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Last night was the final performance of Seussical the Musical. Lianne did an amazing job in her swing role as hunter/hunch/fish. I was beaming with pride as I watched her perform on stage.

Today is mother’s day and of course my girls wanted to spoil me with a special breakfast – they usually make me a big breakfast in bed – but this year they made me my morning smoothie instead. I guess they had it pretty easy this year, in a matter of a few moments my “breakfast” was done. It was still the best smoothie ever because my girls made it for me with that special ingredient of lots of love. Yum!

I still am amazed at how quickly and easily the week went by. I am feeling fantastic and I know that I don’t want to stop here, I am ready to give this whole raw food thing a go. There is an option with the Raw Food Challenge to continue on for another week and I will definitely be doing that.

And now I am going to go have a nice long bath and then put my feet up and relax with a good book. Mother’s Day only comes once a year and I want to make the most of it. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there.

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take – Cardinal Mermillod”

A friend told me about this free 7 day diva detox. At first I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do this. I wasn’t sure if it was in keeping with my “gradual” transition. But in the end I decided that it felt right to me at this time and I wanted to do it.

The detox consists of 5 days of preparation and 7 days of the actual detox. Each day I receive an email of encouragement, support & information and access to a forum where I can connect with other detoxing divas.

So last night I began my water fast after my evening meal.

This morning I went for a walk – 3 kilometers (1.86 miles); it was a beautiful sunny day, even though it was quite cool, I had to wear a few layers, a scarf and fingerless mittens to keep warm enough. Along my walking route I walk a steady incline and at the top of the hill it can get quite chilly because of the wind up there, so I always need to remember this when I head out for my walks. I decided not to walk my full 5 kilometer walk today because I wanted to conserve some energy, I knew this water fast might be a bit draining on me physically.

I spent a lot of time today resting, relaxing, reading and napping. I began a new book. I really love her writing style.

I didn’t keep track of the amount of water that I consumed today, but it was definitely more than normal.

I broke my fast at 6 pm this evening and had a bowl of fresh fruit. 2 apples, 2 kiwis, 1 banana. Chopped up. A fruit salad. I don’t think a fruit salad has ever tasted so good.

I started getting a headache late in the afternoon and it is continuing now into the evening. I’m not sure what this means, so for now I am just observing this discomfort. If it doesn’t go away soon I will have to take medication for it; very seldom do my headaches go away on their own. Thankfully, I rarely get them anymore.

I am still feeling quite hungry right now. Thoughts about certain foods (cravings) are coming up. That box of Girl Guide cookies that I know is in Jean’s briefcase would taste really good right now. No, no, no, I am not going to do it. Don’t worry.

I think I will make myself a cup of Bengal Spice tea. I know tea is not on the menu for tonight, but I know it is better than the alternative.

I think it will be an early night for me tonight. I wonder what I will dream about? Girl Guide cookies perhaps??

What an incredibly gorgeous weekend we had. Sunshine every day and such warm weather, it felt like summer had arrived instead of spring. We spent so much time outdoors in the backyard. I designed a special garden plan for this year and Jean marked it out for me with string and stakes. Next weekend we are renting a rototiller to break up the soil and create my massive garden beds. I am dreaming big these days, and it looks like my garden dreams are going to come true. How exciting.

I spent some time starting more seeds in pots. I worked outside – barefoot. What a lovely feeling; and so healing, connecting with the earth in that way. I have recently been reading about the tremendous healing powers of grounding yourself to the earth in this way – bare skin touching the earth. Here is a better explanation about the importance of grounding yourself.

Our kitty Will spent some time outside too. He was a bit nervous at first, so that is why he is in his crate in the photo above. We opened up the door and after a while he was brave enough to venture out in the open.

What a wonderful feeling, being out in the open air, in our yard, actually spending some quality time together instead of each of us separately in front of one screen or another. All of us were so eager to get outside into the sun after the long cold winter indoors. Our hibernation is officially over. Just in time for Easter (what perfect timing), a time for new beginnings.

Last year at this time I was just beginning to get up enough energy to go for 10 minute walks. This year I feel so energized and raring to go. What a difference. I am so grateful for this increase in energy. This is what prompted me to step up my garden plans. Last year we did a tiny little garden bed. Just big enough for Jayla to look after, with my help. This year I am not holding back. Jean said he will help me with the initial set up of the gardens, but then it will be up to me to look after them. Hopefully with a bit of help from Jayla.

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I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
"You are not a human being, you are a human becoming." - Og Mandino

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