The brain is an amazing part of the body, there is so much about it we don’t know or understand. The CPU of our body which can only be run with our fuel pump, the heart. Sometimes it will do something so amazing, so mind boggling that you have to wonder…
Some odd months ago, I’m not sure when; I was at work when suddenly I knew things, I knew a lot of things in fact. My co-workers and I were trying to help a fellow co-worker with her college algebra problems and government homework. Normally I just chime in randomly on the rare occasion I knew something with the math portion, math and I are not friends. We’re maybe-sorta acquaintances in fact, addition and subtraction are on my side as long as you don’t give me more then three number digits. Multiplication and division can be done with a pencil or paper involved. Start adding letters and I’m a goner. Government however, I’m okay with; just don’t try to get me involved in a political debate, I hate them and will dislike you for trying to pull me into an argument I don’t want to have. We all are entitled our own opinions… even if yours is wrong. 🙂
Back on subject, this day was like every other day, I was slicing animal bodies up for human consumption (disgusting!) and Evett was calling out math problems to the portion of the group who knows math; when suddenly I knew the answer, in fact I not only knew the answers, I knew how I got to them. Like a light switch had been flipped upward in my brain, everything made sense and was easy. I started calling out how the equations should be done then told her if she had the right answers. We of course verified these answers before she put them down on paper. It was like I had entered the Twilight Zone. The left half of my brain was suddenly awake and alive and for five hours I used it as much as I could, even asking people to come up with problems so that I could answer them. It was fun and I loved it. The next day it was gone. My co-workers still think I am joking when I state that I don’t know the answers anymore. Or do I? What happened that day…?
In the time since I have often gone back to that day wondering… my only guess is that my neurons were moving to connect to a new synapse and in the progress made a brief connection to a synapse that connects to the other half of my brain. For a moment, I learned that everything I learned growing up is in fact up there… perhaps there is just little to no connection…
I will post my weight just before I start the fast as that’s going to fluctuate a bit in the few weeks left until I start this mission. Not looking forward to finding this out myself, so I am also doing this so that I don’t have to know until the last minute myself, LOL!
So I was all set to go to the clinic to get my cholesterol run, but then I went to the bank. Faced with just enough money to pay my bills, I had to do some quick thinking. Then out of no where I had the answer. Give blood! I haven’t been able to do that in a while because I have been getting my vaccinations so that I can go to school. But I had procrastinated in getting the next one long enough that it was now safe to give blood! The only problem is that it can’t be a fasting test, being in order for them to take the amount of blood they need, means I would have to have a nice meal before hand. (And I did!) So off to the blood center I went, passed all the tests I have to pass in order to donate then got good news! My veins are deep, so it takes work for a needle to find a good vein. But my phlebotomist found a great one and told me that I could donate platelets next time! So she ran a platelet count and it was 360,000; which is a 100,000 over the required amount to donate. 🙂
From the blood center I made my way to the pharmacy where I received my second MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. The pharmacist wasn’t sure if she should give it to me since I could not prove if I had gotten it as a young child. If I had, then this would be my third dose; and your only supposed to get two in your life. But my paperwork required that I prove two doses, and if I did get it as a child I don’t know where, by who, when or even have the records for it. So she called the CDC, and they told her it would be alright but I might have a severe reaction. GREAAAAT. But my paper work is all signed off and now all I have left is my second Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination and a TB skin test.
So back on task. I should be getting my test results soon, and I will post them here. I need to put batteries in my scale and post my weight, then begin trying to figure out how I am going to take pictures, for the before shot. In the meantime I am cleaning! I’ll be back with the results soon!
I will not just be changing what I eat. I will need to become a bit more active as well. So while I am on the juice fast, I will be taking a daily walk. By the time I get to eating again, I hope to be waking short walks every day and one long walk a week. When I have lost enough weight I want to learn to run. In the mean time, I love to swim. I pay for a gym membership, I need to use it!
The pool only seems to be empty in the middle of the night, so if I want to swim, I’m going to have to plan carefully. In the meantime I hope to start work outs again. Maybe not at first, but I’ll get there. I’m told that I will have more energy with this, once I am finished detoxing.
After doing a lot of research, I have decided what life style changes I am going to make next and exactly how I am going to do them. I am very excited! My Mom K thinks that I am not happy, and this change will make me more unhappy. I can’t seem to get through to her that I AM happy and that this is just the next step in an exciting adventure.
So what is the big change that will start controversy among the people around me? As of July 9th I will start this big life style change by detoxing with a long Juice Fast. I start my vacation that day so for ten days I will not be surrounded by temptation . During this time I am going to be asking for new juicing recipes and ideas!
My next change will be going from Vegetarian back to Vegan, and not just a Vegan, a plant-based vegan! Now you might be thinking, isn’t a vegan diet plant based anyways? The answer is, now days? No. Not really. There are vegan foods that have so much chemicals that it’s not the same. Besides I want to loose weight here, that’s my first big goal with this, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle I will enjoy. This means I am cutting most oils out of my diet. All oils are pure fat. So I will be using alternatives in my recipes. But I have a while and a lot more research for this one, before it’s upon me.
So, back to the fasting. In preparation: First I need to eat or get rid of basically everything in my fridge and a lot form my pantry too. Buy what I am going to need for at least the first few days and be prepared not to have any plans for the first three days. Just before I start I will be getting a fasting cholesterol check, my weight checked and a before picture done.
So why am I waiting so long to do this when I could be ready in just a few days? Vacation. After my vacation requests had been denied, denied then denied again; finally one was approved. But it’s not until July 9th.
One last thing, I will be trying to keep you up to date with where I am in the fasting then the plant based life style change. I want to say I will update daily, but I know myself. So at least once a week, then. I will also keep you up to date with the prep work. The big clean out needs to happen anyways, but it might just be a nightmare. Which is why I haven’t done it yet. 🙂
I also want to post information that I learn while I am doing this. I’ll be trying a lot of new fruits and veggies, so why not share the experience!
My ears feel like they should be bleeding. But that’s nothing compared to my throat.
I don’t go out much, not like that. Okay, perhaps I should say: at all. A friend of mine at work had her birthday yesterday and invited two of us out to the local pub where the band The Be Sharps (comprised of all co-workers from the Starbucks in our parking lot) they were really good! Somehow word spread and two people coming turned into four and in the end eleven. Only seven of actually made it, everyone of us there working in my department with the exception of an employee from the dairy department. We ignored the thick cigarette smoke in the air and are all regretting that now, as well as sitting at the table a mere three feet from the band. There was a lot of yelling, with our hands cupped around the ear of the person we were trying to talk to. (They still could not hear us.)
The next band was Letters to Voltron. Good God they were bad. Sometimes they had a beat, sometimes. Their music was comprised of mostly random hard noise and screaming. We all drank a lot at this point, determined to stay and see The Be Sharps again after Voltron was done. The mother of our group and I had fun pretending to head bang and play our air guitar much to the shock and awe of the rest of our overworked group. Here was the shy, quiet, introvert who rarely goes out and the older, mature, friendly, mother figure standing in the corner of our large wood table head banging and playing the air guitar to the none beat. It was fun! We all agreed that Letters to Voltron, no longer needed to send letters back to their home planet, but should instead go back there themselves and not return.
After the bar, at 1:30AM (A time our birthday girl had not seen since she was in her twenties) (Now in her forties) we all dragged ourselves over to Denny’s where there Ultimate Skillet (with no sausage) never, ever tasted so good before. I doubt it will ever taste that good again and I ate every crumb off that skillet.
Naturally this is the time we all decided to check our schedules to see what time we have to be up. Our mother figure: 6AM, Me: 7:30AM the rest of them were either off or had a shift that started in the PM. (They suck!) I woke up a mere three hours after going to bed, feeling sleep deprived with a severely sore throat and burning ears. Mother figure was much the same. There was a lot of Ibuprofen involved at the beginning, middle and end of our shift.
Today was a busy day in the deli. A crowed of people stood at the counter waiting for food or service. It was 1:25 PM, and the entire store went suddenly dark, like a dark shadow passed though from the right side of the store to the left. It was very quick, my entire crew and I stopped what we were doing.
“Did anyone else see that?” Sandy, our lead; asked. We all nodded, “Good, because I thought I was going blind.”
We then began to talk about what we thought it was before we turned to the customers to ask what they thought. That’s when we found out that no one else seen it. Our customers were looking at us like we were insane.