I cried after hot yoga today… and no it wasn’t because I am not as limber as I thought I was! It was a happy cry and a take a deep inhale and then a big exhale kind of cry. That might seem odd to some people…most people actually, but the change I have felt emotionally within me over the past couple weeks has been incredible.
For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, I wrote a post recently about how I felt like I was drowning in life and was losing myself more and more each day. I shared my feelings with my doctor and she felt that I should treat what she thought must be anxiety and depression with medication.
A week or two after I wrote the post, a mother from my daughter’s preschool posted about a “24 day Advocare Challenge” that she was doing and I became intrigued. I loved the thought of committing to something that was completely healthy and knew that it was something I wanted to try in order to get out of my rut. Little did I know that it would end up being a life changing experience and such a great thing that I have done for myself….and more importantly my family.
I have found myself explaining to people why I…an already thin person, would be doing a cleanse/challenge. For so many people Advocare is a great way to create a more healthy lifestyle and lose weight. It teaches people about portion sizes and combining the right foods to get the best benefits. But it also does so much more than that, and for me I have experienced this first hand.
I love a routine, I always have. I love having a healthy program written out for me to follow so that I don’t have to take the time to figure it all out myself. Just like I have always loved crossing the days off on a calendar when they are through…I love putting post it notes on the fridge stating what my meals will be for the day and then removing them after I eat.
I now get up before my kids, so I can greet then appropriately in the morning. They used to come into my room and basically pull and tug at me until I would get out of bed and lazily throw my robe and head downstairs to the kitchen. I am more present with them during the day. I have energy to play with them and have committed to use all technology devices until they are either gone or asleep. I schedule me time now, so that I am not taking away from their time.
I have a new zest for life and I feel that I need to share it with others so that they can feel the same why that I am feeling. Whether you are overweight and are sick of living a unhealthy lifestyle or are already at your target weight and just want more energy and to feel your best, I strongly encourage you to take the challenge. I will help you…..I promise. Don’t let another day go by feeling like you are feeling now. It is so much better on the other side…..believe me!