Sep. 2nd, 2014

I thought today was an important entry day because it is, hopefully, the start of a new journey for me. If all goes well, the journal will last beyond this month.

Yesterday, I started a 28-day teatox (Your Tea). I have never done a detox of any kind before, let alone a teatox. I had been scouring the Internet for a few months trying to find the one that best suited me, and I had no idea how popular teatoxes had become so there were plenty to choose from. I followed Your Tea's Instagram feed and saw a lot of people posting their results, and I was quite impressed. I had a few other teatoxes in mind but this one stood out the most. I also read that it was the only herbal cleanse on the market that does not produce a "laxative effect" (because - no, thanks). Your Tea is heavily based on Chinese medicine, both in terms of herbs and Chinese medicinal principles. The tea I am on, Tiny Tea, is specifically for weight loss and meant to cleanse the digestive system, reduce bloating, improving skin clarity and increase energy levels. So I finally bit the bullet a couple weeks ago and ordered the box of tea, intending to start September 1st, which I did.

I have to drink the tea three times a day, 30 minutes before each meal. Despite my love of tea, I was a bit scared about the amount I had to drink (on top of my daily liters of water) and that it would taste horrible. I admit, I am a bit of a tea elitist. I only drink fancy teas, usually only loose leaf tea, predominantly David's Tea. Bring orange pekoe near me and I will scoff at you. To my surprise, Tiny Tea does not taste like much of anything at all. It is an even lighter taste than orange pekoe and there is nothing repulsive about it. So I was definitely happy about that. I have not had a problem the last two days "scheduling" my teas, but I am wary that it will become a problem at work when things are less in my control (e.g. last-minute meetings, taking my lunch late due to a deadline, etc.). If you not eat close to your consumption of the tea, you start to feel sick (or at least I did). So regardless of my self-discipline, I am a bit worried work will try and knock me off track. I am so determined to do this perfectly though. I really, really want to do this successfully and follow the instructions properly. I even have daily reminders 30 minutes before breakfast and 30 minutes before lunch in my Outlook calendar so that I know when to brew. I need to stop worrying so much about the possible obstacles, I know, but I can't help it.

On top of the teatox, I have started a new exercise routine. The teatox works best when combined with exercise, which is common sense, but I have needed to start working out for a very long time. The last time I actually worked out consistently, and had an actual routine, was an embarrassing amount of years ago. For the last year, I have been threatening myself and trying everything to get motivated to do this but nothing has worked. I have spent several counseling sessions just whining about my lack of motivation and the confusion about this "plan" being in my head but being completely unable to execute it in any real way. I have plenty at my disposal: I have spent hundreds of dollars on every Xbox Kinect workout game in existence (Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, EA Sports Active, Nike, Adidas, Zumba, UFC, yoga). I am not a gym person by any means, so I choose to workout at home. I've had all these workouts for months, some of them years, all still in the cellophane. No matter how many times I swore to myself I would start, I never did.

Until today, that is.

Yes, essentially today was my first workout in years and yes, I almost died. I am heinously out of shape. I am starting with 30 minutes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Eventually - and who knows how long it will take - I want to get to 60 minute routines. But every warned me, don't overdo it or you'll hate it and won't want to continue. I listened! If there is one thing I have learned the importance of over the last year or so, it's baby steps. And every step counts, even if you go backwards and forward again - it all counts. I am going to start small no matter how embarrassing it is. I am a pretty big fan of boxing for fitness so I have started with that (yes, you can imagine me punching the air in the middle of my living room like a dumbass, it's okay). The routine is good cardio and will shed fat long before it starts building muscle, which is what I need. I have a lot of "fun" things that aren't even supposed to be workouts but actually are, for me, like certain activities in Kinect Sports (seriously, that table tennis can get intense). So I am sure I can keep myself occupied with various activities without getting bored. My main concern is just keeping it fun and manageable. I don't really care how I'm moving or what I'm doing - just that I'm moving or doing anything at all. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not competing against anyone and this is just for me. Eventually, when it comes to the boxing, I want actual equipment. I want to buy a freestanding heavy bag and boxing gloves. Pink ones! I really need proper workout clothing though. This much I have learned after day two. Must buy, next paycheque.

So there you have it. My epic plan. It's not really epic to anyone else, but it's epic to me and that's what matters. This could potentially change my life if I actually stick with it this time and I think I may finally be in the place for that. I wasn't strong enough earlier this year, but I might be now.

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