Thursday, August 19, 2010

On our way to detox.

Eating our way to detoxification

Chocolate Obsession
Please NOTE - there are 2 forks and we did clean the plate!
We have been preparing, sort of for our detox week, and evaluating what we are eating. Very carefully evaluating everything we eat.

When Jan and I went to lunch this week - a rare treat since we usually are 2 timezones apart. We did have salads for our first course. Of course we  also had an alcoholic beverage. After all, it was a celebration of sorts. And we did deserve the dessert. Unfortunately we did not get a photo of this magnificent delectable delicious dessert, before we dug into it, and devoured. It was as if it was our last meal.
We did enjoy each and every bite.

Darleen has been monitoring food eaten, drinking more water and switching some of my coffee drinks to green tea. As far as alcohol, I have also cut down and started to have water with lemon more often than wine or beer. This has resulted in having a mild headache each morning - not sure if less caffeine or blood alcohol level less than sufficient. But we shall persevere.

Exercise? Well, Darleen has worked up to maybe 20 steps a day. From bed to the pool and lounge chair, if done efficiently and manages to carry all things required at one time - it can be accomplished. Good planning can eliminate unnecessary steps!
Yes, I plan each night to get up and go to the gym, or go for a walk, or do yoga. But, after reading paper, email and catching up with Facebook and Twitter, the day is half done, and the sun is only available until 4. Will try harder tomorrow or next week.

Jan has  been able to get more exercise, due to her errands and tasks at her mom's. She has been walking the dog Sally, at least twice a day, and getting several sets of 1,000 steps in, with errand running and pacing. It has been a challenging week, and she is scheduled and due some downtime - at Darleen's pool, with her own lounger and pool floatie. Once again, we deserve some fun and relaxation.

We will however, prepare and follow through with the detoxification and learning more about better nutrition. It is time. We have had our fun, and really do wish to more than be thin - feel better and have more energy. We may live a long time yet, and would like to be awake for the best times to come.

If we want to be happy for the rest of our lives - we need to take charge of our health.
We are not going down in a mountain of chocolate desserts, bon bons and alcohol stupor. Or sunburned bodies.

Yoga tomorrow!!

More water please.

....darleen & jan

Monday, August 16, 2010

Detox so we can Retox.

Let's Detox to get back to weight- loss

Jan is currently visiting again in Ontario!!  Yeah.
This has given us some time to discuss a few things - such as this weight-loss thing. Particularly since Jan's Wellness clinic has suggested eliminating gluten and dairy, in order to detoxify and eliminate inflammation. BUT - the suggested diet and supplements were, for lack of better words, pukey. She refused !! 

And I bought her some chocolate sponge toffee to cheer her up. Ahh, that is Retox!!

So ... what is next, as we have dealt with happiness, and attempted to get ourselves on a routine of exercise and eating - well most of the time - healthier and controlled. Pass the beer. Oops..

After some investigation and reading several recommended Detoxification books, and online You Tube videos, and blogs, we came across Dr Mark Hyman and his book

 - The UltraSimple Diet
  .. it makes sense.  PLUS - this is a 7 day cleanse.
We can stick to a week!!

Check out  Dr Mark Hyman and his UltraWellness

 PLAN  - we are in pre-detox now. No, that does not mean we are eating everything in site, and drinking bottles of wine by the caseload. hmmm.. good idea however.
We are preparing the plan and will eliminate caffeine slowly, and other changes we can do to prepare for our detox week.

Official Detoxification Week - September 12th!!

We will be honest and journal our experience.

...darleen & jan

Monday, August 9, 2010

Paul McCartney takes over ...

Be Back Soon ... feeling a bit under the weather ...

Be Happy -  Enjoy Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has been performing in Toronto the past 2 days, and brought happiness to many.
For those that did not go to a performance and for those that did - lets enjoy him some more. 

...darleen & jan

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Duck Story - smile :)

 Just because you deserve a smile today

Have a Great Day!!

...darleen & jan

Monday, August 2, 2010

Let it Be - Still the answer?

What was the question?
 So we are still struggling to find the answers, and find complete happiness. Although, we have made advances. We definitely are more content. We understand that our happiness is our responsibility, and often how we react to 'stuff '.

 However, we do want to still lose weight and feel better 
- more to come on that later this week.

Having chronic pain and other chronic issues - like life (well it is chronic correct!), and aging issues, and well some days just being female - we are still challenged.

Darleen has been experimenting with  Cooking, Social Media, and What's it all about Alfie?, uhm, not really anything to do with Alfie   Or the song. But  just maybe it does have have something with our Happiness Project  as the words that stand out from that song to me are -
"What's it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?" 

The purpose of our lives? Or is happiness only in the moments? 

Darleen being unemployed this summer, is rather floundering around with - What is my purpose? What is next step? How can I make money without working? Is it ok to sleep until 11 am everyday?, while taking advantage of the wonderful summer and working on her tan (yes I use sunscreen).  
Constant statement she texts Jan - Not sure about this?  Whether it is about blogging, writing, losing weight, what to eat, when to get up, when to go to sleep, what job to look for, and volunteering she has signed up for on a whim (think there may have been wine involved).

Jan's answer has always been It will be, if you let it.  This prompted me to recall the Beatles - Let It Be - song. Upon listening carefully to the lyrics, it does provide us with the answer. Don't you think? 

Let It Be ... It will be alright, continue on.  Can we do this?
And enjoy the moments Alfie?  

What do you think? Will the answer come, if we just Let It Be?

...darleen & jan