So, having decided a few weeks ago that 9-days “wasn’t really that long” I can confirm that at times it has felt like a really long time…although it was only 9 days when all’s said & done.
Now that day 9 is here, there are definitely some changes in my planning I would make if I did it again, the main one being to tell/warn everyone I was likely to come into contact with beforehand in the hope that it would possibly stem the flow of invitations…over the first few days, there was: a barbeque next door, a picnic with my parents (both declined), a party, dinner at my sister’s, two working lunches, and various meetings over “coffee”. The first two I reluctantly declined, the rest I navigated as skilfully as I could.
But after (a whole) 9 days, yes I appear to be slightly thinner, slightly more toned, even. And I do, as promised, have more energy. But it suddenly occurred to me, what next?
I don’t really want to keep on with the meal replacement regime, I think real food is definitely the way to go.
But as some of you will already know, I do find it rather more relaxing to have clear rules and boundaries. In the same way that “cutting down a bit” wouldn’t’ve yielded quite such good (if any) results, I’m not sure that “generally trying to eat/drink more healthily from now on” will cut it either.
So what to do?
Plan A is as follows:
– (probably) vanilla shake/aloe for breakfast – or some healthy alternative – on weekdays;
– home-made pasta/couscous salad for lunch (need to get organised and make toppings in advance – or go to the lovely shop in Wells that makes them for you)
– avoid calls for cakes, cookies, sausage rolls or whatever people constantly bring into the office; and
– don’t open the wine until after dinner.
I’m figuring the above should stand me in reasonably good stead, particularly if I do 1 or 2 detox-style days a week to make up for any nights out or lunches in the local pub…
Particularly as I’ve signed up for a Bootcamp in September 🙂 Wish me luck with that…it’s 3 times a week at 6.30 in the morning.
You could win…
(PS: there may be a short break from detox/health blogs while I write a fantasy or two, please bear with me)