I’ve been cleansed!! I finally tried a cleanse. I’m such a follower sometimes!
My sister-in-law is a rep for AdvoCare and I’ve always been curious but never really had the intentions of trying it. She posted a picture of a woman a couple of months ago that perked my ears up. It was a woman with what looked like a similar body type as me and the progression was awesome. I struggle with constantly being bloated and I work my a$$ off, literally, 6 days a week. Sometimes 8 or 9 times a week. It gets annoying to work that hard and still have your 6 year old ask you if you’re having another baby. The diastasis recti I suffer from could be surgically fixed but I’m not even close to there yet. I figured why not try this, what’s the worse that could happen? I gave myself and my SIL approximately 12 hours to get in gear — I knew if I waited, I’d change my mind. March 1 was the perfect start date for this planner!
I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how much thought I gave to not drinking for 10 days. It’s pathetic really. But, it’s my thing, my routine, my comfort zone… I get home from school pick-up, I organize everything and everyone, pour a glass of wine, start making dinner, and take a deep breath for the home stretch. I kept reminding myself that I have given up drinking for at least 30 months, minimum. Also, dummy me, started on a Friday which is BW3’s day in my house. Dummy.
BUT I did it. I did it! And I feel great about it!
The first weekend was rocky — sorry Babe. I wasn’t prepared food wise and I was hungry and irritated and I didn’t want to eat the wrong things and I didn’t have the right things at hand. I spent Sunday getting ready and when Monday came it was all systems go! The week went by much more quickly. Yes, I missed my drink but I got over it quickly. I didn’t cheat until Day 9 when I was making some cake balls for a fundraising party on Sunday. I indulged and didn’t even feel guilty about it — HUGE for Miss Patty!
I’m now in the max phase but wanted to share some of my tips and recipes for the first 10 days before I forget them! I’ve seen some slight changes, nothing major but I didn’t have high expectations with that. I have felt some big changes with my habits. I’m so much more aware of what I’m eating. Now I can make better choices when we’re out and when I’m at the grocery. The first ten days were good for me overall, I’m very happy I did it.
- Throughout the challenge you have to mix drinks. Your day starts with one, there is the delicious (gulp) fiber drink, and the shakes. I have a hand immersion blender that would have worked ok but it wasn’t the convenience I was wanting. I came across this formula mixer from Munchkin at the baby store for less than $5.00 and it was PERFECT! Convenient and worked like a charm!
- A new, pretty, measured water bottle. I have a bunch of race ones that do the job but I wanted something to keep the numbers in my mind. A gallon a day is recommended. For me, I knew that was 5 water bottles worth. Just made it seem easier than marking each glass.
- First, I firmly believe that a life without cheese is not a life worth living. BUT I have found that not having it on everything is actually ok. Babe doesn’t believe me about the burrito bowl, but it’s true! If you have enough crunchy things on top, the missing cheese isn’t even noticeable. Promise.
- I am a salt person, not a sweet person so I knew I needed to find a handful of something’s that would trick me. Insert raw cashews. And yes, by raw I mean unsalted. But I love them. They are filling and crunchy. I’ve only found them at the grocery stores that have the self-serve bins. So good, I don’t think I’ll go back.
- Eggacado salad. Delish! I made mine with three hard-boiled eggs, an avocado, chopped celery, green onions, and some pepper. Sometimes it was my snack on a spoon. Sometimes my lunch, served on one piece of 100% whole wheat bread, with a tomato slice. Again, delish!
- Tuna salad. I used the tuna that was vacuum packed in water, three of packets. One hard-boiled egg, chopped celery, chopped carrots, green onion, olive oil mayo (just 1 tablespoon is plenty), and lemon juice. This made enough to last three or four days for lunch. So good. I’ll never buy regular mayo again.
- Smoothies! My house loves smoothies and I was so pumped to come up with this even healthier way to make them for all of us! I used either coconut milk or almond milk, baby spinach leaves, frozen mixed-variety fruit, natural peanut butter (had sunflower seed but any would work), and a banana. The spinach makes it green but no one minded that at all! These will be part of the weekly rotation for sure, cleanse or not!
- Lemon-Lime Chicken. Another one of my own that I’ve got to tell you about… Middle-man asked for three helpings of this. That alone was enough to insert this into our normal rotation, cleanse or not!
Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray cooking spray in skillet and brown the chicken breasts on each side. I used pepper over mine. Cut one or two onoins, two or three lemons, and two or three limes into large chunks. Mine were mostly quartered. Chop one or two cloves of garlic. Place chicken in an oven-safe dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover chicken, first with garlic and onion chunks. Followed by the lemons and limes. I squished the juice when laying them over the chickens. How many you use doesn’t matter, just try to cover the chicken and the dish with lemons, limes, or onions! Bake for about 20–25 minutes or until cooked through. Yum yum yum! I served mine with cauliflower pureed — looks like mashed potatoes but actually a much sweeter taste that the kids really like!
Hopefully I’ll tell you the ending of this challenge with more goodies! I had pictures of all of these yummy foods and of my Day 1 to share but then my awesome phone went and died and restarted pretty much blank. Awesome. Really. BUT, I’m moving on. I took photos on Day 8 and will again on 16 and 24. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what happens!