Maybe it was the "unprecedented" school year., the overwhelm of my son's recent surgery, coping with the loss of my nephew, the physical pain I have in my knee and shoulder or the feelings of "not good enough" that have me way off course when it comes to my health. Whatever the cause, the consequences and results are too strong to ignore any longer. I sense it every time I put on my summer clothes and struggle to button the once loose fitting shorts. I feel it each time my sleep deprivation causes a bitter reaction to a simple request by my husband. It is felt in the struggle of wanting to eat healthy but not having the energy or motivation to write a shopping list let alone shop and prep for a week that has no routine during a teachers summer vacation.
The First Step
I have said it time and again, the first step to change is acknowledging the problem. I am at the crossroads of throwing my hands in the air and saying "I Quit" or pushing through the discomfort and taking action. Sure it would be easy to point the finger at the current pandemic or sit and feel sorry for myself (pity party for one, please) but these behaviors will certainly not get me to my destination, or even back on track towards my health goals.
So...Consider this my official acknowledgement that I have veered off course and it is time to find my way back.
Finding my way
Health is multi-dimensional, and when one dimension is off, the rest become stressed, trying to pick up the slack. It is important to routinely check in with the 8 Dimensions of Health to find where the imbalance is. You can learn more about the 8 Dimensions of Health here as well as download my free worksheet that helps you discover which area may be holding you back from feeling your best.
One quiet morning, after the dog has been walked and the coffee has brewed, I sat with this worksheet and plotted my location in each area. It was no surprise to see that all areas are affected, but my weakest area lately is physical health. My eating habits have been a free for all, meal planning and prep is but a memory and admittedly, my exercise can be narrowed down to taking the dog for a walk and shifting my dumbbells to vacuum around them.
So here I am, knowing my problem and ready to make a change.
It is so frustrating to have to start again as a beginner. However, this is my reality and I am ready to face head on. What better way to recharge and reset than with a detox? Vacation dinners out with late night dessert and cocktails will have to be reigned in and crowded out with whole foods and water. Exercise will be scheduled each day and making time for spiritual practice and journaling will become a priority. Most importantly, a focus on healthy sleep habits will ultimately result in all of this coming together to make me feel healthy in my own skin and body.
Fortunately for me, my boys will be heading out for a week long camping trip, the perfect opportunity to complete a 7 day detox without the temptation of snacks typically consumed by teenage boys with super fast metabolisms or the thought of convincing my picky eaters that they will eat whatever mom makes, dragging them through a detox they did not sign up for. Enjoy your trip, boys, mom's ready to detox!
Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
I spent some time scouring Pinterest for recipes that would fit the needs of my detox:
With a plan in place, it was time to prep. There are a few things that are a MUST when planning a detox:
The plan is in place
Fridge and pantry are cleaned
Shopping is done
Meals are prepped
It is time to set off on this 7 day journey. I have acknowledged the problem, made my intentions clear and am ready to take that first step. Some days will be easy while others will feel impossible. That is OK. It is one day at a time, reaching out for help and support and sticking to the plan. I GOT THIS!
If you are planning on completing your own detox, whether it is 7 days or a different plan, I can help. One on one coaching and support can help you stay on track and offer the professional support and encouragement you need, especially during those emergencies where you just feel like throwing in the towel.
If you would like to learn more about one on one coaching, or learn how you can bring a detox to a small group, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes on your journey back to your path to health and wellness!
I'm Liz. Mom, wife, teacher, Health Coach. My passion lies in everything health and wellness. When new research and trends pop up, you can bet I am finding the best resources to information, weeding out the not so good and making the great easy to digest. From meal planning and recipes to exercise and mindfulness, wellness touches upon so many dimensions. Your path to optimal health is out there and I can help you find it.