I am now officially done with the 28 day challenge. I started the Saturday before February so yesterday was my last full day. I have to say that I didn't follow the plan as strictly as I had hoped in the beginning. That is to say, the exercise plan, but here is why. I came into the 28-day plan with a mission to just get back to healthy habits. I was not trying to drastically change who I was or lose weight. But I stuck to the detox/food plan, and I loved it. There were some confusing points for me, but I powered through them and feel great. I am happily not intolerant of any foods and I am able to make healthy choices again (I had run off course during some major life changes, and was developing bad habits).
I felt the detox was not as much of a struggle as I thought it would be because the recipes were all great (with a few exceptions). I didn't feel deprived of food, nourishment, or flavor. I made Sunday my prep day (a habit I don't plan to lose because I love to cook and it's relaxing) and planned out at least one or two new recipes that I could make during the week. Almond-crusted chicken breast, AMAZING! Especially if the chicken is cold (it intensified the flavor), but I did add an extra garlic clove to the recipe : ). And all the soups I tried were awesome. I found myself trying ingredients that I never thought I would cook with for just myself, and loving them. Fresh ginger...delicious! 100% buckwheat soba noodles, great alternative to pasta. Breakfast Quinoa, a weird thought, that work great (I had this multiple times during the week). I have to say, I am still not a fan of thyme or fresh rosemary, but I can deal with it in moderation. OH! And the salmon with mustard sauce...MMMM!
As for the, 7 days a week for 28 days, exercise plan. That just wasn't in the cards for me. With all the storms we had in the North East in the first 2 weeks of the plan alone, it just wasn't possible. Nor did I want to spend 28 days at the gym. But with that said, I did get into a rhythm that I did not have before. I developed my own workout plan, including going to Pilates on Mon, Yoga on Tues, gym Thurs (sometimes Friday) and Kandiluni yoga Sat (when I didn't have to travel home. And I stuck to this schedule (and will continue to do so).
So all and all, I feel great, healthy and happy with my decision to do this plan. I followed other blogger's progress throughout the past few months, and even if they did not offer me advise directly, I learned from them. I found everyone's suggestions helpful, and even tried new variations on recipes (adding curry to the almond chicken soup). Others posts about their lives, whole living, spirituality, and cooking/baking inspired me to not just sit around and wait for things to happen, but to go out and experience life.
I have loved Whole living magazine since my Aunt gave me a gift of my first Body and Soul, because she knew I liked that stuff. I spent the whole first day reading it and spouting out facts to anyone around me (even if they didn't care to hear it). And now I love it even more because of what I get out of it, the website, and all of you.