day 3 of detox

It’s day 3 of my 3 day detox and I feel really well. I honestly think this has been more of a mental cleanse for me than physical. I was in a pretty rotten mood on Sunday (the day before I started the program), but I did take the detox bath that evening (Epsom salt and lavender).

Monday (day 1) was pretty easy, but I got a headache about mid day that almost made me sick. The breakfast and dinner smoothies are really tasty (even the 19 month old likes them). I think it was part of the cleansing along with the terrible amount of pollen in the air. I did get a 21 mile bike ride in and felt much better that evening. The bath was most welcome!

Yesterday (day 2) was better. I worked yesterday (was off Monday) so that helped keep my mind off food. It was hard to drive through town and not stop for lunch, but I knew I had my lunch drink waiting for me. The lunch drink is the one I don’t like out of the program – it’s overwhelming celery and kind of chunky. But, I chug it down and get it done. Again it was nice to take a bath last night (something I rarely do).  I have to admit that I did cheat a hair – I had an apple and about 10 tater tots. I had fixed supper for my husband and son and just couldn’t refrain from popping the tots. It was not as satisfying as I had imagined it would be.

Now, I’m in the swing of things and this is the last day. I’ve learned that eating (or “drinking”) clean really does make you feel good. My thoughts are positive and I’m not constantly thinking of food. I do plan to eat well Thursday and Friday in preparation for my triathlon Saturday. I hope to make wheat pasta with scallops one of those days.

Another thing I’ve changed my tune about is almond butter. Before, I didn’t think it was worth the money (compared to peanut butter) but it actually has better flavor and is better for you. I don’t know if I can convert my husband, but my son eats almond butter by the spoonful. I don’t like to drink almond milk, but it’s good in these smoothies. Same goes for coconut water – that stuff is nasty to drink, but you can’t taste it when mixed up in a smoothie.

I would love to do this plan 3 days of each month. I’ve lost 3 pounds, which wasn’t the point, but if I did this consistently, I should at least maintain my weight if not lose some. My vegan friend told me “If you ate right all the time, you wouldn’t have to do this.” So true, but I like indulging at times. One thing I do plan to do is replace one meal a day with one of the smoothies – probably breakfast or lunch since I love to cook dinner. I am bad for eating bacon, eggs, and toast for breakfast, so I think I will change that up a bit. It’s all in the planning!

I did a good little core workout this morning in my 6:15 am class and then I did some of the same moves with a personal training client. Thought I would share with you!

(In the class we warmed up with 5 minutes walking/lunges/side walking/backward walking around the gym. We did the same thing between each superset.)

Superset 1 (repeat twice)
– standing bicycle crunches (1 minute)
dumbbell deadlifts (12 reps)

Superset 2
stability ball hyperextensions (12 reps)
ball plank (30 seconds)

Superset 3
back bridge (30 seconds)
ball pass (12 reps)

Superset 4
captains chair leg lifts (12)
– decline crunches/sit ups (12)

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