What a day! Mentally. I made sure I had enough juice to last me throughout the workday, but mentally I just wasn’t here. I wish I knew how to explain it, but with the day I had– I really wanted to cry. Nevertheless, I stuck it out, thanks to prayer and affirmations. As far as the cleanse itself, it’s getting less challenging each day. I can completely ignore my urges to eat with no problem. I find that it’s easier to just let my stomach growl and that it’s OK– I can almost time it exactly. I think its funny that we get embarrassed about our body telling us we’re hungry.
The sounds of our tummy’s demanding food is completely normal and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Whenever I feel like I’m super hungry and my stomach is making too much noise, I’ll drink “tea.” Hot water fills you up like a meal. I steep a few chunks of ginger in my tea pot and drink it as a meal replacement.
Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Medicine News Today
I drink my ginger tea right before bed. My gallon of water a day definitely curves my appetite. During this cleanse, I’ve introduced weight training to my fitness regiment. For some reason, I’m loving it–which is weird because I usually hate lifting weights. Last night was liberating. I felt myself pushing beyond my boundaries to the point that this euphoric sensation came over my body at the end of my workout.
IT WAS LIT! I’ve never felt that way in the entire two years of this EGH journey.
Since yesterday was the toughest day ever (work wise), I had to put my positive thinking and affirmation “chanting” into overdrive. I was so overwhelmed with running the store alone and the fact that all of our difficult customers hated me, while having no back up. I wanted to crawl under my desk and hide. I’ve never experienced this before, at least not recently. I kept telling myself “Jill, your day will get better.” and boy did it.
Even though I forgot to read my daily passage from my mediation book, I still had a mediation session after work for about 8 minutes of complete silence and being present. I focused on everything that was happening around me. I didn’t worry about what happened the day before and what was to come for today. I just sat there, listening to my breathing, the birds chirping, the cars riding by…everything. Being in that 8-minute moment was such a great experience.
I also listened to Joel Olsteen Ask Big podcast. He discussed how we pray and release our faith, in regards to how we ask God to make moves in our lives. He noted how important it is to ask big, when asking God for anything. We can’t allow our circumstances to keep us from asking for exactly what we want. We should never ask God to make little moves by say things like “God if you can…” or “God if it’s not too much trouble can you…” God created the entire organism we live on, how dare we put a limit on his power? As children of God we are entitled to his mercy and glory. I believe God has me on the right track in my life and is slowly revealing my blessings to me. I’ve had some seriously weird dreams that I’m sure means something, but I’ve also experienced some rather vivid dreams that has me excited. As I continue to live my life, I’m sure they will come to pass.
I’m so proud of myself for sticking to this cleanse, I’m really pushing myself. Each day is a new day and I get stronger and stronger. Tomorrow I’ll be at the half way mark and I’m excited to compare my day-1 pictures to my day-5. Follow me on Instagram @everydaygoinghard for more updates.
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Remember to LOVE you and LOVE your journey.