The first day was the easiest. I was still riding high on all the excitement and all the food I had eaten the day before. I got up in the morning and all I had to do was follow the plan.
It was simple. Make a cup of green tea and drink it. Make a shake and drink it. Then go about my day. About 2 hours later I had an apple. Yum! Later, another shake and more tea. Ok, you can see the plan right there. I don't need to bore you with a play-by-play. But I will add that I still had plenty of energy the first day, so I did part of my scheduled Turbo Fire workout. I got through the rest of the day with no problems, I drank all my water, and I wasn't tired or hungry. Great day!
I got on the scale the second day and was down 2 pounds! What? Awesomeness!!!! I was thrilled. However, my coach had warned me not to workout too much or I would go into "overtraining" mode. This works pretty much like starvation for those of you who haven't heard the term before. So on day 2 I did not workout. I did do some normal household stuff. I did not get really hungry or tired on this day either. But I did get tired of having to pee every 15-30 minutes all day long.
Ok, so my body has always liked to hold water. When I got pregnant with both of my kids, the first thing my body did was add 10 lbs of water weight in the first 2 weeks after finding out. And no, I did not start eating more, it was just water weight. Even since then, I have noticed that my ankles will swell if I sit in a chair (like at dinner) for too long. It is so annoying! I think that maybe I was a sponge in a past life.
Anyway, lots of trips to the bathroom that day. Apparently I had a lot of stored water that still needed to be flushed out. I thought I got rid of most of it when I finally started to eat healthy all the time, but I was obviously mistaken.
So the third day was the hardest. At this point I was tired of drinking shakes all day and wanted some real food. I also got on the scale that morning and saw that I was only down 0.2 lbs. I should have been ok with this because I had lost 2 lbs. the previous day. But I was only kind of ok with it. I think I was starting to get tired and crabby and run down. However, I told myself that this was the last day and then it would be over. So I followed the program.
I did go out and mow my lawn, while my husband and kids helped with raking up sticks and sweeping the patio. I just needed to do something and my backyard was starting to look like a jungle. As a reward, we all went to the pool when we were done. And this is when I started to really feel it. I told my daughter I would go on the slides with her, and oh man was it hard to climb up all those steps to the top. I work out, I've been building up my muscles, but by the time we got to the top, I thought my legs were going to collapse. And since I have the best 6yr-old daughter in the world, she completely understood when I said I could only do that one more time...and after a little break!
By the time we got home, I was exhausted. I felt useless and I wasn't even hungry. So my family had dinner without me, my husband gave my kids a bath and got them tucked into bed, and I tried to choke down my last meal of the day. I felt like a lump. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that it was the end. No wonder you shouldn't do this for more than 3 days.
Now that the cleanse is over, I can say that it was totally worth it. I got on the scale this morning and found that I was down another 1.8lbs which makes a total of 4 lbs. for the weekend. I fit into my next size down jeans. And I can eat again!!!
I also discovered that my natural hunger drive is back in working order (it was a little screwy before). And my natural thirst is back...I haven't had that for years! So I am really thankful to my coach for suggesting this, and to the wonderful friends that I went through this with.
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