I will be posting some of this directly to Facebook this week because I know it is sometimes hard to slow down long enough to read a long blog.
I have been on the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse...today is day 9. This is not the first time I have done the cleanse, but this is the first time I was really "all in". Let me stop now and say that I am not a distributor and I am sure there are lots of great cleanses out there. I picked Advocare because it was easy because everything was in one box and I know people who sell it. Also let me say, the drink is not as horrible as everyone thinks. I put mine (which was the Citrus flavor) in 4 oz of Trop 50 Orange Juice and 4 oz of water and drink it fast.
The main reason I wanted to do the cleanse was to clean up my eating and stop drinking Diet Dr Pepper. I have read how awful aspartame is for you and knew I was consuming way too much per day (I will not even admit how much I drank per day). I have not had to work during the first 9 days of the cleanse. I don't know if that was good or bad. I am a stress eater so I know when I go back to work tomorrow, there will be plenty of stress triggers.
Okay, because I am real, I will tell you how things really worked. The first several days were tough. No bread, no dairy, no added sugar, no processed foods, and NO Diet Dr. Pepper. I tried to eat mostly protien and vegatables. My head hurt and I was hungry (or maybe just bored). I was not in a good mood! I made it to bootcamp, but I did not do much else. I was craving everything in sight those first couple of days and sometimes I gave in. I ate the last of the Nutella during the first three days, but I did not buy more. Nutella and Diet Dr Pepper seem to be my kryptonites. I did have one Coke during the 10 days (it was not a Diet Dr Pepper so I called it a win!). I had Advocare Spark which has caffeine so that helped. I did allow myself a small cup of sweet tea a day. I drank lots of water. I am not a real water fan and I am still confused on the amount I am suppose to drink per day. I personally prefer water with lemon from the Sonic. They know me well at the Sonic window. However, I have not had a diet Dr Pepper.
On about day 4 or 5, things started getting better. I found myself craving meat and vegetables. My head finally cleared and I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I am not looking to change too many things after this all ends tomorrow. I have not decided whether to do the Advocare Max Phase Challenge (which is 14 days of shakes and supplements). I am not fond of the drinking shakes for breakfast.
As I start the new year, I am really trying to learn to eat clean. I am still logging all of my food because that allows me to keep my eating in check. I believe that you can eat or drink most things you like as long as it is in moderation and you are not dependent on it. You will see me out to eat and you might even see me eat "bad". I am real, pure and simple. I make no apologies.
I have lots of inquires about how much I workout. I run 2-3 days a week. I go to bootcamp 3-4 days a week (depending on my running schedule). I may also start riding my bike again. I may substitute some of my bootcamp workouts for some weight lifting. However, I honestly beleive exercise only aids in weight loss. You have to get your eating under control first and foremost. Exercise is not a substitute for a crappy diet.
I also have had lots of inquires about what I eat. I will start posting some of that. I believe in eating 5-6 times per day. Just know that I am not an expert and what works for me might not work for everyone. My family is not on board with this nor will I force them to be. However, I will not buy as much junk, but I will not be upset if they eat the things they are used to eating. I am hoping by making small (semi-unnoticeable) changes in their diet that they will make changes without feeling forced or deprived. It is more about lifestyle changes.