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Cleansing

I’ve debated doing a cleanse a number of times. A few weeks before last summer and then again, a few weeks before my wedding, I was so close to ordering 3 days worth of BluePrint juices. I just wanted to feel better. I was bloated, lethargic, and hanging on to about 10lbs of weight that I wanted to just magically shed off my body.

Every time I’ve decided against it. I won’t lie, the hefty price tag is the first deterrent. But the ultimate decision point is that it just seems like a shortcut. It avoids the real reason why my mind and body are in this spot. Drinking only juice for 3 days seems like a short-term (and not so healthy?) solution because what happens after that? You shed 5-10lbs of water weight, feel great, but then eat again and end up in the same spot? Plus, I’m a witch when I’ve been hungry for 15 minutes so you know that being hungry for 3 days would essentially make me a crazy monster.

In the end I’ve decided to just take a closer look at my poor diet and lack of consistent exercise. I definitely am not one to normally crave vegetables, but I love the way I feel after I’ve had a day full of them. I do look forward to a good workout, but even on the days I don’t,  I’ve never finished a workout still feeling unhappy. Add those two elements back in on a consistent basis and I bet I could feel just as good as if I had done a 3 day cleanse. Actually better, because I get to chew my dinner.

When I saw that BluePrint juices were available in Whole Foods earlier this week though, I had to try it. Not to cleanse or act as a meal replacement but to get an idea of what it would be like to drink my vegetable intake. I was pretty curious to know what 6lbs of produce in one small 1 serving bottle tasted like. 

VeggieJuice

The first sip had a very strong kale taste masked by lemon. After a few sips though, it’s really not that bad. It’s unexpectedly tart and far less thick than I imagined. As for the results of how I felt? I felt pretty fantastic. I’m sure a lot of its mental, but I felt awake and full (but not in that greasy food full kind of way). After a few hours though, I also felt quite a bit of pressure in my stomach which resulted in what I imagine is similar to a colon hydrotherapy session. In other words, don’t drink this on date night.

I don’t think I’ll buy this again – the cost is just too steep – although I’d consider it the day after maybe drinking a little too much the night before. Overall though, it has made me curious to try juicing at home.

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When the Townie had previously mentioned that he had been interested in trying out Paleo or slightly varied version to see how fit he could be by the end of the summer, I jumped at the chance.

What better way to get my butt in gear, literally, then to have a solid support system with me? Especially since previously that solid support system was my partner in fatty foods and dessert crime.

I went into the bookstore during my lunch today originally to buy Paleo for Athletes or a Paleo cookbook. While I think the program is interesting (and I can see how it works) a different book screamed out to me.

I picked up Jillian Michael’s book, Making the Cut. She is by far my favorite, and most trusted athlete and trainer (waaah, come back to the Biggest Loser and kick Anna Kournikova’s ass!). I have to say, I don’t always think trainers know their facts, especially since who can when there’s so much contradictory information out there, but I truly trust Jillian. Plus she scares the fat outta me so even though it’s just her in book form, I can see myself actually following it.

Her book is focused on people who are already in decent to good shape but are looking to cut those last (10-20) pounds and really challenge themselves into the best shape they can be in. Already I’m hooked! It’s filled with the science behind it all, workouts and recipes. The one part that I’m not sure I can follow completely is no alcohol for 30 days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge drinker but with a family mini-vacation coming up to Florida next week and a cape trip for the fourth of July, some alcohol will be consumed.

I also bought myself a personal food & fitness journal. It sounds silly but recently I’ve noticed that I actually forget or don’t even take into account the excess I eat that aren’t part of my meals or real snacks. A cookie from the kitchen at work, a handful of m&m’s, two handfuls of cereal, a few (big) bites of my leftovers while making dinner, etc. Basically I end up eating at least a full other meal during the day added on to my oversized portions.

I don’t know where the motivation is coming from, but I’m loving it. I’m ready to hit the gym after work before meeting with my friend S for dinner!

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