My butt, January 2009

My butt,  January 2009
(who could miss it)

My butt, January 2010

My butt, January 2010
photos by Tom Peal

Welcome to You and All your Brilliant Parts!

In 2009 I lost 40 lbs and I got a new butt. How? Diet and exercise, that's the short answer. But all of the things I learned that made it emotionally possible, that allowed me to succeed when I had failed before - that will take longer. This blog celebrates the intelligence of the body. Please leave me a note to let me know what you think of this writing, if it's been helpful. I welcome your input and experience.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Costly occurrences ...

Hello, Transformational Specialists

Here's the skinny.

I most probably have gall stones.  Since Thursday night four days ago, about three hours after a rich meal,  I've had persistent sharp pain in my right mid abdomen, under my ribs, especially after I eat.

So, I've occupied myself with full-time pain control and energetic self-healing for the last four days.

When I saw my doctor today (Friday: had to give it at least 12 hours to make sure it wasn't gas; Saturday: lost two performance dates (love to my band - they're such pros) still wondering if it was muscle cramps but treating me as if I had gall bladder disease; Sunday: lost another show, but what's the point in sitting in an emergency room on a Sunday?), she recommended that I get a sonogram right away, she'll look at it as soon as she can, and if it shows stones she'll recommend surgery as soon as possible.

The deal is, these stones won't dissolve or go away.  They're already causing me pain, and will likely get worse if I don't remove them, causing additional danger of jaundice and life-threatening septic states.

You need to know that rapid weight loss is an indicator for gall stones, as is obesity and being a woman. The onset of an attack is usually after a rich (high in fat) meal.  Here's a good online source of info  from the U.S. gov.

Since there are psycho-spiritual aspects to all bodily events (file under "poetic justice" and cross-reference with "karma"...), I'm taking this as a loud and clear signal from my body that, no, I can't go back to eating like a teen-ager, like I don't care about my weight.  No boomerangs allowed in this parlor.

In the research I've done online, I haven't seen anything about what to do right now, how to manage an attack.

So here's my contribution to the on-line literature about gall bladder attack.

My gall bladder attack "let's stay out of the emergency room" pain management strategy has been: 1. finding stillness with meditation;  2.)  restorative asanas that create space in the abdomen; 3.)  gentle slow movement (I went on a short walk today), 4.) drastically simplified diet with no fat of any kind; 5.)  rest, 6.)  breathing with the pain, and 7.) cold packs.  As well as some special Peal family remedies.

And release of the frustration, of the embarrassment, of the disappointment of these last days and this costly occurrence.

It seems like my body is needing to release a lot these days.

Later, Jenni


  1. Jenni,
    I'm so sorry to hear this. I have bought the book on 3 days to vitality and plan to do my 3 day fast in a couple of weeks. I have learned also that I cannot go back to eating and drinking like a did even 10 years ago. I have lost 9 lbs. in 6 weeks and want to lose another 8-10, but I plan on staying on my new way of eating the rest of my life. My awareness of my body, what is nourishing and what is poison has become acute as of late. No room or desire to put anything in my body that is not healthy! Thanks for being an inspiration. My love and prayers go with you as you heal.


  2. Thank you so much, Candice
    This serves to remind me that losing weight is serious business - success depends on an adult sense of responsibility and a grasp of the big picture, which is health and well-being.
    My best wishes are with you in your personal efforts and journey! Thanks for posting, all the best, Jenni