I’ve completed my first 21 day transformation cycle and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with myself. I have put in place some pretty good habits. While I can’t say there have been really noticeable changes yet, I feel I’m on the right track and if I keep up with them by August I might have some real improvements to report. I’m putting a link to all the videos I released last week on youtube relating to the subject on one video so you can pick which if any subjects you are wondering about.
In this series of videos I’ve mentioned a few items/products that I’ve been using so I wanted to put them in the comments so you know what I’m talking about.
During the 21 days I’ve focused on the following: Prayer, Reading the Bible, Exercise, Posture, Facial toning, Upper arm crepy skin toning.
Items I’ve been using during the 21 days that I will continue to use for a few months to see if progress is real and if it continues:
Youversion Bible app
As I mentioned I take time every morning to read the Bible. Right now I’m writing out the New Testament in long hand. I thought it would keep my mind from wondering as it sometimes does, but in fact your mind can drift even as I’m writing. So I now listen to the chapter, write it and then listen to it again. ( I will NOT be writing out the Old Testament.)
Since I’m not highlighting the Bible this round I use a FREE app on my phone that gives you multiple versions of the Bible. You can highlight a verse and save it, or compare a particular verse across the different versions, you can email verses to yourself or to someone else, you can share on social media etc. Many of the versions have an audible version associated with it.
Also on Youversion is a tab called “Plans” this is again free, and there are dozens or hundreds of plans focused on topics such as: prayer, joy, pain, depression, imagination, anger, Holy Spirit etc. Some are 2 days, another might be 3 or 21 days. The New Testament plan I’m on is a 360 day plan. It allows you to read verses that apply to a particular topic each day with a devotional type of set up. I’ve enjoyed several of them including: How to get more with Less which is about getting rid of some of your junk.
There are several on the subject of prayer that I’ve enjoyed. So check them out.
Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging tool (I got this for Christmas from one of my daughters. Can’t swear it works but in conjunction with other items I think I am see a difference in my skin, face and arms, so I’m going to keep doing it for awhile. It’s easy and feels good so will keep using for awhile anyway.
Jawzrsize Face exerciser Level One
I did buy this myself. Caution would be if you have bridge, or cracked tooth (like I have) you might want to be careful as there is quite a bit of pressure.
Facial Flex kit
I bought two facial exercisers YEARS ago, could be even 10 years. I mentioned two types of facial exercise things I used as I found them both in my drawers as I was cleaning things out. One is Flexaway but I am finding I like the Facial Flex better so that’s the one I’m going to be continuing using daily for a few months. I’ll let you know what happens. (It says use 2x a day, I’ve only been using it 1x a time….we’ll see if I can bump it up to 2)
I bought an Teter inversion table again YEARS ago, 8-10 maybe even 13 years ago. I didn’t use it for many years as I hated the feeling of being upside and blood rushing to my head. BUT I didn’t get rid of it. So recently I read so much about the benefits of the table I got mine out and tried it again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The one I have doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the new one. My is from the TEETER company but it’s simply a flat table of some sort of cloth and there are no ankle straps which I’d like as mine is a compression around the ankle but it sometimes hurts my ankles.
Anyway I found that if I use it first thing in the morning before I have anything to eat or drink, I don’t get that rushing feeling to my head. I use it pretty much every morning and while upside down I do my face exercises, massaging, rolling the nurse Julie tool, facial flex etc all while be in a steep incline listening to something uplifting.
Seconds App for timing
Another app I use every day that is FREE and on my iPhone is called SECONDS. I set up several different timers but one of them is for when I’m on my incline table. I have it set to ding at certain intervals so I know it’s time to switch to the next exercise. I have mine set to start with 4min (for facial flex), then it goes to 1 minute dings so after my first 4 minute ding, I do left side face massage for a minute, then a ding, then I do right side face massage for a minute, then my neck, then I roll the massage tool on my left side, then right side, then lips and forehead, then neck, then left arm, then right arm etc and it all adds up to 15 minutes.
The “Seconds” app is a handy app for any time you want to a multi timer.
Pilates Pro Chair
This is the area I failed pretty miserably. At this point I can’t say I’m a fan. Granted I haven’t been on it enough to say I’ve given it a fair test and I still have it set up in my room just in case I want to try again, but I don’t like using it. I kept to my daily ‘worship walk’ of 45 minutes, but I’ve not gotten on the Pilates chair more than a few times for the past month that I’ve had it. We’ll see how it goes in the future but for now I wish I didn’t buy it as it’s not something I enjoy using. (could be just me)
Also using my YOUVERSION Bible app which I use daily in reading/writing the Bible, I found two of the Plans that come free with the app (the app is also free) that I really enjoyed. They motivated me to read two books during this 21 days that impacted me.
One is A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE by Rick Warren (which who knew I already had it on my shelf and didn’t realize I had it. I’d never read it…found it in one of my early ‘passes’ of removing things from my shelves. I really enjoyed the daily messages and the tools given to actually put some items into action.
The second book is “THE MORE OF LESS” By Joshua Becker. It’s about getting rid of your excess stuff. After reading it I was motivated to getting rid of 1000 items in the next couple of months. I’m up to 450 without being able to look around and see any empty spaces and admittedly before I was really having to make touch decisions. For example, in my closet I got rid of things like; a few suits I hadn’t worn easily in 10 years. They were nice suits, classic, expensive (kinda any way). I ended up giving them to the local thrift shop.
What’s next for me?
I guess that brings you up to speed on some of my ‘doings’ over the last few weeks. I’m continuing with many of the items. I am kicking up my diet to eat more fruits than veggies the rest of the summer . I’ll be doing a video on it shortly. While I’ve been a vegan for two years I’ve eaten more rice, beans and veggies than fruits. There is a lot of info on how you can use fresh fruit and herbs to get rid of toxins in your body that have built out over the years. So I’ve started doing short fasts and eating fruits only some days and I will be introducing some herbs to see how my body handles it. I’ll keep you posted.
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