30 Day Cleanse Workout

30 Day Challenge Success

Okay, so I didn’t post daily. Honestly, I imagined you getting bored with the day to day minutia of my eating habits. I know, I did. I would say this, I am 3 full weeks in and about to round the corner of the final week of the challenge. I have stuck by, oh about 80-85% of the plan. A friend texted me her 3 week after photos with her day 1 before photos, and so I too took mine. Sorry, not posting them.

There is a notable difference! I can see a change, a reduction in the front lower belly fat which my stretch marks, from two children and multiple surgeries due to cancer, cling to. Also, my waist is slimmer with a bit of an hour glass effect that was not there 3 weeks ago. My pooch is all but gone when I take the side shot. Woot! Woot!

I am down 8lbs over all. I am afraid that may change in week 4 for the worse not the better, due to my cheats. Confession #5-9 or more. I resumed my nightly bourbon and dark chocolate habit (although I did not eat my allowed after dinner snack for the program). We had a long weekend in Vegas for a soccer tournament and I drank 4 vodka sodas in addition to my bourbon. Last weekend I went to the ocean with 13 other women for a planning session. I stuck to the food diet (did that pretty well in Vegas also), but consumed oh, about 6 glasses of white wine, sparkling and not.

I have stuck to the workout 100%, I have maintained the morning ACV (apple cider vinegar) elixir, 80-100 ounces of water, and two cups of detox dandelion tea, every single day. All of my cheats seem to be alcohol related. I did give up beer and plan to discontinue drinking it for now. Going forward I am thinking only bourbon on week nights and leave a glass of wine or a cocktail for the weekend if at all.

Considering my cheats I a very pleased with the results. The food/menu is something I will incorporate going forward for sure. Delicious! The workouts are great and I will do them at least 3 times a week while going for a run the other days to keep it real. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to reset their gut, their portion sizes, and jump start a healthy diet and exercise program. In my opinion you shouldn’t just do it 30 days and go back to your old habits, but plan to make some of the changes permanent going forward, forever. That is the way to lose weight, and keep it off.

Healthy eating, regular exercise, and alcohol (if at all) in moderation. It’s a good thing.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

30 Day Challenge Day 5-8

These days have been a breeze. Not a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day, breeze. More like a walk in the park, breeze. Days 4-7 were lined out in the first email giving instructions for the 3 day detox. It was an easy transition from daily smoothies, to more smoothies and a couple small meals. The difficult part was the added snacks. I am not used to eating every 2-3 hours.

I still find it hard to believe that women do this while working a full time job. This is not to say that I am not working. (Please, real estate clients reading this, understand, I am working. But, I have the luxury of working from home with my kitchen (and my bathroom) within a few feet of my office. All ingredients and the appliances needed to create these meals (and they are many) are within my reach. Not to mention I can hop up and make these meals/snacks at any given moment.

The recipes have been wonderful. Easy to follow and quite delicious. The most prominent change thus far for me is the lack of sweet (sugar) in sauces, marinades and such. The cleanse has balance or neutralized my palette and I no longer crave what little sugar I was having before. The smoothies, while they have fruit, have only a little fruit and thus, they are not overly sweet. I don’t even miss it! In fact, I think I like them better this way.

The second hugest thing (in the words of our current President), is the feeling of being satisfied after every meal or snack. Not full. Not bloated. Not hungry. Not wishing for more. Satisfied. What a lovely and contented feeling! I have also found that I eat more slowly. Notably chewing each bite and savoring the texture as much as the flavor. In slowing down, I find that I am done when the food is gone and I do not feel the desire for a second portion.

My will power, having grown by leaps and bounds, now resists the temptation to lick the peanut butter or nutella off the knife when making my son’s lunch every morning. I no longer finish the apple I have sliced simply for because it is there, uneaten, unable to fit in his small lidded bowl that goes in his lunch box. I wash my hands rather than lick my fingers when creamy curry sauce which I am cooking finds its way onto my hands. You might think I am going a bit over board here, but I think it is the reset of a bad habit which had gotten out of hand. One taste leads to a bite, which leads to another, and another. Before I know it I have eaten a small plate before dinner is even served. Now, I am able to eat my full meal, guilt free, knowing I have not sabotaged my waistline for the sake of tasting.

Day 8 kicked off week 2 of the program. With it came new recipes, a new meditation, and a new workout. So far, the recipes I have tried have been delicious! The peanut butter balls are divine and go well with a cup of black coffee in the afternoon. The workout is challenging but not too difficult. I can feel my energy picking up and my waist whittling down. It’s a good day!

30 Day Cleanse Workout

Quickie Day 5

Today was a breeze. The fact that the meals now consist of more than a smoothie and there are snacks makes it easier to get through the day. I still don’t know how women who work outside the home are doing this. I have the luxury of making my breakfast at a reasonable hour and then doing the Pilates workout. My Vitamix makes the smoothies easy peezy too! Can’t imagine taking that to work with me. Let’s just say I am counting my blessings.

I am feeling like the 3 meals and 3 snacks is a bit much and worried I will regain the 4 lbs I lost. I am trying to trust the program and not get on the scale or alter the plan. I am looking forward to adding back more exercise as I am used to doing a bit more. Looks like next week includes a run. YAY!

Tonight’s dinner has sauteed Bok Choy and turkey bacon among other ingredients. I have never had Bok Choy, but the photo on the recipe looks pretty darn good. I am optimistic that I will like it.

Keep on truckin’ peeps!

30 Day Cleanse Workout

I think I can, I think I can….

Yesterday was Day 3 of the cleanse. My apologies for not blogging at the end of the day. I was tired. Instead I spent a little time listening to my son read to me and then crawled in bed with a cup of chamomile tea and my hubby. A lovely way to end the day.

I labeled the 3 Day Detox like this:

Day 1 – Apprehensively Optomistic

Day 2 – Famine stricken child in a 3rd World Country.

Day 3 – Everybody’s Cheerleader

That is how it has felt. Day 3 I woke up feeling as tired as Day 2 and yet, I knew it was the final day of the detox part and thus had a spark of what must have been endorphins or adrenaline or both. Each meal (smoothie) was met with joy and anticipation of the food coming on Day 4. This is not to say I felt deprived, I didn’t. The smoothies, for the most part, have actually tasted good. Beside that one glorified flavored water, they were hearty and yummy.

For Day 3’s lunch it was sauteed quinoa, spinach and a bit of chopped mango on top. Quite delicious, actually. I found by slowing down and savoring each bite I was full before the bowl was empty. Imagine that! I chatted with a fellow friend in the challenge and she agreed, slowing down is the key to eating less.

We live in a busy world people. All of us for our own reasons rush through meals. The idea of a 3 hour meal to me means way too much food, but maybe not. Maybe it actually means tasting each bite, chewing it up and setting your utensil down in between. Throw in a but of conversation as well and the time could fly by. The key would be wine in moderation, now that could be tricky.

My afternoon snack on Day 3 was once again a cup of Sacred Hot Cocoa, as Danette calls it. The first day I thought it was bland at best and disgusting a better description. Danette does recommend purchasing her signature Cacoa Bliss, which I did not. It’s possible her’s tastes better. It is a mix of pure cacoa, tumeric and cinnamon. Not sure of the amounts used. So, for this time around I used almond milk. instead of water, the suggested 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 tsp pure maple syrup, my cacoa, added tumeric and cinnamon and brought it all to a light boil while stirring. After turning the heat off I used my frother (typically used to make a foam froth for a cappaccino or latte) to be sure it was well mixed.

I actually found it to be quite tasty. Still a bit powdery from the pure cacoa. Now sugar to melt that stuff. I think the next time I will reduce the amount of cacoa a little but.

Dinner ended the day with a smoothie. Although it wasn’t a meal per say, it was quite delicious once again. I went to bed feeling good.

Confession #2

I ate one square of 72% Dark Chocolate at bedtime with my tea. Yep, I did.

Not on the plan, nope.

That ends Day 3. Next up Day 4…….weigh in to see how the detox went. Stay tuned.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

Chew, chew, chew! Day 2 Detox

I’ll get right to the point, breakfast kind of sucked. Not taste wise, texture wise. Day one consisted of a smoothie for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch and a smoothie for dinner. They varied in ingredients, size and texture, but all erred on the side of a thick consistency. Breakfast this morning was glorified flavored water. Healthier than most I imagine as it had mint leaves, fresh ginger, and cucumber mixed into 2 cups of water. I added ice as I knew I would need at least that. My hopes were dashed when the added ice did little to the consistency of the drink. To top it off it made it cold. Duh. I know. This time of year I prefer hot drinks, but a hot ‘refresher’ (as this recipe was labeled) made my stomach turn.

I sucked it down, all of it. I had to. It was all I was getting besides the morning elixir, detox tea and about 40-60 ounces of water until lunch time. My energy was low from the moment I woke up. Hadn’t slept well. I did the bare minimum and couldn’t help but wonder if those who were at work doing this have their own set of advantages. Mainly, distraction and a reason to keep moving.

I drove my son to school. Upon returning home I forced myself to head to my home office to get a bit of work done. I am knee deep in editing a piece of writing for a reading at a book launch this Friday. My very first publication, a chapter in an Anthology entitled, True Stories. As soon as it is available for order I will edit this post with a link. All things told I worked for about three hours, all the while considering going to lay down for a nap. My cozy bed was calling my name. Clothes and all, which for me says a lot. Normally I overheat when trying to sleep. Today I felt nothing could get between me and a little shut-eye if I only I would let myself go lay down. I persevered.

Lunch did not disappoint, but then how could it after breakfast? Never have I been so happy to drink a green smoothie! The consistency was thick, smooth and it tasted good too. The main ingredients were avocado, pear, spinach, ginger, lemon, cilantro, Greek yogurt and coconut water. It filled a very large beer pint with a bit for seconds. I drank it all.

Confession #1:
I Took A Nap

I say #1 as I imagine as this month goes on I will accumulate more than this one confession. Honestly, I do not know if naps are a forbidden no, no but it felt a little like cheating when I was perusing a few of the posts on the group Facebook page. Other women, stronger women packing their blenders to work no less, holding meetings, reaching goals, even baking breakfast sweets for a living! And here I was in the luxury of my home, everything at my fingertips, including my nice cozy bed. I slept for 60 minutes and knew, whether they knew it or not, my family thank me for the sacrifice.

MAJOR WIN #1
The dinner I made for my husband and son:

And the Day 3 Detox dinner I made for myself.

I stuck to the plan. A total win in my book. I ate my ‘chew-able’ meal and it tasted good. I love spicy so I added a little more red pepper flakes than suggested. The dinner for my husband and son, looked and smelled A-Mazing! I did not take one single taste. A small potato called my name as I dished up their plates. I had it in my fingers. I nearly plopped it on my tongue. And then, my inner goddess said, “What the hell are you doing? You are stronger than this. Why sabotage yourself? You made a plan. You bought the ingredients. You have nearly made it through 2 days without a single hiccup. You don’t want that potato.” I set it down. Went to the table and enjoyed every bite of my special meal. The meal that says, I care about myself. I care about my health. I care about my body. And dag-nabbit I’m sticking to the plan!

I am finishing up the day with my final warm water with ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), fresh squeezed lemon and cayenne pepper. I will have a cup of hot tea in bed, most likely while my honey sips bourbon again. It’s okay, I’ll have some. Just not yet.