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.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's what you do with it that changes it ...

Hello, fellow transformational specialists

I've had some digestive problems in the days after the juice fast.  At this time, I have my last planned juice fast scheduled for July 2010, starting July 1 with the pre-pre fast as in March.  So, since I know that topic will come up again, I'll put it off for now, because that's not what I want to talk about.

I want to talk bicycling!

The number one thing I've done to reshape my butt is bicycling.  I love it!  Tom and I have cruiser bikes - one speed, brake in the pedal.  Like kids' bikes.  It gives me the same happy feeling I had biking as a child.   I never really got the hang of shifting gears, and didn't like the angle of the seat on the "adult" bikes I've had through the years.  So I haven't biked much as an adult - until now.

We got our bikes in late March last year, so I've been riding again for a year.

The results have made my current weight-loss period significantly different from my last one (1988-89: lost 70 pounds after having a child) in that I'm hardening up more.  I also feel that I've lost more fat from the inside of my body (around my organs, etc.) than just the fat on the outsides of my muscles.  But what you do for your muscles (reduction of fat, toning, stretching) helps your bones, helps your organs.

Yesterday we took our bikes out west to Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway, where we biked twenty miles from the town of Mineral Wells (the trailhead is the old rail yard behind the fancy depot in view of the imposing Baker Hotel) along rail bed to Weatherford.  Nothing but countryside and the tiny town of Garner.  Then we stretched our legs, drank about a half gallon water apiece and rode back.

That was my first forty-mile ride, brothers and sisters!

Who said you can't teach an old dog new trix?

How are you using your brilliant bodies these days, gentle readers?

Later, Jenni


  1. Jenni,
    Your story is so very inspiring.... Keep up the great work... I'm making small changes too, I hope I can be patient and reap the rewards, like you!

  2. It's time to dust off my bike again. Thanks for the reminder. This past week I took a 40 minute walk early each morning in the piney woods of East Texas. I love spring!