Good evening! As we close the Transition period, the time that I am so grateful for as it has allowed me to ease into the program, understand my weaknesses, and give me a head-start to feeling amazing, it is time to reflect. The book puts this to a close in the right way:
"Transition is a time to be gentle. Eliminating comfort foods and drinks can be a scary thing. It can be like taking away a baby's pacifier. You may want to kick and scream for the first few days, but your "new normal" will move you forward surprisingly quickly. So again, trust the process, and know that each day will get better. "
Trusting this process, and knowing that being given the chance to participate in this amazing cleanse has already made a powerful impact in my life, before I step forward in my adventure, I have to make my intention.
Jo and Jules ask in the book for the intention:
"What do you really want in your life? When you realize your goal, what will that give you? And what will that give you? What will that give you? And what will that give you? Keep going until you feel you've hit the goal. "
- I want to be fit, healthy, and happy.
- I don't want to feel like a prisoner to chocolate, sugar, dairy, or coffee, which I always crave.
- I want to feed my body with nutrients it needs and feel the rewards as a result.
- I want to inspire others as a result of my success.
- It will give me self confidence, poise, better posture, energy.
- It will allow me to reach for all of my dreams without hesitation.
- It will allow me to learn even more about nutrition.
- It will allow me to understand myself more.
- It will give me focus.
- It will allow me to be a nicer person. To myself, my body, others.
- In short, I want to be the best version of me.
The Conscious Contract states:
"Remember, this is not about perfection. It's about having a bad day and picking yourself up with love. It's about remembering that tomorrow is a new day. Regardless of your slip-ups, you don't check out, you don't quit, and you don't overburden yourself with guilt or self-loathing. You might want to reread that last sentence. You stay. Regardless of how "good" you've been, you stay. You show up tomorrow because you know each day is different. And this is life. You're not committing to perfection. You're committing to your intention. The great Earl Nightingale said, "Success is the daily progression of a worthy ideal." Commit to that kind of success. Isn't your life a worthy ideal? "
The Conscious Commitment states:
"As a participant of the Conscious Cleanse, I promise...
- To make healthy decisions to the best of my ability.
- To know when to be fierce with myself and when to be gentle.
- To celebrate my successes as well as my challenges.
- To be curious and to listen to my body.
- To recognize my journey as unique to me.
- To remember to laugh and trust that my best is good enough.
- To allow myself to heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.
- To love, honor, and appreciate myself just for showing up."
(Signed in my book, January 13, 2014)
This cleanse, for me, is about using everything I've already learned about health, nutrition, and cooking, to make myself the best person I can be. It is about a complete dive into what it is that makes me individually a healthier person, a happier person, a more successful person. I have experienced great changes already and I am excited to see what else is to come.
Thoughtfully, sincerely, enthusiastically,
Schaalman, Jo, and Julie Pelaez. The Conscious Cleanse. New York: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.