40 Day Challenge – Day 29 (Fruit Fast 3)

bactrim from mexico There’s a lot to be said for the Nike slogan “just do it”.A� While contemplating the fruit fast and it’s affects on me, mostly digestive. I stumbled upon a realisation.A� Yes, a fruit fast is labour intensive, yes, I have had to manage my cravings, yes I have been a cranky bitch and yes I will be apologising to my boyfriend once this is all over!

Personally I think that anyone who did the fruit fast by signing up to a juice bar, home delivery or otherwise cheated. I’m sorry. It’s just the way I think.A� Preparing meals and juices by hand is laborious and I really had to think about what I was going to make. Especially since the boyfriend said he was going to support me by doing the fast.A� I couldn’t then serve up boring and unappetising dishes. (Not on top of being a cranky bitch).

I have realised how complacent I have been regarding my meals.A� It’s so easy to come home, grill a piece of salmon and throw together a few salad leaves and a dressing. Dinner done.A� I can happily eat like this for days before I begin to think about shaking things up.

There’s no way that this approach would work for the three days of the fruit fast!A� No way JosA�!

Every meal I put together during this fruit fast required the same steps. 1) Planning. Normally I’ve got something in the freezer or pantry that I can use as a base for a meal. With a fruit fast I was starting with all fresh ingredients – now things get interesting!A� 2) Preparation. I don’t care what anyone says. A vegetarian diet (or vegan) is hard work. Consider these two examples:

Meat chilli
1) chop onion and garlic
2) fry onion and garlic
3) open pack of mince add to pan
4) cook til brown then add tomatoes and chili
5) serve

Fruit fast chili
1) work out what’s allowed in the chili
2) wash fruit which are moonlighting as vegetables
3) peel fruit
4) chop fruit
5) chop onion and garlic
6) work out which fruit has the longest cooking time and add that first. Cook until soft but not cooked.
7)A� work out which fruit has the next longest cooking time and add that next. Cook until soft but not cooked.
8) repeat step 7) until all fruits are in the pan.
9) cook til brown but not sludgey then add tomatoes and chilli.
10) serve!

Maybe I am being over simplistic but I can put together a spag bol in about twenty minutes.A� It’s not a culinary masterpiece but it gets the job done.A� I put together a vegetarian option and after forty five minutes I was still waiting for my zucchini pasta to ‘sweat’ out all it’s water.

Step 3) Presentation.A� Nobody wants a plate of sliced fruits.A� I got away with it once, for the breakfast fruit salad but after that it’s gotta look interesting, appealing and tasty.A� It’s gotta scream “EAT ME!”A� “I’m a better option than a juicy piece of meat!”

So I say it again.A� Just Do It and Do It Right.A� Don’t cheat and take the easy option.A� Prepare the meals, juices, salads and snacks yourself.A� You’ll hate every minute of it but you’ll appreciate the small luxuries like oven ready salmon and frozen peas when it’s over.

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40 ay Yoga Challenge – Day 28 (Fruit Fast 2)

I am blown away by how tough this fruit fast is.A� I totally flew off the handle today when I misplaced the clear plastic lid to my seed germinator.A� You see my apartment has been undergoing renovation for almost a year now and I keep telling myself that I am almost finished but I never seem to get there.A� Of course it would help if I actually lifted a paint brush and did something but that’s beside the point.

What is the point here is that nothing has a home.A� There’s stuff everywhere.A� Every time I put something down I feel like I should attach a tracking device to it because it won’t be there next week which is when I’ll need it.A� Which is precisely what happened today.

I don’t think it was the missing plastic seed tray lid that got me so irate.A� I think it was more the overall situation.A� From 2004 to 2011 I have lived out of a suitcase or at best a temporary residence.A� Even when I lived in the Middle East and was assigned a house I knew that I couldn’t get too comfortable because I would be moving on.A� In all this time I have never owned any furniture or anything that couldn’t be transported in a suitcase.

On 17th March 2013 I returned from a month long yoga pilgrimage to India and set myself the following challenge; I would not leave the country for twelve months.A� For those that know me and with whom I have shared this challenge they are shocked and surprised that I have made it this far.A� I am renowned for jumping on a plane at the drop of a hat and I typically choose jobs which involve a lot of travelA� Not this time.

So why did I get so irate over a missing plastic lid?

According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, can you buy ventolin in france Aparigraha means non-grasping antibiotics no prescription fast Pills .A� In our consumerism culture this is quite a tough one as we are bombarded daily with messages from the media to buy stuff.A� For me however, A cheap lukolo parigraha means freedom.A� The less I own, the easier it is to pick up and leave.

Since moving back to Australia, I have set up home which required the acquisition of a place to live, the purchase of a bed and all the trappings that go with that.A� Six months ago, my boyfriend moved in and I went from having a sparse student type living arrangement to a crowded and overflowing domicile.A� I mean seriously…. we have three coffee tables, two tumble dryers and two microwaves!

The stuff seems to multiply in this apartment and the more stuff we acquire the heavier I feel inside.A� To top it off when I can’t find something that I actually bought because it has a use the more frustrated I feel.A� It seems as though I am surrounded by stuff yet can’t find the things I actually need.

Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, a practicing psychologist and the director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care says “Before you bring anything into your home, ask yourself: Do I need this for my role in life? As a parent? As a spiritual seeker? Or am I just accumulating stuff out of my own fear and greed?” If you don’t consider these questions, your possessions can take over. “Once you get so much stuff, you have to take care of and defend it,” Hillari Dowdle, “Path to Happiness” cheap pills Yoga Journal.

And here I think lies the issue.A� I am surrounded by stuff that doesn’t belong to me (well not exactly!) yet I feel compelled to look after it, give it a home and in return it all takes up space and energy.A� So my rock is my perceived lack of freedom because I’m weighted down by all of these material possessions.A� I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with this one so perhaps I need to practice more of Law of Transformation 7: Relax with What Is.

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40 Day Yoga Challenge – Day 27 “Fruit Fast 1”

blue pill pharmacy 9:00am – I am all over this.A� I’ve had my fruit salad and I’m enjoying a nice cup of Rooibos tea while the boyfriend sleeps in.

11:00am – Going to try the Power Align yoga class today, feeling hydrated and good to go.

11:12am – Shit, running late for class and I really need to pee.A� Just made the class in time.A� Going to have to hold it until the end of class.A� Thank god this class is usually easy going.

11:15am -Yay, it’s the new teacher from yesterday.A� I really enjoyed the class yesterday.A� This should be lots of fun.A� Still need to pee.

11:30am – No please…no more cobra, my bladder can’t take the pressure.A� I really should have chosen the Power Basics, I would have had time to get to the bathroom.A� This is agony.A� Bollocks to all this water and fruit fast.

11:40 – OMG this is horrible.A� I just don’t have the energy for this.A� We’re only a quarter of the way through the class and I want to be in savasna!A� I don’t think I can wait another thiry-five minutes……wait a minute!A� We’re going to be doing arm balances?

11:50amA�A� Can you die from a bladder explosion?A� I only have one other option and that’s an Upward Dog instead of Cobra but my neck won’t take it.A� Will anyone notice if I duck out of the class to go to the bathroom?A� Should have picked a space at the back of class.

12:00pm – WTFWIT?!A� I think I’m going to die.A� If I have to do another Crescent Lunge I’m going to vomit.A� I get head spins every time I put my head into Downward Dog.A� Seriously…….Kill me now!

12:10pm – FINALLY! Savasna! A� I can’t rest, my brain is just thinking about going to the bathroom.A� I am never going through this again.A� I swear I will be on time for class from here on in.

12:15pm – Bathroom… relief!

12:30pm – Fruit smoothie: Banana, coconut water, frozen berries, ice cubes and some water.A� Would be better with a nice dollop of yoghurt in there but this will have to do.

13:30pm – Pumpkin soup.A� It’s ok, but I would kill for a bread roll to go with it.

14:30pm – Cup of Rooibos tea and a handful of grapes.A� Boyfriend is having one of the muffins that I baked yesterday.A� I wonder if being on a fruit fast is a legitimate excuse for murder?

15:30pm – ok, need to keep my brain busy.A� Time for some meditation.

15:50pm – I’m hungry.

16:00pm – Time for another smoothie: Banana, coconut water, frozen berries, ice cubes and some water. Boyfriend has one too and makes the promise that he’s going to complete the rest of the fruit fast with me.A� After he’s done his 20km run tomorrow. How sweet, now he can understand the torment and suffering I am in.

16:30pm – popped out to the shops to get some more supplies for the next couple of days.A� I am clearly not as prepared as I thought.A� Halfway around the supermarket I see the celery on sale.A� Damn that looks good.A� I then realised walking home that celery is NOT a fruit.

17:00pm – time to start cooking dinner.A� I figure that this will keep me occupied until it’s ready to eat.A� Pumpkin has been cut into pieces and it is in the oven roasting.A� I’ve used a Chai spice mix in place of the sugar that I usually use.A� Fingers crossed, because I will be so pissed off if it doesn’t taste good.

18:00pm – the apartment smells so good.A� The ratatouille is on the stove and it’s starting to thicken up.A� Still got another hour to go, pumpkin seems to be doing well too.

18:30pm – time to feed the dog.A� Hmmm ingredients say meat and meat by-products.A� Very un-fruit fast but god I am so hungry!A� More grapes.

19:00pm – time for dinner YAY!!A� I have a small bowl of ratatouille and three pieces of roasted pumpkin.A� The chai spices are really good.A� The boyfriend has the same as me plus the left over braised chicken and lentil casserole from last night.A� I try not to look at his plate.

19:30pm – time to chill with the newspaper and a cup of liquorice tea.A� Life is good.

20:00pm – time to walk the dog.A� Boyfriend offers to walk the dog and it is pouring with rain outside.A� There’s a trade-off though.A� I have to prepare him a peanut and jelly sandwich for his training run tomorrow.A� Arrrggghhhh!

20:30pm – dog walked and sandwich wrapped and ready.A� I didn’t even lick my fingers.A� Still feeling a bit peckish so I finish off the night with five Majdhool dates.

22:00pm – bed. Thank god that’s over.

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40 Day Challenge – Day 26 “Sabotage”

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One who is self-controlled and unattached and who disregards all material enjoyment can obtain, by practice of renunciation, the highest perfect stage of freedom from reaction.A� A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, “Bhagavad Gita – As it is”, p.882.

Anyone observing me for the past twenty-four hours would have thought that I was preparing to compete in an eating competition, or maybe it was my last meal and I was actually on death row.A� Whatever wasn’t nailed down was fair game. I ate the left overs from the night before (after all they might go off), the open bar of chocolate (I don’t want the temptation while I’m on my three day fruit fast).A� I even baked muffins!A� They’re amazing!A� Banana, oatmeal and flax muffins.A� I added some pecan nuts and white chocolate chips too because the packets were open and they might go off – yeah right.

I had breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, a pre-bedtime treat and I snacked in between.A� I ate consistently from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed at one minute before midnight.A� I like to consider it as grazing but realistically they weren’t small meals.A� Breakfast was a full cooked English affair, lunch was a pizza with a schooner of cider and dinner was a braised chicken and lentil casserole with mashed potatoes.A� My boyfriend and I also polished off a bottle of red between us.

Have I set myself up for success or failure?

“To the degree that we are willing to see clearly our self-destructive patterns, they lose their hold on us and wither away.A� There is tremendous power in just knowing what is going on within us, not so that we can “work on our stuff,” but so that we can begin to release it.”A� Baron Baptiste, “40 Days to personal revolution”, p.31.

I certainly haven’t made the first day of my fruit fast easy.A� I have gone to bed very late, stuffed full of food and half a bottle of good red wine which my body has to process while I sleep.A� In the morning, I’m going to wake up and most likely be a little grumpy.A� Perhaps a bit of a headache and the first thing that I’ll want will be my morning cup of tea.

On the 40 Day Yoga Challenge Facebook page I spoke of the importance of preparation for this fast.A� I have my supplies in the fridge but I certainly did not prepare myself mentally for the challenge.A� Others in the group performed the fruit fast at the beginning of the week.A� Others like me, kept on delaying it, saying that “the weekend will be better”, I’ll be more prepared at the end on the week” and “I’ll have time to get ready”.A� Ultimately these are all excuses and what is really hiding begin these words are the obstacles that we need to discover.

All week I’ve been thinking about the three day fruit fast.A� It’s been bugging me and I’ve really struggled to come to terms with doing it.A� Is it hard? No, I did at eight week high protein – no/low carb programme last year.A� I lost 7 kilos and made it into the top twenty finalists – now that was tough!A� No, it was a different kind of chatter going on in my head.A� I’m still not 100% sure where exactly the resistance is coming from.A� Perhaps it’s the idea of ‘having to do’ something.A� Being told that this is what I have to do, that this is what I’m allowed to eat.

Whatever it is, I’m sure that it will come to the forefront over the next three days.

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