For the past forty years I have been eating whatever I want with little or no thought. I’m a bright girl, and knew better, but I guess I didn’t care enough to change or do something about it. I’m a BIG girl too, but obviously haven’t minded enough to do something about that either. I figure as long as I can wear some cute clothes I will just “work it” and get away with pretending I am okay with myself. But all the while, deep down, knowing I am thoroughly embarrassed. How did I let myself become this way?!
My weight issues just touch the surface as to why I am doing the Master Cleanse. Over the past two years I have had some pretty big scares to my health. I know something has to change before I end up in real trouble. A while back I noticed a hard lump in my left armpit. It would hurt once in a while and would come and go. I had it checked by my doctor and she had me have a mammogram and then an ultrasound. They could measure the lump but it wasn’t big enough to be of any alarm so I was sent on my way.
Almost exactly two years ago a friend of mine had some great success loosing a ton of weight on the Ideal Protein diet. I decided that I wanted to give it a try and began my journey, however, I was working full time and it was hard for me to find the time to drive out of town to pick up the food. I decided to supplement their food with high protein drinks from Costco. I lost 35 pounds and people just started to notice my weight loss when I got very ill. I started having incredible lower back pain. I went to the doctor and he was just “certain” this pain was my gall bladder. He ordered a CT scan, which I had, and of course it was nothing. I did stop the protein shakes at that time and the pain went away. I am still not sure if there was any correlation between the two. However, I decided by myself that the protein from Costco was too hard on my system. That was until the pain came back last Fall and is always there now. Most of the time it is a dull ache, but will flare up and become very uncomfortable now and again.
A few months ago (two years later), and I ended up having what I felt like was a heart attack. I drove myself to the ER. The pain was excruciating and I could not even stand up straight. The doctor was concerned that it might be a blood clot or a hole in my aorta and wanted to have me get another CT scan. I didn’t want to be exposed to more radiation, because had read after the last one how harmful the radiation from CT scans can be. He insisted and I reluctantly had the scan. I regret it to this day.
After the scan was read he came to me and my husband and said that my heart was fine but there was a .7 nodule on my lung! He then smirked and said, “that means more CT scans!” He was so uncaring and rude. I told him that I had a CT scan 18 months before to take a look at my gall bladder. He said he would call and see if they had captured that lung in the picture before. If they had then this would be good as they could then see if this nodule was preexisting or just showed up.
The ER doctor called my Primary Physician and she read the CT report, but there was no remarks about a nodule on my lung. She called to have the scan re-read. In the mean time I was on pins and needles! Late that evening she rang and told me that the nodule was in fact on the prior CT and that was good news. Her hope is that it was scarring from bronchitis or pneumonia. These are two things I do not recall having in my adult life. Just a few weeks ago that lump in my left armpit came back with a vengeance. It was very large, hard and painful—lasting a few days before subsiding.
These events are what started my search–first to cleanse the radiation from my body, and now to cleanse the toxins from my cells. If a side benefit from this journey is weight loss then I will embrace it with open arms. (I have gained 30 of the pounds I lost two years ago back). My main goal is to get healthy and stay healthy. I want to see my children grow up and live long enough to see my grandchildren grow up and possibly even enjoy a little great grandchild or two!
I’ve done a lot of things over the past two months to prepare for today and I will go over those with you later. I would like to share my journey with those would are supportive and who perhaps are embarking on the same journey. I also want to encourage and inspire those who are afraid to do this alone. I read Tom Woloshyn’s book “Beyond the Master Cleanse” and he advised not to tell friends and family that you are on the cleanse if they will be unsupportive. I was glad to read that advise and have decided (for the sake of being cautious) to keep my cleanse to myself and my husband for now.
I am excited for this journey, as today marks my very first day, and I will strive to post daily a little bit about what I am going through.
Read my daily journal as I embark on a 40 day Master Cleanse HERE.
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