Mid-day and I’ve been putting off writing about this topic because I am afraid I won’t be able to follow through on my commitment. Funny thing is, I haven’t followed through on so many projects (like writing my blog every day!) … so, why should it matter so much to me if I don’t end up following through on doing a Master Cleanse? I could join the multitudes of other people who have given up after a day or two … or three.
If you don’t know what a Master Cleanse is all about, you’re not alone. Also known as the “lemonade diet,” there is a mass of information about it on the web – so I’m not going to go into the details here. However, it amazes me it’s taken until I’m over 50 to finally really look into doing something like this. I’m sure the resistance I feel is partly from my upbringing as the daughter of a nutritionist, but seriously, it’s not that hard to talk oneself out of drinking nothing but a mixture of lemonade, grade B maple syrup and caynenne. Are these people absolutely crazy?!
But it fits in so well with my extremism … and all the blogs, comments, YouTube presentations, and Internet hype about how good it is for detoxing the body and losing weight is alluring. So I decide it’s time to ‘reset’ my body and give this thing a whirl. I surf the net and stay up late reading everything I can find on this Master Cleanse.
Knowing the hardest detox days are usually days 3 and 4, I decide it would be good to start right before the Holiday weekend. I cancel my camping trip to the mountains and head to Whole Foods for organic lemons, syrup, powder and laxative tea. I stay up late again reading so I can be prepared, be strong, be successful.
My fears that I won’t make it the full 10 days are strong. People complain about how hungry they feel. Then there are the stories about the headaches, dizziness, body aches, soreness and multitude of other physical ailments as the toxins leave the body. There is my own doubt that this concoction of almost nothing isn’t even remotely good for the body. But there is also this determination to clean out my colon, lose weight, increase energy and just do it!
I had planned to start tomorrow, but I woke up today and decided not to wait. And as I sit here typing this in the late afternoon, my stomach growls, my head feels a little achy and I wish I had waited just one more day.
Yet that is how my life has passed so quickly, by waiting one more day to blog, one more day to exercise, one more day to cut back on alcohol, one more day to live my life purpose, and on it goes. But just for today, I refuse to continue assuming there will be a tomorrow.
I may not succeed in completing this Master Cleanse … but I will succeed – I have succeeded – in starting.