There’s something you should know about me. I’m the epitome of black and white, an ultimate extremist. I’m not proud of it, especially when the extreme I happen to be on is the destructive one, enter the excessive indulgence in chocolate and candy this past week.
So here comes my confession. I did not in fact run when I promised I would. I apologize for that. But the morning I have spent today, (I believe) compensates for that shortfall and demonstrates the new commitment I’ve made in the opposite extreme.
I promised you plans were being made but more than that a lot of psychological preparation. I’ve decided to go on a detox for 2 weeks and I’m strangely excited about it. This means no carbs, no dairy and no sugar for the next 15 days. Yikes! I also finally made it to the gym this morning. What a liberating feeling! It’s been a year and 6 months since I ran my first 10K and 1 year since I’ve been to the gym. I expected not to last 5 minutes so I’m secretly proud of my performance. I decided not to push it too far today. I did 3kms in 27mins. Not very ambitious but I feel great and Im reassured I can regain my stamina if I persevere.
I then made my way to the spa for some much needed R&R. I spent 20 minutes in the Jacuzzi followed by a 60 minute detoxifying seaweed body wrap and a 60 minute Elemis facial. Bliss.
The treatment was amazing. I was scrubbed with salts and then slathered with a very fishy smelling seaweed paste. I was then wrapped in plastic like a mummy and my spa bed was immersed into warm water with barely enough wiggle room making me feel like I was back in the womb. During that time my therapist gave me a scalp massage that I felt released a lot of confused thoughts and tension. I could almost see ideas leaving my head in cartoon bubbles. 20 minutes into the treatment and I think I had sweated out all the toxins in my body. A messy treatment but strangely soothing despite being mummified. I felt immediately great afterwards: lighter, happier, more zen.
This was followed by a healthy lunch and a mani & pedi in a beautiful bright coral – perfect for summer.
It’s been an interesting week overall. The company offsite from last week definitely helped boost my morale. It’s been a productive, positive week and I’m very proud to say that I managed to leave work at a relatively decent hour almost every day. For me, that’s big progress.
Better work-life balance (so far!) and a healthier approach to life. I’m very happy with this start!
Happy Friday to all!
So the master plan hasn’t kicked into gear yet unless you count point #4 in my list below (baking). A delicious blueberry cheescake. Ok, so I didn’t bake it myself but I generously enjoyed it. You must be reassured dear reader that I am neither giving in nor making excuses. The planning is happening behind the scenes and is in full gear. I have decided to tackle point #2 first. Running.
I’m hitting the gym after work tomorrow. It’s been a year. I can’t wait!
Soon enough, I’ll tackle point #4 head-on so watch this space for some fabulous photos of my own baking.