Day 39+40!!! Last day before a new beginning!

Since the 30 day clean eating challenge starts TOMORROW!  I decided to end this 40 day challenge one day early.  I’m excited for another fresh start.  I’ve been having a rough few days.  I’m realizing that my body must be in sugar withdrawal.  Who knew that even existed?  But I know that it’s like anything toxic – the hard work is worth it.  Just like getting out of a toxic relationship.  It seems impossible, but you know it’s the right thing and the healthy thing to do.  If it was easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge.  It wouldn’t help me grow.  So I’m sticking to it, grumpy pants and all.

I’ve added a bunch of recipes to my recipes tab above, including an apple/cinnamon desert I made for my sweet tooth tonight.  It did wonders.  If you’re deciding to try give some of our Not-So-Dirty-Clean Eating Challenge a shot, make sure to comment below so we can help each other out.  I’m excited to see where it will take me, and everyone else who is brave enough to try it!  I already feel empowered after eating clean for this long.

I was feeling kind of down last night, so I asked for guidance and help before I went to bed during my meditation.  I’ve been meditating a lot more than normal lately, since it’s one of our goals to meditate every morning (which I’m loving).  I’m also finding that I’m getting in the habit before bed now too.  I asked for guidance and help because I was feeling a little lonely the past few days with a bit less energy than normal (maybe I should have skipped the yoga class and early morning run Monday to RECOVER from my race! Ya think?!). I received an email today with a link to an inspiring blog, which I found to lift my spirits (thank you).  I will post what helped me so much today which I think you will find empowering too.  It’s a fairly long read, but worth it.  “Setbacks are Setups for Success” (I feel like I’m in a squiggle of a setback right now!) written by Mastin from  Thank you for helping lift my spirits!

“A lot of folks tend to think, when they are pursuing their dreams, that when things aren’t going the way they “want” or the way they “planned”, that they should give up. Many of my clients and readers want to give up when things get a little tough. And it’s interesting to me to see how easy it is for people to BELIEVE the negative voice in their head, far more than their positive and neutral voices.

It’s almost like we are so afraid of getting our heart broken by our dream not coming true that any sign of setback, let down or unmet expectations are an excuse to stop trying.

But see, the thing is, walking on The Path will very rarely ever meet your “expectations”. The Uni-verse speaks in paradox. What looks big, is usually small; what looks scary is usually joyful; what seems impossible is very much achievable and what seems hard can be easy. It’s just being able to understand the paradoxical nature of The Uni-verse as well as having the emotional fitness and humility to not have to buy into the thought that everything has to go “your way”.

Instead of judging a situation as “bad”, a “setback” or a “quitting point”, look at it this way: see GRACE.

You have no idea how protected, guided and looked after you are. When you look back at this moment in a few weeks, months or years, you very well will look back and see a blessing instead of a setback. So train your mind to refrain from judging a situation. Believe in grace. Instead of running away from your dreams, just sit with the uncomfortable feelings, meditate, take care of yourself and let them pass through you.

Do not run away because it is uncomfortable. Stay BECAUSE it is uncomfortable. Let your fears be purified by facing them. Let your judgments fade by not reacting to them and seeing how they play out over time. Humble yourself and know that things don’t have to go YOUR WAY for you to be happy. There could be a way that is being guided from The Uni-verse that is much greater than you could ever imagine.

Emotional fitness, humility and a grace-filled mind will take you where you need to go. Let go of the judgments. Let go of the expectations and just show up fully with whatever you are feeling today. But do not turn back. Stay in the fire. You are not being burned – you are being purified.”

Well said!  I know this was sent to me for a reason, because I asked for guidance.  What a good feeling knowing that we are never alone.

“The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are”      –Mike Dooly.

Smile with your heart!

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  1. Hi Jenn!

    What an amazing post today, and it couldn’t have come at a better time then today for me! I have been SLOWLY working through the learn to run 10km program you sent, very slowly for my journey back from injury has been a long one.. And really have really had a great 2 weeks, building up… But alas last night was hard, with a lot of muscle tightness, and today woke up to the old pain and trouble walking. I had begun to wonder whether my goal needed to be abandoned and a more realistic one set. But your post today has inspired me to just keep on going, perhaps it is just my bodies way of reminding me not to go too hard too soon

    SO after the ramble THANK YOU for an inspiring a warming post!

  2. I’ve been living in a WORLD of “uncomfortable” lately, so this was great to read.Thank you for sharing it and bringing my attention back to TDL and Mastin Kipp. I’ve been asking for guidance lately too and today I will focus on seeing GRACE :)
    all my best,

  3. Good Morning Jenn!
    I never comment however I ALWAYS read your posts and I just LOVE every single one. It’s amazing because your blog came into my life at the exact PERFECT time and even though I have never met you, I am so thankful for you coming into my life through your blog. The inspiration you give me on a daily basis is so phenomenal. I have to admit, when I first started reading your blog I was so insanely jealous of everything you do as you are the person I am striving to become…generous, fun, goal-oriented, passionate, etc I could go on and on and on. Now I am just feel so blessed that you share some inspiration with people like me on a daily basis. Thank you for everything you do. You really impact people more than you even know!
    Have a wonderful day!

    PS – I cut out sugar a couple years ago from my diet as I figured out that was the root cause of my horrible eczema. Once you get through the withdrawals you will feel soooo fabulous!!! You won’t want to go back!

    • Thank you for the encouragement Ali, it’s amazing how much better I feel this morning. I guess letting those cravings pass is the key :) Thank you!

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