So earlier I posted about my 3 day cleanse and how it all goes down. Basically it’s 3 days of unicorns and sunshine right? NOPE! So I wanted to do a follow up of what was really going through my mind during all of this so called cleansing of my temple.
It’s fucking hard! Day one you’re totally pumped and all “I SO GOT THIS” and then 2pm sets in and you’re thinking, “I’m an absolute Moron!” Negative thoughts begin to set in, like why am I doing this again? What was my plan here? What the F was I thinking? And then you get to eat and you’re golden for another 2 hours...and then the doubt sets in again. This is a vicious cycle over & over again for 3 days. But don’t worry, there’s hope! Here’s how to survive. Just follow my rules...
Rule #1: Don’t do a workout the morning of Day 1 like INSANITY! It was only after I completed the workout that I decided to complete the 3 day refresh. Shaun T does that to you. He makes you think you can do anything! Damn him!
Rule #2: Plan on doing nothing. I’m serious, talk your kid into watching Disney’s Moana, all the extra’s on the DVD, and then watch Trolls, followed by all the extra’s and maybe even the Party version, and then see if you can sneak in some My Little Pony on Netflix. I’m not kidding, I totally did this. I was good with energy in the mornings but then the afternoon my body was like NOPE.
Rule #3: If you can, try to schedule this while you’re at work. Day 3 I was so distracted with being busy that I almost forgot to eat at one point. It’s great to have distractions that don’t involve a lot of physical movement.
Rule #4: Make your significant other get your kid their toast with butter at 8pm at night. OMG, you should’ve seen me spreading that delicious creamy yellowness on the toast. It smelled SO GOOD! I held strong! I even cut it into little squares per my Princess’s request. She’s seriously spoiled!
Rule #5: Don’t take little bites here and there of your kids lunch/snacks. It’s only 3 days, you can do this! Stick to the plan. I made V a cheese crisp and a little piece fell off and I had it in my hand. It seemed so natural to put it directly in my mouth. But I stopped and thought, NO. Stay strong!
Rule #6: Don’t plan any big events. You need your energy, plus you might say something you didn’t mean out of being #hangry. Just stay home, don’t shower, and watch Trolls again.
Rule #7: COLON BLOW!!! Come on you laughed. This is what you think is going to happen right? But really, that’s not the case at all. Yes I pooped, but nothing out of the norm. There’s a packet that you mix with cold water and then chug, called Fiber Boost. To me, all I saw were the words COLON BLOW, aka, “sitting on the toilet all day long.” Bahahah! Why is that so freakin' funny to me? Sorry, my inner 5 year old keeps coming out. But really it just gets stuff moving and shaking. I was gassy, but honestly I think it was the broccoli I ate and not so much the shakes I was drinking. So rule of thumb when you’re going to fart, go in another room. It does tend to be a little more richer than normal.
Rule #8: Get encouraging friends. 2 of my BF’s checked in on me, one told me “You’re a ⅓ of the way there, no reason to stop now!” In my head I’m staring at my kids, kids meal from McD’s and thinking, oh I have reasons. I could so eat that right now and no one will know. (insert evil laugh) Except…. I would know, I would know that I wasted a day all for what? McDonalds? Gross! If I was going to cheat it’d better be for something amazing! But guess what, when you think about it? What is the definition of “amazing” when it comes to food? I’ve tasted everything and yes Cold Stone Creamery is up there, but I know what it tastes like. I know that it give me pure joy for the 39 seconds I’m scarfing it down, and I also know it give me crazy gas and makes my pants tighter. So, Do I really NEED it? No, I don’t. (INSERT WAKE UP CALL)
Rule #9: Get over yourself, it’s not that hard. It’s 3 days. You can DO it! It’s all mental.
The biggest thing I learned from completing this is, you really don’t need that much to function. Eating my cup of veggies 3x times a day & drinking the shakes showed me that yes, I was hungry, but 30 minutes after I ate, I was actually full. Talk about a wake up call! A freakin’ cup full and I was full?! Now, again, my energy level is nothing, I’m not doing vigorous activity, but still!
When I thought about all the wonderful foods I could eat the morning of day 4, do you know what I thought about? I thought about eggs with spinach. Chick with veggies, maybe even a sweet potato. I didn’t dream about Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes, endless glasses of wine, or Twix bars. It was the healthy foods that I know and truly DO love, I’d just forgotten about them. Fast food is easier, alcohol is easier, sweets ARE easier. It’s harder to have willpower to say no, then it is to just give in. But these 3 days were the mental check I needed. The reality is just so simple & now I know.
I lost 5lbs in 3 days. Yes, I’ll probably gain some of it back in like a day, BUT, now that I know I have the will power and the drive to succeed. I’ll get back into my workouts & really put more focus on the foods & portion sizes that are going into my body. I’m so glad I did it and more importantly didn’t give up when it got tough.
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