I lost yet another friend far too soon. He was only 56. This keeps happening. When we pass that mid-century marker, our bodies start breaking down from long-term stressors like weight. When I heard about my friend I used it as a wake-up call to reassess my own weight. I am blessed with health and energy, but it was a call to action to get back to my fighting size. How dare I even have 15-20 pounds of extra pressure on my heart, veins, joints, ligaments? I dare not.
We demand so much of our bodies. In some cases, the relationship between our bodies and minds is like a rocky marriage, where the husband and wife are essentially roommates after years of unexpressed feelings. At some point though, maybe after a rich, heavy meal and a third glass of wine, the body chooses to express its long-term unhappiness and resignation to the mind: "Look, I've worked as hard as I could up to now, but you have just gone one day too many in taking advantage of me. You have abused me on your worst days, neglected me far too much overall, and have not honored me as much I deserve. I am no longer going to work this hard to keep you alive. "
I don't want my body to break up with me. Frankly, I'd like for us to have a long and lovely run. I knew I had two immediate issues to solve in order to heal this relationship. First, since I haven't been able to work out at full throttle for 4 months due to a torn ligament, I have been unwilling to decrease my calorie intake for fear of being hungry. Second, for a couple of years I've been battling one profoundly annoying hormone-induced symptom: bouts of extreme hunger.
I saw that the solution to both of these issues was in my developing a hot and juicy relationship with hunger pangs. In honor of my friend I did what I hadn't been able to do. I pulled way back on calories by doing the Isagenix 11 Day Cleanse that a few friends had done and loved. I was hungry at first and started paying attention to my reactions to hunger. Usually it triggered the thought "Something is WRONG here. Must fix. Must feed." But a pang does not an emergency portend and it is clear that I will survive even if my stomach is growling.
I did the cleanse twice in the course of 5 or 6 weeks. I lost 12 pounds and have kept it off now for over a month. Isagenix really does keep all the cravings at bay and it gave me a brand new, recalibrated relationship with hunger.
My relationship with my body is definitely on the upswing. And, my new friendship with hunger is definitely on the mend as I learn to not make it bad and wrong, and embrace it as a signal that my ideal body is on its way back.
I can't more highly recommend Isagenix. I have started my day with smoothies for years and the Isagenix whey powders are the high quality equivalent of what I was getting from my accupuncturist. Prices are better, quality just as high. And, I love all the flavors of every product I've tried so far. I became a distributor to get better prices and I'm glad I did because I use the products every day and love them. They curb my cravings and make my energy consistent. When that is the case, hunger pangs are real, they aren't misfiring cravings due to lack of nutrients. I don't crave wheat and sugar anymore. That is nothing short of a miracle.
I'm dealing with the emotional side, and Isagenix is taking care of the nutritional craving side. It's a healthy little threesome: me, my body and Isagenix.