Fitness has always been something I am passionate about. Ok maybe not when I used to get five minutes into a run, cramp up, and start crying. But once I overcame the initial hate I had for exercise, I became addicted.
The 16 year old me spent way too much time thinking about what she ate and how it would affect how I looked. The 19 year old me feels completely different. And it’s because my perspective has changed.
There’s a balance between taking care of yourself and becoming consumed with something, and I’ve swayed back and forth between those two often.
I chose to do the detox because I felt like I had been at the same point for the past year. I wasn’t noticing any results. I’d workout a ton but I never noticed any difference. I was drained from school and had tried adjusting my eating but couldn’t find consistently. I wasn’t eating awful, but I knew I could do a better job of being more disciplined and taking better care of myself. When Arika shared a post on her Instagram about the detox she was doing and the results, I was in. I bit the bullet and ordered the kit before I even really knew what I was getting into.
The first three days were rough. You cut out coffee, dairy, gluten, sugar, and more. I took 3 naps in those first few days. I had a pounding headache from not having caffeine. I think my body was in shock.
But by the second week of eating whole, real foods, greens, vitamins, healthy proteins, healthy fats, and really yummy fizz sticks (my FAVE), my body adjusted and my energy was next level.
One of the biggest differences I noticed was my ability to concentrate. My body and mind were alert and awake, and I didn’t feel as though I was lagging. I felt more energized than ever.
My cravings changed and I find myself wanting to eat healthy foods and fuel my body with what will energize it.
I went into it focusing on weight. I came out of it not even caring to step on a scale. It’s about so much more than weight. I feel more confident than I have ever been because I know I am doing everything I can to take care of my body. When you do something you’ve never done, you realize you are SO much more capable than you think.
This clean eating program showed me that health is so much more than how we appear. It’s how we feel + it’s who we are. I am so thankful for this challenge. If you’re looking for a way to jumpstart your fitness journey, I highly encourage you to jump on board. Most of us have no idea how incredible our bodies can feel.