Do You Have the Mental Toughness to Be Healthy?
As I was preparing for my APEX Clearvite Detox and reading everything it entailed I started to get overwhelmed. It was 21 days of mostly vegetables, along with supplements, shakes and then I read, I couldn’t eat sugar, dairy, red meat and for one week no animal protein. WHAT? I’m not sure I can go a day without cheese. Then I took a moment and thought about why I chose to do this. I needed to detoxify my liver; this organ is responsible for removing toxins from my body. The liver changes toxic agents into harmless agents and waste products in a two-phase detoxification process. It is, therefore, normal that some toxins are present in the liver because this where the body sends them for processing. A problem develops, however, when a buildup of inorganic and organic toxins begins to inhibit Phase I and Phase II detoxification. Removing these foreign substances from the body will help the liver get back to operating at optimal levels. But mostly I was looking forward to how I would feel:
- Weight loss
- Feel and look younger
- Increase my energy
As I thought about it, I realized that, physically, my body would be fine. It was a matter of preparing myself mentally. I needed to get mentally tough if I wanted to succeed. What is Mental Toughness? It is “a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in health, sport, education and the workplace.”  “Mental toughness” is often used colloquially to refer to any set of positive attributes that helps a person to cope with difficult situations. I always say I can do anything for 30 days. And this was only 21 days! But I knew I need to prepare my mind for success. So, I read a few books on Mental Toughness. These two were my favorites: (1) The Art of Mental Training by DC Gonzales with Alice McVeigh and Training Camp What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon. I also did some research on the internet. Here are a few of my favorite blogs on this topic.
Dr. Kellie Middleton said, “If you want to be the best possible version of yourself, it’s essential that you give your body and mind the tools that they need in order to thrive. Use this as your guide to unlock your true potential by understanding and implementing the mind-body connection in your everyday life.”
This blog was great to help me think outside of my daily routine, and most of the things they suggested would be a lot harder than what I chose to put in my mouth for 21 days. The idea of kickboxing would be fun but actually doing it – – I just don’t know.
This helped me set up my game plan and be prepared for other things that may happen during the 21 days of the detox.
Now that I’ve done my research, I know I can do this! I am motivated and I put a game plan together. I knew the key was preparation, preparation, preparation. How many times have we all heard this and it’s always true so why don’t we always prepare ahead of time? I wrote down a list of vegetables I loved. I looked up recipes that fit within the guidelines. I went shopping and prepped meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know me and I know I couldn’t have choices. It needed to be set ahead of time and ready to go. I prepped my supplements so that they were easily accessible so I wouldn’t forget. I set my alarm on my phone so I didn’t miss taking them. I also had plenty of support; both my Mom and my sister were doing the detox with me. And, of course, everyone at work was supportive. Most did the detox in January. I’m ready. I’ve got this!
I’m a little over half way there and it’s been easier than I thought. I have lost some weight and my energy level is high. I’m not sure I look 5 years younger but I’m feeling younger. I do miss my cheese. I’ve been out to dinner and I was fine. I must admit I did eat one french fry when I took my nephews to McDonald’s as treat. It tasted greasy and very salty so one was enough. I’m on no meat week now so I’m ready to add chicken back into my life. Only 2 days… I know if I hadn’t mentally prepared for this detox I would have cheated in the first week. But I kept telling myself I can do anything for 21 days and I’m only helping myself which will enable me to help others.
February 22, 2017
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