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

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.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

The Good, The Bad, and The…

Not so ugly. Today was Day 1 of the 3 Day Cleanse part of the 30 Day Challenge. It was a bit of a rude awakening to my mind when I entered the kitchen and remembered I would not be heating up my daily home-made banana-oatmeal-flax-seed breakfast cookie. I literally eat one every single day of the week unless I am not at home. Accompanied by a steaming cup of English Breakfast tea and I am set for the morning. Not today.

I woke up my son and then headed over to my binder which I left open to Day 1 instructions knowing I would need no excuses. Laid out in front of the binder was the apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, lemon and a coffee mug. I was to put the 3 ingredients in a cup of warm water, drink it down and let the detox begin. Other than being a bit too lemony for my liking it was too bad.

Making my son’s lunch proved to be a little bit distressing. I realize I typically, okay, reality, every single day I lick the peanut butter knife which just so happens to be full of peanut butter before tossing it in the sink. I love peanut butter. Not today. Sandwich made, I sliced his apple. Problem #3. The apples are so large, I slice up 2/3 and put in his lunch and always finish the final 3rd myself. Not today. Lunch made and quickly stashed in his backpack. I made my breakfast smoothie.

As I sit here typing this at 8:48 PM, a whopping 15 hours later, I cannot for the life of me remember what was in the breakfast smoothie. Let’s just say it wasn’t impressionable. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. At least it didn’t make me gag, as I saw some women post on the Facebook page. In fact, nothing I drank today turned out to be all that bad, in my opinion.

I had made a plan that today would be de-clutter the master bedroom closet day, thus I would be occupied. It worked! I spent a couple hours sorting, folding, packing up to donate, folding and re-folding, until all items were safely in the spot I wanted them in. About halfway through my stomach began grumbling as the liquid smoothie had long since made it’s way further down the digestion chain. I distracted myself with 20 oz of water, 1/4th may daily requirement.

Between drinking water, a cup of herbal tea, a cup of dandelion detox tea, a shower, and a run to the bank and post office, I kept my mind off of food. That was until I had to pop into the grocery store to pick up bagels and cream cheese for my wonderful son. I must truly love him. It was 12:00 noon and the Chinese take-out in the deli was going strong. Talk about wanting to eat everything in and out of sight! Aye Caramba!

I refrained from purchasing or sampling anything other than the items I came in for. Home Sweet Home, my refuge. I opened the day and was immediately accosted by the smells of home-made chili wafting through the air. My honey was home and had heated up the leftovers I have taken out of the freezer for him. Oh boy. Now nearing 1:00 PM, I made my lunch time smoothie. I was a little disappointed that it did not have any protein in it. The taste wasn’t bad. Although the name a bit deceiving. Pina Colada? It tasted more like cucumber salad. Thankfully I like cucumbers.

More water in take, a cup of dandelion detox tea, and I was looking good for the day. 3:00 PM arrived and it was time to pick my son up. I envisioned coming back to an afternoon snack. I looked at the schedule and to my dismay there was no afternoon snack. No Snack? On a regular day when I eat a normal lunch, I am prone to having a bowl of home-made popcorn in the afternoon. A bowl. Like a big stainless steel mix your batch of cookie dough bowl. All to myself. Not today.

More water. A few cups of tea to warm me up. I was feeling quite chilled all afternoon.

5:30 PM – The boys headed off to goalie practice and I thought about eating my smoothie while they were away. Instead I once again found a way to occupy myself. Paid some bills, organized some files, and returned a couple of calls. Next thing I new they were on their way home.

I cooked them grilled cheese sandwiches and creamy red pepper tomato soup. As much as I wanted a slice of cheese, I refrained. Not even a crumb of bread. Not today.

I made my dinner smoothie which turned out to be very filling. It had half an avocado, 1 banana, Greek yogurt, spinach, Cacoa (unsweetened pure chocolate), water and ice. Found myself wishing I had drank that one for lunch. I had read several Facebook posts that said it left something to be desired as the chocolate was anything but sweet of course. I decided to make a small splurge and squeezed in just a dash of 100% pure maple syrup. An item that we will be putting in some of our meals after the cleanse. It was good. Not sweet, but good.

Now I am snuggled in bed with a hot cup a tea. Not my usual bourbon. Not today.

30 Day Cleanse Workout

Green$ for the Greens

Morning Wake Up Day 1 Cleanse Drink

Today was shopping day. Thankfully the program, Danette May’s 30 Day Challenge, includes a check list for the 3 Day cleanse. After looking through my kitchen I was able to check off items I already had on hand and then those I needed to purchase. The private Facebook page for participants has also been full of suggestions complete with links to amazon or stores where difficult to find items could be purchased. The program even includes a substitution list for some items you may not be able to get or be unable to stomach.

I elected to purchase the items for the 3 Day cleanse as well as for days 4-7. I imagine I will not want to go to the store after 3 liquid days, in and out. A friend commented that I was thinking ahead. I told her, “No one wants to see me shopping while hangry.” Truth. I had hoped to prep the veggies and pre make the quinoa this evening, but the day got away from me. I decided I would rather lay in bed sipping on my final bourbon and enjoying some dark chocolate pre-cleanse.

I should have added up my receipts, but I didn’t. I also shopped for the family while shopping for me. I would say I spent about $100-130. Some of the items will last into week 2, while others will last well into week 3. I plan to get new veggies each week.

Tomorrow I will get up early and have my first cup of warm lemon water with apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. After getting my guy off to school I will complete the food prep that will make the week a bit easier. Then I will follow the plan for the day: Meditation, smoothie, tea, pilates, water (3/4 gallon no less), smoothie, snack, water, tea, smoothie, water. Sleep and repeat. (Something like that.)

See you tomorrow………………………..