Ryan and I started this healthy living challenge 2 days ago. I credit my friend Allison for using her voodoo lawyer magic on me and convincing me to try this out with her.
She started a few days ago and she’s had immense success very quickly dropping some weight she was hanging onto and just couldn’t seem to get rid of.
Ryan and I officially started on Thursday and it has been really interesting for us so far.
If you picture a cleanse being like a poop your brains out and pee your pants type of cleanse, this is not what is currently happening here. It’s a cleanse in the truest sense, that it removes a lot of stuff from your body that might or might not be negatively affecting it. On this diet/detox/cleanse thing you have a lot of products supplied to you which makes it relatively brainless and that scores a lot of points for me.
In the mornings you drink detox tea and a digestion probiotic. Then you follow that with a shake, which you can turn into a smoothie or opt to just drink as a shake in a shaker cup. You do this for 2 meals if you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s really up to you and it is kind of customizable depending on what kind of results you’re looking for. The plan comes with these fizz sticks which you put in water and have caffeine in them for added energy. You can take 2-3 of those per day as well. Then you eat a normal meal, but a healthy meal and then detox tea before bed.
It sounds like a lot of steps, but it is shockingly not that hard and that is saying something because I consider myself someone who is kind of like a piece of tape trying to stick to wet paper towel. I have no will power at all, like what seems like none when it comes to food – and I credit my sister for that funny saying above.
This plan also has you cut all coffee, alcohol, dairy, gluten and soy and you can only have non-starchy veggies and certain fruits. Additionally the plan wants you to eat free-range, organic, pasture-raised or whatever types of meats and eggs.
Let me just plug in right here that we’re not following it 100%. We are not cutting alcohol, because we actually don’t drink that much as it stands and red wine is good for you. We are also not cutting all fruits and instead are just focusing on incorporating fruit into our diet more effectively period. We’re blending whatever we want into our smoothies and enjoying our lives. I did cut the remainder of the items on the list though, but I am not shopping organically or anything of that sort. I am eating the meat that I have in my freezer. If the item I pick up happens to be organic, great. If not, great. Your choice.
This has been a real challenge for us initially. I am glad we ordered it and then had three days before it came because it forced us to make sure we knew what we were doing before we started it. It required shopping and reading a lot of labels we normally wouldn’t read at all. It took us about an hour in the store to figure things out and when we were done we only had fresh fruits and veggies in the cart and items from the bulk section, which is something we’ve been working toward over the last few weeks anyways.
There’s a few reasons that we’re doing this. Ryan is the heaviest weight that he’s been his whole life and he’s looking to make changes in that area. I have some baby weight that I am trying to shed and it seems like no matter what I eat or don’t eat, I sit at the same weight. We’ve been working toward making healthier changes in our lives anyways, but it’s hard. We’re trying to change our relationship with food.
In just 48 hours I have done a lot of thinking about myself personally and what I am trying to accomplish here and I think it’s also a personal challenge in self-control. I have majorly cut back my spending habits in the last couple weeks (largely because my spending habits were something fierce as I worked to get our house to the place we wanted it to be – now that we’re there they’ve tapered off). I want to avoid clutter in our new home as well, so the best way to do that is to limit what you bring into your house. A lot of this is a lesson in overindulgence, which is something that I will cover in a different post.
By the end of day 1 we felt mostly fine. When we weighed ourselves on day 2, Ryan lost 3 pounds and I lost 1.6 pounds. This is pretty promising so far. I didn’t take measurements of myself because I am just going to focus on how my clothes are fitting.
Our ultimate goal here is to eliminate the cravings for things we don’t want and get rid of those pesky unhealthy foods that we parade around as being somewhat healthy. We’ve been working on this recently a lot, but this is a huge push and a force for us to really figure things out. I mean I had to figure out how to cook not precooked instant rice. I soaked beans in my fridge overnight and then cooked them for like 10 hours. We’re making legit lifestyle changes here and I am glad we’re doing it together so that it isn’t so hard. More to come on this as we see how well/bad we end up doing. 30 days is a long time to go without some tacos, friends.