Days 1-3 of 40 Days

The past 3 days of my 40 Days Challenge have been pretty good. Dealing with my grandmother’s passing has been a little tough, but I have been able to 100% stick to my diet, meditation and yoga practice for the 40 Days program. Here is a little insight at what the past 3 days have been looking like for me:

I start my day with a mug of hot water along with 1/2 of a lemon squeezed into it.

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In Journey to Power, Baron Baptiste stated that this drink ‘helps flush date from your digestive tract.’ – I have been researching the diuretic qualities of lemons and I plan to share them with you in a later post, lemon’s have a lot of good stuff going on for our bodies!

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After enjoying my hot lemon water, I start my morning meditation. For this first week of the program, we are challenged to meditate for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening. It has been a little difficult to set aside that time for myself and sit quietly, but I have managed to do it everyday for the past 3 days and it has been really nice.

The secret to my success is the Buddha Box application on my iPhone.

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The Buddha Box turns my iPhone into a small portable sound machine – it contains a number of different Buddhist chants. What I love most about this app is the timer – you can set your mediation to a specific time and it goes the amount of time you wish to meditate.

The music options are really beautiful, it helps me relax and focus on my breathing.

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Another main part of the 40 Days Program is yoga every day.

It is normally not a problem for me to get to a studio for a nice, hot practice. Since I was traveling this week, getting to a studio was a little difficult for me the first two days of the program – luckily, this challenge is completely available online. Every week, there is a different online yoga practice to follow – made especially for this 40 Days Challenge – so you can practice anytime, anywhere.

No excuses.

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This first week the mandatory yoga practice is only 20 minutes, so I was easily able to follow this on my computer, from the hotel room. Charles even joined me on Day 2 for his first every yoga experience and he seemed to enjoy it! Maybe we can make a yogi out of him yet!

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The yoga practice within the program increases every week – starting out at 20 minutes this first week. I was surprised when I went out today for my first 75 minute hot yoga flow how different I felt from cleaning up my eating, even if it was just from the past 2 days!

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Another amazing thing that I have brought back into my life since the 40 Days have begun – my Juicer! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be juicing again – sadly, I can’t remember the last time I juiced before today.

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Aside from bringing back my love for a nice, green juice – I have been focusing the past 3 days on fruits, veggies, chicken & seafood, really filling my diet up with whole, natural foods. I feel really great and haven’t had any issues so far, let’s cross our fingers that this continues!

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Do you have any amazing clean eating recipes that you would like to share with me?

I am looking to really get creative in the kitchen without carbs, dairy and processed foods!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love that Buddha app! I want to download it now!

  • Reply Julie @ Swim, Bike, Running on Empty January 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I am doing a very similar food makeover due to health issues. For a week, I eliminated basically everything except raw vegetables, fruits and nuts. I have now added seafood and organic chicken and turkey back in. It’s amazing what your body can tell you in a week, right? I, too, start my day with warm lemon water and have cut out processed foods/carbs, anything with preservatives, dairy and red meat. Looking forward to following your journey – would also love to exchange recipes! Best of luck! 🙂

  • Reply Val January 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Keep up the good work! Kudo’s to you for taking on a challenge like this. Everything sounds amazing, but I would have a very difficult time giving up coffee! I know if I can give up junk food and other bad habits that have crept into my life over the years (smoking, quit 4 years ago), I should be able to give up coffee with no problems. It’s all about mind over matter! I’m interested to see the changes you go through during your experience. I might get inspired!

  • Reply Patty O January 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    OK, I’m gonna try the hot lemon water this weekend. That would be a good thing to drink while at work and I know that lemons are great for flushing out toxins, etc. You are inspiring me to take baby steps! Love the Budda ap – what a great idea that you found!

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