My, how our little tribe is growing.
We’re like an underground group of survivors, bumping into fresh recruits and exuberant stragglers at every turn, trading war stories about 3pm cravings, weak-willed spouses ( lie:“Sure, babe, I’ll do the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse with you, count me in!”) and the perilous dinner hour.
The comments section of my initial post Lose up to 15lbs in 10 Days? We’ll See. 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Detox Starts…NOW continues to overflow with questions, concerns, excitement and general updates from those who’ve either taken the plunge, or were about to.
At some point, though, after all the reading, the planning, the shopping, the chopping and the blending…
It’s just you and your little thermos, sitting in your work cubicle and white-knuckling it as the smell of microwave popcorn wafts by. Along with your munching coworker, who stops by your desk to say, “Umm, so good. And they got the kind with the butter this time. Want some?”
“No, Judas, I don’t. Thank you, though, for the epic sabotage attempt. Don’t you see I’m trying desperately to stick to this smoothie cleanse?”
You realize that it’s not because she suddenly became a mind reader, but because you just sat there seemingly in a trance, transfixed by the bowl in her hands. Mortified at your flash of displaced anger, you shower her with thank you‘s, and politely decline.
It’s this damn cleanse, you think. It’s making me crazy, and turning me into a cranky, horrible person.
No, it’s not. You’ve simply lost perspective. But I’m here to help you get it back.
Fact: You and I aren’t among them.
So…we’re going to need to get over ourselves.
Wait…You don’t know a thing about me, you might be saying to yourself. I could be sitting here starving right now, not having had a meal in days.
False. People living on the knife’s edge of chronic starvation are out in the streets, on the constant hunt for something – ANYTHING – to eat. Not sitting up on computers reading (or writing) blog posts about green smoothies.
(I’m sorry. I don’t make the rules, but I do have to point them out. Look up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for more context.)
I know. Not exactly the Rah Rah Team, Let’s Go!! pep talk you were expecting. As a veteran of both a successful 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse AND one that sort of fizzled out, I’m here to help you keep things in perspective so that you can buckle down, make this thing happen and get that much closer to your health and fitness goals.
Enough buzzkill. Here are 10 daily affirmations to help you dominate your 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse:
10 Daily Affirmations for the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
Day 1: 10 days will pass no matter what I do. Or don’t do. That said, 11 days from now, would I rather be in a state of celebration, or regret? When I launched my cleanse, this was the #1 core concept that kept me grounded. Since the answer to the question was clear, I had to dig down and find a way to pull this thing off. Period. And so will you. Again, I wish there was a softer, fluffier way to package that reality. But you’re going to have to make up your mind to do some things you initially won’t want to do, in order to get what you want.
Day 2: I am not starving. I am not hungry. I have all that I need to sustain me. When you’re taking in more vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, etc. in a single day than your body perhaps saw in a week, there’s no way in the world you are suffering from legitimate hunger or malnutrition. You’re just in a foul mood because you’ve quit, cold turkey, your habit of eating whatever you want, whenever you want, and however much of it you want. You miss your “friend” (food). That is all. And some of our “friends” are killing us. Slowly. A little bit each day. The sooner we “un-friend” them, the better.
Day 3: I’m not on a 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I’m on a 1-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse…which I have chosen to successfully repeat for 10 days. See the difference? By Day 3, you’ve already got an impressive track record: 100% success rate, three times over. Every +1 day becomes a victory in its own right, and something to celebrate.
Day 4: If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up. It’s exhausting to have to keep revisiting abandoned goals over and over again, and more mental effort than it’s worth. Get it done, so you can create space in your life to conquer other new and exciting frontiers.
Day 5: I’m saving a boatload of money. Made at home, green smoothies can cost as little as $1 per serving. (Even less if you grow your own food.) Compare that to what you’d otherwise be spending on multi-course meal ingredients, takeout and a daily latte. If you’re between paychecks and already over your monthly food budget, a green smoothie cleanse is your best friend right now.
Day 6: I’m saving a boatload of time. A complete meal in 3 minutes, or the time it takes to press the “whole juice” cycle button on my blender. Assuming you spend, on average, one hour each day preparing meals, what could you do with 10 extra hours over the next 10 days? That’s the equivalent of a day off from work in the middle of your week. Enough time to complete a major home project. Start writing that book. Visit with friends or family you haven’t seen in awhile.
Day 7: I’m saving a boatload of mental energy. Think about how much mental energy you devote daily or weekly to food. Whether to pack or bring lunch, where to go for lunch, what to make for dinner, how many calories does this meal have versus that one, whether you’re going to order the salad or fall prey to the “daily special,” and on and on. Too many choices in our daily lives often leads to paralysis. The 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse is your chance to get a clean break from obsessing over food details. Everything is laid out for you. Free your mind up to focus on other things.
Day 8: I’ve come too far to throw it all away now. Patting your much-flatter stomach, you think: this is the best I’ve felt since…since…well, I don’t know when. Am I seriously thinking about trading that in right now for this slice of pizza?
Day 9: Men, women and children dying of thirst in war-torn regions. 842 million others worldwide who do not have enough to eat. But by all means, let me focus on the fact that I have to stick to a nutritious green smoothie cleanse for 10 days.
Acknowledge to yourself that yours is – at best – a minor, temporary inconvenience (also mockingly referred to as “first world problems”) that others would sell a kidney to have. Change your perspective and pull yourself together. It’s not that serious.
Day 10: Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice. Let’s be honest: your goal isn’t really to complete a 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. It’s something far greater and more meaningful. Like helping to reverse the ill effects of a lifetime of poor eating habits. Or wanting to be around when your own children graduate, get married and start families of their own. Or to be able to walk out of a store dressing room without crying. So yes, it might be tough watching coworkers and family chow down while you sip your meal through a straw. But you’re on another path now. And successfully completing this cleanse is the first tollgate. It’s your means to a greater end.
Finally, if all else fails and you DO fall off the wagon, don’t just “Oh, well” it and throw up your hands:
Think about where you went wrong. Did you fail to prep properly the night before and then not have enough time to prepare your smoothies before work? Did you fail to empty your kitchen cupboards of all your old “friends” and then get caught up in a moment of weakness? Did you fail to stress to your loved ones how important this was to you, and enlist their support? (Or at the very least, get their agreement not to sabotage you.) Did you forget to schedule the cleanse when your calendar would be free of potential land mines like business trips, birthday parties, major holiday celebrations, vacations or, ahem, crepe-filled honeymoons? Tweak your system, and then start over.
And when you finally get tired of messing around and starting over…
You’ll stop giving up.
Now go do it. I know you can. When it’s over you’ll discover, as I did, some pretty amazing stuff about yourself.
P.S. The book 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse is available on Amazon.com and all major retail booksellers.