The motivation for a cleanse matters, in my opinion. Yes, it is a mental-thing all the way.
The last Master Cleanse that I did was a few years ago, and my motivation was 1)for the fun of it (as in what cool things will happen today?) and 2) for the cleansing of it/ health of it. I did a 12 day cleanse.
This cleanse, my motivation is weight loss - and it is a whole different animal.
Starting out knowing that you are "sick of how you look" isn't very positive, to say the least. Each day I still am tempted to call it quits, due to the huge mountain that I need to climb.
This cleanse and mental state is for me to draw a line in the sand and tell my body that my MIND is the one in control... not my appetite!
The worst/best part of this cleanse for me is my hightened sense of smell! Cooking for DH is not a problem, I just want to stand over the food and take deep sniff after deep sniff!
Grocery shopping.... smelling restaurant cooking as you pass by.... seeing food in the fridge... all show me just how addicted I am to food.... (Thus, the extra poundage...) Thus, the awful battle going on.
There isn't a "better" time of the year to cleanse, as each season has its times of gatherings with food, or time to put up jams or salsa, or whatever.
It IS all in the mind - it is as simple as that.
This cleanse is INDEED much more challenging for me - thanks for the good reminders and encouragement.