I sure have gotten back into the routine of working out!  It’s been killing me, haha!!   I’ve been seeing Dave, my trainer, on a regular basis again – twice a week.  He’s really been kicking my butt!  During this cleanse I have zero inflammation to my knees so he’s having me  do more walk/runs!  My legs are sooo sore.    My rest times between cardio and weights are less now too and he closely watches the time.  Sweat is pouring off by the end of the hour!  I used to get grossed out by all the sweat that literally pours off but now it’s almost like a badge of honor!  Does anyone else feel that way?  In fact sometimes I gauge my workouts by how sweaty I can get. 

I must confess I was a big baby and complainer this week with Dave.  Each time I left dripping in sweat.  My mental status is not in a good place now.  I clearly don’t see the big picture this week.  It plays with my head when I work out doing a lot of cardio and don’t see the results I want on the scale!!!    I can’t believe how much it brought me down yesterday.  This is why I don’t own a scale and am weighed by Dave only.  I’m clearly still unable to use it as just a tool.  It affects my mood in a negative way!  😦

My planned workouts for the next several days looks like this:

Today (Friday) – DAY OFF!!! 

Saturday – 25 mile Bike Ride (all flat)

Sunday – Gym, Treadmill Walk/Runs for 1 hr and some weight training

Monday – Gym, Treadmill Walk/Runs

Tuesday – Workout with Dave

Wedneday – ???

Thursday – Workout with Dave

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Well, it’s official!  I’m now a “poster child” for my trainer’s business.  My before and after pics flash first thing.   To see it, click on this link.  http://www.truhealthandwellness.com

Hopefully by the end of the year a third pic will be up.  The last one showing a total of 165 lbs lost!

Until then, I have another 65 pounds to go.  The pressure is ON!  It’s one thing writing an anonymous blog; it’s another to be out there in front of everyone with your name on it!  🙂

I’m ready to tackle this with the help of Dave, my online friends, my close friends, my co-workers and most of all My God!

I had ZERO motivation for doing any cardio last night!!  I was having an emotional day and wanted to curl up in my warm bed upon arriving home from work!!!  That sounded really good to me.  I even posted on my Facebook status, “Warm Bed or Treadmill?”  I loved the responses.  Half said the warm bed and the other half said both with treadmill being first!  🙂

I changed into my workout clothes as soon as I got home.  Then I played around on the computer for almost an hour.  I kept thinking I promised my trainer Dave that I would do cardio on my own 4 times last week and THIS week.  I only did 3 last week.   I need to step up my “on my own” working out again.  I then passed my mirror and saw my ever shrinking belly (that is still there, just smaller) and thought…I have to workout for that to go away.  My routine and motivation for any cardio in the last 3 months have gone down the tubes….completely!! 

I’ve learned that consistency is more important than what you do or how long you do it!  Exercising on a consistent basis forms a habit.   Someday it will not be thought of as a chore but rather a lifestyle.  Most of the time, it’s still a chore at this point.  Sometimes it’s not..YEAH!!!

I got my butt downstairs to the fitness center at my apt complex and got on the treadmill for 40 mins with an incline of 11 at a  speed of 3.2!  I then sat in the sauna room for 25 mins.  I felt better for doing it.  When I got back in it was to bed!  I felt ZERO guilt laying in bed the rest of the evening.  🙂

Sometimes the motivation is just not there.   Sometimes you have to just do it anyway.  Did I feel better after?  Physically, not really but mentally, 100% YES because I did it anyway!  That’s why I’ve lost 100 lbs so far.  Doing it anyway when I DID NOT FEEL LIKE DOING IT!!

What keeps you going when you don’t want to?  What are your stumbling blocks to make this health journey a lifestyle?

I had several personal goals and reasons for doing this 20 day master cleanse in each area of physical, mental, emotional & spiritual.  I achieved and learned much in each of these categories.

Let’s start with The Physical:

  • I lost 18 1/2 lbs and 10 inches total by day 20 (If I gain anything back due to eating again, it should only be a couple as I’m continuing to eat healthy & take in less than I’m expending in exercise)
  • My tongue is a very pretty pink color (no white film indicates the detox worked)
  • My skin is so soft
  • I have very little if any inflammation in my body
  • I feel ‘clean’ inside; the detox worked
  • I’m only craving healthy & nutritious foods
  • My energy level feels great and higher, as long as I get the proper amount of sleep
  • My knees feel normal, I can bend them with zero swelling (unless I stand or walk too long…inflammation is still an issue but not as bad as prior to the cleanse) For those who don’t know I have Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome & Arthritis in my knees/hips
  • I’m a type 2 diabetic who does not take insulin, when checked, my bs numbers where below 100 most of the time
  • I seem to be wanting to drink water more (prior to cleanse I never thought about it therefore a difficult thing for me to to accomplish)
  • The other physical benefits I won’t know until I get the blood work done through my doctor in August. 

Coming off the cleanse experience:  I really liked squeezing my own oranges for the OJ 🙂 !  All I had on Friday was the fresh OJ.  It certainly acted like a diuretic so I’m sure on Friday I lost at least the other 1/2 lb to be at a 19lb loss.  Saturday morning I had OJ again and began cutting and preparing all the veggies for my vegetable soup.  I’ve never made it before so this was a first for me.  I didn’t follow a specific recipe but looked at many and took what I liked from various ones to make up my own.  Basically here’s what I did to make the soup…

Ingredients:  All fresh from Henry’s and a lot of it was organic.  This is off the top of my head, I may be missing some of the ingredients.  My camera is not working or I’d take a picture of it.  It came out great and I loved it!

  • Organic Leeks
  • Sweet Onion
  • Red & Green Peppers
  • Minced Garlic
  • Organic Celery
  • Plum Tomatoes
  • Organic Zucchini
  • Organic Crimini Button Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Corn cut from the Cob
  • Small White Potatoes
  • Parsley 
  • Organic Low Sodium Veggie Bullion Cubes
  • Distilled Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Veggie Mix of Organic Dried Barely, Lentils, Split Green & Yellow Peas
  • Sea Salt & Pepper

I sauteed the Leeks, Onions, garlic first with some olive oil in the pot for about 7 to 8 minutes, then slowly added the other veggies except spinach and parsley.  In the mean time I dissolved the Bullion Cubes in hot water.  When the veggies were becoming soft I added the veggie broth and distilled water as needed.  When it came to a boil I began adding dried mix of beans/peas then the spinach & parsley.   Let simmer for an hour or so, adding more water or broth when needed.  I kept trying the broth for flavor.  Adding the salt & pepper to taste.  Loved it!

I was able to eat some of the broth by 11:00am and then have the full on soup with the soft veggies by 2:00pm!  Had another bowl of soup later around 6:00 or so.  My system took it very well.  No problems.

Sunday I woke up and had the last of my freshly squeezed OJ and some honeydew melon a nectarine and a few grapes.  It was heaven!  I had fruit and soup most of the day.  Last night I tried my first raw salad with some oil & vinegar.  It was very good.

Today so far I’ve had some fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapes and nectarine!  Had a snack bag size of unsalted roasted and raw cashews, almonds, peanuts, pistachio, hazelnut & filberts with a little raw shaved coconut!  Been munching on that most of the day.  Had a salad just now with balsamic vinaigrette.  I think I ate too much salad as I became full.  I also put too much of the balsamic on it.  I will scale that back next salad.  I haven’t felt full in 24 days!  Opps…I’m learning.  I even used a smaller bowl than before the cleanse.  Guess still too much. 

In an upcoming post I’ll share the emotional & mental aspect of what I went through and learned during this cleanse.  This is the harder post to write as I seem to have had the most benefits in this area.  I want to be able to articulate what I’ve learned as the emotional eater that I am!

Wow!  I can’t believe I did it!  20 days, who knew?!  I feel amazing physically as well as proud of myself.  I’ve got my grocery list for buying the ingredients for the veggie soup I can have while coming off the cleanse.  Coming off the cleanse is very important as to not upset your digestive system and get sick. 

Here’s my plan for the next few days:

1st day:   oranges

  • I’ll be drinking Fresh Squeezed OJ, slowly and lots of water.  I can have the lemonade if I choose….I’m guessing, not. 
  • I’ll be making my Veggie Soup tomorrow as well.  It will be hard to make and smell it without eating it until Saturday. 

 

   2nd day:  Veggie Soup1

  • Morning – Fresh Squeezed OJ, slowly and lots of water
  • Afternoon – Veggie broth only
  • Evening – Veggie broth w/all the soft veggies…YAY!!

 

3rd day:   salad1

  • Morning – Fresh Squeezed OJ & Fresh Raw Fruit
  • Afternoon – Veggie Soup
  • Evening – Veggie Soup with a Raw Salad, dressing will be a little Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

 

4th day:  Outback

  • Morning – Fresh Raw Fruit & Nuts
  • Afternoon – Raw Salad with salad beans and Oil & Vinegar Dressing
  • Evening – Outback Steakhouse!  I can’t wait to eat a good Rib-Eye Steak!  Of course my stomach is the size of a peanut now…hahaha…I’ll only be able to have like 3 bites of it or I’ll get sick!

 

So that’s the plan for coming off of the cleanse.  I have so many thoughts about what I’ve experienced in the last 20 days.  I can’t wait to share them all with you in future posts!  What I can say to you now is, it was a total success in my eyes.  I grew spiritually, emotionally, and physically (well not grew, lol I shrank! but gained knowledge).

These last four days are killing me!  Hahaha.  When I first started I knew I needed to just settle in as it was gonna be a long ride, therefore the great mindset and attitude.  Now that I’m so close to the finish line…I’m anxious for this to be over!  This means I’m a tad more grumpy…

Had a great workout both Friday and Sunday!  Friday I did 35 mins between the elliptical and the recumbent bike as well as 45 mins in the pool doing laps.  Sunday I did 50 mins between the elliptical and bike with 35 mins in the pool doing laps!  I tried my under water lap, which I haven’t done in so long.  Not there yet but getting closer.  I’m able to swim on top of the water and get all the way across with no breaths (25 meters)! 

I had a very emotional bad day on saturday.  Fought with a friend, which left my heart heavy.  Going through this cleanse for 20 days has taught me, should I say forced me, to not go to food to relive me from my emotions….UGH!!! 

Short post, just wanted to say I’m looking forward to eating some good healthy foods.  I’m craving beef, salad with everything, watermelon and raspberries!  I kinda want a baked sweet potato too…oh and some nice grilled smoked salmon…oh yea that would be nice!

Ok, I have to stop thinking about food…

I’m on day 10 of my 20 day cleanse!  Whoohoo, I made it half way!  I have to say today is the first day I’m grumpy and don’t want to be on this anymore!  Last night I got pretty frustrated, irritated and angry at a few trivial situations.  My mood was worse I think being on the clease because I couldn’t go to food!  Good news is this, as an emotional eater since I was on the cleanse I couldn’t go to food. 

I went to the gym to see if that would relieve some of the stress.  I really didn’t want to go as it was getting late and didn’t have the amount of time I normally want before it closed.  I wanted to make sure I had pool and sauna time with my workout.  I did 30 mins on lvl 4 of the elliptical and bike at high speeds.  I also swam for 35 mins freestyle with my pull-buoy.  I got in about 15 mins of the sauna.  Pretty much had a bad attitude during the whole workout as I couldn’t find my MP3 player that I was sure I put in the gym bag!  No music….AHHH!  Fortunately a friend called and talked with me for 25 minutes!  That really helped to distract me.  He was telling me all about the exercise he’s now doing and the foods he’s now trying to stay away from.  I seem to be inspiring those around me with my new choices and by seeing the results in me with my weight loss.

Speaking of inspiring others, I was so excited to find out how my two co-workers did on starting the cleanse today.  They both caved on day two!  One went to the Big San Diego Fair on Day One and did just fine.  I thought that was brave of her.  She caved on day two, Father’s day, because she was cooking all the food for the BBQ that was at their house.  She was fine until she brought out the homemade baked beans and deviled eggs she had just made.  Apparently her favorites.  She couldn’t do it and ate the baked beans and eggs!  The other co-worker said he did great on day one and drank a lot of the lemonade.  Father’s day on Sunday was the culprit for him as well.  The event he attended gave out this really big delicious looking sugar cookies to all the dad’s.  He said it was staring at him on the drive home on the passenger seat of his car.  He caved and ate the cookie!  They both want to try again another time perhaps. 

This cleanse is definately not as easy as some say.  I can’t tell you exactly why I’ve been able to do it execpt that I made a committment to myself, to God and my trainer that I would do this.  Also because I want the benefits I’ve talked about in earlier posts.  I have the right mind to accomplish this task for sure…..without it I would have caved as well, I’m sure of it.  The only reason I’m not giving up is that I’ve gone 10 days and don’t want to stop now even though I want food now please!