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

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.