Today I want to share my thoughts and achievements for completing the first phase of the 24 Day Challenge – The Cleanse.
The word “cleanse” brings up thoughts of lemon juice and Tabasco sauce. Needless to say, I was skeptical that a 10-day cleanse would be humanly possible, let alone worth while. My coach/adviser assured me that it was nothing like what I was envisioning. She was right.
The Cleanse basically kick starts your body to be healthy. In no way, shape or form, was I needing to be near a bathroom during the cleanse. As discretely as I can discuss this, the cleanse does keep you regular and your body gets rid of a lot of junk. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂
How do I feel? I feel pretty good! Best I’ve ever felt? No, probably not. But I do feel good and healthy. My energy levels are solid. I really do like the Spark and I think it is much more effective than coffee. My sleep has been good and I have been waking up easily. My only real complaint is that my stomach felt bloated most of the time and it gurgled a lot. I assume this is due to the fiber and general cleaning out of the junk.
What was the hardest part? Taking the time to plan meals and making sure I was prepared with good choices when I got hungry were the hardest parts for me. By no means was I perfect in my eating during this phase, but I did make conscious efforts to watch my portions and adjust when I knew I was going to cheat.
Would I do the Cleanse again? Advocare says you can do the Cleanse every 90 days. I would definitely do the Cleanse again while I am trying to lose weight. I do feel like it has cleaned out my system and I’m anxious to see what happens in the next 14 days of the Challenge.
What are my results? During the 10 day Cleanse I lost a total of 2lbs (I know, up 1/2 from yesterday). I took my measurements on the first day and here are the changes at Day 10:
Chest: -1 inch
Waist: -2 inch
Hips: -1 inch
Thigh: -1/2 inch
Total: 4 1/2 inches lost in 10 days! I’ll take it!
Here’s a what I ate on the last day of the Cleanse.
Fruit Punch Spark!
Three eggs over spinach with salt and pepper.
Half a grapefruit.
Leftovers with a small salad.
Afternoon snack was a small bag of almonds.
Dinner I celebrated with wine and nachos! 🙂 An awful choice! It tasted good going down but an hour later I felt terrible! All I can say is this is reality. Making mistakes and getting back on track.