30 Day Cleanse Workout

As Easy as it Was Hard

Today was Day 4 of the 30 Day Program and the first day that is not considered the cleanse. In some ways it was much easier. More food made it quite appealing to my stomach, mind and attitude. The plan consisted of morning elixir, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, Dinner, snack. Quite honestly it was too much food! After 3 days of so little, it seemed like over eating.

The difficult part had nothing to do with the food or the recipes, it had to do with my schedule. I had been very privalidged to be able to stay home for the 3 Day cleanse. This made timing of tea, water and smoothie drinking, not to mention the hundreds of trips to the bathroom, very doable. Today however, I had a 3.5 hour real estate training class to attend during what would be snack and lunch. Then between our son’s soccer practice and an open house tour of the middle school our son will most likely attend in the evening, we were left with about 30 minutes to cram in some dinner.

As we entered the real estate class we were greeted by 3 long tables full of bagels, cream cheese, danish pastries, fresh fruit, and coffee and tea service. I glanced and smiled. I had tucked my allowed two hard boiled eggs in my bag and brought my allowed mug of tea, with the plan to refill my tea at a break. I was proud of myself to say the least.

I had eaten my breakfast, had my snack midway through the class and yet, I found myself growing quite tired as the class went on. It wasn’t boring. I have heard the speaker before and really like her delivery, as well as the subject matter. The State of the Market. This particular woman makes predictions each year and is historically 98% accurate. She is educated as much as opinionated. I think it was sitting sedentary for so long after the 3 day detox that was getting to me.

After the class finished up I dashed home and was supposed to make my lunch. Knowing the evening we had in store I chose a quick 55 minute nap instead. I slept like a log! Woke up to an alarm and dashed downstairs to make my grated beet and feta cheese wrap. It was DELICIOUS! No pics today, sorry.

After driving my son to practice I came home to get dinner prepared for us all. Leftovers from the freezer for my husband who is not participating in this challenge, grilled cheese and fruit for my son and I elected for a smoothie as I didn’t have time to make the bokchoy salad with turkey bacon. I plan on making that tomorrow evening instead.

After the open house we came home and got our son doing his homework. I dished him up a promised bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce and then made myself the allowed evening snack. A small smoothie. It was wonderful. I love the variety of smoothies this program has had. Danette May knows what she is doing.

Many in the group are putting away the scales and will not weigh in until day 31. I am on the fence. I may join them, or I may do a 2 week weigh in and then a final weigh in. I’ll keep you posted. Future posts will be a quick check in now that the detox is over.

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

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.