Detoxify My Life
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
I decided that it was time to get my life together regarding my health. Anyone who knows me FOR REAL knows that I LOVE candy! I can literally sit and eat candy all day. I have the dental bills to prove it. Ugh! (Who does that?) But, I decided to make a firm decision to live a more healthier lifestyle and start to eat better. It started off great. I did a 40 day strict diet of no meat and eating plenty of vegetables and drinking plenty of water for lent. I got rid of all of the junk in my cabinets and refrigerator and I was ready to begin this journey. I did a great job! I was all in and it felt really good to be committed to this new way of living. I went on quarantine walks around the neighborhood, I cooked 98% of my meals, and when I craved meat I ate fish only. The best part about this is that.....wait for it....I loss 15 pounds! I was ecstatic! Everyone said that I looked amazing and I also thought that I looked amazing. I decided that I wanted to lose 10 more pounds, but I didn't stay committed. I slowly began to eat meat, candy, drink juices, etc and the weight began to creep back on. Fast forward to today and I gained those pounds back! Nooooo! How could I do this? I was determined to not go backwards and I kept telling myself that I had to at least maintain where I was, if I couldn't lose 10 more pounds.
It didn't work. I felt like I plateaued at my weight and became discouraged. Then, I thought about the fact that this is a mindset issue. I can't say that I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle while making wrong choices and eating candy. I can't say that I wish I could lose this belly fat, but then drive to get ice cream to reward myself for either a stressful day or a successful day! The bottom line was that if I truly wanted to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it began with a change of mindset about eating, exercise, and my overall way of living. I mean I am a licensed clinical therapist and certified master life coach. If anyone knows about a shift in mindset it should be me, right?
Thankfully, it turns out that I was not alone with these thoughts. One of my best friends, my daughter and sisters all agreed to take this journey with me. So, today started day 1 of the 10 day Green Smoothie challenge and I am super excited about this journey. Not only am I going to get physically fit, but I am also going to get emotionally and mentally fit in the process. You may be asking, "How can doing the 10 Day Green Smoothie Challenge do all of that?" For me, it represents a complete life detox. Not only am I changing the way that I eat, but I am also taking this time to change the way that I think and feel. Often times we are driven by our thoughts and emotions. When we find that we don't have a good handle on managing how we are thinking and feeling, then we end up making unhealthy choices in multiple areas of our lives. By deciding to detox my body, I also decided to detox my thoughts and emotions. A detox is designed to rid our bodies of waste and impurities. All of the things that are sitting and held up in our bodies that mean us no good. The same comes with a mental and emotional detox. As I cleanse my body, I am going to cleanse my mind. How so? By increasing the spiritual aspects of my life and staying focused on God and His purpose for my life. The more I stay focused on Him, the better I will feel thus, inducing a spiritual, mental, and emotional transformation that will be life changing. It's not enough to have a healthy physical body and be unhealthy mentally and emotionally.
As a therapist and life coach, I do check-ins often to make sure that I am doing okay mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. If not, I make the necessary adjustments to get my life on track. I cannot be of service of others if I am not whole. But, my physical body is just as important. Therefore, I have made a decision to detoxify my life so that I can truly feel whole. Will you join me on this journey? Chile, I promise you will feel better. #MJConsistencyChallenge #MJConsistencyPays