Drum Roll, Please…

Well, the last time I checked in I had 3 days left on my 10 Day Challenge…here are the final results:

Those last 3 days were not easy! We were (and still are) in mourning for our sweet Belle, and we were excited for nine days off of school as well as family and friends that needed hosting, feasts that needed eating, and a big football game that needed winning. Talk about the ups and downs, hills and valleys, positives and negatives of life!!

Days 8, 9, and 10 looked very much like days 1, 2, 3, and 4:

  • 1 oz Ionic Supreme (early morning)
  • 2 IsaGenix Shakes (usually breakfast and lunch)
  • 1 Natural Accelerator Capsule (with one of my shakes)
  • 1 clean and healthy snack (usually mid-afternoon)
  • 1 “normal” meal (usually dinner with the kids)
  • 1 IsaFlush Capsule (right before bed)

(I did have “tasting” bites of Thanksgiving recipes throughout those days as Angel Girl and I baked and bagged 12 dozen Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars, 12 dozen Thanksgiving “Dyed Dough” Sugar Cookies, and 12 dozen Pilgrim Hat Cookies for the local Meals & Wheels program.  That is a whole lot of sugar that I added bit by bit, but I didn’t have the confidence to feed strangers without testing the recipes first!)

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When I weighed on Thanksgiving morning (Day 11), I was still hovering right at the 120 pound mark.  That means that I have lost a little more than 8 pounds since beginning my “refocus” on October 3rd, and I lost 5 pounds those last 10 days before Thanksgiving.  Considering the roller coaster of excitement and sadness and stress and relaxation over those 10 days, I am very pleased!

I didn’t do too much damage Thursday through Sunday, either.  I weighed again this morning, and after REALLY enjoying very indulgent foods for four days, I was glad to see 123.4 on the scale.  I was worried to look down and see a 1, 2, and 8.5 in shining blue numbers, so 123.4 was juuuuust fine!  I attribute the minimal gain (as opposed to what I normally see over a holiday) to the IsaGenix products that I’ve been using to keep my system detoxified.  I ate a ton, but the food didn’t seem to stick.

Our feast included all the favorites: turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, ham, candied yams, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, green bean bundles, buttered corn, broccoli-rice casserole, broccoli salad, sweetheart salad, and warm rolls.  The snack bar contained deviled eggs, relish tray, veggie tay and dip, summer sausage, cheese assortment, crackers, and seasoned pecans.  The dessert island was filled with chess pie, pumpkin pie, the pecan pie bars, pilgrim cookies, sugar cookies, fresh fruit, and plenty of whip cream to top it all off!

Our feast included all the favorites: turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, ham, candied yams, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, green bean bundles, buttered corn, broccoli-rice casserole, broccoli salad, sweetheart salad, and warm rolls. The snack bar contained deviled eggs, relish tray, veggie tray and dip, summer sausage, cheese assortment, crackers, and seasoned pecans. The dessert island was filled with chess pie, pumpkin pie, the pecan pie bars, pilgrim cookies, sugar cookies, fresh fruit, and plenty of whip cream to top it all off!

At least I wan't the only one piling my plate(s) extra high!

At least I wan’t the only one piling my plate(s) extra high!

To help my body recover further, I began another Deep Cleanse this morning.  I also came across a great article that answers very common questions about the Cleanse for Life system:  Top 25 Questions About IsaGenix and Nutritional Cleansing.  Take a look, and let me know if you are interested in giving it a try.  I can only tell you that I feel a huge difference in my own metabolism, energy, and well-being.  After cleansing today and tomorrow, I will pick up my 2-shakes-a-day schedule until Christmas.  I appreciate that it allows me to stay full throughout the day, sit down to a family dinner with the kids at night, and still be on track for my goals!  Once Christmas arrives, I will enjoy my holiday, enjoy my kids being home for a few weeks, and enjoy a hard-earned and well-deserved bowl trip (or hopefully 2!!).

I love knowing that I can live my life and ALSO work on me, all at the same time!  I am eager to see where these products lead, and I am anxious to see additional results.  The past two months, I lost most of the weight in my stomach, which is also the last place I tend to add weight.  I hope that as I continue the 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System, I will see more trimming in my hips, thighs, and face, so stay tuned for more updates.

Coach says he can see a definite difference already, and that brings a warmth to my heart and smile to my face 🙂

Happy, happy December, my friends!

With love and hugs,

Ashli

Only the heart knows how to find what is precious.  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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