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Day 2 – 100 Day Challenge

Today I did all liquids. On all other days of the week, I am following the 17 Day Diet way of things, but I am looking into the Ayurvedic way of doing things a bit and it suggested one day a week of liquids. My husband works some nights and tonight is one of those nights, so it is a good night for me to do liquids and plus, tonight was my Toastmasters meeting, so even better… always hard for me to do dinner when I’m running home from work and right into a meeting.

I start my day with lemon water (17 DD) but add some Amla powder and water (Ayurvedic). 17 DD has me on green tea with every meal, so I keep that in there… and I do 2 fruits and veg with 17 DD, so I just have that in juice form for the liquids… but for the fruits, I have two juice, but no sugar and for vegetables, 1 V8, but low sodium. Lunch was broth, but the lowest sodium I could find and I found one with 3 protein, 2 cups of that equals 6 protein. Obviously, I drank water as well… and Ayurvedic says mint helps with weight loss, so I had a cup of decaf mint tea as well. Triphala powder with water before bed and that’s my day today. No exercise, not going to bother with hardly anything in me…

Tomorrow, back to 17 DD and protein, so I’ll exercise tomorrow night.

Tonight’s Toastmaster meeting went well, I was the timer, Wordmaster and Jokemaster. Always enjoy going to those meetings and seeing the fantastic group we have there. I haven’t given a speech in a while (I have a couple on You Tube)… I joined so I could get more comfortable with it, but I never really did. I want to be able to help people with weight loss, as that is my passion and when I talk about weight loss, I am comfortable with speaking… however, it was all the “other” speeches that I faltered with. The last speech I gave was at the speech contest where I competed, actually… I went three levels, first two with speech and three levels with Table Topics… so I was very proud of my progress, but the anxiety I felt has kept me from giving another speech within my home group ever since. Heaving a big sigh here… So, for now, I’m sticking with the Table Topics and the simple job of timer at the meetings.

Well, I’ll write more tomorrow. We are expecting a cold night and a bit more snow in the morning. It’s been a very bitter winter here thus far!

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My first speech…

This has been a crazy week. A bit stressful and alot going on.

First, I gave a speech this week. I joined Toastmasters, which is an international organization where members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending learn-by-doing meetings. My husband saw a recent article in a local newspaper about this organization. I hadn’t heard of it before. The reason he suggested I join this organization is that with my recent weightloss, I’ve been really thinking alot of what I want to do with my life. I have become a source of inspiration with alot of people in the past year and it seems that daily, I get asked questions on how I lost my weight, or just that I have been motivating people to get in touch with their own personal weightloss and fitness goals. It really makes me happy and it gives me a huge sense of pride to help people if I can… so I am not sure where public speaking fits in to that, but it’s something I’ve struggled with all my life.

This is very odd to me, as I’m one of the most outgoing people you’d ever meet. I am that person who talks to strangers in the street… yep, that’s me. I am very friendly and never seem to have a problem making friends or just opening up to anyone and talking about anything… yet, to have to get up in front of a room of people is a whole other ballgame. So, without knowing what path my life might be on, we thought it might be a good idea to join up with Toastmasters and brush up on this skill that I have an issue with. If anything, I thought I could at least make new friends.

The first time you make a speech in Toastmasters, it’s called the “Ice Breaker” speech. The speech can be about anything you want and should be 4-6 minutes long. I decided to tape myself, mainly so that I can watch it and learn from it… and hopefully better myself before I jump into speech #2. So, I posted it on YouTube and here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBKEc3aOacU&feature=share

Overall, I was happy with it. I did, however, feel my voice shake throughout the entire thing. However, watching it, I see that it didn’t… that’s odd to me, but good to know. I was happy that I glanced at my speech, yet didn’t read the entire thing and was able to make eye contact… yet, that did leave me open to alot of “and so…” (grammarian counted 11 of them… oops!). I was timed at 5 min 44 sec, which I was very happy with, as it was within the time limit. I did stumble several times and leave thoughts open, but, for my first speech, I think I did fairly well.

I almost feel that I’d do better in a storyteller type of speaker setting… unless I just memorized something and delivered it. I think that I think too much and that might leave me open for the grammarian-critiqued pauses that come in.

The other bit of this week that was stressful for me was that I found out the following day that I was going to be needing hip replacement surgery. It’s good news, but huge news, none-the-less. Since all of this, I’ve been emotionally drained and just exhausted. I have been keeping up with my health, walking in the afternoons and keeping up with my diet. I have lost a couple of pounds, which is great. I’d love to lose more weight before I actually go in for the surgery. I just have been so very tired as well.

I start physical therapy tomorrow, three times a week. I have thoughts of getting the house cleaned and prepped so that when I’m recovering and it’s only the “men” here taking care of things (scary thought)… that everything will be just fine, ya know? I need to prep a room downstairs that I can recover in, as I won’t be able to make the flight upstairs to our bedroom… so just alot to think about and get ready for.

This will also be the first time in my life I’ve ever gone on disability… and I hear that it’s such a huge delay getting a check from co-workers who’ve done this in the past… so that’s another level of stress… I know I just need to relax… not sweat the small stuff I have no control over and just let go and let God. Sometimes that’s so much easier said than done. Breathe in and breathe out… I’ll be fine.