Day One - starting weight 195lbs
I started my cleanse on a Saturday because I thought it would be easier to prep things for the first time without my co-workers looking at me funny (save that for Monday!) I walked into the kitchen that morning to find my sweet husband prepping breakfast. I reminded him that he would only be cooking for one and he immediately stopped cutting up a potato and said "I don't need a fancy breakfast." Aww 😍 what a sweetheart.
The first thing I did was take a digest & cleanse capsule (that comes with the Nutritive Cleanse). About 30 minutes later I poured my almond milk into my blender bottle (and had to ask my husband if I was mixing it right...I'd never used a blender bottle before - so many firsts!) and topped it with two scoops of the balance complete (the shake part of the cleanse). I was SUPER nervous that I was going to hate the taste but it was actually pretty good! I've heard too, that you can add a drop of orange essential oil to it and it makes it into an orange creamsicle.
After downing the balance complete I waited an hour or so before drinking my 2oz of NingXia Red (2 750ml bottles are included with the Cleanse). [Sidebar: NingXia Red is a juice made from wolfberry (goji berry) puree, superfruit extracts, and citrus essential oils. It has tons of antioxidants which helps prevent against oxidative stress.]
This particular cleanse allows for 3 light snacks per day with choices listed in the booklet that comes with everything. I chose to be boring (hey, it was the easiest for me) and have carrots and almonds as my snacks.
I repeated this for my lunch and dinner that day. It was actually easier than I thought it would be - the shake actually kept me full and the fact that I could have a little snack in between meals was excellent. Also, carrots and almonds have never tasted so good!
Day 2 - weight 194lbs
Hey, I lost a pound! If you read my original post about the reason for doing a cleanse, you know that it wasn't to lose weight. However, that is such a standard and easy measurement to track I figured it wouldn't hurt. And to be honest, most people just want to know how much weight they could lose when they do something like this.
I would say day two was even easier than day one. I knew the routine now and my husband was went fishing the entire day, so I didn't even have other food to tempt me! I continued having my shakes, snacks, and NingXia while cuddling and snuggling with Gemma.
One thing I do want to mention: I took two excederin on Sunday night (day two) because I'd had a headache since Saturday morning. I don't think this was because of the cleanse (I think it was from the three Palm Breezes I had the night before I started the cleanse) but totally forgot that excederin has caffeine in it. Whoops. I didn't sleep AT ALL that night. Like not even 10 minutes. So I knew Monday back at work was going to be rough.
Day 3 - weight 194lbs
Same weight. I was totally fine with that. I had my breakfast earlier than usual (since I was up anyway) and packed up my lunch. I made my shake at work and downed it waayyyy too fast. Up until that point I'd been able to savor the shake a bit and draw it out over 15 or 20 minutes. Not today. So I was pretty hungry by 3pm. Luckily I still had my afternoon snack of carrots and my 2oz of NingXia Red. However, after that snack and before dinner was by far the hungriest I'd been so far on the cleanse. I could hear my stomach gurgling. I put off my dinner shake for as long as I could but around 6:45pm I made my shake and downed it.
As you may imagine, I was super wiped after being up for 36 hours straight, so I had a handful of almonds with my NingXia and called it an early night.
Day 4 - weight 188lbs
WHAT?!?!?!?! I was down 7lbs in three days. That's insane. Again, not the reason I did a cleanse, but I'll take it! Day four was definitely easier than day three. Probably because I was on the home stretch of the cleanse. I was feeling good and didn't have any huge hanger issues until I was tucking into bed.
Day 5 - weight 187lbs
Down another pound! When I woke up I definitely wasn't feeling my shake. But I made it anyways in my Magic Bullet and it was SO GOOD. If you're thinking of doing a cleanse that uses a meal replacement powder my tip to you: as often as you can, use an electric blender whenever possible. It makes a world of difference in taste and consistency.
And then lunchtime hit and I'm not even sad about it...I aborted the cleanse. Yep. I only had about 12 hours to go and I stopped. A couple things led me to do this: first, I forgot my blender bottle at home and my MacGyver'd alternative did not work out well (shake went EVERYWHERE). Second, I was totally ready to be done. I ended up going to a sandwich place in my building. A sandwich never tasted so good. Ok, I guess I had a third reason, too: it was my father-in-laws birthday and we were going out to eat to celebrate. I have pretty good will power but sitting at a table full of people eating delicious 'fancy' food and pretending I didn't want any is beyond me.
So my overall review of the cleanse:
I'm glad I did it. I'm writing this the day after my cleanse and I am definitely thinking more about what foods I'm putting in my body. I've already thought about grabbing a snack after lunch but then stopped and asked myself, "am I hungry or just bored/used to snacking?" Before the cleanse, I would have just grabbed the closest snack and gone on with my day. Here's hoping that these new behaviors stick around!