A very good friend of mine, Catherine, told me about a cleanse she was planning to do. So, I told her I'd try it out with her. We ordered it off of this website and were both a little nervous about trying it! However, We did decide we were going to blog about the experience and share it with you week by week and perhaps we would include some before, during, and after photos... maybe... possibly... depending on how they look! I was pretty sad about my before photos. Thus no photos will be posted until post cleanse...if I look good in them and I'm not scared to show all of you my tail at its heaviest.
I am currently the heaviest I have ever been... YIKES. I don't think I am at an unhealthy weight, its just not the weight I am used to and for the wedding I want to feel GREAT! I mean shoot what girl doesn't want her new hubby to think..." Man, my wife looks GOOD!" I think Michael and I have both caught the health bug and so we are working hard, together, to be fit for our day! Which is really nice because otherwise I would cheat on my diet and be the first person in line for Orange Leaf Yogurt, and then take a trip to any place that sells pizza and beer. Michael may or may not have cheated with a day 7 pancake celebration. I woke up to the pancake aroma, and in my crazed carb lacking state, I almost licked the remaining batter reminisce of the stove. Clearly Michael underestimated my carb sniffing snout and didn't think I would catch on to the fantastic smell of pancakes after no sugar and no carbs for a week... wrong sir WRONG!
These are 2 vices that no matter what diet and how fit I am I will ALWAYS love pizza and ice cream. Even during pageantry I LOVED pizza. It was so hard to find a healthy way to sneak a bit of pizza here and there and also get down to pageant weight. My pageant weight was typically around 108-110. Which is pretty small for me considering I typically weigh around 120. However, at the start of cleanse week I weighed in at 126. Good news is I had lost weight pre-cleanse. I started doing Pure Barre when I got up to 131 and couldn't lose a pound...not one...not a half of one. Really? YES REALLY. I was running my tail to death in the gym and couldn't drop any LBS. I was certain I had totally ruined my metabolism with pageant diets and stress, etc and then entered Pure Barre. I lost 5 pounds in about 3 months and kept it off during the holidays, hooray, and then started this little cleansing project! Girls... If you have a Pure Barre in your area... don't walk there.... RUN and take a class. You will be addicted, and love it! Its fantastic. Its basically an hour a day of therapy wrapped into weight training, great music, and burning of every muscle you never knew you had! It's a wonderful stress reliever too! Check it out here!
Sooo... Now on to the cleanse! Week 1 has been tough, I am not going to lie to you about that! However, week one is mostly ridding your body of the cravings you have for carbs and sugar. You eat very clean, very planned meals and smoothies. Its actually very simple in theory but extremely hard when everyday I smell pizza, Jimmy Johns, buffalo wild wings, or any other assortment of foods my co-workers are snacking on in the cubes around me! Even though I wanted to really bad I have not cheated yet because..... DROM ROLL PLEASE... I am already down to 123 LBS in WEEK ONE! Whoop Whoop! Now I know that not all that weight will stay off post cleanse, but the idea is to break your self of the cravings by practicing 21 days of regimented eating. So, post cleanse I will be doing the diet mentioned here by the lovely Stephanie! After eating 3 weeks like a bunny rabbit, moving on to Steph's plan will be great! We can add new yummy foods we haven't seen in a while but still be working to keep the weight off and slim down! Hello best of both worlds, its nice to finally meet you!
So gals if you are interested in trying a good cleanse go here and order it from the same website Catherine and I ordered from. It has been a fun little project so far and I'm definitely interested to see if 21 days of this continues to have great results! More updates coming your way after week 2!