Well, isn’t that just a hoot. I never posted my wrap-up to my cleanse! I did make it to the end, and I will say with all honesty that I had mixed feelings about it.
I did enjoy the feeling of eating?…. let’s be serious, there wasn’t a lot of eating. A lot of drinking, and not enough eating. That was a major drawback for me. I have come to the conclusion that VEGAN I will never be, and I am okay with that. I tried it, and it really did work… it’s just not my cup of tea. I lost 11 pounds and 6 inches (waist, hips, bust). But I missed protein, and my energy level was only awesome when I supplemented with extra protein. It did highlight my addiction to carbs (because really, there is NOTHING sadder and mentally painful than crashing down from carbs) so I feel like I have a much-improved outlook on how to ration my carbs to a healthy level. Ingesting no sugar was also interesting, and while it did not affect me as much as the carb detox (still having bad flashbacks!), it was an eye-opener. Again, the take-away was being more mindful of sugar in my diet.
I spent the last few weeks kind of wandering. Not back to Weight Watchers, not doing a cleanse, and having good days and bad days. One thing I am excited about is the hubs and I invested in The Total Gym. really. I have to say I was on the fence about it, but darn it if we haven’t worked out on that thing almost every day since we got it. Since I am still struggling with ongoing issues with my foot, it’s a good way to work out without stressing out the tootsies. Can I just tell you how awesome is it to just stretch on that thing after a workout? Heaven.
What’s next? Well, I like the idea of meal replacement with a shake, so I have a very good internet friend who introduced me to Shakeology. I plan to try that for awhile as I gradually nurse my injuries back to 100% and get fit enough to delve into a more rigorous exercise regimen.
It’s been a few days since I last checked in, and I got through the weekend fairly well.
I decided to modify my cleanse on Saturday and Sunday to include one sensible meal (dinner). This was for two reasons, primarily because I was out on Saturday (not home to make the power shake) and Sunday I was feeling a little nauseated and run down. I wanted lean meat and a vegetable so that was my dinner on both evenings in place of the shake (no carbs, no dairy, no sugar). The rest of the days I stuck with the plan, and amazingly I felt much better with the additional food beyond the flex options.
So, the one thing that surprises me about this plan is I really feel less hungry as the days go on. I also noticed that my intense need for bread(carbs) and sugar has decreased A LOT. I’m not sure if it’s a mind over matter thing, or my body is now breaking the cycle of addiction? This is the first time in my life I have been successfully able to cut carbs out totally. I really never could do it because the craving was so overwhelming before. What will happen when I slowly introduce carbs again (albeit in careful moderation)? I am going to try to be very mindful of this.
So, it’s Day 7 and I am three days to the end of my 10-Day Transformation. I am thinking about what I will do going forward but have not made any decisions yet. Since I skipped some shakes in the last week, I will have extra… so I think I will finish it out in the same fashion as I did this past weekend. Shakes for breakfast/lunch, and a sensible dinner. Speaking of the power shakes… I’m really starting to not like the taste. I KNOW, it’s an awful thing to say. When I started this plan, I was mixing them with almond milk and fruit to “hide” the taste but now I have gone the way of preparing with water and guzzling them. They are not awful, but it’s just getting easier to think of them as “nutrition” ….just down them and move on.
The one major thing I have also learned? I could never be 100% vegan. Sorry folks, my preference is protein from lean meat. While I will never be a poster child for this program, it so far has been a great experience.
Onward! Looking forward to the next check in.
Day 3… and it’s way better than Day 2. I still have a mild headache, but it’s tolerable. I normally weigh myself once a week, but I’ve been doing it daily just to document the highs and lows for the 10 days. I am down 4.7 pounds so far.
Last night was really hard. I drank all of my shakes and followed the plan to a “T”, but I was STARVING. The flex foods weren’t enough either. I was ready to chuck everything out of the window and have some pasta. I really think that I am being slammed with a double whammy of caffeine and carb withdrawal. I felt sick, and figured maybe a few nuts would get me back in my right mind. I had a small handful of almonds, and it made a world of difference. I am thinking that since I am very overweight, the drastic cut in caloric intake is rebooting my insides and creating a tug-of-war!
Yesterday, I spoke about the fiber blend- and just to mention… I mixed it with a small amount of organic pineapple juice, water, ice, and a dash of unsweetened coconut. That made it MUCH more palatable…..
It’s a great feeling that I am sticking with this. I am hoping to have more good news to share tomorrow!
I’m hungry. Worse than that, I am having a bit of caffeine withdrawal, so my head is pounding. Maybe I’m not hungry as much as I am headachey! Hard to tell… but I know this is temporary so not ready to throw in the towel yet.
On the upside, I made it through Day 1. Today, I am going to try to space out my flex foods and get a little creative with preparation. Searching the Internet, I found a lot of great ideas on how to pump up the shakes so that there is variety in taste. I can see that this might get old real quick without thinking outside the box.
Another note to self (and whomever might read this), the Daily Fiber Blend mixed with room temp water? Yeah, that was a no go. I heard that mixing it with something else might make it a little more palatable. So, I’ll try that tonight, and report back with my thoughts.
I hear the first four days are the hardest. I’m going to take it hour by hour for now!