Off my game | Finding my way back to peace

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I have got to make some serious changes in my life – discipline.

I have not been working out the way I want to so I want to make a change.

The first 3 weeks of this cleanse I felt alive and brand new – and now I feel a little clouded again.

Perhaps because I have drifted away from eating mostly raw and have slid into the partly raw arena.

I need to make a shift.

No more indulging in popcorn – even if it is air popped lol

I need more leaves, roots & beans!

I want my balance back – and daily yoga is back in full effect!

 

I WROTE THAT WEEKS AGO…

and never posted it.

Thought I’d update it today.

I see now that I was being a little hard on myself, but perhaps I did what I needed to do to keep myself disciplined.

It worked.

I’m now down 27 lbs and have managed to keep my bipolar symptoms in check thus far.

I’ve been doing regular yoga and even made it out for a few runs.

My eating has been superb – although I did indulge a few times, I kept it balanced and upped my fitness during the time.

No more bad habits only occasional treats!

I feel healthier in body, mind and spirit and I’ve only just begun!

Life now has so much promise where before I felt empty and lost.

I have real concrete goals – like to seriously get into my yoga practice,  find a teacher and commit to my practice and decided in a few years if I’d like to,  teach.

Goals!

Yes me!

Business is moving along and I have now added a new feature to my blog (MakeydahsPantry.com) Yogi of the Month where I interview lesser known yogis to give them exposure and show people the real heart of yoga.

I have so much planned for my website it’s incredible!

I’m on cloud nine – but in a realistic way.

Life is good because I am taking part in shaping it into something I feel is good.

Thank God for Yoga, Dharma, Niyamas and Bhakti 🙂

I just wanted to take this opportunity to not only update my blog, but to also share some of this positive good feeling I am experiencing at the moment.

This has to be shared!

Love and light!

Be easy you guyys

 

 

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Need smoothie recipes? | 365 Vegan Smoothies Book

365 Vegan Smoothies Book

Everyone loves a good smoothie recipe!

Even though September is almost over – you’re welcome

All Them Greens Protein Smoothie™

Repost in honor of the September Smoothie Challenge!

Original post can be found here

More smoothie recipes coming soon!

Today the kids and I enjoyed one of my favorite smoothies for breakfast called the All Them Greens Protein Smoothie. Today we added bananas and strawberries. It’s packed with protein, calcium, vitamin C, vitamins B6 and B12, and loads of other important nutrients and minerals. It’s easy to make and just takes 5 minutes. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own: (Keep in mind this recipe is for three people)

*linked items in ingredient list are linked to items in my Amazon aStore

Toss all the ingredients into the blender and blend until it’s the consistency of a milkshake.

That’s all she wrote!

Enjoy!

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Being Zen | 30 Days of Cleansing ☯

tumblr_mj9azwY4481r20nwwo1_500This past Thursday marked 30 days of cleansing for me.

I’m pretty proud of myself and I’m also ready to tackle the next 60!

There have been a few bumps in the road – going through one now.

It’s my own fault due to lack of organization.

But come next week all should be good.

 

For the past 2 or 3 days, I’ve been very zen-like.

I can really say that by looking back, I can see this has been a slow progression in my change in mood and attitude.

Could it have something to do with eating so clean?  Or the yoga?  Or both?

Hmm…

What ever it is, I know that yoga and eating clean have helped me lose 21 pounds so far!

Woot!

Hells yes baby!

I’m very happy with that.

Otherwise, not much else going on except still no groceries – and that meant no Farmer’s Market today.

I’m expecting an update early next week, so Farmer’s Market next Saturday!

I have a couple more blog posts coming this week (if I don’t get lazy and put them off)

I have a few more updates I’d like to bring you as well.

Just checking in.

Be easy you guys!

 

My annual 12 week 'Everything Cleanse' starts tomorrow!

 

 

 

On a personal note | 30 days in & lots of yoga

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30 Days of Cleansing

Next Thursday, the 5th of September will mark 30 days of cleansing for me.

Really more than that, but this latest cleanse will be 30 days in by then.

I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.

The only transgression I had was some french fries the other day – and they were disgusting – I don’t know what I thought I was missing but needless to say, I didn’t finish them.

Blech!

Otherwise, it’s been a very clean, very well documented journey thus far.

I don’t want to fail.

I’m being as transparent as I possibly can on this platform, and that’s a challenge for me because I’m very private 🙂

But, I know that unless I’m honest with what I’m sharing, I won’t be successful.

So that’s that.

Yoga

I’m really enjoying yoga this time around.

It’s funny because I couldn’t get into it before.

I guess I’ve grown 😉

Something about it makes me feel in control of my body – like I am slowly molding it to do the things I want it to.

I can feel myself getting more and more flexible each day.

Not to mention spiritually.

I feel such a deep connection with…something.

Something deeper and bigger than I could ever be.

That thing we go home to when we leave this plane – that thing.

Such a light, airy, peaceful feeling despite the chaos that is my life right now.

‘Calm Chaos’ is what I’m calling my yoga practice, lol – because it’s how I really feel about my life at this present moment – not that I would trade it for a thing – I’m thankful for my experience in this life, but it’s just so tough sometimes.

I’m just an earthling.

I’m happy that I’ve found yoga, or that it found me – which ever way it goes.

Personally speaking…

In my personal life, things have come to a head recently & haven’t quite been dealt with completely – though not through lack of effort.

Observation is the best teacher.

Life is to be lived, not calculated.

Self preservation extends to your mental, emotional as well as your physical, my loves.

Don’t forget that.

Be easy,

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Weekend Watermelon Cleanse & Yoga

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So this is my last blog post for the week – Gotta start my weekly social networking fast to clear my mind and decompress from my unusually stressful and sick week.

My body is still holding on to the remnants of this stubborn summer cold/flu.  I am still coughing up phlegm and it’s annoying as hell because it makes it hard to laugh and sing. I can’t do either without choking and having a coughing fit.  ̄︿ ̄

I haven’t drank my honey lemon ginger tea since yesterday, so that might be part of the problem.

Hopefully this watermelon cleanse helps with that. We’ll see.

More about the cleanse:

From Saturday through Sunday, I will consuming nothing but watermelon.

Watermelon juice (I’ll be juicing the rinds), watermelon Smoothies and just eating watermelon as is.

Yes that’s a lot of watermelon but it’s only 2 days so it’s no big deal.

We’ll see how it goes.

Makeydah

 

UTI’s & Yoga | How was your week?

I’ve been meaning to update this blog for days but I kept having things to do – like now I need to do laundry but I’m eating a late lunch and am sitting at my desk right now so why not?

Cleanse is going great!

Of course I’ve had at least 2 or 3 urges to cheat – they were fleeting and I didn’t want to throw away what I’ve done so far so I’ve held on.

It gets hard sometimes when everyone around me is still eating a lot of the same old stuff while I’m being disciplined.

I don’t want it to get so hard I quit or mess up, you know?

I’m sure I’ll be fine though.  Just in the way I’ve been doing things, taking this slow and researching before I make another move.

Teaching myself to love different vegetables and learning new ways to prepare them – and getting my palate used to lots of raw vegetables and fruits.

I bought a boatload this weekend – we went back to the farmer’s market today since that’s our new Saturday morning routine I guess!

That just means there’s going to be a lot more for me to eat – which brings me to my other update.

I have to admit, I have been a LOT less than disciplined when it came to my weekly workouts – meaning I’ve barely, and I mean barely  been doing them.

Okay, I haven’t done them lol! But I truly had every intention.

Well, because of this, I made a mini-commitment to myself that I would be diligent in all things I set out to do in this cleanse so I am going to do them.

I am now holding up my end of the bargain and did my ‘daily yoga’ for the day (may do a little more after my nap since it’s Saturday), and tomorrow I am doing my weekly fast and spiritual bath (with more daily yoga).

Eating at least 80% percent raw for the week (because I want some beans) and attempt to flush out this UTI.  Yes.

It came out of nowhere and I kind of wonder if it has something to do with being a detox symptom from eating strictly vegan and a lot of raw foods and herbs?

Either way, I drank straight, pure, organic cranberry juice (blech) for 3 days straight (including today) and had to resort to these wpid-wp-1376634848419.jpg for the pain.  They turned my pee bright orange!

And they don’t work worth shit so…yeah.

It hurts to pee, but tmi, I know.

I digress…

So because I’m upping my fitness, I am going to need to eat a lot more now too.

Stocking up on all that produce was a good idea, I think anyways.

We’ll see how the next week shapes up, but for now, I’m winding down to peaceful mode – taking a break from all social networking, blogging and the like and I’m gonna spend a great deal of time reflecting on the past week, my mistakes, triumphs, feelings, emotions and physical changes I’ve seen within myself.

One thing is for sure, this week was very productive with the kids going back to school it’s given me lots more to do with my days.

This Summer has been super lazy so it’s nice to get back to routine.

Speaking of which, I have laundry and a few other things I need to get done so I will return to update next week.

Until then, be easy you guys,

Makeydah