My ending weight was 155.9, so I lost 5.2 lbs total. Now, I know this is water weight and I will most likely gain some back, and that's ok. I do know that I 'feel' better, and I know that getting all that toxic crap out of my system will help me in the long run.
Now here's my thoughts:
First of all, it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Seriously! I pre-made all the juices the night before, that way they were ready for me to just grab and go. I set a schedule to drink them by, staggering it every 2-3 hours. And I avoided temptation......I didn't go to the store while I was hungry, or go in the kitchen at work while my co-workers so selfishly mowed down Taco Shop fried amazingness (jerks), or keep any change or money around to raid the vending machine. I was steadfast in my course to drink juice and juice alone. DRINK ALL THE JUICES!!!
BTW, I don't think I ever mentioned what I was using to make the juice. I have a Jack LaLanne juicer:
Second, I would probably cut out caffeine about a week before starting another cleanse. I know the headache I had for those 3 days was just from that. Today I have no headache. None. And I feel fantastic. But I think not having to deal with the headache would have put me in a better mood throughout the entire process.
Third, I DO crave healthier options on food now. I made a huge salad today with lettuce, spinach, mozz cheese, Red Pepper Salsa, green onion, cucumber, and a little ranch dressing...................and OH.MY.GAWD......It was amazing I damn near licked the container clean. If I was at home I probably would have gotten more. And it wasn't just because I haven't had solids, it really did taste amazing! And it really did satisfy my cravings.
|'What is this solid substance?!?! I have not seen you in so long!!!!'|
Fourth, and most important, I don't have a strong desire to eat crapfoods. I mean, don't get me wrong, I could shove a crispy, fried, flour taco in my hole right now, and then wash it down with a cupcake, but there's a bigger part of me that's like, 'Eh, I'll pass. It's not worth it.' AND THAT, my friends, is progress.
I thought about chocolate for about 2.3 minutes right after I engulfed my salad, and was like, 'Nope, I don't need it. I'll have strawberries for a snack later.' Last week, I totally would have sold my left tit for a kit kat. No joke. (Not that anyone would want my poor little shriveled up left acorn.)
I have noticed that I'm thinking about food more often. Like all day, I think I'm hungry when I'm not. I think this is because I was constantly drinking juice damn near all day. I truly do think I'd do better on a 6 meal-a-day plan. I'm going to work and plan toward that. It's better for my metabolism and I really think it'll curb some of my cravings.
Last, and this is probably the only negative, but I wasn't in a very good mood throughout the entire thing. I could feel the bitchyness radiating off of me. With the exception of Tuesday night, I slept like crap, and was completely and utterly exhausted all damn day. Today, I'm in a MUCH better mood, joking around, having fun. And I don't feel the need to crawl under my desk and have a snoozefest. This could be all a mental thing, or it could actually have some value to eating 'whole' foods, vs just juice. Eh, I'm not smart enough to figure that one out.
My plan going forward is to continue to eat healthier. Granted, I'm probably going to slip up every once in a while, but this 3 day cleanse was really a kick in the ass to eat right. I'm also going to try and work in some exercise. I've noticed that even though I'm only 5 lbs away from pre-baby weight, I'm still very flabby-McFlabberson. I still don't have a desire to run, so I'm going to start push ups, squats, sit-ups, etc. I think weights is where I need to be, vs cardio.
All in all, I'm soooo glad I did this! It's so hard to 'start' a diet and have no direction. I end up just failing and going back to eating like Jabba the Hutt. I also like the fact that this was a quick, 3-day, no hassle 'diet'. It just seemed like from the start it was an obtainable goal. Now I just need to stick with the eating healthy!!!!