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Before I left for India, I wanted to experiment with a juice cleanse.  The Dailey Method sells the BluePrintCleanse, so I read some of their reviews and testimonials online.  I was a little worried because, well…can juice really give you all the nutrients you need??  Deep down, before I tried it, I didn’t think so.  However, I needed something to get back to where I was – I needed to not crave sugar, and doing it on my own wasn’t really working.  I was eating so badly after I got back from India.  I definitely took a few trips to the grocery store and bought a whole box of Andes Mints and ate all of them.  Yes…you read that right.  I ate all of them.  On more than one occasion.  Yikes!  I was definitely in a bad place.

So I went for it.  The site was pretty easy to navigate and ordering was easy.  There are 3 “levels” of cleanses: easy, medium, and hard (those are my words, not theirs).  I chose the “medium” route, doing their Foundation Cleanse for 3 days.  At first, I was thinking of doing 5 days, but I was a little scared of not eating for that long.  Everyday, I was to have 6 juices.  For the Foundation Cleanse, the order of juices everyday was as follows: (1) Green Juice (2) P.A.M – Pineapple, Apple, Mint (3) Green Juice (4)  Spicy Lemonade (5) Green Juice (6) Cashew Milk.  The nutrition facts are here.

I did this back in February, but I took pretty good notes of how I felt.   So here goes:

Day 1:

I started the day off with some warm water, which they recommended.  Then I had the Green Juice around 8:15 am.  It was actually pretty easy to get down, which was nice since this was the greenest and likely the most nutritious of all the juices.  I figured if I could get that down, everything would be pretty easy. In between my first and second juices, I had some water.  Around 10:45 am, I felt hungry again.  At 11:00 am, I had my P.A.M.  THis was absolutely delicious!  Around 12:30pm I had some green tea, which was also allowed, which held me over until 2:00 pm.  That is when I had the green juice.  At 3:30 pm, I had some more green tea.  Juice #5, Spicy Lemonade was really good and it had a great kick.  I had that around 5:20 pm.  Around 7:00 pm, I had the green juice again with 1/4 of an avocado – which was also allowed.  At 8:20 pm, I had my last juice, the cashew milk.  Timing was pretty close to the previous one, but I had it because I was supposed to finish my juice for an hour or 90 minutes before I went to bed (I forget, and I can’t find it on the website).  The cashew milk was awesome.  It was pretty thick, especially towards the end, but I’m surprised I liked it because I’m not the biggest cashew fan.  It had cinnamon in it, which was great!

The best part of the first day is that I wasn’t hungry at all!  At that time, I was feeling that I could do it for 5 days if I wanted.  However, I did do a good job of prepping beforehand by not eating really crappy.

However, I did have a dream that night that I accidentally ate some real food, hehe.

 

Day 2

I won’t get into as much detail here, but overall the day went pretty well.  I did a better job of spacing my juices out.  After having Juice #4, Spicy Lemonade, I was really starting to crave the texture of real food.

I did feel hungrier that day, however, I was drinking less water.

 

Day 3

I started my day a little later, so I was a bit worried that I was going to have to rush things.  Again, after drinking the Spicy Lemonade, I started craving texture.  I was also tired and had some headaches.  And let’s just say what was going in was definitely coming out.  By this point, I was ready to be done with the cleanse.

 

I lost about 4 lbs on the cleanse, which was nice.  However, I did gain some back after I started eating again, which made sense based on calories.  I was actually surprised that the first day was my best day in terms of how I felt.  I had read the opposite in most reviews.

I’m happy to say, though, that the BluePrintCleanse did help me to rid myself of sugar and processed foods to get back on a Paleo-ish track, which was my main reason for doing it in the first place.

I would love to hear what you guys think of my experience!

 

 


As I mentioned in my previous post, I have had various experiences with trying to get in shape. Nothing really stuck, and I just figured that working out just wasn’t my “thing”. I’m just not “one of those people” who worked out…right?

Around February of this year, I started to feel really negative and depressed about my eating habits, lack of exercise, and increasing waistline. I was sitting on my couch after watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which was definitely motivating and inspirational in its own right, and I decided that it was time to literally get moving. Then the “reality” set in. I thought to myself, “I’ve never kept anything up, what makes me think I will this time?”, “I can’t exercise because of my foot”, and, “I’ll just eat really healthy, maybe try juicing, Weight Watchers, or just anything so that I don’t need to workout”.

Then, a recent memory popped into my head. I was having dinner with friends and overheard a friend talking about how she usually gets up early in the morning 2-3 times a week to work out. Then I realized that this friend not only is married, has a full-time job, and a home to maintain, but she also has 3 young kids. So what exactly is my excuse? That I “can’t” get up until 7am every morning because I need sleep? Hmmm…most of the world is able to get up early, so again, what is my excuse?

Then…I had a moment of clarity. I am just looking for excuses when, in reality, I have none! I knew it the whole time, but I just didn’t want to accept it.

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So, I finally came to ACCEPT that I have no excuses besides laziness. I want to look and feel fabulous, but I don’t want to put in any work. So I can either stay that way and pay the consequences, either now or later, or I can do what I CAN do. I have no control over what may happen in the future, but I can control what I do now.

That is how my journey towards healthy living began. I am happy to say that in less than four months I have seen positive results through exercising and eating healthier. These are not just physical changes but also mental changes. I am so much happier after I workout and throughout the day. I’m less irritable and less irritating. I am much more motivated to do work simply because I started my day off right by exercising and eating a healthy breakfast! When I feel sluggish, I drink some water or eat some fruit or nuts instead of going to the vending machine.

Sounds easy, right? HA! Not so much, but re-training habits is definitely hard work. The good news is that it gets easier! Don’t get me wrong, I have cravings for junk food and mornings that I just sleep in and don’t work out. However, I no longer allow those choices to become long-term habits.

Please share your own motivating experiences and/or challenges with keeping up regular exercise and diet. I’d love to hear them!



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