The three days(Sept 3 – Sept 6) at Birchcreek Retreat Center has been a whole different experience of my life! Three days living on juice only!!
A typical day there was like:
- Wake up around 8.30 PM
- Have a Berley shot
- Walk for 1.5 hours in the beautiful jungle and lakes
- Have a juice for breakfast
- Around 11 either do workouts or yoga depending on the treat you chose.
- Around 12.30 lunch, smoothie
- Around 2PM, again either do workouts or yoga depending on the treat you
- Break between 3-4ish.
- Around 4/4.30 again either do workouts or yoga depending on the treat you
- Then 6PM, dinner, juice again
- Whole day drink water!
We (all the guests) used to talk and hang out after the walk or lunch or dinner. We used to talk about how our life came to a stage where we can’t take it anymore and committed to make a change, we finally want to take care of ourselves, improve ourselves. All of these weer very helpful for me, talking constructive and being productive!
I loved the kick boxing we did for the work out training, also loved the yoga where she taught me different yoga practices, poses and was more focused on my relaxation, which I needed most 🙂
It was only 3 days for me, losing only 4lb, not at all visible, but I feel something has changed inside me, I feel more stronger and more controlled. I am not sure if it is temporary or what, but so far it feels so good, I feel so much energized than before, I feel so active and strong. 3 days isn’t a big time to make all these changes, but something inside me is strongly hit and changed a big part of me in a good way. This time I feel I am not going to lose myself, and damn it feels good to be back to the person I always wanted to be 🙂
Found a nice article by Steve Pavlina on the cause behind depression. Here is some part quoted from: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/06/overcoming-depression/
“Let me be very direct. It isn’t your situation that’s causing you to feel depressed. What depresses you is the attention you give to that situation. Your life may indeed be filled with circumstances you don’t want, but that isn’t the real source of your depression. Negative circumstances can only induce depression when you focus your attention on them. If you withhold your attention, your circumstances are powerless to affect you, regardless of how bad they seem.
Consider a simple example. Suppose you’re deep in debt with no end in sight, and you hate being in debt. The debt is only depressing when you think about it. If you think about something else that makes you happy, something good about your life, then at least temporarily, you won’t be depressed. So it’s not the existence of the debt that depresses you. It’s only your noticing the debt and not wanting it that depresses you.
Another example: Suppose you’re feeling lonely. You notice you don’t have an intimate relationship, and that makes you feel lonely. But is it the absence of the relationship that makes you feel lonely? Or do you only feel lonely when you pay attention to the fact that you don’t have the relationship you desire? When you’re engrossed in a really good movie or a compelling book, you completely forget that you’re lonely, don’t you? But if you stick your head up and notice you’re all alone, or if you notice a happy couple and contrast it with your own situation, then your loneliness quickly returns.
I know this sounds overly simplistic and perhaps even useless, but just humor me for a moment. I think you can agree that you only feel depressed while you pay attention to negative circumstances, such as your lack of money, lack of a relationship, or lack of good health. But here’s the key point: Your circumstances are NOT the true source of your depression. The true source of your depression is your attention… specifically your habit of putting your attention on what you don’t want. In the case of chronic depression, it’s likely that what you don’t want is what you’re already experiencing right now. So the simple act of noticing what you’re already getting is what’s really making you depressed.”
Note as of Feb 07, 2008: “I mis calculated, I am overwight not obese :)”
I can not believe this…I calculated my BMI and it falls into the category “obese”…I am surprised…I used to think am little fat…but have not crossed the boudaries….how come it is possible 😦
We all should calculate our BMI and see which category we fall to and take actions on it if needed….like am planning on doing somehitng about it 🙂
BMI means Body Mass Index, and here is how to calculate this (collected from http://adhunika.org/blog/2008/02/05/is-it-time-to-mend-my-heart/#more-299)
To determine your BMI
- Multiply your weight in pounds (lb) X 705.
- Divide that number by your height in inches.
- Divide that number by your height in inches again.
- Use the following chart to see how you tip the scale.
□ If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are underweight.
□ If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, you have healthy weight.
□ If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight.
□ If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9, you are obese.
□ If your BMI is 40 or higher, you are extremely obese.