I’m into Day 4 of the 12 Days of Detox and I’m already behind on sharing my thoughts! But actually I find that the themes for Day 2 (Exercise) and Day 3 (rituals and routines) fit together quite nicely so we’ll pretend this is intentional. The big question I’ve been left with is Do I have a TV addiction? I will answer this tricky question on Day 3 below!

So, as a recap on Day 1 of the 12 Days of Detox I covered the Detox Diet, which I would encourage you to have a read of. Now I’m past Day 3 I can tell you I’m feeling better already just from cutting out a few things and focussing on drinking loads of water and herbal teas!

Day 2 – Exercise

So how does exercise fit into the Detox? For me it is more about mind than body, although the two are so closely linked it’s hard to differentiate. However, after a decent workout or walk or general move of my body, it is my mind that feels clearer. Detoxed, if you will!

I have a bit of a weird relationship with exercise and to put my current situation into perspective, I did more exercise when I was pregnant than I was doing up until a few weeks ago!! That is ridiculous. But back then my focus was simple, I wanted to be the happiest and healthiest I could be by the time Reuben was born, and part of that mission was to exercise 30 minutes everyday. I would do all sorts from weight training to walking to cross trainer to exercise DVDs in my living room! I listened to my body and moved whichever bit felt right. So when I stopped being able to walk comfortably, I would swim or go on the bike at the gym.

With birth a distant memory, my focus moved to different things; my career, surviving sleep deprivation, being a housewife, etc. The amount of exercise I do now tends to ebb and flow with my focus on a weekly basis. If we’re going on holiday I do it more, if it’s coming up to Christmas…not so much! It is something I class as a “should” do rather than a “must” do and, therefore, it’s easy to sideline in favour of something far more important…like the dishes or watching I’m a Celebrity!

However, what I forget is that exercise has a big impact on my well being. You could almost plot a chart (in fact I have done!) that shows how my happiness increases with exercise!

Do I have a TV addiction? Facing facts on day 2 and 3 of the 12 Days of Detox!

Happiness vs Exercise Graph

And I’m not talking ball-breaking sweat outs (whatever that is?!), I’m talking a fast paced walk or a jog or a swim. It might not have a huge impact on my figure or weight but it has a huge impact on my mind.

Also, I’ve found that in doing something simple and non-threatening like going for a 30-minute walk, it’s giving me the impetus to actually go the gym! Who’d have thought it?

This past week I’ve been really trying to change my routine where I take 15 – 30 minutes out of my day (easier on the non-baby days) to just go for a walk/run/swim/gym by myself. I live by the beach so even on the darkest of days it is stunning. It’s hard not to feel empowered and revitalised after that!

So for the 12 day detox I’m challenging myself to do AT LEAST 30 minutes of exercise a day, which leads nicely to Rituals and Routines!

Day 3 rituals and routines and do I have a TV Addiction?

By rituals, I mean the things we do everyday without really thinking about them. My Day tends to start a bit like this…

Wake up in a fog, make strong coffee and Reuben’s breakfast, pop the TV on and drink another gallon of coffee while I ‘come to’ and read twitter/fb/whatever on my phone.

I might wash the dishes but if I do that will mean it’s about 10am by the time we’re ready to get out the house.

This has all just become a bit of a ridiculous ritual of starting the day off on the wrong foot and when you’re a stay-at-home/work-at-home mum you have to be a self-starter. For me that means starting my day with purpose!

So the first thing I changed on Tuesday morning (other than no more coffee!) was to switch the TV off! I’m all for a good film or a box set, but I’d started to have the TV on as a) a way to keep Reuben entertained and b) as background noise. I wanted to stop the mindless reliance on TV watching that I was subjecting Reuben to because of my own laziness (I also touched upon this in my recent review of the Go-Go Speaker).

I have Reuben all day on a Tuesday and Friday, so no TV was quite a test and I almost buckled at 6:30am (I’d been up since 5:30 working!) but after some scrambled eggs and a bit of chatter, Reuben was ready to do some independent play and we were well on our way!

Do I have a TV addiction? Facing facts on day 2 and 3 of the 12 Days of Detox!

Who has a TV addiction? Not me!

I did the dishes and got us ready to leave by 9:30am (that’s 30 minutes earlier than usual folks!). I did a 30 minute walk to the Library and back, we played at the park and we came home for lunch. At this point we (I) decided to put on the Jungle Book to watch TOGETHER (I fell asleep!), and as Reuben was jumping on me when I woke up, I just switched it off again.

He then played some more, we read books, and baked some flapjacks. He then did some ‘washing up’ and helped me wash the veg for tea. It was all a bit wholesome and fun! But then at about 5pm I was at my wits end…how do people look after their kids all day everyday without the help of TV?? But we survived, it really wasn’t that hard. Reuben isn’t actually that bothered about TV, he only asked to watch it once at 6:30am so I shouldn’t have it on all the time!!

I think it was harder to wean myself off TV than caffeine – I’m hardly noticing not having the coffee if I’m honest! That is the level of my TV addiction.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that during these 12 Days of Detox I am having a look at my rituals, the things I do everyday without thinking, and trying to start some new, more positive ones!

1. Starting the day off well; I might not be jumping out of bed everyday but cleaning the kitchen and getting out the house earlier, all leads to a better day!

2. Eliminating TV unless it is for a specific reason…we are going to watch this film together, for example, means I’m not imposing my own need for the goggle box on Reuben.

3. And also introducing 30 minutes of exercise back into my day, even if it’s just a walk. If I can’t make 30 minutes for myself in a day, that’s a pretty shitty day, wouldn’t you agree?!

OK, what do you think of Days 2 and 3 of the 12 Days of Detox? Is there anything you would change about your own routine or rituals?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! And don’t forget to take a look back at Day 1, Detox Diet, of the 12 Days of Detox if you missed it.