So this post is going to be an honest post about my recent experience with a nutritional cellular cleanse that I recently told you guys a little bit about. I’m not going to sit here and try to pitch you on it, but if you want more information because you are interested, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. This post is really more about sharing my cleanse experience and saying what’s been working for ME.
So, if we are being honest here, after the wedding I kind of went a little bit crazy in the food department and got a little bit lazy in the workout department. I’ve never been hardcore about my diet or exercise routine as it is, but crazy and lazy are really just not a good combination! I ended up gaining over ten pounds in just a couple of months after the wedding, and felt like I had become a gigantic stereotype of that girl who just “let’s herself go” after getting the ring. I did not want to be that girl.
To be even more honest, when the wedding took place, I wasn’t even at my “goal weight” or the weight I imagined myself always being when I got married. Life got in the way, and I didn’t have the self-restraint to say “no” to things I probably should have, or the motivation to say yes to constant exercise (or the wallet to get a personal trainer!)! Yes, I was happy with our wedding and no I wouldn’t change a thing. It was the happiest day of our lives and I won’t ever let some extra pounds try to take that away from me.
But the point that I’m trying to make is that not only did I need to try to get back to my wedding-day weight, I was trying to get back to my weight. Not a weight where I look like I need to eat a burger, or a weight where I just look sick, but the weight where I felt the happiest and healthiest. Please understand that I’m not saying that I’m “fat” or that I’m trying to fat-shame anyone, just that different people have different expectations for what makes them happy, and I wanted to get back to the place where I was happy.
So, getting to the point, I was happily married and unhappy in my skin. I stumbled across a post by my wedding hair/makeup artist where she showed her incredible “Before/After” transformation and I wanted to know what her secret was. I decided to be brave and curious and just send her a quick email to figure out what this secret would be. She of course responded quickly and cheerfully with how incredible her life had been changed and how all the weight had stayed off and she felt absolutely phenomenal and now her husband was doing it and to let her know if I was interested.
The truth is: I WAS interested. I was so interested I couldn’t even take it, but I was also SO skeptical. I’ve done “detoxes” in the past, with reasonable success, but the weight would come back on, or I would be so inexplicably miserable that I would cave after only a few days (the 10 Day Detox was the longest I ever lasted and at the end of it I was dying for a bagel!). I was tired of spending money on “quick fixes” just to binge when the thing was finally over. I don’t think I’m the only one that this has happened to (or at least hope not!).
So I waited… I didn’t respond back right away (other than to just say thank you). I sat on the information for a couple of weeks before I decided I was so fed up with where I was, that I wanted to see where I could be. I took the plunge and ordered the 30-day nutritional cleanse, knowing that it was a risk that I wouldn’t like it or that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it or maintain.
I won’t bore you (or try to sell you) on the details but basically it is a program where you replace two meals with whey protein shakes, then have a healthy meal for your third meal of the day, and have three healthy snacks throughout the day. It also includes two two-day cleanses, which I was sure would be torture, but I learned that I could handle them quite well and they weren’t nearly as bad as I thought. I took a chance on alkalinizing my diet, pouring nutrient dense protein into my body, and intermittent fasting.
And I must say, within the first week and the first cleanse, I was amazed. After less than one week I was already feeling lighter, more energized, and my pants (that I had just bought), didn’t fit anymore…
I was inspired to keep going. I quickly realized that the nearly $300 that I spent on this cleanse, would not be going to waste, and that in fact, I would be saving nearly the same amount in groceries that month. After just 10 days, I was noticing a huge change in my body composition. Even though I hadn’t lost much weight from Day 5 to Day 10, the entire composition of my body had changed and I felt spectacular.
The rest of the month went incredible as well, and at the end of 30 days I had lost 8 pounds and 13 inches. The best part about the 8 pounds? I knew that I hadn’t lost the 20 I wanted to lose in total. If that had happened, I would have known it would have been too good to be true, and too difficult to maintain. I’m thrilled at my progress, and even more thrilled with how my body feels, how I’ve been sleeping, how much energy I have, and the fact that I’ve basically become a morning person (without coffee!).
Yes, there were some things I gave up during the initial stages (sugar, coffee, alcohol), but to be honest, I did cheat a little (I had a couple glasses of wine, I had a piece of cake at a baby shower, I had a couple cups of coffee during a trial), and guess what? It was O.K.! I still lost weight and I was STILL happy! Everything I “gave up” was worth it, and there wasn’t a single thing I craved that I couldn’t have. All of my yucky cravings were gone, and they are still gone (and I’m writing this on Day 39!) and I didn’t die for a bagel at the end of it (still haven’t had a bagel in nearly 2 months now and I don’t actually care!)
At the end of the 30 days, I loved my body and my life again (and I still weigh a tad more than I did at the wedding, yet somehow I feel better and look better…even the hubs noticed without being prompted!) I decided to keep going with the 30-day program until I reached my goal, and then I would focus on maintenance. And how do I know I can maintain it? My cousin, who’s about 12 years older with 3 kids (and a body better than mine!) has been maintaining her baby-weight-loss for FIVE years now! I think I’ve finally found the thing that fits my lifestyle, doesn’t interfere with my work and my food blog (and need for occasional decadent desserts), and doesn’t make me want to snatch a bagel out of my husband’s hands after just a few days. I’ve been converted and I’m loving it!
If you are interested and want more info, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.