Today is a new day for me. I woke up with a sense of purpose and a feeling of victory. I made it through a 21 day food detox program without major failures along the way and I am pleased with my progress thus far. The journey isn’t over but there are some notable moments I want to share with you.
You don’t have to begin a journey knowing or doing everything.
The act of starting a journey is enough sometimes. Small steps will get you to where you want to go. Maybe not as fast as someone else, but remember their journey isn’t your journey. I’ve lost 15 pounds since the beginning of 2014 beginning with Small Steps.
It isn’t always easy.
More than once I had to be reminded of WHY I Chose a 21 Day Detox Program.
And along the way there are small victories.
I am a results-oriented person. I know my body loses inches before it loses pounds. Before I began the program, I weighed and measured myself and once a week I weighed and measured to see the results. In the first week, I lost 1.8 pounds and 2.75 inches. That was reason enough to keep going.
As an insomniac, I have spent an inordinate amount of time shuffling around the house in the middle of the night. As my body was detoxing, I noticed my sleep was improving. It began with five or six straight hours of sleep. Last night I am pleased to say I slept 8 hours uninterrupted and those aren’t the only numbers of note.
Here are my 21-day detox observations by the numbers:
63 the number of smoothies I drank
30 the number of minutes it took me to drink the first smoothie and to eat the first post-detox meal
6 the number of pounds lost
9 the number of inches lost
9 the number of bananas we would buy every 4-6 days
8 the number of dresses that fit me better now than last summer or last month
1 the number of pairs of shorts that fit me today that didn’t fit me 21 days ago
At least 3 – the number of pieces of clothing that will not fit me in another 21 days
2 the number of categories of food that I must eliminate from my diet in order to stay healthy (gluten and dairy)
1 the number of pairs of jeans that fall off me. They are THAT SIZE that I never wanted to buy and I am pleased to get rid of them.
It wasn’t all perfect.
3 the number of ibuprophen I took, doctor approved, for a headache that lasted 36 hours. The headache was viral and more than likely not related to the detox, according to my doctor.
1 the number of days I cheated while on detox. It was Day 20 of 21. My friends were having a housewarming party and I had a couple shots of liquor and two bites of gluten-filled food. Not bad for a former self-proclaimed carb-kid.
The Post-Detox Meal
Day 14 started with an intense craving for my favorite breakfast of eggs, potatoes, and bacon. It was so intense that my doctor and I decided that would be my first post-detox meal. At the end of Day 21, I went to bed dreaming of what this meal would taste like the next morning.
I began by making a pot of coffee.
As the coffee started to drip, I wondered if I missed the coffee or the ritual of making the coffee. Turns out, it was more the ritual than the coffee itself. It didn’t taste nearly as good as I thought it would. Neither did the food.
The potatoes tasted grainy and the bacon was uber salty. This was a breakfast I had eaten almost every day since the beginning of the year and now I couldn’t imagine eating it two days in a row. Once a week on my cheat day, if that.
As I was plating my food, I looked over at the counter where the vat of 21-day detox protein powder used to sit and admit I kind of missed it. I opened the freezer just to see the three pound bag of berries and I glanced at the bananas wondering if they would keep until lunch when I will make myself a smoothie.
I closed out my first post-detox meal with a cup of green tea, much like I have ended breakfast over the previous 21 days. Seems I have developed a taste for healthy food.
I am proud of where I am today. I’ve gotten healthy and happy on my own terms and with the support of a loving boyfriend and awesome naturopathic doctor.
Are you on a path of getting healthy? I would love to hear your story. You can leave a note in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.