In my last post, I listed 6 changes that I wanted to make to sort of re-focus my goals. After about 3 days I realized I needed a straight detox from my vices.
For 5 days, I decided to give up/obstain from the following:
Any white flour products
Caffeine (no more than 2 c/day-I’m still a working single mom who needs to be able to function)
By the end of the 5 days I felt like a different person. I thought the first Friday with no wine would be miserable but I was so totally engaged with my children that I didn’t even have time to think about it. It was easy not to spend any money- just a little habit breaking. I skipped Starbucks on the way to the Y on Saturday, but since I was cutting down on coffee, it all worked together. Most importantly, my brain fog went away. I am still getting sinus headaches, but nothing like the head cloud I had been suffering from. Skipping sugar meant that I spent less time in my building coordinators office because she keeps a huge jar of amazing candy in her office. That is tough because we’re great girlfriends. Again, this was just a matter of breaking a habit.
Everything worked together to sort-of re-ground me… I like the replenished feeling I get when I mix things up. As a working, single-mom I easily get caught up in my kids and busy life, that I forget to practice self-care. I work out for the endorphins and I eat well for the energy, but I don’t often sit back and assess what my lifestyle does for me. It is a great practice to sit back and reflect upon what is working for you, and by YOU I mean your PERSON- not mom, teacher, friend (in my case) -but my soul.
I have never felt better than I have those five days… I also feel the need to clarify that although I write about fitness and a healthy lifestyle, it is merely an interest to me. My lifestyle and dieting does not define me in anyway.
That being said, it has been about a month since my little “re-group” and I am starting a 15-day challenge on Monday, June 5th. This challenge can be found here:
What I love MOST about this challenge is that it is entirely created by women. As most know, I’m a huge feminist so that is a bonus for me. Also, I work out aside men every day- it’s the WOMEN I see in the gym that make me feel the drive… We’re just too different to compare… stay tuned: )