I looked on the scale and was terrified at my weight. Well, I already knew things were not going well, as I constantly craved sweets of one kind or another. Still, I had no idea how much damaged I had done and how much weight I put on. I decided to break away from the cookies and the chocolate and return to healthy eating, but real change did not happen right away. Saying No was harder than I expected, and I went for days craving sweets, and giving in to those cravings.
When I was finally ready to do something about my escalating weight, I went online to look for quick fixes. I hoped there would some kind of tea, herb, wrap or the sort that would give me good results (covering my face in shame here). As I perused on Amazon, I came across this book. The title, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, sounded familiar…
Last Summer a friend of mine mentioned a book she had read, and how well following the recipes worked for her. I thought of joining her at the time, but I honestly did not feel motivated to do so, as nice as it sounded. This is where the familiarity came from. I texted my friend and what do you know? It was in fact the book she recommended over Summer. I really was not ready to do work even then, but this time I had something fast and significant to work toward. My husband and I were celebrating our 10-year anniversary in only two weeks. The thought of being lighter in time for our big day gave me a boost.
The reviews on Amazon were great, which corroborated my friend’s experience. I took the plunge and ordered the book. Hesitantly I text messaged my friend and told her that I would begin once my book arrived. I figured if it worked for her and the thousands who took the time to comment, it was worth a try.
The book arrived 12 days before my anniversary. The timing could not be better I thought. I would be done exactly the day before our anniversary and I would be able to eat on our anniversary (very important to me, sigh).
My First Day on the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
I read the first few chapters of the book and took the plunge. I prepared my smoothies the evening before because I am always rushing to get the children to school. On the first day, I thought it wasn’t too bad. I had my breakfast smoothie, and it was tolerable. It was not the most delicious drink but it did not taste bad either. The day went by uneventfully. By dinner time however, I was tired and hungry. My energy level was very low. I sat at the table and could fall asleep there. Though I read about the detox symptoms, I really was not expecting for it to be this difficult. I went to bed as soon as I could, but was awakened overnight. Life with small children is never uninterrupted. Once I was up, it was very difficult for me to go back to sleep.
Thoughts of food kept me awake for well over an hour. I was not only hungry, but also disappointed in how much I relied on food. I know! I know! We need food to live. Yet, food does not need to control us. I told myself this was ridiculous and food or thoughts of food and treats would not preoccupy my thoughts to this extent. In an effort to win the battle, I had some water, prayed and went to the couch where I eventually fell asleep.
Days 2 and 3
The next two days continued to be difficult, but slightly better. I had low energy in the evening, and had to report to bed once the kids were fast asleep.
Something interesting happened on the fourth day. I woke up before my usual wake up time and I had all the energy in the world. I no longer was craving unhealthy treats and I looked forward to my smoothie. That evening, I was fine. I even stayed up to my usual bedtime.
The days that followed were fine. I enjoyed my increased energy level. I began to crave healthier alternatives. I couldn’t wait to have my apples in the afternoon and my carrots with peanut butter. I also became more confident in talking to others about what I was doing and the benefits that I was seeing.
I was tired; annoyed and tired. I did not want to see one more smoothie and could end the whole thing. Looking forward to my anniversary and fitting in my clothes better kept me going at this point. I’m not sure if it’s because I was tired and annoyed, but I also noticed that I was less and less hungry. At this point, I was did not even have to finish my third smoothie in the evening. The kids were more tan happy to help me.
It was finally here. My last day. I was happy that I saw this to the end. I was not terribly excited about food though. I looked forward to everything we would do on our anniversary and the time we would spend together more than what would be on my plate. My friend began a new cleanse on Day 10 and I was so excited to cheer her on.
Yes, the cleanse is only 10 days…but on Day 11 the results were in. I lost a total of 9lbs. and 6 inches. I felt so much better and I could fit back in my clothes. I ate very little that day. I felt full with the least amount of food.
What I Gained from this Cleanse
More than inches off my waist, I gained a listening ear. I began to listen to my body again. I now eat when I am hungry and stop when I no longer am (sounds simple, does it not?). I also give my body foods that fuel it, not drain it. This has meant passing up on some delicacies and choosing whole foods instead of appealing foods.
I started a modified cleanse recently to help me in losing the remaining 15lbs. that I wish to lose. I now drink 2 smoothies throughout the day, snack on fruits and nuts as needed and eat a wholesome dinner.
I am still early on in this process, but I look forward to becoming more disciplined with my meals, and I hope to continue to post updates and small and great successes as I thread along.