What a crazy weekend it’s been! Conquering the Warrior Dash was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long time, and really made me appreciate two things: 1) my body can really endure much more than I give it credit for, and 2) I seriously need to honour myself by doing some intense cardio (For those who don’t know, I really dislike cardio). Nonetheless, I did every single obstacle and finished the race in 90 minutes, which is great considering the last time I ran 5k was about a year ago. I will definitely include running in my training regiment from now on as it’s obvious my heart really needs it! I also made it a point to stay consistent on my diet that day too, which meant my lucky boyfriend got my free beer ticket and my treat was a good ol’ turkey leg.
Another success is that I’ve lost 2 lbs! Indirectly, my goal is to shed some weight (who’s isn’t, let’s be honest here!) but my main goal is definitely getting to a true place of health. A good friend of mine and I sat in Ikea one day and discussed everything under the sun, and one thing he engrained in my head is that my focus should be health and that weight loss will follow naturally. I really feel this is true – this week has been so hard, but I made it a point to eat when I was hungry and modify my diet to support me through the detox. He also mentioned that eating certain foods, especially things with sugar, release dopamine in the brain which makes you happy and addicted, just like drugs. He said my goal will have to be finding new ways to replace that dopamine desire, such as with healthy foods. I’m slowly finding this to be true, and I find that I now find satisfaction just by staying consistent!
I must acknowledge the continual support I receive from my friends and family – doing a detox or engaging in a healthy lifestyle with a support system is essential, and while you can manage without it, having it makes it that much easier.
Monday starts day 7, and a new week. I’m excited to share my experiences and challenges of this week so stay tuned!