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

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.