It blows my mind that I’m only a few days away from reaching day 21 of my Pure 21 journey! These past few weeks have been a little crazy due to insane sugar cravings and trying to meal prep and plan on the go…(did you see me purchase hard-boiled eggs from a gas station in the middle of nowhere?!). That was a low point. I knew from the start that this journey was never supposed to be easy and I wouldn’t have learned much if I wasn’t challenged both physically and mentally. My 21 days aren’t over yet, but I thought I’d share with you some of my key takeaways as I come to the end of my journey stronger than ever.
Getting Over the Hump
I started this wellness program off with a high dose of ambition and positivity. I even placed a few bets with my friends to see who would last the full 21 days, but the cravings set in. Not being able to relax at the end of a long day with a vodka soda or something sweet was a life adjustment I wasn’t eager to make.
The cravings really set in when I was out of town one weekend for the Live Alive training sessions and I hit a rough spot once again. During dinner, the event staff carted around trays of freshly baked, WARM chocolate chip cookies. My inner thoughts at that exact moment sounded a bit like, “you’ve GOT to be kidding me! I want one. No, stay strong. I can’t eat a cookie in a room where other people are doing Pure 21…maybe I’ll just smell it as it goes by.”
And BOOM, out of nowhere I’d taken the first bite of a cookie, chewed up all it’s delicious flavor, and immediately regretted my decision .
I haven’t looked back since. Learning how to say “no” to this tempting snack was the moment I knew I was in this challenge for the long run. Plus, once you hit a low point like that, there’s nowhere to go but up. Right?
As always, wife Jessica is my partner in crime whether that means helping take the kids to practice, going to parent teacher conferences, and being by my side during all my big work events. We’re doing Pure 21 together and, I promise you, having someone do the program with is huge because they can also hold you accountable. Even though we’ve always leaned on each other for support, we’ve bonded during this journey in an entirely new way. We started cooking healthier meals at home and stopped ordering out. We talked about new recipes we wanted to try, things that needed to be added to the grocery list, and what workout we were planning to do each day.
These past weeks have been great for our family and relationship because we became a team in a new way with a clear end goal. My biggest recommendation to anyone who is looking to start The Pure 21 Wellness Challenge is you should find someone to be your accountability partner. Ask a neighbor, spouse, friend or colleague. The worst thing they can say is no. With a partner, you can share the low moments and celebrate the high moments together and there’s something awesome about that.
Clarity for the Better
Removing alcohol, processed sugar, certain carbs, and dairy has given me more energy and clarity. I’ve noticed that my attention span is better than ever because I’m fueling my body with the nutrients it needs, not the food it thinks it wants. Every January I go on the road and train our salesforce and this year I have really noticed a change. These are long workdays where I don’t step out of “boss” mode for 12 to 14 hours, but this time around I was able to keep up and get ahead of my demanding work schedule. Because I wasn’t as tired; I could focus on the needs of each Partner and answer questions in more detail. This clarity opened up my world and business in a whole new way.
To Sum It Up
I knew that improving my health and wellness would affect me, but I didn’t know the results would be so gratifying. It’s also nice to be reminded that my body is capable of more than I imagined. This 21-day reset really allowed me to improve myself for the better and I’m excited to implement these healthy habits into my daily life when the official 21 days are complete.
If you’re interested in learning about the Pure 21 Wellness Challenge, the guidelines I followed, or to see if it is right for you, go check it out.