So I decided to go for it and just begin cleansing early.
But this has gotta be the lamest beginning of a cleanse ever. Usually there's so much FUN going on before a cleanse that you really feel 'ready' to take a break. In fact, that's why no 'off-days' in the two weeks leading up to a cleanse are worked into the system. I wanted cleansing to bring as much fun to my life as possible.
But this is the first time there's been, like, only this much fun before - and to top it off, I even started it two days early!!
Yet I know that my cleanses have always evolved. The system is adaptable - and that's why it works so well. Cleanses are always at least a little different from each other. Yet there's always something calming and welcoming about them, too. And this one, despite all the firsts, is no different. I feel 'ready' to begin ...
Yesterday wasn't the most difficult Day 1 - mostly because the idea of partying doesn't really go hand-in-hand with blowing my nose. So I don't feel 'ripped off.'
(I just wonder if I will before it's over ... Will keep you posted on that.)
Had another first yesterday. Took a bottle of bubbly and a French sauv blanc out of the fridge and tucked it in the back of the cupboard out of sight. Poured what was left of one open bottle down the drain. Usually there's not that much left for me to hoard before a cleanse. ;)
But that's one of my tips. Get your alcohol out of the way when you're not drinking. It's not as if seeing a bottle is going to make you fly into a bender, but I've just found it's easier when you don't have to see your yummy fave every time you open the cupboard or fridge.
Incidentally, when you start cleansing - especially on the first day or two - there will be times where you think: "This is nuts. There's no way I can do this! It's crazy! How can I possibly ... gulp ... twenty-eight days ...?!!!!! Are you outta your #@&*!!!!???"
Even after cleansing regularly for years now, there are still moments during the first couple of days where I think: This is insane. It's impossible! What the crap am I doing this for?!!!
These thoughts don't necessarily come with cravings (they haven't yet this cleanse), but it's almost as if your whole system goes into denial.
I'm sure that's the addictive qualities of alcohol talking. Because by the time five months of drinking have gone by, the soothing, entertaining, pleasant, alluring qualities of alcohol will definitely start catching up with you. You'll be drinking more than you did after your last cleanse. You'll probably be thinking about it more. I believe that's the beginning of inviting the 'problem' back into your life. Which is why regular cleansing is so important.
Vital, in fact ...
Twenty-six days to go!!
No problem. Nahhhhhh ... not at all ... ;)