There have been a series of unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on my mood on any given day) events that have taken place since last September that have kept me in a bit of a rut and shifted my gear from forward to reverse.
Everything happened one right after the other right after the other that I don’t even recall in which order they occurred. All I know is that my back got all jacked up in a car accident and that my minor ankle sprain turned into a major high ankle sprain because my Ragnar Prince Charming was too busy sitting on his royal ass and compressing his legs rather than heeding my call for help. I had to “run” the final 5 miles before I collapsed in a heap. I’m getting over it. And him.
From there I was called back to NY to assist with cleaning out an office for an employee who is no longer with the firm and (just for shits and giggles and because the East Coast loves me) I was faced with decent sized issues that cropped up specifically to piss me off and create additional, unnecessary, stress. Its pretty safe to say that I did minimal workouts, ate the maximum amount of “feel good” food I could get my grubby, fat fingers on, and now, here I am in May starting from scratch.
It’s all good though. While I may have been regressing at the gym, my waistline and my attitude have showed tremendous growth. I’ve taken the time to read some self-help books that have been gathering dust (I’m a self-help junkie and book nerd at heart), I’ve been meditating and I’ve really been tuning into my spiritual side. How tuned in, you ask? I now have a Christian music section in my playlist. Never saw that shit coming! God and I are back in business, but believe me, I won’t be knocking on your door anytime soon. We have an agreement. I stay spiritual and tune in daily and I don’t have to go to church. We pinkie swore.
So here I am ready to challenge myself. I am 2 weeks into an 8 week course which is designed to help me deal with the bullshit that is holding me back. This week is a prep. week for a 30 day cleanse. I don’t know what the technical term is for said cleanse so I am calling it my 30 Day: “Body, Mind & Spirit” cleanse. I have chosen my start date as Sunday, May 22nd.
Why am I sharing this? Two reasons. First, so that you can help hold me accountable if ya’ll wouldn’t mind. I’m resisting some areas and I haven’t even started yet so I know it will take a village but, I’m worth it! Second, because, in some way shape of form, it will affect you. Conceited? Perhaps. Confident? Yup!
Here’s the skinny on some of the categories. Most are mandatory; some is of my own, crazy, “let’s see what you’re made of” choosing. For the next 30 days from this Sunday, here is what WILL be happening come hell or high water:
Food and Beverage:
What it means for me - 80% green (veggies) 20% meat OR starch, not both. I am taking this week by week, but I am starting out vegetarian. Meat is making me feel awful lately so it’s time to weed it out! (That would be my crazy idea); NO caffeine (this includes coffee and tea), NO sugar (farewell, honey), NO gluten, NO alcohol, NO happiness, NO smiles, NO life. BUT, I do get to add 2 green juices per day, a probiotic, multi-vitamins and Evening Primrose Oil. Yay. Small victories.
What it means for you - Go back and read the NO caffeine and sugar part. You’ve been warned.
What it means for me - Water, water, water, lemon water, more water, repeat.
What it means for you - Nothing unless we workout together or you coach me. If I am running towards the bathroom during a workout, carry on.
Breathing and movement:
What it means for me - Kundalini Yoga to work on conscious breathing and emotions (Google it) and “light” cardio exercise for a minimum of 3x/week but a preferred maximum of 6x/week.
What it means for you - Most likely nothing but don’t assume I am dragging ass on purpose in a workout if I am not going all out. I’m struggling with the “light” part because my entire life has been centered around “go, go, go.” For once I am giving myself permission to slow down (on purpose, not my normal out of shape pace) and give my body a little break without being a couch potato. You should also note that I fucking hate Yoga and I plan to hate it even more if it makes me emotional. So, if you ask me how I am doing and I slobber tears all over you, you can slap me, hug me, offer me a tissue, tell me to shut it down, whatever...do whatever feels natural for you.
What it means for me - NO Facebook, NO Instagram, NO Twitter, NO comparisons, NO "likes", "loves" or "ha-ha’s", NO clue what’s happening in every day life.
What it means for you - Prepare to miss my wit, charm, sarcasm, bitchiness, swearing, rants, etc… Texts and e-mails are welcomed. I’d say call me but do people even use the talk feature on their phones anymore?
There are more categories but they are quite simple and don’t affect me (or you) one way or another so what’s listed above is the meat and potatoes of it. Mmmm, potatoes!
Namaste away now. Peace!