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THE SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF DETOXING FRIENDS

As hard as it is, you'll be thanking yourself later. Here's why.

Detoxing Friends.

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Last September, I won a Transformation Makeover, courtesy of a Boston-based trainer and his fitness studio: burninbyray.com.  One lucky winner (me) won a Life Changing Experience that consisted of 16 weeks of unlimited LIIT classes, 16 weeks of prepared meals, full access to personal trainers and the support of a wellness coach… all for free. I felt like I won the Makeover Lottery! I endured 16 hard weeks of daily double work-outs, sore muscles, fatigue, tears, no alcohol & carbs and more tears like a champ, because I knew by January, my newly-toned body would thank me for giving up Chardonnay and other bad food choices.

THE DETOX

While the workouts and clean eating were doing good things for my body, I also realized I needed to do something good for my head and heart. What that meant, was that I needed to give up my “toxic” friends. These were people I actually had in my life who are incredibly judgmental, critical, and definitely threatened by my wanting to improve my health and wellness. I know it may sound ridiculous, but I’ll bet there are many readers out there who have that certain someone who tries to coax you out of a workout by suggesting meeting for drinks or interrogates you about why you’re committing to the gym instead of them. Sound familiar? 

It was a pretty hard decision for me to make because they were my “friends” and we had spent a lot of great times together. Sure, we had a lot of fun and there are crazy stories of wild antics… but I realized all those shenanigans were fueled by drinking and bad choices—things I didn’t want in my life anymore now that my health and transformation were my biggest priority.  So when invites came to grab drinks after work, I simply declined enough times that they got fed up and stopped inviting me. Others I simply ghosted. I did what I had to to protect my energy and focus on me.

Luckily, I discovered Hey! VINA through Instagram and it came at the most perfect time in my life. Now that I had lost about 30 pounds and a handful of Mean Girl friends, I was looking for some new vinas I could hang with to complement my new healthy lifestyle.  I matched with my vina, Erin, in January and we were instant buds  I was lucky enough to find someone who I could enjoy doing healthy things with, like getting coffee or going to a yoga class. More importantly, I found a new friend who really “gets” me, is all about positive energy, is supportive and understanding and enjoys being the best version of ourselves.

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So vinas, I’m here to tell you it’s not worth keeping friends who make you feel like bad. Surround yourself with a new tribe of Wonder Women who support and believe in you, especially when you don’t. It’s that simple! Protect your positive energy and self-worth. Your new bestie is out there and might be waiting to connect with you.

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