OK, so today was supposed to be the first day of my cleanse. It was always a little loose and definitely slightly later in the year because of the trip, but I thought today made sense. Gave me a little time to wind down from the trip - and then start to detox midweek. ;)
However, the hubs's brother is coming in to town tomorrow. We missed his birthday while we were away, so we're going to take him to dinner and have a little prezzie-opening thing here. Then we're going to the in-laws place on Saturday to see the kids and dole out souvenirs. Again, this was a last minute decision, not anything I planned when I was timing my cleanse.
I was really on the fence about when to start. I've definitely done lots of socializing while I'm cleansing, no problem, but not often during the first few days. Because my energy is sometimes a bit low. This isn't just psychological either. A recent Yale Study has found that heavier drinkers (and I'd qualify as that - especially after two weeks in London!! ;)) get an extra boost of acetate which energizes their brains when they drink.
I always wondered why the first few days of my cleanse sometimes leave me feeling tired. It doesn't last long - only a couple days - and it's not constant, but when it happen, this acetate connection is probably why. No booze = less acetate energy for the brain.
Anyway, it was a real dilemma. I didn't want to push my cleanse too late because I want to be finished in time for the hubs's birthday in May, but I also didn't want to be yawning or tired when there was so much visiting and catching up about the trip to do. So - sigh - I bit the bullet and moved my cleanse to Sunday. Which means three extra days of drinking. Tough decision, I know, but somebody's gotta do it. ;)
This is the first time I've cleansed through most of May. I'm usually finished by now because it's sort of a party month for me. Practically every important person in my family has a birthday in May: my hubs, my mom (both born on the same day actually!), my beloved nephew, my father-in-law, my sister-in-law, even my estranged father. Throw in a couple of Mother's Days and May is always a month full of celebrations - and wine. ;) So this is going to be strange ... so many birthdays without drinking. I can't wait to see how it goes.
Well, actually, I can wait. Until Sunday, anyway. ;)
Again, the plan is adaptable. Your first cleanse day doesn't have to be carved in stone. Don't hassle yourself too much if you've got to shift a cleanse by a few days to work it into your life. Being able to do this gives you the sense of freedom and choice - both of which are really important when it comes to feeling good about yourself. So as long as you're not postponing your cleanse indefinitely - which sort of defeats the purpose - feel free to free free. ;)