Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I woke up today to another stellar Laguna Beach day, a full moon hanging heavy over the ocean and Amy’s nine-o’clock class.
Today is day nine of yoga and day three of the six day fruit fast. This detox program also includes a colon cleansing formula which has the effect of--let’s just say that as I stood in class for the first four standing postures, I wondered whether I’d have to bolt out of the room and straight to the bathroom. But I made it through class and was able to post another gold star onto the 30 day challenge board.
One of the students, Dave, is in a race to finish. When I saw him in class this morning I asked him how it was going and he said, “I’m just eager to get this thing over with. It takes time away from golf,” which makes me wonder why he’s in the challenge, but I’m sure he has his reasons.
As I stood in class wondering why I was doing this, I had that same feeling that I often have in a workout: Okay, this part of the workout may be hard but the results are always worth it.
A good example is the six day fast that I’m participating in along with my sister who lives in Florida. I really didn’t think I could eat just fruit for the past few days. My daughter and her boyfriend called me from a wonderful restaurant right down the street from our house and said, “Join us for dinner.” I thought, oh great, what am I supposed to eat? But I packed up my avocado (avocados are considered fruits) with lemon juice and sea salt, my colon cleansing cocktail and Kerry and I walked down the street and had a lovely night out. I didn’t even salivate over my daughter’s steak dinner. Now that it’s the end of day three, I’m starting to see what people are talking about when they say they start to feel light and not at all hungry a few days into a fast. And the energy! I feel alive, awake and alert. I think that workouts are like that too. If we’re willing to get through the uncomfortable parts, the results are always worth it.