Today is the start of week 3 of my detox cleanse! I’m feeling great. Most of my cravings (mostly bread & sweets) have subsided, I’m sleeping better than I have in a long time, and I’ve lost about 5 lbs. The last 2 weeks have been both easy and challenging. I’m learning that being on a cleanse (eating clean and simple foods), involves preparation, planning, and controlling my environment.
One way I’ve done this is to ask friends who come over to please drink all of the beer in our fridge! I made a healthy pot of chili for football game day, instead of ordering pizza. I placed healthy snacks, tea, supplements on our kitchen table so that they are the first thing I see when I enter the kitchen. They are also easy to grab, which prohibits me from evening considering opening the cabinets to graze on unhealthy stuff. I’ve also thought ahead and packed my little cooler of healthy snacks, especially if I know I’m going to be gone all day. Also, all of my friends know I’m cleansing so they are helping to hold me accountable. I love this and I love the support.
I had a big realization this week that my social life revolves around happy hour, food, and meeting friends out for dinner. As a result I’m finding it difficult to maintain a social life while doing this cleanse business. Thankfully, I have friends who are willing to go to Casa De Luz with me! I’m realizing that if I want to break this habit of wining and dining (which I cannot afford to do anyways), I need to get creative and initiate plans with people that go beyond meeting up for dinner. I bet this will save me both money and calories.
Today (thanks to Matt’s amazing mom, Nancy) I was able to spend an afternoon at the Viva Day Spa as an early birthday present! I left the spa glowing, blissful, and utterly relaxed (I still am by the way, so please excuse any typos). While sitting in their infrared sauna before my massage (rough life…I know), I had the chance to just sit in stillness. My thoughts traveled to this being in the first month of the new year, and knowing deep inside that I feel closure on 2011. All of the stress, self-doubt, and self-criticism I experienced the last year was melting away both mentally and physically. I was left with Peace. Love. Tenderness towards myself.
This detox is not just about nutrition and clearing out the clutter and toxins I physically put into my body over the past year. Its also about letting go of the past year. Letting go of what I managed to accomplish and did not accomplish. Letting go of the baggage. This month of detoxing brings an intention to having as much love for myself as I do for others. This is the year of clarity, loving myself, and being unstoppable.