Okay, so I haven’t written anything on this blog in over a year…why, you might ask? Well straight up, because I’m BUSY! I have no other clever excuses. I have a very busy husband who works everyday (in some aspect), an almost SECOND GRADER who is pressing the “independent women” envelope everyday and an almost FIVE year old son who is just B-U-S-Y. So why am I writing today??? Well, tomorrow I’m embarking on a fast/detox/eating plan that I think might kill me. Obviously not really or no one would let me do it but if you know me AT ALL you know that this particular fast/detox/diet/eating plan will be a HUGE step for me. I am embarking on a health revolution that I pray will help me kick some old/bad habits that marathon running, Insanity and T25 workouts have yet to make a dent in. The 21 Day Sugar Detox is promoted to “bust the sugar and carb cravings naturally”. I’m coming into my mid-30s, am realizing that I need a major change and unless I commit to do something drastic all of this “middle”weight (old baby weight, at least that’s what I like to tell myself) will never go away. I could train for one marathon-a-year (and stick to my training schedule) but no one around me wants that, too much training, complaining and being away from the house/family. So here I go on this adventure.
So what am I doing right now the night before the detox begins…sitting at Starbucks with a Venti Caramel White Chocolate Mocha…yes…the most sugar filled drink they probably have with coffee :-). Yes, I know that in her book The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally she suggests that you wean yourself from sugar/caffeine in the weeks leading up to the 21-days but again, if you know me I don’t work that way. I posted a “status” on Facebook asking for people’s favorite tea suggestions since I can drink all-natural unsweetened teas and I worded it as this, “Okay friends, I’m wanting to kick my soda habit….favorite tea suggestions, GO!” and man I got some great suggestions but almost 90% of them still included sugar :-(. As I’ve done my research after reading the book last weekend I’ve learned that I in fact, DO eat too much sugar. How, it is in EVERYTHING! Did you know that sugar is even in tortilla chips?! Did you know that sugar is in Refried beans?! Did you know that tea without sugar is NOT good?! Did you know that sugar is in salsa?! Did you know that sugar is EVERYWHERE?!
So as I’ve talked about the 21-Day Sugar Detox I’ve been able to share that I KNOW that this is not a diet but it is a detox program. The goal of any detox program should be to support your body in naturally cleansing itself of substances that create negative health effects—and that’s exactly what The 21-Day Sugar Detox does.
THAT is why I’m doing it. I am hoping to loose a few pounds but I’m really looking to re-boot my body. I have finally found an exercise program that I ENJOY doing daily. (If you don’t like running, walking, or worry about your knees in a spinning class or cross-fit program, try T25. I love it!!) Thanks to my sister I’m toned in areas (booty and back of legs) this summer that I’ve always been self-conscious about. I actually LOVE my legs this summer and I haven’t been able to say that since college.
Also this summer I’ve been doing a study on Happiness and how it is a habit you have to form within you from your heart out, not a “feeling” you have every now and then. This study/devotion has really hit me hard as I have a tendency to be a bit skeptical and negative especially with my husband and kids. I am working on that part of my life and I pray that this only assist in my detox (from the inside out). In fact, today I read, “No matter what you’re going to face this next week, you’re not going to face it alone. God is with you, he is in you, and he is for you.” I think that will be my moto for the next 21 days (well one of many moto’s I’m sure I’ll say over and over to myself).
Okay, so with that slightly topical rant over. If you’re reading this please pray for me. If you’re reading this and you know/see me in the month of July (from tomorrow on) please be patient with me. If you’re reading this please pray for my husband (who by the way is “doing” this with me) and kids. If you’re reading this and care about me, encourage me.
Day ONE is tomorrow…stay tuned. I will try and post at least a “report” of each day (thoughts, feelings, recipes, etc.).