Time to talk about what I did in January. My entire year plan is here. I am hoping to stick to it as I get through each month. I dedicated January to my body. I am very serious about my to do list this year and will try my best to not get side tracked. I always have a million goals and get lost in life before end of March.
I need changes in my life. This whole journey is not just to stick to some random list but to improve my life, my health and my entire mindset. This is the year for transformation.
Where It All Began
My month started with a last holiday in Ballito just before we went back to school which was amazing and a good call on my side. I felt so rushed to get everything completed before we left that my body went into complete relaxation mode on arrival. It was good to lie next to the pool, soak up the summer sun and enjoy my kids.
I was however still feeling the weight of what’s to come. A new school year, rushing, being unfit, unhealthy, never having time for myself and feeling the strain of the knot in my back I’ve been struggling with for nearly two years now.
Body Stress Release Therapy
As soon as we got back I went for my first body stress release session. I started with Body Stress Release ten months ago. I was happy when I found Michelle in Gauteng when we moved. It has made such a huge difference to my body, and it is the one thing I can’t give up. I went from needing physiotherapy twice a week (and tried this for three months with no improvement) to getting this therapy currently every five weeks. It took time to get to this point, but ten months later and I feel so much better than a year ago. Soon I will only go once every two months. You can read more about what they do, this has really changed my life. I will do a in depth post soon, following up on this post with more detail on each point here.
I did a two week detox where the only thing I really did was eating clean. Nothing major, I just avoided dairy, sugar, grains and starch. I picked up four kilograms over the festive season and the two week detox helped me loose two of the four kilograms. I didn’t do the detox for weight loss, that’s why I only did it for two weeks, I did it to clean my body after a very merry festive season.
Our bodies deserve to be cleansed every now and again. I reckon a minimum once a year, but it would be great if you can do it every three months.
I really suffered the first week with bad head aches, exhaustion and the urge to eat everything I wasn’t suppose to. I actually craved starch, something I never crave. It was after the first eight days that I started feeling better, my head aches went away, I had more energy, felt more alive, healthy and even happier. Funny how when your body feels good, you feel happier. I have come to realise that what ever we put into our mouths, has a huge affect on our moods and energy levels.
I started each day with a cup of warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice which by the way is really hard to swap for that first cup of coffee, especially if you are not a morning person. Thankfully I got into it really quick and still got to enjoy one cup of coffee a little later in the morning. I gave up sugar, accept for the occasional fruit smoothy where I added a lot berries, all rich and filled with antioxidants. I cooked as usual for the family but didn’t dish the potato mash or pasta. I had whatever meat I cooked with salad and veggies. There was moments where I felt like a healthy sandwich so I had gluten free bread. I did this maybe twice. I have discovered that if I eat anything gluten free, I don’t feel sluggish and tired afterwards.
After my two week detox, I started with fasting. I know just hearing the word fasting is scary and a person would think, no ways I have to eat. Luckily for both of us intermittent fasting does involve eating, and actually a lot of it, just specifically within a certain time frame. I started with the 16 8, which means you fast for 16, and after the 16 hours of not eating you can eat for 8 hours. During your fasting period you only drink water, can have black coffee, no sugar or tea.
You can’t put anything into your mouth to activate your metabolism. It sounds easy, but if you are anything like me, I am always putting bits and pieces into my mouth while prepping food, nibbling on something and snacking. I actually didn’t realise how much I snacked until I started fasting. It was really hard the first day, I couldn’t wait for that meal and when it came it took about three seconds and I was full.
By the end of the first week I was into it and really in just five days learned to actually enjoy every single meal. Food has never bugged me, it has never been a something to me, but now that I am fasting, I can honestly say that I look forward to each and every single meal, and when the food is in front of me, I enjoy every single bite.
Getting fit is part of my journey this year, I am tired of being tired. I am tired of breathing loud when I climb a flight of stairs. I am currently doing hiit training and some Yoga. I do it first thing in the morning when I open my eyes and must admit it has made a huge difference to how I feel early in the morning. I am more awake and energetic. This helps, seeing that I don’t drink coffee first thing in the morning anymore.
Six months ago I saw a doctor for the knot in my back and he prescribed a whole bunch of pills to help me. I took the pills once, felt so sick, tired and miserable all day, that I decided to never drink any of it again. I red what all the pills were for and I was shocked at what a doctor can prescribe without even explaining what the pills are for and the affects the pills can have. I decided to do research and find natural remedies, try it and see if it works. I’ll go more into detail about this on a follow up post.
I red a brilliant book this month called The 5am Club by Robin Sharma. An incredible book, I learnt so much and best of all he teaches us things that we can implement into our lives immediately. I will write a little more about this book soon.
On a High Note
It was a good month for me and I feel accomplished. If we make small daily changes it can have a big affect at the end of each day and it’s the small steps that will take us to new destinations.