(Just so you know, I’m not even supposed to be writing this right now! I’m on “baby’s gonna drop any day” watch and should be sitting on the nest taking it easy. This is important enough to break the hiatus. See how much I love y’all?)
I was inspired to write this post this morning by a comment on our Facebook page. Quick disclaimer: this is not meant to offend anyone…just to get you to think of your juicing/health/weight loss/life change journey from another perspective. Now that the preamble is over, let’s get to it, shall we?
Admittedly, I can be one of those disgustingly happy people that you’d prefer to avoid on the street. I’m not saying that I don’t have my snarky moments or I’m constantly going around singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, but…I’m pretty happy the majority of the time, and I believe that accounts for the wonderful life that I live. In addition, if I decide to make a change in my life, I’m the kind of person who considers it first and then, upon the decision to do the damn thing, leaps into it with reckless abandon. The one piece of required equipment for the leap, you may ask?
HAPPINESS. See how I put that word on bold, there? That’s because, on this road, it’s beyond crucial to get (and keep) your happy on.
Now, that’s MY feeling. Obviously, there are others who don’t share that sentiment, and that’s what I’m responding to on this gorgeous Saturday morning. I take the time to answer lots of questions and posts here and on Facebook, and the ones that always dishearten me are the messages where folks are obviously unhappy – either with themselves or the choice they have made to juice, lose weight, what have you. I get the ever-growing barrage of complaints no matter what I say: “I’m not losing weight fast enough!”, “Ugh! This is impossible!”, “My skin’s breaking out!”, “My head hurts!”, “I can’t poop!”, ”Nothing tastes good!”…see where I’m going? I’m not talking about the occasional vent about the obvious discomforts that come with juicing, either, because we ALL have those. This is a sense that no matter what anyone says or advises, the complaints just keep on comin’.
My response today to those comments? DON’T JUICE. DON’T GO RAW. DON’T UP THE VEGGIES. DON’T LOSE THE WEIGHT. DON’T CHANGE YOUR HEALTH. JUST DON’T DO IT, BECAUSE IT’S TOO HARD.
Pause for reaction: “Carla! What the heck are you saying?!?!? How could you write such thing?!?!? Where’ the “light at the end of the tunnel” , happy-shiny encouragement that we come here for?!?”
Never fear, lovies…it’s coming. Let me explain.
I recently posted the above quote to my personal FB page. I believe that with all my heart and believe that you have to carry around that statement like a friggin’ beacon, especially when you decide to sludge through the hard times that come with drastic life changes. Let’s face it; anyone who makes the oh-so-brave decision to turn their back on their past behaviors and get healthy is clearly in for an uphill battle. It’s not easy, and if you don’t have the right attitude about it from jump, it’s even frickin’ frackin’ harder. The emotions? The food temptations? The television commercials? Family pressure? Detox symptoms? SELF-DOUBT? Come on, now…these are the things flying in your face at every moment of every day! If you don’t have a positive attitude about 1) what you’re doing, 2) why you are doing it, and 3) the inevitable awesome outcome that’s guaranteed if you stick to your path, these so-called obstacles will trip you up along the way. You HAVE to stay focused. You HAVE to stay true to your original goal. And most of all, you HAVE to get happy about it. You have to get happy about ALL of it.
We all have bad days and we all have moments of doubt. It’s how you overcome those moments that’s the most crucial, especially when you’re doing something as ground-breaking-life-shaking as getting healthy. It’s not just about the juice recipes, the amount of water you drink, having the right equipment, or watching the right videos to “keep you going”. It’s about YOUR attitude towards yourself and your journey. It’s about choosing happiness – being happy that you are finally taking the steps. Being happy that every detox symptom is one less toxin in your body and a sign that your body is finally sloughing off the nonsense. Being happy about every time you choose juice over junk food. Being happy that your skin, your waist line, your cholesterol levels, your energy levels and everything else starts to reflect the great choice you made and stuck to. Being happy that your family, friends, loved ones, and random folks on the street will see your example and be inspired. Being happy that you are taking the TIME to make the changes, understanding that time and focus is what gets you to your end goal.
So, it’s your choice. If I were you, I’d choose happiness as it makes everything so much easier. Now, excuse me while I break out into song and go skipping down the street…
Who am I kidding? No one “skips” when they’re 9 months pregnant. LOL!