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Another day, week, and year have gone by and I am still not taking care of myself. I know better, I know how, and I want it, but for some reason I am stuck in the transition stage. This hopefully can relate to all of you, whether it is career, health, and/or relationship based. Right now I am fortunate to be good in the love check box, but as for the other two, I am not complete.. I don't love where I am, how the big picture looks, and the unhealthiness that surrounds me. It's incredible that my work environment can be just as toxic as my kitchen's "way too early purchased" Halloween candy. But ultimately and unfortunately I always have to get to this point in order to change. I don't like experiencing unhappiness and I know all of you don't either. And that is not the life I want to lead. I've got to figure something out, change, quit the job, quit the nonsense, and definitely quit the candy. But how do you transition? Can you do it overnight? Well I'm about to see.
When I wake up every day, my goal is clear and fresh. I want to feel great inside and I want to look great on the outside. I may be crazy to think that my goal is what we all want, but statistics show that we all have more in common than we realize. No matter what body shape, what our food addictions are, how we socialize, or what environment we exist in day to day, we all want to look and feel beautiful. If you ask yourself the following questions, then I suggest you read on and add too! I need support, and I'd like it to be with someone who feels the exact same as I do!
Do you ask yourself these questions at least once a week?
Of course this topic is very sensitive. But we all have done it at some point in our life. We got crazy and felt unbeatable to the world. We had courage, strength, and a fearless mentality to beat the system. We knew we would feel good, and we were even willing to do it again, sometimes the very next day. Sometimes it was all we would drink, never anything else. Some of us have even been caught in the act. The only difference between us all, is that some have given it up, and some have continued to feel their high. Now for a surprise: I'm not talking about our crazy youth, I am writing about drinking water and the drive to workout and get fit! Do you recall when you started the "drink and drive" movement? Or maybe it has been a thought. Well let me just say that I am 26 solid days in to my commitment and journey. And can't imagine feeling any other way!
Twenty six days of only water can sound like a nightmare to some(maybe even everyone). The loss of your casual glass of wine while cooking dinner, a cold refreshing soda at the movies, or a cup of stimulating coffee in the morning is enough for some of you to stop reading! But in all honesty, my body is thriving in ways I didn't know possible. I actually have so much energy that it takes me hours to unwind. My energy level has me prepping during the day and dinner is ready by the time my teen gets home, and I make sure I eat a hefty, healthy meal before I go to the movies and actually get a little disgusted by the nachos and artificial popcorn around me. Who knew that giving it up, would cause me to see the world in a whole new perspective and actually adapt in a positive and healthy way.
Now as for the "drive", I am still sometimes struggling with motivation. Just because you are eating and drinking healthy, doesn't mean our brain turns on the "non lazy" button. Man do I wish there was an app for that! But what I have realized, is that when you change your direction, there are many others on the same road that are there for you, and I typically try to follow their lead. Having the unhealthy obstacles in your way will definitely put you at a disadvantage. My drive is advancing at a normal speed, I just need a little help getting started sometimes!
Moral of the story: We all have the drink and drive in us (at least we use too!) And your surroundings, friends, and habits may be on a road that you need to turn off from. Head the direction of feeling good in those old jeans, having energy at work, and sleeping through the night. The challenge is always there for you. You just have to say GO! So join me in my journey. Can you do 26 days of drinking and driving? Keep me posted!
Why are cleanses so scary? I think it has to be that damn cleanse that involves only drinking cayenne pepper and lemon for a certain amount of days. That sounds awful. And that cleanse has put a negative label on all of the other healthy cleanses out there that can keep you eating all day long and feeling great and thinner by the end. Try and remember the word RESET. Maybe we should eliminate the word CLEANSE from our vocabulary and change our mind set all together. I'm going to try!
Usana is a trusted company that sells a "Reset" 5 day.....ughh gosh, what word do I use? Let's try: challenge! It's a challenge to replace your morning, lunch, and evening meal with a healthy protein, low glycemic shake. It supplies supplements to help with immune and energy levels, snack bars to get you through the cravings, and people like me to support you, cry with you, grow with you, and motivate with you. Your support team(friends and coach that are also "challenging" themselves) will be there to help you come up with healthy raw recipes in between the other aspects of the actual product. I love making lettuce wraps with purple cabbage, red onion, cauliflower, crunchy salt and the must have, avocado mash. It gets a little old after 4 days, but with the shakes and snacks, I am NEVER hungry. You also get one cup of fruit per day(which feels like an energy drink during the process) and caffeine free tea if you are really struggling.
Well,the point of this blog is to document that I have(TODAY) once again, made it through my 5 day "Challange". I feel so much success over completing what most healthy, everyday active people do in their daily routine. And with that said, I just realized while writing that last sentence, that I want to be one of those effortless people who enjoy what they eat, love being active, and look amazing in a bathing suit.
Next challange: maintain health. In order to do so, I am going to remain taking a shake AM and PM, but/and make a low glycemic meal for lunch. One that contains a healthy carb, fat and protein. I may still use the protein snack bars, but may sub out an apple with a few almonds, or a hardboiled egg with celery. Just to push more fiber through my body.
Between blogs, feel free to follow "The Balanced Recipe" on Youtube when you have time. You will see my first meal after the cleanse, get the recipe, and see my initial weight. By March 30(the end of my 84 day challenge), I will hopefully have lost a lot of weight, learned how to communicate cleanse vs challenge, and turned into one of those beings that I admire (and hate just a little!) Follow my journey and join if you dare!!!