleanse Days.

11 days total.

It's a commitment.  Don't kid yourself about that. I find it well worth it.  It's a reset button to mindful eating.  Once your body starts to become free of toxins you realize what we are really supposed to feel like. If we'd just put real food in our bodies and not all the crap. Just getting rid of the sugar is HUGE. 

Yes weight loss can be a byproduct of cleansing but it's really about overall health and energy and focus.  Your body is an amazing thing and if we're honest we don't treat it very well.  This will get you set back to a place that you can be more mindful and careful about what you put in your body.

Here is a description from one of the Isagenix professionals:

WHAT IS ISAGENIX? Isagenix is an organic "food system" that takes a balanced lifestyle approach to better supporting the body's natural cleansing and replenishing needs. It is NOT a "diet" BUT a sustainable "lifestyle", NOT a "weight-loss program" BUT a "body composition system" that builds muscle while burning fat, and NOT a "fast or detox program" BUT a "nutritional cleanse" that supports the body's natural cleansing/replenishing processes with whole-food nutrition. As the world's first & only "total body, deep cellular nutritional cleansing and replenishing system" it delivers many unique and diverse benefits for EVERY single cell and organ system from athletes to non-athletes...Being such a comprehensive system adaptable to ALL ages and goals it is difficult to simplify too much beyond this.

I had really really enjoyed the holidays.  Cookies, Eggnog, Wine, Bourbon, and on and on so I lost 7 lbs and 9 inches this round.

Post cleanse I'm still eating healthy and working out.  Once you arrive at a feeling of being healthy you want to stay that way.

I know people that use it to help with specific health issues, athletes use it for performance, some use it to shed extra weight and some us it for general wellness. 

I just ordered an 11 day cleanse for a friend and it was a little over $200 bucks.  Considering you're only eating 7 lunches in addition to the products you purchase, it's not that bad.  Best be committed if you're going to spend the cash.

I get a few bucks if you sign up but I don't do it for the money.  I have a full time job!  I do use those dollars to buy my own products.

If you want to do it hit me up.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Blog - Another Milestone, Another Day of Vulnerability

There's a strong possibility that my blog will hit 45,000 views this week.

I have no idea if that is good or bad from the prospective of blog professionals or social media experts.  I, however, find it baffling.

When my now 11 year old daughter was a toddler (you do the math, I'm a writer) I started collecting stories and poems that I had written over the years and decided to put them into a binder.  Yes, old school.  I printed some and some were hand written. I purchased a pretty binder from a company that made photo albums.  I decided to monogram my pretty binder. I sat at my desk and spent all of 30 seconds to name my binder. I would call it, Random Thoughts by Rebecca.   I ordered it.

Yes I realize the picture is upside down and fixing it requires more skills than I can muster today proving I'm still not very good at this
I loved reading through my stories, some I had forgotten that I had even written.

A few years later I overheard someone talking about a blog.  I began to hear this come up again and again, blog this blog that.  It was time for Random Thoughts by Rebecca to go virtual.  My husband was away on a business trip and the kids were both in bed and I was on my laptop basked by the glow of the tv.  I started googling about blogs and blogging and quickly set up mine using Blogger. I went and grabbed my pretty green binder and typed some of my stories into my new "binder" called my blog.

All I could think about was how weird it was that other people would now be able to see my blog and read my stories.  I felt .......well ....... vulnerable.  In an act of courage and naivete'  I hit publish.  Then I waited and wondered.  So what did that mean?  Published?  How would people see it or find it?  Maybe they would.  Maybe they wouldn't.

They didn't.  I hadn't found a way to really put it out there into people's homes and onto their devices.  It was just hanging out in cyber space looking all awkward.  It was, however, a start. To start still took courage and the willingness to be vulnerable.

A few years later while we were going through some tough times after my husband lost his job, I started to write a series on the blog called  Lessons from the Recession.  I found comfort for myself in writing.  In another act of courage I published that series on Facebook.  Talk about vulnerability, I shouted to the world, "Hey everyone, my husband lost his job and we're struggling!"  It took some getting used to for my husband.  I had put his vulnerability on display too.

I started getting comments back from people in similar situations saying that my blog had really helped them in tough times.  I was shocked.  People were reading.  They were responding.  I was helping them.  This fueled my writing like nothing ever had.  I had always wanted to be a writer but had feared really pursuing it.  Fear, the big blocker of so many people's dreams.

Then came the Wall Street Journal incident.

On a Saturday, I was in my office writing and reading other blogs and I stumbled on a series from the Wall Street Journal online edition called Laid Off and Looking.  It was a series of posts, mostly from guest bloggers, about their job search stories.  On a whim, I emailed the publisher with a link to my blog and a suggestion that I write a post from the spouses' perspective.  I hit send.  I wouldn't necessarily call this an act of courage because I had no belief that they would respond.  I kid you not, 10 minutes later I got a return email.  I FREAKED OUT!  They asked me to write the post, gave me the number of words they wanted and the deadline.  I went screaming down the stairs out to the garage where Blaine was working on something and said, "You're not going to believe this!"

I'll never forget his response, one mixed with praise and fear.  I'm sure in his head it went something like this, "what in the hell has she done now."  While I was coming out of my skin with excitement that I was going to be writing a post for the Wall Street Journal (I always left out the "online edition" part) he was she's broadcasting the worst time in my life to the world!  Let's just say that vulnerability comes easier to some than others.  For several days he stewed and was a little more than frustrated with me at the same time he was really excited for me.  He just wished that my writing gigs weren't somehow coming at his expense.

I reached out to some fellow word nerd friends with my excitement.  One advised me to get a real website before I sent in my credentials to WSJ.  Basically his message was ....Don't be lame and post a Blogger site to the WSJ, you need a .com!  So in 24 hours I figured how to do that and migrated over to my current site, .  Home Sweet Home. Blog Sweet Blog.

It was then that my euphoria was slapped up side the head with reality and I encountered the world of online comments, opinions and feedback.  It was vulnerability at it's peek.  What I learned about online publishing is, for every nice comment there are 20 mean comments set out to crush you.  Some did.  I licked my wounds for a little while.  Opinionated mean spirited people love the faceless communication forum of online posting and commenting.  I also realized that my "glass half full" view of Lessons from the Recession was not at all shared by the masses.  Most people were pissed off and my guest post entry was not an event they gave a rats ass about other than giving them another outlet for their nastiness.

After a few days I dusted myself off from the pit of vulnerability that I had put myself into and took a hard look in the mirror.

Here's what I told myself......

You still believe in what you wrote.  Just because they don't see the world the same way, doesn't make you wrong or a bad writer.  In fact, there were a few people that emailed me personally and thanked me for the post. Not my mom and my uncles, real people, real reader kind of people.

Summary: Never Cater to the Haters.

And I continued to write.

What I know about how to boost blog traffic and page views will fit inside a peanut M&M so I know for the professional world of online writers 45,000 views is probably a joke.  I don't care.  This was a dream I didn't even know I should be dreaming.  A dream born on the couch of a really nice sectional from Kittles furniture store in Noblesville Indiana.   We're celebrating.  Never Cater to the Haters.

This boost in confidence allowed me to dream a little bigger. After years of contemplating and searching, I finally found a topic that could be a real book.    I've been working for just shy of two years on a book called, Not Wrong Just Different - A handbook for ADD relationships.  With a husband and a son both with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and a career based on how to build stronger relationships, finally something I know a lot about! 

Again, a topic at my husband's expense.  Hmmmm.  I should get my own life I guess and quit writing about his. ( I love you, honey. And remember we had Beef Stroganoff last night, your favorite.)

So the book outline went out to a handful of friends for feedback last week. Basically an embossed invite to vulnerability.  *sigh*  The manifesto I'm putting out first is about 90% done.  If you'd like to check out some of the posts on this topic you can go to  I also have a Facebook page with the same name.

It's time to put more vulnerability on the line.  A.B.C.   Always Be Courageous.

What stands out to me as I look at my blog journey and other successes in my life is that the smartest or the best doesn't always win, it's the one that has the courage to start.  Courage and the willingness to be vulnerable, that's the stuff that winning is made of.

Thank you for reading and following this blog.  It truly humbles me.  When you comment I fall to my knees in gratitude.

Here's to another year of courage and vulnerability.  

ABC - Always Be Courageous 

Don't Cater to the Haters