The Fourth Almond: The Restart

So the detox came and went and I survived. It was a grueling 10-day program that saw the steady elimination of all my favorite foods. I will admit that one of the days I took a casino trip and broke the rule about no alcohol one or two (three, four, five, who’s counting at this point?) times. I think in life it’s only realistic to savor some moments like this and just enjoy yourself; and I certainly enjoyed myself! What I think is important is that I hold myself accountable. I went into the program understanding that I was going to go to the casino and that I was going to allow myself a “night off.” I made sure that there were no slip ups leading up to the trip, nor were there any afterward.

The point is this: We can set ourselves up to succeed or we can set ourselves up to fail. I think if we go into difficult situations with the expectation to set personal records or automatically succeed, we are destined to be disappointed. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I think by this point of this blog that is pretty apparent. But I am not one who can go two weeks without pizza, or a diet coke. What I can do is be honest with myself. When I went to the casino, I knew exactly what I was doing. I didn’t try to justify my drinking or hide it from myself or say that “it didn’t count because…”

Looking back on the detox, I am extremely happy with the results. I lost four pounds and, more importantly, I have more energy in the mornings. Here is what I wanted the focus of this blog to be about: When we look ahead at a tall mountain, we have a hard time figuring out how to climb it. When we look back after we climbed that mountain, we realize that it started by taking the first step.

The detox seemed like a very large mountain, but now that it’s over, I realize that it is absolutely possible for anyone with the will power enough to say no to fast food or dessert to get through it. I craved food like you wouldn’t believe. For me, watching the Food Network helps. Seeing all of the grilling shows or dessert shows might be harder for some, but if I can see something being made and see people enjoy the food, a little bit of my craving subsides. Now I realize what this would do to some people, and I am not encouraging anyone to do this if it doesn’t work for you, but I do encourage you to find what takes your mind off of your cravings and allow yourself to do what’s best for you.

Shannon (the Emotional Advocate at Transformation) often says that when you have a craving, when you think you’re hungry, allow yourself 15 minutes to see if it’s really hunger, or if it’s boredom. Go clean your room, or do the dishes, and if you’re still hungry afterwards, then eat something (something sensible that is!).

So now I am about half way through the Transformation program. Five weeks in, I am down 14 pounds, down 4% body fat, and I have more energy now than I’ve had in years. I am excited about the direction my life is going, and I encourage you to look at where you are at in life and be honest about where you are at, both emotionally and physically. If you want to change your life you absolutely can. And this isn’t just about losing weight. If you are unhappy personally, professionally, or just unhappy in general, you can change.

Sometimes we stand at the base of a mountain and we look up and we cannot see the top. The question is, will your next step be forward?

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