Weâ€™re at the end of week 1 of the Whole Living 28-Day Challenge detoxÂ program and all I can say is that Iâ€™m striving for improvement not perfection ;).Â Â The week started out great.Â Went the whole day Monday without any foods or drinks on the â€œno-listâ€Â (dairy, wheat/gluten, peanuts, soy, alcohol, corn, all added sugars, and processed foods and beverages) and I got in a 3 mile run.Â So my initial thoughts were Iâ€™m going to rock this challenge hands down.
Then Tuesday came along Â – I woke up to a husband that needed a trip to the ER, a toddler that wasnâ€™t feeling well and a headache that made me want to cringe at any small sound.Â Â Â The morning went ok as far as sticking to the detox â€“ I focused on eating fruits.Â I wasnâ€™t much of a breakfast person prior to the detox so actually eating breakfast was a change for me.Â Â I was also thankful that I had prepped all my food for the week over the weekend since the ER trip was unexpected.Â I just threw in a few bags of veggies and was able to manage a day long trip to the hospital on that.Â Â So now just when youâ€™re thinking Iâ€™m not struggling at allâ€¦ night rolls in and weâ€™re still at the hospital.Â My husband had been admitted, had surgery, and is now starving.Â So what do we do? We order-in that celebratory and delicious PIZZA.Â And Iâ€™m not going to lie, after 2 days of nothing but fruits and veggies it was fabulous!Â Â Oh and youâ€™ll notice there was no meditating or exercise that day.
Wednesday I think things started to normalize again both with my personal life and my detox.Â I did find that I got really bored drinking water.Â I started spiking my water with Cranberry or Pomegranate juice just to give it some flavor.Â Â I ate baked chicken for dinner because the thought of only vegetables again made me want to cry.Â I found though that by eating more at dinner it gave me the energy I needed to actually exercise later that night.Â Â I tried out a Yoga DVD that I had gotten as a Christmas present which I was a little skeptical about but actually ended up really liking.Â Â I had tried yoga previously at my local gym and just couldnâ€™t get into it.Â But I found this DVD to be pretty tough and I actually enjoyed it.
Thursday and Friday was back to the hospital for me â€“ this time it was an expected visit (my son was due for his next round of chemo).Â So I had packed my bag with the foods I wanted to eat.Â And if Iâ€™m being really honest, being stuck in the hospital probably makes my food choices easier â€“ I either have to eat what I brought or venture out.Â The only exercise I got was walking a few laps around the childrenâ€™s ward with my son and a few other patients and their parents.Â So no real effort put forth there.Â Â I did however practice using a mantra when I found myself losing my patience â€“ I would just tell myself over and over in my mind â€œthey are doing the best they canâ€.Â Â While I donâ€™t know that it immediately destressed me â€“ I will say that it made me laugh at myself, which in turn probably helped me to deal with the situation better.
All in all I think I learned a few things about myself this week; That I donâ€™t mind apples as long as they arenâ€™t Granny Smith (I know how un-American of me), that I really donâ€™t think pomegranates are worth the effort they require to eat them, and that even though Iâ€™m clearly not sticking to the plan the way itâ€™s meant to be â€“ I am making better choices.
For those of youÂ who are doing the detox with us or thinking about doing it â€“ my only words of advice would be is that life is challenging, unexpected things happened, all we can do is try to do the best we can.Â Â I figure every small change is a change in the right direction no matter how small.