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I am very excited about all the upcoming changes I will be making to the site. I have exciting news and updates to share!

Just as a teaser, there will be a major redesign and new features as well as new, more targeted content to enjoy.

I am so looking forward to embracing the researcher and writer that I now know I am.

Things may be a little messy during the transition, so please be patient. In the end it will all be worth it.

Big changes folks. Stay tuned!

“…I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself….then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

You may recognize this as the last line from the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Although I would find it hard to pick up and leave everything behind like that, I see the appeal and I definitely related to her personal journey in a profound way.

Over the last several years I have stripped myself down to the core and taken a long and arduous journey. I have learned so much about myself and those that I love and love me back. Every stop, every person along the way revealing more than the last. I am so grateful for the truths that have presented themselves and very much look forward to all the exciting thing coming in the future.

I have been rather absent this year, but I am excited about what is coming next. Check back soon to see what happens next…

I have finally set up a facebook page for The Redesigned Mom.

I’m not sure exactly how I will utilize it. I definitely need to do some research and thinking on how to create a valuable experience there. In the meantime it will be another way to follow me and a place to post special site updates and such.

Check it out and make sure to “Like” me.

The Redesigned Mom Facebook Page

Follow my 25 day metabolic shake up.  Will I lose a crap load of fat?  Let’s see.  Bookmark this page and check back daily for the latest updates.

Let’s start with where I am right now

Before Extreme Fat Loss Diet

Measurements (inches/pounds)

  • Weight: 168.5
  • Body Fat: 35%
  • Bust: 40
  • Waist: 38
  • Hips: 40.5
  • Rt. Arm: 11
  • Rt. Thight: 23
  • Rt. Calf: 15
OMG, I can’t believe I just posted this on the internet. Please forgive the mirror shot. My husband was out of town.

Check out Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet


25 Days of Extreme Measures

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Well, here it is. Today I begin a 25 day plan that is supposed to burn an extreme amount of fat in an extreme way.

At this point I am hopeful and skeptical at the same time. Although this is a 25 day fast fat loss program, it is no magic pill. This program is on the extreme end of the spectrum and will take some serious dedication to make happen. But, it’s only 25 days and I am in dire need of a metabolic shake up so I’m giving it a fully dedicated go.

Extreme Fat Loss and The Diet Solution

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

I believe that these two programs combined are a powerful match and will produce amazing results for me and you as well.

Here are both the Products for you to take a look at.

Extreme Fat Loss Diet

Joel is still offering $30 off during the pre-sale, but this will end in the next day or so.

The Diet Solution

This is an audio/video presentation so make sure you have your speakers on :)

5 Tips for Surviving the Fast Day

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

Well, I made it through my first Extreme Fat Loss Diet fast day. It wasn’t really as hard as I thought it was going to be.

Keep Your Eye on The Prize

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:22 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Today’s email from Isabel De Los Rios and The Diet Solution touched on something that rings close to me and that I think is really important. The mental and emotional side of losing weight. Anyone who ignores this is only destined to fail. Yes, you may lose some weight now, maybe even a lot of weight, but if you don’t feel that you deserve it, see yourself as a thin person who is happy and active and whole or if you continue with the negative talk, it is very likely you will gain all the weight back and more.

Success Is In The Details… And The Protein

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

In addition to the Cheat Day and Fast Day that we have already discussed, The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet has three additional days that are strategically laid out to maximize your fat loss, keep your metabolism racing and your hormones balanced. All these days combined form the five day cycle that is central to the program.


Measurements (inches/pounds) – After Cycle One

  • Weight: 164.5
  • Body Fat: 34.5%
  • Bust: 40
  • Waist: 37.5
  • Hips: 40
  • Rt. Arm: 11.25
  • Rt. Thigh: 22.5
  • Rt. Calf: 14.5
  • Total Pounds Lost: 4
  • Total Inches Lost: 1.75

My weight and measurements were taken the morning after a pretty salty meal and a traumatic accident, so I am not sure what water retention or chemical reaction factors might be at play here.

Check out Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet


Stats after Cycle 1

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I have updated The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet page with my latest stats and measurements.  I lost 4 pounds!!!!

Cycle Two Round Up

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Well, here we are on protein day of cycle two of the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet. This week has been a struggle with me because of my thumb.


Before Extreme Fat Loss Diet

Measurements (inches/pounds)
After Cycle Two

  • Weight: 163.5
  • Body Fat: 34.5%
  • Bust: 40
  • Waist: 37
  • Hips: 39.5
  • Rt. Arm: 11.25
  • Rt. Thigh: 22.5
  • Rt. Calf: 14.5
  • Total Pounds Lost: 5
  • Total Inches Lost: 2.75
As expected, this week was kinda a bust. Looking forward to awesome results next cycle.

Check out Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet


Cycle 2 Results

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:22 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

This week we are celebrating being healthy and small victories. This thing with my thumb could have been so much worse and although it has kept me from being as hard core as my heart would like right now, I am thankful.

Cycle Three – Pushing Past Obstacles

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:21 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

Well I am having a hard time figuring out if I chose the best or worst time to take this on. Right now, life is simply lobbing me one stressful event after another. The timing has definitely not been ideal for extreme weight loss, but it has been primed for personal growth and that sometimes is even more important.


Measurements (inches/pounds) – After Cycle Three

  • Weight: 163
  • Body Fat: 34.5%
  • Bust: 40
  • Waist: 37
  • Hips: 39
  • Rt. Arm: 11
  • Rt. Thigh: 22.5
  • Rt. Calf: 14.5
  • Total Pounds Lost: 5.5
  • Total Inches Lost: 3.5

Check out Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet


What’s this BCAA Stuff All About?

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:20:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

But, not being a body builder and not know about all the various supplements they take, I had some questions. What are BCAAs? Why do I have to take them? How much do I take? Where do I get them?

As I see what others are asking about them, I also see that people are having a hard time interpreting the label and determining how many pills they need to take.

Shake Day Recipes

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:20:10 GMT. 3 comments. Top.

I threw some things together this morning and it turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share my couple of shake recipes with you

It’s very exciting, my blog is now carbon neutral!

A blog with an average of 15,000 visitors a month emits about 8lbs of CO2 per year.  The CO2 absorption of a tree is around 11lbs per year.

A team of people in Germany have started an initiative called “Make it Green”.  Their goal is to raise awareness of the impacts of carbon emissions and to contribute to the reduction of our carbon footprint.

Sometimes we aren’t aware of what parts of our lives contribute to our carbon footprint and how much.  This was new information for me and as a web developer, I imagine that my footprint is quite a  bit larger.  I am happy to know that my carbon footprint just got a little smaller and I look forward to learning more small steps that I can take to further reduce the carbon emissions that I output.

In return for helping them spread their message (by writing this post and adding their very nice badge to my site) they are going to plant a tree in the Plumas National Forest in Northern California. Over 88,000 acres of this forest were affected by wildfires in 2007 and the “Make it Green” folks are helping this forest to reestablish itself.

Learn more about the project

Do you have a blog?  Participate in the Project

This has inspired me to take it one step further.  I develop websites for small businesses and I now plan on making a donation to plant a tree in their name upon the completion of their projects.  This way every site I produce will also be carbon neutral, at least until they get super successful and we have to plant a few more trees!

I encourage you to take this time around Earth Day (April 22) and find a way that you too can make an impact around you.  Happy Earth Day!

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I haven’t been able to post the last couple of days nor will there likely be any hope of me posting in the next couple of days either. It is pushing 90 in my house right now and it isn’t even noon.

This is not normal for Seattle and yes we may be wimpy, but right now I feel like I could melt wax on my head and it may very well spontaneously combust at any moment.

On top of that the kids are cranky, I am cranky and I have a website to launch that isn’t cooperating.

Too much for this overheated stay at home mom. Today I wish I had a job so I could go to a nice air conditioned office building.

Enough bitching. Enjoy your day!

I had all these plans to have posts banked to release over the next couple of days while I am enjoying a weekend of sun and fun with my family and friends, but alas, it just didn’t happen.

I hope all of you have a wonderful long weekend. Catch you on the flip side (ooh, cheezy — Ouch!)

To all the amazing, strong, beautiful and brave moms out there —  The Happiest of Mother’s Day.

All my love and good wishes to you all.  Make sure to do something wonderful for yourself today.

Jon Gabriel used to weigh over 400 lbs and he spent years of his life dieting and regaining the weight, spending thousands with Dr. Atkins and continually forcing himself to lose weight only to gain it back and even more.  He took it on as his mission to figure out why his body wanted to be fat.

He attended Wharton school of Business, studying biochemistry while he was there.  He also studied at the VA hospital in Philadelphia.  He has researched and read hundreds of research reports, learning everything he could about biochemistry, neurobiology, psychology, nutrition, and much more.  He also studies meditation, neuro and psycho linguistics, field of consciousness research and even quantum physics.  Even more importantly he started studying  his own body.

What he found is quite remarkable and his own weight loss is just one example of it working.  He lost over 200 lbs in 2 1/2 years.

I am not usually one to write about something personally unproven, especially when it comes to diet and health, but I really want to document this process so I don’t forget everything I’m learning.

I am feeling really great and enjoying the new foods that I am trying.  I am generally in a better mood and sleeping really well.  This after only a week with just the smallest of diet changes.

This is a really new program so there isn’t a lot of information about it our there.  I am very curious about the process and the outcomes and hope that sharing my experiences will be helpful to others exploring this approach.

It also includes incorporating a lot of new foods that I was generally unfamiliar with, so creating and sharing recipes will be fun.


How I Found The Gabriel Method

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:45 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

I have tried all the regular tricks (a.k. fad diets and cleanses) in my bag as well as three months of simply reducing and logging my calories and increasing my exercise level significantly. With all that I have still not lost one pound since the initial weight came off after Ian was born almost two years ago. I haven’t gained weight either, it just won’t budge. Every time I get on the scale, it is just the same thing over and over again.

Something is keeping my body just where it is no matter what I do, so I started doing some research on other ways of looking at the diet and weight loss issue.

I believe that when ideas or topics present themselves to you, especially from a couple of different directions, it means that I need to explore that topic more.

Acai Berry Supplements

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:44 GMT. 3 comments. Top.

I have been taking an Acai supplement for about 6 months now and I will tout its benefits all over town, but let’s get one thing perfectly clear…

This is not a diet drug. If you believe that crap about losing 40 pounds by just taking a pill then you are an idiot, just like I was.

So, Why is Acai so great?

The Gabriel Method – After Week 1

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:44 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

After just more than one week on the month one plan plus adding the recommended foods where appropriate, I am already seeing my cravings change. Less Diet Coke, more water and the other day we took the kids to ice cream in the afternoon and I didn’t even feel like having something sweet. I more wanted some cheese and bread, maybe some olives. Now, I did have the ice cream and it’s not like cheese and bread is so great for you, but that change in craving is a big one for me. I have always wanted something sweet.

Now, a few days later, I don’t really want to eat the breads at all. Last night we had garlic shrimp and pasta and I couldn’t even bring myself to eat the very small amount of pasta I put on my plate and today I took the kids to lunch and nothing really sounded good and I ended up tearing most of the bread off my meal and eating out just the center.

The Gabriel Method – Some Basic Nutrition

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:44 GMT. 5 comments. Top.

One of the first things The Gabriel Method encourages is eating a large breakfast to get your day going. Like all other meals using this approach, breakfast should include a good source of protein, omega 3 and live foods. You should also take a digestive enzyme capsule before eating to help with digestion.

So, let’s break these down a little.

Wilted Salad – Gabriel Method Recipe

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:44 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

I have been exploring new foods and ways of eating as part of the Gabriel Method.

This salad has become my favorite lunch. It is hearty and filling, dare I say comforting, and chock full of nutrition.

Gabriel Method – After Week 2

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:44 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

I really really want to weigh myself. I can’t help it, the scale just calls to me. I have put it away, but just because it is put away doesn’t mean I can’t go and dig it out. It is only the thought that I may get on the scale and that same number will still be there that is keeping me from it.

Poached Eggs on Toast – Gabriel Method Breakfast

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:43 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

When I was little my mom used to make me poached eggs when I had an upset stomach. It has become of form of comfort food for me.

The problem is that poaching eggs in water is messy and kinda smelly and a good portion of the egg white is lost to the spinning web of egg white strings (yuck). Yet, poached eggs are still my favorite way to eat eggs and when I started The Gabriel Method and knew I was going to need to eat more eggs, making poached eggs easy was a must.

The Gabriel Method – End of Month 1

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:43 GMT. 6 comments. Top.

Let’s get real here. I feel weak. I doubt my ability to do this and I am self sabotaging like you would not believe. Yet one more thing that terrifies me. I am so tired of being afraid. I don’t even know what I am so damn scared of. I just walk around wallowing in my own fear.

Gabriel Method Forum

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:21 GMT. 3 comments. Top.

So after that particularly negative and self loathing post about my progress, I went looking for a support forum.

A New Day

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:21 GMT. 4 comments. Top.

It’s a funny thing about fear. Sometimes when you say it out loud and face it directly it recedes and sometimes even dissapears all together.

I would like to thank everyone for the unexpected and very much appreciated outpouring of support. Your words of encouragement made a really bad day a whole lot better and gave me the confidence to push past it. Thank-you.

I wish I could say my fear is gone forever, but alas that simply isn’t how it is in this case. But, by owning my weaknesses I have come to understand them a little better and can now move forward with my eyes open.

The Gabriel Method – Week 6

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 5 comments. Top.

After over a week of rededicating myself to The Gabriel Method, I am feeling better and better about it.

Dealing With Emotional Weight Issues

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 4 comments. Top.

After the events of the past week I have come to determine that my frustration over my lack of measurable progress (a.k.a. weight loss) really comes down to the fact that I am jumping the gun. As long as I have all this emotional baggage the weight will not come off, no matter what I do.

The Gabriel Method – I Love My Body

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Every year (for the past 15) over the Memorial Day weekend, a large group of friends from college go camping (if you can really call it that) at Banks Lake in eastern Washington. This year we had the best weather ever, 80s and sunny and perfect every day. It has never been better.

The problem with this was that I knew it was coming. Karli is kinda weather obsessed so we were watching the weather starting like 2 weeks before hand. Now how could knowing we were going to have beautiful weather the whole weekend be bad? It meant I needed to buy a bathing suit.

The Gabriel Method – Divine Love

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

Over this last week I have been noticing some subtle, yet important, changes in the way I feel. Because the emotional and self perception issues are so huge for me, I have vowed not to weigh myself or even measure myself until October. I am letting go of numbered results and concentrating on how I feel and healing myself.

The Gabriel Method – I Love Salad

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

I love salad. I think one reason that this eating plan works so well for me is that I love salad. I eat at least one, if not two, large salads a day. I’m lucky that my husband loves salad too.

I have been experimenting with different toppings and styles of salad, but for most meals it is pretty much the same.

The Gabriel Method – End of Month 2

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:20 GMT. 4 comments. Top.

I picked up my Gabriel Method book this morning to reread some of the nutritional stuff as I have been concentrating on my mental health and identifying and eradicating my emotional blockage. I was looking through the monthly plans and nutritional information and realized that I am already doing everything in month 3, just naturally without thinking about it. How cool is that?

Big Salad – Gabriel Method Recipe

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:23:19 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I think I mentioned in my I love Salad post that my husband and I have been really enjoying what we call the “Big Salad”. We have this for dinner once a week now and giggle about past Seinfeld episodes (did you catch the reference?).

I find it funny that without even trying to convince him, my husband is fully on board with whatever I put in front of him these days. This one is a big hit though, so I thought I would share.

Shrimp and Spinach Salad w/ Cider Vinaigrette – Recipe

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:22:39 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

I have really been enjoying my new world of salads. Although most of the time I stick to the basics, I have found some really great more creative offerings as well. Nothing boring about this little number.

The Gabriel Method – The Strangest Things

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:22:38 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This process never ceases to amaze me. The weirdest stuff is happening to me. I squarely chalk this up to the fact that I must have had some serious stuff built up in my system as well as a significant amount of emotional blockage.

The Gabriel Method – July Results – Photos

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:22:38 GMT. 6 comments. Top.

Well, nothing earth shattering here but I thought it might be time that I post some photos. This is really hard for me, putting myself out there for the world to look at, but what the hey — here we go.

My nuu-muu Fits!

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:22:38 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

So, the story goes, it was laundry day and 106 degrees out and I needed something to throw on so I could wash my very limited supply of clothing appropriate for such a heat wave. I look up and there it is, hanging in my closet, just where it has been since the day it arrived. What the hey? and I put it on…

Transformations

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:22:37 GMT. 3 comments. Top.

I know that I have mentioned this maybe even several times in the past, but I just can’t get over how powerful it is when the same information comes at me from several unrelated sources. This always confirms for me that I am on the right track. Lately this phenomena is happening everywhere I look and so gives me confidence that although I sometimes feel like I am dangling from a hook, struggling to find solid ground as life zooms past me, everything is happening as it should and it helps me to trust myself and allow myself to be present to the changes happening in my life.

Where The Hell Have Your Been?

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

After several people have left very nice comments, but are also wondering what has happened to me and why I haven’t written anything in a while, I decided it is time for an update.

I Finally Made the Mental Shift

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Extreme Fat Loss and The Diet Solution

Last modified on 2012-03-26 21:21:23 GMT. 2 comments. Top.

I believe that these two programs combined are a powerful match and will produce amazing results for me and you as well.

Here are both the Products for you to take a look at.

Extreme Fat Loss Diet

Joel is still offering $30 off during the pre-sale, but this will end in the next day or so.

The Diet Solution

This is an audio/video presentation so make sure you have your speakers on :)