Healthy Mind

Using My Brain

October 21, 2013

Okay, I think I’m starting to get it. Closing up on Detox Weekend #2 and I feel pretty awesome. You know why? Because I did things that used my brain. And that was more exhilarating than 3,000 bottles of wine. Over a span of two days I can proudly say that I painted my first work of art on canvas, made up an incredible spiced nut creation without a recipe, carved one adorable jack o’ lantern, listened to entrepreneur podcasts so I can figure out how to make this blog better, wrote a business plan, and took my first kickboxing class at the UFC gym.

pumpkincarving

Bears Painting

spicednuts

My Physical State:

  • Deep, uninterrupted sleep (Saturday mornings are even better with 10:30 bedtimes on Friday night)
  • Energized but achy (from a helluva kickboxing workout)
  • Better posture (possibly from being less tired)
  • Hungry (in that feeling good and alive type-of-way)
  • Lighter (I can’t prove that I’ve lost weight because I don’t keep track of my weight (it causes unnecessary stress), but I do feel lighter and tighter)

My Mental State:

  • Incredibly focused (on expanding my blog and creating a business)
  • Goofy (finding myself in spontaneous, goofy moods)
  • Appreciative (a clear state of mind made me that much more aware how much I enjoy the presence of the important people in my life)
  • Childlike (being in social situations without alcohol reminds me of being a kid again – I never needed a stiff drink to have an awesome time at a sleepover)

This epiphany is making me question a few things: Does alcohol give us an easy out? Because I’m finding, without it, I have to push myself a lot harder. You know, use my brain to come up with the activity, and my creativity to elevate the moment. Something to think about for the future…

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37 Comments

  • Reply carsontigges October 21, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Ha, this is great.I’ve just about decided I like weekdays better (from a structure standpoint). Football sucks me into a sitting-on-the-couch-and-stuffing-my-face lifestyle every damn week. Maybe I need to challenge myself… in April.

    • Reply snclarke October 21, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Ha, yeah football will do that to you. I have to admit, I feel like I picked the most difficult time of the year to do detox. Football, halloween, birthdays, and just generally wanting to stay inside and veg. Spring or summer would have been smarter, but you gotta love a challenge 🙂

  • Reply Alcohol Detox: Accomplished | Love and Health Nuts October 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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