To Live and to Love

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

Day Five: Brush and Steam January 9, 2009

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Dear Whole Living’s Body and Soul Challenge,

I was starving this morning when I woke up and couldn’t control myself. I had a cup of coffee with milk and sugar (it was delicious) and toast with berry jam (it, too, was delicious). Please forgive me for breaking the fast, but I really needed some breakfast!


Shannon the Break Fast Girl.


Today is “Brush and Steam.” I am supposed to take my good hairbrush and brush it all over my body to exfoliate/detoxify? Okay… that’s a new one, but I’ll try it. I mean, I have special loofahs for that purpose, but sure, I’ll try the hairbrush. They should have included a way to clean the hairbrush after finishing. Weird, but it actually sounds nice. I’m imagining what it would feel like…. yes, I think I’ll try.


I’m running out of ideas for meals. I know it’s supposed to be purely whole grains and cooked vegetables, but I’ve gotta feed a “meat and potatoes” husband too! Last night I made this salad, except I didn’t have tomatoes so I substituted tomato sauce and made it a warm salad instead of cold. I should try again the cranberry bean dish that I made for New Year’s Day. (It was tasty before, but I didn’t cook the beans long enough. So it was a little like chomping on kindling.)

It’s also really difficult to enjoy the media fast in a tiny apartment where the TV is always going. I believe I’m starting to resent the TV because it is constantly present.


In general, are you satisfied with the level of energy you have each day?

Yes, I’m usually energetic. Exercising would help make me feel like I was using my energy purposefully.

How do you feel when you wake up and go to sleep?

I feel… bored. Without a full-time job, it doesn’t feel like there’s much reason to wake up. By bedtime, I’m exhausted, but on the days I don’t have hours, I really haven’t done much.

What feeds your energy?

Having a reason to wake up in the morning. Exercise. Having something to look forward to in my day.

What drains it?

Not having a job. Arguments. Negative people.

Do certain aspects of your lifestyle (exercise, sleep routine) affect your vitality positively or negatively?


What would you do with more energy?

I don’t even know what I would do right now with more energy. I don’t have a way to spend the energy I have. I’m not near friends who want to spend time together, I’m not near family where I could babysit nieces, I don’t have a real job, I don’t have money to go out, it’s too cold to go for a bike ride, and I can only clean my apartment so many times.


2 Responses to “Day Five: Brush and Steam”

  1. Alicia Says:

    This is very good, not sure if ingredients are all good. Do you have whole wheat couscous?

    I don’t care for zucchini, so I left it out and did extra peppers. I also made the recommended side – Grilled Onion Raita, not sure if those ingredients are good for this week or not. They tasted great together and the dish is filling. It makes a lot and is good warm or cold.

    Grilled Onion Raita

  2. mummyreturns Says:

    Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your blog and send you a hug, you sound so down. I am on day seven of the challenge and am looking forward to some normal food next week!!

    Mandy x

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