alicia621 Posted June 19, 2013 Share Posted June 19, 2013 I'm a little late starting this, but better late than never. I'm on Day 11, had pretty great feedback from my body so far. I'm doing the Whole30 because I got interested in it as an anti-inflammatory cleanse, and I suspect chronic inflammation is behind my skin disorders & digestive issues. Additionally, reintroducing foods after the program to find out what you are sensitive to and what you should avoid for the long term should help me narrow it down so that I can actually enjoy things again - instead of feeling a non-specific general anxiety, wondering if every little thing I eat or drink is the culprit. The more I was reading about it, and putting it in context with myself and my addictions, the more I resolved that I wanted to be in control. And, I haven't had a proper challenge in a while. So it's really many motivations at work here â€“ health, body image, motivation, pride, guilt; you know, all the good ones. By Day 2, I had this list of goals: I envision myself coming out of it with more energy, better moods, and equally important, clearer skin. I will learn how to wake up rested, and become a better morning person. I will have a clear knowledge and command of the consequences attached to specific indulgences. Once this begins I will never be a smoker again. I will be able to enjoy decadent things on special occasions without feeling guilty for doing it all the time. I am reinforcing my favorite hobby, cooking. I feel pampered because I'm treating myself to the best food. I'm back in control of my addictions. â€‹ To keep the goals tangible, some specifics: I will have clear skin when this is over. I will lose at least 5 pounds (from 138) I will identify 3 foods/drinks that cause flare-ups I will add 30 mins twice a week of exercise to my routine. I will get out of bed before 6:30 every morning. I will not smoke any cigarettes, not a single one.â€‹â€‹ â€‹ Note that all these goals are worded to avoid the use of 'want to', 'hope to', 'if...', etc. to make sure that these are focused on a visualized, actualized result, not on the 'if' of a hope - I'm not trying to create a desire for change, I'm creating change! I find this simple tactic to be a really strong reminder that if I give myself room to doubt, doubt takes over. If I give myself permission to consider that it might not work out, then I am effectively visualizing disappointment - not an option!!! Yes. It. Works. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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