Happy New Year!!
I have been busy spending time with my family, putting away Christmas decorations and being snowed in. I think we have 3-4 feet of snow on the ground and it’s still snowing!
On Friday I started a 10 day cleanse. I thought it would be a perfect way to start the new year. I’m 30, I have 2 kids, and I didn’t eat very well in my 20’s; so I think my body is in need of a cleanse. I’m doing the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse. I’m going to do a day by day review for you. Let me warn you, I will be writing this review like I’m talking to my bff.
The Day Before I Start
I went to the grocery store and bought all the food I needed for the cleanse. It is very specific about what kinds of fruits and vegetables and protein I’m allowed to eat. I would recommend cooking up the chicken and cutting vegetables on this day. That way your food is all ready to go on day 1. (I did not do this!) Get mentally prepared! You will be eating and drinking things you don’t like for 10 days. But keep your eyes on the end result!!
I had to set my alarm to wake up extra early. I needed the extra time to do everything for my breakfast required by the cleanse. I had to drink this fiber drink before breakfast- SO DISGUSTING!! The fiber is so thick and did not dissolve in the water. It is like drinking 16 oz of chunky water with a terrible taste. I closed my eyes and chugged it. Then when I got to the bottom there were extra large chunks of fiber. It felt a little like swallowing mucus. YUCK! Then on to breakfast. I am allowed to have 1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal. I put it in the microwave to cook, got distracted by my kids and half the oatmeal over flowed. So I lost half my breakfast :(
By mid morning, after my intense work out, I was light headed and dizzy. I also felt weak and shaky. I had a little snack, but the feeling didn’t go away. I met a friend for lunch at the mall. I was that terrible person ordering a salad minus this and that, add this and that and put this dressing on the side. I felt stupid, but you gotta do what you gotta do. We walked around the mall for about 3 hours. The entire time I felt dizzy, tired, shaky, bloated, headache, nauseous. I felt like I had a huge bulge in my butt that needed to come out, but nothing was coming. It was so hard walking past the cinnamon sugar pretzels and frozen yogurt. I just wanted to eat carbs!
It was 5:00 when I got home. I was starving and extremely moody! I felt horrible! I immediately grabbed a snack and started cooking the chicken and chopping vegetables. (remember I told you to do all this the day before) It took me about 45 minutes to get the chicken cooked, veggies chopped, salad made and finally sitting down to eat. The entire 45 minutes I was yelling at my husband and kids. No one could do anything right. I was irritated by anyone looking at me or walking within 5 feet of me. I thought eating would make me feel better. But I didn’t want a salad, I wanted pizza. So the salad felt like a slap in the face. It’s 10 degrees out and snowing, I did boot camp earlier that day, had an exhausting day at the mall with the kids, I’m moody, all I want is some comfort food. But the salad is all I had so I ate it. After drinking down 20 oz of water I realize my stomach is hurting so much I can’t take it. It’s bloated, cramping, rumbling, gurgling and yet no poop is happening!
I sit at the table and complain about how horrible I feel. I go on and on about my misery and discomfort. I realize I’m acting like a 2 year old throwing a tantrum. I go upstairs to change into my pj’s. That’s when I notice that my stomach is so huge I look at least 5 months pregnant! I am huge! And my stomach is hard as a rock! It was hurting so bad! Picture on right to show how huge I am! I lay on the couch watching tv for about 2 hours trying to relax. I was in so much discomfort the entire time. Right before bed I have to take 3 huge pills. I do not take pills easily! So I cut them in half, still to big. I ended up crushing them and putting them in a glass of water. Drinking all that water only makes my stomach feel worse. Off to sleep, hopefully I feel better tomorrow.
I wake up feeling a little better about the cleanse. I at least know what to expect all day. I weigh myself, no weight lost :( and my tummy is still humongous! The fiber drink is still disgusting. Today I make my oatmeal on the stove so it doesn’t bubble over in the microwave. I have to leave the house for a hair cut and to run a few errands. I put on leggings and a huge sweater. It’s the only thing some what comfortable that also conceals my tummy. The last thing I need is someone asking me if I’m pregnant. Everywhere I went I was afraid that some poop explosion would happen and I would get stuck in a disgusting bathroom with someone knocking on the door asking me when I would be done. Luckily, it didn’t happen.
Lunch at home was so much easier! I had all that chicken and cut up veggies that I had done the night before. It took me about 5 minutes to make my salad. My moods felt a little better today. All that weak, shaky and dizzy feeling was gone. I still have a headache and major bloating. I accepted the fact that this is my life for 10 days and I will love the results.
We take our kids to see a movie. I had to pack my snack and put it in my purse. The whole movie my family munched on popcorn and candy while I had 15 raw almonds and water. The smell of the popcorn was agony! Then Caleb (my 2 year old) hands me some popcorn and says “here you go mommy”. So sweet! I had to slip the popcorn into Sofia’s bag without anyone seeing. Keep your eyes on the end result! It’s only 10 days of this!
For dinner I had a salmon filet and green beans. It was a nice change from a salad. After dinner I was so exhausted! All this working out and not getting any carbs or sugar is exhausting! We put the kids to bed and I lay on the couch half asleep while watching a movie. My hubby gave me a nice foot rub while we watched the movie. He is the best! Before bed, when it’s time to take these huge pills I decide to chew them up and swallow really quick with a lot of water. Yes, I’m that bad at taking pills. It wasn’t terrible. They have a lot of Vit C in them so they taste kinda fruity. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow I will be less bloated and all that poop will come out!
I will continue writing my review for the entire 10 day cleanse. Stay tuned to see what happens!
If you are interested in doing this cleanse you have to purchase these 3 items separately: Advocare Herbal Cleanse, OmegaPlex and Spark.
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