Thank you so much for visiting my blog. This is a story about 1 girl and her journey to make herself and her family healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. Throughout my journey I have successes and "learning opportunities". I share them all here - the good, the bad and the ugly. As I grow and learn, I will share it here.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Week 1 Update: Slique Tea and Slique Essence



There are so many amazing things happening in my life right now.  I sat down to try and write on Saturday and kept trying to write about 2 or 3 things all at one time.  I am pretty good at multitasking, but that was way too much for me.  So I need to focus on one at a time and make it one post at a time. 
Slique Tea and Slique Essence update week 1
You could not believe how stressful and painful this week has been.  There have also been many AMAZING moments of spiritual growth for me this week also – but that is another blog post. 
I am a stress/ emotional eater.  When it gets really bad (or really good) I want to eat sweets – cookies, candy, rice crispy treats and ice cream are my drugs of choice.  I use that word drug because I am trying to medicate my feelings, which does not work. 
On Sunday last week I started using Slique Tea and Slique Essence.  Sunday was really hard.  I felt like I was hungry all day.  I just kept drinking the Tea and Essence.  I know it was mostly mental, knowing I was going to trying something different.  I still wanted sugar and it was being offered at every turn.  I had to just say no and keep going.   It was also Easter Sunday, which did not make it any easier (sugar wise).  That night I had trouble going to sleep.  I figured it was due to drinking the Slique Tea later in the evening – it does have naturally occurring caffeine.  In hind sight – I think it was a detox reaction and a releasing of emotions happening. 

 Keep reading for why.
Monday, was much better.  By the end of the day, sugar cravings were almost gone.   But Monday night was hard.  I had trouble sleeping and I felt horrible.  I was tired from not sleeping well the night before and I had to administer a state test the next day.  I needed sleep.   I experienced a lot of emotions that night – anxiousness, frustration, sadness,  helplessness,  hurt and probably more.  But those are the ones that stick out.   I spent time in prayer and stillness with God.  I finally slept about 2 hours. 
On Tuesday, I was exhausted and I had a day of administering a state assessment.   State testing is also exhausting.  I kept drinking Slique Essence and Slique Tea.  I was physically and emotionally tired but I was also feeling better.  I know that sounds strange, but I felt like the worst of the detox was over.  Cravings and thoughts of food were gone.  Then some crazy spiritual warfare began (more about that in a later post).  This would be a time I would eat sugar, eat sugar, eat sugar, eat sugar.  You get the picture.  I didn’t and it did not even cross my mind to do it.  That night I also went to a beyond the basics class on cleansing.  It was fabulous and so many people lifted my spirits that did not even know what was happening inside of me. 
Wednesday through today went about the same.  The spiritual warfare was still going on,  I continued to eat the way I am supposed to, drink my Slique Tea and Slique Essence.  I still did not have sugar cravings. 
I set some goals last week and met all of them but one.  I set the goal of walking 1 mile three times this week.  I walked 2 times this past week and I am ok with that. 
I am doing this for weight loss. Many other benefits came this week, but I still did it for weight loss. 
Weight loss results for week one:
I lost 3.4 lbs.
 
Physical results:
No sugar cravings 
I am so excited.  I don’t expect weight losses like that every week.  I fully believe that weight loss needs to be slow and steady so that your body can adjust physically and so that you can learn the things you need to so that you will have a healthy weight forever. 
I will continue my goals from last week.  I am going to try hard to walk 3 times this week.   It is a wonderful stress release and from the sounds of it, I may need it next week.    

More next Saturday on this next week's results!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Slique - Improved cravings



I was not planning to write until Saturday, but I have learned a few things I wanted to share.  

I love Slique Tea and Slique Essense.  When I first tried Slique Essence - I did not like it much.  It had a weird taste to me, in fact, I could not get it down.  I hate to admit, I tried it at a class and ended up dumping it out.  

I have been going overboard with sugar.  In fact, Scott said I was having  major sugar cravings.  No wonder I am gaining so much weight.  I could not stop it eating it.  

I decided to order Slique Essence and then learned about Slique Tea.  I was hoping it would help with the sugar cravings.  

I AM SO GLAD I DID!  


The sugar cravings are MASSIVELY improved today!  
But let me back up a day.

Confession time:
Yesterday, I got up, ate breakfast, drank Slique Tea, drank a glass of water with 4 drops of Slique Essence, drank my 2 oz of Nigxia Red and ate 4 gluten free cookies before I left for church!  


First lesson:  DO NOT drink multiple cups of coffee, drink slique tea and drink ningxi red - Big head rush!  TOO MUCH!!!!!

After an amazing Easter Worship service, my family went out to Chili's and I ate too many chips (and salsa).  My dinner was a grilled chicken salad.  

Then I went to my mother-in-love's for supper.  It was so easy to follow my Weight Watcher's Simply Filling.  


Then came dessert - cake easy to pass up - gluten.  Yes I know the picture above is with cake - I could easily take a picture of cake (no temptation).  
She also had ice cream - OH how I love ice cream.  And multiple flavors - Oh how I love ice cream.  


I had just published the blog about starting Slique.  I had to suffer through NOT eating ice cream - Did I tell you how much I love ice cream?!  I had brought my Slique Essence - so I got a glass and drank my Slique Essence - looking longingly at the ice cream.

This morning I woke up - not very hungry (unusual).  I drank part of a cup of coffee (I love black coffee).  Then I drank my Slique Tea (YUMMMMY).  I made my breakfast, drank my ningxia and went to work.

Two different times I was hungry, so I drank a glass of water with Slique Essence.  The second glass in the afternoon, I almost gagged.  

OOPS - I forgot to follow the directions on the bottle.

Second lesson - read and follow the directions on the bottle.
Shake bottle vigorously.  Drink 2-4 drops of Slique Essence in 4-6 oz of water.

I forgot to shake it.  It really makes a BIG difference.  

Now for the big, big, news.
I am not craving sugar!!!
Daniel offered me a GF cookie - I said no thank you.
Scott brought me a cookie - I said no thank you.
Some friends are having a FB icecream party (we chat on fb while eating ice cream) - I said, I'll join but no ice cream.

COOL PART!
I did not want the sugar.

Pretty impressed so far!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Starting Something New


I have been doing Weight Watchers for many years.  Let me rephrase that - I have been paying Weight Watchers for years, I have only worked the program off and on.  My weight goes up and down then up then down, then up then down.  You get the picture.  It is totally my fault!  I know the program works, I just don't do what I know I need to do.  I have even written about that here before.  

As you also know, I am using Young Living Essential Oils.  I love what they have done for me and my family.  We are taking control of our health in so many ways.  

Young Living has a product line called Slique.  It is designed for weight loss.  It is also designed to be paired with a healthy eating program and exercise.  This got me thinking and researching.  I am liking what I see on some of it.  I am not ready to take on the entire program.  I need more thought, research and prayer before I try that.   

I am already taking Essentialzyme and Ningxia Red daily and will continue them.  

Ningxia Red is a powerful product that is has great health boosting properties.  It is also part of the Slique Complete Kit.  My entire family is already using it for its immune boosting properties and energy boosting for me for many months. So I will continue to use it as I have been.
  
Essentialzyme is a supplement I began recently and will continue it.   I use this to improve and balance my digestive health and to stimulate enzyme activity. 


So starting today, I am going to try two of the Slique products with my Weight Watchers.

So what am I going to try?  
Glad you asked!
I am trying:


Slique Tea
This is an energy boosting and intended to help support your weight goals.  I love the taste. 

and


Slique Essence
I will use this to help when I am hungry.  I have heard testimonials that it helps with sugar cravings.  Boy I need help with that one!  Plus it makes my water taste yummy!


I weighed in at Weight Watchers yesterday, so I have my starting weight for using these products.  I am also taking starting measurements.  I will not share those here until much later.  Too SCARY for me to share right now!

I am continuing to do what I have been doing - I am just adding these two things.  

So for now here is the plan for this week:

Continue:
  • Follow Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique
  • Drink Ningxia Red - 2 oz in morning (and more if needed)
  • Drink 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil in water each morning. 
  • Take Essentialzyme daily - will try for 3 times a day as directed, been doing 1-2 times a day recently.


Adding this week:
  • NO SUGAR!  This is going to be the hardest of all to do. I can still have raw honey and pure maple syrup in small quantities.
  • Drink Slique tea in the morning - maybe more during the day.  Since this is new, I'll have to figure it out.  Plus I LOVE the taste - so who knows how much I will drink.
  • Drink Slique Essence in my water regularly throughout the day and as needed for hunger (following the directions on the bottle) 
  • Walk at least one mile 3 times this week.  I've done this off and on - need to be consistent.


So that's the plan for this week.  
I am excited to give this a try.  

I will blog next week about how this week has gone.