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

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.