Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Project Detox Has Arrived!

So, it's finally here! Project Detox.... a personalized, self-created program made to help encourage healthy habits in my spiritual, emotional, and physical life. I've really wanted to clean up my act lately but have been having trouble with my lack of accountability. As a result, I've come up with project detox, cleaning up all aspects of my life at the same time in a public manner. What helps is that it takes around 21 days to condition the body and mind in a manner that you can make something "habitual" (whatever it may be). So, for the next 30 days, here are the aspects of my life I'd like to improve:

First off... the very basic PHYSICAL aspect. I want to change my diet. Currently, I consume some form of fast food at least once a week, eat something fried with almost every meal, and drink something loaded with sugar about once every other day. To say the least, at this rate, I'm going to ruin my body in a matter of no time. The plan? Going to an extreme. While some people think, extremes don't work, they drive you insane, etc., I think that I'm just going to this extreme to develop new good habits (and doesn't mean that I will eat like this for the rest of my life). For the next thirty days, I'm going to try and follow these 10 commandments to benefit my body:
1. eliminate refined sugars (candy, ice cream, etc) and eat more natural ones (fruits/veggies)
2. stay away from fried foods (they make you bloat and also crave more fatty foods)
3. not drink soda or juice from concentrate (only fresh squeezed, no sugar added)
4. drink a ton of water
5. cook the majority of my meals at home (where I can control what is used for "flavor") 
6. not eat heavy carbs after lunch, and try to replace them with complex carbs
7. stay away from caffeine (which is super addicting)
8. supplement my losses with multivitamins 
9. stay away from super fatty foods or condiments 
Now, I am a reasonable person. I know that a normal person could not live without breaking these rules every once in a while.... and I'm okay with that (as long as it's after these 30 days). I'm just trying to train myself to eat better, and make the things listed in the commandments more of a rarity than a commonality. The benefits will be tremendous, I'm sure. Fried foods, refined sugars, and anything listed above, generally participates in the development of "the pouch" (you all know what I'm talking about) and excess fat that no one wants. I will also be exercising daily (hopefully) for at LEAST 15 minutes. My focus will be cardio since I want to lose fat and tone muscle. My goal? I want a flat belly and firm thighs. I think that's reasonable!

Next, my spiritual life. Well, first off, I need structure. I am going to make sure I do my quiet time with God. I tend to get off track when I don't do it every day. I think that making the challenge public, however, will help me make it a real habit. I'm also going to try and do my marriage devotional with Tom every day since our relationship with God is just as important. This is not where it ends though. I think the reason I am so annoyed with some people is because they carry some of the same traits as I do. I become especially annoyed with them when they carry the same spiritual deficiency. When someone is mean, I for some reason feel the urge to be mean to that person (irony). So, for the next month, expect some blog updates with how I'm going to rid myself of these deficiencies: attitude (positive would be nice), laziness, jealousy, greed, honesty (or lack thereof), and friendliness (it counts when you represent something bigger than you).  The only way to fix these things is to confront them head on... even if it means apologizing to some people I rarely speak to. Pray for me. It's not going to be easy.

Finally, I just want to come out of this as an all around better me. I want to train myself to do these things and make them habitual. Like my brother always told me, "If you're not growing, you're dying". I want to grow, and I want to be everything I was intended to be. So, this is just a challenge, baby steps, in order to reach a  what seems to be out of reach goal. I think I can do it.... but I still need all the support I can get. Day one was a great success, but I've just begun. We'll see what happens from now to April 30th.


Merari said...

I totally support you and I think I'm going to join you too. I definitely have some things I have to work on.

you can do it!

Anonymous said...

Woo-Hoo, Brig! You can do it!!!

I'm not that disciplined, lol...I mean with the food thing. haha...I just...can't. ;-) Maybe some day.

Most importantly love God more and more. Do what pleases Him. Before making any decision just ask yourself, "What will please God the most?"
I think that helps.

Amanda said...

you just double motivated me to stick to this! i went to my grandma's house for lunch and stayed away from the pan cubano and excess french fries. so glad we're doing this together!

Sa-rah said...

Project Detox has just gone international! =p I've been meaning to...you've layed it out nicely. Any tips on the flat belly and firm thighs goal? =D

Brigitte said...

So glad to hear you're detoxing too! It's been tough since everyone around me eats all these delicious fried foods... it kinda sucks at times but I know I'll benefit in the long run. Try very hard to stay away from sugar and starches all together. A little bit is okay. Natural sugars like fruits and vegges are best before 6 pm. Complex carbs are great too, like whole grain products. For the exercise, do some crunches daily. The link that follows shows some great types of crunches that will really help flatten the belly. Try to do 5 of those 10 types a day... 30 crunches each. It will burn, but it's worth it. For thighs, you can't go wrong with lunges and squats. You don't need weights for that. Repetition is key! I did a "mini detox" before my wedding just like this for two weeks, and it was a tremendous success. I'm sure it will work for you if you stay dedicated! =) Good luck!

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