This is not a typical post for me, but these are not typical times.
This whole quarantine thing has been weird. After I raced home from New Orleans, I thought I'd get so much done and come out the other end fully caught up with an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Reality quickly set in. I was binge-watching a lot. I was eating a lot. I was sitting a lot. Deep down, I knew I was letting a once in a lifetime opportunity slip away, but I just didn't have the drive to change things.
Then my daughter, who is 36 and has four children, started a 28-day nutritional detox program, and I watched her transformation. I listened to her talk about how much better she was feeling. I saw her come alive, and it was magical. I wanted to feel that way too.
It's no secret I have food issues. I've struggled with obesity since I was 6 years old. I've had weight loss surgery, I've tried every diet on the planet, but I've never been able to maintain. There are so many things I have not done because of my size. I often feel like I've been wasting my life.
I have also come to realize I have sensitivities to foods and completely cut out gluten months ago. I did notice a difference, and when I slip and have something with gluten I pay for it with joint pain and other symptoms for days or weeks.
Yes, my daughter has lost weight, but more than that, she glows. I can actually see the improved health in her skin. The difference was so incredible she chose to do another 28-day round, and I decided to jump on the bandwagon with her.
Joining her on this journey meant I'd have to give up coffee, dairy, sugar, and more for 28-days. I thought it's only four weeks, I can do this for four weeks.
I started my detox on April 20th. I didn't do it for weight loss. I did it to feel better. But I'm guessing I have lost around 20 pounds. That's wonderful, but I feel so different. I'm out of that awful funk I've been in for more than two years, I'm sleeping better, I'm more positive, clear-headed, motivated, and interested in life in general. I have moments when I feel this radiating feeling of happiness in my core I haven't felt for years. I don't have nearly as much pain as I had grown accustomed to having.
I started my second round of the program yesterday. It's been so easy and satisfying. If you know me, you know how much I love coffee. I haven't had coffee for over a month, and I don't even miss it.
I didn't realize I was just going through the motions, and my unhealthy, toxic diet was holding me back from truly living my life. I still have a long way to go in making this my normal life, and I know I'll have setbacks along the way, but I like what's happening, and I want more. I'd say that is quarantine time well spent.
What are you doing with your quarantine time?