This time last year, I was only about 60 days into True Cellular Detox, and I was in warrior mode. I had blinders on. Faltering wasn’t an option. Well, I’m now 15 months in, and I’m tired. I’m at a plateau. I’ve been run ragged over the last 6 weeks between traveling, company, football every Friday night, Hurricane Michael, and just life.
My Tuesday was spent traveling to Balance 30a for my checkup with Dr. Bart Precourt. I left in time to attend his wife’s, Kelli, yoga class. If you are ever down that way, attend a class, any class. Class was refreshing, challenging, and cleansing. Balance is a place of healing, and a visit always refreshes my soul.
As usual, when I arrived, I stepped on the InBody machine, and while I knew my weight had not changed, I was truly hoping for gains in muscle and loss in body fat percentage. After the analysis, the results were minimal. I had gained just over 1 pound of muscle and lost just over 1% body fat. My inflammatory markers were up, and as I already knew, weight stayed the same. I was discouraged. I am discouraged. Losing this much weight is HARD WORK! I feel like there should definitely be more results for all the work I’m putting in.
Inflammation was up because my body is pumping out Cortisol for energy, because my body is in such a state of being TIRED from all the elements I listed previously. My prescription for the next 60 days is to restore and rest. While that may sound ideal, it will be a definite challenge. The next 60 days are my favorite time of year! I love, love, love November and December. It’s not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also my sister’s birthday, my birthday, and my mom’s birthday. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!
Over the next 60 days, I’m determined to get back into that warrior mode I lived in last year. I want results! I need progress! I also am honest enough with myself to know that I’m going to need all the encouragement I can get and some incentives. I have post-it’s everywhere!!! They are on my kitchen cabinets, my refrigerator, my bathroom mirror, etc… Just little reminders to keep trudging on the right path.I also made myself a reward chart full of incentives to keep me focused. I do not get much time for myself, and I adore any time I get to spend at my favorite nail salon. I also could definitely use some new clothes. I have about 6 outfits that actually fit, which is a good thing. So, each glance at my chart will definitely give me the oomph I need to keep going. Sugar is my enemy. I could careless about chips, breads, crackers, or things like that. It’s the cakes, candies, and treats that are my weakness. So, this is my battle plan.
A third element of my battle plan is to honestly journal everyday exactly how I’m feeling, areas I feel weak, and areas I’ve succeeded. This will allow me the outlet to let it all go. Writing has always been an outlet for me, and I look forward to seeing how the journaling helps me release the negative and embrace the positive.
Maybe you also need a battle plan for the next 60 days. My thoughts are this…in order to completely be present with my family this holiday season, I need to be my best version of myself. Being run ragged, exhausted, tired, allowing sugar to down-regulate my immune system and spiral me into more exhaustion and sickness will, in no way, shape, or form, allow me to be the best version of myself. I won’t enjoy my family, and my family won’t enjoy me. So, I’m choosing to raise the bar this year and be present as my best self, and for me, that requires some tough love, self-discipline, and endurance. It’s not taking all the good things out of the holidays. It’s just a change in perspective.
I hope this encourages someone else that’s feeling run down to rest and restore and be present. It’s ok to say, “Not this year” to a family or friend gathering. It’s ok to take your water bottle with you to a party and pass on the hot cocoa or cocktail. It’s ok to have no desserts on the menu at Thanksgiving. Our health is invaluable, and we are worth it!