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

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………………………..