This is where it started:

A good friend of mine went on a 7-day cleanse and shared her experience with me.   So, a few weeks ago, I went to Whole Foods and checked out the “detox” aisle.  I found this one and decided to try it after a conversation with my doctor.  Since I’m still on a couple of blood pressure meds and I’m pre-diabetic, I wanted his input before the cleansing began.

Then, I got sick in early September.  It started with sneezing, runny nose, headache, etc.  Then, it drained downward through the throat and down into my chest.  So, I went to the clinic and got some meds.  It started to get better towards the beginning of October…then it got worse again.  Finally, I was able to ask Dr. Orlando about the cleanse when I visited him for the bronchitis.

I was very frustrated.  I had been doing so well with my weight but now, I had gained 5 pounds because I wasn’t exercising.

Sleeping at night was becoming difficult.  I would wake up with a sore throat or coughing up phlegm.  And the phlegm continued to flow throughout the day!  (I know this is gross but I’m just keeping it real!)

Finally, after 8 weeks, 2 Dr.’s visits, a Z-pac, 1 bottle of cough syrup with codeine, 1 inhaler, a second antibiotic, and close to 1,000 Kleenex, I’m just now beginning to feel like the end is in sight.

So, how did I get here?  Well….

  • My life changed dramatically with a new job.  I spent the last 2 years working sporadically so I had time to eat 3 meals a day, exercise several times a week, sleep decent hours and I had very little stress except for wondering where the money was coming from.  Now, I have a full-time job that keeps me busy all day long.  And sometimes, I work more than 8 hours a day.  So managing my life schedule has become more of a challenge.
  • Stress plays a role in terms of a job with details, parents who are getting older and need more help, and too many activities that demand my attention, assistance, etc.
  • Not eating properly.
  • Not sleeping properly.
  • Not exercising enough.

So, I realized I didn’t just need to detoxify my digestive track.  I needed to detoxify my mind and spirit, too.

So for the next 2 months, I’m detoxing.  Probably, in a week or so, I’ll feel well enough to do the body cleanse.  But tomorrow, I’m getting back into exercising….slowly and lightly.  But today, I started my TV detox.  No TV for a week.  Then, I’ll go to 2 hours a day, 6 hours each day on the weekend.  By the way, I can use the TV for Wii but I can’t watch any networks.

It felt odd not to immediately turn on the TV when I came home tonight.  But I turned on the stereo as I prepared my dinner plate.  Right now, I’m on the computer typing a letter and, of course, blogging.  After this, I’ll go upstairs to do laundry, read my book on tablets and fall asleep.

I’ll share more of my plans when I wake up tomorrow.  Sleep well.







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